3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I sailed the Celebrity Summit 8/13-8/20 with my girlfriend with no prior cruising experience and not exactly sure what to expect, but was completely blown away but the staff and service on the Summitt. From Captain Alex and Cruise ... Read More
I sailed the Celebrity Summit 8/13-8/20 with my girlfriend with no prior cruising experience and not exactly sure what to expect, but was completely blown away but the staff and service on the Summitt. From Captain Alex and Cruise Director Patrick keeping us up to date during their morning announcements, to the PHENOMENAL staff in the Blu Restaurant (AquaClass exclusive), to the friendly room service staff that always asked you how your day was, I simply loved every second of my trip. Favorite bars include the Rendez-Vous Lounge on the 4th floor for nightly live music and dancing as well as the beautiful Sunset Bar at the back of the ship on the 10th floor (Jaime is one of the best bartenders I've ever been served by!). Bring a camera for some stunning late night shots of the sunset over the Atlantic. If you can, I would avoid the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) simply because they serve, more or less, the same stuff every day and it gets really cluttered and the amount of elderly sailers keeps the lines dragging. If you are a pool goer - get there early! The chairs get claimed before 11 AM and the people who claim them don't leave all day. The nightly shows in the theatre were very good as well. Jesse Hamilton, Jr. is a must see if you can catch him. As a bit of advice - definitely go for the drink package and prepaid tips if you get 2 selections with your room type. If you are a shopper, wait until Saturday morning (last day at sea) for a MASSIVE blowout sale. Getting on and off the ship wasn't too much trouble while in Bermuda, just remember to bring a photo ID and your SeaPass card. Would highly recommend this vacation for new or experienced cruisers looking for a luxury-feel, high-class serviced vacation, at roughly the same cost you would pay for MUCH less with NCL. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We chose the Anthem of the Seas on January 25th for our 36th cruise. My 15th review for Cruise Critic and my first RCCL cruise as a diamond member. I consider writing cruise reviews to be an obligation now and part of what contributes to ... Read More
We chose the Anthem of the Seas on January 25th for our 36th cruise. My 15th review for Cruise Critic and my first RCCL cruise as a diamond member. I consider writing cruise reviews to be an obligation now and part of what contributes to that is the flood of complainers that haunt this site. I think that CC exists to give those that do not cruise as often as we do, an objection point of comparison of cruise ships so that they can make the best decision on how to spend their cruise dollar. This site may not be doing that right now because there are many unfair reviews of the Anthem of the Seas and some that really should this vessel may not be doing so out of fear that they will be disappointed. This ship, this cruise, this vacation aboard the fabulous ship is not to be missed. You can listen to the minor, nearly irrelevant details of this ship and the food and the service, but if you do that, you are missing out on a terrific experience. There will be many complaints about this cruise. For one thing, it left a day late, so out 12 day itinerary was cut to 11 days. Worse still, the *entire* itinerary was changed. We didn’t visit a single port that was on our original itinerary aside from Labadee. I don’t think that RCCL went above and beyond to compensate for the lost day. Their compensation was just ok. I missed out on a motorcycle rental in Cayman and sailing in Cozumel. Both were genuine disappointments for me. But is this a fair way to review this cruise? Should a potential passenger skip this ship and go elsewhere for fear that this will happen to them? I don’t think that would be wise. An itinerary change can happen at any time for any reason. It has happened to us before…late arrivals, skipped ports. I’m sure that this can be disappointing – I spoke with several people that were disheartened with the itinerary change. Aside from my personal excursions disappointment, it did seem silly to go to San Juan and only stay 5 hours. All aboard at 12:30 just seems stupid. I’m glad that it wasn’t a new port for me. But this has nothing to do with what will happen to you aboard the Anthem of the Seas. There were several “negative” experiences and I will get into them. Not a single one of them is significant enough to dissuade me from coming back on this ship – the sooner the better. But I think that its important to mention these “negatives” to validate this review. I see the things that are “wrong”, but they are very much not a big deal. So here we go: A lot of things seem to be broken. When we saw Spectra’s Cabaret, the robotic screens weren’t working. Very disappointing. There was an automatic sliding glass door going into the Solarium that became less and less responsive to approaching passengers. During the span of perhaps 30 minutes, it stopped working completely. The outdoor movie screen would flicker and do these digital hiccups. Very annoying. Twice, we saw workman replacing a virtual balcony screen in a stateroom. It’s an 80” hi-def TV screen mounted on its side. Odd that these would already be broken on such a new ship. But is is very comforting to know that they had (at least) 2 new ones, in stock and waiting. If my virtual balcony broke, I would be very disappointed if it couldn’t be fixed. And that illustrates an important point….any minor issue that we had was – without exception – addressed immediately and professionally. Honestly, they were so well taken care of that I don’t remember what the problems were. As for the hi-tech snafus, I guess its to be expected when there are a lot of things that can break; they eventually will. During the showing of The Gift, there was a 5 minute pause due to technical difficulty. These things did not affect my vacation. If they ruin your week, you don’t need a cruise vacation, you need a psychologist. The entertainment was very good. I understand the bewilderment that some have expressed about Spectra’s Cabaret and The Gift. I don’t “get” them either, but they are incredible. Multi-million dollar productions that are a privilege to attend. We Will Rock You is awesome! And I like that there is the singers, jugglers, comedian, magician on other nights. There were two tribute bands. First, Beatle Maniacs (saw them on the Quantum) at the beginning of the cruise. They played the Music Hall, but not before a full stage Beatles concert in the theater. A+ Later, Draw the Line, an Aerosmith tribute band played the Music Hall, several times. They were excellent. I played the game in the Escape Room. What a unique and totally excellent thing to have on a ship! Did N* and the bumper cars. This ship is so excellent. The food… Breakfast is never anything to write about. Boooooring! But we ate everywhere. Izumi was 10x better than I remember from the Quantum. Plus we did a sushi making class. Great. I’ve never been a fan of Chops, but it was excellent this time. The upcharge for the dry-aged Porterhouse may have contributed to that. They do not have live lobster on this vessel. As a New Englander, I take offense to frozen lobster served (for a $21 upcharge). RCCL needs to get with the program here. The NCL Breakaway has live lobster and fresh seafood aboard. Don’t be afraid of Wonderland, even if you are a ‘meat and potatoes’ person. There’s nothing outrageous on that menu, but the presentations are second to none. We had an outstanding meal at Chic. I don’t understand why anybody complains about Dynamic Dining. I think its perfect. Different venue, different menu, every night. We ended up at Jamie Oliver’s 3 times, Wonderland twice. We didn’t have a bad meal, anywhere. Although the roast beef sandwiches don’t seem to be as good as they used to be. When they bus the tables, the table cleaners stack all of the dishes on carts and when they are full, they wheel the cart out of the dining room. I think that these should be covered with a table cloth or something. When you are experiencing fine dining, you don’t want to see someone else’s garbage. They should start doing this today. The Chef’s Table has a new menu. Amazing meal. The WOW bands are worth $5, I guess. They are particularly comfortable, but they are practical. And, finally, the Royal IQ app is absolutely excellent. It has the Cruise Compass on it, your personal calendar with activities, excursions and dining schedule. If you see something in the Cruise Compass that you want to do, simply click on it to add it to your calendar. It is then listed as a “to-do” list. This app puts NCL’s app to shame. Lastly, the Diamond Club is great. It has been worth the wait to get to this level to now enjoy this terrific perk. There is nothing wrong with this ship. You may listen to others, but this is our 3rd trip on the Quantum Class and we are going to keep going. If you don’t go, you are cheating yourself out of a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Antonio took care of everything we asked for. The room was very clean and Antonio made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. The entertainment was great from the ice show to the very funny stand-ups to the El Gaucho show and not ... Read More
Antonio took care of everything we asked for. The room was very clean and Antonio made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. The entertainment was great from the ice show to the very funny stand-ups to the El Gaucho show and not least Saturday Night Fever There is always something to do. There were a few bars and they all had some form of entertainment. The pools were nice and the whirlpools were relaxing, especially when our drinks were brought to us. The buffets were better than the usual buffets, but the best were the evening main dining room meals. The service by Joao and Pong could not be possibly better. After the first night they knew exactly what we liked. Joao helped my wife peal her shrimp. I said I wish the platter was a bit larger and in less than a minute Pong served me another platter. All of the food was great, which actually prevented us from going to one of the specialty restaurants, there was no need. Food was available 24-7 on the busy 7th deck. The pizza was good and there was a large variety of salads and sandwiches. We purchased the drink package and spent time at the Hoof and Claw bar every day. The service by Robert and his crew was awesome. Never an empty glass! There seemed to be a lot of hurry up and wait getting on and off the ship, but with this many people it is understandable. This was a 5 night cruise and I wished it was longer. We spent a day at beautiful Horseshoe Bay, the water was clear and very warm. The entire bay area makes it a tourist friendly visit. Chair rentals on the beach, a changing area and food and drink are right there. Transportation to and from with local buses is easy. The sand is pinkish and soft. We enjoyed walking around King's Wharf, a lot of interesting shops, but again not enough time. We had a great trip and I highly recommend this ship and most importantly the crew. The cruise and Bermuda can't be beat. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
My wife and I just completed our first cruise and it was great. It was a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. A little info before I start so you know where my comments are coming from. We don't normally eat at fancy restaurants, chills and ... Read More
My wife and I just completed our first cruise and it was great. It was a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. A little info before I start so you know where my comments are coming from. We don't normally eat at fancy restaurants, chills and Applebee's are where we take the kids and sometime a steak or seafood place. We are average blue collar folk in our 40s. We did a stay, park and cruise package with the Newark best western which worked out well aside from the party that was going a few rooms down until 2 am. Didn't hear it at all until they would go out in the hallway and yell to each other from each end. The transport to and from the hotel was easy and the hotel parking was tight but secured and monitored. We were concierge class and from the time we arrived pier side at 11am to the time we were on ship took 15 minutes. We preboarded online a few weeks before and had all our documents ready to go. The drink when first walking onboard was free but we were premium drink packages so didn't care either way. We walked around and explored a bit until just after 1 pm when they said we could go to our room. We were in room 7182 and it was great as was the staff. Our room was always well taken care of and they were very friendly. We had great views of the Statue of Liberty when leaving and had good views of Bermuda when leaving there also. We received our bags by 4:45 pm on boarding day. We ate at the main dining room most days for lunch and the food was always very good and in the main dining room at night most nights which for us was some of the best meals we have eaten. Billy was our main waiter and was very personable. His personality alone made our cruise worth the price. We did try the Quine and Normandy restaurants for dinner and enjoyed both but the MDR was so good and we had great table mates which really made us want to eat there. Breakfast was a mix of MDR, room service and once at the buffet. Nothing wrong with the buffet but we felt the MDR was more relaxing and less hustle and bustle. I was never Wow'd by breakfast onboard but it was always decent. Speaking of hustle and bustle, the pool area was always ridiculously packed and I wish they had more room. Beside the seating all around the pool being used the pools and hot tubs were packed like lobsters in a seafood tank. It's pretty much my only complaint for the cruise. My wife and I would take a quick dip if we could and then head to the top aft deck and lay out. That location is great as she likes the sun and I prefer a little shade after an hour of sun. Everyone on board, staff and guests were very nice and I was able to relax the whole week with little to no stress which was my goal. We did 4 tours with the ship while in Bermuda and all were well executed and easy to find/meet for us newbies. When we go again we will do some of our own touring as it is easy to get around the island via ferry, bus or cab and cheaper. The one we will do again is the elbow beach day excursion because the beach was perfect and we got a chair and umbrella included. There was a restaurant and bathroom facilities just a few steps away also. It looked like horseshoe bay beach had that also but there's was a farther walk than elbow beach ( or so I was told) and its more crowded at horseshoe bay by quite a bit. Boarding the ship the first day in Bermuda was slow because a few tours came back at the same time but the ship staff had flavored ice water for free and iced down washcloths that really cooled you down and refreshed the spirit. Disembarking on the last day was just as quick and easy as the first day. We carried our bags off and met the shuttle just outside. I know I left a bunch out so ask/add if you have specific comments or questions. Overall it was awesome and we are already booked for the same cruise next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
I took the Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas, from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Bermuda on August 8th, 2015. I travel solo and this was my first cruise so I was really excited when I first saw the ship in port in NJ. It was H-U-G-E and ... Read More
I took the Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas, from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Bermuda on August 8th, 2015. I travel solo and this was my first cruise so I was really excited when I first saw the ship in port in NJ. It was H-U-G-E and beautiful!!! I am a seasoned teacher not afraid to try new things and meet new people. I took Amtrak into NYC from CT and that was lovely. I am partially disabled, walking with a cane, and Amtrak took good care of me at Penn Station to help get me and my big suitcase up to the main station platform. My daughter and son-in-law met me at the station so we could enjoy the day together in the city. The next morning we rented a zip car and drove to the ship. Directions to the ship were easy to follow. The only surprise was the $14 toll for the tunnel into NJ. We pulled right up to the ship's terminal and unloaded my suitcase with the help of a porter that we tipped. He directed that they drive me up to the entrance door so I could get help with embarkation. I had called RCCL weeks earlier to request assistance with embarkation and debarkation of the ship. They had a wheelchair for me and they took me right up in front of a totally separate line where I only to to wait for a couple of minutes before they checked m That was a major perk in being disabled, no waiting in very long lines like everyone else had to. Cool! The porter rolled me all the long way up into the ship which was so exciting!!! I tipped him well. I had him bring me right to the Windjammer so I could start relaxing and get some lunch. It was busy but not too crowded further in to Windjammer's. The food was nice, many choices. Since it was only 1pm when I finished I walked around the ship a little bit. AMAZING! I felt like I was in a hotel or a shopping mall, not on a ship. They announced that rooms were open so I hustled myself to my stateroom. As I walked in I saw clear thru the balcony window. Awesome!!! I couldn't believe it! There she was, the new World Trade Tower, right there in front of me, towering away up into the sky. What a unique view of NYC. The stateroom was sweet, perfect in size. The drapery and carpet were a little dated in style but clean and neat. I loved the good lighting in the room, especially over the desk/vanity area where I could do my make-up. The TV worked well with limited channels of course, and no news stations, which to me was a good thing to help me relax while on vacation. The bathroom was small but comfortable. I enjoyed the little tubular shower stall. I had no trouble standing in it, without my cane for balance, because it was small. I moved some things over from the little frig so I could put my water bottle and bottle of wine that I brought in (you can bring two per stateroom). There was one double wall outlet on the desk. Just enough for me and my alarm clock and curling iron. I enjoyed the couch while watching TV and had my cabin steward bring me an extra blanket to keep on the couch for when I felt chilled. I had also splurged and ordered a cute floral bouquet for the room. That was in the room when I arrived. The chocolate covered strawberries were not there at arrival, a disappointment. When I first met my cabin steward I gave him a $20 extra tip. I left him a note the first morning about leaving all towels as they are unless I place them on the floor, to leave the balcony furniture set-up as I like it and to keep my ice bucket filled. He was always very gracious to me. I am so glad I splurged on a balcony room and will never get anything else. I loved having the fresh air and light come into the room. Another great feature of my room was that it was right at the port side elevators, PERFECT!!!!!! location all around. Less rocking too. I brought one larger suitcase with enough clothes to change into if I wanted to for dinner, which I did most nights, just because it was fun to do..... I chuckled at the critters towel sculptures that Junior, my cabin steward, left for me, a very sweet touch. It was exciting watching the ship leave port and head out to sea. I thought of how my grandmother Tilly once arrived here into NY over a hundred years ago when she was 16 and alone, and here I was alone heading outwards from NY just to have fun on a ship, pretty inspiring to think on the significance of the legacy she left me. Going under the giant bridge was en event and everyone cheered when we made it. The ship blasted it horns too making it all very dramatic. I had made all of my "My Way Dining" options on-line but called and made a reservation for the last night of the cruise in "Choppes", which turned out to be a good move. I didn't mind sitting alone most times but also enjoyed sitting with new people. I may try regular scheduled dining times for me next cruise so that I always sit with the same people and get to know them better. I never felt lonely cruising solo because there was always something to do. I love the arts and had fun at two different art auctions. They auctioned off really good quality prints of famous and not so famous art works. Do not think that these are the real thing, the real painting or print/etching, they are good copies on good paper, nice framing choices too. I actually bought a large framed print to hang up over my bed at home. They ship it for a really reasonable fee. One of the gallery clerks was extremely knowledgeable about art and artists, impressive. I am an art teacher so I already know a lot about art but I learned even more from her. Oh, I also won a bottle of sparkling wine at one of the art raffles during the auction. I cannot understand how anyone can do karaoke when they cannot sing but it sure was fun watching them, LOL! I tried an evening of bingo but was disappointed that a teenager won the free cruise and then another teenager won hundreds of dollars. I don't understand why they allow underage children to participate like that, or maybe they were 18? It was tough to find an empty chaise to sit out on by the pools and tricky for me to actually sit in on trying to maneuver in between the tight set-up of the chairs, with a cane. I felt awkward here and didn't try it again. Although I wasn't into it they had a fun parade for kids with Universal movie characters one night. Nice touch for families. Plenty of happy music playing in different venues. My favorite spot to sip a drink, people watch, scenery watch was up on the top deck 14 at "Oliver & Twists". Lovely spot, bright and cheery. That's where I perched myself the night we left Bermuda as the ship did a tight 90 degree turn out of port. I didn't discover this spot until the day before but this is my favorite place to sit back and relax on the ship. I visited the spa three times. The first night I had a gel pedicure. The night in Bermuda I took advantage of a discount on a massage by the best masseuse ever, Bronka. I've had lots of massages but she is the best. I also had a facial the last day as a final treat for myself. I felt like I had gone away to a spa retreat for a few days, decadent. I am not a gambler but did try a slot machine for the first time ever. I went in with 4 dollars and left with 5, not bad. It was a penny machine, just enough for my wild ways. I did get seasick twice, on each leg of the sea journey. The seas were rough. I did take motion sickness medicine and wear seabands called "Queazy Beads" but none of that helped. The ginger ale that my assistant waiter brought over to me did help a little the second time around. Food was good, not great, good. I had three dinners in the Main Dining room and several breakfast there too and found the food kind of bland, sorry to say. My waiter was really slow with me, not sure why, but I had to wait longer than other folks. My assistant waiter was a dream, always attentive, sweet, helpful. Windjammers, as a buffet, was okay too. I was often stopped and asked by staff if I wanted help carrying my plate, which I gladly accepted. I would have loved some fresh grapefruit at breakfast and nice fresh eggs. All tasted a bit cafeteria, which is good, not bad. I tried some of the food at Sorrentos a couple of times. It filled me up but was just ok. I really enjoyed "Choppes" my last night as I watched the sun set below the sea. The food was really tasty and fresh and it was expensive, for sure. But I had two appetizers and two salads with the entree and two desserts. luckily the portions weren't ridiculous or I wouldn't have had ordered so much. That was extravagant. The entertainment shows were really good on board. I saw the ice show, which was beautiful and "Saturday Night Fever" which was just like a Broadway show. I didn't do any of the shore excursions, most were too physical for me or expensive or uninteresting, or I had done before in other places. I went off on my own and took the shuttle mini van for $7 (plus $3 tip) to Horseshoe Bay beach. I especially enjoyed the winding ride to the beach past the houses, schools, towns, shorelines. The beach chair was $11 with 5 back on return. They weren't renting out umbrellas because it was too windy, which I didn't agree with, so I placed my chair by the shade in the rocks to get out of the hot sun. Crowded beautiful beach. Did not look pink at all but a creamy color. Next day I took the ferry ($4.50 cash each way) to St. Georges. It was a sweet cobble-stoned, historical town to wander thru. I stopped at the local grocer and got some fresh fruit to munch on as I walked around. If I had had more time I would have rented a cab and taken a ride out of town. I met a local watercolor artist when I stopped in the post office to mail some post cards. She told me how expensive it was to import art supplies onto the island, among other things. I later saw her beautiful, little, watercolor paintings in the shop next door, very, very nice work. I love meeting people from places I visit, best parts of any trip I take. It was anti-climatic heading back into the NJ harbor. I did not leave my suitcase outside my door for them to pack out. I had the porter take it with us when they wheeled me off the ship. All I had to do was wheel it down to deck 4 to wait for the wheelchair to arrive and I was off the ship by 8:30am, just in time to meet my driver from the car service that would bring me to Penn Station for $50 plus toll and tip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Overall, our family of 12 (2 grandparents, 2 moms and 8 kids) had a wonderful, relaxing time on the cruise. This was a first cruise for most of us and a first trip to Bermuda for most of us. As a first time cruiser I was not sure ... Read More
