This was the first time on a Celebrity cruise for my DH and me. We have taken many Princess cruises and always been happy, but we decided to branch out for a change.
Upon arrival we were met at the airport by a Celebrity representative. A short ride later we were deposited at the Cape Liberty port at about 11:45 a.m.. The lines were very long. We were checked in and on the ship at 1:00 p.m. A sign said the stateroom would be available at 1:00 so we took the elevator up to deck 7. About 15 people were waiting by the stairs for the doors to be opened. At 1:20 we were allowed to proceed to our stateroom, an inside room on the Vista deck.
We probably should have tried one of the newer Celebrity ships to introduce ourselves to the line. The Summit is older and in many ways it shows. Our stateroom was probably the best example. The shower and floor tile in the bathroom was black in many areas and the toilet seat looked very old. We did have a very nice, firm mattress, but the bedding had stains on it. The rest of the ship was hit or miss. The MDR and Celebrity Theatre were beautiful.
Following the advice on a cruise critic review, we avoided the buffet and headed straight to the Aqua Spa café for a healthy lunch. This turned out to be our favorite eating option on the cruise. Breakfast offerings were oatmeal, toast, cold cereal, yogurt parfaits, fresh fruits and delicious popovers. Lunch offerings were cold soup, salad, fish, bread, fruit and dessert. There was always plenty of tables available and none of the usual buffet chaos.
After a quick trip around the ship our luggage had arrived at our room. We unpacked, went to the muster drill and then to deck 10 for a margarita and the sail away. Although it was not a clear day, we were still able to get photos of the Statue of Liberty. Next we decided to try the Thalassotherapy pool and whirlpools. This adult only area was great and we visited it each day of the cruise. Time was slipping away, so we went to the buffet for a quick dinner. For dinner the buffet features pizza, salad bar, sushi, Indian food and cook-to-order pasta and stir fry. These are all good. They also offer a few standard items such as meat, potatoes and vegetables. Theses are sitting in warming pans and they seem to sit a long time and are not very good. For dessert there is ice cream and a large tray with various cakes. We ended our first evening at the Celebrity Theatre Welcome Aboard show. The Theatre is large and comfortable and the entertainment was enjoyable.
Day two was at sea. We used the jogging track, whirlpools and gym and wandered through the shops and library. We went to a talk on baseball, but the presenter was very low key and read off notes on his slide presentation. After a restful day we went to the MDR right at 6:00 p.m. for a try at select dining. We were seated with six other guests. The food and service were very good and we enjoyed our companions. The evening show features Aerial Artists Dominique and Marsha. They put on a fascinating performance.
Day three was Portland, Maine. The port town is not very picturesque or interesting. We did walk to the Shipyard Brewing Company for a beer tasting and tour. Next was a ship tour to Kennebunkport. This town was jammed with tourists, all trying to go to the same restaurants. We walked a few blocks to The Landing for a half and half roll. This was a roll with half crab meat and half lobster. It came with potato chips, slaw and a pickle and was a bit pricey at $19.95, but it was delicious! The evening’s entertainment was Adam Trent, an illusionist that put on a fun show. We also discovered the Elk Island Trio in the Rendez-Vous lounge for some favorite tunes.
Day four was Bar Harbor where we had made reservations with Oli’s Trolley for a 3 hour tour of Acadia National Park. This was an informative and active tour with stops at Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole. Afterwards we walked to Chowdah’s for clam chowder, blueberry ale and blueberry pie. To relieve our after lunch discomfort we walked along the shore trail for about a mile and back. The featured act in the theater that night was a hilarious comedian, Steven Scott.
Day five was Saint John, New Brunswick. We took the ship’s St. Martin’s and the Bay of Fundy tour. It was 5 hours and included lunch. The tour guide was engaging and made our numerous stops, including the Reversing Falls, very nice. That evening we tried the MDR again. Celebrity is still working out the kinks for select dining. We asked for a table for two. After waiting for 45 minutes at the Martini Bar, we inquired again and were seated. Our waiter had about 5 tables and was keeping us in sync. So if one table ordered soup, all tables would wait so the entrees were served at the same time. We only ordered an appetizer and entrée, but dinner took almost two hours. The food was quite good, except steaks. The steaks ordered medium but came well done. The ventriloquist Michael Minor was the headliner that evening. He is a great singer as well as ventriloquist and we loved his show.
Day six was Halifax, Nova Scotia. We walked to the Citadel, but discovered the entrance fee was $12. We only had a hour to spare, so we instead enjoyed the return walk along the shore. Halifax was by far the most lively and beautiful port on the itinerary. We took the ship Historical Pubs and Seaside Ceildh tour. What a blast! We traveled from pub to pub with a Scottish band and had a sing-a-long. That evening’s entertainment was a variety show and was very good.
Day seven was at sea. We finished our books, relaxed and visited the gym. While on the treadmill I heard the detox seminar. The ending was a pitch for a detox program for $616. Unbelievable! Our final evening included a Farewell variety show featuring a fantastic a cappella group, the Neptunes, who were phenomenal.
The disembarkation was from the Celebrity Theatre and was well organized. It was a nice ending to an enjoyable week.