Celebrity Summit Entertainment
The two-story Celebrity Theater, on Decks 4 and 5 forward, is the venue for major musical productions such as Sirens, iHollywood and Stars in Their Eyes, as well as comedy and magic shows. Popular cruise ship standards such as the Newlywed/Not So Newlywed Game and Liars Club are also held there. Main show times are generally 7 and 9 p.m., while late-night events, like Liars Club, start at 10:30 p.m.
During the day, Summit offers the usual variety of trivia and bingo (for an extra fee), along with plenty of classes on how to cook the perfect steak or make the perfect pasta, mixology and wine tasting -- most of which carry a fee. We appreciated the free galley tour, open to everyone, and attended by all the executive chefs and dining staff (the complimentary glass of Champagne didn't hurt, either). The line's ongoing relationship with the Bravo TV show Top Chef means that foodies can also experience a "Quickfire challenge" once per cruise. Lectures, crafts, workshops and dance classes made up the rest of the daily offerings, which fell under a range of activities dubbed with the "CelebrityLife" moniker.
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. If you're sailing in Bermuda, you're in luck -- it's one of the few ports that allow the casino to remain open while docked there.
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 rowdy Dancing with the Stripes (a takeoff of "Dancing with the Stars"), as well as dance parties with themes like ABBAMania or The '80s. A round of similarly themed trivia always preceded the themed dance parties. Inevitably, the room became competitive, which made for hilarious gaffs as participants dashed to sit in a chair setup in the middle of the stage for their chance to answer and earn "points."
Single meetups and LGBT get-togethers are held nightly throughout the cruise; a Sabbath service was held on the Friday of our sailing.
Once a cruise, Summit hosts Indulgence, a for-fee party billed as a night of drinking and delicacies with quirky pop-up performances. For $20, passengers can access an open bar, munch on snacks you won't find elsewhere on the ship and watch random 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 public with heavy red curtains.)
Also held once per cruise, the Taste of Film is a food-and-film pairing held at the top of the ship in the alfresco Rooftop Terrace. For $20 per person, you'll enjoy a movie centered on cuisine (on our sailing it was a tale of two restaurants called "Hundred Foot Journey") matched with a seven-course tasting menu that derives inspiration from the food in the movie. The dishes served weren't quite enough for a full meal, but overall the evening was a neat concept for a date night or something different to do with the posse.
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. The club opens about 7:30 each morning for a light breakfast -- salmon, cucumbers with cream cheese and small bagels, for example -- along with specialty coffees from a Nespresso machine. Premium tea brand Tea Forte is available for a cuppa any time of day. The bar is open from about 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. or midnight, and hors d' oeuvres are served every evening around 5 p.m. The space has a clubby vibe, and its limited guest list means it's a nice option for a quiet drink or meeting. A few events are held here each cruise, including a captain's reception, with a piano player, and a Champagne tea service, complete with a violin duo.
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. Nearby Crush serves vodka flights and caviar. (Open 4 p.m. to late on port days and from 11 a.m. on sea days.)
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 1a.m. on port days, and from 11 a.m. on sea days.)
Cellar Masters (Deck 5): Comfy seats, a 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 5 p.m. to midnight on port days, and from noon on sea days.)
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 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., most 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. Guitar music is performed here at night -- appropriately -- while the sun sets. One of our favorite spots on the ship -- Sunset's location just off the buffet means it's also a quiet and alfresco area to enjoy a snack or meal. (Open 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., weather permitting.)
Revelations Lounge (Deck 11): With amazing views and a soothing decor of blues, greens and grays, Revelations serves many purposes: During the day, it's used for trivia, activities and meetings. (The Cruise Critic Connections Party is held there.) At night, shows such as Motown and Dancing with the Stripes keep the space packed. When it's not in use, Revelations is also a fantastic spot for whiling away the afternoon over a book and a coffee while glancing out the windows. (Hours vary, closes around 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. About a dozen stools sit directly at the bar. (Hours vary, usually closes by 6 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; while one Ibiza-themed party was rained out on our sailing, we were surprised to find there were no signature evening deck events, like a White Night or glow party.
An indoor thalassotherapy pool designed for passengers 16 and older is forward of the main pools inside a solarium. 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. However, only 16 loungers directly surround the pool, and another row is only off to one side (the other side is table seating and couches for the Spa Cafe). We found that by 8 a.m., it was impossible to find a place to lay by the solarium pool. With that in mind, we took advantage of a few peaceful nighttime swims and soaks in the hot tub -- just know that the pool butlers might be itching to close them before the time stated in your daily schedule.
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. Shuffleboard and baggo can be found around the same deck.
If you're simply looking to tan, loungers surround the pool space on decks 10 and 11. You can almost always find some peace and quiet forward or aft on Deck 12; the latter is where the Rooftop Terrace is located. It's a more secluded place for lounging despite the TV blasting concerts or promotional videos. A movie each day is also played here about four times throughout the morning, noon and night. A menu of specialized snacks and drinks is offered, but we couldn't find anyone to order from -- there was no regular waiter service to the space, which was particularly strange. Someone collecting empty cups and leftover towels finally offered, but only after we walked across the deck to inquire. In a pinch, you can use a back staircase and climb two decks down to the Sunset Bar for a drink. We would have paid a small fee to use the space if it included a few extras like drink service, misters and maybe a fruit plate.
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 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 to $30 per shot). The Studio is a small enclosed space located adjacent to the photo gallery, which focuses on black-and-white portraits. Unless you take all your photos in front of a backdrop, you won't be able to instantly find all your photos using your room key. We had to manually look for our photos from a meal at a specialty restaurant, among a sea of other faces.
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 usually available to help from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. most days (closed during classes). Classes, for an additional fee, might include editing photos from your iPhone or iPad. Xcelerate, Celebrity's high-speed internet service, runs approximately $140 per device for unlimited use on a seven-night sailing; second devices are typically discounted at half off. Streaming video and accessing FaceTime and Skype are possible on the network. Other options include a "browsing package," which offers 90 minutes for $50; a "social package," for $109, which pays for up to 240 minutes; and one full day of continuous access for $59. An "as you go" rate of 79 cents per minute is available.
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. Deck 8 has been partially taken over by a concierge desk with office hours for passengers in Concierge Class cabins. Hours are posted on the door.
Laundry services are available onboard for a fee; there are no self-service facilities.