We just returned from a glorious 7 day inside passage trip on Celebrity's Infinity. The weather was unbelievable- we are told it was a record setting week with sunshine all day, every day and daytime temps in the hi 60's and low 70's!
The inside passage was everything we could have hoped. Flying in from 5 time zones away, we were easily able to time our wake up call on day 1 at 5:30 am to see the best of the inside passage narrows. The ports were great, laid back and much to see. We loved Creek Street at Ketchikan, and Auck Bay in Juneau. Wildlife abounded, particularly Bald Eagles and Seals. We laughed because we had numerous gray whale sightings- with a pair that approached our boat in Auck Bay- while our friends had lots of whale breaching and tale flipping from a greater distance. Hubbard Glacier was beautiful. The blue glacier ice is indescribable. Seals and their babies sunning on ice flows, a bear on shore- it could not have been better.
The Infinity was fantastic. Several boards talked about the need for updating- we walked the entire ship every day and never saw that. It was beautiful, clean and inviting. A truly luxurious experience, the ratio of staff to passenger is about 1:2 and we had the most accommodating service of any cruise we have ever been on. The dining room staff was especially attentive, particularly when my husband told them of a number of dietary restrictions he had. We also noticed an older guest with diabetes who was lavished with wonderful, personalized sugar-free desserts every night. The onboard naturalist, Brett Nixon, was a trip. He has extensive experience in Alaska and a very engaging and unique stage presence. He is downright fun and we went to various presentations throughout the cruise by him. The back deck is our favorite- and we loved watching the coastline, the mountains, whales and sunsets as we sailed by.
The only thing we were unprepared for was the lengthening day as we sailed north. Sunset began at 9:30 and did not end until midnight. Dawn began at 4 am!