18 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Bermuda

While we were touring the South Pacific in January on the Aranui 5, cargo/passenger ship, I spotted a cruise with Celebrity called, “Sail Away and Beyond.” We had sailed with Celebrity many years ago in the Western Caribbean and we ... Read More
While we were touring the South Pacific in January on the Aranui 5, cargo/passenger ship, I spotted a cruise with Celebrity called, “Sail Away and Beyond.” We had sailed with Celebrity many years ago in the Western Caribbean and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience so we were tempted to book the cruise. The cruise started in Newark, New Jersey, sailed up the coast to Rhode Island, Portland, Bar Harbour, Boston and Bermuda for 11 days. This special promotion allowed us: Premium Beverage Package, Free Internet, Free Gratuities and $300.00 U.S. for our cabin. Excellent deal, only had to book airfare from Toronto to Newark, New Jersey. Upon arrival at the airport in Newark, we followed the signs to the baggage claim and then the taxi stand. A lady printed out a receipt for the transfer to the Bayonne Cruise Terminal. The cost was approx. $48.00 incl. tolls and tips on top. You paid the cab driver at the end. Fifteen minutes later, we were at the terminal. We arrived on a Wednesday, mid day, so that might have accounted for less traffic. Noticed, we passed a Costco Store on the way to the terminal. If I had known and did not have a beverage package included, it would have been a good opportunity to pick up some premium wine for our cabin since they allowed 2 bottles aboard upon embarkation. The whole trip was wonderful, highlight being Bermuda for us. Staff was outstanding: Wayan our Cabin Stewart, cabin 6082, mid ship, starboard side,(good location), Cosmopolitan Dinner staff of Ernesto, Priya, Josip were excellent, Cafe Bacio waitress, Olesnia was very efficient and friendly, Oceanview Restaurant-Amornlaka, our pastry and coffee lady was a treat to see with her smile in the morning for breakfast. Wine Stewarts at lunch were very accommodating and engaging-Rikka, Jenny, Josip, and Tetiania. Celebrity offered a variety of tours of which we only took two, one in Boston and one in Bermuda. There was a variety of entertainment and it was very good. We went to the 7 o’clock performance, then had our dinner seating at 8:15 pm. Menu also had a variety of selections. Evening meals in the dining room were varied and tasty but often luke warm by the time it arrived at the table. If I was to do this over again with Celebrity, I would chose seating on the fourth floor which was anytime dining with various guests because the kitchen is closer. Food had to be transferred from level 3 to level 5 in our case and I can understand why it arrived mildly warm. Dress was not overly dressy at dinner except for the “Chic” nights. If you are interested, I will write about the places we visited on excursions on Trip Advisor since I like their format better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Embarkation was seamless. Arrive after 11, and it’s a walk on. We used handicap to disembark. The helper was pleasant and made it easy. The cabin was clean but worn. Plenty large enough and the stewards were very attentive. ... Read More
Embarkation was seamless. Arrive after 11, and it’s a walk on. We used handicap to disembark. The helper was pleasant and made it easy. The cabin was clean but worn. Plenty large enough and the stewards were very attentive. In Aqua class, all meals were in BLU restaurant. They have a good selection, and we found no Ned for specialty dining. The staff was great and the wine steward was very knowledgeable. On the first morning, room service was disappointing, but was corrected the next day. Used the gym everyday. It was good. Everything I needed. We’d seen the shows before, so we enjoyed them as expected. We did no shore excursions. We have family and friends on the island. But the selection was good. If time allowed, I would have done the bike tour. Let me start with "I really like Bermuda", but you need to understand that, after the below, it's now a love:hate relationship. And, I firmly believe that Bermuda Tourism and the Dockyards Management don;t care at all about the tourists. Let me walk you through it. We had a nice day with family and friends in Hamilton. Great Grandma was with me, and she is 93 (a spry 93). So we had lunch and then took the ferry back to the Dockyards, landing around 4:00. And now it'll all go wrong. First, she needed a bathroom. There is one public bathroom that I had to ask directions to, since it isn't well marked. It's between 2 buildings, recessed in an alley behind a restaurant. Oh, and it's not Handicap Accessible. And, it's 20-30 yards in the wrong direction, assuming on a cruise. Next, it's 90+ degrees, and I wanted to get her some shade and water. At 4:00, there wasn't any where to find a bottle of water. I can find fudge and run swizzles. But a bottle of water... not so much. No public fountains. So, we decide to go back to the boat. There is usually a nice shuttle that runs right to Celebrity from the ferry area. But, there is a one year (never be done in a year) upgrade to the docks by Celebrity, so the shuttle isn't running. They told me there is no place to turn around. I suggested the parking lot where the paid tour buses turn, but nope (I guess the free shuttle vs. paid bus conflict went to the buses). So we had to walk. We though we'd bench hop. But the benches are metal in the sun, with not a hint of shade. And once you get 1/2 there, there are no benches. A little shade, if you can stand. I now have an exhausted, thirsty senior, but I can get help from the ship, since it's on the other side of customs. We get through customs and into a shade area. Where i can get here water and cold compresses. But, the ship attendees seeing her distress stood there mute. I had another passenger go get the wheelchair. Which they finally got. Even then,no one offered any thing outside, I'll help you get to the room. A lot of water, shade and rest, and she recovered enough to eat, and spend the next day relaxing on board. I complained vehemently to Celebrity who told me they could do nothing, since it was BTA's responsibility. If it was costing my company money, I'd have found a way. And, I got caught up in the assignment of blame cycle. So, I'm blaming everyone. What could they have done? Added 6 benches with shade and some shade to the one already in place. That wold take care of 1/2 of the issue. Water misters are cheap and would provide cooling. I mean this in not a third world vacation or country. The tech is there and cheap. It is a lack of caring and will that causes these issues, So, there you are. We're avoiding Cruises and the Dockyards until I'm can see some resolution. But right now, all I can say is Bermuda/BTA doesn't care about their tourists. Go somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was my birthday cruise chosen because it went to Bermuda, one of my favorite places. Also the itinerary included 2 nights and almost 3 full days in Bermuda, the longest of any cruise I have taken to Bermuda. We drove to the port ... Read More
