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  1. The Celebrity Summit has been doing the winter season with Southern Caribbean cruises out of San Juan for the last several years. Then, when the Caribbean season ends, the Summit sails from New York to Bermuda. Then, in September, it sails the New York, New England, Quebec round trip, before it goes back to San Juan. Something like that. Something very different is happening in 2020 and 2021. In August of 2020 and August of 2021, the Summit is leaving either Boston or New York and sailing for fourteen nights over to Dublin (2020) or Southampton (2021). Then, it immediately leaves Dublin or Southampton, cruises for fourteen nights, and returns to New York or Boston. It is called a transatlantic cruise, but it is not the normal repositioning cruise. It just takes the month of August, and goes to Europe, then returns. Then it does its normal New England/Quebec cruises. This itinerary is appealing because it stops for three days in Iceland (two ports), and one day in Greenland. The 2020 tour stops in Cork Ireland on its way to Iceland, with the 2021 tour stopping in Kirkwall Scotland on its way to Iceland. Both cruises I believe have seven sea days. Now my questions. First, I was led to believe that transatlantic cruises were normally of the cheaper variety, because they were repositioning cruises. These cruises are pretty expensive, just like other European itineraries, and not of the cheaper variety. Secondly, for the August 2020 cruises, which I know is still six months away, there are no excursions listed for Greenland yet, and the excursions for the two ports in Iceland have few excursions listed. For the 2021 cruises, there are also no excursions listed for Kirkwall Scotland. Can anyone shed light on why the celebrity excursions are scarce, or shed light on which excursions once offered are terrific if you have been to Kirkwall, Iceland, or Greenland before? Very wordy, I know, but what should we do in port in Iceland, Greenland, and Kirkwall Scotland?
  2. Valentines update. For those of you who recall our situation where we received an email for a price change from reg Tuscan price of $45 pp to $119 pp as it was Valentines day...... 3 weeks before boarding, this is the menu which was what the Summit went with with an extra $25 pp charge. We went with the regular $45 pp menu. So the $119 was totally thrown out. just thought I would post for those of you who followed that thread. cheers Brockmom
  3. We have an Aqua class stateroom booked on the Summit, deck 11, port side. Since the Mast Bar is a smoking area and we will be down wind, I'm wondering how much smoke smell we might anticipate on our balcony? Hoping for very little - what if we moved to starboard? Thanks!
  4. For my next cruise....way too long in the future. I found out that the Summit is in my price range for cruising out of San Juan. I've also heard that the casinos on Celebrity are non-smoking. This sound like a dream. So what should I know as a possible new Celebrity cruiser? I've sailed previously on NCL--way, way back in the day, and have had two recent cruises in a Carnival Spa cabin--where I avoided the casino at night because of the smoke. My questions about Celebrity: Looks like movies are played on the upper deck--is that correct? What's the food situation? We aren't picky, but do like options. And most important to my husband--is there ice cream? He's kinda in love with the 24/7 soft serve on Carnival. Thanks! If there's anything else I should know, please enlighten me. 🙂
  5. A number of posters have suggested bringing a power strip in order to increase the number of outlets that are available. I will have my phone, my iPad, my apple watch and my sister will bring the same. Will there be enough outlets? I would rather not pack a power strip. I have enough to pack!
  6. Hi all! I’ve got my eye on the August 16 2029 cruise from Dublin to Boston on the Summit. We’d be traveling with kids - 8 and 5 - and I’m a wondering whether there will many kids in the ship. It’s towards the end of summer, so a little uncertain. We did similar Iceland/Norway itinerary on DCL last summer, and just a little worried that we’d feel out of place on this one with little ones. thoughts?
  7. Do suites have an iPod player on the Summit, post-revolution? The Signature Suites on Reflection did last year. Wondering if the Royal and/or Sky Suites do? Thanks!
