10 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Bermuda

I love Bermuda, wanted a longer cruise than 7 nights, AND throw in America's Cup too-What's not to like. Stopped in Boston to see the Tall Ships. Great itinerary. Loved the Captains comments everyday. She was very out going and ... Read More
I love Bermuda, wanted a longer cruise than 7 nights, AND throw in America's Cup too-What's not to like. Stopped in Boston to see the Tall Ships. Great itinerary. Loved the Captains comments everyday. She was very out going and we had the opportunity to meet her. Nice lady. Getting onboard was a breeze, as was departing the ship at the end. I was very impressed. The food was wonderful! Shrimp cocktails, escargot, French onion soup were available every night as was crème brulee. My compliments to the Chef. Great menu and food in the main dining room Like the shampoo and soap in the cabin. A step above most other lines! They also had lecturers on board...My husband and I love that! Entertainment was very good-especially the late night comedy! On the deck for the America's Cup race, we were offered iced facecloths and they had a bar set up for our convenience. Captain had the observation deck facing the races.... Love the Solarium.... Onboard rest rooms were immaculate! Great job! We really enjoy sailing with Celebrity and the Summit is a great ship! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We just had a wonderful week on the Summit that went to Bermuda. Third time to Bermuda and always want to go back. The water and the beaches are beautiful and safe. We celebrated our 35 th anniversary with our family. We had 4 cabins ... Read More
We just had a wonderful week on the Summit that went to Bermuda. Third time to Bermuda and always want to go back. The water and the beaches are beautiful and safe. We celebrated our 35 th anniversary with our family. We had 4 cabins (sweet sixteen) cabins with the extended balcony, The balconies were the biggest we ever had. It was big enough to have our marriage vows renewal on the balcony with all eight of us on it. Nice perk but the only problem the floors and chairs got salty when then washed upper cabins. Just wipe the chairs off and enjoy the extra room. The staff on the ship are all welcoming, friendly and hard working. The food in the main dining room was always well prepared and tasty. We ate in Quisine one evening and all eight of us with ages ranging from 22-60 found the experience and food worth the extra cost. The entainment has improved a lot since our last Celebrity Cruise. Bands, guitarist, violinist and DJ were great. We didn't attend any shows other than the comedian who was good. All of us loved the last night silent dance club by the martini bar. What a fun way to end a cruise. We loved the size of the Summit . You can always get a chair somewhere in the sun or shade. The ship has been updated in common areas and looks great. The cabins are showing some wear but so what if it is clean. We updated our alcohol package but not sure I would do that again since I felt the wine in the classic package was fine. Overall we all had a great time and would recommend Celebrity Cruises to multiage families. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Captain Kate is the best on the seas. This is reflected in all her crew. Fabulous cruise, fantastic meals, everyone was so great to be with. CLEAN great shows, and warm comforting rooms. Donovan in the dining for breakfast, wow, makes ... Read More
Captain Kate is the best on the seas. This is reflected in all her crew. Fabulous cruise, fantastic meals, everyone was so great to be with. CLEAN great shows, and warm comforting rooms. Donovan in the dining for breakfast, wow, makes every day so special. The specialty dining is not to be missed. Come hungry. We were invited to escort the Americas Cup team in the Bermuda Day parade with the ETA motorcycle cruise group and this ship served as our base camp. What a great experience and the staff was so great to us. There is fun for all if you seek it or hide out. We love the deck over the bridge, quite, wind is blocked, fantastic views, and just so nice with out the pool side noise and still have waiter service. Easy walk to the bars, restrooms, lounges (Revelations), dinning, pool deck snack bar. This is a great ship to go on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The crew is awesome they made my whole trip they are all so friendly and the Captain was so nice always answering all your questions and always willing to take a photo with you I must have talked to a 100 people that where only on the ... Read More
The crew is awesome they made my whole trip they are all so friendly and the Captain was so nice always answering all your questions and always willing to take a photo with you I must have talked to a 100 people that where only on the summit because Captain Kate was there. I also went to Qusine and Tuscan grill they were GREAT I cant believe I never tried them before I will always do the 3 pack special on board now and go all the time. The Martini Bar was alot of fun the bartenders were so entertaining it was great watching them flip all the bottles. The beverage package and the 300 on board credit was a big help the shore excursion I did was good I really enjoyed the glass bottom boat and I also booked a masssage for the first time and went into the persian garden both were wonderful they were so relaxing Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I would like to begin by saying I am not normally a complainer. We have cruised before on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, and thought we had a pretty good idea what to expect from a cruise, but I have to say this was a very disappointing ... Read More
I would like to begin by saying I am not normally a complainer. We have cruised before on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, and thought we had a pretty good idea what to expect from a cruise, but I have to say this was a very disappointing cruise experience, so bad, that my husband and I considered getting a flight home from Bermuda instead of enduring the remainder of the cruise. 1. We booked as part of a wedding party, so we had to book through the "group" department. Everyone in our group had a horrible experience booking. One couple reported being on the phone for 2 hours tryng to pry information out of the booker. We had to call several times to try to get or reservation. Our first call landed us 7 decks below our friends. I don't think we ever were listed as part of the wedding party. I had to check Expedia, and find a cabin near our friends, call back and tell them which one was available. Communication was very poor. 2. We have 2 kids in college, so we really did not want to go "top drawer" on this cruise, so we opted for an inside cabin (after all for 4 days they view would only be the open sea), it was never explained to us the different "classes". The suites and balcony cabins books by our friends were considered "Aqua Class" As part of the wedding party, it would have been nice to be scheduled to eat in the same restaurants. Because we were not "Aqua Class" and most of the couples were, they either had to give up their chances to eat at the "better" restaurants to eat with us, or we had to eat alone. It caused a good deal of heartache and tension in the group, and really ruined our vacation. 3. Booking through the cruiseline was actually a disavantage for us, we would have gotten more perks if we had booked, like free beverage package. I feel very ripped off. 4. Most of the onboard activities were simply cheesy attempts to scam us out of more money. The one positive thing was the cruise staff. They were all genuinely friendly and helpful. I do not have one negative thing to say about any staff I encountered. I won't say that I will never sail with Celebrity again, maybe if the cruise was practically free, or if I wanted to go somewhere and there was no other possible way to get there.... maybe..... but my expecations would be very low! If you are booking with a group- make sure you are all signed up for the same experience! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Enjoyed the Cruise on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda - July 2015 This was our first time on a Group Cruise. A group of friends, 9 couples in all, decided to take a cruise for many of our 60th Birthdays. We decided to take a cruise ... Read More
Enjoyed the Cruise on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda - July 2015 This was our first time on a Group Cruise. A group of friends, 9 couples in all, decided to take a cruise for many of our 60th Birthdays. We decided to take a cruise and determined that the location we would visit was Bermuda. None of us have been there before. Since most of us were driving to the port city, we decided on Port liberty in New Jersey. At the port, the passenger drop off, parking the car at the pier and being proceeded to get on the ship went very smoothly for us. We were on the ship in no time after some welcoming and drinks, we head for our room. Most of us had Ocean view Deck 2 Accommodations. The room was very satisfactory in size and had a great king size bed. (My wife and I slept very well on it.) We joined the remainder of our party on the Pool deck. The cruise past the statue of Liberty and the view of the New York City Skyline with the new Liberty tower was fantastic. I read on some other reviews that the ship to Bermuda was a bit rocky. On a whole, we did not experience this. Numerous of the girls were wary of being sea sick and had patches and pressure bracelets. The cruise was very smooth considering were in the Atlantic. The Trip to Bermuda took three days, there was much to do. As in any venue, you must partake and be actively involved. Numerous activities were scheduled all day, and of course every 15 minutes, you would need to eat something, somewhere, it seemed that the Cruise Director, Ken, his assistant Baldo and Captain Leo were very engaged, entertaining and involved with all of the passengers. There was a daily activity newsletter and of course you could tune in to the ship’s TV channel for additional information. Numerous of the events were also taped and played daily. Passenger participation was a must in two of the activities, “Top Chef on the Seas” and “Dancing with the Stripes. “Both were a lot of fun and entertaining. I was personally fond of Dancing with the Stripes because my dance partner Erin (She was the onboard shopping /marketing director) and I won the contest.) There were nightly show ranging from the ship song and dance group stage shows to a magician, comedians and an excellent A Capella group. Dance lessons were available along with numerous other activities. Entertainment appeared in many of the Numerous Bars. Two other stand out activities was the tour through the ship’s kitchens (They prepare 13, 00 meals a day.) and the Captain’s talk with a question and answer period about the ship navigation. By the way the first American female captain will be at the bridge in August. She has some shoes to fill and we wish her well. The pool area was always hopping but as many already know, deck chairs are always at a premium. There was always something happening on the Pool Deck. Some of group got involved with a ship building contest. One could always visit the shops and casino as well. I