Celebrity Summit in Bermuda
Celebrity Summit in Bermuda / Celebrity Cruises / Jenna Pimental
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Balcony stateroom on Celebrity Summit
Balcony stateroom on Celebrity Summit / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Fortunes Casino on Celebrity Summit
Fortunes Casino on Celebrity Summit / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Sunset Bar on Celebrity Summit
Sunset Bar on Celebrity Summit / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Penthouse Suite on Celebrity Summit
Penthouse Suite on Celebrity Summit / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Retreat Lounge on Celebrity Summit
Retreat Lounge on Celebrity Summit / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Celebrity Summit

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Celebrity Summit emerged from a $75 million dry dock in March 2019 that updated its staterooms and suites, as well as a number of public spaces. This much-needed refresh was the first major update in more than a decade, which brought it in line with Celebrity’s popular Solstice class of ships. Summit was the second in Celebrity’s oldest ship class — which also includes Millennium (for which the class is named), Infinity, and Constellation — to complete the line’s $500-million, four-year “revolution.”

Summit now has a more contemporary look that borrows design cues from 2018’s Celebrity Edge. But, space and infrastructure create limitations, so this is no mini-Edge. Rather, the result is more subtly modern interior décor, and new exclusive venues for Suite Class guests, called The Retreat. There’s also a revamped approach to buffet dining in the Oceanview Café, which now includes 12 action stations and select à la minute preparation. Summit was also one of the first ships to offer menus by Michelin-starred culinary master Chef Daniel Boulud. These are offered both in Luminae, which is exclusive to suite guests, as well as the Chef’s Table experience, which is available to all passengers for an additional fee (reserve well in advance). 

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The Updated Decor: Kelly Hoppen, the London-based interior designer who created the look for Edge’s suites (along with its exclusive sun deck and lounge), did the same for Summit. And, thanks to design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, the dated staterooms now have a sleeker ambiance in a muted taupe-gray palette with touches of coral. There are also updates that include completely redesigned bathrooms and charging outlets in one bedside table. They are modern, fuss-free, and now feature true king-size beds. Other venues with a fresher, more contemporary look include the Cosmopolitan Dining Room, Oceanview Café, Rendezvous Lounge, and Sunset Bar.

The Retreat Venues for Suite Guests:  Cruisers in Suite Class accommodations won’t be disappointed by Hoppen’s design, the amenities, or by the three exclusive Retreat areas onboard. Summit has four suite categories — from the 308-square-foot entry-level Sky Suites, to the two 2,530-square-foot aft-facing Penthouse Suites, which feature a bathtub with a view and an expansive private deck complete with a hot tub. The look is finessed and sophisticated yet also airy (mostly in shades of white and gray) and crisp. The Retreat Sundeck is located forward on Deck 12 and features cabanas set around a large hot tub (but no pool). Suite guests can also exclusively dine in Luminae (which features a three-course tasting rotating menu of signature dishes by Boulud) and access the Retreat Lounge on Deck 4 for cocktails and snacks.

The Martini Bar and Sunset Bar: Both of these spaces are crowd-pleasers, whether you prefer the frenetically social vibe of the Martini Bar on Deck 4 (where ambidextrous “flair bartenders” entertain with their deft theatrics), or the mellow outdoor ambiance of the newly refreshed Sunset Bar on Deck 10 aft (where acoustic music and wake views create a dreamy harmony).

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Grown-up Ambiance: Summit isn’t a ship for rambunctious kids. There is a Camp at Sea club for younger cruisers, but there are no water slides or laser-tag courses. This is ultimately a haven for couples or groups of friends who want to explore ports by day and enjoy elegantly casual camaraderie in onboard restaurants and bars.

Being a Big Ship That’s Not Too Big: Despite the addition of 30 new staterooms during dry dock, the 2,218-passenger Summit still accommodates about 500 to 700 fewer cruisers than Solstice- and Edge-class ships. Summit strikes a nice balance between spaciousness and intimacy. The Deck 10 pool area features a decent-sized pool (one of two onboard; the other is in the adjacent adults-only Solarium) and four hot tubs, and there’s no big screen or splash pool to raise the noise quotient. The ship has eight restaurants, including the Cosmopolitan Dining Room and extra-charge specialty restaurants Tuscan Grille, Le Petit Chef, Sushi on Five, and Blu, the latter of which is exclusively available to AquaClass guests.

Who It's Best For

Couples Looking for Affordable Sophistication: While Summit doesn’t quite deliver the luxury-class ambiance and all-inclusive ease of lines such as Crystal, Viking, and Seabourn, it does offer lower cruise fares than Celebrity’s newer ships. Additionally, its size means it can sail into ports that some larger ships can’t. Fans of Celebrity have always been loyal to its Millennium-class ships, and these new enhancements mean they have even more reason to be.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Entertainment Isn’t Revolutionary: Unlike its sister brand Royal Caribbean and other big-ship lines, Celebrity doesn’t feature large-scale Broadway-style productions. Summit’s shows are original themed productions featuring modern dance, odes to popular Broadway melodies or iconic rock songs, and acrobatic ensembles with artistic special effects.

It’s Still an Older Ship: Summit was launched in 2001, before the heyday of bell-and-whistle-filled newer ships — so despite its fresh polish, it feels somewhat traditional. And even though staterooms look new, there are 168 connecting cabins in which sound transfer remains an issue. Avoid booking one if you’re not traveling with close friends or family. That said, Summit‘s bridge has been completely revolutionized with the latest navigational technology — and updates have made the ship 15 percent more fuel-efficient — so she’s good to sail itineraries to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe, and New England and Canada for years to come.

Fran Golden
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger