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Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because it went to Quebec. We were disappointed in the small venue entertainment, but we were very pleased with the theater entertainment. We also, enjoyed Jim Kennedy as a speaker. We were disappointed in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to Quebec. We were disappointed in the small venue entertainment, but we were very pleased with the theater entertainment. We also, enjoyed Jim Kennedy as a speaker. We were disappointed in the pastries and bread in the Ocean View every day. the food in the ocean view was just average too much food with sauces and too much fat. Would like to see more healthy foods on the buffet beside salads and fruit. We were billed for food and water that was in our room that we never used and talked to customer service before leaving the ship and were still billed and had to call Celebrity...this has happened before and THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BUSINESS PRACTICE!!! We realize this is not a newer ship and getting ready to be refurbished, but the bathroom grout was very stained and needed scrubbing. The bed kept coming apart in the middle. We had a locked pass door in our room and we could hear the conversations from the people in the next room. The robes were very old and very thin and should be in the rag bag and not on a luxury cruise!!! The curtains were coming off four of the hooks and attention needs to be paid to the appearance!!!!! Did not like that we could not get the reservation times we wanted one time for the anytime dining we signed up for we called early and could only get 3:30-time slot. We were told that people called before the cruise and were able to make reservations for select dining, if so this was not sent out to all select ding cruisers!!!! /Very disappointed!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We are Elite+ travelers and usually LOVE our cruises. This time, however, we were very disappointed to find Aqua class so increased that dining in BLU became more of a chore than a treat. There is no way that the wait staff can give ... Read More
We are Elite+ travelers and usually LOVE our cruises. This time, however, we were very disappointed to find Aqua class so increased that dining in BLU became more of a chore than a treat. There is no way that the wait staff can give exclusive dining service with so many folks crowding in. At one evening meal we had a 20 minute wait for a 4 top. Two other nights also had waits, one 2 top, one 4 top. The "savorys" are a joke! One day, several people were in the passageway kidding with each other about them. Celebrity production shows have steadily been going down hill. Weak concepts, mediocre singers, middle school quality choreography and sound system management that makes the music so loud that singers lyrics can not be heard. We still like Celebrity very much and hope that they will stop the slide down to the level of their competitors and move overall quality up to where it once was. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Our cruise on the Summit was overall a good one. We have sailed with Celebrity a great number of times over the last 15 years. We usually cruise in Aqua Class because the food has been better than in the main dining room and we do enjoy ... Read More
Our cruise on the Summit was overall a good one. We have sailed with Celebrity a great number of times over the last 15 years. We usually cruise in Aqua Class because the food has been better than in the main dining room and we do enjoy the Blu restaurant seating arrangements very much. The service there continues to be excellent from everyone. Our room was very well taken care of by our Room Steward. Service in the Forward Lounge with most waiters and servers was generally quite good. We had only two Celebrity shore excursions, but both were excellent with outstanding guides. The quality of the onboard lectures could certainly be improved, and that has been an issue for many of our cruises. The entertainment, while being enjoyed by many, is not always to our liking, but the comedian was excellent. Our main issue has been the gradual decline in what was provided when we first cruised to what is presently offered. They are basically little things, like ice buckets and water pitchers in the room, and flowers in Aqua class. Canapés have become less desirable because there are no utensils provided. Many of the daily offerings are rather unusual and are certainly not finger food. We are also quite concerned with how the survey about the cruise has become so tailored with little space for actually telling how the cruise went . It is our opinion that Celebrity does not really want to know what we think, with limited space for rewarding crew and service to no space at all for comments and suggestions as to how the cruises can be improved. We did enjoy going to a single location for Captain's Club. They did use vouchers, but we could go the forward lounge to spend the time with fellow Captain’s Clubbers. Another major issue was the limited seating in the Oceanview Cafe, which was exacerbated by card players taking over tables during the lunch period. Since Celebrity has rarely enforced many of its rules, this causes problems for others who are there circling the area, looking for a place to eat. Something that is not just a Celebrity issue, is the division of cruising into classes. There seems to be a desire to isolate the Suite Class, which certainly can limit the opportunity to mix and mingle with those passengers. We may go again, but it will take careful consideration. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
One of the smaller of the large ships. Great itinerary. Excellent staff--but standards are slipping. Food not as good as on Silhouette in its maiden year; service a bit less impressive. Even though there were fewer passengers and the ... Read More
One of the smaller of the large ships. Great itinerary. Excellent staff--but standards are slipping. Food not as good as on Silhouette in its maiden year; service a bit less impressive. Even though there were fewer passengers and the ship is smaller, there often were occasions when facilities were inadequate to handle the crowds--at Oceanview Restaurant for breakfast and lunch for example and in some of the public rooms for drinks or a show. Shops were generally uninteresting, many of their staffs ambivalent. Many people contracted a nasty cough and cold, but shops ran out of cough drops, syrups, etc. toward the end of the cruise. One dinner companion reported he found an alternative at the medical center--a decongestant and cough medication for $400. Dining room is very attractive and comfortable, although accommodating large size dishes was a challenge for many of the larger tables. Dining service was often slow and food not as hot as it should be-both influenced by the distance of the kitchen to the dining room. Entertainment went from very good to walk out. Menus often lacked imagination. Ports were delightful with Sidney an exception. Oceanview cabin was fine and steward, Xavier, extraordinary. Port presentations were poor in content and delivery. There is a nice upbeat vibe but cruise director a bit lacking. Daily TV presentations were boring, focused on selling shops and services and uninformative re ports. Few activities for those on board on port days. Missed the towel animals in the cabin and munchies at the bars. We did only one ship-sponsored excursion--Arcadia National Park-- and it was very good. Captain's Club events were always way overcrowded with long lines and frequently poorly timed--like 30 minutes before dinner at the other end of the ship. Disembarkation was handled well on board but led to huge lines on the pier. Taxis/cars fetched by the port dispatcher were significantly more expensive than a limo service from the City. (Maybe I just was directed to a more expensive vendor?) Despite the criticisms, we probably will give Celebrity another go in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our second time doing this itinerary and our third time on the Summit. We love the ship, the ports, and the wonderful crew We enjoyed the food in the MDR and the Oceanview Cafe. Coffee was awful to just passable. Entertainment ... Read More
