We set our alarm since we had to be out of our cabin by 8:30 and we also wanted to enjoy one last breakfast in Blu. I noticed another charge for an included drink so I wen to Guest Services to have them remove it. Surprisingly, there was not a line at all. I popped outside to see the weather and if it seemed smokey still from the fires. We were given KN95 masks to wear since it had been really bad in New York but it did not seem necessary this morning. I managed to get a really nice view though going under the bridge.
Our last breakfast in Blu was one of the best “last” breakfasts of recent cruises. Lately, it seems my last breakfasts have been pretty bad. This one was excellent. I started with a fruit plate and Veronica had a parfait. We both had eggs Benedict with a side of hash browns. The food was hot and tasty. Of course, the service was excellent as well with our favorite team, Suparsa and Richard. We said our good-byes to Serkan, maitre’d extraordinaire. He gave us a big hug each as did the hostess, Mariana. This team in Blu really made the cruise extra special.
We waited in a lounge until our number was called. Since we were one of the last groups, it was easy to find our suitcases and we breezed though customs in seconds. Chris was almost to the pier and we waited about two minutes for him to pull up to the curb.
Veronica and I really enjoyed our first experience on Celebrity. My next cruise is in September on Oceania with Chris. We will be going to Bermuda but this time docking in St George’s and Hamilton. If you need help planning your next vacation, please let me know. Until next time, travel well!
We were up after 7:30 and we decided to try Blu for breakfast. I had the berry pancakes while Veronica had the vanilla. I liked the pancakes much better than the French toast. We both ordered a side of the bacon as well. After our leisurely breakfast, we walked inside the ship for some exercise.
Our maitre’d convinced us to try the Ultimate Culinary Experience cooking class one evening at dinner and today is the day. The class was held in the Tuscan Grille at 10am. We had to sign waivers before we were given aprons and chef hats. Next, we were lead into the kitchen and we washed our hands. The table was prepared into stations, each with a ribeye steak, salt, pepper, and herbed olive oil. I personally did not like the way Veronica’s steak looked but did not say anything. We were told to salt both sides, add pepper, and then to rub the oil into the steak. The chef said they usually marinate the steaks overnight. Half of the group left to cook the steaks while we waited our turn at the grill. When it was our turn, each person placed their steak on the grill. The chef said it is important not to flip soon but it seemed shortly thereafter we all flipped our steaks. The chef then asked how we’d like our steaks and checked the temperature of the one that was first placed on the grill. He said it was done for medium rare. It seemed really fast but he’s the expert. The steaks were then taken off and we carried them to the table. We tried our steaks and neither of us cared for it. Veronica’s was oddly gray and pretty rare. Mine was super greasy, mostly rare and bland. Water was given to us but that was all, no sides or wine. I do not think the early hour after breakfast helped us in wanting to eat steak so we left after trying it. I do not think it was a very “ultimate” experience or that it was worth $70 per person. But, it was something to do on a sea day and we did get some cute pictures in the kitchen as well as an apron to take home.
We hit the casino until it was time for lunch which was the buffet. It wasn’t very remarkable as the dishes were about the same. The desserts once again looked amazing so I got in the long line to get Black Forrest cake for Veronica and Red Velvet for myself. Unfortunately, the cakes look way better than they tasted. Both were super dry. Our last day definitely wasn’t the best so far but hopefully it turns around.
We headed back towards the casino but saw the digital scavenger hunt was starting in the martini bar. As we were debating on joining, our pal Suzy joined us so the decision was made. We met Suzy earlier in the week at trivia and she is a ball of energy so we knew it would be fun. We had twenty minutes to get various photos and videos throughout the ship. Our favorite maitre’d was at the buffet and he helped us find a crew member that had a name beginning with A. The line for ice cream was long but Suzy had the brilliant idea to get a gelato sample instead. We completed all tasks except shooting a basketball since we were afraid of running out of time. I’m glad we decided to play as we had a lot of laughs.
