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Sail date: May 28, 2017 - Seven nights - Bermuda 4th cruise on Celebrity Summit I think that both Celebrity and the Summit are both first class operations. – the best part is the employees. They all seem to go out of their way to make my vacation the best it could be. But – sadly – this may be the last cruise on the Summit – if the internet information is true, it appears that the ship is listed for sale by a broker at a price of $350 million. See web page: WWW: qpsships.com Stock# 2349 appears to be Summit Stock# 2348 appears to be another M class ship ********************************************************************* Space to Passenger ratio: The number of passengers and the space allocation on the Summit tends to limit lines and back ups – plenty of room for all of the activities. Example: It is a 90,000 ton ship, but it has three banks of elevators – The only time there was any wait was when everyone was coming aboard. All other times the waits were minimal. ************************************************************************************************************************************************ Below are some of my observations/thoughts/opinions: Embarkation: You could not ask for a faster, more organized arrangement. You drive up and there is a large group of porters available to take your bags Just past the entrance is a multi-story parking garage (especially important in the winter months – no digging the car out of the snow). When you enter the building you first pass thru security/metal detectors. - note new policy - they do not allow power strips You then have a whole row of employees managing the check in process – more than enough to make the process quick and painless. Then you are off to the ship. To limit the crowds in the buffet area on embarkation day, you are assigned lunch locations based on your cabin category. Aqua and Concierge passengers were assigned the main dining room – no wait quick seating. Passengers in suites ate in their dedicated dining room. The cabins were made available at 1PM ********************************************************************** Select dining Note: If you have anytime (select) dining I recommend that you make dinner reservations for nights one and two at the 4th floor dining room entrance before eating lunch on the first day. You are allowed to make the reservation one day in advance – if you come to the dining room without a reservation they take the individuals with reservations first. Shopping: on the last day they had a sale – additional 10% off for most items (additional to the % discounts they had been running all week), but just during the lunch hour. If you are planning on buying an expensive watch or jewelry it might pay to wait until the last day. “Formal Nights” I am glad that they did away with formal nights. Saw a few men with jackets in the dining room – very few. Leave the suit jackets and gowns home – not needed. The world is more casual – Celebrity made the correct decision The Americas Cup Village is set up with a grandstand directly in front of the start/finish line. Excellent set up – credit to the Bermuda planning people. To get to the village from the ship: one tram takes you to the clock tower shopping area. You then get a second tram directly across the street that takes you to the Americas Cup Village. You can buy tickets for entrance to the Village next to where the second tram lets you off. The trams are free. Photo from back of Summit – USA team returning to base after race – note yachts in background and Americas Cup Village in the distant background. Wednesday harbor nights – downtown Hamilton. Most of the stores stay open until 9 pm Streets are closed off – many, many food vendors and persons selling items along street. All of the restaurants are also open. Expect a crowd. One note: Most of the advertising says it starts at 6PM – they were still setting up at that time – 7 PM appears to be the actual start. Express off ship notes: Because this is a one week cruise and formal outfits are no longer required – a high percentage of the passengers took the option to exit the boat with their own bags. The assigned area to wait was jammed with passengers ½ hour before the scheduled departure time. There was a significant “fight” for space in the room and to get to the front of the line. Recommend that you get there earlier to get at the front of the room. ******************************************************************** St. Georges: NCL now has their own dedicated (NCL owned) ferry to take their passengers to St. Georges – it docks next to the NCL ship at the Dockyard – not at the normal ferry dock. The Bermuda ferry system has put a larger ferry on that route than they had in my prior visits. Recommend that you visit St. Georges – tour the old city and look at the original buildings and take advantage of the shopping – Different shops than in Hamilton or the Dockyard area. Watch your time – do not miss the last ferry of the day – it is a very, very long bus ride back to the dockyard. Entertainment: Production shows: There were three production shows – most of the songs were ones I recognized – never could understand why some cruise production shows focus on new music – give the customer something they are familiar with and they will enjoy it more. – my opinion. Recommend that you see all three shows. Jim Beam Band – generally in Revelations – well organized professional group – girl front singer – music of 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Joe and Liv – generally at Sunset Bar – Irish singers - mix of Irish and top 40 songs – drew a dedicated crowd each night – worth a trip to the back of the ship for a listen Jessica Lajner – appears different places – sets in the Cellar Masters were acoustic/excellent guitar skills – other sets she played the guitar and sang contemporary songs. All three groups/individuals are highly recommended. Disembarkation: Once the doors were open it was a dash to the customs area. No backup anywhere – enough custom lines to handle the volume. Then to the car in the parking lot and down the turnpike. We were in our car by 8:30.

Still like the Summit

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Southern NJ Accountant

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class 1
Sail date: May 28, 2017 - Seven nights - Bermuda

4th cruise on Celebrity Summit

I think that both Celebrity and the Summit are both first class operations.