This was my birthday cruise chosen because it went to Bermuda, one of my favorite places. Also the itinerary included 2 nights and almost 3 full days in Bermuda, the longest of any cruise I have taken to Bermuda. We drove to the port from NC and stayed at the Town and Country Suites using the sleep, park, and ride option. Shuttle to and from the ship by the contracted shuttle company was smooth and efficient. Embarkation and disembarkation at Cape Liberty was the smoothest I have ever had. Crowd control was excellent and we moved on and off the ship with ease. Our cabin was 3064 and was adequate in size and storage. It was forward of center on the starboard side and was very quiet. I liked the night light in the bathroom which most of the newer ships have. This allows one to visit the facility in the middle of the night without turning on the bathroom light and waking your spouse up. Enforcement of the dress code in the main dining room is inconsistent. Most people in shorts were walked straight to their table. I only saw one person turned away for wearing a tank top. Either enforce the dress code or do away with it! We could not get our preferred traditional early dining seating arrangement this cruise so we decided to try out select dining. It was a disaster and we won't do that again. The first two nights were memorable for the very long lines waiting outside the dining room for seating--and we had reservations! Our reservation those two nights were for 5:30, but it was after 6pm before we were seated both nights. No reservations were available any night between 5:30 and 8pm so we usually opted for 8pm. The sign outside the entrance clearly stated those with reservations to one side and those without to the other side, but the staff consistently told people either side was ok causing further confusion. Aside from the long lines, the service and food was very good. We ate on night at the Tuscan Grill and the experience was very good, much like it used to be in the main dining room. Our food was excellent and the service was excellent! Entertainment in the main theater was outstanding. The Celebrity singers and dancers are very talented and gave 3 top notch performances plus two additional short productions in the Revelations Bar. Since we had been to Bermuda 3 times before, we did not take any shore excursions but did everything on our own using the 2-day ferry/bus pass. We spent the first day at the beach (Horseshoe Bay) and at Hamilton. The 2nd day at St Georges, the crystal caves, and Swizzle Inn. The 3rd day at the Kings Wharf and snorkel beach. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My husband and I had trepidations regarding this cruise as we had read some discouraging reviews about the Summit that were posted recently on Cruise Critic. We had sailed on the Summit seven years ago on a cruise to Bermuda and we ... Read More
My husband and I had trepidations regarding this cruise as we had read some discouraging reviews about the Summit that were posted recently on Cruise Critic. We had sailed on the Summit seven years ago on a cruise to Bermuda and we were not highly impressed with that cruise. The furniture in the public rooms was a bit dilapidated, our cabin steward and his assistant seemed to be disinterested in their work and the main dining room dinners left much to be desired. However, friends had booked this July 8th cruise and asked us to join them. We did not want to disappoint them or their two children (ages 11and 8),so we booked a Conceierge cabin and hoped for the best. The Summit was sailing to Bermuda, our favorite vacation destination, so we thought that if the ship experience wasn’t stellar,at least we had an opportunity to revisit Bermuda. We were delighted and surprised to find that this cruise was one of the best cruises we have taken. Past cruises include Princess (Platinum level), Cunard (one transatlantic crossing) and NCL ( three and no more). Of course we enjoyed the company of our friends, but for the purpose of this review,I am focusing on our positive experience with the Summit and Celebrity. We arrived at the pier at Cape Liberty shortly after 11:00. A porter took our bags and we took our places on a short line to the check-in desk. After the check-in process was finished, we were prepared to sit in the priority seating area in the terminal to await boarding. We were surprised to be directed to elevators to the gangway and we were on the ship before 11:30 ! Although we were informed about lunch being served in the MDR, we headed to the Oceanview Cafe where we met our friends for lunch. Soon, we were given the go ahead to proceed to our cabin. We were in cabin 8052 (Deck 8 starboard). Again, we were pleasantly surprised to find our cabin clean, tidy and comfortable. The couch did show some wear , the carpet seams were a bit open in spots and there was some rust near the bathroom door, but we were expecting to see some wear and tear as the Summit is an eleven year old ship. The balcony was a comfortable size and it had a good overhang som we were shielded from too much sun. We enjoyed room service breakfast there every morning and also enjoyed sitting watching the ocean on sea days. Our steward,Alfredo, introduced himself and asked if we had any requests. We only asked for additional towels and ice daily. These requests were always fulfilled with a kind and pleasant attitude from Alfredo. His service was so prompt and considerate during the cruise, we gave him a extra tip on the last night of the cruise. During the cruise, we were pleased to see that all the staff members that assisted us were pleasant and helpful. While service in the MDR -Select Dining was very good, my DH felt that the portions were small and we often found ourselves in the buffet for an evening snack. We went to one show .Cruise ship shows are not my favorite as we have been spoiled with being able to see so many Broadway shows in NYC. I think the show on the second night was entitled Life. It was okay and we were pleased to see live musicians on stage instead of canned music. As on any cruise ship, the pool deck was busy. We did go one sea day morning around 8:30 and had no problem getting lounge chairs in the shade. We stayed there until lunch time when the area was really