Since the scavenger hunt ended in the martini bar, I figured I would try another one. My first one was the rose martini which I brought next door to the casino. Veronica and I did not care much for it so after playing for a bit, I went to try one of the chocolate martinis I’ve seen people drinking all week. This one tasted just like chocolate milk. When I ordered, a gentleman told me his favorite was the Bananas Foster martini so I figured we would have to try that. When I went back he was still there and we each ordered one. We both agreed it was better than the chocolate one.
We took it with us up to the Sky Lounge for Name that Tune which was diva themed. This was very well attended and we had about second place with a score of 24/30. The last general trivia was right after, so of course we stayed to play. I tried another cocktail, the Taurus, a gin and mango combination. This was fantastic! One of the best original drinks I had all week. The drink tasted very fresh with a nice balance.
Since our balcony time was rained out yesterday, Veronica went to the Pool Grill for some of the delicious fries to snack on while enjoying our balcony one last time. They tasted even better sitting on our balcony watching the waves go by.
Our last dinner in Blu was very nice. Our wonderful maitre’d sat us at a table for four so we did not have to wait this evening. It was also with our favorite serving team. Ida, the sommelier was quick to bring be a cocktail from the Blu menu. I had not tried one yet as I had been getting them at the Cellars before dinner. I tried the Spice Market and was very impressed. Afterwards, she switched me to a nice Sauvignon Blanc. I was very impressed with her service all week and she worked her tables refilling everyone’s glasses.
For our meal, we both started with the summer rolls which were so fresh and flavorful. I had the cold pea soup with crab next and it was another great soup. Veronica ordered the smoked trout on sweet potato fritters. She let me sample and I loved it. When our assistant waiter checked on us, I asked for a order of the trout as well. Since I added another app, Veronica asked for another summer roll. For dinner, I had the branzino and Veronica had the veal. She also asked for an order of duck ravioli to try. I enjoyed the fish dish and Veronica liked the veal but definitely preferred the ravioli. She even convinced me to try them and I thought it wasn’t bad although I am still not a duck fan. For dessert, Richard told us there was a Grand Mariner soufflé special so we scrapped our order for that. He told us it might take longer which is typical for a soufflé. Surprisingly, it did not take very long but unfortunately, we found out why. The inside was way under baked. Richard though quickly replaced them with delicious apple tarts that seemed warm from the oven.
After dinner, we spent some time in the casino before the show. Tonight’s show was a comedian, Bill Boronkay. We decided to be brave and sit in the front row especially since no one seemed to want those seats. We evaded being picked on by him and had a few laughs. He wasn’t the funniest comedian but had some good material. He did get heckled pretty bad by an audience member, probably the worst I’ve ever witnessed. It was awkward but he handled it very well.
When the show was over, it was almost time for the second and final silent disco of the cruise. This one seemed even better attended and we danced to a few songs. It didn’t seem as fun as the very first night though. Maybe this was due to it being the last night or that the novelty was already worn off on us. The cruise director came over to us and thanked us both for attending so many activities. I thanked him back for having such fun activities we wanted to attend. We decided to cut the disco short and go to the Rendezvous to hear Chaw and the Orchestra’s favorites. Since we enjoyed their theater show, we wanted to hear some more music. We stayed until the end of their set and decided to hit the casino for a little bit more. It truly was only a little bit as the casino was to close at midnight which seemed earlier than it would on an NCL cruise. The closing was a sign to go to bed as we had an early day tomorrow.
Even without alarms, I was still up at a decent hour for being out late. We hit our usual breakfast haunt, Cafe Al Bacio. Today, we had pastries and iced lattes. The weather looked iffy but we decided to explore the Dockyard more and have a golf rematch.
After a walk around the Clocktower Mall, we headed to Fun Golf. Surprisingly, there was a long line at the gate which was still locked fifteen minutes after it was supposed to be open. We decided against joining the line and did some shopping instead. I guess Veronica will be the golf champion this cruise since I did not get my rematch.
