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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).

Great Canada/New England Cruise: 09/24/17-10/08/17

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by JHU

Trip Details
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).
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 2
Cabin C2 8079
Nicely located between the two elevator banks on the port side.
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Bar Harbor
    This was the forth visit to Bar Harbor. Took the Park Service bus on several loops. This requires the purchase of park admission, but is free if you have the senior pass. later walked around town and had delicious blueberry pie (not to be missed).
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  • City Tour
    Excellent bus driver and tour guide (both women). Driver got us around the city very well despite lots of road construction; guide was very informative and kept the group together well when we were walking around. Was very satisfied with this tour (booked at the last minute on board).
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  • Peggy's Cove
    Have been here several times; not to be missed for those new to Halifax. Great for picture taking. Very crowded; fortunate we were the first bus on site.
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  • Portland (Maine)
    Have been here several times. Took the Casco Bay mail-packet boat for 3.5 hours ($14 for seniors). This was a great opportunity to see how a different was of life (I'm a city dweller). Passengers were folks doing errands/shopping in Portland, school kids coming home after class. Also supplies were delivered to the islands such a lumber, shingles, groceries, etc. I highly recommend this activity.
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  • Quebec City
    "Tour" was for Catholic Saturday evening Mass at the shrine. Very interesting as the Mass celebrated the last day of a novena for a local priest who it is hoped will be canonized a saint. Mass held in the church undercroft (lower level) and a choir sang. A small procession was held at the end of Mass.

    Also did an independent tour that included the Sugar Shack and the maple syrup 'lollipops'. Seems that every tour that goes out of the city includes Montmocracy (spelling) Falls. Supposed to be higher than Niagara Falls but not nearly as impressive.
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  • Fortress of Louisbourg
    Poor weather but still learned a lot about the English and French presence. Interpreters were in period costume and very informative.
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