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This was a 14 day cruise out of Bayonne, NJ. We paid about $2300 pp for a window cabin (#2002). (We scored pre-paid gratuities and a $350 onboard credit!) The up-charge for veranda cabins can vary from practically nil to nearly double the cost of a window cabin. This cruise trended toward the upper end so I opted for a the window. I figured it would be too cold to sit out anyway – I was wrong. We had unusually warm weather from day 3 through day 10. Check-in - Easy. Buses park close to the terminal and cars pull right up like an airport. Porters took our luggage and I drove a hundred yards to a clean, modern garage. It's large enough that reservations are unnecessary. Cost is $20/day which includes all fees and taxes. By the time I locked the car and walked to the terminal, the luggage was on it's way and my wife was in line with our boarding passes. We were on board in 30 minutes but spent an hour waiting for the staterooms to be ready. The Ship – Summit is seventeen years old. Her age is apparent in the design. Smaller flat-screen TVs are set into an angle cabinets that were obviously designed for a CRT. Separate restaurants were carved out of corners of the main dining rooms. She was clean and well maintained. On arrival, our cabin thermostat was stuck on freezing. I called the service desk and a tech arrived in 30 min. Another 30 min and the system was working normally. Good response. Our Cabin – Summit's cabins run about 170 ft^2. Verandas add about 40 more. The décor was dated, the desk very small and somewhat less storage than I'm used to. There were only two 110v outlets, both at the desk. Beside them were two 220v outlets so if you have something (e.g. an elec. razor) that can run on either, bring a converter plug. There were nine lights in the ceiling but all on a single switch. You can't see onto the closet without lighting the whole cabin. That can be awkward. There is a mini-bar refig. We removed the overpriced contents and stocked it with our own water and diet coke. Our cabin steward was a delight, probably the best we ever had in a dozen cruises. Additionally, she fawned over a picture of our grand kids she noticed on my laptop screensaver. Max points there! Dining – Like many ships, Summit offers premium restaurants for an additional charge. Sushi on Five (Japanese) Tuscan Grille (steaks & Italian) and Qsine, (defies an simple description). We went to the Tuscan Grille ($45pp) one evening. It was absolutely top notch. There are two private dining venues, one for those in suites, the other for Aqua Class passengers. Suite passengers also have their own lounge called Michael's Club. Celebrity seems determined to return to the days of 1st, 2nd & 3rd class travel. For those of us traveling in steerage :-), early seating is 5:15pm; second seating at 8:00. Meals were typical cruise ship fare, a lot of stuff I couldn't pronounce but it was very good. Our waiter and busboy were attentive and prompt but our food was sometimes tepid. The cafeteria on deck 10 was good but nothing special. A wide variety but not up to the standard of the dining room. Tables were hard to come by on sea days. The obligatory grille near the pool offered burgers, hot dogs and fries. I've seen much better on other ships (Celebrity & others). Entertainment – The ship's contract entertainers were quite good. Celebrity typically hires talented young people who sing, dance and do frightening acrobatics from a thin cable. The short-term entertainers include singers, magicians, comics, etc. and were also good. The in-cabin TV programming was disappointing. I'm used to seeing a decent selection of movies available to watch. They offered a few newer flics but for $15 a pop. Even the in-house channel was a flop. On other cruise lines, I could view most lectures and seminars and check out the daily menus. Not here. Activities – There are a host of events to occupy your time. Bingo, trivia & poker, along with dance & fitness classes are available every day. Lectures subjects include art, cooking, history and travel. There are two pools, one covered, one open. The pool attendants did a good job clearing empty loungers; chair hogging was minimal. Excursions – Like most cruise lines, these were expensive. Unlike other cruises where a variety of private excursions were available at the pier, these ports had very few non-celebrity options. We booked five excursions. They varied from so-so to very good. One serendipitous feature was a lack of those annoying 30-45 min stops at tourist traps common in Europe and the Caribbean. Summary – A good cruise on an older but well maintained ship. The median age of passengers was probably 75. I’m sure much of that was the timing but I suspect even when school’s out Celebrity still attracts an older crowd. If you don’t mind the occasional passageway pile-up behind a scooter or queuing up at while a wheelchair negotiates the gangway, or if you’d like to avoid hordes of teenagers at the pools, Celebrity is a very good choice.

Canada/New England via Celebrity Summit.

