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  1. 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.
  2. I tried to book spa before our Christmas cruise and it is cash only, you cannot use OBC. what is your experience with availability booking spa once onboard? We have high OBC and we should use it on the things we like and not pay cash pre-cruise and later waste our OBC on stuff we do not need...
  3. My wife and I are on the Summit right now, the 14-night New England/Canada cruise round trip out of Cape Liberty. We just had a wonderful two-day port call in Quebec City on Sunday and Monday. Pier runners are not uncommon in the Bahamas and other islands, but we never thought we’d see people actually miss the all-aboard here. Two passengers were really late yesterday, and they are quite lucky that Captain Matt did not leave them behind. Our all-aboard yesterday in Quebec was 2:45 PM. This was of course clearly stated in the Celebrity Today and posted at the gangway. Also, since we were docked at the commercial pier about a mile out of the Old City and free shuttle buses were being used, it was also clearly stated in the Today that the last buses back from the Old City would leave at 2:30 PM; this was also announced in the morning on the buses themselves. At 3 PM, as the ship prepared to sail, my wife and I went down to the port side of Deck 4 so we’d have a good view of the sail past Old Quebec. We heard a shipwide announcement asking two passengers to report to Guest Services. We were standing over the gangway on Deck 3, where several officers and the port agent were on their cell phones, quite animated. The longshoremen were waiting to pull up the gangway. After some minutes, we could hear one officer say to the others “the Captain wants to leave.” More cell phone calls, and then an officer appeared with two American passports that he handed over to the port agent. The agent walked off the gangway, still on his phone. He came back shortly after, and it sounded like he told the officers “they are at the Chateau” (presumably the Chateau Frontenac). This was some distance from the ship, and everyone on the gangway looked pretty disturbed. More waiting and phone calls. Somehow, a bus must have been arranged for the stragglers, as a few minutes before 3:30 PM, a big bus pulled up with just the two of them on it. They were quickly hustled on board, and the gangway was pulled. One of the longshoremen looked up at us and said that had it been five minutes later, the Captain would have sailed. (There are speed limits in the St. Lawrence River to protect migrating right whales, so we were not in a situation where the ship could have speeded up to make up for lost time.) We’d never seen passengers that late before, nor passports handed over to the port agent. Those two people were lucky the Captain waited for them.
  4. Hi! Im back. 😋 I’m going to talk about dining. Our experience was limited but our description of our experience would be ..... perfection. Because I slept so much and morning meds are tough to keep down, many of my breakfasts were in the cabin. (NOTE: I brought on 2 12 packs of diet ginger ale and a case of water. They were marked “medical necessity”. No one even looked at them. We put them on MY wheelchair and I rode in a Summit chair. We had carry on luggage on top.) jim would bring up to the room “made as you watched” Eggs Benny and a small bowl of fruit. (I love that man!). We are mostly grab and go kind of people. The Jammer/Oceanview Cafe (Jammer - can’t get the Royal Caribbean out of us) was perfect. Luscious carved meats, mashed pots and gravy for Jim’s. Jim is basically a meat and potatoes guy though he does eat salad now - and doesn’t die. There was a vast array of every kind of salad you can imagine for me. We were in heaven. The food was fresh, excellent variety of cuisines, changed daily, plenty of seating. Exceeded our expectations. i think its a little spread out. But then lines were easily managed. This is one area I worry about the light colors wearing well. You know, the back of the chairs where everyone grabs. Years of hands touching that spot. Will it begin to look shabby and it has heavy-heavy traffic. Dinner - we dined in Blu or Cosmopolitan. No specialty dining. i slept through dinner once (damn pills) and later ordered room service. Menu limited. Did not like the chicken noodle soup but the hamburger was safe for my upset tummy. They said 30-40 minute wait. No problem. We were enjoying our big balcony. Food arrived in 20 minutes. As many have commented, there isn’t really a great place to put the room service tray. The desk? Paleeeeeeeze. Put the other half on it and the balcony needs a big table we can all sit around and gab, write postcards or study your port excursion plans. We struggled with our dinner choices. As Aqua Class we had access to Blu but the first night we tried Cosmopolitan. Service was ...... so good it hurt! Rhandi (waiter) was especially special. He was happy, efficient and friendly. Everyone was terrific, honestly. Food - never a whisper of dissatisfaction. We went back the second night. Lou’s Coke was already on the table, Jim’s beer arrived as he was helping me with my chair and my iced tea and Dark ‘n Stormy (it was a Bermuda Cruise after all) were on the table before my napkin was gently placed in my lap. They made us feel special. We told them the next night we would try Blu. Apparently they did not expect us to return. Blu ..... Remember the moment in the movie Titanic when Jack and Rose are enjoying the raucous fun in steerage. The movie breaks and you are now in the stately quiet of the smoking/card