– the best part is the employees. They all seem to go out of their way to make my vacation the best it could be.

But – sadly – this may be the last cruise on the Summit

– if the internet information is true, it appears that the ship is listed for sale by a broker at a price of $350 million.

See web page: WWW: qpsships.com

Stock# 2349 appears to be Summit

Stock# 2348 appears to be another M class ship

*********************************************************************

Space to Passenger ratio:

The number of passengers and the space allocation on the Summit tends to limit lines and back ups – plenty of room for all of the activities.

Example: It is a 90,000 ton ship, but it has three banks of elevators

– The only time there was any wait was when everyone was coming aboard.

All other times the waits were minimal.

************************************************************************************************************************************************

Below are some of my observations/thoughts/opinions:

Embarkation: You could not ask for a faster, more organized arrangement.

You drive up and there is a large group of porters available to take your bags

Just past the entrance is a multi-story parking garage (especially important in the winter months – no digging the car out of the snow).

When you enter the building you first pass thru security/metal detectors.

- note new policy - they do not allow power strips

You then have a whole row of employees managing the check in process – more than enough to make the process quick and painless.

Then you are off to the ship.

To limit the crowds in the buffet area on embarkation day, you are assigned lunch locations based on your cabin category.

Aqua and Concierge passengers were assigned the main dining room – no wait quick seating.

Passengers in suites ate in their dedicated dining room.

The cabins were made available at 1PM

**********************************************************************

Select dining Note: If you have anytime (select) dining I recommend that you make dinner reservations for nights one and two at the 4th floor dining room entrance before eating lunch on the first day.

You are allowed to make the reservation one day in advance – if you come to the dining room without a reservation they take the individuals with reservations first.


Shopping: on the last day they had a sale – additional 10% off for most items (additional to the % discounts they had been running all week), but just during the lunch hour.

If you are planning on buying an expensive watch or jewelry it might pay to wait until the last day.


“Formal Nights” I am glad that they did away with formal nights.

Saw a few men with jackets in the dining room – very few.

Leave the suit jackets and gowns home – not needed.

The world is more casual – Celebrity made the correct decision


The Americas Cup Village is set up with a grandstand directly in front of the start/finish line. Excellent set up – credit to the Bermuda planning people.

To get to the village from the ship: one tram takes you to the clock tower shopping area.

You then get a second tram directly across the street that takes you to the Americas Cup Village.

You can buy tickets for entrance to the Village next to where the second tram lets you off. The trams are free.

Photo from back of Summit – USA team returning to base after race

– note yachts in background and Americas Cup Village in the distant background.

Wednesday harbor nights – downtown Hamilton.

Most of the stores stay open until 9 pm

Streets are closed off – many, many food vendors and persons selling items along street.

All of the restaurants are also open.

Expect a crowd.

One note: Most of the advertising says it starts at 6PM – they were still setting up at that time – 7 PM appears to be the actual start.


Express off ship notes: Because this is a one week cruise and formal outfits are no longer required – a high percentage of the passengers took the option to exit the boat with their own bags.

The assigned area to wait was jammed with passengers ½ hour before the scheduled departure time.

There was a significant “fight” for space in the room and to get to the front of the line.

Recommend that you get there earlier to get at the front of the room.

********************************************************************

St. Georges: NCL now has their own dedicated (NCL owned) ferry to take their passengers to St. Georges – it docks next to the NCL ship at the Dockyard – not at the normal ferry dock.

The Bermuda ferry system has put a larger ferry on that route than they had in my prior visits.

Recommend that you visit St. Georges – tour the old city and look at the original buildings and take advantage of the shopping

– Different shops than in Hamilton or the Dockyard area.

Watch your time – do not miss the last ferry of the day

– it is a very, very long bus ride back to the dockyard.


Entertainment:

Production shows: There were three production shows – most of the songs were ones I recognized – never could understand why some cruise production shows focus on new music – give the customer something they are familiar with and they will enjoy it more. – my opinion.

Recommend that you see all three shows.


Jim Beam Band – generally in Revelations – well organized professional group – girl front singer – music of 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.

Joe and Liv – generally at Sunset Bar – Irish singers - mix of Irish and top 40 songs – drew a dedicated crowd each night – worth a trip to the back of the ship for a listen

Jessica Lajner – appears different places – sets in the Cellar Masters were acoustic/excellent guitar skills – other sets she played the guitar and sang contemporary songs.

All three groups/individuals are highly recommended.


Disembarkation:

Once the doors were open it was a dash to the customs area.

No backup anywhere – enough custom lines to handle the volume.

Then to the car in the parking lot and down the turnpike.

We were in our car by 8:30.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 1
Cabin C1 7206
normal size balcony cabin - plenty of space for a one week cruise. Balcony is exceptional. As wide as the room, but about 20 feet deep on back of boat.
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