Our cruising experience began on the Summit back in 2004 and after 4 other cruise lines, we were able to return to the Summit once again. Despite all the concerns that many have expressed about the age of Summit and the dated furnishings, this ship is still in excellent shape and nothing on her could possible ruin your cruise unless you allow it to. Having been spoiled by Celebrity on our first cruise, everything after that has been a comparison to Celebrity. Non have compared, though only one was disappointing.
Embarking at Cape Liberty is a breeze. You're on the ship in less than a half hour from the time you pull in. We decided several years ago that NY or NJ is the only way to go. No more flights for us.
Our cabin, 8158 was the typical veranda room. Nothing spectacular, but comfortable and well kept. Although the balcony wasn't large, it is the only way to go. Our attendant, Vithall was great all week. They have a tough job and still do it with a smile and are extremely helpful and friendly.
We had late seating in the MDR and our waiter Richie and assistant Oscar were extremely accommodating. The food was wonderful all week, although I think it has gone down a bit since 2004 - probably due to the change in Executive Chef for the line.
Lunches at the Aqua Cafe were much better than the Waterfall cafe, although we once again had no complaints about any of the food throughout the ship.
Loved the new no-smoking policy. On a recent HAL cruise, the smoke in the casino was so thick, we were sick for a week due to the second hand smoke. Keeping it to certain portions of the ship was a blessing.
Decided to purchase the non-alcoholic premium drink package and felt it was worth the cost. Not being a heavy drinker, this card worked well for the water, espresso and latte's. Probably broke even, but was very convenient.
The spa pool and hot tubs were great - these are the first hot tubs on our last 4 cruises that were actually hot. Didn't have much trouble with chair hogs, but we did spend a lot of time on deck 11 forward where there was always plenty of room.
Entertainment was limited and probably the poorest of any of our cruises. Didn't find much to keep our interest.
Bermuda is a wonderful island if you enjoy the beaches. We were there last year on the Norwegian Dawn and did all the tours and sightseeing, so this year we decided to just relax and enjoy the beach and Swizzle Inn. Transportation by bus is a bit rough, but the ferry is much easier for travel. Not a lot to buy or shop for on the island, but the people are all so friendly and helpful.
Disembarkation was as easy as the embarkation. Hated to leave.
We will be back on Celebrity again - this line adds a bit more amenities to make it a better cruise experience than other lines we've been on. We love cruising and still feel that even a bad day on a cruise is better than a good day at work.