Celebrity Summit Review
One of Celebrity's four Millennium Class ships, the Summit is now ten years old, but still looks impressive.
Spa & Fitness
The spa area is located on deck ten forward, right by the Aquaspa pool. The spa can’t accommodate too many people, so we recommend making an appointment early on if you want to go (there’s even an acupuncture facility on deck seven). The Aquaspa is a very nice area, but some wear and tear was evident in some places.
Treatments in the Aquaspa include a number of different facials and detox specials. The spa also offers a variety of massages, like hot stone, herbal poultice, aroma wrap, bamboo massage, as well as regular Swedish massage, deep tissue, and reflexology massages. Prices for facial treatments start at $107 and massages begin at $119. There are couples massages for $269, and, the absolute spa ritual, a 100-miute full-body massage and facial is available for $265.
You can have unlimited access to the spa’s Persian garden area, with its Turkish bath and aromatic rooms with heated benches, for $99 or $159 for couples.
Celebrity’s hair salon is part of the spa and offers all regular salon services: manicure, pedicure (regular, acrylic, and shellac), waxing, hair cuts and styles, as well as hair treatments. Teeth whitening treatments are available for $149, as is a fire and ice manicure and pedicure, for $50 respectively $70.
The fitness center, located in the Aquaspa, is smaller than the fitness areas on some other similarly sized cruise ships. Still, the center offers access to cardio and weight machines, free weights, and an area for stretching. The cardio machines are very popular, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to have to wait for a machine at the fitness center.
Two complimentary classes are offered—morning stretch and fab abs. Other classes, like yoga, pilates, and spinning, are offered for a fee of $12 per class. The Aquaspa fitness center also offers a boot camp class with multiple sessions (depending on the length of your voyage), including a health check and a home program.
The Celebrity Summit has two ping pong tables—one on deck ten and one on deck eleven—in the room just off the Conservatory (where the golf simulator used to be).
In the same room off the Conservatory that houses the ping pong table, you’ll find a dart board. Darts are available at the guest relations desk on deck three.
There are three large shuffleboards on the ship: two on either side of the promenade and one outside on deck eleven. All the equipment you need to play are located by the shuffleboard courts.
There’s a playing field with basketball hoops and small soccer goals on deck 12. Unfortunately, the field wasn’t in good condition. One of the basket ball hoops was missing and there were a number of holes and divots in the court—a rather disappointing sight.
The jogging track spirals around deck eleven, going around all the sun lounges and chairs. Three laps is equal to 5/8 of a mile (or one kilometer).
The Waterfall pool is the main pool of the Summit, which includes four hot tubs in the same area. Surrounding the pool are cushioned lounge chairs and sun chairs. A towel stand is located at one end. The poolside bar provides everybody with drinks, and is located on the smoking side of the pool area. That’s where all the cool kids hang out.
The thalassotherapy pool is filled with salt water, ionized, and heated. In the nooks on both sides are several powerful jets that get the water to a good, bubbling action. You can sit on the ionization bars. On one side of the pool is a fresh water hot tub if you’re feeling overly-salted in the ocean water. There are also fresh water showers, as Celebrity asks everybody to shower before going into the pool.
This area is much quieter than the main pool, but it fills up fast on sea days. The teak lounge chairs are placed around the pool and overlook the ocean. It’s a beautiful, peaceful space. Thankfully, kids under 16 are not allowed.
The kids pool is located at the other end of the adults area, on deck eleven. It’s just a small pool – nothing like the super-size kiddie pools found on larger, more family-oriented ships.
Sun Decks & Open Areas
The promenade is located on deck four, but it does not go around the entire ship. The front is blocked by the Cosmopolitan restaurant, and the rear is for crew only. There are some lounge chairs on deck four if you’d like to sit someplace dry, away from the splashing of the pool. The promenade is wide enough for a couple of people to walk side-by-side. Note that the port-side is the smoking area.
You can visit deck 5, but it’s just a small space on both sides of the ship with access to the life boats. There’s no real lounge or sunning area here.
Deck 11 is the biggest sunning area on the Celebrity Summit, with lounge chairs and upright chairs along both railings and in nooks along the side of the ship. The Mast bar is located midships, so nobody has to go far for a drink (not that you ever do on a cruise ship).
On deck 12 forward are more loungers and chairs. This area is very quiet and windy most days. There is no beverage service here.
Lounges & Public Spaces
There are three lounges on the Celebrity Summit: the Cova Cafe, iLounge internet cafe, and a game room called Cards.
The Milanese-style Cova Café offers specialty coffee drinks, like cappuccino or espresso, as well as tea and coffee cocktails (or other alcoholic drinks like wine or grappa). Small sandwiches or pastries are also available here, and prices for coffee start at $3.
Celebrity Summit’s internet cafe, iLounge, is located on the port side of deck five and on decks six and seven midship. WiFi is also available on deck three in the conference rooms, on deck four in the Rendezvous, on deck five in the Cova Cafe and the Martini Bar, and on deck ten in the Waterfall Cafe.
Since the Summit is a certified Apple retailer, it should come as no surprise that the iLounge is equipped with MacBook laptops. Some classes and activities where you can learn how to use Apple products are offered for $15 (or $25 for unlimited access to these classes).
Cards is located on deck five port side, just above the iLounge. It’s the game room of the Summit and you can find checkers, decks of cards, and some board games there.
The Celebrity Summit has a few conference rooms on deck three that can be rented prior to setting sail.
The library is very cozy and is spread out over two levels. It is located midship on decks eight and nine.
Religious Services / Prayer Rooms
Religious services are offered during major Catholic and Jewish holidays.
Shows & Entertainment
The Celebrity Theater is spread out over two levels on the Summit (decks four and five). Each night, a different show plays in the theater—a variety of musicals, comedies, dance shows, etc. All shows are free of charge and play twice a day. The first seating is at 7 pm (to accommodate those who are eating at the late dinner seating), and the second show is at 9 pm (for those who are eating during the early dinner seating).
The Celebrity Summit has a small movie theater on deck three that can be used for meetings. It also shows major feature films at specific times.
The arcade is on deck eleven, next to the children’s area, and offers a few older games.
The Cards cafe is the place to go for all kinds of card games and board games. Celebrity Summit also organizes the occasional game of Bingo as well.
The Fortunes Casino is located on deck four, very close to the photo gallery. The design of the casino is very European, with lots of red, gold, dark walls, and statutes. There’s a bar here too, which provides gamblers with drinks (not for free, though).
There are hundreds of slot machines in the Fortunes Casino, with the cheapest option being penny slots.
In the center of the casino are several poker and blackjack tables. The minimum bet at the tables is one dollar, the maximum bet is $500.
There are two roulette and craps tables rounding out the casino’s gambling options.
The Casino has its own bar and servers that will get you any drink you want. Just keep in mind that these drinks aren’t free like they are in Las Vegas casinos. You can expect to pay as much for your drink here as you would at any other bar on the ship.
The more points you earn gambling in the Casino, the better your reward: it starts with a key chain (250 points) and ends with a dinner for two at the Normandie (25,000 points).
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