135 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Bermuda

this is the 2nd time we have sailed on summit .It seemed like 20-30 minutes and we were embarking, went smoothly. We went to our stateroom to drop off our things in and was in awe of the transformations in our room. WOW barely fits the ... Read More
this is the 2nd time we have sailed on summit .It seemed like 20-30 minutes and we were embarking, went smoothly. We went to our stateroom to drop off our things in and was in awe of the transformations in our room. WOW barely fits the description! Bathroom is so sleek and spacious than previous. Being we were in an interior room felt bigger than the same room did last time. The closet and storage were the best!! Lots of space to keep everything organized. Our room steward was the great. We enjoyed looking around a bit before heading to lunch at the buffet. Excellent variety and what a gelato station too. Food was plentiful as allways where ever you were on the ship. we very much enjoyed cafe bachio was the best!! Both hubby and i really enjoyed having the special coffees,carmel machiatto are my favorite and so yummy!! There was allways something to do or find a quiet spot to read or relax. shopping talk and gemstome talk were great by the shopping guide. We were luck enough that the captain got us to bermuda on monday afternoon instead of the previous plan of tuesday morning due to the hurricane it got changed. Bermuda colors and people are friendly. Flower and trees are so breath taking. Sights are right out of a picture book. Water taxi and bus are so relaxing.We got to see so many breath taking views and see artist at work at their craft. BERMUDA is a must see!!1 Disembarkation was fast and customs was faster than in the past... Was off boat and thru customs in 30 minutes...WOW Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Have taken many cruises over the years. With the exception of 2 cruises, we always cruised Royal Caribbean. After the last cruise, 2 years ago on the Anthem, we decided to try Celebrity. The service was 100% better! From the moment we ... Read More
Have taken many cruises over the years. With the exception of 2 cruises, we always cruised Royal Caribbean. After the last cruise, 2 years ago on the Anthem, we decided to try Celebrity. The service was 100% better! From the moment we went aboard, we received excellent service with a smile. It seems every employee is happy and walks around with a smile and kind word, If you ask them where something is, they take you there! One of the disappointments on our last RC cruise was not having enough staff to service the passengers. We had a drink package and it was an effort to get a drink! On Celebrity, we were asked numerous times by numerous staff if we needed a drink. This was at EVERY bar. In the Main dining room, you had a drink server, sommelier, waiter, asst waiter and maitre D. On the Anthem, our Asst waiter was actually making the drinks and they didn't arrive until after dinner came! Our first night in the Main dining room, we were not happy with the location of our table which was near the serving station. When we left, we asked if we could change. They said they were all reserved and they would try. We arrived in our room the next day and a note with our new table was listed. Food was really good in the dining room. The Oceanview Cafe had a great buffet, nice selection of food, tables cleaned quickly, and managers constantly overseeing the operation. I am not really a buffet person, but ate there quite often. We tried 2 Specialty Restaurants, Tuscan Grill and Qsine. Both excellent. Qsine was very interesting, an eclectic restaurant with various types of food. Order on an Ipad and let them know when you are full. We initially ordered too much and they stopped when we were finished. The cabin was very nice. We usually do inside, husband likes the darkness in the room. The bed was so comfortable, almost as good as the Marriott beds. The bathroom is very small, but I liked the rectangular shower better than the oval. Less shelves on the sink but it worked. The place was immaculate and our attendant had a great sense of timing when he came to clean. The Celebrity has an older population (40 plus) than the RC large ships (Allure) and very few kids, which was a plus. Not as many activities for them as the splashier ships. The layout of the ship is nice. The shops are all at one end, much classier than the other ships. No blocking the walk way with tables of sale items. Very relaxing cruise, we booked another for next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I chose this for the Bermuda cruise. Getting on the ship was easy. Luggage survived and was delivered on time. Upon first inspection everything seemed fine. We opened the mini bar and noticed that $110.00 worth of items missing and a half ... Read More
I chose this for the Bermuda cruise. Getting on the ship was easy. Luggage survived and was delivered on time. Upon first inspection everything seemed fine. We opened the mini bar and noticed that $110.00 worth of items missing and a half eaten piece of cake was in it. We contacted the cabin steward and he didn't seem to concerned. Placed a call to guest services and they sent two managers up. We asked for the mini bar to be emptied since we don't consume alcohol. They next morning the cabin steward confronted us about it stating he knew about the missing items. That was unnecessary! We purchased the premium non alcoholic Drink package. Getting more then one water that was cold was almost impossible. What smelled like raw sewage lingered around the ship during the 7 days. Keep a very close eye on charges. My husbands credit card had tips in it from the martini bar. We never went to the martini bar. All gratuities included with the package we purchased. We don't mind tipping. My husband has to use a mobility scooter and the entrance ways to a lot of the doors did not have little ramps. This caused the scooter to get stuck. We got concerned because the scooter starting making a loud clicking noise from the left rear wheel. Getting on and off the ship in Bermuda was a breeze. The food in the aft was buffet style and sub par. Select dining was okay except we had to sit 2 feet away from the couple next to us. We requested private dining. Didn't happen. On board entertainment was okay. The cruise director was very pleasant.The activities director was outstanding. They did a little update via the TV in the room everyday. Stateroom had plenty of space for our severe over packing. We booked a excursion prior to the trip. Checked the current info and charges on the TV and noticed that both of us had extra $54.00 dollars in credit. So we went to cruise services desk and asked why? They cancelled our excursion. Instead of putting the full amount back on my husband's credit card they split it down the middle. Upset about that . Proceeded back to the room and we had a voicemail stating it was cancelled. Kind of stung a bit since we already found out about it 45 minutes prior. This was our first cruise and a learning experience. It didn't help that a new building was being erected straight below our balcony in Bermuda. Do not rent the little electric orange cars next to clock tower mall. Disaster!!!!! Was not maintained or fully charged. Broke down. This happened to another couple late at night. One thing I need to add. Look at the phone in the state room before using it. Ours had something hard stuck all over the mouth piece. Nasty Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose to sail on Summit for the fifth time, because we love the ship and we also love that it's not HUGE, and it sails from Cape Liberty and that is a port we can drive to, rather than fly. We have had four wonderful cruises on ... Read More
We chose to sail on Summit for the fifth time, because we love the ship and we also love that it's not HUGE, and it sails from Cape Liberty and that is a port we can drive to, rather than fly. We have had four wonderful cruises on her in the past six years. Sometimes the drive from Philly to Bayonne has been a bit crazy due to road construction but this year it was as smooth as could be. We were early enough to secure a parking place in the parking garage, which was what I was hoping since we were leaving our fairly new car there for a week. However every time we have parked in cruise parking at Bayonne it has always been fine, whether in the garage or not. The only glitch with embarkation was that we were told by the stevedore when we dropped off our luggage, that we could not bring a case of bottled water onboard, even though we had a ship luggage tag on it. We have always done this in the past with no problem. He insisted it was a new rule, but that we could "carry on" the case of water. Well we weren't going to park and walk all the way to the terminal and then onboard carrying a case of water. I have a kidney condition which requires that I drink at least 64 oz of water/day, and while we did have the premium drink package, it's just been easier to have the bottled water in bulk available in our cabin. :( My husband put a few bottles in his carry on bag. Because we were booked in a suite we had almost no wait to check in, and before you knew it we were onboard, and given a glass of champagne. We were informed we could drop off our carry on bags at our suite and pick up our cabin keys there. We did this and headed to Luminae for lunch. The service in Luminae was excellent, as it has been on the prior two cruises. We were happy to see our waiter from last year there still too! The food was good but I was disappointed they didn't have the fried chicken and waffles we had the first day onboard last year. At dinner the first night we had excellent service as we did the entire cruise this time as well. The sommelier was very attentive and we never had to wait for anything. The food portions are sometimes a bit small, but for me they seemed very healthy and certainly filling. Desserts were extremely tasty (cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate mousse cake are ones that we shared). Our cabin, a Sky Suite, was roomy and well laid out. We stayed in the same cabin the prior two years and it was exciting to see the changes from the "revolution!" We found the decor to be brighter and lovely. The bed was a big improvement and it was extremely luxurious and comfortable, as were the pillows. What was lacking was the amount of shelving, both in the bathroom and next to the desk. Several shelves have been removed for purposes of decor I guess. The wall next to the desk had two magazine racks; not very useful. Where the shelves used to be in the bathroom beside the commode, there was just a big empty rectangular space. Pretty, but not efficient with regard to space. The bathroom was MUCH brighter. However the shower seemed even harder to get into than before. The step up into the tub is as high as ever (we always bring a portable step stool to help getting in and out of the shower/tub), but there is a glass immoveable partition next to the commode which makes it impossible to turn the shower on without getting doused in the process. The shower curtain clung to the bather because it was in between two immoveable glass partitions. I venture to think some passengers might have trouble squeezing between these two immoveable glass partitions to get into the tub/shower. Also the fixtures in the tub/shower were difficult to adjust, and at one point one of the temperature control handles came off in my hand when I was attempting to adjust the temperature in the shower. We chose this stateroom mostly because of its oversized balcony. I had spent months looking forward to sitting in a lounge chair reading a book on this wonderful balcony. Unfortunately and to our surprise, the previous comfortable lounge furniture has been replaced with two stiff wood and metal upright chairs, a table (which was fine) and a love seat, with a cushion that seemed to absorb water. There were two concrete foot stools that were virtually impossible to move due to their weight. The second or third day we appealed to our butler and he got a lounge chair for me to use on our balcony. He told us he was going to leave it there for future guests, as it seemed like a good idea! Whomever redecorated the balconies apparently thought stiff wooden chairs would be great for lounging on a lovely balcony, rather than lounging as most passengers would enjoy on vacation. Hubby arranged for a surprise for me on our anniversary, and flowers were waiting after dinner, as well as rose petals on the bed and two towel swans facing each other, making a heart. VERY romantic! He had assistance on this from Rhiannon, one of the concierges in the Retreat (she was so helpful every day!). We ate in one Specialty Restaurant, the Tuscan Grille. It was super easy booking a reservation for that meal the night before on the Celebrity App. I loved that this was so easy and we could see what times were available. Saved so much time and effort, rather than calling, etc. The service in the Tuscan Grille was excellent. The food was delicious and the portions were large. The chicken (parmesan) was a very tough piece of chicken, but the sauce and eggplant parmesan were delicious. Not sure the meal was worth $90, but it was a nice diversion from Luminae where hubby got tired of the menu there. We didn't attend many shows. We saw some of the comedian and he was very talented (magician and hypnotist) and very entertaining. Did not attend any of the regular shows with the ship entertainment singers/dancers. The port shopping talk was very informative and lots of great prizes were given out there (there was a raffle). Also VIP shopping coupons could be picked up later for shopping in the port of Bermuda. We shopped at Kings Wharf and picked up some souvenirs. The Clocktower mall has a little bit of everything and is always fun, and not too large. I always get a piece of jewelry at the Crisson store there, and I bought some Bermudian perfume as well. Two days in port we ate lunch at the Frog and Onion restaurant, which is newly air-conditioned. The food and service was superb. On the third day in Bermuda we took the shore excursion to Horseshoe Bay. The service to and from was very efficient (air conditioned bus). Even though we have been to Horseshoe Bay several times, it never disappoints. I was glad we chose to go to HB on the last day in port because it was less crowded than usual, even though the Norwegian Escape was in port when we were. Such a beautiful beach. Clean; the water is stunning; the sand is cool and pink. There are changing rooms, restrooms, a burger restaurant and bar. You cannot go wrong at this beach for amenities. We rented two loungers and an umbrella and it was lovely. On the last day at sea we were invited to a special luncheon with the Captain and a few of his senior officers. Only a handful of couples were invited, and I'm not sure how we rated the invitation, lol. It was just amazing, intimate, and this captain and his crew are truly amazing dedicated people. Debarkation was seamless. Hubby got brought some breakfast to me from the Oceanview Cafe, and then we headed to the Retreat to wait to be called to disembark. Oh I forgot to mention, the Retreat has also been revolutionized, and it's lovely and has great service. Hubby missed the leather chairs and paneling, but I thought it looked peaceful and airy. Our only problems on this trip were getting the items we had pre-ordered (and paid for ahead of time) to be in our cabin when we set sail. NONE of the items we ordered (wine, rum, flowers) were delivered on sailing day, and when we inquired, nobody seemed to know anything about them. We had to complain numerous times but finally got the rum and the wine on the second and third days. After debarkation, we collected our car and luggage and were on our way home by mid-morning. A great trip. :) Another wonderful cruise for the memory books. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My new bride and I decided to take this cruise for our honeymoon. Check in and parking at the Bayonne terminal was SUPER easy! 30 minutes from leaving our car to in our room! We paid for a concierge balcony room, room 8108. We were ... Read More
My new bride and I decided to take this cruise for our honeymoon. Check in and parking at the Bayonne terminal was SUPER easy! 30 minutes from leaving our car to in our room! We paid for a concierge balcony room, room 8108. We were VERY disappointing to see that our balcony was basically cut in half on a diagonal making it very small and very hard to have both of us on the balcony. We were also not very happy to see that celebrity did absolutely nothing to acknowledge that it was our honeymoon. Basically if you are going on your honeymoon, pick Royal Caribbean and not Celebrity. Other than that this cruise was SUPER relaxing! What made it different that Royal is there are not as many activities during sea days which leaves plenty of time for napping and chilling! The food was PHENOMENAL! Everything was cooked to par and met all of my expectations. We had Inocente and Suvingar as our wait staff the first night and had others other nights who were not even friendly, but we ended up requesting them for the remainder of the cruise. For my birthday we went to the Tuscan Grill in which we were treated like royalty! They served us TOO much delicious food that we couldn't even eat the birthday cake they gave us but they did room service it to the room for free! The late night pizza and cookies at the Oceanview cafe were the perfect midnight snacks! The ship itself is very beautiful and very clean! It is a smaller ship and it does get tight on deck 4 since the dining room, casino, and theater are all on the same floor and gets crowded to get from place to place. Elevators are hard to catch as well since they do one job at a time as opposed to stop floor by floor and are also usually packed. They also decide to clean the elevators when it is time for all the passengers to disembark at the ports so imagine thousands of people trying to use only two elevators.... The pools were very small and could only hold 20 people at a time. The solarium pool was closed often as well. Forget about finding a chair, it is NOT going to happen unless you wake up at 6AM to reserve a spot. They put signs out to not do that but people do it anyways. I recommend enjoying the solarium beach chairs and beach "pods" in the evening. It was very quiet, comfortable, and had nice relaxing spa music to relax you after a long day! I wish I had these chairs at home! Dan the cruise director is certainly a character and his sidekick Nacho was a joy to have on the ship! The evening entertainment was AWESOME!!! In the end, Bermuda was stunning and enjoyed our vacation! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We sailed on the Summit (about a year ago), the appearance/maintenance of the ship wasn't that good, but the crew and food preparation was excellent. Now after millions of dollars of upgrades, the ship almost looks like the Edge. We ... Read More
We sailed on the Summit (about a year ago), the appearance/maintenance of the ship wasn't that good, but the crew and food preparation was excellent. Now after millions of dollars of upgrades, the ship almost looks like the Edge. We paid extra for Aqua Class, because we wanted fine dining, any time dining, and no waiting (like you have to do with Select Dining). Celebrity added additional rooms to Aqua, which has caused, some of the problems. Instead of what we expected, here's what we experienced: 1. Log wait times for a table, twice over an hour. They don't make you wait in line, like Select Dining, they give you a pager and send you to the Cellar Master Bar. Once they ran out of pagers. Having a pager doesn't make waiting any more fun!!!!!!!!!!! 2. Extremely slow service, from ordering your meal, to having the different courses arrive. Dinner took from 90 minutes to 2 hours, Breakfast was a little better, but not by much. When we ordered our meal, we started telling, just bring it out all together. That didn't help!! Don't forget, sometimes you had to wait, up to an hour to get inside!!!! 3. "Cold food" I believe "Hot Food" should be served hot!! 4 of my meals had to be returned, because of this. This occurred at Breakfast and dinner. 4. "Food Quality/Selection" Some times what they served wasn't what it was suppose to be, or the quality was so poor, it didn't taste right (i.e. Beef Wellington). 5 times (out of an 11 night cruise) I ordered off the Cosmopolitan Menu. 5. Improperly trained personnel (Maitre D), has to be the worst Maitre D we've ever had (38 Celebrity cruises). Here's some of the things he did: a) Charging Elite Plus members for their cappuccinos, there free for us! b) Refusing to put two tables together, so the 4 of us could sit together. c) Refusing to take special request orders. Celebrity has always has always allowed this, as long as they were given, a 24 hour notice. Room service wasn't any better!! For breakfast, I ordered two over medium eggs. What I got was two sunny side-up and they were raw in the center and cold (as well as the rest of the food). Tuscan Grill, because the Blu Restaurant had such slow service, I decided to go to the Elite Breakfast to get my hot chocolate. I placed my order and had to wait about 20 minutes, for a cup of hot chocolate. I could see into the kitchen from where I was sitting, so every time the door opened I could see inside. The waitress was standing with her arms crossed, leaning back against the counter. After about 15 minutes, I approached the Captain's Club hostess, she stated "she's getting it." I waited another 5 minutes, the waitress hasn't moved!!! I looked at the Captain's Club hostess, who this time went in and talked to the waitress. I saw the waitress finally turn around and start making my hot chocolate. All of these experiences are not what we've experienced from Celebrity in the past, or we wouldn't have sailed 38 times. If this is the new Celebrity experience, your not going to see another 38 cruises out of us!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I choose this ship because of the Itinerary. 3 days in Bermuda. The ship has been completely refurbished and not too big and easy to get around. And there were not many children. Food was fabulous. Tried all restaurants and my ... Read More
I choose this ship because of the Itinerary. 3 days in Bermuda. The ship has been completely refurbished and not too big and easy to get around. And there were not many children. Food was fabulous. Tried all restaurants and my favorite is the Tuscan. I would highly recommend this for couples, singles and groups. I would not recommend this cruise for children. There is a children's club but not much else to do for them. Being in a suite level was really nice. You have your own suite restaurant, Retreat Lounge and Retreat Deck. We used these areas a lot. Service was great and staff were mostly very friendly. Our favorites are: Alexandra in the Retreat Lounge. Also David and Boom Boom in the Martini Bar. Rhiannon our Retreat Concierge. Carlos, our Butler. Silas, the bartender in the Retreat Lounge. It was a pleasant experience and I would highly recommend this ship for Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I live not so far from Bayonne's port, and I spend a good portion of my Sundays watching the Summit come in and out. I've had the pleasure of cruising with her twice (my third in July of 2019) and i have seen her pre-, ... Read More
I live not so far from Bayonne's port, and I spend a good portion of my Sundays watching the Summit come in and out. I've had the pleasure of cruising with her twice (my third in July of 2019) and i have seen her pre-, post-solstice upgrades and now (excitingly) will see her revolutionized. In all of this i must say for her age, she looks good. First and foremost you will be welcomed in Bayonne by some brilliant people, from the luggage people to the security staff at the pre-boarding area everyone has a friendly smile and no, they dont look like they hate their job. Check-in is so smooth, and believe it or not, we made it the most difficult one possible. We didnt have our E-docs, NO PROBLEM! No passport? NO PROBLEM! the staff was patient and so so helpful even without these documents (although i suggest everyone use edocs and passports it IS easier). Right from there (which we waited all of 5 minutes for security then we were on our way) right onto the ship, and since the first time we went on was a difference. in 2014 they were still using Deck 1 for onboarding THIS TIME we got to use the giant gangways right up. The staff again very kind, very quick, before we knew it our feet were up and our hands full (OF DRINKS!) Right off the bat you can let it all go. Wave to your family and friends standing by the (arguably) beautiful Tear Drop Memorial as the horn blasts and you take the first strides out into open sea. THEN FORGET WHO YOU LEFT BEHIND because enjoyment begins NOW. You'll find your luggage is probably already in your stateroom (it gets there very quickly) just in time to change up and jump into one of 3 pools or 6 hot tubs. Or grab some grub at the oceanview cafe, a buffet style restaurant with just about anything you could desire. With themed days youll try just a little bit of everything over the course of your 7 night cruise, from English breakfasts, to Yes, authentic Portuguese culinary delights. (Im a pork chop myself, so that made me happy) There are several other specialty dining options, such as Blu, an aqua class exclusive, Luminae, Qsine, Sushi on 5, a gelateria, a coffee bar and so much more. The Cosmopolitan, our main dining room, is two floors of beautiful space, great wait-staff and better food. We sat with the same staff the entire time we were there and became good friends. They knew what we liked, how we liked it, and paid great attention to the small details like our anniversary, a birthday, and the fact that i dont like peas, never saw a single pea on anything i ate. Coming off the food- coma-to-be after dinner shows are a must, and if not after, maybe before, or early morning, there is always some kind of show, class, or otherwise going on. And there is something for everyone. Feel like watching a show on Broadway, we got those right here. Want a good laugh that will split your ribs apart, we have a few of those too. Want to sing your heart out cause you've had one too many, we have karaoke for that. It will swing you through tears,laughs, and move you to sing along good or bad, you'll find yourself tempted to join. (No hard feels, no judgment either) Lets talk service for a second, there is no company that can do it better. Our room attendant and I were on a first name basis. We had some embarrassing moments aboard, but he was there, took care of things quietly, made us laugh about it all, and best of all, we left feeling like we were leaving family behind. That goes for all of them. We dont have children, and honestly thats the one thing this ship lacks is really good entertainment for the kiddos, however, this ship/company is geared towards a more adult clientele. Or for kids who are okay with sitting back and relaxing (or too young to complain about being bored) A long winded review, but its so easy to speak highly of a company that truly puts US first. If you have issues, both on land or at sea, trust me, there's someone there for you. I wouldn't just recommend, ill go every year as proof , this is the place to be when you are ready to just let it all go. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Anniversary cruise with hubby. Wanted to take a cruise to Bermuda. Was great to leave out of NJ and not have to take a flight, like we always do. Bermuda is absolutely stunning! I loved the idea of the boat docking and staying at ... Read More
Anniversary cruise with hubby. Wanted to take a cruise to Bermuda. Was great to leave out of NJ and not have to take a flight, like we always do. Bermuda is absolutely stunning! I loved the idea of the boat docking and staying at the same place for 3 days. The horseshoe beach was breathtaking! The water clear, and inviting. Shame We got a terrible sunburn, even with applying sunblock several times through out the day. Getting onboard the cruise ship was easy and smooth. When you first get on, they try very hard sell you the drink packages. And keep coming around even when you’re already on ship and in the ocean cafe. And if you got one....they give you a whole explanation why you should upgrade. :) I did feel like it was a bit much. First impression of the ship getting on misty, old, outdated especially since I just got off the new and updated Mariner of the seas two week before. The drill took WAY to long...45 minutes at least. My stateroom: We got the concierge class balcony. Cabin 9181 walking down the narrow hallway with excitement of what awaits us. Walking into an old stateroom but I must say nice size room. The balcony rusty with a very large overhang above. What’s above? The Ocean cafe. Our stateroom attendant was by far the laziest, unhappy attendant I have ever had. My beds always looked like my 5 year old made it. The bed was not connected well or put the middle part connector, so your bed doesn’t split in the middle, like mine kept doing night after night, even after requesting that he do something about it after the first night, when I woke up with the worst back pain. He never tried to do anything extra or go out of his way to accommodate. I do t think he ever vacuumed, cleaned or wiped the floor, the shower, mirrors- or shelves. It was disgustingly dirty and full of dust, most almost everything had water stains. One Day returning from the pool I couldn’t find the remote. I looked everywhere...finally called “S” (my husband asked me not to post his name) and asked him if he saw it when he made up the room. He of course said “no” after 10 minutes of looking everywhere I already looked. I said fine just please get me another one. After him trying to find and excuse of why he doesn’t think he can. I said ok never mind I will just call downstairs. His response “ no they will just call me and have me look for it. He finally came back with one. That night when I was getting into my bed I felt something under the sheets ...guess what it was. Yep, the missing remote. Btw...I don’t think he changed our sheets. Dining experience: Our waiter “Marcelino” assistant waitress “ Emaly” and the nice guy that kept coming with our favorite drinks “Nyoman” were great. Marcelino even pulled out his guitar a few times and played a few songs for us. The food selection at the ocean cafe was great. Most of the assistant maitre d’ were sweet and wanted to help, some waitstaff were nice and pleasant however, many waiter and assistant waiters hmmm not so great. Some would just pretend they don’t hear you when you call them over. I felt Entertainmnet pool side was blah if any. The solarium was a great place to chill relax and even take a nap. The ship is old, so I actually experienced sea sickness for the first couple of days, especially in the dining room. Until I finally went down and to the nurse and got myself some pills. I never felt it on the previous cruises. Overall a nice relaxing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Mostly verything was A1....excellent. No big complaints at all except noisy cabin (see below) and inadequate slow tendering at New Port..not enough boats used. People were enraged as they were missing pre booked private excursions. ... Read More
Mostly verything was A1....excellent. No big complaints at all except noisy cabin (see below) and inadequate slow tendering at New Port..not enough boats used. People were enraged as they were missing pre booked private excursions. Excuses were made about speed restrictions in the harbour as if this was something new ! More imagination required for excuses.by request. The food experience was excellent, maybe because we had just finished an MSC Sinfonia Africa cruise which was just terrible so the comparison restored my faith in cruise holidays. We did ask for a large shared table as we think engaging with other cruisers is part of the experience but the first night we were stuck on a table for 2 in a corner with nobody at all even beside us. Not good. We were moved to a large table. This turned out to be unoccupied with occasional transient diners joining us some nights. This was a disappointment. If you are going to be on your own it's better on a table for 2 than on a 'losers table' The on-board newspapers only arrived at 1000..a bit late. Celebrity prides itself on its wine list but at what a price ! Some average economic 'house wines' would suit the 'average' cruiser better and possibly create sales as we didn't buy any dinner wine at all at such a huge markup. The $15+ charge for an in-cabin movie is a rip off. Since our last Celebrity cruise the service charge has gone up from 15% to 18%, that's a 20%increase. More upselling. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My DH and I chose this cruise to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We have been cruising almost annually since we went on our honeymoon in 1983 (RCL). Last year we went on Summit for a 9 day cruise, so this year we decided to ... Read More
My DH and I chose this cruise to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We have been cruising almost annually since we went on our honeymoon in 1983 (RCL). Last year we went on Summit for a 9 day cruise, so this year we decided to splurge and took a 10-day cruise in June. We had an awesome Sky Suite last year (Cabin 6131) and were able to book its twin cabin (6132) for this year's cruise. The balcony is much larger than most in these two sky suites as it juts out further than most. We enjoy sailing from Bayonne or Baltimore because we can drive to either port and not have to fly. I was concerned about embarkation because I am recovering from a broken bone in my leg and walking with a cane and a boot. The parking attendant was compassionate and pointed us to a closer parking space when he saw my situation. The check in was pretty smooth because we had booked a suite (this makes a huge difference on Celebrity and is worth the cost for the perks). Unfortunately three clerks could not get my photo taken along with the sea pass. They said the security clerk when we got on the ship would be able to do so. This was a complication that we could have done without. When we got to that clerk just before getting on the ship, he had to hold up the line while HE tried to get the photo to take and attach to my sea pass, causing passengers behind us to grumble. :( Honestly the Sea Pass never did work properly; it did not work as a key to open the cabin door, however it did work to charge things at the shops etc. I didn't ask for a replacement; due to my broken bone my husband was with me at all times anyway. Our suite butler, Rikki was excellent! We told him I needed ice for my leg a few times a day and he always kept a large bucket of ice ready in our cabin, three times/day. He was extremely efficient and always responsive to any question we had, and was an excellent problem solver! He was always cheerful and things were fixed in a hurry anytime we had a concern (though we did not have many!). One reason we usually book a suite on Celebrity is because Luminae is the restaurant for suite guests. The Maitre D at Luminae got our names right after the first time we told him our names and cabin number, and he greeted us with our names every time we arrived for a meal. :) Every staff member working in Luminae served us with a smile and was more than willing to accommodate any request we had. The sommelier was particularly attentive, which I loved. We ate at the Tuscan Grille one night and the food was delicious. The Maitre D there also went the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied with the service and the food. We went to the buffet lunch a few times while in port. It was hit or miss there. Often it was so crowded that it was difficult to get the food we wanted, and later in the cruise while we were in the last port (Newport) all the tables were taken so we had to take our plates to our cabin after we got our small rations. However the service in the buffet was always friendly and attentive, and tables were usually bussed rapidly. We went to a few of the shows, but only the ones with guest entertainers. The first one we attended, the "magician," was not very good; we gave it a half hour and then we got up and left. The second show we attended was a guest entertainer ventriloquist. After 20 minutes of toilet humor, we got up and left. The third and final show we attended was a singer/impressionist named Sean O'Shea. He was fantastic!!! He has a powerful voice, is a great singer in his own right, and he is hilarious and very energetic. He did impressions of so many entertainers from the current young ones to Tom Jones and Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, etc. The show was great and we loved it. Other nights we were too tired from onboard or onshore activities to attend any of the shows, and napping was very pleasant. The service onboard was outstanding. From Anastasia in Michael's Club, who wanted to know if we needed anything at any time, to the young gentleman in the Photo Gallery who found all our photos for us and stored them until the last night (after we paid for our complete photo package at a discount for suite guests on the first day onboard). This young man also caught up with us to take a few special photos of us on the final formal night. So very appreciated. We have been to Bermuda several times and it is our favorite port. We enjoyed the shops at Kings Wharf on the first day in port. On the second day we took the shore excursion through the ship to Horseshoe Bay. This involves taking a bus with other passengers to the destination. This year the bus was very overcrowded, with guests squeezed into "rumble seats" in the middle of the aisle. I was unable to sit next to my husband, and was squeezed in next to two passengers who were added at the last minute in the "rumble seats." While they were pleasant, the trip from the ship to Horseshoe Bay was not. It was very hot in the bus and unpleasant. We have taken this tour at least six other times and last year it was wonderful with a very comfortable bus and no overcrowding, and with working air conditioning. We expected such this year and were very disappointed in the transport. In Bar Harbor we did not get off the ship. It was very chilly in port and I decided to stay onboard and ice my leg. It was quite foggy too as the day progressed, through no fault of the cruise line. It was lovely sailing in to Bar Harbor though. In Boston we took a tour through the ship to board a smaller vessel (which had bathrooms, a bar and a snack bar for cash) and see the Harbor up close, and then continue on a commercial bus (which also had a bathroom; very nice). The harbour tour on the smaller bus was very nice. The bus tour was informative but it got a little long and boring; it could have been at least a half hour shorter. The guide tended to drone on and on about his own background rather than comment on the history of the sights at times. In Newport we took the tender to the town, and it was a quick trip and quite pleasant. We met up with friends we know who live in RI, and it was lovely there. If you don't choose a shore excursion there you can walk to many shops, businesses, etc. I highly recommend Newport as a a port; there is so much to do there and if you don't feel like taking an excursion you can explore on your own, and all the people there are so very kind and helpful. We had to have our bags out by 10 p.m. on the last night of the cruise. We are used to that so not a big deal. Debarkation seemed to have more chaos than necessary. Navigating our way to Michael's Club to wait to get off the ship was difficult due to crowds in other areas on the way to it. Debarkation could probably be streamlined somehow and not be so stressful. This was our fourth cruise on the Summit, and we love sailing on her. In the past we have taken our adult children and they enjoyed it very much too. We would not hesitate to sail on the Summit again. We had a VERY relaxing cruise and it was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. Having a broken bone and navigating with a boot and cane proved to be no trouble at all given all the kindness and assistance from the staff. What a wonderful group of people work on this ship. We can't wait to sail on her again soon! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, which was booked only 4 weeks in advance because of an amazing deal we found. The embarkation was very easy, within about 10 minutes we were on the ship with champagne in our hands at 11AM. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, which was booked only 4 weeks in advance because of an amazing deal we found. The embarkation was very easy, within about 10 minutes we were on the ship with champagne in our hands at 11AM. The room was ready at about 1pm and our luggage came shortly after. The service is the best that I have ever had on any cruise line. Our room steward Rosario was very good and anticipated our every need. Our waiter, Edic was also very nice. He would bring us dishes we didn't order, over and above what we did, if he thought it was something we would like so that we could try it. I thought the food in the dinning room very good. The food in the buffet at breakfast was good, but lacking at lunch and dinner. I loved that the casino is smoke free!!! We enjoyed sitting up on the Roof Top Terrace, and was disappointed when two of the NBA basketball play-off games that were supposed to be televised there were not. (Many disappointed people) We thought the entertainment in the theater was very good, the various artists around the ship were ok. We new that this was an older ship, so expected accordingly, however the chairs in the oceanview buffet area are a disgrace. Disembarkation was a pain. We opted for self disenbarkation, along with about 25% of the ship. Everyone was crammed in the roundevous lounge just waiting, the ship also docked later than planned so the wait was longer than it should have been. This is something other cruise lines does do better. All in all, a nice relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Staff is exceptionally upbeat professional, and friendly. Their smiles and happy attitude made my honey and I happy cruisers throughout our trip. Food is outstanding! Try not to miss out on the kitchen tour or the backstage tour. Both ... Read More
Staff is exceptionally upbeat professional, and friendly. Their smiles and happy attitude made my honey and I happy cruisers throughout our trip. Food is outstanding! Try not to miss out on the kitchen tour or the backstage tour. Both are fun, informative, and pretty much mind boggling! We love the three days in Bermuda. It so so much nicer than bouncing from one port to another every day. ( Wish you could add another day or two in Bermuda - can't hurt to mention! ) This is my cruise of choice every year. The ship is just the right size. Cruise terminal in Bayonne is tops. Embarkation is fast and easy because of friendly, helpful efficient staff. Parking is very safe and convenient. If you haven"t been to Liberty Science Center (located near the terminal) don't miss it. PS The pool deck has the best hot dogs and french fries that I have ever had. All true....lol Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We booked the Summit about six weeks prior to sailing when this cruise came up on the “Exciting deals” e-mail. I sent a note out to friends we have cruised with or met on cruises and to our delight one couple joined us. Port Liberty ... Read More
We booked the Summit about six weeks prior to sailing when this cruise came up on the “Exciting deals” e-mail. I sent a note out to friends we have cruised with or met on cruises and to our delight one couple joined us. Port Liberty cruise port is about a two hour drive from our home so we had no need for flights, although our friends flew up from Florida for the cruise. We left our home early Sunday morning and met our friends at the Newark Airport Hampton Inn. We enjoyed meeting up with them and they called an Uber while we drove to the port. Luggage drop off was a pleasure. I then went to park the car only to find the ‘new’ parking garage was closed and was directed to park on the surface lot about as far from the terminal as one could get. I walked back with my small carry-on and met my wife to go through security. Getting through security was the longest single wait (10 minutes?) then we were quickly checked in, key cards received, photos taken, and we were told we could board the ship. This was a pleasant surprise as it was only about 11:10 AM. Upon boarding the ship we met the cruise director who we asked where we should go to straighten out dining arrangements. He directed us to the dining room entrance where we met the maître-de Patrick and he made arrangements to have us all dine together at the same table in select dining every night of the cruise at 5:45. Due to dietary needs, we need to have a steady wait staff and preorder for the following night, so this is important to us. We met our friends in the Lido and enjoyed lunch. The roast beef was quite good. The fish served was just okay. The Lido got quite crowded as most folks headed there. We had noticed the dining room was open for lunch but only for Concierge guests. After chatting I walked down to see if the T-Pool was open and I found it was. We all moved down to the T-pool area and the men changed into swimwear and enjoyed the pool and hot tubs. Cabins were available at about 1:30; we didn’t hear the announcement but saw most of the people with luggage leave. About 2:00 we followed and found our cabin, #3037, an inside on deck 3. We have stayed in these cabins before and they are functional with a nice bathroom area and shower. We met our room steward Arnold and he reminded us of the 3:15 muster drill. Two of our three bags were waiting for us, the missing one showed up during dinner (no worries as that one only held snorkeling gear). We were able to unpack and store our clothing and I took a shower and was evening ready before the muster drill. The drill for us was in the main showroom. They were filling the room from the front back and I appreciated that when the drill was complete they dismissed from the front back. We went back to our cabin just one deck down from the theater. For sail-away we wanted to listen to the acoustic duo at the aft bar, but there is very little seating in that area (seems like tables and chairs are missing?). We ended up sitting in the aft lido and I went outside to take photos several times as we sailed away and under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Next we went down to listen to the strings duo in Cellar Masters until dinner. We went to dinner a little early in order to talk to our waiter, Putra, and his assistant Onsa about our special needs. They were most accommodating. Our friends joined us and we had a delightful time together. The recommended Prime Rib was excellent. DW’s salmon was very good and everyone seemed to enjoy the meal. After dinner we listened to the “Dancing town” in the Rendezvous lounge and actually danced once. We wanted to sample the solo guitarist in the grand foyer but his set was done by the time we arrived, so we moved on to the showroom for comedian A. J. Jamal. We very much enjoyed his comedy. By the time the show was over it was nearly 10:00 and time to call it a very full first day. Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) at Sea We slept very well and managed to make it to the dining room at 8:40. While waiting one of our friends came out and saw us. He said they had room at their table so we were able to join them. Breakfast was good. After breakfast we all split up. The ladies went to the galley tour, my friend went to the Bermuda talk, and I went to a computer class. All worked out well except the computer class as the instructor never showed. I went to the front desk who called to computer lab and they asked me to go to the lab. I did so, and after the apologies about a schedule change that didn’t make it into the program, for my trouble they comped me an unlimited internet package. At 11:30 the Summit held a Memorial Day service in the main foyer. This was very nice with all the officers participating. We were also told that we had increased speed and would arrive to Bermuda early due to a medical emergency. We enjoyed lunch in the dining room. We split up again after lunch with the ladies perusing the shops and I ended up at the T-pool. With the movement of the ship the T-pool was fantastic and I stayed there quite a while. We got ready for the “Chic” evening and before dinner visited the Elite lounge and enjoyed a couple of drinks. We met our friends at dinner at had a wonderful time together. Food so far has been very good. We had a photo of our group of six taken with the captain at the “Chic officer’s soiree’.” We then attended show time, “Life” by the singers and dancers. I will say the show was enjoyable although after a busy sea day it was hard to stay awake. We then called it a night. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – at sea and Bermuda arrival. With a time change last night we woke up too late for the dining room breakfast so the lido would need to suffice. The station at the very aft was not busy and we quickly had made to order omelets, waffles, and a nice fruit selection for breakfast. Next we used the T-pool and had a great time there. I got cleaned up just in time for a future cruise presentation on the Galapagos. This inexpensive trip suddenly became very costly as I was sold. This has also been on the bucket list for our friends so after a nice dining room lunch we went to visit the future cruise office and ended up booking the Celebrity Expedition 10 day Quito and Galapagos package for Thanksgiving, 2019. Although there were numerous activities available the afternoon passed in a bit of a fog. I took a short nap, got ready for dinner, and enjoyed the Elite lounge for a while as we watched the Anthem of the Seas and then the Norwegian Dawn sail away to make room for Summit at the dock. After dinner we went to do a walk around but found it was raining quite hard so we turned around. Fifteen minutes later it was dry so we left the ship and walked around the dockyards. Just before it became too dark to see, we noticed a large black cloud approaching so we headed back to Summit. We were not quite fast enough, however, and got totally drenched as the skies opened into a monsoon like rain very suddenly. Trying to find a place in the cabin to hang all the wet clothes was a challenge, and as it was quite late we missed the 9:00 show and ended up calling it a night. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Bermuda We were up early to get ready for our first day in Bermuda! We enjoyed a dining room breakfast where we met a young honeymooning couple who were married on Saturday. We met our friends for our 9:00 meeting to head to the ferry for the 9:30 to Hamilton. The 9:30 ended up being more like 9:45 and while waiting it was raining. During the ride to Hamilton the skies really opened up into a downpour. Fortunately, after arriving in never rained that hard again. We toured around Hamilton especially enjoying Queen Elizabeth Park and the postmaster museum. The cathedral was enjoyable to walk around and see the stained glass and well maintained stonework as well. We also visited Queen Victoria Park and then got on bus #7 with the intention of seeing the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. We told the bus driver we had six to visit the lighthouse and he said okay he would let us know when to get off. Well, he forgot. Several stops after the lighthouse he dropped us off to catch a return bus that would be along in ‘5 minutes.’ When the next bus heading back toward the dockyard came four of us took that bus to get back to the ship. The locals on the bus were very friendly and half of our group got off at the clocktower mall to do some shopping but we stayed on until the last stop and walked back to the ship for lunch. We enjoyed lunch from the buffet grille (all the way aft) and then dropped our bag in the room. I went to the T-pool, where I had it to myself for a while, and DW went shopping. While I was in the pool the sun actually came out so hopefully it will be a nice evening for the harbor night’s festival in Hamilton. We arrived at the dining room at 5:15 so we could catch the 6:45 ferry. Putra was most accommodating and we left the dining room at 6:15, skipping dessert. Just after we returned to our cabin we found out that due to the weather the mayor of Hamilton canceled tonight’s event. It was time for plan B. We went to the 7:00 show of “Chandelier” by the Summit’s cast. This was a really good show with a nice storyline and some excellent musical numbers. After the show we tried to find seats in the Rendezvous lounge but it was packed. We went to Café El’ Bacio for the first time this cruise for dessert and we enjoyed them. A Bermudian ambassador was on board and we visited with him a little. We always like it when ships bring local life on board. After this, thanks to Facebook, we had learned that ‘old friends’ we had not seen in 24 years were on the Norwegian Escape. We made plans to meet outside at 9:15 and visited with them until 10:50. They said they have a hard time finding friends to cruise with. Who knows, we may do a cruise with them at some point! Back to the cabin and we called it a very late night. Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Bermuda day 2 We were up and ready in time for a dining room breakfast at a table for two and met our friends at 9:00. We went out to the waiting St. George 9:30 ferry and had an enjoyable sail over to St. George on the outside deck. Upon arrival we took our time and enjoyed the town, stopping in a few shops, appreciating the nice clean restrooms, and we toured St. Peter’s church. St. Peter’s was a nice surprise. It was very well kept and very historic. Bermuda and St. Peter’s was the first place Queen Elizabeth visited 5 months after her coronation and photos of that visit were on display. The four of us got in a cab for the $7.35 cab ride over to Tobacco Bay. This is such a very nice place to swim or snorkel. While the beach was rather crowded this is still a great spot. I enjoyed snorkeling for quite some time and took a bunch of photos. When talking with my DW all of a sudden I couldn’t get the camera to turn back on. My “Waterproof” camera apparently bit the dust after about five years of service. Sure enough, after letting the camera dry out a while in the sun I opened the battery/memory card compartment and drops of moisture are inside. We had a little lunch at the on-site concession and enjoyed sitting at a table in the shade of a large umbrella. We went back in the wonderful water for the best part of an hour before coming out to dry off and catch a taxi back to the ferry boarding area in St. Georges. As we had enough time, we visited the local grocery and bought a couple of bottles of cold water and a chocolate bar. The ladies did some shopping while waiting for the ferry. Soon enough the ferry arrived and we had a nice ride back to the dockyards in the cool main deck. Back on the Summit we took quick showers to get ready for dinner. Dinner was again very enjoyable this evening and our wait staff is terrific. Following dinner we listened to a few tunes in the Rendezvous lounge and then attended the travel trivia and champagne event hosted by the future cruise team. We knew all the places in the photos and had the maximum amount of possible entries into a prize drawing, but no one in our group won one of the three prizes. Still, this was a fun event. We attended the 9:00 show, “Vocal flash.” They are very talented but this wasn’t really our kind of music. After the show we called it a night. Friday, June 01, 2018 Bermuda, day three We enjoyed breakfast at the aft of the Oceanview café and left to meet our arranged outing on “Hartley’s Helmet Dive.” This ended up being a terrific outing with about a 40 minute trip out to the site and then Greg Hartley took folks down in groups of six (three groups of six) with each group getting about 45-50 minutes on the bottom (well over the advertised amount of time). DW and I very much enjoyed this and it became the highlight of our time in Bermuda. Greg arranges to take photos and a short video of each party who wants them at a reasonable cost. This was very important to us as my underwater camera died the prior day! We returned to the dock, just minutes’ walk from the ship, at about 1:45. We returned to the Summit and quickly dropped off our things in the cabin and went for lunch again at the far aft lido grill. I think this is the best area of the Oceanview Café as your food is cooked to order. The Paninis are also made fresh to order, so you can’t go wrong here! We met up with our friends and visited a while sharing the day’s adventures while enjoying an ice cream. DW returned to the cabin to rest up before our “Chic” evening tonight while I enjoyed the indoor pool a while. I was told that two folks missed the ship as they were seen running for the ship after we had begun to pull away. Funny thing is we later learned they were actually on the NCL ship so they were REALLY late as the Escape had left about an hour earlier! After cleaning up for dinner we all enjoyed dinner. Lobster was on the menu tonight as well as Beef Wellington and other upscale entrees. Putra took superb care of us with double Lobster tails. After dinner we attended the senior officer’s cocktail party where I was able to have the captain autograph our group photo with him. The party was a very nice event. Afterwards, we headed over to the theater for the singers and dancers performing “Soundtrack.” This is their last show as a group as their contract is up and they leave when we leave the Summit Sunday morning. The show was very enjoyable. As much as we would have loved to participate in some of the later entertainment, a very busy day with lots of fresh Bermudian air and happy fish made us very tired so we called it a night. Saturday, June 2, At sea returning towards Cape Liberty This was a very busy sea day. We went to the elite breakfast for the first (and last) time this cruise. That is a very nice quiet area in the Murano restaurant and is certainly a nice, lighter, alternative for a sea day like today. This was followed by a walk around looking for our friends. While we didn’t find them immediately we did catch up with them and the ladies went shopping all the ‘clearance sales’ while the men attended Captain Yannis’ presentation on “Secrets of ship’s navigation.” He was very through and spent a lot of time taking questions. We left there to meet up with the ladies for a dining room lunch. Lunch was very enjoyable and relaxing. After lunch, we did a walk about of areas of the ship we had not previously seen, including the rooftop terrace on deck 12. The outdoor movies are shown here and if you got there early enough there is some shade, but most seats are out in the open. There are also quiet shaded areas on the sides of the ship. It was a beautiful afternoon and we took a number of photos up there! We found a vacant table near the pool grille and had a nice time chatting and visiting. We saw Putra working the pool grille and he posed for a photo. We tried to listen to some music there by the pool but sitting off that far to the side the sound was not pleasant. Soon enough it was time to get ready for dinner and we enjoyed one last visit to the Elite cocktail hour. It is certainly nice to have a degree of status on two cruise lines so we have options when looking for our next vacation(s)! Dinner was again very good with Turkey on the menu. I asked for a double order of all white meat and again Putra came through. So good. After dinner we found a table by Café El Bacio to share our photos with each other. We attended the final show, comedian Gina Brillon “All the way from New York.” Gina was enjoyable but not as good as A. J. Jamal on day one. After dinner we visited with our friends for a few minutes and arranged to meet for our final breakfast Sunday morning. Sunday, June 03, 2018 – Disembarkation We ended up waking up before the alarm. Turning on the bridge cam, I saw that we were approaching the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. I threw on some clothes and heading up top with the camera. Nearly no one else was up there and I was able to take some nice photos and video, including of one of the “Op sail” ships sailing away from New York. We met our friends for our 7:45 dining room breakfast as we had luggage tag #27 (late) for disembarkation. We were the second to last party in the dining room and left there about 8:50. We stayed in Cellar Masters on the comfortable chairs while listening to the numbers being called. We joined the disembarkation line at 9:30 and it was 10:15 by the time we snaked through the line at customs. Although we have “Global entry” which saves us oodles of time returning by air, this did not help at cape liberty. One last hug and handshake with our friends (who we will see again at Thanksgiving on Princess) and we paid our parking fee and loaded the luggage into the car. With two stops on the way home, including one for a nice relaxing lunch, we arrived home at 1:45 as our friends were on their Southwest plane headed home to Florida. Conclusion: This cruise was a very pleasant surprise. After our last Celebrity experience I had low expectations. Yet it was a wonderful cruise. Captain Yannis’ is the most out and about Captain I recall from any of our cruises. Cruise director Dan was everywhere. The crew is happy and with two isolated exceptions among our group, service was outstanding. Our dining room team at table 165 of Putra and Onsa were incredible, taking care of DW’s special dietary needs while also catering to my particular preferences. The shows were of a caliber not seen on a ship we’ve traveled on for years. Unlike the Reflection a few years ago, they were understandable and enjoyable, with talented performers. The food in the main dining room was consistently very good, with some excellent options thrown in. Finding that aft grille in the Oceanview café was also a nice surprise, we do not recall that from previous trips on the Summit. The captain announced that the Summit will be getting a $77 million dry-dock next spring as the corporation had decided to keep the C class ships in the fleet. This is good as the furniture in the Oceanview is certainly past its prime. Some of the new “Edge” features will be incorporated into the ship. A Bermuda cruise is ‘different’ that almost any other cruise with just one port and the ship becoming a floating hotel for several days. Regardless, we slept extremely well, had a great time and enjoyed nearly everything the ship had to offer. No cruise in a number of years has exceeded four stars in my reviews since our five star Antarctica cruise on the Zaandam in 2015. The happy ship Summit gets 4 ½ stars (out of 5). We look forward to future cruises on the Summit after next year’s renovations. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We took this same cruise earlier in May in 2017, this time we took it a little later in the season hoping to avoid rain. That trick did not work out, but everything else did. We splurged and chose one of the two penthouse suites. Not ... Read More
We took this same cruise earlier in May in 2017, this time we took it a little later in the season hoping to avoid rain. That trick did not work out, but everything else did. We splurged and chose one of the two penthouse suites. Not only was the suite A+ fabulous, but the service was really outstanding. We had a superb butler, Rikki, who really went out of his way to take care of us. We dined at Luminae, the main venue for suite class, which we loved. We also dined at Qsine, Sushi on Five, and the Tuscan Grille. We usually had breakfast in Luminae, but on one occasion we did this in the Oceanview Cafe. On this trip I managed to get into this completely relaxed state, or this "zone", as I can call it. There were just too many things that were going right. One surprise was the quality of the piano in the suite. I am classically trained, and am very picky on instruments. Many people think these piano in suites are purely decorative. This is not the case here: The piano is a Yamaha C1 - from the premiere "Conservatory" series of Yamaha pianos, and though it is a baby grand, it projects sound beautifully, the action is responsive, and it is well maintained. I brought my own sheet music, as well as a couple of discklavier floppy disks. One note: The disk the Summit had in the suite was bad, but that did not matter, since it did not have the music I was looking for anyhow. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have been to Bermuda on Celebrity before, and we noticed that the first cruise of the season was a "Moveable Feast" cruise. Chefs Richard Blais and Bryan Voltaggio were both on board offering cooking demos and private cooking ... Read More