This was our second time doing this itinerary and our third time on the Summit. We love the ship, the ports, and the wonderful crew We enjoyed the food in the MDR and the Oceanview Cafe. Coffee was awful to just passable. Entertainment was a mixed bag, ranging from fabulous to just ok. Did not like the production shows. Very much enjoyed Jim Kennedy's presentations. Ranger John was interesting. Music around the ship was enjoyable. We took some cruise ship excursions and they were done well. I do have issues with the rooms set aside for card and board games on sea days. The QSIne was especially bad. Very cold on one day with the crew opening and closing the door to the outside on a cold day. The last sea day there were painters and sanders doing work. The fumes and noise were terrible. Please find a quiet room with more space for this activity. Embarkation was a little slow-expected it to be smoother since we are now Elite. Disembarkation was easy and done in a timely fashion. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We've always wanted to do the New England/Canada cruise. We've done two 7 days cruises before and thought the 14 day cruise would be a great experience. We almost missed the cruise because our plane was delayed out of Nashville ... Read More
We've always wanted to do the New England/Canada cruise. We've done two 7 days cruises before and thought the 14 day cruise would be a great experience. We almost missed the cruise because our plane was delayed out of Nashville and we missed our connection in Charlotte, but we arrived two hours before the ship sailed. Embarkation could not have been better, because everyone else was on the ship!! Once on board, our cabin was ready and we dumped our luggage and headed up for a quick lunch and the sail away. The food was amazing......we mostly ate at the restaurant....every meal was great. Even the food in the Ocean View Café was good....great selections. I'm pretty picky about musical entertainment, and I wasn't overly impressed by the ship's musical cast, but the special entertainers were great! I can't say enough about the service....our stateroom attendant was just great, and the waiters in the restaurant really made us feel special. We really enjoyed eating dinner with different folks each night and met some folks we'll stay in touch with. Ports: all of our excursions were privately planned. The ship's shore excursions are so expensive. We did the Duck Tour in Boston and that was fun. In Portland we just explored on our own. In Bar Harbor we had planned a private excursion with Olli's Trolley. What a great tour! I highly recommend it. I loved Bar Harbor and would like to return there some day. We had two days in Quebec City. It rained the first day, but the second was beautiful. Actually, we only had one rainy day out of 14! We had a private tour there, as well, planned with a couple we met through Cruise Critic. Next on to Prince Edward Island where we explored on our own, and then Sydney, Nova Scotia where we explored on our own. I didn't think there was much to do in Sydney, and would rather have stayed two days in Halifax. We had a private tour in Halifax as well, and it was soooooo beautiful. Just not enough time to see everything. Would I go again...yes! Some beautiful ports, the trees were peak color! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
STATEROOM ~ First of all, our room ~ # 7080 with balcony ~ was conveniently located near the midship elevators but with no accompanying noise from them. Our balcony was unusual in that it was twice as large as most and in a triangular ... Read More
STATEROOM ~ First of all, our room ~ # 7080 with balcony ~ was conveniently located near the midship elevators but with no accompanying noise from them. Our balcony was unusual in that it was twice as large as most and in a triangular shape. It could have accommodated 2 reclining chaise lounges but it just had the usual 2 chairs and small round table. Our room was quiet which we like as we are older and are fussy about noise. A major design flaw that I see with the room is the metal bar above the bed which holds cushions for a “headboard” effect. When you sit on the bed to read, your head comes right against the metal bar. I found it bizarre that this design wasn’t tried out before having been chosen. I would expect that there are a lot of people hitting their head against that metal bar every single night on this ship! A nice padded leather headboard would be a much better choice. Other aspects about the room and bathroom were what you would expect of a regular stateroom on a cruise ship ~ tight quarters and just semi-adequate storage space for a 2 week cruise. The ship itself is indeed showing her age. There is rust on the balcony. The curtains look old and dated. The small “loveseat” is not very comfortable. The thing that made it all worthwhile was our cabin steward Jesse who was always positive and saying hello to us in the hall, who kept our room immaculate and for whom no request was too great. I also appreciate that Celebrity still puts chocolates on the pillows every night. (They didn’t do this with our cruises with Royal Caribbean or Holland America.) ITINERARY and TOURS ~ Regarding the itinerary and excursion tours by Celebrity in general ~ some ports of call could be omitted, such as Sydney, Nova Scotia. (More details about this port later.) Other ports were so overloaded with cruise ships (8 of them in Quebec including the Queen Mary 2) that it made for a crowded experience in town. The day we went to Peggy’s Cove in Halifax, there were 10 other tour buses which kind of spoiled the experience of this tiny hamlet with a normal population of 41. It seems there should be a limit to the number of buses allowed there at one time. It also made for a 15 minute wait to use the small ladies’ restroom. This combined with 10 minutes to get off the bus meant that we only had about half an hour to walk around the area after having taken an hour to get there. Even if we had taken a private tour with just a few other people, we still would have run into all the tour buses once there so that wouldn’t have made a difference. Bus tours in general tended to be annoying in that this was an elderly crowd and many with mobility issues (I get it; I’m one of them) but the point I’m making is that it took a lot of time to get on and off the tour bus each time there was a stop. FOOD ~ The food in the Main Dining Room and in the Oceanview Cafe was exceptional. Three MDR dinners stand out in our estimation and they were the rack of lamb and the Caribbean lobster and the prime rib. The desserts all looked extremely elegant but many of them were often a gelatin base which I personally did not care for. All in all, though, we found no need whatsoever to try Qsine or the other specialty restaurants - despite a hard sell to make reservations there. We found this hard sell for the specialty restaurants bizarre and had not encountered it on our other cruises. When we heard from other passengers that the presentation of food in Qsine was in test tubes, we were especially glad we didn’t pay extra to go there! The other hard sell during the first 3 days of the cruise was for drink packages. Obviously, the ship must make a lot of money from these as we were probably asked 20 times a day if we wanted a drink package. We barely drink alcohol and we don’t drink soda products that often. Water and juice and coffee are always available onboard so we don’t find the packages necessary. ENTERTAINMENT ~ There were some exceptional entertainers onboard our cruise ~ Lou Gazzara (from American Idol fame) and Antonio Salci (who plays the piano) were both exceptional and I bought both of their CD’s! They each gave a daytime performance the next day and were spectacular again with new material. The ship’s back-up orchestra was exceptional and the dancers were great but the young Celebrity singers, though certainly talented and enthusiastic, were a little too screechy for my taste. One thing that surprised me was that the theater would be completely filled by the time of the start of each evening show. If you came exactly on time or late, it was difficult to find seats, especially without walking across people to the middle of rows. It seemed like a lot of people went early and ordered