  8. Anyone know when these will be announced. Every schedule I've seen seems to indicate they should be out by now??
  9. I am looking at sailing in January 2021 to the Southern Caribbean. I have two sailings that I am looking at. Freedom of the Seas, going to: Day 1 (Departure) San Juan, Puerto Rico (Set Sail) Day 2 Philipsburg, St. Maarten Day 3 Basseterre, St. Kitts Day 4 Cruising Day 5 Oranjestad, Aruba Day 6 Kralendijk, Bonaire Day 7 Cruising Return San Juan, Puerto Rico (Return) or the Summit, going to: Barbados St. Lucia Antigua St. Kitts & Nevis St. Thomas I need help choosing! I love going to the beach, I like quiet, I like to find spots to relax and read while on board. I have done my searches. I have read reviews and I still need help. Please
  10. Has anyone done the Chefs Table on the Summit? If so - what did you think and when was the dinner held. On the description it states 5:30 first night of the cruise but if you read further it says that you would find out the date and time when you get to your stateroom. Any info would be appreciated.
  11. Just back from 7 wonderful days on Celebrity Summit. Not so much a comprehensive review, but more a collection of thoughts and impressions. First time on a Millennium Class Ship, and I certainly liked a lot of aspects of it. It is true that as you move through the ship, you do feel more “connected to the sea” than on the larger ships. So many views of the water. Most striking in the Ensemble lounge with large windows on both sides. We were in a Penthouse Suite, which was FABULOUS. Was originally booked in a Royal but saw a price drop and figured why not. The room is beautiful and absurdly spacious. The main living space is almost stupid. A giant table that seats 8 people, a sectional than can comfortably seat six or more. Yeah, we were a couple traveling on our own, no other travel companions in our room or on the ship! As nice as that living room was, it was simply underutilized. The outdoor space is what really makes the penthouse. The wraparound after terrace with more seating options than you can imagine made it workable that there was almost always both sun and shade available. Another real treat of the penthouse? The well-stocked kitchen. Per our request when the concierge reached out in advance, we had both vodka and bourbon. The fridge was stocked with juices and soda water. After a request to our butler, we also received and were kept stocked with sparkling water, beer, white wine, and rum. Of course, there was never a charge for any of this. Afternoon canapes were surprisingly good and varied. And being able to put a cheese or shrimp plate in our fridge never left us wondering how long it had been at room temperature when we returned to our room. Lastly, to be able to put the room service breakfast order on our door with a note “please just leave in kitchen”, meant when we woke up in the morning, we open the kitchen door and JACKPOT, coffee and whatever else we wished for was just sitting there waiting. I don’t know if would spend the money for the penthouse again, but it was certainly worthwhile once. If I had to make any critiques of the penthouse, and it’s a reach, it would be the hot tub on deck. It’s the original tub (not replaced in the dry dock), and it’s small. For the amount of space, it would be so nice to see a real, full size always filled jacuzzi. Truth be told, the only time we filled it, we didn’t even make it “hot”, but rather cooler like a pool for cooling off when sunning on the terrace. But it’s barely big enough for one person. It would be so nice to have a full sized, always full and filtered tub ready to go instead. But again, this is really splitting hairs. Overall the ship is beautiful. I have been on a number of ships after a drydock. I’ve never been on one that felt this completely new. It’s in great shape and very little reveals its actual age. Having sailed more on larger vessels, solstice class, QM2, Oasis and Freedom Class on Royal, and Breakaway on NCL, the ship did feel just slightly more limited. There weren’t as many “spaces”, and those that were there were hit or miss. The Sky Lounge is as oddly snake bitten on this ship as all the others. Three visits found it either virtually closed or so unpopulated that there was no energy. Perhaps it’s the somewhat removed nature of the location, I’m really not sure. But I haven’t really seen them thriving on any ship. The Ensemble Lounge and Cellar Masters are two very nice spaces with a puzzling and oft found Celebrity oddity: They are soooooo DARK! Walk into either venue after dusk and you almost need a flashlight. I recall this same oddity on Solstice Class outside of Murano. It’s almost comical. But on more than one occasion, looking for a place for a cocktail before dinner, my wife and I walked in and she said, “if I sit here and have a glass of wine, I’m going to want to go to sleep!”