Previous postings were very helpful in reducing the surprises onboard the Celebrity Summit. We chose the cruise to Maine & Canada as a destination vacation and hope these comments will help future cruisers:
STAFF: everyone worked hard to be friendly. Don't know how they manage to be nice to 2000 people every week :o)
CLASSES: good floral design talk (how to arrange a rose bouquet); galley tour (interesting to those who hadn't seen a big kitchen operation); ice carving demonstration. Wish they'd had more speakers.
FOOD: breakfast - waffles, fold-over cheese pastries (available only one day). lunch - deli turkey and chicken salad sandwiches, orange-creme & chocolate-mousse parfait-type dessert, chocolate dome cake, homemade ice cream & frozen yogurt. dinner - lobster & tiger shrimp, "cigar" dessert, lamb. (also, for some reason they did not offer the casual dining service/menu for supper, just the pasta bar & other buffet items).
TOURS: Portland (variety of small gift shops on Exchange St.). Bar Harbor (many shops along Main St., and lunch at West St. Cafe [good blueberry pie & clam chowder, and excellent crab cakes, clams & shrimp cocktail]). St. John NB (horse-drawn trolley moving at a fast clip gave a closeup look at interesting homes & churches, then got off at city market and walked @four blocks [downhill or level] to Steemers restaurant [good fish & chips] near ship dock). Halifax (shortened one-hour stop at lighthouse on Peggy's Cove tour felt rushed; then walked to restaurant along harbor [very long walk, we took a cab back for @$10] aiming for Murphy's but stopped at Waterfront pub/restaurant [excellent but fish & chips for $14] and shopped at Amos Pewter next to Nova Scotia crystal].
SHOWS: illusionist was good fun; nice aerial show. Comedienne used lots of profanity.
DEBARKATION: stairs on way to exit not workable for rolling luggage so took elevator going up then riding back down.
It was a good vacation and we plan on taking another cruise to New England/Canada in a few years.