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Celebrity Summit Ship Review

Celebrity Summit in Bar Harbor, Maine. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Celebrity Summit Overview

The third ship in Celebrity’s Millennium class, the 91,000-ton, 1,950-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.

The Cova Cafe aboard Celebrity Summit is an inviting place to enjoy a good latte. Photo © Aaron Saunders

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 iPods, laptops and other gadgets, duty free.

The new iLounge aboard Celebrity Summit features all-Apple technology. Photo © Aaron Saunders

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

Numerous dining options are available aboard Celebrity Summit. Photo © Aaron Saunders

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 Staterooms & Suites

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.”

  • Singer00

    I sailed with a cousin on this ship last month and we shared a cabin with separate credit cards for our stateroom keys. The experience on board was lovely. As a performer/musician my favorite part was the Summit’s new pianist, Jordan Peterson!

    However, after the trip, my card was charged for the entire bill ($8,000)instead of only my portion ($800). It has now taken three weeks, multiple hours of phone calls with our supposed Celebrity customer service rep, Mike, (who is near impossible to get a hold of!), my credit card company, the bank, and being quite literally yelled at by a Royal Caribbean collections agent, who was not informed of the investigation to fix the mistakes to the bill on THEIR end … And the issue is still not closed, nor have we been offered a single form of restitution for all the trouble we’ve been put through. Not only that, but I was asked to solve this myself by calling my credit card company back and allowing a portion of the incorrect charge to go through! And when I’ve asked that we be compensated with a discount, or a credit of some kind, even a bottle of wine, I’ve been told a flat “no” followed by radio silence, without any further suggested solutions.

    I’m disgusted with the disrespect I’ve been shown, when no portion of this drama was our doing. I was nothing but patient and polite as they began to sort this out, but have reached my limit at this point. NO portion of the lovely vacation was worth the nightmare I’ve endured after the fact. You’re better off on a cruise line who cares!

  • Dilysblackie

    four of us sailed on the celebrity summit in march of 2011 in the conceirge class cabins which were a huge disappointment.  we were promised a pillow menu which didn’t materalize until I had a terrible first night’s sleep and pulled off the pillow case and pillow protector only to find a disgusting stained pillow – I immediately called my cabin steward and  his concern was that he would get into trouble but I quickly assured him that I would not blame him.  I asked him to bring me back two ‘new’ pillows for my hubby and a neck/back pillow for me.  I quickly slid the pillow case and pillow protectors off the pillows and found out to my delight that they were indeed NEW.  I was once again, a happy cruiser.  The furnishing and bed linens were very worn BUT clean so I didn’t complain about them.  I almost slipped in the bathroom due to a bathroom floor tile that was loose hidden under the floor mat which had a big hole in it.  I asked the room steward to have the loose tile fixed but it was only hidden once again by a newer floor mat which stayed in place so I let it go.   We are once again looking for a 7 night southern cruise to celebrate my hubby’s 75th. birthday in February, 2013 and read that the summit was having its staterooms refurbished and thought we might give them another go.  any info. you can give me regarding the cost for two senior  past cruisers  would be appreciated.  sincerely, Mrs. B 

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