room? THAT is the difference between the Cosmopolitan and Blu. Both restaurants are beautiful. Again in Blu, the chairs are white. How long will they look fresh and new. Dinner? Memorable with truly interesting choices. I had the grilled octopus salad. If you see this - TRY IT. Marvelous. Our wait staff were perfection-really.....very good. They even grabbed an escargot for me from the Main Dining Kitchen next door. The next night it was tough. Which restaurant? They both had cheesecake on the dessert menu so I was happy either way. (Cheesecake is a slice from heaven. It’s based on a NY Cheesecake but not Big and overwhelming.) We went back to Cosmopolitan. (We did have our last breakfast in Blu. It was a quiet restful way to end the cruise). There was a Worry with the AquaClass cabins added during her stay in the shipyard that Blu would suffer from crowding. There were plenty of open tables when we were there. Apparently it was a big deal for us to return from Blu. Rhandi got dessert soufflés For us from Blu and service jumped up - if that was possible. We Did have lunch in Cosmopolitan a couple of times - Lou’s favorite thing to do. Excellent. We were seated in the big high back chairs for lunch once. Clumsy to move into but very comfortable once you are seated. That was quite a ramble. Sorry about that.
  5. Pre-cruise in Puerto Rico We stayed two nights at the Best Western Plus Condado Palm hotel in San Juan. The room, service and location were excellent. The price was economical relative to the other hotels in San Juan. 5 stars We took the 6:00 pm Bioluminescent Bay tour offered by Kayaking Puerto Rico the night before the cruise. Also excellent. I highly recommend it especially if you have kids. The water in the bay glows blue-green where you paddle. 5 stars Embarkation/Disembarkation - 5 stars I have never had an easier time boarding a ship. We have no special status and no suite. We weren’t sure when to arrive so we decided to leave the hotel at 10:30 am and see what happened. We waited in a small line outside the terminal until they started taking luggage. The outdoor waiting area is shaded. We were on the ship about 15 to 20 minutes later. I have never boarded so early. It felt like we had the entire ship to ourselves while we explored. Disembarkation was equally painless. We were in no hurry to catch our 1:55 pm flight, so we took our time having breakfast in the buffet. We carried our own luggage off the ship. The lines for customs were short and fast. After a quick check of our passports we were waved through. A huge line of taxis was picking up passengers and taking them to the airport. There were more taxis than people looking for rides--a lot more! Cabin 6030 (“Sweet Sixteen”) - 5 stars The new stateroom design is amazing! Electrical outlets (AC and USB) are everywhere you need them. It had an open feel and plenty of storage space. There were drawers we didn’t even use. The pullman bed worked well for our son. Visually it is appealing. Carpet was soft. Towels were fluffy. Everything worked as designed. I honestly have no suggestions for improvement. Celebrity has perfected a small room design for seasoned cruise travelers like us. The balcony was the only place with minor issues. It is still the same 80 square feet as before the revolution. There was a slight cigarette smoke smell coming from somewhere. I never identified the exact source. During previous cruises aboard the Infinity, we were able to get the stateroom attendant to bring down some longer deck chairs, but this time we were told he was not allowed to do so. My impression is that the rule is more of a “class” thing where they want to reserve such perks only for those with higher status. That’s a shame because this economically-priced balcony has ample room for the long chairs. You can lay the existing chairs all the way back and extend one of them using the table to get a similar effect. Some people criticize these staterooms for being too far forward--making for long walks to all activities. Honestly, I found the opposite to be true. Many of the activities are at the front of the ship--the Sky Lounge, spa, kids’ clubs, theater, Cafe al Bacio are all close by. Yes, you have a hike to the dining room or buffet, but they generally aren’t places we go to several times per day. There isn’t really any penalty for booking a room this far forward. Food and Dining - 4 stars We ate in the main dining room each night. The staff seemed overworked--scurrying from place to place and having about one accident per night. The food was exceptional--with one exception--the beef. For some reason steaks and beef seemed too dry, tough and tasteless to us. I finished less than half of my Steak Diane--unintentionally catching the attention of the maitre d’ who asked what the problem was. I don’t know what it is exactly, but they have a beef problem. That’s a shame because everything else was pretty much spot on. Our breakfasts and lunches were mainly in the buffet. There are plenty of choices and everything tastes good. We found the best food to be at the back of the buffet--lots of hot breakfast and lunch options. Steaks were better at the buffet than in the main dining room. We had room service breakfast a couple of times when we needed to be ready early for an excursion. It is the same food and quality as you get at the buffet. No complaints. It is about what you expect when you have to get a family fed quickly before heading out on an excursion. Ports and Excursions - 4 stars We purchased two excursions from Celebrity--snorkeling at Buck Island and river tubing at Dominica. Both were well organized. Be sure to reserve