The two-story Theater, on Decks 4 and 5 forward, is the venue for major shows such as Sirens, Tenors of Rock, iHollywood and Stars in Their Eyes. Popular cruise ship standards such as the Newlywed/Not So Newlywed Game and Liars Club are also held there. Show times are generally 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., while after-dinner events start at either 10:30 p.m. or 11:30 p.m.
During the day, Summit offers the usual variety of trivia and bingo. You also can join a handful of lectures, as well as wine tastings and classes that usually carry an extra fee.
Located on Deck 4, forward from the Grand Foyer, Fortunes Casino is refreshingly smoke-free. There's a bar inside and a range of slot machines, taking bets from a quarter to $2. Table games include blackjack, three-card poker, Texas Hold 'Em, roulette and craps. Electronic poker and Lotto are also available.
Most of Summit's evening entertainment venues are located in the forward section of the ship, which makes navigation easy.
Revelations Lounge on Deck 11 is used for adult evening entertainment, such as the bawdy Sin City Comedy show and rowdy Dancing with the Stripes (a takeoff of "Dancing with the Stars"), as well as dance parties
Liquid, a Miami-style dance party, takes place in the solarium with scantily clad acrobats supposedly serving as background performers. The fun feels a little manufactured -- we saw more people taking pictures of the performers than actually dancing or partying -- but if you like your house music loud and enjoy SoBe style clubs, this will appeal.
Once a cruise, Summit hosts Indulgence, a for-fee party billed as "Great Gatsby Meets Moulin Rouge." For $39, passengers can access an open bar, munch on snacks you won't find elsewhere on the ship and watch "pop up" performances by the ship's entertainers. While the concept seems a bit uneven -- we're not sure what a man wearing a lion's head has to do with dancers in bustiers and waiters with black "Eyes Wide Shut" masks -- people seemed to be enjoying themselves. (Parents, don't worry; the event is held in Cellar Masters and sheltered from the pubic with heavy red curtains.)
Celebrity Summit Bars and Lounges
While Summit doesn't have a "party hearty" vibe, there are still plenty of places throughout the ship to grab a drink, at least until 1 a.m. We loved Revelations Lounge, a stunning space at the front of the ship boasting floor-to-ceiling windows; it was a popular place for late-night dance parties. We also spent time in Cellar Masters, a wine bar with a knowledgeable bartender, and the Martini Bar, where drinks like Disco Lemonade kept the icy area packed around happy hour.
Michael's Club (Deck 4): Exclusively for suite guests and VIPs, Michael's Club has been turned into a private lounge where Summit's top customers can go for complimentary drinks and concierge services, 24-7. The space has a clubby vibe, and its limited guest list means it's a nice option for a quiet drink or meeting.
Martini Bar & Crush (Deck 4): The ice-covered bar might seem like a gimmick, but the flashy mixologists keep the atmosphere loose and fun instead of pretentious. Crush nearby serves vodka flights and caviar. (Open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
Fortunes Casino Bar (Deck 4): Open the same hours as the casino (when not in port), Fortunes bar provides easy access for thirsty gamers -- and it's nonsmoking!
Rendezvous Lounge (Deck 4): A pleasant and spacious spot with a small dance floor, Rendezvous provides the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink or to unwind with a piano player in the evenings. This is also where evening karaoke is held. (Open 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.)
Cellar Masters (Deck 5): Yes, this wine bar has the oft-maligned dispensers (which we hardly saw anyone use); cards for the machines are sold in $25 increments. But the comfy seats, knowledgeable bartender and wide range of glasses that were part of our premium beverage package made this the favorite for our group of oenophiles. (Open noon to midnight)
Pool Bar (Deck 10): While the pool has beverage service, we found the bartenders at the bar to be more engaging , more liberal with the pours and less likely to try to sell us a souvenir glass. Try the Bahama Mama. (Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. sea days, until midnight on port days)
Sunset Bar (Deck 10): At the back of the ship, just off the Oceanview Cafe, Sunset offers a relaxed atmosphere with views and a casual vibe. This is one of the few places on the ship where you can smoke; in particular, cigar smokers seem to make it their home away from home. (Open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.)
Revelations Lounge (Deck 11): With amazing views, Revelations serves many purposes: During the day, it's used for trivia, activities and meetings. (The Cruise Critic Meet and Greet is held there.) At night, shows such as Sin City and Dancing with the Stripes keep the space packed. (Hours vary, closes at 1 a.m.)
