Have cruised with Celebrity numerous times with multiple cruises on the Summit. Over the years we have grown to enjoy the size and style of the Summit, and itineraries suit our likes, as this is our first cruise following the Dry Dock I thought I'd review the cruise. Despite our multiple cruises on this ship this was the first time we left from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. Not the best experience, only two lines/metal detectors for non-suite guests, checking in took at least 45 minutes to an hour, the slowest we have ever experienced. Luckily the rooms were immediately ready so we were able to ditch our bags and have a pleasant if somewhat crowded lunch in the Ocean View Cafe. We found most of the significant changes to involve the cabin (I will describe below) and in the Ocean view cafe. The Cafe located on deck 10 aft of the pool used to have a mostly linear configuration. This has now been changed to one of multiple stations with lots of empty space, allowing for an easier flow of passengers feeling less crowded. Most of the stations were similar and or the same to pre retrofit. A new bakery station featured wonderful freshly baked breads and pastry, super fresh and tasty bread sliced per order, with different breads featured daily! We generally like the Indian and Asian selections, as well as the carving station, and cold salads. All remained excellent. A fromagerie was added featuring a nice selection of cheeses. Breakfast remained the same always tasty and rapid. One great idea was the addition of sinks allowing diners to wash their hands (though most do not!). One new station is a make your own Cesar salad station. Problem is it relies on a mixing bowel that is used over and over by passengers, not the most hygienic concept. Moving aft there were changes at the sunset bar that were not to our liking. The canvas ceiling was removed and replaced with wooden slats that do not protect from rain or sun. All the nice wood and brass at the bar was replaced with Formica and veneer, quite cheap looking. Midships the library, i cafe, and other spaces were removed and replaced with more inside rooms. I cafe not located next to guest services is quite small with a markedly decreased number of computers going to be a problem when we need to print boarding passes. We mostly have our dinners in the MDR/ Cosmopolitan restaurant, fixed seating late. There were cosmetic changes to the dining room. The central columns are now white glass like structures instead of wood. Glass railing on upper floor is now frosted. New chairs and carpet. UNFORTUNATELY the menu has not changed in over a decade and is becoming boring and tired. Many of the dishes are presented like and taste like diner food, nothing elevated. The waitstaff however remain excellent and competent and are becoming unable to sell the menu on any given night. An extensive and great wine list which far exceeds the level of the food.As always the Martini bar was a great place for drinks before dinner, great selection of liquors and fun competent bartenders. production shows in the theatre were new (at least to us) and were very good. Guest acts were also very good. Too much use of DJ's at the pool both during the day and at the pool parties. Need to get some fun Caribbean bands back. Overall the service in all venues remains terrific and competent and it is the people and service that make for a great cruise. One port on this trip 2.5 days in Bermuda a beautiful island. We bought a transportation pass and went to the beach and town on our own. An easy island to negotiate. Beautiful horseshoe beach. Ferry rides to Hamilton and St. George are fun, and the towns offer excellent shopping, dining, and history/architecture.
Tuscan Gril was marvelous with great food and service.
Post dry dock room is overall smaller, including the balcony. Desk/makeup table and closets narrower. Tiny night stands with only one drawer. Reading lights replaced with Globe lights one which can only be turned on and off by standing up. The bathroom has become ridiculously tiny, especially the shower which also has an inward opening door which is very awkward. Redone decor is nothing special. New bedding is nice. As always however the room steward was great.