We set sail from Bayonne on a chilly Memorial Day weekend. The sun was shining and it never stopped for the next 7 days. We arrived to the terminal about 11:00 AM, quickly handed off our luggage and were checked in, sitting down for lunch in the Oceanview cafe by 11:30. There were plenty of seats, and I thought there were decent food choices such as hot buffet, an Asian station, sandwiches and paninis, carving stations, pizza and salads. A quick tour around the stations gave me an idea of where everything is set up. There is a great outdoor seating area on the very back of the cafe. We had breakfasts and lunches out there during the week.
Cabins were ready by 1:00 and we headed down to drop off our carry on bags. We had connecting cabins 8137 and 8139. The annoying overhang was better on deck 8 than on 9 (last year). The cabins were perfectly situated a short walk from the mid ship elevators. Cabin steward was efficient and pleasant, though we did not see her much. Our rooms were kept very clean, including being vacuumed just about every day. Fresh flowers in the room bloomed mid week and were a nice touch.
All dinner meals were in the MDR except for one night (May 29th) in the Normandie. Our service and meal that night were exceptional! I would have no problem eating there again, and think the increased fee is worth it based on the level of food and service. I was disappointed they didn't have a high tea there on our sailing, but only because I so enjoyed my dinner. The maitre d there (he was from Macedonia, and I am terrible with names) was fantastic. Too bad he wasn't in the MDR because I wasn't a fan of this years assistant maitre-d's. Had lunch twice in the Bistro - great service and food. Love that place.
MDR service was good, nothing but positive things to say about the food. Some portions seemed a little small, but I can't say I was ever hungry when I left there. The only complaint I had is we had booked a table for 4 and were put at a table for 8. After breakfast on Monday, we spoke to an assistant maitre d at the MDR, and were told to come back in the afternoon. We came back in the afternoon, spoke to 2 asst maitre d's, and we were told they would let us know if we could have a different table, but no one ever contacted us. One of them suggested we speak to customer relations, but the lovely girl there was perplexed as to why we were sent to her. I really felt like we were given the run around, and the assistant that blew us off seemed to avoid our table most of the week. In the end, we enjoyed our table mates (although our section was very noisy), but the assistant maitre d's disappointed me. I thought they could have simply told us "no" to begin with.
Shows were great, as usual. I loved Emily Skinner! I hope to see her on Broadway some day. Cruise director Alexander was very good. He makes it a point to try and meet everyone on the cruise, and I think he did.
We had perfect weather and seas on this trip, although the mild Spring left the waters of Bermuda a little colder than usual. We took a ship tour to the zoo/aquarium and I loved it. In all my trips to Bermuda, I had never gone. The tour takes you there by boat and you get a history of Bermuda, plus some singing on the way back. Loved it! I also did a jet-ski tour from KS sports in the dockyard. Really fast, really fun. Definitely not for the faint of heart. We made it into Hamilton this year, and also spent a few hours at Horseshoe Bay. Bermuda is my favorite destination, I never run out of things to do there.
We did this exact week, ship and destination last year, and not much has changed. I still love the Summit and think she has an amazing crew. she does show some minor signs of age, but nothing that would negatively impact your cruise. I may just find myself back on the Summit to Bermuda next year while I patiently wait and hope for Celebrity to send us an S class ship (I prefer to to fly).