We stayed at Hotel Executive Suites in Carteret, NJ the evening prior to our cruise with our group. The hotel was reasonably priced and there is a bar and restaurant there. Our stay included a breakfast. The drive to the port was approximately 20 minutes with traffic.
We arrived at port around 10:30am. We were in a concierge room, so we were the 3rd bus load to be driven to the port. (those not familiar with this port you have to take a bus a short ride to the ship) We were greeted with Champagne or Mimosa when entering the ship.
Had read reviews about how run down the ship was. We thought that the ship was beautiful. Our cabin #7186 was ready for us at 1:30pm and we had 3 or our 4 bags before the muster. Prince was our cabin steward and took very good care of us. Unfortunately, right before the muster my sister fell and hit her head in the bathroom by tripping over her shoe on the ledge of the bathroom and had to get stitches. Heck of a way to get out of the muster...lol. The doctor and his staff where wonderful with her. Of course, we will never let her live that one down.
We ate in the Main Dining Room all but 2 nights. The food was very good most nights and the staff was wonderful. Nelson was our server and was excellent. Even the wine server kept us full with our wine and was terrific. We ate in the café the other two evenings, when we were at port, since we had a tour with Sally Bum Bum and Capt Leon at 5:30pm.
This was the 2nd time we did this evening sunset cruise with Sally Bum Bum and the highlight of the cruise. We also took a taxi all together to Horseshoe Bay and had a wonderful time. Took the ferry over to St. George and walked the town one day and over to Hamilton. We love Bermuda. This was our 4th trip to Bermuda.
We sat twice in the auditorium to see shows only to get up and leave. We decided after that not to watch the shows. We have seen so many excellent shows on other ships and were really sadden by these.
The other disappointment that most of the group complained about was that the bar staff was few and far between. The pool bar had only 2 servers and it was packed. All of us had the beverage package and found it difficult to get drinks when we wanted them. At many areas where they should have had bar staff waiting on tables we couldn't find any or it took them 40 minutes to get to our table. We would end up going to the bar ourselves and waited long there. Also, there was complaints that this ship catered to older people and everything seemed to shut down around 11pm.
Disembarkment was quick and we were out of there in no time. Would I sail on the Summit again. Probably not, when there are other ships that sail to Bermuda that have more activity and staff. I do think it is a beautiful ship. If you are looking for quiet and early nights then this is a good ship to sail on. With a group of us looking to dance and for activity, it was a little disappointing. If not for our group, we may have been bored, but there was plenty of laughter and so much fun just being with our friends.