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A Bermuda Cruise in Review: Summit (with pics!)

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Well, I feel like the Summit has been popular lately, with many terrific reviews on this board recently. I hope one more won’t hurt!

 

I disembarked this morning in Bayonne (:() and now I’m back in the real world in Miami. I truly enjoyed reading as many reviews as possible before my trip and I look forward to writing my own now. I’ll go ahead and give my usual warning: it’s going to be long. My favorite reviews are detailed with many pictures and I’m going to do my best to follow suit.

 

Here’s a quick spoiler before I get started: this was my favorite cruise to date! I felt that the Summit was the nicest ship I’ve cruised on and Bermuda was the most beautiful place I’ve visited. So, if you’re looking for a happy review, this could be it!

 

Thanks to anyone who is following along and I’m jealous of anyone who is cruising to Bermuda or on the Summit in the future!

 

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Thanks again and I hope you enjoy!

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Sorry, the links don't work, for me anyway. Glad you enjoyed your cruise on Summit. We enjoyed ours too in 2010.

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Background

 

This cruise was booked about a year ago for four of us: myself (21), sister (19), aunt, and uncle. This was actually the second of two AMAZING graduation cruises. The first was aboard the Monarch of the Seas last month.

 

The excuse for booking this cruise was my college graduation. I graduated with a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering last month and was accepted to a university in Norway for graduate studies in Passenger Ship Design this fall. Clearly, taking a cruise was the only way to celebrate!

 

I chose this cruise for both the cruise line and itinerary. My family likes to try out different lines (8 so far) and Celebrity was the next on the list. I was excited to cruise a “premium” line and compare it to the mass market lines as well as Princess. The fact that the Summit was just refurbished and sailed to Bermuda made it an obvious choice. I’ve always wanted to visit Bermuda and see for myself why there was such hype about this tiny island and I’m definitely glad I did.

 

Before I get started with the review, I’ll give a photo tour of the ship so that will be next.

 

Oh, and please let me know if you have any questions!

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Sorry, the links don't work, for me anyway. Glad you enjoyed your cruise on Summit. We enjoyed ours too in 2010.

 

I should have clarified. There aren't any links as I'll be posting the review here. I will write one in the review section as well, though.

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OK, my mistake. I will look forward to your review and all the pictures.

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Congrats on your graduation! Looking forward to your review and pictures - we leave next sunday on the Summit. Cruised on her two years ago and loved it.

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Congratulations on your graduation and acceptance(in Norway, how fantastic!), and of course since you'd celebrate with a cruise with that wonderful degree;). I can't wait to hear more of your thoughts and observations. We sail on the Summit in September(my second time), and look forward to seeing the new additions.

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Congratulations on your graduation and acceptance(in Norway, how fantastic!), and of course since you'd celebrate with a cruise with that wonderful degree;). I can't wait to hear more of your thoughts and observations. We sail on the Summit in September(my second time), and look forward to seeing the new additions.

 

I second all that! We are on the same cruise as Cocobakerchica. I'm anxiously awaiting your review and photos as this will be our first visit to Bermuda and 2nd time on Summit.

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The Summit is impressive inside and out and her recent revitalization left her looking like a new ship in most places. I've compared the before and after pictures and I’m very impressed with the changes. Her interior spaces aren’t meant to “wow” like some of the other ships I've seen, as they are much more elegant than glitzy. Nothing is over the top besides a few pieces of... interesting... artwork. I was impressed with the ship throughout and even more impressed with her layout. Finding my way around was never a problem.

 

My goal was to take a picture of every public space on board. I somehow missed a few, but here's what I do have:

 

Grand Foyer

 

At three decks high, the ship’s atrium is small by today’s standards but still impressive.

 

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Celebrity Theater

 

The main theater is forward and is a great venue for the production shows. I’ll talk about the entertainment later, but I’ll go ahead and say that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. I’ve heard that Celebrity lags a bit in this area, but I thought that the shows and guest entertainers were all terrific.

 

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Reflections

 

Reflections serves as one of two secondary lounges, along with Rendezvous. I might be the only one, but the two “R” lounges confused me. I might have missed a show because I waited at the wrong one. Oops. Anyways, I thought that this was the most improved area on the ship. I wasn’t a fan of the dangly things I’ve seen in pictures pre-refurb.

 

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Michael’s Club

 

I think that this lounge is the coziest space on the Summit.

 

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Thanks for all of the comments! Yes, to say that I'm a cruise ship nerd is now officially an understatement, I think.

 

Nerds rule!!<lol> I'm so nerdy about so many things, it's not funny(actually, it is kinda funny come to think of it...), so enjoy the nerdiness! After all, a smart nerd works has a career in their particular nerd fixation, so nerdiness can be fulfilling and profitable<lol>. You'll be just fine;)

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Cosmopolitan Restaurant

 

The main dining room is gorgeous. We chose the early seating traditional dining since we always enjoy getting to know our waiters. We almost dined in Qsine one night but decided against it. We couldn’t justify paying extra when we were more than impressed with the food and service here.

