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  1. Booked in a CS but watching the price of RS. Got lucky once with a really good resident rate in a RS cabin on S class (the start of our suite addiction and it is true, it is addicting) and the perks are great but room itself is most important to us. Thought I read a post or two indicating CS had some nice features over RS on M class ships. Any insights appreciated!
  2. Hi All Does anyone have any updated photos of the renovated Sky Suite on Summit? Also, i I have read that some folks were unhappy with the patio furnishings and that the chair at the desk is in the way as it does not tuck under the desk? Has anyone requested different balcony furnishings or desk chair? Thanks LB
  3. Does anyone have any pictures of this cabin after upgrade? Thanks!
  4. I have booked room 2045 but noticed today that room 6008 is now available for 150$ more than I have paid. Is the 6th floor a better location? I am concerned with the noise from the motor on the 2nd deck. Note that we will be 3 persons in the cabin. Thank you!
  5. Has anyone done the "Taste of Film" on the Summit recently? If so, what did you think of it and how does one go about reserving a spot? Thanks!
  6. Hello Everyone! I’m soooooo excited to be live blogging a Celebrity cruise again! Last year I live blogged my first Celebrity cruise, my first solo cruise and my first transatlantic! This time, at 23 years of age my first suite on a cruise, and my first time on an M class! My first celebrity cruise last year has made me excited to cruise again. I’ve done the Royals and the Carnivals of the world, and I know even though at 23 that’s just not my way to cruise. I hope you all enjoy my live blog and hope we all have a wonderful cruise! What a night; Flew from Boston to Newark on United, it was a wonderful flight. Made it to my Hotel in Newark and crashed. I worked Saturday morning at 4AM and as soon as I got to the airport at 9PM it was lights out, and forgot the post the first post, so I’m already behind! Woke up this morning to planes departing and arriving and my inner excitement to board the ship. I’ll be ubering to the port from my hotel about 15 minutes and will begin to update you on the check in process! I know a lot of you will ask my why at 23, I am traveling Solo, on Celebrity, and in a suite.. I’ll answer all that as the blog goes on. If you like to get a little understanding you can see my live blog last year to get a small idea. I’ll update you when I’m on board later today! Thanks for coming along on the journey!
  7. Are the new oceanview cabins that were added recently all the same size? I am interested in the new group starting with 3115.
  8. Does anyone have any of the daily schedule of ship activities papers for the Summit ? I forgot the actual name of them. Cruising in November and wanted to take a look see, and see the daily activities .
  9. Hello everyone. . . . It is once again time to Cruise. Welcome to the start of “LIVE” from Celebrity Summit. I will drive up to my pre-cruise Hotel today for my sailing on Celebrity Summit on Sunday for a delightful 7 Night Cruise to Bermuda. This ship has recently (March 2019) returned from a month-long dry dock to transform Celebrity Summit as part of Celebrity Revolution, Celebrity Cruises extensive modernization effort, with more than $500-million in upgrades across the fleet. The all-new Celebrity Summit’s revolutionary enhancements include: • Completely redesigned staterooms and suites • Stunningly reimagined restaurants, bars and lounges • Fully redesigned spa and casino • All-new stateroom design in partnership with HBA and refreshed suite design by Kelly Hoppen • Celebrities eXhale bedding featuring luxurious Cashmere mattresses • Completely redesigned stateroom bathrooms, with state-of-the-art finishes and fixtures • An all-new exclusive open-air hideaway – known as The Retreat Sundeck – for suite guests designed by Hoppen, featuring a new hot tub, cabanas, loungers, artwork, and more • The Retreat Lounge – formerly Michael’s Club – an exclusive 24/7 lounge for suite guests designed by Hoppen, offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites and concierge service • A total of 30 new staterooms, including 13 new AquaClass Staterooms, seven new Ocean View Staterooms and 10 new Inside Staterooms • A transformed Oceanview Café, featuring a new open concept, increased seating options, and delicious, globally