THE SHIP: Our first cruise ever was on Celebrity Summit to Bermuda last week. Although the ship is older she is well-maintained and quite elegant. Despite 2000+ passengers and crew, many times we found ourselves alone or with a handful of people on different places on the ship. The Summit is laid out well and easily manuvered and it was fun to discover all the areas.
THE PASSENGERS: We met some lovely people of ALL ages during our week. However, it's clear Celebrity does not enforce its' "Fit for Travel" clause. If you are unable to stand for the emergency instructions at Muster Drill, you are NOT GONNA MAKE IT if we go down.
THE FOOD: We were sold on Aqua Class primarily for the "clean cuisine" in Blu. We ate there twice. We tried brunch upon boarding and waited for about 40 mins before being seated. We waited for 20+ minutes after ordering until the Captain announced all cabins were ready and we were free to move about the ship. We gave up at this point and left our table without ever being served. After chalking it up to a rough transition day, we tried again the next night for supper. Our food was mediocre and our service was poor. The Oceanview buffet was what we expected when you're trying to please a couple thousand people. Good pizza, great omelet, outstanding Cesar salad. Many many options to choose from, you'll find something to eat. Qsine was very good and fun but you need a bigger group than two! Normandie was the best food on the ship but pricey $50/each AND they won't upcharge your Classic Drink package so you pay full charge for nice wine ( $18 for a glass!!). We expected outstanding service based on other passenger comments but our waiter was rather aloof. The restaurant was nearly empty at 6pm which really burned us up as we got A LOT of grief when we changed our reservations from 8:30. Yes the food was fabulous but it's stuffy and pretentious which isn't our style. We ate several dinners at Bistro on 5 and loved the entire staff especially OKSANA who took fantastic care of us! Most nights we had the place to ourselves and the price is $7 pp. Note: this is where many officers and staff eat late at night so that tells you something!
THE DRINKS: Plentiful and delicious. The Cafe' al Bacio serves best coffee on ship. We never had trouble getting a drink...EVER! We've read that others have, we did not. We never dreamed we would drink so much and the Classic Package was well worth the money!
THE ENTERTAINMENT: The singers and dancers put on one high energy show after another. The comedians were great, the theater is spectacular with comfortable seating and lots of it. Huge casino if you're into that.
THE ACTIVITIES: You can do as much or as little as you want.
OUR STATEROOM: 9th deck, AquaClass, great location. Comfy bed (hands down the best sleep we've ever had on vacation), great AC, great balcony (used by us all the time), minimal tv options but who cares, one person in bathroom at a time and we did have a funky smell but we brought an Airwick and set it up asap. And our room was IMMACULATE thanks to Michael and ZamZam. It occurred to us one night that we saw them at 6 am and again at 10:30 pm, when do they sleep?
THE PORT: Bermuda is beautiful. Highly recommend Heidi from Bermuda Footsteps.com for a very small and highly detailed tour of the island. Loved being able to come and go for 3 days. Can't say anything bad about Bermuda.
THE HIGHLIGHTS: Cruise Director Ken is a gem. Hardest working man on the ship. Loved him. His staff is fabulous (Luigi and Martin especially) and he's a great example of "Attitude reflects leadership". He puts his heart and soul into the events AND manages to smile when some guy corners him to say his roll was dry at dinner. Don't know what he's paid but it's not enough! And we never expected Captain Dimitrios to be hilarious but gosh that guy is funny and FUN! The entire Summit crew works hard at very demanding jobs (8 months at sea, 2 months off...think about that) and everything seems effortless. It is a well-oiled machine and we felt comfortable, relaxed and safe the entire cruise. Be nice to the crew!!!!
TIPS FOR NEW CRUISERS: Pack comfortable shoes and clothes. You are on your feet a lot and if the water is bumpy you do NOT want to be on unstable shoes. You spend a lot of time at sea, be comfy. Bermuda is a lot of exercise just getting around, dress accordingly. We learned that a nice nap in the afternoon helps you make the later events and shows. Bring $1 bills for tips and we spent about $700 total of our spending money. Even with the drink package, our final bill was $196.00 for dinners and extras. Be polite to the crew, your good energy feeds your soul as well.