As your Captain’s Club guest reporter aboard Celebrity Summit, I can say that this experience has been nothing short of amazing. In addition to the usual crew of over 900, there are more than 1,000 additional contractors aboard, all working in fast-paced harmony to make this Solsticizing effort a reality. With unprecedented access around the ship, I have spent two spectacular days with the crew of Celebrity Summit, viewing and reporting on the progress of the dry dock taking place in Freeport, Bahamas.
I can’t believe how much has happened just overnight! The venues have transformed from construction sites to beautiful spaces; they are now ready to welcome guests to sample the crepes in Bistro on Five or try a fabulous martini at the Martini Bar. I can tell you first hand that the new Gelateria is ready for business, and I can personally recommend the chocolate hazelnut gelato. And the caramel. And the mint chocolate chip. In a handmade waffle dish. Well, someone had to test it before the guests arrive, right?
I also got to interview many of the key management responsible for the Solsticizing effort. Roswita Arnet, Director of Hotel Development, talked about what it takes to manage this incredible transformation, while Dominique Gamba, Traveling Restaurant Manager, visited with me at Bistro on Five, the stunning new Blu, and The Normandie, which has been temporarily transformed into dry dock central command. Additionally, Sheldon Thompson, Celebrity Summit’s Hotel Director, talked with me about the crew. These people are incredibly passionate about their work on Celebrity Summit, and were able to share some fascinating details about the renovations and new venues. You’ll be able to see these interviews and the rest of the dry dock report soon, so stay tuned!
My time here in dry dock has come to a close, but I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the ship and her fabulous crew in San Juan for my next reporting assignment in just a few days—aboard the first sailing of the newly Solsticized Celebrity Summit!
Victoria, Celebrity Summit Guest Reporter