Celebrity Infinity Cabins
Of the 1,085 cabins aboard Infinity, roughly 80 percent are oceanviews, while 57 percent of all cabins have balconies. The ship also offers a range of suites, from sprawling penthouses (1,400-plus square feet) to more petite but elegant Sky Suites, as well as 26 accommodations that are fully ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.
Infinity's standard cabins, from the least expensive insides to balcony cabins, are well configured and nicely decorated with soft hues, elegant furnishings, rounded-end beds and comfortable seating options. Standard inside and outside cabins come in at 170 square feet. Balconies add 38 square feet of outdoor space.
The 12 Family Verandah cabins are at 271 square feet with disproportionate 242-square-foot balconies. Sliding doors with translucent windows separate the master bedroom areas from the living areas, where the kiddos can bunk on pullout couches. The huge balconies each feature two lounge chairs and a table with two chairs.
Concierge Class cabins measure 194 square feet with 54-square-foot balconies. Concierge passengers receive extra perks, including a pillow menu, daily fresh fruit, sparkling wine on embarkation day, hors d'oeuvres every afternoon, use of binoculars, Frette robes, Hansgrohe shower heads, handheld hair dryers, a Celebrity Cruises tote bag and expanded room service menus. Also included are the services of a concierge (who has a desk in the library), priority check-in, use of an exclusive pre-departure lounge with free coffee and juices, express luggage service, priority disembarkation, shoeshine service and main/specialty restaurant seating preference.
Infinity's AquaClass cabins, added in November 2011, are the same size but come with different perks. In-cabin amenities include daily delivery of bottled water and tea, an upgraded room service menu, pillow menu, extra toiletries (shower gel, lip balm), use of plush bathrobes and slippers, shoeshine service and a Hansgrohe shower panel. Additional services include priority check-in, express luggage delivery and priority disembarkation. Plus, AquaClass cruisers get exclusive spa privileges, such as complimentary passes to the Persian Garden steam and sauna room and a spa concierge who will arrange spa treatments and on-demand wellness programming. AquaClass passengers dine at Blu, an exclusive restaurant featuring "clean cuisine," for breakfast and dinner. While these passengers can choose to have dinner at the Trellis main dining room whenever they want (with the other flexible dining cruisers), they cannot bring non-AquaClass travelers into Blu. (This is a strict policy and worth noting if you're traveling in a group with people booked in a variety of stateroom categories.)
Infinity features four basic types of suites. Thirty-two Sky Suites come in at 251 square feet apiece, each with a 57-square-foot balcony. They're essentially just bigger cabins with no separation between living and sleeping areas. Eight Celebrity Suites -- each at 467 square feet with a 85-square-foot balcony -- are true suites with separate sleeping, living and dining areas. The eight Royal Suites are each 538 square feet with 195-square-foot balconies. Not only are there separate sleeping, living and dining spaces, but the spacious balconies each feature whirlpools and cushy lounge furniture.
The two Penthouse Suites are each a whopping 1,432 square feet with 1,098-square-foot balconies. In each, you'll find a baby grand piano, butler's pantry, motorized drapes, entertainment centers, complimentary scotch and vodka, a master bath with a whirlpool tub and a second bathroom, and another whirlpool, bar and dining table on the balcony.
Stay in any of these suites, and you'll receive butler service; priority check-in, debarkation, tender service, restaurant seating and theater seating; afternoon canapes and tea service, and daily in-cabin specialty coffee and fresh fruit; one or two complimentary specialty restaurant meals; full in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner service; shoeshine service; Bulgari bath amenities (with extra products like shower gel and a nail kit); Hansgrohe showerheads and iPod/iPad docking stations; and a welcome bottle of sparkling wine.
Passengers in the top suites, as well as other VIPs (as chosen by Celebrity's head office), have exclusive access to a VIP lounge in Michael's Club during the day. Tea, coffee and pastries are provided, as well as the services of a concierge. Happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., offers free drinks and hors d'ouevres.
Of the 26 wheelchair-accessible cabins, five are insides, four are outsides, eight are standard balconies, three are Concierge Class, and six are Sky Suites.
Cabins on Infinity consist of light woods and pastels, with added luxuries like little throw pillows on the sofas. Storage space is adequate for two people, with several closets that offer hanging space and drawers, small shelves in the desk/vanity and nightstands with two drawers each.
The bathrooms are large and well lit, with plenty of storage space for cosmetics and toiletries, as long as you don't mind tucking them away in cabinets below the sink. Standard accommodations, Concierge Class and AquaClass cabins have roomy showers, while suites have whirlpool baths. There are hair dryers in the vanities in standard cabins; upper-category accommodations get handheld dryers, but there are no outlets for them in the bathrooms. You have to use them in the desk/vanity areas, which is kind of a pain if you aren't using that area for grooming.
There are two 110-volt outlets and two 220-volt outlets at the desk. If you bring a converter kit, you can convert one of the 220's to a 110 (or vice versa), giving you three outlets to use for sundry electronics like laptops, digital cameras and cell phone chargers.
Balconies in standard verandah staterooms are furnished with fabric-and-metal chairs and small tables with wooden tops; Concierge Class and AquaClass balcony furniture has canvas pad covers, and suite passengers get a mix of mesh and wooden furniture.
Infinity's lido deck (Deck 10) has an inordinately large overhang toward the forward part of the ship and a series of angled overhangs toward the aft. They are so big that the ship was built with a row of stanchions that angle down from the overhangs. Rooms at the top level on Deck 9, therefore, get interrupted views and little sun. Although such rooms are great in almost all respects, they would be better with more sun and less interference with the outdoor vista. Also, while soundproofing is excellent from cabin to cabin, this is not the case with the ceilings, and being right under the pool deck can make for a noisy cruise.
All standard cabins come equipped with minibar fridges (for-fee), safes, telephones and interactive televisions with excellent programming (including CNN, ESPN, several movie channels, several in-house channels and TNT). The "interactive" part includes ordering room service, checking your daily bill balance and playing video slots and blackjack (for those who are bored and need to spend money gambling on a television).
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