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Celebrity Cruises: Summit

Summit Review

The second Millennium-class ship, Celebrity Summit was introduced in 2001. In a move the line termed Solsticizing, Summit has received some of the most popular features of Celebrity’s Solstice-class vessels, including the addition of spa accommodations, an

iLounge Internet and learning center, and more specialty restaurants. Summertime finds Celebrity Summit departing weekly from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, for cruises to Bermuda before heading on northbound routes to Canada and New England. Her winter home port is San Juan, Puerto Rico, from where she sails weekly Southern Caribbean cruises.

Millennium-class ships are among the largest and most feature-filled in the Celebrity fleet. The ships include show lounges reminiscent of splendid opera houses, and an alternative restaurant with a classic ocean liner theme. The spas are immense and house a complimentary hydrotherapy pool and café. These ships have a lot to offer families, with some of the most expansive children's facilities in the Celebrity fleet. Recent upgrades have introduced more accommodation categories and dining venues similar to those found on Solstice-class ships.

Rich fabrics in jewel tones mix elegantly with the abundant use of marble and wood accents throughout public areas. The atmosphere is not unlike a luxurious European hotel filled with grand spaces that flow nicely from one to the other.

The Chandris Group, owners of budget Fantasy Cruises, founded Celebrity in 1989. Initially utilizing an unlovely, refurbished former ocean liner from the Fantasy fleet, Celebrity gained a reputation for professional service and fine food despite the shabby-chic vessel on which it was elegantly served. The cruise line eventually built premium sophisticated cruise ships. Signature amenities followed, including large standard staterooms with generous storage, fully equipped spas, and butler service. Valuable art collections grace the fleet.

Although spacious accommodations in every category are a Celebrity standard, Concierge-class, an upscale element on all ships, makes certain premium ocean-view and balcony staterooms almost the equivalent of suites in terms of service. A Concierge-class stateroom includes numerous extras, such as chilled champagne, fresh fruit, and flowers upon arrival; exclusive room-service menus; evening canapés; luxury bedding, pillows, and linens; upgraded balcony furnishings; priority boarding and luggage service; and other VIP perks. At the touch of a single telephone button, a Concierge-class desk representative is at hand to offer assistance. Suites are still the ultimate, though, and include the services of a butler to assist with unpacking, booking spa services and dining reservations, shining shoes, and even replacing a popped button.

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Pros

  • Stylishly appointed Grand Foyers have sweeping staircases
  • There's no charge for use of the thalassotherapy pool in the Solarium
  • The AquaSpa Café serves complimentary light and healthy selections

Cons

  • These ships just have too many passengers to offer truly personal service
  • Wines in the specialty restaurants are pricey
  • There are no self-service laundries
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 999
  • Entered Service 2001
  • Gross Tons 91,000
  • Length 965 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1079
  • Passenger Capacity 2,158
  • Width 105 feet

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