Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by 4wksaintenough: Fun and Sun in the Norwegian Fjords
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Fun and Sun in the Norwegian Fjords
Embarkation:- The car park at Harwich opened at 11am,we arrived about 11:30am and there was already a small queue we were directed to the luggage drop off zone and then told were to park our car,once parked a shuttle bus was waiting to take us to the lovely Infinity,we went to check in to pick up our seapasses,went through security to were once onboard the ship they actually took your photo for your pass all in all a very smooth and hassle free embarkation,no waiting around at all and our staterooms were also ready not too long after that.Way to go Celebrity 5 stars for hassle free embarkation.
Stateroom:- We had a family inside stateroom(although there was only myself and hubby sailing)on deck 3,it was directly underneath the casino,oh dear could we hear any noise no not at all not at night or during the day in fact it was one of the quietest and comfiest staterooms we have ever stayed in ohh yes it had lots of space too,we were more than happy with our cabin another thumbs More up Celebrity here!!!
Main Dining Room:- We had arranged for select dining and although you could make reservations for each evening you dined in here,we usually just showed up and hoped we wouldnt have to wait to long,this worked for us as I think the longest we ever had to wait was for 15mins in which case they ask you to wait in Cellar Masters across the way and they will call you when a table becomes available.The food in here is far superior than most other main dining rooms on other ships we have dined on,there is lots of choice and all meals come hot and well presented.The Lobster tail served on the second formal night was just gorgeous and it wasnt a small tail either lovely.The service in here was second to none and all the wait staff were happy and helpful.Well done Celebrity!!!
Speciality Restaurants:- We had purchased the three meal speciality dining option before embarkation,this was really good value for money and we enjoyed two nights in SS America and one night in Qsine both of these restaurants were exceptional,the food was amazing and the service impeccable,we had a wonderful evening sailing out of Flam down the fjord with a window table in SS America.
Exceptional restaurants Celebrity Well done!!!
Staff:- Were always courteous and helpful and the majority enjoy a good chat and getting to know you and vica versa.
Entertainment:- we found entertainment a bit hit and miss,but everyones tastes are different so we wont moan about this,the ones that stood out for us were The stars Of Infinity and their shows,the Magician Phil Hitchcock and a surprise act who was none other than Bobby Davro this guy was superb although at times he could be a little controversial,he did two nights of shows and both times the theatre was packed.
Itinery:- We tend to book all our excursions ourselves via the internet but because we were travelling in May a couple of places didnt start there tours until June so we booked a couple with the ship these were in Kristiansand and Alesund I will indulge further as I go through the different places we visited below :-
Oslo:- We had arranged to take the hop on hop off bus here and as soon as we got off the ship the buses were there waiting.
Kristiansand:- we booked Lillesand by road and boat via the ship this would have been a lovely trip but for the rain.
Stavenger:- A compact quaint port, just across from were the boat docks is a sightseeing boat that takes you on a three hour boat trip down Llyesford and past Pulpit Rock I can highly recommend this trip it was lovely,I had booked it in advance online,get there early as it gets very busy it left at 10am and people were queing by 9:15am.
Alesund:- Today we took The Path of The Trolls Tour with the ship this was a fabulous trip and we saw some beautiful scenery.
Geiranger:- Get up early to see this beautiful sail in,its got to be one of the most beautiful sail ins and sail outs ever.You take tender boats to the quaint village of gerainger here ,you go for your tender ticket as soon as you want to go ashore a tip here is to go early rather than later as for some people it took them an hour to get ashore most of this was waiting time as the tender boat trip was only 5mins.we went very early and had no wait time.We took a boat trip down the fjord followed by the sightseeing bus both of these we can highly recommend.
Flam:- Do take the earliest train on the scenic railway as it gets very busy we did this and the traincoming back down from Myrdal we had virtually to ourselves
We then took a bus to Gundvangan to pick up the fjord boat tour back to flam.Both of these trips were very scenic.
Bergen;-Hop on Hop off again here, then a walk round the fishmarket for some very expensive fish soup.The fish platters are very expensive but it does have to be done as they are very fresh and delicous!!!
Weather:- We were lucky with the weather as most days were glorious and warm we had a couple of rainy days and the temperatures did drop on these days,so take clothes for all eventualitiies!!!
The Buffet:- This is our only minor niggle,it was chaotic, trying to find a coffee machine that worked was a huge task in itself,there was hardly any crockery to be found especially dishes and in a morning people with early trips booked found it hard finding food stations that were actually open.
Disembarkation again was hassle free.
We had a fantastic time on the infinity and will definatley be sailing with Celebrity in the very near future. Less
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