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Celebrity Cruises aboard the Summit
Above: Celebrity Cruise Lines Summit Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service:2001
Guest capacity: 1,950
Total staff: 997
Length: 965 feet
Passenger decks: 11
CDC inspection score: 94

Summit Overview

The Summit cruise ship departs from Vancouver, British Columbia, Los Angeles California, Seward, Alaska, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Alaska/British Columbia, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal/Central America, and South America.

Check Dates & Prices for cruises to Alaska/British Columbia, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal/Central America.

The Summit, third of Celebrity's Millennium-Class series, features exterior glass elevators, a nostalgic alternative restaurant saluting the era of the great liners, a super spa, an environmentally sensitive smokeless gas turbine engine, a conservatory, Connect@Sea (offering Internet access in all the cabins to guests bringing their laptops) and a music library.

Summit features a collection of more than 500 museum-quality artworks, including an incredible $800,000 Fernando Botero sculpture, and classy contemporary decor that is European-sophisticated.

One significant problem with Summit since its launch has been a technological one. An innovative "mermaid pod propulsion system" has caused repeated breakdowns -- and resulted in cruise cancellations. Celebrity Cruises has taken the relatively unusual step of filing a $300 million lawsuit against the mermaid pod creators. In the meantime, the company has assured travelers that the breakdowns represent no safety hazard and will continue to offer generous compensation to passengers whose cruises are cancelled or interrupted as a result of the system.


Deluxe Ocean-View Staterooms with Verandas (Categories 2A, 2B and 2C) are an excellent value at 170 sq ft. with 38 sq ft. verandas. They feature two convertible beds, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to the balcony, and sitting area (some with sofa bed).
Lowest priced categories are Interior Staterooms (Categories 9-12) comfortable at 170 sq ft. with sitting area (some with sofa bed).

All cabins include interactive TV, safe, phone with voice mail, hair dryer, use of bathrobes, and mini bar. Nice splurges are four suite categories ranging from 251 sq ft. plus 57 sq ft. veranda Sky Suites to incredible Penthouses (1,432 sq ft. plus 1,098 sq ft. veranda). Suite amenities include butler service, welcome champagne, personalized stationery, tote bag, priority check-in and disembarkation, and computer/printer (upon request).


The two-level Cosmopolitan Restaurant features a sophisticated decor accented by La Normandie, a seven-foot-high bronze statue of a woman draped like the goddess Athena, created by Art Deco sculptor Leon-Georges Baudry. This statue originally graced the first-class smoking room in the legendary liner SS Normandie. The dining room also has a sweeping staircase for grand entrances on formal nights, and a two-level glass wall with panoramic views. The restaurant is open-seating for breakfast and lunch, and offers two set evening seatings.

Menus are overseen by Master Chef Michel Roux and feature delicious dishes, such as chateaubriand carved tableside, smoked salmon Claudine and rack of lamb Provencale. Low calorie, vegetarian and children's selections are available. Service is warm and efficient.

The Normandie 134-seat specialty restaurant features memorabilia from the legendary transatlantic liner, plus a dine-in wine cellar, open kitchen, and "butterfly service" with waiters serving, presenting and removing dishes at the same table in unison. Dishes are prepared or finished tableside. Fee is $25 per person and well worth it. The Waterfall Cafe/Grill serves buffet-style breakfasts (including made-to-order omelets), lunches and teas, with sea views and casual, no-fee buffet/waiter service dinners. Gourmet Bites, including little beef Wellingtons and empanadas, are served by waiters at midnight.


On the Summit you can always say the night is young: there are production shows and variety in the Celebrity Theater show lounge with excellent sightlines, a duo in the Rendezvous Lounge, a harpist or strings trio in the Cova Cafe, and dance parties in the Revelations observation lounge/nightclub till the wee hours.

Fitness & Recreation

The AquaSpa is one of the largest at sea and second to none with a free thalassotherapy pool. An AquaSpa Cafe serves light dishes for breakfast and lunch. Forty different Elemis therapies and rituals are featured including the Egyptian Ceremony of Milk and Ginger, Asian Ceremony of Stone and Tahitian Ceremony of Flowers. There is an ocean-view beauty salon and a sea-view gym with more than 40 pieces of equipment including 14 treadmills, 12 exercise bikes, 6 step units, 2 rowers and 4 aerobics exercisers, plus free weights and benches, in addition to 14 sequenced pieces of equipment for lower-to-upper body development. A full-size basketball court and paddle tennis court are among the recreational facilities. In the main resort area, there is a pool for lap swimming and reverse current, Jacuzzis, a stage, and teak dance floor. A jogging track (five times around equals a little over a mile) on Sunrise Deck passes by the Mast Bar and offers views of the pools below. A full roster of activities includes aerobics and yoga classes (some classes are $10, others are free), talks on the ports of call, and a wine tasting seminar.

Public Areas

The three-deck Grand Foyer is decorated like a Venetian courtyard. Off the foyer, on Entertainment Deck, is a shoppers' paradise. The Emporium features designer labels including Versace, Swarovski, Donna Karan, and Michelin-starred Chef Michel Roux's cookbooks. The Conservatory, an oasis with fresh and silk flowers, orange and olive tree creations and trellises with "climbing" silk roses is ideal for watching a floral demonstration. Notes, a musical library with 19,000 selections in mp3 format, available at 12 individual listening stations, is very popular. The two-level Words library has comfortable wing back chairs and sofas. Celebrity's Martini and Champagne Bars (featuring caviar and pate service) are on Summit along with the line's signature areas including Michael's Club cigar lounge and Cova Cafe Milano with its card room next door. Fortunes is a French-inspired casino with 205 slots, 2 roulette tables, 4 blackjack tables, 1 dice table and 3 Caribbean Stud Poker tables. Online@CelebrityCruises is a sea-view Internet Cafe with 18 work stations (fee is .95 a minute). Summit also offers Connect@Sea, 24-hr Internet access in the cabins for $25 per day, $100 for a 7-day cruise, $150 for a 10 or 11-day cruise. There is no self-service launderette. However, laundry service is available for a fee.


The Fun Factory offers a puzzle wall, play area, computer games section, movie room, and crafts area, plus a broadcast room and video game arcade. The Tower is the teen club and disco. It is a great place to hang out, and includes a big flat-screen TV. There are free, supervised activities for four age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-17. All participants 3-10 must be signed-in/out of the Fun Factory club by a parent/guardian. Each child wears a wristband for identification. A Slumber Party ($6 per hour per child) is offered in the playroom every evening from 10pm - 1am. An Afternoon Party is available port days ($6 per hour per child). Limited private babysitting is $8 per hour per family, maximum 2 children. Make arrangements onboard through Guest Relations or Stateroom Services.

Expert Summit reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

Check Dates & Prices for cruises to Alaska/British Columbia, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal/Central America.


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Summit cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Summit Score: 94

Cruise Critic: Summit
The Cruise Critic gives Celebrity's Summit a 4-ribbon rating.

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