3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I sailed the Celebrity Summit 8/13-8/20 with my girlfriend with no prior cruising experience and not exactly sure what to expect, but was completely blown away but the staff and service on the Summitt. From Captain Alex and Cruise ... Read More
I sailed the Celebrity Summit 8/13-8/20 with my girlfriend with no prior cruising experience and not exactly sure what to expect, but was completely blown away but the staff and service on the Summitt. From Captain Alex and Cruise Director Patrick keeping us up to date during their morning announcements, to the PHENOMENAL staff in the Blu Restaurant (AquaClass exclusive), to the friendly room service staff that always asked you how your day was, I simply loved every second of my trip. Favorite bars include the Rendez-Vous Lounge on the 4th floor for nightly live music and dancing as well as the beautiful Sunset Bar at the back of the ship on the 10th floor (Jaime is one of the best bartenders I've ever been served by!). Bring a camera for some stunning late night shots of the sunset over the Atlantic. If you can, I would avoid the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) simply because they serve, more or less, the same stuff every day and it gets really cluttered and the amount of elderly sailers keeps the lines dragging. If you are a pool goer - get there early! The chairs get claimed before 11 AM and the people who claim them don't leave all day. The nightly shows in the theatre were very good as well. Jesse Hamilton, Jr. is a must see if you can catch him. As a bit of advice - definitely go for the drink package and prepaid tips if you get 2 selections with your room type. If you are a shopper, wait until Saturday morning (last day at sea) for a MASSIVE blowout sale. Getting on and off the ship wasn't too much trouble while in Bermuda, just remember to bring a photo ID and your SeaPass card. Would highly recommend this vacation for new or experienced cruisers looking for a luxury-feel, high-class serviced vacation, at roughly the same cost you would pay for MUCH less with NCL. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I was not pleased with the entertainment when comparing it with other cruises. It appeared because it was a 14 nt. & older group, which was constantly mentioned , that we didn't get the caliber of other cruises I've been ... Read More
I was not pleased with the entertainment when comparing it with other cruises. It appeared because it was a 14 nt. & older group, which was constantly mentioned , that we didn't get the caliber of other cruises I've been on. Also the food was not exceptional. I really felt we should have had lobster two nights on a 14 nt. cruise & especially a New England & Canada one. Some nights the food was excellent but others not so good. Also there were not enough activities . I'm also not in favor of the alchol package as it makes people feel they should over-indulge to get their money's worth. By dinner many guests were drunk. We enjoyed the ports and our rooms were adequate. We'll really shop around for our next cruise. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
My wife and I just completed our first cruise and it was great. It was a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. A little info before I start so you know where my comments are coming from. We don't normally eat at fancy restaurants, chills and ... Read More
My wife and I just completed our first cruise and it was great. It was a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. A little info before I start so you know where my comments are coming from. We don't normally eat at fancy restaurants, chills and Applebee's are where we take the kids and sometime a steak or seafood place. We are average blue collar folk in our 40s. We did a stay, park and cruise package with the Newark best western which worked out well aside from the party that was going a few rooms down until 2 am. Didn't hear it at all until they would go out in the hallway and yell to each other from each end. The transport to and from the hotel was easy and the hotel parking was tight but secured and monitored. We were concierge class and from the time we arrived pier side at 11am to the time we were on ship took 15 minutes. We preboarded online a few weeks before and had all our documents ready to go. The drink when first walking onboard was free but we were premium drink packages so didn't care either way. We walked around and explored a bit until just after 1 pm when they said we could go to our room. We were in room 7182 and it was great as was the staff. Our room was always well taken care of and they were very friendly. We had great views of the Statue of Liberty when leaving and had good views of Bermuda when leaving there also. We received our bags by 4:45 pm on boarding day. We ate at the main dining room most days for lunch and the food was always very good and in the main dining room at night most nights which for us was some of the best meals we have eaten. Billy was our main waiter and was very personable. His personality alone made our cruise worth the price. We did try the Quine and Normandy restaurants for dinner and enjoyed both but the MDR was so good and we had great table mates which really made us want to eat there. Breakfast was a mix of MDR, room service and once at the buffet. Nothing wrong with the buffet but we felt the MDR was more relaxing and less hustle and bustle. I was never Wow'd by breakfast