5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Well, it was our first cruise to this part of the Caribbean and we picked as to the number of different islands during the cruise. We‘ve been on a number of other cruises before, several of those with Celebrity which is so far our ... Read More
Well, it was our first cruise to this part of the Caribbean and we picked as to the number of different islands during the cruise. We‘ve been on a number of other cruises before, several of those with Celebrity which is so far our favorite cruise line. Although we enjoyed the cruise, I have to say it does not fully met our expectations. The itinerary was interesting, the islands are beautiful but very poor, i would have expected that they benefit much more from all the Cruise ship tourists coming over the year. We knew upfront that the summit is an older ship and will undergo a major overhaul shortly after our cruise. Anyhow, we recently have been on the Millennium just as well short before going into dry-dock. The overall appearance of the Millennium was nicer, cleaner and better maintained than our impression from the Summit. Food (we mainly went to the main restaurant for the fixed seating) was good quality, although we do have the feeling that the overall quality of food on Celebrity shipps is slightly getting down. Disappointing was the variety of food, menu was pretty much the same as during our last cruise on Millenium last October. That combined with a not extensive selection each given evening does not support the feeling of getting your money worth. Instead with all „special events“ being promoted by the staff you get the feeling that the cruise line wants you to pay additionally if you like good quality. We went on several days to the spa cafe for breakfast or lunch, they have nice small (and more or less healthy) food, however it is disappointing that the menu seems to never change, so after some day you had everything and it becomes boring. Service in the main restaurant was as good as always. Staff is very friendly, attentive and professional. However, the Sommelier concept (which we love as ware wine lovers) does not work anymore, if the the Sommelier has to many table to serve. How can a Sommelier advise you if he is mostly in a rush? He still did his best and we got nice wines to drink. But here as well as for the food, wine menu could need more changes from one cruise to the other. Positively we noted that the beer selection increased and they had a decent number of different beers on board. Beside the good service in the main restaurant we noted that service level in the Cafe al Bacio and in some bars was not as good as used from Celebrity. In the bars we had the feeling of a lack of staff, in Cafe al Bacio staff was there but not really attentive and not always as friendly as we are used to from former Celebrity cruises. For the stateroom, we had the impression that the staff has to less time for each stateroom to keep it in real good shape. They probably increased the number of staterooms each person has to look after. We booked three excursions with Celebrity and two on our own. We liked the fact that the groups were not as big as on other cruises, however that is most likely just based on the fact that the busses on the islands are smaller (and older). Especially as the busses are older and not that comfortable is was disappointing, that on the cruise line excursions this busses were pretty full packed, where the privately book tours left some seats empty to make it a little bit more comfortable. And if you now expect that those privately book tours have been more expensive, just the opposite is true. Cruise line charges more for less comfort. Overall: I still like Celebrity, staff is (mostly) very friendly and attentive, although the cruise line have to make sure that there is enough staff available. We very much liked the room service, which comes (except for a short blackout period during the night) free of charge and we enjoyed having breakfast in the room, although the selection in balcony class was not that extensive. However it was sufficient for a short breakfast before going on excursions. We like the ample room in the public areas, we never had the feeling the ship is too crowded and we alsways found a quiet place to sit and relax. However, we don’t like that we get the impression of a continuing lowering of quality and a continuing increase of „add-ons“ sold for „a fee“ (which is mostly much more than justified by the added quality. I know that’s not only true for Celebrity and maybe not only for cruise-lines too. Seems that companies try to reduce more and more the base fares to attract customers which then find out that they have to pay more and more additionally to get the service which was advertised and which they thought they have bought. I hope that will change back to a fair and transparent pricing. Customers may be sometimes not really clever but on general not as dump as marketing specialists believe, especially not those with enough money to pay for quality. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