months in advance and check prices from week to week. The prices increase close to sailing. Prices are competitive when they have 20%-off sales about six months before the cruise. They are the same excursions offered by other cruise ships. Teen Club - 2 stars Yes, I am well aware that active families with teens are not Celebrity’s primary demographic, but they should have been able to do better. This was a spring break cruise, after all. When we arrived the first day to check it out, they were playing Pink Floyd on the speakers. Really? Pink Floyd is an awesome band and would have been perfect for such a club when I was a kid, but times have changed. The first teen activity was called the “Great Teen Hunt” and consisted of grouping kids into teams and having them search the ship for other teens to join the group. Nothing says “lame” quite like having to recruit kids to join your club. The only saving grace is that kids of that age pretty easily make their own entertainment. Before too long they were organizing their own pool parties, ping pong tournaments and basketball games. Entertainment - 2 stars The shows were all pretty much average cruise fare. The production shows (“Chandelier” and “Life”) were pretty good for a ship this size. One comedian was struggling. Other cruise lines have more variety and multiple, more intimate venues that allow for things like improv. The theater on Summit is used for pretty much everything--comedy, hypnotism, singers, dancers, port shopping talks--everything. They need more versatile space. I think the beverage packages have changed how service is handled in the theater. Before beverage packages were popular, it seemed like there were a dozen servers in the theater giving each person multiple opportunities to purchase drinks. Now there are only one or two servers. Get there early and catch their attention quickly or you are not getting anything. Only a few orders get filled before the show. Better yet, stop by a bar on the way to the theater and bring your own. The Silent Disco was fun. The Rooftop Terrace was underutilized. One evening a large block of the middle of the screen was black and not working. During the day they would show recorded music concerts, but the sun back there was too intense to comfortably watch. At night they showed Discovery channel-like shows. They did show some recent movies, but always during dinner time. I have been on other cruises where nighttime movies were always a hit, but they never did that here. My hunch is that they can’t play movies at night for fear of disturbing the deck 11 cabins with balconies directly below. If true, that’s a pretty serious flaw in my book. Bars and Drinks - 3 stars This was our first time cruising on a beverage package. We don’t drink much but might have wine at dinner, a cocktail at a show or a soda at lunch. It was included as a free perk. We would not have gotten our money’s worth out of it if we had to purchase it ourselves. You have to work a little to catch the attention of a server or bartender. They always seem to be busy. I read some comments about how the Sunset Bar is now too open and hot since taking away the coverings. I agree with the criticism. I predict Celebrity will come to their senses and restore more significant covering above the Sunset Bar eventually. It is a less inviting place now than it used to be. We liked the coffees and desserts at Cafe al Bacio. Sometimes they were a little slow and disorganized with multiple servers generating orders but only one barista. One additional note that didn’t fit anywhere else: I like to pick up an extra copy of the dailies and save them as souvenirs. I didn’t see any near the Guest Relations desk. You can find extra copies outside the Gelateria across from Cafe al Bacio.
  6. We just departed Summit on last Sunday. Overall, it was a wonderful cruise. We were in a concierge cabin. I wrote an earlier post, stating that I asked my cabin steward if he had heard that LLP mentioned on this board to ask your cabin attendant to provide you with a footstool. I won't repeat what I've already written, but will add that he said that all of the footstools were thrown away and it puts them in a bad position when people ask about this. I thought that the ship looked beautiful. All of the color schemes, including the cabins, look much better in person than they do in pictures. We booked concierge because we like the expanded breakfast menu for room service, and of course, the controversial footstools. We did miss the large table on the balcony, but managed by eating breakfast at the desk. My husband brought in a deck chair each morning. Ironically, the dinky balcony table made a great footstool. We covered it with a towel and it was quite comfortable. My only complaint with the room was the tiny safe. We couldn't fit our tablets in it, but we were able to put our wallets, passport, and some jewelry in it. The main issue is that the door does not spring open when you unlock it, and you have to pry it open with your fingers. My husband's fingers were too big, so I had to open it each time. We plan to bring a magnet next time and attach it to the front, and grab onto that to open the door. Overall, we loved the cruise. These little issues did not impact our cruise in any way. The staff was wonderful and we loved Capt Matt. He is the youngest captain in the fleet, and just boarded Summit a few weeks ago. The food and the service were great. We'd definitely sail Summit again, just not sure that we would book concierge again, with all of the changes. We did get invited to the helipad for sail away from Bermuda, which was a nice treat.
  7. My wife and I are aboard the Summit right now (Sept. 8 sailing). Some months ago, we were excited to learn that dancers with the American Ballet Theatre were scheduled to perform on our cruise. The other night, our Cruise Director announced that the first performance would be tonight at 9pm, with an encore tomorrow at 7pm. We got to the theatre this evening at about 8:15pm; there was already a line on both sides. By the time the doors opened at 8:30, the lines stretched back through the casino. By about 8:45, there was not an empty seat in the house. The first dance was a pas de deux from “Swan Lake,” about ten minutes long. The two dancers — Remy Young and Alexandre Hammoudi — were excellent (and I could listen to Tchaikovsky all night). This was followed by a twenty minute musical performance by a very talented singer, Kristen Hertzenberg. However, she opened her set with “I’m a Woman,” which was a very jarring segue from the classical ballet that had preceded it. After her set, the dancers returned for another pas de deux. I was not familiar with the name of the piece, but it was quite beautiful. All in all, the dancers performed for about 20-25 minutes, which I don’t think was enough. I think it would have been better if Celebrity and ABT had committed more to the ballet, so that they could fill a whole show. Hertzenberg has a great voice, and I would really love to see her do an entire show as well. (She is certainly tons better than the singer who performed two full shows last night.) It was a refreshing change from the usual shipboard entertainment to see ballet this evening. It was a good start by Celebrity and ABT; I hope they can grow it into an entire show.
  8. We are back from our sailing to Bermuda. It was worth most (maybe not all) the melodrama a few months ago. Celebrity reservations gave away our Accessible cabin booked for 4 months. Had a General AQ cabin and our friend ... well he had NO cabin. (We had made our final payment). Going up the Celebrity food chain we finally found Mirai who realized Celebrity’s mistake and fixed things. we had a $400 shipboard credit Gratuities paid Classic beverage package Our friend was given an inside cabin for himself across from us and AQ privileges. ...and our file must have been flagged because every time we asked for something they fell over themselves to make it happen. nOTE: im in a wheelchair. I can walk but not far - freakish accident 10 years ago. I’m also on a new medication for another problem that makes me sleepy. I mean SLEEPY. So, to me our drive from Annapolis, MD, to Newark Airport took about 15 minutes. I slept and Jim listened to a book on CD. We have a Rule. We NEVER want to see the back end of our ship leaving port so we always spend the night before near the ship. Bayonne....sigh Somehow we accumulated many Holiday Inn points so we got 2 rooms at the Crown Plaza near Newark airport. I was not impressed. Facility was old and as hard as they tried, it wasn’t a terrific part of town so it just wasn’t frosty new. We met our friend when we arrived, had a bite, took a shower and I pretty much face-planted onto the bed. Following morning - We Are Going Cruising!!! This is our first cruise from Bayonne in many years (new terminal was under construction when we were there last.). I’m sorry if I’m repeating what you already know. Royal Caribbean has built a reasonably large boarding facility. It’s sparkling clean, very friendly staff, parking garage gives protection from snow. Drove to the ship. LOTS of construction so Jeepers (GPS) was very confused. Once we saw the ship we were OK. Arrived about 11:00 (glanced at my watch). Lou had RAVED about how they treated his Mom in her wheelchair when they cruised in Alaska in May. I sat down in my wheelchair and waited to launch! No one came. Lou tried pushing me but everyone said someone would be right there. About 20 minutes later (Jim has parked the car and was now back) a very nice management type pushed me through to the handicapped area. He said someone would be right there. DO YOUR CHECKIN PAPERWORK AHEAD. Wonderfully cheerful ladies showed up with tablets and if it took 2 minutes to actually checkin, I would be surprised. My lovely ladies rolled me over to some chairs where the 3 of us sat ...... until 2:50 pm. Finally. We were boarding. Oops. Shoreside pusher cannot Board the ship and I was stopped dead in my tracks trying to board. Waited a while - in the way of others - while they found a crewman to help. We arrived in our glorious cabin as they announced the Drill will begin in 15 minutes. no leisurely lunch in the dining room, no time to checkout our cabin, we had to leave RIGHT AWAY otherwise elevators would be filled and they rarely move for a scooter (waiting in our cabin) during an emergency drill. We successfully drilled and went outside to enjoy the little gift the Captain gave us. As many of you know, Bayonne is Below NY Harbor so we don’t actually pass Miss Liberty. It was a Chamber Of Commerce - Perfect afternoon and the Captain turned port went up and did a 180 beside Miss Liberty. She looked so grand in the afternoon sun. I can imagine my Grandparents looking up to see her as they arrived from Poland, this statue so welcoming. Off to pass under the bridge - horn blasting as we went under. We were off to Bermuda and suddenly all The Whoo-Haa Of boarding was forgotten. end of part 1
