30 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Bermuda

We are seasoned cruisers with 47 under our belt. We love cruising and it is obvious by having a majority of our vacations since 1995 have been on the high seas. Eleven have been with Celebrity and this has been our third on the Summit. The ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers with 47 under our belt. We love cruising and it is obvious by having a majority of our vacations since 1995 have been on the high seas. Eleven have been with Celebrity and this has been our third on the Summit. The last time was in August 2014. • Embarkation – Being from northern New Jersey we love the convenience of Cape Liberty. They have been making continuous improvements to the facilities. The elimination of the need to use buses with a direct check in and boarding the vessel in the same structure was a very big plus. Baggage and passenger drop off was very smooth and efficient. We were met by a representative who checked out our boarding documents and without delay we were directed to the handicap line where there were about four people ahead of us. Since along with using a walker we were Elite and Concierge Class patrons we had three lines to use. Both the Elite and Concierge lines were empty we elected to take the easy route. The facility was clean and the personnel were most amiable. We give place a 5 star rating. • Boarding - Upon entering the ship we were informed that we were free to drop off any luggage in our cabin. This was a very nice touch. Our visit to the Concierge Lunch was also a very nice touch with the absence of the crowding and having a welcome Bloody Mary. • The Cabin – We were in cabin 9201, a C1 on the back of the ship. The décor was very pleasing to the eye. It was spacious with plenty of living and storage space. But the balcony was simply great. There were two lounge chairs, two high back chairs, two tables, and room to dance. Room was 9’ x 23’ and the balcony was 16’ x 9’ enough said. Of course, like any good cruise ship the shower was small. • Our room attendant - We met our cabin steward and mentioned that the refrigerator was not working and within an hour the problem was solved. Our steward kept everything in order and very clean. He was excellent. • The main dining room – Contrary to high standard enjoyed by the Celebrity line this main dining room experience failed. Initially, our assigned table configuration and time slot were unbelievably screwed up. We requested a 6 PM seating with a table of 10. We were assigned a 5:15 PM on a table for 10 with two other couples. One couple had a 5:30 assigned time and the other had a 5:45 PM time. Compound this with the fact one couple had requested a table for two because they were on their anniversary cruise and the other found that it was impossible to enjoy the Elite Cocktail Party that ran from 5 to 7. Both couples left the table and we were joined by three other people, This left a large table for having only 5 people. In ten meals two were very good and eight were terrible. I once went for a roast turkey meal expecting that they could not screw it up. Well they did. The cold fruit soups which at one time were a signature part of the meal were absent. Meals arrived cold. We were most disappointed with the main dining room experience. • The Ocean View Cafe - For breakfast and lunch there was a very wide variety of well prepared offerings. The bakery had a very fine selection of very good breads. The only problem was you must plan your meal by doing a preliminary pass to explore the many options available to you. But without any reservations, I highly recommend the buffet. • The crew - The ships staff, without exception, was courteous, friendly, and extremely helpful. There was an offer of three free drinks at the ships bars for thos who couldn’t make the Elite Cocktail Party. The bar tenders did a get job serving our needs. • The entertainment – Most shows were very good. Not Broadway quality but decent enough to make them pleasurable. • Debarkation – This went super smooth. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
Friends who work in school systems could only go in August-I never cruise then-I love getting away in the winter from the snow!! But we did it and it was so hot--I would never do that again! The ship is beautiful and on a smaller scale ... Read More
Friends who work in school systems could only go in August-I never cruise then-I love getting away in the winter from the snow!! But we did it and it was so hot--I would never do that again! The ship is beautiful and on a smaller scale (about 2200 guests) than the NCL that was in port with us with their (over) 5000 guests!! Talked to some of the NCL people and they said never again---too big-lines very long We had been upgraded to Aqua Class which means we had the luck to eat breakfast and supper every day there!!! It was heaven--Lamb chops and french onion soup several nights--If it was not on the menu, you just had to ask!! Never a problem! I had seen some reviews about only being offered squab or pidgeon, but let me tell you----I never ever saw that!!! Some people just love to complain!! The food was served just right!!! Not too much--Not like the buffet where hogs pile their plate as if never to eat again---The lobster tail and Beef Wellington my friend and I had one night was the best I have ever had in 40 years of cruising. No doubt!! No kids either!!! Quiet friendly helpful service by the happiest staff I have ever encountered!!! The nightly shows were fine--nothing to rave about, but fine---- I will be on Celebrity again. We were on deck 11- Cabin was tiny!!! And we could use the Persian Garden sauna and steam---But it was so hot in Bermuda, that was the last thing we wanted to do!! So we did not . Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Very good value. Drove on a Sunday from Rochester, NY to Cape Liberty, NJ in 6 hours, Parking, unloading and embarkation was easy with no stress. We got off the ship in 20 minutes, handled our own luggage, and home in 6 1/2 hours from the ... Read More
Very good value. Drove on a Sunday from Rochester, NY to Cape Liberty, NJ in 6 hours, Parking, unloading and embarkation was easy with no stress. We got off the ship in 20 minutes, handled our own luggage, and home in 6 1/2 hours from the time we docked. Saving all the flight money, we put the money into the Aqua class room and high class excursions. Aqua class has dining in Blu with Tanya as the M-D... She is very good and has her staff watching to give you the service. Be a good customer and ask, not demand, and you can expect the best of service. Your fellow passengers will appreciate you asking, and not demanding. Entertainment was all very good. Yes we all have different tastes in entertainment, but the quality of entertainment was very good. Dan, the Cruise Director, is a very good chap and genuinely interested in all the passengers having a great time. Dan is always interested in taking his humor to the next level. If you see Dan, just tell him " Louder & Funnier" please ! We sat with many long time cruisers and sum had taken this Bermuda cruise at least 5 times before and stated they like the overall size, entertainment, and service of the Celebrity Summit crew ! 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
Hard to beat the hospitality on the Summi! 7 great days. The Captain and the crew in every category made us feel welcome.Makes us want to return. Dining, entertainment, service all the best. The Summit may be an older ship but it has to be ... Read More
Hard to beat the hospitality on the Summi! 7 great days. The Captain and the crew in every category made us feel welcome.Makes us want to return. Dining, entertainment, service all the best. The Summit may be an older ship but it has to be one of the best. And it sure helps that Bermuda was at its most beautiful.Wish we had more time to spend there. Cant say enough about the evening musical producions - the singers, dancers, and two acrobats were really good. Two very good excursions - caves, aquarium, and tour; and a day at Horseshoe Bay Beach (an exceptionally clean beach). We have no complaints. Just overall a great cruise! This is our second cruise on the Summit. Our first, two years ago was to New England / Canada and it, too, was most enjoyable. Celebrity is on the top of our list so far as cruises are concerned! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Being this was my first time on a cruise, I was impressed. The staff is excellent and goes above and beyond for everything. They made sure we were happy at all times. The maintenance service for the stateroom was great. The ship was ... Read More