Instead of a round of golf, we did some shopping around the dockyard. I bought Veronica a cute lightweight hoodie that said Rum Swizzle. We also bought some fudge to give our driver aka her dad and my husband. The fudge is super creamy better than I’ve had at most tourist places. The flavors are unique as well. We purchased pirate (white chocolate and rum), buccaneer (dark chocolate and rum), and nutmeg. Our final stop was the Gosling rum shop and we bought two cans of Dark and Stormy, original and cherry. It was a bargain for only $4 each and we were advised to keep it in brown bags if we wanted to drink them outside. The drinks were pretty decent for canned cocktails but the memory of sharing them together while looking at the beautiful Bermuda water and Celebrity Summit was the best part of the purchase. We thought about trying the pirate ship bar, Calico Jack’s but instead headed back to the Summit as it seemed like rain was coming.
Feeling a tad peckish after our walk, we hit the buffet for lunch. We were not too impressed with the selections but I made some nachos and Veronica had some Indian food. I also finally tried some French fries from the pool grill and I am glad I waited because they were so good. Had I known this, I would have eaten way too many all week. The desserts looked really impressive as they have all week but we skipped once again.
I went to Rendezvous lounge to do some writing until it was time for trivia. Veronica brought me an iced pistachio latte and we watched Luca lead “fun dance class” which was like a mini aerobics class. After that, we played Scattergories and our side of the room was victorious. This was followed by DJ Xykx and 80s music trivia. We scored decent, especially for needing title, artist, and year but did not win. Luca returned to host trivia and we tied a team yet again. However, we won the tie breaker because we came closer to knowing the width in meters of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Veronica and I have not had much “designated balcony time” which is a fun term we learned last summer. We planned to have some today with wine and snacks but were rained out. So instead it was window time as we enjoyed some wine, focaccia, prosciutto, and cheese while Bermuda passed in the distance. I saw the cut where I will be sailing through with Chris in September. Soon the harbor pilot was picked up and we were headed home.
We dressed for dinner and anticipated we would need pagers as tonight was lobster night. It was a little after six and since the dining room opens before the scheduled 5:30 time, it was packed. We went to Cellars to have a drink and waited about 45 minutes for a table. When seated, we were disappointed to not be assigned our usual wait staff. The disappointment was justified as it took so long to place an order that the maitre’d noticed and took our order as well as the table next to us. We both started with the crab cake which was not as good as Tuscan Grille although similar. We wanted to try something from the main dining room, so I had the escargot and Veronica had the French Onion soup. Both were excellent and I rate the escargot better than the specialty restaurant, Le Bistro on NCL. Our next course was supposed to be the Blu Caesar salad but they brought the main dining room salad. They were replaced though with the correct salad. There was a definite difference in quality between the two salads in both the dressing and the cheese as well as freshness. For our mains, we both picked the lobster which we were encouraged to have two each as they were small. The lobster is prepared with a cream sauce and that is not my favorite style. We each had one tail that was very salty and the rice was disgusting as it tasted of pure iodine. I do not know how anyone could eat it. The service was slow and we wanted to attend the show so we skipped out on dessert.
Tonight’s show was Soundtrack which was a movie themed production show. I did not recognize many of the songs as movie hits but it was a decent cruise show. Afterwards, we headed to the Sky Lounge for the Totally 80s Gameshow and Party. This gameshow was so funny due to the comedy of the Cruise Director, Manuel and his team. The game was name that tune but with the artist and the two sides of the lounge played against each other. It got pretty loud and I won’t spoil any surprises as I am sure the “Book of Rules” is used every week. Our team ended up winning but the drama involved was so much fun. The dance floor opened up after the game and we stayed for a few dances before returning to our cabin to rest up for our last sea day.
After another late party aboard the Summit, we started off with some coffee and pastries at Cafe Al Bacio. We had yet to see what the buffet had to offer for breakfast so we went there to try some of the offerings. It was still pretty crowded and with no self serve it does take a bit longer but it wasn’t too bad. We grabbed some hightop seats that provided a nice view of the Dockyard.
Morning trivia was at 10:15 which called our names before venturing out. With a score of 10/15, we tied the same lady as yesterday! This time however, we were victorious on the tie-breaker. It was the first team to get the question right. Eventually we did guess that a turtle can also breathe out its booty, so we won!
