We love to travel that is no lie but we were pretty darned excited to have the opportunity to be on the inaugural cruise of the newly revolutionized Celebrity Summit!
We had a bit of trouble checking in on our phone but as soon as we reached the cruise terminal in San Juan, everyone was so welcoming , we didn’t need to worry.
We were lucky enough to be in Concierge Class. The cabins have been redesigned with every square inch thoughtfully planned out. The lamps beside the bed have USB and power plugs which made His and Her phone charging a breeze! The wardrobes are sleek and have a separate shelves for shoes. There is a safe of course but also a nice cupboard to store things up top with a bank of drawers next to the wardrobe. The extra shelving is great because it makes it easier to find things. There seemed to be a space for everything.
The cashmere mattresses are extremely comfortable and the room colours are modern with greys and just a splash of soft muted coral. The bathrooms have corner shelving for toilettries and the shower is a good size. The old school space tube type showers are now a thing of the past! We’ve been cruising for awhile and can remember having a shower with the shower curtain wrapping around us. The full size shower is a welcome addition.
They really got the travel agents engaged by using the Goose Chase App which was so much fun. Every time we visited a cabin that was open for viewing we had to answer a question or post a photo of ourselves in a certain place. Each completed task earned points and at the end of the mission there was a draw for prizes. We made it our goal to see everything and we did not miss a spot!
The suites all featured upgraded bathrooms that would rival most upscale resorts. We were able to view all level suites and they were all quite impressive. The penthouse with its full living room and dining area was expansive and it had two bathrooms which is nice if you really like your own space. It does however have only one bedroom which is important to know. The wrap around balcony had a dining table for a small group, hot tub and a couple of lounge areas to sit and read or just enjoy the views.
The Royal Suite’s bathroom with double sinks and a tub did wow me a little I must say. It also had a smaller dining area and living room that is just a nice size for a couple. The deck had a sitting area and another area with loungers and a hot tub.
If you are in suite class you will be have use of a butler to assist you but you will also be able to dine at Luminae and enjoy the Retreat Lounge and the Retreat Sundeck. The Retreat Sun Deck had a small menu and beautiful sun lounging beds. There is great value in these extras and I suspect those in suite class will use them frequently.
While we did not get a chance to try any of the specialty restaurants, their decor and menus look fantastic. We visited all of the restaurants on the Summit and each one has their own character.
The Oceanview Cafe’s revolution is a winner. The layout means shorter line ups and the food stations have so much to offer. Of courses there is a spot to get your eggs made to order but at lunch there is also a custom made pasta bar and our favourite, the baked potatoes filled with oodles of choices and then finished off with a culinary torch to melt the cheese.
The Main Dining Room
The menu was good with a steak available every night and some lighter options too. The dining room feels much brighter and is modernly elegant. The show stoppers are the Porter chairs with their high backs and intimate feel, strategically located throughout the dining room.
Qsine with its bright pop of orange and sleek decor is home to a fun style of dining. Your table captain (you can choose who gets this power) is in charge of ordering on a iPad. It has whimsical tapas style creations and each dish arrives at the table to be shared by all.
Tuscan Grille has a large window so you can view the kitchen. We enjoyed watching them making pasta and it gave us an appreciation for all the hard work that goes into our meals.
Sushi on 5, the plates coming out of this kitchen are beautiful, almost too beautiful to eat.
Relaxation and Entertainment
The ship has lots of places to sit and relax. You can lounge with a martini or maybe a gelato or try the sun deck which doubles as a movie theatre at night.
We did not get to the American Ballet the first evening but managed to get to the show the second night and the performers were excellent for December 63, which featured the music of Frankie Valli.
With a Canyon Ranch spa, you can’t go wrong. The time was too short for us to try a service but I am sure if you do get a chance you will be in for a treat. Next cruise we are staying in Aqua class and we are excited because we get to enjoy a section of the spa which is call the Persian Garden. This area has eucalyptus steam, saunas and heated tile lounges to relax and unwind. Being a foodie we are excited about the option of being able to eat at Blu which is available for all Aqua Class guests. The gym has a lot more equipment than I remember and a separate room for classes such as yoga and spinning. We didn’t make it to the morning meditation class up on deck but will make a point of it next time.
There are numerous bars and lounges to suit your mood. The Sunset Bar with is spectacular views, Cellar Masters for the oenophile and the one that always seemed to be the gathering spot for all, the Martini Bar.
The size of this ship, 2,158 passengers is perfect for people who want all the amenities but don’t want the crowds and can live without the waterslide. The Celebrity App helped us plan our day and it was easy to look up the time of the next show or gym class. The Summit is for the person who likes a little pampering and luxury without the high price tag.
If you would like to join Kimberley and Steven from Plan A Vacation on this gorgeous ship we have great rates for group space available for February 15-22, 2020, sailing the ABC Islands. We also plan to start the cruise early with a food and drink tour in Old San Juan on the Friday evening prior to setting sail. It is shaping up to be a fun group and we know it is going to be a fantastic time!
Photos and story by: Kimberley Gunning, Plan A Culinary Vacation, Plan A Vacation
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