About us: My husband and I generally cruise once a year for 12-14 days. We’ve been on about 10 cruises. We are in our early 60’s. We don’t do water sports, drink or gamble so cannot comment on anything related to these activities. ... Read More
About us: My husband and I generally cruise once a year for 12-14 days. We’ve been on about 10 cruises. We are in our early 60’s. We don’t do water sports, drink or gamble so cannot comment on anything related to these activities. No, this is not due to religious beliefs. We’re just boring. Most Celebrity guests are 50 plus. The longer the cruise, the older the crowd. We left port a day late due to ship issues. That meant we lost a day in Aruba. I personally was just happy the ship did not break down in the middle of the ocean. The itinerary was changed numerous times, once before the actual cruise. We wouldn’t have known about this first change if our friends’ travel agent had not informed them. MUSTER STATION Our group had to stand the entire time - in lines, no less. Short people could not see the demonstrations. It was ridiculous and useless. Thank goodness we didn’t need to evacuate the ship. We would not have been prepared. THE SHIP This cruise ship is going to be refurbished. There is an outdoor movie theatre that plays movies all day but it’s unsheltered on the top deck and frequently windy. Rumour has it Summit is removing the library and replacing it with inside rooms. I think that would be a real shame. The library always had people in it, even though 80% of the books were missing. Greed to the detriment of people’s enjoyment is not a good thing. The library is a “must have” for me as my husband goes to bed early and I read in the library. I hope they brighten the ship up with a Caribbean colour scheme. Tones of brown is a colour scheme for a hotel, not a cruise ship. (Years ago I was on RC's Adventure of the Seas and it was the most beautiful ship I have been on - vibrant yellow-golds and blues with mosaics everywhere. It was refurbished afterwards. I hope they kept the colour scheme.) They also need WAY more lounge chairs on deck 4. You have a ship of 3,000+ people and less than 15 chairs on each side of Deck 4. THE FOOD We ate in the anytime dining room and Oceanview Cafe. We did not go to any specialty restaurants. I liked most of the food in the Oceanview. Some of the meals in the dining room were wonderful. Some were not. The chocolate desserts were TERRIBLE. I am a chocoholic and did not eat more than a bite of any chocolate cake because they were bitter. What a disappointment after the awesome desserts on Celebrity Silhouette. Note: We like the freedom of anytime dining. You get to choose when you eat. You get to sit with different people every evening versus the same people for the whole cruise. And you have the freedom to eat with new friends you meet on the ship. I bought the basic soda package. I was pressured to up-grade it repeatedly but didn’t cave in. They were frequently out of club soda but servers (one with persuasion) gave me Perrier instead. STAFF Most of the staff were very friendly. Our waiter, Wi, was fabulous. Our housekeeper, Yolanda, kept our room neat and tidy. Donovan was wasted as the hand sanitizer guy. He was wonderfully entertaining while encouraging people to clean their hands. He should have been at the ice cream station. They really needed someone upbeat, who loved their job, in that position. The person who works there is the first person you see entering the Oceanview Cafe. That person sets the tone, and needs to be friendly and welcoming. STORES ON THE SHIP I personally would like more variety, not just clothes, jewellery, etc. A variety store with paperbacks, magazines, etc. would be a welcome addition. I prefer to spend my money at individually owned shops and kiosks on the islands to support the islanders. INTERNET This is a total rip-off. Save your money and use the internet at the ports. Most places have free internet if you buy something; even a soda will do. SHOWS IN THE THEATRE The entertainment was hit or miss. Pete Matthews was a hilarious juggler. I give him an 11/10. Chad Chesmark was billed as a magician, but he was mainly a comedian. I give him an 7.5/10. Uptown was an amazing band that got the audience really involved, a 10/10. “All McCartney Live” was a great show as well, 9/10. My husband saw Jeff Nease. I had a bad cough so I didn’t go. He gives him a 7/10. We did not enjoy the ship’s singers and dancers and only went to one show in its entirety, but the ship’s orchestra was excellent. The remaining performers were a 6/10 in my opinion. While wandering the ship I’d come across some good bands playing in a various venues. And there were a few Karaoke singers that could have gone professional. SHIP SEA DAYS I was not impressed with the Cruise Director, Rick. Activities on the ship were few and far between. I cannot understand why they do not take advantage of all the knowledge of their guests, many