onboard but it was always decent. Speaking of hustle and bustle, the pool area was always ridiculously packed and I wish they had more room. Beside the seating all around the pool being used the pools and hot tubs were packed like lobsters in a seafood tank. It's pretty much my only complaint for the cruise. My wife and I would take a quick dip if we could and then head to the top aft deck and lay out. That location is great as she likes the sun and I prefer a little shade after an hour of sun. Everyone on board, staff and guests were very nice and I was able to relax the whole week with little to no stress which was my goal. We did 4 tours with the ship while in Bermuda and all were well executed and easy to find/meet for us newbies. When we go again we will do some of our own touring as it is easy to get around the island via ferry, bus or cab and cheaper. The one we will do again is the elbow beach day excursion because the beach was perfect and we got a chair and umbrella included. There was a restaurant and bathroom facilities just a few steps away also. It looked like horseshoe bay beach had that also but there's was a farther walk than elbow beach ( or so I was told) and its more crowded at horseshoe bay by quite a bit. Boarding the ship the first day in Bermuda was slow because a few tours came back at the same time but the ship staff had flavored ice water for free and iced down washcloths that really cooled you down and refreshed the spirit. Disembarking on the last day was just as quick and easy as the first day. We carried our bags off and met the shuttle just outside. I know I left a bunch out so ask/add if you have specific comments or questions. Overall it was awesome and we are already booked for the same cruise next year. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Overall, our family of 12 (2 grandparents, 2 moms and 8 kids) had a wonderful, relaxing time on the cruise. This was a first cruise for most of us and a first trip to Bermuda for most of us. As a first time cruiser I was not sure ... Read More
Overall, our family of 12 (2 grandparents, 2 moms and 8 kids) had a wonderful, relaxing time on the cruise. This was a first cruise for most of us and a first trip to Bermuda for most of us. As a first time cruiser I was not sure exactly what to expect. But most everything was great. We departed from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. We drove up on Sunday morning and had no difficulty finding the port. We pulled up to the terminal (like an airport), dropped our bags with the porters and our two drivers went off to park their cars. We arrived around 10:30 am and had a very easy time getting through the check-in process. We were permitted to get onto the ship around 11:00 am. On board the ship we were greeted with glasses of champagne, mimosas and OJ for the kids. That was a nice touch. Then a group photo and off to Deck 10 to relax poolside and have lunch. We could not get into our rooms until around 1:00 pm. We had planned for this and had the kids dressed for the pool and everyone else carrying their bathing suits, etc. in their carry-on bags. We quickly found lounge chairs in the shade and were greeted with cocktail waiters carrying Bahama Mamas which were delicious. We had a great view of the NY skyline and the Statute of Liberty while in port and when the ship first set sail. The adults had the basic alcohol beverage package and the kids had the premium nonalcoholic beverage package. These were well worth the price for all but my mother who does not drink. The drinks were easy to come by and even frozen drinks, like pina coladas, clearly had plenty of alcohol in them (this is not always the case in restaurants). The kids were able to enjoy having sodas and virgin pina coladas without worrying about the cost of every drink. Of course, we tipped our cocktail servers and bartenders with some frequency - to ensure continued good service. Our favorite cocktail server by the pool was Richard. Each morning we had breakfast in the buffet restaurant - I think it was called the Ocean View Café? Fabulous. Eggs made every way; bacon, ham and sausage; fresh fruit; yogurt and granola; cereals; rolls, croissants and bread; waffles, pancakes and French toast; hashbrowns, etc. Each day we had lunch and snacks in the buffet restaurant as well. So much variety and everything was quite good. There was always pasta, pizza, sandwiches, carving stations and salads. Other entrees were changed from day to day with lots of Asian and Indian foods, fried and grilled fish, etc. Sometimes we ate in the restaurant and sometimes we brought our food to the pool. 6 out of 7 dinners we ate in the main dining room - requiring us to dress nicely and, on 2 nights, more formally. We had 6:00 pm reservations each night and that worked well for us. We had Jony as our head waiter and Savio as the assistant waiter and they were both great. Each night we had our choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. For those who are not familiar, the left side of the menu remained the same each night - French onion soup, escargot, fruit plate, Caesar salad; entrees of salmon, grilled chicken and NY sirloin; desserts of cheesecake, apple pie, crème brulee and chocolate cake. The right side of the menu changed every night. I typically ordered off the right side of the menu and really enjoyed nearly every bite. For starters I tried Caesar salad, watermelon gazpacho, prosciutto di parma, scallop Rockefeller, braised short