 

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Qsine

 

I’m sure dining here is a blast.

 

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Normandie

 

The artifacts from the Normandie are neat to see, even if you don’t dine here. I liked the fact that the statue in the main dining room was from that liner as well.

 

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Bistro on Five

 

It wasn’t hard to take a picture of this space without people because it almost always seemed empty.

 

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Blu

 

This was one of the new venues on board.

 

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Café al Bacio

 

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I did enjoy the complimentary pastries. I’m not sure if many knew that they were free of charge, because I rarely saw passengers getting them. The almond croissants were my favorite!

 

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Martini Bar and Crush

 

These two bars were a neat addition. They bring a lively atmosphere to the Grand Foyer and were very popular.

 

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Aquaspa and Gym

 

I won’t lie. I only came in here this morning before disembarking to snap a picture. There were too many other things to do during the week!

 

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Cellar Masters

 

This was another venue that I rarely visited.

 

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Photo Gallery

 

There’s not too much to say about this one, but the photo staff were very nice, helpful, and not TOO pushy.

 

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Emporium

 

Again, this is pretty straight forward. My only disappointment was that they didn’t sell any Summit ornaments. I have a ship ornament from every cruise but they assured me that they had none. Is this normal for Celebrity or were they just out?

 

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Library

 

The two-deck library was a nice place for those looking for peace and quiet. I saw more than one person napping here throughout the week...

 

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Casino

 

The casino is a typical shipboard one. My favorite thing about it was that I didn’t gag from smoke every time I entered.

 

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Waterfall Pool

 

The pool deck was one of my favorites. The padded lounge chairs were nice, but they are taken quickly. Plan on waking up early if you want one of the cushioned lounging beds. I never saw a vacant one when we were at sea.

 

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Solarium

 

I loved the solarium and its T-pool! The temperature seldom reached above 80 on the entire cruise, so it was nice having this as a backup.

 

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Other Decks

 

As with other ships, there are more than enough loungers available IF you are willing to venture away from the pools! My sister and I spent most of our time reading on the new deck 12 aft area (above the newly added cabins) and deck 12 forward.

 

Deck 12, aft:

 

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Deck 12, fwd:

 

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Even though it doesn’t wrap around the ship, the promenade was a nice place to stroll and keep in the shade.

 

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I've always found the Millennium class ships to be very “cool” to explore and look at. With their glass and features, they are still futuristic-looking.

 

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Here are a few random shots throughout the ship to end with. If you can’t tell, I was extremely impressed with everything.

 

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That wraps up the tour of the ship! I missed a few spots (Rendezvous, iLounge, Oceanview Cafe….) but hopefully it gives you a good idea of what the Summit looks like now.

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with the start of the actual review!

 

Up next: Day 1: Bayonne, New Jersey

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I'm actually a little shocked that Bistro on 5 was empty on your trip, because I plan to be in there as much as possible(I'm a professional baker and lifelong food nerd<lol>), as well as Cellar Masters(budding wine nerd). I also appreciate the photos, and I agree, the "Solstisizing" looks fantastic.

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Thanks for your reports and fantastic photos.

 

Congratulations on your graduation and acceptance for post graduate studies in Norway.

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Enjoyed all your pictures. Try and talk your family into a Baltic cruise while you are in Norway (unless have already gone on one). We were on the Constellation a couple of years ago and it was a trip of a lifetime. Be prepared, the prices in Norway make London look cheap!

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Great review! We are considering this cruise next month. BTW, where did you do your undergraduate work? My son is currently going to SUNY Maritime for marine engineering and he is wrapping up his 45 day sea term on the training ship across the Atlantic. If he is up to it, we will be booking the Summitt to Bermuda for a pleasure cruise....a break from the regiment of his working cruise.

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Great report!!!!! Thank you very much. Can't wait to hear/see more..... I am sailing on the Summit in 13 days!!!!!! This will be my first cruise ever and I am very excited.

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Love your photos and looking forward to reading about your experiences on the ship. hope you have soon food photos to o clued.

I am happy to hear Bistro on 5 wasn't crowded.....more room for us:)

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Congrats on your graduation!

 

Love your review and appreciate the pics.

 

We are considering the Summit to Bermuda with our 3 kids including my son who recently graduated. Curious what activities there are for those in the 16-21 range?

 

Do you have any recommendations on where to book on the ship in terms of rooms?

 

Looking forward to the rest of your report.

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Great pics. Thanks for taking out the time to take them and post them. Can't wait to read the review.

