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Not sure why they added this itinerary, but are quite glad they did. We had an overnight in Halifax for Canada Day followed by an overnight in Boston on July 4. Great timing, but the fireworks were not visible from the ship in Halifax and only very high ones were visible in Boston. Surprisingly, the shore excursions department didn't capitalize with excursions to watch either. While we think any cruise is great, this one was not as great as most. (This was our 19th, and 15th on Celebrity.). Captain Kate was very upbeat and quite visible around the ship during much of the cruise. (We had fog in the Canadian ports, so that confined her the bridge for three days.). However, we were disappointed in the overall condition of the ship and the lack of responsiveness from the officers. Asking for comments, we noted that deck 11 aft had a very musty smell, and our cabin (1140) had a strange odor and a problem with the shower stall strip which was torn on the side and missing at the bottom on our comment card presented to guest relations on day four. Nothing changed. It appeared that the staff talked the game when the captain was around, but did not walk the walk. Perhaps the attention paid to the superstar status of Captain Kate made other officers feel less important. While the hotel department senior officers were there for major Captain's Club and Cruise Critic events and visible on some evenings, they tended to cluster together as if to avoid talking with passengers. In addition the above concerns about our deck and cabin, there was more rust than usual around the ship. While I understand the problem of older ships and sea water, we were on her older sister Millennium in February and found her in like-new condition and hotel department senior offices always around and engaged 1:1 with passengers. The Summit's cruise director, Chris Sweets, introduced shows in the theatre, but again was not as visible as most, but his staff members were. While in Portland (day 7 of 10), we were provided a coupon titled, "Laundry Bag Challenge," with instructions to stuff it as full as you can without tearing the bag and the contents will be laundered for only $49.95. As usual, the best part of being in Aqua Class on an M-Class ship is dining in Blu. It was great to reconnect with assistant maitre 'd, Artur, who was an assistant waiter on our first Celebrity cruise. Donovan is the most upbeat waiter we have met and he and his assistant, Elena, provided superb service. Donovan is the poster person for upbeat and caring professionalism. He even led us in the Star Spangled Banner on the Fourth. During the cruise, the revised Blu menu was rolled out along with new (more professional, in our opinion) uniforms. The menu preserves the most popular items from the old with a few minor tweaks and adds a few new ones. Overall, we found the food in Blu to be very similar to before and professionally served by the same personable wait staff. New cast and new shows. Celebrity has brought the design and staffing of production shows in house and are these are now onboard Summit. The new production crew boarded when we did and spent the week rehearsing the first show, "Life." The second show will be performed along with "Life" on the next cruise followed by the third show on the next cruise. Don't hold your breath. We found the show at best, blah, and at worst boring. Very few costume changes, no real action other than a few dancers performing low energy routines compared to past shows. Perhaps this is a cost-cutting measure, as we did not see it as an improvement. Other one-night performers were very good. Both Beyond the Podium presenters were most interesting and almost as exciting as "Life." Speaking of the Beyond the Podium presentations, they had to be done in Revelations which is not a great location with lots of light making the PowerPoint presentations difficult to see on a small screen. One day, all the seats were wet from cleaning earlier in the day. The ports were well arranged and we enjoyed each, even with the rain and fog in the Canadian ones. Here is our day-by-day port updates: New York. Arrived a few days before and stayed near Times Square to watch some shows with tickets from TKTS. Arranged with Dial7 for transport from Newark Airport to the hotel and from the hotel to Bayonne (Cape Liberty). Bayonne/Check-in. Check-in went very quickly and we waited a few minutes before boarding at 11. Cabins were available about 1:15. We were docked stern out. If you want to walk to the Teardrop Memorial, do it beforehand as the shore side staff is very reluctant to let you leave the area. Some were actually rude in the responses. A real treat was a short transit upriver and an opportunity to sail near the Statue of Liberty. Bar Harbor, Maine. Pre-booked Oli's Trolley's 2.5hour tour to Acadia National Park with three stops. Our guide, Gary, provided excellent