Celebrity Infinity - August 28 - September 4, 2009
My husband and I are in our early 50's and were first time cruisers. We booked our cruise online and received a $200.00 room credit and a really great deal on the stateroom price. We flew to Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Seattle. The flights to Seattle were long, so the bed in our room at the Crowne Plaza was wonderful. We took a taxi to the pier around 11:00 on Friday, dropped our luggage off downstairs and went directly upstairs to get our sea pass and other paperwork. There was no line at all and we were in and out in about ten minutes. We didn't board the ship because we wanted to shop at Pike Street Market, which is a few blocks down from the pier. You can board if you want to, but you can't go to your stateroom until around 1:00 p.m. We walked back to the pier a little before 1:00 p.m.
The check-in line at the pier was very long at that time, and luckily for us, we went straight past the line and boarded the ship. As you board the ship, the photographer is there and takes your picture. The crew was very pleasant and welcomed us with a glass of champagne. We were allowed to go to our room, and crew members were very helpful in pointing us in the right direction. The room was bigger than we expected. We had plenty of closet space for all of our hanging clothes and suitcases. We also had a single closet with plenty of drawer space and a safe. Our luggage didn't arrive in our room until a little later, which gave us time to roam around the ship. The sail off party was very entertaining. The Ocean View Cafe was up and running and most everyone who boarded early ate lunch in there. The service and the food in the Ocean View Cafe was great. The service in The Trellis Restaurant was superb. We asked for early seating (6:15 pm) and we were seated at table 451, which was a table for eight people. We were traveling with friends, so we requested through our travel agent to be seated with them, which we were. Two other couples were seated at our table, and our dinners turned out to be the highlights of our days. Vinnie and Dragan were our waiters and they both did an excellent job serving all of us. Vinnie was very entertaining and as the week flew by, he would bring us more and more food (if we ordered shrimp cocktails, he would bring several more plates for the table, etc.). Needless to say, I gained five pounds in one week from all of the good food served on the ship.
Our stateroom attendant was Michael. We ordered room service twice (breakfast once and lunch once) and Michael was very prompt with our food. I loved ordering room service on the TV (press MENU and arrow to Room Service). The shows in the Celebrity Theater were wonderful. The shore excursions at each port were super. The weather was unbelievable. Rain was predicted everywhere we went, but we had beautiful, sunny weather, although we did wear fleece pullovers during several excursions. We didn't get sea sick at all and rarely ever knew when the ship pulled away from port.
Disembarkation was remarkable. We signed up for valet luggage service. We paid $20.00 for the service plus $15.00 per bag (which is the airline fee), and put our luggage outside of our stateroom door before 11:00 pm the night before disembarkation. We were given luggage tags for our luggage that had bar codes on them and our bags were taken to the airport, checked in at our carrier and we didn't have to do a thing, which was great. The morning of disembarkation, we had breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe and then disembarked. We showed our passports to someone as we got off the ship, handed our Customs form to someone else, and walked out to the taxi stand. I have traveled overseas a lot and I've never gone through Customs so quickly. We were off the ship in less than five minutes. We took the Express Van ($27.00 for both of us) to the airport. The most inconvenient part of the whole trip was going through security at the airport. On the trip to Seattle, I didn't realize that makeup is considered a liquid. The TSA employee wasn't happy with me. While in Juneau, I bought seven bars of Glacier Silt Soap and the TSA employee thought he saw explosives or something else in our carry-on bag. If you've flown a lot, you already know the ins and outs of dealing with TSA. We don't fly often and it was a little bothersome. All in all, this was the best vacation we've ever had and we plan on cruising again soon.