Mast Bar (Deck 11): Tucked away above the pool area, the Mast Bar is nice for upper-deck sunbathers who don't want to walk too far for their drinks. (Hours vary, usually closes by 7 p.m.)
Celebrity Summit Outside Recreation
Summit has two outdoor, saltwater swimming pools on Deck 10. One is designated as a family pool, while the other is a much deeper pool for adults only. On sea days, this area can get extremely crowded; get there early if you want to get a lounger. Four outdoor whirlpools surround a center area that has the most coveted cushy loungers. There are no lifeguards at either spot.
The music during the day tends to be happy and upbeat. At night, dance parties are held on the pool deck; during one Latin-themed event, scantily clad acrobats performed languid routines.
An indoor thalassotherapy pool designed for passengers 16 and older is forward to the main pools. Although it's covered, the area is sunny and bright and has very comfortable loungers. If things get too loud outside, this makes a nice escape.
A basketball court is open on Deck 12 for pickup games. An "officers vs. passengers" volleyball game is also a favorite activity. Ping-Pong tables are scattered throughout the ship, on Deck 10 and also at the teen X Club.
If you're simply looking to tan, loungers surround the pool space on Deck 11. You can almost always find some peace and quiet forward or aft on Deck 12; the latter is where the ship shows movies under the stars at night.
Celebrity Summit Services
Guest Services, the Captain's Club desk, the Destination Concierge and the Shore Excursions desk are located on Deck 3, within the Grand Foyer. The Medical Center on Deck 1 has limited hours; a few over-the-counter remedies such as ibuprofen are offered free from a shelf near the office.
An ATM machine is located within Fortunes Casino on Deck 4 and charges a hefty service fee. Deck 4 also houses the Photo Gallery, where you can buy pictures from the roaming ship photographers (rather steep at $25 per shot).
Deck 5 contains the Emporium, which has clothing, jewelry and watch boutiques. Innovations, an authorized reseller of Apple products, and a shop that sells sundries and Celebrity Summit logowear, also are located on Deck 5. This is also where the Future Cruise Sales office is; make sure you check your Celebrity Today in advance to see what the best offers are. Deck 5 also contains the Art Gallery, which hosts a range of sales, auctions and events.
Summit's iLounge computer center is located midship on Deck 6 and is open 24 hours. Staff is available to help from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on sea days. Wi-Fi packages cost $59 for 90 minutes, $109 for 240 minutes, $219 for 600 minutes and $429 for 1,680 minutes. You can also pay as you go, for $0.79/minute.
The two-story library is tucked away midship on Decks 8 and 9. You'll find a nice variety of best-sellers and classics you can check out during your cruise, as well as reference books you can consult within the space.
Laundry services are available onboard for a fee; there are no self-service facilities.
Celebrity signed a partnership with Canyon Ranch in 2014, so the famed destination spa is now in charge of spa and salon services, as well as fitness classes. The line says Canyon Ranch spa cuisine will appear on menus in 2015.
Located on Deck 10 forward, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at sea and until 9 p.m. in port. A separate salon offers manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, lash extensions, teeth whitening, blowouts, updos and highlights.
Treatment rooms are scattered around the fitness area, which means you're walking to your massage through the same hallway used by people heading to the gym. Before your treatment, you can relax in the Persian Garden, which offers heated loungers, an aromatic steam room, Finnish sauna, herbal sauna, ice fountain and sensory showers. Access to the Persian Garden is complimentary for passengers in AquaClass. Everyone else can purchase a day pass to the Persian Garden or a cruise-long AquaTherapy pass to access without a spa treatment. Just know that the thermal suite is much smaller than what you'd find on Solstice-class ships.
The spa offers a variety of services, including massages, facials, waxing and body treatments. As of summer 2014, a 50-minute massage cost $140, high for a ship. During our "Awakening" massage, our therapist showed us stretches to alleviate joint tension, a welcome addition. We also noted that no one tried to sell us products.
On Summit, Canyon Ranch occupies a separate space midship on Deck 7 for acupuncture treatments and chiropractic work.
The Fitness Center is also located on Deck 10 forward and offers stunning sea views from the equipment: treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and a full weight area. For a fee, you can attend Pilates, spinning, yoga and CrossFit classes. Personal training and fitness consultations are also available.
The Fitness Center is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
A jogging track is located on Deck 11. It's not cushioned, and unless you're there at extremely odd hours, you'll find your run marred by clueless passengers standing in your way.