Following close on the heels of Celebrity Millenium, Celebrity Summit has emerged from a massive refurbishment project at Freeport in the Bahamas.
Her staterooms have been redesigned, new accommodations have been added, she has an all-new Retreat Sundeck, faster Wi-Fi, better gaming machines in the casino – just about every single aspect of the ship has been upgraded.
The refurbishment is part of a massive Celebrity Revolution enhancement plan that will see a further six Celebrity Cruises ships refurbishment between now and 2023, at a cost of US $500-million.
“Celebrity Summit is one of the most popular ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet and we’re excited to share the revolutionized design with the world,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.
“Celebrity Summit is better than she’s ever been – with modernized spaces and exciting new experiences, and she’s the first of our ships to feature our partnerships with American Ballet Theatre and Chef Daniel Boulud,” she added.
The 31-day drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport saw everything from Celebrity Summit’s staterooms to her dining experiences and public rooms upscaled or redesigned.
Starting in her staterooms, they’ve been given a new design in partnership with HBA and Celebrity Edge cabin designer Kelly Hoppen. Celebrity’s eXhale bedding featuring luxurious Cashmere mattresses have been added, along with new finishes and fixtures in the ensuite bathrooms.
All-new staterooms have also been added – 13 new AquaClass Staterooms, seven new Ocean View Staterooms and 10 new Inside Staterooms.
For suite guests, there’s a new Retreat Sundeck (also designed by Hoppen) with hot tubs, cabanas, loungers, artwork, and more, as well as a new Retreat Lounge.
This space was previously occupied by Michael’s Club, but now it will be an exclusive 24/7 lounge for suite guests designed by Hoppen, offering complimentary beverages, gourmet bites and concierge service.
Moving on to her public rooms, Celebrity Summit has a redesigned Oceanview Café that’s more open with a lot more seating and expanded food options from around the world.
The main dining room has also been upgraded with more tables and new artwork and fixtures.
A particularly eye-catching detail is the new ceiling design featuring interlocking metal rings and lighting.
Bars and lounges have also been revitalised. The Sunset Bar has new outdoor seating options and the Rendezvous Lounge has been transformed into a more elegant and understated space.
Just about every part of the ship has been updated. Even her Wi-Fi will be better than before, thanks to the installation of Xcelerate Wi-Fi throughout the ship. And when it comes to shopping at sea, Shinola, John Hardy, and TAG Heuer all now have boutiques in the retail area.
Huge enhancements have been made to the spa, which now has a wellness-focused spa design for Canyon Ranch at Sea, transforming the treatment rooms, salon, fitness centre, and locker rooms.
The Persian Garden thermal suite, where therapeutic spaces and experiences, such as Turkish bath, infrared sauna, and salt therapy are available, has been enhanced and there’s a new, semi-private consultation area in the fitness centre for personal training and consultations.
Elsewhere, the Art Gallery and Photo Gallery, have been upgraded and The Casino and its adjacent bar have a sleek and sophisticated new design in partnership with HBA.
The 91,000-gross ton ship, accommodating more than 1,900 passengers will now sail a series of 5 and 7-night roundtrip cruises out of San Juan until the end of April when she will reposition to New York for the summer, cruising roundtrip on 7, 10, 11 and 14-night cruises to Bermuda and New England.
Celebrity Equinox will be next up for a facelift in May, 2019, followed by six more Celebrity ships until 2023.