1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise offered a chance to see parts of New England and my home country of Canada my wife and I wanted to see. The transportation from the airport to the port was less than we would have liked. The van was not maintained very well, ... Read More
This cruise offered a chance to see parts of New England and my home country of Canada my wife and I wanted to see. The transportation from the airport to the port was less than we would have liked. The van was not maintained very well, broken seatbelts, and the side door would not close properly. At the pier embarkation was very easy and quick. The ship was a little tired but that will all be taken care of with the refit coming next year. Our cabin was fine as it was mostly used for sleeping. This was our first time trying anytime dinning and the first night was very rushed. Our appetizers arrived before our sommelier had come to the table. The following nights we were in a different section and service was great so we asked for the same waiter, Frederick, for the rest of our dinners in the main dining room. The speciality restaurants were awesome. The Tuscan Grille, Sushi On Five, and Quisine did not disappoint. As a chef myself I really enjoyed the cooking demonstrations by the executive chef and the progressive golf with Gigi was a blast. We went to the shows almost every night in the main theatre. The Celebrity cast of singers and dancers was good and the orchestra was great. The entertainment that was brought on board was excellent. The service was always great. We especially loved the Martini Bar where we were known by name and greeted each day by Imade. We booked a shore excursion in each port and found the tour guides to be excellent and very engaging. There was lots to see in each port but we especially enjoyed Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, and Boston. Bar Harbour was missed due to weather. We booked a tour of Manhattan before our flight home. It is an amazing city to see but the tour felt very rushed. Several times it was mentioned that people had to get back earlier than the four hours allotted. However it was over heard in a conversation between the driver and the tour guide that the driver had a football game to work in the afternoon and was in a rush. Overall the cruise was excellent. This was our fifth time cruising with Celebrity and second time on the Summit. We were however disappointed with the changes too the Captains club since we last cruised. Our previous cruises of 10 days or less were each worth 30 club points however because of the category we booked this 14 day cruise was only worth 28 points. This left us 2 points shy of the next upgrade level. In the end we enjoyed the cruise very much. We met some great people and the fall colours were spectacular. We would recommend this itinerary and ship to cruisers who enjoy history and great service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We booked this cruise on June 7, that date only inside cabins were available, we booked GTY with savings of $1,100, and were assigned 7052, we receive the promo full payment in 12 months without interest, at first time I don't liked ... Read More
We booked this cruise on June 7, that date only inside cabins were available, we booked GTY with savings of $1,100, and were assigned 7052, we receive the promo full payment in 12 months without interest, at first time I don't liked because it's a connecting cabin, so I asked to be moved but the change was denied because the cabin I was asking in the same CAT was for 3 people, when final payment arrived (not for me) I see the 7050 available and asked to be moved, change was successful. I loved this cabin in vertically oriented with the bed in the back wall, in the other extreme are the closet and the bath, and in the middle the dressing area with the mirror, with this distribution the space is taken advantage to the maximum and you feel more comfortable. The ship is nice but it shows its age, she will be rejuvenated in the next dry dock. I always dine in the MDR except for one night when I dine in Qsine (original menu) with a group of 8 CC friends, also I do lunch at Qsine (sea food) and Tuscan Grill (Oktober fest). The food was good, the steaks were soft, easy to cut and tasty, The Lobster night I do it double. Entertainment I never go to the shows, prefer to socialize with friends as I was traveling alone, AA denied to board the plane to my DW (Friday Oct 5 4 am) because her USA laser VISA was peeling in one of the corners, they say it's damaged you can't not travel, my heart was broken and I don't feel OK to go to the shows. My TA cancel all from my DW and she email me that Taxes, port fees, gratuities and shore excursion will be refundable in 1 month, she also says that the beverage pack was not refundable because the cancellation was done one day after the limit. When I board the Summit I go to guest relations and ask for the rules, they don't know so they write a email to Miami, Same Sunday Oct 7 at 8:30 PM I receive a email from Celebrity that everything is going to be refundable, They refunded all from the cruise planner shore excursions and beverages the last day of the cruise, still waiting for the tax, port fees and gratuities. All Celebrity personnel, says hello to me by my name, it was nice because everybody knows me and I felt the most personal treatment not a simple Sr. I give 120/100. Ports, this was my first time in all ports of call, I liked every place, and we see the fall foliage, we don't go to Bar Harbor because strong winds instead we