of whom could give lectures on interesting experiences, jobs, hobbies, etc. They could have a sign up sheet and designate a small venue for that purpose. The ship could state these speakers are unvetted so they are not responsible for the content of the lectures. If you don’t like it, you can leave. There were no craft activities, educational or hobby courses; just lectures about the islands, shopping or ship amenities to my knowledge. ISLANDS Regarding the following comments about shopping: I rarely spend more than $50 on any one item anywhere. So when I comment on shopping I am not referring to the abundant expensive chain jewellery stores that are everywhere. My husband and I generally just walk around the islands as we’ve taken tours already. We love SAN JUAN. The forts are fascinating. (If you only have time for one, do the bigger one.) The shopping is great. There are lots of restaurants. (We love a locals’ restaurant called Cafe Manolin at 251 San Justo. It is about a block away from my favourite store that has local jewellery, art and gifts called Puerto Rican Art and Crafts at 204 Fortaleza St.) Note: Next time our return flight leaves late, I will book an excursion with the ship that tours San Juan and then goes to the airport. Sitting in the airport all day was a waste of a lovely day. BONAIRE has lots of shops and great beaches. There is a store that sells local jewellery called Elements. (Bonaire is tiny so you can find it.) ARUBA also has great beaches. (No, I can’t be specific because we don’t go to them.) If you try to take the tram you must stay at the front near the tracks because there’s NO formal line and people crowd in front of you to get on the tram. We missed two trams and gave up. We took a tour on CURACAO with one of the many tour guides vying for our business. (As long as you take a tour that gets you back well before the ship leaves you should be fine with an island tour company. Some of our best tours have been non-ship excursions.) Curacao has the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. It has a dirt floor and is quite interesting. If you like history, it’s a must see. You can walk there from the ship. Curacoa also has a long bridge that rotates, which is quite neat. All the Dutch islands are lovely and, compared to other Caribbean islands, well-to-do. They are safe so you can have an enjoyable day just walking around the town. ST. CROIX basically has nothing but a beach right by the ship. There are a few kiosks. You can take an island bus to Frederiksted (which is a bigger city) for next to nothing or pay a lot more for a taxi. The taxi drivers lied to us about the bus and said it didn’t go there. Ask a local for bus information. We did not end up going to Frederiksted. I’m a children’s author and did an author visit at a local school instead. ANTIGUA’s infrastructure is very poorly maintained. It does have a new library with free wi-fi. There is also an impressive Anglican church under reconstruction with centuries old graves, and a museum of the island’s history, all within walking distance from the ship. However, if you have mobility issues note that the sidewalks are horrible. In ST. KITTS we took a private tour with Quincy. He was a really good tour guide. We have taken two previous tours with Beulah Mills (www.tourstkittsandnevis.com) without pre-booking. She was not working the day we were in St. Kitts. She is awesome. St. Kitts is a very poor island. Do NOT take a picture with the monkeys as they are stolen from the wild and do not appear to be well treated. ST. THOMAS is my favourite island because of the shops. My favourite store sells adorable hand-painted outfits that I buy for my grandchildren. (Sorry, I can’t remember the store’s name but it’s on a street with no traffic. There’s a bench in front of it.) My husband liked the historical ambience of PONCE. I was not feeling well and did not get off the ship so I can’t give an opinion. PLEASE ENSURE ANY EXCURSIONS YOU TAKE ARE ANIMAL FRIENDLY AND DO NOT SUPPORT CAPTURING ANIMALS FROM THE WILD. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Wanted to return to Bermuda, avoid air travel and the exorbitant hotel and restaurant prices. Cruising from Bayone, NJ just a car ride away. We opted for Concierge class cabin, had a great veranda but at first thought the cabin a little ... Read More
