Celebrity Summit Ship Review (2019 Update)

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

Celebrity Summit Overview

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.

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. 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.

Celebrity’s signature Martini Bar on Celebrity Summit. © 2019 Britton Frost

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.

Dining On Celebrity Summit

The completely renovated main restaurant, Cosmopolitan. Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

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.

Also see Celebrity Summit – Dining & Entertainment

Celebrity Summit Staterooms & Suites

The newly redesigned staterooms aboard Celebrity Summit featured a beautiful and timeless design. © 2019 Britton Frost

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.”

Also see Onboard Celebrity Summit: Two Things I Loved & One That I Didn’t

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Dilysblackie says:

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 

Singer00 says:

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!

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