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Celebrity Suite 6106 Review
by George Hall
has been several years since we sailed Celebrity and we were happy
to learn that although (as with all lines) changes have occurred,
Celebrity still maintains a decorum higher than many. They still
have wine stewards and bar service staff at dining thereby allowing
waiter and asst. waiter to perform their jobs without the
distraction of drink orders and serving wines.
We arrived at the port in Bayonne, New Jersey by personal car, which
we long term parked. A far better experience than doing the same in
Manhattan. Bayonne simply has far more room to accommodate such
things. We drove up to drop off area and turned luggage over to
porters. Then made a left and parking entrance was on left. Entered,
paid (they take credit cards or cash), parked, and had short walk
back to terminal area. On the return you will do the opposite. It
was a painless experience. Do drop your luggage first! You really don't
want to muscle it to terminal.
Embarkation was appeared to move well and we heard no complaints. I
admit being spoiled as we were in a Celebrity Suite therefore were
guided to left left of everyone into a small private desk area and
immediately checked in. We were also then booked for a complimentary
dinner in the specialty restaurant (frankly, the only way to get me
there; I far prefer regular dining) and whisked outside onto the
shuttle bus. Bayonne being the only place I know that has to take
you by shuttle bus from terminal to the ship for safety and security
reasons. A needless and annoying step in the process which should
have been eliminated years ago by building a walkway of some sort.
I have placed a short video presentation
on YouTube for anyone who would like to see CS 6106 for future booking. Note
suites jut out from side of ship, currently featuring four large
ceiling to floor windows. I am told they will be replaced with a
balcony during a January dry dock.
Note also that this category suite comes with a butler, Elvis by name was ours, as
well as a steward. He really was at our beck and call besides
providing tea service and canapés in afternoon and serving breakfast
etc. Another perk of a real suite versus a mini suite that we often
that you can order virtually anything for room service instead of a
continental type breakfast. Of course you can pay dearly for this
type of service and space. Besides price alone, also add gratuity
for butler. In our case we were able to get a deal with $500 onboard credit
and prepaid gratuities for all with our booking.
Most people will need a step stool almost to get into the bathtub. I am
6' 2" and had a problem stepping into it. Maybe they will change
that during dry dock? I mention it simply because I would think many
older passengers that might tend to book this category would be
surprised by this.
I deal more with the suite accommodation in this review only since
there is much information on Bermuda, our favorite island bar none,
and the ship itself.
Referring to the ship, I read many reviews and some commented on
wear. I did not find that to be the case, I think the Summit was in
good shape and certainly after dry dock will be even better. Staff
and crew were wonderful and entertainment diverse and great
especially for a Bermuda run where it is often toned down due to at
Food was good, service better. I was a fan of Michel Roux's
menus but they are gone. They were better, but these will do. Having
an always available menu is good and I was shocked to see that
escargot was on it, as was a passable French onion soup. But as I
knew would happen, if you really want a great filet mignon and
lobster tail you will have to pay for it in a specialty restaurant.
WE, cruisers did this to ourselves...used extra pay
restaurants, therefore guaranteeing somewhere down the road regular
included dining room fare would have to be dumbed down. At least it
is far from noticeable on Celebrity, other lines have really
forsaken regular dining for their ship in ship concepts. For those
that haven't figured it out yet ship in ship means different CLASS
CLASSES. I am real down on all that! You know, separate extra-pay
deck areas, extra pay dining etc.
So food was okay, SERVICE EXCELLENT. Our waiter and asst were
excellent and that makes a trip. Needless to say all got something
extra for the service although I also hate promulgating that as
well, guaranteed auto charge tipping. It too hurts the cruise
industry. One standout BAD service was the bar service in dining
room. Our guy, one day brings beer no glass, next day glass no beer,
third day beer and glass, but wrong beer--right beer never arrives. Only
last day did all arrive perfectly. Really, did he think I was going
to fork over a few bucks for getting it right once?
Bermuda a tad breezy but still a great place. This was first time
docking at Kings Wharf though been there many times. Wharf really os
a nice place and you can easily kill many hours just there. Do try
the new Bermuda Brewery restaurant and brewery it was great. Some
great stuff in craft area across from it. Ask for it because though
close to ship you really have to almost know it is hidden there
between the stone walls of old.
Smokers (of which I only do a cigar now and again off cigarettes three
years) you will end on deck corner off main pool acceptable with
bar right there. Also out back of buffet area one side of bar aft
area. They weren't hiding the ashtrays as so many ships do. Cigar
smokers I was unable to find a truly nice spot to smoke a cigar. The
elimination of Michaels Club as a cigar bar is a sad choice. Now
it's a fancy drink
bar. Really should have left one nice place to smoke a good cigar.
Okay, I have gone long enough, we were happy with Celebrity and
Summit and were pleased than many of the things that make a real
cruise remained intact for most part. $19.95 embarkation photos...well
come, I on guess all lines have gone the nickel-and-dime route and that doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon.
Oh, for Mac fans, I was shocked to see that the internet Cafe was all
Mac 15-inch laptops, and that they offer Mac classes during cruises
as an enrichment class, I guess. Think it was $15 a class or some
such. They are an authorized Apple dealer. Never saw that before,
BUT as far as internet service, like all ships basically, horrible
speed and intermittent connect. As Elite past passengers we each had
a complimentary $49.95
package available to us and were still unhappy with it. When I'm still
unhappy with FREE service, well that says it all pretty much.
Kudos to the Captain for getting us to
Bermuda, not only there and back dancing around tropical storm Katia, but also with
NO rocking and rolling.
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