2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Summit is an older ship , but staff are wonderful and keep ship very clean. Food was good overall. Really enjoyed the food in the Café, especially the grill in back and stir fry. Entertainment was very good , only act we didn't ... Read More
Summit is an older ship , but staff are wonderful and keep ship very clean. Food was good overall. Really enjoyed the food in the Café, especially the grill in back and stir fry. Entertainment was very good , only act we didn't care about was couple who did juggling and comedy. Always enjoy the trivia and other activities on board. Loved the free tour of the galley. Played pickleball on board ( after suggestions from us, they taped the pickleball court correctly). At Boston , would suggest taking Old Town Tolley ride instead of paying for shuttle into Boston from pier( about 18.00$ pp). Tolley was right at pier to load. Walked Freedom trail to USS Constitution , then took ferry to center of tourist area instead of walking back. Took 4 hour Ollies tour to Acadia Park and enjoyed it. Liked having 30 minutes at each stop.After tour ate a wonderful warm blueberry pie in Bar Harbor. Quebec City was my favorite port. The city is beautiful. Took a walking tour with a local named Sam. His humor and knowledge was enjoyable. Would love to go back to this area. Sageunay was cold and rainy the day we were there. Took a excursion to the forge. It was beautiful even in the rain. Next stop was Syndey, and took 7 hr tour of Cabot Trail. First 1 hour is somewhat boring but gets pretty after that. Not much to do in Syndey, so book an excursion on this port. Halifax had much more to offer. Took tour of Peggy's Cove. We were lucky , as first bus out there for the day. Heard from others that got very busy later in day as many ships in dock. Also booked Hop on/ off tour following Peggys Cove. Due to time in port, was only able to ride around route in city before having to return to ship. Would liked to go to sites and expore. Better not to schedule both things , due to time restrains. Since our flight was late in the day, we did Manhatten tour and transfer to airport. Our guide as good . Only 2 stops on tour but nice tour. Not able to see much color in trees due to too early in season. Had a great time on the Summit. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
The service on board the Summit was excellent and the entertainment great. I love the fact that they have a live band backing up the entertainers. Food was pretty good, but wait staff was excellent. My only complaint is about the ... Read More
The service on board the Summit was excellent and the entertainment great. I love the fact that they have a live band backing up the entertainers. Food was pretty good, but wait staff was excellent. My only complaint is about the smell near our cabin. The area around our cabin had the distinct smell of sewer gas, we could smell it in the passageway on deck 6 starboard midship as well as in our room and on our veranda. I suspect that there is an external sewer vent that is too close to an air intake vent somewhere, but it could be other things. The ship is undergoing a major retrofit. Hopefully this is one of the matters that will be sorted out at that time. Only other issue is the limited number of electrical outlets in each cabin (2 110v). Perhaps back in the day that was enough but with electronic devices more are needed. Again, hopefully that is resolved in the overhaul. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a 14 day cruise out of Bayonne, NJ. We paid about $2300 pp for a window cabin (#2002). (We scored pre-paid gratuities and a $350 onboard credit!) The up-charge for veranda cabins can vary from practically nil to nearly double ... Read More
This was a 14 day cruise out of Bayonne, NJ. We paid about $2300 pp for a window cabin (#2002). (We scored pre-paid gratuities and a $350 onboard credit!) The up-charge for veranda cabins can vary from practically nil to nearly double the cost of a window cabin. This cruise trended toward the upper end so I opted for a the window. I figured it would be too cold to sit out anyway – I was wrong. We had unusually warm weather from day 3 through day 10. Check-in - Easy. Buses park close to the terminal and cars pull right up like an airport. Porters took our luggage and I drove a hundred yards to a clean, modern garage. It's large enough that reservations are unnecessary. Cost is $20/day which includes all fees and taxes. By the time I locked the car and walked to the terminal, the luggage was on it's way and my wife was in line with our boarding passes. We were on board in 30 minutes but spent an hour waiting for the staterooms to be ready. The Ship – Summit is seventeen years old. Her age is apparent in the design. Smaller flat-screen TVs are set into an angle cabinets that were obviously designed for a CRT. Separate restaurants were carved out of corners of the main dining rooms. She was clean and well maintained. On arrival, our cabin thermostat was stuck on freezing. I called the service desk and a tech arrived in 30 min. Another 30 min and the system was working normally. Good response. Our Cabin – Summit's cabins run about 170 ft^2. Verandas add about 40 more. The décor was dated, the desk very small and somewhat less storage than I'm used to. There were only two 110v outlets, both at the desk. Beside them were two 220v