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Founded in 1989 by the Chandris Group, Celebrity ships – identified by the big X logo on stacks to go with a tagline of "a true departure" -- exemplify classic, elegant cruising updated to current lifestyles. Since 1997, Celebrity ships have sailed as the premium brand under the Royal Caribbean International umbrella, continuing to exceed expectations with spacious staterooms and suites, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity identifies potential guests as buyers well informed about products and services, who regard quality and value as essential for vacation choices. In 2004, Celebrity sails to Alaska and California, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Europe, and among major brands, its fleet remains the youngest afloat. Domestically, Celebrity’s 2004 schedule includes departures from 11 U.S. cities, from Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Tampa in Florida to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Norfolk on the east coast, heading west to Galveston, Texas, San Diego and San Francisco, California, and Seattle Washington, ensuring that a ship with an X logo awaits within driving distance from just about anywhere. In 2004, Alaskan adventure awaits aboard the Summit with an assortment of sailings, including 7-night itineraries departing from Vancouver, British Columbia. These sailings head through the inside passage, calling in Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and Seward, and sailing the Hubbard glacier and Icy Straits, where frequent sightings of humpback whales are part of the excitement.

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Like sisters Millennium, Infinity and Constellation, Summit is built to Panamax standards to enable Panama Canal transits from the Caribbean. Summit signature elements include museum-quality contemporary art in public areas, suites with butlers, the cozy Michael’s Club cigar lounge, AquaSpa and 14,000 square feet of designer label boutique shopping with more than a dozen stores including H. Stern with its sparkling baubles.

Fast Facts

Year entering service: 2001
Registry: The Bahamas
Tonnage (GRT): 91,000
Cruising Speed: 24 knots
Capacity: 1,950
Decks: 11
Crew: 999
Officer Nationality: International
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Destinations: Alaska, Caribbean, Panama Canal

About Gratuities
Per person, per day gratuities suggested by Celebrity for the waiter ($3.50), stateroom attendant ($3.50), and butler in suites ($3.50), for the waiter’s assistant ($2), and the Maitre d' (75 cents).

Disabled Access
Summit has more than two dozen wheelchair-accessible staterooms in various categories, including suites. Public areas are wheelchair accessible.

Ship Features

Celebrity’s Summit, third of the line’s four Millennium-class vessels, features paneling and assorted artifacts from the Normandie, the foremost ocean liner of the 1930s. The famed Normandie was the industry’s first 1,000-foot liner, the first French Line vessel to win the coveted Blue Riband, the North Atlantic’s prize for speed, and the first to take art deco design chic to sea. Summit’s 134-seat specialty restaurant, The Normandie, has two sets of four large, gold-lacquered panels from the smoking room on the original Normandie – obtained from auction at Christie’s.

Like sisters Millennium, Infinity and Constellation, Summit presents the industry’s largest luxury suites and a wealth of ocean-view staterooms, with 74 percent having verandas. Standard inside and outside staterooms are 172 square feet. Staterooms with private verandas are 184 square feet.

Stateroom amenities
Summit has Internet access in every stateroom for laptops with modem connections, and rates can be daily, weekly or per minute. Millennium-class Summit’s "Concierge Class" staterooms have special amenities and priority services. Upgrades include welcome aboard champagne, fresh flowers, fruit, canapes, key holder, personalized stationery, oversized tote, upgraded mattresses and bedding. Services include priority luggage delivery, dining time and seating preferences, shoe shines, VIP invitations to exclusive shipboard events, priority shore excursion bookings, early embarkation/debarkation, and a one-touch phone button connecting directly to a Concierge Class representative. Standard amenities include TV with closed-circuit movies, CNN and pay-per-view first run movies; radio, direct dial phone, robes, mini-refrigerator; and large baths with shower, vanity and hair dryer.

Kid & Teen Stuff
Celebrity treats youngsters to good times, especially during summer and holiday sailings. Activities are set for Shipmates (3-6), Celebrity Cadets (7-9), Ensigns (10-12) and Admiral T's, 13-15 and 16-17. Youth Room babysitting for a fee is for ages 3 to 12, and private babysitting in staterooms for up to two children is available. "Parents' Nights Out" is a complimentary service where youth counselors take children to a pizza party during dinner on formal nights of a seven-day cruise.

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Life Aboard

Innovative cuisine prepared under guidance of master chef Michel Roux reflects dedication to fine, fresh ingredients. Dual-level main dining rooms, in the stern, have two-deck-high windows providing dramatic ocean panoramas, and acoustics promote conversation without a need to shout. Lido cafes specialize in casual dining including lunch and breakfast buffets, pizza, afternoon tea and late night treats. Dinner in The Normandie alternative restaurant can be decidedly theatrical with ubiquitous table-side preparation including flambé. An extensive wine list (with many by the glass) ranges from around $20 to skyward. The Grill is for casual dinners served a la carte with reservations required. Hot dogs, burgers and pizza are available poolside during the day, and 24-hour room service is available.

Sports / Health / Fitness
AquaSpa by Elemis, with expanded options and hours, allows indulging in head-to-toe pampering at sea. It’s best to book shortly after boarding, since time slots fill quickly. Sometimes there are specials while docked in port. Spa packages can be booked in advance of sailing, and massages can be scheduled in staterooms. A glass-enclosed Thalassotherapy Pool adjacent to the Spa is lined with inviting teak lounge chairs. Guests can start exercise programs under guidance of a personal trainer in the ocean-view gym with more than a dozen treadmills and exercise bikes, plus stair-steppers, rowers and more. Aerobics classes run throughout the day.

The three-deck, 900-plus seat Celebrity Theater has Broadway-style floor shows. Words and Notes libraries for books and music offer extraordinary opportunity for escape, including private listening stations with personal CD players and headsets. The Magnolia Garden is a conservatory atop Summit where guests can relax while watching a floral artist do magic, collect a bouquet for a loved one, or simply sit and smell the flowers while enjoying a refreshing drink.

A Monte-Carlo-style casino provides a winning atmosphere for guests to wager with slots, dice, roulette, poker and blackjack.

Summit has an array of watering holes including separate bars for champagne and caviar. Cova Café‚ Milano is a magnet for sipping specialty coffees and teas. Rendezvous Lounge has a big bar and dancing to a live band. Michael's Club provides a clubby setting for after dinner cigars and drinks.


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