Being this was my first time on a cruise, I was impressed. The staff is excellent and goes above and beyond for everything. They made sure we were happy at all times. The maintenance service for the stateroom was great. The ship was relatively small (comparing our ship to the Norwegian Breakaway that was docked next to us in Bermuda). It is due for some renovations as you can tell on the walls and floors. I would suggest this cruise for an older person, rather than young adults. The dining service was accommodating. The buffet has plenty of selections including stations such as pizza, pasta, cultural food, and freshly cooked meat & seafood. The dessert is relatively bland and lacks sugar. If you do not have a beverage package, drinks can be pricey. A pina colada with no liquor in it costs roughly $7. A bottle of water costs $3. I WOULD SUGGEST PACKING A CASE OF WATER. For someone who does not like to drink tap water, bottled water is expensive throughout the entire cruise. The Cosmopolitan was a great restaurant that was included in our package. Excellent choices and great tasting food, compared to the Oceanview Cafe. We did not eat at the specialty dining restaurants. Activities on the boat were scattered throughout the day. Each morning they provide you with a daily schedule for the entire day of activities, concerts, movies and theatrical productions. I would definitely suggest attending the performances at the theatre. The singers and dancers were wonderful to watch. They have such amazing talent! I would also suggest not buying souvenirs on the boat first thing, but to wait until the last full day of the cruise. Great prices on last minute things that you may have forgotten on the island. Lastly, the ports are such a pain! You will need to have your SeaPass card out when you are getting off the boat to the island, as well as when you come back onto the boat. Also, do not forget your photo ID to get back on. At times, there were lines to get back onto the boat, due to passing through security every time. In my opinion, some of the shore excursions listed through the cruise are not worth it at all. Definitely free-style the Crystal caves. My suggestion is to buy a combination day pass for the ferry/bus for $19 per person and figure out your way with a map (It is not hard). Also, I would not recommend doing both of the caves. If you do the Crystal Cave, it is all you need to see. The Fantasy Cave was nothing different than the Crystal Cave. I also did the longest shore excursion provided (7 hours) called the Hidden Gems and it was worth it for $199 per person. It provided us the tour guide, transportation, two caves, cliff jumping, snorkeling, lunch & ice cream. Transportation from the dockyard to this location, which is mainly on the other side of the island took about an hour and could be very costly, using a taxi. REMINDER: Bring bottled water with you onto the boat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I was exceptionally pleased with the Celebrity Summit from the ease of getting on the ship (arrived at dock at 10:30 and was on the ship by 10:45 AM) to debarkation. The service was excellent and the food was delicious The entertainment ... Read More
I was exceptionally pleased with the Celebrity Summit from the ease of getting on the ship (arrived at dock at 10:30 and was on the ship by 10:45 AM) to debarkation. The service was excellent and the food was delicious The entertainment by the cast from the Summit was excellent. I didn't attend the magician or comedian nights. This was my 10th cruise and I definitely was pleasantly surprised how smoothly everything went and give a thumbs up to Celebrity.. It was hard finding a chair at the outside pool, but I spent most of my time at the adult solarium and just loved the therapy pool. The food in the dining room and the Oceanview Café was delicious. I was on select dining and was seated in the same area with the same waiters every night no matter what time I arrived, which was nice. I did have to wait approximately 1/2 hour twice due to arriving around 8:00 PM. The cabin, 7106, was very clean and the space and storage was adequate. This as a balcony room. The room steward was excellent. I heard some people complaining that there were not enough activities, but was kept busy and had enough to pick from. As far as shore excursions, I took a tour around the island of Bermuda with Ricky's Tours and did not have any scheduled thru the ship. The only downside was that there were so many children on this cruise. I would definitely go back on the Celebrity Summit and would recommend this ship and the cruise line. I have another cruise scheduled for the end of November this year on the Celebrity Silhouette and hope that the service is as good as on the Summit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
After taking care of our grandchildren for nine days in New Jersey we needed a getaway and saw this cruise to Bermuda leaving from Bayonne. How perfect! We are veterans of over 20 celebrity cruises and after having a bad experience on a 5 ... Read More
After taking care of our grandchildren for nine days in New Jersey we needed a getaway and saw this cruise to Bermuda leaving from Bayonne. How perfect! We are veterans of over 20 celebrity cruises and after having a bad experience on a 5 day Constellation last year we did not know what to expect. Well celebrity did come through with their A game. First of all the food was among the best we ever had. While the food in Blu was excellent what surprised us was the level of food in the buffet. Everything we had was superb, from the meatballs to the beef curry to the desserts. Second of all the service was exemplary. We had a very slight problem with my eggs the first morning and they took three days apologizing for it even brining one of the chefs over to explain.The rest of the week the food was Devine. As an older ship, the ship was as clean as a whistle but could use a fresh coat of paint here and there and the Persian garden could use a revamping it is dark and most depressing not at all light and cheery like the solstice class ships. All in all we had a wonderful week and would recommend this to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Sail date: May 28, 2017 - Seven nights - Bermuda 4th cruise on Celebrity Summit I think that both Celebrity and the Summit are both first class operations. – the best part is the employees. They all seem to go out of ... Read More
Sail date: May 28, 2017 - Seven nights - Bermuda 4th cruise on Celebrity Summit I think that both Celebrity and the Summit are both first class operations. – the best part is the employees. They all seem to go out of their way to make my vacation the best it could be. But – sadly – this may be the last cruise on the Summit – if the internet information is true, it appears that the ship is listed for sale by a broker at a price of $350 million. See web page: WWW: qpsships.com Stock# 2349 appears to be Summit Stock# 2348 appears to be another M class ship ********************************************************************* Space to Passenger ratio: The number of passengers and the space allocation on the Summit tends to limit lines and back ups – plenty of room for all of the activities. Example: It is a 90,000 ton ship, but it has three banks of elevators – The only time there was any wait was when everyone was coming aboard. All other times the waits were minimal. ************************************************************************************************************************************************ Below are some of my observations/thoughts/opinions: Embarkation: You could not ask for a faster, more organized arrangement. You drive up and there is a large group of porters available to take your bags Just past the entrance is a multi-story parking garage (especially important in the winter months – no digging the car out of the snow). When you enter the building you first pass thru security/metal detectors. - note new policy - they do not allow power strips You then have a whole row of employees managing the check in process – more than enough to make the process quick and painless. Then you are off to the ship. To limit the crowds in the buffet area on embarkation day, you are assigned lunch locations based on your cabin category. Aqua and Concierge passengers were assigned the main dining room – no wait quick seating. Passengers in suites ate in their dedicated dining room. The cabins were made available at 1PM ********************************************************************** Select dining Note: If you have anytime (select) dining I recommend that you make dinner reservations for nights one and two at the 4th floor dining room entrance before eating lunch on the first day. You are allowed to make the reservation one day in advance – if you come to the dining room without a reservation they take the individuals with reservations first. Shopping: on the last day they had a sale – additional 10% off for most items (additional to the % discounts they had been running all week), but just during the lunch hour. If you are planning on buying an expensive watch or jewelry it might pay to wait until the last day. “Formal Nights” I am glad that they did away with formal nights. Saw a few men with jackets in the dining room – very few. Leave the suit jackets and gowns home – not needed. The world is more casual – Celebrity made the correct decision The Americas Cup Village is set up with a grandstand directly in front of the start/finish line. Excellent set up – credit to the Bermuda planning people. To get to the village from the ship: one tram takes you to the clock tower shopping area. You then get a second tram directly across the street that takes you to the Americas Cup Village. You can buy tickets for entrance to the Village next to where the second tram lets you off. The trams are free. Photo from back of Summit – USA team returning to base after race – note yachts in background and Americas Cup Village in the distant background. Wednesday harbor nights – downtown Hamilton. Most of the stores stay open until 9 pm Streets are closed off – many, many food vendors and persons selling items along street. All of the restaurants are also open. Expect a crowd. One note: Most of the advertising says it starts at 6PM – they were still setting up at that time – 7 PM appears to be the actual start. Express off ship notes: Because this is a one week