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2 Celebrity Infinity Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Disappointing Celebrity infinity Cruise of the Adriatic Sea Our recent cruise of the Adriatic Sea on Celebrity infinity was disappointing. We had just completed a seven day family cruise of the Western Mediterranean on Norwegian Epic ... Read More
Disappointing Celebrity infinity Cruise of the Adriatic Sea Our recent cruise of the Adriatic Sea on Celebrity infinity was disappointing. We had just completed a seven day family cruise of the Western Mediterranean on Norwegian Epic and the difference in the quality of our experience between the two cruises was quite marked. We have been loyal Celebrity customers for well over ten years having cruised with the cruise line on twelve previous occasions with a further three with the broader RCI Group. We have noted a quiet but steady decline in the quality of the Celebrity product over the past couple cruises. This decline in standards on virtually all measures is now quite stark and, overall, we were very disappointed in the cruise experience on a number of levels. The bad experience started with the very poor handling of a passport/visa issue (not of our making) at check-in. The passport control officials were in our view, officious and uncommunicative, and it took over one and a half hours to sort the problem out. We are still not aware precisely what the issue was but the whole process was frustrating and distressing and got the whole cruise experience off to a bad start. The bad vibes we were getting about the ship were compounded by a massive misunderstanding about a Captains Club loyalty on-board credit that Celebrity disputed had been offered despite us producing documentary evidence downloaded from the Celebrity website, that the loyalty credit had indeed been applied. In an almost two hour wrangle at the front office desk , where we were even virtually accused of fabricating the document and the Guest Relations official with whom we dealt made it perfectly clear that the onus was on us to prove the on-board credit was genuine. He kept on insinuating that the credit was something that our travel agent must have offered and could not grasp the simple fact that it was a Celebrity Captains Club loyalty credit that was in dispute. The whole process was distressing and embarrassing and necessitated us having to contact our travel agent back in South Africa who in turn had to contact Celebrity head office in Miami to confirm the loyalty credit was a Celebrity benefit that should have been automatically applied without question. Despite our agent being assured by Miami that the credit was indeed genuine and should have been automatically applied to our account, and that they would confirm this fact directly with the ship, it took a further two days for the matter to be satisfactorily put to bed and this, only after the intercession of the Concierge Class Concierge who personally undertook to see the matter to a satisfactory resolution. All in all an unnecessarily unpleasant experience for which we receive absolutely no apology from Guest Relations for the poor manner in which this matter had been dealt. We had cruised on the Infinity on two previous occasions. Signs of wear and tear are evident everywhere confirming the need for the vessel to undergo a major refurbishment which we understand is scheduled within a year or so. This cannot come too soon. Furnishings and fittings are in a bad state of repair in many areas, notably the buffet restaurant. Pool towels were threadbare and often torn while pool loungers were out of shape, smelly, stained and had clearly seen better days. Celebrity have probably decided not to spend any more on the Infinity until it undergoes its refurbishment. If this is the case it is a policy that should be reconsidered because frankly, the standard of the pool furnishings in particular, are disgusting and certainly not what one should or could expect from a five star cruise liner. On the positive side, the ship’s hard working cleaning and maintenance staff do an admirable job in trying to keep this ageing vessel in reasonable shape. Decline in standards in many other areas were also evident. As examples, the quality of amenities in Concierge Class staterooms is now notably inferior. Food quality in the buffet restaurant was probably the worst we have yet experienced on any cruise we have taken. Variety and standard of beverages included in the Classic package has clearly been reduced in an obvious attempt to persuade passengers to upgrade to the Premium package. Not all was negative though. We were privileged to sail the beautiful Adriatic Coast visiting some quaint, interesting ports along the way. We found the food quality and presentation in the main dining room to be generally of very good standard. Celebrity’s crème brulees still rank with the best! We actually had a meal at the speciality Tuscan Grille and frankly, thought the standard of fare in the main dining room was better. We also dined twice at the speciality Sushi on 5 dining venue and thoroughly enjoyed our meal on both occasions. Entertainment, as we usually find on cruise ships, was a bit iffy. The main production shows were some of the best we have yet experienced and these shows were supplemented by performances from a top class card magician and a classically trained operatic quartet who had reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. Really good. On the other hand, some of the other musical entertainers performing around the ship were of no more than basic cruise ship standard. We cannot conclude this somewhat negative review without a “shout out” to the hard working staff and crew who at all times provided friendly, efficient and attentive service and, even at trying times, almost invariably with a smile. Even when one is having a bad day, the friendly smiles and greeting we received form the Celebrity team, helped make the bad day or bad experience just that