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  1. My wife and I are looking at possibly booking an Aqua Class room on the Summit in July. My wife is a very picky eater. Is it possible for her to order from the MDR menu to Blu? Or is it difficult to dine in the MDR one night if she can't find something in Blu? I've seen several posts claiming this is possible, but they all seem to be older.
  2. We are thinking of booking a cruise on Summit next year for our 25th Anniversary. Never been on Celebrity before so we are wondering what the food is like. Recently we have cruised on P&O Britannia - yes the food in the MDR is not so good, but we tend to pay the supplement and eat in Epicurean which is probably on a par with the Michelin star restaurants we have eaten in. Can anyone let me know what the MDR and speciality food is like. I've seen pictures taken by passengers - some of it looks pretty grim tbh - but some photos it looks great. I've heard Celebrity is the cruise line for foodies??? Thoughts and comments welcome.
  3. Welcome aboard to all those that choose to follow along on our next adventure. All are welcome and I will try my hardest to answer any qustions and post information that may be helpful to other Cruise Critic Members. We weren't planning on doing another cruise until October but I was bitten by the Cruise Bug. I was browsing the Fishy Site in the "Deals" section and found a really inexpensive Aqua Class Senior rate of $1,199 pp plus 289 Tax & Port for a total of $2,976 for an 11 day New England and Bermuda cruise on June 5. When looking a bit further, I found the June 16 cruise priced about the same. As many of you who have followed our blogs may surmise I am the planner and love planning cruises as much as the cruise itself. Hmmm, how was I going to talk Iain into taking a cruise so close to our last? To my delight Iain was on-board and suggest I book both. These prices included NO PERKS, which was what we were looking for now that we are Zenith and get most of our perks gratis. Our agent was able to have a B2B credit applied as well as offered us $250 OBC for each cruise. I next applied for a Stockholders Credit and was given a partial credit due to receiving the B2B credit.
  4. Let’s see what we can dig up on Summit Revolution. I thought she was heading to Dry Dock today but just filed plans show she is heading to Port Everglades arriving on 16th Unless this is incorrect.
  5. I did a search of the sticky but not a lot of information on these new cabins as of yet ... 3115-3127 on the Summit. I saw a price drop on one of my cruises so was able to upgrade from an inside stateroom to an OV for about the same price and also pick up an extra perk to boot. I want to try out those new OV rooms on deck 3 but unfortunately, all the ones on the port side (except for the last two, which I've heard are pretty noisy) are booked. They do have cabins 3115, 3117 and 3127 available. I assume 3115 might be the noisiest as it is right near the entrance to the midship stairs and possibly, the entrance to the hallway for this set cabins is right across from that stateroom door ... but I can't tell for sure from the deck plans? I am thinking I might like 3117 or 3127 but 3117 is directly underneath the door to the outside on the promenade deck and 3127 is at the very end right next to the Tuscan Grille. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with noise in these cabins ... or any photos they would be willing to share. Also, there seems to be conflicting info as to whether or not these cabins have the larger windows as in cabins 3112-3144 ... thoughts? TIA
  6. Hello everyone. . . . It is once again time to Cruise. Welcome to the start of “LIVE” from Celebrity Summit. I will drive up to my pre-cruise Hotel today for my sailing on Celebrity Summit on Sunday for a delightful 7 Night Cruise to Bermuda. This ship has recently (March 2019) returned from a month-long dry dock to transform Celebrity Summit as part of Celebrity Revolution, Celebrity Cruises extensive modernization effort, with more than $500-million in upgrades across the fleet. The all-new Celebrity Summit’s revolutionary enhancements include: • Completely redesigned staterooms and suites • Stunningly reimagined restaurants, bars and lounges • Fully redesigned spa and casino • All-new stateroom design in partnership with HBA and refreshed suite design by Kelly Hoppen • Celebrities eXhale bedding featuring luxurious Cashmere mattresses • Completely redesigned stateroom bathrooms, with state-of-the-art finishes and fixtures • An all-new exclusive open-air hideaway – known as The Retreat Sundeck – for suite guests designed by Hoppen, featuring a new hot tub, cabanas, loungers, artwork, and more • The Retreat Lounge – formerly Michael’s Club – an exclusive 24/7 lounge for suite guests designed by Hoppen, offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites and concierge service • A total of 30 new staterooms, including 13 new AquaClass Staterooms, seven new Ocean View Staterooms and 10 new Inside Staterooms • A transformed Oceanview Café, featuring a new open concept, increased seating options, and delicious, globally inspired culinary offerings • A revitalized Main Dining Room with more seating and updated fixtures, including the eye-catching ceiling design featuring interlocking metal rings and lighting • A reimagined Sunset Bar, featuring a variety of inviting seating options perfect for alfresco dining or cocktails with a view • A reimagined Rendezvous Lounge, perfect for hosting events and entertainment from day to night. • Xcelerate Wi-Fi throughout the ship, and the addition of RFID lock technology with digital key • Boutiques featuring some of the hottest designers in the world including Shinola, John Hardy, and TAG Heuer • A new, wellness-focused spa design for Canyon Ranch at Sea, transforming the treatment rooms, salon, fitness center, and locker rooms • A new, semi-private consultation area in the fitness center for personal training and consultations • An enhanced Persian Garden thermal suite, where therapeutic spaces and experiences, such as Turkish bath, infrared sauna, and salt therapy • An enhanced Art Gallery and Photo Gallery, plus a sleek and sophisticated new design for The Casino both in partnership with HBA • A redesigned Casino Bar, poised to be one of the most exciting places aboard to celebrate • State-of-the-art slot machines that make The Casino one of the most cutting-edge gaming experiences at sea Beginning Sunday I will be posting “LIVE” daily with photos and comments about the public areas, cabins, as well as my activities during my three days in Bermuda. I will try to visit and post images of all of the Celebrity Revolution areas (The areas that I have access to.) I will be traveling with several Cruise Critic Members and it will be very nice to speak with them while onboard. I have spoken with several on previous cruises and will meet some for the first time. Several of these members love the Casino and I am hoping that Fortunes Casino could be very “Radio Friendly” It has been cold and rainy in Maryland for 2019 and I am hoping for warm weather and a relaxing cruise. (Hopefully, with a valid wireless connection, keep your fingers crossed). Have a cup of coffee, relax and welcome aboard! Thanks for tuning in . . . Radio Celebrity Summit at Grand Bahama Shipyard Dry Dock for Celebrity Revolution Celebrity Revolution Timeline Modernization Overview My Itinerary for this sailing I last sailed Celebrity in 2012 on Celebrity Silhouette NEW Cosmopolitan Restaurant (DECK 4,5) Celebrity Cruises - Designed for You Celebrity Summit
  7. I'm debating whether to check in for our September cruise on the Summit the old fashioned way via Celebrity's web site, or whether to use the new Celebrity app for check in. I have read some older posts about using the app to check in (one was a horror story), but am hoping folks can provide recent experiences checking in via the app. Any problems? Any benefits to using the app versus checking in on line? Also, the fine print for the app says "Expedited Arrival is available to select guests" using the app. Any intel on this would be appreciated. Does it just mean that "Expedited Arrival" is available to the guests on the ships for which the app has been activated, or only to certain guests on those ships? If any recent Summit cruisers can comment on "Expedited Arrival," that would be great. (I can't say I've ever had a real problem getting on a Celebrity ship....) Thanks for any advice and info!