becoming crowded . The children enjoyed the pools very much, some evenings after dinner they returned for more swimming when the pools were not so crowded. My DH and I enjoyed the Cafe a Bacio mostly every afternoon for a specialty coffee. This area seemed larger and more comfortable that what existed on the Summit seven years ago. Service there was always very prompt and pleasant. One day, my DH and I took a self guided tour of the ship. We were pleased to see that the public areas seemed to have been given a much needed refreshment. The sitting areas looked new and brighter than we remembered. We did not participate in any daytime activities and when I read the Today sheets, I didn’t see too much offered other than revenue creating events such as bingo, spa tours, wine tastings etc. in this department, Princess does a better job with entertaining daytime activities being almost constantly presented in the atrium areas. However, we have come to our own certain routines that we have on cruises and we do not need much in the way of organized activities to keep our attention while on a ship. Visiting Bermuda is always a joy for us. We visited Hamilton and we were pleased to see an increase in activity in the city that we had not seen on recent visits. We enjoyed a brunch at the Hamilton Princess and walked about on Front Street until the high humidity caused us to make a return to the ship. We also shopped ,took photos and spent some time with our friends at the Dockyard. They also went to Horseshoe Bay twice and loved the beach and swimming there. They took taxis both times and found them to be quick and reasonable. We all chose the walk off option for disembarkation. We were directed to the lounge on Deck 4, where the gangway was set up. At 8:15,we were called to walk off the ship. The lines for customs moved very quickly. I recall that there were four agents there to check our passports and welcome us back to the US. I have to say the embarkation and disembarkation at Port Liberty were the easiest we have experienced. So much better that the Manhattan pier and also Fort Lauderdale. Because of this positive experience on the Summit and the fact that the ship is slated for a multi-million dollar renovation in drydock during February and March of 2019, we are seriously considering another Summit cruise for Spring 2019. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We just returned from our cruise. This will likely be an overview of everything you wanted to know. Invest the time to read it; I think you'll find it was worth it. For the sake of brevity, i'll break it into categories so you ... Read More
We just returned from our cruise. This will likely be an overview of everything you wanted to know. Invest the time to read it; I think you'll find it was worth it. For the sake of brevity, i'll break it into categories so you can easily follow along. As a preface, we booked in the Concierge Class, Room 8058; more about those two things later. FOOD Overall, the food on the ship was good, but after a week, you may find it to become a bit hard to stomach the same dishes offered on repeat. There a few options for meals, but you'll likely either eat at Cosmopolitan (their sit down main, included restaurant (located on Decks 4 and 5) and the Oceanview (Deck 10), which is a buffet. It is enormous and you'll likely find something you like. The variety also rotates, to a degree, so if you have a wide palate, you may be satisfied and not become bored. You can also get food, which is included, at the pool bar on Deck 10 but that is limited largely to hamburgers and hot dogs (and fries). If you have extra money, there are specialty restaurants. At least two of which that I know of are per person priced, not per item (however, Sushi on Five is per item). Those two are Tuscan Grille and Qsine. Tuscan Grille was 45/person. It was worth it and here's why: multiple filet mignons. As in, order 2 of them, they don't care. We did not go to Qsine as it did not seem worth the price - as other reviews have noted, it has a hokey premise but it still standard items ordered via Ipads. FOOD TIPS Here are the things you may find helpful. Room service is included and a menu is in your room. There is also a premium room service, menu also in your room. I ordered the filet mignon from the premium room service for $20. It was worth it, no question. All of the other included room service items are your standard fare and are edible - they can also be ordered late if you don't feel like putting on the required dress to go to a restaurant. Yes, they require either smart casual or evening chic and will state which on your daily program. You can also order room service (and check you account balance) via your interactive tv. It works pretty well. THE DRINK PACKAGE - There is an unnecessary air of mystery around what is included and what is not. We chose the classic drink package as one of our two perks from Cheap Caribbean because math. I believe the classic drink package has a value of $300+ and the others (wifi and gratuities) do not. Because you also will probably have the classic drink package, you'll want to know what is included. While I don't have the full list (the Sky Lounge, which is what Revelations on Deck 11 becomes at night did have a full break down), here are the highlights: Heineken, Corona, and Bud Light are covered. Mixed drinks totaling $9 or less are covered. If the total of the drink is over, you'll simply pay the difference. They have a generic brand of bottled water that is covered, but premium brands like Evian are not. Sparkling water is not covered. Red Bull is not covered. All sodas, etc. are covered. Coffees, and most notably those as Cafe Bacio, are covered up to $9, of course. As a general note, drinks from certain locations are not covered, even though they would be covered at other locations. Like, for example, a martini that would be under $9 and thus covered, from any other bar, would not be covered at Martini Crush and other "specialty" bars, on the ship; I know, it's ridiculous. Also, if you are going to order a drink in Oceanview (the buffet), and don't like to wait for 5-10 minutes for it, simple walk up to the beverage counter near one of the entrances and ask for it. It is much quicker and will save your patience. If you like coffee, go to Cafe Bacio. The coffee is good (caramel macchiato can't let you down), and the service is good. The pastries are complementary. If you like gelato ( and who doesn't), there is a gelato stand across from the cafe that is open from 11 am to 11 pm. You may have to get someone from the cafe to serve you over there as it is often unmanned. It is amazing and well worth the ~$5 for two scoops. Regarding the Cosmopolitan sit-down restaurant, we had flexible dining and ate when we wanted on Deck 4 of the restaurant. There are two lines that lead to the same result : a pager. Concierge and Suites have their own line which should be quicker, but it is shared with all guests with a reservation, so sometimes it isn't. If it is longer than the line for guests without a reservation, simply go to that line. ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment on the ship is somewhat what you make of it. There are shows, trivia, two cold salt water pools, one warm saltwater pool for 18+ indoors, and several hot tubs. There is also the casino and a small "arcade." A few things to note: the arcade is a room with about 6 machines and also works with your Seapass - everything on the ship does. Lock your wallet in your room safe, you won't need it. You can use your on-board credit to buy game credits if you'd like; you can also use that credit at the casino. The comics on-board were funny and are worth seeing. The musical shows may or may not be your speed. If you are young, you may be bored on the ship. The ship itself clearly caters to those 50+ and once you're on-board, you'll see why. Now, if you're in your 30s and your wife is pregnant (like us), you may not want water slides or rock climbing walls that newer ships have so it may not be an issue. But, if you crave an assortment of different activities, you may be bored by the ship. The ship was built 15+ years ago and its age shows in some places - entertainment is one of those places. ENTERTAINMENT TIPS Don't buy anything from the shops if you value money. As a whole, I found things to be overpriced and it seems they are counting on you not being able to price-check on Google. Also, avoid the art auctions as a bidder. However, if you enjoy watching items not sell, take a seat and enjoy the show. If you search Google for cruise ships and art auctions, you'll find hair-raising articles. Wifi on the ship is basically a trap. It is horrifyingly overpriced. Instead of purchasing it, contact your carrier about international add-ons. For example, AT&T has a $10/day plan that allows you to use your plan in Bermuda just as you would in the US. What that means is from about 2 hours until you reach Bermuda until about 2 hours after you leave Bermuda, you will likely be connected to the land-based carrier on the island. The carrier was called "One." This equates to about 2-3 days of internet for $30. SERVICE The staff is excellent. There really is no other way to say it. Everyone will go out of their way to make you happy. THE ROOM The Concierge Class rooms are spacious for a cruise ship and comfortable. They are cleaned twice a day, I believe and the staff, again, does a great job. ROOM TIPS You can find online a map of which rooms have an obstructed view. Mine was unobstructed and fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The service staff on the Summit was outstanding, a distinctive improvement over previous cruises on this ship. We submitted written compliments for several of the crew. Our cabin steward was excellent and made ever effort to make our ... Read More
The service staff on the Summit was outstanding, a distinctive improvement over previous cruises on this ship. We submitted written compliments for several of the crew. Our cabin steward was excellent and made ever effort to make our time enjoyable in our cabin. The quality of the entertainment on the Summit has dropped significantly. The comedians in the Theater were occasionally humorous, and occasionally crude and vulgar, even though small children were in the audience. The sound level in the theater is extremely loud and the singers were basically screaming, not singing. Even songs that we knew were so loud that hearing distinctive words was impossible. Apparently the sound engineer should read about amplifier levels and audio distortion. We have cruised on this ship four times since 2012. another MAJOR complaint we filed with the Guest Relations personnel concerns the loud "music" played in the Atrium. Calling it music is an inappropriate description. Due to the extreme decibel levels, it is almost impossible to talk with the personnel in the Guest Services, Tour Services, Captain Club, or other services venues in the atrium area. Large speakers have been placed facing the staircase from Deck 4 to Deck 3. Whenever there is a line of waiting passengers (inevitable on boarding day) for consulting with Guest Services, the so-called music is deafening, to say the least. Even the personnel I spoke with at Guest Services confirmed that they too are very unhappy about this situation. However, they admitted that they cannot bring this to management's attention for fear of their jobs or performance assessment. What a sad situation for them! One Guest Services staff member expressed their frustration with having to listen to this overwhelming noise for four hours or more at a time. We filed complaints about this twice during our cruise. Eventually the Concierge Director called our cabin to discuss this matter. We were assured that this problem would be addressed promptly. The loud, deafening "music" was still going full bore on the last sailing day. Consequently, we will likely never sail on the Summit again. I think that the Celebrity's approach to complaints is to perhaps listen, but take no corrective action. We did receive an additional platter of chocolate-dipped strawberries with a typed apology. Resolution of the complaint was never forthcoming, which was our only desire and sincere request. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
Older ship. Ship shows wear of time. Pool area not kept up. Used towels all over. There is no check in or out like other ships. Take one and leave laying around. Lots of rust and lack of TLC. Service was top notch. Staff always willing to ... Read More
Older ship. Ship shows wear of time. Pool area not kept up. Used towels all over. There is no check in or out like other ships. Take one and leave laying around. Lots of rust and lack of TLC. Service was top notch. Staff always willing to help. Food was great. One of the last having lobster at not charge. Entertainment all right. No broadway type shows. Made up of singers, dancers and comedians. No props. Just a black stage. Celebrity missed opportunity to show the Americas Cup. Nothing on board to excite the passengers. Bermuda is beautiful. Warm waters, nice beaches and easy to get around. Public transportation reasonably priced. Capt. is Capt. Kate. Her daily report was interesting. Not just the same old boring good morning. Embarking and Debarking in Newark was very very fast. Almost to fast. Getting to the port and from the port from Newark airport was fast easy using UBER transportation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Love Bermuda and this is the best way to go there and Celebrity is the only way to travel to Bermuda. Too bad they are cutting back(like other lines) .Don't understand it since fuel is low,bookings up, their profits are way up and the ... Read More
