Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by zany janey
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Canada & New England
We had an ocean view cabin. First time I've sailed without a balcony which I did miss to be honest. However, cabin was ok but tired in places with mould on the shower caulking and bits of furniture peeling away.
Cabin steward was friendly enough and adequate (tbh we are quite low maintenance) but completely missed us one day. No biggie but that's the first time it's happened to us on Celebrity.
Ate breakfast at Oceanview every day and really struggled to get a table each time. Thought the location of items was quite poor as you had to go from one side of the ship to another to complete your cooked breakfast so by the time you did this & managed to find a table, your breakfast was lukewarm at best. The staff there were really friendly though - especially Donovan; the man is a legend.
Dinner in the MDR wasn't as good as other Celebrity ships I've sailed on. The selection didn't seem to be as good. The wait staff were lovely though and got to know them well during the cruise. Evening chic nights were a complete waste of time. We've always loved the formal approach - tux & all - but only a handful of passengers made an effort to do this, some coming into the dining room dressed as if they were popping into McD's; it was a real shame. I totally get that you're on holiday and want to relax but it's a real treat for us to dress up and we often felt distinctly overdressed for the occasion.
We went to a few of the talks/demonstrations on sea days and they were very good. As the ship was small, I was worried that they would be over-subscribed but they turned out to be less crowded than usual. We didn't really go to the shows - just a personal preference as we've always found Celebrity to be a bit lacking in this respect, and the drinks service was practically non-existent on the one show we did see so it was back to the Martini bar for us as usual.
Talking of which, this bar is always my favourite with Celebrity. Because the demographic on the ship was older. we never had any problems getting a seat there. Service was brilliant and top marks to the team there who were the best - shout out to Novi, who was my favourite.
The only excursion we'd booked with Celebrity was on disembarkation day as we had a late afternoon flight back across the pond. Unfortunately they cancelled it part-way through the cruise, leaving us high & dry until we spotted an airport transfer excursion in a newsletter late on in the cruise which we booked and it turned out ok with not too much waiting around at Newark airport. Every other excursion we had already booked independently and we paid an extra £20 on our travel insurance to cover the cost of getting to the next port should any of our excursions not get us back to the ship in time (they all did, as usual). I find this much better value with a lot more choice too. To give you an example of value, we took the public transport bus in Boston which picks up at the port and takes you to South station for $5.50 return per person; buses run every 15 minutes and the journey takes 15 minutes as you travel underground through the city. Celebrity run a shuttle from the port to the city and drop off about a 10 minute walk from South station. They charge $18 return per person and fellow passengers said the journey took 40 minutes in traffic. Unless you have mobility issues, this is a no-brainer in my opinion.
We were one of the last group to disembark due to our late transfer and getting through the port was so slow (as usual in the US) but the bus transfer was quick and friendly enough.
Most of the passengers were elderly but I think that's the time of year we sailed and the itinerary. It was a mix of US, Canadian, British and Australian mainly.
My biggest gripe which I've saved until last is the constant pressure from photographers, starting at embarkation, pretty much every night and then upon disembarking at each port. Can't they introduce a 'no photo' badge you can wear? We got sick of politely saying ''no thanks" and they could be very intrusive at times - I managed to stare one down whilst chewing a mouthful of food when he interrupted my dinner. I know they're only doing their job but come on guys - hounding me at the dinner table??
It'll be interesting to see what Summit looks like following her refit in March 2019. Might give her another shot after this, depending on the itinerary.
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