Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by Bill Russell: Infinity - Cruise to Nowhere
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This was one of the better cruises my wife and I have enjoyed. We are both in our 50's and this was our 9th cruise together. We have cruised RCL and NCL as well as Celebrity.
We had read and heard horror stories about the 2 hour bus ride from San Diego to Ensenada as well as embarkation. However everything went very smooth and we found the sunny bus ride along the Mexican coastline to be surprisingly picturesque. We had arrived by air in San Diego at 11:45 AM and by 4PM we were in our Ship room with minimal delays. I would say that Celebrity could have done a better job informing passengers as to what was happening during the periodic waits on the bus,
The ship is beautiful and well maintained. We sailed at 10 PM and the first 24 hours were a bit rough with 15 foot swells and 50 mph winds but thanks to patches and Meclezine we were not seasick...just a bit drowsy and dry mouthed as side effects of the medication. The remaining days were beautiful (daytime More temperatures in the 70's and 80's) with calm seas as we traversed the pacific averaging 21 knots.
By far the most outstanding facet of this cruise was the entertainment. The Celebrity Dancers and singers and musicians were the most talented troupe we have ever seen on any ship ! Several full scale production shows and "Let's Rock" is not to be missed. Additionally, "Lighthouse" is an extraordinarily gifted a cappella Quartet which entertained nightly.
Service, food, and friendliness aboard the Infinity was certainly good but not exceptional and we got the impression that Celebrity was adjusting to the larger numbers of passengers it is now carrying. Our best cruise still remains the Mercury in 1999 in the Caribbean.
The Public areas of the Infinity are indeed beautiful with lots of glass for viewing. Michael's is no longer a Cigar lounge (The outside bar on the Aft of deck 10 is the only option for cigar smokers) and yet there was more cigarette smoking on the port side of inside lounges than I can ever recall on other cruises. This secondhand smoke was especially irritating to my wife. We had a room with a small verandah midship on the 8th deck which was very comfortable and clean. Unfortunately there was a "clanging' noise in the ventilation or plumbing system of the cabin which was more pronounced after midnight. The engineer could never correct it although we were offered another room. One of the nice features of the Cabins is the TV channel which features a map showing exactly where the ship is located in real time. There were plenty of deck and pool chairs available throughout the ship and no area of the ship ever seemed crowded with people. The Solarium is also a wonderful feature of the ship.
The Ports of Call and tours in Hawaii were very nice . Wonderful photo opportunities. Transportation and Tender services were safely handled. I would recommend that Celebrity get the tour operators to ease off the pushing of "Hilo Hattie's" as the primary place to shop on each of the Islands, however. It seemed like every effort was made by the tours to connect to the Store.
All in all this was a relaxing and enjoyable cruise that pretty much lived up to our expectations. We appreciate the absence of constant PA announcements and the professionalism of the Greek crew which made safety and comfort a priority on the Seas. Disembarkation was also orderly. It was a total Air, Land, Sea adventure which was well worth the money. Less
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