cruise and formal outfits are no longer required – a high percentage of the passengers took the option to exit the boat with their own bags. The assigned area to wait was jammed with passengers ½ hour before the scheduled departure time. There was a significant “fight” for space in the room and to get to the front of the line. Recommend that you get there earlier to get at the front of the room. ******************************************************************** St. Georges: NCL now has their own dedicated (NCL owned) ferry to take their passengers to St. Georges – it docks next to the NCL ship at the Dockyard – not at the normal ferry dock. The Bermuda ferry system has put a larger ferry on that route than they had in my prior visits. Recommend that you visit St. Georges – tour the old city and look at the original buildings and take advantage of the shopping – Different shops than in Hamilton or the Dockyard area. Watch your time – do not miss the last ferry of the day – it is a very, very long bus ride back to the dockyard. Entertainment: Production shows: There were three production shows – most of the songs were ones I recognized – never could understand why some cruise production shows focus on new music – give the customer something they are familiar with and they will enjoy it more. – my opinion. Recommend that you see all three shows. Jim Beam Band – generally in Revelations – well organized professional group – girl front singer – music of 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Joe and Liv – generally at Sunset Bar – Irish singers - mix of Irish and top 40 songs – drew a dedicated crowd each night – worth a trip to the back of the ship for a listen Jessica Lajner – appears different places – sets in the Cellar Masters were acoustic/excellent guitar skills – other sets she played the guitar and sang contemporary songs. All three groups/individuals are highly recommended. Disembarkation: Once the doors were open it was a dash to the customs area. No backup anywhere – enough custom lines to handle the volume. Then to the car in the parking lot and down the turnpike. We were in our car by 8:30. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We have done a great deal of traveling but always by air. This was our first cruise. We would go again in a heart beat. We can only say great things. Capt. Kate was warm, intelligent, kind and had a sense of humor. She did a great job ... Read More
We have done a great deal of traveling but always by air. This was our first cruise. We would go again in a heart beat. We can only say great things. Capt. Kate was warm, intelligent, kind and had a sense of humor. She did a great job explaining and answering questions. Dining was a delectable experience. We loved the 4th deck Cosmopolitan Restaurant. Our first dinner was so amazing we requested the same table (146) each night. Manuel from Hondorous, Jackson from Bombay, and Lenworth from Jamaica were extremely efficient. They were very professional, caring that we had everything we needed and were concerned that we enjoyed our meals. If we took another cruise we would hope to have them or at least waiters that were as excellent. We can only write the BEST about them they would get a 10 on a scale 1 to 10, but we would give them each a 20. Celebrity is fortunate to have such fine employees. Entertainment was most enjoyable. The shows were excellent (music, dancing,singing and gymnasts). However, the comedian, Steve Shaffer from NJ was the best. His humor was "clean" and we could relate to his humorous tales. One night in a lounge we met Dian from Indonesia , she was a delight. Such a lovely young lady. From this review you can see how very pleased we were and will highly recommend it to family and friends. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We choose this particular cruise and ship because we wanted to see Bermuda. The Summit is a 91,000 ton ship with around 2,000 passengers which makes this ship less crowded and easy to get around. The ages on the ship for this cruise ... Read More
We choose this particular cruise and ship because we wanted to see Bermuda. The Summit is a 91,000 ton ship with around 2,000 passengers which makes this ship less crowded and easy to get around. The ages on the ship for this cruise was 90% elderly and 10% 50 years & younger. Very few children could be due to the time of year. The taxi ride to the ship was $48 for two people and Celebrity charges $57 for 2. The taxi takes around 25 to 30 minutes to reach the ship from Newark Airport. We arrived to the cruise terminal at 10:30am and was able to check in, But they wouldn't let us go onto the ship until 11:30 am. The rooms were not ready until 1:30 pm. We had a Aqua Class room which means we could eat at the Blu Restaurant. We were surprised to see that they wanted us to come to dinner the first night from 8:00 to 8:30. We declined to do this since we don't like to eat so late. The second night we went at 6:30 and had to wait 30 min. to get a table but it was well worth the wait. The food in Blu is wonderful with an excellent wait staff. The problem is there are mostly two top tables pushed close together so you feel like you have to talk to the guest sitting so close beside you. They do have 6 top tables and sometimes they will ask if you want to share a table. We choose to sit at the two top and most nights we got the same table and waiter which was nice. On the first evening chic night they stated in the Celebrity Today paper that ALL guest were asked to follow the dress codes and that they were in effect from 5:30 pm in all restaurants and the Celebrity Theater during evening performances. It stated that no shorts and flip flops were allowed in the evening hours and they said this was as a courtesy to the guest. Of course we thought this was ridiculous and went to Guest Relations about this crazy dress code. First of all WE are the guest and WE are on vacation and should be able to walk anywhere on the ship with shorts and flip flops except for the restaurants. When we spoke to Guest Relations about this he actually said he would feel uncomfortable even going to the Casino in shorts on the Evening Chic night. We really didn't think this policy should be upheld. Usually after every dinner we change back into our shorts and walk around the ship and go to the Casino. We are on vacation! I would have to say this was our only issue. Everything was great and Captain Kate was awesome. A real people person and you would see her around the ship a lot. We looked forward to her daily announcements. Bermuda was beautiful. Easy to get around and some of the most beautiful water I have ever seen. Tickets for bus and the Ferry to Hamilton and St. George are easy to get right after you exit the ship. Very friendly people will help you with this. The Ferry to Hamilton takes about 20 mins. The Ferry to St. George takes 1 hour. But this is all by water and if you want to see some of the town then take the bus to Hamilton. It's the number 7 bus to Hamilton and takes about 20 mins. It does make stops along the way but you see the homes and coastline. We did both. The Natural Museum of Bermuda located 5 min. walk from the ship. A must see with lots of History. The Commissioner's House is located here as well and you can walk thru three floors of exhibits and have spectacular views of Bermuda. Dolphin Quest is also located on the property and you can sit and see the Dolphins. Price of admission to see all of this was $15.00 per person and you should expect to spend about 2 or 3 hours here. Bermuda has lots of water sports and beautiful beaches. Horseshoe Bay and Tobacco Bay to name a couple. We will take the Summit again and will go back to Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We are seniors who have cruised with Celebrity. We like the size and restaurants on the Summit. Bermuda is beautiful and our island of choice. We also like the fact that we do not have to fly. We live outside Philadelphia which is not ... Read More
We are seniors who have cruised with Celebrity. We like the size and restaurants on the Summit. Bermuda is beautiful and our island of choice. We also like the fact that we do not have to fly. We live outside Philadelphia which is not that far from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. We also like the Summit as it caters to people of our age. In fact, we already booked for next year. We splurged and have a balcony. All the help is great. I like the vibe of this ship. We tried the Tuscan Grille which was great. Not a fan of Quine. The main restaurant never disappointed. We go on a cruise to relax and feel refreshed at the end. This cruise fits the bill. We are well past the water park themes and loud blasting music. We just enjoy going to shows, going to the lounges and playing some in the casino. Bermuda has all the sightseeing we need. We no longer stay up to midnight. Highly recommend it to any seniors. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our third cruise on the Summit, one of our favorite ships. Our background: 9 cruises, 5 on Cunard's QM2, 4 with Celebrity and 1 on Royal Caribbean. We are in our mid-60s and mid-70s. We have already booked another cruise ... Read More
