Nice cruise .... But seriously, where's the pool?: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Frazzledwith3kids

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Nice cruise .... But seriously, where's the pool?

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We left Bayonne on 7-22-12 for 7 nite cruise to Bermuda. Check-in at port, customs & ship were just unbelievably simple. Everyone is helpful and organized, even if we weren't! There were 11 of us. My family does everything TOGETHER. We were on the ship by 12:45, eating lunch, when it was announced our cabins were ready. This was much earlier than anticipated. We checked out all 5 rooms on the 7th floor. Everyone was happy - pretty amazing.

We had booked this cruise in February and the early seating for dinner was not available. We choose the 'free-styling' option. We prepaid all gratuities up front in order to do this. The first nite there was some confusion regarding the reservation process. This was clearly not explained by our agent. Celebrity was very patient in explaining and seating our large group. We found the food and selection to be quite good. Occasionally a cold dish was served, but our waiter took it back with no problem. It is simply amazing how they can cook and More prepare thousands of meals.

We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffets or by the pool. There is something for everybody, and very good quality. We ate dinner in the main restaurant every nite. We ordered everything from frog legs to fillet mignon to quail. We didn't see a need to go to the specialty restaurants. We even ordered 2 different dinners when we couldn't decide on one. Entire staff was great. We had two b-day celebrations & the flowers and cake were nice.

Entertainment was adequate. More interesting things to do on the Infinity cruise to Alaska. The pool experience was a nitemare. There are 2 outdoor pools on the Summit. One has an occupancy rate of 11. Perfect for my family, but what about the other 2000 cruisers? The other pool was too deep and not much larger. My in-ground at home was much bigger than these two! The Infinity to Alaska has one huge pool -much more suited for island destinations. Pool deck was crowded every day on this cruise. Music was a little too loud by the pool, but very enjoyable.

I would recommend checking your onboard account regularly. We had several charges with large amounts charged incorrectly. Celebrity took care of that immediately.

It was very easy to get off ship when in port. The excursions were fun. We went reef fishing with the Ellen B. nicest father/son team. Very knowledgeable and personable. Ultimate catamaran adventure was also great. We had fun on this trip and overall a good experience. Pool was very disappointing. Staff was attentive, polite and extremely nice. Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

Catamaran Cruise

We booked the Ultimate Catamaran tour. The 1/2 day excursion was very enjoyable with the crew of the Rising Sun. They provided lots of information about the island and were very pleasant. The snorkeling wasn't too great as there had been a storm previously. We saw some fish, but not too many. My kids enjoyed the stand-up paddle board and the kayak that was available on this trip. It was very nice to be floating in the beautiful Bermudian waters with noodles provided by the crew. It was a very relaxing experience.

Horseshoe Bay Beach

My family took the bus system for $4.00 per person to get to this beautiful beach. My sister & her family paid $11.00 per person for a taxi. Our bus trip was about a 30 minute ride with only a few stops. The beach at Horseshoe Bay is quite simply magnificent. The water is as blue as anything I had ever seen. The waves are very calm, nothing like the Jersey Shore! The beach gets crowded, but it is very large. There are umbrella's and chairs available for rental with deposit. Make sure you bring CASH, credit cards are not accepted. We walked about a mile to the LEFT of the beach, where my son went cliff diving and we discovered more pristine, secluded beaches. You can walk along the coastline where there are rock formations, or there is a well worn path above the sand. If you decide to explore these secluded beaches, bring water shoes because the grassy path goes thru parking lots where pavement is a killer on bare feet. Also, there are cool rock formations that you can climb easily if you have something on your feet. Bring your camera as there are incredible pictures to be taken.

Reef Fishing

I found the ELLEN B thru the Bermudian Fishing Guide. I emailed about 5 other boats, and the owners of the Ellen B had the best price, and best reviews I could find. Captain Mike and his son Andrew were wonderful. They met us at the dock, a quick 2 minute walk from the Summit. We booked a 1/2 day excursion to go reef fishing. Within 10 minutes, Mike knew all our names, and took a genuine interest in everyone on board. We literally caught 10 different species of fish in multiple quantities. The waters were incredible. Both Mike and his son are genuine Bermudians who educated us about life on the island, as well as the fish we caught. This was one of the most relaxing and pleasant days we had in Bermuda. The boat was spotless and provided plenty of shade for the 6 of us. It was obvious that Captain Mike and Andrew LOVE what they do. BOOK THIS - YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!


We walked to Snorkel Beach after our catamaran excursion. It was $5.00 per person to get in, but well worth the cost to get away from the Summit pool. The beach was crowded, but the water was nice. The kids had fun snorkeling and saw some large parrot fish. Bring water shoes as the sand getting into the water had sharp shells. Once you got past a certain point, the sand was soft and fine.

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