Love Bermuda and this is the best way to go there and Celebrity is the only way to travel to Bermuda. Too bad they are cutting back(like other lines) .Don't understand it since fuel is low,bookings up, their profits are way up and the stock is soring. The sushi on 5 looks like a disaster since no one is ever there.I miss picking it up at the ocean cafe and sitting on my veranda enjoying it. The elite breakfast is also not good since you can't pick what you like. Instead a waiter brings you a menu and you have to wait. The Tuscan grill is way too expensive at $47. I think these specialties may price themselves out of the market. Since I live in NYC and eat at great restaurants I am not about to pay extra for the same privlidge I have at home. How about a BBQ smoker on board. Since this is a big fad I think it might do well. Also would like to see a deli type place in the ocean cafe similar to Carnival which I always enjoy. The entire crew rates a 10 for outstanding service and cleanliness of the ship. Last but not least fix the internet.This trip was the slowest I ever had. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Auburndale Cruisers Our Second Cruise to Bermuda on Celebrity's Summit, May 29th to June 5th, 2016 SUMMARY: This was a very good cruise. Celebrity does it right with a relaxed atmosphere, good service, dining and ... Read More
Auburndale Cruisers Our Second Cruise to Bermuda on Celebrity's Summit, May 29th to June 5th, 2016 SUMMARY: This was a very good cruise. Celebrity does it right with a relaxed atmosphere, good service, dining and entertainment. We enjoyed last year’s cruise so much that we decided to do it again. We were a party of two, my wife and I, both senior citizens. This was our twenty sixth cruise since 2001 so we consider ourselves experienced and savvy cruisers. This was our third cruise with Celebrity having sailed to Bermuda on the Summit in 2015 and the Silhouette in its inaugural season of 2012. We’ve also cruised on Holland America, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean. We had booked the cruise as Concierge Class passengers and as such received amenities including complimentary champagne on arrival, daily fresh fruit and hors d’oeuvres in our stateroom, a sizeable on-board spending credit, gratuities included and various complimentary shipboard events. EMBARKATION: We arrived by limo at the Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey at 10:30, were checked-in and boarded at about 11:00. Concierge Class passengers were treated to a welcome-aboard luncheon in the main dining room. Following the mandatory lifeboat drill we set sail for Bermuda. The ship’s captain provided a very nice touch as we sailed, first turning north so that the lower Manhattan skyline, the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty could be seen before turning back south and heading out to sea. THE SUMMIT: 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 knot’s. The ship was spotless and showed very little evidence of wear and tear. There was a tremendous 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, rooftop terrace and sports deck. The public rest rooms were maintained spotlessly and featured cut fresh flowers and cloth hand towels. The majority of passengers appeared to be senior citizens like us. There appeared to be very few children on board, mainly infants and pre-school. Although seas were fairly calm going and coming, sailing was extremely smooth. STATEROOM: Our stateroom was located on Deck 9 starboard, aft, and included a balcony. The room was a little bit larger than what we were used to on other ships and did not have a cramped feeling. There was sufficient closet and drawer space. A king 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 friendly, efficient and timely, quickly adjusting their duties to our schedule. Dining: The Cosmopolitan, situated on decks 4 and 5, and the Oceanview were the two complimentary restaurants. The Cosmopolitan featured a standard dinner menu and also a special dinner menu each day. Breakfast was also served there daily. Lunch was available on sea days only. The food was reasonably well prepared and portions were adequate. We never asked for seconds. We rated the Cosmopolitan as adequate to good depending upon the menu. The room, holding more than a thousand diners, was crowded and the tables, especially those for two, were very close together. In spite of the conditions, the service was courteous, friendly and efficient. We had made advanced reservations for four of the nights and had no delays in being seated at our desired time. The Oceanview buffet style 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. The food and selection there was not as appealing as we remembered from last year’s cruise. We had lunch there only on shore days when the Cosmopolitan was closed. Coffee, tea and juices were available there twenty four hours a day. There was also the Pool Grill featuring hamburgers, franks and trimmings outdoors on the pool deck. Specialty dining venues, (additional cost), consisted of the Bistro on Five, the Blu (Aqua Class), the Café al Bacio (coffee and desserts), the Luminae (Suite Class), the Qsine and the Tuscan Grille. We dined in the Tuscan Grille three evenings. It had replaced the Normandie restaurant which on last year’s cruise we considered the best cruise dining anywhere. The Tuscan featured a primarily Italian menu; homemade pastas, pizza, fish, chicken and steaks. The food and service were very good to excellent but in our opinion did not come up to the high standards of the Normandie with respect to menu selection, at-table preparation and taste. Entertainment: On our recent cruises we have essentially ignored the evening shows, having seen most of them or similar shows several times. Instead, in the evenings we had preferred to listen to musicians/singers in the various public lounges and bars. However, we did attend several of the shows and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the productions, especially by the Summit troupe. A pianist/singer we particularly liked and listened to frequently was Peter Rossetti. We didn’t participate in any of the poolside or parlor games but, with two other couples, prepared a seafood meal in the Tuscan Grille galley guided by its head chef. It was then served to us with wine. Shore Excursions: We didn’t book any shore excursions which was fortunate since the