Wanted to return to Bermuda, avoid air travel and the exorbitant hotel and restaurant prices. Cruising from Bayone, NJ just a car ride away. We opted for Concierge class cabin, had a great veranda but at first thought the cabin a little small, unrealistic expectations, but was comfortable and well taken care of. The Summit is due for a multi million dollar overhall but the negative reviews about how dirty and neglected the ship is we're not at all true. The common areas are very attractive and comfortable. One of the advertised perks of Concierge was priority dinning reservations. Not true! When unable to get the time we wanted, we were on any time dinning, asked the concierge for help to no avail. Basically said the restaurant makes the rules. Also the quality of food in main dining was ordinary at best. Having sailed on Holland America many times we found their regular dining room excellent, much better than Celebrity. Also the alternate restaurants were overpriced, $45 per person for the Tuscan Grill and extra for a cappichino. The Ocean Grill had many options and there was a back grill where they prepared fresh grilled salmon, chicken, stake, and pork chops, as well as panini. If you timed it right no long lines and fresh hot food. Overall the buffet area was well run and the food quite good with a large variety to choose from. The service in all areas was excellent. Bermuda has excellent public transportation and welcomes cab sharing which makes it affordable so we went sightseeing and to the beaches on our own. We did use ship excursions for snorkeling and sailing and both trips were lots of fun. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I chose this cruise because of the ports visited. We were Concierge class and the room seemed small compared to other ships. Embarkation seemed smooth. The food was mediocre . The specialty restaurants were better however I think the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ports visited. We were Concierge class and the room seemed small compared to other ships. Embarkation seemed smooth. The food was mediocre . The specialty restaurants were better however I think the price was a little high.($45 p. person) The service in the dining room was good and also the room steward was good. The refrigerator in our room did not work and we had meds that needed to be kept cold. They brought a portable refrigerator that did not work and they finally brought another that finally worked. (After a few days) The ship is OLD and I would not recommend it. Ports were good! We saw a lot and the people on the tenders were helpful. The ship is rusty and old. Balcony was okay and very private. We liked the overhang that kept us from the sun and being baked. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Have been on this cruise three years in a row. Liked the idea of not having to fly and overall reputation of Celebrity. This time it seemed like everything was a day late, and a dollar short. Disembarkation was a mess with only 3 Customs ... Read More
Have been on this cruise three years in a row. Liked the idea of not having to fly and overall reputation of Celebrity. This time it seemed like everything was a day late, and a dollar short. Disembarkation was a mess with only 3 Customs Officers. Booked table for 2 a year ago and this was on our cruise documents. Tried to seat us with strangers. Out of 3 years cruising with them, they messed up seating two years. Tuscan Grille was entirely too noisy with a table of 15 in earshot being very loud. The management did nothing to tell them to keep it down. We might as well been eating in a diner. Beauty Salon help tried to push hair spray for $37 for sale. Then a couple days later call you to see if you wanted another visit. How tacky. Sorry, but, this is no way to treat clients. I have been on many cruises and this definitely is a turnoff. Staff onboard in dining room and cabin steward were superb. They did an excellent job. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Let me start out by saying that this cruise was our 5th. We have done 2 Norwegians and previously we have been on Celebrity Silhouette and Reflection. After some serious research we have decided to remain loyal to Celebrity as they seem to ... Read More
Let me start out by saying that this cruise was our 5th. We have done 2 Norwegians and previously we have been on Celebrity Silhouette and Reflection. After some serious research we have decided to remain loyal to Celebrity as they seem to suit our life style. We like good food, exciting cocktails, fantastic service and an older more refined crowd that still likes to enjoy themselves. We chose Summit this year because of the Caribbean itinerary. We want to go to places that we have not yet been which starts to get a little difficult after having been on 5 cruises. Summit is an older, smaller ship than those we have sailed on in the past however, reviews were good and a smaller ship can be a more intimate experience they stated. We opted for the Aqua Class having done Concierge class on past Celebrity Cruises. In a nutshell, it was explained to me by Celebrity Aqua Class generally includes all the amenities of Concierge Class plus additional perks such as access to exclusive Blu restaurant and the Persian Gardens Spa. The boarding process was painless and stream lined. One of the first things I noticed once on board was the age of the ship. Although maintained well one could not help but notice the rust that is inevitable when saltwater comes in contact with steel. Having never sailed on an older ship one could not help but feel a little sad to see what was once been a grand lady of the seas starting to show her age. Not a deal breaker but lesson