 

We'll be on there in less than 2 weeks. Cannot wait. Your pics just have us that much more excited :)

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Enjoyed all your pictures. Try and talk your family into a Baltic cruise while you are in Norway (unless have already gone on one). We were on the Constellation a couple of years ago and it was a trip of a lifetime. Be prepared, the prices in Norway make London look cheap!

 

I still haven't ventured out of the Caribbean and now Bermuda, so any European cruise would be terrific. And yes, I've been warned about the cost of living in Norway. That will take some getting used to!

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Great review! We are considering this cruise next month. BTW, where did you do your undergraduate work? My son is currently going to SUNY Maritime for marine engineering and he is wrapping up his 45 day sea term on the training ship across the Atlantic. If he is up to it, we will be booking the Summitt to Bermuda for a pleasure cruise....a break from the regiment of his working cruise.

 

I graduated from the University of New Orleans. My program was academic only, so I didn't have a practical or sea term. A pleasure cruise would be welcome to me after 45 days of a working one, though!

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Love your photos and looking forward to reading about your experiences on the ship. hope you have soon food photos to o clued.

I am happy to hear Bistro on 5 wasn't crowded.....more room for us:)

 

I'm sorry to disappoint, but I don't have any food pics :o. Even when I brought my camera to the dining room, I never remembered to take any...

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Congrats on your graduation!

 

Love your review and appreciate the pics.

 

We are considering the Summit to Bermuda with our 3 kids including my son who recently graduated. Curious what activities there are for those in the 16-21 range?

 

Do you have any recommendations on where to book on the ship in terms of rooms?

 

Looking forward to the rest of your report.

 

My sister and I stayed together throughout the cruise and didn't notice many activities specifically for the 18-21 age. There were definitely late night events that were 18+ only that were full of passengers around that age, though (dance parties, etc.).

 

If you are looking for a balcony stateroom, I DEFINITELY recommend one of the "sweet sixteens" on deck 6. We were in 6035 and I'll post pictures later today. The balconies on these cabins are at least twice as big as a regular balcony at the same price.

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Hi, Congratulations on your graduations. You are very eloquent!

 

I have a question for you since we will be on the Summint in a couple of weeks:

 

Except for the cushioned chairs by the pool, did you notice a lot of "chair hogging" going on? ie, lots of empty chairs covered by towels, magazines, shoes, or other items if you got up on pool deck later in the morning?

 

I haven't heard a lot of complaints, but I just thought I'd check with you to get your thoughts.

 

Thanks! I am looking forward to additional installments!:D

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Hi, Congratulations on your graduations. You are very eloquent!

 

I have a question for you since we will be on the Summint in a couple of weeks:

 

Except for the cushioned chairs by the pool, did you notice a lot of "chair hogging" going on? ie, lots of empty chairs covered by towels, magazines, shoes, or other items if you got up on pool deck later in the morning?

 

I haven't heard a lot of complaints, but I just thought I'd check with you to get your thoughts.

 

Thanks! I am looking forward to additional installments!:D

 

Yes and no. On the three sea days, there was definitely a good amount of "hogging" with the loungers around the pool but not anywhere else.

 

The policy onboard is that unattended items can only be left on a chair for 30 minutes and the "pool butlers" really seemed to follow that. We saw them pick up towels from loungers on many occasions.

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Congratulations on your graduation :) ! Thank you for all of the awesome pics! (you mentioned no food pics.....I did the same thing last time we cruised! took the camera and completely forgot, lol) Looking forward to more.... N

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Daydreamer -us too. Join our cc group up the Mast Bar for sail away. we will be wearing mardigras types of beads.

 

vicky

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Love your photos and looking forward to reading about your experiences on the ship. hope you have soon food photos to o clued.

I am happy to hear Bistro on 5 wasn't crowded.....more room for us:)

 

I second that!! I'm so looking forward to Bistro on 5!

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Another congratulations on your graduation:) I will be sailing her

for the 5th time in November:D Love that ship!

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Daydreamer -us too. Join our cc group up the Mast Bar for sail away. we will be wearing mardigras types of beads.

 

vicky

 

 

Thanks for the invite---normally we would attend but traveling with our adult children & grandchild and we plan to do sail-away in our cabin!:D

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Cosmopolitan Restaurant

 

The main dining room is gorgeous. We chose the early seating traditional dining since we always enjoy getting to know our waiters. We almost dined in Qsine one night but decided against it. We couldn’t justify paying extra when we were more than impressed with the food and service here.

 

Congrats on your graduation and future studies - sounds very interesting.

 

We will be cruising in 3 weeks and will have a comp'd night at one of the specialty restaurants.

 

Which night would be best to go? Basically in your opinion is there one night the regular dining room menu was not as good as the other nights.

 

Also which specialy restaurant is the one not to miss if you are only going one night.

 

Looking forward to the rest of your review.

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