cloudy and rainy weather in Bermuda on two of the three shore days was not conducive to excursions. Also, on our many trips to Bermuda we had already seen most of the important sights. Staying on-board during shore days allows for uncrowded sunning and bathing at the pool deck and solarium. DISEMBARKATION: Celebrity asked the passengers to choose a disembarkation time window from a list provided. The time windows were then assigned disembarkation numbers which were called in numerical order. Disembarkation went very smoothly and on schedule. The Bayonne terminal, unlike the Manhattan terminal, provides a sheltered enclosure at street level for departing passengers to stay out of the weather while awaiting transportation. WHAT WE LIKED AND LOVED: We loved the relaxed atmosphere. We liked the Tuscan Grille and its staff. We loved the musical entertainment of Peter Rossetti. WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE: There wasn’t much we didn’t like, and the little that we didn’t like is hardly worth mentioning here. SUMMARY: It was a good cruise despite sometimes uncooperative weather. We would recommend the Summit to those adults and senior citizens who don’t need water slides and video game rooms. We don’t consider the Summit the best choice for families with older children and teens and would instead recommend NCL’s Breakaway which offers the same itinerary, sailing from Manhattan the same time of year. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The main show entertainment on this cruise was excellent. The singers and dancers were the best we have heard in at least our last twenty cruises. Two comedians, Robbie Printz and Dan Grueber, did evening shows and both were very funny. ... Read More
The main show entertainment on this cruise was excellent. The singers and dancers were the best we have heard in at least our last twenty cruises. Two comedians, Robbie Printz and Dan Grueber, did evening shows and both were very funny. The singing group Divas, that we had heard before, were very good. We ate in the main dining room five times and the food was excellent each time. The rack of lamb was my favorite. We dined at the Tuscan Grill one evening and at Qsine another. Food was good in the Tuscan Grill, but I ordered my steak rare and it was cooked closer to medium or medium rare. Qsine is a unique experience where you order from an Ipad. The dishes are often samples, like the soup course where several different soups are served in test tubes. Would advise that you look over the menu before you go and have your choices pre-selected. We took a private taxi tour with Lewis Foggo and it was excellent. He took us to many beautiful out of the way spots. Bermuda is a group of lovely islands. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Bayonne would not be my favorite port, but boarding was easy. There were glasses of champagne and Mimosas on a table on the deck as you boarded, but there was a lack of crew members to welcome and/or direct you to your room. My daughter ... Read More
Bayonne would not be my favorite port, but boarding was easy. There were glasses of champagne and Mimosas on a table on the deck as you boarded, but there was a lack of crew members to welcome and/or direct you to your room. My daughter and her family had a Concierge room and there was no Daily Bulletin in the room and absolutely no mention of where to go for the buffet. If we had not been also on board, they would have been at a loss for information, and no one gets a ship's map. Our room, also a Concierge on another deck, was very nice and our steward, Johnson, was very efficient. However, there was no card anywhere in the cabin mentioning his name or that of his assistant, as well as no mention whatsoever of the concierge. We found out later and regretfully, I have to say she was absolutely useless and very hard to find. Our only request was that she print our boarding passes at the end of the cruise. We requested them 3 separate times and personally gave her the ID numbers. However, she never printed them and never called to indicate that she could not. I would probably not book Concierge again. It was not as advertised (no flowers, we only used snacks once) and our other daughter with 2 regular balcony rooms said there was no extra room in ours. Many folks say the Summit is not good for children or young teens, but my grandson, age 11, absolutely loved his Fun Club and spent much of each day with his new friends. My granddaughters, ages 14, also enjoyed the Kareoke and dancing for older teens. My husband and I have cruised nearly 50 times in the past and I have to say that the food in the main dining room of the Summit was superior. Even though we had anytime dining, we had the same table (417) with Eduardo each time we dined there with our group of 9 or 10 and his was wonderful in every way. The Oceanview and Gardenview buffets were OK for breakfast and lunch, but we were very disappointed with the quality of dinner offerings and their desserts, especially cakes, were pretty bad. The last evening, we went to Qsine and our group of 9 had a fantastic time. The presentation is wonderful. The entertainment was pretty good, although I was disappointed in the comedian whose routine consisted of making loud noises in the microphone and heckling the audience. Bermuda was great. Loved the snorkel park, swimming with the Dolphins, and visited Horseshoe Beach twice. I would recommend just getting a taxi instead of waiting in long lines for tickets and buses, ferries, etc. Life and vacation time is too short and it did not cost that much more, especially if you had a small group of people. All in all, we had a wonderful time with our family group celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
There was a lot to like about this cruise....good food, nice rooms, the adult pool area - being that we didn't have small children. I thought the entertainment was really good - especially the comedian and the acrobats. Also the in ... Read More