learned. After taking a walkabout the ship we were ready for some lunch. Upon arriving at the main dining room we were informed that the lunch this day was only for Concierge Class. Whoo, Whoo, Whoo, stop the clock. We're Aqua Class. Aqua Class is higher on the food chain than Concierge and Blu is not open for lunch. Where are we to eat? Well, where else...the buffet. People cruise for many reasons. Some people cruise for the all you can eat buffet. We're not one of them. If you've never been to the buffet on a cruise ship it’s a feeding frenzy. I don't want to come off as an elitist, I’m not, it’s just that we are more quality than quantity although we have been known to enjoy the buffet for breakfast and coffee on port days before an excursion. OK, not a deal breaker just another lesson learned. Blu was nice with amazing service. The staff were attentive, remembered our names, preferences and always seated us quickly. The food was what I would consider average. After several nights we started comparing the Blu menu to the Main dining room menu. This night we liked what was being served in the main dining room so we decided to eat there. It’s a different experience. Blu is small and intimate. The main dining room is grander with its 2 story ceiling to floor windows, grand stair case and is more akin to the tradition of cruise ship sailing from days gone by. “Table for 2 please.” “What’s that? Were Aqua Class and we have to eat in Blu?” “But we don’t care for the menu in Blu tonight. I’m sorry sir but you must eat at Blu”. And before we could say a word the hostess was on the phone with the matra de at Blu explaining to him that 2 of his diners had gone rogue and were currently off the reservation, no pun intended. We returned to Blu where our matra de was waiting for use. He seemed genuinely disappointed in us. We told him that we love Blu, it’s just that this night we decided to go for a change. Would it be possible to order off the Main Dining room menu? After all both restaurants share a common kitchen. We were told that this would be nearly impossible and would take forever. Do you see where I’m going with this? Perhaps we are just not Aqua Class people. Perhaps, just perhaps were are Concierge people. After it was all said and done we were able to get the meals from the main dining room in Blu but not without feeling a little like pains in the ass. OK, I have yet to have a bad day on a cruise ship and these turn of events were far from doing so. It’s like going to a restaurant and ordering wrong. There is nothing wrong with the meal. I just didn’t care for it. Getting back to the age of the ship. Did I mention that it was starting to show her age? She was. And along with that it seemed that a lot of things were not working as they should. No deal breakers but accumulatively it started to become a Nuisance. Let me give you a couple of examples. Our refrigerator in our room didn’t work, no problem they replaced it however the new one never really got to temp. My card would not work in the door to our cabin. It would work for a while and then it would just stop. I literally had to have it changed 4 times. The door to the balcony would not stay open in high seas. I would put the deck chair in the door way to keep it open while we slept. The bottom of the shower door did not make a good seal and the bathroom floor would fill up with water during showers. We did the best we could until the seal completely fell off. I told our cabin steward about this and told him that I would leave the seal in the sink. The remote for the TV did not work and had to be replaced. When we had returned to our cabin it still had not been repaired. One night we stopped into the wine cellar for a happy hour. My wife had 2 glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, her go to drink and I had a Monkey Shoulders Scotch. Keep in mind I am not a Scotch drinker I ordered it because I like the name. The next morning we saw a charge on our account for $70.00. When I enquired about the charge I was told it was for 2 glass of wine and a glass of scotch. Whoo, Whoo, Whoo, stop the clock. I have the Premium Drink package. Did I mention that I was Aqua Class.? Shouldn’t your bartender give you a head up if you are ordering something out of your package? Shouldn’t you have to sign something if you are ordering out of package? I was pretty sure I did not sign anything and I told the Guest Relations Rep that if I did I would own it but I don’t think I did. And to add insult to injury I would have enjoyed the scotch a hell of a lot more had I know what I was paying for it. In the end they voided the charge. Anyhow I’m rambling. Despite this less than stellar review I still love Celebrity and I have already booked my next cruse on The Equinox in Jan 2019. I still feel that Celebrity is a great value and will continue to cruise with them. Hope this is helpful. More to follow....................... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very unfriendly ... Read More
