Sunday, August 12, 2012 Travis and I spent the day with 50 other interested patrons aboard the Celebrity Summit, a beautiful cruise ship docked in Port Liberty, New Jersey. CK Tours & Cruises and LEO brought together venders and brides for this exciting experience to tour the Celebrity Summit.
If you get the chance to enjoy a Honeymoon Test Drive, take it! It’s an exciting and enlightening day giving you the chance to experience all the benefits available (in this case) aboard a luxury cruise ship. Travis and I have been on Royal Caribbean ships. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean have the same parent company, and Celebrity (for lack of a better term) is a higher tier of cruising. After visiting the ship, I can see how it’s a perfect option for couples! Leave the kids at home (or send them to hang with Grandma and Grandpa) while the grown-ups enjoy the benefits on this luxury liner.
We boarded the bus at 8:00 am in Reading, PA to be bused to the Port Terminal in New Jersey. On the bus ride, the captive audience enjoyed presentations by the various venders, some yummy muffins and cupcakes, and not to mention some very special blend glasses of orange juice to start the day.
Travis and I were planning on debuting LEO’s promotional video which we just completed as well as our own updated video, but the bus technology did not want to cooperate. If you’d like to see what you missed, check out those links below:
Once off the bus, we were treated to the welcoming sights (or eye-sores) of Port Liberty, New Jersey (AKA Bayonne). The Port Authority there is a little abrasive, but once past the security process, the staff of Celebrity is a welcoming crew. Travis and I have a huge respect for the security guards and security area, so we stored our cameras away as we were processed through the metal detectors. We got our guest badges, boarded the Summit, and then we popped the camera back out for a picture taking festival!
Did you know you can get married onboard? I mean, it’s not new news that you can get married on a cruise; BUT did you know you can invite guest to your wedding who are not cruising with you? While we were on our tour of the ship there was a wedding going on. If you hold your wedding on the first day of the cruise, your guests may board the ship to enjoy the ceremony and reception while the ship is in port. After the festivities, the guests depart the ship before the ship departs for the cruising festivities. Not a bad idea, huh? Using this plan, you can hire any photographer to capture your big day. Your photographer just exits the ship before the cruise begins (unless, you know, you hire a professional to hang with you all week and capture photos from your honeymoon vacation!).
You can also do the traditionally non-traditional exotic island get-a-way vows and such, but your wedding guests have to be fellow crusiers to enjoy your festivities. Check out the cool packages Celebrity has to offer here.
Some way cool stats for the Celebrity Summit:
Occupancy: 2158Length: 965 ftDraught: 26 ftCruise Speed: 24 ktsCabins: Over 1,000Cabin Sizes: Ranges from 170 sf to 1432 sf
To sum it up, Travis and I had a splendid day hanging out with each other, the LEO Venders, and many intriguing bridal couples. We learned so much about so many people yesterday! We enjoyed talking to everyone about their upcoming weddings; some as close as this friday, and some as far out as September 2013. Both Travis and I really enjoy hearing the ideas and learning about your wedding planning processes. Thanks for the really cool experience!