My wife and I returned yesterday 6/26/11 from a one week Bermuda cruise on the Celebrity Summit.
We stayed on deck 9 in a concierge class cabin.
Firstly to my fellow Cruise Critic members who were at Monday afternoon's Connections party it was good to meet and chat with all of you.
I'll group my thoughts around two themes:
1) The ship &
We had sailed last spring out of San Juan on a southern Caribbean cruise on Summit.
Had a good experience then and an even better one last week.
General ambience on the ship, service provided by the crew & the food were all very good. We ate at the late seating in the main dining room and the cuisine was varied, well prepared and nicely presented.
Entertainment was much improved from last year. The production shows were extremely well performed by enthusiastic cast members, all top notch singers & dancers. They were Broadway style productions that quite frankly surprised me with their high quality.
There were also two comedians and both were very funny. The first Troy was both clean and hilarious, something that's a rarity these days. The other Travis was a singer/impressionist who imitated a number of different performers.
We had three sea days so there were many activities going on all day on the ship, if you were looking for something to do, there were choices available.
The Saturday brunch was a treat and the cruise Director Mike handled his duties in a professional manner without being either overbearing or intrusive.
We had three days on the island with great weather so it was hard not to have a good time.
We exclusively used the buses and water ferries to get around and did not experience any difficulties of any kind.
On our first and last land day, we went to Horseshoe Beach on the bus with no problem.
The Transport authority ran "Special" dedicated buses between Dockyard and the beach. On Friday our last day we had the longest wait (of only about 30 minutes) to get on a return bus back to the ship. Otherwise the wait was 10 minutes or less.
On day two we went to St. Georges and Tobacco Bay Beach going on the water ferry and returning via two buses connecting in Hamilton. Because there's only one scheduled water trip to St. George from the west end in the morning and there were probably over 500 people who wanted to travel, the so called Big (but slower than hydrofoil) craft was used which translated into a 1 ½ hour ride on the water.
On the evening of the 1st land day, we also took the water ferry to Hamilton where they held a street fair called Harbor Nights. There were local artisans, music & food and was fun.
Since this festival ran until 10PM and the last scheduled ferry to Dockyard is listed as 8:30PM, two additional boats (at 9:30 & 10PM) were added from Hamilton to accommodate people wanting to get back to their cruise ships (the Norwegian Gem was also docked at King's Wharf with the Summit).
Overall we had a wonderful week and if you have the opportunity, a 7 day cruise to Bermuda on Summit is a good choice to make.