As many people have been asking about Aqua Class on the Infinity I thought I would concentrate this review on the new facilities. We are converts to Aqua Class having done a Caribbean cruise on the Equinox in January and found some differences with the new Aqua class on the Infinity. Sorry to say not quite as good as we expected. Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was quick and our cabin was ready as soon as we boarded at 1pm. We had cabin 1111 one of the new ones on the top deck. As usual it was spotless with plenty of storage space, loads of hangers and most important not overlooked at all on the balcony. The bathroom was nice but unlike the Equinox the shower doors did not click together, just met in the middle, so when the ship was moving we had a very wet floor ! These new cabins are at the rear of the ship and as such are only accessible from the Aft lifts or across the open deck. To access the Spa or Persian garden meant going down to the next deck through Ocean View cafe and across the open pool area.I personally would not want one of the Aft cabins on this deck as they overlook the open area of the cafe. Ours was very quiet but we did get quite a bit of soot on the balcony and this was never cleaned off. First night in Blu was chaotic to say the least. Someone had decided to put fillet mignon on the menu and the kitchen just could not cope with cooking all those steaks to order. Blu is just not big enough here. We had to wait for a table on 4 evenings even at 8.45 pm. Service was friendly but haphazard. Lots of times we had to ask for butter, the crudites and dips were regularly missing from the table, and I didn't get my smoothies on 3 occasions at breakfast.We felt that the waiters, whilst all very friendly, were just not used to serving in Blu.
The Persian Garden is small but very nice and was hardly used. Most times we had the place to ourselves unlike the gym which was packed on sea days!
Our room steward only ever left two bottles of water a day and if we had run out in the evening it made no difference. He even forgot altogether on one day. The iced tea arrived daily but then stopped for the last three days. There was a mention in two of the daily bulletin about attention to detail cards being left for our comments but they just weren't left !
We tried Qsine, the new specialty restaurant on here, and it was superb ! We were offered a two for one deal on the second night and it was worth every penny.
The food was incredible and I loved the idea of ordering tapas style dishes to share. Be warned, make sure you are hungry if you go here and don't miss the desserts and lollipops.
We really enjoyed the cruise and the Panama Canal was awesome. The ports were great apart from Puntarenas which is a bit tatty.
In short if you are expecting a full Solstice class experience on this ship you may be disappointed. It is not to the Equinox or the Eclipse standards but more of a halfway house between Solstice and Millenium classes.