have an extra night in Quebec, at all ports I booked full day ship excursions, I have no complaints, I think I receive more than I was expecting. Know I'm in the process to renew my and DW USA Visas, if them are approved I will book this cruise again and maybe a B2B, to have more time to explore the ports and ejoy a larger vacation. In this sailing we have only 2 children on board, one lady 2 1/2 years old and a baby x months old. I have two problems, with a lot of comments here in CC. one was the onboard purchase was being charge in MX pesos instead of US Dollars as I ordered in the Check in, I go to guest relation to be changed that the conversion was made by my bank, and the second problem was being charge for Water or Coca cola or Vitamin water when I have the Premium non alcoholic package. Again need to go to guest relation for the cancellation of the extra charges. The sales they have onboard (in a special area) are a lie the perfumes and most of the merchandise has the same price as in the stores, the unique sale I see was tee shirts at $5 because was out of the season. Martini bar the waiters do not use the measure to prepare the drink, for my taste they were too strong, I had to ask them to prepare them in the light version. The disembarkation and migration was the fastest I've had, the immigration officials just took a photo and by facial recognition I was approved to continue without having to show documents to the immigration officers. I just want to thank all the Celebrity staff and my roll call friends and I want you to know that I am very grateful for your friendship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise for the locations. It takes the full 14 days of cruising to see NE/Canada. Celebrity offered this round trip from Cape Liberty. This is so much easier than the 10 day I had done before where it was NYC to Quebec City ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the locations. It takes the full 14 days of cruising to see NE/Canada. Celebrity offered this round trip from Cape Liberty. This is so much easier than the 10 day I had done before where it was NYC to Quebec City and then you have to find your own way back home. Let's start with the pre-cruise experience: We decided to stay at the Hilton Newark Penn Station for ease of sight seeing in Lower Manhattan. The hotel is perfect for catching PATH train to NYC. No problems with hotel and would definitely recommend if your objective is to see the One World Tower area. The train station seemed confusing as far as where to buy your tickets and to locate platforms. Simply find a ticket machine and read the directions! Locating the platforms got easier as we traveled back and forth and learned the system. ( ok, this may be easy peasy for most of you but our town only has a yellow blinking light....so don't hate...!!!) Many people warned of the homeless people in the train station but they didn't seem to be doing anything but hanging out. Very few were begging for money. They are nothing like some foreign countries where they harass and follow you. PATH train was interesting place to people watch also! Most people just buried their nose in their phone and never made eye contact with anyone. I am from the south and we have a tendency to smile and strike up a conversation. (which I did with a most pleasant father and cute daughter who were spending the day together.) One can learn so much about the world by extending a smile and a hello. Back to the review, the train took us directly to the Oculus, which is a beautiful building. From there we went up into the One World Tower. We wanted to go late in the evening when the city lights came on, but time didn't jive with the setting sun. We returned next day and worked our way down to Staten Island Ferry for a ride around the harbor to see the "Lady". Thank you, New Yorkers, for providing such a lovely, historic, clean and safe city for us to enjoy! Boston: We walked the Freedom Trail and were fighting the weather elements not the British! It didn't diminish our learning experience and our apprection for the history of our country. We also had to expand our culinary pallet as well as our waistbands. Hence, our stop at Mike's pastry for cannoli of all kinds!! Portland: We walked up to the Eastern cemetery and had a prearranged tour guide that gave us an interesting study of the headstones and a few people of historical significance. This was set up through the historical and restoration society of Eastern Cemetery. From there we walked up to the Portland Observatory. Very interesting building and tour is self explanatory. Great sights from the top. Bar Harbor: We arranged a 4 hr. tour in a mini van from At Your Service Taxi Co. Fantastic tour and lots of sights that you can't see from a bus! Our driver, MJ, not only gave great interpretation of the area, but also jackets and shawls since we were unprepared for the cold air!! We enjoyed our lobster rolls at Stewman's but think they were better in Portland. Quebec City: Can't say or take enough pictures here! Celebrity provided transportation to the Chateau Frontenac in the Old City. (Special shout out to you, Celebrity, for this!!) There is an interesting sight under the boardwalk that shows the excavation of the original fort. Entrance and Exit are right in front of the Chateau on the boardwalk. Make sure you take a quick walk into the hotel to see the late 1800's opulence. Observe the small architectural details that make this place special to this day. We walked down the many stairs as we toured Lower Quebec City. Time seems to stand still as you embrace