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Celebrity Summit Review

Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Summit
2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Service

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Gina Kramer
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Celebrity Summit Overview

Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant yet youthful vibe. The design is contemporary with a whimsical flair, and while there are no water slides or rock climbing walls, you will find other playful areas, such as the pool deck, where with a game of cornhole (beanbag toss) is played while a DJ spins the latest hits in the background, or at the Sunset Bar, where you can dance along to live acoustic jams with your favorite cocktail in hand.

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About Celebrity Summit


Pro

Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

Con

Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

Bottom Line

The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.


Foodies, in particular, will enjoy a cruise on Celebrity Summit for its variety of culinary offerings that range from the traditional to such unique dining experiences as a virtual dinner show called Le Petit Chef, where a 3D animated chef prepares your meal.                                           

While there is plenty for everyone to enjoy on Celebrity Summit, suite passengers will find many more services that cater to them. The Retreat Lounge, for instance, offers concierge service, complimentary drinks and entertainment throughout the day. All the way up on Deck 12, the Retreat Sundeck provides suite passengers with their own sunbathing sanctuary, surrounded by unobstructed ocean views. All of these spaces give cruisers staying in Sky Suites and above a feeling of exclusivity and the ability to enjoy suite perks in private spaces outside of their cabin.

Celebrity's culinary and suite offerings certainly mesh with the line's modern aspirations, but not everything does. Some entertainment lounges feel dated, and we were underwhelmed by the variety of theater productions and some of the live musical acts. (That said, live music prevails on this ship during the evening hours, and you're likely to find something that suits your tastes.)

Overall, Celebrity Summit makes for a relaxing yet fun cruise experience, where food and cocktails take center stage, and Instagram-worthy moments abound. The crew, who are outgoing, engaging and committed, further elevate the experience, with plenty of senior staff engaging with passengers (photos with the captain, anyone?).

Fellow Passengers

Celebrity has been marketing itself to professionals 35 and older who love food and wine, although the ship still attracts a substantial number of baby boomers, as well as a large number of repeat customers. Passengers generally embody a low-key partying spirit -- in general, imbibing seems responsible.


Celebrity Summit Dress Code

During the day, the dress code is resort casual, but Celebrity passengers tend to dress up for dinner -- typically button-down or dressy Tommy Bahama-type sport shirts and slacks for men and dresses or smart-casual pants for women. Formal night on Celebrity has been replaced by "evening chic" in the main dining room. This means that men can ditch the full suit and tie in favor of a sport coat and collared shirt, with designer jeans. Women can wear cocktail dresses, sundresses or designer jeans or nice pants. In the buffet, almost any form of dress is allowed except swimwear, flip-flops, spa robes and bare feet. 


Celebrity Summit Gratuity

Automatic tips of $14.50 per person, per day, are added to passenger bills, with the amount increased to $15 per person, per day, in Concierge and Aqua classes and $18 per person, per day, in suites. Drinks are assessed an automatic 18-percent service charge, as are spa services. 

Note: Australians and New Zealanders do not have the service charge added to their accounts; fares automatically include this gratuity as long as the cruise was booked in AU or NZ dollars.


Celebrity Summit Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Service
2019 Best for Value
2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Value
2017 Best for Embarkation
2017 Best for Value
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Dining
2016 Best for Embarkation
2016 Best for Value
2015 Best for Dining
2015 Best for Shore Excursions
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Cabins
2014 Best for Dining
2014 Best for Embarkation
2014 Best for Entertainment
2014 Best for Fitness
2014 Best for Public Rooms
2014 Best for Shore Excursions
2014 Best for Value
2013 Best Overall
2013 Best for Cabins
2013 Best for Dining
2013 Best for Embarkation
2013 Best for Entertainment
2013 Best for Fitness
2013 Best for Public Rooms
2013 Best for Shore Excursions
2013 Best for Value

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Celebrity Summit Member Reviews

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FleetBoatSailor
Sail Date: Jan 2019
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Sail Date: Dec 2018
The Celebrity Summit was absolutely wonderful. Even though it was an older ship, it was kept very clean and the staff was super accommodating and friendly. The food was wonderful. Service was unbelievable...Read More
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Sail Date: Dec 2018
This was my mom and I's fifth cruise - but first time with Celebrity Cruises. We chose Celebrity Summit because of a great deal, good reviews and some Caribbean islands we hadn't seen yet. I will write...Read More
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Sail Date: Jun 2019
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