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  1. Where is the Retreat sundeck on Summit please? And any shade, hot tub, shower? I imagine when Connie is redone the same area will be used for Retreat.
  2. Hello! What is your experience with the classic versus premium beverage package on Celebrity? Is the extra cost for the premium package worth it or does the lower(I believe $8 limit) classic package cover most cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks? We are not big drinkers, but do purchase the premium package on Princess as we enjoy coffee, sparkling water and like to try different cocktails while on vacation (maybe 1-3 a day, rarely 4). The cost to upgrade the package is $840 total, which also includes unlimited WiFi. Would love to hear your thoughts on this question and/or the Celebrity Summit. Thanks!
  3. A couple of photos shows she really is looking great again. A couple of questions, were cabins given any sprucing up as well? I realize that deck 3 received new cabins #3115-3123. Does anyone have anything both pro and con to pass along about your recent experience with this ship, crew, menu, daily and nightly activity and anything else. All comments appreciated.
  4. First, sorry if this is another one that has been asked and answered but, I would very much appreciate some verification. Celebrity Website deck plan for Summit (supposedly after renovation) still shows Sushi on Five. Cruise planner shows Quisine as the other option besides the Tuscan Grill. ????????????? Thanks
  5. Hello, Where can you get a smoothie drink on the Summit? Does anyone know what flavors. Thanks
  6. I’m curious if anyone has any pictures of the newly renovated summit specifically of cabin 1140 and also of the balcony furnishings that they have .I’ve read on another forum about the lack of comfortable furniture and curious if anyone has complained and asked for more comfortable furniture( lounger) hoping before our 2020 cruise .
  7. Can you get daily internet instead of total cruise package on summit. If so, how much does it cost and do you get any discounts (like captain club classic)? also can you stream MLB network. Thanks
  8. Sorry, I asked this before, but for some reason the search is not working for me. I know PRIOR to the Summit makeover - (I know not the right term - revolutionized) the dividers for balconies could be removed for adjoining cabins. Does anyone who sailed recently since the revolutionization - know if in fact these dividers can still be opened? We have 3 cabins in a row - and were hoping to have them opened for easy access to all cabins and a larger balcony to share. Any information greatly appreciated.
  9. Hi all, I’m going to be on the Summit soon with my husband and my 8 month old. I was looking at the deck maps, and am I correct in that the Spa Cafe is located in the adult only solarium? So if I wanted to get breakfast/lunch from there, I wouldn’t be able to go in to get food with the baby? I was looking at the menu and avocado bruschetta and banana bagel sounds really good. I tend to be the one who gets up early with the baby while my husband stays up late with him, so chances are I’d be on my own for breakfast.
  10. We are in Aqua Class on the Summit in a few weeks. I am definitely looking forward to Blu after reading all about it here. We will also have access to the Persian Gardens. Have not seen a lot of comments about them on the Summit. Please let me know what it includes- and what you most recommend. Thanks. Jeweli
  11. On the 7 Night Summit to Bermuda cruise, when are the 2 Chic Nights?
  12. Looking for reviews of ‘the good and the bad’ of the Concierge Cabins on Deck 10 on the Celebrity Summit? For a C3 Cabin, which deck and cabin do you recommend? Anything insight you can share is greatly appreciated.
  13. Taking a cruise out of Bayonne in a few weeks on Summit. In the past, I would put a luggage tag on the case of water and check it with my luggage. Now I understand they don't do this any longer, I must carry it on. What is the current procedure?
  14. We have 8166. Is the balcony larger than the FV above it? Laura
  15. Our first cruise with Celebrity is coming up. We have OBC and were wondering what stores were on the Summit? We booked with paid gratuities, drink package, wifi so we thought we might use it in the shops.