outlets so if you have something (e.g. an elec. razor) that can run on either, bring a converter plug. There were nine lights in the ceiling but all on a single switch. You can't see onto the closet without lighting the whole cabin. That can be awkward. There is a mini-bar refig. We removed the overpriced contents and stocked it with our own water and diet coke. Our cabin steward was a delight, probably the best we ever had in a dozen cruises. Additionally, she fawned over a picture of our grand kids she noticed on my laptop screensaver. Max points there! Dining – Like many ships, Summit offers premium restaurants for an additional charge. Sushi on Five (Japanese) Tuscan Grille (steaks & Italian) and Qsine, (defies an simple description). We went to the Tuscan Grille ($45pp) one evening. It was absolutely top notch. There are two private dining venues, one for those in suites, the other for Aqua Class passengers. Suite passengers also have their own lounge called Michael's Club. Celebrity seems determined to return to the days of 1st, 2nd & 3rd class travel. For those of us traveling in steerage :-), early seating is 5:15pm; second seating at 8:00. Meals were typical cruise ship fare, a lot of stuff I couldn't pronounce but it was very good. Our waiter and busboy were attentive and prompt but our food was sometimes tepid. The cafeteria on deck 10 was good but nothing special. A wide variety but not up to the standard of the dining room. Tables were hard to come by on sea days. The obligatory grille near the pool offered burgers, hot dogs and fries. I've seen much better on other ships (Celebrity & others). Entertainment – The ship's contract entertainers were quite good. Celebrity typically hires talented young people who sing, dance and do frightening acrobatics from a thin cable. The short-term entertainers include singers, magicians, comics, etc. and were also good. The in-cabin TV programming was disappointing. I'm used to seeing a decent selection of movies available to watch. They offered a few newer flics but for $15 a pop. Even the in-house channel was a flop. On other cruise lines, I could view most lectures and seminars and check out the daily menus. Not here. Activities – There are a host of events to occupy your time. Bingo, trivia & poker, along with dance & fitness classes are available every day. Lectures subjects include art, cooking, history and travel. There are two pools, one covered, one open. The pool attendants did a good job clearing empty loungers; chair hogging was minimal. Excursions – Like most cruise lines, these were expensive. Unlike other cruises where a variety of private excursions were available at the pier, these ports had very few non-celebrity options. We booked five excursions. They varied from so-so to very good. One serendipitous feature was a lack of those annoying 30-45 min stops at tourist traps common in Europe and the Caribbean. Summary – A good cruise on an older but well maintained ship. The median age of passengers was probably 75. I’m sure much of that was the timing but I suspect even when school’s out Celebrity still attracts an older crowd. If you don’t mind the occasional passageway pile-up behind a scooter or queuing up at while a wheelchair negotiates the gangway, or if you’d like to avoid hordes of teenagers at the pools, Celebrity is a very good choice. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our 11th Celebrity cruise. Comments reflect comparisons to other trips we have had. It seems things are being cut back. Entertainment was the worst I have seen on Celebrity. It appears standards are decreasing. Only one act ... Read More
This was our 11th Celebrity cruise. Comments reflect comparisons to other trips we have had. It seems things are being cut back. Entertainment was the worst I have seen on Celebrity. It appears standards are decreasing. Only one act had a double standing ovation. The production shows were lacking staging.Dancers were outstnding. Too much country and western music throughout the two weeks of shows. Menu same as on other Celebrity ships---time for a change. Presentation and portions poor. Many cuts of meat were not well trimmed of excessive fat or selected for the tender cut. Fixed seating waiter and asst were outstanding. Very entertaining and courteous . Buffet dining lacking in day to day variety. There is too little attention to providing sugar free choices. Beyond the Podium speaker was outstanding. She was Canadian and very knowledgeable about all the stops we made in Canadian ports. Many excursions were not well described in the listing. There needed to be more details about time on the bus. I complained about one and they reluctantly gave me a 20 per cent refund, after much arguing. Service generally in all parts of the ship was good. Likely things will get better once the ship is renovated later this Fall. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
I used to cruise to Bermuda all the time when the ships docked in St. George's and Hamilton. On my last attempt to go to Dockyard, there was a hurricane heading to Bermuda and we were diverted so this was my make-up trip. I took a taxi ... Read More
