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  1. Do concierge cabins have coffee makers? if yes, what kind?
  2. 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!
  3. I was just wondering if there were any itinerary changes due to the strong Nor easter hitting the east coast - Oct. 17, 2019?
  4. 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 .
  5. Has any stayed in outside cabin 7000 on the Summit? Any thoughts? Thanks
  6. Hi All: Does anyone have recent pics or video of the new sky suites? Am interested in your feedback as to the new decor? Thanks LB ps, also sky suite VS Royal suite, worth the extra $$?
  7. 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?
  8. https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2019/10/articles/rescue/two-crew-members-jump-fom-celebrity-summit-into-saint-lawrence-river/
  9. My gang of 8 is sailing on Summit in February, to the ABCs. We are staying in Aqua class. This will be our first time on Celebrity. We usually sail on Royal Caribbean. We are used to the bigger ships so the smaller, more intimate Summit is something we are excited about. I have begun my OCD planning so I have a couple of general questions.... SHOWS......I realize that the shows on Summit won't be the big Broadway or even large scale RCL shows, but what can we expect? In particular what's the timing (early or late?), frequency (is there something every night?) and preparedness (I'm sure there are no reservations but how early show we expect to gt to a show?). We don't have a dinner seating as Blu will be our regular dinner restaurant. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS.....What specialty restaurants are the best to consider? We'll eat in Blu or the MDR each night, except for the last night, when we usually go to a specialty restaurant for a "Last Supper" as a group. Experienced Summit/Celebrity cruiser opinions are appreciated. We are looking to a more intimate and quiet experience, compared to RCL Symphony/Allure/Harmony, which were our last three cruises together. LOVED them all but are looking forward to this new experience. Any Summit tips, tricks, expectations are appreciated.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. I have a cabin booked for the starboard side forward, deck 6. I noticed it's above the theater. Has anyone stayed in one of those cabins? Is there a lot of noise from the theater? Thanks, Bucknwanda
  13. My wife and I have recently returned from the 14-day New England/Canada cruise aboard the “revolutionized” Summit that departed Cape Liberty on September 8, 2019. This was our fifth cruise on Celebrity, and our second on an M-class ship. We sailed on the Infinity back in 2013, and she was fairly worn and in need of updating back then, so we were very much looking forward to seeing what the “revolution” had brought to the Summit. In the posts that follow, I will give my thoughts about the ship (including food, dining, entertainment, etc.), as well as the itinerary, and of course I’ll be happy to answer any questions that I can. (the Summit anchored in Bar Harbor, by turtles06)
  14. My wife and I have just returned from a very enjoyable 14-day New England/Canada cruise out of Cape Liberty on the “revolutionized” Summit. We were originally booked in a C2 cabin, but when a corner Family Veranda opened up (8166), we “downgraded” ourselves and grabbed it. We’d stayed in the same cabin some years ago on the Infinity, so we knew how large and wonderful it is for two people. Even back then, the Infinity was worn and dated, so we were excited to see what the “revolution” had brought to the Summit. Because there are still so many questions about specific staterooms on the Summit since the updates, and since I’d promised on another Summit thread to post photos of our corner FV, here are our thoughts and photos (spread across a number of posts). First, the positives. Overall, we still loved this cabin, and would certainly book it again if we had the opportunity. We thought the color changes were lovely; we liked the grey and beige tones, which have a certain quiet elegance to them. (I’m not sure the photos really do them justice.) For the two of us, at least, there was more than ample closet space. We also had enough drawer space (four dresser drawers next to the closet, four smaller ones in the desk, and four smaller ones in the second room). There are also shelves in the closets as you can see in the photos. There are two closets like this in the "main" part of the cabin: The bed was extremely comfortable, and we thought that Celebrity did an excellent job with the bathroom. The stall shower, though small, was one of the best we’ve ever had on a ship, and it was wonderful to have a glass door in place of that awful shower curtain. There was ample storage space in the bathroom, as you can see in the photos. (photos by turtles06)
  15. I tried to book spa before our Christmas cruise and it is cash only, you cannot use OBC. what is your experience with availability booking spa once onboard? We have high OBC and we should use it on the things we like and not pay cash pre-cruise and later waste our OBC on stuff we do not need...
  16. 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.
  17. Hi! Im back. 😋 I’m going to talk about dining. Our experience was limited but our description of our experience would be ..... perfection. Because I slept so much and morning meds are tough to keep down, many of my breakfasts were in the cabin. (NOTE: I brought on 2 12 packs of diet ginger ale and a case of water. They were marked “medical necessity”. No one even looked at them. We put them on MY wheelchair and I rode in a Summit chair. We had carry on luggage on top.) jim would bring up to the room “made as you watched” Eggs Benny and a small bowl of fruit. (I love that man!). We are mostly grab and go kind of people. The Jammer/Oceanview Cafe (Jammer - can’t get the Royal Caribbean out of us) was perfect. Luscious carved meats, mashed pots and gravy for Jim’s. Jim is basically a meat and potatoes guy though he does eat salad now - and doesn’t die. There was a vast array of every kind of salad you can imagine for me. We were in heaven. The food was fresh, excellent variety of cuisines, changed daily, plenty of seating. Exceeded our expectations. i think its a little spread out. But then lines were easily managed. This is one area I worry about the light colors wearing well. You know, the back of the chairs where everyone grabs. Years of hands touching that spot. Will it begin to look shabby and it has heavy-heavy traffic. Dinner - we dined in Blu or Cosmopolitan. No specialty dining. i slept through dinner once (damn pills) and later ordered room service. Menu limited. Did not like the chicken noodle soup but the hamburger was safe for my upset tummy. They said 30-40 minute wait. No problem. We were enjoying our big balcony. Food arrived in 20 minutes. As many have commented, there isn’t really a great place to put the room service tray. The desk? Paleeeeeeeze. Put the other half on it and the balcony needs a big table we can all sit around and gab, write postcards or study your port excursion plans. We struggled with our dinner choices. As Aqua Class we had access to Blu but the first night we tried Cosmopolitan. Service was ...... so good it hurt! Rhandi (waiter) was especially special. He was happy, efficient and friendly. Everyone was terrific, honestly. Food - never a whisper of dissatisfaction. We went back the second night. Lou’s Coke was already on the table, Jim’s beer arrived as he was helping me with my chair and my iced tea and Dark ‘n Stormy (it was a Bermuda Cruise after all) were on the table before my napkin was gently placed in my lap. They made us feel special. We told them the next night we would try Blu. Apparently they did not expect us to return. Blu ..... Remember the moment in the movie Titanic when Jack and Rose are enjoying the raucous fun in steerage. The movie breaks and you are now in the stately quiet of the smoking/card room? THAT is the difference between the Cosmopolitan and Blu. Both restaurants are beautiful. Again in Blu, the chairs are white. How long will they look fresh and new. Dinner? Memorable with truly interesting choices. I had the grilled octopus salad. If you see this - TRY IT. Marvelous. Our wait staff were perfection-really.....very good. They even grabbed an escargot for me from the Main Dining Kitchen next door. The next night it was tough. Which restaurant? They both had cheesecake on the dessert menu so I was happy either way. (Cheesecake is a slice from heaven. It’s based on a NY Cheesecake but not Big and overwhelming.) We went back to Cosmopolitan. (We did have our last breakfast in Blu. It was a quiet restful way to end the cruise). There was a Worry with the AquaClass cabins added during her stay in the shipyard that Blu would suffer from crowding. There were plenty of open tables when we were there. Apparently it was a big deal for us to return from Blu. Rhandi got dessert soufflés For us from Blu and service jumped up - if that was possible. We Did have lunch in Cosmopolitan a couple of times - Lou’s favorite thing to do. Excellent. We were seated in the big high back chairs for lunch once. Clumsy to move into but very comfortable once you are seated. That was quite a ramble. Sorry about that.