the enduring beauty of this quaint village area. The ambience of this city calls to the soul and you will find yourself making plans to return before you even leave!! No Spoiler Alert.....you need to explore this city yourself in all the small shops and restaurants. Again, Celebrity has shuttles that brought us back to the ship from Upper Town. Took the Funiculaire upstairs just for the fun of saying we did it!! Celebrity shore excursion took us to Montorency Falls the next day. Fantastic fall colors, blue skies and maple syrup were also on tap........pun intended!! Couldn't have had a better bus or tour guide to travel around the countryside. More accolades to Celebrity for this excursion! Sydney: Used Celebrity again for an excursion to Fort Louisbourg. We all enjoyed the tour guide who shared lots of interesting details on the bus and in the fort. Don't miss the oldest church in Sydney located just a couple of blocks from port. They have a hand craft market in the building behind. Great opportunity to buy local souvenirs! Halifax: Citadel is the main attraction. Don't miss going through Seaman's wharf. Just fun place to look at the offerings...........Our friends went to Peggy's cove and enjoyed that trip through Celebrity. So much to see and do on this trip and sea days were spent relaxing. We love the sauna in the spa area. The enclosed pool area on this ship is a big plus due to cooler weather and air temps. Food was great as usual on Celebrity. The drink package made the whole trip "happier" as one of our bar servers, Marly, always said! This ship soon goes into dry dock so it was easy to overlook some of the areas in disrepair. The dining room service and system was chaotic the first few days and then seemed to level out. However, the last couple of nights it went downhill dramatically. We surmised a behind the scenes problem and didn't complain. (food was great tasting, just no service to get it........) We did tip the assistant waiter, John, extra because he always had tea on the table, bread and butter ready and always attentive to things we might need. Problems didn't seem to be his doing. We stayed in the new cabins on deck 3 with the extra large windows......fantastic! Close to elevators and quiet rooms. The air conditioning was a problem on that hallway so be warned. They attempted to fix but failed in our rooms anyway. Not worth complaining about to guest services as we've encountered this on other ships as well. Air works during the day and then won't cool in evening hours. We would love to take this trip again and see all the sights we didn't have time for. Celebrity would be our #1 choice based on itinerary, crew service and ship size! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Took 2 week ne/can cruise out of cape liberty got a suite from move up opportunity and boarding was a breeze .suite itself was terrific and chip(Butler) and margorie(room attendant)were ever so accommodating.highlight of our cruise was ... Read More
Took 2 week ne/can cruise out of cape liberty got a suite from move up opportunity and boarding was a breeze .suite itself was terrific and chip(Butler) and margorie(room attendant)were ever so accommodating.highlight of our cruise was eating in luminae restaurant charles(md) and our everyday server(JAY) were outstanding food was over the top in taste,preparation,and all around to die for.ship itself was well maintained and crew was always friendly and courteous. shows were good ,ocean view cafe was full of great choices and food was enjoyable .had premium drink package and never had problem getting a drink ,especially in luminae where Fabian (som) kept our glasses full and was very knowledgeable about wines .ports were beautiful and calling for us to return one day.all in all had a terrific time on summit just relaxing,eating,and having an all around great time on summit.hopE to see everyone again on the beautiful summit Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Have sailed with Celebrity several types and never been disappointed. Dining experience is fantastic, quality of food first class. Staff and level of service excellent. Ship is a little dated, but I believe it is going in for a ... Read More
Have sailed with Celebrity several types and never been disappointed. Dining experience is fantastic, quality of food first class. Staff and level of service excellent. Ship is a little dated, but I believe it is going in for a refit next year, but that wouldn't stop me from using this ship again. Sunday 9th September sailed from Cape Liberty, was raining so not great views of Manhattan, port is near Statue of Liberty. Monday 10th September as sea Tuesday 11th September - Boston Took the shuttle bus from the ship and walked to Faneuil Hall, rangers provide Freedom Trail guided walks, which we started but had to leave due to the lack of time. We then walked to Cheers Bar across Boston Common. Would recommend lunch at the Quincy Market great selection of food venues. Wednesday 12th September – Portland, Maine Took the Mail Boat run with Casco Bay Lines for $16.50 each, we boarded the Mail Boat run. It took us out in the bay, saw countless islands & stopped at a few. The captain gave some history of each of the islands you pass or visit. Better to have a trip booked as the town not that big. Thursday 13th September – Bar Harbour, Maine This is a tender port. The free shuttle buses provided by Island Explorer to the Arcadia National Park are excellent, a map is provided when you pay $15 to become a member and then you can hop and off the various buses touring the park. At bus