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|Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Summit||Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dawn|
|Double Occupancy: 2038||Double Occupancy: 2224|
|Gross Tonnage: 91000||Gross Tonnage: 92250||12 decks||15 decks|
|CDC Score: 96||CDC Score: 100|
|Launched: 2001||Launched: 2002|
The Celebrity Summit and Norwegian Dawn are similar sized ships at around 90,000 tons a piece, and they carry around the same amount of people (around 2,000 at double occupancy), but in terms of flavor and atmosphere they are significantly different. Like the other three ships in Celebrity’s Millennium Class series, the Celebrity Summit has a more structured feel than the Norwegian Dawn, with most passengers eating dinner each night at one of two fixed seatings in the main dining room (there also is a more flexible option). On the Norwegian Dawn, by contrast, passengers spread out among more than half a dozen restaurants in the evening, and there are no fixed seatings, resulting in a more casual atmosphere that also ends up being more lively. In addition to more eateries, the Norwegian Dawn has a more varied and exciting bar and lounge scene.
For family vacationers with young kids in tow, we definitely would rank the Norwegian Dawn the better ship, as it has a more engaging children’s program and overall skews a little younger.
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