  9. In no particular order - 😉 My wonderful husband, Jim, is a Royal Caribbean - Radiance Class Man. Aft Facing Balcony Cabins only. I have tried to tempt him with sweet-Suite deals but if no aft facing I’m met with ........ silence. in January I called him in a panic at work. hANG UP, CALL CELEBRITY AND BOOK 9164. Don’t ask questions. Just do it. He asked questions, of course, but he finally booked it with our friend Lou along too. here is the good, bad and ugly. Good far exceeds the other. 9164 - Handicapped Accessible Aft Facing Aqua Class Cabin. During her refit this cabin changed to Aqua Class from Concierge and 2 pax instead of 3. Ypon entry you are drawn in by the soothing color palate - much more attractive than photographed. I DO wonder how all these light colors will last on a busy cruise ship. right now ..... She is stunning. Bathroom to the right. You can hold your daughters sweet 16 party in here. There are grab bars - good for rolling seas. Standard cruise toilet with much room next to it to squeeze in your wheelchair. Toilet to the left, shower chair to the right. Shower is a long rectangle, shower seat at opposite end from shower controls. (Shower seat is slippery - just sit on a hand towel). There are bottles of Shampoo, conditioner and body wash which I used - satisfactory. There is not much space for shower products YOU brought. Desalinated water leaves your hair soft and fluffy and skin soft too. Yummy! Sink with a few small shelves is open below to roll in a wheelchair and mirror angles down which is a nice touch. Sparse counter top - not much extra room. oh yes, even in a rolling sea the water magically stays in the shower .... without a sill. Bathroom - big 👍 Bed - We asked our cabin attendant for extra pillows. Hahahahaha! We got FOUR big fluffy pillows (total of 8 on the bed) and a long body pillow. At night there were pillows flying everywhere! Mattress comfortable. I like mine more soft - go figure. Im a 5’1” wee short lady with 3 surgeries between 2 legs after the accident. I no longer launch well. Next trip I’m taking a foldable 4” step to help me into bed. Fits in my large bag perfectly. 2 small bedside tables with a drawer and shelves. Lights attached to tables. Round shade is glary (is that a word?). We solved the problem by putting our hats on the globes. They must be LED’s because the globes were cool to the touch. LEAVE YOUR POWER STRIP AT HOME. You have power plugs at the desk and in lamps on each side of the bed. Next to the bed is a 1 1/2 person sofa. Something in that sofa. Every time I sat on it, I fell asleep. Other side of room. The half-desk gets it half-right. I was never in sink with it. Just make it a standard depth and deal with it. More plugs here, light switches, a few shelves. We were not comfortable leaving much on the shelves at sea. I roll around and things would be flying. Next time the guards a little higher, please. Thanks. Round mirror and light - beautiful. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a night-light level. Actually there are NO night lights in the cabin. We left the bathroom light on. Next time I’ll bring a night light. we moved the 2 chairs next to the desk. Scooter fit in here perfectly. Ok, I apologize. I don’t have much good to say about the cabinetry. Ready? Here goes. cabinetry Materials look inexpensive....and the ARE. Smoked glass front cabinets. WHY? Jim put his folded polo shirts in one side....already looked messy. Rather than me straightening them all week, he just used some of the abundance of drawers. Woefully little usable hanging space. I came with multiple sundresses. There was not enough room for my dresses and Jim’s dinner shirts. Unsatisfactory. Lots Of good drawers 😋 taking up hanging space😡. i got a hanging shoe organizer to get the shoes up off the floor. Absolutely no space for shoes. Finally ...... The doors were awful at sea; banging and creaking. We used my Marine Tape (created for outside use-doesn’t breakdown in the sun.). It’s removable. We taped the HECK out of these doors to keep them quiet. Balcony Gagunda Not quiet - noise from bar above can be troublesome if you are a light sleeper. Looks like the deck was replaced. It looks beautiful. Views - stunning i was not really well enough to get the most from this lovely ship and destination. My newest medication basically put me to sleep. I actually slept through dinner once. My review of the cabin may be more fussy than most but I spent a great deal of time there. I’m lucky it was such a nice cabin.
