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1,633 Bayonne (Cape Liberty) to Bermuda Cruise Reviews

First of all, let me start off by saying Bermuda was fantastic!! Loved every minute of it. We've always enjoyed RC and we love Bermuda so this seemed like a no-brainer. We arrived on the ship and were happily let on at 10:30 AM. We ... Read More
First of all, let me start off by saying Bermuda was fantastic!! Loved every minute of it. We've always enjoyed RC and we love Bermuda so this seemed like a no-brainer. We arrived on the ship and were happily let on at 10:30 AM. We toured the ship a bit. It was very big and pretty but we were not fond of the narrow halls and Royal Esplanade in general. Seemed quite confined. The stores are broken up and weirdly laid out so they are very congested. Oddly, there was nothing in the store that said "Bermuda." It was all "The Caribbean and New England" so forget about getting any souvenirs that mention Bermuda. We found the clothing choices to be kinda gaudy and cheap looking, so I bought nothing until t-shirt day, which by the way the line was so long it took forever for people to even be able to get in and look as they were only along in a small amount of people at a time. But at least they had shirts that said Bermuda. Very little selection for gifts for kids. Usually I can always find stuff. Not this time. The entertainment was good, but the comedian decided to make it political which turned off half the crowd. I'm not on vacation to talk Politics! We will Rock you was canceled due to the weather, which was understandable. The food was very good, but a very limited selection for Gluten Free people, which has never been the case before. There was a nice area for GF food which had some good things, but nothing on the Esplanade deck. So If I wanted a snack it was a hike, or I had to wait a while and get an entire pizza. The Specialty dining was outrageously priced. Some was 75.00 PP. We skipped it. Now for the worst part...The room. It was so hot an stuffy. The air conditioner only went as low as 68 and you could barely feel it. We called maintenance. It was later in the night. After waiting a long time, we gave up and went to bed. They never even contacted us after that. The bed was rock hard. It felt like a cot. The room was NOT cleaned well. The phone had a layer of "gunk" on it, that my boyfriend had to scrape off. And then we found pills. One was a prescribed aspirin, the other, Alprazolam, a Class 4 Narcotic. Thank GOD we didn't have a kid in there because we found it on the floor. The other was on the sink of the bathroom. After that, my boyfriend, a cop, decided to check the room to make sure there were no more. He didn't find any, but the layer of dust and dirt under the chairs was disgusting. On our departure day, he decided to put a small "x" on the tag of the sheets. We went to breakfast. When we came back, the bed was already made. The "x" was on the sheets still, indicating that he never changed them... for the next people. All I can say is WTH?! Again, we've always had good luck with RC and hope this was an isolated incident. But its starting to feel like quality and quantity are going down hill. We have contacted them about the Pill thing. Hoping to hear back. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We went on this cruise to go to Bermuda. To start our cabin was 9692 right across from the service elevators. There was noise and the cleaning cart outside our door everyday! We booked our room through RC and was told by the travel ... Read More
We went on this cruise to go to Bermuda. To start our cabin was 9692 right across from the service elevators. There was noise and the cleaning cart outside our door everyday! We booked our room through RC and was told by the travel agent was a great room! We tried to change rooms but were told they were sold out. The food was not good! So disappointed in the windjammer for breakfast. We tried all the other restaurants for breakfast and they were all mediocre. The entertainment was not what we had hoped for. Most of the shows we have seen on other RC ships have been fantastic. The best show was the comedian Kiwi Rogers! The “Gift” was an odd show and hard to follow. The only thing that was good were the special effects. Spectra’s Cabaret was way out there! Left the show after 15 minutes into it. The show “We Will Rock You” started out with a modern twist. It was long, one hour and 50 minutes. Too long in my opinion. It was good in the end with all the great songs from “Queen”! The last show we saw was “Revoiced”. This was good but too long too! The shows were geared more for an age group of 20’s to 40’s. The age range on this trip was 50’s to 70’s. The ship seemed crowded even though it is a smaller ship then Allure. The Allure ship didn’t seem crowded and the food was much better! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Lets start with the false advertising...We booked this boat because of how amazing this boat looks on the RC website. Too bad it’s all fake! There’s NO H2O water park, there’s only half the restaurants they claim, no outdoor sports ... Read More
Lets start with the false advertising...We booked this boat because of how amazing this boat looks on the RC website. Too bad it’s all fake! There’s NO H2O water park, there’s only half the restaurants they claim, no outdoor sports courts, no self leveling pool tables, no children’s playgrounds as displayed, only a couple of the shows they claim...it’s basically like they took all the best pictures of their entire fleet and all the best everything and pretend it’s on every boat. Things like the kilbasa, sausage restaurant literally being a tiny HOT DOG food truck in the corner of the arena. The bionic bar was just an afterthought, “slap a couple robots in the middle of a hallway with chairs”...The opposite of what the pictures show. 4 year olds CANT DO ANYTHING despite being 42 inches tall, must be 5 and up. How has no one sued them yet??? We requested twin beds. Only to arrive with a king and couldn’t be separated. No gifts for anniversary and birthdays. Don’t bother telling them your celebrating. WARNING!!!!! - They canceled the royal IQ app last month (yet still advertise it) so if you’ve already booked with family thinking you can text each other, FORGET IT. Seems like a game to make you buy internet. They cancel shows and move shows around just like everyone sais...we had 2 shows booked. One was canceled and one was moved forward which we missed because they didn’t announce it. My 4 year old was in tears because we booked the final showing and they canceled it. Soda machines out, no ice, no waiter getting you drinks during buffet meals, ice cream machine broke, HORRIBLE. If you’re an experienced cruiser, prepare for dissapointment. Awful awful ship. Very misleading and everything’s broken. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Day of Cruise Philly to Port Liberty Left home at about 7:45 AM and headed up the NJ turnpike to I-95 N towards NY. Following the car's GPS, got off at the Bayonne exit. After a short drive with just a few turns, arrived at ... Read More
Day of Cruise Philly to Port Liberty Left home at about 7:45 AM and headed up the NJ turnpike to I-95 N towards NY. Following the car's GPS, got off at the Bayonne exit. After a short drive with just a few turns, arrived at the terminal at around 10 AM. After dropping off our one large bag, parked inside the main parking garage right next to the terminal. It was just a very short walk to the terminal with our two wheeled carry on bags. Check in was the easiest of all cruises we've ever taken! Check in, from start to finish, took only about 15 minutes. Since it was still rather early, we sat in chairs till it was announced we could board. Boarding started at about 10:45. Everything was so organized! One row of seats was called at a time. Therefore, there was no pushing, shoving, or bumping into others. Naturally, everyone made a bee line towards the Windjammer for a bite to eat so the elevators were rather crowded. That’s just the nature of Day 1. Muster drill was at 3:30 and just as soon as it ended, the lines were cast off and away we went. I have to mention that the skyline of NYC was awesome and seeing the Statue of Liberty was breathtaking. It was way cool passing under the VN Bridge! Lots of applause after we “barely” made it safely through. My wife and I started to explore the ship but it was set up a lot differently than every other Royal ship we've sailed on. The Allure was like that when we first sailed her but we got to be good friends after a few days. As time goes on, we will have seen a great deal of what this ship offers but by then, it will be time to end our vacation. Dinner on Day 1 was at Chops. What else is there to say except that the food was simply the best. Tomorrow night's dinner will be at Jaimie's Italian and we're really looking forward to that. Day 2- sea day After breakfast, hung out at the Solarium for most of the day. It's such a restful and beautiful place. We explored more of the ship and what we saw was amazing. Bumper cars at sea? Who would have thought? Although we didn’t go on them, it was fun watching everyone else really enjoying themselves! Dinner was at Jaimie's Italian. Could it top Chops? A very tough comparison, but they were both really great! We had a meat AND a veggie plank for starters and they were delicious. Our main dishes were crab fettuccini and another equally yummy pasta dish but the name escapes me. The lemon meringue cheesecake, for dessert, was out of this world. Day 3: Arrival at Bermuda. After breakfast, left the ship and grabbed a shuttle to Horseshoe Bay. It was only $7 per person which I thought was very