inspired culinary offerings • A revitalized Main Dining Room with more seating and updated fixtures, including the eye-catching ceiling design featuring interlocking metal rings and lighting • A reimagined Sunset Bar, featuring a variety of inviting seating options perfect for alfresco dining or cocktails with a view • A reimagined Rendezvous Lounge, perfect for hosting events and entertainment from day to night. • Xcelerate Wi-Fi throughout the ship, and the addition of RFID lock technology with digital key • Boutiques featuring some of the hottest designers in the world including Shinola, John Hardy, and TAG Heuer • A new, wellness-focused spa design for Canyon Ranch at Sea, transforming the treatment rooms, salon, fitness center, and locker rooms • A new, semi-private consultation area in the fitness center for personal training and consultations • An enhanced Persian Garden thermal suite, where therapeutic spaces and experiences, such as Turkish bath, infrared sauna, and salt therapy • An enhanced Art Gallery and Photo Gallery, plus a sleek and sophisticated new design for The Casino both in partnership with HBA • A redesigned Casino Bar, poised to be one of the most exciting places aboard to celebrate • State-of-the-art slot machines that make The Casino one of the most cutting-edge gaming experiences at sea Beginning Sunday I will be posting “LIVE” daily with photos and comments about the public areas, cabins, as well as my activities during my three days in Bermuda. I will try to visit and post images of all of the Celebrity Revolution areas (The areas that I have access to.) I will be traveling with several Cruise Critic Members and it will be very nice to speak with them while onboard. I have spoken with several on previous cruises and will meet some for the first time. Several of these members love the Casino and I am hoping that Fortunes Casino could be very “Radio Friendly” It has been cold and rainy in Maryland for 2019 and I am hoping for warm weather and a relaxing cruise. (Hopefully, with a valid wireless connection, keep your fingers crossed). Have a cup of coffee, relax and welcome aboard! Thanks for tuning in . . . Radio Celebrity Summit at Grand Bahama Shipyard Dry Dock for Celebrity Revolution Celebrity Revolution Timeline Modernization Overview My Itinerary for this sailing I last sailed Celebrity in 2012 on Celebrity Silhouette NEW Cosmopolitan Restaurant (DECK 4,5) Celebrity Cruises - Designed for You Celebrity Summit
  10. . . . and it doesn't leave port until 8:30. Can you board early in the day and then disembark to tour the port?
  11. We just departed Summit on last Sunday. Overall, it was a wonderful cruise. We were in a concierge cabin. I wrote an earlier post, stating that I asked my cabin steward if he had heard that LLP mentioned on this board to ask your cabin attendant to provide you with a footstool. I won't repeat what I've already written, but will add that he said that all of the footstools were thrown away and it puts them in a bad position when people ask about this. I thought that the ship looked beautiful. All of the color schemes, including the cabins, look much better in person than they do in pictures. We booked concierge because we like the expanded breakfast menu for room service, and of course, the controversial footstools. We did miss the large table on the balcony, but managed by eating breakfast at the desk. My husband brought in a deck chair each morning. Ironically, the dinky balcony table made a great footstool. We covered it with a towel and it was quite comfortable. My only complaint with the room was the tiny safe. We couldn't fit our tablets in it, but we were able to put our wallets, passport, and some jewelry in it. The main issue is that the door does not spring open when you unlock it, and you have to pry it open with your fingers. My husband's fingers were too big, so I had to open it each time. We plan to bring a magnet next time and attach it to the front, and grab onto that to open the door. Overall, we loved the cruise. These little issues did not impact our cruise in any way. The staff was wonderful and we loved Capt Matt. He is the youngest captain in the fleet, and just boarded Summit a few weeks ago. The food and the service were great. We'd definitely sail Summit again, just not sure that we would book concierge again, with all of the changes. We did get invited to the helipad for sail away from Bermuda, which was a nice treat.