  10. Having a splendid time on the Summit in Bermuda. The Captain came on the PA the first day. Noooooo don’t switch us to Canada to outrun Dorian. We got lucky and sped up so we have had an extra day in Bermuda. How lucky are we - until we drive through it beginning Friday at 3 pm. The Summit looks splendid for the most part. I’m a former yacht Captain and cannot stop looking around. But more later. She’s beautiful and I’ll give a full review when we return. We are in 9164 aft facing handicapped accessible cabin. Plenty big enough to handle my wheelchair and scooter. ill backup and say the service onshore for boarding handicapped was shameful. We arrived at 11:30 am and dropping bags, where to go was confusing. We finally arrived in the handicapped area, we were checked in about 2 minutes later and our wait began for someone to push my chair. That wait was until 2:45 pm. THEN we had to wait for. Celebrity pusher to take us to our room. Muster still - oh phony. We were stressed. Departure was picture perfect especially because he turned to PORT and steamed up to visit the Statue of Liberty. She was shining proud. The Summit is lovely. I can comment on our carpet in our cabin with raw edges and easy pattern to match - not matched. Overall she is a gem. Ill have photos in my official post. oh yea. If your cell provider is AT&T you can get a daily international plan for $10 a day per device. It’s GREAT. (of course I lost my phone in our tour cab. Luckily Rene found it.). Great X 10 tour guide - Rene. 77 years old and the energy of a college student. TTFN
  11. @Turtles06 Where were you located on the ship? The only two people I saw waving back at the Fort right before the bridge were on an aft balcony. Was that you?
  12. Sitting at Rainbow Beach in St Croix while I post. This is our 5th time on the Summit. The ship is gorgeous overall and love the new color scheme. Unfortunately it wasn’t very well thought out and doesn’t function. More on this below. I’ll start of with the good. Alexandra in the Retreat is absolutely the best. Great personality. Always smiling and engaging. Always willing to go above and beyond. Jess the Retreat concierge has been lovely and helpful but haven’t had the need to utilize her much. Cabin 6146. Love the overall color scheme and bath BUT......biggest issue was the a/c didn’t work. They replaced the thermostat, but DH said where is the vent???? They covered up the ceiling but forgot the vent. So today while we’re at the beach, they will be opening up the ceiling😳 The balcony furniture is horrid. Just one small cafeteria style table with 2 wooden hard classroom chairs. A cushioned bench. We received 2 lounge chairs after complaining several times. Flipped the bench width wise on the balcony and moved it to the other side so you could have the table in front of it with the two chairs we won’t sit in. We are trying to get a new table and the mesh style chairs that the other cabins have. I’ve seen them in Aqua and FV. The full size size couch didn’t come in so there is just an oversized chair that pulls out to a bed. No coffee table. I was told they want you to utilize the ship not cabin. When I asked where you have breakfast room service or the afternoon snacks. I was told no more afternoon snacks. They want you to utilize the Retreat Lounge that has snacks and bites out all day. We told the butler that we want the snacks in the cabin at 4. We’ll see if they come today. The storage is very limited and not enough especially drawer space. Only 2 drawers. The rest of the storage is behind doors that has shelves. It is underneath counters and low so you have to open the doors and bend. Bath. There is no place to hold the soap, shampoo, razors and conditioner etc. They are resting on the floor of the shower so you have to bend down each time to use. The shave bar is located on the wrong side so the water is coming down your front and in your face when shaving. If located on the opposite side which it should be then the water would drip down your back. Also no rain head shower head. Just a handheld. A hook would be great for a bath this size to hang a towel. The person in the cabin before us spilled coffee the butler said when brought up, and there is a large coffee stain on the floor as soon as you come in. Seriously. No effort to remove it. The cabin has only been used 2x previously before us. Also the stain is large enough that it looks like a pot was spilled. As soon as you walk in there is a huge brown stain on the gray carpet at your feet. Lovely. The desk isnt that great. No side drawers and just 2 draws underneath that aren’t even deep enough to hold my makeup mirror in. In fact I actually went out and bought the battery operated light up makeup mirror that used to come in the SS in that drawer. The hair dryer is in the closet in a shelf since it doesn’t fit in the drawer. And, that chair is awful, plastic and hard. It doesn’t fit under the desk. To just check yourself in the mirror before you run out or for whatever you have to push the chair out because you can’t lean over the desk because the chair sticks out. I removed all the Kelly Hoppen coral, plants, vases etc and put them away. The poor room cactus is sitting in a drawer. The cactus on the balcony table is on the balcony floor. There is just no room for them. Cruise cabins are small. They just don’t work. Overall the cabin looks nice but the furnishings are not comfortable or functional. Bed is nice though. Slept great. Oh, there is a small sewer smell coming from the floor drain in the bath and out on the balcony. Nothing overwhelming but you can mildly smell it. More on on the ship and Butler later. Will post pictures if I can. I will do my best to answer questions.