reasonable. It was a very scenic drive of about 25 minutes from the pier. Upon entering the beach area, we took a right turn and stayed at the rock protected area where the water was like glass and only about waist high. Although slathered with sunscreen, the sun, in a cloudless sky, was extremely hot. After about an hour, we decided to leave before being burnt to a crisp. Our shuttle driver said the water temp was 83 degrees which sort of felt like being in a hot tub Tues. Day 4: Bermuda Spent most of the morning exploring the Royal Naval Dockyard. In particular, we concentrated on The Keep, a place steeped in so much of Bermuda's history. The Commissioner's House offered probably the best view of the port. There were old cannons pointing directly at the Anthem which was kind of scary even though they were inoperative. After that, off to the Dolphin Quest. Although we didn't participate, it was awesome to watch these magnificent animals perform for, and with the tourists. The hot sun had been beating down on us for a few hours now and was beginning to take its toll. Naturally, I forgot to put on sun block and didn't think to wear my baseball cap. Before we burnt to a crisp, we headed back towards the ship before noon. First, we stopped at a little pub for some ice cold beer (me) and bottled water for my wife. The A/C on the ship was very welcomed! Tuesday's dinner was probably the best of any cruise we've ever taken! It was prime rib and lobster night! First of all our six tablemates were the greatest and funniest people we've ever sat with! Nothing but jokes, laughs, and good conservation all night. But the best part was that after we began eating our entree, our server brought out a huge plate with three extra lobster tails per person! To say we were in heaven would be an understatement! It's tough to decide which was better- the specialty dining at Chops and Jaimie's or the MDR with the prime rib/ lobster combo. Day 5: Wed. Sea day Calm seas and smooth sailing on the way back to Bayonne. A bittersweet day knowing all this is coming to an end. We had breakfast at the Solarium and have decided that it's much better than fighting the lines at the Windjammer. At about 9:14, the captain came on the PA system and announced if we would all observe a moment of silence to commemorate the 18th anniversary of 9/11. You could hear a pin drop during the minute everyone thought back to that tragic day on a beautiful September morning. When the captain came back on the PA to thank everyone for their cooperation, there was still silence and people were still quiet as they reflected on the darkest day in our history. A very poignant moment aboard the Anthem. Back to our cabin where we saw those dreaded green luggage tags for Thursday’s debarkation. The reality that a great cruise was about to come to an end. We sat at a table for eight with some really great people! I remarked that Royal threw “all the bad apples in the same barrel!” Every night, we laughed so hard while sharing all kinds of stories. On Tuesday night, prime rib and lobster tails were on the menu. We all got the surf and turf. Our waiter, without being asked, brought out a huge plate with three extra lobster tails for each person! To say we left stuffed would be an understatement! All of us had so much fun that we were always the last to leave the 5:30 PM seating. Day 6: Debarkation. We opted for self-carry off since we were parked at the garage next to the terminal. So, at about 8:00 AM, we sadly walked down the gangway to the customs area. There wasn’t much of a line at customs, but we used a porter to save a little time. Customs was such a breeze! They used facial recognition which took all of .001 seconds and we were out of the terminal! I didn’t notice if there were agents or the facial recognition for those waiting in line, but it was sure a pleasant ending for a fantastic cruise. Final Thoughts and Observations: Port Liberty has things down to a science. It was the easiest and fastest boarding process I’ve ever had in my 16 cruises. Everyone who works there deserves a round of applause! All the other ports should use Bayonne’s model. Leaving the ship was just as easy with no stress at all. Most of the people I encountered were from PA (like us), NJ, NY, and other nearby states. Everyone, without exception, was fun, pleasant, helpful, and mannerly. For instance, people held the elevator doors for others, always had a “good morning” or “how are you?” for their fellow cruisers, and on and on. The September 7th sailing of the Anthem wasn’t just a good cruise. It was a GREAT cruise! Can’t wait to leave from Bayonne again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We choose this cruise to celebrate an anniversary ,this was our 43 cruise and the third on the Summit ,We live on Long Island so don't have much interest in exploring NJ . An hour and 30 minutes we were parked and in the terminal . ... Read More
We choose this cruise to celebrate an anniversary ,this was our 43 cruise and the third on the Summit ,We live on Long Island so don't have much interest in exploring NJ . An hour and 30 minutes we were parked and in the terminal . Since we bid our way into a Sky Suite the embarkation was excellent, this is a modern terminal with all the newest Hi Tech Identification , we were on the ship and in our cabin in about 10 minutes , . This is when we noticed the Sky suite we bid on ended up being a Handicapped suite . not even close to the picture displayed when we bid up to get this suite . Not what we thought we were getting . Still a nice newly refurbished room ,but the bathroom was a bit of a problem as there is no separate shower[surround or separator ] so that a wheel chair could be used in the shower . This caused the whole floor to get soaked when being used ,a bit of inconvenience for us.I considered the balcony quite small for a suite ,we paid considerably more to get into this suite . Another annoying feature was the lack of outlets [ only one free] and the lack of shelves of cubbyholes to store small items like cameras ,cell phones etc. and the lack of a full length mirror . A nicely designed suite but not very functional. Great location only a short walk to elevators which were very fast . Since we were in a suite we had our choice of restaurants Blu or Luminia Both were quite good ,although I preferred the Buffet for breakfast .One of the main advantages of being in a suite is that you have use of a private deck that always had lounges available and your own private Bar ,which I used regularly ,Although the Martini Bar was by far my favorite Service though out the ship was excellent ,five star ,especially in the restaurants . Overall it was a great Cruise, with a few small glitches, Captain did a great job of skating the Hurricane As far as shore Excursions ,we booked a day trip to a resort before we left,excellent . ,and on the final day we tried the Beach near the Port ,terrible loud HIP HOP garbage music and very crowded ,payed the 10 bucks to get in walking around a bit and headed back to the ship ,not for me. We would probably do this cruise again ,but be more selective of the room . Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this ship because of the three day port stop in Bermuda. As an added bonus and due to Hurricane Dorian, we got an extra half day. Embarkation was the smoothest I have ever seen on any ship except Crystal. When our room was ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the three day port stop in Bermuda. As an added bonus and due to Hurricane Dorian, we got an extra half day. Embarkation was the smoothest I have ever seen on any ship except Crystal. When our room was ready, the luggage was already waiting for us in the hallway. Well done. I really liked the ship and the public spaces. It never felt crowded, even at the buffet on the first day when we boarded. The food in the main dining room was delicious, and the service excellent. I also loved the sushi bar and Tuscan Grille. It was well worth the upcharge for Tuscan Grille. However, the three in our party had major issues with Qsine. The menu was weird, the service unusual, and they pushed and pushed food on us to the point that it was annoying. We don't like to waste food and kept politely declining additional dishes, but they didn't take no for an answer. I wouldn't bother ever returning to Qsine. The entertainment was hit or miss. The Beatles act was decent, I would say. The comedian was in the middle. We didn't attend any of the other headliner shows. The live music in the lounges was generally atrocious. While the musicians were okay, the singers could not sing at all. I found it difficult to listen to. The DJ'ed events were good, especially the silent disco, which was possibly the most fun we had on the ship. Loved the spa and fitness facilities. Had a salt scrub and also took a spin class. I wouldn't bother booking a room to get use of the Persian Garden- it was nothing to write home about. As for Bermuda, I would never have anything negative to say about it. We love this island and have been here five or six times. The only drawback is docking at King's wharf and having to wait for the ferry in the blazing sun. Not my favorite thing. I noticed that the Celebrity survey had no space for negative comments/room for improvement. So other than the ones noted above, I would like to state that I thought the photographers were beyond obnoxious. They wouldn't take no for an answer and at one point asked us if perhaps we "didn't like each other" and that was why we didn't want photos. On the fourth day we were talked into a "free" photo session in a private room the next evening. We were told to return the following night to view the proofs, which we did. Imagine our