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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We booked the cruise because it departed from Seattle so we could catch up with relatives before the cruise. We loved Seattle, had a great time exploring the city,Pike market,restaurants and the surrounding areas i.e waterfalls, parks etc. ... Read More
We booked the cruise because it departed from Seattle so we could catch up with relatives before the cruise. We loved Seattle, had a great time exploring the city,Pike market,restaurants and the surrounding areas i.e waterfalls, parks etc. We disembarked in Vancouver, stayed for 3 days, and from there went to Victoria, visited the Butchard garden which was so beautiful. You need 1 full day travel to and back from Victoria, but visiting Butchard Garden was worth it .Our cruise with Celebrity Solstice overall was very good. The Tour excursion desk needs to have more staff on the first 2 days (busiest times!!). Restaurants/ buffet were good, excellent dining room waiting staff . We had the balcony suite which was very comfortable and the balcony was great for taking photos. The on board entertainment should have more musical shows. We enjoyed the comedy shows,nightly music and dancing. We would recommend the excursion in Ketchikan (George inlet Lodge Crab feast). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
I've wanted to cruise Alaska since I saw a commercial showing Glacier Bay and featuring the same booming, echoing voice used by MONSTER monstermonster truck ads not so long ago. Recently, I came into a decent sum of money allowing me to ... Read More
I've wanted to cruise Alaska since I saw a commercial showing Glacier Bay and featuring the same booming, echoing voice used by MONSTER monstermonster truck ads not so long ago. Recently, I came into a decent sum of money allowing me to sail. I chose Celebrity Solstice due to its September prices in Alaska as opposed to its itinerary. Next time I hit Alaska, I'll likely go via an M class ship and take a round-trip Hubbard at least as much for the glacier as for the extra sea day (assuming I take Celebrity). We flew into Seattle, and I wish I remembered the name of our hotel. Embarkation was uncomplicated and we didn't get there until around 12:30. I was as awed and impressed with the Solstice (still am) as I was the tray of mimosas and champagne offered by the crew when we entered the ship. We went on a tour and hit Luminae for lunch. EVERYTHING I tasted on the Solstice bordered on sublime or surpassed it. I hesitated to try the Crispy Pork Belly the first night, and I'm terrifically pleased that I did. It was perfectly cooked (and I know since, during my last cruise, it was not). I shopped in Juneau for a short time after going on a whale watching trip, coming away with the utter conviction that every single person who exists needs to go. Orcas have been my favorite sea dweller almost forever, having impressed me on documentary after documentary and thereby kicking out their competition, seahorses. Seeing tham skim the water, leap out right next to our catamaran had me feeling like a fangirl at a concert. I hope I behaved somewhat better than that. In any case, the shops seemed stripped of the bulk of their merchandise. I got what I came for, though. We asked to tour the bridge. Our butler told us to meet the others going on the tour at the ship's forward, I forget which floor. We waited awhile and followed a young man who had us wait awhile. As we stepped into the room, I noticed at least a dozen plumes on the water in front of us. The poor kid who was attempting to corral our group around his station was ignored by the lot of us as we immediately realized that the source of the plumes was a pod of some sort of whale, some said blue and others humpback -- I never found out. We watched them; hypnotized by their presence and numbers. When they swam past us, our bridge kid had what little part of our attention that we could provide. I can't tell you anything about what he said (although I tried to appear attentive throughout). As soon as we left, we all broke out in excited chatting about those whales and their startling numbers. I neglected to mention that the second dinner I had on the Solstice was in the Silk Harvest and there is where we experienced our first marine creature encounter and was, in this case, a dolphin. S/he rode the ship's waves in order to snatch fish thrown out there by our passing. You never grow jaded by encoutering wildlife. The final sea animal we saw was close to Victoria. That I actually saw a sea otter should have ticked this state off of my bucket list. TBH, I'm that much more interested and can't wait to go again. Alas, Alaska will have to wait until after we pass beyond the arctic circle and hopefully experience a few good midnight sunsets and see even more orcas, etc.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I've been on the Infinity a couple of times and also on other cruise lines, but this ship was new to me. Loved the food and service on this ship. Celebrity service is so warm and friendly, it's excellent. The food was plentiful and ... Read More