  13. We booked this while onboard the cruise we just got off of. We only have 573 days to go and I’m already excited! 😂 We will be doing a Southern Caribbean out of San Juan. The gentleman that helped us book this cruise said this suite was better than the other Sky Suites. Our friends had a sky suite on this cruise so we know what they look like, but does anyone have a picture of 6145? We tried to see it before getting off today, but they wouldn’t let us. Also, we were shocked at how fast everything to do with debarkation went. We’ve never experienced anything like it before! No dealing with customs, no passports, just a photo and we were off. It was literally less than 5 minutes! Is that because we only went to Bermuda? We are accustomed to long lines waiting to clear customs.
  14. This is our 11th Cruise, our first with celebrity. We are in Concierge Class. Our cruise got off to a great start! While being escorted to the priority waiting area for Concierge Class, I saw one of my friends sitting in the suite waiting area. I asked if it was okay to go say hello to her and they said we could just join them so we were first group on the ship! We went to the embarkation lunch in the MDR, which we enjoyed. We both had the short ribs and they were quite tasty. We were invited to the helipad upon arrival and departure in Bermuda, which was a nice treat. My husband ate some of the canapés they brought to our room, nothing looked appealing to me, but it’s not like there wasn’t plenty of food available on the ship. Next time I think I would ask for them to bring us fresh fruit or cheese instead. We had assigned dining, but after the first night we asked to be moved to Select so we could go whenever we wanted. Besides, we were assigned to a table for two. I have to say, Celebrity does a better job of making sure our wine glasses were never empty than any cruise-line we’ve sailed with! We also found their buffet food the best. We have been on Carnival, Royal, NCL, and Princess. We ate at Tuscan Grille for our Anniversary dinner and loved it! We both had the filet and it was delicious and paired quite nicely with our bottle of wine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I also got the crab cakes, a Caesar salad, and the best garlic mashed potatoes I’ve ever had! The lemon (I don’t recall the exact name) cheesecake was amazing! I wish I could order it without going back. Another night we joined friends from our roll call at Q’sine. We had a wonderful evening and enjoyed most of the food. We left completely stuffed! If it were just the two of us and choosing between the two, I we would definitely choose Tuscan Grille. Speaking of Tuscan Grille, we were surprised they allowed a man in there wearing shorts and flip flops. It didn’t bother us in the least, just surprised because we did see them turn away a man trying to enter the MDR in shorts and most were dressed nicer in Tuscany Grille. We were blessed with an extra day in Bermuda, which was a nice treat. It made it very relaxing and we never felt rushed. I got to know two ladies from our roll call before the cruise and we have hung out with them quite a bit on this sailing. It has made our trip even more fun! I would love to sail with them again! The other two couples are in suites and we are all celebrating Anniversaries. Janice and Patrick have made reservations for 6 and invited us to join them in Luminai tonight to celebrate their Anniversary. We are really looking forward to that! Speaking of them being suite guests, they showed us their rooms (a Sky Suite and a Celebrity Suite), and their lounge and sun deck on our first day here. After seeing all that, we decided to splurge on our next Celebrity Cruise and booked a Sky suite. 😁 I hear once you do that you never go back... I don’t know, we could sail twice in Concierge class for the same cruise, but I do want to try it once. We are are awaiting an update from Captain Matt about tomorrow’s arrival in Bayonne. Last night he announced we would arrive about two hours late, hoping today he says we will be on time. Poor planning on our part, our flights home are at noon tomorrow. After his update, which is expected any minute, we will visit guest services to see if they can call our airline and try to get us in a later flight. I will say we have learned our lesson and will never book a return flight that early again. Kudos to the ships sommelier! We wanted to order the Châteauneuf-du-Pape in Celler Masters that we had at Tuscan Grille, but they