We sailed on Celebrity Infinity on September 18. This was our 2nd Celebrity cruise and it was much better than the first one last year to Canada/New England on the Summit.
We arrived at Harwich port and were very quickly checked in and our way to the Café for lunch. We then roamed around the ship until it was announced that cabins were ready. When we got to our cabin, we met our cabin steward and assistant, who did an excellent job for us during the entire cruise. Our suitcases actually arrived pretty quickly and we got everything unpacked. Muster drill was scheduled for 4:00 and went smoothly. Then off to the Oceanview Bar for our “sailaway” party with other cruise critic members wearing our mardi gras beads.
Dinner was at 6:00 and we were seated at a table for 8 – 2 Scottish ladies, a couple from Florida and another couple from Virginia about 20 minutes from where we live. What a coincidence! Our waiter and assistant were wonderful during the cruise and remembered our names and what types of things we enjoyed and even anticipated what we needed.
The following morning, after packing a few essentials, we were off to Paris. We found a hotel room for under $200 so decided to spend the night in Paris. What a wonderful experience!! How could we be so close to Paris (having never been there before) and not make the trip.
After our return to the ship, my husband’s tux had been delivered while we were gone so he tried it on. Unfortunately, the pants were too long, but guest services arranged a tailor to come to our cabin the next morning to do the alterations. Problem solved.
One of the things that attracted us to this cruise was the fact that it was labeled a “wine immersion” cruise. However, we found that most of the excursions to wineries in the ports were between 8 and 10 hours long because they were so far away. While we may have enjoyed visiting the wineries, we felt like it was too long of a trip. Even though we had never been to any of the ports on this cruise, we opted not to do any excursions and just wandered around the ports on our own and enjoyed the local cuisine. We love sampling the various cuisines when we travel and always look for places where the locals go.
The only port that we had specifically planned an excursion on our own was Vigo. I found a tapa and wine tasting walking tour of the old quarter which was amazing. The company was EATour Specialist, SL and Sean O’Rourke was our guide. We went to 3 different local establishments to sample wines and tapas of the region. Sean was very knowledgeable about the food and the wines we sampled. There were 5 other couples from cruise critic that joined us and everyone seemed to really enjoy the experience. Sean was very good at communicating with me before the cruise and answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. The meeting place was right at the port which was very convenient.
Our last port was Porto, Portugal. While we had anticipated sampling ports at the different port houses, we only were able to do a couple. The weather was off and on again rain which limited our wandering to the port houses.
After this cruise, I have a different opinion about Celebrity and would sail on them again even though we prefer Royal Caribbean.