We boarded Celebrity Infinity in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Overall the ship condition shows its age, but it is in good repair. It wasn't quite as lavish as I was expecting though.
Let me begin by saying how extremely fortunate we were to have been able to make all ports of call and sail into the bay at Cape Horn on our trip that left on 12-14-10, We were told the only other cruise that was here the week before us was not able to reach the Falkland Islands, Elephant Island, or go down to Antarctica or through Cape Horn as the waves were too high and rough and winds were too strong. We were however, able to reach Cape Horn in the bay, but the captain announced that since the winds were so strong, we would not be sailing around the horn. Seas were a little rocky on the two of the days we were at sea, but not near as bad as we were anticipating. Guess the saying is true, Cape Horn can be a Sailors Graveyard or a calm sea...we foruntatly had the calm sea!
Food - Overall food was exceptional. We have cruised 5 other times on Royal Caribbean and Cunard and Celebrity, and by far, Celebrity comes out on top of all others. Presentation, quality, quantity, and taste far exceeded other lines.
Stateroom - Our location was as inside cabin on the 8th deck, just down the hall from elevators and library. Appropriate space for the time you actually spend in your room. Stateroom attendants were outstanding as well!
Staff - Staff on this ship were the most courteous, helpful, and friendly we have experienced.
Approximate cruises age - Most were in their late 60's, early 70's. We were by far, one of a very few younger couples in our late 40's.
Elephant Island - We were only able to sail past this island and there were no inhabitants. Very pretty.
Antarctica - Wow! Words cannot describe how absolutely beautiful and astounding this was to see in person. The colors, the quiteness, all of it - just superb! It was quite cold too, with a pretty strong wind blowing, so dress warm.
Cape Horn - We were the lucky cruise that actually got to sail through the bay, but couldn't actually sail around the horn, which was fine. It, also was very pretty.
Falkland Islands - We boarded a speed boat that took us to a remote area on Falkland Islands where we participated in a 4x4 off road excursion to see Gentoo Penguins in their colony. This was really an off road adventure, and I would recommend adhering to the warnings that if you have back or neck troubles, this is not the excursion you should take. It is extremely bumpy, bouncy and you are thrown up and off your seat quite a bit during the half hour drive up and over hills, banks, gullys, etc. Once reaching the penguin colony, there were thousands of penguins literally at your feat. Scenery was very pretty and penguins were entertaining. This was an expensive trip booked through the cruise line.
Overall, the experience and trip was well worth every cent! It was fantastic! A must see! Incredible Celebrity service and overall attentivenss as usual! Enjoy!
Embarking/Disembarkation - Effortless, quick and smooth.
110% Recommend taking this trip! This was Celebrity's second trip to Antarctica we feel did they did an outstanding job!