This was our third cruise on the Summit, one of our favorite ships. Our background: 9 cruises, 5 on Cunard's QM2, 4 with Celebrity and 1 on Royal Caribbean. We are in our mid-60s and mid-70s. We have already booked another cruise to Bermuda on the Summit again next year. We love the Summit for its low key elegance, and extremely friendly and professional crew and smaller size/occupancy. We also love that there are three elevator locations, forward, mid-ship (outside glass with view) and aft. Captain Kate is a great captain and we hope to sail with her again. She is very personable, concerned for guests and crew, and witty. Although some amenities have been cut back as most cruise lines have been doing, it doesn't seem to affect the ambiance on the Summit. The food on the Summit is mostly good to great. Less variety than prior years, but the ability to mix and match what's on the menu makes up for that. We always keep to a low salt diet and Summit is very good about accommodating our needs. Our favorite spot to eat is the aft deck in the back of the Ooeanview Café. Since I used a cane on this trip, the staff would offer to carry my tray. Thank goodness they got rid of the little pots of food and brought back the food trays to carry everything! When we go on cruises, we just like to relax on deck and enjoy the sea views. If you like to be active, there's plenty to do and see. We enjoyed most of the entertainment. The stage shows with the singers/dancers were not as good as usual but still enjoyable. We did attend the CC Meet & Greet. Instead of snacks, each person was given 1 hour of free internet time. Unfortunately, when Captain Kate and the officers left, so did all the guests so we did not get to speak to many CC members. We also cruise when kids are usually in school so it's quieter and not a "party" ship. This cruise was our first time in an oceanview cabin. Room was nice and well maintained. Lots of storage. Glad they still provide bathrobes. Shower has a curtain but does not stick to you like some do and long enough that very little water leaked out of shower. Our room steward was very good and attentive to our needs. But we missed sitting out on a balcony and hearing the sea. We did love the large window in the room and watching the sea close up. In Bermuda, we like to tour the island and take the glass bottom boat ride. A trip to St. George is always fun and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Driving to Port Liberty in Bayonne from Rockland County NY took about 90 minutes on Sunday morning with light traffic. Parking fee was $133 for 7 days at the lot next to the ship. Quick shuttle to the terminal, a short lineup to get our ... Read More
Driving to Port Liberty in Bayonne from Rockland County NY took about 90 minutes on Sunday morning with light traffic. Parking fee was $133 for 7 days at the lot next to the ship. Quick shuttle to the terminal, a short lineup to get our Seapass and our Cabin 3048 was ready for us. It had a large round Oceanview window on starboard side, under the promenade, 26” flat screen TV, good showerhead, but a cloth curtain which gets changed regularly. We had 3 minor issues with the room but all were quickly rectified. Cabin has a good layout with mirrors, lights, bed in the middle and single sofa chair by the window, ample storage. After a light lunch at the Oceanview Café and a quick muster drill we got a memorable sailaway detour to view Statue of Liberty. Weather was hot but pleasant throughout while tropical storms pounded Puerto Rico. As our first Elite sailing we enjoyed many new benefits such as 180 minutes of free wi-fi in our cabin, some complimentary laundry and dry cleaning, wine tasting event, Elegant Tea, daily cocktail hour 5-7 pm in the Revelations lounge, complimentary specialty coffees and fresh squeezed juices at the Normandy at breakfast. We tried specialty restaurant Qsine in a group of 6 (at a nice discount) when MDR had “Chef’s Menu”. All dining experience were very good. Even the pizza was better than expected. Nightly entertainment was also enjoyable. Production shows well done with capable singers and dancers, dazzling costumes and good sound. The crew from the Captain Leonardis down is first rate, polite and enthusiastic about giving us a great cruise experience. We were not pushed to purchase anything, and the virtually smoke-free environment was much appreciated. On day 4 we arrived in Bermuda. We took the bus to Hamilton. At the main station we bought a 15-ticket booklet ($37.50 – 14 Zone, not sold at Dockyards) and continued with a free transfer to St. George via a scenic route. Strolled the old streets and enjoyed a cold beer at a waterside restaurant. At 3:30 we took the 45 minute ferry back to Dockyards. The next day we took bus #7 to Horseshoe Bay beach. It was not that crowded, but to get some shade we had to walk all the way to the left until we got to the rock formations and found a nice alcove. After dinner we got off the ship and enjoyed a romantic stroll in the Dockyards. It’s a unique opportunity since most ports the ship sails to sea at night. On day 3 we took the ferry to Hamilton to do some souvenir shopping. Later we went to Snorkle Beach at the Dockyards but balked at the admission fee; not worth it for the short time we had left prior to departure. We saw two women running back to the Norwegian Breakaway as it was already pulling away – yes, they sadly missed the ship. While the Summit was sold out, it did not feel too crowded. There were families with young kids who were generally well behaved. Of course it was not easy to get a chair by the pool on sea days but we could get sun or shade in other areas too. Return sailing to Bayonne was on calm waters and warm weather with the occasional brief shower. Disembarkation was well managed, one of our best we’ve ever had. We were off the ship and in our car within 20 minutes. We will certainly enjoy cruising to Bermuda again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I had a few misgivings about taking such an old ship as the Summit but wanted to take a quick cruise from the NYC area, and the NCL Breakaway was the only alternative. I booked a Sky Suite on the Summit, and must say that everything about ... Read More
I had a few misgivings about taking such an old ship as the Summit but wanted to take a quick cruise from the NYC area, and the NCL Breakaway was the only alternative. I booked a Sky Suite on the Summit, and must say that everything about the cruise was wonderful. We have cruised on luxury ships as well as large mainstream ships and being in a Sky Suite on the Summit might be the best of both worlds. Cabin 6116 was roomy and nice, although it could use some refurbishing. Our butler, Nelson, was a delight and our room stewardess, Leticia, did a good job. The most pleasant surprise was Luminae, the new restaurant only accessible to suite passengers. The small dining room was a nice alternative to the large dining areas we are accustomed to but dislike on bigger ships. Everyone who worked in Luminae knew our names after the first night's dinner and were as friendly and accommodating as they could be. Bravo to Celebrity for coming up with such a great concept. We ate in The Normandie specialty restaurant once but were happier in Luminae. The menu is fairly limited but our waiters happily grabbed dished from the main dining room as requested, and I am sure special orders were also filled. The Summit is an older but smaller ship with almost enough deck space for everyone on sea days. The entire crew is very friendly and welcoming. Captain Leo came to our Cruise Critic get together and participated in different events throughout the cruise, as did other officers. It was nice to have the Classic Beverage Package which almost everyone seemed to have. My only complaint with the whole week was the staff at al Bacio coffee bar who seemed to feel that they were doing you a favor to wait on you and didn't make very good cappucchino, as it was much better in Luminae. Cabin 6116, midship starboard, was perfect. It was very quiet and very well situated and it only took a few hours to find our way around the ship, which is a perfect size. The Summit cruises from Puerto Rico in the winter, so we probably will not be on it again. We will definitely try another Celebrity leaving from Florida as that is where we live. We have been on Celebrity before but never in a suite and will probably try to be in a suite again as long as Luminae is around. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
A Great Cruise Aboard a Beautiful Ship Celebrity Summit Cruise to Bermuda, May 24th to May 31st , 2015 We were a party of two, my wife and I, both senior citizens. This was our twenty-fourth cruise since 2001, the second with ... Read More
