This was our first cruise sailing out of Bayonne, N.J and our second cruise to Bermuda. The check-in facilities at Bayonne were adequate really need to be updated. We dropped off our luggage and then parked our car. The check-in (and security) were a short walk from parking. Around 12:30 it took about 10 minutes to get though security and 5-10 minutes to check-in. From there we had to stand in line and WAIT FOR A CROWDED BUS TO TAKE US TO THE SHIP (which was within a 5 minute walk). Once on board, Celebrity gave us the usual welcome on-board drink (unlike RCL). The require muster drill went very well and unlike out experiences on the Mercury, we did NOT have to go outside by the lifeboats. (Mercury was in Baltimore in January and we were not told to bring coats-COLD).
The trip to and from Bermuda was uneventful and smooth. The ship never seemed crowded and we could always find a seat for breakfast and lunch. The pool area you sometimes had to hunt a bit, and the hot tubs were always busy.
It had been 19 years since we had been to Bermuda. This time we docked at King Wharf on the West-End of the island. The major city is Hamilton which is located mid-island and the other city of size is St. George on the far east side. Last cruise we went on a ship about 35,000 tons vs the Summit of 90,000 tons. The size of the ship somewhat controls where you are docked and how you get around the island. Last cruise we spent 1 day in St. George where we could walk off the ship into town and 2+ days in Hamilton where we docked on Main Street. From Main Street it was a short trip to the bus terminal that took you anywhere on the island (east or west). The Summit on the other hand was docked on the West end of the island far away from anything. In order to get to Hamilton you needed to take a ferry or bus (schedules are available on the net). It always took some planning for each time you left the ship since you needed to know the ferry/bus schedule and what connections needed to be made. One day we went to St.George on the 10:00 ferry and arrive too late for the "official" walking tour. We did some shopping and went to the noon "dunking" on the square. People were dressed in period attire and they dunked the town gossip. The official presiding(acting) invited anyone to join him for a free walking tour afterward. The first stop was the courthouse which had pictures of former majors. He was one of them. His walking tour was very worth the effort. After the tour we spent some time in the town and waited for the ferry back to the "other end" of the island.
The highlight of this cruise was being chosen for some special perks. We are elite members (10+ cruises) and were celebrating a birthday. One night we were asked (along with 3 other couples) to join the captain at his table for dinner. At dinner he extended a special invitation for us to visit the bridge as we left Bermuda. This was special but the view was just as good from the front lounge of the ship.
Overall the cruise was one of our better ones and we would go back again (from Bayonne).