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Celebrity Summit Review

One of Celebrity's four Millennium Class ships, the Summit is now ten years old, but still looks impressive.

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Cabin Overview

Celebrity Summit's cabins are located on decks two, three, and from six to nine. The inside rooms are the smallest, by far -- a very generous broom closet at about 170 square feet. You can get the same size room that offers an ocean-view, or as a deluxe version with a 38-square-foot balcony. Both the ocean-view and balcony rooms are available on decks Continental, Plaza, Panorama, Sky, and Vista (decks two, three, seven, eight, nine). Then there are concierge class suites with balconies (191 square feet for the cabin and additional 41 square feet for the balcony), sky suites with balconies (251 square feet for teh cabin and 57 square feet for the balcony), and 271-square foot family cabins that have huge 242-square-foot balconies.

Celebrity also offers 538-square-foot Royal Suites that have 195-square-foot balconies and even bigger, 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suites that have 1,098-square-foot balconies. Both of these big suite categories feature European-style butler service with in-suite lunch and dinner service, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary espresso and cappuccino. They have separate living and dining areas. The Royal Suites features a whirlpool on the balcony. The Penthouses has two interactive entertainment systems. Now that's living.

Editor's Note: In December 2011 Celebrity Summit received a major overhaul that substantially changed some of the ship's features. Notably, cabins received a facelift and restaurants were added. For a review of another Millennium Class ship that was "solsticized" see our take on Celebrity Infinity, post-remodel.

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Our Cabin: Inside Stateroom

The first thing we noticed when entering the room is that the entry is quite narrow. You can expect that from the smaller rooms on most cruise ships, though. The closet is directly behind the door, opposite of the bathroom. Next to the closet is a small dresser with vanity mirror, lights, and a very small storage place that’s already populated with wine glasses. Opposite the desk is a sofa bed for one person and a glass coffee table. On each side of the king-size bed is a night stand with drawers.

Light switches are placed by the door and by the bed, as well as next to the bathroom door. The room also has two 110-volt and two 220-volt plugs by the desk.

The king-size bed can be pushed apart to make two twin beds, so you needn’t cuddle anybody that you don’t want to. The bed itself is a bit soft, though not uncomfortable. The pillows could stand some replacing though, especially the decorative ones. The bedspread, too, has seen better days.

Inside rooms are designed for three passengers, but that would be quite a squeeze. There’s almost no space between the bed and the sofa bed. When the sofa is extended, getting out of the king bed is difficult. It gets worse. If you have to use the sofa bed then the coffee table has to move (it’s the Sliding Puzzle Blocks game, in essence). The only space for the coffee table is the entrance area, but doing so partially blocks the bathroom door and closet. It is a mystery to us how three people could have enough space here.

The desk opposite the sofa bed is humorously small, like they dared the designers to try and fit one in. In the corner of the closet, inside a shelf, is a really old, small TV. The is not a flat panel, nor HD, and the screen is tiny. The remote control doesn’t work very good and the the numbers are rubbed off.

Note that the Celebrity Summit has been slated for an overhaul in drydock in 2012 that, no doubt, will address many of these deficiencies.

Like the bedroom, the bathroom is very small. There’s only enough space for one person. The sink is a good size, though, and the counter is long enough for a lot of toiletries. The huge mirror makes the bathroom at least look bigger. Even though the bathroom was kept clean clean, the shower curtain was aged and in need of replacement.

The closet behind the door is big. There are a lot of hangers in the closet, as well as the life vests and two bathrobes. Another door to the left conceals six drawers and the safe.

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Celebrity Cruises. Note that any photos on this page may be provided directly by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Concierge Class

These exceptional veranda staterooms are set in the most desirable locations of each ship. Designed for the traveler who settles in nicely to accommodations where little details make a big difference. Savor unexpected delights such as fresh flower arrangements, personalized stationery and complimentary shoeshine service. The attention to detail will amaze you, even as you sleep on the perfect pillow you’ve selected from our pillow menu.

Ocean View Stateroom

Window staterooms with a sitting area where you can kick back and relax after a day that has been as busy or relaxing as you want it.

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom Veranda

Spacious stateroom located throughout the ship.

Sky Suite

When you stay in a Sky Suite you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing…

Celebrity Suite

When you stay in a Celebrity Suite you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing…

Royal Suite

When you stay in a Royal Suite, you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing…

Penthouse Suite

When you stay in one of our Penthouse Suites, you’ll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing…

Family Ocean View Stateroom Veranda

By far the largest Stateroom with a veranda – plenty of room for you and the family.

Cabin Amenities

Our cabin, the Inside Stateroom, had limited amenities, but that’s typical. More expensive rooms come with some amazing features, like butlers. See table for complete run-down.

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On the small shelf by the mirror are small bottles of lemongrass shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Celebrity also provides cotton pads and two bars of soap.

Other than the old-style, built-in hair dryer in the bathroom, there are no appliances.

The mini bar has water, soda, beer, liquor, and red and white wine, all at an extra charge. It can be locked upon request.

Important numbers are on the phone’s speed dial. You can use the phone to call home, but brace yourself for the $7.95 per minute fee. There is no Internet connection in cabins; WiFi is only available at the ship’s iLounge, the Rendevouz Bar, Cards, and Martini Bar. This was one of the biggest red flags for indicating the age of the ship, although the dirty shower curtain and ragged pillows also were a tip-off.

The TV has an interactive menu where you can order room service, check your account, and order movies for $9.99.

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