  8. Hello Does anyone known how to communicate between the passengers on the Celebrity Summit ship? I am travelling with my 16 years old daughter and am pretty sure that she won't be around me all the time just during the dinner or in port. I am trying to find a best way how to communicate with her. Is it a matter of 2 internet packages for 2 devices? Or there is any cheaper option available? I know that there is Celebrity app, but from my experience this app shows calendar of events, or what is happening on the ship, my account, etc.. I don't believe that it would support the free communication between the ship passengers. Any information is appreciated! Thank you in advance
  9. Just curious, Where can you smoke on the newly refurbished Celebrity Summit? We know that Staterooms and Balconies are "Off Limits" and we do like to follow the rules. Does anyone know the designated smoking area's? Thank you, Joe & Jenny
  10. Does anyone know definitively about the future of Qsine on Summit? We're cruising February 2020 and have reservations and are wondering which version to expect - the traditional Qsine or Petite Chef. Lots and lots of conflicting reports. I know that it DID NOT become Petite Chef during the Revolution, but some continue to report that the change-over is still planned.
  11. If you've cruised in Aqua Class since the new, revolutionized dry dock on these ships, I would like to confirm some things I've been reading about changes to the perks in Aqua Class. 1. Were your foot stools on the balcony gone? 2. Did your balcony chairs recline? 3. Was your table in the balcony large enough to eat breakfast for two? 4. Was there a table in the cabin large enough for two for room service for two? 5. Was the sofa in your cabin large enough for two people? 6. Did you get priority embarkation? 7. Were there slippers in your room? 8. Did your attendant leave the upgraded canvas Celebrity tote in your cabin? 9. Did you have upgraded toiletries in your cabin? 10. Did your pillows smell? 11. If you've cruised Celebrity in Aqua before, did you notice any other perks missing since the Revolution?
  12. 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.
  13. Hello All, It has been some time since we sailed out of San Juan. Way back when the ship left from the Pan Am Terminal. We just booked the Summit to NJ next May and was wondering if it still leaves form the Pan Am Terminal or does it go from Old San Juan? I know its early but I just want to get an idea where we should stay for the one night since we will arrive on May 1st.
  14. Hi, I am trying to exercise every morning using ellipticals. I do it for approximately 70-80 minutes and I need to watch/listen to something in order to not get extremely bored. I am trying to make a decision if I should buy streaming internet package (which is somewhat expensive on Celebrity) to use in Gym or if ellipticals have TVs and in this case I can live without wifi or at least buy only surf package. I would really appreciate your help.
  15. Just booked CC cabin 6143 on the Summit. The balcony and the cabin look a little wider on the deck plans, and that's fine but we're worried that it's over the restaurants. We like usually stay in aft cabins but wanted to try this one out. Our concern is noise. Did we make the right choice?
  16. Has anyone experienced a noise issue on Summit Deck2 especially coming from below?
  17. I am trying to arrange an excursion in St Kitts for later this year and the tour operator asked me to find out if the ship is on island time or is on daylight savings time. For those individuals that have sailed recently on the Summit's southern caribbean Itinerary, please let me know if the ship changes time during the 7 day itinerary out of San Juan (or is San Juan also does not observe DST). Thanks in advance. Gail
  18. Can recent cruisers on Summit since the makeover please comment on the new “cashmere” beds comfort. I always felt Celebrity’s bed were extremely comfortable and I’m hoping the new beds will be as well. I know the RC Anthem of the Seas beds are awful, like sleeping on the floor! We are going on a 14 night cruise to Canada on Summit in October and hoping the new Celebrity beds will be amazing!
  19. 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.
