Summit Bermuda Cruise 5/30/10: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by codered

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Summit Bermuda Cruise 5/30/10

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
This was our sixth cruise, third on Celebrity, and was our first visit to Bermuda. We had high expectations for this cruise and we were not disappointed.

Pre-Cruise: We drove from our home to Cape Liberty, about a 2 hour drive, on the morning of the cruise. The cruise port is very easy to find. Arrived around 11 a.m. No traffic. Parking was a breeze. A shuttle took us from the parking space to the terminal.

Embarkation: Seemless! Porters took our bags and they were delivered to our cabin by 2 p.m. Check-in line moved quickly. Everyone was very courteous.

Ship/cabin condition: The ship was beautiful. Other posters have commented about finding rust and some signs of wear. Yes, there are a few spots of rust here and there. Yes, the linens, curtains and cabin carpet could use some updating. But all in all, this is a very nice ship. The crew works very hard to keep the ship clean and running well. Our cabin was a category 2B Veranda. We were a few cabins aft More of the bridge on deck 9. This meant we had a very short walk to the Spa/Pool areas as well as the Windjammer Buffet. A few floors down was the theater. Very easy to find your way around. We had one maintenance problem - our safe battery died. It was fixed very quickly. Our stateroom attendant, Sidney, was very pleasant and attentive.

Dining: Dinner at the Normandie (specialty restaurant) was probably the best I've ever had. Lobster Thermador with a filet Mignon, diver scallops Wellington, pan-seared sweetbreads and pear and Roquefort cheese in a puff pastry. For dessert we chose a sampler which gave us a taste of eight different dishes. We opted to buy a bottle of wine and were pleased with the sommelier's recommendation of a Cakebread Chardonnay. We ordered room service breakfast three times and enjoyed it each time. The buffet and grill areas had a very nice selection of fresh and delicious food. Omelets and waffles made while you wait! I thought that the quality of food at the main (Cosmopolitan) dining room slipped from prior cruises. Some dishes, especially soups, arrived cool. Other dishes seemed to be under-seasoned. I will say that our servers quickly took care of any concerns we had with food quality.

Activities: My wife and I had massages on the first morning. This was only my second; my first experience with a massage wasn't enjoyable. This one was. We spent much of our lounging time at the Thalassotherapy pool area. This was great for soaking our sore bones after a day of walking on shore. We went to a few of the theme parties. I went to a very nice cooking competition between two of the executive chefs. The head chef was very entertaining. We went to the theater on all but one night. The ship's dancers/singers were top-notch. There was an aerobatic act (similar to Le Cirque) a magician and an acapella group who were all excellent.

Excursions: We went on one, the Hartley Helmet Dive a/k/a the Hartley Undersea Walk. This is one of the top excursions we've ever done. It was a great experience and well worth the price.

Disembarkation: Since we didn't have to catch a flight (thank God!) we were the last group to leave the ship. It felt nice to have a leisurely breakfast and not have to leave in a hurry. The whole process was handled very efficiently. The lines for customs/immigration moved quickly. We were back at our car in less than an hour after the whole process started.

Overall, I would highly recommend Celebrity, the Summit and this itinerary. Less

Published 06/18/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

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Our ship was docked here. There are a number of shops in the area including a pottery and rum cake factory. There are some historical sights (a fort) and a Snorkel Park but we didn't partake of these. The ferry/bus terminal is a short walk from the ship. The area was very clean. One of the things I liked best about Bermuda is that no one is hassling you to braid your hair, take you to the beach or sell you street-corner souvenirs.

We took a ferry from King's Wharf to St. George's on the first day ashore. The ride took about 45 minutes. Everything you want to see is within a 20-30 minute walk of the dock. Many beautiful sights - historic buildings, especially the churches. We toured a perfume factory and caught lunch at Tobacco Bay beach. There is a small lunch stand that actually has very reasonable sandwiches and drinks.

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