surprise when we found out that a) the pictures were in black and white and b) the lowest package price for five 8 X 10 images was $550! The purchase of all the images from the session would have set us back $2500! Yes, you read that right. So as we had declined all the other pictures, we left the ship with exactly zero pictures taken by the ship's photographers, and were extremely disappointed and even angered by this bait and switch technique. Not sure I would sail Celebrity again for this reason alone. I'm going to have to reflect on it more. We had a family veranda cabin, which I have reviewed below. I also want to comment on what a nice job they did of keeping the pool/solarium ladies' room clean. A woman was in there almost 24/7, constantly tidying up. In the evening, they moved the attendants up to the restrooms by the dining area. They did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Bermuda and this ship sailed from New Jersey, allowing us to drive to the port instead of flying. Embarkation was efficient. The ship is very bright and modern which we liked. We had an ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Bermuda and this ship sailed from New Jersey, allowing us to drive to the port instead of flying. Embarkation was efficient. The ship is very bright and modern which we liked. We had an Aqua class cabin which allowed us to use the spa and dine in the special Aqua dining room, Blu. We did not use the spa but ate almost exclusively in Blu. Service and food were definitely worth the Aqua class surcharge. We usually sail Norwegian and found the food better on Celebrity, especially the buffet. Buffet pizza was excellent and there was wait staff serving beer, cocktails, etc in the buffet. We were sailing during Hurricane Dorian but the Captain did an excellent job, getting us to Bermuda ahead of the storm, a half day early and sailing behind it on the way back to port. Weather was excellent so many people used the pool (not us, we are not pool people). We spent some time in the casino, typical of all cruise ship casinos. We booked a Ricky's minibus tour of Bermuda. It was excellent and $50 per person cheaper than the same excursion from Celebrity. Our one Celebrity excursion was the boat tour of Bermuda homes. Our guide, Mark, was excellent and we enjoyed a beautiful day on the water. We missed the O'Sheehan's bar/grill we've enjoyed on our Norwegian cruises. Late night dining was only available in the buffet. We also missed the cocktail lounge entertainers we've enjoyed on Norwegian: piano, some classical players, etc. We paid the upcharge for the top beverage package but found the bars and bar staff not as much fun as those on Norwegian. This is probably one of the reasons the Celebrity crowd seemed more subdued and formal. There were two nights when you could wear cocktail attire to dinner but it was not required. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship itself is very nice and easy to navigate. The food in the main dining room was always delicious, our waiters Anish and David were fantastic . The buffet had a nice variety food was hit or miss, but definitely better than other ... Read More
The ship itself is very nice and easy to navigate. The food in the main dining room was always delicious, our waiters Anish and David were fantastic . The buffet had a nice variety food was hit or miss, but definitely better than other buffets. The cabin was nice and the attendant was very responsive. We could hear our neighbors whole conversations, even them snoring at night. I’ve never experienced anything like that on any cruise ship. We complained to attempt to have them seal the joining door but either it was never done or not effective. We essentially had to have our TV on at all times so we didn’t have to listen to our neighbors. We also had to play TV volume wars with the neighbors. We also had this horrendous sulfur smell coming from the toilet one day it was gone when we came back to the room. The shows were pretty terrible we only stayed for 1 and walked out of the rest. Even the singers throughout the ship were pretty bad. There were your usual pool chair hogs which was pretty annoying. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Disembarkation was a breeze we did self assist and were off the ship in our car within 20 min. Overall we were happy, however we were mainly relaxing. I think if we were looking for more excitement or night entertainment we would have been disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We sailed on the Celebrity Summit from Bayonne NJ in the summer of 2018 and had such a great time we booked onboard for the summer of 2019. On both sailings the crew were attentive and entertaining. The ship had a refurbishment at the ... Read More
We sailed on the Celebrity Summit from Bayonne NJ in the summer of 2018 and had such a great time we booked onboard for the summer of 2019. On both sailings the crew were attentive and entertaining. The ship had a refurbishment at the beginning of 2019 and the cabins are spectacular. They have been given a clean, contemporary look which is pleasing to the eye. This has brought the Summit cabins to a similar feel and quality of Celebrity’s newer vessels. The thing that Celebrity is known for is their food quality. The abundance and quality on this cruise was outstanding whether in the Oceanview Café (daily buffet) or in the Cosmopolitan (main dining room). Both of these venues have been refurbished and are absolutely beautiful. All areas are kept immaculately clean and food presentation is a spectacle. If you like shopping on board, you have many choices of high end shops and boutiques, all offering tax free goods. As a family we enjoy general knowledge trivia and found the entertainment staff excellent, especially Rhuss and Dominick. Stateroom attendant Ian and our waiter and asst. waiter Donovan and Darshena deserve a special mention, always giving service with a smile. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them. I had an issue with noise from crew members so I talked with the Hotel Manager Danuta and the Front Desk Manager Miguel. They both listened to my concerns and were not dismissive, rectifying the problem and checking in with me daily to make sure that I was happy! Now that’s service! Celebrity are an amazing company who truly value their guests. I use the word guests, as that is how you are made to feel. An outstanding experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My husband surprised me with a Bermuda cruise to celebrate my birthday. It was a wonderful gift, in that we had the best time. Our past few cruises have been with Viking Ocean. We have not sailed with Celebrity for the past 9 years. We ... Read More
My husband surprised me with a Bermuda cruise to celebrate my birthday. It was a wonderful gift, in that we had the best time. Our past few cruises have been with Viking Ocean. We have not sailed with Celebrity for the past 9 years. We were so pleased that Celebrity had as high standards as Viking and in some categories surpassed our Viking experience. We stayed in a suite and experienced all the wonderful amenities that went with it. Our embarkation was effortless and we were on the ship in a matter of minutes. Our stateroom was ready for us and we were greeted with a bottle of champagne. Our butler was excellent and took care of all our needs during the week. Our cabin was a very nice size, and our balcony not only had a table and chairs, but also a chaise lounge. What a nice treat to daily find an afternoon snack in our cabin, such as shrimp, a cheese platter, fruit platter, etc. We enjoyed dining in the suite restaurant, Luminae. The food and service were excellent all throughout the week. I was even gifted with a delicious birthday cake. One evening we dined at the specialty restaurant, Tuscan Grill. It was one of the best Italian restaurants we had ever dined at. We also enjoyed the Japanese restaurant, Sushi on 5. We enjoyed the many activities that the ship had throughout the day and night We enjoyed the evening shows and particularly had a good time at the Silent Disco. The social directors worked hard to see that everyone had a good time. Captain Matt was on his first sailing as captain and was very involved with all the passengers. As suite passengers we enjoyed the tour of the bridge. We loved our stay in Bermuda. We did a snorkel tour sponsored by Celebrity and enjoyed it. The rest of our activities were done independently. I would recommend using the 7 dollar beach shuttle to Horseshoe Bay, rather than book through the ship.I also would be sure to check the ferry schedule to Hamilton to avoid wasting time. We enjoyed an evening catamaran excursion. On the ship, we enjoyed the Retreat sun deck. There was a comfortable whirl pool, attentive bar staff and quiet atmosphere. Our disembarkation went smoothly. We waited a short time in the Retreat lounge. We were then escorted off the ship to our luggage and went through customs. We were ready to leave in a matter of minutes. To summarize, I would definitely recommend Celebrity, especially the Suite category. I had the most amazing birthday celebration. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My family selected this cruise because we did not need to fly to get to NJ and because we did not want a long cruise. The ship was nice, but many of the characteristics of other Royal Carribean ship were missing. For example the Schooner ... Read More
