To celebrate my fathers 75th Birthday the entire family went on a cruise to Bermuda on the Summit. We have cruised many times and the Summit was very classy and fun. If you are looking for a cruise with all the crazy pool games and high energy activities perhaps the Summit is not for you. On the other hand, if you want relax, have excellent food and quality service than this cruise is for you.
My parents have cruised a great deal and took my family with two kids and my brother and his wife and we each had our own unique quality experiences.
Food: Very good: we liked the variety and the ability to order on the everyday menu or the chefs nightly specials...it created a very wide variety. The children's menu was varied and our waiter went beyond to cater to my 5 and 8 year olds needs. I highly recommend booking a table at the specialty restaurant Normandy for an evening for a taste of old world cruising and amazing service....for additional $35.00 it's the bargain of the cruise!! As for the Waterfall cafe the variety of food for Breakfast and Lunch it fantastic with Stir-fry/ Deli/make your own pasta/burgers and nachos/Indian food/ Asian and the daily buffet. Also their two ice cream stands are excellent. One small beef, and this is being picky, the Pizza counter always seemed to be out of Cheese pizza...considering that their were kids and most people don't eat the fancy pizza perhaps they would have known to have the standard pizza available without a wait.....a second cheese or pepperoni pizza as a back up seems very doable but their always was a wait. The French Fries are great. Also, if you want they will cook you a Veggie or Turkey burger at the grill at any time.
Kids Camp: The Fun Factory was fantastic for my boys. We were a little worried that my 8 and 5 year old kids would not take to camp. WOW!!! Were we wrong....they loved every second and woke up in the morning waiting for it to open. Perhaps their was a little too much Arts and Crafts for my oldest, but once again that was minor complaint. Each activity was perfect for each group...Boys liked Sponge Bob Night and Super Hero day. Staff was awesome. The cruise didn't have a tremendous amount of kids about 250 so each kid felt special. Family Bingo was fun.
Cabin: The cabin was very nice for four people but a bit crowed but that's what you expect. State Room attendant excellent.
Shows: Besides the comedian the entertainment was cheesy. The magician seemed like he was making it up as he went along and amateurish he blew two tricks and was sloppy. The comedian was very funny and the slide show that he showed was very very funny.
Spa: Very nice and classy. ***The adult only Aqua spa with the thermo pool is the best part of ship. Wow did it relax me and their separate food buffet was very good and healthy.
Staff was very Friendly always greeting with smiles.
Not a tremendous amount of activities like the big ships but just enough variety. The lecture series was good as was the food demonstrations but was perhaps uneven.
Highlight: The string quartet...a must see.
Bermuda- We enjoyed the Dockyard since it was separated from all the tourist parts of Bermuda. We liked the Snorkel Beach (was that the name) it was well worth the $5.00 per person and was a short walk from the ship.
The Summit is older and beginning to show its age. It could use a gut renovation to fix mostly cosmetics.
We had a great time and if you are looking for a cruise that's not loud in your face but a way to kick back then Celebrity is for you.