  12. Do concierge cabins have coffee makers? if yes, what kind?
  13. Has any stayed in outside cabin 7000 on the Summit? Any thoughts? Thanks
  14. Having a splendid time on the Summit in Bermuda. The Captain came on the PA the first day. Noooooo don’t switch us to Canada to outrun Dorian. We got lucky and sped up so we have had an extra day in Bermuda. How lucky are we - until we drive through it beginning Friday at 3 pm. The Summit looks splendid for the most part. I’m a former yacht Captain and cannot stop looking around. But more later. She’s beautiful and I’ll give a full review when we return. We are in 9164 aft facing handicapped accessible cabin. Plenty big enough to handle my wheelchair and scooter. ill backup and say the service onshore for boarding handicapped was shameful. We arrived at 11:30 am and dropping bags, where to go was confusing. We finally arrived in the handicapped area, we were checked in about 2 minutes later and our wait began for someone to push my chair. That wait was until 2:45 pm. THEN we had to wait for. Celebrity pusher to take us to our room. Muster still - oh phony. We were stressed. Departure was picture perfect especially because he turned to PORT and steamed up to visit the Statue of Liberty. She was shining proud. The Summit is lovely. I can comment on our carpet in our cabin with raw edges and easy pattern to match - not matched. Overall she is a gem. Ill have photos in my official post. oh yea. If your cell provider is AT&T you can get a daily international plan for $10 a day per device. It’s GREAT. (of course I lost my phone in our tour cab. Luckily Rene found it.). Great X 10 tour guide - Rene. 77 years old and the energy of a college student. TTFN
  15. We are planning a 14 day cruise this summer on the Summit. Four young children (5-9) will be with us. How is the kids club? Are ther enough activities to keep them busy on sea days?
  16. https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2019/10/articles/rescue/two-crew-members-jump-fom-celebrity-summit-into-saint-lawrence-river/
  17. Picture from the crows nest on Hal vaandam
  18. Will someone who has sailed on the Summit since the "revolution" please describe the changes in what is apparently now called the Sky Lounge on Deck 11 (previously known as Revelations Lounge)? Photos will be appreciated. The Elite Cocktail hour from 5-7 pm was previously held in this lounge and I assume this is still the case. Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
  19. I understand the cabins near the spa on deck 10 were downgraded from aqua class to cat 2C balcony. I'm booked in 1016 on the summit and I'm wondering if its still a good balcony cabin at a 2C rate. I understand it wasn't a good aqua cabin but that may not mean its a bad balcony room.
  20. I thought that it might be interesting to review our recent Summit cruise in a Sky Suite with some comments to see how it compared to the competition. We had a great time but were less than impressed with most aspects of the refit. My partner and I boarded the Summit on May the 12th. This was our 33rd cruise with Celebrity with about 250 nights on board with our last sailing taking place 6 years ago on Summit. There were so many unresolved problems on that cruise that we thought it was really time to branch out and not let our choices be ruled by loyalty. Since then we have sailed numerous times in The Haven, in the Yacht Club, HAL and a few times on Oceania and Ponant. This past year we sailed on Escape, Seaside (twice) and on Viking Sun, all in suites. As soon as Celebrity announced their new Suite Class-and Revolution, we thought that perhaps the time had come to try again. Our first impressions (well, The first 81 seconds) were great until we reached … The Retreat An attractive space with chairs appropriate for really entitled children in Kindergarten. I managed to make a less than graceful Brian Boitano entrance as I went FLYING across the tile floor where detergent had been spilled and not cleaned up as did everyone else despite our warnings. We rarely returned as the room has no focus - no piano, no windows, no bar to hang out on and no promised live music. As it is now, it’s a decent airport lounge. The Haven lounge has comfortable seating and an actual bar whereas MSC has a spectacular two story space with the restaurant on the mezzanine and the bar with performance area on the main level. There is live music every evening from about 5 until 1 am and an outside, forward facing