Overall, our family of 12 (2 grandparents, 2 moms and 8 kids) had a wonderful, relaxing time on the cruise. This was a first cruise for most of us and a first trip to Bermuda for most of us. As a first time cruiser I was not sure exactly what to expect. But most everything was great. We departed from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. We drove up on Sunday morning and had no difficulty finding the port. We pulled up to the terminal (like an airport), dropped our bags with the porters and our two drivers went off to park their cars. We arrived around 10:30 am and had a very easy time getting through the check-in process. We were permitted to get onto the ship around 11:00 am. On board the ship we were greeted with glasses of champagne, mimosas and OJ for the kids. That was a nice touch. Then a group photo and off to Deck 10 to relax poolside and have lunch. We could not get into our rooms until around 1:00 pm. We had planned for this and had the kids dressed for the pool and everyone else carrying their bathing suits, etc. in their carry-on bags. We quickly found lounge chairs in the shade and were greeted with cocktail waiters carrying Bahama Mamas which were delicious. We had a great view of the NY skyline and the Statute of Liberty while in port and when the ship first set sail. The adults had the basic alcohol beverage package and the kids had the premium nonalcoholic beverage package. These were well worth the price for all but my mother who does not drink. The drinks were easy to come by and even frozen drinks, like pina coladas, clearly had plenty of alcohol in them (this is not always the case in restaurants). The kids were able to enjoy having sodas and virgin pina coladas without worrying about the cost of every drink. Of course, we tipped our cocktail servers and bartenders with some frequency - to ensure continued good service. Our favorite cocktail server by the pool was Richard. Each morning we had breakfast in the buffet restaurant - I think it was called the Ocean View Café? Fabulous. Eggs made every way; bacon, ham and sausage; fresh fruit; yogurt and granola; cereals; rolls, croissants and bread; waffles, pancakes and French toast; hashbrowns, etc. Each day we had lunch and snacks in the buffet restaurant as well. So much variety and everything was quite good. There was always pasta, pizza, sandwiches, carving stations and salads. Other entrees were changed from day to day with lots of Asian and Indian foods, fried and grilled fish, etc. Sometimes we ate in the restaurant and sometimes we brought our food to the pool. 6 out of 7 dinners we ate in the main dining room - requiring us to dress nicely and, on 2 nights, more formally. We had 6:00 pm reservations each night and that worked well for us. We had Jony as our head waiter and Savio as the assistant waiter and they were both great. Each night we had our choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. For those who are not familiar, the left side of the menu remained the same each night - French onion soup, escargot, fruit plate, Caesar salad; entrees of salmon, grilled chicken and NY sirloin; desserts of cheesecake, apple pie, crème brulee and chocolate cake. The right side of the menu changed every night. I typically ordered off the right side of the menu and really enjoyed nearly every bite. For starters I tried Caesar salad, watermelon gazpacho, prosciutto di parma, scallop Rockefeller, braised short ribs; for entrees I had prime rib, beef tournedos, branzino, lobster tail, steak Dianne; for desserts I had crème brulee, chocolate cake, tres leches cake. Everything was very good. In my opinion the portions were just right - as I had 3 to 4 courses each night and never left feeling overstuffed. Someone else might consider some of the portions too small. While we were at sea, we spent most of our day near the pool - with several lounge chairs in the shade. The one disappointment we had about the cruise was the limited pool space for kids. The ship had three pools and several hot tubs. The two large pools were reserved for adults only. A very small pool and 2 of the hot tubs permitted children - and kids were reprimanded for jumping or splashing. This was disappointing as we had 5 boys ages 9 to 13 who enjoy pool activities. Given the number of kids and families on the cruise, I would recommend that Celebrity reserve only one pool for adults only and allow kids to have access to the other 2 pools. During the day there were many activities throughout the ship - music, dancing, shows, etc. We enjoyed observing some of those that occurred poolside but did not partake of much of the onboard activity during the day. We did attend a "Top Chef" event in the theater on one day at sea that we enjoyed. In the evenings, after dinner, we typically attended the 9:00 pm show in the Celebrity Theater. The shows were on the weak side but we had an ok time. The singers and dancers we watched were excellent individually, but their voices did not go well together and the shows themselves were rather disjointed. While docked in Bermuda, we chose our own path to explore. So we did not purchase any excursions from Celebrity. Bermuda is absolutely gorgeous - so many shades of blue water; soft sand; beautifully colored houses and buildings; friendly people. It really is a magical place. Our first day, we took a cab to Horseshoe Bay where we enjoyed the sun, sand, sea, breeze and snorkeling. There is a little restaurant there where we had amazing grouper sandwiches and fish and chips (although these were pricey for a beach restaurant). We had great weather and a great time. One days two and three we did not have great weather - it rained on and off each day - but we still had fun. On day two we took the ferry to St. George, then went to the Crystal Caves (a great option on a rainy day), then to Hamilton. I would like to have spent more time in Hamilton. On day three, we wanted to go to Church Bay but, due to the weather forecast, we decided to stay closer to the ship and went to Snorkel Beach which is at King's Wharf. We had a great time there too. Disembarkation in Port Bayonne was very, very easy. Overall, we had a great time. Service was excellent - so many people to help at every turn; the food and drinks were great; everything ran smoothly. We would definitely take another Celebrity cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Pros First off staff was very friendly. Ship was spotless and clean. Comedians and shows were amazing. Dinning room food was great. Buffet food was bad the quality of the food was not good. Drink package was great all you can drink! ... Read More
Pros First off staff was very friendly. Ship was spotless and clean. Comedians and shows were amazing. Dinning room food was great. Buffet food was bad the quality of the food was not good. Drink package was great all you can drink! Great ship! Loved it. Pools were great. Cons- The cruise director didn't do a great job promoting the night life for younger people. There was no one in the club and it was boring. The only time is was fun is when we had the white out party on the main pool deck. The director could of had more people to the younger events if he promoted. Yet, I still had a great time just wish there was a better night life for the younger crowed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
After tons of research here on cruise critic we booked celebrity summit because it included the classic drink package and gratuities and $300 onboard credit. We had a C3 concierge class cabin on deck 8, 8165. We left our 2 kids, 5 and 3 at ... Read More
After tons of research here on cruise critic we booked celebrity summit because it included the classic drink package and gratuities and $300 onboard credit. We had a C3 concierge class cabin on deck 8, 8165. We left our 2 kids, 5 and 3 at home so we could celebrate my birthday and our 10th anniversary. Getting to the ship We live in Massachusetts, not far from providence, ri so we took a bus from the airport to Bayonne. We left at 7:45 am and stopped a few times along the way, with traffic before the George Washington bridge it took us about 4.5 hours. A little after 12 we had our luggage of the bus and were in the terminal for check in. There were people looking at your xpress pass to direct you to the proper line through security. One was labelled suites and Aqua class and had no line, the other was for everyone else and was pretty long. When I booked concierge I was pretty sure that we got priority boarding so I asked a lady who was directing people and she told us to get in the long line. My husband went to go in line but something told me we were allowed to go priority so I went and asked the guy in charge of the priority line and he said yes it's absolutely for you guys! So my husband got out of the super long line and we went right through security, waited maybe 2 minutes to get our sea pass cards and were on our way onto the ship! My husband said it was so worth it for concierge just for priority boarding. The ship This being my first cruise I can't compare it to anything but it was very nice, they were doing some maintenance in certain places and there were wet paint signs the first day on some railings. My husband has been on one previous cruise but years ago. He was nervous the ship was smaller and there wouldn't be anything to do but we kept ourselves busy with different things offered, I did trivia while he did the ping pong tournament, I went to Pilates while he played basketball, we did a chipping contest in the pool, checked out the art auction, and just explored the ship in general. There was a lot to do and sometimes we had to miss something. Port and shore excursions In doing my research I realized that celebrity's excursions were overpriced, we were interested in doing some sort of snorkel cruise, they were $65-70 per person and the crystal caves excursion was $100 per person. I decided to get the 3 day transportation pass for $44 per person and do the caves on our own $30 per person for both caves, so day one we were already ahead $26 which bought us a half pitcher of rum swizzle stick at the swizzle inn! Then we had our transportation for the rest of our stay taken care of. Our cabin- 8165 We had a concierge cabin c3 on deck 8- 8165 it was port side aft. We loved it! Having the balcony was so nice and we had breakfast through room service twice. The room had a flat screen tv and plenty of closet/drawer space. The only bad thing I could say about the room was that there was no hairdryer in the bathroom, luckily I found it in a cabinet under the desk but it was not a great hairdryer. I used it once and it took way to long to dry my hair and you had to keep the button pressed down for it to stay on. Next time I'll bring mine from home! Also the shower had some rust but nothing too bad. Dining We had select dining and before we left I made reservations for each night because I had read here on cruise critic that sometimes if you just showed up there could be a 20 min wait. I had 6:30 or 6:45 reservations for sea days and 8:30 reservations for port days and it worked out wonderfully! We sat a different table and had different waiters each day but saw the waiter we had the first night all the time and he would stop and say hi. We are in the MDR every night except the second formal night where we ate at Normandie with a family we had met onboard that we enjoyed talking to, also at our table was Stan the pan man, I'll get to him in entertainment. For breakfast we had room service on our balcony twice, ate in the main dining room 3 times and the buffet once. Breakfast in the main dining room was nice, we shared a table with 2 other couples and actually ate with one couple 2 days in a row just by coincidence! The only time we had trouble was embarkation day in the MDR, it didn't seem any busier than the other days but it took forever to get our meals, an omelette with hash browns and bacon, and an omelette with sausage and French toast, but oops, why does my husbands plate look so empty?? No french toast! We asked the waiter and he said he would bring it but 15 minutes later, we were done eating and it was getting close to 8:00 and we had to get our stuff out of the room to get off the ship. Other than that the service was excellent and the food was delicious. I tried things I would never order for fear of not liking it and learned I like escargot and fried frog legs! The buffet was good but crowded. Excellent pizza and they had a cheese station, I think I surprised the attendant the first day when I asked for all of the cheeses! Also from 5:30-9:30 they have sushi, it was excellent as well and it became our habit to go get a plate of sushi and grab a drink from the sunset bar before dinner. We had the classic drink package and considered upgrading but never did because we did just fine finding drinks on the classic package. We just weren't impressed with the selection of wines by the glass in the MDR for us, other bars had different wines to pick from so we would go grab a glass of something different before we sat down to dinner. We didn't bring our kids so I can't say anything about the kids club, although people said their kids were enjoying it. Entertainment The first sea day I went to trivia in revelations lounge and immediately following he had a seminar with Stan the pan man, a steel drum player. He isn't your typical steel pan player, he's a blond guy from Iowa! It was really nice having him onboard, he did a couple of seminars and played by the pool a few times too. My husband got to try playing, I missed out on a picture though... He isn't on the ship all the time though, he was getting off for 2 weeks when we got back to Bayonne because he does teaching seminars at schools in between his cruise time. As for the shows in the theater we missed most of them but did see 2 different comedians the accapella group ReVoiced and the the iMagic show. All were good. Summary All in all it was a fun relaxing cruise which is what we were looking for as a break from our kids. I am definitely looking forward to cruising again, we didn't book anything on the ship but I'm going to start my research here on cruise critic for a family cruise next! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
Just returned from the May 24, 2015 Celebrity Summit Bermuda cruise. First cruise, and could not be more impressed or pleased. Everything was first rate, including the entertainment. Food was great. Stateroom was great. Plenty of ... Read More