am sure our group did both. Our group had two table in the Cosmopolitan for diner daily at 600 PM. This is where we got together with the group and shared what we have done and or what we will do next. We had two formal nights which nice to see verses the daily informal wear. There was plenty of variety in food. There was always somewhere you could get something to eat. Some of the group also enjoyed diner at the French Specialty Restaurant. My wife and I had Chateau Briand served table side. It was a very nice experience. We had made to order eggs for Breakfast or lunch at the buffet. The group always met at the back of the ship when they ate at the buffet, so that if someone else from the group was eating at that time they could meet up with each other. This worked out well. The group did have the Classic beverage package; I would recommend you get this if you want to drink. I cannot tell you how many strawberry daiquiris we had. (Our Cruise package had both Beverages and Gratuities included) The food, service and our company were excellent. Returning back to Port Liberty and disembarkation went as smoothly as getting on. Traveling with a group was a positive enjoyable experience. There was always someone to share a conversation, meal or activity with at any given time. I would recommend this cruise to others. Bermuda the Island: I regards to Bermuda, it was a beautiful destination. We did not take any ship excursions but scheduled most of our on the Island activities ourselves. Bermuda Island is about 21 miles long and 2 miles wide. The Island is awash in the numerous pastel colored houses and buildings withy interesting concrete white roof the collect the rain water. (Bermuda does not have any natural fresh water source.) Although discouraged by the cruise line operators, half of our group opted for Mopeds (Elbow Beach Cycle). After getting accustomed to the bikes and the rules of the road, (they drive on the left side of the road) we had a wonderful time at the secluded beaches; Chaplin Bay, Jobson’s Cove and Warwick Long Bay. The Water was the beautiful color and clear; no amenities at these beaches and also no people. I would not recommend going to Horseshoe Bay Beach. It was very crowded. This is where the cruise ship excursions drop you off. We would have done more with the mopeds, but it rained on our second day, so we decided to take two ferry trips to the two major cities, St George and Hamilton. We also did a morning Moped trip to the Gibbs Hill lighthouse on our last day. It gives you a great 360 degree view of Bermuda from one of the highest points on the island.. After the Moped trip. we also took a Segway tour of the Royal Naval Dockyard. If you never rode a Segway, it is a lot of fun, however our guide did not really provide a lot of information of the area as I would have expected. Also, make sure they do not have your Segway’s in Turtle mode. We ended our stay in Bermuda, looking at the shops in the area before boarding the Celebrity Summit for our trip back to Port Liberty. 2 ½ days to Bermuda, 3 days on Bermuda and 1 ½ days back to Port Liberty. If I could change one thing, I would recommend adding another day in Bermuda instead of the extra day at sea. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Boarding was probably one of the fastest we have ever experienced. Food was better than most. I knew the ship was old but really some of the things we saw were just sad. Instead of fixing the toilet paper cover correctly they put miss ... Read More
Boarding was probably one of the fastest we have ever experienced. Food was better than most. I knew the ship was old but really some of the things we saw were just sad. Instead of fixing the toilet paper cover correctly they put miss matched screws and then bent them to make it stay on. Small holes in sheets and duvet covers. Rust places on deck visible to passengers(a little bit of white paint covers a lot). Wooden lounge chairs that needed attention. Just not as clean as we expected. Our cabin attendants Maria & Elmer were great but forgot ice bucket one night and had to call got get ice. At breakfast buffets some of the staff just didn't want to be there. Casino - not great. Not all bad, Martini Bar was great - Geda I and Geda II and Alexandra were excellent!!!!! Very entertaining and great drinks. Cocktail parties that our group had were good appetizers, great drinks. Disembarkation - fast and easy. Not a bad cruise - just not the best we've ever been on.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
We stayed at Hotel Executive Suites in Carteret, NJ the evening prior to our cruise with our group. The hotel was reasonably priced and there is a bar and restaurant there. Our stay included a breakfast. The drive to the port was ... Read More
We stayed at Hotel Executive Suites in Carteret, NJ the evening prior to our cruise with our group. The hotel was reasonably priced and there is a bar and restaurant there. Our stay included a breakfast. The drive to the port was approximately 20 minutes with traffic. We arrived at port around 10:30am. We were in a concierge room, so we were the 3rd bus load to be driven to the port. (those not familiar with this port you have to take a bus a short ride to the ship) We were greeted with Champagne or Mimosa when entering the ship. Had read reviews about how run down the ship was. We thought that the ship was beautiful. Our cabin #7186 was ready for us at 1:30pm and we had 3 or our 4 bags before the muster. Prince was our cabin steward and took very good care of us. Unfortunately, right before the muster my sister fell and hit her head in the bathroom by tripping over her shoe on the ledge of the bathroom and had to get stitches. Heck of a way to get out of the muster...lol. The doctor and his staff where wonderful with her. Of course, we will never let her live that one down. We ate in the Main Dining Room all but 2 nights. The food was very good most nights and the staff was wonderful. Nelson was our server and was excellent. Even the wine server kept us full with our wine and was terrific. We ate in the café the other two evenings, when we were at port, since we had a tour with Sally Bum Bum and Capt Leon at 5:30pm. This was the 2nd time we did this evening sunset cruise with Sally Bum Bum and the highlight of the cruise. We also took a taxi all together to Horseshoe Bay and had a wonderful time. Took the ferry over to St. George and walked the town one day and over to Hamilton. We love Bermuda. This was our 4th trip to Bermuda. We sat twice in the auditorium to see shows only to get up and leave. We decided after that not to watch the shows. We have seen so many excellent shows on other ships and were really sadden by these. The other disappointment that most of the group complained about was that the bar staff was few and far between. The pool bar had only 2 servers and it was packed. All of us had the beverage package and found it difficult to get drinks when we wanted them. At many areas where they should have had bar staff waiting on tables we couldn't find any or it took them 40 minutes to get to our table. We would end up going to the bar ourselves and waited long there. Also, there was complaints that this ship catered to older people and everything seemed to shut down around 11pm. Disembarkment was quick and we were out of there in no time. Would I sail on the Summit again. Probably not, when there are other ships that sail to Bermuda that have more activity and staff. I do think it is a beautiful ship. If you are looking for quiet and early nights then this is a good ship to sail on. With a group of us looking to dance and for activity, it was a little disappointing. If not for our group, we may have been bored, but there was plenty of laughter and so much fun just being with our friends. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We just came back from a 7 day cruise from Bermuda. I went with mu husband, parents, sister and her husband. My 9 y/o niece and nephew. It was our first time on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship and our first time leaving from Cape ... Read More
We just came back from a 7 day cruise from Bermuda. I went with mu husband, parents, sister and her husband. My 9 y/o niece and nephew. It was our first time on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship and our first time leaving from Cape Liberty- Bayonne Nj. Embarkation: We got to terminal around 11am and was on the ship no later than 12. Impressed on the organization. Daily parking is 19.00 per day if you wish to leave your car. No worries on luggage weight- take as many as you need.. No weight restriction. Pool- gets very crowded when cruising at sea. The " pool patrols" are always lurking around for those who leave their chair more than 30 minutes. They will take your belongings and places it aside. Seriously!!!! Does the cabin location really matter??? YES!! If you easily get sea sick- stay in the middle of the ship- in the lower decks-- recommendatio: get the patch or the wrist band.. It works.. Food: We ate the MDR every night... Food was excellent!!! From appetizers to dessert!!! And you can order more than one dinner at a time.. Why not?? Might as well try everything.... Breakfast and lunch buffet was okay- same food everyday.. The hamburger/hot dogs served at the grill is as delicious as prior reviews indicated. Service: Cant say enough about the service... Excellent service during dinner- our waiters- Jose and Rinaldi was so attentive . Our cabin attendant- excellent as well!!! Only minor complaint I have is the service during buffet breakfast and lunch. Entertainment: Shows were great!!! You cannot miss the comedian, Steven Scott!! Omg!! Hysterical!! Also - dancing with the stripes-- don't miss it!! Bermuda: !! We arrived at Kings Wharf Wednesday morning!! We were in awe.. Gorgeous!!! Took ferry to Hamilton - harbor night-- went to horshoebay -- breathe taking .. Went to Snorkel Park beach- very nice.. Drinks and food is expensive there.. Excursion: only did one- BBQ island in Snorkel Park- food was ok but the show was fun... Overrall: Bermuda is an amazing!!! We had a great time on this cruise.. The cruise staff, the food, the service. It was a cruise my family and I will never forget!!!! Great job Celebrity!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
About Us: We are a couple in our 30s from Brooklyn, NY. This is our first time on Celebrity and to Bermuda. We have sailed Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Carnival in the past. We booked on the "sweet sixteen" cabins after hearing ... Read More