  16. I just got off the Burmuda sailing on the Summit yesterday. Didn't want to do a full review but here are a few observations. Embarkation at Cape Liberty was really quick but there didn't appear to be any priority embarkation except for suites. We were in Concierge class and if we had not known about the embarkation lunch in advance we would not have been informed. On previous cruises we have received information about the lunch before boarding - but because we had checked in online and the way they check your documents there is no "desk" or any documentation to give you. I really, really loved the revolutionized decor in the ship. And I am NOT a millennial (or younger). The colors are clean and contemporary and the ship looks new. There are a couple of things I didn't think were perfect - the MDR is a little "under" decorated - needs a little more "bling" to make it special. Also, don't know who chose the pink and blue chairs in the Oceanview buffet, but they are already filthy. Dark marks, fingerprints, etc. However, the cabin decor and new furniture was great. I'm not sure where anyone got the idea that there is less storage in the revolutionized cabins. If anything there is more storage. We had plenty of room for lots of clothes and still had empty drawers and shelves. I particularly liked the glass fronted shelves - easy to see what's in there and there was lots of room. The bathrooms are great too - seems like (I know they aren't) bigger - shower was great and it was not hard to get in and close the door even though the door swings into the shower. Lots of storage in the bathroom. And I liked the backlighted mirror at the desk - it was huge. Balcony furniture was about the same as we had on Infinity earlier this year. We did NOT have the armless wooden chairs. We had two mesh reclining lounge chairs (no footstools) and a small table in between. The captain and crew on this ship are phenomenal. Best and happiest crew by far out of any cruise we have been on. And Captain Ioannis (Yanni) was everywhere - every event, getting on and off the ship. We mentioned how happy the crew seemed to be to the cruise director, Rich, and he said it was because they really like the captain and the hotel manager Danuta and that they are treated very well. Had Select dining but had made the reservations in advance. We never had to wait but it was a full cruise and the line without reservations was sometimes very long. Our MDR waiter was Cedric and assistant waiter Santosh. Cedric was the best waiter we have ever had on any cruise. The head waiter told us they put the best waiters in Select since it is more difficult to serve so many people at different stages of meals than at fixed dining. The other waiters around us seemed very good also. We were in Concierge 8167, which is across from a crew door - behind which is the staff elevators. This cabin was extremely noisy as they pulled loaded carts for room service across the bump in the doorway. Not the cabin for you if you are sensitive to noise. Food was a let down. As long as you stuck the recommendations in the MDR you were ok, but a lot of other things were not great. Our waiter was great about telling us what not to eat. Went to Tuscan Grille one night and overall the food was good (I thought the pastas and appetizers were very good). My ribeye steak was decent - although the prime rib in the MDR was better - but my husband had the flank steak and it was truly inedible. We knew what the cut of meat was, but first they brought it out undercooked (rare instead of medium) and then it was so tough he couldn't cut it. The waiter (fantastic Rodrigo) finally brought him a filet mignon which was very good. Oceanview food was much worse on this ship than on Infinity a few months ago. You could find decent things, but the general steam table food was just not great. Also, the ship was full but there's no excuse for there to be no lettuce and salad dressing in the salad bar and that happened every single time we were there. They were obviously understaffed because many times tables were not bused, food was not replenished in the buffet, and you had to hunt down silverware. Entertainment was decent. The fly in group Uptown was fantastic. If you ever get a chance don't miss them. The production singers and dancers were decent, but like all the shows on cruise ships the singers seem to have trouble with some of the notes. Dancers were good and acrobats were very good (although why they are in production numbers I will never know). The comedians were good but the second one, Dave Walker, was so much better than the first. You can always tell a lousy comedian when they laugh at their own jokes and lose their pacing. The "orchestra" was very talented. The small band "Ultraviolet" had great musicians but the female singer was just awful. You can always find something to do but don't expect to be busy every second of the day. I would say younger people might be a little bored. There were several Beyond the Podium presentations and the captain gave a fascinating talk on how the ship is run. I'll be happy to answer any questions I can. Overall a good cruise on a great ship.
  17. Looking for any info / review or pictures on inside cabin #6903 on Summit. Are they a bit larger then the other inside cabins? Different layout? Bed against back wall, or against bathroom wall? Read reviews that they were in fact larger slightly on Infinity. Curious about Summit. Thanks!
  18. It would be appreciated if anyone can provide information on the changes to the Summit C1 (Aft) cabins after the "revolution". These cabins have the huge balconies and previously had two (or three) lounge chairs, a full size table, and four regular chairs with arms. Below is a photo of 8176 taken in Jan 2019, showing the furniture. This is an accessible room so it is a little wider than a regular Aft C1. I also found a photo of a regular Aft cabin 7203 taken in Nov 2018 which shows a chair with footstool, a recliner, a regular table, and three armchairs; there may be more furniture but just not visible in the photo. Therefore, it appears there were different sets of balcony furniture being used in the C1 Aft cabins. I would appreciate it if anyone can share info on current balcony furniture after the "revolution" for cabin 8176 specifically, but also for any of the other C1 Aft cabins on decks 7, 8, and 9. There has been a lot of discussion about the removal of footstools, the regular tables, and the armchairs but some of the info is conflicting, so it is not clear exactly what was done on the C1 Aft cabins balconies. Any other info on significant changes to the C1 Aft cabins during the "revolution", in addition to the balcony area, would also be appreciated.
