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283 Celebrity Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

We flew from Heathrow into New York a day early and booked a limo online with Dial 7 to take us from our hotel to Port Liberty at Bayonne – the transfer was good, can’t say the same for Port Liberty where there were serious traffic ... Read More
We flew from Heathrow into New York a day early and booked a limo online with Dial 7 to take us from our hotel to Port Liberty at Bayonne – the transfer was good, can’t say the same for Port Liberty where there were serious traffic delays to actually get to the terminal, even at 11.30 in the morning. Celebrity have a separate ‘meet and greet’ for suite guests and, after a very short wait, we were escorted through security and onto the ship (very much like the Yacht Club on MSC)– and straight into our suite. Being able to access your room to drop hand luggage is a real bonus. The ship was revolutionised or ‘edged’ earlier in the year and the interior has certainly been refreshed. The decor is much better, gone is the dark wood, and the whole impression is much lighter and more contemporary. As suite guests we were able to benefit from the refurbished Retreat Lounge and the Retreat sundeck above the Sky Lounge. Some of the areas, like al Bachio, Blu and Luminae have not changed and there were other areas in our suite where the old finishes had not been upgraded. Our suite was kept in good condition and while we really don’t need a butler, he was very pleasant and did everything we asked of him – luckily, we had also managed to improve our suite via the Celebrity system of online bidding for an upgrade. We have never seen the Sky Lounge so well used in the early evening, perhaps there were a lot off frequent cruisers, but it did suggest that it might have been a mistake to remove it from the Edge class – it was the most common complaint from those who had been on Edge. Bar service was generally OK though some of the bar staff in the Retreat areas struggle to deal with anything but standard drinks. We also had difficulties with a couple of barmen who appeared to have a problem understanding that prosecco and champagne are not the same thing. The entertainment staff appreciated the demographic and put on a large number of trivias in the Sky Lounge which were all very well attended – and the progressive trivia was a good idea to keep people coming back – name checks for Rhuss and Kyle who kept the enthusiasm going. There was a good range of music, both to listen to and dance to, and the theatre entertainment was fine (and well-attended) – and we thought the French duo in Quebec, Bande Artistique, outstanding. We did some Celebrity shore excursions in Boston, Quebec, and Sydney but the best was the Peggy’s Cove and Titanic graveyard tour in Halifax. The itinerary was affected by bad weather but Captain Matt dealt with it very well. The substitution of Saguenay for Bar Harbour was a bonus, and he avoided a very bad storm at the end by skipping Prince Edward Island and spending two days in Halifax while the storm passed through – our balcony furniture did suffer a bit though. The best thing was that he kept everyone informed explaining exactly why he had made the decision he had. The officer presence on the ship was also excellent throughout the cruise,and the Captain even stood in the departure corridor on the way into the terminal to wish us a safe trip home, we have never seen that before. Some gripes, evening chic is pointless, the photographers were far too pushy and the waste of paper in printing and displaying the pictures is unacceptable today. And the Celebrity app is not fit for purpose, we had two ‘day 13’s and the menus on the app bore little resemblance to real life – this needs to be resolved. The other problem for us was Luminae, the suite restaurant. The décor was fine and, once we found the right waiter, so was the service - and Jennifer, the sommelier, was outstanding both in her attention and recommendations. The downside was the management and the food choice, there were less menu choices than either in the MDR or Blu and, although you can order off menu, and off the MDR menu (unlike our recent trip on Edge), it wasn’t made clear at the start – we also ate one night at Blu because we thought the choice in Luminae was so poor. Why can’t Luminae have a list of “always available” on the menu as they have in Blu and the MDR? As suite guests we were able to use the specialty restaurants at no cost. We found the food quality, presentation and service in Tuscan Grill particularly disappointing but we were happy to see Qsine still there in its original format rather than being changed to the ‘Little Chef’ (but we were told that it will be going shortly). Food choice and service were fine, not so the wine, the sommelier was clearly little more than a waiter and the wine choices available very poor. Overall, we had a great cruise, the fall foliage looked as it should, the entertainment was better than usual, and we met some very interesting and friendly people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our sixth cruise with Celebrity but the first time on a Millennium class of ship. All our previous five cruises have been on the Solstice class. For embarkation the drive into Bayonne, NJ is not exactly the most inviting of ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise with Celebrity but the first time on a Millennium class of ship. All our previous five cruises have been on the Solstice class. For embarkation the drive into Bayonne, NJ is not exactly the most inviting of cruise terminal arrivals. We also had issues coming from our Manhattan hotel and not realising the majority of NYC yellow cabs would not cross the Hudson to go to NJ. So our hotel booked us a car. Traffic at Bayonne was queuing and slow and we waited about 30 minutes before our driver could drop us off. It wasn’t organised very well by the port authority. There was space to park but not being utilised by the port staff. But once into the terminal and onto the ship was very easy and quick. One of the best ever. Having previously uploaded our photos and getting Captain’s Club priority helped. We were on board by about 12.45pm. Going straight to your room door to pick up the cards is slick as well. This was also our first time in an Aqua room. We only booked it as a treat for our 40th wedding anniversary. Okay so we know for Concierge class you can go to the main dining room on arrival for lunch. But there is no explanation for Aqua guests, so checking with Guest Relations, yes you can go in the MDR. So we got there about 1.15pm to be told, sorry lunch closed at 1pm. So why didn’t Guest Relations say this and why did Celebrity in their e-mail tell us to embark between 1 and 1.30pm? So up to Oceanview cafe on Deck 10 and join the mad rush! The Oceanview cafe seating was generally good with additional stools and tables against the windows but when the weather is bad there is no overflow capacity outside by the Sunset bar, so everyone is inside! And it is cramped and can be difficult to find seating at the peak lunch time period. Our Aqua room was on Deck 11 at the aft. The staircase/lifts for Aft on Deck 11 is difficult to access from Deck 10 and you have to remember which side of the Oceanview Cafe to go, because one side of the Cafe is blocked off to the aft staircase, with the fire door permanently closed. We had to ask the crew twice for the first time, where our room was. The two doors to forward in both the corridors on Deck 11 had signs on them all the time saying use the door the other side on Deck 11, or go down to Deck 10. Why not put another set of outer doors in to create lobbies? Guess it was done to stop the door slamming for those guests in the end staterooms. The steps down at the door aft to 10 and the outside sunset bar/seating area were very steep. For our complimentary access to and from the Persian Garden Thermal Suite in a bathrobe, meant going down to Deck 9 and then back up to Deck 10, as no bathing costumes/bathrobes are not allowed in the Cafe on Deck 10! The location of our room on Deck 11 was very quiet though with no disturbance from above, or noise via the corridor. One of the quietest rooms we have ever had. As one who has spent 45 years in property design and construction I felt the new Aqua room layout was not great. Some examples; the bathroom door when opened by someone inside the bathroom, hits the open wardrobe door and also anyone standing in the room in the way of the bathroom door. We had to shout when coming out of the bathroom in case either of us were in the way by the wardrobe. And where have the coat hooks in the room gone? You can't hang wet coats in the wardrobe! The 4 hooks on the bathroom door were too close together. The bathroom is small. The shower cubicle is too narrow with the wall handle in an awkward place when showering and the shower head is not as good as Concierge on the Solstice class. No water adjustments on it. The shower cubicle is narrow with the glass screen and door. The length is okay. The one and half person wide sofa is not good for viewing the tv at an angle - the tv can’t swivel on the wall and projects out by the bed. A number of fellow passengers complained they had hit their shoulders/arms on the tv trying to squeeze through the gap between the end of the bed and the wall hung tv. It wasn’t a huge issue for us. The positioning of the left side light switches for the bedside lights is poor. You have to get out of bed to turn it off! The safe is also too small now in the free standing cabinet. You can hardly fit anything into it. Not even a small Android tablet. There is room in the cabinet beside for a larger safe so why not use the space? In my view the naval architects/designers have not thought all these things through thoroughly on the refurbishment. Our room was 1111. We will never ever have a room number like that again with all the butt/pocket phone calls we got from the crew; about 10 calls in the first 5 days - two of which woke us up, and one call was at 12.15am. All I could hear then was the crashing of kitchen utensils. We even had a call from another room/passenger (thinking we were guest relations and asking to turn the heating down in their room). Guest Relations response when we complained twice was not great. In the end I asked for the phone to be disconnected, and it was unplugged in the room. That could have been awkward if we needed it for a medical emergency etc but it did stop the pocket/butt calls. Some butt calls went to voicemail. You then have to listen to the entire voicemail message before you can delete it, by pressing 2. Why can’t you press 2 part way through the call? We were told that pocket/butt calls was also an issue for previous guests in this room. Celebrity really need to look at this issue for this room number and possibly on all of their ships? Perhaps this room number should be removed from all their ships? We generally felt the entertainment was geared too much for the American passengers and it didn’t reflect the other nationalities on board including; British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealanders. We have sailed with Rich Clesen the Cruise Director before on the Solstice to Alaska. He was generally good. The back up staff this time were very good though and Nacho (who is a cruise director in the making), Kyle and Rhuss were all very entertaining and were some the best activities support staff we have encountered on Celebrity. When we went to the shows we usually sat in deck 5 for the theatre but found the large thick metal handrails running all the way around that level did obscure the stage view when the cast/performer moved around. The double seating layout with a small drinks table was better though. The Gents toilets/rest rooms by the theatre were very small though and not big enough for the number of passengers in the theatre, especially at the end of a performance. Because we were Aqua, we always dined for breakfast and dinner in the Blu restaurant. As usual all the crew there were great and hard working. Special mention need to made in the Blu restaurant for the lovely Iva, the hostess who greeted us by our names within a short space of time. Our waiters Tammy, and Jovana served us so well and Sommelier Lenworth whose recommendations of wine were excellent. The Maitre'd, Kingsley was also very attentive. Because it was our ruby wedding anniversary on the first night the Blu staff presented us with a cake and sang happy anniversary! I did find some of the food too fussy and asked a number of times for food from the MDR menu. My wife generally enjoyed the Blu food though. Because some of the shows were poor in our view, we spent a fair amount of time in the Rendezvous and Sky lounges. We did find though the bar stools were uncomfortable in the