Review of Celebrity Summit deck 12 (Sports-Rooftop)
Sports Deck is accessible only by stairs (no elevator access). The aft-located Basketball Court is multi-sports outdoor court for playing basketball, volleyball, tennis. The fore-located Retreat Sundeck is a Suite-only sundeck (open-air sunbathing and relaxation area) fitted with padded deckchairs, plush sun loungers, private cabanas (for rental), hot tub (spa pool). The exclusive outdoor Retreat Lounge concept was introduced on Celebrity Cruises' Edge-class ships.
During the cruise ship's drydock 2016 refurbishment, the aft portion of the sundeck was transformed into the new "Rooftop Terrace". Located behind the Sports Court and spanning the ship's entire width, this is an outdoor lounge area for relaxation during the day, featuring 6 cabanas and premium garden furniture (grouped together wicker couches with low tables). In the evenings, Rooftop Terrace transforms into an open-air entertainment lounge with an outdoor cinema (large LED screen, surround sound system) and comfortable seating area with live plants, modular furniture, decorative lighting, waiter service for drinks. Depending on the cruise itineraries/current destination, here are offered themed entertainment and local food (a la carte priced, served in special dishes). As design and concept, Rooftop Terrace is similar to the outdoor relaxation complex "Lawn Club" on Celebrity Cruises' Solstice-class liners.
Rooftop Terrace's "night movie lounge" concept ("A Taste of Film") is culinary-themed. It gives the ship's passengers an array of gourmet, chef-designed and themed food samples (a total of 10 tastings per night) inspired from the movie being watched. The evening's menu list and descriptions are provided to the guests, as well as a tray with the 10 samples (8 foods and 2 beverages) all labelled with numbers. When cruisers see the corresponding number on the screen, they taste the sample from the tray. The "A Taste of Film" programming can be found in the ship's daily newsletter.
Rooftop Terrace's evening culinary-movie event is a specialty dining option available at extra cost (USD 19 per person). It is hosted here 1 night and on 7-night cruise itineraries only.