  19. We are sailing on the summit soon. Wondering if the app allows onboard communications between passengers without purchasing an internet package. Any help is appreciated
  20. DH and I (ages 45 and 42) are back at work after a lovely week on the Summit and I wanted to share our impressions with my fellow Cruise Critics! While we are fans of Celebrity’s S-class ships and have sailed on Equinox, Silhouette and Reflection, this was our first time on Summit (and DH’s first time on a ship of this size; I have sailed previously on Carnival Spirit, which is approximately the same size as Summit). This was also our first time in a Sky Suite, after having sailed in standard balconies, Concierge Class and Aqua Class on S-Class ships. We were lucky enough to book our Sky Suite (S2 room 6124) before the Edge-ification of Summit was announced, at a price only a few hundred dollars higher than Aqua Class. We don’t care to dine in the MDR, and given the limited specialty dining options on Summit, AQ or a Suite were our only options. We went with the SS given the reasonable price, mainly to try Luminae. However, we were delighted to learn a few months later that the ship would be drydocked shortly before our cruise and many suite amenities added (and lucky to pay as little as we did, since the prices went way up after the Revolution was announced and never came back down). Embarkation: We live in NYC so getting to the ship was a breeze – we drove and parked at the pier. There was a medical emergency on Anthem of the Seas which caused a small delay for Summit, but the crew did an AMAZING job of getting the previous passengers off quickly and the ship turned around for us. We were notified on Saturday that embarkation would begin around 2pm, but we ended up boarding around 12:45pm (since we were in a suite we were among the first passengers aboard). The Suite Life and Retreat Lounge: As soon as we embarked, we were directed to the Retreat Lounge to meet our Suite Concierges and check out the new-and-supposedly-improved space. Immediately upon entering, my eye went to the room’s furnishings, all of which were very low and sleek. We are tall (6’0” and 6’3”), so I am used to sitting with my knees at chin-level. However, the furniture was not only low, it was TINY. Like, Barbie Dream House tiny. I wedged my size-12 derriere into one of the quickly-becoming-infamous barrel chairs ONE time, but did not stay there long enough for my husband to take a photo for fear that I would have to be extracted with the Jaws of Life. Furnishings aside, though, the two Concierges (Rhiannon and Mike) were lovely and welcoming and the Retreat staff was obviously on top of things. More on the Retreat Lounge later. Our butler was very nice but not especially visible, and we are pretty low maintenance so we didn’t have any special requests for him. We had to ask twice to get our mini-bar emptied but beyond that, we didn’t need much. I will say I enjoyed my 5pm shrimp cocktail, though! Being able to make an appointment to book a future cruise was also a nice touch, especially since the agent comes to the Retreat Lounge so you can take care of business in relative peace and quiet with a glass of wine in hand. Priority embarkation and disembarkation were fabulous – we were off the ship by 8:45am and back home by 9:30! The Room: We were in Sky Suite 6124 (an S2), located almost exactly halfway between the aft and midship elevators on the starboard side. First the good: the location was fantastic, with easy access to almost everything we wanted (other than the Retreat Sundeck, all the way at the front). The only small quibble with the location was that our balcony overlooked some industrial bits of the ship in addition to lifeboats, so the view straight down was not the most beautiful. It ended up not mattering because we barely used the balcony, but those who spend a lot of time on their balconies might want to be aware of this. Bed was firm but comfortable, with nice crisp percale sheets (the provided down pillows were very limp but we requested and received firmer pillows, which improved things drastically). The towels were thick and absorbent. The air-conditioning was FRIGID, just like DH likes it J. Since we were on the third or fourth sailing since the refurbishment, everything was new and clean. Anyway, at first glance the room appeared light, bright, spacious and nicely-appointed. However, as I made my way into the room I noticed that the desk chair was sitting out in the middle of the room, not tucked away. Why, you ask? Because the chair has immovable arms that are too high to allow it to slide under the desk, of course! Makes perfect sense, right? Unfortunately, this was only the first of about 10,000 bizarrely idiotic design choices made during the Edge-ification. Never having been in an M-Class Sky Suite before I cannot compare it to what was there, but I can say without a doubt that it was the least intelligently-designed room I have ever had on a cruise ship (or hotel, dormitory or treehouse). Every available surface in the room was littered with trays full of décor items. A plant here, a tray of (empty) candle holders there, a coral sculpture across the way – it looked like Joanna Gaines had gone on a manic shopping bender at Target. Our steward had the misfortune to knock