a drink and sat and conversed until the start of a show. Very civilized actually! MEET & GREET DISAPPOINTMENT ~ We never received our invitation to the CruiseCritic Meet and Greet and by the time I called Customer Service to ask about it, it had already taken place. This would only have been our 2nd M&G ever so I’m not accustomed to the normal scheduling of them (apparently at 10 am on the first sea day). We were lucky just to make the cruise after leaving Florida after surviving Hurricane Irma and the subsequent loss of power and clean-up. So, I was disappointed in the failure to receive our invitation and attend the get-together and meet some other fellow cruisers who made it from Florida, especially after talking to people during the pre-cruise Log Roll. I don’t know what happened as I thought I had signed up for the M&G online. Which brings up another question ~ Why is the Log Roll for each cruise deleted from the forum when the ship sails? It seems like it should stay up DURING the cruise as well. This would have been helpful to me to have met some of my fellow CruiseCritic cruisers on my own on the ship. ELDERLY POPULATION ~ We are in this category ourselves ~ so I hope this doesn’t sound critical or mean spirited. However, if you don’t want to feel like you are lining up for dinner with a bunch of old folks, it would be best to avoid this particular cruise at this particular time of year. We are in our early 70’s but I would say that there were plenty of folks not only in their 60’s and 70’s but many in their 80’s and with mobility issues as well. God bless us all for being able to get out and about and make such a trip. But if you are younger and would find this population depressing, this is not the cruise for you! I would say that 95 percent of the population on this cruise were “elderly”. DRESS CODE ~ For formal nights, Celebrity now only requires “evening chic” which I think is much more realistic than expecting people to pack a Tux and formal dress for ladies. There’s kind of no reason to dress formally arbitrarily just to eat dinner with a table of strangers. I am much happier dressing in nice dressy pants and a really dressy top and my husband is fine with a nice shirt and trousers. He brought a suit but after the first formal night, he did not wear the tie for the 2nd formal night. I think this is a step in the right direction for the times in not requiring ultra formal dress. It makes it easier to pack and the step down in formality does not take anything away from a special dinner experience. PORTS OF CALL BOSTON, MA ~ Since we have been to Boston many times before, we elected to take the Hop On Hop Off City View Trolley and lunch on our own. We took one complete tour around the city (with small boat harbor tour) and then stopped for a lobster lunch at Tia’s in the Seaport area. Two of us then returned for a closer look at the Old North Church. We ran into a glitch on the return circle, when we ran into late afternoon traffic and were afraid we would miss the shuttle back to the ship. We elected to leave the trolley and hire an Uber taxi ~ which drove us across the city in 15 minutes for a total flat fee of $8.50! SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA ~ The port of Sydney, Nova Scotia was quite frankly a waste of time and money. We were not interested in a bus tour to the recreation of the Fortress of Louisbourg and so we planned to spend the day walking about the town just enjoying the scenery. The town, however, is tiny and there is hardly anything worth seeing there. It was also bad, rainy weather while we were there so any views were lost. We ate in the restaurant at the welcome center due to the heavy rain and were extremely disappointed with the lobster ~ it was tough and tasteless and had obviously been previously frozen. The only redeeming detail was meeting some of the lovely, local people we talked to in the cruise terminal where there was an Arts and Crafts Show with local art. The weather couldn’t be helped but the port experience itself seems like a waste for 2,000 cruise customers. QUEBEC ~ We took 2 Celebrity tours ~ the first day “UNESCO’s Historic Quebec” with guide Marie Harvey who was very good despite her French accent which makes hearing a little difficult for me. The second day, we took the “Quebec Countryside Tour” with guide PJ who was absolutely excellent. He talked during the 4 hour tour and gave us a run-down on the French history as well as current affairs and a smattering of personal anecdotes which made the whole tour a delight. The one drawback was that there were 8 ships in port during the same time frame that the Summit was there, including the Queen Mary 2 which meant that the small city was overrun with tourists everywhere. This is one drawback of cruising in that you only have a certain amount of time to see everything in a particular location and if it’s crowded, you’re getting an altered, rushed experience. HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA ~ We took the Celebrity tour “Peggy’s Cove and Double Decker City Tour”. This is where we went to Peggy’s Cove and ended up there at the same time with 10 other tour buses. It’s a tiny area and takes an hour to get there so this was very disappointing to have it be so crowded. On the plus side, the area is certainly picturesque and fortunately, it was a bright sunny day for pictures of the lighthouse. Afterward, we ate downtown on the pier in Halifax for lunch and then took the HOHO bus around the city of Halifax. We saw many sights but all from the window of a bus which doesn’t make for great pictures. Another plus for this location, though, was the bagpiper who stood and played on the pier directly to our ship as we pulled out from the harbor. That was a very touching detail that I will always remember. PORTLAND, MAINE ~ We took the Celebrity tour “Kennebunkport” but first had time to walk into the pier area of Portland to get a lobster roll. During the middle of the bus tour, we had time to walk the quaint little town of Kennebunkport and enough time to get a bowl of clam chowder and a piece of blueberry pie... Also enough time for pictures and strolling through a few shops. It was another beautiful sunny day and I took lots of pictures of the old sea captains’ homes built in the 1800’s opposite the beach. BAR HARBOR ~ Having been there before and having been to Acadia National Park before, we opted to walk the small town on our own. This was an excellent choice as the day started out a little overcast and rainy. We went directly to Stewman’s Restaurant on the wharf and ordered their Ultimate Lobster Feast for lunch. After that, we walked the small town and also walked up to the natural bar (for which Bar Harbor is named) and walked half way across to the little island as Low Tide was approaching. We couldn’t linger but we enjoyed seeing this scenic, natural phenomenon again. A lot of people from the ship told us they didn’t know about this place as it’s not offered on a formal tour... Probably because you could never depend upon Low Tide occurring during the exact hours that the ship is in port. Too bad though since it was a highlight to us. (The bar is the naturally formed gravel “bridge” of sorts between the mainland and a small island during the time of low tide. During high tide, the bar is covered with 12 feet of water.) SEA DAYS ~ There were several and we just enjoyed quiet time of reading and napping in between meals! We are not casino players or big alcohol drinkers or feel the need to be entertained with games, etc. The ship lends itself well to lots of places where you can sit and just look at the ocean. If it got too noisy with music or loud conversation, we simply retreated to our room and sometimes used our balcony in good weather. EMBARKATION and DISEMBARKATION ~ Both were very well organized. It’s a very nice luxurious touch to come onboard in the beginning of the cruise and receive a mimosa drink from a smiling waiter! That makes for a good first impression! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Overview: After over 20 cruises, we congratulate Celebrity staff and crew on continuing to provide quality service. Perfect weather in most towns en route and amazing fall foliage colors helped us enjoy six fascinating ports in New England ... Read More