. In contrast, the Martini Bar is of course bright and lively. But also tends to be quite crowded. Although to their credit, the servers there are the best on the ship and the wait is never long to be served. Luminae was fabulous, both food and service. We ate there every night except for Tuesday when we dined in Tuscan Grille with the Captain (more later). It was also nice to be able to view and order from the main dining menu. It is my understanding this is not possible on Edge Class, as Luminae is geographically removed from The Main Dining Room. I don’t think it would be a deal breaker not to have that option (I would say 75% of what we ordered was Luminae), but it was nice to have the option. One of the treats of Luminae is that it is a calm Oasis. All too often cruise dining is a little loud. As good as the food and service may be in the MDR, it’s just hard to keep the noise from overpowering. As such, my one negative experience on Luminae was the night they allowed a group of ELEVEN. The set them up at a long table in the middle of the room- four on one side, five on the other, and one at each end. It appeared to be an extended family ranging from seventies to one young girl maybe five. This was made worse by the child’s mother, and clearly the self-appointed “mama bear” of the entire group. She of course sat right in the middle, and instead of putting her young daughter next to her, she placed her across from her. As a result, the entire meal was a “wall of words” from mama bear either instructing or correcting her daughter or doing the same with everyone else at the table. It was insane- 45 minutes from the time they walked in until we left, and I swear to God, I don’t think I could once count to five without hearing her talk. I was still hearing her in my sleep that night! LOL! Look I get it. When you’re traveling as a group, it’s great to have dinner together, but this just isn’t the place. Frankly, my best experience in large groups IS the Main Dining Room. A table of two or four can feel lost in the crown there, but a table of twelve kind of commands the room, and I find it a great experience. Perhaps on newer ships they would have a more ideal special space (think if of the private room in Murano on Solstice Class). But at some point, the cruise line really should say “no”. Putting that party in the middle of that room, totally changed the experience for everyone. We were invited to dinner with the captain on Tuesday evening in Tuscan Grille. It was three couples and captain Matthaios Karandreas. He was a very friendly and sincerely engaging gentleman and we had a wonderful time. The other guests were the couple in the other penthouse and a couple of “top cruisers”. All very friendly and a lovely evening. Perhaps the real treat of meeting the captain was the invite he extended to us the next day. My wife and I were invited to the navigational bridge for sail away from Barbados. I have been on bridges a number of times, but it’s usually on a sea day. To have virtual “free reign” to walk anywhere on the bridge and observe everything as we made our way out of a very TIGHT position in Barbados was an extraordinary experience. Watching him work with the local pilot and his crew on this complicated maneuver was fascinating. And experience I won’t forget! Overall, the crew, service and experience were exactly what my wife and I were looking for. As one would expect, the ship was almost entirely adults (I at 45 and my wife at 39 were amongst the younger couples on board). But it certainly didn’t feel like an “old” crowd. Lively, fun and energetic. But I say probably less than ten kids, and not a single teenager on board. Ports were fine: St. Thomas, St. Maartin, Dominica, Barbados and Grenada. It was a treat to have five ports, so the ship never was that busy on deck. And sailing out of San Juan might be my new favorite, as it means you’re already in the Southern Caribbean. No risking two days of rough cold seas to get there! Overall awesome and I’ll answer any questions I can. Still hearing mama bear cackle her way through dinner!....
  12. My buddies and I like a nice cigar and some cognac late in the evenings, after the ladies have called it a night. Where on Summit are locations available to have a cigar? Also, is there a location that sells cigars on board? We'll likely bring our own stash but its always nice to try something new. TIA
  13. I must have missed something where is Summit going after it does the New England Cruises from Boston Oct 2021 Thanks
  14. I have done my research and I believe that this is one of the sweet 16 balconys but I wanted to be sure. I wanted to avoid the obstructed view balconys that are larger. I just want one of the larger balconys. Has anyone stayed in this balcony? Anyone have pictures? Thanks everyone,
  15. First time cruisers. We are in a balcony suite and got a free upgrade to a concierge cabin - yay! We purchased the upgraded drink package because we like specific brands of alcohol. I've read on several posts that folks have their cabin steward empty their fridge as soon as they arrive so that they don't get charged for consuming those items. But, I've also read that you only get charged for alcoholic drinks and snacks. How does the whole in-cabin fridge thing really work, and can we "stock" it ourselves with item we got on ship (i.e, bottled water)?
  16. Does anyone have a recommendation for a waiter/table number on Summit in the main dining room? I have Select Dining on an upcoming cruise out of San Juan and have found that if I show up after 8:15 or so I can usually request a specific waiter or table that is in his or her area. I enjoy building a relationship with a waiter throughout the week but fixed dining was not available when I booked. Any suggestions appreciated!