My family selected this cruise because we did not need to fly to get to NJ and because we did not want a long cruise. The ship was nice, but many of the characteristics of other Royal Carribean ship were missing. For example the Schooner Bar was a stripped down version and lacked the normal boat. Kids pools were not separate from the other pools and children were always in the hot tubs. The emergency drill was not well done. It was a childish video that did not easily communicate what to do in an emergency. Many people simply did not watch. The food was just ok in anytime dining. Service was good except for in the pool area where workers consistently did not give way of the paying guests, instead the guests needed to give way to staff. Ifly was outstanding. You likely have guessed by now that this was not my favorite ship. All this said, we had a good time and remain loyal to RC. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I enjoyed my cruise on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. I have cruised many times to Bermuda on different lines and I have cruised to extensively on all the major brands to many destinations. The last time I cruised with Celebrity was in ... Read More
I enjoyed my cruise on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. I have cruised many times to Bermuda on different lines and I have cruised to extensively on all the major brands to many destinations. The last time I cruised with Celebrity was in 2001 so it was nice to return. Of course nothing stays the same and unfortunately some things that I loved about Celebrity has changed. Gone are pianos and harps playing instead DJs are playing in the main lobby. This kind of takes away from the elegance of it all. I am in my late thirties so I am guessing Celebrity is trying to appeal to people younger than I? They just seem like they can’t find their target audience. In any case, the Summit looks great after her renovation. I loved the interior design and the look of the staterooms. The only place they didn’t renovate was Cellar Masters and Sushi on 5. All in all she looks fairly new. The food was good to average as was service. The buffet restaurant flowed well and had a great selection of food. Embarkation was easy as was the departure. Entertainment seemed plentiful and while the shows were good the performers were excellent. The captain and his officers were very visible and courteous. This was my 10th time visiting Bermuda and it never disappoints. In my opinion, it is one of the best islands that offer some of the best beaches. Simply put, Bermuda is beautiful and I could have stayed a few more days! With all the alterations the Summit has had over the years, the ship doesn’t flow so well like she used to. Sushi on 5 blocks the flow of traffic, the added cabins on deck 11 block the jogging track and the new cabins added on deck 3 hide the Tuscan Grill. You have to go on hunt to find that restaurant. For the life of me I don’t get how they can do that but I guess they paid someone big bucks to come up with that idea. There are no longer any printed directories in the cabin so there is no way of knowing the number of room service or other services for that matter. Even guest relations gave me a wrong number for room service. I traveled with a few other people in cabins scattered around the ship. The inconsistencies with cabin amenities was rather large. My room did not have the advertised robes and tote bag other rooms had that and umbrellas, others had none of the advertised amenities. For me I personally do not care if I don't have robes but they do advertise these amenities. They also push beverage packages and upgrades very aggressively on embarkation day. Many crew would not take no for an answer which was rather uncomfortable. Overall, I had a great time and I would sail Celebrity again if they had an interesting itinerary. Sad to say but I felt Celebrity fell a little flat in some areas hopefully they will make changes. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
It was my 1st time on Celebrity & I loved it except for the line we would have to make at the restaurant even though we had reservations & it was a hassle trying to get the same servers we have before because we absolutely loved ... Read More
It was my 1st time on Celebrity & I loved it except for the line we would have to make at the restaurant even though we had reservations & it was a hassle trying to get the same servers we have before because we absolutely loved them, Vincey & Julius were wonderful & it’s not fair if we had them for almost the whole week, we were not able to get them the last 2 days, we also had Anish, Sandry & Wilson, all 3 just as great,. Benny our room attendant was amazing & we couldn’t have asked for a better person. Shows were good, not great, the performers were amazing but I think the shows could have been more upbeat, the comedians were great. Customer service personnel were very nice & helpful. The ship is beautiful & I liked that the buffet food was fabulous, the menu at the restaurant was also outstanding. The cabin was roomy & just loved that the bathroom was bigger than other cruise lines. I would definitely use Celebrity again & recommend to family & friends. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This cruise was organized by the friends with whom we traveled. They have many years more cruise experience than my wife and I, and we were not disappointed at all. From the choice of cabin level, to the incredible service, to the varied ... Read More
This cruise was organized by the friends with whom we traveled. They have many years more cruise experience than my wife and I, and we were not disappointed at all. From the choice of cabin level, to the incredible service, to the varied options and outstanding quality of the food choices (not to mention the beauty of our destination - Bermuda), the week was an absolute pleasure! From our room steward (Omar), to the dining room wait staff, to each and every service person on board the ship (including, but not limited to, the cruise director, the captain himself, and the entertainers), the level of sincere concern for our safety, comfort, and pleasure was unparalleled. The embarkation and disembarkation processes were completely painless. We were onboard within minutes, and we were in our car in the parking garage at Bayonne within minutes, as well. We did not partake in any of the excursions offered by the ship, choosing, instead, to go by minibus to Horseshoe Bay beach. It was, in my opinion, the best way to get to the beach for two reasons: it was affordable ($7 per person, each way), and it dropped you right at the entrance of Horseshoe Bay Beach. A private taxi would have dropped you there, as well, but the fare was around $40 each way. A public transportation bus would have been less expensive than the minibus, but it drops you at the top of the hill heading to the beach. The climb up a fairly long, steep hill (especially after a few hours in the hot sun) looked pretty exhausting. There are also several packages that offer discounts on public transportation, which we chose to bypass since our goal was simply to get to the beach. We loved Horseshoe Bay so much, we decided to go back a second time two days later. We happened to be in Bermuda during their two day Emancipation National Holiday, during which almost the entire island shuts down. We stayed on board the ship during day two in Bermuda (which was day one of the holiday). I would highly recommend taking the public ferry from King's Wharf (where the ship docks) to either Hamilton or St. George (or both). It is such a pleasurable ride, offering some unique views of the island, as well as King's Wharf. The ferry is normally $4.50 per person each way. It was $5 the day we went, due to "holiday pricing." The food on board the ship did not disappoint. From the hamburgers and hot dogs by the pool, to the vast variety of quality buffet choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and late night snacking (not to mention the ice cream, froyo, and gelato choices), to the excellent choices in the main dining room, there was no lack of fine quality cuisine from beginning to end. And, I have never seen a staff do more cleaning than the buffet staff. Simply outstanding. Our nightly wait staff in the main dining room of Douglas (waiter), Komang (bus boy), and Yesh (sommelier) were the best! The entertainment was also top notch. The theater was comfortable, and easy to get in and out of both prior to and after each performance, with a very attentive bar wait staff. The comedians and singers were outstanding. My only slight criticism would be the cabaret performances presented. They were just a slight notch below the level of the other performers, except for the aerialists, and the male and female acrobatic dancers, both of whom were incredible. The Summit is a bit of a smaller ship. The two pools (the main pool varies in depth from 5 ft 6 inches deep to 6 ft 2 inches deep, and the smaller pool has a uniform 4 ft depth) on board the ship don't have any of the amenities of some larger ships (e.g. - no slides or tubes, etc). There are a couple of hot tubs. There is an area on board (near the spa and fitness center) called The Solarium which is a glass enclosed pool area that has in-pool lounge areas with water jet massages, as well as some in pool shower type massage areas. The Solarium Spa Cafe also offers some healthier food choices and smoothies. There are no shortages of lounge chairs throughout the ship, as well as areas to escape the hustle and bustle of the main pool area. A great amenity is an outdoor area at the rear of the ship on deck 12 called the Rooftop Terrace which contains a series of couches and comfy lounge areas with a large screen for viewing movies and such throughout the day. A great area, again, to escape. I would definitely make this same trip again, in a heartbeat, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great overall cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My daughter and I had cruised Anthem 2 yrs ago on the 4 night to Bermuda and while there were some issues on the cruise, we decided to try the 5 night to Bermuda. Overall, I was very happy with the cruise. Room- We again had a room ... Read More