Overview: After over 20 cruises, we congratulate Celebrity staff and crew on continuing to provide quality service. Perfect weather in most towns en route and amazing fall foliage colors helped us enjoy six fascinating ports in New England and Canada. Embarkation: Newark is a 3 hour flight from our home town. We flew up the night before. Embassy Suites provided a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel and a $20 p/p shuttle to Port Liberty the following day. They offered a free drink in the evening and an excellent buffet breakfast was included in our reservation. Ruby Tuesday across the street is convenient and buzzy for dinner. Next morning we arrived at Port Liberty terminal at 11.30 a. m. along with many other passengers. There was plenty of friendly Celebrity staff on hand to expedite the process and we were on board in about a half hour. The Ship: Our Deck 2 stateroom had a large picture window which proved quite adequate as the weather was not conducive to much balcony use. It was located conveniently near mid ship elevators and stairs. We could easily walk up to third floor Guest Relations and other service counters, as well as to Cosmopolitan, the main dining room for lunch and for dinner. Fidelis was our attentive Stateroom Steward. He quickly learned our routines and preferences. Whenever we headed out he managed to clean the room before we returned. We were surprised that Celebrity has eliminated Assistant Stewards. An officer explained that it was proving more efficient to assign less cabins per steward and have one person totally responsible. We were impressed by the cleanliness of our cabin and public areas. A small point that perhaps showed Summit’s age was that our bathroom tile needed re-grouting and “watch your step” warning letters had lost most of their black paint. Dining: We booked the Select Dining option in the main dining room, Cosmopolitan. We varied our dinner time each day to fit in with excursions and theater entertainment. Hostess Ilya and another hostess were charming and efficiently controlled the seating of passengers. We never had to wait more than a few minutes for a table. We learned to make a reservation as we left each night for the following evening at 8.15 p.m. We were always able to get a table with Ricardo the waiter, ably assisted by Nyoman. Charming head waiter George always dropped by to ensure we were happy with our dinner choices. There were different a la carte dishes on the menu every night. Sometimes we chose favorites such as escargots and caesar salad from the classics side of the menu instead. We have sailed over 20 times with Celebrity and note that the menus have changed less than we might have hoped in the last few years. We purchased two 5 Bottle Classic Wine Packages from our helpful and friendly sommelier, Tetiana. She helped us select a red wine each night to accompany our dinner main courses. We dined at Tuscan Grille specialty restaurant once and greatly enjoyed the personalized service and more elaborate menu. There is a huge selection of breakfast and lunch plates up in the Oceanview Cafe. To avoid crowds, we recommend eating breakfast there as soon as they open at 7.00 a.m. Aft there’s a fresh pasta station and a pannini/grill station, both excellent. One of the perks of sticking with the Royal Caribbean fleet is gaining Elite Plus Level Captain’s Club Member status. Complementary drinks and hors d’oeuvres were served for Members from 5.00 to 7.00 p.m. in the Revelations Lounge. Drinks only in two other bars. We were ably served drinks by Maurice and canapés by Olena in Revelations. They do an excellent job and we enjoyed chatting with them both. Olga the Captain’s Club hostess was there to greet and mingle. Olga was the best Club hostess we have encountered on any cruise, quickly knowing members by name and always around the ship to chat and help out. As Elites, we were able to avoid the crowds and enjoy continental breakfast and café lattes at Tuscan Grille. There we were served excellently by Maurice. He and waitress Vatiswa lightened the morning atmosphere. Entertainment & Activities: We enjoy live shows and went to the theater almost every night. We applaud Celebrity’s decision to stage their two shows the same time each night. It meant we could plan on going to the 7.00 p.m. show before dinner. Often there was a full house so it was best to get there early to get a good seat. Top marks to performers we would welcome seeing again on future cruises: Salci on the piano, singers Jordi Bennett, Jesse Hamilton, Stephani, and the totally amazing magician Stephen Williams, Jr. A Beyond the Podium talk by Ranger John on the significance and construction of the St Lawrence Seaway was very informative. Shore Excursions: The only port we’d visited before was Boston and we decided to try three different excursion approaches to make the most of our time on shore: Summit Shore Excursions, private tours and doing it on our own: Boston: We took a Celebrity shuttle from the dock to downtown and walked around the historic neighborhood. We met friends who live in Boston for lunch at Kinsale’s , a popular watering hole near Government Center. The reuben sandwiches and local ale were good. Portland, Me.: What a beautiful, clean and historic city. We prearranged a two hour tour with Scenic Route Maine Tours. Our driver/guide was “Brumps” (ask him about his grandchild who invented the name!). He took us to all the main sights: downtown Portland, spectacular Casco Bay, the lighthouse and tree-lined streets of 19th and early 20th century homes. Afterwards we ate fresh lobster at Portland Lobster Company on the waterfront. Bar Harbor, Me.: Not much to see in the tourist-focused town itself. In a Cariloha shop we bought shirts at a discount. In advance, we booked seats on Oli’s Trolley for a two-and-a-half hour group tour out to Acadia National Park. It was a beautiful excursion in brilliant sunshine. Our driver/guide Mike was entertaining and knowledgeable. We were impressed at Thunder Hole by waves making a booming noise in the rocks, stopped to enjoy views of Jordan Pond’s colorful tree foliage and, literally above it all at 1530 feet, were awed by forest and Maine coastline vistas from the top of Cadillac Mountain. Quebec City: We docked downtown in Sunday afternoon rain and went out on our own to walk around the quaint rebuilt 18th century old town -- lovely in spite of the weather and shops were open. We found maple candies, local cheeses to take home, and postcards. We then took a pre-booked two-hour Viator bus tour. Francois, our knowledgeable local guide, showed us much of the city. There are 850,000 inhabitants: 90% French-speaking, 90% Catholic and 90% white, he explained. The following day the weather was fine and we took the funiculaire up to Chateau Frontenac. We walked the promenade and imagined the surprise French General Montcalm’s soldiers experienced when British General Wolfe’s troops scaled the Heights of Abraham and beat them in a 20 minute battle. Both generals died. Charlottetown, PEI: With two other cruise critic roll call couples, we had arranged in advance a van tour of about 5 hours. Our driver/guide was David of Coach Atlantic Transportation. David is a local man with a fount of knowledge and love for his island. We visited villages on the coast. David demonstrated how lobster pots catch lobsters. We saw sandy, off-season beaches, orange-colored cliffs and stopped to photograph a surprisingly unafraid fox. For fans of “Anne of Green Gables” we visited the house that looks a lot like hers as described in the book. Finally, we stopped off at the Preserve Company to taste and buy delicious jams and marmalades. Sidney, Nova Scotia: We took a Celebrity bus tour to visit Alexander Graham Bell’s museum and the pretty village of Baddeck. Bell eventually bought land there and built a permanent home overlooking the water. The day was beautiful, the foliage at its peak and the scenery idyllic. The Bell Museum is well worth a visit. Our guide Wendell is well-informed and gave a good account of what we saw, the history of Sidney and the Celtic heritage, including song and fiddle-playing. Halifax, Nova Scotia: In advance on cruise critic roll call, we arranged with two other couples to hire a van to tour the city of Halifax and go to Peggy’s Cove. Our least successful experience: the Halifax Tour Guides Nova Scotia guide/driver arrived in a taxi designed to seat five and the space was tight. He had no microphone which, aided by a strong accent, meant some of his commentary wasn’t clear. We saw the Citadel and downtown, some of the different city neighborhoods, and headed out of town to Peggy’s Cove. It’s a long drive and when we got there the crowds of tourists around the lighthouse were unbelievable. Not worth dedicating the time. On our return, we visited the Titanic passenger, a moving experience. Disembarkation: We paid Celebrity in advance for a shuttle transfer to Newark Airport so as to arrive in good time before our 1.00 p.m. flight. It worked well. The ship crew monitored progress through Customs (no Immigration there) and held us back on board until the crowd thinned a bit. Our bags were easy to find in groups according to the numbers on the tags provided. Overall, we were very pleased with our New England/Canada cruise experience with Celebrity, and give it an unqualified recommendation for fall 2018. We made a new booking while on board and already look forward to cruising south from England to the Canary Islands in 2018. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise due to the itinery. The Summit was excellent . It was older but very clean . The entertainment was the best we have seen on our 11 Celebrity cruises. I will say the celebrity shows with the dancers we ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the itinery. The Summit was excellent . It was older but very clean . The entertainment was the best we have seen on our 11 Celebrity cruises. I will say the celebrity shows with the dancers we felt were not up to par. We actually found two to be boring which we have not found in the past The stops in Maine and Boston were great. Maine is beautiful. Lots to enjoy Quebec overnight was wonderful and I know there was much more to see. One of our tours was to a copper museum which we thought was not going to be so great but turned out to be a highlight. We had anytime dining which we like but did have more wait time then usual. I feel anytime should exclude any reservations. Reservations seem to tie up tables. I guess if you want a certain time then go to set dining times. I can never say enough positive about the staff. They just are excellent. We enjoy our conversations with them. They always seem happy. Celebrity must take good care of them. Their smiles never fade. We did have two captains. Captain Alex and then Captain Kate. Must say we never enjoyed captains as much as on this trip. It was an excellent 14 day trip. One we would do again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The price was right, as were the Itinerary and time of year of the cruise. We were very pleased with the cruise experience and the ports of call. This was our first cruise on Celebrity (have been on Azamara twice). We found the service on ... Read More
The price was right, as were the Itinerary and time of year of the cruise. We were very pleased with the cruise experience and the ports of call. This was our first cruise on Celebrity (have been on Azamara twice). We found the service on Celebrity to be outstanding. We are used to more inclusive cruises so the only drawback was being bugged for photos and a couple other things. Our room was a bit small but not a problem at all. We rented cars at each location with the exception of Boston where we took the HOHO bus. The fall colors as we moved north were at their peak and that was the basic purpose of booking at this time of year. Renting cars at the smaller ports took some hunting but worked out well anyway. Some of the ports were crowded because of other cruises but this is a popular time of year. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
we chose celebrity summit for the Canada /new England.trip this is our 3rd year in a row on this trip and of course for captain Kate captain Alex was captain for the first week . he was excellent. captain Kate took over for the ... Read More
we chose celebrity summit for the Canada /new England.trip this is our 3rd year in a row on this trip and of course for captain Kate captain Alex was captain for the first week . he was excellent. captain Kate took over for the second week. what can one say about her except that see is great. i have been on a celebrity ships for the better part of 40 years. of course i have been on other cruses lines .but there is always something special of being on a celebrity ship . we were with another couple who we convinced to join us on this trip. other then being a little cold for them at times they enjoyed it. we look forward to going back next September on the same trip .we are already booked. one of the best things about this trip its 14 days. 7 day cruses are not worth the trouble its got to be 14 day or more. the ship itself we all know its old the rehab they did a couple of years ago was good. but now i read that that celebrity is spending lots of money on the hole fleet to put the edge touch to the fleet and the summit is suppose to be the first ship to go in for the rehab when its start to happen. we can only hope that captain Kate will remain on the summit to see it through thank you celebrity for a great 14 days of luxury. my highest praise goes out to captain Kate and her excellent crew . Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
We were interested in the itinerary for this cruise and the timing was right for us. We hadn't been to Canada or Nova Scotia previously. We were interested in cruising this time of year to see the fall leaf colors. The ports were ... Read More
We were interested in the itinerary for this cruise and the timing was right for us. We hadn't been to Canada or Nova Scotia previously. We were interested in cruising this time of year to see the fall leaf colors. The ports were great and the excursions were exceptional. We were very fortunate to meet 3 couples at dinner who we enjoyed immensely. Our waiter and assistant waiter at Table 207, early seating, were excellent and made our 2 week cruise so much fun. Everyone of the crew addressed us whenever we met someone new and the customer service was out of this world. On this sailing, we had two captains, including Captain Kate, the first female American captain on a cruise ship, who was delightful. We had wonderful weather although we probably packed too much as we had to bring clothes for two seasons. Highly recommend this cruise to everyone. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
All in All, this was a wonderful cruise. We met some very nice people. We liked the size of the ship, the veranda cabin, and the staff. Everyone was very polite and helpful especially in the dining room. We took excursions at nearly ... Read More
All in All, this was a wonderful cruise. We met some very nice people. We liked the size of the ship, the veranda cabin, and the staff. Everyone was very polite and helpful especially in the dining room. We took excursions at nearly every port and enjoyed them all. We did not take an excursion in Sydney and I'm glad we didn't. I walked around and there wasn't much to see on Sydney. There was some wonderful entertainment on the ship and we spent more than one night dancing the night away. Playing trivia was enjoyable entertainment on sea days and looked forward to playing. The disembarkation went smoothly. However, retrieving our luggage at the port was nothing but chaos. I would recommend this cruise to anyone who was interested and might even think of going on it again. Just remember to bring clothing that you can wear in layers. It gets somewhat cold and windy the further north you travel. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Picked this cruise because I had never been to Quebec City or Saganay. Missed Saganay because of Wright Wales & speed restrictions. Really pissed about that & we were not even given any sort of perk because of it. Port of ... Read More
