Celebrity Infinity, Norwegian Fjords, 16th August 2013
The Good: We are regular cruisers who chose this ship and operator principally for the destinations and were not to be disappointed by the Norwegian Fjords that are stunningly beautiful. Harwich is a convenient port for us handling just one cruise ship at a time and embarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation was extremely fast due lack of Customs and Immigration formalities. (perhaps this is one of the leaky holes in the UK Border) Infinity is a very happy ship with a smiley and welcoming ships Company from the Master all the way to the cleaning Staff. Food in the main dining room was some of the best we have ever experienced at sea. Bistro on five is worth the cost but with such a limited menu it is not suited to more than a few lunches. Cafe Al Barco is a relaxing area providing very good speciality coffee. It is actually cost effective to buy a coffee, soda and water package just for this cafe alone.
The not so good: Infinity is a reasonably comfortable ship but because of her age is a little faded and Celebrity needs to pay attention to rust spots on balconies and stains on furniture. By no means can she be described as Luxury. Celebrity marketing people need to visit her before next year's brochure. This was our first cruise where we found that the main dining room was closed for lunch apart from one day at sea. This meant we had three options: (1) pay extra for Bistro on five. (2) grab a beef burger and chips and eat out on deck (again limited to only a couple of lunches) (3) suffer the absolute chaos and disorganisation of the self-service cafe on deck ten. Food selection was reasonable but by the time you had completed three laps of the deck to find a plate, fill it and then find a clean table, the food had gone cold. Lack of trays meant that this process had to be completed for each course. The activities programme was very limited but the beauty of Norway and excellent weather meant this was less noticeable. Ships coffee anywhere other than Cafe Al Barco is best avoided.
Back to the good: There were some good visiting entertainers including a classical pianist and solo singers. The ships orchestra was good but the dancers less so. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and are so pleased to have visited the Fjords, Norway is rightly proud of them and if you haven't been there, go as soon as you can.