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6 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Bayonne

6 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

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Celebrity Summit

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
2,231 reviews
Why Choose Celebrity Summit?

Pros

Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results

Cons

Despite refurbs and Solstice-class additions, ship is more than a decade old and it shows

Bottom Line

The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise for the locations. It takes the full 14 days of cruising to see NE/Canada. Celebrity offered this round trip from Cape Liberty. This is so much easier than the 10 day I had done before where it was NYC to Quebec City ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the locations. It takes the full 14 days of cruising to see NE/Canada. Celebrity offered this round trip from Cape Liberty. This is so much easier than the 10 day I had done before where it was NYC to Quebec City and then you have to find your own way back home. Let's start with the pre-cruise experience: We decided to stay at the Hilton Newark Penn Station for ease of sight seeing in Lower Manhattan. The hotel is perfect for catching PATH train to NYC. No problems with hotel and would definitely recommend if your objective is to see the One World Tower area. The train station seemed confusing as far as where to buy your tickets and to locate platforms. Simply find a ticket machine and read the directions! Locating the platforms got easier as we traveled back and forth and learned the system. ( ok, this may be easy peasy for most of you but our town only has a yellow blinking light....so don't hate...!!!) Many people warned of the homeless people in the train station but they didn't seem to be doing anything but hanging out. Very few were begging for money. They are nothing like some foreign countries where they harass and follow you. PATH train was interesting place to people watch also! Most people just buried their nose in their phone and never made eye contact with anyone. I am from the south and we have a tendency to smile and strike up a conversation. (which I did with a most pleasant father and cute daughter who were spending the day together.) One can learn so much about the world by extending a smile and a hello. Back to the review, the train took us directly to the Oculus, which is a beautiful building. From there we went up into the One World Tower. We wanted to go late in the evening when the city lights came on, but time didn't jive with the setting sun. We returned next day and worked our way down to Staten Island Ferry for a ride around the harbor to see the "Lady". Thank you, New Yorkers, for providing such a lovely, historic, clean and safe city for us to enjoy! Boston: We walked the Freedom Trail and were fighting the weather elements not the British! It didn't diminish our learning experience and our apprection for the history of our country. We also had to expand our culinary pallet as well as our waistbands. Hence, our stop at Mike's pastry for cannoli of all kinds!! Portland: We walked up to the Eastern cemetery and had a prearranged tour guide that gave us an interesting study of the headstones and a few people of historical significance. This was set up through the historical and restoration society of Eastern Cemetery. From there we walked up to the Portland Observatory. Very interesting building and tour is self explanatory. Great sights from the top. Bar Harbor: We arranged a 4 hr. tour in a mini van from At Your Service Taxi Co. Fantastic tour and lots of sights that you can't see from a bus! Our driver, MJ, not only gave great interpretation of the area, but also jackets and shawls since we were unprepared for the cold air!! We enjoyed our lobster rolls at Stewman's but think they were better in Portland. Quebec City: Can't say or take enough pictures here! Celebrity provided transportation to the Chateau Frontenac in the Old City. (Special shout out to you, Celebrity, for this!!) There is an interesting sight under the boardwalk that shows the excavation of the original fort. Entrance and Exit are right in front of the Chateau on the boardwalk. Make sure you take a quick walk into the hotel to see the late 1800's opulence. Observe the small architectural details that make this place special to this day. We walked down the many stairs as we toured Lower Quebec City. Time seems to stand still as you embrace the enduring beauty of this quaint village area. The ambience of this city calls to the soul and you will find yourself making plans to return before you even leave!! No Spoiler Alert.....you need to explore this city yourself in all the small shops and restaurants. Again, Celebrity has shuttles that brought us back to the ship from Upper Town. Took the Funiculaire upstairs just for the fun of saying we did it!! Celebrity shore excursion took us to Montorency Falls the next day. Fantastic fall colors, blue skies and maple syrup were also on tap........pun intended!! Couldn't have had a better bus or tour guide to travel around the countryside. More accolades to Celebrity for this excursion! Sydney: Used Celebrity again for an excursion to Fort Louisbourg. We all enjoyed the tour guide who shared lots of interesting details on the bus and in the fort. Don't miss the oldest church in Sydney located just a couple of blocks from port. They have a hand craft market in the building behind. Great opportunity to buy local souvenirs! Halifax: Citadel is the main attraction. Don't miss going through Seaman's wharf. Just fun place to look at the offerings...........Our friends went to Peggy's cove and enjoyed that trip through Celebrity. So much to see and do on this trip and sea days were spent relaxing. We love the sauna in the spa area. The enclosed pool area on this ship is a big plus due to cooler weather and air temps. Food was great as usual on Celebrity. The drink package made the whole trip "happier" as one of our bar servers, Marly, always said! This ship soon goes into dry dock so it was easy to overlook some of the areas in disrepair. The dining room service and system was chaotic the first few days and then seemed to level out. However, the last couple of nights it went downhill dramatically. We surmised a behind the scenes problem and didn't complain. (food was great tasting, just no service to get it........) We did tip the assistant waiter, John, extra because he always had tea on the table, bread and butter ready and always attentive to things we might need. Problems didn't seem to be his doing. We stayed in the new cabins on deck 3 with the extra large windows......fantastic! Close to elevators and quiet rooms. The air conditioning was a problem on that hallway so be warned. They attempted to fix but failed in our rooms anyway. Not worth complaining about to guest services as we've encountered this on other ships as well. Air works during the day and then won't cool in evening hours. We would love to take this trip again and see all the sights we didn't have time for. Celebrity would be our #1 choice based on itinerary, crew service and ship size! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We do not usually rake cruises for several reasons. But, this one was very good. We were in the Aqua Class. I would definitely recommend this. You have a private restaurant-Blu. We could eat at any time during the breakfast hours and ... Read More