on the door when I had two trays full of crap in my hands and reluctantly took them from me, with a look on his face that told me it was NOT his first time having to find a place to store all this junk. Once I had decluttered, I discovered that the clutter was disguising furniture/storage even less useful than a candle holder on a cruise ship. There were two cabinets under the TV; one useless for anything other than large bulky items due to lack of shelves or drawers, the other holding the mini-bar (which was just large enough that you had to open BOTH cabinet doors to open the mini-bar – pure genius!). The desk was low with two shallow drawers, not even deep enough for my hairbrush. I moved the too-large desk chair to the corner by the mini-bar and the luggage stands from the end of the bed under the desk, so that I could sit on one and use one to hold my makeup case and hairdryer. At least they could be tucked away (and become useful beyond the five minutes they actually held our luggage)! By the way, the outlet on the desk is the only outlet near a mirror that will power a hairdryer, and one of only three American-style outlets in the entire room – the other two are by the nightstands. If you have adapters for European outlets, I recommend you bring them so that you can use the European outlets for charging phones and other small electronics. The closet for hanging clothes was small but adequate for us (we generally pack light), but the two drawers in the closet next to it weren’t large enough for our t-shirts, shorts, bathing suits, gym clothes, etc. – you know, things people don’t typically hang up but DO usually wear on cruises. Luckily they shrunk the safe sitting on the shelves above, so there was plenty of room to pile our socks and underwear next to it (which also created convenient camouflage for the iPad that wouldn’t fit in the safe!). The door to the drawer/safe closet was nice and wide, so that when you had it open there was zero chance of your spouse getting between it and the partition wall – no way they could sneak up on you trying to steal their iPad! Beside this closet there was an empty space with magazine holders stuck to the wall and a 6” deep “bench” whose purpose I still have not ascertained. We used it for stacking used glasses and empty Perrier bottles, but perhaps someone should have told Kelly Hoppen that it would be perfect for holding a tray full of extra throw pillows, since there weren’t enough of those in the room already. Oh wait, did I forget to mention that? Yeah, there were a lot of throw pillows. They mostly lived on the sofa we only used when one of us was waiting for the other to get ready, since it wasn’t like we could see the TV from it or eat a meal on the “table” that went with it. The nightstands had one miniscule drawer (large enough for my glasses and sleeping mask and nothing else) and were topped with the most ridiculous “reading” lamp I have ever seen – it had enormous trays for base and top, taking up half of the surface of the table AND blocking any light from reaching eye level. I am guessing that the designer felt a reading light was unnecessary, though, since they were kind enough to supply a large translucent window from the bathroom on one side of the bed, with no blackout shade. I really enjoyed the glow cast over the entire room at night by the nightlight, until I gave up and unplugged it. Of course, this meant either peeing in the dark or waking up a sleeping spouse with an eyeful of “ambiance” if you had to use the restroom in the middle of the night, but what’s a little bad aim between spouses, right? Once you get used to navigating the room in the dark you will definitely no longer stub your toe on the step leading into the bathroom anyway – it only takes a few days and a fracture or two before you learn. Speaking of the bathroom, here is an actual photo of my 6’3” husband showering in the tub: He only banged his head on the showerhead once or twice per shower and never concussed himself, so it could have been worse. The shortness of the shower was complemented by the oh-so-comfortably high sides of the tub - short people might have a hard time stepping over it and tall people will definitely bang their knees on the fixed glass on either side getting out of it, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. A complete lack of space to hang towels combined with an unused area (perfect for hanging towels!) beside the toilet and ZERO drawers or shelves (but plenty of décor trays to fill up all the counter space!) was the cherry on this moronic turd sundae. The worst part is that the bathroom is actually fairly large, and with a sensible layout it could have been an incredibly functional space. Lest you think me too negative, I’ll move on to more pleasant parts of our trip, but leave you with this parting note: the reason we rarely used the balcony was because the oversized couch taking up three-quarters of the space wasn’t terribly comfortable (and was usually wet), and the table and chairs weren’t much better. At least there was a tray with a plant on it out there! The Ship: Our favorite thing to do once we have unpacked is roam around the ship looking at all of the artwork and getting to know the layout. Summit had quite a few lovely pieces to enjoy, though she naturally couldn’t