  20. We have booked connecting cabins. Does anyone know if the divider between the 2 verandas can be opened? Thanks.
  21. We just returned from 10 days on the Summit and decided to post some comments rather than a full blown review. So lets start with some of the good :). With very few exceptions, the ship looks fantastic. Celebrity spent a lot of money trying to recreate a new ship and we think they succeeded in many ways. New carpeting was everywhere and looked great. The cabins have all been completely redone and are what you would expect on a new ship. While some have complained about the contemporary décor (in the cabins) we thought everything was functional, well designed and attractive. The cabin bathrooms have been completely redone and look great. We especially liked the new showers with glass doors. Even the towels were new :). The bedding was fine although mattresses are always subject to individual taste (one person's firm is another person's soft). Most of the public spaces also looked fantastic. The one exception was the Sky Lounge where DW commented that is looked like they ran out of money when they reached the top of the ship :(. The old furniture was worn, and the large windows lacked any kind of system to handle a very sunny day (there was still evidence of the old curtains and shades). We were also surprised to find that Qsine is still Qsine and has not been changed into the Petit Chef format. Staff told us they expect Qsine to be changed-over sometime this year (no clue as to exactly when). We did note that Sushi on 5 was constantly empty. On many nights there were fewer then 4 paying customers with the venue favored by a couple of Officers who we saw dining on Sushi several nights. IMHO Sushi on 5 is wasted space and a concept that has failed...miserably! We think that its previous format (with crepes) was far superior. We liked the spread out format of the Lido although we did hear many others grumbling because it means lots of walking to get a selection of food. The pool deck looked fantastic and the loungers/furniture were in tip top shape. As to the "Ugly" for us it was the wine service in the MDR and the lack of sufficient bar tenders in some of the lounges. We ordered a 5 bottle Classic Wine Package the first night (we drink 1/2 of a bottle every night). The wine sommeliers seldom had a clue as to which wines were even available and one had the nerve to tell us that we should have ordered all of our wine (for the entire 10 day cruise) at the first dinner so they could put aside bottles. When I suggested that it might be nice to know the food menus before ordering wine he had no answer. And it also turned out that they had no clue what wines were in stock on the first night since the staff had yet to unpack the new inventory. It became almost funny when on day 9 a wine steward suggested we order the Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet (we like this wine)! The problem was that we had tried to order that wine since the first night of the cruise only to be told there was none onboard. But on day 9 we had a different wine steward who told us they had plenty and she quickly produced a bottle. ARGH! The reality of Celebrity is that they have "sold out" to the drink packages with little attention given to those who want to actually order off a wine list. Wine sommeliers need to know what is available on the wine list without having to constantly run off to check. Princess has easily solved this problem by equipping their sommeliers with a wireless tablet that they can use to quickly check on inventory without having to run across the dining room to a terminal or supervisor. In Cellar Masters, where we spent a lot of time listening to the wonderful singer/guitar player (Ron Kingston)….one could easily wait more than 15 minutes to get a drink. The lone bar tender (much of the time) was often overwhelmed and could not possibly provide the service one would expect on Celebrity. The wonderful waiter in Cellar Masters had to often bide his time while waiting for that poor bar tender to handle the big orders while also trying to satisfy the many customers at the bar. The Martini bar did seem to be well staffed, but when you consider that 2 Martinis (at the Martini bar) would cost over $30....it should be well staffed ! Our cruise (10 days to Bermuda, Boston and Bar Harbor) seemed to be a little different then many of our past X cruises. The passenger demographics could be described as Old (mentioned by 2 of the comedians) and if I had the franchise on scooters, canes and wheelchairs it would have been a lucrative business. And before anyone flames me, I am also a senior in my 70s...although I often felt like one of the younger folks in the room :). It also seemed that not many passengers had booked with drink packages. Perhaps experienced cruisers are realizing that spending over $140 a day (per couple) for some drink packages is nutz! Accordingly, the Elite cocktail hour had a relatively large crowd as we all took advantage of that wonderful Elite drink benefit. The Elite drinks could also be ordered at any bar on the ship (between 5 and 7). I must also mention that we thought all the entertainment on our cruise was excellent. We especially liked that the main Production shows (we had 3) were all done with live music (a 6 piece band) with no pre-recorded tracks. It has been a long time since we were on a cruise with a dedicated show band (and they were excellent) who provided all the music in the main theater for all shows (including the Guest Entertainers). Hank