My daughter and I had cruised Anthem 2 yrs ago on the 4 night to Bermuda and while there were some issues on the cruise, we decided to try the 5 night to Bermuda. Overall, I was very happy with the cruise. Room- We again had a room with the large balcony at a good location near the elevators. The room was spotless and our steward, Carlton was very nice and provided me with extra towels when I asked for them. The issue with the horrible beds continued, though we did ask for and get toppers for them. For the first time though in a while on RCCl we had very loud and obnoxious neighbors blasting music . Key program -We had The Key program- I was not sure how it would work out, but in the end the benefits we used were great and I would do this again. We got there at 11 so missed the early embarkation but the Key had a designated check in anyhow. We had lunch when we boarded in one of the dining rooms from the Chops menu. We left a carry on near the dining room when we boarded. During the cruise we got a fruit plate. We did not use the priority time for Bermuda. We were able to book North Star through the Key, though in the end cancelled but could have used Stand By. (It had not been available on the Cruise Planner). We got a discount at Izumi. We did not see any shows this time. Best was the departure. We had breakfast and getting off the ship was super easy, as the Key employee guided us off, through the pier , to the luggage and got us into a fast customs line. I would definitely do The Key again. Internet and Drink Package- I booked the Deluxe package with internet before I realized I had booked the Key months earlier ( forgetful sometimes....) and because I did not want to cancel and rebook, we ended up with 4 internet packages. This actually worked out well as I could use my phone and computer at same time, and daughter her iPad and phone. No, I would not do that again, but it worked well this time. The drink package is totally worth it. Food- there were some issues here but they related to booking only. I had booked the Chefs Table and 3 night dining package through the Cruise Planner. We generally only eat in specialty restaurants and before I always booked pre cruise, but decided to save money this time. I did not really like running around on the first day to get the restaurants booked. We went to a gentleman in Chops first to check on the 3 nights, and the first night he claimed we were in Jamie's at 9.30 when I had booked for 8 pm times but we switched it to Wonderland and then Jamies and Chops at the end of the week. However, when I checked several times before the second to last night when we had Jamie's, and even that day the reservation was either lost or at a wrong time. I will say that the food in all the restaurants we ate in was excellent. In fact, Wonderland, which had been disappointing 2 yrs ago, and on the Symphony in Nov., was fantastic and we ended up eating there the last night again instead of Chops. Our server , Gabino, was great. We had him as our server both nights. Instead of eating in Hamilton on the night in Bermuda, my daughter ate in Izumi and I joined her for a salad as I dislike sushi. Our server, Jofel, was also super. When I said I wanted a burger he went downstairs to the pub and ordered one for me and brought it back to me. He also brought my daughter back from that deck the special pineapple drink. I got room service in the morning as I like to drink coffee on the balcony. It came promptly each morning. We also ordered from the room service menu at the pool as we booked the sunbeds, and I thought the Greek salad was very good as well. Chefs Table was exceptional and food allergies and preferences were easily accommodated. Shows- we did not see any this cruise. Last cruise we walked out on Spectra's Cabaret as we both thought it awful. Bars- on this cruise, Boleros was definitely the best . The bartenders were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the music at night also. Schooner Bar had one of the rudest bartenders. Pool- I splurged and we enjoyed the sun beds outside the North Star Bar area on the sea days.I had seen them 2 yrs prior and knew to book them as soon as I got on the ship. For us, this was the best deal on the ship. Though expensive, we had great service throughout the day from Abraham, bottles of water, a bottle of champagne ( which I took home), and lunch from the Room Service menu. The pool was jammed on sea days and the chair hogs were out. We were told that some people were out at 4.30 am putting towels on chairs. For the first time, though, we did see a pool worker confiscate towels and put peoples' possession in plastic bags after a long period of time had gone by, but that was only on the first sea day. Bermuda- we were not overwhelmed. The island is very expensive and because I knew transportation by taxi can be costly, and difficult from some areas, we had made plans to be in Hamilton one day and possibly a beach the second. We ferried over to Hamilton but were underwhelmed . My daughter had hoped to buy a pair of sandals at the specialty sandal shop where they are hand made for you while you wait. However, the clerk was very unfriendly and dismissive. We decided to go back to the ship and went to Snorkel Park. That too was expensive for 2 chairs and an umbrella ($40). Beach was tiny and dirty. When we left we went shopping in the Clocktower and had lunch at Frog and Onion which was expensive. The second day we did the ship excursion to Clearwater Beach which involves an hour ride to St George and back. The tour was ok, but not worth the cost. I was not impressed by the beach. The host for the beach, though, was very nice. Parking- drop off of bags and parking was not difficult. The crowd is predominately from the tri state area- NY, NJ Pa , and surrounding states. That said, some were very rude, some teens were horrible, some people cut in front of you , some just very unfriendly, ( ie. at Chefs Table where in the past we found people were usually friendly, one group of 6 moved their chairs so they could all sit at one end, and never spoke to the other 6 of us), but overall we just dealt with it and in fact, booked another cruise over the holidays. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Our first cruise on the Anthem!! This is our biggest ship we have been on and absolutely loved it! The style and decor is so wonderful! The pools are beautiful and the solarium so pretty! We had an ocean view balcony on deck 8 but would ... Read More
Our first cruise on the Anthem!! This is our biggest ship we have been on and absolutely loved it! The style and decor is so wonderful! The pools are beautiful and the solarium so pretty! We had an ocean view balcony on deck 8 but would recommend higher as the life boats were just below. The stateroom has so much storage and modern decor. We loved wonderland but missed the grand feel of the main dining room with the smaller dining areas. The food was excellent in the windjammer- better than previous ships. We were only disappointed with Jamie Oliver’s dining and that we never met our stateroom attendant ! In the past they always come and introduce themselves. We loved the overnight stay in Bermuda and would definitely return there! Embarkation and debarkation were a breeze! Cruising out of the Cape Liberty port gave us a great extended trip in NYC! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our 3rd trip on Summit. Other two in Carb. (with Capt. Kate). This was first trip after refit. Ship looks great! Weather was fine the whole week. Had worries about driving up from VA but trips up and back went fairly ... Read More
This was our 3rd trip on Summit. Other two in Carb. (with Capt. Kate). This was first trip after refit. Ship looks great! Weather was fine the whole week. Had worries about driving up from VA but trips up and back went fairly smoothly. We had a room with an joining door. That door let a lot of noise pass through. Trip to concierge desk fixed that problem. Crew came in and taped around door. Problem fixed. Sounds like this is a common complaint as crewman had done the fix before. Ship's crew very visible and easy to talk with. Saw the captain walking around ship many times. Our 3rd trip to Bermuda and will probably go again in a couple of years. We don't rent the mopeds anymore but public transportation is fun and inexpensive. The ferrys are crowded but get you around quickly. This time we went to Hamilton on Wed. for their block party. Only went to one onboard show. It included the airolist couple which by themselves make it worth staying up late to see. Because of the higher cost, we usually don’t book excursions through the ship. We did a snorkeling trip on the “pink boat” and had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Have taken many cruises over the years. With the exception of 2 cruises, we always cruised Royal Caribbean. After the last cruise, 2 years ago on the Anthem, we decided to try Celebrity. The service was 100% better! From the moment we ... Read More