compare to the S-class in terms of installations or display opportunities. The ship looks good on the surface due to the refurbishment, but IMO the modern décor on an old ship is like bad plastic surgery on a 70-year-old trying to look 40. Summit was obviously built in a different era and although I know she needed to be refurbished, I think trying to Edge-ify her was the wrong solution. Furthermore, while they obviously spent a lot of money on the decorative aspects of the remodel, they ignored important structural elements like the elevators and toilets – things that don’t make for exciting YouTube footage but definitely leave an impression on guests after seven days. The elevators became a running joke amongst the guests – half the buttons didn’t work, the signage was beaten up (obviously original to the ship in some cases!), you were rarely sure if a car was going up or down, and so on. I noticed “Out of Order” signs on public bathrooms several times during the week and there was a distinct dampness to many public areas, including the Sky Lounge (where we also saw a pump and industrial fan). As for the overall layout, we are accustomed to S-class ships and found Summit a little cramped for our liking – we missed the open atrium and the more clearly defined areas for each venue. We also thought it was a little odd that you basically had to search for Tuscan Grill and Qsine – I don’t know that we ever would have found them if we hadn’t gone looking, and once we did find them we never walked by them again (I do understand that this is because they were added during Solsticization and not a part of the original design – but again, this goes back to the bad plastic surgery analogy). All of that said, the ship is very easy to navigate once you get your bearings, and having three elevator and stair banks made moving between floors very easy and fast. The main dining room on the back of the ship is much more elegant than on the S-class ships and I loved the colors of the new décor there. Pools, Spa and Fitness: We liked the layout of the pools and hot tubs and it looked as though there was plenty of seating, although we never try to find loungers at prime times. Speaking of the loungers, I don’t know if they are new with the refurb but they are a broken toe waiting to happen – they have weird bowed legs that stick out much farther than the seat itself, crowding the walkways. Dumb and dangerous. Anyway, I loved the bubbler in the Solarium pool but we were rather annoyed to find that the family hours in the Solarium were in the evenings from 6pm-8pm – this is our favorite time to enjoy the pools while others are at dinner, and it was impossible to do so with the Solarium pool full of kids. Luckily the outdoor pools were all but deserted in the evenings so we stayed out there instead. We toured the Persian Gardens and decided it wasn’t interesting on Summit – we vastly prefer the layout on S-class, especially Reflection. The spa and gym were fine but it was rather annoying to have to walk all the way through the spa, dodging the hard sell, just to get to the gym. We used the gym on our first full day and never made it back. Dining Venues and Lounges: Luminae was our main dining room and I have reviewed the food extensively here: We ate in the buffet for breakfast and lunch a few times and I included commentary on the food in my Luminae review as well – overall, it was fine. However, the layout of Summit’s buffet is a NIGHTMARE. The central kitchen keeps you from seeing at a glance what is available on the other side of the buffet (and it’s not the same stuff on each side), so you are forced to go all the way around the kitchen in a large circle to get an overview. Furthermore, you can enter the buffet from the main entrance at midship (where the circle of food stations “starts” with the ice cream bar if you go clockwise around the kitchen), or you can sneak into the center from the aft elevators. This means you have people trying to merge into the food roundabout from two locations and trying to merge out of it all over the place (since the seating is all along both sides). The drink stations are inconveniently located at points where the walkway is narrower, creating bottlenecks galore. We saw more than one collision between diners and plenty of spilled drinks. Also, there is no real bar or Al Secondo Bacio in the buffet on Summit, so you must depend on (slow) table service or go to the Sunset Bar (also slow) if you want anything to drink other than the basic offerings at the beverage stations. The buffet coffee was awful so we formed the habit of stopping into Café al Bacio for coffee before heading to breakfast. As I mentioned earlier, the Retreat Lounge left a lot to be desired in terms of comfortable seating but it ended up being one of our favorite venues in spite of the furniture. It is divided into two areas: one large seating area, and then a smaller back area with a cold case for sodas and waters, a coffee machine, and a small "prep" bar for the bartender's use. You can walk up to this bar and order a drink if the attendant happens to be back there, but there is no traditional bar seating. We loved being able to stop in and quickly grab a soft drink from the case, but we didn’t spend much time here during the day, preferring to be out on the