We have been to Bermuda on Celebrity before, and we noticed that the first cruise of the season was a "Moveable Feast" cruise. Chefs Richard Blais and Bryan Voltaggio were both on board offering cooking demos and private cooking classes. Normally we wouldn't go to Bermuda this early in the season, but we really wanted to be on this specialty cruise, so we decided to go earlier in the season. We were lucky enough to get into both private cooking classes and they were the highlight of our cruise. Sadly, Celebrity did NOT offer the originally promised excursion with the chefs that included a private dinner after the excursion. They only offered a Bermuda excursion to an organic farm with a cooking demo. Service on board was very good, and our cabin attendant was EXCELLENT. We had one of the "Sweet Sixteen" balcony cabins and our attendant, Javier, was probably the best we have ever had. We loved our cabin so much that we booked exactly the same cabin as our last cruise on the Summit! Food was mostly very good in the main dining room, although there were a few misses (and the misses were pretty bad). The first night in the main dining room was chaotic and unorganized, but that straightened out for the second night. We absolutely loved most of the food in the OceanView cafe - there was an abundance of choices - and they always had something different to try. The eggs benedict station in the morning was great! It's amazing how they can serve perfectly (usually) poached eggs in a buffet, but they managed to do just that! Cafe Al Bacio was great for morning coffee and pastry - it was nice having the beverage package just for the premium coffee alone! Not all of their pastry was great, but the morning apple turnovers were delicious. I already miss my morning cappuccino! We only did afternoon tea once, since we came back from Bermuda and it was between lunch and dinner. I am glad we did because it was pretty good - creative little sandwiches and just enough to hold us until dinner later that evening. While we were mostly happy with the Classic Beverage package, they really should increase the limit another dollar or two. Many of the brands we had on our last cruise were no longer within the price limit on this cruise. Taking things like Tanqueray and Baileys off the list for the classic package were just not necessary. Increasing the limit by just a dollar would have given us a better selection for package. Entertainment, for the most part, was great. The production shows were good, and the acrobatics were amazing. They had a group called "Uptown", and their Motown sounds were incredible. I would pay to see this group on land in concert! I just wish they did more than one show! The comedians were good. There was just one show - with a piano player (Liberace style) that surprises us - not in a good way. Let's just say we didn't stay for the show. We loved all the trivia games and the game shows - especially the interactive shows. There were so many things going on that we couldn't even do everything we wanted to do. I guess that's a good thing - we just had to choose which events to attend. We didn't buy any shore excursions since Bermuda has such a great public transit system, and we didn't need to get back at a certain time. We took ferries or buses or vans, and we were able to get around very easily. We loved the beach and exploring St George and Hamilton. We went to the Harbour Night festival in Hamilton on Front Street, and while the actual street vendors were just average, the Gombey dancers were absolutely amazing!!!! If you are in Bermuda on a Wednesday night in season, you absolutely MUST go see the dancers. We always book cruises while school is in session, and as we hoped for, there were very few children on this cruise. We understand that the Summit is going into dry dock in early 2019 for some much needed upgrades and renovations - so we hope it is better than ever when we decide to book our next Bermuda cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This is the 5th cruise with Celebrity for my wife and me, but 1st on Summit. Overall I give the overall experience a thumbs up! The crew is 98% super friendly, helpful and outgoing. You will see many more officers out and about compared ... Read More
This is the 5th cruise with Celebrity for my wife and me, but 1st on Summit. Overall I give the overall experience a thumbs up! The crew is 98% super friendly, helpful and outgoing. You will see many more officers out and about compared to the S-Class ships and they are almost all very friendly and never to busy to say hi or have a short conversation in an elevator. For some reason, service is always very cold at the Martini Bar and that holds true on Summit, also there aren't many waiters taking drink orders in the Oceanview Cafe. But generally you'll get great service everywhere else. The crew seems a bit younger and maybe not as experienced as on the S-Class ships but in someways this is good because they (almost) seem friendlier and more outgoing / less serious. You will still get the excellent Celebrity service you expect but this seems a bit less formal (not that the other ships are stiff or anything) for lack of a better word. The port at Bayonne is much different than Miami or Ft Lauderdale! There is only 1- cruise terminal so you literally fly through embarkation. THe process was smooth and fast and we were on the ship in no time! Same holds true for disembarkation, we got off the ship, easily found our luggage, got in line and were through customs all in maybe 30-40 minutes (estimated). I can't speak about parking since we flew into NJ. The Cabins are roomy, clean and have plenty of storage. They suffer the typical cruise ship failure of not having nearly enough electrical outlets, but a power strip (not surge protector) solves that issue. The cabins do show a tiny bit of wear around "the edges", but they are nice overall with no real complaints. Our steward wasn't great compared to those we've had on other ships, but he did keep the cabin clean and even made us 2- towel animals. There was some trash left in the cabin from the previous travelers and he tended to be in cleaning as late as 10:00pm. Dining holds to the typical high Celebrity standards. Food from the pool bar, to the Oceanview Cafe to Blu were all very good. For some reason the desserts, cakes in particular, on this cruise were just a tiny bit off. I'd give them an 8 of 10. Blu continues to offer excellent dishes, though I think the original mission of lighter fare doesn't really hold true any longer but that's OK with me. Blu offers a smaller, quieter dining venue with more personal service. You can also have them bring you entree's from the main dining room if you so choose. The service in Blu was very good, though it seemed like some of the staff may have been new and not quite up to speed yet. The team were all very friendly individually, but the team as a unit wasn't completely cohesive. Still Blu is worth the upgrade to Aqua Class (even without the other perks). Room service was OK, they werent slow but also not particularly fast. The food quality is decent. We love to have breakfast on our veranda, we did that twice but the food wasnt awesome so we chose Blu, etc instead. We ate at Qsine, Tuscan Grille and Sushi on 5 and they don't disappoint, plus we booked first day and got 20% off each. We've eaten at Qsine on other ships but the staff here was the BEST I've ever had, bar none on any ship. They were so friendly, entertaining, personal and attentive it was amazing! Qsine is worth experiencing if you haven't gone. Form the iPad ordering (love the little cartoons!), to the "small" courses, to the presentation and food quality its all a must do. Sushi on 5 is a fairly recent addition to some Celebrity ships and it's very well executed. If you like sushi, or even if you want cooked items this is excellent. Sadly, this place was never crowded. I really think more people should venture out and give Sushi on 5 a try. They charge on a per item basis, not a "cover charge" like the other specialties do. Finally, there is Tuscan Grille, one of our favorites on every ship! We ordered the onion soup (off menu) and its to die for, the steaks are cooked perfectly and melt in your mouth, the calamari was good but not spectacular, the lobster rigatoni was creamy and decadent. And you cant leave without having the tiramisu. Overall possibly our best Tuscan experience ever. Entertainment was quite good. We show most of the shows: Life, soundtrack, Daryl Joyce comedian, and iMagic. We saw "Life" on the Silhouette in March and this was the same show with different performers and slightly different costumes. All the shows are high energy, well choreographed and entertaining. We're in our early 40's and aren't normally into shows or plays but we do enjoy them while on Celebrity. The comedians were good, but make sure to go to the adults only show too. iMagic was very cool, we enjoyed the combination of technology into his magic act. This was our first time in Bermuda and have to say it's a very interesting island. It has a different feel to it than the Caribbean island, it is also cleaner than most island regardless which part you pass through. It's a group of small islands that make up Bermuda as a whole. St. George's is the original capital and the oldest section, great for history buffs. Do NOT miss Tobacco Bay! Hamilton is the modern, ritzier and business center of the islands and has a feel similar to St Maarten or Grand Cayman. While here you can wander around and shop or enjoy watersports. I recommend KS Watersports for a Boston Whaler rental or a jetski tour. There's a bit to see and do in the Royal Naval Dockyard like gift shops, a few restaurants, aquarium, and museum. Transportation is pretty easy and plentiful from the dockyard by mini bus, taxi, and ferry. There are many boat tours leaving from here as well as jetski tours and you can rent scooters from Oleander's here if you're brave enough to scoot around the island. Overall this was a great vacation on a very nice ship to a nice isalnd with friendly people and beautiful scenery. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit Bermuda for a long time. This was a trip for our anniversary, so it was me and DH. We flew into Newark, NJ from Atlanta early Saturday morning and spent the day in New York. United ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have wanted to visit Bermuda for a long time. This was a trip for our anniversary, so it was me and DH. We flew into Newark, NJ from Atlanta early Saturday morning and spent the day in New York. United changed the time of our flight from 7:15 to 6:00 a.m. without notification. We found out when printing our boarding passes. The Ramada Plaza in Newark stored our luggage while we visited New York. The staff there was very helpful with giving us directions and taking care of us. Sunday morning we took the shuttle to the port, arriving shortly after 10:00. We were on board the Summit before 11:00 with a mimosa in hand. Embarkation was very easy. All of the crew from Captain Alex down were the friendliest we have encountered on a cruise. Our cabin 8147 was a veranda room and perfect for two people. Our room steward Jesus was awesome! The staff at Rendevous on Deck 4 and at the Sunset Bar on Deck 10 were awesome, as well. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants so can't comment on those. We were disappointed in the quality of the food in the MDR until the last two nights. It was good but not as good as it could have been. Ocean View Cafe was really good. We could always find something we wanted for lunch. Bermuda was stunning and the residents were friendly and helpful. Horseshoe Bay was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. On Wednesday we took the ferry to St. George and took a walking tour then walked around on our own. The walking tour was amazing and gave us a good idea of what we wanted to go back and see on our own. The walk to Fort Saint Catherine was long,but well worth the walk. After lunch at Wahoos we took a cab to The Swizzle Inn for a rum swizzle then took the pink bus to Hamilton. We spent the day Thursday at Horseshoe Bay. It was absolutely beautiful! That evening we took a sunset cruise on the Restless Native. Learned a lot about Bermuda and saw an amazing sunset. We spent our sea days either on Deck 12 or on our balcony. We didn't see any shows as they were at 7:00 and 9:00 and we ate dinner at 8:00. The size of the ship was perfect for me. I don't like the idea of a bigger ship. Disembarkation on Sunday was a breeze. As concierge class we were able to go to the Revelations Lounge and disembark from there with the Concierge getting the elevators for us. This was our first cruise on Celebrity and it won't be our last! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My husband and I sailed on the Celebrity Summit recently. We enjoy sailing to Bermuda out of New Jersey as a no fly cruise. Boarding in Bayonne went smoothly. Except for the fact that many of the staff at the location do not seem clear ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Celebrity Summit recently. We enjoy sailing to Bermuda out of New Jersey as a no fly cruise. Boarding in Bayonne went smoothly. Except for the fact that many of the staff at the location do not seem clear on directing the passengers. We were suite guests, and Elite Plus, but the agent directed us to the general boarding line. No big deal as we were early and no crowds were on of the lines. We then got our sea pass cards and took our customary boarding pictures. We also were able to make our specialty dinner reservations in the terminal. We entered the ship pretty early. The Michael's club concierge escorted the suite guests on board into Michael's club around 11:00. We had our customary champagne while boarding. The ship albeit not the newest, is very well maintained and immaculate. It is small compared to the Solstice class ships and very easy to navigate. We had lunch at Luminae. We used to enjoy the crepes at Bistro on Five- but it is now a sushi restaurant- and not to our liking. The food in Luminae wasn't great. My husband was served a rare bacon sandwich which he immediately sent back. Yuk. We then proceeded to our cabin- an S1 beautiful cabin- next to the penthouse with a wonderful huge bathroom with both a shower and a bathtub. Dual sinks and all Marble- Wonderful stateroom. Our butler Peter introduced himself as did our stateroom attendant. Our luggage arrived quickly and we unpacked and got settled in our suite. In the afternoon, we walked around the ship. We really enjoy the adult pool Unfortunately, Celebrity eliminated many of the lounge chairs and replaced them with tables and chairs- not a good idea as this area is in high demand and always crowded-so lounge chairs currently and not at all adequate. You have to get to the the adult pool by 7:00 AM on sea days to secure a lounge chair. The regular pool was mobbed with about 500 noisy wild children-and crying babies. Not relaxing at all. We had our usual crowded muster station drill that afternoon- which was really useless as you couldn't see anything as people were crowded into many areas blocking any real views. Should be shown on large screens-perhaps in the terminals and on the TV. We mostly wanted this to be a relaxing cruise and spent most of our time on board. We did go by ferry to Hamilton one morning- because of the heat and humidity didn't even go to the beach this trip-but enjoyed the adult area this cruise. The staff was excellent- always a smile on most employees anxious to serve. We especially liked Norbert- a bartender, cafe al bacio employee and a Michael's club bartender. He was great What a hard worker-always a smile. We love Qsine and Tuscan grill and dined in each twice. Lumanie also had many crying young babies making what should have been a relaxing dining experience not that at all. Parents should have taken the children out of the restaurant when they started screaming and walking all around- but didn't. The food was disappointing but fortunately, we were also able to order from the regular dining room menu which we did the nights we dined in Lumanie. The entertainment was poor- the shows were so poorly choreographed. Why they do not have real entertainment as does Royal is beyond me. But we didn't sail for the entertainment alone- The martini bar as always was great- the bartenders were excellent and the drinks matched. I used the hair salon and the hairdresser was very good and all alone- one hairdresser on a cruise ship was not adequate. Fortunately, canyon ranch allows you to make appointments in advance via telephone so I was set. We will continue to sail on Celebrity Ships, but will stick to the Solstice class ships- I think that this cruise will be our last Bermuda cruise- we will consider other options for our August cruise in the future. Read Less
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
Sail Date August 2017
This was a last minute cruise for our anniversary. Last time we cruised on Celebrity was back in 2004. We were somewhat underwhelmed going to Bermuda on the Mercury and haven't been back on Celebrity since. Our choices for this cruise ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise for our anniversary. Last time we cruised on Celebrity was back in 2004. We were somewhat underwhelmed going to Bermuda on the Mercury and haven't been back on Celebrity since. Our choices for this cruise were the Celebrity Summit or the Norwegian Breakaway. Since 2004 we have cruised several times on Norwegian and never had a problem. We like that they know that you're on vacation and they try to make your cruise as effortless as possible. This time we chose the Summit because we wanted a smaller ship.Though smaller and dated the Summit was in very good shape. Embarkation went well, no problems and dock personnel were very professional. We were greeted by our Concierge, Moby who invited us to lunch at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant the main dining area of the ship. After, we went to our room (see below) and met with Gusite our cabin steward who was phenomenal. We later learned he was a 17 year veteran of Celebrity. The common areas were always clean. The bars and lounges were more than satisfactory. The service on board the Summit was probably the best I have had on any of my cruises. The majority of the staff that I encountered made you feel welcomed and valued. The buffet was OK but the seats need to be replaced as you would sink in when sitting. The entertainment was good with two comedians, a magician, a singer and the Summit dancers performing three shows. They also had a live band not canned music which made the performances even better. Now, the annoying stuff: 1- The dining room, two couples are waiting to get in.for breakfast or lunch. Couple 1- both wearing sneakers, shorts, male with a tee shirt female with a halter top. They get seated. Couple #2- both wearing sneakers, shorts, female with a tee shirt. The male has a tank top. They are denied entry because the male has the audacity to wear a tank top to breakfast/lunch while on vacation. Meanwhile halter tops are allowed(which as far as I'm concerned is fine} Why the double standard? Why bother the vacationing guest anyway. 2- The spa- Got a massage and the wife got a exfoliate treatment. Plus they up sell the wife on products. Cost over $600. Now to use the steam room or sauna we have to pay an additional charge despite just spending over $600. We couldn't even get a one day pass much less a pass for multiple days. Other cruises we were on offered the sauna and steam room as complimentary amenities. 3- The casino- We went to the casino every day to play roulette. Every day we dropped over $100. While playing a lady announces that everyone should get a free raffle ticket to win a chance of getting into a slot machine tournament. When the lady passes me I ask her for two tickets one for me and one for my wife. She said she could not give us tickets since we were on a gaming table. Hold it, I'm giving you over $100 per day by gambling on the gaming table but I can't participate in the free raffle? The guy standing there watching what's going on and not spending a dime gets a chance to participate in the slot tournament but a paying person can't? BTW she was the only rude employee I encountered on the ship. The Celebrity Summit has so much that it does right and then they annoy you with petty stuff that takes away from your experience. The phenomenal service goes down the drain when they nit pick at the guest. Needless to say we regretted going on the Summit and should have stayed with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I sailed with my family and some friends for the first time on the Summit in late July. We've sailed on Norwegian and Carnival before, and enjoyed them very much. We wanted to try Celebrity this time because we've heard of their ... Read More
I sailed with my family and some friends for the first time on the Summit in late July. We've sailed on Norwegian and Carnival before, and enjoyed them very much. We wanted to try Celebrity this time because we've heard of their "premium food" and "classy ambiance"; though we couldn't really tell why people said it. The Bayonne port is quite nice. It was quiet and moved much quicker than the New York ports, which could be because of our half an hour before departure arrival. Our first reaction looking at the ship was that it shows its age. The ship is smaller than the newer cruise ships and the paint is showing wear, but nonetheless is well kept. I agree with another reviewer- there wasn't any sailing away party and barbecue! Disappointing. Albeit, it is understandable because half the quests were over 50 and probably didn't want to hear all the commotion. The cabin was well kept, though old, but still enjoyable. See below for more details. The food was disappointing. It seems like the food was either a hit or miss. Usually the the protein is very well done on cruise ships, but on this ship it was occasionally bland. The pastries were as expected on a cruise ship: in need of improvement but good in the dining room. The buffet was average at best- not the best quality of cooking nor the best quality food. It did not have a large variety, which I understand because most of the people (meaning, the elderly) like eating in dining rooms and restaurants. There are a few foods vital for a cruise to have good food: french fries, ice cream, and pizza. The french fries tasted better outside by the pool than indoors, The ice cream was lumpy, half melted, and too sweet. The pizza was fine (nothing can beat NY pizza!). Plus, imagine my surprise when I saw there wasn't a 24 hour grill! Psh. In the dining room, the food was alright and portions were just right. Except for the dessert- the dessert made us all bloated. Still tasted good. The entertainment is better than Norwegian's. I didn't care for the comedy acts nor the magician very much. The latter I liked, but one of the tricks didn't go as planned. The musicals were fine. We saw some mistakes like a dancer coming on early and then retreating back behind the curtain. Yikes. Lou Gazzara sounded good and his stage presence is impeccable. Other activities included trivia and pool games. They were as you would expect on every other cruise. One thing I did like was the gym- it was located in a quiet corner of the ship and really allowed you to relax. If there is one thing that was absolutely excellent on the Summit, it is the service. All crew members try their best to please you and accomodate your needs. (Exception of the security crew when you come off the ship to Bermuda. They need more smiles in their day. When I thought I lost something at the security checkpoint, they waved me off and ignored me even though I was so obviously in panic mode. While they are not responsible for my actions, they could've at least asked another coworker or something. Something other than rolling their eyes and scoffing "no".) Other than them, everybody was so nice! From our housekeeper Nato to our waiters Hein and Michael in the Cosmo, we felt that they wanted to help us. Of course, their job relies on the guests and our reviews, so it could've been for just that, but it is still appreciated! We left a hefty tip for them on the last day. Bermuda is quaint. Truly, the houses are all different colors and riding through the country is like being the countryside. Rent a scooter for a 100 dollars from 12 pm to the next day's 12 pm to get a breathtaking ride through the place. While it is pricey, it's worth it if you like the exploration part of travel. Ride all the way down to St George from the dockyard to see every little sight. Grab a map to know where to stop. Beware if you want to see the Crystal Caves via scooter! The aquarium closes early (I think around 5:30. Double check that). There's a bunch of opportunities to jetski. Book quickly! They run out quickly, as I came to know the hard way. Going to Horseshoe Bay is must when in Bermuda. There's a bunch of towering rocks that are good for diving, if you're in that kind of thing. Beware of your position diving though (feet first!) it can hurt like a mother if you land in any other way. Jump at your own risk too, the rocks can be unforgiving. If you're an adrenaline junkie, then it's the place for you. The sand is indeed pink. Scoop some up with your hand to see the small pink rocks. Quite adorable. Take the number 7 bus by following the green footsteps when you step into the port. It's 4.50 with token and also a reduced fare for children. 5 dollars by cash. You can buy tokens at the visitors' center. We didn't sign up for any shore excursions and truthfully, you don't need to. The ship's offers are usually overpriced and you can do more on your own schedule. Follow the green footsteps to Snorkle Park Beach for some fishie views. It's not the nicest or biggest beach, but it's certainly the most convenient. There were teens in our group, and while none of us went to the teen club, we saw many of them in groups enjoying activities together, so check that out if you want. This cruise may not be ideal for younger children because of the lack of activities, but then again, some children don't like that sort of stuff anyway. A major, MAJOR problem on this cruise was the swaying. Oh lord, my family got very seasick, and we've never gotten seasick on previous cruises. Even the crew members had trouble walking and commented on the rocky seas. It did rain on our journey, and there were a few thunderstorms. Not a big deal, except for the swaying. Bring ginger or cough drops to help with that. Phew! What a long review. While I complained a lot about the cruise, there were a lot of good things about it. Beautiful Bermuda for one (go to the Bahamas if you want nicer beaches), and just the experience of being in the vast ocean. It was a rocky experience, but still a stressless vacation spent laughing with family and friends. I wouldn't go again, but you should still try it! The weather was just bad this time. Go on Norwegian if you like the more party and food based ambiance. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, and were not disappointed. Both the itinerary and length of the cruise were ideal for us. We splurged and booked a celebrity suite. From the time we embarked to the time we ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, and were not disappointed. Both the itinerary and length of the cruise were ideal for us. We splurged and booked a celebrity suite. From the time we embarked to the time we left the ship, we were spoiled. Because of our suite status we were whisked on board and welcomed to Michael's Club. We then had lunch in Luminae and after meeting some fellow travellers, the staterooms were ready. We were not disappointed - the suite on the 7th floor was close to the central elevators, and was very spacious. Our butter John, and room attendant Rosario looked after our every need. We had breakfast in our room every morning and then either had lunch in Luminae, on shore, or upstairs. Maya was the concierge in Michael's Club and was attentive to our every need. She helped to arrange our excursions, including a private tour in Boston and a car service when leaving the ship. We had travelled with her before and she not only remembered us, but welcomed us back like long lost friends. The ports of call were Newport, Boston and then 3 days in Bermuda. We went on a ship tour to the Vanderbilt mansions in Newport, and had no problems (unlike earlier reviewers). The tender went smoothly, the bus picked us up on time, and the tour guide was excellent. In Boston, we did a private tour, which gave us a good overview of the city, since it was a first time visiting. We ended up at the JFK museum, which was excellent. The ship then took two days to travel to Bermuda. During the three days there, we went by ferry to Hamilton and shopped on the first day, eating lunch at a local pub. On the second day, we took the ferry to St. George, shopped and again ate lunch at a local pub. On the final day, we explored the dockyards (and yes, ate lunch at a pub). One evening we ate in the Tuscan Grille, but the rest of the time we ate in Luminae. I didn't like all the food choices every night, but the staff was very accommodating and we were able to order off the MDR or the Blu menu. After dinner we generally went to the evening entertainment, and especially enjoyed the musical performers (including Divas 3) and the comedian. We often finished the evening in Michael's Club with a nightcap. Disembarking was quick and painless thanks to Maya's assistance - we were in Michael's Club and then personally taken off the ship and to our luggage, and then through customs (in about 10 minutes). All in all, a wonderful, wonderful holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I chose this cruise based on general feedback from a few friends. I was more than disappointed to say the least. Finding BLOOD stains on the bedspread on arrival to our stateroom was disgusting. Not the way you want to start a 9 day ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on general feedback from a few friends. I was more than disappointed to say the least. Finding BLOOD stains on the bedspread on arrival to our stateroom was disgusting. Not the way you want to start a 9 day cruise. The food was aweful on board. I'm not a food critic but the food in the main dining room was terrible. NO flavor. It seemed like the wait staff were unorganized throughout the trip. I drink Beer and of all the bottles i had, i maybe had 4 COLD beers. The fridges were not cold enough all over the ship.Had a box of Kellogs Frosted Flakes that were soft (expiry date on them was June 2016). My wife had what she described as the single worst Lobster tail in her life. Hard and chewy! Ship was there for America's cup and the staff were completely unorganized. They didn't know what to do with all the people at the back of the ship watching the race. The cruise was ADVERTISED as "Sailing's largest Regatta". I talked to Celebrity after the cruise and I was offered NOTHING. All they said was "we're sorry" for having Blood Stained bedsheets.from the previous sailing. I'd return to Celebrity but it's up to them to "Make a Wrong ,Right " Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We are in our 30's and 50's and have very demanding work schedules so when we cruise it's to relax and be together without the distractions of everyday life. We enjoy cruising to get on the water and relax so we prefer ... Read More
We are in our 30's and 50's and have very demanding work schedules so when we cruise it's to relax and be together without the distractions of everyday life. We enjoy cruising to get on the water and relax so we prefer smaller ships; a large, crowded, noisy ship would not be enjoyable for us. Because we live within 4 hours driving distance to NJ we have done this cruise 3 times before and we selected these dates because we had extra time in Bermuda (always a plus) and we enjoy Boston. The Summit is easy to navigate and has enough entertainment and dining venues to satisfy us. Although the ship is on the older side it is maintained well. The cabins could use a refresher but this really had no impact on our enjoyment of the cruise. We were in cabin 9075 and were not thrilled with the location. We like to sleep-in and the combination of the pool deck above and the three crew doors located across the hall created a LOT of noise. There was some kind of maintenance (?) on the pool deck one night that started at 4 am and lasted for 30-45 minutes. Also, the doors for the linen closet across the hall were opened and closed numerous times from 7 am to about 9:30 am every morning. We would not choose this location in the future. We prefer aqua class cabins to take advantage of Blu, the dining room that is reserved for aqua class guests. The main dining room is big and noisy and the food is not as good, in our opinion. Highlights in Blu for this cruise were the lamb shanks, lamb chops, filet Mignon, and lobster tail. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the filet and lobster, both were done perfectly to our order. We would enjoy more choices of cuisine that is more on the spicy side. If we had one complaint it would be that the food tends to be very rich (fatty, sweet, etc.) but a little bland; more spice/herbs would be great. The service in Blu is outstanding and the staff there make dining very enjoyable. They make a point of remembering what you like and suggesting dishes that cater to that. There did seem to be some logistical issues with getting everyone seated when they arrived. We waited 10-35 minutes to be seated. We asked if they would take reservations, which may help planning staff, but they don't do that. We wouldn't mind making reservations. Just saying. We don't dine in the buffet but do take pre-dinner snacks to our room because we usually eat at 8-8:30 pm. We noticed a reduction of choices in the buffet in the late afternoon so we were a little disappointed with that. Room service was a mixed bag. We were delivered the wrong order the first morning and when we called to have it corrected we received part of our original order cold. Note: the pancakes were pretty bad both in room service and in Blu - hard and cardboard-y. We asked for a bucket of ice to chill the sparkling wine and after 45 minutes we left to do some things; when we got back about an hour later the ice was there. The lunch we ordered later in the cruise was great but did take an hour to get there. So plan lots of time if you want room service. By the way, every time we called it sounded like the room service crew was completely overwhelmed. Maybe they need more staff there. Café al Bacio is always great for a good, strong cup of coffee or an after-dinner coffee drink! We did notice that the gelateria wasn't well staffed. You had to go to the coffee side to get someone to walk across the ship to dish out gelato. This caused some confusing situations regarding the line and also made for some very long waits. The Martini Bar was fun and delivers great martinis. The space is light and bright and a favorite pre-dinner spot. The Sunset Bar is also a good time; great atmosphere. One of our favorite eating venues is the Aqua Spa cafe. We were a little disappointed this time with the selection and creativity of dishes. It seems over the years, since our first cruise in 2008, that this really great option has been marginalized. The food side has been cut in half to make room for a paid yogurt parfait deal. We're saddened to see that. Another benefit of booking an aqua class cabin is the spa amenities and the Persian Gardens. We really enjoy the little extras (sparkling wine, tote bag, etc.) that this cabin class affords and we really love the Persian Gardens. We used the facilities several times during the cruise and it really contributes to our enjoyment of the cruise. We went to a couple of shows. We saw a comic and left early to go to the Martini Bar. We also saw a female singer who was fine. The best entertainment in our opinion were the singers and duos we saw throughout the ship. A young lady with a guitar and two violinists were really good. We wished they were available longer and more frequently. The live bands were truly awful and that's all I'll say about that. The DJ in the Sky Lounge would have been fine but the music really didn't fit the demographic. Later at night the cruisers that responded to the DJ were teens, who often were told to leave, leaving the rest of us to listen to hip hop and electronica. A little hip hop and electronica is fine but it might be good to mix up the genres a bit. The best time was the pride night. We did a silent disco which was really fun. It seemed that the dancing/partying in the smaller venues was more successful. Celebrity does need to learn to get out of its own way when it comes to having fun. Often when things were just starting to heat up they called it quits and, I guess, expected everyone to go to the Sky Lounge for electronica. Darn. The service throughout the ship is outstanding. We really enjoy the staff and any issues with them seem to be related to inadequate staffing. More staff in room service and Café al Bacio and the Gelateria would probably improve the experience for staff and cruisers. We did two shore excursions, the Old Town Trolley in Boston which we booked through Celebrity and the Hidden Gems Summer Excursion which we booked independently. The Old Town Trolley traveled through highlights of Boston and then dropped us off at Faneuil Hall. The driver was entertaining and the pick up and drop off were efficient and well organized. The Hidden Gems excursion was amazing! It was 7 hours long and took us through nature preserves, caves for viewing and swimming, jumping off a small cliff into a lagoon, and snorkeling. Lunch and ice cream were included and the tour guide was great. Celebrity is a great choice for cruising and we will definitely do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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 3.7
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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