Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by jugie67: Wonderful experience
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The best part of this cruise was the service. We felt very well taken care of from the minute we got to Bayonne. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We booked a Concierge Class room since 3 of us were traveling together and it seemed the best value for the money. Concierge Class comes with priority check in so there were no lines, We were on the ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the port. We found a space on Deck 10 to chill out and our room was ready by 2 p.m. Our baggage arrived at our room around 4 p.m.
What stood out for me was the service. It was excellent. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. One person in our party was an older family member who is a bit high maintenance and the staff couldn't have been better with her. Our Concierge Class room was enough space for the 3 of us and both the pull out couch and bed were super comfortable. I highly recommend a balcony room. The balcony is a great place to read in the morning or chill out More with a glass of wine in the afternoon. Concierge Class comes with a bottle of champagne the first day and snacks delivered to the room every afternoon. I didn't think the snack delivery was worth it. There was adequate storage for all our clothes and make up (with 3 women traveling together that is a lot!).
The ship was clean and well maintained and I am fussy about that. The common areas were tasteful and not tacky. The Summit is not a mega cruise ship. It is on the smaller size but has most of the bells and whistles found on bigger ships. I liked that it was on the small side. It was easy to navigate and find my travel companions when we weren't together. The thalassotherapy pool in the Solarium is a must. The fitness center was good with enough equipment even on busier days. Other highlights included the bar on the back of Deck 10 (a nice place to grab a drink and some snacks in the afternoon) and the Martini Bar on Deck 4. The Martini Bar was definitely the happening place each night. I also recommend the cookies and desserts (or morning pastry) at El Bacio on Deck 5. There is an up charge for coffee drinks but not the pastry. Another can't miss are the cheeseburgers at the poolside grill. I read another review and the person raved about them. I thought to myself, "it's cheeseburger, what's the big deal?" Well, they are very good. And you can get bacon, carmelized onions, mushrooms, whatever you want on them.
Overall, the food was good. Not great but very good in most cases. When eating in the main dining room, it seemed that the best choice each night was the Chef's recommendation. We ate at both specialty restaurants and enjoyed them both. Q Sine more so than Normandie. At Q Sine you order as many courses as you want, all small plates served family style. A nice way to eat a variety of foods and everything was delicious. I thought Normandie was very good, traditional, formal French food. I would have liked another specialty restaurant option. The free ice cream in the Oceanview Cafe is very good as is the gelato on Deck 5 (up charge though).
We caught 2 shows. One was a Hollywood tribute. It was good and kitschy and the other was a cabaret singer who used to be on Broadway. She was not our favorite. We also went to a Dancing with the Stripes show which was a lot of fun. The decks do get crowded on days at sea but we didn't have trouble finding deck chairs. Also, the atmosphere by the pools was nice. Not overly loud with no crazy activities (i.e. no hairy chest contests). If you are looking for a big party boat, this is not the cruise for you.
Bermuda is beautiful although I found Horseshoe Bay Beach to be very crowded. I recommend walking as far to the left as possible where the beach is practically empty. I didn't get to spend as much time is Hamilton as I wanted, but from what I saw, it is a lovely city with neat shops and parks. Public transportation is easy to access at Kings Wharf. The ferry takes you to Hamilton and it is easy to take a bus to Horseshoe Bay Beach. Be forewarned, once the bus drops you off, it is a bit of a walk to the actual beach. There is a shuttle that will take you down the hill to the beach for $1 and back up the hill for $2. It was worth it since we were traveling with an older person.
Overall, I really love Celebrity. I only cruised once before on another cruise line that begins with a C and it was miserable (the people, the food, the atmosphere). I would definitely cruise on Celebrity again. Less
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Cabin review: C18078 Concierge Class 1
Right in the middle of the ship. Decent size, clean. Bed and pull out were comfortable. Plenty of storage space.
Port and Shore Excursions
Kings Wharf was fine. It is a bit of a tourist trap with some real cheesy gift shops. If you plan on shopping, take a ferry into Hamilton. Public transportation is easy to access right at the wharf.. Both buses and ferries run multiple times during the day.