Retreat Sundeck or elsewhere on the ship for activities like trivia or live music. We spent most of our evenings here though, getting to know Alexandra, the fantastic bartender, and any other suite guests who were there. We also hung out with a couple of officers here (the beverage manager and executive chef) after they dropped in one night and we all hit it off. It was a great quiet place for a nightcap and we had a fantastic time with Alexandra, who is a very talented social facilitator and all around awesome lady. The Retreat Sundeck was a nice place to be if it wasn’t too windy but only if you like sun. I have NO idea why they designed this area with no shade whatsoever. We managed to avoid burning to a crisp by appropriating one of the pod beds with retractable covers, turning it as required to provide shade for the majority of our bodies and covering our feet and legs with towels if necessary. Silas and the rest of the team kept the drinks flowing and their cocktail menu was actually our favorite of any lounge onboard (DH loved the Spiked IPA). The wind was frequently too bad to enjoy this area while we were sailing, though, so I don’t know how much use it sees on sea day-heavy itineraries. They serve lunch up here but with so much wind and no shade, we had no desire to sit and eat a meal. IMO they would be much better off having a selection of chips, nuts, popcorn, etc. up here, just things to nibble on while having a cocktail. We ran down to the Mast Grill a couple of times to get a plate of fries because we were getting a little too tipsy! As for the other lounges, we REALLY missed having a decent Sunset Bar on this cruise – it has historically been one of our favorite places on S-class ships, and when the Retreat Sundeck was too windy it was the only real outdoor option on Summit. There was no shade at Summit’s Sunset Bar, very little seating and by far the worst service at any bar on the ship. It would be nice to have it upstairs where the large TV screen and outdoor movie lounge is, although then there would really be no bar for the buffet. The Pool Bar, Cellar Masters and Rendezvous all had good service, although I thought most of the cocktails were pretty lackluster. We definitely missed World Class Bar’s creative cocktails and infusions as well (and stuck to straight Scotch for our nightcaps at the Retreat Lounge since there is no real cocktail menu there). Itinerary, Activities and Entertainment: With just one stop, there’s not much itinerary to comment upon! I loved Bermuda and would love to go back, either on Celebrity or a land-based vacation. We are professional classical musicians so we typically find the live music and shows on the ship somewhat lacking, and this cruise was no exception. In fact, we left lounges a few times just to avoid the live music (which was frequently amateurish and too loud). We played trivia a few times but beyond that didn’t find many activities of interest. We prefer to do our own thing anyway so no great loss! Shopping and Casino: I am not much of a shopper and rarely buy anything on board, but the selection of merchandise on Summit seemed rather uninspired to me. We did end up buying a few bottles of Scotch from the well-stocked Duty Free shop, just to use up some OBC. I am also not much of a gambler, but since we had OBC, we decided to use some of it to test our luck. The friendly dealers patiently explained not only the games but the process by which I could use promotional chips to gamble and take my winnings in real chips for cash. I managed to turn $250 in promo chips into $230 in real chips at the roulette table and decided that was all my nerves could take! J The casino itself appears to have been ignored by the Revolution and was a bit sad in comparison to the S-class, but the cash spends the same either way! Other Miscellany: We weren’t too bothered by hard sales of drink packages or specialty restaurants on Summit – after the first day everyone seemed to know we had a Premium package/Luminae and left us alone. However, the roaming photographer and incessant push to stop for photos here, there and everywhere was incredibly annoying. We were asked each and every night during dinner in Luminae whether we wanted a photo, in addition to three or four photo stations on the dock. One day they had someone in a dolphin costume outside the buffet trying to get people to take photos – where the hell are we, a Carnival ship? The mix of passengers on this cruise was very different from what we have experienced in the past, although I think that had to do both with time of year and departure port (we usually sail from Florida in Jan or Feb). There were more children than I expected but an older crowd overall. The Martini Bar was THE place to be on this ship until a certain hour and then everything shut down. Conclusion: We had a good time on this cruise and enjoyed the Suite Life, but I doubt we will choose to sail Summit or the M-class again. The S-class is just much more our speed, and we like the option of having a dining package so we can upgrade dining (and have plenty of specialty options) without paying for a suite or even AQ. If we want a suite experience, we will probably look at alternatives like MSC’s Yacht Club since even Sky Suites have become outrageously expensive since the Revolution.
