My husband and I really enjoyed our cruise on the Summit for our 30th wedding anniversary. We wanted quiet time together, and by booking a balcony stateroom, we were able to spend a lot of quality time there. The ship didn't feel crowded, and we chose to only participate in a few activities; the Galley and Bridge tours and a show. Service was excellent, all the staff was friendly and helpful.
Sydney, N.S. Not much to do in Sydney. Walked about town. Took a tour of an historic house, and took a walk along the waterfront. Lunch at a local restaurant (Governor's Pub?)
Our main problems revolved around two issues; our inability to change our dinner time, and the frequent inaccessibility of Revelations Lounge to non- Captain's Club members. The only dinner seating available when we booked in May was the 8:30. The first day on board we went to see the maitre d' about a change to open seating, and he informed us that no changes were possible. The open seating was fully booked before the cruise was even put up for reservations. The 6 PM was also full. We ate at the later seating for a week, finishing dinner at 10 PM, and then falling asleep with full stomachs. After a week we ate dinner on our own time at the buffet with the other "regulars" who had the same problem.
First time passengers on Celebrity are barred from Captain's Club events. Fine with us except that they took over Revelations Lounge on Sailaways and other times of the day. Not a problem, except that on a cold weather cruise, the big lounge at the top of the ship, with all the big windows is the best place to see where the ship is sailing, or to sit on Sea Days and read and enjoy the view. Our last few days, every time we went up there it was for Captain's Club only. We began to feel like second class passengers!
Although these problems did not spoil the cruise for us, they did keep us from having a totally relaxing time. We retreated more to our stateroom, and spent more time on deck when it was cold and windy. The buffet actually had food we enjoyed more than the dining room; lot's of salads and Indian curries and sushi!