The visual trivia was immediately after so we decided to stay and play. The category was Famous Canadians. We scored 10/15 and the winning team scored 14/15. The weather was looking ominous so we decided it was Solarium time instead. I did some writing and played some Word Hunt against Veronica. I enjoyed an Aperol Spritz which they do a very nice job of making. We watched the rain hitting the roof but noticed it was slowing down. Eventually, the rain stopped and we could see some sun. Instead of having the buffet for lunch, Veronica had the idea to try a Bermuda fish sandwich at the Bonefish ashore for lunch, so we returned to the cabin to grab our things.
The Bonefish was a popular choice for lunch. I thought we might have to wait but we were seated right away. We started lunch with two rum swizzles so we could compare to yesterday’s. They were good but the ones we had at Frog and Onion were better. For lunch we shared onion rings and the fish sandwich. The onion rings were good and served with sweet chili sauce just like yesterday however, Frog and Onion wins this as well. The fish sandwich was a star though, it was snapper on raisin bread. It was a very large sandwich so I am glad we shared. We think both options are solid choices for a snack or lunch at the Dockyard..
We did a little walk around the Dockyard after lunch and made our way back to the ship so we could go to more trivia with Luca. We saw him preparing the lounge and asked him "what did he do in the Dockyard?". He was confused until we showed him a picture of the drink named “Is Luca Loco.
?”. This gave him a nice chuckle. The first trivia set was riddles. We scored a perfect 15/15 and changed our name from Maxwell’s Silver Hammer to Is Luca Loco. It was followed by Name that Tune with the DJ. The category was classic rock and we scored a respectable 27/30 for second place.
Veronica went to take a shower before dinner so I stopped at the martini bar. Today I tried the Martinez. Since dinner was late tonight, I grabbed a little snack at the buffet to enjoy before I got ready. Veronica lightly napped a bit and I wrote and relaxed. We were still ready early for our 8pm dinner so decided to watch the 7pm show in the theater.
Tonight’s show was What a Wonderful World which was a tribute to Louis Armstrong. It featured the show band leader on trumpet. He was very talented and even added a touch of humor to the show. We both enjoyed the show and when it was done it was perfect timing to go to our reservation.
Tuscan Grille is one of three specialty restaurants aboard Celebrity Summit. It is Italian meets Steakhouse. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and lots of great menu choices. I ordered a Negroni while looking at the menu to prepare my digestion for a big meal. Along with the bread service, the server cuts fresh basil into olive oil. For our starters, I chose the crab cake and Veronica had the burrata. We also shared the antipasto board since we enjoy a good charcuterie. My crab cake was a huge portion for a starter, much larger than anything I’ve had in Blu! The antipasto was a nice variety and good quality. Veronica liked the burrata with tomato but it was another huge portion. We both chose the filet for our dinner. I picked garlic mashed potatoes with broccolini as my sides and Veronica had broccolini and cacio e pepe. The sides were good; however, we found the cacio e pepe to be quite bland. The steaks were cooked nicely and the meat was a good quality. I stepped out after this course and when I returned, the maitre’d, Mr. B (according to name tab) escorted me back to our table. He took our dessert order personally and added one more of his choosing. We shared the spumoni doughnuts, zabaglione strawberry shortcake, and his recommendation, limoncello cheesecake. We both loved the doughnuts the most. The pastry was filled with pistachio custard and it was served with gelato and delicious Amerena cherries. The strawberry shortcake was pretty dry, but the strawberries and cream were still good. We actually preferred the limoncello cheesecake that we were hesitant to order. The cheesecake is a must-try for anyone who loves either lemon or cheesecake.
After dinner, we decided to check out the Majority Rules game show. The cruise director was very funny and his Star Wars impressions were pretty amazing. It is an entertaining game to play and watch as some teams have really funny answers. We only went against the majority twice so we ended up winning the game! Our prizes were two Celebrity baseball caps. We weren’t quite ready for bed so we decided to hit the casino. It was after one when we made our way back to the cabin. I heard there was not much nightlife on Celebrity Summit but I have had some really fun late nights.