Just returned from the May 24, 2015 Celebrity Summit Bermuda cruise. First cruise, and could not be more impressed or pleased. Everything was first rate, including the entertainment. Food was great. Stateroom was great. Plenty of things to do and lots of room to find a quiet place for relaxing. Very easy getting in and out of Cape Liberty, Bayonne, and the boarding and the disembarking went very smoothly and quickly. Most memorable impression is the quality of service by the staff. Everyone had a smile, a warm greeting, and seemed genuinely interested in serving your needs. Absolutely no complaints and very satisfied with the experience. Highly recommend it and may do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We loved this cruise trip to Bermuda, almost everything is right and excellent. We have Dinning at 6pm every night and our servers at MDR are excellent. She is so friendly and helpful that we enjoy our dinner very much every night. ... Read More
We loved this cruise trip to Bermuda, almost everything is right and excellent. We have Dinning at 6pm every night and our servers at MDR are excellent. She is so friendly and helpful that we enjoy our dinner very much every night. Except one night that we returned to the ship late and missed the 6pm dinner. By the time we were ready, it was almost 8pm and we went for Select dinning (2nd floor of MDR) and the service was very bad. We were almost like being ignored for 20-30 min and they left my table just after I ordered my glass of wine, before my daughter had her chance to order. The ship might look a bit old, but it is very clean everywhere. There are so many things you can do on the ship, we can go for the same cruise again. We attended all shows in the Celebrity Theater every night and most of them are good show. With the drink packages, we enjoy the tea, coffee, and pastry on the 5th floor Cafe. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Myself and my wife are in our mid-30's. Two daughters 6 and 8. Was our first cruise except for a Princess cruise in Alaska. (We did not like Princess at all). Quantum was really good. I am extremely picky and a complainer and i could ... Read More
Myself and my wife are in our mid-30's. Two daughters 6 and 8. Was our first cruise except for a Princess cruise in Alaska. (We did not like Princess at all). Quantum was really good. I am extremely picky and a complainer and i could not find much to complain about. Anything i don't mention means it was realllllly good! I feel bad for the transatlantic cruisers and the 2/3 day cruisers. this ship cannot be explored and conquered in 2 or 3 days and that first voyage must have been very understaffed and not ready. Embarkation - a little confusing, but not painful and we got on the boat around 11:30am. Common Areas - all are really nice; 270 is amazing; theater is really well done; Staff - i can't believe how genuinely nice they were and thorough... The ship was always spotless. Restaurants - We dined in all the free ones. They were fine. Not 5 star but very good and staff bent over backwards.... We even ordered dessert from one of the other ones every night and they got it for us. super nice! One night we ate at Chops. Steak was good. Windjammer was nice and never felt too crowded. NOTE: They seemed to be lacking in some of the wine, mixed drinks and cider options on the alcohol menu. No biggie though. PS: A LOT of people did not like the open dining concept. My wife and i liked it... to each their own. Also we changed our minds sometimes the day of a reservation or wanted to eat earlier. Never seemed to be a problem for the staff to accomodate. Johnny Rockets - Was good although the girl making the burgers was clinically brain dead. she messed up every burger. Theater shows - Mamma mia was really good; The 270 show was nice and the sonic oddysee was good. honestly those last two were a bit boring but better than nothing and not low budget. Then there was a vantriloquist and acapella group. Both were really good. BASS was way to high for the acapella group though. i'm only in my 30's but i just couldn't handle how loud the bass was set on the sound system. Shops - Why on earth would someone buy jewelry or expensive watches on a cruise ship? Stores were nice but "not applicable". Gift shop had limited RC shirts for adult men. they were all sort of ugly so i didn't bother getting one. Kids Club - The girls liked it a little bit. I feel really bad for the staff. The area has LOW ceilings and NO windows. I would have gone crazy. The room was WAY TOO loud the way it was designed with a terrible Echo. Fine for the kids for a few hours but definitely an area that i would consider neglected. Pool Areas - All very Nice; Didn't use much. Honestly the weather didn't cooperate, but the indoor pools were good and none ever seemed crowded. In general, the boat never really felt crowded. Outdoor pool area was a bit toooo loud when band or tv was playing. SELF SERVER SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM - gets its own category. was addicting. i was really pissed the couple days it was broken. This is located by outdoor pool. sooooo good! Adults only area - Very nice. we didn't spend more than 5 minutes there. Really well done though. Wave Rider - Daughter loved it. Never a long line. Staff was SUPER friendly and helpful. Rock Wall - Kids loved it; never a wait more than a few minutes Bumper Cars - probably rode them 5 times and the kids loved them. At most a 15 minute wait. XBOX corner - beware they all looked broken by end of week. They need to figure that area out although we did not use it. Sea Plex - Basketball/Trapeze/volleyball/dodgeball/ping pong/foosball/air hockey/roller skating/arcade - I have to say this was an absolute wonderful area. There were adult competitions in basketball/volleyball/dodge ball and the people were great to play with and you win cheap little metals. Really a great area that has no competition in the cruising world. If you like this type of stuff i don't know where else could be this fun. iFly - really fun. they took reservations. only lasted a minute but worth it to experience. Again the staff was super nice. North Star - (Basically a MacGregor Crane) turned into an attraction. Was either broken or too windy or too whatever most of the time. Finally got on it towards the middle of the trip. Not worth selecting this boat for it but something to do. Nickel and Diming - We bought the soda plan. i can't say it was necessary since the windjammer was basically free soda along with Sorrento's (pizza place). Wasn't that much money though. i can't see how anyone can justify the more expensive drink packages. Everything seemed reasonably priced though for extras. CASINO - was major disappointment; i love craps but i didn't play once because the ENTIRE room and lobby above it was disgusting with smoke. they should ban smoking in the casino. Sort of glad that it was so gross since i didn't throw away any money. EXCEPT.... THE INTERNET. Yes it was fast BUT only in certain areas and it WAS EXPENSIVE. over $300 for the internet and my signal in the room was awful. That was one of the more frustrating points. Elevators - were generally on the slow side, but to avoid getting fat we wound up taking the stairs a lot. Getting off the Boat - we carried our own luggage and i'm glad we did. was a painless process. line off but went really fast and customs was really fast too. Ports - Cape Canaveral was fine with space musuem; Nassau is gross and the water was too choppy for the 3rd stop in the bahamas. I would highly suggest you take this cruise for the ship and NOT the ports. I think that covers everything. In summary we'll 90% do the Anthem with the same itinerary next Thanksgiving. It was a really good time; a quick 4 hour drive from Boston; and hard to beat for the money.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
This was the second time for me sailing on this ship since 2008 - this time with my boyfriend, and it was his first time. We are a young couple in our late 20's. We were notified around 6pm the night before departure that due to ... Read More
This was the second time for me sailing on this ship since 2008 - this time with my boyfriend, and it was his first time. We are a young couple in our late 20's. We were notified around 6pm the night before departure that due to Hurricane Gonzalo, we would not be sailing to Bermuda, but instead to Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John, New Brunswick. WHAT?! I was about to start my work shift when I heard the news, so I had to repack everything once I got home at 4am. We arrived to the port at the suggested time for our deck, 1pm - and the car line was insane. We waited in a very long line to drop off our luggage and then park in the lot ($100 for five days). They handed everyone a letter explaining the change in course - because apparently some people were never notified! Not sure whose fault that is. The port was under construction, but besides the lines, everything seemed to go smoothly. We immediately booked our new excursions in Canada and found that we would be refunded for our Bermuda excursions, and we received a $350 credit. Everyone received different credit amounts, so I'm not sure how that was all figured out. We were up on the deck as the ship departed (an hour late). Most of the deck chairs were stacked up - albeit the weather wasn't the warmest, but it just wasn't very welcoming! Every bar I went to had the same drink menu, but not all bars can make all the drinks. I had a premium drink package (highly recommend) and I used it often. The service at the bars - EVERY bar - was extremely slow. Even when there weren't a lot of people. I'm a bartender, so I understand that a lot of the specialty cocktails take an extra minute or two, but this was ridiculous. Once I ordered a Mai Tai, and the bartender had no idea what he was doing. I got something like a rum and grenadine instead. How do you not know how to make a Mai Tai on a cruise ship?! So yes, depending on the bartender, your cocktail was either delicious, too weak, too strong, or just wrong altogether. I wanted to stick to beer/wine most of the time, so I know what I'm getting, and I always asked for the ADVERTISED ciders - and the bartenders almost always had no idea what I was talking about. They were on every drink menu. I had to keep ordering from the Schooner bar because they had their backup cooler around the corner through a door, which is where the cider was kept. When I would ask for cider at the casino they'd just refuse. Then never seemed to have Angry Orchard, but had Redd's Apple Ale (both advertised), although, my friend somehow found an Angry Orchard somewhere, or complained enough to get one. It was hard to find an ash tray in the casino bar, and half the stools were table height and not bar height, so it was awkward to sit. The night before our first port in Canada, we were supposed to have been delivered our excursion tickets. They never came, so we went to Guest Relations to have them printed. No problem. Except that the pub crawl excursion we had ordered on the first day was the wrong code in the booklet we received, because the woman printed out a different excursion ticket for us that was not what we wanted. Luckily, the pub crawl had three spots left, so she was able to correct the issue - but I would have been super annoyed if we were shut out due to a mistake in the booklet. We received our original excursion tickets during the second port day (uhh, thanks!) and wouldn't have gotten the correct excursion, actually no ticket at all, for the first excursion day had we not checked at Guest Relations. The windjammer cafe, as expected, was kind of a cluster, but if you can find a table in the back, the view is pretty cool. The food was mediocre quality, though lunch was still tasty for what it was. We did breakfast there the last morning and it kind of sucked. Things were stale, the omelette station took forever. I was the third person in line, and the omelette maker restarted making an omelette TWICE. I guess it's great he's checking for quality, but after ten minutes of waiting as I was next, I gave up. The dining room food was great! I had a great meal every night. Our server was OK, but not as personable as some of the other tables. We were seated with other young couples, so that was nice. You can also have breakfast and lunch in the dining room during the designated hours. We didn't take advantage of that, but I wish we had. I'm assuming the food would have been better quality than the windjammer. You can also order from the room service menu. It was pretty much the same quality as windjammer. We ordered breakfast to be delivered on our first port morning in Canada between 9:30-10 because we had to be off the boat by 10:45 to get to our excursion. It was late. I called and they explained it was busy. So we waited. It came at around 10:20 so we had to scarf it down and leave. However, they did include complimentary chocolate covered strawberries the next day with our next room service order to apologize. I enjoyed the burger I ordered from the room service menu. It wasn't the greatest, and didn't come with cheese (which was stated in the menu) but I made it work with some mayo. Please give us more ketchup packets!! Oh, the fries were amazing. The steak sandwich was very very good. The promenade cafe also had complimentary food and coffee 24/7, so we could always go there for a snack. There were always plenty of activities. I enjoyed the ice skating show, the comedian, the love and marriage game show was hilarious. The quest game show was fun, and I really enjoyed the Chamber night club, especially the silent disco night where everyone could wear headphones and tune in to one of two stations. Debarkation was kind of annoying. The self-assist "express" process wasn't very swift at all. We showed up early to our designated waiting area, and they told us we could head right down to deck 1 to leave. There was already a huge line backed up, winding up the stairs of people with luggage trying to leave. We couldn't get an elevator that was empty so we dragged our bags down the stairs. When we finally got into an elevator, people were pissed at us when we finally got down to the first floor and the door opened to a huge mass of waiting people. We heard that the elevators on the other side of the ship were less crowded so we maneuvered our way into an elevator, up to go back down, cross over the promenade, then back down the elevator on the other side to the second floor. A security member told us to head down the stairs, and we were met with a group of people waiting to depart who were not happy that we 'cut' in front of them. At that point we had been on a wild goose chase trying to get to the bottom of the boat - sorry!!! I guess this sounds like a lot of complaints, but we did have a fun time. I was looking forward to Bermuda and snorkeling, and the beach and warm weather, but what can you do. The service and entertainment were great, and distracted me enough from the negatives. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Had a family cruise... with 7 cabins. Do not recommend Select Dining... especially for a medium size group. (We had 14 people). First day or so had issues with seating and getting reservations at 7PM. After this was settled, the overall ... Read More