ribs; for entrees I had prime rib, beef tournedos, branzino, lobster tail, steak Dianne; for desserts I had crème brulee, chocolate cake, tres leches cake. Everything was very good. In my opinion the portions were just right - as I had 3 to 4 courses each night and never left feeling overstuffed. Someone else might consider some of the portions too small. While we were at sea, we spent most of our day near the pool - with several lounge chairs in the shade. The one disappointment we had about the cruise was the limited pool space for kids. The ship had three pools and several hot tubs. The two large pools were reserved for adults only. A very small pool and 2 of the hot tubs permitted children - and kids were reprimanded for jumping or splashing. This was disappointing as we had 5 boys ages 9 to 13 who enjoy pool activities. Given the number of kids and families on the cruise, I would recommend that Celebrity reserve only one pool for adults only and allow kids to have access to the other 2 pools. During the day there were many activities throughout the ship - music, dancing, shows, etc. We enjoyed observing some of those that occurred poolside but did not partake of much of the onboard activity during the day. We did attend a "Top Chef" event in the theater on one day at sea that we enjoyed. In the evenings, after dinner, we typically attended the 9:00 pm show in the Celebrity Theater. The shows were on the weak side but we had an ok time. The singers and dancers we watched were excellent individually, but their voices did not go well together and the shows themselves were rather disjointed. While docked in Bermuda, we chose our own path to explore. So we did not purchase any excursions from Celebrity. Bermuda is absolutely gorgeous - so many shades of blue water; soft sand; beautifully colored houses and buildings; friendly people. It really is a magical place. Our first day, we took a cab to Horseshoe Bay where we enjoyed the sun, sand, sea, breeze and snorkeling. There is a little restaurant there where we had amazing grouper sandwiches and fish and chips (although these were pricey for a beach restaurant). We had great weather and a great time. One days two and three we did not have great weather - it rained on and off each day - but we still had fun. On day two we took the ferry to St. George, then went to the Crystal Caves (a great option on a rainy day), then to Hamilton. I would like to have spent more time in Hamilton. On day three, we wanted to go to Church Bay but, due to the weather forecast, we decided to stay closer to the ship and went to Snorkel Beach which is at King's Wharf. We had a great time there too. Disembarkation in Port Bayonne was very, very easy. Overall, we had a great time. Service was excellent - so many people to help at every turn; the food and drinks were great; everything ran smoothly. We would definitely take another Celebrity cruise in the future. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Here is our review of what Celebrity has painted for us on our first cruise ever. Our guestroom attendants Meredeth and Jonathan were wonderful. That was the only thing about this cruise that stood out on a positive note. Let's ... Read More
Here is our review of what Celebrity has painted for us on our first cruise ever. Our guestroom attendants Meredeth and Jonathan were wonderful. That was the only thing about this cruise that stood out on a positive note. Let's talk about a few issues we had on this ship. Our spa experience was awful. We spent almost $500 on massages for my wife and I and both were cut short about 20 minutes and therapists were not very good at massaging. We know this because for the past 8 years we have been getting massages on a weekly basis. Waste of money spent with the Canyon Ranch Spa! We didn't realize that our massages were cut early until we mentioned it to each other later on that night and so we went to guest relations to let them know and they said that they would have the spa manager call us. We are now off the ship and done with vacation and still have not heard from them. The shows that this ship put on were very cheesy and not entertaining at all. It seemed like these shows were intended for a much older crowd... like retired! Our younger kids had a good time at the Fun Factory and were treated well but were limited in things to do. Our teen was extremely bored at the X-Club. Internet Wi-Fi was HORRIBLE at best, we had complained and were issued a refund but not without a guilt trip from the staff. Our dining experience in the buffet/café was limited at best. We had one night where we made reservations at the dining room (Cosmopolitan) and were in awe about the blandness of food. Had no taste whatsoever. I wasn't interested in even ordering an entrée but felt like I was forced to from our waiter. I didn't eat there again, but my wife and youngest went there to eat and she actually had one item she enjoyed which was the risotto. She asked for a second portion of it and even though the waiter gave her another portion he gave her a dirty look about her ordering a second portion and made her feel like she did something wrong. Absolutely an awful experience. So we were pretty much forced to eat in the café the entire trip and was pretty much settled on having the same variety of limited items served while being bumped and shoved by people wanting the same popular items. 20 minutes standing in line waiting for fried rice was ridiculous, especially with three kids in tow. Most of the time we gave up on fresh cooked food to avoid the line wait and just ate the hotdogs and burgers they were serving on the outdoor pool deck. Not a great eating experience at all! If I knew that it would have been this bad and ruined our family vacation for this year I would have never spent over $8,000 of my only savings on this trip with Celebrity. Now don't get me wrong, my wife and I are not picky people at all, but when you spend this much money on a family vacation you would expect a certain standard from the trip. All of these standards were barely met and some were just downright disappointing. Never again, and I would not recommend Celebrity to anyone! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
