This was a great trip! We must add that meeting other Cruise Critic members really "made" the trip. We cannot encourage enough that you should use this service to meet and learn from others.
The Infinity was just done over to bring it in line with the Solstice ships. The updates have certainly helped, but the ship still is not as quite as physically nice the new ones. With that said, this ship offers a wonderful experience to all that cruise on it. The staff is caring, and obviously well trained. Celebrity must treat them very well, as they are, almost to a man (or woman), happy to be working on the ship and for the line.
I have on some of the other reviews some negatives about the food compared to the past. In my opinion, lots of folks think everything was better in the past.
This ship offered way above average food. Was every meal a five star selection? No, of course not. Nor did we pay for five star food. We didn't see anyone that look emaciated, More
but rather most were just the opposite.
The cruise gave us an opportunity to meet and see interesting places with interesting and nice people. Our cabin (lucky for us was a family room), was well serviced by well trained and super nice guys. The shows on board were fun. The entertainment director was the best we have seen on a cruise. The dining room staff, as well as the specialty restaurants staffs, actually made you feel like you were a guest.
For those who enjoy laying out at the pool, there is a problem. The problem is that some guests have no consideration of others, and hog the lounges all day. This is not the ship's fault, and maybe some will learn better manners.
Oh, kudos to the guys at the martini bar. Great fun to have them serve the drinks.
Some of the boxes that needed to be checked really don't apply to this cruise. We have come as close as we can to answering them. Less
If you can get 8181, grab it! You walk into the room by the long room length hallway. The only thing it lacks is a bathroom a lot larger. The closets were plentiful. There was the small bedroom, and a living room. Both with flat screen tv's. The veranda is huge. And, the location, all the back at he end of the ship, aft on the port side was quiet and perfect.
We had fun! We all felt we needed more time in this pretty city. The little restaurants in old town looked so inviting. The shops there, too, looked beautiful.
If there is a next time, we would skip the flea market type pf shops set up for the tourists. We also would skip the little plaza where they sell coffee.
I could really downgrade the tour rating to a 2 or 3, except Marelvy was so nice, and we did not suggest changing things.
I would give it a 1 rating, but know there must be something of interest for someone. We didn't use a guide here, but did taxi to a local shopping area. We were ripped off on immediately on the price of the non-AC's van. The place has to be described as not exciting. It is obvious that the living standard here was lower than anywhere we saw in Chile, Peru, Ecuador or Columbia.
Oh, we did buy a new camera at the duty free shop that everyone was flocking into. The price was higher than on the ship, and higher than buying it in the States, Once again, we learned that most of the duty free shops are offering no bargains.
Let me say that we probably would have rated it a five, if we had more time. Again, we had a private guide that knew his stuff. We enjoyed learning about the history and culture of the city. FYI: they are very good at food preparation. If you go, take some time to visit the mercado...pretty large assortments of fruits and vegetables.
We started visiting Chile before we go out to the port. We knew beforehand that Santiago offered a look at a prosperous Chilean city. We stayed at the Marriott, which offered above average rooms in a nice property.
We arranged private tours through a great local agency, Cocha. They had great vans for us and our fellow CC that we hooked up with on this site.
The city was an interesting couple of days, and the guides offered us much insight into the history of it and Chile. We must add that the Chilean people we met were just so friendly. We also had some great dining in beautiful restaurants. The city was all we expected and more.We will offer up a few thoughts about some ports that we visited. Some are not available to review on this site.