  18. In no particular order - 😉 My wonderful husband, Jim, is a Royal Caribbean - Radiance Class Man. Aft Facing Balcony Cabins only. I have tried to tempt him with sweet-Suite deals but if no aft facing I’m met with ........ silence. in January I called him in a panic at work. hANG UP, CALL CELEBRITY AND BOOK 9164. Don’t ask questions. Just do it. He asked questions, of course, but he finally booked it with our friend Lou along too. here is the good, bad and ugly. Good far exceeds the other. 9164 - Handicapped Accessible Aft Facing Aqua Class Cabin. During her refit this cabin changed to Aqua Class from Concierge and 2 pax instead of 3. Ypon entry you are drawn in by the soothing color palate - much more attractive than photographed. I DO wonder how all these light colors will last on a busy cruise ship. right now ..... She is stunning. Bathroom to the right. You can hold your daughters sweet 16 party in here. There are grab bars - good for rolling seas. Standard cruise toilet with much room next to it to squeeze in your wheelchair. Toilet to the left, shower chair to the right. Shower is a long rectangle, shower seat at opposite end from shower controls. (Shower seat is slippery - just sit on a hand towel). There are bottles of Shampoo, conditioner and body wash which I used - satisfactory. There is not much space for shower products YOU brought. Desalinated water leaves your hair soft and fluffy and skin soft too. Yummy! Sink with a few small shelves is open below to roll in a wheelchair and mirror angles down which is a nice touch. Sparse counter top - not much extra room. oh yes, even in a rolling sea the water magically stays in the shower .... without a sill. Bathroom - big 👍 Bed - We asked our cabin attendant for extra pillows. Hahahahaha! We got FOUR big fluffy pillows (total of 8 on the bed) and a long body pillow. At night there were pillows flying everywhere! Mattress comfortable. I like mine more soft - go figure. Im a 5’1” wee short lady with 3 surgeries between 2 legs after the accident. I no longer launch well. Next trip I’m taking a foldable 4” step to help me into bed. Fits in my large bag perfectly. 2 small bedside tables with a drawer and shelves. Lights attached to tables. Round shade is glary (is that a word?). We solved the problem by putting our hats on the globes. They must be LED’s because the globes were cool to the touch. LEAVE YOUR POWER STRIP AT HOME. You have power plugs at the desk and in lamps on each side of the bed. Next to the bed is a 1 1/2 person sofa. Something in that sofa. Every time I sat on it, I fell asleep. Other side of room. The half-desk gets it half-right. I was never in sink with it. Just make it a standard depth and deal with it. More plugs here, light switches, a few shelves. We were not comfortable leaving much on the shelves at sea. I roll around and things would be flying. Next time the guards a little higher, please. Thanks. Round mirror and light - beautiful. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a night-light level. Actually there are NO night lights in the cabin. We left the bathroom light on. Next time I’ll bring a night light. we moved the 2 chairs next to the desk. Scooter fit in here perfectly. Ok, I apologize. I don’t have much good to say about the cabinetry. Ready? Here goes. cabinetry Materials look inexpensive....and the ARE. Smoked glass front cabinets. WHY? Jim put his folded polo shirts in one side....already looked messy. Rather than me straightening them all week, he just used some of the abundance of drawers. Woefully little usable hanging space. I came with multiple sundresses. There was not enough room for my dresses and Jim’s dinner shirts. Unsatisfactory. Lots Of good drawers 😋 taking up hanging space😡. i got a hanging shoe organizer to get the shoes up off the floor. Absolutely no space for shoes. Finally ...... The doors were awful at sea; banging and creaking. We used my Marine Tape (created for outside use-doesn’t breakdown in the sun.). It’s removable. We taped the HECK out of these doors to keep them quiet. Balcony Gagunda Not quiet - noise from bar above can be troublesome if you are a light sleeper. Looks like the deck was replaced. It looks beautiful. Views - stunning i was not really well enough to get the most from this lovely ship and destination. My newest medication basically put me to sleep. I actually slept through dinner once. My review of the cabin may be more fussy than most but I spent a great deal of time there. I’m lucky it was such a nice cabin.
  19. We are back from our sailing to Bermuda. It was worth most (maybe not all) the melodrama a few months ago. Celebrity reservations gave away our Accessible cabin booked for 4 months. Had a General AQ cabin and our friend ... well he had NO cabin. (We had made our final payment). Going up the Celebrity food chain we finally found Mirai who realized Celebrity’s mistake and fixed things. we had a $400 shipboard credit Gratuities paid Classic beverage package Our friend was given an inside cabin for himself across from us and AQ privileges. ...and our file must have been flagged because every time we asked for something they fell over themselves to make it happen. nOTE: im in a wheelchair. I can walk but not far - freakish accident 10 years ago. I’m also on a new medication for another problem that makes me sleepy. I mean SLEEPY. So, to me our drive from Annapolis, MD, to Newark Airport took about 15 minutes. I slept and Jim listened to a book on CD. We have a Rule. We NEVER want to see the back end of our ship leaving port so we always spend the night before near