This is my review of our July 9th sailing on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. This was my family’s first time sailing with Celebrity, though in the past we’ve sailed with RC, NCL, and Carnival. My wife and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary while onboard. Hopefully this might help someone decide on Celebrity, the Summit, or the Bermuda itinerary. I tried to break the review into categories, but some overlap, and I certainly won’t have the fortitude to cover absolutely everything.
The Summit was great! The interior of the ship felt modern and spacious, not at all indicative of it’s age. I understand it was refurbished within the past several years – Celebrity did a great job with this! Our last cruise, several years ago, was on an RC mega ship. The Summit is noticeably smaller, which felt like a positive change. It didn’t take forever to get from A to B, didn’t feel as crowded, and having less ‘can’t miss activities’ made the entire trip feel less hectic. We warned our teenagers that they should bring a book to read because there won’t be Wave Riders, climbing walls, slides, zip lines, etc. In the end they didn’t read much because the basic internet service included with the room was good enough for them to play their favorite cell phone games. I only noticed a short lag if I was pulling up an online photo album and the pictures would load one at a time instead of all at once. This was much better than I was expecting it to be. We were also able to text each other fairly reliably while onboard.
My family was in connecting Aqua Class staterooms, which were spotless. We have two teenage sons, so squeezing into one stateroom probably would have been a bit uncomfortable, but the connecting rooms gave us plenty of space. We were in rooms in the aft-ish area. This location provided very convenient access to dining. Being right around the corner from the aft elevators and stairs, we could walk up one flight directly into the buffet or down to floor 5 and be right outside of Blu. Being under the buffet, there were only a few times during the cruise that I noticed noise from above, and even then it was a single instance, not an ongoing issue. Our stateroom attendant(?), Lenard, was great -> always a smile and hello when he saw us and if we were coming down the hall with our hands full he would open our door for us with his key card. He even made some towel swans with rose petals on the evening of our anniversary.