  21. Hello- we are a group of 18 sailing early august Bayonne to Bermuda on Celebrity Summit. We had seven oceanview rooms/deck 2 but was able to get them all upgraded to concierge class deck 9 due to fare drop. Celebrity explained no discounts after final payment, so now we are in deck 9 and happy we were able to still have connecting rooms as we are all traveling with kids. Just wondering if anyone has had any issues on Deck 9 aft, under the oceanview cafe? I figured there was probably a reason the rooms were open. My parents are early to bed and I worry about noise from above. our group sales rep says the rooms are “soundproof,” but not certain I believe that. Also, considering buying a week pass to persian gardens. Anyone who has done that, was it worth it? did you enjoy? thanks for any insight.
  22. For context, I've been on more than 20 cruises on everything from the President Wilson to Lindblad, but this was just our second Celebrity cruise. The first one was a long, long time ago (25 years) and we had a really bad experience with fellow passengers unhappy about an itinerary chance that kept us away. I'm glad we gave Celebrity a second chance. The Summit, post-refit is lovely. There's a smart design to everything from the staterooms to the outside decks and a more refined decor palette than is typical in mass-market ships. We had an inside cabin on deck 2 and it was great. Awesome location, steward was phenomenal, even with 4 adult-sized humans in it, there was enough storage for all our stuff and we were still friends at the end. The only down bits I'd say are that the Oceanview gets pretty crowded at lunch time (oddly, the MDR is only open for lunch on at-sea days) and it can be hard to find places to be outdoors but not in full sun. The pool deck and surroundings are fine - I miss having more live music out there and the deck itself gets foot-burning hot in the sun, so be sure to have some slip-ons if you plan to use the pool. Food was varied and generally good, although it had a few ups and downs (skip the French Onion soup; most pastas were meh, but better than typical pasta at sea). No one in our family starved, and there were a few "Wow!" items. My kids enjoyed trying new things and wait staff was excellent. The Ocean View has a large variety of offerings, and should satisfy most diners. We usually don't do speciality dining, preferring to find treats in the ports instead. We didn't do the drinks package, but did pre-buy a sommelier package for wines in the dining room. If you do this, I'd spring for the premier one. One thing to know if you are a wine aficionado - with the packages, many, many people are enjoying wine by the glass with dinner thanks to the packages, and the sommeliers are hopping just keeping glasses full. It's in your best interest to have a look at the wine list before you go so you have an idea of what you'd like to order at least the first night. If you ask at the end of a meal, it's easier to get recommendations for subsequent nights. The sommeliers are knowledgeable, they are just extremely busy. One thing that might be of interest - it seemed like they were quite accommodating of special diets, including religious ones. Tables near us were ordering meals the night before and they came separately prepared and even served on disposable tableware for some folks for whom mixing dishes might be a problem. Entertainment was a mixed bag. The crowd on this voyage appeared to trend to senior cruisers and, in a nod to this, entertainment options trended earlier as well. The fly-in entertainers were pretty enjoyable, although the last comedian was so "adult" at a 7 p.m. show that I had to creatively distract my youngest at a few points. Production shows were of the energetic "singing and dancing without a plot" variety. The production cast was skilled. Live musicians were a disappointment. There was a solo guy with a guitar who was pretty good. A duo and a dance band were not my cup of tea, but your mileage may vary. The show band sounded good and I would have liked to see more of them, but with the older crowd, a lot of opportunities to do that and the gameshows and stuff were during our late-seating dinner, which was a bummer. Our youngest was slightly interested in the children's programming, but it was impossible to tell what was happening when by the schedule (which was only for 7 days on a 10-day cruise ?!?!?!), so she never participated. Their facilities looked nice. Do the silent disco. Weird, but fun. Arrive early, or you might not get in. We didn't use the spa or casino so no comments there except that you can't smoke in the Casino, which makes it so much more pleasant to walk through. The itinerary was stupendous. So much so that we were actively discussing if we should repeat this trip and bring my folks some day. The ports Newport. It's Newport. We walked from the pier to the Historical Society, talked to the nice guy there who recommended The Elms, as we've seen Vanderbilt properties before. Solid recommendation - good audio tour, interesting story. We walked on