I've been on the Infinity a couple of times and also on other cruise lines, but this ship was new to me. Loved the food and service on this ship. Celebrity service is so warm and friendly, it's excellent. The food was plentiful and amazing. I loved the steaks served in the dinning room even though they weren't thick they were perfectly cooked and tender. Also the minute steaks served in the buffet, wonderfully tender and an amazing flavor and I'm not usually a "beef" person, I was craving them!! Also ate my way through a 'million' desserts!! What a display of desserts in the buffet area. Buffet was spread out at different stations, sometimes duplicates, like the salad stations and there was lots of space between the stations and it didn't feel congested, always someone asking if you needed help! Didn't find some of the passengers on board all that friendly, some were and some weren't. I always find saying hi to people while on a holiday is fun. We didn't opt to take their beverage package and purchased our drinks when we wanted them. At times you could hardly get near a bar, bartenders worked incredibly hard, sometime I thought there should be more of them on duty. I was a bit of a 'booze cruise' as a result of the included beverage packages. There was Music entertainment and singing etc. all evening in the small center in the middle of the atrium, creating noise and excitement going up the 10 story atrium to the many bars overlooking that area. Not much else to do on the ship, they didn't seem to use the Sky lounge as a night club type of venue, that was disappointing. We did not enjoy the on board dancers and singers they were also disappointing. Music and costumes weren't impressive and when they were singing as a group, you couldn't make out what they were saying, the sound system seemed to be overwhelmed. There was a 'Beatles' band, A hard Day's Night, and they were fabulous!! The guest speaker who gave talks on Bears, Eagles and Whales etc. was amazing too! On board shopping is high end, they opened a Tiffany's while we were there. Not much to purchase other than jewelry and expensive purses. We weren't interested in the Casino but it looked good. The ship was clean and maintained well. The atrium was a surprise it looked like an office tower had been stuffed inside the ship. More utilitarian than glamorous.... Interesting! Modern/office decor style of decor. It was a very enjoyable cruise and we really liked out ocean view cabin. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this cruise as our first Celebrity cruise to travel with friends for the both of us. The cruise was comparable to any of the main line cruises that we have done.. Princess, NCL etc. I find that the cruise lines are more alike than ... Read More
Chose this cruise as our first Celebrity cruise to travel with friends for the both of us. The cruise was comparable to any of the main line cruises that we have done.. Princess, NCL etc. I find that the cruise lines are more alike than different. The ship wasn't overly welcoming on Embarkation. Traveling with friends we got on the ship and was told to go eat lunch. No sit down lunch in the Trellis on day one. We were sent to the Buffet (madhouse) so headed out to the grill at the pool deck. To say I was underwhelmed was an understatement. No music no poolside ambiance, NO staff on the pool deck. This was very different from prior cruises. The grill was open and the burgers were average. I went back to the grill to get a drink, they told me drinks were in the buffet? Seriously? We were avoiding the buffet due to the crowds. They couldn't have water on the pool deck. The drink station was closed. The announcement that the rooms were now open at a little after 1:00, On to our room. Room was great, clean well made up room. Our room Steward Singh was a delight, our room was spotless each and every day. We had 2 of the "sweet sixteen" rooms with the larger balcony, very nice. The dining or back to the dining, there is an old saying that there are two types of people in a hospital, those that are really sick and those that complain about the food. That being said here is my take on the dining/food on the Infinity. Monday morning went to the Trellis dining room....the first and last time there for breakfast. The french toast was literally toast...thin 1/2 thick toast, 3 half slices and omelets were burnt, gave us something to laugh about. I wish we would have taken a photo. We thought the buffet was better for breakfast. Overall I thought the food was typical cruise fare food, no better than NCL or Princess no worse. The main dining room (Trellis) was adequate for lunch and dinner. The room itself was crowded with no defined aisle ways for the staff, hence we had people knocking our chairs to weave in and out of the dining room to get to their tables. Noisy and not conducive to a fine dining experience. The poor service staff had to lift trays over heads to deliver meals. I find the Trellis unusual in that anytime dining you could make reservations for