stops times are displayed with the times of the next buses are arriving, we changed bus 3 times and it was fantastic. Bar Harbour itself is great to walk round, lots of shops and places to eat. Friday 14th & Saturday 15th September at sea Sunday 16th & Monday 17th September – Quebec A shuttle was provided up to the old town. Had a walk round about and then back the train station and purchased bus ticked to go to Montmorency Falls, which were lovely. Next day bought tickets for the hop on hop off bus from the Tourist Information office, near the Chateau, it was really informative, head phones were provided and 10 language translations. Tuesday 18th September – Saquency The Saguenay River Fjord is the 4 largest fjord in the world the fjord plunges to depths of 900 feet. Took a guided tour with a local company from the port, guide told us of the history of the area and we stopped at viewpoints and then at a village before returning to the ship. Others on the ship did the hop on hop off bus, which they said was excellent and included museum access. Wednesday 19th September at sea Thursday 20th September – Sydney, Nova Scotia Just had a walk around the town, craft stalls in the port, but not much to see, we should have booked a trip. Taxis are available just outside port with tour options, but by the time we thought of this the trip was going to take too long. Friday 21st September – Halifax, Nova Scotia Visited Peggy's Cove shared a taxi which was $200 with 2 other couples, the driver was very knowledgeable, we went along the coast to Lunenburg which is a UNESCO Heritage town, it was absolutely stunning, weather was glorious then driver took us to Titanic Cemetery and Citadel Titanic Cemetery has guided tours and was excellent. 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
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
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
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
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We cruised Summit out of Port Liberty for 14 days to Canada and New England. Overall it was a wonderful cruise with excellent ports and the staff on Summit were exceptional. That starts from the top with Captain Alex who was very visible ... Read More
We cruised Summit out of Port Liberty for 14 days to Canada and New England. Overall it was a wonderful cruise with excellent ports and the staff on Summit were exceptional. That starts from the top with Captain Alex who was very visible and always entertaining and humorous. We were in a Sky Suite (6132) so we truly enjoyed dining in Luminae most nights and Michael's Club. The MC Concierge Anastasia was excellent, very friendly and helpful at all times. The Luminae experience was a highlight of the cruise. We also dined in Qsine (very good and unusual), Tuscan Grill (very good but not exceptional), and Sushi-on-5 (pretty average sushi). The selection at the Oceanview Cafe buffet was very good most days. Great fresh poached eggs and made to order omelets for breakfast. Noticeable was the excellence of the staff in the Oceanview- attentive to bussing the tables, bringing fresh coffee and rolls/danish frequently. Very pleasant to interact with too. Better than any other Celebrity ship we have sailed. Entertainment on the ship was varied. Celebrity production shows were just OK. The guest entertainers were all very good. The lounge entertainment was excellent particularly the Violin duo The Neptunes. We had great bar service every day using our Premium beverage package mostly at the Martini Bar and at Cellar Masters. The bartenders were just a cut above at these two bars. Getting on and off the ship at Port Liberty was a breeze! We drove to the port and parked in the garage ($20/day). As for the ports- we had a great day in Boston first, The ship offered a $30 RT shuttle to/from Quincy Market. We walked to the North End area and had a great pizza for lunch. Next stop was Sydney Nova Scotia - kind of a washout due to the bad weather that day. The cruise along the St Lawrence to Quebec City was colorful and scenic. Quebec City overnight was the real highlight of the itinerary and it was just beautiful there. On the way back we missed Saguenay due to ship speed restrictions to protect endangered Atlantic Right Whales. We loved Halifax (harbor walk) and our trip to Peggy's Cove and the Titanic cemetery. Great Lobster rolls at the public marketplace. Portland was another Lobster/foody stop and a great little city. Bar Harbor was scenic but crowded but really enjoyed lunch at the West End Cafe. The At Sea days were relaxing but we had quite a bit of cool weather (60's) fog and rain. Overall Summit is an older ship but well maintained. Its age is overcome by the great crew and exceptional service. 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 cruised a few times always choose Celebrity. They simply know how to do get it right. The officers and staff were amazing and Captain Alex was a treat. He was very accessible and approachable throughout the cruise. His quotes of ... Read More