the ship. Bayonne....sigh Somehow we accumulated many Holiday Inn points so we got 2 rooms at the Crown Plaza near Newark airport. I was not impressed. Facility was old and as hard as they tried, it wasn’t a terrific part of town so it just wasn’t frosty new. We met our friend when we arrived, had a bite, took a shower and I pretty much face-planted onto the bed. Following morning - We Are Going Cruising!!! This is our first cruise from Bayonne in many years (new terminal was under construction when we were there last.). I’m sorry if I’m repeating what you already know. Royal Caribbean has built a reasonably large boarding facility. It’s sparkling clean, very friendly staff, parking garage gives protection from snow. Drove to the ship. LOTS of construction so Jeepers (GPS) was very confused. Once we saw the ship we were OK. Arrived about 11:00 (glanced at my watch). Lou had RAVED about how they treated his Mom in her wheelchair when they cruised in Alaska in May. I sat down in my wheelchair and waited to launch! No one came. Lou tried pushing me but everyone said someone would be right there. About 20 minutes later (Jim has parked the car and was now back) a very nice management type pushed me through to the handicapped area. He said someone would be right there. DO YOUR CHECKIN PAPERWORK AHEAD. Wonderfully cheerful ladies showed up with tablets and if it took 2 minutes to actually checkin, I would be surprised. My lovely ladies rolled me over to some chairs where the 3 of us sat ...... until 2:50 pm. Finally. We were boarding. Oops. Shoreside pusher cannot Board the ship and I was stopped dead in my tracks trying to board. Waited a while - in the way of others - while they found a crewman to help. We arrived in our glorious cabin as they announced the Drill will begin in 15 minutes. no leisurely lunch in the dining room, no time to checkout our cabin, we had to leave RIGHT AWAY otherwise elevators would be filled and they rarely move for a scooter (waiting in our cabin) during an emergency drill. We successfully drilled and went outside to enjoy the little gift the Captain gave us. As many of you know, Bayonne is Below NY Harbor so we don’t actually pass Miss Liberty. It was a Chamber Of Commerce - Perfect afternoon and the Captain turned port went up and did a 180 beside Miss Liberty. She looked so grand in the afternoon sun. I can imagine my Grandparents looking up to see her as they arrived from Poland, this statue so welcoming. Off to pass under the bridge - horn blasting as we went under. We were off to Bermuda and suddenly all The Whoo-Haa Of boarding was forgotten. end of part 1
  20. My wife and I are aboard the Summit right now (Sept. 8 sailing). Some months ago, we were excited to learn that dancers with the American Ballet Theatre were scheduled to perform on our cruise. The other night, our Cruise Director announced that the first performance would be tonight at 9pm, with an encore tomorrow at 7pm. We got to the theatre this evening at about 8:15pm; there was already a line on both sides. By the time the doors opened at 8:30, the lines stretched back through the casino. By about 8:45, there was not an empty seat in the house. The first dance was a pas de deux from “Swan Lake,” about ten minutes long. The two dancers — Remy Young and Alexandre Hammoudi — were excellent (and I could listen to Tchaikovsky all night). This was followed by a twenty minute musical performance by a very talented singer, Kristen Hertzenberg. However, she opened her set with “I’m a Woman,” which was a very jarring segue from the classical ballet that had preceded it. After her set, the dancers returned for another pas de deux. I was not familiar with the name of the piece, but it was quite beautiful. All in all, the dancers performed for about 20-25 minutes, which I don’t think was enough. I think it would have been better if Celebrity and ABT had committed more to the ballet, so that they could fill a whole show. Hertzenberg has a great voice, and I would really love to see her do an entire show as well. (She is certainly tons better than the singer who performed two full shows last night.) It was a refreshing change from the usual shipboard entertainment to see ballet this evening. It was a good start by Celebrity and ABT; I hope they can grow it into an entire show.
  21. @Turtles06 Where were you located on the ship? The only two people I saw waving back at the Fort right before the bridge were on an aft balcony. Was that you?
  22. We booked this while onboard the cruise we just got off of. We only have 573 days to go and I’m already excited! 😂 We will be doing a Southern Caribbean out of San Juan. The gentleman that helped us book this cruise said this suite was better than the other Sky Suites. Our friends had a sky suite on this cruise so we know what they look like, but does anyone have a picture of 6145? We tried to see it before getting off today, but they wouldn’t let us. Also, we were shocked at how fast everything to do with debarkation went. We’ve never experienced anything like it before! No dealing with customs, no passports, just a photo and we were off. It was literally less than 5 minutes! Is that because we only went to Bermuda? We are accustomed to long lines waiting to clear customs.
  23. Looking through the Canyon Ranch brochure, I saw a description for the Rasul chamber. We have done this before, but thought they removed it from Celebrity. Does anyone know if they still offer this on the Summit. Can't find it on-line. It was fun and would love to do it again!
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