meal, kind of defeats the purpose of anytime dining in my opinion and slowed down the seating process. It is also odd that all but one free food venues are aft which adds to the crowding. The Tuscan Grill was EXCELLENT, worth the added cost, we did this restaurant twice and had Johnny "Walker" as our server because the food and experience was so far above the Main dining room. The production shows were the best I have seen on the other cruise lines I have sailed. They were professional and entertaining and so talented, not cheesy like on another line. The aerialists were amazing and the Choreography and show themes were great and fitting for all age levels. Tina and Luigi were great! This was our 4th trip to Alaska so didn't do any ship shore excursions or outside excursions. We would sail Celebrity again if the itinerary and price point were what we are looking for. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Celebrity Cruise ship was highly recommended by our travel agent and we are so glad we took the advice. From the minute we stepped on board to experience our first ever cruise we had nothing but amazing service, food and entertainment to ... Read More
Celebrity Cruise ship was highly recommended by our travel agent and we are so glad we took the advice. From the minute we stepped on board to experience our first ever cruise we had nothing but amazing service, food and entertainment to enjoy. We booked a balcony room because that is how we really wanted to experience Alaska. The room was mid ship to help alleviate sea sickness which was an issue for half a day when we were in open water. We never saw an unhappy face on any staff member on the ship which really made our vacation a great experience. There are no words to express how amazing all our dining experiences were from breakfast delivered to our room, eating in the dining room or the cafeteria to lunch and dinner. We never felt the need to eat at one of the added restaurant options you had to pay for. Entertainment was 5 Star every night and we never missed a show. We enjoyed the shopping on board, the amazing massage at the spa, the cafe for a slice of cheesecake and coffee, High Tea served everyday between 3-4 and all the endless options to keep you entertained on board the ship. Ports along the way are geared for cruise ships and lots of shopping so to really experience Alaska we choice excursions that took you away from the port. We did not book our excursions through Celebrity which saved us some money and there were no issues with not making it back to the ship on time as these companies are all working with incoming ships and their departure times. To sum up our experience I would not hesitate to recommend Celebrity for seeing Alaska! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Back in 2010 we cruised to Alaska on the Celebrity Millenium, we loved it so much we wanted to go back, we did and we loved it all over again! The Infinity is just like the Millenium, while they may be older ships they are clean and well ... Read More
Back in 2010 we cruised to Alaska on the Celebrity Millenium, we loved it so much we wanted to go back, we did and we loved it all over again! The Infinity is just like the Millenium, while they may be older ships they are clean and well taken care of, every one of the crew we came in contact with was always smiling and saying hello, the crew was wonderful! The ports were very nice as well as the excursions kayaking, fishing & a helicopter ride to the Mendenhall Glacier and a guided walk on the glacier. We had a balcony cabin, that was extremely clean and well stocked. Embarkation was a longer process this time than it was back in 2010 I thought I'd never get on the ship! Disembarkation was well organized and speedy. We always went to the Rendezvous lounge and they had all different kinds of entertainment. This is the first time we had the Select seating and it worked out better than the assigned seating. Being a vegetarian I always had enough choices and the food was excellent. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first cruise to Alaska. We arrived a day before and stayed in a hotel near the Seatac airport so that we could take advantage of the free shuttle. The shuttle driver recommended the Sharp's Roasthouse for dinner and even ... Read More
This was our first cruise to Alaska. We arrived a day before and stayed in a hotel near the Seatac airport so that we could take advantage of the free shuttle. The shuttle driver recommended the Sharp's Roasthouse for dinner and even shuttled us there. We were not disappointed as it was a very good dinner. The next morning we were on to the pier. We took the shuttle back to the airport so that we could take the Celebrity pier transportation. After walking what seemed like to several points in the airport to check in our luggage for pier transportation, we finally boarded the bus. Not a easy task for some 50+yr olds with 2 rolling luggages and backpacks. Next time everything in roll ons and no backpacks! Just pay the extra check in luggage for the airline, it's worth it. The