Have taken many cruises over the years. With the exception of 2 cruises, we always cruised Royal Caribbean. After the last cruise, 2 years ago on the Anthem, we decided to try Celebrity. The service was 100% better! From the moment we went aboard, we received excellent service with a smile. It seems every employee is happy and walks around with a smile and kind word, If you ask them where something is, they take you there! One of the disappointments on our last RC cruise was not having enough staff to service the passengers. We had a drink package and it was an effort to get a drink! On Celebrity, we were asked numerous times by numerous staff if we needed a drink. This was at EVERY bar. In the Main dining room, you had a drink server, sommelier, waiter, asst waiter and maitre D. On the Anthem, our Asst waiter was actually making the drinks and they didn't arrive until after dinner came! Our first night in the Main dining room, we were not happy with the location of our table which was near the serving station. When we left, we asked if we could change. They said they were all reserved and they would try. We arrived in our room the next day and a note with our new table was listed. Food was really good in the dining room. The Oceanview Cafe had a great buffet, nice selection of food, tables cleaned quickly, and managers constantly overseeing the operation. I am not really a buffet person, but ate there quite often. We tried 2 Specialty Restaurants, Tuscan Grill and Qsine. Both excellent. Qsine was very interesting, an eclectic restaurant with various types of food. Order on an Ipad and let them know when you are full. We initially ordered too much and they stopped when we were finished. The cabin was very nice. We usually do inside, husband likes the darkness in the room. The bed was so comfortable, almost as good as the Marriott beds. The bathroom is very small, but I liked the rectangular shower better than the oval. Less shelves on the sink but it worked. The place was immaculate and our attendant had a great sense of timing when he came to clean. The Celebrity has an older population (40 plus) than the RC large ships (Allure) and very few kids, which was a plus. Not as many activities for them as the splashier ships. The layout of the ship is nice. The shops are all at one end, much classier than the other ships. No blocking the walk way with tables of sale items. Very relaxing cruise, we booked another for next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I chose this for the Bermuda cruise. Getting on the ship was easy. Luggage survived and was delivered on time. Upon first inspection everything seemed fine. We opened the mini bar and noticed that $110.00 worth of items missing and a half ... Read More
I chose this for the Bermuda cruise. Getting on the ship was easy. Luggage survived and was delivered on time. Upon first inspection everything seemed fine. We opened the mini bar and noticed that $110.00 worth of items missing and a half eaten piece of cake was in it. We contacted the cabin steward and he didn't seem to concerned. Placed a call to guest services and they sent two managers up. We asked for the mini bar to be emptied since we don't consume alcohol. They next morning the cabin steward confronted us about it stating he knew about the missing items. That was unnecessary! We purchased the premium non alcoholic Drink package. Getting more then one water that was cold was almost impossible. What smelled like raw sewage lingered around the ship during the 7 days. Keep a very close eye on charges. My husbands credit card had tips in it from the martini bar. We never went to the martini bar. All gratuities included with the package we purchased. We don't mind tipping. My husband has to use a mobility scooter and the entrance ways to a lot of the doors did not have little ramps. This caused the scooter to get stuck. We got concerned because the scooter starting making a loud clicking noise from the left rear wheel. Getting on and off the ship in Bermuda was a breeze. The food in the aft was buffet style and sub par. Select dining was okay except we had to sit 2 feet away from the couple next to us. We requested private dining. Didn't happen. On board entertainment was okay. The cruise director was very pleasant.The activities director was outstanding. They did a little update via the TV in the room everyday. Stateroom had plenty of space for our severe over packing. We booked a excursion prior to the trip. Checked the current info and charges on the TV and noticed that both of us had extra $54.00 dollars in credit. So we went to cruise services desk and asked why? They cancelled our excursion. Instead of putting the full amount back on my husband's credit card they split it down the middle. Upset about that . Proceeded back to the room and we had a voicemail stating it was cancelled. Kind of stung a bit since we already found out about it 45 minutes prior. This was our first cruise and a learning experience. It didn't help that a new building was being erected straight below our balcony in Bermuda. Do not rent the little electric orange cars next to clock tower mall. Disaster!!!!! Was not maintained or fully charged. Broke down. This happened to another couple late at night. One thing I need to add. Look at the phone in the state room before using it. Ours had something hard stuck all over the mouth piece. Nasty Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Our kids booked us on this cruise, along with ours son, two daughters and their spouses. There were also 6 grandchildren. Though the whole cruise was wonderful the dining experience in the Cosmopolitan on the 5th deck was what we looked ... Read More
Our kids booked us on this cruise, along with ours son, two daughters and their spouses. There were also 6 grandchildren. Though the whole cruise was wonderful the dining experience in the Cosmopolitan on the 5th deck was what we looked forward to. The person in charge of our table was Ansa and she made the whole dining experience delightful. She remembered all of our names, paid special attention to the two youngest children and was a delight to be around. Everyone who worked with her were absolutely beyond enjoyable. The food was excellent and the choice was varied and plentiful. I loved the fact that the plates were not stuffed but were a good amount for a meal. The variation was fun and there was always something for everyone. Loved the views from the windows and the service was great. Embarkation and disembarkation was very easy, especially for someone in a wheelchair. Our cabin was hugh and I loved Charlie, our cabin attendant. He was very quick to straighten our room and we hardly ever saw him. But he did an excellent job. Port of call was wonderful and loved the shore excursions. Glass bottom boat trip was great. The only drawback to me was the way the cafe or buffet was set up. You had to do a lot of walking to get the food that you liked for lunch or breakfast. Just wish it had not been spread out so much but the food was great. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise to accommodate a friend who taught school. Everybody had a good time. The biggest problem was in the Cosmopolitan Restaurant as some of the items were overcooked. We ended up having most of our lunches and dinners in ... Read More
We chose this cruise to accommodate a friend who taught school. Everybody had a good time. The biggest problem was in the Cosmopolitan Restaurant as some of the items were overcooked. We ended up having most of our lunches and dinners in the Ocean View Cafe and it was quite good. One has to be very careful walking on that deck. Regarding the time spent ashore, the walk from the gangway to the meeting place was quite long. Since I'm now using a cane, it was difficult to get around St. George and the Royal Naval Dockyard. I recommend an informal restaurant there that served excellent pizza. Several nights we attended the theater shows (mostly musical revues) and they were excellent. I especially liked the group Uptown. I also enjoyed participating in the trivia contests. Our last night on board we had dinner in the Tuscan Grille. Their selection was fantastic. Also, since we had a tad left in the shipboard account we distributed it as tips. Our friend found several nice purchases at the shops in the dockyard and St George. Embarkation was OK and disembarkation went much better after the first 3 groups left the ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Celebrity Cruise line is not perfect, but is still leagues (pun intended) ahead of other lines (Carnival and Princess) we have cruised with. As a couple approaching our senior citizen years, the quiet options available in the Solarium ... Read More
Celebrity Cruise line is not perfect, but is still leagues (pun intended) ahead of other lines (Carnival and Princess) we have cruised with. As a couple approaching our senior citizen years, the quiet options available in the Solarium area, with its saltwater pool and indoor comfort were a huge comfort throughout the cruise. We lived in the Solarium. Back to the beginning, our embarkation was effortless and although it took 20 minutes to gain access to our staterooms after we took care of our passport and clearance necessities, we felt that we were moving along fairly well. Also, the stateroom steward was very helpful and always there for any requests. I cannot even come close to expressing my delight with the Cosmopolitan Dining Room (MDR) because the food was certainly good most nights (not all...) and the service from out trio of servers (sommelier Lenworth, saucier Albert, and server Jaime) was hand-to-foot exceptional. Everything we wanted we got and everything we didn't want, they cheerfully replaced. The Oceanview Café was exceptional for a buffet, with a few glitches in the food, but overall, for me, 70-80% of the food was fresh and flavorful. Buy the drink package because it is a gem. I ordered cocktails, beers, sodas, lattes, and anything I wanted every day without paying an extra dime. The upfront cost for the package was far exceeded by the usage. I also paid for the WiFi, which was quite awful. Yes, this is a ship and one cannot expect great WiFi, but if you're charging as much as they do, you either deliver a better product or lower the cost. Lastly, Bermuda is gorgeous, but unlike other Caribbean 'like' destintations (Bermuda is not in the Caribbean), beaches and the town of Hamilton (where the swankier shops are) is not easily accessible. There are some fun and interesting shops near King's Wharf, but I can't see spending all my time in that one limited area. The entertainment was not as ghastly as I thought it would be. Reviews have been much more negative than the converse, but I found the entertainment to be lively and energetic, albeit not anywhere close to Broadway quality. In summary, I would most definitely cruise on the Summit again, but if I chose to visit Bermuda again, it would be at one of the resorts, not on a cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Arrival: We are two women in our 50s who wanted a relaxing vacation. One of us had sailed on the Celebrity Summit multiple times before while the other is a relative newcomer to the Celebrity line with two previous trips on the Equinox. We ... Read More