This review is long overdue but I thought it was worth posting anyway, in case anyone is looking for a "June" point of view. We traveled mid June, and the weather was perfect. This was our very first cruise. We've been ... Read More
This review is long overdue but I thought it was worth posting anyway, in case anyone is looking for a "June" point of view. We traveled mid June, and the weather was perfect. This was our very first cruise. We've been to many nice tropical island resorts but I did not know what to expect being on a ship. I get motion sickness so I was definitely very worried about that. That being said I wonder if being first-time cruisers on a Celebrity ship, perhaps we were not a bit spoiled for trying other cruise lines. The experience definitely exceeded my hopes. I now understand how people can be so loyal to a cruise line, particularly Celebrity. The embarkation process was a breeze. We arrived at the port on the later side, about 1:30 in the afternoon. There was practically no one else in the port waiting to go in so we had no wait at all. We were quickly checked in and before we knew it we were on board. Immediately stopped in the martini bar grab some drinks and proceeded on to explore the ship. Since it was close to the time for the Muster drill we didn't get very far. But after that we proceeded to our rooms which were ready. Our biggest disappointment by far was definitely the cabin size. (2029 & 2033) We got 2 Oceanview State rooms- 1 for my DH, myself and our 2 children and one for my parents and my 2 brothers. My brothers were a last-minute add-on to the trip- had I known they were coming I would've booked them a larger room. This room was shockingly small. It had the two bunks that came out from the ceiling which were okay for my 9 and 11-year-old but not okay for my two adult brothers. It was very small and I felt bad for my parents and my brothers. It was okay for us and the children but I don't know if I would ever book that room again. It is entirely too tight for 4 people. Thankfully we are all a scrappy bunch with very good dispositions. After the initial shock of it, we all laughed and made lots of jokes about it. We quickly got over it and decided to not spend much time in the room anyway. It worked out fine but again I must reiterate that those state rooms with the 2 bunkbeds are entirely too small for four people and all their stuff. Also our bathroom was really shabby. Not only was it's very small but it was very worn down and somewhat Rusty in the shower area especially. The closet and storage area however was very sufficient. The rest of the ship was very well-kept. We constantly saw staff cleaning and vacuuming and picking things up and generally keeping the ship in tiptop shape. We upgraded to premium drinking package which was a good thing for my husband and my brothers. I could have done without, but no matter it worked out perfectly. The crew was very friendly and very accommodating. We did buffet for breakfast and lunch and dined every evening in the MDR. I thought the food there was exceptional. They were extremely accommodating to my children and allowed everyone to order anything they wanted off of any menu I don't understand why everyone wouldn't dine in the main dining room every night It was a very pleasant experience We didn't make reservations ahead of time but still had no problem walking up and waiting never more than 10 minutes We also did the Normandie one night which was very good, but honestly was not that much better than the main dining room in my opinion. The dining selections were just a little more special and they offered French style service which is over-the-top nice. This staff and crew overall was very friendly and nice but no one learned our names and no staff or crew were particularly friendly to the point of being engaging which is fine with me. I don't need that type of bond between myself and the crew. Only saw the cruise director once at a show and maybe the muster. But everyone was very competent and did their jobs very well. The Thalsso therapy area was my favorite. It was so nice to have that covered area since it was rainy one day at sea. The warm bubbly pool was amazing. And the snacks there in the spa area are out of this world, Beautifully crafted and very tasty. Entertainment on the ship was just fine, but nothing spectacular. It seemed you had to get to every show an hour early to get a seat. I just didn't think it was worth giving up that time for that quality of show. Funniest thing was dancing with the stripes- don't miss that. I also thought there would be announcements about shows and activities going on but there were none. If you did not read your activity letter every morning you would have no idea that there was anything going on anywhere. Most activities that they did have were entirely too short. The biggest point of contention during the cruise was the pool area. It was nearly impossible to get a seat. Even when I did go early to reserve two seats a couple of older ladies had no problem just taking them away from us. No idea where my towels or water went. They were completely unapologetic about it. The adult pool was always crowded so sometimes adults would go into the kids pool. A couple of elderly people had the audacity to scold my children because they were playing and splashing - In the kids pool!!!!! Overall The most unpleasant part of the trip was in encountering so many unhappy people which I don't understand. We are on vacation- how can you be so disgruntled all the time? They would complain about everything from having to wait for hamburger to accusing you of trying to cut in line to pay for some crappy cruise sale crap. We mostly did the buffet for breakfast every day but one and for lunch. I found the food to be very high-quality and just had so much to offer. One day we did breakfast in the main dining room but didn't find it worth the time it took while we were waiting for them to prepare our food it was just as good at the buffet Only thing is that Morning time was tricky as all the tables were usually taken and we had to go on a serious hunt to seat eight people even when we broke off into 2 or 3 groups. The spa was nice but very small- however the services were top notch. The extra classes you pay for such as yoga we're not really worth the price. The gym was just OK nothing state-of-the-art. It was good enough to use elliptical or treadmill if you needed to. Our first day in Bermuda we took a ferry to Hamilton and then the bus ride to the Crystal caves. It took longer than expected and then there was a wait at the caves. The caves were very cool. We then took a bus into town for some lunch before headed to horseshoe beach. Of course we got to the beach very late but still enjoyed a couple of hours there. The second day we took a bus straight to horseshoe beach so as to enjoy the entire day. It was amazing- we had a marvelous time and were able to do some very nice snorkeling without an extra cost. That beach is everything everyone says it is definitely worth spending the day there. There is a concession there with minimal selections but doable for one day. Best part is the car service you can pay for that will get you & your stuff from the top of the road right down to the beach at a minimal cost. They stop running it around five so you'll have to leave the beach before then if you want them to take you back to the top. On the third day we stayed in the dockyard we did dolphin quest for the kids which was lackluster at best. We also did wave runners later which was a lot more fun. Embarking and disembarking the ship was always fast and easy. My 9 & 11 year old did not care for the kids club activities. No one from the program ever came around to invite them so they did not feel enticed to check it out. They were happy to hang with us entertain each other. Lastly, my elderly father has limited mobility and this ship size was very manageable for him. We reserved a wheel chair for him but he really never needed it. Overall, we had a wonderful trip. The food and drinks were top notch and we never felt pressured to buy or spend more. I look forward to cruising with Celebrity again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our 20th Celebrity cruise, we are Elite Plus Captain's Club members and this was probably one of our most disappointing Celebrity cruises. Overall the food and service was not nearly as good as in the past and also the ... Read More
This was our 20th Celebrity cruise, we are Elite Plus Captain's Club members and this was probably one of our most disappointing Celebrity cruises. Overall the food and service was not nearly as good as in the past and also the lack of enforcement of dress code in the Main Dining Room as well as Captain Club events really put a sour taste in our mouths. My husband and I like the traditional way of cruising. We always select Traditional Late (Second) Seating in the Main Dining Room. We were assigned a table for 8 which is what we asked but on night 1 and 2 there were only 4 of us. During dinner on night 2 the other couple said "we have bought a specialty dining package for 3 nights". Well there's only 5 nights left so that means my husband and I would be sitting alone, which is just not what we wanted. We went to the Maitre'd and asked to change tables so we could sit with others. He told us that it would be a table for 9 now that we were there. We said great. We got to the new table and there were only 2 other couples that were cruising together there. That's fine, at least we had a table for 6 on nights 3 and 4. On nights 5 & 6 a couple we met during the cruised joined us for dinner and we finally had our table for 8. Unfortunately on night 6 - the second formal night we did not get our entrée until 10:10 PM. The waiter and Maitre'd came over and apologized but what good did that do. My husband and I wanted to go to the Liar's Club show which was at 10:30 PM, so we got up and left before they even took the entrée dishes away. On night 7 the final night of the cruise my husband and I were all alone at a table that seated 10 people. Not to mention that the first waiter and assistant waiter we had were very good and when we changed tables our new assistant waiter must