My wife and I looked forward to a great cruise with Celebrity on the Infinity since we previously cruised on the Mercury and thoroughly enjoyed it. We weren't disappointed.
Check in at San Diego went very smooth and we boarded quickly. This was a cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and we were accompanied by my wife's two sisters and their husbands (a Three Sisters Cruise). To no fault of the cruise line, the waters of the Pacific were rough the first full day at sea and my wife got seasick as well as her younger sister. The medical staff quickly remedied the situation and all were fine for the rest of the trip.
My wife and I love to dance but the Infinity was not really suited for dancers. Only the Rendevous Lounge and the Constellation Club had dance floors. The Rendevous had a postage stamp size floor and the Constellation wasn't much larger with a patchwork metal floor.
Our accommodations in our oceanview stateroom were just fine, very clean and roomy enough for two of us. We had a very attentive steward (Jose) and assistant steward (Clifford) taking good care of our stateroom. Dining in the Trellis dining room was always a treat. Our waiter (Dewa) and assistant waiter (Anwar) made every meal special. The food was always served as ordered and the presentations were fitting for fine dining. For fast dining of breakfast and some lunches, we ate in the Oceanview Cafe on deck 10. The food was very good and plentiful. I most enjoyed the light pastries at breakfast every morning. For finer dining, there is the S.S. United States Restaurant deck 3 midship.
The activity staff had so many things going that it was hard to keep up with them. What a lively and charged group of people. There is always something going on to keep one's interest. Entertainment was certainly a highlight of our trip with some of the greatest dancers we've seen in a while. One of the dancers, Jen, put on some very basic dance classes that everyone seemed to enjoy. The best were the shows and the performers. We particularly enjoyed a group from Argentina called the Pampas Devils who put on a variety of Argentinean routines not often seen including an Argentine tango dance.
Visits to each island were unique in that each has it's own special attraction. If you've been there before, you'll know what I mean. If you haven't visited Hawaii before, you've got to see it for yourself. It is truly a paradise. The weather was perfect for the entire six days we were there. We even got to go in the water at the beach above Kona on the Big Island and it was nice. As we sat on the beach, we watched the whales playing in the water off shore. What a treat. One night, the Captain took us close to an active volcano and about 11 p.m., we saw the lava coming out of a lava tube spilling into the ocean and giving us a sight not to be forgotten. As we set sail for home from Maui on the last day, we again saw whales frolicking in their Hawaiian wintering playground.
As we left Hawaii, the waters were again very rough but as we got closer to the mainland of the U.S., the waters were much smoother with a high dominating the weather pattern. It was hard to believe that our 15 day cruise was coming to and end.
Disembarkation was well planned and fairly smooth. The only hang up was that it was delayed due to customs and clearing the ship which caused a little later departure. Once we departed, finding our luggage and hailing a cab was fairly quick and before we knew it, we were at the airport and back to reality.
All in all, the service on board the Infinity was first rate and the food was great. If you like to cruise, you wont be disappointed with Celebrity and the crew of the Infinity.