commentary throughout. We saw lots of people who did not have reservations turned away since no seats were available. The company offers cruise passengers their money back if the ship does not arrive as it is a tender port. We would note that there were lots of complaints about the amount of time the tendering process took. St. John's, New Brunswick. Pre-booked a private tour with Go Fundy Tours. The owner/guide Alexei Kalinin met us as scheduled at the pier and off we went to see the Reversing Falls and Fundy Parkway. It was wet and foggy, but we had a great time with an excellent guide. He took pictures of us and the sights frequently and uploaded them to Dropbox that evening at no additional cost. We would heartily recommend his tour. Halifax, Nova Scotia. On the first day, we had pre-booked tickets last October to the Nova Scotia Tattoo which is a three hour superbly choreographed show with military bands, bagpipers, dancers, choirs, and much, much more. We walked from the ship to the Scotia Bank Center in about 30 minutes. Tip: Follow Google Maps walking directions as what appears to be the most logical way ends with a very steep climb. The ship offered a similar tour, but we had much better seats for less than half the price and the bus transport took about the same time as traffic around the event was very heavy. That evening we walked back to the Citadel for the fireworks show. The show itself only lasted about 10 minutes - a disappointment for Canada's 150th Birthday. The second morning we took the Peggy's Cove and Titanic Tour (HX67). We departed in a torrential rain, but it shifted to fog as we left the city. Our guide was excellent providing lots of information and took time to visit/respond to questions with each person on our way back from Peggy's Cove. The fog was quite heavy and you could barely see the ocean from the lighthouse. This was an excellent tour that would have been outstanding if the weather had been better. Portland, Maine. We did Portland by Land and Sea (PW27). It consisted of a drive through the city to Portland Head Lighthouse followed by a two hour cruise with Portland Schooner aboard the Wendameen. The cruise aboard this 105 year old tall ship was outstanding. After the initial safety briefing, the captain clearly stated that this was not a narrated sightseeing cruise, but an opportunity to sail aboard this ship. It was excellent and ended on the other side of the pier from Summit. The bus portion was so-so as the guide was mediocre at best. We had friends who did the Kennebunkport Tour and reported the traffic was horrendous and with the late start due to immigration they saw very little. One group did see Barbara Bush out walking around the Bush Compound. May be better when not on the Third of July. NOTE: Since we departed the US, we had to clear immigration before going ashore. We were given assigned times to appear in Rendezvous (for US citizens) and Revelations (non-US) for our face-to-face immigration check which would be repeated in Bayonne. By the first scheduled time, the line extended down to the theatre and was growing in length as the CBP officers arrived later than expected. A total embarrassment for the US as clearing immigration going to Canada was handled electronically and I doubt any additional terrorists were stopped. Boston. On July Fourth, we took the ships shuttle ($16 round trip) to the Quincy Market area and did the north part of the walking tour. Lots of activity in town as one would expect. Headed back to the ship about two and then took the "T" to see the fireworks. The 30-minute fireworks show in the Charles River was impressive as was the concert by the Boston Pops and other well known performers. Be prepared to enter a tight security area along with 300,000 or more new friends and a very heavy police presence. We returned to the ship about midnight. Our second morning in Boston was treated as a sea day by us considering our midnight arrival and early afternoon departure. Newport, RI. We did the ship's Vanderbilt's Newport Tour (NE03) visiting the Breakers and the Marble House. It was a very good tour marred by waits for the busses as the tour vendor used the same bus for three groups. Of course the impact of traffic and late-returners snowballed. Newport is very compact and the town itself can be easily done on foot. This was the second tender port and the complaints were rampant about the time it took to get ashore. It was not a problem for us since we were on a ship's tour that used the forward tender landing or for others with Elite and above status. Disembarkation in Bayonne. Very smooth with about five CBP agents. We had an 8:20 tag and left the ship at 8:15 and were waiting for our ride at 8:30. We learned our lesson last time when we departed from LaGuardia and wisely chose Newark using Dial7 Car Service from the pier to the airport. We had requested a 9:20 pickup, but called and they were there by 8:50.

