Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by navajogem50: GREAT TIME VS SAFETY ISSUES
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GREAT TIME VS SAFETY ISSUES
We sailed on Summit may 25-June 01. No surprises with embarkation except to say it's a good thing "THE TENT" is not used in winter, as it would be mighty cold waiting in line-ups for security and check-in ! We were very happy to have stayed over-night pre-cruise at the Country Inn and Suites Newark airport, and took advantage of their package for parking and shuttle to the pier. Our room was ocean-view, mid ship and close to the elevators...Perfect for us !! The crew were very kind, attentive and friendly. We felt very taken care of by our attendants, waiter staff, bartenders and Guest services. We ate in the ocean-view café most of the time, as my husband does not do formal. The food was pretty good over-all, The desserts were excellent and we enjoyed the ice cream service daily. There were comments good and bad regarding the baskets and pans....we felt that it kept the food hotter. The trays gave the place a cafeteria feel, but we did not mind putting everything on one tray. More
We found that waiter service for drinks was more scarce in the evening in the Oceanview café......but hey, our loss for not doing MDR. We found the entertainment on board to be a solid 3/5. It was repetitive some evenings and unfortunately, the wonderful voices were drowned out frequently by the house band. The performers however, are very energetic and talented and the themes/ costumes fun. We both really enjoyed the talks given by the captain and engineer. Having just sailed on Silhouette, I have to say that the solarium on Summit was a big disappointment to me. I found it extremely noisy with the water constantly falling into the thalasso pools and the extra tables set up around to eat/ play games added to the noise level. I spent my quiet time on deck 12 behind the basketball court where it was quiet, not crowded and still had waiter service. My husband spent quiet time in the library and in reflections. Bermuda was awesome ! we rented a scooter from Oleander and thoroughly enjoyed that experience. We visited Hamilton, Horseshoe beach and on the last day, discovered 9 beaches ! That is our kind of place....very quiet, uncrowded and used by the locals. We found the Bermudians to be genuine in their kindness and hospitality. As my title implies, there are some safety concerns that my husband noticed on board the ship. I will start by saying that he did bring them to the attention of the safety officer ( ranks 3rd down from the captain) a young Greek man who admitted it was his first week on the job. Initially, they took the issues seriously, but by the sunday morning when it came time to leave the ship, none of these issues had been fixed. Future cruisers, please look for the following . If you are sitting at Café Al Bacio in the big yellow chairs in the corner, look outside to life-boat # 15. On the wall next to it is a metal locker with life vests in it. There are upper and lower hinges on the cabinet, and the hinge on the upper left is rusted off and broken. You can also note that the hinge has actually been painted over. Below that cabinet on deck 4 is the shuffle board court. Second item is also on deck 5 at the elevators across from Café Al Bacio. there is a 2x2 glass being held on with 1 screw and bolt , the second bolt is missing. people are walking below this glass all the time. Are you seeing a theme here?? The last item and by far the most troublesome is life boat # 18. There are cables attached to the arm that will allow the lifeboat to be lowered over the side of the ship in the event of an emergency. On lifeboat # 18, the cables are held in place with a bent wire, NOT a cotter pin as all the others are. Could this render this lifeboat useless in an emergency?? If it does, that is 125-150 people !! The Captain spoke about " a chain of errors" in his talk. He stated that anyone can report an error, break the chain and prevent a problem. Well, my husband tried and his words fell on deaf ears. When he met with the safety officer, He told my husband " I could really use your eyes, you should stay on the ship another 2 weeks!". I really do hope these issues are resolved. I know Summit is an older ship, but refurbishments are one thing, safety is another. Thank-you Less
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