Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by brendan78: Coulda Been Better!
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Coulda Been Better!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I'll spare you all the lyrics but the repeated refrain said it all, "We're stuck in Key West and don't know when we'll ever get outta here!" It was the second day of our four night itinerary that included departure from Ft. Lauderdale, a day-stop in Key West, and the next day, arriving in Cozumel. That was the plan, only no one including the captain who with frustration in his voice had to announce "Ladies and Gentlemen my apologies, but we are experiencing problems with our ships computers and will be delaying our departure from Key West." Maybe the worst part of it was having been delayed too long to make it to Cozumel, the Infinity detoured to Nassau, a well-worn stop on the Caribbean circuit and one we would have rather not gotten re-acquainted with for the umpteenth time.
We had heard great things about the Infinity and for the most part, it lived up to its deserved reputation. Good food if delivered way too slow in the Trellis assigned table dinner restaurant. Most More evenings at the main seating, dinner turned into a standard two hour event. The service as expected, was personable and attentive. The desserts, outstanding. The entrees, not always to our tastes but fellow travelers didn't seem to complain. The Ocean View buffet where we chose to eat breakfast and lunch at times needed a little more variety and as pointed out in other reviews, one might think the guests could be trusted to spoon out their own portions without having to ask a server "Please,could I have a little more?" But enough complaining . . . the Ocean View quickly became our favorite eatery especially the tables in the corners with floor to ceiling glass surrounding you giving the feeling of floating above the Sea while dining with friends. Doesn't get much better than that! the Celebrity experience is overall, top notch.
The Broadway Shows, especially the closing night with its Around the World theme was spectacular though, call me old fashioned, pretty dancing girls are still pretty and the entertainment still great if for the sake of the kids who are watching, I can get by without the standard dental floss on the backside number. Leave that costuming for Carnival.
Our concierge class outside cabin with Verandah was comfortable if starting to look a little dated in bedspreads and colors. I would guess that Infinity is getting close to a full-scale re-tooling of the rooms. The bathrooms is well laid out and we particularly liked the doubled glass shelved toiletry tower attached to the mirror. After bedding down for the night, we discovered that the flattened paper thin standard issue pillows were not at all what we needed for a good nights sleep. Noticing in our concierge guide the offer of different kinds of pillows, we alerted our stateroom attendant who promptly brought some different pillows more to our liking.
As far as the public areas, Infinity is known for its beautiful grand entry with lighted staircase that dressed up for Christmas is truly spectacular. And what other cruise ship can boast that simply riding on the elevators is a fun trip with a view? Infinity can make the boast because of its glass walled design. Overall, a great short trip with Celebrity; but at least this reviewer is left with the question, "Has Celebrity REALLY solved those well-known mechanical problems that has left other cruisers with cancelled trips and hastily re-drawn itineraries?" As our Key West shuttle bus driver remarked after picking us up the second day of our unexpected stay-over in Key West, "Infinity in Key West. Maybe you guys will never leave!" Can't conclude without saying Celebrity did its best to make it up: $250 on board ship credit helped but didn't change my ten year olds mournful song of "Stuck in Key West . . ." Less
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Concierge Class Outside Verandah. Great cabin. As always, closets you wish were a bit bigger (although we loved the six drawers of space inside the closet) and a fold out sofa bed that once folded out seems to swallow the room and prevent anyone from passing from the door to the balcony. Fabrics and colors seem a little dated and we were reminded that on the Sky Decks, you're going to feel the 'rock and roll' of the ship when at sea. Surprisingly, very sound proof. Never heard our neighbors except when the vacuum toilets flush. Comfortable mattress. The fresh flowers in the concierge level rooms were beautiful and added a real touch of class.
Wouldn't do Carnival again.
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