Summit Ten-Day Independence Day Cruise

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by BSinPNS

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Not sure why they added this itinerary, but are quite glad they did. We had an overnight in Halifax for Canada Day followed by an overnight in Boston on July 4. Great timing, but the fireworks were not visible from the ship in Halifax and only very high ones were visible in Boston. Surprisingly, the shore excursions department didn't capitalize with excursions to watch either.

While we think any cruise is great, this one was not as great as most. (This was our 19th, and 15th on Celebrity.). Captain Kate was very upbeat and quite visible around the ship during much of the cruise. (We had fog in the Canadian ports, so that confined her the bridge for three days.). However, we were disappointed in the overall condition of the ship and the lack of responsiveness from the officers. Asking for comments, we noted that deck 11 aft had a very musty smell, and our cabin (1140) had a strange odor and a problem with the shower stall strip which was torn on the side and missing at the bottom on our comment card presented to guest relations on day four. Nothing changed. It appeared that the staff talked the game when the captain was around, but did not walk the walk. Perhaps the attention paid to the superstar status of Captain Kate made other officers feel less important. While the hotel department senior officers were there for major Captain's Club and Cruise Critic events and visible on some evenings, they tended to cluster together as if to avoid talking with passengers. In addition the above concerns about our deck and cabin, there was more rust than usual around the ship. While I understand the problem of older ships and sea water, we were on her older sister Millennium in February and found her in like-new condition and hotel department senior offices always around and engaged 1:1 with passengers. The Summit's cruise director, Chris Sweets, introduced shows in the theatre, but again was not as visible as most, but his staff members were. While in Portland (day 7 of 10), we were provided a coupon titled, "Laundry Bag Challenge," with instructions to stuff it as full as you can without tearing the bag and the contents will be laundered for only $49.95.

As usual, the best part of being in Aqua Class on an M-Class ship is dining in Blu. It was great to reconnect with assistant maitre 'd, Artur, who was an assistant waiter on our first Celebrity cruise. Donovan is the most upbeat waiter we have met and he and his assistant, Elena, provided superb service. Donovan is the poster person for upbeat and caring professionalism. He even led us in the Star Spangled Banner on the Fourth. During the cruise, the revised Blu menu was rolled out along with new (more professional, in our opinion) uniforms. The menu preserves the most popular items from the old with a few minor tweaks and adds a few new ones. Overall, we found the food in Blu to be very similar to before and professionally served by the same personable wait staff.

New cast and new shows. Celebrity has brought the design and staffing of production shows in house and are these are now onboard Summit. The new production crew boarded when we did and spent the week rehearsing the first show, "Life." The second show will be performed along with "Life" on the next cruise followed by the third show on the next cruise. Don't hold your breath. We found the show at best, blah, and at worst boring. Very few costume changes, no real action other than a few dancers performing low energy routines compared to past shows. Perhaps this is a cost-cutting measure, as we did not see it as an improvement. Other one-night performers were very good. Both Beyond the Podium presenters were most interesting and almost as exciting as "Life." Speaking of the Beyond the Podium presentations, they had to be done in Revelations which is not a great location with lots of light making the PowerPoint presentations difficult to see on a small screen. One day, all the seats were wet from cleaning earlier in the day.

The ports were well arranged and we enjoyed each, even with the rain and fog in the Canadian ones. Here is our day-by-day port updates:

New York. Arrived a few days before and stayed near Times Square to watch some shows with tickets from TKTS. Arranged with Dial7 for transport from Newark Airport to the hotel and from the hotel to Bayonne (Cape Liberty).

Bayonne/Check-in. Check-in went very quickly and we waited a few minutes before boarding at 11. Cabins were available about 1:15. We were docked stern out. If you want to walk to the Teardrop Memorial, do it beforehand as the shore side staff is very reluctant to let you leave the area. Some were actually rude in the responses. A real treat was a short transit upriver and an opportunity to sail near the Statue of Liberty.

Bar Harbor, Maine. Pre-booked Oli's Trolley's 2.5hour tour to Acadia National Park with three stops. Our guide, Gary, provided excellent commentary throughout. We saw lots of people who did not have reservations turned away since no seats were available. The company offers cruise passengers their money back if the ship does not arrive as it is a tender port. We would note that there were lots of complaints about the amount of time the tendering process took.