Arrival: We are two women in our 50s who wanted a relaxing vacation. One of us had sailed on the Celebrity Summit multiple times before while the other is a relative newcomer to the Celebrity line with two previous trips on the Equinox. We arrived at the port at about 10 a.m. There were essentially no lines for check in. As Aquaclass passengers, we were seated in a designated section and permitted to board at 11 a.m. This process was seamless and efficient. The stateroom: Stateroom 9048 was ready when we arrived, which is pretty impressive. Our travel agent warned us that this was forward, but it is central enough to be considered midship. The staterooms has been refurbished and the stateroom color palette is an inviting warm driftwood with blush accents. There is ample storage for clothing; drawers are situated throughout the cabin. We had twin beds, a desk and chair and an oversized armchair. There is no table which some other reviewers have lamented. However, we didn’t really miss the table, and its absence opens up the room. We also never use room service, so we don’t need a table. There is a table and two chairs with headcushions on the balcony, so one could eat out there. The bathroom is very efficiently designed with a good-sized stall shower with rainshower head and sink and toilet. There are multiple shelves for storing toiletries and Bigelow products for hair and bath, which are of a good quality and pleasant to smell without being overwhelming. One small note is that the closet has yoga mats in it in keeping with the wellness theme of the Aquaclass. However, these mats take up a lot of space. We found it easier to place them atop the closet. We would also suggest that, since it is not possible to do yoga on the scant floor space of a stateroom, that Aquaclass include at least one complimentary yoga class with the mats or store them elsewhere and make them to available to guests who ask. Certainly, it’s nice to have a yoga mat, but it’s not really a special amenity since if one were to pay for a yoga class upstairs in the fitness center, one would get a mat anyway. Public spaces: Public spaces are plentiful and attractive. We were impressed by the consistent cleanliness of this ship. All of the furniture in the lounges and seating areas was in good repair. The walls are freshly painted and the carpets are clean and fairly new. Many of the design themes make use of bold color and light to dramatic, but not Las Vegas cheesy effect. The lounges and bars are inviting with clean modern lines. It’s also common to see savory plants throughout the ship.Some of the accent artwork is a little off-putting such as the sculptures of heads on each floor of the staircase. Safety drill: From my perspective, safety drills are like dental work. They can be painless and over in a minute or agonizing and long. Luckily, our safety drill fell into the first category. Our muster station was the upper level of the Theater. Crew members guided us to our area where we were seated and listened to instructions from the crew onstage. It was very easy to hear and understand and we did not feel like our time was wasted as I did two years ago when the Celebrity Equinox was using a James Bond style video story to provide safety drills. This drill was clear and succinct and we did not have to bring our life preservers. Dining: We dined at Blu, the dining room dedicated to Aquaclass’s 240 guests. Blu is an intimate dining room that offers healthy options that are extremely flavorful and diverse. The breakfast menu is good, but a little limited if you don’t like eggs. We would suggest the addition of waffles and oatmeal. The staff at Blu is excellent. Special thanks to Yerangel, our waiter, Rusti, our assistant, Anastasia, the sommelier, Rusian, the beverage server and Michael from Kenya. The wait staff are extremely professional and attentive. We never waited for anything that we requested and they were familiar with our preferences early in the cruise. Dinner at Blu was also very good. Particular stand out dishes were the lamb chop salad, the grilled tuna salad, the stuffed turkey and the T-Bone steak with white bean salad. The menu always has an entree salad, which is an excellent feature for health conscious guests. We also enjoyed the lavash bread very much. Desserts were consistently good and we appreciated the daily sorbet choice and the inclusion of many fruit based desserts, especially the olive oil cremeux with mandarin oranges. Blu’s decor is very attractive and modern; the blue and white palette evokes the colors of the ocean and compliments the wide, round windows that overlook the water. These tables are often in demand unless it is very sunny out. Note that Blu does not serve lunch. No reservations are required for Aquaclass guests. Suite guests may dine at Blu, but must make reservations. Formal night meant cocktail dresses and suits, not gowns and tuxedos. Buffet: We dined the buffet every day for lunch. It is spotless and well-designed. There are discreet hand-washing stations to encourage guests to wash their hands before dining rather than just using the standard Purell. We found that there was sufficient seating, although it was a little busy on embarkation day. There are a variety of choices, including Indian and Asian stations, a salad bar and a make your own specialty salad bar, a cheese station, an elaborate bread station, a grill station, a grilled vegetable section, an extensive fresh fruit selection, cold cuts and a pastry station. “Scoops” features ice cream and sorbet. There is also a kids station with child friendly pasta, pizza and chicken. Most of the food at the buffet was very good and the beverage servers are efficient. There is also tea at 4 p.m. with scones and pastry. If you drink a lot of water, soda, coffee or tea, you might want to consider the premium non-alcoholic beverage package. We both drink a lot of Evian water and found this the easiest way to stay hydrated without the fuss of having to pay for each beverage. Cafe Bacio: We visited this coffee bar several times a day for iced beverages and snacks. If you like specialty coffees and teas and beautiful pastries, this is a great stop any time of day. Maria made us our coffee in the morning and was very sweet and efficient. The cookies and muffins are tasty and make good bedtime snacks. Entertainment: While we liked the design and layout of the theater, the first comedian, Al Ducharme was only passingly amusing. He doesn’t seem to like women very much and his overuse of sound effects did nothing to improve his performance. His joke about living with four guys named Pedro was borderline racist. However, the “Life” show is a sort of shipboard Cirque du Soleil-style performance with acrobats, music and dancing. The acrobats were especially impressive. The Broadway revue was also very entertaining. We were blown away by the young woman who sang the song from “The Color Purple.” She has an incredible voice. If you like recent Broadway hits, this show was a lot of fun. We attended the shipboard game shows in the Sky Lounge with Dominick. They were fun and we liked his snarky humor. His general trivia at 4 p.m. was really difficult, but amusing. FYI, Bolivia is the country with the most salt flats. We also played music trivia which was fun. Pool: The main pool has music and games every day. We prefer a quiet environment and used the heated, saltwater solarium pool, which is for those 16 and over. It is enclosed and air-conditioned. On sea days, it can be difficult to get a lounge. The Spa Cafe has healthy continental breakfast items, including whole wheat bagels topped with almond butter, banana and orchid. At lunch time, there are salads and wraps. Smoothies are available all day. Spa: Adjacent to the solarium pool is the Canyon Ranch spa. We each had two spa treatments. I had a deep tissue massage with Isabel as well as a reflexology treatment. Both were excellent, but I was particularly impressed with the immediate results of the reflexology treatment. My friend had a seaweed body wrap to reduce cellulite and soften skin, and an anti-aging facial which reduced the lines on her forehead and made her skin feel much tighter. While none of these treatments are inexpensive, they are worth it. Aquaclass guests get free use of the Persian Gardens, which were pleasant, but definitely smaller than other thermal spas we’ve seen. The Persian gardens has only one heated tile lounger. This compares unfavorably to NCL and HAL spa offerings as well as Celebrity’s own Equinox. There is a hamam steam room, a dry sauna, a wet salt room, and a steam