After a late night, I slept until I could hear the announcement of our arrival in Bermuda which was around 8:30. After a little walk, we decided a cappuccino and pastry would be a good breakfast.
Our plan for the day was to play 18 holes of golf albeit miniature golf. Fun Golf is a course designed after famous golf holes in Bermuda, America, and Scotland. We enjoyed it very much last summer and Veronica was keen for a rematch. I started off ok but my performance I feel was impacted by my late nights. I ended up losing by two strokes but I had so many bad holes this time. Augusta National was my downfall. Fun Golf really is a beautiful course with amazing views of the water.
To celebrate Veronica's win, we went to the Frog and Onion pub for Rum Swizzles. She enjoyed that drink last year on the cocktail cruise we took so we decided to try out their award winning recipe. The swizzles were so easy drinking but with the price per cocktail we paced ourselves. The waiter was surprised by her age but didn’t ask to see the ID. We split some appetizers of onion rings and local wahoo bites. Both were delicious. Veronica wanted to try the local specialty of fish chowder and really liked it with the extra spiced sherry rum on top. Our waiter was very friendly and we learned he used to work on our favorite NCL ship, the Majesty, which we sailed on to Bermuda multiple times. It was tempting to order another round but we headed back to the Summit instead.
The Solarium was popular on the sea days but there were plenty of seats to be found this afternoon. We shared a comfortable bed style chair by the window and relaxed for a bit before trying out the hot tubs. The hot tubs ,while hot, did not have any functioning jets. The paint is chipping and peeling in them as well. The pool though has very nice bubbling jets as well as faucets with strong pressure to massage your back and neck. We enjoyed swimming for a bit but it felt cold after so we bundled up in towels on our bed to relax. I did some writing here as well.
Soon it was time for trivia and we scored 11/15 which was a tie. The tie-breaker was facts about the host, Luca. We ended up losing the tie breaker. Veronica headed back to the cabin to get ready. I wrote for a bit more and decided to stop by the martini bar for a drink. I tried the cucumber martini which is not overly sweet but is quite refreshing. The bartenders have lots of flair which makes this a fun bar and most passengers get pretty chatty after one martini. I sent Veronica a text asking which flavor I should bring back to the cabin to have on the balcony. She picked lychee which was not my favorite I have tried. It is pretty sweet too.
I went down to check the wait time at Blu and it was not busy. I told the hostess that I still had to wait for Veronica so I would go to the bar for a drink. I ordered a Negroni and enjoyed some music while waiting for Veronica.
Tonight we both started with the eggplant tapenade and the lump crab martini. The eggplant portion was the largest starter so far and it had a very nice spice and heat to it. The crab martini reminded us of a tuna salad especially since it had roe on top. Veronica had the pomegranate glazed duck breast and I had the grilled ribeye. The duck was a nice main as was the ribeye. The ribeye was quite large and I only ate about 1/3 of it. The waiter joked that I cut it from the middle to which I said is the best part. For dessert, we shared the peach clafoutis with we were pleasantly surprised by.
We walked around the ship after dinner and stopped to enjoy some music before the show. On the way to the theater, I stopped for an espresso martini and a pistachio eclair to take to the show. The drink was no where close to the magical one I had the night before. The pistachio eclair was not great either, not too flavorful and slightly dry.
The show tonight was a magician, Jason Bird. If you read my blogs, you know we go to lots of magic shows. He was decent but nothing special. He started with a simple follow along trick that my husband taught me years ago. He did lots of classics we’ve seen plenty of times on cruises, eating razors, scarf/egg in hand, and appearing bottles. I did like his card stab trick using a drone. All in all, it was enjoyable for entertainment. At least he didn’t do the trick that I will walk out on!
To end the night, we went to the Pride Party on the pool deck. The band, Seagulls, were playing and the headline singer joined for a few songs. They passed out lights for us to wave as we danced. It was a very fun party and we really have been enjoying these late night events! We stopped off at the buffet for a treat and then it was off to bed!
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