Only one port of call may seem odd but, believe me, you'll Love it! Our party of 2 couples has just returned from the 22nd May 2011 sailing New York to Bermuda where we stayed in cabins 6001 and 6003, right at the front of the ship, overlooking the helipad.
The staff on the Celebrity Summit put your enjoyment at top of their priorities so here are a few tips on what you can do to enhance your cruise experience.
Firstly, consider the beverage packages. Three of our party enjoy a tipple or two but I'm not a big drinker. However, we all chose the Premium Beverage package and it worked out very well for us. If you are likely to have, say, a morning coffee and a cold drink or bottled water, then a cold drink, beer or wine with lunch, another cold drink and coffee in the afternoon, a glass of wine or two with dinner and maybe a little cocktail or beer in the evening, then this package is for you! A beer alone can cost $7.50 so the drinks charge can add up quicker than you think. We also felt that the Premium Card got us first class service and our drinks measures were enormous!
Now for formal nights - dress up if you wish; it's fun and you have the opportunity to have some really lovely photographs taken in your best bib and tucker. However, we were disappointed that nothing special happened to mark the formal evening and it was just the same as any other but folk were poshed up. Get ready a couple of hours early and then do the rounds of all the photographers. That way you get a choice to choose from at the end of your trip. There are pool deck parties with a magnificent band, a night club, karaoke, piano bar and lots of quieter spots if you prefer; a large outdoor pool, four Jacuzzi hot tubs and an indoor spa pool with saunas and hydrotherapy bubbles all for free!
Food? In comparison to other cruise ships, we did find the found rather underwhelming but tasty enough. The restaurant staff did all they could to help but may have been limited by the Chef's menu. It felt a little like a Nursing Home menu despite the passengers being more in the age range of 35-55.
Bermuda - OMG! What a magnificent little island. I challenge you to define the variants of colour of the sea and sky. Jade, turquoise, azure ... magical views at every turn. Buy a 3 day public transport pass as it will get you to everywhere you want to go. A short walk from the ship, you catch the buses and ferry boats. St George is a gorgeous, simple little town, where the Mayor was waiting in the Square to welcome us all and a band was playing for us. Take lunch in the restaurant there and watch the shoals of fish swim right up to the boardwalk for scraps. The little Finches will eat crumbs right out of your hand too. Take a horse and buggy ride to St Catherine's Beach and then walk back to catch the teatime ferryboat back to Kings Wharf. Take the ferry again to Hamilton - a very well developed little town with beautiful shops, banks and a great Flannagan's Irish bar by the port. Pop on a number 4 bus there and sneak your way up to Spanish Point where the locals keep the perfect little bay at Admiralty House Park all to themselves. Day three, pop on another bus at King's Wharf to Gibbs Lighthouse and Warwick Bay (just watch out for the Rip Tides and Portugese Man-o-War!!) Three days simply isn't long enough but is a great taster for a longer beach holiday there later.
At the port in New York, taxis are cheaper to Newark Airport than the ship transfers. Should cost you about $40 for four people and it only takes about 30 mintues.
All-in-all, this trip is great value-for-money, you'll meet wonderful people, make new friends (if you choose) and see one of the most beautiful islands on earth. Go for it and enjoy. Wish I was there.