There was a lot to like about this cruise....good food, nice rooms, the adult pool area - being that we didn't have small children. I thought the entertainment was really good - especially the comedian and the acrobats. Also the in lounge entertainment was excellent. The activities were plentiful, and appealed to all tastes. The cabin staff were always hard at work and kept the place spic and span. (Thanks, Clinton!) Some negatives....the pool area was just too crowded on "at sea" days...no deck chairs available by 8 am - people just put stuff on them and (probably) went back to bed. The buffet was always crowded, and though it is nice to have food individually cooked, it took forever, so I never even bothered. Also the hairdryer button has to be held down the whole time it is being used...not good for someone with arthritis. But these are things I could deal with. Bermuda itself is paradise. The water is the color of my heaven! We took one excursion - the Devil's Isle snorkeling/kayaking/paddleboarding/swimming. It was one of the best I have ever taken with a cruise line. It was really fun for all ages - we had from about 4 years old to over 90 with us. It was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my 3rd cruise on the Summit. Most things on the cruise were well done. Summit has a flaws that need attention. Overall, cruise was very nice. We booked 2 more cruises on the Summit. 123Go is available if you book on the ship. It ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise on the Summit. Most things on the cruise were well done. Summit has a flaws that need attention. Overall, cruise was very nice. We booked 2 more cruises on the Summit. 123Go is available if you book on the ship. It has good perks. Embarkation and disembarkation at the new terminal in Bayonne was excellent. It was quick and efficient. Best experience compared to my other cruises. 15 minutes each way. Cruise was very pleasant. Food was excellent. Buffet area worked well. Trays are back. MDR breakfast and lunch were good. Select dining was overwhelmed with people waiting for tables. We had reservations that were ignored. Once seated at dinner, the food was good. Aqua Spa Cafe was good. Liked tea time in the Aqua Spa area. You could attend in bathing suits. Cafe Al Bacio was excellent. Great coffee and tea. Delicious cakes and pastry. Entertainment was okay. I liked the piano player. I missed the Studio 54 performers that were on the Summit in 2014. Late night was very quiet. Captains Club breakfast in Normandie was lovely. It was nice to sit down and order from a menu. Ashley, the Captains Club hostess, was a delight. Evening Captains Club reception was also nice. Pool areas were nice. Butlers kept it clean. Library is almost empty. We went the first afternoon. Most shelves were empty. Not like previous cruises. Glad that I had loaded my kindle. Bermuda is beautiful. 3 days allows you to get out and explore. We bought the strip of 15 tickets which we shared. Tickets for us were a better deal than the daily passes. 15 tickets costs $37.50 and never expire. I have some extras that I can use the next time I am in Bermuda. Unfortunately, tickets are not sold at the dock. We bought the tickets in Hamilton at the bus terminal. Some people bought them at the ferry dock in Hamilton. Cruise was relaxing. We enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This is our third cruise with Celebrity, and our second successive trip aboard their older Millennium-class ships. Many of the things we like about Celebrity--the polite and attentive staff, the cleanliness of the cabins and public spaces, ... Read More
This is our third cruise with Celebrity, and our second successive trip aboard their older Millennium-class ships. Many of the things we like about Celebrity--the polite and attentive staff, the cleanliness of the cabins and public spaces, the choice of dining venues, the ease of embarcation and departure--were in evidence again on this cruise. Since our favorite thing to do en route to our destination is to sit on our little veranda and look at the water, we tend to avoid the common recreation areas and glitzy nighttime shows in the theater. Much as we could, we also did our best to ignore the things that annoy us, including the constant hawking of drink pacages, shore excursions, photographs, specialty restaurants, spa treatments, and gee-gaws. Two irritants hard to ignore were the cheesy contemporary pop music they insist on playing in the background in the Oceanview Cafe (totally ignoring the demographic of the ship's passengers) and the noise above our Aqua-class cabin on Deck 9, immediately below the pool area on Deck 10. I recommend that you check the location of your cabin very carefully before you book on Summit or its sister ships, particularly if your cabin is located on Deck 9. The decor in the cabins is a bit on the fusty side, with an orange and brown pallete reminiscent of the 70's. We're not tuxedo and dress-up types, so most of our meals were taken in the Oceanview Cafe (despite the music), but we did go to Blu a couple of times and liked the service and food very much. Their maitre d' (I believe his names was David) was extraordinarily warm and welcoming. Bermuda itself is a lovely island, and those photographs you see in travel brochures of pink sand beaches and turquoise-colored water are for real. The Bermudians we met were unfailingly friendly, a nice surprise given the hordes of tourists (many of them loutish) with whom they deal. Meals and other items on the island are expensive, but hey, it's Bermuda. Local transportation, including busses and ferries, is convenient and reasonable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Having experienced three earlier, wonderful sailings with Celebrity, I was disappointed with the numerous cutbacks in activities staff, food, bar service/wait staff, and cabin attendants on the Summit which sailed to Bermuda on May 11, ... Read More
Having experienced three earlier, wonderful sailings with Celebrity, I was disappointed with the numerous cutbacks in activities staff, food, bar service/wait staff, and cabin attendants on the Summit which sailed to Bermuda on May 11, 2014. The available activity staff were terrific, but they were simply short staffed and it gave the whole trip a feeling of lethargy. Cruise Director Lisa Robertson announced on the first evening that things were going to be updated and none of those old fashioned boring activities like bingo and trivia. I suppose everyone was to be amused with the casino, art auctions, or sunbathing. None of the morale building activities that create friendships among passengers were available. With regard to food, the serving hours are more restricted and passengers who hope to find some meal options a little later in the evening following a day in port will find the Ocean View cafe with very dim lights and little available. It was so dark that you couldn't even play cards or games in the area--something that is important considering that the library is tiny and there is no card room. Enough lights were dimmed in the ship that it made for potentially hazardous walking. Many passengers had taken advantage of drink packages and it soon became apparent that drinks from the bar were quite slow in arriving or never came at all--not much of a benefit. I will say that the wine stewards in the dining room did a very good job. There were several problems with my stateroom--broken