About Us: We are a couple in our 30s from Brooklyn, NY. This is our first time on Celebrity and to Bermuda. We have sailed Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Carnival in the past. We booked on the "sweet sixteen" cabins after hearing about them in the Cruise Critic forum. Embarkation: The Port Liberty cruise port is really odd, but it seemed to work well once you were there. I live in Brooklyn, so we took a car service to New Jersey and it cost about $75 each way including tolls. It took about 25 minutes from door to door. We arrived close to 11:00 am. The staff was very friendly in the terminal. We went through security very quickly and waiting 10-15 minutes to get our documents and keycards. Once we were in the waiting area, we took a seat and waiting to get called to the bus to take us to the ship. They had tables set up were you could purchase wine and drink packages, along with staff giving out water and fruit punch. There weren't a lot of people waiting with us, but I could imagine the terminal could get warm and loud. In fact, the wedding party that was boarding was both sweaty and loud (but that's another story). We were on the ship before noon. Ship: I read a lot about the age of the ship prior to cruising and I was a bit worried. I'm a pretty tough customer, but the ship looked pretty great. Sure there are things that look a little worn or dated, but nothing that made me enjoy the cruise any less. The layout of the ship was easy to navigate with all the food in the back and entertainment in the front. The public rooms had an elegance to them that I didn't expect from the pictures that I saw before had. The main staircase with the silk pillars is very nice. All the lounges seemed well maintained, with the Martini Bar being the best in my opinion. The bartender was particularly great with a bunch of drink pouring tricks. We particularly liked the Solarium and the t-pool. This area could use some sprucing up, but it's a great feature. Cabin: Our cabin was #6024 - 2C Veranda. The room dEcor is a bit old. The bedspread seemed a little past it's prime (but who touches those anyway?). And the orange fabric motif on the curtain and headboard thing isn't my style. I still don't understand the headboard fabric panels with bar...oh well. The room was very clean. Our stateroom attendant, Rafael, was the best we ever had. He really went out of our way to anticipate our needs. The real selling feature of this room is the balcony. Being twice as deep as a standard balcony is really nice. We asked for two additional chairs so we could prop our feet up and invite friends over for wine before dinner. Rafael got us two great chairs with wooden backs and pads. We used the balcony every morning for coffee and croissants before getting ready. We didn't hear any noise from the theater below or from the cabins below. I would not hesitate to book this cabin again or recommend it to a friend. Food: The food on Celebrity was by far the best I've had on a cruise. The main courses seemed to be their strong suit. The Coq-au-Vin was delicious! The veal and prime rib were great. The soups and salads were fine if a little generic. The desserts were hit or miss, but I'm not big on chocolate and ordered the cheeses twice. The food at the buffet was good. I especially like the sushi, pasta station, and the poached eggs for breakfast. The only issue I found was that most stations were closed. I'm sure that I could have gotten more choices if I planned better. The Aqua Spa Cafe was a favorite for lunch. But again, the limited hours was a drawback. The coffee was better than the other cruise lines we've sailed, but still not good. We took the advice from the message boards and brought along a French press and some coffee from home. We ordered tea each morning and used the hot water for the coffee - perfect. It was difficult to get hot water in a carafe from room service, so the tea trick worked. Other: The casino was a fun diversion, but they should really pay more attention to the guests. There was only one blackjack table with a minimum under $10 and 20 people standing around trying to get a spot. After waiting for 30 minutes and noticing that the $10 table remained empty the entire time, I asked the guy getting money behind the dealer if they could opening another lower minimum table. He said that there was nothing he could do. I went over and asked the dealer that was sitting alone. He said that he couldn't change the minimum. The manager, Stephanie, saw the conversation and asked if she could help. I explained that everyone wanted to play blackjack, but no one wanted the higher minimum. She thanked me, lowered the minimum, and bought me a drink. The table remained full the rest of the night. I'm not sure why they didn't just do this without being asked. The production shows were the low point of the cruise for us. The performers couldn't really be faulted. I guess our feelings were cemented with The Wiz section of the Encore show. The performer did a great rendition of Home. However, the video projections started behind her and it was a montage of all white people in cornfields and having picnics. Not one minority was represented. It was offensive. This wasn't the only issue I had, but it really took the cake. I wish the performers had the opportunity to sing with nothing else going on. Destination: Bermuda was spectacular! The people were very warm and friendly. The public transportation available was reliable and affordable. We snorkeled in St. George, which had some really great fish. The Crystal Caves were very interesting to see. We did both the Crystal and Fantasy caves. Our group thought that we could have only done Crystal and would have been fine. The beach at Horseshoe Bay was perfect for us. It had soft, fine sand and pretty gentle surf. The only negative as the Portuguese man-of-wars. The lifeguard caught three while we were there. As long as you look, before you jump in, you should be fine. I definitely want to return to Bermuda and try more beaches. Overall: We had a fabulous time with some great people on our first Celebrity cruise. The service, food, and atmosphere were a cut above the other cruises. Mostly my negative comments are me being picky. I probably won't go back to a production show, but the other shows were lots of fun - cooking show, talent show, the band. We are already looking into another Celebrity cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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