  22. I thought that it might be interesting to review our recent Summit cruise in a Sky Suite with some comments to see how it compared to the competition. We had a great time but were less than impressed with most aspects of the refit. My partner and I boarded the Summit on May the 12th. This was our 33rd cruise with Celebrity with about 250 nights on board with our last sailing taking place 6 years ago on Summit. There were so many unresolved problems on that cruise that we thought it was really time to branch out and not let our choices be ruled by loyalty. Since then we have sailed numerous times in The Haven, in the Yacht Club, HAL and a few times on Oceania and Ponant. This past year we sailed on Escape, Seaside (twice) and on Viking Sun, all in suites. As soon as Celebrity announced their new Suite Class-and Revolution, we thought that perhaps the time had come to try again. Our first impressions (well, The first 81 seconds) were great until we reached … The Retreat An attractive space with chairs appropriate for really entitled children in Kindergarten. I managed to make a less than graceful Brian Boitano entrance as I went FLYING across the tile floor where detergent had been spilled and not cleaned up as did everyone else despite our warnings. We rarely returned as the room has no focus - no piano, no windows, no bar to hang out on and no promised live music. As it is now, it’s a decent airport lounge. The Haven lounge has comfortable seating and an actual bar whereas MSC has a spectacular two story space with the restaurant on the mezzanine and the bar with performance area on the main level. There is live music every evening from about 5 until 1 am and an outside, forward facing seating area. Viking is “one class” and has no “ship within a ship”. We had a drink and proceeded to our… Sky Suite. Actually quite beautiful. It’s much more handsome than artists’ renderings or photos but clearly designed by a madman (madwoman?) . The refurbishment did not touch the slatted metal ceiling, pot lights or bath tub proper. On the positive side, we liked the colours , the bed and the towels and the AC was great. The negatives: No full length mirror, only two drawers (not counting bedside tables), minimal storage and what does exist is generally at floor level, a dark bathroom with that wretched high walled tub remaining but now with no grab bars (!), an overlong shower curtain that you partially stand on, no shower soap dish or shelf, made-in-China toiletries (I am assuming that my nether regions will regenerate), average linens and bedside reading lamps UNDER eye level. Not true blackout curtains. There’s no “internal logic” to the layout - it’s extremely haphazard. Not to mention that we could here EVERYTHING in the corridor and see it too through the unsealed doors at night. My partner NEVER comments on the room - he expects that it will be fine but he actually spoke out loud after the cruise and said: “that’s really the worst cabin we’ve had in a very long time. I didn’t really like anything about it”. Our comparative MSC (YC1) , Haven Spa Suite and Viking Penthouse Veranda offered far superior storage and a more logical layout. All of them had Nespresso machines and the Spa Suite and YC1 far superior linens. The Spa Suite and YC1 also had killer glassed in shower stalls with great pressure and lighting. Toiletries for the competition were all made in Germany. Our butler, while pleasant, was MIA for the cruise. On NCL and MSC, the butlers leave all sorts of daily treats that can be tailored to your request. On MSC, the mini-bar is fully complementary and on Viking you're left a daily supply of Toblerone miniatures and three alcohol miniatures. We then proceeded to ….. Luminae We had most of our meals here and it was generally very good to excellent. The restaurant manager, Yuksel, ran a tight ship and wasn’t afraid to help out and clear when it got busy. The quality of the food was generally high with one or two clunkers. We usually had fish and even though it was cooked a little past where I like it, the preparations were usually lovely and thoughtful. Our Sommelier, Jennifer, was excellent and never let our glasses run dry. The Deluxe beverage package wine selections were by far the best of all the lines. Service was friendly, polished and always correct. The biggest miss of the week was a New York Steak that was a bizarre, chemically tenderized piece of mysterious Royal Caribbean meat. I mention it simply because if anyone from Celebrity is reading this, don’t get further ideas!!! I think that the quality of ingredients is better in The Haven and I love the mini buffet where you can get gorgeous fruits, pastries, charcuterie and breads in addition to the regular breakfast