Had a family cruise... with 7 cabins. Do not recommend Select Dining... especially for a medium size group. (We had 14 people). First day or so had issues with seating and getting reservations at 7PM. After this was settled, the overall cruise quality was fine. Have seen some comments regarding food quality. Found the variety and quality was fine... Only went to buffets for breakfast and lunch... Did not got to Qsine, but some of our party did, and they were pleased. Dining staff was very accomodating to one person in our party who had a severe food allergy. Gave him the next days menu, and he was able to order a day in advance, with the kitchen knowledgeable about the allergy. As we all had outside cabins... most of us had the drink package (some classic and some upgraded to premium). Service and drink qualities were fine. Re: Bermuda... try to find a different destination... it is a pretty place... but the island does not accomdate its tourists well. Effective the week that we arrived (both the Summit and the NCL Breakaway arrive about the same time on Wednesdays)... the Bermuda transportation had cancelled the shuttle busses to the beach... so that there was about a 2 hour wait for the bus. When you have about 7,000 arriving tourists, this is a really bad idea. We were treated poorly... The buses would not even fill up, to allow room for local Bermuda residents. Would strongly recommend go anywhere else! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
At the last minute, after some hesitation, I booked a cruise on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. I traveled with my husband and daughter. Overall, the cruise was a fantastic experience, and I would certainly do it again. For a week, I did ... Read More
At the last minute, after some hesitation, I booked a cruise on the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. I traveled with my husband and daughter. Overall, the cruise was a fantastic experience, and I would certainly do it again. For a week, I did not make a bed, cook a meal, answer an email, etc. I wanted to relax, and I surely did. The cruise was a chance to reconnect and spend some time with my family. The embarkation and disembarkation process was streamlined and swift. My only quibble was the line to pay for parking, as there was only 1 attendant on duty. We booked an oceanview stateroom, I thought we would be cramped in one room, but it was fine. The room was well taken care of, twice daily. The food was great, from the buffet to poolside burgers. one of my favorites was afternoon tea at the Aquaspa café (which I didn't figure out until day 4 or 5). We also enjoyed treats and coffee at Bacio. I was not happy with lunch and breakfast service in the main dining room. It was slow and unattentive. Dinner in the dining room was good, not great. We enjoyed a special night at Qsine, and it was delicious and very filling! The activities were fun, and Ken and Luigi were very funny! We did not get a chance to see all the shows or participate in many of the activities (maybe next time!). I did not use the outdoor pool, as it was always crowded, and I could not find a chair. The adult indoor pool and hot tubs were nice after 5PM. On the last day we discovered the showers and sauna by the indoor pool. We did not do any shore excursions, but we traveled around Bermuda on a bus and ferry pass. The barstaff was always attentive, and they could make a mean cocktail! My husband had the premium alcohol package. Our favorite was the Sunset bar on deck 10. So, I was happy with our cruise. We made a lot of friends, and met some interesting people. The staff is polite and I commend them all for taking such good care of us. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My wife and I (age 60,62) wanted to take three things off of our "bucket list"; cruise, visit Bermuda, and go scuba diving. Mission accomplished. I planned the cruise back in November after researching your reactions right here ... Read More
My wife and I (age 60,62) wanted to take three things off of our "bucket list"; cruise, visit Bermuda, and go scuba diving. Mission accomplished. I planned the cruise back in November after researching your reactions right here on Cruise Critic. Well done members! Keep in mind that this was our first cruise. The booking process was great and we lowered our price twice by watching for specials. I booked room 1103 in Aqua Class. Dry run- I did a dry run to Port Liberty the week before since I was never there before. The GPS had me do 3 wrong turns so it was a good 90 minute investment in time. Boarding process= A. Check in process was seamless and a bus took us to the ship. Something the sales person did not know. Lunch at Blu and room was ready by 1300 hours. Stateroom 1103 - A+ We loved the room but had two issues that were attended to. The toilet clogged once and the room safe's battery died and we could not open the safe. That took 30 minutes for staff to respond and open the safe. We nearly missed our bus. One would think that the suites would be at this level but nope, they are on deck 6. Deck 11 is closer to the pool and unless you need the extra room, we liked it on this deck. Aqua Class had great attendant service too. The room is serviced twice daily. Food-Very good but not great. We mostly dined in Blu. Very good service and good but not great food. Bistro on Five had excellent crepes for a minor upcharge of $7/pp. Worth the money. The buffet was a disappointment. Entertainment-very good. The Sin City comedians were a show highlight along with Ken Page. Overall- an excellent cruise. The weather coming back made the ride a bit rough. If I had to do it over again, I would not change a thing.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
My boyfriend and I went on our first cruise ever on the Explorer to the Bahamas on Jan. 5th and while this was our first, it certainly won't be our last! A friend of ours dropped us off in Bayonne and initially we felt a little ... Read More
My boyfriend and I went on our first cruise ever on the Explorer to the Bahamas on Jan. 5th and while this was our first, it certainly won't be our last! A friend of ours dropped us off in Bayonne and initially we felt a little overwhelmed with all of the hustle and bustle going on around us and weren't sure where to even start! Luckily, almost immediately someone assisted us with our luggage and we ended up finding our way onto he ship pretty easily and without too much of a wait. We opted for a room with a view of the Promenade, and while it was no ocean view, we really enjoyed the room! We never noticed any noise from the Royal Promenade, even when parades an such were going on, and I enjoyed being able to look out and see what was going on on the ship and how many people were out and about and such. Not at all RCI's fault, but day 2 on board was extremely wavy. My boyfriend and I both had on our Sea Band wristbands and we still could not get out of bed without feeling queasy. Being first time cruisers we weren't sure if these kind of waves were common, but we ended up meeting a gentleman who played in a band on board and his said that is was the waviest day at sea he has ever experienced! The first few days we didn't venture outside too much, not only was it cold but the winds were wild! We enjoyed exploring the interior of the ship though and Royal Caribbean felt the itineraries full with things to enjoy inside. We enjoyed the Windjammer, the food wasn't anything exceptional, but it's a massive buffet and we were able to find plenty we liked and always left with full bellies. And whenever we were a little tired of the Windjammer we would head up to Johnny Rocket's, which is not included, but you can pay a $5 cover charge and enjoy as much food as you'd like! We were very impressed with the dining hall, we did My Time Dining and were seated in the Columbus dining room. The menu changed every night and even my boyfriend, who is a bit of a particular eater, not only always found a starter, entree, and desert that sounded appealing, but he never had a complaint! We were very impressed with the food there and found ourselves looking forward to dinner each night. We saw a lot of the shows and found the ice skating show to be the best! We also really enjoy the adult game show, "The Quest" we were really unsure of what to expect but it was a lot fun really high energy and, Leigh, the cruise director made it a lot of fun. Port Canaveral; Day 3: Once again, not at all RCCL's fault, but our day in Florida was during an arctic chill and it was 38 degrees and super windy! Because of the weather, we decided not to book an excursion. Instead we took a shuttle to Ron Jon Surf Shop and explored that, had some starbucks, enjoyed the wifi a bit, then took a quick stroll on the beach before we decided we had enough and headed back to the ship. Nassau; Day 4: Finally a break from the cold! While it was pretty much all overcast, we had 80 degree weather and couldn't find a reason to complain. We think this day was probably the highlight of our trip. I have always wanted to see Atlantis, and we were contemplating booking a tour through the cruise line for $60 a piece. In the end, we decided to listen to some reviews I read on the internet prior to the cruise about not booking an excursion and just taking a cab from the island to the resort and purchasing day passes once you get there. Do this! Seriously the best decision we could have made! We were snatched up by a man almost as soon as we got off the boat, along with probably 6 to 8 other people and he took us to a van that would take us to Atlantis for $4 a person. we got a bit of a tour on the way over, and our cab driver told us where to go when he dropped us off, but said that if nobody stops you, keep walking! We took his advise and walked all through the hotel, the casino, the lobby, and eventually made it outside without ever being stopped. Once outside, we weren't entirely sure if we were breaking any rules or not, but decided to just take our chances and explore the resort. It was incredible and we saw so much! We kept passing "checkpoints" where staff were hanging around and we were certain we would be stopped at any moment for not having any wristbands on like everyone else we saw, but they never did! In the end we saw the all of the resort minus the water park, the aquarium, the beach, and plenty of the interior for free! We felt like we got the deal of the century and only had to pay for our cheap cab fare. We even ran into two other couples that we shared a cab with on the way over and they all got stopped and had to pay at some point. Overall we had an incredible day and I was so happy to finally see Atlantis, and for such a steal! :) Cococay; Day 5: There was a bit of a delay getting off the boat in Cococay, I guess the waves were intense and the boats that transfer everyone to the island could not do their jobs safely. We didn't mind too much, we took our time getting out of bed and about an hour or so later they started allowing us to the island. It was finally a beautiful sunny day! I was ecstatic to finally see the beautiful turquoise waters of the Bahamas and was in my glory. I remembered a tip I read somewhere prior to the trip, and this I would definitely recommend! Right when you get on the island there are lots of beaches nearby but they get very crowded very quickly! If you just keep walking almost directly across the island, you were reach Barefoot Beach. It is beautiful and way less crowded! We laid out here and enjoyed the water and it was much more private. The only excursion we booked was on this island, we booked the Wave Runner tour. So much fun for thrill seekers, we were airborne most of the time! You definitely get your moneys worth I was surprised at how far away from Cococay you actually get to go and it is just a fun experience with unique views, but be prepared to get soaked! Overall, this trip was kind of trial and error for us. There are some things we will do differently next time, and others we will not! -We did "My Time Dining" and paid had our gratuities prepaid. This I would do again, we liked not having that extra money tacked onto our bill at the end, plus it was nice to go to dinner whenever you were hungry! -Next time we think we will purchase the alcohol package. We are both 21, and while neither of us are big drinkers, but we realized quickly that we were not all not comfortable enjoying a drink here and there because of the steep prices. We would have liked to be able to enjoy a drink here or there more comfortably and for about $40 pp/pp we could have and still got our moneys worth! -Next time we also might splurge a little more on a balcony, not a necessity but would be nice for sure! -Also we don't think we will do another winter cruise, at least not when leaving from such a northern port. It really puts a limit on the activities! We would have loved more outdoor time on board. -We did the "express" option when we disembarked. Meaning we decided to carry our own luggage off the boat and while I certainly worked up a sweat going down 7 floors, it was quick and easy and will do it again! -Ultimately we did decide we will definitely cruise with RCI again! We truly enjoyed their service and Leigh and Erky, our cruise directors were fabulous! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