St. John's, New Brunswick. Pre-booked a private tour with Go Fundy Tours. The owner/guide Alexei Kalinin met us as scheduled at the pier and off we went to see the Reversing Falls and Fundy Parkway. It was wet and foggy, but we had a great time with an excellent guide. He took pictures of us and the sights frequently and uploaded them to Dropbox that evening at no additional cost. We would heartily recommend his tour.

Halifax, Nova Scotia. On the first day, we had pre-booked tickets last October to the Nova Scotia Tattoo which is a three hour superbly choreographed show with military bands, bagpipers, dancers, choirs, and much, much more. We walked from the ship to the Scotia Bank Center in about 30 minutes. Tip: Follow Google Maps walking directions as what appears to be the most logical way ends with a very steep climb. The ship offered a similar tour, but we had much better seats for less than half the price and the bus transport took about the same time as traffic around the event was very heavy. That evening we walked back to the Citadel for the fireworks show. The show itself only lasted about 10 minutes - a disappointment for Canada's 150th Birthday.

The second morning we took the Peggy's Cove and Titanic Tour (HX67). We departed in a torrential rain, but it shifted to fog as we left the city. Our guide was excellent providing lots of information and took time to visit/respond to questions with each person on our way back from Peggy's Cove. The fog was quite heavy and you could barely see the ocean from the lighthouse. This was an excellent tour that would have been outstanding if the weather had been better.

Portland, Maine. We did Portland by Land and Sea (PW27). It consisted of a drive through the city to Portland Head Lighthouse followed by a two hour cruise with Portland Schooner aboard the Wendameen. The cruise aboard this 105 year old tall ship was outstanding. After the initial safety briefing, the captain clearly stated that this was not a narrated sightseeing cruise, but an opportunity to sail aboard this ship. It was excellent and ended on the other side of the pier from Summit. The bus portion was so-so as the guide was mediocre at best. We had friends who did the Kennebunkport Tour and reported the traffic was horrendous and with the late start due to immigration they saw very little. One group did see Barbara Bush out walking around the Bush Compound. May be better when not on the Third of July.

NOTE: Since we departed the US, we had to clear immigration before going ashore. We were given assigned times to appear in Rendezvous (for US citizens) and Revelations (non-US) for our face-to-face immigration check which would be repeated in Bayonne. By the first scheduled time, the line extended down to the theatre and was growing in length as the CBP officers arrived later than expected. A total embarrassment for the US as clearing immigration going to Canada was handled electronically and I doubt any additional terrorists were stopped.

Boston. On July Fourth, we took the ships shuttle ($16 round trip) to the Quincy Market area and did the north part of the walking tour. Lots of activity in town as one would expect. Headed back to the ship about two and then took the "T" to see the fireworks. The 30-minute fireworks show in the Charles River was impressive as was the concert by the Boston Pops and other well known performers. Be prepared to enter a tight security area along with 300,000 or more new friends and a very heavy police presence. We returned to the ship about midnight.

Our second morning in Boston was treated as a sea day by us considering our midnight arrival and early afternoon departure.

Newport, RI. We did the ship's Vanderbilt's Newport Tour (NE03) visiting the Breakers and the Marble House. It was a very good tour marred by waits for the busses as the tour vendor used the same bus for three groups. Of course the impact of traffic and late-returners snowballed. Newport is very compact and the town itself can be easily done on foot. This was the second tender port and the complaints were rampant about the time it took to get ashore. It was not a problem for us since we were on a ship's tour that used the forward tender landing or for others with Elite and above status.

