Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Nicn81
- Sail Date: June 2017
- Destination: Canada & New England
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A
Of course, security took an adapter for the CPAP machine, saying it was an extension cord (all it does is make it easier to plug into recessed outlets, of which was the case in the stateroom) but otherwise embarkation was very smooth. We were able to go to our cabin immediately, then went to the lunch buffet. There were a few problems there: lack of plates, silverware, and drinking glasses. They knew over 2000 people would be boarding but they didn't seem ready.
I had requested an extension cord and distilled water for CPAP machine prior to sailing and it was available that night.
Luggage arrived in cabin late that afternoon. Muster went easliy. Sailing out of the harbor was fantastic. Captain Kate made sure we sailed right by the Statue of Liberty.
Our cabin was very nice (balcony on Deck 7, midship). We had plenty of storage, especially in the bathroom. Luggage stored in the closet (and there were enough hangers for both of us). And, yes, I followed suggestions on Cruise Critic to take magnetic clips for the walls - they helped keep papers together along with the 2 hooks already installed.
We had reservations for the Select Dining that evening and it went smoothly.
Toilet in cabin was very hard to flush from the beginning and this lasted off and on throughout trip. We reported it 3 times and gave up. At one time we were told the entire ship was affected but we went to a restroom in one of the lobbies and it was fine.
We had another problem with no hot water in the shower. We reported this (and so did our cabin steward) but we didn't have hot water until the next to last day. Oh well, this cabin just had plumbing issues.
We went to all the evening shows and they were very good - especially Jesse Hamilton, Jr. Except for one show with the dance troup, all were individual performers, not production numbers.
Food was very good in the Oceanview Cafe. We also had Select Dining in the Cosmopolitan and found that we had an easier time getting a table if we did not have reservations. Especially if sharing a table. My one complaint would be that I made table requests (in advance) twice and did not get them. So we never had the same waiters twice.
We only booked one shore excursion through the ship because I found better deals on line prior to sailing. The one we booked with the ship was an afternoon one and I wanted to make sure we got back in time. We did try to book another excursion with the ship that was closed and we were put on a waiting list. No one contacted us about the status and I had to keep returning to the desk to check on it. And the lines were always long at the excursion desk. If you are going to book with the ship, do it before the cruise (I think the prices were lower, too).
Unfortunately, the cruise line did not plan anything to help with the 4th of July activities in Boston so we stayed on board and watched the fireworks from a distance. We were told the Boston Pops program would be broadcasted (sound only) but it wasn't. They played old Boston Pops music and then music from pop stars such as Miley Cyrus. Not exactly that patriotic.
The ship is an older one but the crew work on it constantly and it was very clean. We had heard Celebrity was more for senior citizens and that must be true. Walkers, canes, scooters, etc., were everywhere. And the enrichment programs were geared that direction such as several concerning joint pain.
And as I've read before, the walking/running track is very limited. It is also the main walkway on Deck 11 and between 2 rows of deck chairs. Not easy to negotiate.
My one big complaint is the smoking area. It is on Deck 10 just outside the doors, near the pool, and is not enclosed. The smoke was very heavy and spread the length of that side of the ship (especially since the cigar area was at the other end). I noticed the deck chairs weren't occupied much on that side and I think the smoke was the problem. I tried to sit there but couldn't. I suggest they enclose the area or move it away from the pool area.
Overall we enjoyed the cruise: the ports were very nice, the tenders to 2 ports were the lifeboats from the ship and were very comfortable, the food was great. I really enjoyed the itinerary of this trip and would like to see the area again.
Don't miss Tea Time from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - it was fun and tasty. Just don't be late - it closes promptly. We also enjoyed the ice cream bar and the multiple choices.
We celebrated an anniversary on this cruise (as I informed the cruise line prior to sailing). Except for a small cake brought to us by our waiter the last night (after we mentioned it to him), there was no recognition. Other cruise lines will mark it in some way if only with a sign on the door. The Duck Boat tour in Boston made a bigger deal of it than the cruise line. Maybe too many people were celebrating anniversaries and birthdays to make note.
This was our first trip with Celebrity after sailing with most of the other cruise lines. Each line has its pros and cons, and Celebrity is no different.
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