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very unfriendly dealers who tried to keep the game going fast, so fast I wasn’t able to get my bets in sometimes and I’m not a novice gambler. On the positive side dining room waiter, Suki, made dining a pleasure in spite of the foods . Room steward was always nearby when needed but never in the way. I’m headed back to the yachts with 200 to 300 guests. Embartion and debarking was long and unorganized. Embarking clerk needs training, had to ask others for help. We were conserig guest and were supposed to be escorted on the ship with a tour and shown to the dining room for lunch. Our name was not on the list but we gphad the correct sailing card. They just seemed very unorganized. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary, New England and Canada, which I enjoyed. I also chose Aqua Class on recommendations from friends who enjoyed the Blu restaurant and the Spa. Well the balcony cabins are exactly the same as any ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary, New England and Canada, which I enjoyed. I also chose Aqua Class on recommendations from friends who enjoyed the Blu restaurant and the Spa. Well the balcony cabins are exactly the same as any other balcony cabin and they are located just under the pool and Lido deck which became very noisy at times. The Blu restaurant was nothing special. I actually ordered off the main dining room menu several times. I was expecting more diverse choices. The extra spa facilities included the sauna and what they call the Persian Garden which is nothing more heated benches and aromatherapy. I was expecting a Jacuzzi. The ship is old and the noise level in the cabins is bad. Slamming doors day and night. I feel like I got robed. I could have saved a lot of money by just being in a regular balcony. I will never take Aqua class again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise to see New England and we enjoyed the ports very much. Captain Alex is a joy. Every day he gave a Quote of the Day and other charming comments.... WAY TO GO, Captain Alex! Cabin is tiny in the least expensive ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see New England and we enjoyed the ports very much. Captain Alex is a joy. Every day he gave a Quote of the Day and other charming comments.... WAY TO GO, Captain Alex! Cabin is tiny in the least expensive category but seemed very clean. I now always seem to cough for WEEKS, after cruising. Don't know if germs are spread in the air conditioning. If it is, better filters must be used. The theater shows had an abundance of theatrical smoke. After a few days many passengers were also coughing. This smoke supposedly is an irritant to some people. Shows were enjoyable...especially Antonio Salci, a very talented pianist! There were two very good nature speakers. Food was salty; especially soups. Some soups were too full of corn starch and flavor was lost. Some people paid extra in the restaurants on board and like the food very much. I think this better food should be standard for everybody. The buffet is a choice which goes much faster than your assigned dining time and there are many choices but one cannot order salt free dishes, unless you have it made at the Asian station in a WOK. There are lots of seniors on non holiday two week cruises. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Our first Celebrity cruise. We have been on 25 cruises now With Royal Caribbean, NCL, Hal, but mostly with Carnival. Embarkation went really fast. Arrived at Cape Liberty port just before 1p.m., dropped the bags, parked and was on board ... Read More
Our first Celebrity cruise. We have been on 25 cruises now With Royal Caribbean, NCL, Hal, but mostly with Carnival. Embarkation went really fast. Arrived at Cape Liberty port just before 1p.m., dropped the bags, parked and was on board in about 20 min. No lines anywhere. Once onboard the cabins were ready, so we were able to drop off our carry on and headed for some lunch. Cabin was fine, a 3rd deck accessible cabin, 3018. Near the front near the elevators, no issues with noise. Cabin steward was somewhat lazy, is all I can think. My wife (because she is not well) has to sleep a significant amount of time. I think he was using this as an excuse to not make up our cabin. Even when we were out of the cabin he would just slip the bulletin under the door and not tidy up. He did up the cabin maybe 3 times during the cruise (not including the embarkation or debarkation day). The thing is we just didn't care. It didn't affect our cruise, it just left a poor impression. We have never seen this sort of thing before. I am not giving him a very good rating on the survey. I have read many comments on the Celebrity threads where people are trying to suggest that X is a cut above, well it isn't always the case. Dining was a bit of a nuisance as well. An early fixed dining time was not available. So when we went on the first evening we were given a pager. It took a little over half an hour to be seated. This doesn't work well for us. They did advise us that we could make reservations. I thought that making reservations for an anytime dining system was redundant, but we didn't have a choice without having to possibly wait every night. So when I asked for the next night, I was told the earliest available time was 8:30 p.m. What I finally understood after asking, was that they would book reservations from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. then they would reserve for times after 8:30 p.m. So you could arrive at 6 p.m.