Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by paintingfool: Budget Cruise to Bermuda for Two Chicks
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Budget Cruise to Bermuda for Two Chicks
GF and I booked an inside cabin (2135) to Bermuda from Bayonne NJ and left the husbands behind! Since getting a direct flight from Buffalo to Newark on a weekend was impossible we drove to the port. We arrived around 11:30 and pulled up to the canopy to unload. GF parked the car and took a shuttle to met me with the carry-ons. Parking at pier $133 for the week. Embarkation took some time and the boarding area was quite warm. We both brought a magnum of wine in the carry-ons which security allowed through. Celeb's policy is 2 bottles of wine per stateroom and we took advantage by bringing the big bottles. We chose wine with screw caps so we wouldn't need a cork screw. We took a glass with us to the MDR each night. We packed the Rum Runners with rum and vodka in the checked bags which made it to our rooms without any trouble. Once in the room we tucked them away in a cabinet. We asked for and extra ice bucket and sliced lemons and had our own little bar set up for our room.
More />Lunch was available on deck 10. Rooms were ready at 1pm. We unpacked and explored the ship. At 4 we had our muster drill ...did not need to don life jackets (thanks Celeb)...we didn't mind our muster station..the casino! We went to deck 10 for the sail away party then walked up to deck 12 to get a better look at the NYskyline and lady liberty.
The room was fairly roomy for an inside cabin with ample storage and a large bathroom and roomy shower. We brought clothespins for the clothesline in the shower area and washed out B suits and other things as needed. The refridge was not cold at all. I removed the mini bar items and stashed them next to the fridge. I kept both ice buckets on the top shelf to keep the 6 pack of soda I brought on board cold. We kept lemonade and water on the door in water bottles brought from home. We tipped the steward extra for keeping our ice buckets full! The beds were firm but comfortable however he pillows were flat and not at all fluffy. Other than pillows we had no complaints with our rom. It was located mid ship near the elevator area and was very quiet. We had rough seas 3 days and didn't feel too much movement there.
Overall the experience on Celebrity was very good. Ship dÃ©cor was understated..no grand foyer but still classy and elegant feeling. The ship is older but renovated a year ago so it has a new feel. BLU one of the specialty restaurants we discovered while checking out the ship was gorgeous but not in our budget to dine in! The ship was very clean and crew very friendly and accommodating. The abstract and modern art in public areas seems a strange choice for this ship. Some of the art is actually gaudy and disturbing! Beware of the wet varnish on the deck rails outside....small warning signs are easy to miss. One plus on Celeb is there are no loud, annoying announcements in your cabin..just in the hallways. In fact we never even met the cruise director or herd announcements form him much. Most passengers were older...I would say there was a mix of middle aged to senior passengers aboard and very few young families with kids.
Rough seas and gray skies kept us from using the pools. Storms in the Midwest followed us all the way to Bermuda. We both wore motion sickness patches which helped keep seasickness away but made me sleepy. On the way back Trop. storm Andrea made the last day hell for me. I should have put another patch on sooner.
Entertainment was fair to very good. As for lounge acts the piano player was so-so, the acoustic guitarist was good and the accapella group (The Crewners) were awesome. The production shows were ok...talented singers and dancers but choreography and costume design no so good. in between numbers a couple of aerialists come out and that makes all the prod. shows worthwhile! The comedian was very good more so for his impressions and sound effects than his jokes. The illusionist was awesome..not to be missed! GF went to the Tribute to Broadway afternoon production and loved it. The art auction at sea was disappointing. GF and I are artists and looked forward to this. I got the distinct impression that something shady is going on with this operation.
We went to a spa talk on belly fat one day...waste of 45 min. as it was not very informational and turned out to be a sales pitch for some liver detox stuff.
The casino is smoke free (hurray!) but video poker machines were tight. We played a few times but money ran out quickly. I used shipboard credit and they paid me in cash at the cage but charged a 5% fee.
Shopping onboard was so-so but way cheaper than in Bermuda. $10 t shirts, duty free booze, overpriced costume jewelry, Faberge eggs, tons of watches and perfumes. There was a cool sale on deck 10 one day...everything is $10..hats, purses, jewelry....good deals there.
