Before our July 3 Celebrity Summit Cruise, we read a lot of reviews that made us question our choice. We were warned of a dirty, neglected ship with worn out furniture and poor food. Everything, from embarkation to entertainment proved those warnings unnecessary. This was our third and best cruise. Cape Liberty was easy to get to and even had a clean, beautiful "Disney-style" shuttle to get us to the ship. We were warmly welcomed onto the ship and went right to the Waterfall Cafe buffet. The food choices were extremely diverse, the buffet was huge, and there was always a table available. The buffet was kept very clean and the waiters were always busing tables and wiping them down. Everything on the buffet was fresh and because waiters served the food to guests, everything was kept sanitary.
By 1:00 we were able to get into our stateroom. The room was clean and our stateroom attendant was always nearby to open the door or to handle any questions or concerns. The room was very small, the only negative of the entire trip. Our party was three adults and we shared one interior room (something we did more easily on our other two cruises). The problem was that the sofa bed (really a chair)opened across the bottom of the bed making it extremely difficult for those in the bed to get to the bathroom during the night. We didn't spend much time in the stateroom so we made do with the accomodations.
The entertainment on the ship was fantastic! The singers and dancers were enthusiastic and energetic and the shows were very well done, especially for fans of musicals! The musicians were very talented and they were also highlighted during the shows. There were two acts brought onto the ship, a violin player and a comedian. The violin player was terrific. We didn't expect much and thought that his show was going to be filled with boring classical music. Instead, he played a mix of music, told stories and "jammed" with the other musicians on board. There was a very talented acapella group and a string trio that performed in the shows and in different places on the ship. The lounge had a great singer with her band that was always fun to watch before late dinner.
Dinner at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant was a very nice experience. Dinners lasted two hours, but they were served by waiters and assistant waiters who were well trained and gracious. They knew the menus and would tell both positive and negative aspects of each dish. The food choices were varied and the two picky eaters in our party always found something to eat. The desserts were delicious and the homemade ice cream served in the restaurant and in the buffet was the best we've ever tasted.
The pools were never crowded and the adults only thalassotherapy pool became our favorite. It was more of a challenge to find three deck chairs in the adults only area, but there were plenty of tables to use until chairs became available.
Every public area of the ship was attractively decorated and well kept. The ship is decorated with very interesting modern art that was fun to look at and very cheerful.
The Summit docks at King's Wharf in Bermuda and there is a free tram to take you around the Dockyard area. This is a great location to dock. The ferry and bus terminals are within walking distance and there is a fun shopping mall to explore. Bermuda is a beautiful island with extremely friendly and helpful locals. We caught a free tour in St. George's and were guided to locations by amiable bus drivers and concerned local people. We have visited Jamaica, Nassau, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel and found Bermuda to be the nicest island, yet! We'd love to return there.
This cruise left all of us happy and pleased with the experience. The Celebrity Summit should not be overlooked as a vacation possibility.