seating area. Viking is “one class” and has no “ship within a ship”. We had a drink and proceeded to our… Sky Suite. Actually quite beautiful. It’s much more handsome than artists’ renderings or photos but clearly designed by a madman (madwoman?) . The refurbishment did not touch the slatted metal ceiling, pot lights or bath tub proper. On the positive side, we liked the colours , the bed and the towels and the AC was great. The negatives: No full length mirror, only two drawers (not counting bedside tables), minimal storage and what does exist is generally at floor level, a dark bathroom with that wretched high walled tub remaining but now with no grab bars (!), an overlong shower curtain that you partially stand on, no shower soap dish or shelf, made-in-China toiletries (I am assuming that my nether regions will regenerate), average linens and bedside reading lamps UNDER eye level. Not true blackout curtains. There’s no “internal logic” to the layout - it’s extremely haphazard. Not to mention that we could here EVERYTHING in the corridor and see it too through the unsealed doors at night. My partner NEVER comments on the room - he expects that it will be fine but he actually spoke out loud after the cruise and said: “that’s really the worst cabin we’ve had in a very long time. I didn’t really like anything about it”. Our comparative MSC (YC1) , Haven Spa Suite and Viking Penthouse Veranda offered far superior storage and a more logical layout. All of them had Nespresso machines and the Spa Suite and YC1 far superior linens. The Spa Suite and YC1 also had killer glassed in shower stalls with great pressure and lighting. Toiletries for the competition were all made in Germany. Our butler, while pleasant, was MIA for the cruise. On NCL and MSC, the butlers leave all sorts of daily treats that can be tailored to your request. On MSC, the mini-bar is fully complementary and on Viking you're left a daily supply of Toblerone miniatures and three alcohol miniatures. We then proceeded to ….. Luminae We had most of our meals here and it was generally very good to excellent. The restaurant manager, Yuksel, ran a tight ship and wasn’t afraid to help out and clear when it got busy. The quality of the food was generally high with one or two clunkers. We usually had fish and even though it was cooked a little past where I like it, the preparations were usually lovely and thoughtful. Our Sommelier, Jennifer, was excellent and never let our glasses run dry. The Deluxe beverage package wine selections were by far the best of all the lines. Service was friendly, polished and always correct. The biggest miss of the week was a New York Steak that was a bizarre, chemically tenderized piece of mysterious Royal Caribbean meat. I mention it simply because if anyone from Celebrity is reading this, don’t get further ideas!!! I think that the quality of ingredients is better in The Haven and I love the mini buffet where you can get gorgeous fruits, pastries, charcuterie and breads in addition to the regular breakfast menu. But … and it’s an even bigger butt than mine after a week on board, the menu never changes for lunch, breakfast or dinner. Viking’s dining room is noisy and hectic and the Yacht Club isn’t quite as polished so I have to give the win to Celebrity. We only managed to go a few times because of the weather but we did occasionally visit the ….. Outside Retreat Why, oh, why so ship designers hate shade. It’s limited on the YC pool and the Haven but at least there they have tons of big umbrellas. It’s extremely limited on the Retreat and depends on where the sun is. The dining area has a slatted covering that is ridiculous. The area is attractive and the furniture is high quality. The mixed drinks are good quality and served like everyone else but NCL in proper glasses. NCL gives you those horrible disposable plastic glasses. The dining menu is extremely limited in terms of selection and hours. I found my burger to be inedible …. Salty, greasy and woefully undercooked. On the Haven decks, food is generally unavailable but there is outdoor seating in the restaurant. MSC has a full bar with stools for you to become stupid on and a fairly decent breakfast and lunch buffet with afternoon snacks. The staff on Celebrity, NCL and MSC were all super on deck. Loyalty Program We are Elite +. The benefits are decent but a little inferior to NCL where we get a little less laundry but two specialty dinners, one with a bottle of wine. MSC’s only benefit of value is