We have cruised a few times always choose Celebrity. They simply know how to do get it right. The officers and staff were amazing and Captain Alex was a treat. He was very accessible and approachable throughout the cruise. His quotes of the day were awesome and very upbeat. The team we had serving us dinner was outstanding in all respects. A big shout out to Jayson, Tirta and Mary Grace who waited on us in the main Cosmopolitan dining room. The food was so good we skipped the fee based dining rooms and stayed in the main dining or even the buffet on the nights we were dragging. Our cabin steward, Rosario, was also top notch. Finally, the array of entertainers starting with the celebrity Orchestra were the best we have seen on a cruise ship. They talent was quite varied and included singers, comedians, a juggler, a pianist and a flutist. All were great. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was the third time that I've taken the Canada/New England cruise (once on Constellation, twice on Summit). Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise: Captain Alex was superb with his informational/inspirational banter each day and his ... Read More
This was the third time that I've taken the Canada/New England cruise (once on Constellation, twice on Summit). Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise: Captain Alex was superb with his informational/inspirational banter each day and his accessibility; all staff were excellent (guest relations, cabin steward, main dining room, Elite hostess/lounge servers, cruise director and activities manager. Food in the main dining room ranged from good to very good. For several cruises (Celebrity and Royal), I've been disappointed with 'enrichment' activities during sea days. This cruise offered four interesting options: water color painting at 9 a.m., Kennedy space center director at 10:15 a.m., former parks service ranger and naturalist both at differing times. My only complaint was that sometimes other interesting events were held at lunch time. Evening entertainment was very good.The guest entertainers were a cut above and two offered matinee shows that were very well attended. Did not enjoy the ship's production shows. Perhaps it's time to eliminate them on all but the ships that have true Broadway productions. Celebrity orchestra was very talented. Quebec City is a favorite port with so much to offer, particularly with an over-night stay. We docked at the cargo pier about two miles from the lower city but the shuttles provided were well organized. I had not been to Boson for thirty years and was glad to have taken the ship's excursion at the last minute. For a different experience in Portland, if you have a later departure, take the Casco Bay mail-packet boat ($14 for seniors for 3.5 hours on the water). The boat transports islanders between downtown Portland and their homes on the Casco Bay islands. We stopped at seven +/- islands and delivered lumber, flats of shingles, boxes of bananas, etc. We had school kids coming home at the end of class, people with their dogs and groceries and folks like us. It was very interesting to have a peek at island life for this city dweller. The passengers came from afar such as Australia, Vancouver, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, etc. Of course, quite a few of us were from the East Coast. Thoroughly enjoyed socializing with everyone. My complaints have to do with the terminal: at embarkation only one check-in desk for Elite, etc.; took 45 minutes and I arrived early; also, at disembarkation, finding a porter was disorganized and time consuming. However, that said, I had a marvelous time on the Summit and recommend her sailings to Canada/New England and Bermuda (two overnights). 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
Sail Date: September 2017
We book the Celebrity Summit because of the itinerary and we were not disappointed. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Upon arrival on the ship you were greeted with a class of champagne. The buffet was good. They ... Read More
We book the Celebrity Summit because of the itinerary and we were not disappointed. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Upon arrival on the ship you were greeted with a class of champagne. The buffet was good. They had 2 sections and we found there was some different items on each section. for breakfast, you could have made to order omelettes which were very good. They had an ice cream station with different flavors of ice cream and toppings. The food presentation was great. The food was excellent especially since they have shrimp cocktail and the best onion soup every night. All of the crew are very friendly. The shows were great. They had a lot of free activities to do on sea days. Unfortunately, some of them were a few minutes apart and in different parts of the ship. We love this ship and will definitely go on it again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Okay, the Summit is getting on in age and in places shows it but Celebrity has done a fine job of maintenance and upkeep. Overall, the staff and Captain Alex made us feel part of the family. Olga, the Captains Club representative was ... Read More
Okay, the Summit is getting on in age and in places shows it but Celebrity has done a fine job of maintenance and upkeep. Overall, the staff and Captain Alex made us feel part of the family. Olga, the Captains Club representative was alway front and center if you needed anything. Captain Alex kept us in stitches with his daily humor and words of wisdom at 1000 am sharply. Qsine is a dining experience that despite its modest cost, is something to experience. Enough said because of the surprises the dining adventure provides. The main dinning room provides excellent meals that rival any high end restuarant. Sapal and Indah are excellent servers. The entertainment is of Las Vegas calibre. Patrick, the Cruise Director keeps everything going with his upbeat magic wand. The Hotel staff under Dinuta are efficient and will to assist at any time. For some reason our cabin cards became demagnetized a few times The itinerary was excellent. Too bad Boston was excluded but St John NB was scenic, sunny and warm. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this cruise for the itinerary to get out of FL in Sept. We got to miss hurricane Irma by having this cruise planned but learned that i won't count on Choice Air, or whatever the new name is, unless i am doing a TA. We paid the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary to get out of FL in Sept. We got to miss hurricane Irma by having this cruise planned but learned that i won't count on Choice Air, or whatever the new name is, unless i am doing a TA. We paid the air change fee Wednesday before the Sunday cruise. By the time waivers were available for Central Fl all tickets were gone. We talked to quite a few Floridians who drove because of weather. Embarkation very easy. Had done this itinerary 6 years ago and hesitated to go back to Bayonne but were pleasantly surprised. We were in an inside cabin this time because we didn't book onboard last time and thought prices stayed high a very long time. And all the OV were booked. But we knew it was port intensive and deck 3 is excellent location especially after touring all day. We are Elite Plus so have had a wide range of cabin experiences. The room size doesn't change except for the balcony space till you get to suite class and furthest we go is AC. Interestingly, all the sea days were foggy, rainy or cold so we felt we didn't miss much this time around. The port days were gorgeous so it was a big win. Still love the drink vouchers and use them every night and varying locations. I liked the new furniture in Aqua Spa but their food has changed and not for the better in my opinion. They took out the big cold water containers on each side of the food line in AS which is another cost/service cut i guess. I used to enjoy those. Liked our table mates and waiter in MDR so dinner was pleasant. Ate in MDR for many more meals than we do on Solstice class just because the buffet area was always so crowded partly due to weather outside. Fist time i have seen them pull tables from Sunset Bar area into walkways in buffet area but it worked well enough. My only food "requirement" on a cruise is variety and service. I thought several of the soups we had were same menu item and just as good as what we have had in BLU. However, I do love fish in most restaurants but i find X to be sub par in that area. In my opinion, best sweets/treats on the ship are in Bacio which we visit often, even take one of their danish to breakfast in MDR. Highlight of the cruise(besides skipping FL in Sept) this time was Captain Alex. X has many personable and capable Captains but not sure we have sailed before with Captain Alex. His energy, enthusiasm, wit and commitment came down through the ranks from our perspective. I actually checked my watch daily to make sure I didn't miss his funny 10 AM announcements. A first for me!. He called himself the FUN Captain. He gets my vote as well. Sunset Bar staff was outstanding and wish X rotated a bit more entertainment out there. We used to look forward to being on ships for the production shows. Sadly for us that is no longer the case. This cast had no singers whose words we could understand. We did enjoy the guest entertainers very much. Disembarkation was a breeze, We did walk off and were outside at 8:30. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We had a great cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit. This was our "free" cruise for reaching Zenith, which was, however, far from free. We wanted to be in a Suite so we paid the difference in the room price, plus this was a 9 day ... Read More
We had a great cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit. This was our "free" cruise for reaching Zenith, which was, however, far from free. We wanted to be in a Suite so we paid the difference in the room price, plus this was a 9 day cruise and the "free" cruise was a 7 day cruise. That being said, it was a great cruise and Captain Alex, made sure that our Zenith recognition was indeed very very special. We were invited privately to the bridge and met by his entire senior crew and given models of the ship, and a GIANT cake which spelled out Zenith. Then that evening we had a private dinner in Tuscan Grill with the Captain and his executive team. Captain Alex has a great personality and he and his team made sure we felt special and recognized. The Sky Suite we were in was very nice, could use some new drapes, but there was nothing in the cabin which made us feel the least bit uncomfortable. We ate our dinners in Luminae and from the Hostess, Laurence to the incredible waiter Paolo, to the very best sommelier we have ever had, Maggie, dinners were all excellent. We had most of our lunches in the buffet and pool grill and always found something to our liking prepared well. The entertainment was much better than the usual shows. Celebrity took the production of their shows back "in house" and they were indeed better. Service from our excellent butler Pavel and room steward Made were also excellent and never lacking. We enjoyed Newport RI, although we are not fans of the tenders, and also had a great time in Boston. Bermuda was very relaxing, there is not much there other than beaches and some shopping. The larger ships dock at the dockyard and you have to take a bus or ferry to get to Hamilton or St. George. To be honest, Hamilton lacked some of the charm it had on our visit long ago. Read Less
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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