didn’t have it, although it was on their wine list. It took him a while to track us down a bottle, but he did and then didn’t charge us the upcharge for our first glass, I assume because of the wait. Service has been excellent our entire cruise and I would highly recommend Celebrity to anyone traveling without children. Finally I would like to thank all of you that helped us in the planning of our cruise. I would say my only disappointment is that I was so looking forward to the Riedel Comparative Wine Tasting. We decided to wait and book it onboard so someone could get credit for it. However, I assume nobody booked it because it wasn’t offered once we were on. Next time I won’t wait if there’s something I really want to do. I almost forgot, there was one other disappointment as well. My husband and I booked a foot/leg massage because we were in a lot of pain from walking around NYC the day before we embarked. While the massage was great and we have felt better since, it was described as 50 minutes, but was only 35! That’s quite a big difference and we wouldn’t have paid $106 (or something like that) for such a short massage. I almost forgot, we have enjoyed the entertainment in the theater. Both comedians were hilarious and the singers and dancers were fabulous! It sounded cheesy, but we had a blast at the silent disco. There’s not much going on around the ship, at least not what we’re used to, but always managed to find something to do until today. I would have spent it by the pool, but it’s closed because of the rough seas. Of course, that’s for our safety and no fault to anyone.
  15. Looking through the Canyon Ranch brochure, I saw a description for the Rasul chamber. We have done this before, but thought they removed it from Celebrity. Does anyone know if they still offer this on the Summit. Can't find it on-line. It was fun and would love to do it again!
  16. Hello, Is the Summit leaving Bayonne? I dont see the 2020 cruise from Bayonne to San Juan. I prefer Celebrity over Royal. Thank you Dorene
  17. Summit leaving Bermuda shortly to arrive in Bayonne Sunday 8 am...any word on their travels
  18. Hello All, I have a question about an upcoming cruise on Celebrity Summit. I have booked cabin 8002 and it is the last room in the row with some white space showing on the deck plan beyond it. I prefer a quieter room and was curious what may occupy this space. Thank you!!
  19. Hi! We are booking shortly on the Summit or the Equinox in a Aquaclass cabin. The Equinox is the western Caribbean and the Summit is Southern Caribbean. We have been to all the islands so we do not have a preference. What would my cruising experts on CruiseCritic suggest?
  20. @HeavyMetalDeacon As promised, I was at the Fort taking photos of the Summit leaving. I hope that was you with the loud shirt on the Helipad waving. If not, let me know where you were situated, I have photos of everyone who was on the top deck!
  21. I should avoid caffeine and alcohol, plus watch the sugar. Any recommendations on mocktails on the cruise? TIA!
  22. Hello, Does any recent Summit cruiser remember what day and time this event is planned for? Thanks
  23. Has anyone bought Downy Wrinkle Release aboard the Summit. We always bring it with us, but will be flying this time. If we take it we will have to check-in a bag, if not we can probably get everything in our carryon bags.
  24. Hi - Going on a family reunion cruise on the Summit over Thanksgiving - We have 20 or so people and are all on Select dining - I didn't realize we could reserve tables this far in advance for Dinner - As its Thanksgiving I wanted to make a reservation for our group. Does anyone know what time the Shows are on the Summit? Trying to schedule around them for diner/the kid's - Anyone have a copy of the cruise planner? Thanks!
  25. A question that most Celebrity Elite and Elite+ members should be able to answer that have sailed after the refurbishment. Where is the location of the Captains Club Lounge for the Elite and Elite+ members to be able to sit and have beverages and "pickies" from 5:00-8:00pm. If, on a particular sailing and the Captains Club Lounge is full, do they use an overflow area or lounge similar to what Royal does on most of their ships? I know there's a daily three drink load on our sail cards, but would be interested in knowing if the Lounge is still available with the waitstaff as has been in past practice. Thanks in advance to those who reply !
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