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Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Charlie_Tuna: Celebrity Summit: October 10, 2010, out of Bayonne, NJ


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Cabin 5.5
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 1.0
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 1.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates 2.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 1.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Celebrity Summit: October 10, 2010, out of Bayonne, NJ

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

Stayed at the comfortable Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn the night prior to departure. They provide complementary shuttle service to and from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. We left our car safely in their parking lot for the two week duration of the cruise. That arrangement is convenient, and obviously a tremendous value.

Embarkation required that,after you leave your luggage with a stevedore

and check in, there is an additional step that requires you to take a bus for the short distance to the dockside. This last step is peculiar to Cape Liberty and is time-consuming.

For reasons known only to themselves (cost savings?), Celebrity Summit CLOSES their dining room for lunch on the day of embarkation. This results in

utter confusion in their cafeteria and people unable to find a table. We carried trays of cold food up and down the area of the cafeteria without finding either a table or a table willing to share. I contemplated leaving the ship in More desperation. Finally, we did find a place to sit down and eat our cold lunch. This experience colored our opinion of Celebrity and impinged on our enjoyment of the cruise.

At Newport, RI passengers were lightered by use of the ships life-boats. They commenced at 8:30 a.m. and the last shore going passenger was not off the ship until after after noon. We could not, therefore, go ashore at Newport because it seemed unlikely we could return before sailing time of 5:00 p.m.

There were no ships officers in evidence to instruct as to proper handling of the life-boats. We saw them regularly miss tossed lines and in so doing, strike the side of the ship. The operation appeared lackadaisical and unsupervised. This with a calm sea.

The ships service staff were superb and compensated for various shortcomings. The food was good in the dining room, we had the 6:00 p.m. seating. The main dining room is closed for lunch whenever the ship is in port. We only ate in the cafeteria when we had no other choice and the food was unsatisfactory.

Our son has various food allergies. The dining and food service staff were superb in providing for his special requirements. They simply made our cruise. Our son never once suffered any indisposition, because of their concern and special preparation of his meals. We particularly commend the Assistant Maitre'd, Melvis Afonso; Gladwin Pinto,our waiter; Padilla Menino, our Assistant Waiter; Rey and Jim our Room Attendants. I wish to commend the "always smiling" Ininando Fernaz, waiter. There were two "Brunches" during the cruise. These are chaotic with every man for himself as to seating. I was sure happy to see Ininando Fernaz's smiling face among the crowd. He called over, cleared a table, and made the "Brunch" tolerable.

We struck heavy seas and high winds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The ship rolled heavily. There was damage in many rooms, toiletries and broken glass on the floor in our and many others. However, we suppose that it was not too bad, because, Captain Athanasios Peppas did not find it necessary to drain the topside pools.

As to the public rooms. We were excluded from Revelations on Deck 11 between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. as it was reserved for the exclusive use of the more privileged Elite passengers. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Summit Inside Stateroom Sky Deck (9)

Inside room category 09 was small but adequate for 3 especially with limited closet and drawer space. Overall, the stateroom was much smaller than a comparable cabin on Holland American. Only the exceptional service by the stateroom attendants, Rey and Jim, made the experience pleasant.

Port and Shore Excursions


(5.5)
We went ashore on our own, took public transportation to the Quincy Market area, and had a fine old time. Great public transportation at the docks, easy connections to the subway. Only one oddity; a subway stop was hidden and almost unmarked at the old statehouse. Thankfully, there was a friendly U.S. Park Ranger on the street giving directions.

The cruise terminal was recently upgraded and in beautiful condition.

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: We went ashore on our own and walked around. A clean little town. However, the potato crop had been harvested and things were tranquil to the point of utter silence.

Much better information and greeting than Halifax. They actually provided a map, unlike Halifax.


We skipped Bar Harbor because of the rough seas. Therefore, had one and a-half days in Halifax. The first day it rained and rained and rained. The second day was rain, but fine in the afternoon. Waited for FRED bus, but never showed up. No covered bus shelters or canopies despite the elaborate and newly renovated cruise terminal. No bus schedules posted, and very little information online. No local representatives as in Boston or Quebec City. Inexplicably, there is very little signage to direct tourists either. Halifax was perhaps the worst cruise ship port-of-call on the itinerary. Halifax is not worth a visit, regardless of weather.

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We did not go ashore for the reasons listed above. We were not called for the lighters until after noon, would have had little time ashore and would have wondered how we would have ever been lightered back to the ship before the 5:00 p.m. departure Many passengers also declined to go ashore under the circumstances. Of course, those who paid Celebrity for shore excursions went first. Due to Celebrity's poor boat handling, it was a dismal experience and a great pity.

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We went ashore on our own and walked around the old port area. They had a 2-foot gauge railroad originally used for Maine lumbering, then at a Cranberry Bog, and eventually wound up on Portland.


We did it all on our own. From the Chateau to the Train Station. The $1. bus gives a splendid tour of the entire city. Cleanest and best constructed buildings you ever did see. This is the Capital for the Province of Quebec and the government is by far the largest employer. The rest of Canada picks up the tab.

Quebec City provided tourist representatives who offered maps and were very helpful. They went so far as to explain the best pedestrian routes. The city was very friendly to English speakers. The best port-of-call on the itinerary, perhaps the best port-of-call in Canada.

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