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by ahannas

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This was a 14 day cruise out of Bayonne, NJ. We paid about $2300 pp for a window cabin (#2002). (We scored pre-paid gratuities and a $350 onboard credit!) The up-charge for veranda cabins can vary from practically nil to nearly double the cost of a window cabin. This cruise trended toward the upper end so I opted for a the window. I figured it would be too cold to sit out anyway – I was wrong. We had unusually warm weather from day 3 through day 10.

Check-in - Easy. Buses park close to the terminal and cars pull right up like an airport. Porters took our luggage and I drove a hundred yards to a clean, modern garage. It's large enough that reservations are unnecessary. Cost is $20/day which includes all fees and taxes. By the time I locked the car and walked to the terminal, the luggage was on it's way and my wife was in line with our boarding passes. We were on board in 30 minutes but spent an hour waiting for the staterooms to be ready.

The Ship – Summit is seventeen years old. Her age is apparent in the design. Smaller flat-screen TVs are set into an angle cabinets that were obviously designed for a CRT. Separate restaurants were carved out of corners of the main dining rooms. She was clean and well maintained. On arrival, our cabin thermostat was stuck on freezing. I called the service desk and a tech arrived in 30 min. Another 30 min and the system was working normally. Good response.

Our Cabin – Summit's cabins run about 170 ft^2. Verandas add about 40 more. The décor was dated, the desk very small and somewhat less storage than I'm used to. There were only two 110v outlets, both at the desk. Beside them were two 220v outlets so if you have something (e.g. an elec. razor) that can run on either, bring a converter plug. There were nine lights in the ceiling but all on a single switch. You can't see onto the closet without lighting the whole cabin. That can be awkward. There is a mini-bar refig. We removed the overpriced contents and stocked it with our own water and diet coke. Our cabin steward was a delight, probably the best we ever had in a dozen cruises. Additionally, she fawned over a picture of our grand kids she noticed on my laptop screensaver. Max points there!

Dining – Like many ships, Summit offers premium restaurants for an additional charge. Sushi on Five (Japanese) Tuscan Grille (steaks & Italian) and Qsine, (defies an simple description). We went to the Tuscan Grille ($45pp) one evening. It was absolutely top notch. There are two private dining venues, one for those in suites, the other for Aqua Class passengers. Suite passengers also have their own lounge called Michael's Club. Celebrity seems determined to return to the days of 1st, 2nd & 3rd class travel.

For those of us traveling in steerage :-), early seating is 5:15pm; second seating at 8:00. Meals were typical cruise ship fare, a lot of stuff I couldn't pronounce but it was very good. Our waiter and busboy were attentive and prompt but our food was sometimes tepid. The cafeteria on deck 10 was good but nothing special. A wide variety but not up to the standard of the dining room. Tables were hard to come by on sea days. The obligatory grille near the pool offered burgers, hot dogs and fries. I've seen much better on other ships (Celebrity & others).

Entertainment – The ship's contract entertainers were quite good. Celebrity typically hires talented young people who sing, dance and do frightening acrobatics from a thin cable. The short-term entertainers include singers, magicians, comics, etc. and were also good. The in-cabin TV programming was disappointing. I'm used to seeing a decent selection of movies available to watch. They offered a few newer flics but for $15 a pop. Even the in-house channel was a flop. On other cruise lines, I could view most lectures and seminars and check out the daily menus. Not here.

Activities – There are a host of events to occupy your time. Bingo, trivia & poker, along with dance & fitness classes are available every day. Lectures subjects include art, cooking, history and travel. There are two pools, one covered, one open. The pool attendants did a good job clearing empty loungers; chair hogging was minimal.

Excursions – Like most cruise lines, these were expensive. Unlike other cruises where a variety of private excursions were available at the pier, these ports had very few non-celebrity options. We booked five excursions. They varied from so-so to very good. One serendipitous feature was a lack of those annoying 30-45 min stops at tourist traps common in Europe and the Caribbean.

Summary – A good cruise on an older but well maintained ship. The median age of passengers was probably 75. I’m sure much of that was the timing but I suspect even when school’s out Celebrity still attracts an older crowd. If you don’t mind the occasional passageway pile-up behind a scooter or queuing up at while a wheelchair negotiates the gangway, or if you’d like to avoid hordes of teenagers at the pools, Celebrity is a very good choice.
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