Great cruise: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by caribbean1004

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Great cruise

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Parts of the ship were a little dated (i.e. TV in the stateroom, tiles in the stateroom bathroom, lower ceiling height etc.) but it was extremely well maintained. You could tell that there were efforts to modernize the ship. We had recently been on the Solstice, so there was much comparison to our previous trip.

It was very convenient leaving out of NJ, so we were able to save by only purchasing plane tickets from San Juan. We loved all of the ports (we did our own thing and spent very little at each port - see port reviews). There was a bit of motion, especially to and from Bermuda, but it was manageable. (Recommendation: Ginger pills - they are safe and super effective without the drowsy side effects).

The crew was SUPERB - absolutely no complaints. The food was excellent, although I thought that the buffet experience on the Solstice was much better (better and hotter food, better layout, I prefer to get my own food like on the Solstice rather than them serving More it to you like on the Summit). However, the food and service in the dining room was perfect. We had Select Dining, as the earlier option was not available, but we went at 6pm and there was no wait to get seats.

Activities were fun, although I felt that they could be a bit varied (particularly, the guest speaker), and the shows were great (except the Comedian which is purely preference). All in all, great trip! Less

Published 11/01/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

I read online that public transportation was the way to go in Bermuda (taxis are way over priced and the public busses and ferries are super easy). We bought 2 day unlimited bus & ferry passes ($20 per person). Both the bus and ferry stops were within steps from the cruise ship.

Day 1 - We took the bus to Gibbs Lighthouse. About a 5 min walk from the bus stop, but the views are well worth it. (I believe it was $2.50 for admission). Then, we took the bus to Horseshoe Bay Beach. Another 5 min walk from the bus stop, but this was one of the nicest beaches I've ever been to (powdery soft sand, great views, bathrooms were better than expected, but the water was a tad cold in November). We then took the bus back to the ship to grab a late lunch. Then, took the ferry to Hamilton. There wasn't much to do in the city, so we opted for the scenic bus ride back to the ship.

Day 2 - We took the scenic ferry ride to St. George (approx 40 min). There wasn't much to see there either, so we took the bus to Crystal Caves. There were 2 tour options (Crystal and Fantasy - we chose Crystal which we've heard was better). About $20 per person, and truly breathtaking! We then took the bus back to Hamilton, and took the ferry from Hamilton back to the ship.

This was a repositioning cruise, so we ended in San Juan. As the luggage valet service was not available on the cruise, we were a bit worried about what to do with our luggage before our late flight. We didn't like any of the tour options available on the cruise, so we were planning on leaving our luggage at Barrachina Restaurant (free, and I've heard, reliable). However, as we were leaving the ship, we noticed a group of tour guides who were offering tours (approx 15 person bus + airport drop off for $25 per person (cheaper than what was offered on the cruise). Our tour guide took us to the Capitol Building, the fort, Old San Juan (where we shopped for about an hour), and New San Juan. He was super flexible and was willing to drop people off in different areas (some people wanted to go to the mall, early cruise, hotel, or airport drop offs, etc). It was a great option, luggage was safe, and we got to see a lot of San Juan in a short amount of time.

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The ship docks at Charlotte Amalie, next to a lot of shopping (all within walking distance). After some shopping (or rather, browsing), we headed back to the ship for an early lunch. We then took the taxi (which is more of a safari bus type thing - $8 per person) to Magens Bay Beach ($4 per person admission). Although the sand was not as nice as Bermuda, but beach was very beautiful, and the water warm enough to swim in. We stayed there for the rest of the afternoon, before heading back to the ship. The taxi ride back and forth is very scenic, as you drive up and down the mountains.

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