Celebrity Summit Entertainment
Celebrity Summit has a number of bars and lounges, including the revamped Revelations nightclub, which is located on Deck 11 forward and has three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, making it a great spot for sunset views. It's also perfect for relaxing with a book during the quiet afternoon hours. The Rendezvous Lounge, just off the main dining room, is spacious, and you'll often find musical performers there pre-dinner and even mid-afternoon. Michael's Club, which was more of a traditional cigar bar in its previous incarnation, now has more of a pub atmosphere. There are a number of flat-screen televisions scattered about, and at the bar, you'll find more than 60 international and craft beers, along with high-end Scotch and whiskey.
Added during the ship's recent refurbishment, Crush Martini Bar is the place to be pre-dinner and between shows on any given night. Not only are the cocktails inventive, but the mixologists put on a show, mixing and serving up to a dozen drinks at once from stacked cocktail shakers. The vibe is swanky and passengers often arrive in crowds, dressed to impress and ready to socialize. Cellar Masters Wine Bar was also added during Summit's dry dock. Dimly lit and furnished with cozy couches and chairs, Cellar Masters offers a selection of for-fee tapas and wines from around the world. It even features Enomatic wine servers (like wine vending machines), where passengers can create their own tastings.
Fortunes is a smoke-free French-inspired casino, complete with 193 coinless slot machines, one craps table, several poker tables, two roulette tables and a number of blackjack tables.
Because of the ship's port-intensive itineraries, most activities do not get started until quite late. Poolside and outdoor events and performances generally start after 3 p.m. Shows in the ship's theater typically begin at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., but depending on the night (and that day's port of call), show times can be as late at 10:30 p.m. That means many of the other more upbeat nightlife options, including game shows and dance parties in Revelations nightclub, don't get started until 10:30 or later. Though late nights are not a problem when you can sleep in, we found this schedule to be a challenge for passengers who had to be up and off the ship early for in-port touring and shore excursions.
In addition to the late-night offerings, the ship features a number of musical acts -- including a Latin quartet, an a cappella group, a couple of soloists and a duet -- who perform in venues throughout the ship. However, these acts are definitely more subdued, and we found attendance to be lacking during many of their performances. We particularly enjoyed the talented guitarist/vocalist who performed in Cafe Al Bacio (also a popular space for mid-afternoon socializing and card games).
Celebrity's enrichment and activities program, called Celebrity Life, features culinary demonstrations and cooking competitions, wellness seminars, dance classes, navigation classes, technology classes and much more. Some of the most popular of these offerings are the events that involve the ship's crew, such as officers vs. guests pool volleyball, a crew talent show, lessons on navigation with the captain and "Dancing with the Stripes," a dance competition that pairs officers with passengers.
The ship's theater is glitzy and rich-feeling with rows of long velvet-covered sofas and small tables built into the floor between every pair of seats, making it much easier to finagle snacks and cocktails while taking in the nightly entertainment. Shows ranged from knee-slapping funny to almost unbearably cheesy. We particularly enjoyed the comedian but could have passed on the "burlesque show." Several of the Celebrity Life activities are also held there, including an "Iron Chef"-style cooking competition that teams passengers up with members of the ship's cooking staff.
Shore excursions are the standard island tours, guided shopping, snorkeling trips, beach visits and rainforest treks. Prices are in keeping with those of other mainstream cruise lines; however, Celebrity does offer sightseeing packages that combine excursions in each of the ports on the cruise itinerary and offer up to $40 in savings off individual bookings.
Celebrity Summit Public Rooms
The three-deck Grand Foyer is inspired by a Venetian courtyard and is decorated in warm amber and golden tones, with silk lanterns, marble floors and stylish floral arrangements. It is reminiscent of the lobby of a fine hotel and sets a tone of refinement. Off the foyer, on the Entertainment Deck (Deck 5), is The Emporium, a shoppers' paradise featuring designer labels, Celebrity logowear and duty-free items, as well as the first-ever Bacardi store at sea.
The ship's two-level library has comfortable wing back chairs and sofas, and it works on the honor system. It's a cozy spot with an excellent midship location on Deck 8, right near the elevators.
Passengers on Celebrity Summit can check e-mail and research ports in the Celebrity iLounge, at a flat rate of 75 cents per minute. Package rates of 38 minutes are available for $24.95, 90 minutes for $49.95, 208 minutes for $99.95, 555 minutes for $199.95 and even 1,666 minutes from $399.95. This rate applies to both the desktops in the Internet center and to your own laptops when using Wi-Fi. Passengers can also take technology classes on such topics as editing and manipulating photos, moviemaking, and smartphone and tablet apps. Classes are $20 each or $35 for an unlimited iLearn package.
Celebrity Summit Spa & Fitness
The 25,000-square-foot AquaSpa is one of the largest at sea, with a free thalassotherapy pool in a stunning space under a dome with pergolas, topiaries and a bronze by Fernando Botero. An AquaSpa Cafe serves light dishes for breakfast and lunch. Some 40 different therapies, massages, facials, wraps and scrubs are featured, including an Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt body treatment and a Thai Herbal Poultice Massage.
Celebrity also has a trained acupuncturist onboard Summit. In fact, it was one of the first lines to introduce the now-standard cruise spa option. Medi-spa cosmetic services, including Botox, Restylane and Perlane treatments, are also performed by licensed physicians aboard Celebrity Summit, and teeth-whitening treatments are available, as well.
A number of fitness and wellness seminars are offered daily; topics include youth-enhancing lifestyle tips, nutrition, weight loss, acupuncture and stress management.
The ship's oceanview beauty salon offers standard services for men and women, including haircuts, styling and color, as well as shaves, waxing services, manicures and pedicures.
The fitness center is spacious and features an abundance of cardio machines lined up in front of floor-to-ceiling windows, a selection of state-of-the-art strength training machines and free weights. Pilates, yoga and boot camp classes are offered for a fee of $12 per person, and Morning Stretch and Fab Abs classes are free of charge. Dance classes are also offered throughout each day, in different areas of the ship.
The ship's main resort area is complete with a pool for lap-swimming, Jacuzzis, a stage and a teak dance floor. A jogging track (five times around equals a little more than a mile) on Sunrise Deck passes by the Mast Bar and offers views of the pools below. A full-size basketball court and paddle tennis court are among the top-deck recreational facilities.