I loved this cruise and was sad to get off the ship. I could have stayed longer. The Windjammer food excellent. Such a variety and coureteous staff in there. The washy washy girl were a delight. Dining room (DeGamma) was amazing. Great ... Read More
I loved this cruise and was sad to get off the ship. I could have stayed longer. The Windjammer food excellent. Such a variety and coureteous staff in there. The washy washy girl were a delight. Dining room (DeGamma) was amazing. Great choices of appetizers, meals and desserts. Food network fancy stuff. Waiters Emiliano and Suni were wonderful! Pulling out chairs, putting napkins on your lap and wiing crums away for you. Makde us feel like royalty! Loved them and the dining experience. The other couples at my table were perfect. Lovely people that I will stay in touch with. The highlights of the cruise were the Cruise Director and the Activities Manager. Leigh Xureub and Erky from Turkey. They made this cruise so much fun and made me laugh so hard every day. These guys should get paid alot because the happiness they provided me and my boyfriend for our 9 day vacation was the best. Ocean view window, good enough for the 2 of us. Bathroom small but fine for the trip. Room steward Joseph was Excellent! Closet space was adequate for 2. We had 2 large suitcases in there, lots of clothes on hangars, garment bags, and there were alot of shelves and drop down bars to place things on. Very nice. Felt minimal swaying of ship, hardly heard any noise next door and hallway quiet and peaceful. Slep like a baby, better than i sleep at home actually and the bed was comfy and big. Plent of room to spread out between two people, and I'm no skinny minnie so it was nice! The ports were nice. Loved Labadee and the barbeque. Went to Cayo Levantado in Samana and did the beach and got a massage there. Very nice! In Charolette Amalie we took a guided tour the cost 25 dollars in safari truck and that was so much fun. The driver showed us some beautiful scenery and the tour was long and ended with some shopping for jewelry and liquor. San Juan we got there 4p-11 so we went to San Christobal fort. Beautiful.l Then walked around town making a stop at Senor Frogs for drinks and fun. Back on the Explorer we played trivia in the Schooner and met some folks that will be friends off the ship. So much fun winning luggage tags or pens, etc. There was so much to do on the ship no one can ever say they are bored! My cabin was perfect and my steward Joseph was a hard worker and made our room so nice and left us delightful towel animals. I cant wait to go on a cruise next year and I definitely would recommmend Royal Caribbean. I havent been on any other ships as this was my first cruise but I really don't see how anything could compare to what I experienced on the Explorer of the Seas. A+ Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Overall, the cruise was AMAZING and so was the trip to Bermuda. My boyfriend and I planned this cruise and we loved our whole experience. There were some things we'd change for our next cruise, but we would definitely go on Celebrity ... Read More
Overall, the cruise was AMAZING and so was the trip to Bermuda. My boyfriend and I planned this cruise and we loved our whole experience. There were some things we'd change for our next cruise, but we would definitely go on Celebrity again. That being said, here's my review: Embarking: I really didn't know what to expect, as this was my first cruise. We were driven to Bayonne by family and got dropped off around 10. We sat in the waiting area and we were in group #4 to get on to the ship. We took a shuttle to the ship and were given complimentary mimosas/wine which was a nice touch! We got right on to the ship and went on to deck 10 and of course got a fruity tropical drink. By this point it was about 11 am. So as you can see we got on the ship really quickly. We hung out on the deck and explored until our room was ready. At this time we ate at the Oceanview Cafe. Oceanview Cafe: We ate here the first day for lunch and it was not what I had expected. Everyone I had known who had cruised before had said the food was the best part and that was definitely not the case. The food wasn't terrible it just wasn't anything to write home about for. It was like your last resort if you didn't want to eat anywhere else. I'm sure a lot of kids liked it because I saw a lot of children eating there. The ice cream also wasn't good even though I saw people eating it constantly. AquaClass: We opted for the AquaClass because we wanted a more upscale experience. I didn't know what to expect in the room but after a few days we realized didn't have everything we were supposed to (bathrobes, slippers, etc) so we asked Dianna (I think that was her name) and she got them for us. She was GREAT. So helpful! (even when our toilet wasn't working the last 2 days). In any event, we did enjoy our veranda and the bottled water in the room. However, we didn't really care about the fresh fruit (apples) or the extra toiletries (I bring my own & my boyfriend doesn't care). The bathroom was small, but there's not much you can do. The room was always kept clean by the staff, although a lot of times we were in and out of the room so we just put up the Do Not Disturb sign. AquaSpa: The AquaSpa was not used. We were going to use it one day at the end of the cruise but I had gotten seasick and we wound up going back to the room. I wouldn't use it if I had to pay for it. Also, the AquaSpa cafe offered salad, yogurt & your normal "healthy" stuff. For us, being on vacation meant we wanted to splurge and dieting was put to the side. Blu: We chose AquaClass so we could dine at Blu but we probably wouldn't do it again. We aren't complaining about it because the food was amazing, but we were just looking for more of that typical cruise dining experience and Blu was more of a traditional restaurant that we would eat at home. We love going out to dinner and Blu was a very nice restaurant and the maitre de was EXCELLENT. We mostly chose to eat there for breakfast after we got a taste of the main dining room. Cosmopolitan/Main Dining Room: We didn't eat at the Main Dining Room until the 3rd night of the cruise and we definitely regret that. We should have been eating there the entire time! It was more of a cruise atmosphere and the food was better. Blu had good food don't get me wrong, but we just felt it was more stuffy. Another mistake was that we ate late the first and second nights. We normally would eat around 8-9 if we went to dinner at home and we did that the first two nights of the cruise & regretted it. We missed out on a lot of the night time activities. Beverage Package: GET THE BEVERAGE PACKAGE! We went back and forth with the beverage package and as a first time cruiser I really had no idea what to do. My boyfriend had cruised before when we was younger but he wasn't paying for them then! We do drink so it was nice to have all of our alcohol included (we didn't purchase anything over the $12 cap). We were able to drink wine, beer, fruity drinks, martinis, gourmet coffee drinks and unlimited bottled water, juices, sodas, ginger ale (for when you get seasick!), and sparkling water. It was so easy to just hand over your blue seapass card and get your drink. Plus you don't have to sign anything so you just get your drink and go. The water they give you is either Evian or some other brand but they give you a huge bottle so it's great. Just buy the beverage package if not for convenience. Why cut corners on vacation? Normandy: Oh. My. Gosh. We got a $160 credit from AMEX towards a specialty dining restaurant and we are SOOOO HAPPY WE CHOSE NORMANDY! WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! If you can afford to do it, DO IT. Take a night for yourself if you're with kids, and GO. We did the food and wine paring and it was AWESOME. We had always wanted to do that at home, but when you are drinking wine that much, you know that you will need a DD and it was hard to plan at home so this is definitely something we were happy we did on the cruise. The staff was GREAT and they made jokes with us & it was just SO amazing. All of the food was EXCELLENT, TOP NOTCH. If you can, GO! You will not be disappointed. Ports: I didn't realize that the ship used to dock in Hamilton, my boyfriend had gone to Bermuda when they did. Wow, I wish they still did that. Or that I didn't know that it used to be that way. Basically you have 2 1/2 days where you're actually in Bermuda. Where they dock you in Bermuda there isn't much to do. You can go to the beach & get frozen yogurt. There is a restaurant and some shops but nothing amazing. The first day we were there we went to the beach very early and beat the crowd. We wound up staying for about two hours and then the rain started so we left right when that happened. It was expensive to get on the beach, get a chair and get snorkelling equipment, but my boyfriend said that was his favorite part so you decide what's important to you. It was $10 per person to get on the beach, $20 for a towel (we forgot ours, so we bought one because we needed one and I wanted a souvenir anyway), $15 for a chair (which I used) and the snorkel and flippers were about $20. So you're looking at $65 just for us to go to the beach for 2 hours. Then again a lot of that was on extras, so you decide. A huge group came in before it started to get cloudy & started raining, and the guy next to me started farting without a care, so it was kind of a sign to leave! Went back on the ship to eat lunch, got dressed & went on our glass bottom boat tour (more on that later). After the glass bottom boat tour we went to Hamilton. The city is super clean and nice, has a lot of luxury shops as well as souvenir places. Go to Hamilton for your souvenirs. There was one store we went in and I got t shirts and other things and it was the cheapest one, and had all the same things as the other stores. I forget the name but wait to go to Hamilton to buy your Bermuda stuff. Ferry is cheap and times are good, but it is SUCH A PAIN to take. You wait like herds of cattle for 20 minutes before you get on the ferry, then it's a 20 minute ferry ride to Hamilton. It really takes a lot out of you. We went to Hamilton for a few hours and wound up coming back to the ship. A lot of people stayed in Hamilton for a night time festival but we did not do that. The next day we took the ferry to St. George's. The line was really long & we were afraid we weren't going to get on. My boyfriend had told me that St. George's was kind of just for an hour or two because there wasn't much to do and that it was more historic. It's definitely a must-see and I would say his description is accurate. I can't see spending more than half a day there. We took a taxi from St. George's to Hamilton. Everyone was warning us to not take the taxis because of how expensive they are, but honestly it was worth it. They charge you the meter rate, and it cost $40 for both of us to go from St. George to Hamilton and it was a relaxing ride. We were able to rejuvenate! For us, spending $40 on a taxi was worth it when you cut out the almost 1 hour it takes to wait for a ferry, get on a ferry and get to your destination. You decide what is worth it to you. The last day in Bermuda we did our dolphin excursion and went back on our ship which was nice and quiet because people were still exploring in Bermuda. It leaves around 4:30 so you do have a good part of the day to do things. Next time we would do one full day in Hamilton and take a taxi to do it. We would go to the beach the other days & stay the full day instead of taking so many trips back and forth! Shopping: Shopping onboard is good - nothing crazy. They have cute jewelry in the one store and Swarovski. It's a fun thing to do when there's nothing else you feel like doing. Bought a watch in the fine jewelry store. Just make sure you know the prices of things before you go. I got a Citizens watch for 40% off and it wound up costing me in the $100's range. They had other brands too that I would wait on to get from Macys or another department store on sale, but honestly if you are only going to save a dollar here or there, I say buy it on the ship because it gives you a memory too. They had some Fossil, Guess, Steve Madden and Big Buddha in one of the stores. Shopping in Hamilton is awesome. My boyfriend surprised me with an early birthday present. He got a me the Louis Vuitton purse I wanted at the Louis Vuitton store in Hamilton. I was able to convince him to do it because there is no tax! I say only use 1/3 of your spending money on the ship and the rest in Hamilton and splurge. Pools/Sun Deck: Lots of kids in the pool. I didn't like going in the pool when we were at sea because it made me sea sick. You definitely feel the boat moving when you're in the pool. My boyfriend loved it though. He doesn't get seasick. I had brought 2 books with me and had a great time laying out on the deck and reading and drinking fruity drinks. This is also where the beverage package comes in handy. The burgers and hot dogs on the deck are amazing too. We didn't have a hard time getting good spots. You do find some chair hogs but it's really not that hard to find a chair in the sun, even at prime sun hours. Martini Bar: Great drinks, nice place to go before/after dinner. Excursions: Most of the excursions meet right outside of the ship. Next Cruise: Earlier Dining Main Dining Room Buy Beverage Package Get More Involved In Activities Lay Out More No excursions Manage time in ports better Not get up so early! No ferry Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2013