We do not usually rake cruises for several reasons. But, this one was very good. We were in the Aqua Class. I would definitely recommend this. You have a private restaurant-Blu. We could eat at any time during the breakfast hours and dinner hours. There were no assigned times, which was great, and no waiting line. We got to know the staff and they were super to us. We sat by ourselves for breakfast and dinner (the only time Blu is open). But, the tables were close enough that we always had a good conversation with the table next to us. Also, we could use the Persian Garden sauna, which is very nice. The Entertainment was fine. Nothing to brag about. But, adequate. They have special shows at 7 and 9 each evening. They have singers, comedians and Beatles impersonators. The casino was fine but don't expect to win any money there. The drinks were expensive. We didn't buy the drink package. We can't drink that much. Beer was $7 for domestic and house wine was $9 plus an added tip. They do give free drinks in the casino if you are playing. The trip was rough on the water. I don't know if the north Atlantic is always like this. But, we brought patches and wore them and were glad we did. They had two bands. They were not bad. They have nice dance floors. They had plenty of things to do when we were cruising such as trivia, dance lessons, seminars, etc. Wife and I played cards some days. I did the acupuncture for my back problems. It did seem to help some. You might check it out if you are having problems. The dr. is very good at telling you if he can help or not. The passengers probably averaged 70-75 yrs old. I didn't expect this. But, since I am in that area, I should have. I saw one young couple on the ship. They may have been on a honeymoon. They looked pretty bored with not many other young people on board. The buffet is very good. We had to eat lunch there since Blu is closed for lunch. The only problem is finding a place to sit when we were cruising. They have pizza all afternoon and night which was a great treat at 10PM. Room service was great for breakfast when we had an early excursion. So, be sure to use it. I won't get deeply into the excursions, except to say to check and be sure they don't plan conflicting excursions on the same day. Their excursions were great and the guides were great, also. We really enjoyed Boston and Halifax. Quebec City is nice but we had to take a shuttle from the ship to get to it. And, it is very hilly making it hard to get around particularly when raining. We did like the places we stopped at. But wish we had more time in Boston. We took the Manhattan tour the last day. It was great and they dropped us off at the Newark airport. We did like the ship since it was smaller than most. But, it was hard to get around in since the center area breaks the ship up into two sections. We spent a lot of time on elevators going to different floors to get around the center area. You can walk outside to get around if the weather is good. But, we had a lot of bad days on the water. The ship will be renovated next year. It should be a great trip on this ship after the renovations. And the staff is absolutely great! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Have sailed with Celebrity several types and never been disappointed. Dining experience is fantastic, quality of food first class. Staff and level of service excellent. Ship is a little dated, but I believe it is going in for a ... Read More
Have sailed with Celebrity several types and never been disappointed. Dining experience is fantastic, quality of food first class. Staff and level of service excellent. Ship is a little dated, but I believe it is going in for a refit next year, but that wouldn't stop me from using this ship again. Sunday 9th September sailed from Cape Liberty, was raining so not great views of Manhattan, port is near Statue of Liberty. Monday 10th September as sea Tuesday 11th September - Boston Took the shuttle bus from the ship and walked to Faneuil Hall, rangers provide Freedom Trail guided walks, which we started but had to leave due to the lack of time. We then walked to Cheers Bar across Boston Common. Would recommend lunch at the Quincy Market great selection of food venues. Wednesday 12th September – Portland, Maine Took the Mail Boat run with Casco Bay Lines for $16.50 each, we boarded the Mail Boat run. It took us out in the bay, saw countless islands & stopped at a few. The captain gave some history of each of the islands you pass or visit. Better to have a trip booked as the town not that big. Thursday 13th September – Bar Harbour, Maine This is a tender port. The free shuttle buses provided by Island Explorer to the Arcadia National Park are excellent, a map is provided when you pay $15 to become a member and then you can hop and off the various buses touring the park. At bus stops times are displayed with the times of the next buses are arriving, we changed bus 3 times and it was fantastic. Bar Harbour itself is great to walk round, lots of shops and places to eat. Friday 14th & Saturday 15th September at sea Sunday 16th & Monday 17th September – Quebec A shuttle was provided up to the old town. Had a walk round about and then back the train station and purchased bus ticked to go to Montmorency Falls, which were lovely. Next day bought tickets for the hop on hop off bus from the Tourist Information office, near the Chateau, it was really informative, head phones were provided and 10 language translations. Tuesday 18th September – Saquency The Saguenay River Fjord is the 4 largest fjord in the world the fjord plunges to depths of 900 feet. Took a guided tour with a local company from the port, guide told us of the history of the area and we stopped at viewpoints and then at a village before returning to the ship. Others on the ship did the hop on hop off bus, which they said was excellent and included museum access. Wednesday 19th September at sea Thursday 20th September – Sydney, Nova Scotia Just had a walk around the town, craft stalls in the port, but not much to see, we should have booked a trip. Taxis are available just outside port with tour options, but by the time we thought of this the trip was going to take too long. Friday 21st September – Halifax, Nova Scotia Visited Peggy's Cove shared a taxi which was $200 with 2 other couples, the driver was very knowledgeable, we went along the coast to Lunenburg which is a UNESCO Heritage town, it was absolutely stunning, weather was glorious then driver took us to Titanic Cemetery and Citadel Titanic Cemetery has guided tours and was excellent. Read Less
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