I used to cruise to Bermuda all the time when the ships docked in St. George's and Hamilton. On my last attempt to go to Dockyard, there was a hurricane heading to Bermuda and we were diverted so this was my make-up trip. I took a taxi to the Cape Liberty and embarkation was a breeze. I was pleasantly surprised to see the improvements to the terminal and how organized they were. The ship is showing its age so the upcoming upgrades will definitely be welcome as the Summit is one of my favorites. I was not enthused by the activities so did not participate much. Service was awesome as always but the cutbacks to the staff clearly shows as they all seem to be overworked. We dined in Blu and it is my opinion that they need to revamp the menu. Seems like I am eating the same thing on every cruise plus they cut back to only one Somellier. I was happy to dine in Blu, however, as on some occasions the lines to the main dining room were chaotic and clearly they were unable to handle the crowds. The tables in the Oceanvew Café were not cleaned fast enough so it took a while to find a clean table or you had to clean it yourself. There were also not as many bartenders walking around to take drink orders. Again, drink packages probably make them less enthusiastic. Best dining experience was in Tuscan Grille. The Martini Bar was a disappointment. There was a manager from Turkey who clearly showed he had no clue how to run a bar. Martinis were served in small champagne glasses and they constantly ran out of supplies and would close the bar early. Entertainment was lame, to say the least. If you are sailing to the islands, clearly you should have a Caribbean band for the sail-away party and by the pool and not the bands they have been hiring lately. The staff seemed very desperate to get "10" ratings so I suspect their tips depend on the ratings. I have been very suspicious since the tipping system changed as we have no way to know if the Company is paying the staff what they deserve. Finally, I believe all cruise lines need to meet with the Government of Bermuda to add additional ferry service as there were exceptionally long wait times between ferries. Taxis are very expensive and the only saving grace was the $7 shuttle to Horseshoe Bay beach but it was a long ride. The beach was beautiful but very crowded. We went there early and left early as well. So despite the shortcomings, I booked again post-Revolution and hope that the improvements will be reflected in the overall experience because the prices have increased substantially since I booked. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Sailed on Summit August 26th 2018 to Bermuda. The overall experience was average. The buffet definitely could use more food choices- it appears very big but its the same food repeated. The food in dining room was definitely better, but ... Read More
Sailed on Summit August 26th 2018 to Bermuda. The overall experience was average. The buffet definitely could use more food choices- it appears very big but its the same food repeated. The food in dining room was definitely better, but again it was very average. The service on the Summit was good, as the staff is so professional that they don't even smile- its very military. My biggest issue was the lay out of the pool deck and pools. The 2 pools were small and had an above ground appearance. I spent most of my time in the indoor spa pool- that was a better pool and doesn't allow kids under 17yrs old. There is limited entertainment and shows are at weird times- 7pm and 9pm so have to always rush- why the 9pm show wasn't at 10pm made little sense. They had an outside movie theater that needs some cover- how are u suppose to see a movie screen in the sun! By day 7, few people on the boat even knew the movie theater existed! If you can get a cheap price, take this cruise. Otherwise, opt for a different experience, as I enjoyed my week on this ship but would NEVER go back on it- left me with no desire to return... Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
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 ... 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 our first time on Celebrity. The Bermuda destination, not having to fly, perfect time of year and price were all a plus in making our decision to book this cruise and we were not disappointed!! Leaving and returning from ... Read More
This was our first time on Celebrity. The Bermuda destination, not having to fly, perfect time of year and price were all a plus in making our decision to book this cruise and we were not disappointed!! Leaving and returning from Bayonne was easy, check in and out was smooth, no issues. Staff was very accommodating from our steward, to waiters,bartenders and general all around crew, they always had a happy greeting. Good for customer service! Yes, she is an older boat but we found no fault in her cleanliness, maintenance and maybe lack of glitz, that is so appealing to others. Food was varied and plentiful both at buffet and main dining room. Patrick, the cruise director, kept everyone busy with many activities that you could join or not. We enjoyed the comedians Michael Wilson and Carl Banks. The Frankie Valli “December 63” tribute group had everyone singing and using happy feet to keep up with the beat! Royal dockyards has changed dramatically since our visit in the early 80’s. Bermuda tourism did a grand job in transforming this area into a pleasant shopping and historical site. It’s very clean, civilized, locals are helpful ,friendly and there is easy access to the Hamilton and St George Ferries.We did both and enjoyed the ride and time off in these lovely areas. Didn’t visit any beaches, felt they would be too crowded with both NCL and Celebrity in port..next time, we will return. The only excursion we tried to book was a sunset catamaran ride but it was sold out, book it early or before you leave, heard it was nice! We did everything else on our own. Our interior room was comfortable and clean. Browsed through the many ship stores but shopping was not essential for us. Think about purchasing a beverage package - just water, beer and wine really add up! As almost the last cruise before school reopening in our area, there were quite a few families aboard. It was delightful to see them all having such a great time. The rest of us 70+ ers rounded out group and we were happy as well. Just do it!