A Great Cruise Aboard a Beautiful Ship Celebrity Summit Cruise to Bermuda, May 24th to May 31st , 2015 We were a party of two, my wife and I, both senior citizens. This was our twenty-fourth cruise since 2001, the second with Celebrity having sailed on the Silhouette in its inaugural season. We also have sailed with Holland America, Princess, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, all very pleasurable experiences. We were considered Concierge Classic members by Celebrity and as such received certain amenities; an in-room welcoming bottle of champagne, fruit and sweets, a daily tray of canapés’ and other material gifts. Also, finding out a bit late, a complimentary glass of wine at dinner and complimentary special coffees and desserts were available at all times. Due to a mix-up in our reservation, Celebrity comp’d us with a considerable on-board credit. Summary: This was a great cruise. Celebrity does it right; the service, the friendliness of the staff, the food and the entertainment. Although perhaps not for a family with young children, we recommend it to any others seeking a relaxed atmosphere, fine dining and entertainment. Arrival, Check-In and Boarding: We arrived by private limo at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne New Jersey Sunday May 24th at approximately 10:15 a:m, were whisked through check-in and boarded at 11:00. Very smooth indeed. The cruise port had been upgraded and modernized considerably since our last departure there in 2012. No longer was it necessary to board a bus at the check-in location to transfer to the ship. A ride up an escalator, a walk across the gangway and we were on-board. Champagne cocktails awaited as we boarded. The staterooms were to be unavailable until 1:00 pm so it was off to the Oceanview Café for an early lunch. It would have been nice if Celebrity had provided temporary safe-storage for carry-on luggage until our stateroom was ready. The Summit: With its stubby prow and cut-off stern it may not be the prettiest ship on the high seas, but once on board, its inner beauty becomes very apparent. The Summit is an older ship, in service since late 2001. Its gross tonnage is 91,000. It’s 965 ft. in length and 106 ft. at the beam. It carries 2,158 passengers and a crew of 999. Top speed is 24 kt’s. The ship was spotless and showed no evidence of wear and tear. There was a large amount of public space with a lot of comfortable seating available for the smaller type ship. Lighting in many of these spaces was deliberately dim, possibly setting a relaxed mood. Earth tones, browns and tans, abounded. Prominent locations included the pool deck with two pools and several hot tubs, a solarium with a heated pool and small buffet, several restaurants which will be described later, a large shopping area, casino, gym and sports deck. The rest rooms were maintained spotless and featured cut fresh flowers and cloth hand towels. There were no monstrous water slides in the pool area as on many newer ships. The majority of passengers appeared to be senior citizens like us. There appeared to be very few children on board. Although seas were fairly calm going and coming, sailing was extremely smooth. Staterooms: Our stateroom was located mid ship on Deck 8 and included a balcony. The room was a little bit larger than what we were used to and did not have that cramped feeling. There was sufficient closet and drawer space. A queen size bed, flat screen TV, mini-bar, wall safe and hair dryer were provided. The bathroom was sufficient in size although shower pressure could have been greater. The housekeeping staff was very friendly, efficient and timely, quickly adjusting their duties to our schedule. Dining: There were eight dining venues on the ship. We frequented only the Cosmopolitan, the Normandie, the Oceanview and Café al Bacio. Other dining venues can be seen on the ship’s website. The Cosmopolitan, situated on decks 4 and 5, was the main complimentary restaurant. It featured a standard dinner menu and also a special dinner menu each day. Breakfast was also served there daily. Lunch was available there as well on sea days only. The food was well prepared and portions were adequate. The room was crowded and the tables, especially those for two, were very close together. The noise level was reasonable. Reservations for dinner could have been made prior to the cruise via the internet for either of two seating’s, 6:00 or 8:30. We preferred the open seating plan and only once in the four times we ate there did we have to wait for a table. The Normandie restaurant, named for the long-ago French ocean liner, was very special. It was situated on Deck 3. It required reservations and was an extra cost venue. The intent was to simulate dining in the luxurious Atlantic crossings especially by notables years ago prior to jet travel. Pictures in the restaurant lobby showed the notables at play and the luxuriousness of the liner. Actually, some of the construction materials and statuary used for the restaurant were from the Normandie. The dining there was the best we’ve encountered in our twenty-four cruises. We had dinner there three times. Certain entrees and desserts were prepared at our table. When serving, the waiters would describe the dishes in detail. The Oceanview buffet type complimentary restaurant was situated on Deck 10, aft of the pool area. It extended to a small outdoor section at the aft end of the ship. It was available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between. It was one of the better cafes we’ve encountered in our cruises although we only had lunch there on shore days when the Cosmopolitan was closed. The food there was multi-national and well prepared. Desserts there were especially imaginative. Coffee, tea and juices were available there twenty four hours a day. There was also a food bar at poolside which served hamburgers, hot dogs and the trimmings. The Café al Bacio coffee bar located on Deck 5 offered complimentary specialty coffees and desserts. Entertainment: On our recent cruises we have essentially ignored the evening shows, having seen most of them several times. Instead, in the evenings we had preferred to listen to musicians/singers in the various public lounges and bars, many of whom developed a large following. However, this was not the case on the Summit since most of the musician/singer appearances were in the afternoon and early evening. We then attended the shows and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the productions, especially by the singers and dancers of the Summit troupe. There were also comedians, an Illusionist, silk rope acts and an a cappella group. A pianist/singer we particularly liked and listened to frequently was Peter Rossetti who performed at the Café al Bacio coffee bar. We didn’t participate in any of the game shows or gamble at the casino. Shore Excursions: We didn’t book any shore excursions which was fortunate since very strong winds in Bermuda on all three shore days forced the cancellation of many excursions. Instead, we just strolled around Kings Wharf and the Royal Naval Dockyard. The strong winds and cool temperatures were not conducive to beach going. For those returning to the ship, flavored ice water and moist towels were offered, a nice gesture. Disembarkation: Celebrity had a novel approach to disembarkation. Instead of scheduling certain groups, with colored luggage tags, at certain times, they asked passengers to choose a disembarkation time between the hours of 7:30 and 9:25 am They then assigned numbered luggage tags and a schedule for the numbers to be called. This worked very well and we were off the ship within five minutes of our desired time. What We Liked and Loved: We loved the Normandie restaurant and liked the Cosmopolitan and the Oceanview dining. We liked the service and friendliness of the staff. We loved the relaxed atmosphere. We liked the shows and lounge entertainment. There wasn’t much we didn’t like, and the little that we didn’t like is hardly worth mentioning here. Summary and Recommendation: It was truly a great cruise. The Summit is highly recommended for seniors and young to middle age adults. However, we wouldn’t recommend the Summit for families with children through teen age. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our third trip to Bermuda and we loved every minute of it. We had a room with a veranda on the starboard side and were treated to a great view of the island and the beautiful welcoming wharf. The people of Bermuda are as friendly ... Read More
This was our third trip to Bermuda and we loved every minute of it. We had a room with a veranda on the starboard side and were treated to a great view of the island and the beautiful welcoming wharf. The people of Bermuda are as friendly and welcoming as those aboard the ship. Isn't that why people love to travel to Bermuda? And it is for that same reason we love Celebrity. The ship is lovely on it's own, small enough to be comfy yet large enough to give you a nice workout as you travel around the ship, but without the support staff it would be just any ship on the ocean. Our room attendants gave us special care by finding and hooking up 2 long electrical cords for my husband's medical equipment. The smiling wait staff always had our lemonade and the correct tea for us on the table each night. The activities staff were always fun and entertaining as we played our games in different areas of the ship. I particularly enjoyed Kym Purling's jazz performance and was amazed by the high tech magic show. The officers on the ship were always engaging and friendly. Since we've reached elite level in the Captain's Club, we were entitled to eat breakfast in a special restaurant the cappuccino was a nice touch, as were the cocktails and hors-d'oeuvres each evening. The food, of many varieties, was delicious and plentiful. Having been to Qsine and Cafe Bistro on a previous occasion, we knew how good it was and repeated our visits there. Those restaurants are well worth the extra charge. Qsine in particular was a fun place to eat. In the past we have always done Celebrity Shore excursions, but this time we took a private minibus from Ricky's Island Tours. After our trip I left my jacket in the minibus, but Ricky returned it to the ship the following day and the staff made sure I received it. Will my husband and I go back to Bermuda on Celebrity? You can be sure we will. But the next cruise we booked onboard is to Northern Europe aboard the Celebrity Eclipse - can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I always say best cruise ever, but then I've never had a bad cruise. We traveled b2b, the first segment being with friends and the second by ourselves. We ate dinner with our friends each night in Cosmopolitan Restaurant the first ... Read More
