Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Summit is a Millennium-class cruise ship owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises and as such one of the first cruise ships to be powered by more environmentally friendly gas turbines.[4] Originally named Summit, she was renamed with the "Celebrity" prefix in 2008.[1]

Celebrity Summit departing Bar Harbor in June 2019.
  • Celebrity Summit (2008–present)
  • Summit (2001–2008)
Owner: Celebrity Cruises
Operator: Celebrity Cruises
Port of registry:
Cost: US$350 million
Yard number: T31
Launched: 9 March 2001
Acquired: October 2001
In service: November 2001
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Millennium-class cruise ship
  • 90,940 GT
  • 53,268 NT
  • 11,788 DWT
Length: 294 m (965 ft)
Beam: 32.00 m (104.99 ft)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft)
Decks: 11 (passenger accessible)
Installed power:
Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce Mermaid azimuth thrusters
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
  • 2,158 passengers (lower berths)
  • 2,218 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 999
Notes: [1][2][3]


She was built in 2001 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France for Celebrity Cruises



She is fitted with two General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines and is fitted with two Rolls-Royce Mermaid azimuthing electric pod propulsion units. These pods proved unreliable early in the ships career but now with upgrades and operational experience they are now very reliable.[4] She also has three bow thrusters.


As per the practice with the other ships of her class she included a remembrance in one of her restaurants to an historic early liner in the form of several panels and a bronze statue from the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique ship SS Normandie. The statue which was named La Normandie had been purchased by Celebrity Cruises from the Miami Beach based Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. The statue has since been removed from the main dining room during the ship's refurbishment in March 2019.

In 2012 she was refited at a cost of US$16 million which included the creation of extra cabins.[4] This increased her double occupancy to 2,158 passengers[4]and her gross tonnage to 90,940 GT.[5]

Celebrity Summit spent approximately three weeks in dry dock followed by time in the shipyard in March 2019 having all of her existing cabins and suites refurbished as well as the addition of 30 new cabins which will bring her total capacity to 2,218 (double occupancy).[4][6]


In the summer of 2006 Summit arrived in Seward, Alaska with a humpback whale dead on her bow.[7]

On 3 April 2010, passenger Bob Cricius fell overboard and swam for 19 hours to Cayo Lobos, 3 miles off the coast of Fajardo, Puerto Rico.[8][9][10]

In March 2017, Summit had an unscheduled dry dock because of a propulsion issue. One cruise was canceled and another one was shortened [11]

Celebrity Summit undertakes cruises from Bayonne, New Jersey or San Juan to destinations in the Caribbean.

See also


  1. Asklander, Micke (2008). "GTS Summit (2001)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  2. Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 293–295. ISBN 978-981-268-240-6.
  3. "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Celebrity Summit". VesselTracker. 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  4. Jordan, Allan E. (November 2018), "Celebrity Summit", Ships Monthly: 50–52
  5. "Celebrity Summit: Solsticized and ready to go!". Celebrity Cruises. 2013. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  6. "Celebrity Cruises to Refurbish Entire Fleet - Cruise Critic". www.cruisecritic.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  7. "Alaska Cruise Ship Docks With Dead Whale". CBS News. CBS Interactive Inc. 21 August 2006. Archived from the original on 29 October 2006.
  8. Correa Cepeda, Carla V. (3 April 2010). "Rescatan náufrago en Fajardo que nadó 19 horas". Primera Hora. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  9. "Celebrity Summit". Castles of the Seas. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  10. "Cruise and Ferry Passengers and Crew Overboard 1995 - 2019". Cruise Ship Junkie. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  11. "Celebrity Summit is Going to Enter an Unexpected Drydock | CruiseBe". CruiseBe. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

Further reading

  • Cudahy, Brian J (2001). The Cruise Ship Phenomenon in North America. Centreville, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press. ISBN 0-87033-529-4.

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