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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!

New England/Canada, Simply the Best

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by mailmama

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Trip Details
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!
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