I always say best cruise ever, but then I've never had a bad cruise. We traveled b2b, the first segment being with friends and the second by ourselves. We ate dinner with our friends each night in Cosmopolitan Restaurant the first week (Luminae for delicious breakfasts), and the second week, we mostly ate at Luminae. Luminae, which is new to the fleet, is marvelous. We were very impressed with the food quality, presentation, and service. We mostly ate 3 meals a day there, and I can't say enough. The ship is lovely, and we have now sailed 5 times on her. We enjoyed our dancing to the accommodating house band, Bandmates, and enjoyed listening to Andrea Lisa Quartet's jazz renderings. All staff were friendly, Bermuda was beautiful, and the weather was mostly very good. Trivia was offered twice a day, and we older folks appreciated that. We did not take any shore excursions and mostly stayed on board, since this was probably our 8th cruise to Bermuda. Aqua Spa Café provided an alternative to Luminae lunches when lighter fare was desired, and we enjoyed the Solarium while docked in Bermuda. It was well maintained, with the pool butler clearing unused loungers of abandoned towels and such. Disembarkation was a breeze, with Jole, the Michael's Club Concierge, escorting us and others to the disembarkation point. Embarkation, sadly, was not as easy. Those folks at Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal (not Celebrity employees) need to get their act together. They directed us to an area to wait for further instructions that never came. After we got up to inquire, they still told us to wait. Most people were on board by the time we just got up and boarded on our own. This was, I suppose, their version of the priority boarding given to suite guests. We had embarkation lunch at Bistro on Five after our visit to Michael's Club for some early treats. The second leg of our b2b began with an embarkation lunch at Bistro on Five, although Luminae was available to us also. We did have dinner at Normandie twice, but we ended up preferring Luminae. Prior to Luminae's availability, we always enjoyed Normandie's fare. It's still wonderful, but we actually had to decide if we really wanted to do Normandie that second week. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We had a group of 18 taking the cruise to Bermuda for my daughters wedding at a resort there. 3 rooms were the sweet 16's (6023, 6020, 6018). They all had 2 chairs and a table. Could have easily fit 2 loungers. Ages were from 7 months ... Read More
We had a group of 18 taking the cruise to Bermuda for my daughters wedding at a resort there. 3 rooms were the sweet 16's (6023, 6020, 6018). They all had 2 chairs and a table. Could have easily fit 2 loungers. Ages were from 7 months to 85. 6 rooms were "regular" verandas, outside and inside with one being concierge. Oddly, the regular rooms had towel animals more often. The concierge room was slightly larger, but I would take the sweet sixteen balcony over it. We could not all fit dining together but we were all placed next to each other. Each table had a different waiter and the largest table of 8 was always last to get any food. There were times the other tables were on desserts and one table just getting appetizers. Service was excellent for most and just a bit slower for one table. Food came hot, which I appreciate. Room stewards were all wonderful, with the concierge steward almost never seen. This was our first Celebrity cruise after sailing 25 other cruises on Royal, Carnival and Holland. I found Celebrity to be a step above RCL and CCL. It was most laid back and relaxing even with the group heading to a wedding. I loved it. The comedians were amusing, dancers and aerialists wonderful, but there were a few singers who were ear piercing. Could be the sound mixing, but it was very bad on the 5th floor. I have to mention as this is wonderful service. My father did not have a matching tie for the wedding. He went to the front desk as the shops were closed and they went through some they had but they didn't match. The gentleman behind the desk took off his tie and gave it to my father to use. Another gentleman there tied it for him. That was above and beyond anything I could imagine. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first cruise with Celebrity. I am 56 and husband is 61. We had Conceirage Class on Deck 9. Emabarking was fast and easy-we were on the ship in about 20 minutes. Our room was spotless. The tile in the bathroom shower looked a ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity. I am 56 and husband is 61. We had Conceirage Class on Deck 9. Emabarking was fast and easy-we were on the ship in about 20 minutes. Our room was spotless. The tile in the bathroom shower looked a little old but was clean and everything functioned properly during the cruise.Marissa and Hanz took excellent care of us and kept our room clean and tidy. Balcony has plenty of room for two people to enjoy coffee in the morning or wine at night. Our room was directly under the bufet which was handy-just run up the stairs and grab breakfast and take it to our balcony and enjoy. Once my husband found the oatmeal (with plenty of fixngs nearby) and bananas he was happy- no complaints there. Loved the new food baskets. We brought two bottles of wine on board and kept them in our room and enjoyed them on our balcony. We had Select dining and Gabriella took the time to greet us and we always had amazing tables near windows or the alcove looking over the main dining room. Chester, the concierage was always cheerful and had good ideas and suggesstions for us. He was a life saver dealing with Choice Air and our boarding passes for the journey home. We do not gamble and did not attend the shows ( we were so busy during the day that we fell asleep by 10 or 11 each night) so I can not comment on those ammenities. We would do Concierage Class again- the canapes are pretty skimpy but there is Tea at 4:00 pm with scones , desserts and savories that should hold you over until dinner. I requested cheese and crackers instead of the canapes and they began arriving the next day. Overall it was a great cruise. Employees always greeted and spoke to us. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
My wife and I just returned from the August 18 sailing to Bermuda on the Celebrity Summit. This was our third cruise and our third time on Celebrity. Each of the previous cruises was wonderful and this one did not disappoint. We could not ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from the August 18 sailing to Bermuda on the Celebrity Summit. This was our third cruise and our third time on Celebrity. Each of the previous cruises was wonderful and this one did not disappoint. We could not have asked for a better experience. EMBARKATION: We selected this cruise because we wanted a relaxing vacation. Our last few trips have included a lot of driving and sightseeing, usually followed by a long drive or flight back home --- after which we always feel like we need another vacation. We live in Staten Island which is only a few minutes from the port at Cape Liberty. On Sunday, the 18th, we took a car service to Bayonne and arrived at about 10:45 AM. The embarkation process was very easy. We dropped our bags off and took the short shuttle ride to the terminal building where, after passing through security, we found the line marked "Aqua Class" and followed it directly to a representative. Within a few minutes, we had our sea passes and were headed to the ship. We stopped briefly to look at the menus for Qsine and Normandie and were on board at 11:30, ready to begin our vacation. It couldn't have been easier. THE SHIP: We sailed on the Infinity a couple of year ago before the refurbishment, so we were interested in seeing what had been done to its sister ship, the Summit. We found that the Summit retained all of the charm that we remembered, but certainly looked a little spiffier. The ship is smaller than the S class ships and other ships like the Breakaway and some of the RCI ships. And that was fine with us. We like the more intimate feel of the ship (if you can call a 2000 passenger ship intimate). I never felt like I was very far from any part of the ship I wanted to get to. And it never felt crowded. There were a lot of children on the trip (someone said there were 400), but the younger ones spent most of their day in the Fun Factory or in the pool. I didn't find the kids annoying and all the ones I saw were pretty well behaved. If there was one minor drawback for me, it was the pool area. There really aren't enough deck chairs for everyone and many people came down before 7 AM to "reserve" chairs. The Pool Butlers did, at times, remove belongings of people who were gone for too long, but this was not done consistently. Still, since we prefer not to sit in the sun, we were eventually able to find places to sit. As I said, this was only a minor annoyance. THE CABIN: On our first cruise (on the Equinox), we had a Concierge cabin. For our cruise on the Infinity, we upgraded to a Celebrity Suite. This time, we decided to try Aqua Class (cabin #9070) --- and we were very pleased with the decision. The cabin was a comfortable size for the two of us. We packed a little more than we probably needed, but there was plenty of room in the closets to hang our clothes. In addition, there were six drawers next to the main closet and two large shelves. The two night tables each had