Picked this cruise because I had never been to Quebec City or Saganay. Missed Saganay because of Wright Wales & speed restrictions. Really pissed about that & we were not even given any sort of perk because of it. Port of Sydney has nothing going for it & it poured all day (had been there before & done the only thing really interesting). Overall the service on the cruise was very good, the staff friendly, and the food fine, but nothing exceptional. The entertainment throughout the ship between 5:00 - 8:00 is totally lacking & what there is is rather poor. Am used to before dinner trios, etc. Late eve as well. This cruise seemed to have a very elderly crowd who did not seem to care. Of the entertainers in 14 days, I had seen 3 acts on a previous Celebrity cruise in January. Buffet is mobbed early meal times - could not find seats before 10:00am for breakfast, or much before 1:30pm for lunch & annoying that folks do not clear away from the tables, but sit & read r play cards when tables are needed. I was really looking forward to this cruise, but would not recommend. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary, New England and Canada, which I enjoyed. I also chose Aqua Class on recommendations from friends who enjoyed the Blu restaurant and the Spa. Well the balcony cabins are exactly the same as any ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary, New England and Canada, which I enjoyed. I also chose Aqua Class on recommendations from friends who enjoyed the Blu restaurant and the Spa. Well the balcony cabins are exactly the same as any other balcony cabin and they are located just under the pool and Lido deck which became very noisy at times. The Blu restaurant was nothing special. I actually ordered off the main dining room menu several times. I was expecting more diverse choices. The extra spa facilities included the sauna and what they call the Persian Garden which is nothing more heated benches and aromatherapy. I was expecting a Jacuzzi. The ship is old and the noise level in the cabins is bad. Slamming doors day and night. I feel like I got robed. I could have saved a lot of money by just being in a regular balcony. I will never take Aqua class again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
The itinerary changed as soon as we booked this cruise...there was the sense that we were sailing in circles to kill time. We are Celebrity loyal. This cruise was very crowded... we always had to wait for a table in Blu. The revelations ... Read More
The itinerary changed as soon as we booked this cruise...there was the sense that we were sailing in circles to kill time. We are Celebrity loyal. This cruise was very crowded... we always had to wait for a table in Blu. The revelations lounge was closed for 5-7 pm cocktail party for elite on upwards. There were 1000 cruisers with status. Beyond the podium speakers...one was fabulous, mr. Jim Kennedy from nasa, ranger john was acceptable...then a woman who was god awful..... sea days were rather lacking in activities. We resent movies being pay per view. Shore excursions left a tad to be desired as well. We didn’t see any shows...dinner lasted longer because Blu was overcrowded and there was a wait. We found cape liberty excellent for smooth embarkation and disembarkation. We chose not to book another onboard but would consider Celebrity again. Internet was much better than previous trips but still when out in the ocean, a trial Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Wanted to take a refreshing “cool” cruise to escape the heat of Florida. The Summit itinerary fit this bill. The ship was very old. Expected to have Captain Kate and was disappointed she was on vacation! Our cabin, 2074, was dirty. ... Read More
Wanted to take a refreshing “cool” cruise to escape the heat of Florida. The Summit itinerary fit this bill. The ship was very old. Expected to have Captain Kate and was disappointed she was on vacation! Our cabin, 2074, was dirty. Dust so bad you could write your name. Sheets had holes..I have pictures. The bathroom floor and shower floor were dirty. Shower curtain had mold on the bottom. We had the best dining room staff..Sherwin, our head waiter was fabulous. His assistant, Silas was very attentive. Andres from Columbia, took care of our drink orders everywhere. He knew exactly what we wanted, no matter where he saw us. Up in the Oceanview Cafe we enjoyed the variety. Kenrick the bar service attendant was phenomenal! His jovial manner and happy attitude got us through some long sea days. It was just like having family on board. We laughed and laughed. The day we were in Boston, the kitchen tried to make Boston Cream donuts. What a flop! They brought out these huge green custard filled donuts. These donuts were so “tough”.. you couldn’t even cut them in half. The head waiter came over because we were laughing so hard. He couldn’t believe it either. The pastry goods throughout the cruise were awful. Celebrity really needs to hire a French or German pastry chef. I used my onboard credits for Internet. I was not able to connect at all in my cabin. I spoke to the tech guy and the front desk. Both people proceeded to tell me they have no trouble connecting in their cabin. Duh..they are on a totally different network! Neither time did they offer help. Never get Internet again. I tried to explain if the room had a WiFi booster it would work. They had no idea what I was talking about. I was able to connect in the lounges and in the Oceanview. The destinations were fun. The condition of the ship, not so much. All of the furniture in the lounges was worn out and the springs in the seats were sinking. Leatherette chairs in the Oceanview was worn down to the material. The Summit needs to be mothballed. This is my 22nd cruise. Was hoping for cold weather but average temp was in the 80’s Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise to see an area of the country we had not visited before and to hopefully see the fall leaves change. The original ports were changed but it still ended up an interesting itinerary. The overnight in Quebec was great ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see an area of the country we had not visited before and to hopefully see the fall leaves change. The original ports were changed but it still ended up an interesting itinerary. The overnight in Quebec was great as we were able to get a good taste of that city. We did a few excursions which I have to say were overpriced for the most part as investigation after the fact showed we could have saved a considerable amount had we elected to do them on our own. The captain was the best one we have ever encountered on a cruise. He was fun, personable and visible ...as was his staff. You could tell they enjoyed working with him. Entertainment was good and service excellent. The captains club activities and benefits were great and appreciated. I would definitely do this cruise again and hopefully get to see Prince Edward Island. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Route: 14 day voyage: Newark - Boston – Sydney, NS – Quebec City – Halifax, NS – Portland, ME – Bar Harbor, ME - Newark 1. General Comments: We are regular cruisers, and the focus of this cruise was – hopefully – the ... Read More
Route: 14 day voyage: Newark - Boston – Sydney, NS – Quebec City – Halifax, NS – Portland, ME – Bar Harbor, ME - Newark 1. General Comments: We are regular cruisers, and the focus of this cruise was – hopefully – the fall colors. Unfortunately, we were about 10 days too early for any massive display. There were, though, plenty of patches of color in the forests. We were disappointed with Celebrity dropping of the scheduled stop at Saguenay. However, this was caused by a last minute (August) Canadian Government decision requiring cruise ships to slow their speeds when traversing the Gulf of St Lawrence. This was to protect the Right Whales migrating through the gulf at this time. (My wife and I believe we each saw one whale.) The reduced speed necessitated dropping one stop so that the rest of the itinerary could be maintained. Due to the number of cruise ships in the area, two of our dockings (Quebec City and Halifax) were in cargo port areas. Free shuttles were provided between the ship and the passenger terminal area. We were eight cruise ships docked in Quebec City (a record for the city); the prime dock at the passenger terminal was taken by the Queen Mary 2. We had a Concierge Class cabin on the 8th deck. The cabin was so located that we had a larger than usual verandah. The cruise was a calm ride except for some short slightly rolling stretches. Weather fluctuated from very warm (upper 80s) to barely 50 with stretches of rain, wind, and even a couple periods of thick fog. 2. Travel to Newark and Embarking: We made our own flight arrangements and used the cruise line’s arrangement with the Hilton in Newark for the night before boarding and shuttle from the airport to the hotel. A Celebrity shuttle would take us to the ship. Unfortunately, the local Celebrity office washed its hands of a shuttle to the hotel as “the hotel has a free shuttle service.” What we were not told until we called the hotel from the airport was that we had to hike with our luggage across the terminal to the AirTrain to ride to the only spot at Newark Airport where hotel shuttles are permitted to pick up passengers. We boarded the shuttle one hour and fifteen minutes after getting our luggage. The Celebrity charge for the hotel included porters’ services. This was fine for getting our luggage to our rooms, but the following morning the service only extended to delivering our luggage to a lobby. You can imagine the chaos of a mass of around 50 passengers struggling with their bags out to the bus. The local Celebrity office sent one employee to deal with the bus and getting a headcount. After all that, our arrival at the port and processing on board went smoothly. We do note that when we left the pier at Newark, and probably due to the clear weather, the Captain took the ship on a circuitous route around New York Harbor before heading out to the Atlantic. Everyone on onboard got fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty. 3. The Summit: An attractive ship. Our cabin was comfortable and had adequate shelf space and storage drawers. Details can be seen in the cabin descriptions on the Celebrity website. The flat screen TV received the usual news (international, not US broadcasts), movies, music, etc. You get a daily planner in your cabin the night prior. You need to read it carefully as there are practically no announcements on the PA system. The Captain does a daily report from the bridge, and the Cruise Director may make a daily announcement on activities. There is a daily newspaper that you can pick up in the morning at Guest Services. 4. Meals: We signed up for Select Dining, which is all on the 4th deck. As we signed up online before boarding, we had no problems in getting a table for two at our desired time; we were placed in the same area nightly, so we got to know our wait staff and they us. Booking our times ahead of time meant that the dining room hostesses punched us in the computer when we arrived, and we were on our way to our table. Passengers who just came up to the desk looking for a table had to wait; we heard some people had to wait 30 minutes before they got a table. Dining room meals were fine, but not spectacular. If asked, we could not specify an entrée that really wowed us. The entire ship dining room has only two levels, and it’s noisy. Ocean View Café: Unfortunately, this buffet spot was typical for the cruise industry. The cooking is respectable, there are plenty of choices, but there is nothing special. Other eateries: We had one meal in the “Qsine” specialty restaurant. The food is good, but it is the oddball presentations that make this place. Take a camera for photos of the dishes. 5. Summit dress code: There were three “Evening Chic” nights on board. All the rest were “Smart Casual.” While dressier than Smart Casual, Evening Chic is intended to be less dressy than Formal attire. 6. Shore Excursions: Make your shore excursion reservations online! This saves you standing in line at the ship’s tour desk. It will also save you some money as we noticed some excursions cost more in the onboard reservation forms compared to the website. If you know the ports of call and want to travel by yourself, then, of course, you don’t need the ship’s tour office. Tour prices are not cheap; you are paying for the convenience of having the ship organize the tour rather than you doing it after you get ashore. Also, if you obtain your tour through the ship’s staff, you have support when there is a problem. There was tendering only at Bar Harbor. Unfortunately, the weather suddenly turned to rain as we were moving from the ship to the pier. As our tour was to be two hours walking, and two hours riding in an open schooner, the ship cancelled the tour. We learned this only when we met with the tour guide who had just been informed of the decision (with which she agreed). This action resulted in us having free time to wander around the town, and we were reimbursed the cost of the tour into our account. This was a good example of the benefit of taking a ship-sponsored shore excursion. 7. Shipboard entertainment: We saw one guest artist and one review-type show on this cruise. They were pleasant and entertaining. Small combos rotated through the lounges and bars; they were fine. The ship has a daily schedule full of activities for all tastes: lectures, bingo, exercising, movies, etc, etc. The library was inadequate; we recommend you load up your Kindle or iPad with books before boarding. The art auctions were relatively low key. The casino seemed to have good business. The selection of duty-free liquor on board was not great, but adequate; you order your liquor and it is delivered to your cabin the day before disembarking. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to have your picture taken by the ship’s photographers--pricey, but a good souvenir. 8. Tipping: Not a problem if you sign up for the recommended amounts. The amounts are charged to each person’s shipboard account. You have nothing more to do. You only need to tip separately (cash) the person who brings your room service. Your bar and wine bill automatically adds 18 percent. If you want to tip anyone for exemplary service, you can give him cash in an envelope. 9. Settling of Accounts: During your voyage, anything you purchase on board (drinks, souvenirs, tours, duty free items, photos, etc) is punched into a computer. You receive a receipt for everything. If you keep the receipts, it is easy to check them with your account on your cabin video. You should be able to settle any bill questions beforehand and not spend departure morning in line at Guest Services sorting it out. We did NOT receive a paper final bill on disembarkation morning. I’m glad I checked the monitor before disembarking to learn the final amount of my bill (it was correct). 10. Disembarkation: Not the best, but we’ve been through worse. Getting off the ship went ahead of schedule, probably because there were two gangways to handle the stream of passengers into the terminal. It was pretty smooth going in the terminal getting our luggage and passing through customs. (US immigration was handled onboard in Portland, ME, the first port of entry into the US. Approximately 1,400 US passport holders, and 700 foreigners had to be processed before anyone could get off the ship.) Once outside the terminal, things got a bit chaotic looking for shuttle buses to the airports. Even though we had prepaid for the shuttle, we had no ticket or other paper to prove we had. However, this apparently was not a problem for the bus personnel or Celebrity. We were around ten buses, and the advice was simply to “follow your luggage and get on the same bus.” A headcount was taken of everyone on the bus, and that concluded the business portion of getting to the airport. There was no Luggage Valet service on this Celebrity cruise. 11. Conclusion: This was a fascinating trip; despite its glitches, we were happy to have taken it. We want to take this cruise again in warmer weather; both this part of New England, and Canada, have a lot to see and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Very good cruise overall. Good ports, & good selection of excursions. We had to miss a port, Saugany in NS due to the ship slowing to 10 knots in order to protect the Wright whale. I never saw one whale, so that was quite ... Read More