We booked an Aqua Class cabin (9110). It was spacious and had a great balcony. We found it to be very clean and nicely appointed. This cruise exceeded our expectations. We weren't sure what to expect, but what we found was a very ... Read More
We booked an Aqua Class cabin (9110). It was spacious and had a great balcony. We found it to be very clean and nicely appointed. This cruise exceeded our expectations. We weren't sure what to expect, but what we found was a very relaxing and wonderful experience. My partner and I (two gay males 37 & 43), found the crew to be friendly and very helpful. The Blu restaurant is worth the upgrade to Aqua Class within itself. The wait staff was friendly, and attentive. The food was amazing! So much selection and creativity! The portions were not enormous, so we never felt like we were eating too much. It was great to be able to try so many new things. Celebrity is known for it's food, and it definitely did not disappoint. We only dined in the main dining room once on a formal night. We found it to be nice, but so much more crowded than Blu. We dined at the Normandie restaurant twice. We really loved it (partly because we are Art Deco fanatics, and it is all done in Deco). The food was definitely the best in this restaurant. Their attention to detail was outstanding. We really enjoyed the spa treatments that we booked (only wish they wouldn't try to up sell so much on products). Access to the Persian Garden was wonderful (included for Aqua Class Guests). The Turkish Bath was my personal favourite. Great way to relax. Overall I found the boat to be in good shape. I didn't notice any glaring problems. It impressed me. We are already looking forward to our next cruise with Celebrity in Aqua Class on the Reflection in December. Maybe the newer boat will surpass our experience on the Summit!   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
Let me say first that without Cruise Critic we would have been totally lost on our first cruise. Many of the suggestions here were lifesavers on the cruise-I will address those later. We would have never thought about taking a cruise to ... Read More
Let me say first that without Cruise Critic we would have been totally lost on our first cruise. Many of the suggestions here were lifesavers on the cruise-I will address those later. We would have never thought about taking a cruise to Bermuda-that ports out of New Jersey (1413 miles from where we live in Nebraska) but our son, Jordan Peterson, was recently hired in March to be a solo piano player/singer on the Summit. We have always been able to follow him wherever he is performing, so we had to keep up the tradition! We arrived at the port at approximately 1:00 and since we were Concierge Class we bypassed the LONG line and were on the ship in no time. We knew that Jordan was scheduled to play at the Cafe' al Bacio at 2:00, so we really wanted to get there before he started. We finally boarded the elevator to the 5th floor to find Jordan's smiling face looking back at us from his chair at the Cafe'. What a moment to witness he and his mother hug! It seemed longer than four months since we have seen him. We spent the first hour on the ship at the Cafe' listening to Jordan in disbelief on how much he has improved in both his singing and playing. A funny story that happened at the Cafe' was when I first presented my SeaPass card, Valentin, the barista said, "You have the same name as Jordan!" I said, "he is my son!" Valentin then proceeded to tell all of the servers who I was and they all came up and shook my hand. We made our way up to our room after Jordan's set and were pleasantly surprised at the size of the room. We were sharing the room with my mother and were a little concerned at how much space we would have. We had cabin 8082 with a veranda; which I feel is a must for the cruise. I will agree with most of those on the board that the crew were very friendly and courteous. They went out of their way to smile and make you feel welcome. The only crew we did not find as courteous were the bartenders at the Ocean View. They did not seem as "happy" as everybody else on the ship. The food was not as "amazing" as I thought it would be. The buffet at the Oceanview Cafe was really good, especially breakfast. The service is great and the views even better. Room service was very handy after late nights watching Jordan. It was so easy just to use the interactive TV and order whatever we wanted! The room service pizza was AWESOME! We ate at Normandie one night and the Crêpes Ballon Rouge was the highlight of my meals on the cruise. We ate at the Cosmopolitan the last night of the cruise and were not impressed. Service was not great and the food was mediocre. This is just our experience, I know that others have loved the food there. I was very impressed with the "Bistro on Five". It does cost, but the meals are $5.00 and include three courses. The crepes are amazing. Sometimes it really was nice to beat the hustle and bustle of the other restaurants and have a nice, quiet meal there. The Pool Side Grill was also a favorite spot for us. It is very handy to grab a delicious burger and hot dog whenever we wanted, and they were VERY tasty! I have to single out the Cafe' al Bacio staff. They were so nice to us. I am not sure if it was because we were Jordan's parents and he plays so often there, or if they are just always that nice. Nevertheless, Daria, Magdalena and Valentin all treated us like family and our service there was the best on the ship. The entertainment on the ship was of course, AWESOME (we are biased). Here is a video of the opening performance by all of the Summit musicians: The magician, Jason Bishop, was VERY good. Not only a great illusionist, but a great comedian-very witty. Michele Balan, the Comedian, was also very funny and we really enjoyed her. She was very funny as a judge in both the "Liar's Club" and "Dancing With The Stripes." She is very quick-witted and hilarious. We also had a fun time listening to the guitarist, Brandi Paige. She is very versatile and has a great voice. We even talked her into playing a duet at the end of her set at Michael's Club with Jordan. We were so excited to learn that the 54 Below entertainer on the ship would be Liz Callaway and Jordan was asked to play with her as her usual pianist was not able to attend. We even got to watch them rehearse and were treated to our own little show. We met her after the show and she was like everybody said, so down to earth and approachable. The Crewners are the a cappella group and have a tremendous following on the ship. They are very tight with their vocal harmonies and put on a good show. As far as Bermuda goes, IT WAS AWESOME. I wish I was still there. I was totally surprised and taken back by how polite and courteous all of the residents were there. I rode the famous "pink buses" several times and was amazed by how each passenger who got on the bus greeted the driver with "hello sir" and "thank you sir" when they left. Totally blown away by this. I found everyone I encountered in Bermuda as polite and glad that we were visiting their country. I want to go back....NOW. We did not do a lot of excursions, but we visited Hamilton, Horseshoe Beach and Scaur Park-an old fort that is a photographers dream and gives you some great views of the entire island. The Naval Dockyard shopping was very pleasant and easy to get around in. The "Frog and Onion Pub" had some great micro brews and good food. On our last day in Bermuda we visited Snorkle Park Beach and it was a blast. We rented peddle boats and that was so fun. It was a nice end to our time in Bermuda. I was very impressed with how visible the Captain and the Cruise Director, Alexander, were. The Captain actually sat down in the Cafe' al Bacio and had a coffee and listened to Jordan. Alexander was wonderful and he and Jordan have a great relationship and plan on doing some very cool things together in the future. The crew goes out of their way to make sure you are comfortable on the ship and feel welcome. Here are some of the tips and hints that we actually used from the boards here on Cruise Critic: 1. If you have a CPAP machine, bring an extension cord as the outlets are across the room from the bed. 2. Bring travel outlet adapters-preferable two of them. There are two outlets by the vanity that will give you more outlets. 3. Downey Wrinkle Release is AMAZING. We were skeptical, but it REALLY WORKS to get wrinkles out of packed clothing. 4. Those that suggested bringing walkie talkies-YOU WERE TOTALLY RIGHT!! It is very hard to communicate with others on the ship because of limited cell phone usage and walkie-talkies would have been very handy. I had them out to pack, but did not bring them-wish we would have. 5. Baggies to take to the beach are very useful for keeping electronic items dry. 6. We brought an over the door shoe holder to put in the bathroom, but did not use it. There was plenty of room in the bathroom for storing everything. 7. Those that suggested to pack your suitcase-and then take 1/2 out-were totally right. I would probably be able to do my next cruise with just a carry on. 8. The train shuttle in Bermuda is very helpful to take you around the shopping area for those who have a hard time walking. 9. I would recommend taking the taxi from Horseshoe Beach to the ship. It is $30.00 and takes you from the beach to the door of the ship. Overall we were VERY happy with the cruise. When my wife asked me what my favorite part of the cruise was, I replied, "I love to watch people watching Jordan." He is doing what he is meant to do and gets to touch people with his music each and every week. We are trying to figure out how we are going to go on his next cruise aboard the Celebrity Century sailing to Hawaii, Mexico, Central American and the Panama Canal!!   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
We drove to Cape Liberty from Binghamton, NY which took about 3 hours and were surprised at how efficient the boarding process was. Since we were first time cruisers we really didn't know what to expect. I think we arrived, ... Read More
We drove to Cape Liberty from Binghamton, NY which took about 3 hours and were surprised at how efficient the boarding process was. Since we were first time cruisers we really didn't know what to expect. I think we arrived, parked our car, unloaded our luggage and arrived on the ship all within about 45 minutes time. As we made our way toward the Windjammer for lunch I was amazed out how large the ship was and the Royal Promedade was absolutely amazing! Upon arriving to our Balcony Stateroom I found a piece of my luggage outside someone else's stateroom which was a bit scary to me. Thank goodness I found it. Our stateroom was small but it suited our needs fine. The two beds pushed together made for a very large bed and I would have loved to take home the linens because they were so luxurious to me! I was so happy we got the balcony because I was able to enjoy the sunset and ocean breeze and I remember feeling sorry for those who didn't have a balcony. The first night was insanely rocky and the captain said we were experiencing 20 foot waves. Many people got seasick despite taking medicine (myself included) and I didn't even sleep the whole first night. I thought the nightmare would never end. But by SUnday afternoon the Atlantic was calm and peaceful and it was like a completely different experience. From that point on I had the time of my life! We chose my time dining and at in the Columbus dining room 4 out of 5 nights. Our Assistant waiter Reuben made our dining room experience very enjoyable as he remembered our names and our preferences. The food certainly wasn't the greatest I've ever had but there were a few things in the dining room that I absolutely loved! The lobster bisque was delicious and the Berry Mousse was great too! The duck was dry and forgettable. We also bought a 5-bottle wine package which suited us well because we ordered a different bottle each evening. We took one bottle home with us. You can order the wine and dinner and take it back to your state room if you want to as well. We ate at Portofino one night as well and that was where we had the greatest experience! The seafood was excellent and the service was impeccable. The desserts were scrumptious and they gave us an extra dessert because it was our anniversary. We also recieved an extra dessert in the main dining room one night because it was our anniversary. For this cruise we also pre-ordered the Ultimate Romance Package II which included hors d'ovres before supper each day and chocolate covered strawberries before bed each day as well as spa treatments, robes, etc. It was worth it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for that extra bit of romance. The spa was exceptional and relaxing. The shows were awesome and our favorite was the "Love & Marriage" Game show. Don't miss it but don't bring the kids... "The Quest" Game show was hilarious and again an adult-only event. We can not speak about the quality of kids-only entertainment because we didn't bring our kids but the arcade and teen only area was pretty cool. Every where we went it seemed there was something to do or maybe a piano player to listen to in one of the lounges. We tried Johnny Rockets for lunch one day and were not overly impressed with it but they do serve all you can eat fries! We ate at the windjammer for breakfast alot and were pretty satisfied with the convenience of being about to grab and go! I didn't order a water package or soda package and was happy I didn't because water is available in the windjammer and I didn't order enough soda to make a package worth the price. Our cruise back home was calm and quiet and disembarking was just as efficient as embarkation was. I will sail with Royal Caribbean again and I will go to Bermuda again someday. We are planning on sailing on one of the newer ships next time but Explorer was beautiful and well-kept and we would recommend it to anyone! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
