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Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by askabry

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Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Infinity
Member Name: askabry
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Cabin Category: 06
Cabin Number: 2153
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Ship Facts: Celebrity Infinity Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Celebrity Infinity Deck Plans
Panama Canal
Embarkation: A relatively long line, but it moved along OK. We got to the port at about 11:30, were on the ship by 12:15 and almost immediately able to get into our rooms. Bags arrived by 4.

Prior to boarding we stayed at the Red Carpet Inn. Cheap, and you get what you pay for.

Dining in general:

MDR (Trellis) was reasonably good. The only soup worthwhile really was the French Onion, the appetizers were on point as were the entrees generally. Desserts pretty much did okay as well. Lobsters were great. Lamb shanks and Osso Bucco both turned out well, as did any variation of Filet Mignon.

Pizza got thumbs up; breakfast was OK; burgers got "very good". Cafe al Bacio had some of the best pastries I can recall.

Speciality dining: QSine possibly the best experience at sea. Incredible lamb chops, everything hit the mark and was presented masterfully and with a comedic touch right down to the coffee and ice cream. United States, feh. Lobster sautee was great, but for $40 the souffle should have been at least above room temperature and plated according to specs.Be aware that they discount the pay-per-use restaurants during the trip.

Overall food experience was good but not great.Service actually incredible and a shout out to Jaya and Emilio. The girls loved you guys. Bruno at the front desk ... thanks. Simonde, also good.

Excursions/Ports:

We mostly went our own way, arranging trips off board and got several good deals. Always cheaper and often by a lot. If you want to do zip lining on this cruise, by consensus (even among those that did them on multiple times) wait until Puerto Vallarta. Not usual for me to say this, but worth (gulp) the $139. My wife loved all the ports, not enough time in the Mexican ones.

Onboard Experience:

Good. We thought the entertainment was top notch, really quite good. Comedian had us in stitches, singing was on point. North by Northwest A Capella group gets a + from me. Ship looked a little worn out, the artwork was questionable and a decided lack of fresh flower arrangements.

Internet:

Forget about it; terrible. You'll be able to connect on the first two days and the last two days. That is all.

Activities:

Good ... normal. The people running them were pretty funny actually.

Cabins:

Good really, for the price we paid. Cabin stewards were right on us. Two other cabins had strictly interior rooms in our group and they were more pleased with the Infinity than the Eurodam.

Children's programs:

NA. Really. This cruise docked in San Diego on Thanksgiving. I think there were 6 kids under 14 on the cruise. Average age of cruisers: 72. We had at least 8 people 93 or older, and an ambulance greeted us at every port. A function of the cruise length and time period.

Wine:

They have a self-serve wine bar, which is a GREAT idea at sea. Super wines are offered, and you can get just a little sample, a half glass or a full glass. Gives you the chance to get just a taste of that $250 bottle. No gratuity on that deal, either.

Getting off:

Quick. No problems.

Summary:

A pretty good cruise, but there were more misses than should have happened in the MDR, and the specialty restaurants at $40 a throw were expensive. Celebrity charges a premium price and at the end of the day, I think I'd do the Eurodam over a Millennium class ship easily. One last thing ... if you've never done a vacation like this (15 nights, realistically, an 18 day vacation) ... gird your loins. Towards the end it becomes a death march. How much steak and lobster and croissants can a person eat? LOL.

Publication Date: 12/02/12
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