Sky lounge. Why not use the same type of bar stool as in the Rendezvous lounge? These were much more comfortable. In the Sky lounge bar, the staff Shaun, Nyoman, I Prutu Padana, and Ermal were all so friendly. Because of bad weather we missed two ports. Bar Harbor and Charlottetown. Whilst this was a shame, Celebrity did go out of their way to try and make alternative arrangements and credit is due to them. For Bar Harbor they managed to get us into Saguenay in Quebec Province. Whilst this was a lovely setting, the port we docked at (La Baie) was a 20 minute bus ride from Saguenay downtown and Celebrity were charging for the shuttle bus (I understand/believe 15 Can $). It was not practicable to walk in and back. Because of the last minute change of port there were a very limited number of excursion places which sold out quickly, so we stayed local to the ship. Some excursions used school buses. For missing Charlottetown, we docked at Halifax a day earlier. Because of the ‘weather bomb’ most people stayed on board for the first morning and only ventured out in the afternoon. No excursions were available for that day. Captain Matt did say that no ports had been missed and because of that no port fees were to be re-reimbursed by Celebrity. That was true but the itinerary was not as advertised. Fortunately our travel insurers have paid us for two missed advertised ports due to bad weather. So we have had some compensation for that. Captain Matt kept us well informed of the change of itinerary due to bad weather and was much better than other Captains we have sailed with. Full marks to him for keeping us out of really bad weather and arranging the port diversions. He is also the first Captain we have ever encountered who was on the gangway at the end of the cruise to say goodbye. Again full marks to him for doing that. We have had Cruise Directors who have done that before and Rich was no exception in joining Capt Matt this time. Quite why Celebrity bother with the chic evenings is a mystery. In our view there is no benefit for the guests. Celebrity gain with the photo opportunities and bringing in the money and the passengers get lobster on the menu. But otherwise what is the point of them? I prepaid and had the basic internet package (for web surfing only) for the whole cruise and it worked well and was reasonably fast for satellite. We also had the full drinks package - our classic package was part of the Celebrity deal but we upgraded the $10 (plus 20% tip) a day to premium and felt it was worth it. However the Celebrity app is a complete waste of time. Some fellow IT passengers were also saying how poor it was. It failed to keep up with the change of port itinerary and at other times it took ages to load. The concept is good but it needs a lot more work on it. Our room was kept spotlessly clean and tidy and our room steward Franz was great and he attended to all our needs and left a lovely 40th anniversary (towel swans and heart rose petals) on our bed for the first night of the cruise! Celebrity gave us a bouquet of flowers on the first night and these lasted the entire 14 day cruise. Thank you to all for this. Disembarkation has the same issue for Aqua passengers. The news-sheet gives all the alternatives for Captains club elite, Suites and Concierge etc, but where can Aqua passengers meant to go to wait? There is no information about this. It’s as if Aqua passengers have been forgotten about! However, once off the ship (luggage No 8) we sailed through luggage collection, immigration and customs and were out of the building within 10 minutes of leaving the ship. We took all of our excursions in each port with Celebrity and generally found them very good. The only exception was to a winery in Quebec which we thought was not as advertised. The Canadian host there was also quite rude to some passengers and we did give feedback to the onboard excursions staff after about this. It was also a bonus on the two ports missed by bad weather, that we had an immediate refund by Celebrity to our onboard account. We saw some amazing scenery and with the leaf fall colours especially in Quebec. It was the right time to go. We also met some lovely people from other countries. Despite the few niggles (and hopefully for Celebrity constructive criticism), overall it was a lovely cruise despite some bad weather. As said before, this is the first time we have sailed on a Millennium class of ship, we do prefer the Solstice class of ship. We felt the flow through that ship is better. Roll on to the next cruise later next year on the refurbished Silhouette! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Just back from a 14 day cruise. I have sailed with Celebrity before so I knew what to expect. Stateroom attendant great. Blu restaurant service outstanding. Tuscany restaurant very good n- food and service. Skip Sushi on 5. Eat at ... Read More
Just back from a 14 day cruise. I have sailed with Celebrity before so I knew what to expect. Stateroom attendant great. Blu restaurant service outstanding. Tuscany restaurant very good n- food and service. Skip Sushi on 5. Eat at Qsine at least once for experience. Buffet very good all-around. Entertainment mostly home runs; a couple of grand slams. Great cruise director. Most accessible and able captain of any cruise I have been on. He understands the business he is in and his staff/crew reflect his philosophy/worldview. Very nice ship - recently refurbished. Embarkation exceptionally good. Can't say there was anything that really stood out as exceptional, bc all was good. Maybe that the entertainment was much better than anticipated. My only complaint is they are chintzy on alcohol - and there is no good reason for that. Most drinks couldn't taste or feel any alcohol. And I know alcohol! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Positives Excellent itinerary - 3 US, 4 Canadian ports, nicely spaced with sea days Friendliness of staff everywhere Oceanview remodel and decor Oceanview food offerings - Indian dishes Oceanview Made to Order station - ... Read More
Positives Excellent itinerary - 3 US, 4 Canadian ports, nicely spaced with sea days Friendliness of staff everywhere Oceanview remodel and decor Oceanview food offerings - Indian dishes Oceanview Made to Order station - omelets and stir fry Remodeled stateroom bathrooms Lighting in staterooms Navigation screens on TV Comfort of bed and pillows Internet package - good stability, no worry about minutes, good value Negatives Library removed in remodel $14.99 in room movies No movie theater - some film notices buried in daily planner Nickel and Dime sales attempts Competent but unmemorable main dining room menus Poor communication - examples: - Menus unavailable on TV - we didn't know menus were on app for 3 days - Captain's heavy accent and rapid speech, with a lack of clear, distinct pronunciation - Soft spoken waiters and service staff - hard to comprehend - Inconsistent verbal directions among staff to find things on ship (e.g. Where's the library?) - No signs telling of upcoming unavailability of Sky Lounge - we got tossed out - Magnetic door stickers - "Deep Sleep" x 2 - no way to say room is ready for cleaning Loud dining room Small portions on big plates looks unappealing - presentation lacking Bars closed at wrong times (e.g. following return to ship from excursions) May not be returning to Celebrity anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were on Summit last year and were looking forward to sailing again for this 14 night cruise. As Elite members, we are always treated well on Celebrity, they cannot do more for us. This is the first time in long time that we did not ... Read More
We were on Summit last year and were looking forward to sailing again for this 14 night cruise. As Elite members, we are always treated well on Celebrity, they cannot do more for us. This is the first time in long time that we did not travel with a current passport. It took no longer or less to check in with a driver's license and birth certificate. Only need to bring driver's license and ship card at all ports of call. Too easy. Once on board we did notice a little of the refurbishment but really noticed it in our inside stateroom. We had an outside stateroom last year that was on the same floor as this one and right across the hall. Celebrity likes to say that the inside cabins are the same as the outside cabins. The inside cabins are definitely smaller. Not just laid out differently, smaller. We had a leak in our bathroom that spilled out into the entrance way on the cabin and it took 3 days to finally repair properly. Carpet was wet and a fan was placed to dry area. Carpet remained damp in that area entire cruise. The color scheme in room is very light, modern. Lamps and lighting is harsh, no way to dim lights. Sofa/chair uncomfortable. Tables, dresser made from plastic/formica, made to clean quickly. Bed was very comfortable. Room service definitely went down in quality. Coffee never hot, tasted cheap, toast and bagels cold, orange juice watered down. Entertainment as expected. American Ballet Company excellent. Dining room food good, but waiter and assistant waiter never had a day that they did not apologize for taking so long in taking our order. They just had too many tables, always took at least an hour and a half to eat. Buffet was good, should not have taken out the steaks/fish/chicken made to order section away from the back, now only have minute steaks piled up in a pan back there. A little taken away here and there adds up. Constant high pressure sales of specialty restaurants as you enter anywhere. Unacceptable. Overall, we like Celebrity but we feel that the Summit of last year should have been enhanced to maintain her elegance not rushed to add more staterooms and try appear more up to date and modern. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise, when on another, for an itinerary to places we hadn’t been to and to see the fall. We then realised that we were too early for the fall colours but decided to stick with it and then do a drive round New England ... Read More
We chose this cruise, when on another, for an itinerary to places we hadn’t been to and to see the fall. We then realised that we were too early for the fall colours but decided to stick with it and then do a drive round New England after. Summit has been refurbished and although we had not sailed on her we had sailed all 3 of her sister ships and on tour last, on Connie! We thought she was looking very tired. So the refresh is looking good, much lighter in the public rooms and the staterooms. I do wonder how long it will last, in places it seems like just a coat of paint and some new furniture. But overall we liked it. Staff service is still good, at lunch times the main restaurant seemed a little slower than we’d like, but in Blu where we ate breakfast and dinner it’s still excellent. We liked the itinerary, although this it was unfortunate on our first day in Quebec there were 6 other ships in. Quebec can’t cope with that many! PEI was the least interesting port of call. We got the feeling the residents didn’t want ships whereas on all the other ports, people seemed very welcoming. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We wanted to see NE and Canada, so hit all the right spots. GOOD •Room was great; lots of space and storage. Great bathroom. Comfy bed! •Other bathrooms on ship very nice. •Buffet/Oceanview excellent food and selection, ... Read More
We wanted to see NE and Canada, so hit all the right spots. GOOD •Room was great; lots of space and storage. Great bathroom. Comfy bed! •Other bathrooms on ship very nice. •Buffet/Oceanview excellent food and selection, esp made to order stir-fry, omelets. •Desserts with no sugar added were AWESOME and helped me stay on my diet plan. Ate several every day and still lost weight! •Service/stewards/staff were great. •Embarq and Debarq went quickly/smoothly. •Loved the coffee shop area with all the treats. I •Internet worked very well. BAD •Harrassed for drink packages (my husband almost bought one when he thought it was $59 for the entire cruise, not per day) with them being way overpriced; not much for the casual drinker. Photos and especially the specialy restaurants - very annoying to always be approached. •Handed a bottle of water as heading out to an excursion, then being told I would be charged $3 - and it was WARM; so annoying. Felt like we were being nickel-and-dimed to death. •Main dining room was WAY TOO crowded and noisy; tables were 6" apart and my husband is hard of hearing on one side and between the noise and the heavy accents of the staff I had to repeat everything to him. LOUDLY. The food good but not great; my husband did not want to eat there so we only went 3 times. And the dress up night was not explained at all. •One excursion was a total waste of money (Sydney - nothing to see, just talked about what used to be there, @ $59/person; we both nodded off.) We did most on our own; the other two we took were good, especially in Quebec. •We could not understand the announcements by the captain, and couldn't figure out how to get them on the tv. Need more info about how to use the tv and find things about the ship. Looked for a 'general store' for a few items and didn't find it (a few shelves in one shop) until the last day; I heard several people complaining about this. Also looked for the library which isn't there any more - very disappointing. And movies in the room were $15?! Definitely a senior sailing - we were on the younger side at 62! We did not go to the theater entertainment but enjoyed the bands in the lounge each night after dinner. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
New York add on. The revamp of ship incredible. The bands and lounge entertainment excellent. The entertainment staff eg dancers and singers were obvious around the ship and super friendly. The Captain friendly, and the Activity ... Read More
New York add on. The revamp of ship incredible. The bands and lounge entertainment excellent. The entertainment staff eg dancers and singers were obvious around the ship and super friendly. The Captain friendly, and the Activity manager the funniest and friendly. Great ship, staff, incredible shows, food. Chandelier was my favourite show. The Celebrity Performers Extremely talented. The ship had guest entertainment including the American Ballet and Opera. There was something for all., magician, juggling, circus, aerial, Drink package Was included and quality selection. I’ve been on 6 cruises, e with Celebrity on 3 different ships. Fabulous at all levels great staff and officers. The ship has had millions spent in refurbishment We went to 8 ports and the organisation of tours was excellent. Quebec was our favourite destination. Activities were plentiful and learning to dance was fun. The Celebrity production Cast were patient with their teaching. An incredible holiday, of rest, luxury, delicious food and incredible entertainment. Pools and spas were plentiful. We utilised the incredible gym, staff and the Salon and Massage. which were wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chose this ship for the itinirary which was very nice although unable to stop at Bar Harbor due to weather. We did have rough seas on several days 8 - 14 ft waves. We were concerned about being on Deck 2 but actually was an advantage. ... Read More
Chose this ship for the itinirary which was very nice although unable to stop at Bar Harbor due to weather. We did have rough seas on several days 8 - 14 ft waves. We were concerned about being on Deck 2 but actually was an advantage. More stable. Able to walk up to Dining room on 5 & main common areas. Never an issue getting on/off ship in ports from Deck 1,2 or 3. The entire staff was very friendly, helpful & efficient. However, could never understand the Captain in his announcements. Heavy accent. Food was good, not great, in Dining Room. Better at the Ocean Buffet. Big problem with lunch on the day Bar Harbor was skipped. Main dining room not open. Everyone trying to eat at Buffet but it was packed. No place to sit, passengers frustrated, difficult to fix your plate & take elsewhere because the ship was rockin & rollin in high seas. Should have been better prepared ! Entertainment ok - nothing outstanding. Ship itself badly in need of update & maintenance. Window in our stateroom full of mold/mildew on inside. Grout on Shower floor was black with mildew. Many passengers experiencing allergy episodes. Triggered My asthma & after 3 days home still having congestion. 1st time on Celebrity. Had heard they were the higher end of cruise lines. Perhaps for the Elite but certainly not for the rest of us. Very obvious that there is a "Caste System" on the ship. Deck 11 with the panoramic views was frequently restricted for use only for passengers in higher end cabins or those with multiple cruises. Michaels Lounge, lower section of library - all restricted. Embarkation & Disembarkation was well organized & easy. Sorry - have been happier with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We originally booked this cruise for the fall of 2017 while on board Silhouette in the British Isles in 2016. This was one of the few cruises offered by our favorite cruise line, Celebrity, that was still on our bucket list. Our plan, when ... Read More
We originally booked this cruise for the fall of 2017 while on board Silhouette in the British Isles in 2016. This was one of the few cruises offered by our favorite cruise line, Celebrity, that was still on our bucket list. Our plan, when booking it, was to take any cabin, knowing full well that when Celebrity announced the 2018 deployments we would switch on the first day staterooms became available for this cruise and get the stateroom we wanted. This cruise was on Summit, one of Celebrity's older M-class ships. We had sailed on her sister ship Infinity (exactly the same ship) six different times so we knew exactly what we wanted—an aft cabin. So when this cruise opened for booking we grabbed it on the first day it was available and got a great aft cabin on deck eight. Our original plan was to do this cruise by ourselves, without any of our Martini Mates, Silhouetters or friends. Just us. So when we booked this cruise we planned some shore excursions with two other couples on the Cruise Critic roll call. This set up a very different dynamic than when we usually sail together. While we usually do shore excursions together, eat dinner together, we wouldn't be able to do that on this cruise as they booked Aqua class (which eats dinner in Blu) while we would be eating in the Main Dining Room (MDR). But we still spent a great deal of time with the four of them but for Kathleen and I, it made it a very different cruise. Disclaimer I came back to add this because it needs to be said. I had a really hard time writing this review because of a number of things but the biggest of them (that colored more than half the cruise) was the fact that we both caught horrid colds about midway through the cruise. Kathleen got it first and I followed soon after. There is nothing worse than being sick on a ship and this really sucked. As I write this (almost two weeks later) I am still coughing. Totally sick of being sick. Just wanted you to know that up front. It didn't really change the quality of the cruise but it did change some of our experiences and that made the trip wind up on a very sour note. Embarkation/Disembarkation From our AirBnB in Manhattan we were picked up (right on time) by Carmel Limo and driven underneath the Hudson River to the Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne, New Jersey. It was Sunday, which meant that even though we had been told it would take about an hour to get to the port from downtown Manhattan, it only took us about 20 minutes flat. So we arrived early (around 10:15) which meant we had to wait about 45 minutes in the terminal before we were allowed on the ship. Once we were onboard we went right to the buffet to grab some burgers and started using our drinks package. Staterooms were released at 1:15 and we were in ours five minutes later. An even bigger surprise was that our luggage was already in the hallway which meant we got to unpack and fix up our cabin at one of the earliest time ever, on any Celebrity cruise. Disembarkation was fine. We were off within minutes of when we were told we would be. There is quite a bottleneck in the port to pick up luggage. You have to face off with video screen to clear customs but once you are through there it's an easy disembark. The Food Let's be honest, so much of cruising is about the food. Let's start with breakfast. We ate pretty much every breakfast in the buffet. We prefer Blu for breakfast but since we weren't in Aqua on this trip, off to the buffet we went. On day two I discovered the Eggs Benedict station which was on the starboard side of the buffet, all the way aft. During lunch it is the pizza spot. The Eggs Benedict were superb. I think I ate them just about every morning. They had a variety of styles to choose from but I got hooked on the Mexican ones. The guy cooking would slather guacamole on the English muffin, then salsa, then the perfectly poached egg, then hollandaise sauce. My mouth is watering just writing about it. I can't say a lot about lunch as we either skipped it (after that huge breakfast), were off the ship in ports or we caught a quick burger, salad or pizza in the buffet. We did do lunch in the dining room twice and it was fine. Nothing to be thrilled with. For dinner we normally do early seating or are in Blu because we are in Aqua class but this time since we were in a Concierge cabin and weren't eating in Blu, we decided to try Anytime Dining. We did not reserve our seating time in advance. To be honest, I just didn't think it was necessary and it turned out I was right as there was usually a longer line to get in for those with reservations than those without. The first night we ate in the dining room we had to wait about 30 minutes to get a table. The second night we were given a pager and waited about 45 minutes. After that, we would go a little later (6:00 instead of 5:30) and we usually got in within 10 minutes or so. We always asked for a table of six or eight. We eat by ourselves most nights at home so we like to socialize at dinner. Strangely we wound up at a table (different tables) with just about the same people almost every night we ate in the dining room. This was both a good and bad thing. We liked the people but we were looking for some variety. The food was fine but nothing special. Some of the items on the menu have been there since our first Celebrity cruise in 2004. That's just sad. Service in the dining room was good. Be aware that if you take this particular cruise (New England Fall Foliage) that it will be a predominately older crowd so if you don't want to wait in line, go to dinner later or book traditional Late seating. All our friends who had Late seating told us it was emptier and the service was better and more relaxed. We had great service but there just weren't enough people doing the serving. See my note below about the problems that X has. We did two different nights in speciality restaurants—one in Qsine and one in the Tuscan Grille. Qsine is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere because I love the variety. We had made a reservation pre-cruise for 14 so we could get the big table for a reunion of our Silhouetter buddies and we had an amazing time. There was a snafu with the billing (we had prepaid but the restaurant did not have record that we did) but the meal was AMAZING. I will be sorry to see this version of Qsine go to make room for Le Petit Chef at Qsine or whatever they are calling it. Our night in the Tuscan was almost as good. Service was outstanding, we got a nice discount, we had a bunch of fun with all our friends (we took another big group—this time 10 of us). Which brings me to a comment my brother made. Why can't X make food that is as good as the food they serve in the speciality restaurants for the MDR or the buffet? I mean simple stuff, like desserts for instance. The desserts in the buffet are puffs of air compared to the desserts in Tuscan Grille. I know you get what you pay for but I seem to remember when dinner in the MDR featured that kind of food. The food we had in both Qsine and the Tuscan Grille was FAR superior to anything else I had on board...other than the Eggs Benedict. That was the best thing I ate. Well maybe that was the Qsine lamb chops. The Weather Normally I wouldn't have an entire section in a review about the weather but so much of this cruise was about the weather. For our entire time in NYC, even though it rained a few times, the highs were in the mid 70s. With horrible humidity. Horrible for us. Here in Seattle we don't ever get that warm and that humid at the same time. On the cruise, the weather turned even weirder. Our first three days—sailaway from New Jersey, our stops in Boston and in Portland, Maine—were downright warm. The high in Boston on October 9 when we were there was 86 degrees. Even crazier, the high in Portland, Maine on October 10 was 84. In the sun it was substantially warmer. Then the very next day when we were supposed to stop in Bar Harbor, Maine the ship wasn't able to because of the high seas and the wind. From that point on we had some of the rockiest weather we have ever had on a cruise. Going around Nova Scotia and across the Gulf of St. Lawrence until we were in the St. Lawrence seaway, we rocked and rolled the entire time. The same was true on the way out of Québec as well. That meant that on a 14 night cruise, we had at least 6 days that featured some heavy oceans. Another weather consideration if you are thinking of taking this cruise would be the lateness in the past few years of the fall foliage colors. Celebrity offers this itinerary three times each fall. As of now, you can take it in early September, mid-September or when we did—early October. It used to be (10 years ago) that the best foliage was on the middle cruise. As the globe has warmed up, fall colors are getting later and later each year. For instance, on our pre-trip we barely saw reds, oranges or yellows in Vermont or upstate New York. On the cruise we really didn't see incredible fall colors until we were on our way into Québec. Totally amazing (check out the pics in the slide show on the home page). The Ship Summit is in OK condition for a ship that was launched in 2001. She was "Solsticized" in the late 2000s after the Solstice line of ships joined Celebrity, but she is in need of another fix up. There is nothing horribly wrong, just rust showing on verandahs, creaking floors, verandah doors that sticks and other symptoms of an older ship. The rumors are that Summit will be going into dry dock in 2019 and we hope that is the case. The rest of the ship also needs updating. The public areas are still nice. Definitely an improvement on the RCL ship we sailed on two weeks before we left on this cruise. That ship (Explorer of the Seas) was built around the same time but looks much more the worse for wear. That said, I now believe I like the Solstice class ships more than the Millennium class. They just have so much more to offer and so much of the M-class ships have been just had things added on to them which makes them much more hodge-podge than ships that are built for a purpose. A great example are the dining rooms. On M-class ships the Aqua class dining room is an add-on, carved out of the main dining room but on the S-class they are purpose-built and feel more natural, like they belong there. I will say that parts of the ship are in great shape, like the gym. Lots of great equipment, kept in pristine condition, open almost all the time and just an all around great place to work out. The Martini Bar, the Main Dining Room (MDR) and other large venues are still almost as nice as they day they were built and put in service. The worst part of the cruise We had one major complaint about this cruise: the ship is understaffed. That's the best way to put it. We found so many great, hard working Celebrity crew members that did the very best they could but there just weren't enough of them. Some examples: We were in the Rendezvous Lounge before dinner and there were at least 100 people in the lounge and about 20 of them waiting at the bar and there was just ONE bartender. That's it. We were in the buffet for dinner. We had our dinner and we waited more than 20 minutes for a server to come by and offer us a glass of wine or a cocktail. I finally got up and walked to the bar on the far end of the buffet and got my wife a glass of wine and ordered a drink for myself. The bartender there said that he would bring it to me. About 20 minutes later, I finally got up and went back to get it. Another night in the buffet, it was a SPECIAL burger night at the grille at the back of the buffet. I went back there on three separate occasions about 15 minutes apart and each time there was a line of 8-10 people waiting and ONE crew member working. On a daily basis in the Rendezvous Lounge there was only one server for the entire side of the lounge, more than 150 plus people. My brother, his wife and our two best friends were in Aqua and eating in Blu. There was one sommelier in the entire restaurant each night for more than 150 diners. Good luck if you were looking for a different bottle of wine or a maybe just a second or third glass with dinner. We had the best stateroom attendant we have ever had on any of our 26 cruises (17 with Celebrity) but he worked with no help whatsoever. Not sure he ever got any time off. When we first sailed Celebrity in 2004, stateroom attendants had an assistant and were responsible for about 15 staterooms. our amazing stateroom attendant had no assistant and at least 20 staterooms to attend to. As a long-time Celebrity cruiser who loves the Celebrity product, I will have a much harder time recommending Celebrity after this experience, especially with the staffing situation becoming even thinner with their concentration on their new ship Edge to the detriment of the other ships in the fleet. There were other problems (all fixable, as is this one) but this is the biggest one and it faces the entire industry with the onslaught of more than 120 new ships coming in the next five years. Lastly, I want to mention that at least twice I went to ask to speak to the Hotel Director or Food and Beverage Manager about this situation. I went to Guest Relations and was told someone would contact me. I was never contacted. Television and internet connectivity sucked! The television experience on this cruise was the WORST I have ever had at sea after 25+ cruises. I know, I am on a cruise, do I really need to watch TV? Yes. Because my wife and I both caught horrible colds and just needed a day to be sick in our cabin. We wanted to take our minds off of how we felt by watching television. Good luck! Nothing on at all. Barely got the map of where we were. When something would come on the reception was horrible and the selection even worse. HGTV that flickered in and out and was cut to ribbons by Celebrity to eliminate commercials. Cooking channel that repeated the same shows over and over again. Celebrity's television experience has gotten worse and worse over the years. Now I totally get problems with satellite reception. Weather can screw that up and on this cruise we had some crazy weather. But couldn't they PLEASE put some movies, TV shows, anything on their server that we can access while at sea. The only option other than the aforementioned lousy programming were movies that were chargeable at $14.95 per viewing. Most of them were old. Something that I would find free on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Last summer we did a quick HAL cruise to Alaska and their TV was AWESOME! Tons of free movies, the full catalog of BBC nature films and so much more. Incredible 4K televisions in every cabin. Makes X look sad in that department. I have had people ask me why I didn't just stream Netflix or Amazon? Well besides only having Elite Plus internet minutes, in our aft cabin, the connectivity was HORRID! I ran a couple of speed tests and got barely .3 megabytes per second up (at home I get 50 MB up and down). Yes, .3! My brother had better luck than I did and I think that may have been because of his placement on the ship (remember, we were in an aft cabin) but when I would go forward and sit in a common area, mine wasn't much better. A little about those people who did great work Let's start with the best stateroom attendant we have ever had in more than 23 cruises, Eddie who took care of us in stateroom 8176. The photo below are our gang, the Cruise Ruiners with the amazing Marly from Columbia in the Rendezvous Lounge. She was beyond phenomenal. Never seen anyone work so hard. The entire crew in Cafe Al Bacio was awesome. The amazing Voltan who was EVERYWHERE in every dining venue at all hours of the day and night. All the guys who make eggs Benedict in the buffet—the best I have ever had and I love eggs Benedict. We are big trivia fans and the activities staff that ran the daily trivia contests were awesome. And there were a lot of them. Some sea days there were four sessions. I do wish they were all up in the Revelations Lounge where everyone could see the screen they were projecting video questions on but that's a minor complaint. The staff did a great job running the games. We were pretty much one of the top teams. Our team name was the "Cruise Ruiners" because one lady thought we were talking a little too loudly during a bingo session that preceded one of the trivia games and told us we had "ruined her cruise." The name just stuck. Maybe we'll get shirts. The People who were Disappointing Some of the people who were not so good: The guest relations people who told me they would have someone call me back but never did (about our ongoing issues). The manager of Qsine who woke me out of sound sleep because he thought we had walked away from the tab on a table for 14 when we had paid pre-cruise as a group through the group department almost a month before we sailed. He did apologize after waking me up with a phone call at almost 10:00 pm but there is no excuse for this. Where did he think we were going to go to get away from him? Jump ship and ditch the last 10 days of the cruise? The Concierge who was supposed to be there to help us as well as the special events coordinator who turned the Cruise Critic group down cold when we asked to be able to have lunch together in the dining room on the last sea-day. This is something that we have had no problem arranging on Infinity, Silhouette, Solstice and Eclipse on previous voyages. These people were totally unhelpful. Would I recommend this cruise to a friend? They ask this on the Celebrity cruise evaluation that they send you. Well, I would recommend it but as it stands now, I would tell them that before they consider taking Summit to New England, they need to re-evaluate whether they want to sail on a ship that is so understaffed. If they are willing to wait 20-30 minutes for a cocktail or glass of wine. That If they want anytime dining they might have to be willing to wait 30 to 45 minutes to be seated. They also need to think about what will happen if they become ill and want to just lay in their staterooms and watch the WORST television on the high seas. Holland America makes Celebrity's television look like the 1950s. They need to decide if they want (or can) sail and be away from work and family with the WORST internet connectivity ever. My average download speed was under 1 MBPS and upload speed (I need to upload changes to websites when on vacation) was NON-existent. I would tell them that if they can put up with this, then maybe Summit to New England is for them. I would tell them that the crew that will be sailing with them there are OUTSTANDING and trying as hard as they can to help them have a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had sailed Celebrity several times before and they serve our demographic (retired couple) quite well. We wanted to cruise out of the Northeast so that we could avoid flying. The Summit is due for a total refurb in Feb 2019, and it ... Read More
We had sailed Celebrity several times before and they serve our demographic (retired couple) quite well. We wanted to cruise out of the Northeast so that we could avoid flying. The Summit is due for a total refurb in Feb 2019, and it does need it. The decor is a bit dated, the cabins need some rework and the cabin-locks were troublesome from beginning to end. With that said, a cruise is made or broken by the staff, and Celebrity always has friendly, professional, competent people, in all roles. This is why we plan on cruising them again and again. The entertainment was 'average' at best, nothing to write home about, I am afraid. The Guest Relations desk was superb, very helpful, especially in the continual dealings we had with our cabin key-entry (one of our two keys would fail every 36 hours!). The food was always excellent and the entire Wait-Staff was superb. I DO wish that their Internet was more affordable--I mean, REALLY?! And their pricing plans may work for kids and millenials, but that's about IT! Also, the TV feed was 'limited', and repetitive, not particularly helpful on our rough-seas sea days. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We booked this cruise on June 7, that date only inside cabins were available, we booked GTY with savings of $1,100, and were assigned 7052, we receive the promo full payment in 12 months without interest, at first time I don't liked ... Read More
We booked this cruise on June 7, that date only inside cabins were available, we booked GTY with savings of $1,100, and were assigned 7052, we receive the promo full payment in 12 months without interest, at first time I don't liked because it's a connecting cabin, so I asked to be moved but the change was denied because the cabin I was asking in the same CAT was for 3 people, when final payment arrived (not for me) I see the 7050 available and asked to be moved, change was successful. I loved this cabin in vertically oriented with the bed in the back wall, in the other extreme are the closet and the bath, and in the middle the dressing area with the mirror, with this distribution the space is taken advantage to the maximum and you feel more comfortable. The ship is nice but it shows its age, she will be rejuvenated in the next dry dock. I always dine in the MDR except for one night when I dine in Qsine (original menu) with a group of 8 CC friends, also I do lunch at Qsine (sea food) and Tuscan Grill (Oktober fest). The food was good, the steaks were soft, easy to cut and tasty, The Lobster night I do it double. Entertainment I never go to the shows, prefer to socialize with friends as I was traveling alone, AA denied to board the plane to my DW (Friday Oct 5 4 am) because her USA laser VISA was peeling in one of the corners, they say it's damaged you can't not travel, my heart was broken and I don't feel OK to go to the shows. My TA cancel all from my DW and she email me that Taxes, port fees, gratuities and shore excursion will be refundable in 1 month, she also says that the beverage pack was not refundable because the cancellation was done one day after the limit. When I board the Summit I go to guest relations and ask for the rules, they don't know so they write a email to Miami, Same Sunday Oct 7 at 8:30 PM I receive a email from Celebrity that everything is going to be refundable, They refunded all from the cruise planner shore excursions and beverages the last day of the cruise, still waiting for the tax, port fees and gratuities. All Celebrity personnel, says hello to me by my name, it was nice because everybody knows me and I felt the most personal treatment not a simple Sr. I give 120/100. Ports, this was my first time in all ports of call, I liked every place, and we see the fall foliage, we don't go to Bar Harbor because strong winds instead we have an extra night in Quebec, at all ports I booked full day ship excursions, I have no complaints, I think I receive more than I was expecting. Know I'm in the process to renew my and DW USA Visas, if them are approved I will book this cruise again and maybe a B2B, to have more time to explore the ports and ejoy a larger vacation. In this sailing we have only 2 children on board, one lady 2 1/2 years old and a baby x months old. I have two problems, with a lot of comments here in CC. one was the onboard purchase was being charge in MX pesos instead of US Dollars as I ordered in the Check in, I go to guest relation to be changed that the conversion was made by my bank, and the second problem was being charge for Water or Coca cola or Vitamin water when I have the Premium non alcoholic package. Again need to go to guest relation for the cancellation of the extra charges. The sales they have onboard (in a special area) are a lie the perfumes and most of the merchandise has the same price as in the stores, the unique sale I see was tee shirts at $5 because was out of the season. Martini bar the waiters do not use the measure to prepare the drink, for my taste they were too strong, I had to ask them to prepare them in the light version. The disembarkation and migration was the fastest I've had, the immigration officials just took a photo and by facial recognition I was approved to continue without having to show documents to the immigration officers. I just want to thank all the Celebrity staff and my roll call friends and I want you to know that I am very grateful for your friendship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This cruise offered a chance to see parts of New England and my home country of Canada my wife and I wanted to see. The transportation from the airport to the port was less than we would have liked. The van was not maintained very well, ... Read More
This cruise offered a chance to see parts of New England and my home country of Canada my wife and I wanted to see. The transportation from the airport to the port was less than we would have liked. The van was not maintained very well, broken seatbelts, and the side door would not close properly. At the pier embarkation was very easy and quick. The ship was a little tired but that will all be taken care of with the refit coming next year. Our cabin was fine as it was mostly used for sleeping. This was our first time trying anytime dinning and the first night was very rushed. Our appetizers arrived before our sommelier had come to the table. The following nights we were in a different section and service was great so we asked for the same waiter, Frederick, for the rest of our dinners in the main dining room. The speciality restaurants were awesome. The Tuscan Grille, Sushi On Five, and Quisine did not disappoint. As a chef myself I really enjoyed the cooking demonstrations by the executive chef and the progressive golf with Gigi was a blast. We went to the shows almost every night in the main theatre. The Celebrity cast of singers and dancers was good and the orchestra was great. The entertainment that was brought on board was excellent. The service was always great. We especially loved the Martini Bar where we were known by name and greeted each day by Imade. We booked a shore excursion in each port and found the tour guides to be excellent and very engaging. There was lots to see in each port but we especially enjoyed Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, and Boston. Bar Harbour was missed due to weather. We booked a tour of Manhattan before our flight home. It is an amazing city to see but the tour felt very rushed. Several times it was mentioned that people had to get back earlier than the four hours allotted. However it was over heard in a conversation between the driver and the tour guide that the driver had a football game to work in the afternoon and was in a rush. Overall the cruise was excellent. This was our fifth time cruising with Celebrity and second time on the Summit. We were however disappointed with the changes too the Captains club since we last cruised. Our previous cruises of 10 days or less were each worth 30 club points however because of the category we booked this 14 day cruise was only worth 28 points. This left us 2 points shy of the next upgrade level. In the end we enjoyed the cruise very much. We met some great people and the fall colours were spectacular. We would recommend this itinerary and ship to cruisers who enjoy history and great service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had booked the Canada/New England cruise around two years ago after travelling on the Celebrity Solstice and were eagerly looking forward to it. We were disappointed that our second Celebrity cruise didn't live up to the hype. ... Read More
We had booked the Canada/New England cruise around two years ago after travelling on the Celebrity Solstice and were eagerly looking forward to it. We were disappointed that our second Celebrity cruise didn't live up to the hype. While the majority of the crew tried hard, the cruise was let down by poor organisation (particularly by the shore excursion team and by security in the embarkation process at ports). At Bar Harbor, one shore excursion cancelled at short notice and everyone listed on that excursion was keep waiting in the Theatre for a considerable time, with little information and without being allowed to get onto the tenders and to travel into the port. No alternative arrangements were offered. This resulted in a lost morning at port for us. We had a second excursion booked later that day and were told to meet 'at the pier', when we got to the pier there was no-one in sight and we eventually found the shore excursion contact waiting in the carpark near a bus. For the embarkation at ports, security seemed to have difficulty coping with the many elderly and infirm guests. It took a long time to board the ship and, at one port, guests were kept waiting in the rain on the gangway. The Summit was allocated poor berths in Quebec and in Halifax, requiring a bus to get into town. Loading the buses took some time due to the high number of infirm and elderly guests. Service was inconsistent at the bars onboard. Often the service was slow and on some occasions we were told that certain drinks weren't available at that bar, when we had had those drinks there on another night. Disappointingly one of the better bars, the Revelations Lounge on deck 11, was not open until around 7:00pm/7:30pm each night as it was reserved for Celebrity Elite and above clients. On being turned away from this area, we felt like second-class citizens and not valued by Celebrity. Finally, we had asked that our account be charged in US dollars. This was ignored and the charge went through in Australian currency. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Autumn Leaves and Lobsters in Maine and the Maritimes Our two week cruise On Celebrity Summit to New England and Canada was very much akin to a curates’ egg. Many good aspects and experiences with the occasional not so good ones, ... Read More
Autumn Leaves and Lobsters in Maine and the Maritimes Our two week cruise On Celebrity Summit to New England and Canada was very much akin to a curates’ egg. Many good aspects and experiences with the occasional not so good ones, but unlike our previous Celebrity cruise earlier this year to SE Asia which was sub-par in virtually every respect, the good stuff significantly outweighed the bad. For instance: The ship: Ageing and showing serious signs of wear and tear everywhere with tawdry, outdated furnishings and fittings, the Summit is in desperate need of the total makeover it is due to undergo early in 2019. BUT, despite her age the ship was always clean and well maintained. Entertainment: Although the singers and dancers were talented and energetic, the main shows were disjointed and not of the standard we have come to expect from the cruise line. BUT overall, the entertainment on offer was generally better than the typical cruise ship offerings with a couple of excellent stage acts including an hilarious stand-up comedian, a great magician and some better than average musical performers. The bands, duos and solo artists that performed regularly at various venues and varying times around the ship were also much of a mixed bag. Some were really good and one could usually find some good music to listen to while quaffing a pre-dinner glass of wine or a cocktail in one of the lounges. Patrick (Cruise Director) and his able assistant Charlotte were also excellent and not over the top as we have sometimes found with Cruise Directors on previous cruises. Food: The fare in the buffet restaurant was generally bland pretty much the same day in and day out although each day did have a small segment dedicated to a particular theme such as an Italian day, or a Mexican feast and so on. BUT, we thought the main Cosmopolitan restaurant where we dined most frequently was good - more than adequate variety, tasty and always attractively presented. We also sampled two of the speciality restaurants, Sushi on 5 and QSine. Both were good especially QSine which offers such a fun dining experience with good, quirky food and attentive service. Service: The one area where the RCCI group consistently gets it right is in the standard of service one generally receives from staff and employees at all levels which is a tribute to the high quality selection and training programmes they clearly employ. Service on this cruise was no exception with special shout-outs to our main dining room team of Jewis (head waiter), Walter (assistant waiter) and Randi (sommelier)who collectively contributed to making our dining experience in the main restaurant that much more enjoyable. Carlos our stateroom attendant also attended to our needs efficiently and unobtrusively throughout the two week cruise. But this cruise was all about the itinerary. A cruise to New England and Canada, particularly in the Fall, has long been on our bucket list and, with only a very few minor exceptions, the experience did not disappoint. We started the trip with a couple of days in New Jersey to enable us to recover fully after our long 16 hour flight from South Africa. We had never stayed in Jersey City before having always opted to hotel it in Manhattan on our previous visits to North America. We are glad we did. Much cheaper and nowhere near as busy and buzzy as the Big Apple it offers splendid views of the New York skyline from virtually all vantage points. We secured a self-catering studio apartment at Candlewood Suites, an efficient, well run block of self-catering suites less than a kilometre from a PATH station and a well -stocked supermarket. It was more than adequate for our needs with a microwave oven, hotplate and full sized refrigerator and sufficient cooking utensils and crockery/cutlery for two persons. Highly recommended for anyone requiring comfortable, safe and clean accommodation for a short stay at an affordable cost. While in Jersey City we did the usual touristy things, taking in visits to Liberty Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and to cosmopolitan Hoboken that included an obligatory stop at Carlo’s Bakery! The PATH station was only one stop from World Trade Centre and we of course, took the opportunity to visit the awesome, understated and respectful 9/11 monument site - an humbling and moving experience. We also wandered our way through much of Lower/Mid Manhattan exploring Soho, Greenwich Village, Chinatown and the Little Italy areas. Our visit coincided with the annual feast of San Gennaro festival in Little Italy which was an experience in its own right! An overcrowded, boisterous, happy atmosphere with every type of Italian fare one could wish for on offer in abundance. Great fun. Then, on to the cruise. As mentioned, a trip to Canada and New England in the autumn months had long been a “must do” one. We were, of course, hoping to see the Fall colours but regrettably, the cruise was perhaps just a bit too early in the season. However, traversing many of the main ports of call in Maine, Canada and the Maritime Provinces fortunately enabled us to see glimpses of the beauty of the turning leaves, giving us a taste of just how majestic the area must be when the colours are in full bloom. The itinerary included visits to: Boston: We took a ship’s tour of Boston by Trolley Bus. The trolley picked us up at the pier and gave passengers a good overview of the main sights of this beautiful city. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind (actually the only really wet day during the entire trip), which sadly prevented us from walking the famous Freedom Trail as planned. The tour included time at the Quincy Market area before dropping us off back at the ship. Incidentally, as the ship docks quite a distance from the downtown area, doing the trolley bus tour which takes one to and from the ship directly is really a good deal - not that much more than the $18 per person shuttle service the ship offered that merely took passengers to the harbor entrance, still some distance from the main attractions of the city. Portland, Maine: As we docked right at the entrance to the harbor, our plans were to do our own thing in Portland as we could easily walk into town. We however, ended up taking a similar trolley bus tour of the town operated by an independent tour operator that included a visit to one of the famous lighthouses of the area at less than half the price of a similar ship excursion. Well worth the $28 per person for a 2.5 hour tour. After the tour we enjoyed the obligatory lobster roll at a wharf side eatery. Delicious! We still had plenty of time to walk around the town before returning to the ship. Bar Harbor, Maine: Probably the highlight of our whole vacation. We tendered in Bar Harbor harbour. Seas were quite rough initially so it was quite hairy but lots of fun. We had pre-booked an all-day ship’s tour that took us up Cadillac Mountain and a drive through the beautiful Acacia National Park (apparently rated in the top two or three such parks in the USA). Leaves were starting to turn and we were treated to numerous resplendent vistas of oranges, reds, and purples at every turn. A drive through the leafy wealthy suburbs of the area (holiday homes to the Fords and Rockerfellers!), was followed by a mouthwatering lobster lunch at the Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes restaurant. A real feast comprising a starter of fresh mussels, a full lobster lunch of huge freshly baked lobster, buttered corn on the cob, coleslaw, baked potato and freshly baked bread followed, if one still had an appetite, by freshly baked blueberry cake. Such a delicacy for people such as us who come from a country where our version of lobster (crayfish) are typically less than half the size of the ones that seem to be in abundance on the north eastern seaboard of USA and Canada. After lunch we had a scenic drive along the coast stopping at Thunder Hole a famous attraction in the area. Quebec City: The first afternoon after docking in this quite extraordinary city, was spent touring the old city on our own. This included a circumnavigation of the famous Citadel and a walk along the boardwalk on the banks of the St Lawrence river. On day 2 in Quebec, we opted for a full day ship’s tour that included much of what we had done ourselves the previous day (but this time with a knowledgeable, proudly Quebecer guide), followed by a trip into the countryside of Quebec where we had visits to the Montgomery Falls – relatively small in width but about 100 feet higher than Niagara falls, and to the awesome Shrine and Cathedral of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre. We then had lunch at a traditional French restaurant (pretty basic fare but in a delightful setting). The tour was then scheduled to return to tour the Citadel and battlefields outside the walled city and was also scheduled to take in a visit to the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel. However, these plans had to condensed into a quick drive through the scheduled areas as the tour bus was delayed for almost two hours when a fault was detected in a bridge we had to cross to get back into the city area and had to be checked for safety and passed by civil engineers before we were allowed to cross it. Corner Brook, Newfoundland: Probably the least impressive of the ports visited. We decided not to do a ship’s tour (we probably should have because there was very little to do in the small, nondescript town). There did not seem to be any local tour operators offering tours of the local area so we just ended up walking around the town and a nice little park that seems to be the main attraction of Corner Brook. To their credit the town tried to roll out the red carpet for Summit passengers offering a free, continuous shuttle service from the port to the town centre. Signs welcoming Celebrity Summit were on display throughout the town and some establishments even offered free refreshments to Summit passengers! It will however, be surprising if this destination is retained by the cruise line on its future Canadian itineraries. There must be much better places to visit in the Newfoundland province. Sydney, Nova Scotia: We had visited Sydney before so knew what to expect and decided to effectively “take a day off” and relax. In retrospect we perhaps should have opted for a ship’s tour, probably one of the famed Cabot Trail that we had had to cancel on our previous visit due to bad weather. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Our final port of call. We had pre-booked an all-day “All Things Canadian” tour“. This was somewhat disappointing and certainly, apart from the visit to the glorious Peggy’s Cove, did not live up to its publicized hype. The tour comprised a long, relatively uneventful 1.5 drive (both there and back!) through relatively bland countryside to Lunenburg, a picturesque harbour front village and home to the famous “Bluenose” racing schooner – Canada’s most famous racing ship. We were fortunate that a replica of the original Bluenose was docked in the Lunenburg yacht harbor on the day of our visit. A visit to a maple products facility was also scheduled where we were promised we would be able to sample a range of maple syrup products and delicacies, but this turned out to be nothing more than a rushed twenty minute shopping stop at a shop! Because of the long time spent driving to and from Lunenburg, the tour itself was pretty hectic and left us absolutely no time to explore the attractions of downtown Halifax where we were hoping , at least, to include a visit to their famed farmers market. There were many other ship’s tours that include Peggy’s Cove in the itinerary. Tourists, in our view, would be well advised to choose one of these shorter tours to Peggy’s Cove and leave some time to visit the other attractions in the city of Halifax itself. Cape Liberty, NJ: After disembarkation we took a cruise ship’s excursion that gave us a three hour tour of most of the major sites of Lower/Mid Manhattan before dropping us off at JFK airport where we had an overnight stay at the Fairfield Inn airport hotel before our flight back home the following morning. The tour guide was a born and bred Manhattanite, able to offer many fascinating insights into life in the Big Apple, so, even though we had often toured Manhattan on our own, it was nonetheless an interesting experience. While on the surface the transfer to the airport seemed expensive, the tour proved to be well worth it, effectively not really costing much more than any other private transfer from the Cape liberty port to JFK. In summary, our New England and Canada experience lived up to our expectations. It is a beautiful part of our wondrous planet and one that we are now so very privileged to be able to tick off our bucket list. The below par standards we encountered on our last Celebrity cruise to SE Asia and China in the early part of 2018 left us with the distinct impression that the quality and marketability of the Celebrity product was dramatically slipping downwards. Because of our concerns about the cruise line’s perceived declining standards we had seriously considered cancelling this tour. We however, decided to persevere with the cruise line one last time and are glad we did because, notwithstanding the massive remodeling and refurbishment the ship so urgently needs, we are happy to conclude that our overall experience on Celebrity Summit has, to a large extent, restored our faith and confidence in the Celebrity brand. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Fairly quick boarding & very pleasant staff in Cape Liberty terminal too. We had an ocean view cabin. First time I've sailed without a balcony which I did miss to be honest. However, cabin was ok but tired in places with mould ... Read More
Fairly quick boarding & very pleasant staff in Cape Liberty terminal too. We had an ocean view cabin. First time I've sailed without a balcony which I did miss to be honest. However, cabin was ok but tired in places with mould on the shower caulking and bits of furniture peeling away. Cabin steward was friendly enough and adequate (tbh we are quite low maintenance) but completely missed us one day. No biggie but that's the first time it's happened to us on Celebrity. Ate breakfast at Oceanview every day and really struggled to get a table each time. Thought the location of items was quite poor as you had to go from one side of the ship to another to complete your cooked breakfast so by the time you did this & managed to find a table, your breakfast was lukewarm at best. The staff there were really friendly though - especially Donovan; the man is a legend. Dinner in the MDR wasn't as good as other Celebrity ships I've sailed on. The selection didn't seem to be as good. The wait staff were lovely though and got to know them well during the cruise. Evening chic nights were a complete waste of time. We've always loved the formal approach - tux & all - but only a handful of passengers made an effort to do this, some coming into the dining room dressed as if they were popping into McD's; it was a real shame. I totally get that you're on holiday and want to relax but it's a real treat for us to dress up and we often felt distinctly overdressed for the occasion. We went to a few of the talks/demonstrations on sea days and they were very good. As the ship was small, I was worried that they would be over-subscribed but they turned out to be less crowded than usual. We didn't really go to the shows - just a personal preference as we've always found Celebrity to be a bit lacking in this respect, and the drinks service was practically non-existent on the one show we did see so it was back to the Martini bar for us as usual. Talking of which, this bar is always my favourite with Celebrity. Because the demographic on the ship was older. we never had any problems getting a seat there. Service was brilliant and top marks to the team there who were the best - shout out to Novi, who was my favourite. The only excursion we'd booked with Celebrity was on disembarkation day as we had a late afternoon flight back across the pond. Unfortunately they cancelled it part-way through the cruise, leaving us high & dry until we spotted an airport transfer excursion in a newsletter late on in the cruise which we booked and it turned out ok with not too much waiting around at Newark airport. Every other excursion we had already booked independently and we paid an extra £20 on our travel insurance to cover the cost of getting to the next port should any of our excursions not get us back to the ship in time (they all did, as usual). I find this much better value with a lot more choice too. To give you an example of value, we took the public transport bus in Boston which picks up at the port and takes you to South station for $5.50 return per person; buses run every 15 minutes and the journey takes 15 minutes as you travel underground through the city. Celebrity run a shuttle from the port to the city and drop off about a 10 minute walk from South station. They charge $18 return per person and fellow passengers said the journey took 40 minutes in traffic. Unless you have mobility issues, this is a no-brainer in my opinion. We were one of the last group to disembark due to our late transfer and getting through the port was so slow (as usual in the US) but the bus transfer was quick and friendly enough. Most of the passengers were elderly but I think that's the time of year we sailed and the itinerary. It was a mix of US, Canadian, British and Australian mainly. My biggest gripe which I've saved until last is the constant pressure from photographers, starting at embarkation, pretty much every night and then upon disembarking at each port. Can't they introduce a 'no photo' badge you can wear? We got sick of politely saying ''no thanks" and they could be very intrusive at times - I managed to stare one down whilst chewing a mouthful of food when he interrupted my dinner. I know they're only doing their job but come on guys - hounding me at the dinner table?? It'll be interesting to see what Summit looks like following her refit in March 2019. Might give her another shot after this, depending on the itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was the middle part of a 4 week, 2 ship cruise to USA and Canada organised by “ Imagine Cruising” Weeks 1 and 4 were aboard QM2. Transfer to Celebrity Summit was a little traumatic as QM 2 was late into NYC and immigration ... Read More
This was the middle part of a 4 week, 2 ship cruise to USA and Canada organised by “ Imagine Cruising” Weeks 1 and 4 were aboard QM2. Transfer to Celebrity Summit was a little traumatic as QM 2 was late into NYC and immigration took forever. Transfer to Summit somewhat disorganised, no names taken or ticked off list. Embarkation and disembarkation slick and well organised. Drinks package expensive and poor quality cocktails. Food in buffet and restaurant excellent. Glad we had Celebrity Select Dining. Good to have dinner at 7:30. Staff excellent. Entertainment excellent. Disappointed that many of the Shore excursions were not available after queuing for a long time. Tried to book in advance but struggled with ships website. Ports of call interesting. Quebec lovely. A bit early for Autumn Colours, Some public spaces and cabins in need of refurbishment. We enjoyed our first cruise and may choose Celebrity in future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
this cruise package was sandwiched between Southampton to New York New York to Southampton on Queen Mary2 which is our favourite cruise choice.although very different We did have a nice holiday on the celebrity summit we are ... Read More
this cruise package was sandwiched between Southampton to New York New York to Southampton on Queen Mary2 which is our favourite cruise choice.although very different We did have a nice holiday on the celebrity summit we are particularly interested in the theatre and music and found for the most part acts and bands were very good there was always lots going on to very late.The entertainment director Patrick was excellent and it was a very nice and appreciated gesture on his part to come and say goodbye when disembarking the ship to all quests The meals were nice and varied and the waiting staff did their very best to keep all their quests happy and all do a execellent job and seem very happy doing so. We liked to have breakfast on deck 10 and we found the food to be very varied lots of choice and chefs happily cooked eggs omelettes to your order coffee very good too.we noticed everything was well managed by head staff who were all very nice and very well mannered.and helpful yes lots of the ship needs refurbishment but it seems to us that most people seemed to be having a good time all activities seem to be well attended . Weather bad so couldn’t go on deck , but the decks looked very well laid out and it would have been nice to spend some time up there. Only downside dress code doesn’t seem to exist despite a chic dress up night but quess it’s up to everyone how they want to present themselves. We think the summit portrays a home from home holiday for lots of guests and they really enjoy the experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise for the locations. It takes the full 14 days of cruising to see NE/Canada. Celebrity offered this round trip from Cape Liberty. This is so much easier than the 10 day I had done before where it was NYC to Quebec City ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the locations. It takes the full 14 days of cruising to see NE/Canada. Celebrity offered this round trip from Cape Liberty. This is so much easier than the 10 day I had done before where it was NYC to Quebec City and then you have to find your own way back home. Let's start with the pre-cruise experience: We decided to stay at the Hilton Newark Penn Station for ease of sight seeing in Lower Manhattan. The hotel is perfect for catching PATH train to NYC. No problems with hotel and would definitely recommend if your objective is to see the One World Tower area. The train station seemed confusing as far as where to buy your tickets and to locate platforms. Simply find a ticket machine and read the directions! Locating the platforms got easier as we traveled back and forth and learned the system. ( ok, this may be easy peasy for most of you but our town only has a yellow blinking light....so don't hate...!!!) Many people warned of the homeless people in the train station but they didn't seem to be doing anything but hanging out. Very few were begging for money. They are nothing like some foreign countries where they harass and follow you. PATH train was interesting place to people watch also! Most people just buried their nose in their phone and never made eye contact with anyone. I am from the south and we have a tendency to smile and strike up a conversation. (which I did with a most pleasant father and cute daughter who were spending the day together.) One can learn so much about the world by extending a smile and a hello. Back to the review, the train took us directly to the Oculus, which is a beautiful building. From there we went up into the One World Tower. We wanted to go late in the evening when the city lights came on, but time didn't jive with the setting sun. We returned next day and worked our way down to Staten Island Ferry for a ride around the harbor to see the "Lady". Thank you, New Yorkers, for providing such a lovely, historic, clean and safe city for us to enjoy! Boston: We walked the Freedom Trail and were fighting the weather elements not the British! It didn't diminish our learning experience and our apprection for the history of our country. We also had to expand our culinary pallet as well as our waistbands. Hence, our stop at Mike's pastry for cannoli of all kinds!! Portland: We walked up to the Eastern cemetery and had a prearranged tour guide that gave us an interesting study of the headstones and a few people of historical significance. This was set up through the historical and restoration society of Eastern Cemetery. From there we walked up to the Portland Observatory. Very interesting building and tour is self explanatory. Great sights from the top. Bar Harbor: We arranged a 4 hr. tour in a mini van from At Your Service Taxi Co. Fantastic tour and lots of sights that you can't see from a bus! Our driver, MJ, not only gave great interpretation of the area, but also jackets and shawls since we were unprepared for the cold air!! We enjoyed our lobster rolls at Stewman's but think they were better in Portland. Quebec City: Can't say or take enough pictures here! Celebrity provided transportation to the Chateau Frontenac in the Old City. (Special shout out to you, Celebrity, for this!!) There is an interesting sight under the boardwalk that shows the excavation of the original fort. Entrance and Exit are right in front of the Chateau on the boardwalk. Make sure you take a quick walk into the hotel to see the late 1800's opulence. Observe the small architectural details that make this place special to this day. We walked down the many stairs as we toured Lower Quebec City. Time seems to stand still as you embrace the enduring beauty of this quaint village area. The ambience of this city calls to the soul and you will find yourself making plans to return before you even leave!! No Spoiler Alert.....you need to explore this city yourself in all the small shops and restaurants. Again, Celebrity has shuttles that brought us back to the ship from Upper Town. Took the Funiculaire upstairs just for the fun of saying we did it!! Celebrity shore excursion took us to Montorency Falls the next day. Fantastic fall colors, blue skies and maple syrup were also on tap........pun intended!! Couldn't have had a better bus or tour guide to travel around the countryside. More accolades to Celebrity for this excursion! Sydney: Used Celebrity again for an excursion to Fort Louisbourg. We all enjoyed the tour guide who shared lots of interesting details on the bus and in the fort. Don't miss the oldest church in Sydney located just a couple of blocks from port. They have a hand craft market in the building behind. Great opportunity to buy local souvenirs! Halifax: Citadel is the main attraction. Don't miss going through Seaman's wharf. Just fun place to look at the offerings...........Our friends went to Peggy's cove and enjoyed that trip through Celebrity. So much to see and do on this trip and sea days were spent relaxing. We love the sauna in the spa area. The enclosed pool area on this ship is a big plus due to cooler weather and air temps. Food was great as usual on Celebrity. The drink package made the whole trip "happier" as one of our bar servers, Marly, always said! This ship soon goes into dry dock so it was easy to overlook some of the areas in disrepair. The dining room service and system was chaotic the first few days and then seemed to level out. However, the last couple of nights it went downhill dramatically. We surmised a behind the scenes problem and didn't complain. (food was great tasting, just no service to get it........) We did tip the assistant waiter, John, extra because he always had tea on the table, bread and butter ready and always attentive to things we might need. Problems didn't seem to be his doing. We stayed in the new cabins on deck 3 with the extra large windows......fantastic! Close to elevators and quiet rooms. The air conditioning was a problem on that hallway so be warned. They attempted to fix but failed in our rooms anyway. Not worth complaining about to guest services as we've encountered this on other ships as well. Air works during the day and then won't cool in evening hours. We would love to take this trip again and see all the sights we didn't have time for. Celebrity would be our #1 choice based on itinerary, crew service and ship size! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Took 2 week ne/can cruise out of cape liberty got a suite from move up opportunity and boarding was a breeze .suite itself was terrific and chip(Butler) and margorie(room attendant)were ever so accommodating.highlight of our cruise was ... Read More
Took 2 week ne/can cruise out of cape liberty got a suite from move up opportunity and boarding was a breeze .suite itself was terrific and chip(Butler) and margorie(room attendant)were ever so accommodating.highlight of our cruise was eating in luminae restaurant charles(md) and our everyday server(JAY) were outstanding food was over the top in taste,preparation,and all around to die for.ship itself was well maintained and crew was always friendly and courteous. shows were good ,ocean view cafe was full of great choices and food was enjoyable .had premium drink package and never had problem getting a drink ,especially in luminae where Fabian (som) kept our glasses full and was very knowledgeable about wines .ports were beautiful and calling for us to return one day.all in all had a terrific time on summit just relaxing,eating,and having an all around great time on summit.hopE to see everyone again on the beautiful summit Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our 11th Celebrity cruise. Comments reflect comparisons to other trips we have had. It seems things are being cut back. Entertainment was the worst I have seen on Celebrity. It appears standards are decreasing. Only one act ... Read More
This was our 11th Celebrity cruise. Comments reflect comparisons to other trips we have had. It seems things are being cut back. Entertainment was the worst I have seen on Celebrity. It appears standards are decreasing. Only one act had a double standing ovation. The production shows were lacking staging.Dancers were outstnding. Too much country and western music throughout the two weeks of shows. Menu same as on other Celebrity ships---time for a change. Presentation and portions poor. Many cuts of meat were not well trimmed of excessive fat or selected for the tender cut. Fixed seating waiter and asst were outstanding. Very entertaining and courteous . Buffet dining lacking in day to day variety. There is too little attention to providing sugar free choices. Beyond the Podium speaker was outstanding. She was Canadian and very knowledgeable about all the stops we made in Canadian ports. Many excursions were not well described in the listing. There needed to be more details about time on the bus. I complained about one and they reluctantly gave me a 20 per cent refund, after much arguing. Service generally in all parts of the ship was good. Likely things will get better once the ship is renovated later this Fall. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The service on board the Summit was excellent and the entertainment great. I love the fact that they have a live band backing up the entertainers. Food was pretty good, but wait staff was excellent. My only complaint is about the ... Read More
The service on board the Summit was excellent and the entertainment great. I love the fact that they have a live band backing up the entertainers. Food was pretty good, but wait staff was excellent. My only complaint is about the smell near our cabin. The area around our cabin had the distinct smell of sewer gas, we could smell it in the passageway on deck 6 starboard midship as well as in our room and on our veranda. I suspect that there is an external sewer vent that is too close to an air intake vent somewhere, but it could be other things. The ship is undergoing a major retrofit. Hopefully this is one of the matters that will be sorted out at that time. Only other issue is the limited number of electrical outlets in each cabin (2 110v). Perhaps back in the day that was enough but with electronic devices more are needed. Again, hopefully that is resolved in the overhaul. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a 14 day cruise out of Bayonne, NJ. We paid about $2300 pp for a window cabin (#2002). (We scored pre-paid gratuities and a $350 onboard credit!) The up-charge for veranda cabins can vary from practically nil to nearly double ... Read More
This was a 14 day cruise out of Bayonne, NJ. We paid about $2300 pp for a window cabin (#2002). (We scored pre-paid gratuities and a $350 onboard credit!) The up-charge for veranda cabins can vary from practically nil to nearly double the cost of a window cabin. This cruise trended toward the upper end so I opted for a the window. I figured it would be too cold to sit out anyway – I was wrong. We had unusually warm weather from day 3 through day 10. Check-in - Easy. Buses park close to the terminal and cars pull right up like an airport. Porters took our luggage and I drove a hundred yards to a clean, modern garage. It's large enough that reservations are unnecessary. Cost is $20/day which includes all fees and taxes. By the time I locked the car and walked to the terminal, the luggage was on it's way and my wife was in line with our boarding passes. We were on board in 30 minutes but spent an hour waiting for the staterooms to be ready. The Ship – Summit is seventeen years old. Her age is apparent in the design. Smaller flat-screen TVs are set into an angle cabinets that were obviously designed for a CRT. Separate restaurants were carved out of corners of the main dining rooms. She was clean and well maintained. On arrival, our cabin thermostat was stuck on freezing. I called the service desk and a tech arrived in 30 min. Another 30 min and the system was working normally. Good response. Our Cabin – Summit's cabins run about 170 ft^2. Verandas add about 40 more. The décor was dated, the desk very small and somewhat less storage than I'm used to. There were only two 110v outlets, both at the desk. Beside them were two 220v outlets so if you have something (e.g. an elec. razor) that can run on either, bring a converter plug. There were nine lights in the ceiling but all on a single switch. You can't see onto the closet without lighting the whole cabin. That can be awkward. There is a mini-bar refig. We removed the overpriced contents and stocked it with our own water and diet coke. Our cabin steward was a delight, probably the best we ever had in a dozen cruises. Additionally, she fawned over a picture of our grand kids she noticed on my laptop screensaver. Max points there! Dining – Like many ships, Summit offers premium restaurants for an additional charge. Sushi on Five (Japanese) Tuscan Grille (steaks & Italian) and Qsine, (defies an simple description). We went to the Tuscan Grille ($45pp) one evening. It was absolutely top notch. There are two private dining venues, one for those in suites, the other for Aqua Class passengers. Suite passengers also have their own lounge called Michael's Club. Celebrity seems determined to return to the days of 1st, 2nd & 3rd class travel. For those of us traveling in steerage :-), early seating is 5:15pm; second seating at 8:00. Meals were typical cruise ship fare, a lot of stuff I couldn't pronounce but it was very good. Our waiter and busboy were attentive and prompt but our food was sometimes tepid. The cafeteria on deck 10 was good but nothing special. A wide variety but not up to the standard of the dining room. Tables were hard to come by on sea days. The obligatory grille near the pool offered burgers, hot dogs and fries. I've seen much better on other ships (Celebrity & others). Entertainment – The ship's contract entertainers were quite good. Celebrity typically hires talented young people who sing, dance and do frightening acrobatics from a thin cable. The short-term entertainers include singers, magicians, comics, etc. and were also good. The in-cabin TV programming was disappointing. I'm used to seeing a decent selection of movies available to watch. They offered a few newer flics but for $15 a pop. Even the in-house channel was a flop. On other cruise lines, I could view most lectures and seminars and check out the daily menus. Not here. Activities – There are a host of events to occupy your time. Bingo, trivia & poker, along with dance & fitness classes are available every day. Lectures subjects include art, cooking, history and travel. There are two pools, one covered, one open. The pool attendants did a good job clearing empty loungers; chair hogging was minimal. Excursions – Like most cruise lines, these were expensive. Unlike other cruises where a variety of private excursions were available at the pier, these ports had very few non-celebrity options. We booked five excursions. They varied from so-so to very good. One serendipitous feature was a lack of those annoying 30-45 min stops at tourist traps common in Europe and the Caribbean. Summary – A good cruise on an older but well maintained ship. The median age of passengers was probably 75. I’m sure much of that was the timing but I suspect even when school’s out Celebrity still attracts an older crowd. If you don’t mind the occasional passageway pile-up behind a scooter or queuing up at while a wheelchair negotiates the gangway, or if you’d like to avoid hordes of teenagers at the pools, Celebrity is a very good choice. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Summit is an older ship , but staff are wonderful and keep ship very clean. Food was good overall. Really enjoyed the food in the Café, especially the grill in back and stir fry. Entertainment was very good , only act we didn't ... Read More
Summit is an older ship , but staff are wonderful and keep ship very clean. Food was good overall. Really enjoyed the food in the Café, especially the grill in back and stir fry. Entertainment was very good , only act we didn't care about was couple who did juggling and comedy. Always enjoy the trivia and other activities on board. Loved the free tour of the galley. Played pickleball on board ( after suggestions from us, they taped the pickleball court correctly). At Boston , would suggest taking Old Town Tolley ride instead of paying for shuttle into Boston from pier( about 18.00$ pp). Tolley was right at pier to load. Walked Freedom trail to USS Constitution , then took ferry to center of tourist area instead of walking back. Took 4 hour Ollies tour to Acadia Park and enjoyed it. Liked having 30 minutes at each stop.After tour ate a wonderful warm blueberry pie in Bar Harbor. Quebec City was my favorite port. The city is beautiful. Took a walking tour with a local named Sam. His humor and knowledge was enjoyable. Would love to go back to this area. Sageunay was cold and rainy the day we were there. Took a excursion to the forge. It was beautiful even in the rain. Next stop was Syndey, and took 7 hr tour of Cabot Trail. First 1 hour is somewhat boring but gets pretty after that. Not much to do in Syndey, so book an excursion on this port. Halifax had much more to offer. Took tour of Peggy's Cove. We were lucky , as first bus out there for the day. Heard from others that got very busy later in day as many ships in dock. Also booked Hop on/ off tour following Peggys Cove. Due to time in port, was only able to ride around route in city before having to return to ship. Would liked to go to sites and expore. Better not to schedule both things , due to time restrains. Since our flight was late in the day, we did Manhatten tour and transfer to airport. Our guide as good . Only 2 stops on tour but nice tour. Not able to see much color in trees due to too early in season. Had a great time on the Summit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We do not usually rake cruises for several reasons. But, this one was very good. We were in the Aqua Class. I would definitely recommend this. You have a private restaurant-Blu. We could eat at any time during the breakfast hours and ... Read More
We do not usually rake cruises for several reasons. But, this one was very good. We were in the Aqua Class. I would definitely recommend this. You have a private restaurant-Blu. We could eat at any time during the breakfast hours and dinner hours. There were no assigned times, which was great, and no waiting line. We got to know the staff and they were super to us. We sat by ourselves for breakfast and dinner (the only time Blu is open). But, the tables were close enough that we always had a good conversation with the table next to us. Also, we could use the Persian Garden sauna, which is very nice. The Entertainment was fine. Nothing to brag about. But, adequate. They have special shows at 7 and 9 each evening. They have singers, comedians and Beatles impersonators. The casino was fine but don't expect to win any money there. The drinks were expensive. We didn't buy the drink package. We can't drink that much. Beer was $7 for domestic and house wine was $9 plus an added tip. They do give free drinks in the casino if you are playing. The trip was rough on the water. I don't know if the north Atlantic is always like this. But, we brought patches and wore them and were glad we did. They had two bands. They were not bad. They have nice dance floors. They had plenty of things to do when we were cruising such as trivia, dance lessons, seminars, etc. Wife and I played cards some days. I did the acupuncture for my back problems. It did seem to help some. You might check it out if you are having problems. The dr. is very good at telling you if he can help or not. The passengers probably averaged 70-75 yrs old. I didn't expect this. But, since I am in that area, I should have. I saw one young couple on the ship. They may have been on a honeymoon. They looked pretty bored with not many other young people on board. The buffet is very good. We had to eat lunch there since Blu is closed for lunch. The only problem is finding a place to sit when we were cruising. They have pizza all afternoon and night which was a great treat at 10PM. Room service was great for breakfast when we had an early excursion. So, be sure to use it. I won't get deeply into the excursions, except to say to check and be sure they don't plan conflicting excursions on the same day. Their excursions were great and the guides were great, also. We really enjoyed Boston and Halifax. Quebec City is nice but we had to take a shuttle from the ship to get to it. And, it is very hilly making it hard to get around particularly when raining. We did like the places we stopped at. But wish we had more time in Boston. We took the Manhattan tour the last day. It was great and they dropped us off at the Newark airport. We did like the ship since it was smaller than most. But, it was hard to get around in since the center area breaks the ship up into two sections. We spent a lot of time on elevators going to different floors to get around the center area. You can walk outside to get around if the weather is good. But, we had a lot of bad days on the water. The ship will be renovated next year. It should be a great trip on this ship after the renovations. And the staff is absolutely great! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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