a dinner in a specialty restaurant. Specialty Restaurants True confession. I’ve NEVER had a good meal at Tuscan Grill so we didn’t go. We had a great waiter at Qsine but the food was Elegant Food Court disguised in different presentations. A nice evening but not a must. In all fairness, Summit can’t compete in this regard with the newer ships. NCL has about 10 specialties on their big ships, some better than others and Seaside has two very good and one superb specialty. Odds and Ends The Oceanview cafe looks great but the floor “windows” are now gone. The selection is very good but many of the items are not the greatest quality and are perhaps over-described. The “Fromagerie” is where cheddar, jack, and cheesoid substances go to die. When did bologna become an hors’ d'oeuvre? Many of the events featured rolled up baloney bits with a toothpick. NO. The back of the Martini Bar next to the windows and the Sky Lounge varyingly smelled of mold and mildew. Why this wasn’t addressed in the dry dock is beyond me. I don’t think I encountered a single staff member who wasn’t polite, friendly and helpful. The much touted ABT was not on board. The duty free shop had a superb selection of liquor, particularly a great scotch selection. Far superior to the other lines. Conclusion While I had a great cruise and was happy to return to Celebrity, I would most definitely NOT sail on an M-Class ship. While the food, service and overall vibe were great, the renovations are ultimately ill-conceived and not conducive to providing a “luxury” experience. I am still returning to Equinox to see how an S-Class ship compares.
  21. We haven't cruised since 2012. Getting ready to book on the Summit over Thanksgiving... Here is my question:What would be better C1 aft 9201 or Aqua Class 1136 or 1139 but I think there is no overhang balcony here. Aqua is only $200 more person for entire cruise. I need opinions...Go!
  22. Anyone know why the Summit is still in port. Should have been a 4pm departure I believe.
  23. My wife and I are on the Summit right now, the 14-night New England/Canada cruise round trip out of Cape Liberty. We just had a wonderful two-day port call in Quebec City on Sunday and Monday. Pier runners are not uncommon in the Bahamas and other islands, but we never thought we’d see people actually miss the all-aboard here. Two passengers were really late yesterday, and they are quite lucky that Captain Matt did not leave them behind. Our all-aboard yesterday in Quebec was 2:45 PM. This was of course clearly stated in the Celebrity Today and posted at the gangway. Also, since we were docked at the commercial pier about a mile out of the Old City and free shuttle buses were being used, it was also clearly stated in the Today that the last buses back from the Old City would leave at 2:30 PM; this was also announced in the morning on the buses themselves. At 3 PM, as the ship prepared to sail, my wife and I went down to the port side of Deck 4 so we’d have a good view of the sail past Old Quebec. We heard a shipwide announcement asking two passengers to report to Guest Services. We were standing over the gangway on Deck 3, where several officers and the port agent were on their cell phones, quite animated. The longshoremen were waiting to pull up the gangway. After some minutes, we could hear one officer say to the others “the Captain wants to leave.” More cell phone calls, and then an officer appeared with two American passports that he handed over to the port agent. The agent walked off the gangway, still on his phone. He came back shortly after, and it sounded like he told the officers “they are at the Chateau” (presumably the Chateau Frontenac). This was some distance from the ship, and everyone on the gangway looked pretty disturbed. More waiting and phone calls. Somehow, a bus must have been arranged for the stragglers, as a few minutes before 3:30 PM, a big bus pulled up with just the two of them on it. They were quickly hustled on board, and the gangway was pulled. One of the longshoremen looked up at us and said that had it been five minutes later, the Captain would have sailed. (There are speed limits in the St. Lawrence River to protect migrating right whales, so we were not in a situation where the ship could have speeded up to make up for lost time.) We’d never seen passengers that late before, nor passports handed over to the port agent. Those two people were lucky the Captain waited for them.
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