refrigerator, broken bathroom exhaust fan, and an unusable safe. After 3 notifications that the refrigerator was essential for my medicine, the refrigerator was replaced at the end of day two. The safe just needed a battery and that also was repaired. The exhaust fan was never fixed and so droplets of moisture hung from the bathroom ceiling. Ice buckets were not even in place in my cabin or those of our friends. It took multiple requests for daily ice service (a listed amenity). Another irritant was the "free" 38 minutes of computer time for a 3rd person in a cabin. In actuality, you had to buy a package for $24.95 which was supposed to be refunded at the end of the trip. No where was this posted or spelled out. If you just got online and started using your computer time, then you were charged and told that you should have known to buy the package first! Considering the lack of activities, I went to the lecture on the "History of Faberge." I have never heard such PREPOSTEROUS remarks. According to the lecturer, he receives his information from Celebrity headquarters. One of his "facts" included the information that Czar Nicholas' daughter, Anastasia, did escape to Poland with one of the Imperial Faberge eggs--wrong of course. Then he said that none of the eggs in museum were real Faberge--all reproductions--wrong again. This so-called lecture was insulting to our intelligence. On the good side of our trip, I must say that I was impressed with the heavy presence of ship's officers and the Captain. He is new to the Summit, so I hope his lively manner and attention to detail will bring the Summit in line with other Celebrity ships. I also enjoyed the evening entertainment. Finally, no matter what else is wrong, what's not to like about Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Had read mixed reviews of this ship prior to sailing and I now know why. Nice ship, going in for refurbishing in January-should have known better. The ship is lovely as are the crew. It has alot of style BUT..having gotten 2 staterooms( ... Read More
Had read mixed reviews of this ship prior to sailing and I now know why. Nice ship, going in for refurbishing in January-should have known better. The ship is lovely as are the crew. It has alot of style BUT..having gotten 2 staterooms( family of 4) our total was $6500- for that I expect great everything. The food was great, I will be paying for it for weeks, as was the service in every dining area. Every activity any of us went to - my husband and son went to numerous talks, I did a few and a few culinary presentations they were good and informative. Now for the bad- our stateroom attendant wasn't great-as a matter of fact our balcony was filthy went we got on the ship and remained like that all week. I called numerous times for towels-one night was told they're wasn't any!! I had already called 3 times that day to no avail. So at 11pm I'm up getting towels from the pool.In addition the hall reeked of mold- a smell I really cannot tolerate. Not sure if its a deal breaker for the next cruise but it might be! Bermuda is great, clean, friendly, easy to get around- get a bus/ferry pass right as you get of the ship. Both depart from the dock area. There's a little beach right at the end of dockyard-small but nice had everything. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was our first cruise sailing out of Bayonne, N.J and our second cruise to Bermuda. The check-in facilities at Bayonne were adequate really need to be updated. We dropped off our luggage and then parked our car. The check-in (and ... Read More
This was our first cruise sailing out of Bayonne, N.J and our second cruise to Bermuda. The check-in facilities at Bayonne were adequate really need to be updated. We dropped off our luggage and then parked our car. The check-in (and security) were a short walk from parking. Around 12:30 it took about 10 minutes to get though security and 5-10 minutes to check-in. From there we had to stand in line and WAIT FOR A CROWDED BUS TO TAKE US TO THE SHIP (which was within a 5 minute walk). Once on board, Celebrity gave us the usual welcome on-board drink (unlike RCL). The require muster drill went very well and unlike out experiences on the Mercury, we did NOT have to go outside by the lifeboats. (Mercury was in Baltimore in January and we were not told to bring coats-COLD). The trip to and from Bermuda was uneventful and smooth. The ship never seemed crowded and we could always find a seat for breakfast and lunch. The pool area you sometimes had to hunt a bit, and the hot tubs were always busy. It had been 19 years since we had been to Bermuda. This time we docked at King Wharf on the West-End of the island. The major city is Hamilton which is located mid-island and the other city of size is St. George on the far east side. Last cruise we went on a ship about 35,000 tons vs the Summit of 90,000 tons. The size of the ship somewhat controls where you are docked and how you get around the island. Last cruise we spent 1 day in St. George where we could walk off the ship into town and 2+ days in Hamilton where we docked on Main Street. From Main Street it was a short trip to the bus terminal that took you anywhere on the island (east or west). The Summit on the other hand was docked on the West end of the island far away from anything. In order to get to Hamilton you needed to take a ferry or bus (schedules are available on the net). It always took some planning for each time you left the ship since you needed to know the ferry/bus schedule and what connections needed to be made. One day we went to St.George on the 10:00 ferry and arrive too late for the "official" walking tour. We did some shopping and went to the noon "dunking" on the square. People were dressed in period attire and they dunked the town gossip. The official presiding(acting) invited anyone to join him for a free walking tour afterward. The first stop was the courthouse which had pictures of former majors. He was one of them. His walking tour was very worth the effort. After the tour we spent some time in the town and waited for the ferry back to the "other end" of the island. The highlight of this cruise was being chosen for some special perks. We are elite members (10+ cruises) and were celebrating a birthday. One night we were asked (along with 3 other couples) to join the captain at his table for dinner. At dinner he extended a special invitation for us to visit the bridge as we left Bermuda. This was special but the view was just as good from the front lounge of the ship. Overall the cruise was one of our better ones and we would go back again (from Bayonne). 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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