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Old 08-08-2013, 04:55 AM
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The only night time excursion I did, was a glass bottom boat tour. It was fun, although the fish weren't that colorful. The crew was great and the rum punch was plentiful. I did book it through the ship, and it was only a few dollars more than booking it right at the pier. But it did pick us up right at the ship.
I also went to the evening party at Snorkel Park. It was OK, but a much younger crowd.
The beauty of Bermuda is that you have so much time, there's not that fear of being late getting back...one of the main reasons people book excursion through the ship.
Of course the down side is that the shops and casino aren't open while you're in port. Some of the big gamblers found that to be a big disappointment!
Have never been on the summit, but loved the Solstice.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:57 AM
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And if you book a ship excursion, you can buy your bus/ferry passes onboard. Saves the long line at the pier on the first day
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:47 PM
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Thanks janfred & poormom...all very useful
Saw the bus timetable information in the other section...thanks for that

When I return from the cruise on sunday have 3 full days before I fly back to the UK
Anyone got any suggestions about where to go or somewhere not too hectic to chill out
Don't really want to hang about New York City although Central park seems ok
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:55 PM
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will you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation? You could see the Jersey shore or Atlantic city areas in New Jersey. Not quite as fast paced, but still pretty touristy
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if you like to have fun at dinner I would suggest going to Qzine. I have done that 3 times on Celebrity and always love it!
Is there much of a difference dining at Qzine to the Normandie restaurant.?
I would like to eat at one of them and it seems to me that the Normandie might be a bit more formal ?

regarding my onward travelling plans.....with no car & no plans to drive, I'll be dependent on public transport. Poormoms suggestion of Jersey shore seems good...I'll take a closer look at that tomorrow.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:27 PM
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Hi Jack2007,
You are correct Normandie is more formal but also excellent. You can't go wrong with either. I have been to both. Qzine is more of a tasting around the world so to speak. Example if you order spring rolls they come presented in bed springs, I don't want to give away too much because it is so much fun !!! Now you can do a lunch at Normandie also but they do it only once and it sells out fast but it is less expensive so you could do both ! Check out the menu on line that may help too.
I live in Virginia so I just drive up and really don't stay in NY or NJ anymore, but I am sure you will get some great information from others. Can't wait to hear about your trip. I also forgot we did do a Pirate Cruise at night and it was really fun, they took us out to a ship wreck and talked about all the Prirates of the past and what they did to lure ships in and we also went down bottom of the boat which was glass bottom to see the coral etc. It was fun and very informative, it is one that is offered from Celebrity.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:46 AM
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Now I'm back from my cruise on the Summit I thought I'd share a few thoughts with you.
Embarkation went smoothly enough, there was a bit of a line but it wasn't too long before I was on board and then made my way to the pool deck to relax until the announcement came that the staterooms were ready.

This cruise I had a stateroom with balcony. There was plenty of room for the two of us and plenty of storage space for our clothes and the empty cases went nicely under the bed. Our steward had left the newsletter on the bed and that told us the muster drill was at 4:15PM.

The muster drill seemed amazingly quick....my muster station was in the Celebrity theatre (which we attended without lifejackets) & as soon as everyone appeared to be there ....no messing about.. no delay...3 crew were on the stage with a quick but proper demonstration of how to put on your life jacket etc and then we were told we could go.

Discovered 2 tables where you could ask about and book for the speciality restaurants and decided to have a meal in Normandie. As I had made a firm booking they offered me a good discount if I also made a booking for Qsine....I was tempted because janfreds post was so positive but decided to try it next time I'm on a Celebrity cruise.

For those that smoke the permitted smoking areas are:
Deck 4 Portside ( open deck )
Pool Deck (Deck 10) Portside
Sunset Bar (Deck 10) aft Portside
Mast Bar (Deck 11 ) Portside
The area for cigar smokers is Sunset Bar ( Deck 10 ) aft Portside

I don't smoke and was fine about smokers in those areas....it didn't seem to be that smokey even when I was in a smoking area

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Old 09-01-2013, 02:07 PM
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more comments about my cruise on the Summit....please read post above 1st

Because I booked the cruise very late I was given Celebrity Select Dining for the Cosmopolitan Restaurant. This meant dining between 5:00-9:30pm and if I wanted to dine at a certain time then it was better to phone early to make a reservation as at certain times the MDR was very busy and if you had no reservation you might have to wait a while to get a table.

At the door of the upper MDR the left side is for those who just turn up without a reservation and the right side is for those who have one. I always went without a reservation and was fortunate in that only once did I have 25/30 minute wait...they ask you to wait in Cellar Master and collect you when you table is ready.

I always found something I wanted to eat and enjoyed the meals. Each day in the Celebrity Today newsletter there was a recommendation by the chef eg
Cabernet Braised Lamb Shank, Veal Cordon Bleu, Lamb Chops Provencal & Oven Roasted Chicken Saltimbocca

As I said in the post above, I made a reservation in the Normandie. They have two menus but I was content to use the A la Carte. I had a table by the window, the service was very good and I enjoyed the food and the way it was presented.

It was great to have almost 3 days in Bermuda and I got a pass so I could get buses and ferries when I wanted. Thursday was a morning of rain and at first I thought it might spoil the day but fortunately it cleared up in the afternoon and the sun came out.

Went to the late night comedy show which was ok and saw a couple of other shows in the Celebrity Theatre but the act that stood out by far was one by illusionist Jason King. He was terrific and I was pleased I got the opportunity to see his talent.

That's about it except that it was good to have a balcony to relax on and fortunately didn't have noisy neighbours.
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Thank you for the review Jack. It appears you had an enjoyable cruise and time in Bermuda.
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I hope it was everything you wanted it to be. Sounds like you had a very nice time. I also love the Normandie, it is a special place to have dinner. Very nice review, I really enjoyed reading it, thanks ! Keep on Sailing !
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