  17. Hi Guys, My partner Jimmy and I sailed aboard Celebrity Summit at the end of October / beginning of November 2019 just after her massive 'Celebrity Revolution' renovation. Our sailing was the Southern Caribbean itinerary: San Juan, Basseterre, Day at sea, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Day at sea, San Juan. You can read my review of the ship, and see my photos, over on my blog here: http://www.tomlovescruising.com/2020/01/03/celebrity-summit-review/ We were thoroughly impressed with the expedited arrival system - it took us EIGHT MINUTES from getting out the taxi to being given a welcome drink onboard. The ship itself is looking absolutely stunning. The staterooms are gorgeous, the bathrooms well designed and the beds are beyond comfortable. I know she's an older lady now, but you won't be disappointed by a trip on Summit in 2020. Tom 🙂
  18. Does anyone specifically know what the island time would be when the Summit is docked in Curacao (it's listed 8AM-5PM in itinerary)?
  19. We started planning for this cruise November 2018 during Cyber Monday. It was our 30th anniversary and we wanted to do something really special. So we booked a 14 day MSC cruise on the Seaside for 1/25/2020. After a couple of months of dealing with the IT department of MSC, we decided to research other cruises and decided to go back to our friend, the Summit. Fast forward to January 10, 2020 which is when we started our cruise. We had booked a pre vacation in Culebra which is a small island outside of Puerto Rico. You can take a ferry there or fly a jumper plane which takes about 25 minutes. We chose the plane. Prior to our trip, Puerto Rico had suffered a few earthquakes so we were a little concerned but all was good to go on the day we left Philadelphia. We spent the days in Culebra snorkeling and just enjoying the beauty of the island. The beaches are beautiful and the snorkeling is unbelievable. I highly recommend a pre or post cruise stay here. On the 14th, we flew to Ceiba airport from Culebra then drove to San Juan, dropped off our Avis Rental at the Sheraton and walked to the cruise port!! I would not recommend this on a Saturday or if you have mobility issues. Otherwise, its a piece of cake and really not hard. We were pretty excited about seeing the Summit. This was our 5th time on and we were new Elite members thanks to a few Transatlantics on RCCL. We had not been on since the changes so we were eager to get on. Embarking was so easy. We had originally did everything through the app so we just needed the boarding pass from the app and our passports. We got right on at 1pm and were able to go to our cabin where our sea pass cards were in an envelope on our door. We dropped our stuff off, put our valuables away in the safe and headed to Oceanview cafe. So a bit about the Celebrity app. Please download it. It was so useful on the ship. You can see and do everything on it - even open your cabin!! We reserved dinner reservations and chatted with each other on it! You can see your folio expenses on it. Now in regards to the Oceanview, I honestly loved it. I only ate here. I never once made it to the main dining. Probably because we had 8 ports in 11 days and I was just too tired at night to find an acceptable outfit. I had one dress, one pair of capris and one skirt. And the rest was bathing suits, rash guard, shorts and tshirts. I was in no mood to dress up after a long day on an island. Plus, I like the concept of grab and go. But to be honest, I did make it to the specialty restaurants and sampled each one. Ok, back to my review. The muster drill was at 4pm even though our ship was leaving at 830pm. There was a 2nd muster drill at 7pm for the later arrivals. Unfortunately after the muster drill, I had to go to the medical office for an infection. They were really nice and quick and gave me antibiotics which were very helpful. I met my husband back at the room and then we headed to Sushi on 5. It was absolutely delicious there. We did not make it to the show that night as I really wasnt feeling well and needed to get some sleep. So we headed back to our cabin 1126 on the 11th floor. I have a brief review of my cabin. The cabin was a normal sized inside cabin. What I really liked about the cabin was 1. the door on the shower (no shower curtain!!!), 2. the amount of USB ports to charge our phones, the amount of outlets to charge other things and the fact that they were right next to our bed!! 3. The amount of storage space for our clothes (2 closets to hang items), 4. Shampoo, conditioner and body soap in the shower!!! 5. A light in the bathroom so that you can see when you get up in the middle of the night. And 6. Very comfortable pillows and bedding. I will post some pictures and reviews of all of our stops. We went to St. Kitt, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. But right now it is about 645pm and I have to get my last drink of the night on the Elite "package" so I have to pause for a bit. Quick note about the Elite status "stuff". I used the Tuscan Grille for the cafe mocha every morning. Selection of pastries and frult was very nice. Did not use the persian spot on the spa. No interest. Never made it to the Sky Lounge. Got all of my drinks from the Sunset Bar (coke zero) and the pool bar (endless cosmos!!). I also used my name once for 1 bag of 30 pieces of laundry and my husbands for a 2nd bag of laundry for 30 pieces. We enjoyed the 1 scoop of gelato last night!