have been new because he was not that good and our waiter was okay but needed to compensate for the assistant so service lagged. This sailing had a much younger crowd than we have sailed with previously. I think it's because of the drink packages they are attracting younger people, which is fine, but these people are no use to traditional style of cruising and just want to dress and do what they want when they want. People were not sticking to the dress code and also they were drinking in the pools, hot tubs, etc., which I thought you were not allowed to, especially bottles of beer which can break. The food in the MDR was overall good, the buffet for lunch was just okay nothing great. Unfortunately and this is nothing to do with Celebrity, the weather in Bermuda for the 3 days we were there was terrible. It was so windy that they canceled the ferries to St. Georges day 2 and 3 and you could barely even walk. The beaches were so windy people were getting sand in their eyes, ears, etc. and all these dead jellyfish were washing up on shore. Even our stateroom attendant was just adequate. I asked for an extra towel every day and never got one. I resorted to bringing a clean pool towel (they have new ones which are really nice) down to the cabin with me. Another thing Celebrity has really cut out, especially on the Bermuda cruises is the guest lecturers. My husband and I really enjoyed these. We had a gentleman, Stan the Pan Man, who one day gave a lecture on steel drums and also gave classes on them as well as played around the ship. He was fine, but we like the historians and lecturers they use to get from their partnership with the Smithsonian. I believe this ended in 2013 sometime. With the raising of prices on drinks, gratuities, etc. we are very disappointed in the direction Celebrity is going in since food, service and overall ambience for those of us that just book regular cabins is going downhill. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
First cruise out of bayonne,and first one for DW and I.....LOVED leaving from BAYONNE so easy..Bermuda was extermely windy for 3 days so we stayed on the ship for 2 of the 3,,saw the crystal caves they were ok ( one and done)....We were ... Read More
First cruise out of bayonne,and first one for DW and I.....LOVED leaving from BAYONNE so easy..Bermuda was extermely windy for 3 days so we stayed on the ship for 2 of the 3,,saw the crystal caves they were ok ( one and done)....We were in aqua class,,BLU was great for dinner,,also ate at qsine (very good).. NORMANDY was our best meal of the week...spent alot of time in the casino and actually had some luck...Hit 2 jackpots on the penny machines for 1700 and 1600..they.also called my raffle ticket for a free cruise on the last day of the cruise...talk about a good week!!!!!!..overall loved the food and the 123 go promotion..We booked for next year already....hopefully history repeats itself...except for the wind..LOL Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
After tons of research here on cruise critic we booked celebrity summit because it included the classic drink package and gratuities and $300 onboard credit. We had a C3 concierge class cabin on deck 8, 8165. We left our 2 kids, 5 and 3 at ... Read More
After tons of research here on cruise critic we booked celebrity summit because it included the classic drink package and gratuities and $300 onboard credit. We had a C3 concierge class cabin on deck 8, 8165. We left our 2 kids, 5 and 3 at home so we could celebrate my birthday and our 10th anniversary. Getting to the ship We live in Massachusetts, not far from providence, ri so we took a bus from the airport to Bayonne. We left at 7:45 am and stopped a few times along the way, with traffic before the George Washington bridge it took us about 4.5 hours. A little after 12 we had our luggage of the bus and were in the terminal for check in. There were people looking at your xpress pass to direct you to the proper line through security. One was labelled suites and Aqua class and had no line, the other was for everyone else and was pretty long. When I booked concierge I was pretty sure that we got priority boarding so I asked a lady who was directing people and she told us to get in the long line. My husband went to go in line but something told me we were allowed to go priority so I went and asked the guy in charge of the priority line and he said yes it's absolutely for you guys! So my husband got out of the super long line and we went right through security, waited maybe 2 minutes to get our sea pass cards and were on our way onto the ship! My husband said it was so worth it for concierge just for priority boarding. The ship This being my first cruise I can't compare it to anything but it was very nice, they were doing some maintenance in certain places and there were wet paint signs the first day on some railings. My husband has been on one previous cruise but years ago. He was nervous the ship was smaller and there wouldn't be anything to do but we kept ourselves busy with different things offered, I did trivia while he did the ping pong tournament, I went to Pilates while he played basketball, we did a chipping contest in the pool, checked out the art auction, and just explored the ship in general. There was a lot to do and sometimes we had to miss something. Port and shore excursions In doing my research I realized that celebrity's excursions were overpriced, we were interested in doing some sort of snorkel cruise, they