We took the British Isles cruise on June 3 from Harwich. The Infinity stopped at Le Havre, Guernsey Islands, Cork, Waterfor, and Dublin, Ireland, Liverpool, England, Glasgow and Inverness, Scotland. The Infinity is a Millenium class ship that has been "Solsticized". It is smaller than the Solstice class ships, but we liked the smaller size. We had an Aqua Class stateroom. The showers and towels in Aqua Class are awesome. Our stateroom attendant Luz was outstanding. Our room was immaculate and the service was great. Because we had long excursions most days, we rarely took advantage of the free canapés in the afternoon. It was dinner time when we got back most days. Our attendant would have provided the snacks for us, but we didn't want them. On the few sea days, we requested and got shrimp cocktail in place of the standard canapés. Great service.
We took private excursions in every port except Guernsey. In Guernsey, we just rode the bus around the island and went to the castle near the harbor. Best excursion, American D-Day sites tour from Francois Gauthron in Le Havre. Absolutely fabulous tour, the man has an enclopedic knowledge of the Normany invasion. Other great tour - excursion to Cahir Castle, Swiss Cottage, Holy Cross Abbey, and Rock Of Cashel with lunch at Parker's restaurant - with Dave, from White's of Waterford. We also had a wonderful tour from Butler's Buses in Cork. The Modified Ring of Kerry Tour which included a short tour of Cork, drive to Kenmare, drive on the Ring of Kerry including Ladies View, Moll's Gap, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House gardens, Ross Castle, views of Magillicuddy's Reeks, and lunch in Killarney. We also did a private Paddywagon tour from Dublin to Glendalough and the Wicklow mountains, and a tour of Dublin with free time to explore - guide did a great job of improvising since traffic prevented us from going to Kilkenny castle, so we went to Powerscourt instead.
Not so great tours - BusyBus Tour of North Wales. Ship was late arriving in Liverpool. Despite this, tour was late leaving. We're promised an 18 seat van, instead had 39 passengers on bus. Had to change buses because first bus didn't have a child seat although it was pre-ordered by one of the passengers. Guide was obnoxious. Missed one of the tour stops due to late start and traffic. Would not recommend tour company, highly recommend North Wales - it is beautiful. Went to seaside town of Conwy and toured castle. Drove into mountains at Snowdonia. Definitely worth the trip.
Also not so great, private tour in Inverness to Culloden, Cawdor Castle, Pluscarden Abbey and the highlands with views of Loch Ness. We spent way too much time at Culloden and sitting in traffic. We never did see Loch Ness. The only reason we saw Elgin Cathedral is because we walked over on our own after lunch at the woolen mill in Elgin. The guide, Ian, was a battle re-enactor and spent way too much time play acting as a soldier at Culloden.
The Captains Club hostess on the Infinity did a great job. Melissa made a point of getting to know each Captains Club member. She was always visible and tried to make every feel welcome.
The food on the Infinity was decent, but not exceptional. We had breakfast in Oceanview Cafe. At times, it was very crowded, but the staff did a great job of clearing and cleaning tables. Many lunches we had were on excursions. The few days we ate lunch on the ship, mostly in Oceanview, the food was good and there were many choices. Celebrity needs to work on keeping the lunch buffet items hot. Most were barely warm. We ate ate the Grand Buffet in the main dining room on one sea day. The food was good, especially the cocktail shrimp, but again, it was not as hot as it should have been.
For dinner, we ate in Blu. The atmosphere is lovely, but the service was uneven - some days great and some days slow. We are not fans of the menu, and chose from the steak and salmon classic menu a few times. A few of the desserts were good, most were mediocre. Two days we got back quite late and had dinner in Oceanview. They will cook chicken, salmon or steak to order, make pasta to order, and they also have sushi and stir fry. The food was quite good.
We did not attend any of the shows. We cruise on Celebrity a lot and had already seen the stage productions. The dance bands are comical. They play rock music with a strange beat and sing one verse and the chorus repeatedly because they don't know the words. Very few people were dancing anyway. The activities on sea days mostly consisted of trivia and tours of the kitchen. Since we had so many days in port, we used the sea days to relax. Celebrity needs to update the library. Very few books available - perhaps they were being hoarded by the passengers.
The ship was very clean. All public areas were spotless. Service was great. The staff in the Oceanview cafe kept the tables cleared and cleaned. All of the staff was friendly.
The Internet was unbelievably slow. It would take 5 minutes to download 10 short emails, and 2 minutes to send an email, text only, no photos. The staff at the Internet Cafe had a lot of composure, because everyone was complaining about the poor Internet service. Celebrity needs to address the Internet service. It is just too slow.
We really liked our cruise on the Infinity, so much that we are taking the Wine Cruise in September.
The British Isles cruise was lovely. Great ports, great ship, great staff, acceptable food.