(3 p.m. EST) -- Step aside generic aging starlet. Celebrity Infinity is the latest to turn heads after receiving a massive facelift.
Following a $30 million, November dry-dock in the Bahamas, Infinity has emerged with new dining venues, balconies, spa cabins, bars and a Apple product-fueled "iLounge." The 91,000-ton ship also got more crowded -- 60 new cabins were added, bringing double occupancy from 1,950 up to 2,070.
Passengers who've sailed on one of Celebrity Cruises' four Solstice-class vessels will recognize many of the additions, including Bistro on Five, a creperia; the boisterous, ice-topped Martini Bar; and Blu, a specialty restaurant reserved for passengers staying in the ship's AquaSpa cabins -- another new addition to Infinity. The largest portion of the changes were made to the ship's Deck 5 hub. The mid-ship corridor was gutted to make way for a self-service "enomatic" wine bar, a gelateria, coffee shop and the aforementioned creperia.
Infinity is the second of four Millennium-class vessels upgraded as part of the Celebrity's $140 million, hard-to-pronounce "Solsticization" initiative. Celebrity Constellation was the first to go under the knife in May 2010. In January 2012, Celebrity Summit will head into dry-dock, with class namesake Celebrity Millennium spending several weeks in the yard in April.
So is Infinity's plastic surgery an improvement? Click here for the before-and-after pictures.
And learn about other ships destined for the dry dock on our refurbishment chart.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor