Very good cruise overall. Good ports, & good selection of excursions.
We had to miss a port, Saugany in NS due to the ship slowing to 10 knots in order to protect the Wright whale. I never saw one whale, so that was quite ... Read More
Very good cruise overall. Good ports, & good selection of excursions.
We had to miss a port, Saugany in NS due to the ship slowing to 10 knots in order to protect the Wright whale. I never saw one whale, so that was quite disappointing. None of my ship mates that I talked to saw whales either!
I particularly enjoyed Quebec, & we were there overnight. I had never been there, & it is a beautiful city, with beautiful vistas of the St. Laurence river.
Captain Alex, of Greek heritage, was lots of fun with his morning & port announcements. He would tell us where on the ship he was going next, because he wanted to meet everyone! I have a great picture of him with me & my friend.
Of course I had a favorite bar, it was Cellar Masters. We had some fun wine tastings.
This ship has a grest crew, everyone ready with a greeting, no matter the time of day. Read Less
I liked the itinerary and had not sailed out of and return to New York City area (Bayonne NJ). This is the quiet, scenic, experience you would expect. Because of the cooler weather the large open pool area was not used by guests so the ... Read More
I liked the itinerary and had not sailed out of and return to New York City area (Bayonne NJ). This is the quiet, scenic, experience you would expect. Because of the cooler weather the large open pool area was not used by guests so the other public spaces on at sea days were crowded. Loved the color and should not have been surprised that New England during the fall foliage season is crowded whether you arrive by car or ship.
On this trip there were a large number of Elite and Elite Plus passengers so the traditional Elite passenger cocktail hour had to be held throughout the lounges on the ship through the use of vouchers. Really the same experience but what was missing was the chance to meet other experienced travelers in a relaxed atmosphere.
The ports were interesting but Quebec City is by far the best. The overnight with two days in Quebec City were a big part of decision to take this particular cruise. Read Less
Enjoyed Captain Alex tremendously. He seems to enjoy his job and lets you know it. Food in main dining room was very good, as was the buffet. Entertainment was varied--something for everyone. Drinks were better than usual on a cruise ... Read More
Enjoyed Captain Alex tremendously. He seems to enjoy his job and lets you know it. Food in main dining room was very good, as was the buffet. Entertainment was varied--something for everyone. Drinks were better than usual on a cruise line.
If you like slot machines, the ones in the ship's casino were quite old. The newest machines (only about four of them), were six or more years old.
Our room was fine and clean with plenty of hangers and drawer space. Room service was very good. No problems.
Service was good. Some of the servers did not smile much but that does not bother me as long as the product is good.
We had any time dining and never had to wait longer than three minutes or so.
We went on a few excursions and the all were enjoyable, particularly the walking tours in Halifax and Quebec City. Solarium a nice touch. Read Less
This cruise was enjoyable and we enjoyed the ports. Most of the excursions were well done with the exception of a walking tour in Quebec.
All staff members were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The room steward, Gede, made ... Read More
This cruise was enjoyable and we enjoyed the ports. Most of the excursions were well done with the exception of a walking tour in Quebec.
All staff members were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The room steward, Gede, made certain that the room was perfect. All areas of the ship were cleaned continuously and I saw no problems.
Guest speaker Jim Kennedy, former director of Kennedy Space Center, was excellent and filled the theater each time he spoke. Overall, the guest entertainers were superb. Unfortunately, the shows by the ship's singers and dancers were not up to par. Evidently these are new shows, and Celebrity needs to find other writers. The performers did well in the show "Chandalier," but the story was rather boring and predictable. The other show, Soundtrack, was just loud, frenzied and shrill. More emphasis should have been put on the acrobats.
Afternoon entertainment by guest performers was a great bonus. Also, I appreciated the efforts of Patrick, cruise director, to try to involve all guests in activities.
The food in the main dining room and in the Oceanview restaurant was outstanding. Service was fine in all areas of the ship. Read Less
We have sailed on Summit before. She is an older and smaller ship, but has been refurbished. She is clean and easy to find your way around. the food and the crew are amazing and friendly. So are the other passengers. We made new friends ... Read More
We have sailed on Summit before. She is an older and smaller ship, but has been refurbished. She is clean and easy to find your way around. the food and the crew are amazing and friendly. So are the other passengers. We made new friends every day. Our cabin steward was wonderful. He took very good care of us and got us everything that we needed. We took private tours at most of the ports and were very pleased with all of them. We had both warm and cold weather and we didn't see pretty colors on the trees until the last 2 days. We sail in Aqua Class which allows us to eat in a specialty restaurant, Blu, every night and we love it. the room is small and the feel is more intimate. The menu is a little "healthier" but you can order off the menu in the main dining room at any time. Everything was smooth from beginning to end and I would sail on Celebrity Summit again without hesitation. Read Less
We flew from OKC to Newark one day early and spent the night at the Renaissance at the airport. We used Uber for the first time for transport to the cruise terminal ...cost approx. $18....picked us up after only a 4 min. wait. ... Read More
We flew from OKC to Newark one day early and spent the night at the Renaissance at the airport. We used Uber for the first time for transport to the cruise terminal ...cost approx. $18....picked us up after only a 4 min. wait. We had never been to Quebec City and had heard wonderful comments from people who visited. We were not disappointed. The other ports, Boston, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Portland were appealing. We overnighted in Quebec City and had an enjoyable 7.5-hour Celebrity excursion the first day and spent time the 2nd day exploring the city on our own. We were disappointed there were 8 ships in port and we were stuck at the cargo port along with three other ships. That meant we had to take a complimentary shuttle to the main part of Lower Town but it worked out ok. A similar thing happened in Halifax and you could not walk out of the port area on your own. In both places, Queen Mary 2 was right up front and center.
We were disappointed that Saguenay was cancelled due to the Right whales. Going to Saguenay was one of the deciding factors in selecting this cruise.
Embarkation took about 40 min which was long for Elites-not enough checkin stations for us and I don't know why AAA advertises priority boarding-I've never seen that take place.
The Summit is starting to show its age, but we would have no problems cruising again on the Summit. The crew was friendly and helpful. Capt Alex had a wonderful sense of humor and was very visible during the 14 day cruise. I had never seen a Capt. meet people as we left the ship departing from the cruise. We were impressed.
One of the enrichment speakers was exceptionally good. Jim Kennedy, former Director of the Kennedy Space Center, gave 4 very informative and entertaining programs. Possibly the best we have ever heard on any cruise.
We had Select dining and had a great experience. We made reservations online before the cruise. We never had a wait and had the same table for two, every night. Our two servers, Summer and Mentari, were excellent. They both were so friendly and made our dining experience pleasant and relaxing.
Disembarkation was fast and smooth even in pouring rain. We did have an extremely long wait on the bus before it departed-at least 40 minutes with no air conditioning. Everything inside the terminal was quick and easy. We had a 4 hr bus tour of Manhattan as part of our transfer to the airport.
We recommend the Summit and this itinerary. We are considering taking this cruise again next year. Read Less
We cruised Summit out of Port Liberty for 14 days to Canada and New England. Overall it was a wonderful cruise with excellent ports and the staff on Summit were exceptional. That starts from the top with Captain Alex who was very visible ... Read More
We cruised Summit out of Port Liberty for 14 days to Canada and New England. Overall it was a wonderful cruise with excellent ports and the staff on Summit were exceptional. That starts from the top with Captain Alex who was very visible and always entertaining and humorous. We were in a Sky Suite (6132) so we truly enjoyed dining in Luminae most nights and Michael's Club. The MC Concierge Anastasia was excellent, very friendly and helpful at all times. The Luminae experience was a highlight of the cruise. We also dined in Qsine (very good and unusual), Tuscan Grill (very good but not exceptional), and Sushi-on-5 (pretty average sushi). The selection at the Oceanview Cafe buffet was very good most days. Great fresh poached eggs and made to order omelets for breakfast. Noticeable was the excellence of the staff in the Oceanview- attentive to bussing the tables, bringing fresh coffee and rolls/danish frequently. Very pleasant to interact with too. Better than any other Celebrity ship we have sailed. Entertainment on the ship was varied. Celebrity production shows were just OK. The guest entertainers were all very good. The lounge entertainment was excellent particularly the Violin duo The Neptunes. We had great bar service every day using our Premium beverage package mostly at the Martini Bar and at Cellar Masters. The bartenders were just a cut above at these two bars. Getting on and off the ship at Port Liberty was a breeze! We drove to the port and parked in the garage ($20/day). As for the ports- we had a great day in Boston first, The ship offered a $30 RT shuttle to/from Quincy Market. We walked to the North End area and had a great pizza for lunch. Next stop was Sydney Nova Scotia - kind of a washout due to the bad weather that day. The cruise along the St Lawrence to Quebec City was colorful and scenic. Quebec City overnight was the real highlight of the itinerary and it was just beautiful there. On the way back we missed Saguenay due to ship speed restrictions to protect endangered Atlantic Right Whales. We loved Halifax (harbor walk) and our trip to Peggy's Cove and the Titanic cemetery. Great Lobster rolls at the public marketplace. Portland was another Lobster/foody stop and a great little city. Bar Harbor was scenic but crowded but really enjoyed lunch at the West End Cafe. The At Sea days were relaxing but we had quite a bit of cool weather (60's) fog and rain. Overall Summit is an older ship but well maintained. Its age is overcome by the great crew and exceptional service. Read Less
This was the third time that I've taken the Canada/New England cruise (once on Constellation, twice on Summit). Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise: Captain Alex was superb with his informational/inspirational banter each day and his ... Read More
This was the third time that I've taken the Canada/New England cruise (once on Constellation, twice on Summit). Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise: Captain Alex was superb with his informational/inspirational banter each day and his accessibility; all staff were excellent (guest relations, cabin steward, main dining room, Elite hostess/lounge servers, cruise director and activities manager. Food in the main dining room ranged from good to very good. For several cruises (Celebrity and Royal), I've been disappointed with 'enrichment' activities during sea days. This cruise offered four interesting options: water color painting at 9 a.m., Kennedy space center director at 10:15 a.m., former parks service ranger and naturalist both at differing times. My only complaint was that sometimes other interesting events were held at lunch time. Evening entertainment was very good.The guest entertainers were a cut above and two offered matinee shows that were very well attended. Did not enjoy the ship's production shows. Perhaps it's time to eliminate them on all but the ships that have true Broadway productions. Celebrity orchestra was very talented.
Quebec City is a favorite port with so much to offer, particularly with an over-night stay. We docked at the cargo pier about two miles from the lower city but the shuttles provided were well organized. I had not been to Boson for thirty years and was glad to have taken the ship's excursion at the last minute. For a different experience in Portland, if you have a later departure, take the Casco Bay mail-packet boat ($14 for seniors for 3.5 hours on the water). The boat transports islanders between downtown Portland and their homes on the Casco Bay islands. We stopped at seven +/- islands and delivered lumber, flats of shingles, boxes of bananas, etc. We had school kids coming home at the end of class, people with their dogs and groceries and folks like us. It was very interesting to have a peek at island life for this city dweller.
The passengers came from afar such as Australia, Vancouver, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, etc. Of course, quite a few of us were from the East Coast. Thoroughly enjoyed socializing with everyone.
My complaints have to do with the terminal: at embarkation only one check-in desk for Elite, etc.; took 45 minutes and I arrived early; also, at disembarkation, finding a porter was disorganized and time consuming. However, that said, I had a marvelous time on the Summit and recommend her sailings to Canada/New England and Bermuda (two overnights). Read Less
We have cruised a few times always choose Celebrity. They simply know how to do get it right. The officers and staff were amazing and Captain Alex was a treat. He was very accessible and approachable throughout the cruise. His quotes of ... Read More
We have cruised a few times always choose Celebrity. They simply know how to do get it right. The officers and staff were amazing and Captain Alex was a treat. He was very accessible and approachable throughout the cruise. His quotes of the day were awesome and very upbeat.
The team we had serving us dinner was outstanding in all respects. A big shout out to Jayson, Tirta and Mary Grace who waited on us in the main Cosmopolitan dining room. The food was so good we skipped the fee based dining rooms and stayed in the main dining or even the buffet on the nights we were dragging. Our cabin steward, Rosario, was also top notch.
Finally, the array of entertainers starting with the celebrity Orchestra were the best we have seen on a cruise ship. They talent was quite varied and included singers, comedians, a juggler, a pianist and a flutist. All were great. Read Less
We chose this cruise to see New England and we enjoyed the ports very much. Captain Alex is a joy. Every day he gave a Quote of the Day and other charming comments.... WAY TO GO, Captain Alex! Cabin is tiny in the least expensive ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see New England and we enjoyed the ports very much. Captain Alex is a joy. Every day he gave a Quote of the Day and other charming comments.... WAY TO GO, Captain Alex! Cabin is tiny in the least expensive category but seemed very clean. I now always seem to cough for WEEKS, after cruising. Don't know if germs are spread in the air conditioning. If it is, better filters must be used. The theater shows had an abundance of theatrical smoke. After a few days many passengers were also coughing. This smoke supposedly is an irritant to some people. Shows were enjoyable...especially Antonio Salci, a very talented pianist! There were two very good nature speakers. Food was salty; especially soups. Some soups were too full of corn starch and flavor was lost. Some people paid extra in the restaurants on board and like the food very much. I think this better food should be standard for everybody. The buffet is a choice which goes much faster than your assigned dining time and there are many choices but one cannot order salt free dishes, unless you have it made at the Asian station in a WOK. There are lots of seniors on non holiday two week cruises. Read Less
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