Cruise & Travel Lifestyles

Making Waves: Celebrity Taking it to the Edge

AFTER THE MASTERFUL ROLL-OUT of the stunning Celebrity Edge last fall, Celebrity Cruises has embarked on a massive, US$500 million plus revitalization program to their fleet, dubbed The Celebrity Revolution. It ranges from Celebrity Millennium class to all of the Solstice class ships – each being taken to the edge over the next few years. So far the Millennium and Summit and Celebrity Equinox have been refreshed and the evolution continues, ship by ship until 2023.

Originally launched in 2001, the Summit has undergone a remarkable transformation. Every accommodation, including the bathrooms was taken down to the steel and built back up again, and now each room boasts a soft, elegant and neutral palette that was also evidenced

on the Edge. They are calm and inviting, with a fresh look with excellent and efficient use of storage and new eXhale bedding featuring luxurious Cashmere mattresses. Renowned British designer, Kelly Hoppen who designed many of the staterooms and suites on the Edge had the task of refreshing every suite category starting with the Sky Suites and they are gorgeous. The Hoppen look also appears in several other areas including the Retreat Lounge and the Retreat Sundeck both new to Summit and exclusively created for suite-class guests.

What was formerly Michael’s Club is now a gorgeous lounge exclusively for suite guests with 24-hour concierge service, gourmet bites and occasional entertainment. It’s beautiful and continues the soothing palette combined with the on-point modern design found in many areas of the refurbished vessel. Add to that the sanctuary of the private Retreat Sundeck and the small, jewel-box like restaurant, Luminae, also just for the suite-class guests, and it’s obvious that these additions continue the modern luxury and innovative approach for which Celebrity has long been renowned.

Two brand new partnerships were unveiled on the Summit – one with famed Michelin-starred restaurateur, Daniel Boulud and the other with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Boulud’s creative dishes made an appearance at Luminae as added signature inclusions to the regular menu and will be rolled out as a Chef’s Table offering two nights per cruise for just 12 guests at an additional fee. This Chef Boulud experience will include canapés and Champagne, a galley tour, a 5-course menu, photograph memento and a cook book. We saw an enjoyable performance by the acclaimed dance company of the ABT – incorporating both modern music and classical dance – which was a big hit with the audience.