pier was crowded and we were packed in only to form another line so that our carry on's could go thru metal detectors. We saw a couple from NY who were being pushed in wheelchairs to the check in desk for luggage (they took cuts in front of line) then to the bus. Every time we saw them on the ship they were not in wheelchairs! We finally boarded the ship around 1 pm. We had to wait until 1:30pm to go to your room so we waited in a lounge until then. It was great to get rid of our backpacks. We ate at the buffet for lunch as we waited for our big luggage to arrive. The buffet had a variety of foods, salads, desserts to please most. Theater entertainment was average. One comedian was pretty funny, but you wouldn't want to be the one he picked on! Bingo was held in small theater which was crowded. Movie times there were not, which I enjoyed. Dance lessons and contests were held in foyers near main staircase. Awkward location and hard to see. Most days too chilly to watch movies outside on lawn. Aft deck outside of buffet was enjoyable until rowdy drunks from TX took over with loud laughter and antics. Most people avoided them, because they were obnoxious. Shopping was good at most onboard shops because they were clearing out their Alaska merchandise. Casino was smoke free! Spa could have been better for the price. No sales offered that I was aware of. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I was not hounded by sales pitches throughout the cruise, just the first day for drink packages which we purchased. My spouse enjoyed as many sodas to his heart's content! Did not use specialty dining nor ship's excursions. We found tours and adventure excursions at each port for a lot less. Less crowded and more personable. Debarkation was not bad. We waited until our deck was called, left gangway, passed customs by just showing passport, picked up luggage in big room then outside to pier which was crowded again, but we formed a line for Celebrity transportation to airport. Not much of a wait. I enjoyed the Alaskan scenery, the beauty of the ship, the food offered, our room & steward, the staff was friendly and accommodating. This is my 3rd cruise and I would do this cruise again with this cruise line. My spouse found out he is not a cruiser! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We arrived in Seattle on Thursday and met our traveling companions for dinner at The fisherman's. we highly recommend the Smoked Salmon Fettuccini. We have eaten there many times and its a must stop ant time we are in the Seattle area. ... Read More
We arrived in Seattle on Thursday and met our traveling companions for dinner at The fisherman's. we highly recommend the Smoked Salmon Fettuccini. We have eaten there many times and its a must stop ant time we are in the Seattle area. I'm not sure what the fuss is regarding this cruise and the ship????? We had a great time. Embarkation was great, the ship is clean and well kept. Always someone cleaning and offering help. I cant think of a single time when I did not see someone doing some form of maintenance inside and out, all while making sure they don't inconvenience anyone. I'm an early riser to say the least and even when I was up at 3:30 in the AM there were people getting everything clean and ready for their guests. Our cabin was the largest one we have ever had and our steward kept it in tip top shape at all times. We asked him to keep ice available for us and the only time there wasn't fresh ice was first thing in the morning after we awoke. Go figure. The food was at least good and often great. Both in the Oceanview and the MDR. My wife has some mobility issues and there was always someone to help her with any assistance she might require. Always with a pleasant and professional attitude. Brent and Miss Amanda were awesome. The reason we chose this cruise was for the itinerary but we were very happy when we discovered they would be on the ship for this trip.They did not disappoint. The other shows were good and there were more than enough activities to keep someone as busy as they want to be. The solarium was great and we spent a fair amount of time there. The service was always great no matter where we went on the ship. Everyone was very helpful. efficient but not rushed. The ports and excursions were as expected (this was our fourth trip to Alaska). The only disappointment was the 5 Glacier Float Plane ride out of Juneau. Our plane had minor mechanical issues and we went able to go. The operators and Celebrity we very apologetic and the refund was handled before we returned to the ship. Chalked it up to stuff happens. We went to the Gold River Salmon Bake it was awesome. Took the train ride in Skagway, I highly recommend it. Disembarkation was seamless and fast. We used the luggage valet service and just walked off the ship, into a cab and off to Pikes Place Market. While I doubt we will return to Alaska again I would heartily recommend it and Celebrity and Solstice. This was our second trip with Celebrity and both were great. Read Less
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