Those desiring a “taste of luxury.” Celebrity Cruises positions itself in the “premium” category, meaning that pricing is significantly below the “luxury” category and quality of service and amenities are slightly above the “contemporary” category. Still, Celebrity aspires to deliver “tastes of luxury.” On a Celebrity cruise, guests can expect chilled towels upon return from shore excursions, fresh sorbet served poolside, elegant tea service, 24-hour butler service in every suite and more.
Classy Folk. Available only in certain categories of veranda-class
staterooms, Celebrity Cruises’ ConciergeClass includes everything from
priority embarkation, fresh flowers and champagne on ice upon arrival to a
pillow menu, plush duvets and Frette robes.
Spa Lovers. Celebrity Cruises’ Aquaspa offers an array of treatments
inspired by rituals from exotic cultures. Celebrity cruise lines also
delivered the first-of-its-kind experience, Acupuncture at Sea.
Healthy Diners. Celebrity Cruises AquaSpa Café offers light, healthy
fare in a relaxing environment.
Lifetime Learners. Celebrity Cruises’ Discovery Enrichment Series program features lectures that range from finance and astronomy, to wine education and politics, to history and culture. Computer Training At Sea offers workshops and instruction help passengers enhance their computer skills.
The third ship in Celebrity’s Millennium class, the 91,000-ton, 2,000-guest Summit was launched in 2001 and is still a looker today, both because she was well designed to begin with an because in January 2012, Celebrity will be treating her to an extensive refurbishment that will add many of the popular features from Celebrity’s newer Solstice-class ships, and will change the ship’s overall look to reflect the Solstice ships’ crisp lines and understated color palate.
Public Rooms On Celebrity Summit
The heart of Summit’s public areas is her Grand Foyer, a rectangular, three-deck atrium dominated by a translucent, backlit onyx stairway that glows beneath your feet, making you feel like a movie star. Entertainment venues include the three-deck Celebrity Theater in the bow, the clubby Michael’s Club piano bar, the contemporary Rendez-Vous Lounge, Fortunes Casino, and the elegant Cosmos Observation Lounge and disco.
As part of her 2012 upgrade, Summit will also be getting a Martini Bar with an ice-topped bar and ice-filled table for chilled vodkas; the comfortable Café al Bacio and Gelateria for specialty coffees and ice cream; the Cellarmasters wine bar, featuring wines dispensed by the glass at the push of a button; and the Celebrity iLounge, a high-style space where you can take classes from Apple-certified staff, browse the web on MacBook Pro laptops, or buy the latest Apple iPads, iPods, and other gadgets, duty free.
Summit’s 25,000-square-foot spa is an oasis of aromatherapy steamrooms; rooms for massages, facials, and more esoteric treatments; and a soothing thalassotherapy pool ringed with comfortable lounge chairs under a glass solarium roof. Next door to the spa is a large gym. Farther astern on the same deck, the beautifully designed pool deck offers two pools and four hot tubs, plus lots of comfortable seating nooks. One deck up, the kids’ Fun Factory has a wading pool, indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, a computer room, and more. One deck above that, the Sports Deck has facilities for basketball, volleyball, and paddle tennis.
Dining On Celebrity Summit
At dinnertime, Summit guests have several options. Straddling the Entertainment Deck and Promenade Deck, the Cosmopolitan Restaurant is a beautiful room with a dramatic double staircase, huge windows facing out over the stern, and oversize porthole view windows to port and starboard. One highlight of the restaurant’s decor is a large Art Deco bronze of the goddess Athena, which once overlooked the grand staircase on the great ocean liner SS Normandie.
That great liner is the theme, too, at Summit‘s Normandie restaurant, which is decorated with lacquered panels from the great liner’s smoking room. The long, leisurely meals here are designed to give guests a taste of what it was like to sail aboard the old-time liners, with period music and decor, over-the-top service, and a continental menu that features dishes originally served aboard Normandie, plus fiery flambéed dishes cooked right at your table.
Two new specialty restaurants are being added to Summit as part of her later 2011 refurbishment: the high-style Tuscan Grille, which will offer a menu heavy on steaks and pastas; and Blu, serving light and healthy menu items to guests booked in the ship’s spa-oriented AquaClass staterooms (plus other guests when there’s availability). For more casual dining, the Waterfall Cafe and Grill buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while another new option added in 2012, Bistro on Five, serves a casual menu of sandwiches, crepes, salads, soups, and other comfort foods.
Celebrity Summit Cabins
Though only average sized at around 170 square feet, Summit’s standard cabins are comfortable and nicely designed, with a small sitting area, ample storage space, a minibar, and all the usual amenities.
Concierge-class cabins are a little bigger at 191 square feet and come with plush perks like a pillow menu, welcome champagne, upgraded bedding, and priority access to restaurant and excursion reservation and other onboard events.
The adults-only AquaClass staterooms, which will be added in during the ship’s refurbishment, promote a “wellness” experience through special music/sound and aromatherapy options, jetted bodywash showers, pillow menus, and perks like free use of the spa’s Persian Garden aromatherapy steam room and relaxation room, and access to the wellness restaurant Blu.
Family Ocean View staterooms in the stern are considerably roomier at 271 square feet and have a partitioned-off sitting area with sofa bed, plus an absolutely huge 242-square-foot private balcony.
Suites range from the 251-square-foot Sky Suites to the massive 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suites with their marble foyers, baby grand pianos, oceanview bathrooms, and 1,098-square-foot verandas with whirlpool tub and full bar. I call that “the lap of luxury.”
Celebrity Summit belongs to the Millennium Class of cruise ships. Millennium Class ships are visually stunning, designed for the modern traveler of the new millennium.
Year Built 2001 ♦
Ship's Class: Millennium Class ♦
Country of Registry Bahamas ♦
Tonnage 91,000 ♦
Length 965 ft - 294 m ♦
Cruising Speed 24 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,038 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,312 ♦
Passenger Decks 11 ♦
Officers and Crew 999 ♦
Officer's Nationality Greek ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 1,019 ♦
Suites with Balcony 42 ♦
Suites without Balcony 8 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 536 ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 227 ♦
Inside 206 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 26 ♦
Celebrity's suites include European butler service, a Celebrity exclusive. Celebrity Concierge Class includes amenities such as fresh-cut flowers, nightly delivery of hors d'oeuvres, a luxurious pillow menu, upgraded bathroom amenities, and more.
TV with music channels ♦
CD Player ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Complimentary bathrobes for the cruise ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "Celebrity Select Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurants: SS Normandie ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar ♦
24 Hour Room Service
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Concierge Desk ♦
Business Center Services ♦