The third ship in Celebrity Cruises 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 and because in 2019 she underwent an extensive renovation, with public spaces being refreshed, and staterooms being rebuilt from their metal bones.
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. The foyer also houses Martini Bar with an ice-topped bar and ice-filled table for chilled vodkas; Café al Bacio and Gelateria for specialty coffees; and Gelateria for ice cream. Entertainment venues include the Celebrity Theater in the bow, the Rendezvous Lounge, Casino, and the elegant Cosmos Observation Lounge. The Retreat Lounge, formally Michael’s Club, has been updated but is only open to suite-class guests.
Summit’s 25,000-square-foot Spa By Canyon Ranch is an oasis of aromatherapy steam rooms; rooms for massages, facials, and more esoteric treatments; and a soothing solarium pool ringed with comfortable lounge chairs under a glass roof. Attached to the spa is a fitness center. On the same deck, the beautifully designed pool deck offers a pool and hot tubs, plus lots of comfortable seating nooks. One deck up, you will find Camp At Sea, the kids’ club designed for children ages three to 12. Next door is the Video Arcade, and X Club, the teen club that houses a dance club and coffee lounge. One deck above that, the Sports Deck has facilities for basketball, volleyball, and paddle tennis. The top deck is also where you will find The Retreat Sundeck, a dedicated sundeck for suite-class guests featuring lounge areas and a hot tub.
Straddling the Entertainment Deck and Promenade Deck, the Cosmopolitan Restaurant is a beautiful room with a dramatic double staircase, and huge windows facing out over the stern.
Apart from the main dining room, there are many other dining options. The Tuscan Grille offers Italian inspired cuisine menu heavy on steaks and pastas. Qsine features a globally inspired menu, with a twist. Sushi on Five serves sushi, obviously – but it also has hot pots and noodle dishes, and sake and Japanese beers.
Blu serves light and healthy menu items, and is an option for guests booking spa-oriented AquaClass staterooms. And for suite-class guests, Luminae is an alternative to the main dining room, with a dark, sexy atmosphere and a carefully crafted menu.
For more casual dining, the Oceanview Café buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features globally inspired dishes. My favorite at the buffet? Indian food.
Though only average sized at around 170 square feet, Celebrity Summit’s standard cabins are comfortable and nicely designed, with a small sitting area, ample storage space, a minibar, and all the usual amenities. Although I ran into a few problems with my stateroom, I can appreciate the design of the staterooms and think that they would be more than suitable for the needs of most people.
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 promote a wellness experience through special music/sound and aromatherapy options, jetted body wash showers, pillow menus, and perks like 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 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 foyers, pianos, oceanview bathrooms, and 1,098-square-foot verandas with whirlpool tub and full bar. I call that “the lap of luxury.”
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