British Isles and Paris on the Celebrity Infinity, Summer 2013: Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by garvey818
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British Isles and Paris on the Celebrity Infinity, Summer 2013
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
On the Infinity, entertainment and food were excellent, including the two specialty restaurants that we tried. The staff of the entire ship works hard and seems to do their jobs well.Disembarkation was long and slow, as usual Less
Cabin review: 9121
We were persuaded to upgrade to a vacant disability suite. Unfortunately, the suite hadn't been cleaned thoroughly when we arrived, though a call to housekeeping solved the problem. A second issue was that the suite was directly below the deck 10 overhang, where the ping pong tables are located. Lots and lots of late night noise! Best thing about the suite was the butler, Edward, who added value to our cruise experience.
Port and Shore Excursions
It was a ten minute ride from the dock to the bus stop on Kildare St., in front of the National Library. This was a convenient location, just a few minutes walk from some of our favorite sights: Trinity College (with very long lines on this sunny Saturday for the Book of Kells), Grafton St. (packed with international and local visitors, and reminiscent of Fifth Avenue in New York or Michigan Avenue in Chicago), Temple Bar (a cobblestoned nightlife center, quiet by day), Merrion Square (gorgeous town houses), and St. Stephen's Green. The Molly Malone statue near O'Connell bridge is clearly intended as a tourist magnet but on our visit, a family band (mostly kids) were playing traditional Irish music. Speaking of which, there are a few stores in Dublin that still sell CDs, Tower Records on Wicklow St., a half-block from Grafton St., has a good supply of locally produced Celtic music CDs that you'd have to buy on-line anywhere else. Our only problem in Dublin was finding a place to eat lunch, since every restaurant within a few hundred yards of the Liffey was crowded, outrageously expensive, or dealing with health issues (thawing frozen chicken in the same display case with the stuff going into the next sandwich).
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