Canada - New England Cruise on Celebrity Summit: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by CruisingChick

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Canada - New England Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Other
We were really excited to take this cruise as we had to cancel our last two cruises because I was ill. We had not cruised since March 2010 on Mercury. We booked this cruise using our Discover Cash Back Bonus and getting a $200 certificate in exchange for $100 cash back. Because of this we had to use a specific Travel Agency to have the bonus applied. We had been waiting for prices to come down and when we saw a Guaranteed Inside for $999 we jumped on it using our certificate.

We sailed out of Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, NJ. This is the 4th time we have sailed out of Bayonne. It's only 58 miles from our home so while the port itself is not that great, it's very convenient for us since we can drive. Parking is $19 a day and believe it or not, that's not bad for this area. We arrived at the port at 11:58 AM, dropped off our luggage, parked the car and walked into the terminal.

Unfortunately, embarkation this time was terrible. It took us just over an hour More from when we walked into the terminal to get onto the ship. We waited in line for about 45 minutes to just check in and then we had to take the shuttle to the ship. But all is forgiven (usually) when you are on the ship and they hand you that glass of champagne.

We had an inside stateroom category 10 on deck 3. This is the first time we have been on deck 3 and were a bit nervous. Come to find out I think I like being down on deck 3, better than 7 (where we usually are). The room was the typical 170 square foot Celebrity inside cabin with plenty of storage and closet space. Our stateroom attendant was good and he and his assistant did their jobs, although this is the first cruise we've ever taken that there had been days where our rooms were not completely done until 2:00 PM. I'm not sure if this is new to Celebrity or if it was a shortage of help, but we were surprised to come back from being off the ship that our room still hadn't been done and it was almost 2:00 PM.

Also there were only 5 kids on this sailing. I only saw 3 of them, so don't know where the other 2 were hiding.

Entertainment was good, nothing spectacular. There we some performers better than others. There were 3 production shows: iHollywood, which is music from Hollywood movies; Stars in Their Eyes -â€" a tribute to legendary stars and their music; and the last Sirens -â€" some kind of burlesque fantasy with pirates and mermaids that we just didn't get, we actually left after about 25 minutes or so. I don't know if it was because we were tired or what, but we did not think it was that good.

Singer, Jordan Bennett, who has been on Broadway, television and other musical theater, performed a really good show. They had a concert pianist, Brooks Aehron who did 3 shows, one was an afternoon matinee. They had 2 comedians, Al Ducharme and Louis Johnson. The second was a bit funnier than the first. They had a female vocal impressionist, Karen Grainger who was good but I really was hoping she would have been better.

They had a juggler, Barry John, who believe it or not was really good. Talented and funny.

They had their standard acapella group, Western Union, who appeared around the ship as well as in the theater during the Variety Shows

We did not see any of the other entertainment around the ship so I cannot comment on those performers.

They had two speakers for their enrichment series. Bob Loudon talked about the Golden Radio Days. We went to his first talk on the first sea day and that was it. The second speaker was Dr. Denny Whitford, professor and retired US Navy Captain. He had a few good presentations.

The crew and staff on this Summit sailing were very good to excellent. We had a wonderful waiter, Michael and assistant waiter Jonie in the Cosmopolitan Dining Room. The food on the other hand was hit or miss. Between there not being anything on the menu that appealed to us to getting entrees that had to be sent back. This does not mean all the food was bad, we did home some delicious meals but overall I would have to give the food overall a B- or even C. The lunch buffet after the 4th day I was tired of eating it. The dining room lunch menu wasn't much better. The dining room is only open on sea days, except for one where they had brunch, which we did not attend because we do not like brunch.

We dined once in the Specialty Restaurant, Normandie, and it was delicious with terrific service. The chocolate souffle is to die for.

We did not do any ship's excursions and did things on our own.

Debarkation was not too bad. We were told we were going to get off at 8:15 AM but there was a slight delay in us arriving and we got off at 8:55 AM. We were at our car at 9:33 AM and then we were home at 10:45 AM.

Summit is looking a bit worn in some areas, especially the carpeting. Good thing she is going to be refurbished in January 2012.

We love Celebrity, their service is still terrific, they just need to make the quality of their food consistently good and not hit and miss. Less

Published 10/28/11

Cabin review: 3062

3062 is a great location for an inside cabin on Continental deck. It is near crew space, but we did not find it noisy except for one night and I told our room steward and the rest of the cruise it was okay. We really liked being there, but I must warn people when they have the gang way on deck 3 you can find it hard to get to and from your cabin when they are letting an excursion out. But this only impacted us twice in the 14 days. I liked having the gang way so close, so it was easy on and off for us.

Port and Shore Excursions

As it was raining and this was a tender port, we did not get off. We have been here twice before. We have done Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain twice, so we made the ship our home for the day.

Even though we are die hard NY Yankee fans we still love Boston (the city that is). We pre-booked via the Internet the Old Town Trolley that will pick you up right outside the Black Falcon Terminal where the cruise ship docks. The tickets were $37.90 each. We got off at the State House Museum, which was included in the price of the bus ticket, and did a tour of that. Our ticket also included a Harbor Sightseeing Tour, but we did not have the energy to do that and went back to the ship. In previous years we have gotten off at the USS Constitution and done that tour.
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This is a quiet, charming place. It turned out to be a nice day so we walked all the way down to Victoria Park and walked the length of the boardwalk and back.

We got off the ship in Halifax even though it was rainy and we have been here before. We walked up to the public gardens and then walked all around them. We walked back down to the ship past the Citadel and then walked along the water to get back to the ship.
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Love, Newport, RI. It was a gorgeous day. We took the bus up to the mansions and toured the Marble House. We were there for almost two hours. It was wonderful. We caught the bus back down and then walked to the Black Pearl Restaurant for clam chowder. After that it was back to the ship.
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We have been here 4 or 5 times. This time we walked to Victoria Mansion and did a guided tour of her. I think with our AAA discount tickets were $13.50 each. then we walked around where all the stores are and window shopped and then finally hit a CVS and bought some things we had forgotten. After that we walked back down to the water and went to Portland Lobster Company to get our lobster rolls for lunch. After that we headed back to the ship.

This was our fourth time in Quebec City. This is an overnight stop. We did not get off the ship the first day. The second day we got off and took the Funicular up to the new part of town and walked up to Joan of Arc Park, which is all decorated for Halloween. It's part of the Plains of Abraham. We love walking around there. We walked back down via the Governor's Promenade walkway.

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