two deep drawers and the vanity had two large storage spaces. Our suitcases fit comfortably under the bed. The bathroom was small but sufficient and I really loved the shower. The balcony was large enough for the two of us to sit and eat breakfast comfortably or read. There is a large overhang so that there was only sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Since we prefer shade, it was perfect. The only minor negative was mentioned on some message boards: the water from the shower tends to pour out from under the shower doors and "flood" the floor. This in no way negatively impacted the experience. We simply had to put down a few extra towels to mop up the water. On the third day, my wife figured out that by closing the doors in a certain way, we could minimize the "flooding." Overall, we really enjoyed the cabin and were very comfortable. DINING: As Aqua Class guests, we were assigned to eat in Blu. Initially, we thought we might want to occasionally eat in the MDR or in one of the specialty restaurants. However, the experience in Blu was so good that we dined there every night (and a few mornings). The first three mornings, we ordered room service, but soon we were having breakfast in Blu as well. We thought that the food was very good and loved the fact that the portions were a little smaller --- so we never felt stuffed after dinner. Dinner always began with an interesting appetizer, followed by either soup or salad. I really enjoyed the soups. The main dishes were tasty and, for the most part, light. I really enjoyed one of the roasted chicken dishes, the filet mignon and a rack of lamb (I know, how could that be light? Somehow, it was). The menu was different each night. However, the best thing about the restaurant is that it felt like a real restaurant, not like a huge dining room at a Catskill Mountains resort. Blu was quiet and intimate and quite relaxing. Everyone we spoke to felt the same way about the ambiance of the restaurant. And the staff! Well . . . THE STAFF: We absolutely love the staff on Celebrity ships and this sailing was no different. Every single staff member we passed in the halls stopped to ask how we were, how we were enjoying the cruise, if we had a nice day, etc. Of course, it probably helps that we are friendly, as well, but they went out of their way to make our cruise enjoyable. I have a hard time believing reviews that say that the staff is surly or indifferent. They are warm and friendly and professional. Now some specifics: We couldn't have been happier with our treatment in Blu. It started with Mazy, our Maitre d'. He always greeted us with a smile and welcomed us back. During the meal, he stopped by to make recommendations, to ask if we were enjoying the meal or simply to chat for a few moments. The wait staff was friendly and professional as well --- in particular Rambo, Alvin and Ashvin. They provided us with information about the food that allowed us to make informed choices. They took the time to chat with us and we found out a lot about their backgrounds and the countries they came from. They made us feel like guests in their homes, not customers. At one meal, the woman sitting next to us (from Montreal) was having trouble conveying to Alvin exactly what she wanted to eat (she spoke English well, but didn't quite have the words to convey her exact meaning). Alvin brought got Ashvin, who spoke French, and together they were able to figure out what she wanted to order. Pleasing their guests was important. I also have to mention Jom, the sommelier, and Agus, who brought us other drinks. They were so delightful and helpful and really helped make the experience in Blu a wonderful one. And, after the first night, everyone on staff knew our names and, by the third night, knew our dining and drinking preferences. In addition, I want to mention Steve Gayda, the Cruise Director, and his staff who went out of their way to make sure that everyone had a great time. By the time the cruise ended he knew the names of many of the passengers. ENTERTAINMENT: My wife and I are regular theater-goers in NY and I like to go to the shows on the ship. The entertainers were all excellent. Guitarist/vocalists Brandi Paige and Jefferson Eng are quite good. Jordan Peterson, the pianist, is very talented and I wished I could have seen him and the others more often. When the aerialists, Lulu and Dima, had to drop out of the final performance because of rough seas, Jordan took their place and did a wonderful set. The major performances by the Celebrity singers and dancers were enjoyable. The shows themselves were not very strong. "Sirens" suffered from a weak script and awful dialogue and the revues, "iHollywood" and "Stars in Their Eyes," had, in my opinion, some odd song choices. However, the singers and dancers were so good that we didn't care. The singers, particularly Glenn, Diana, Drew and Hannah had strong, beautiful voices and the dancers, especially Ben, Sacha, Jason, Jason and Ashley, were superb. Some of the dance numbers were absolutely exhilarating. As my wife remarked to one of the performers at the end of the first show, "Whatever they're paying you guys . . . it's not enough!" Jason Bishop, the illusionist, was absolutely amazing. We've all seen these "tricks" before, but his unique take on these illusions was phenomenal. While I didn't see comedian Kevin Flynn in his adults only late show (past my bedtime), I enjoyed him when he appeared in the final night's show. He was hilarious. The highlight of the week (entertainment-wise) was the appearance of Telly Leung in the 54 Below show. Telly is a Broadway veteran (I've seen him in several shows) and his set, along with accompanist, Gary Adler, was fabulous. The theme of the show was about the songs that were important to him growing up. They included Broadway songs, pop music and traditional songs. He has a beautiful voice, passion and lots of personality. He even stuck around and appeared with the Celebrity singers in their final performance. OTHER STUFF: - We don't usually book our excursions through Celebrity, but my wife decided that she wanted to do a glass bottom boat tour. It was pleasant and informative, but nothing special. Still, we enjoyed being on the water and met some nice people on board. - I like to take part in Trivia competitions and there were several each day. I met another couple and we formed a team that lasted the entire trip. The whole point of the games is to have fun and we had a blast. And won a few times, too. - While on the ship, we ate lunch in the Aqua Spa Cafe. Lunch was mostly salads and this was fine with us. - The only time we ate at the buffet was the day we first boarded. Nothing else was open. It was OK. We did occasionally stop in for ice cream or coffee and tea. - There was a minor error on our bill. When I checked my charges on Saturday morning, I noticed a charge for two glasses of Chardonnay from the previous evening. My wife had a Rose wine and I had a gin and tonic --- no Chardonnay. I went to the guest services desk and Angelina, the rep, reviewed our charges and said she would check on them. By that evening, the charges had been removed and I even received a call from Angelina informing me that my bill was now correct. My wife and I are not drinkers. She likes a glass of wine with dinner and I will sometimes have a soda or a gin and tonic. As a result, we didn't but any beverage packages. On past cruises, we didn't drink enough to warrant a package. However, people who like to drink more on a cruise benefit greatly from a drink package. - The weather in Bermuda was great and we had nice weather for three of the four days at sea. The last sea day was a little rocky, but not too bad. OVERALL: Overall, we had a great cruise. We arrived on board determined to relax and have a wonderful time and we did.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
It has been several years since we sailed Celebrity and we were happy to learn that although, as all line have, changes have occurred, Celebrity still maintains a decorum higher than many. They still have wine stewards and bar service ... Read More
It has been several years since we sailed Celebrity and we were happy to learn that although, as all line have, changes have occurred, Celebrity still maintains a decorum higher than many. They still have wine stewards and bar service staff at dining thereby allowing waiter and asst. waiter to perform their jobs without the distraction of drink orders and serving wines. Arrived Bayonne by personal car which we long term parked. A far better experience than doing the same in Manhattan. Bayonne simply has far more room to accommodate such things. We drove up to drop off area and turned luggage over to porters. Then made a left and parking entrance was on left. Entered paid, they take CC or cash, parked and had short walk back to terminal area. On the return you will do the opposite. It was a painless experience. Do drop your luggage first!!! You really don't want to muscle it to terminal. Embarkation was appeared to move well and we heard no complaints. I admit being spoiled as we were in a Celebrity Suite therefore were guided to left left of everyone into a small private desk area and immediately checked in. We were also then booked for a complimentary dinner in the speciality restaurant ( frankly the only way to get me there, far prefer regular dining ) and whisked outside onto the shuttle bus. Bayonne being the only place I know that has to take you by shuttle bus from terminal to the ship for safety and security reasons. A needless