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Photos of Celebrity Summit, Before and After a Multimillion-Dollar Makeover

  • If we had to sum up Celebrity Summit's design in a few words, it'd be modern with a whimsical twist. The ship underwent a massive refurbishment in March 2019, as part of Celebrity Cruises' $500 million "Celebrity Revolution" initiative to modernize its older ships. 

    From the cabins and suite spaces, to the restaurants and lounges, no detail was spared -- in fact, some areas might not even be recognizable to those who were onboard prior to the changes. To get a feel for how much work was actually put into this ship during its 31-day dry dock, scroll through our before-and-after slideshow to tour some of the most notably redesigned spaces.

    Photo: Celebrity Cruises

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    Before: Cabins

    Prior to the refurb, all cabins were decorated in shades of brown, taupe and orange -- accompanied by what seemed like never-ending wood paneling -- like this standard balcony cabin. Storage space, particularly in the bathrooms, also was limited.

    Photo: Cruise Critic

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    After: Cabins

    All cabins were renovated down to the studs, adding contemporary designs and maximized storage. Standard cabins are done up in light neutral and blush tones, while Sky Suites and above feature their own unique color schemes. Faux marble walls and soft-close cabinetry with under-lighting effects add to the modern flair. All cabins were equipped with upgraded technology, such as new outlets and USB ports, and RFID door-entry systems.

    Photo: Gina Kramer/Cruise Critic

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    Before: Cosmopolitan Restaurant

    The Cosmopolitan Restaurant is Celebrity Summit's complimentary, "default" dinner option. It was previously reminiscent of an outdated banquet hall, with dark reds, browns and an Art Deco-style ceiling light design.

    Photo: Cruise Critic

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    After: Cosmopolitan Restaurant

    Celebrity Summit now has one of the most beautiful cruise ship main dining rooms we've ever seen. The space is light and bright and features modern decor and furnishings. Whimsical touches throughout also give the room more personality; among them are several tables with tall cocoon-like chairs that foster a more intimate dining experience, as well as crystal-embellished sconce lights that help set the mood.

    Photo: Gina Kramer/Cruise Critic

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    Before: Retreat Lounge

    Formerly Michael's Club, the suite passenger-only Retreat Lounge was in dire need of an overhaul. It was dark and stuffy, with retro patterns and not a great variety of seating.

    Photo: Cruise Critic

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    After: Retreat Lounge

    You'll have to blink twice when entering the Retreat Lounge now. Celebrity completely transformed the room. The decor features light, refreshing tones with pops of red. In the new space, suite passengers can kick back on a slew of new seating options, including cozy nook sofas and funky, padded mini-stools -- all set alongside tree trunk-style cocktail tables. The lounge complements an all-new Retreat Sun Deck for suite passengers, which replaced an underutilized area of Deck 12.

    Photo: Gina Kramer/Cruise Critic

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    Before: Spa

    Through its partnership with Canyon Ranch, Celebrity always has taken a more wellness-focused approach to its spas, including the one on Celebrity Summit. However, the decor never truly reflected that emphasis on mindfulness.

    Photo: Cruise Critic

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    After: Spa

    Now, immediately upon entering, you will be met with a feeling of Zen. Celebrity Summit's new spa welcomes cruisers with a relaxing, Scandinavian-inspired design, but the reception area wasn't the only room that was touched. The Persian Garden features a more soothing color scheme, and a salt therapy room was added. (These treatment rooms, which have been gaining in popularity, use the microparticles in salt to promote healthier skin and easier breathing.) The fitness center also received a new space for personal training and consultations.

    Photo: Gina Kramer/Cruise Critic

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