Since this was our first cruise, my husband and I loved the idea of sailing out of Bayonne, since we live in new jersey.the itinerary also seemed perfect, plenty of time at sea with three full days. We have been looking forward to ... Read More
Since this was our first cruise, my husband and I loved the idea of sailing out of Bayonne, since we live in new jersey.the itinerary also seemed perfect, plenty of time at sea with three full days. We have been looking forward to our cruise which we booked last winter, the 7 night to Bermuda was the perfect choice ,we loved sailing out of cape liberty as we live in new jersey and the itinerary was perfect with four days at sea and three days in Bermuda. Embarkation and disembarkation was truly a breeze, they seem to have it all figured out. Could not have been happier with our choice to go with Celebrity, ship was lovely, service excellent,best we ever experienced, our cabin was small, but very well designed and comfortable, we went with veranda and really enjoyed sitting put and taking in the view. Food was overall excellent, a bit disappointed with the mdr, but the two nights we dined at the Norman die, the specialty restaurant, the food was delicious . We also loved the food at the aqua Spa cafe for breakfast and lunch. One of my favorite spots was the European cafe', delicious pastries, tea sandwiches with lovely live musical entertainment many times during the day. The evening entertainment was quite enjoyable, there was a comedian, wonderful violinist along with the celebrity cast doing your basic broadway review (at times it seemed a bit amateurish). Everyone we met on the ship seemed as happy as we were and agreed the crew was one of the best... Bermuda was lovely, we had not been there in over 25 years and enjoyed our three days there. We did our own thing and shared a taxi and got a wonderful tour of the island, next day took the ferry to St. George, also spent some time at tobacco bay beach. Through cruise critic we got invitations for a bridge tour and galley tour of the kitchen. Both were excellent, thank you cruise critic! We enjoyed our trip so much we are actually considering doing the same cruise next year.. This ship is going into dry dock and will be getting a " face lift", next year, would be great to sail on her next year, but hope the" old girl" doesn't change too much because she's a gem.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
A great cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. It was our first time sailing and honestly, I had no idea what to expect.Key things- Amazing staff. From the people who wash the deck to the cruise director, I only encountered people in two ... Read More
A great cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. It was our first time sailing and honestly, I had no idea what to expect.Key things- Amazing staff. From the people who wash the deck to the cruise director, I only encountered people in two areas that were less than fantastic (rock climbing guy had a chip on his shoulder and the people in the photo area are brutal).Food was FANTASTIC in the dining room and for buffet food, it was top notch in the Windjammer.Fantastic, friendly and capable bar service.I would honestly say the only things I did not like about this cruise were the rock climbing people, the photo people and I did notice there were some areas that let you know this ship is no spring chicken. She's showing her years. Water is a sneaky enemy and it finds itself getting in places you don't want it to be. That said, Explorer of the Seas is a fantastic boat. Her staff are top notch (I have been to Disney twice in the past two years and the staff on the Explorer are even more friendly than Disney's).If you are looking for a reasonable price on a great cruise, Explorer of the Seas is a great value that you will be sure to enjoy.Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
This was our first ever cruise so we got some tips from my parents who have been on quite a few cruises and from reading the stuff here. My wife and I just wanted to get away without the kids so my parents watched our 4 children for the ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise so we got some tips from my parents who have been on quite a few cruises and from reading the stuff here. My wife and I just wanted to get away without the kids so my parents watched our 4 children for the week and we left Saturday night and stayed at a Fairfield Inn in Avenel NJ. We tried to go to Cape Liberty Sat night just to see how to get there but our Gps took us on a tour of Bayonne. We did find the dock after driving around so we had no problem on Sunday am finding the terminal. We got to the terminal shortly after 11am (even though out printout said to board at 2) We unloaded our luggage and i parked the car (133 bucks) and we checked in the Concierge Class line which was empty and then filled out health forms and did the on board credit card account and went through the pictures and then into the holding area for 10 minutes or so. We then got on shuttle bus to go to ship. On the ship and up to 10 for buffet lunch. We got into our cabins around 1 or 130. We had a bottle of bubbly waiting for us, flowers in the room, robes, and a great view of the NYC skyline and Statue of Liberty. Also view of the man on the refueling barge with no shirt and plumbers crack. We went up to deck 11 to watch us sail away. Food was good at buffet/pool. Food above grade in MDR our waiter and assistant (Moreno and Omar) were awesome. Ate a Normandie the last night and it was very good. Breakfast was great at the buffet but the potato selection was terrible (no taste and either overcooked or undercooked). We were not sure about eating with other people as both of us are introverted until we get to know people. Our table was great and we made new friends with our table-mates. we sat and talked and we were always the last table in the MDR to leave. Even the last night we ate at normandie (at 8) our MDR was 830 so we got done and went to MDR to spend the last night with our table. So give it a shot. The ship did a good job of matching us up. Did get some desserts at Cova Cafe on 5. They were good. Sushi at buffet at 530pm is good too. But dinner at buffet was the same every night (at least change up the Indian food). Plenty to do on ship. Went to a few of the astronomers lectures. One of the engineers gave a presentation on ships propulsion and power. I took a tour of the bridge. (i am a nerd). We went to see 2 shows and they were very good. The music overall was good. The pool was too cold for me. We pretty much just relaxed which was good. The trip out we had 1 rough day and on the way home 1 rough day. I do get sea sick but I did alright. (wife spent 2 days pretty much in bed but due to being pregnant and the rough seas didn't help). Although she did not go to dinner with me the one night the Maitre de sent her a room service meal which was very nice. Got the classic non alc package not sure if we broke even or not but nice and convenient to be able to get soda. Ship seems to be in good shape for a older ship. Room decor a little outdated but still clean and safe. bed wasn't the most comfortable but so tired it didnt matter. Only big complaint is too large of a smoking area at pool. the whole left side seemed to be smoking so we tried to avoid that side. but with the wind you could catch a whiff of smoke. Maybe they could make it smaller area or something. The staff on the ship was great. Our cabin steward was awesome and took great care of us. The staff overall was very happy and accommodating. We had been to Bermuda 12 years ago so we really just wanted to go at our own pace. We bought a transport pass (28 bucks for 3 days) so day 1 we went to Hamilton via bus and then got bus to Swizzle Inn for a swizzle and conch fritters. Then walked to Crystal Caves (amazing) then bus back to Hamilton to get bus back to ship. We had a 7pm glass bottom pirate sunset cruise. only 16 people on it and we went to the shipwreck Vixen and saw fish and a sunset. The captain and mate gave us a bunch of info about the island. Had dinner at Bone Fish in dockyard (good). Day 2 we did the shipwreck snorkel over the Montana and Constellation. that was cool. Had lunch on ship and then bus to Church Bay to snorkel some more (rented equip from guys on beach). bus back to ship for dinner. Day 3 bus to Gibbs Hill lighthouse.Then to Dockyard to shop and lunch at Frog and Onion (fish and chips yummy). Ship pulled out at 430pm and Captain Costas let us go on helipad. then sailing home and docked at Liberty at 730ish.We were number 27 and set to get off at 940am. we got off at 930 and got luggage and went through customs and were in car at 1015am. We would do this again and sail this ship again. We really were impressed by professionalism of staff and the maintenance of ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
I should start by saying that this cruise was the start to our Honeymoon. 5 days followed by 3 days in New York City. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. We arrived at Cape Liberty on the 9th of April at 1:15PM. The process ... Read More
I should start by saying that this cruise was the start to our Honeymoon. 5 days followed by 3 days in New York City. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. We arrived at Cape Liberty on the 9th of April at 1:15PM. The process was so simple. We dropped off our luggage and headed to the long term parking lot. This process was seamless. Once in the port we stood in what seemed to be a long line up. The line moved very fast and we were on the ship by 2PM. Amazing. Our stateroom was a Promenade room. When we booked the trip we were concerned with motion sickness so we opted for an interior room. The room was bigger than I thought it would be. Good size bathroom and closet. They say the bed is a queen but it was more like a king. We had a large window that looked down on to the Royal Promenade. Close to elevators. It was perfect. Our stateroom attendant was FANTASTIC. I honestly cannot say enough about her. Our room was spotless and she took requests for towel animals. I asked for a turtle and she said she had never done one but she would try. There was a towel turtle when I returned to my room that night. We only ate in the Windjammer. Didn't have any meals in the Dining room. Wasn't in the mood to get formal. The food was really good. Breakfast was amazing. Lots of fresh fruit. They had a Mongolian Grill at dinner time. If you were patient enough to stand in line it was totally worth it. We are not really drinkers so we bought the pop (soda) package. It was totally worth it. Seems like a lot of money to pay at once but it really was worth it. The Promenade cafe was great for snacks. Pizza and sandwiches and baked goods. The Peanut butter cookies are delish! The coffee is not great but it is bearable. I still drank it. All in all the food was excellent and was always fresh and hot. Next time I think we will try the dining room for a change of scenery. Bermuda was beautiful. We had amazing weather. It was hot and sunny. Getting off and on the ship was pretty easy. The stop for the city bus was only a few minutes away by foot or a trolley. The bus drivers are a little crazy but they are very helpful and tell you exactly where you are. A lot of people on our ship rented mopeds. I know of several people who were injured and had to go to the hospital. You can also rent a Segway. The bus was more my pace. Shopping in Bermuda is very expensive. We bought some souvenirs but nothing else. We love games and trivia. We played bingo a few times and played in most of the trivia games. Lots of fun. The shows were excellent. The Love and marriage game show was hilarious and the name that lyrics game was so fun to watch. The entertainment staff are really nice and friendly and love to have a good time. Our cruise director was sooooo funny. There is so much to do on this ship and we were never bored. We are already looking to book again for next year. Can't wait! Read Less

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