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I chose this cruise mainly because I have sailed with the company before but that was several years ago, so I wanted to see how the company has changed over the years. Since my last cruise 10+ years ago with the company, the company ... Read More
I chose this cruise mainly because I have sailed with the company before but that was several years ago, so I wanted to see how the company has changed over the years. Since my last cruise 10+ years ago with the company, the company (Celebrity) is still very good but it has gone slightly downhill since then. The prizes for contests aren't the same, and there was no grand buffet or even an ice sculpture in sight. The company is going for "modern elegance" but they don't even have the towel animals that a lot of people (myself included) love. Overall though, I loved the cruise. I had cruised with Carnival last year, and I had a terrible experience with them. Carnival was very disorganized and the ship could have used some refurbishing. This was not the case with The Summit, which was well-maintained (and is getting a "mani-pedi" when it goes into dry dock next year!). Celebrity was also very organized with everything from embarkation to disembarkation! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
My sister and I traveled with our mother, who uses a specialized wheelchair full-time. We booked this cruise less than 1 month prior to sailing when a HC cabin suddenly become available. Our drive to the port was just over an hour in ... Read More
My sister and I traveled with our mother, who uses a specialized wheelchair full-time. We booked this cruise less than 1 month prior to sailing when a HC cabin suddenly become available. Our drive to the port was just over an hour in Sunday morning traffic (approximately 65 miles). Embarkation was smooth & very fast and we had lunch at Sushi on 5 in order to avoid crowds at the buffet. The rooms were available at the expected time and we were pleasantly surprised by its size - by far the largest wheelchair accessible cabin we have ever booked. It is all the way forward and thus, not an ideal location for those prone to motion sickness (me) but we knew that when we booked it. Fortunately, it was only an issue on the first night. Our cabin steward was efficient and we only had to make our requests once (extra hangers, ice every evening, extra towels). No towel animals (for those of you like this), but we did not miss them. We had Select Dining and pre-cruise had made 6:30 reservations for every evening. The first night was quite chaotic with long lines outside the dining room regardless of whether or not you had a reservation, and we were not seated until 7:30. Our waiter (Edic) and assistant waiter (Kelvin) were superb and very attentive. We did not have to wait on any of the subsequent 4 evenings. We ate lunch in the dining room twice and other days used the buffet (the stir fry station was our favorite), the poolside grill, or AquaSpa Cafe. Food is very subjective and I will not make any specific comments, but we always found something to eat which satisfied us. We had room service breakfast once and it arrived at the expected time and our scrambled eggs were warm. Entertainment is also subjective and we were not able to make it to all the shows. We did enjoy December 63 (2 shows), the comedian Michael Wilson, the tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John with the Celebrity Orchestra and pianist Peter Rossetti. We participated in a few trivia sessions and the karaoke finale was enjoyable. There was one wheelchair accessible excursion offered (a 5-hr tour of the east and west sides which was not available on the website pre-cruise). It was a very good tour with an excellent guide, and we were able to enjoy a fish sandwich on raisin toast in St. George. We spent a lot of time in the Solarium and made a brief visit to the Rooftop Terrace on the last sea day. We were able to go just about everywhere with the wheelchair although some of the thresholds are high (especially Deck 11 forward and the doors to the promenade on Deck 4). Service throughout the ship was excellent. Cannot comment on the internet speeds as we always place our phones in the safe as soon as we enter the cabin. We did not even use our free 90-minute internet perk (yay!!). Disembarkation was also quick & smooth. It was a wonderful, relaxing week. Needless to say, we booked a cabin for next August and look forward to seeing the revamped/refreshed Summit. Read Less
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.7
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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