Disembarkation in Bayonne. Very smooth with about five CBP agents. We had an 8:20 tag and left the ship at 8:15 and were waiting for our ride at 8:30. We learned our lesson last time when we departed from LaGuardia and wisely chose Newark using Dial7 Car Service from the pier to the airport. We had requested a 9:20 pickup, but called and they were there by 8:50.
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Aqua Class
Cabin A1 1140
Great cabin and location. Third time in 1140 on an M-Class ship. You could hear the movie on deck 12 above and entertainment at the Sunset Bar on 10 from the veranda, but with the door closed the cabin was very quiet. However, this cabin needs a bit of TLC. Shower door seals torn and/or missing. Room smelled musty.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Acadia National Park
    Pre-booked Oli's Trolley's 2.5hour tour to Acadia National Park with three stops. Our guide, Gary, provided excellent commentary throughout. We saw lots of people who did not have reservations turned away since no seats were available. The company offers cruise passengers their money back if the ship does not arrive as it is a tender port. We would note that there were lots of complaints about the amount of time the tendering process took.
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  • Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    Quick, efficient and easy check in. Don;'t try to get off the ship to visit the Teardrop Memorial as they really discourage this to the point of being rude.
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  • Boston
    On July Fourth, we took the ships shuttle ($16 round trip) to the Quincy Market area and did the north part of the walking tour. Lots of activity in town as one would expect. Headed back to the ship about two and then took the "T" to see the fireworks. The 30-minute fireworks show in the Charles River was impressive as was the concert by the Boston Pops and other well known performers. Be prepared to enter a tight security area along with 300,000 or more new friends and a very heavy police presence. We returned to the ship about midnight.
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  • Peggy's Cove
    On the first day, we had pre-booked tickets last October to the Nova Scotia Tattoo which is a three hour superbly choreographed show with military bands, bagpipers, dancers, choirs, and much, much more. We walked from the ship to the Scotia Bank Center in about 30 minutes. Tip: Follow Google Maps walking directions as what appears to be the most logical way ends with a very steep climb. The ship offered a similar tour, but we had much better seats for less than half the price and the bus transport took about the same time as traffic around the event was very heavy. That evening we walked back to the Citadel for the fireworks show. The show itself only lasted about 10 minutes - a disappointment for Canada's 150th Birthday.


    The second morning we took the Peggy's Cove and Titanic Tour (HX67). We departed in a torrential rain, but it shifted to fog as we left the city. Our guide was excellent providing lots of information and took time to visit/respond to questions with each person on our way back from Peggy's Cove. The fog was quite heavy and you could barely see the ocean from the lighthouse. This was an excellent tour that would have been outstanding if the weather had been better.
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  • Breakers Mansion
    Vanderbilt's Newport Tour (NE03) visiting the Breakers and the Marble House. It was a very good tour marred by waits for the busses as the tour vendor used the same bus for three groups. Of course the impact of traffic and late-returners snowballed. Newport is very compact and the town itself can be easily done on foot. This was the second tender port and the complaints were rampant about the time it took to get ashore. It was not a problem for us since we were on a ship's tour that used the forward tender landing or for others with Elite and above status.
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  • The Vanderbilts' Marble House
    Vanderbilt's Newport Tour (NE03) visiting the Breakers and the Marble House. It was a very good tour marred by waits for the busses as the tour vendor used the same bus for three groups. Of course the impact of traffic and late-returners snowballed. Newport is very compact and the town itself can be easily done on foot. This was the second tender port and the complaints were rampant about the time it took to get ashore. It was not a problem for us since we were on a ship's tour that used the forward tender landing or for others with Elite and above status.
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  • Schooner Sail
    consisted of a drive through the city to Portland Head Lighthouse followed by a two hour cruise with Portland Schooner aboard the Wendameen. The cruise aboard this 105 year old tall ship was outstanding. After the initial safety briefing, the captain clearly stated that this was not a narrated sightseeing cruise, but an opportunity to sail aboard this ship. It was excellent and ended on the other side of the pier from Summit. The bus portion was so-so as the guide was mediocre at best. We had friends who did the Kennebunkport Tour and reported the traffic was horrendous and with the late start due to immigration they saw very little. One group did see Barbara Bush out walking around the Bush Compound. May be better when not on the Third of July.

    CAUTION: If this is the first port after visiting Canada, you will need to clear immigration which is a real pain.
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  • Bay of Fundy
    Pre-booked a private tour with Go Fundy Tours. The owner/guide Alexei Kalinin met us as scheduled at the pier and off we went to see the Reversing Falls and Fundy Parkway. It was wet and foggy, but we had a great time with an excellent guide. He took pictures of us and the sights frequently and uploaded them to Dropbox that evening at no additional cost. We would heartily recommend his tour.
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