(or later) but if the reservations have filled the restaurant, you would be out of luck. By the way, I did ask about getting an early seating assignment, but there was a wait list for that (no surprise). No problem booking the day before, you would be able to book 5:45. So every morning (they wouldn't allow reservations more than a day in advance) if you call, you would be able to get a 5p.m.,5:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 5:45 p.m. Sounds somewhat like fixed dining to me, the drawback would being that you are required to call every day, the benefit would be that if you couldn't make it at your reserved time, you could arrive at anytime, but would likely have to wait, unless it was after 8:30 p.m. So, not a big deal, just something you might want to know. I imagine if you were on an European sailing where people are more likely to dine later this wouldn't be an issue. The food itself...I know very subjective. I am sorry, I wasn't impressed. It is only the fault of people who praised the cuisine on the Celebrity threads, making it sound like we might be enjoying better choices and taste sensations. Everything was good, but both in the MDR and in the buffet areas, there was nothing that stood out as special, I would say that on the whole,the food preparation, presentation and choices are better on both HAL, and Carnival. I do have to say that I was disappointed with the desert (pastry) choices.There were a number of options that I did feel were better, such as the grill where they would prepare a steak, chicken, pork chops, or fish fillets for you. I did really like their pizza, but I am to cruising to eat a pizza. They had a nice selection of ice cream and cookies, as well as a great selection of teas. The coffee was as bad as any other cruise line. Nice pools and hot tubs available. At busy times there was some chair hogging, but we were always able to find some chairs. The ship was laid out nicely, nice bars and lounges. Store selections were OK, about what you would find on most ships, (including the ominous Park West sales teams). Casino was nice, a bit crowded but had a good selection of table games as well as slots. I am not sure if I understood right but you need cash to play the slots, you can't draw from your account. Put your card in, put your card in, when you are done you get a printed chit like a land based casino. I didn't pay much attention, but it looked like if you wanted to charge your account for funds they were charging 5%, and it looked like you couldn't use your OBC for this purpose. Someone on the Celebrity threads also made the comments about how they don't make too many "announcements" like some other cruise lines. Well what I didn't think of until it happened, those other cruise lines that do make those announcements don't pipe them into the cabins unless they are urgent. I don't know if this is the case on all the ships but it was on the Summit. Wonderful captain Kate liked making her announcements at 10 a.m. immediately followed by the cruise director who would give a rough rundown of the days activities in case you forgot to read them already. Now, a lot of people would think that 10 a.m. isn't too early, but when you have a time change where that 10 a.m. is more like 9 a.m., it is very nice that our captain is up and about, but there is no need to disturb the guests for an announcement that is not even time sensitive. Please, these announcements do not need to be piped into the cabins unless there is an emergency. Entertainment, was varied and good compared to what we have experienced in the past. Some entertainers might not be for everyone's tastes, but there was something for everyone. Bermuda...this was our 3rd. time to this beautiful island and it was a great visit this time as well. The Bermuda threads will give you all the information you would need. Online searches will also show you the many choices you have for activities on the island, as well as shopping and dining. Finally...debarkation. Went pretty well for us...right on time (we were # 6 tags and started getting off the ship at 9 a.m.. I did notice a lot of people doing self debarkation. The area they were waiting wasn't large enough to accommodate all the people. One thing that seemed a little different for us was that the regular dining venues stopped serving food at 8 a.m. So you really get moving early, if you wanted breakfast. Read Less
Celebrity Summit Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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