February 28, 2001
Celebrity has confounded skeptics who predicted that Millennium’s mechanical problems would push back latest-to-be-launched sister ship Infinity. The good news? The cruise line has accepted delivery of Infinity, which arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday night. The ship will be stocked this week -- and undergo a series of U.S. Coast Guard and CDC Vessel Inspection Program exams before it embarks on its maiden voyage -- a 14-night trans-canal cruise to San Diego, which departs March 3. Infinity will then sail Hawaiian island itineraries until the ship heads up to Alaska. Oddly, official inaugural activities won’t take place until April 28th and 29th in San Diego and Los Angeles, respectively. What’s new on the ship? She’ll have a lot of Millennium’s unique features -- the Cova Café Milano coffee house, the Donna Karan boutique, a shop dedicated to Michel Roux-endorsed foodie stuff. But there’s more: Infinity’s Aqua Spa will be the first “ocean-going” facility to offer a “Sensory Heaven” treatment which fuses Eastern and Western philosophies. Her penthouse suites (already pretty awesome on Millennium) will be even bigger at 3,000 square feet. And for the must-stay-connected-impaired (and we count ourselves among you) the ship’s Connect@Sea, means all cabins will have in-stateroom Internet access along with the ship's on web cafe.