We drove from upstate NY the day before our cruise. Stayed overnight at Crowne Plaza in Secaucus. From there it was a 20 minute bus ride into Manhattan. The next morning it took 30 minutes to drive to Cape Liberty. We parked in the lot - $133 for the 7 days. The embarking process was well organized, lines kept moving. There were seats and cold drinks while waiting for the shuttle bus to take you to the ship. We were aboard 1 hour and 15 minutes after parking our car.
The Summit is still a classy ship. There were some signs of wear and tear - to be expected after so many years of service - but nothing that kept us from enjoying the cruise. The crew was very friendly - everyone greeted you with a smile and "Good morning." Our stateroom was on deck 2 with large window. We liked the arrangement of the bed against the side wall so we could sit near the window and look out at sea. The was plenty of storage for our things; suitcases fit under the bed. Our stateroom attendant, Antonio, was very attentive.
We had early seating in the main dining room and were well matched with the other 2 couples at our table. The menu was varied and you could always order from the Classic side if nothing was appealing on the day's specials. The portions were small but adequate. I only had one meal I did not like, veal cordon bleu, which was too salty. Service was impeccable from our waiters Roger and Adriana. He gave us his recommendations each evening and also informed us of special events and the next day's menu.
The Waterfall cafe also had a good variety with traditional fare, Asian and Indian food, fresh stir-fry, sushi in the evening, pasta and salad bar, and pizza until midnight. Sometimes it was difficult to communicate with the servers. Poolside grill was great and the Aqua Spa cafe offered light fare for breakfast and lunch.
There were many activities onboard, especially on the days at sea. We attended a few lectures and really enjoyed the galley tour. We spent much of the time relaxing at poolside and using the thalassotherapy pool in the spa. Bingo and the casino are not our thing. Entertainment was varied and enjoyable.
The full production shows were great with some exceptional talent. The 2 guest entertainer comedians were OK but I could have done without seeing them. Antonio Salci high energy concert was outstanding.
We really enjoyed the variety of live music throughout the ship. From the party band to the piano entertainer, the gutiarist to the mellow quartet, there was something for everyone. Our personal favorites were the Neptunes a capella quartet and the Paradise String quartet. We tried to catch them whenever they performed. We would have preferred more ballroom dance music but did find a few opportunities for that. All music venues shut down by 12 midnight. This was not a big party cruise.
We attended a party for Captain's Club members the last day at sea. The food and complimentary drinks were a nice surprise. In addition to this event, the crew was very visible and approachable throughout the cruise.
Disembarking went smoothly. We had hoped for express walk-off but the Summit does not have that. Instead they moved up our time. From the time we were at our assigned our disembarking location to driving away in our car it was only 30 minutes.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the Summit and our time in Bermuda. It was good to see that Celebrity still maintains great service and quality. We like the traditional dining and a relaxing atmosphere free of blaring announcements throughout the day. We will definitely sail with Celebrity in the future.