Very good cruise overall. Good ports, & good selection of excursions. We had to miss a port, Saugany in NS due to the ship slowing to 10 knots in order to protect the Wright whale. I never saw one whale, so that was quite disappointing. None of my ship mates that I talked to saw whales either! I particularly enjoyed Quebec, & we were there overnight. I had never been there, & it is a beautiful city, with beautiful vistas of the St. Laurence river. Captain Alex, of Greek heritage, was lots of fun with his morning & port announcements. He would tell us where on the ship he was going next, because he wanted to meet everyone! I have a great picture of him with me & my friend. Of course I had a favorite bar, it was Cellar Masters. We had some fun wine tastings. This ship has a grest crew, everyone ready with a greeting, no matter the time of day. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
I liked the itinerary and had not sailed out of and return to New York City area (Bayonne NJ). This is the quiet, scenic, experience you would expect. Because of the cooler weather the large open pool area was not used by guests so the ... Read More
I liked the itinerary and had not sailed out of and return to New York City area (Bayonne NJ). This is the quiet, scenic, experience you would expect. Because of the cooler weather the large open pool area was not used by guests so the other public spaces on at sea days were crowded. Loved the color and should not have been surprised that New England during the fall foliage season is crowded whether you arrive by car or ship. On this trip there were a large number of Elite and Elite Plus passengers so the traditional Elite passenger cocktail hour had to be held throughout the lounges on the ship through the use of vouchers. Really the same experience but what was missing was the chance to meet other experienced travelers in a relaxed atmosphere. The ports were interesting but Quebec City is by far the best. The overnight with two days in Quebec City were a big part of decision to take this particular cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Enjoyed Captain Alex tremendously. He seems to enjoy his job and lets you know it. Food in main dining room was very good, as was the buffet. Entertainment was varied--something for everyone. Drinks were better than usual on a cruise ... Read More
Enjoyed Captain Alex tremendously. He seems to enjoy his job and lets you know it. Food in main dining room was very good, as was the buffet. Entertainment was varied--something for everyone. Drinks were better than usual on a cruise line. If you like slot machines, the ones in the ship's casino were quite old. The newest machines (only about four of them), were six or more years old. Our room was fine and clean with plenty of hangers and drawer space. Room service was very good. No problems. Service was good. Some of the servers did not smile much but that does not bother me as long as the product is good. We had any time dining and never had to wait longer than three minutes or so. We went on a few excursions and the all were enjoyable, particularly the walking tours in Halifax and Quebec City. Solarium a nice touch. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This cruise was enjoyable and we enjoyed the ports. Most of the excursions were well done with the exception of a walking tour in Quebec. All staff members were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The room steward, Gede, made ... Read More
This cruise was enjoyable and we enjoyed the ports. Most of the excursions were well done with the exception of a walking tour in Quebec. All staff members were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The room steward, Gede, made certain that the room was perfect. All areas of the ship were cleaned continuously and I saw no problems. Guest speaker Jim Kennedy, former director of Kennedy Space Center, was excellent and filled the theater each time he spoke. Overall, the guest entertainers were superb. Unfortunately, the shows by the ship's singers and dancers were not up to par. Evidently these are new shows, and Celebrity needs to find other writers. The performers did well in the show "Chandalier," but the story was rather boring and predictable. The other show, Soundtrack, was just loud, frenzied and shrill. More emphasis should have been put on the acrobats. Afternoon entertainment by guest performers was a great bonus. Also, I appreciated the efforts of Patrick, cruise director, to try to involve all guests in activities. The food in the main dining room and in the Oceanview restaurant was outstanding. Service was fine in all areas of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We have sailed on Summit before. She is an older and smaller ship, but has been refurbished. She is clean and easy to find your way around. the food and the crew are amazing and friendly. So are the other passengers. We made new friends ... Read More
We have sailed on Summit before. She is an older and smaller ship, but has been refurbished. She is clean and easy to find your way around. the food and the crew are amazing and friendly. So are the other passengers. We made new friends every day. Our cabin steward was wonderful. He took very good care of us and got us everything that we needed. We took private tours at most of the ports and were very pleased with all of them. We had both warm and cold weather and we didn't see pretty colors on the trees until the last 2 days. We sail in Aqua Class which allows us to eat in a specialty restaurant, Blu, every night and we love it. the room is small and the feel is more intimate. The menu is a little "healthier" but you can order off the menu in the main dining room at any time. Everything was smooth from beginning to end and I would sail on Celebrity Summit again without hesitation. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
We flew from OKC to Newark one day early and spent the night at the Renaissance at the airport. We used Uber for the first time for transport to the cruise terminal ...cost approx. $18....picked us up after only a 4 min. wait. ... Read More
We flew from OKC to Newark one day early and spent the night at the Renaissance at the airport. We used Uber for the first time for transport to the cruise terminal ...cost approx. $18....picked us up after only a 4 min. wait. We had never been to Quebec City and had heard wonderful comments from people who visited. We were not disappointed. The other ports, Boston, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Portland were appealing. We overnighted in Quebec City and had an enjoyable 7.5-hour Celebrity excursion the first day and spent time the 2nd day exploring the city on our own. We were disappointed there were 8 ships in port and we were stuck at the cargo port along with three other ships. That meant we had to take a complimentary shuttle to the main part of Lower Town but it worked out ok. A similar thing happened in Halifax and you could not walk out of the port area on your own. In both places, Queen Mary 2 was right up front and center. We were disappointed that Saguenay was cancelled due to the Right whales. Going to Saguenay was one of the deciding factors in selecting this cruise. Embarkation took about 40 min which was long for Elites-not enough checkin stations for us and I don't know why AAA advertises priority boarding-I've never seen that take place. The Summit is starting to show its age, but we would have no problems cruising again on the Summit. The crew was friendly and helpful. Capt Alex had a wonderful sense of humor and was very visible during the 14 day cruise. I had never seen a Capt. meet people as we left the ship departing from the cruise. We were impressed. One of the enrichment speakers was exceptionally good. Jim Kennedy, former Director of the Kennedy Space Center, gave 4 very informative and entertaining programs. Possibly the best we have ever heard on any cruise. We had Select dining and had a great experience. We made reservations online before the cruise. We never had a wait and had the same table for two, every night. Our two servers, Summer and Mentari, were excellent. They both were so friendly and made our dining experience pleasant and relaxing. Disembarkation was fast and smooth even in pouring rain. We did have an extremely long wait on the bus before it departed-at least 40 minutes with no air conditioning. Everything inside the terminal was quick and easy. We had a 4 hr bus tour of Manhattan as part of our transfer to the airport. We recommend the Summit and this itinerary. We are considering taking this cruise again next year. Read Less
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