little bit less of an issue! We have been loyal Celebrity aficionados for many years having attained Elite Plus status a number of years back so our commitment to the Celebrity brand cannot be questioned. However, our less than happy experiences on this cruise, coupled with our perceptions of a steady decline in the standard of the Celebrity product offering, are making us seriously question whether we will ever cruise with Celebrity again. For the first time in many years we have not booked another Celebrity cruise while we were on board. However, we have already booked cruises on Costa (an Indian Ocean destination specific cruise of which our expectations are not too high save for the bucket list destinations we will be visiting), and a Viking cruise from Bergen to Barcelona. It will be informative to see how these two highly diverse product offerings compare to what has been our preferred brand for so many years. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Don't listen to the negative reviews, complaining about the ship's age and the staff. After a week on the Celebrity Infinity, I'm convinced those reviews were left by picky and miserable people. Yes, the ship is definitely ... Read More
Don't listen to the negative reviews, complaining about the ship's age and the staff. After a week on the Celebrity Infinity, I'm convinced those reviews were left by picky and miserable people. Yes, the ship is definitely old, but it's very clean and well-maintained. And I can't even begin to tell you how incredibly the staff was. We've previously sailed with Princess (just okay) and NCL (horrible experience). My husband and I agreed that we'll look at Celebrity first, for all future cruises. We booked a Concierge Class stateroom, and never regretted it. Our embarkation time was 11:30. We arrive about 5 minutes early, and were on the ship with a glass of champagne in hand before 11:45. I still can't believe how smooth the check-in process was. We spent the next couple hours enjoying the pool bar while waiting for access to our rooms. The stateroom was outdated, but very clean. Our Concierge, Jonathan, was fantastic. He provided guidance with a couple ports, and was able to quickly re-schedule our disembarkation time to accommodate the transfer we booked outside the cruise line. The food in the main dining room was overall amazing (we each had only one meal that was not so great). The service team (waiter, assistant waiter, and sommelier) were very friendly and attentive. The buffet was always clean, and the food was much better than expected. We took part in a Wine and Food pairing, and the host, Fernando, was absolutely hilarious! I only have two complaints: 1.) The first couple days onboard, the staff really pushes dinning and beverage packages, to the point of annoyance. We had the Classic beverage package, which we found to be sufficient. I was on an Aperol Spritz-kick during this cruise, and each one only cost an additional $1.20. Upgrading to the Premium package would have cost another $10 each day, and I certainly wasn't drinking enough for it to be worth it. There are only three specialty restaurants, none of which interested us. 2.) Most of the onboard activities focus heavily on spending money. Jewel shows for discounted items, watch seminars sponsored by Tag, massage demonstrations in the spa, and (of course) art auctions. We've always enjoyed the game shows and trivia activities on previous cruises, but these all took place in a small/enclosed lounge or bar area. On other cruises (newer ships) this has taken place in the open atrium area, which the Infinity lacks. Quick recap of our ports: ---Venice: Embarked Day 1, and stayed in port overnight. We did the Celebrity Doge's Palace, Gondola Ride & Glass Showroom Demo on Day 2. Skip it. The Doge's Palace tour was definitely worth it, but it would be better booked through an outside tour company. The gondola ride and glass showroom were incredibly touristy and uninteresting. ---Split: We booked a walking tour of Diolcetian's Palace through GetYourGuide. It was about a 20 minute walk from the ship to downtown Split, which was very easy. We spent the rest of the day having lunch and walking around the town/Riva. ---Kotor: We booked a speedboat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks and Perast, through Viator. There were 3 other ships in port that same day, and it was insanely packed. We were fairly far out in the Bay, which made for a 20 minute tender ride. I would definitely recommend getting up early to sit outside on the deck or balcony, and enjoy the beautiful views as the ship pulls into the Bay of Kotor. ---Corfu: We booked a beach transfer across the island, through GetYourGuide. It was half the price of the ship's beach transfer, and took us to the exact same resort. ---Naples: If you want to do Pompeii or the Almafi Coast, book this through the cruise ship. We booked Celebrity's 10-hour Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii excursion, and were glad we did it. We were first off the ship and last ones back on. But since it was booked through the cruise line, we didn't need to worry about missing the boat. ---Rome: We booked a hotel transfer through GetYourGuide. It was about $100 for two of us, but worth it. The Celebrity transfer options were only to city-center, and were packed full of people. It was worth the extra money to be taken directly to our hotel. Our tag number was able to get off the ship 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, and the disembarkation process took all of 5 minutes. Our bags were ready for us in the terminal as soon as we got off the ship. Summary: The ship is old, but clean and well maintained. The staff is amazing. The food is delicious. The itinerary was perfect. We recommend this cruise line/ship, and we'd do it all over again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Celebrity Infinity Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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