Traveling with little ones: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Familycruiser2008

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Traveling with little ones

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
We decided to go on a cruise with our two children (ages 1 & 2) and our best friends and their two children (ages 1 & 5). We got rooms next to one another in a Family Room with veranda room and enjoyed our time on the boat. Here is what I learned about both the ship and traveling with young children.

1) Our veranda partition could not be moved due to the fact that we were on the end of the boat. Other partitions can be moved, however.

2) The service on Celebrity Summit was amazing. We were in concierge class, but everywhere on the boat the service was top notch.

3) Children under the age of 3 cannot participate in play areas that are specifically designated for 3+, even if parents supervise. The only area on the summit that my two children could play in was the toddler room, which was young for even my 15mo old. My advice would be to wait until your children are age appropriate for the programs, so they have some activities they can do without you. More

4) Children in swim diapers are not allowed in pools. I found this out after I booked through a travel agent and would have definitely reconsidered. I understand the public health concern, however, it would be difficult to be in the pool if my children can't attend kids programs and I can't bring them in the pool. So this is what I did: My oldest daughter is mostly potty trained, so we felt comfortable bringing her in the pool without a swim diaper. For my younger daughter, I found a swim diaper online (Brand iPlay, website: that is required by law in many public pools throughout the US. The Celebrity Summit ended up having a large part of one of the pools that was very shallow water, so my daughter wasn't immersed and was perfectly happy to stand up there and play. I also noticed a lot of children with regular swim diapers and nobody seemed to be concerned. So in the end, it wasn't a big deal, but I can't guarantee that it wouldn't be on a different ship/cruise line.

5) Babysitting. Babysitting was advertised online and within our daily newsletter, with a 24 hour in advance request policy. We requested babysitting 3 nights and had a difficult time both securing the babysitters and getting them to call us back to let us know if we had them or not. We ended up getting babysitting twice, and they were great, however the experience of getting them was more difficult than it should have been.

6)State of the ship: The ship was old and therefore had old amenities (9 years I was told). It's going under a complete renovation in Jan 2012, which is very much needed!

Overall, I would recommend this cruise - both the destination and the cruise line. I would just be cautious of taking little ones as well as recommend going on a more recently updated ship! Also, do the research yourself - your travel agent will do their best to help you, but if you don't ask the right questions, they are not going to tell you about the things that may deter you from cruising! Less

Published 08/02/11

Cabin review: FV9156 Family Ocean View with Balcony

Our cabin was a decent size for a cruise cabin, but was very out of date. Our veranda had many signs of aging. It was at the end (Aft), so we had great views, however our wall around was not see-through, like the others, so the children had a hard time seeing out. I didn't let my kids out there unattended, as there are lower rails on the far side that my kids could possibly climb on. The veranda partition could not be removed, which was a problem for us, but probably wouldn't be for others. With an update, I would recommend the location and size.

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Port and Shore Excursions

King's Wharf was nice, but probably unlike the other areas of Bermuda (Hamilton, St George's). Shops were geared towards tourists and were over priced. Transportation to other areas of the island take some time, from what I heard and were not good for children. We ended up taking a taxi to Horseshoe Bay, which was beautiful, but very crowded. The cost was cheaper than the excursion offered by Celebrity and the cab drivers seemed honest and were very nice.

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