MDR food was good but nothing extraordinary. Word to the wise...order meats more rare than you like as they tend to be overcooked. The Caribbean lobster was good on the 2nd formal night...not at all mushy. The best dessert I had was the cheesecake. We had anytime dining and made reservations most nights. Dress was more casual than on other cruises have taken even on formal nights. We had to eat on the upper level and it was quite warm most nights. Dinner took 2+ hours if we stayed for dessert. We had to rush to get a seat in the theater some nights..it was very crowded for the 9pm show. Once we went to the 7pm show and found it easier to get a good seat. We ate in the MDR 5 out of 7 nights . One night we ate in Bermuda and one in the Oceanview Buffet deck 10. Be sure to check out the entire buffet as there are many sub stations with different cuisine. GF enjoyed the stir fry, the pizza isn't bad, the ice cream is good when its actually frozen. Often it was melting for some unknown reason. Breakfast was ok....scrambled eggs not so good but omelets and eggs benedict were good. GF said coffee was good and I enjoyed lots of hot tea selections. Juice will cost you extra at the buffet but you can order it from room serve for a small tip and take it to the buffet. We did not use the MDR for BFST as some complained it was terrible. I wanted to try the crepe and Panini restaurant ($5 cover charge) but we never made it there. GF went to the brunch buffet the last day at sea in the MDR but wasn't impressed. Poolside burgers and dogs were good but fried were always cold.
Drink service at pools was not good from complaints we heard esp. if you had a bev. package.
Ist day in port we bought 2 day passes for $25 each right at the pier for unlimited bus and ferry rides (does not include taxi or mini bus service). Buses and ferries are very clean and reliable. We waited an hour or so after other passengers got off the ship and took the ferry to Hamilton to shop...disappointing. Be aware everything in Bermuda is expensive. Budget shoppers looking for souvenirs will have a hard time. We walked a block up to the bus stop around noon and took the bus to Warwick Long Beach.The buses are frequent and very clean but the ride is harrowing up and down hills! There are bathrooms to change in but they are disgusting! A better option would have been to go to Horseshoe Bay (next beach down) and change there then walk to the end of Warwick LB. They also have showers rentals, food etc. Both beaches connect and its a beautiful walk from one end to the other. Near the end of WW Long beach you will find Jobson's Cove which is a lovely grotto where we found gorgeous parrot fish swimming. You have to walk on the dunes and thru a small park in some areas of WW LB to avoid the rock formations in the water. Much of WWLB is deserted..just a few people here and there unlike Horseshoe which is fairly crowed. The sand isn't as pink as expected...we heard it looks pinker at sunset. We took a bus back to Hamilton for dinner..ate at the Lobster Pot..casual place, good but pricey. On Wednesdays in the summer Front St in Hamilton hosts Harbor Nights..street vendors, entertainment, etc. Don't bother getting there til 7pm as it takes forever for vendors to set up after the street closes at 6pm. There is a late ferry to take you back after the festival. Day 2 onshore we took the ferry to St. George's. which is much more quaint and has better shopping than Hamilton. We took a cab for a few $ to Tobacco Bay beach where we snorkeled among the rock formations. On the way you get a glimpse of the unfinished church. You will find the oldest church in the western hemisphere in town too. A strange thing in St G is the sweaters crocheted around the trucks of trees and the lamp posts!
Day 3 we opted to stay at the dockyard so we wouldn't miss the ship's departure. In hindsight I wished we had done a glass bottom boat for $25(at the dockyard) or a tour of the island. You can get a taxi (with the blue flags) to take a load of passengers on a narrated tour for $40 an hour for the whole taxi (van). The taxis and other tours line up at the dockyard near the sjip..no need to book tours with your cruiseline unless you have too much money and don't know what to do with it! The dockyard is really built up by the cruiselines and is very commercial. There is a free train to take you around to the clocktower mall, craft market, rum cake factory, glass blower and restaurants. The best thing I saw were the chickens and roosters that run wild around town. There is a man made beach at the dockyard called Snorkel park but the reviews were bad so we didn't venture there.
Bermuda is very clean and safe. The people are friendly and proud of their island. They are very tolerant of visitors and are happy to give you directions.
Disembarkment took time due to slow elevators. Once we got past that it was fairly smooth. We found out checked bags easily and got a shuttle to the car. Driving home on a Sunday was a breeze with little traffic to contend with.
I would definitely sail Celeb again but have seen enough of Bermuda and rough seas. Its back to the Caribbean for this chick!
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