menu. But … and it’s an even bigger butt than mine after a week on board, the menu never changes for lunch, breakfast or dinner. Viking’s dining room is noisy and hectic and the Yacht Club isn’t quite as polished so I have to give the win to Celebrity. We only managed to go a few times because of the weather but we did occasionally visit the ….. Outside Retreat Why, oh, why so ship designers hate shade. It’s limited on the YC pool and the Haven but at least there they have tons of big umbrellas. It’s extremely limited on the Retreat and depends on where the sun is. The dining area has a slatted covering that is ridiculous. The area is attractive and the furniture is high quality. The mixed drinks are good quality and served like everyone else but NCL in proper glasses. NCL gives you those horrible disposable plastic glasses. The dining menu is extremely limited in terms of selection and hours. I found my burger to be inedible …. Salty, greasy and woefully undercooked. On the Haven decks, food is generally unavailable but there is outdoor seating in the restaurant. MSC has a full bar with stools for you to become stupid on and a fairly decent breakfast and lunch buffet with afternoon snacks. The staff on Celebrity, NCL and MSC were all super on deck. Loyalty Program We are Elite +. The benefits are decent but a little inferior to NCL where we get a little less laundry but two specialty dinners, one with a bottle of wine. MSC’s only benefit of value is a dinner in a specialty restaurant. Specialty Restaurants True confession. I’ve NEVER had a good meal at Tuscan Grill so we didn’t go. We had a great waiter at Qsine but the food was Elegant Food Court disguised in different presentations. A nice evening but not a must. In all fairness, Summit can’t compete in this regard with the newer ships. NCL has about 10 specialties on their big ships, some better than others and Seaside has two very good and one superb specialty. Odds and Ends The Oceanview cafe looks great but the floor “windows” are now gone. The selection is very good but many of the items are not the greatest quality and are perhaps over-described. The “Fromagerie” is where cheddar, jack, and cheesoid substances go to die. When did bologna become an hors’ d'oeuvre? Many of the events featured rolled up baloney bits with a toothpick. NO. The back of the Martini Bar next to the windows and the Sky Lounge varyingly smelled of mold and mildew. Why this wasn’t addressed in the dry dock is beyond me. I don’t think I encountered a single staff member who wasn’t polite, friendly and helpful. The much touted ABT was not on board. The duty free shop had a superb selection of liquor, particularly a great scotch selection. Far superior to the other lines. Conclusion While I had a great cruise and was happy to return to Celebrity, I would most definitely NOT sail on an M-Class ship. While the food, service and overall vibe were great, the renovations are ultimately ill-conceived and not conducive to providing a “luxury” experience. I am still returning to Equinox to see how an S-Class ship compares.
  23. My DH and I just returned from a 7-night cruise on Summit in our first-ever Sky Suite, so I thought I'd take a moment to share my review of our Luminae experience. I also reviewed the ship/cruise in general, which you can find here. We have sailed the S-class several times and after our first cruise, elected not to return to the MDR. Since then we have eaten in Blu or specialty restaurants most of the time, but since Summit has limited specialty options, we decided to take the suite plunge and try Luminae. A bit about me: I am an avid cook, read food blogs/magazines religiously, bake breads and experiment with natural yeasts, make my own cheeses and sausage, and I’ve taken courses in pastry and sugar art. We live in NYC, so we are privileged to be surrounded by some of the world’s finest restaurants, as well as really fantastic ethnic foods. I realize that taste is subjective, but quality and skill of preparation generally are not, so I will try to include both opinions and objective observations here. I know I have high standards, but since Celebrity markets Luminae and the Suite Life as a high-end experience (with a price to match), I feel that they should be up to the task of meeting (or exceeding) them! Talking about and critiquing food is one of my favorite hobbies, so I apologize in advance for the length of this review. Since a picture (even a poor one like mine) is worth 1,000 words, I have included those as well. I'll put each day in a separate post to make it a little easier to read and digest! And now - the review!
  24. Has anyone else who is sailing on Summit on July 7, 2019 bid on an upgrade, and have heard yay or nay regarding the bid(s) they placed? DH and I are booked in a lovely Sky Suite (sailed in this same suite twice before) but we did bid on an upgrade to a Celebrity Suite and/or a Royal Suite. Does Celebrity wait until a few days before sailing to let you know if you "won" the upgrade or not? Thanks for any insight. This is the first time we have bid on any upgrades.
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