  20. 😀😀😀 Hi all, I am inquiring about internet packages on the Celebrity Ships. I see the pricing but it does not say exactly how many minutes you get on the SURF INTERNET PACKAGE 2 DEVICES.🙈😎🤷‍♀️I realize you can only check email etc no streaming but no other info. Anybody have any info on this? Please let me know Thanks everyone Keira😎
  21. My wife and I are looking to book a cruise for this summer and we settled on either the Summit to Bermuda (7 nights), or the Equinox to the Western Caribbean (6 nights). Travelling: we live in NJ so if we choose the Summit we would either get a ride to or just park at the port. If we choose the Equinox we would have to fly down to Ft Lauderdale the day before and stay over. I have enough points saved for 1 free flight and the hotel stay would be free as well. Comparing the prices for each cruise for the class we want, the Summit would be about $700 more expensive; however the travel to the ship would be less involved as mentioned above. What are the pros and cons of each ship? After doing a little research, I know that Equinox is a in the Solstice Series and the Summit is in the Millennium Series. Is it worth it to travel that extra day just to save a few hundred dollars?
  22. Can anyone tell me the location of the window washing equipment on Summit? Thanks
  23. Set sail today from Bayonne to Bermuda. This is our 5th time in Summit. Last year sailed from Bayonne to Bermuda and New England. Loved it so much we came back again this year. We have the same cabin as last year (Sky Suite, same room). Big changes post revolutionization! Cabin is brighter but seems smaller without the wall of mirrors. We miss the coffee table. Not sure where the butler will put room service. Disappointed that flowers and wine we paid to have in our cabin today (as well as chocolate strawberries) required repeated inquiries to have delivered. Still waiting on some items which should’ve been in our cabin upon departure and were paid for well ahead of time. No flowers and chocolate strawberries did not arrive until after 10 pm and repeated requests. When we got to port in Bayonne before boarding, and our luggage was taken by the stevedores (whom we tip generously) we were told we could not bring our case of bottled water onboard as luggage which we have done previously. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT as I have a kidney issue which requires me to drink lots of water constantly and it has never been an issue checking a case of water with a luggage tag on it before (ships luggage tag). Otherwise the renovations seem fine, but there is less storage space in our suite. The Retreat is very nice too, tho we liked Michaels Club, it’s still a nice quiet place with great service. Just a heads up that bringing a case of water aboard this time was forbidden. 😕. So far a lot of things are falling thru the cracks. We booked this cruise far ahead of time for a big anniversary which is on 7/9. Hope things improve. Please no flaming on this post; Im just reporting on our experience so far.
  24. Well first of all, is the Summit quite similar to M class ships - for some reason I thought it was from a previous line, like the Zenith that we sailed years ago. Anyways, looking at a New England cruise 2020 - my goodness those sails seem to be booked - no verandahs. So I would appreciate some guidance on picking an OV cabin - I know there are the "stickies" but I find them a bit tedious. Maybe I don't know how to use them. Anyways I'm a bit concerned about noise from ship mechanics or areas above. I'll admit, we've always stayed much higher up so I'd love some encouragement about a lower deck OV cabin, specific numbers appreciated. Also if I call Celebrity to book, will I get good advice from the agent as to which available cabins would be a good choice? Thanks
  25. 8046, found this review on the google docs in the thread sticky. Yes - occasional noise other side of bed wall as a closet was out there in the hall for stewards. ------------ a passenger onboard was able to procure this pic for me and now i understand what they mean by the closet being an issue near the bed. in case you cant figure it out, imagine you open that closet and continue thru the wall. thats where the bed is. didnt make any sense until i saw the pic. so anyone stay in a cabin that had a steward closet near their bed? any idea what time they actually start cleaning? id imagine no issues late at nite nor overnight but i've also had a room similar to this where they parked their carts all day due to the space. no biggie there
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