Celebrity Summit Review
One of Celebrity's four Millennium Class ships, the Summit is now ten years old, but still looks impressive.
The Shipmates Factory, the ship's children's area, is located on deck 11 aft. Another area, the Tower (deck eleven forward) is for older kids and teens. Both areas were not open to adults, so we couldn't get access.
The Conservatory is the only retailer located on deck eleven, and you’ll find it just above the Waterfall Café. It’s decorated with real plants, which makes sense because the store sells flowers and bouquets, as well as vases and bowls with embedded flowers.
All sorts of shops can be found in the Emporium. Sales events and information on shopping at the ports of call also take place here.
The Art Gallery sells accessories, jewelery, hats, and knickknacks for $10 each.
Cigarettes, cigars, and liquor are sold duty free in the liquor store, but you can also find aspirin, tooth paste, and other toiletries you might have forgotten here.
Boutique C is the jewelry and cosmetic shop on the Celebrity Summit. It carries designer watches, rare chocolate and blue diamonds, as well as pearl jewelry, and brand cosmetics from Lancome to Clinique.
The Celebrity Boutique sells brand clothing and accessories, Celebrity branded luggage and sportswear, and fashion jewelry.
All photos taken by the Summit’s professional photographers can be found and purchased here.
Staff & Ship Policies
Overall the staff was very attentive to our needs, and we were impressed with their ability to remember passenger preferences. Room attendants were pleasant and personable, and they tried to respond to requests as quickly as possible. Instead of towel animals whenever our room was cleaned (a popular feature on other cruise ships), the stewards on the Summit left us a different piece of chocolate every night. We’re not sure which we liked better, but since the Summit has less restaurants than other ships, we didn’t mind the extra snack.
We did run into a few small problems in our room: the TV menu didn’t work, and, on the first day, our toilet didn’t flush properly. Our steward worked diligently to make things right, however, and everything was fixed eventually (although the fixing of the TV took longer than expected—not the steward’s fault). The waiters in both the main dining room and the Normandie were speedy and remembered our food and drink preferences. One of our travel companions tipped their steward in cash, and got some fruits (instead of chocolate), as well as new bed sheets every night, in return.
Celebrity automatically adds a $11.50 per person gratuity to your final bill for every day you spend on the cruise. In addition, for every drink you order at a bar you can expect to automatically pay an extra 15% gratuity as well. If you want even better service, you can always tip your waiter or room attendant some extra cash as well.
The overall dress code on the ship is smart casual, with the only true casual place on the ship being the Waterfall Cafe. There are formal nights and events that require more elegant attire as well—suits for men and dresses for women.
After one cruise with Celebrity, you can enroll in the rewards program called Captain’s Club. There are three member levels: classic members (tiers 1-4) receive access to the Captain’s Club celebration and some exclusive onboard offers, select members (tiers 5-9) receive discounted internet and laundry service specials, and elite members (tiers 10+) get all of the above, plus access to the Captain’s Club lounge.
Celebrity uses tiers rather than points to determine the membership level, and there are various ways you can climb up the ladder. The easiest way is to simply go on more Celebrity cruises.
Health & Safety
The mandatory safety drill is held on embarkation day, and the crew has a second drill during the voyage. Fire extinguishers and life vests are located prominently throughout the ship, and life boats are found on deck five.
The medical facility is on deck one, by the gangway, and is open daily from 8 am to 11 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm. The facility sells basic painkillers like aspirin, but it might be cheaper to grab something from the liquor store to cure your pain.
Generally, smoking is prohibited in most areas on the Celebrity Summit. It’s not allowed in any rooms, on the balconies, or anywhere inside. Only on one side of the promenade and the pool area is smoking permitted.
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