and annoying step in the process which should have been eliminated years ago by building a walkway of some sort. I have placed a short video presentation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auTH7FEiVqs on youtube for any that would like to see CS 6106 for future booking. Note those suites, they jut out from side of ship, currently gave four large ceiling to floor windows. I am told that during January dry dock that they will be replaced with a balcony. Not this cat suite comes with a butler, Elvis buy name was ours, as well as a steward. He really was at our beck and call besides providing tea service and canapEs in afternoon and serving breakfast etc. Another perk of real suite versus mini suite we often take is that you can order virtually anything for room service instead of a continental type breakfast. Of course you can pay dearly for this type of service and space. Besides price alone also add gratuity for butler. In our case we were able to get a deal, 500 onboard credit and prepaid gratuities for all with our booking. Most people will need a step stool almost to get not bathtub. I am 6' 2" and had a problem stepping into it. Maybe they will change that during dry dock? I mention it simply because I would think many older passengers that might tend to book this category would be surprised by this. I deal more with the suite accommodation in this review only since there is much information on Bermuda, our favorite island bar none, and the ship itself. Referring to the ship, I read many reviews and some commented on wear. I did not find that to be the case, I think the Summit was in good shape and certainly after dry dock will be even better. Staff and crew were wonderful and entertainment diverse and great especially for a Bermuda run where it is often toned down due to at dock time. Food was good service better. I was a fan of Michele (sp) Rue's menus but they are gone, they were better but these will do. Having an always available menu is good and I was shocked to see that escargot was on it as was a passable french onion soup. But as I knew would happen if you really want a great filet mignon and lobster tail you will have to pay for it in Phantoms speciality restaurant. WE, cruisers did this to ourselves!!!! Used extra pay restaurants therefore guaranteeing somewhere down the road regular included dining room fare would have to be dumbed down. At least it is far from noticeable on Celebrity, other lines have really forsaken regular dining for their ship in ship concepts. For those that haven't figured it out yet ship in ship means different CLASS CLASSES. I am real down on all that!!! You know separate extra pay deck areas, extra pay dining etc. So food was okay, SERVICE EXCELLENT. Our waiter and asst were excellent and that makes a trip. Needless to say all got something extra for the service although I also hate promulgating that as well, guaranteed auto charge tipping. It too hurts the cruise industry. One standout BAD service was the bar service in dining room. Our guy, one day brings beer no glass, next day glass no beer, third day beer and glass wrong beer, right beer never arrives. Only last day did all arrive perfectly, really, did he think I was going to fork over a few bucks for getting it right once? haha Bermuda a tad breezy but still a great place. This was first time docking at Kings Wharf though been there many times. Wharf really os a nice place and you can easily kill many hours just there. Do try the new Bermuda Brewery restaurant and brewery it was great. Some great stuff in craft area across from it. Ask for it because though close to ship you really have to almost know it is hidden there between stones walls of old. Smokers ( of which I only do a cigar now and again off ciggs three years ) you will end on deck corner off main pool acceptable with bar right there. Also out back of buffet area one side of bar aft area. They weren't hiding the ashtrays as so many ships do. Cigar smokers I was unable to find a truly nice spot to smoke a cigar. The elimination Michaels Cigar bar is a sad choice, now a fancy drink bar. Really should have left one nice place to smoke a good cigar. Okay I have gone long enough, we were happy with Celebrity and Summit and were pleased than many of the things that make a real cruise remained intact for most part. 19.95 embarkation photo's well come on guess all lines have gone the nickel and dime and that does;t appear to be ending anytime soon. Oh for Mac fans I was shocked to see that the internet Cafe was all Mac 15: inch laptops, and that they offer Mac classes during cruise as an enrichment class I guess. Think it was $15 a class or some such. They are an authorized Apple dealer? Never saw that before, BUT as far as internet service, like all ships basically horrible speed and intermittent connect. As Elite members we had 49.95 package each complimentary and still unhappy with it. When still unhappy for FREE service, well that says it all pretty much. Kudo's to the Captain for getting us to Bermuda, not only there and back dancing around Katia but also with NO rocking and rolling. George in NY Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Don't think there is much of a need to talk about the ship. Since she is headed to dry dock early next year for a $70 million make-over, dents and dings really didn't matter. That said, I continue to be ... Read More
Don't think there is much of a need to talk about the ship. Since she is headed to dry dock early next year for a $70 million make-over, dents and dings really didn't matter. That said, I continue to be amazed at the level of service on the Summit. This was my fourth week in the past two years, and I was not disappointed. Although the ship is showing age, she was nevertheless cleaned on a continuing basis. I have yet to get used to going into a public men's room in the evening and having some there cleaning. The cast in the show room seems to have more members than on some Celebrity ships. I found the quality of the singers to be above-normal. Having been on the Solstice class ships (4 times) it took a bit of adjustment to the older design and layout. The staff tells me that the redo will include "Solstice" type upgrades. I still like the older designs just as well as the newer. This class of ship reminds me of a nice hotel; rich looking with great service. Now---if you are planning to go to Bermuda...READ THIS!!!! Each year, around the last week in July they have the "Cup Match." It is a cricket match between Somerset and St Georges. It is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY. So, shops are closed on Thursday and Friday. A lot of people were upset they were not told about it by their TA. West End shops remain open, but there are not that many. Getting around Bermuda is easy. Buy a $12 all -day ticket and it's good on the ferry's and buses around the island. Bus travel? Avoid it if you can. They tend to be crowded. The #7 runs from Hamilton to West End (and back) and goes by the beaches. Nice very but the trip takes more than an hour. Ferry takes 20 minutes! Wednesday night there is a street fair in Hamilton starting at 6:30. If you miss it, catch it the next night at the fort by the ship. That's all from the bridge. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Our family of nine just got back from a week aboard Celebrity Summit after a cruise to Bermuda. We are from the Philadelphia area and Bayonne N. J. was a convenient port. We used a Limo to get there and that was the best thing since the ... Read More
Our family of nine just got back from a week aboard Celebrity Summit after a cruise to Bermuda. We are from the Philadelphia area and Bayonne N. J. was a convenient port. We used a Limo to get there and that was the best thing since the area to drop off luggage was narrow to park and very crowded. Once aboard the ship, we experienced excellent service and friendliness from every crew member on the ship that continued til the end of the cruise. Summit is 10 years old but a gorgeous ship with only slight signs of wear. It is going to dry dock in January 2012 for a multi million dollar makeover. Our week was filled with excellent service; Restaurants, stateroom, spa, pool... Entertainment was excellent with a comedian who was fantastic. Al Ducharme was very funny and clean. Food was excellent. Our waiter would bring another entre if there was something you didn't like that you ordered. In Bermuda, we booked an excursion for a 5 hour air cond. bus ride all over with a stop in St. Georges for shopping. Souvenirs were pricey there and we found out you could get better priced items at the King's Wharf shopping area right around where the ship was docked. We used a van to get to the Horseshoe Beach. It was worth it since it took us down the road to Beach access. The bus which is also economical dropped you off at the top of the main road and you had to walk down to the beach and then back up to get the bus back. We had a Glass Bottom Boat ride at night which was our only complaint. It was almost 60.00 per person and definitely not worth it. We had a Veranda room on the 6th floor and it faced the Bay instead of the dock and we enjoyed watching all the water activities and boats. It was a wonderful experience. If you needed anything anywhere on the ship, they were very accomodating. I would definitely like to go back to the Summit after its dry dock renovation next year. I highly recommend the Summit. Sue Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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