room. While these are relaxing, you can’t spend a lot of time in any of them. The waiting area at the spa is limited. Other cruise lines encourage you to change into robes and make use of lounges while you wait for therapists. This is reminiscent of a doctor’s waiting room with an honest-to-God folding chair. However, I was happy that the intake form was brief. Other cruise lines that have Elemis spas practically ask for your medical records. The spa desk is friendly and efficient. Excursions: We sailed on the White Nights catamaran party and would definitely recommend it. The Rising Son is a large and well-appointed catamaran that sails into the Bermuda sunset for two hours. The price includes Prosecco and Rum Swizzle and a narrated tour of the coastline. The captain and deck hands were friendly and knowledgeable. The general vibe was relaxed. Although alcohol was included, the excursion seemed more about appreciating the beauty and history of Bermuda. The sunset was absolutely magnificent and the brief sprinkle of rain produced an unforgettable rainbow. We also appreciated the choice of songs as we sailed. There was a little bit of everything. Everyone is supposed to wear white for this excursion. We guess it’s to make things a little more Instagram worthy, but we never took a group picture. Some people didn’t get the white clothing memo or booked late and didn’t bring any, but that was not a problem. Wear sensible shoes. You are still on a boat. Fellow passengers were mostly middle-aged with some young families. There seemed to be a lot of people from the New York and New Jersey area. We wouldn’t say Celebrity attracts a lot of children, but there are activities for them. Overall impression: we were very happy with the new “revolutionized” Summit and felt the service and amenities were superior. We would definitely cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My new bride and I decided to take this cruise for our honeymoon. Check in and parking at the Bayonne terminal was SUPER easy! 30 minutes from leaving our car to in our room! We paid for a concierge balcony room, room 8108. We were ... Read More
My new bride and I decided to take this cruise for our honeymoon. Check in and parking at the Bayonne terminal was SUPER easy! 30 minutes from leaving our car to in our room! We paid for a concierge balcony room, room 8108. We were VERY disappointing to see that our balcony was basically cut in half on a diagonal making it very small and very hard to have both of us on the balcony. We were also not very happy to see that celebrity did absolutely nothing to acknowledge that it was our honeymoon. Basically if you are going on your honeymoon, pick Royal Caribbean and not Celebrity. Other than that this cruise was SUPER relaxing! What made it different that Royal is there are not as many activities during sea days which leaves plenty of time for napping and chilling! The food was PHENOMENAL! Everything was cooked to par and met all of my expectations. We had Inocente and Suvingar as our wait staff the first night and had others other nights who were not even friendly, but we ended up requesting them for the remainder of the cruise. For my birthday we went to the Tuscan Grill in which we were treated like royalty! They served us TOO much delicious food that we couldn't even eat the birthday cake they gave us but they did room service it to the room for free! The late night pizza and cookies at the Oceanview cafe were the perfect midnight snacks! The ship itself is very beautiful and very clean! It is a smaller ship and it does get tight on deck 4 since the dining room, casino, and theater are all on the same floor and gets crowded to get from place to place. Elevators are hard to catch as well since they do one job at a time as opposed to stop floor by floor and are also usually packed. They also decide to clean the elevators when it is time for all the passengers to disembark at the ports so imagine thousands of people trying to use only two elevators.... The pools were very small and could only hold 20 people at a time. The solarium pool was closed often as well. Forget about finding a chair, it is NOT going to happen unless you wake up at 6AM to reserve a spot. They put signs out to not do that but people do it anyways. I recommend enjoying the solarium beach chairs and beach "pods" in the evening. It was very quiet, comfortable, and had nice relaxing spa music to relax you after a long day! I wish I had these chairs at home! Dan the cruise director is certainly a character and his sidekick Nacho was a joy to have on the ship! The evening entertainment was AWESOME!!! In the end, Bermuda was stunning and enjoyed our vacation! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This is the third time that we have sailed on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. We did so twice before the refurbishment of the ship. To begin, the refurbishment was overall well done. The same colour tones permeate most of the ... Read More
This is the third time that we have sailed on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. We did so twice before the refurbishment of the ship. To begin, the refurbishment was overall well done. The same colour tones permeate most of the ship, mostly muted tones (grey's, whites, etc.) We enjoyed the new look very much, however, we spoke to a few people who did not appreciate the modernity of it as much. Now getting back to the actual cruise. It was an all around great trip. We drove from our home to Bayonne, New Jersey (about a 6 hour drive) and stayed overnight in Paramus, New Jersey at the Courtyard by Marriott right beside the Garden State Parkway, it was very convenient and about a 45 minute drive to the port the next morning. We left our luggage off at the port before we parked at Bayonne Cruise Parking. The cost was 120$ versus the 154$ to park in the garage at the port and they shuttled us back to the port for embarkation. Embarkation was a breeze, they've decided to forgo giving you your keys at check-in, instead you keep your x-press pass (check-in paperwork) and get on the ship using that. Once you've embarked, you can go straight to your cabin to retrieve your key cards and deposit your carry-on bags, before heading to lunch, which is a nice touch. (They do remind you multiple times that your cabin is not ready and that they will make an announcement when you can go in and take residence). The only complaint we had was the library or rather the lack thereof. It now consists of a cart on the third floor midship, with about 30 books on it and there are a few on the shelves in the Rendez-Vous lounge. The service was excellent around the ship. We made reservations every evening for dinner which is a must, if not you will end up waiting unless you want to eat very early or very late, at which time there is little to no wait. We had select (anytime) dinning, but usually try to find one waiter we like, they accommodated us every single evening, even when the waiter's section was full! We would be seated at a table near his section and he would serve us. One night he had at least five extra tables! The food was very good, it came to the table hot and was what we expected. Every single staff member we saw in the hallway or around the ship greeted us with a "hello" and a smile. We often saw the assistant maître d's going around the dining room checking on the quality of the food and service and even helping with service from time to time. You can tell just by how the dining staff interact with each other that it is very much a team effort. The entertainment on the ship was very good. As we've cruised many times before, we attended one of the onboard cast shows, but decided not to go to anymore because it was pretty much the same as all the other ships. The first night, they had a comedian who was very funny, he did perform an adult show later on in the cruise, but it was very similar to the first show. They also had a singer, Jesse Hamilton Jr. who was excellent! We enjoyed his show very much. They had a magician, Ryan Joyce who was hilarious and did some amazing tricks, he returned for a second show as well, this time hypnosis. It was a matinee show and was crowded, so you should get there early. We enjoyed trivia almost daily, they were very hard! But we didn't really do any of the other activities. The captain's club cocktail party was well worth it if you are a returning guest/ past-passenger. As it was our fourth time in Bermuda, we decided to keep it low-key. We went to Tobacco Bay the first day and Elbow beach the second. If you go to Elbow Beach, be aware that the private side costs 100$ for two beach chairs, an umbrella and access to their facilities (marble bathroom with showers). The third day, we stayed onboard knowing we would not be able to get near the pools the next day and so we took advantage of that. However, the crystal caves, Hamilton, Saint-George, etc. are all fun things to do and must-sees in Bermuda if you've never been. The bus system and Ferries are easy to use and efficient. They have a mini-bus system now right on the dock, that charges 7$ a person to go to Horseshoe Bay, we were able to get a mini-bus of 10 people to go to Elbow Beach at 10$ a person one way and a taxi for 6 people at 7$ a person to go back, it was a bit more expensive than the bus, but it saved time. We decided to do the walk-off from the ship which started promptly at 8am as advertised, from that time to our shuttle bus (which was waiting for us), it took us 10 minutes (including immigration/customs). Overall, one of the easiest disembarkations we have done in over 20 cruises! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019

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