I’m a solo cruiser. This was my third cruise with Celebrity. I had cruised the Summit about a month ago to Southern Caribbean. I hadn’t been to Bermuda in a long time and have been itching to go back so I figured rather than doing a back to back Southern Caribbean, I figured I’d do one southern Caribbean and come back and do Bermuda. This was such a great cruise. Meet some really nice people on this cruise. I believe the company you keep on a cruise is what really makes a cruise special.
I had arrived in New York Friday night before cruise. Flew from Fort Lauderdale to LaGuardia on JetBlue. I wanted to visit some family and friends that live in the city. Stayed at a hotel named POD 39 on 39th St and Lexington. Nice little hotel. Very trendy. Rooms were small but reasonably priced. It severe it’s purpose.
Sunday morning I arrived at the cruise terminal around 10:30am. I hired a car service someone had recommended on the message boards. Checked in right away. And probably waited about 20 mins in the waiting area for the buses to start picking up people. This was the first time sailing out of Bayonne for me so taking the bus to the ship was a new experience. I didn’t mind. It was rather quick though I can understand an elderly person or someone in a wheelchair having trouble.
So boarding started around 11am-ish. Summit is as beautiful as ever. I had booked an inside cabin on deck 2. I had splurged on an Aqua Class cabin last time so I decided to set a budget for this cruise. It was great. I wasn’t in my room much. Only to sleep and shower so it served it’s purpose. My only complaint about the ship is the deck chair on deck 11 need to be replace and the ocean view café is not self service which I can appreciate but it creates really long lines of people waiting to be served. Other than that I have no complaints about the Summit. The refurbishment added allot of great feature. Q’sine, Bristo on 5, the Martini Bar, etc. The crew was fantastic. Everyone was very pleasant. Captain Leonardos recognized me from the last cruise. He came up to me and asked me “Hey, weren’t you here about a month ago?” Entertainment was just ok. I’ve always felt this was where Celebrity lacked in comparison to her parent brand Royal Caribbean. X is now partnered with 54 below which is like a new broadway experience. And Emily Skinner was on board this week. She put on a great show for us on one of the sea days.
Bermuda is just as beautiful as I remember it. The first day there I did a private tour with Hiedi of Byways Tours that I had arranged for myself and a few members on the message boards. Fantastic tour would highly recommend doing a tour with Heidi. Her grandfather was the keeper at Gibbs Lighthouse. If you’ve never been to Bermuda and you have an open mind and want to learn about this beautiful island, do this tour. It’s worth it. The next two day I ventured off on my own. I didn’t book any ship tours. Bermuda is very easy to navigate via bus and ferry. I had purchased a 3 day pass which I would highly recommend doing. The second day went over to the Crystal and fantasy caves. Very much enjoyed it. Very interesting story behind these caves. Then spent the rest of the morning and afternoon at St. George walked around the town for a bit then I walked over to Tobacco Bay, which is probably now my favorite spot in Bermuda. Had lunch and a few beers at Buzz Café that’s there on the beach, took a few pictures and walk back into town. Last day in Bermuda I stay at the Dockyard. Walked around Clocktower Mall. Not much there. But good for souvenirs. Had lunch at the Freeport Seafood restaurant which is right next door to the mall. Went into Dockyard glasswork they have glass blowing demonstrations which was great. Purchased a few pieces of glass. And lastly did the National Bermuda museum which offers a great view of the dockyard from up top.
Love Bermuda and Celebrity Summit can’t wait to go back