Aesthetically and experientially updated in an extensive 2016 renovation, this ship feels modern and energized once again. She’s never been one to get monotonous though, even though she does a lot of 6- and 7-night itineraries. That’s because she’s often first to get new programming. So, while she is mostly consistent with the fleet, she’s also a ship where you can usually find something unique or first-in-fleet—like a culinary theater experience or theme party on the new Rooftop Terrace. Her highest highs are specially reserved for those who can spring for suites, especially the revamped Penthouse and Royal suites. These come with access to a special concierge-servicde club, Michael’s.
The biggest 2016 change to the dining lineup is that Tuscan Grille is in, and the former signature restaurant Normandie is out. In news that’s not strictly food but may encompass it, the Rooftop Terrace is new to the fleet and will serve some sort of food—maybe just snacks, but perhaps more ambitious in time. Celebrity is currently promoting A Taste of Film “film-inspired bites” as a new Rooftop Terrace offering.
The dining options included in the cruise fare are Cosmopolitan Restaurant, which is the main dining room and contains a rather famous 7-foot Art Deco bronze statue of the goddess Athena. This venue offers traditional early/late dinner seatings or flexible no-reservation dining. Lunch and breakfast are both open seating.
The buffet-style dining is in Oceanview Café—but it is not exactly buffet as you think of it. It’s in a more bistro-style venue, and is utilizing the small plate style of serving each guests portions of each offering. You might have seen this in nicer Las Vegas buffets in recent years, but it’s new among cruise lines.
The pool grill is on Deck 10, but if you don’t want its standard burgers, fries and fried chicken fare, there’s a lighter menu at AquaSpa Café. If you’re staying in an Aqua Class stateroom, you also can dine at Blu, which features a quasi-spa cuisine menu.
Alternative restaurants with a surcharge are, at this point, all Celebrity standards. For casual/daytime fare, there’s Bistro on Five for crepes and wine; or Café al Bacio for gelato and espresso. For fine dining/special occasion, the options are Tuscan Grille and Qsine (“innovative” in the sense that it’s high tech with no servers and no plates).
Bars & Lounges
The Rooftop Terrace is the hottest new drinks spot on this ship—the Martini Bar with its permafrost bar top is the chilliest, though not as new anymore. The ship also has a vodka and caviar tasting bar Crush (adjacent to the Martini Bar), an enomatic wine bar Cellar Masters, and the popular hangouts Sunset Bar and Revelations Lounge. Of course, there’s the typical complement of bars around the pool, at the casino and convenient to the main dining room.
At face value, there’s a lot of entertainment on this ship in the day and night—but not every offering is every night, and not everything is a mainstage production, so you shouldn’t let your fear of missing out get the best of you. The big production shows are in the main show lounge, which spans two decks at the fore of the ship. These vary between comedy, pop music revues, a magic show and typical cruise interactive game shows.
Then there are the more experimental experiences, which tend to be “pop-up” staged: for example, the evening food/theater event Indulgence (surcharge), and the late-night party in the Solarium.
Always popular enough to be a category of its own is the casino. And of course, there’s a nightclub, though parties on the pool deck sometimes see more action.
The spa on board this ship is now Canyon Ranch-branded. The other big news is the Rooftop Terrace, which is billed as a first-in-fleet and features a big screen for evening al fresco films, plus drinks and light bites.
Celebrity Summit has three pools. The main pools are on Deck 10--one for adults and one that is kid-friendly. The third is indoors toward the front of the ship, and has more of a spa vibe—in fact as billed as thalassotherapy.
Programming falls into four buckets under the CelebrityLife umbrella: Taste, Revive, Learn and Play. A Taste of Film on Rooftop Terrace and the popular Top Chef-branded culinary event QuickFire Challenge are highlights of Taste. Learn includes Let’s Dance and the line’s self-guided art tour. Play defines all the classic outdoor splash-fun recreation, like pool volleyball tournaments and trivia. For adults and kids alike, an Xbox partnership provides gaming fun by modern definitions.
- Whirlpools close by 10PM.
- Much of the recreation and entertainment is either for-fee or for suite guests only.
- Since this ship is often first to test things, concepts are not always fully formed when they debut.