the Cliff Walk a bit as well, and that was Newport. You tender there and there were no local tenders available, so it was a bit of a wait to get one back and it was hot. This led to some of the obnoxious, entitled behavior that caused us to forsake Celebrity for so many years from folks, but the ship did what it could to help with a waiter passing out infused water and another passing out icy towels. Syndey, NS. This is a relatively new cruise port, and we were a little concerned that we would't be able to do much without a tour. It's a lovely little place to walk around and see on your own. There's a large visitor center when you first get off (that has free WiFi) where you can get a map of the sites. We were there on a Sunday, but found the local historical society open and a great little exhibit on the history of the city you can see for a donation. There are some historic houses that were open with costumed docents who were so friendly and informative (all under $5 Canadian). If you walk all the way down the main street, there is a military reserve base that has a museum of the Canadian Military on the second floor. Just walk in and the security guard will tell you how to get up there. They have retired veterans staff it and they are so fun to talk to. Highly recommend if you have any interest in military history. The Visitor Center has quite a few local artisans selling everything from sweaters to seagrass jewelry. Look up Brent Harding's place Metal Glass Media (one of the more permanent storefronts in the building) for some beautiful fused glass pendants at a really reasonable price. I bought 4. Halifax, NS. Awesome, awesome, awesome. We were there on Canada Day and saw the parade, the Canada Day ceremonies with the provincial Lt. Governor and Nova Scotia's own His Worship, Mayor Mike and enjoyed free Canada Day cake at the Citadel, which was free in honor of the holiday. A quick run down the street for a Tim Horton's, and we were off to the Royal Military Tattoo, for which we bought tickets online in advance. Do not miss this. It is spectacular. So entertaining. Bar Harbor, ME. A trip to Acadia was a bucket list item for me. Recommend talking to the NPS rangers at their visitor center next to Village Green (just walk up Main Street from the tender dock) and they can give you a suggested itinerary, a map and schedule for the free bus. Ate a lobster roll, because that's what you do. Great day - wish we were in port longer. Boston. Crowded, but super fun. We downloaded a $2.99 Atlantic Audio Tours for my phone and brought headphones and a splitter to do the Freedom Trail while knowing what we were looking at. Worked well, and took just about all day (we walked 13 miles that day...). Mass transit is running on the 4th and there are Ubers, too. Don't miss the Constitution. If you want to see the reading of the Declaration, you'd have to be off the ship just as soon as they let you. We didn't. Had a slice and a cannoli in Little Italy. Nom. And a michelada and some interesting nachos on the way back to the ship. It was lobster and beef wellington night, so we went back to the ship for dinner and watched the fireworks from the top deck with a whole lot of other people. They show the Pops concert on the big outdoor screen, or there was a somewhat poorly attended line dancing and DJ party by the pool. There was a July 4 thing in the Atrium, but also during late-seating dinner, so too bad for us. Some folks went to the Community Boating fundraiser to see the fireworks and said it was really fab. Portland. We were super tired from the day before, so we had a pretty chill day. Wandered over to an oceanfront park in the morning, had lunch on the ship and a little WiFi time in the terminal. We then went to the Portland Museum of Art for the Free Summer Friday evening hours. It's a really nice museum - 3 buildings, varied collection. They also had a Groupon, so you could have gone during the day for half price. Overall - excellent service from a friendly staff on a beautiful ship. I'd go again : D
  23. Is there a full length mirror in the Aqua Class cabins on the Summit? With all the talk about "revolutionizing"- I thought I read that they were taken out- but I can't confirm. Not that it makes a difference to me- I will cruise no matter what! I guess if no one has a full length mirror, then we can't complain about how anyone looks! Thank you.
  24. First, I apologize if this has already been asked and answered. I recall reading somewhere that once a ship is "Edgeified", carry on bags can be taken to the cabins upon boarding. Just want to verify this is for Millennium class as well. Thanks in advance.
  25. Cruising on Summit 7/28 - 8/4 to Bermuda - we are group of 17 and have an 18 month old toddler in our group. Our last cruise was in 2016 on the Anthem and I recall on the Anthem they had children's life vests available for use on racks near the pool area. Does anyone know if Summit has something similar? If not we can bring one with us. Thanks in advance!
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