were $65-70 per person and the crystal caves excursion was $100 per person. I decided to get the 3 day transportation pass for $44 per person and do the caves on our own $30 per person for both caves, so day one we were already ahead $26 which bought us a half pitcher of rum swizzle stick at the swizzle inn! Then we had our transportation for the rest of our stay taken care of. Our cabin- 8165 We had a concierge cabin c3 on deck 8- 8165 it was port side aft. We loved it! Having the balcony was so nice and we had breakfast through room service twice. The room had a flat screen tv and plenty of closet/drawer space. The only bad thing I could say about the room was that there was no hairdryer in the bathroom, luckily I found it in a cabinet under the desk but it was not a great hairdryer. I used it once and it took way to long to dry my hair and you had to keep the button pressed down for it to stay on. Next time I'll bring mine from home! Also the shower had some rust but nothing too bad. Dining We had select dining and before we left I made reservations for each night because I had read here on cruise critic that sometimes if you just showed up there could be a 20 min wait. I had 6:30 or 6:45 reservations for sea days and 8:30 reservations for port days and it worked out wonderfully! We sat a different table and had different waiters each day but saw the waiter we had the first night all the time and he would stop and say hi. We are in the MDR every night except the second formal night where we ate at Normandie with a family we had met onboard that we enjoyed talking to, also at our table was Stan the pan man, I'll get to him in entertainment. For breakfast we had room service on our balcony twice, ate in the main dining room 3 times and the buffet once. Breakfast in the main dining room was nice, we shared a table with 2 other couples and actually ate with one couple 2 days in a row just by coincidence! The only time we had trouble was embarkation day in the MDR, it didn't seem any busier than the other days but it took forever to get our meals, an omelette with hash browns and bacon, and an omelette with sausage and French toast, but oops, why does my husbands plate look so empty?? No french toast! We asked the waiter and he said he would bring it but 15 minutes later, we were done eating and it was getting close to 8:00 and we had to get our stuff out of the room to get off the ship. Other than that the service was excellent and the food was delicious. I tried things I would never order for fear of not liking it and learned I like escargot and fried frog legs! The buffet was good but crowded. Excellent pizza and they had a cheese station, I think I surprised the attendant the first day when I asked for all of the cheeses! Also from 5:30-9:30 they have sushi, it was excellent as well and it became our habit to go get a plate of sushi and grab a drink from the sunset bar before dinner. We had the classic drink package and considered upgrading but never did because we did just fine finding drinks on the classic package. We just weren't impressed with the selection of wines by the glass in the MDR for us, other bars had different wines to pick from so we would go grab a glass of something different before we sat down to dinner. We didn't bring our kids so I can't say anything about the kids club, although people said their kids were enjoying it. Entertainment The first sea day I went to trivia in revelations lounge and immediately following he had a seminar with Stan the pan man, a steel drum player. He isn't your typical steel pan player, he's a blond guy from Iowa! It was really nice having him onboard, he did a couple of seminars and played by the pool a few times too. My husband got to try playing, I missed out on a picture though... He isn't on the ship all the time though, he was getting off for 2 weeks when we got back to Bayonne because he does teaching seminars at schools in between his cruise time. As for the shows in the theater we missed most of them but did see 2 different comedians the accapella group ReVoiced and the the iMagic show. All were good. Summary All in all it was a fun relaxing cruise which is what we were looking for as a break from our kids. I am definitely looking forward to cruising again, we didn't book anything on the ship but I'm going to start my research here on cruise critic for a family cruise next! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
Just returned from the May 24, 2015 Celebrity Summit Bermuda cruise. First cruise, and could not be more impressed or pleased. Everything was first rate, including the entertainment. Food was great. Stateroom was great. Plenty of ... Read More
Just returned from the May 24, 2015 Celebrity Summit Bermuda cruise. First cruise, and could not be more impressed or pleased. Everything was first rate, including the entertainment. Food was great. Stateroom was great. Plenty of things to do and lots of room to find a quiet place for relaxing. Very easy getting in and out of Cape Liberty, Bayonne, and the boarding and the disembarking went very smoothly and quickly. Most memorable impression is the quality of service by the staff. Everyone had a smile, a warm greeting, and seemed genuinely interested in serving your needs. Absolutely no complaints and very satisfied with the experience. Highly recommend it and may do it again. Read Less
Celebrity Summit Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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