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24 Celebrity Infinity Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Transatlantic

The ship, although old, had a classics feel to it. Loved the way the Oceanview Café’s food stations are broken up, thus reducing congestion. The food there and in the main dining room was excellent. Probably the best we ever had on a ... Read More
The ship, although old, had a classics feel to it. Loved the way the Oceanview Café’s food stations are broken up, thus reducing congestion. The food there and in the main dining room was excellent. Probably the best we ever had on a ship. The specialty restaurants were not frequented well probably because of that. Clearing the tables in the Oceanview is something they need to work on. The public areas were clean and well maintained. The Martini Bar had a bunch of outstanding bartenders as did the Mast Bar. The entertainment (advertised as “World Class”) was anything but. No Originality with one exception. Listening to the same song every time you entered the theatre was annoying and showed the lack of diversity and originality. The itinerary was great and overall the crew as outstanding. Tuscan Grill was disappointing, Sushi on 5 and Qsine was great. The Trivia was poorly set-up (audio), but they live music was great. Never had better guest relations and concierge. The itinerary was good, we did not do any excursions. Because of this ship, we booked another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We are experienced cruisers and have cruised on many various cruise lines over the years. That said, we want to congratulate Celebrity on a great experience on Infinity recently. We planned a trip to visit Europe and decided to take ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers and have cruised on many various cruise lines over the years. That said, we want to congratulate Celebrity on a great experience on Infinity recently. We planned a trip to visit Europe and decided to take the Celebrity Infinity back to Miami. The ship is scheduled for refurbishment next year and does show signs of age and the Wi-Fi system is terrible however, Infinity was clean and the staff were great. The general feel of the ship was extremely positive. We want to congratulate Celebrity for finally changing their production shows. This was our third Celebrity cruise over the past year and the past two production shows had great performers however, the shows were not for the older age group (55 up). This time there were 7 production shows and all were great. Plus, the guest entertainers were fantastic on the other nights. The live band was great. We also enjoyed the guest speakers during the sea days. Luigi the cruise director did a fine job. Food on Celebrity was excellant. Main dining room was set up well and tables were not so closely spaced as we have experienced on other ships. Ocean View Cafe Buffett was outstanding. Great variety of foods at every meal with terrific staff service. The only problem area that we experienced was the hamburgers at the pool side grill did not taste very good. First time for that on any of our cruises. Celebrity needs to review the supplier of the hamburgers—all else at the grill was very good. Celebrity did a nice job getting us on the ship in Rome. We made 4 stops in Spain on our way back to Miami and the cities were excellant. Miami disembark was very organized. We want to thank the staff of Celebrity Infinity for a job well done. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were looking for a longer cruise, and the possibility of a Trans-Atlantic and Europe (a first for me, not my Honey). We tend to look at Celebrity first for the balance and class - I can get a waterslide anywhere. We spent 3 days in ... Read More
We were looking for a longer cruise, and the possibility of a Trans-Atlantic and Europe (a first for me, not my Honey). We tend to look at Celebrity first for the balance and class - I can get a waterslide anywhere. We spent 3 days in Rome prior to departure, and actually enjoyed walking 20 miles (really!) to tour the city. We were very lucky and happy with our Airbnb rental and the location. Food was fabulous, and the history incredible. The Vatican Museum tour was a cattle drive, unfortunately. I wanted nothing more than to stop and admire art, but this was not practical. The neighborhood we were in had everything - history, food, churches, people all within 10 minutes walk. We would visit again independent of a cruise. We took a shared van to the port, which arrived an hour late due to traffic. One would think they would have accounted for that (Rome - traffic???). Note to self - shared rides somewhat unpredictable. The embarkation in Civitavecchia was as painless as any we've done. The best part was our room was ready so we could drop our carry-on and packs. That was absolutely terrific, and we enjoyed exploring. The ship is similar to the Celebrity Summit, and for that matter the other Celebrity ships, so we found our way around easily. We will say that the crowd was a bit older than usual, likely due to the long transatlantic. It wasn't a significant issue. Contrary to other reviews, the ship was well maintained - and I'm a picky engineer. There was no more wear than we might tolerate in a upper end hotel, and certainly as good as home. There were some elevator troubles during the trip, but the staff seemed to jump on them quickly. Interestingly, a manufacturer tech came on the boat at one of the ports. The meals in the MDR were always excellent and well presented, with the exception of one fish dish. This was promptly addressed. We even did the MDR a few times for lunch, which was relaxing. We did Select, and chose to sit with others - we were always quickly seated and met many nice people. The wait service was very good, though occasionally finding the Sommelier was a bit slow. I usually request medium rare, and didn't receive any meat overcooked. Veggies were fresh and crisp. We ate in Tuscan two nights. The food was excellent, and more than we could eat. The pasta and sauces were quite nice, and were the meats. The service was attentive and prompt. We noticed on both nights, it was not overly busy. We ate in Qsine one night, primarily to see the holographic "show". We were worried that the show was going to be more important than the "show", which was not the case. The food was properly prepared and served. We did not do Sushi on 5, but never got around to it for our lunch intention. While the specialties were of good quality, it is our intention in the future to largely stick with the main dining room, unless we see something on a menu or event that is exceptional. Sorry no Murano, perhaps our favorite specialty on the Equinox. The gym was fine, and not overly crowded. Funny, the sauna was crowded - many naked older men. The pools were good, and I enjoyed the "waves" of the boat motion in the middle of the Atlantic. There were a fare share of lounge hogs, but we found mid afternoon was a good time. We were surprised by the really fun canapes delivered by the waiters around the Solarium Pool in the afternoon - great touch Celebrity! The music onboard was enjoyable, with the best traveling minstrels being "Gilly and The Girl". They were worth seeing for their music and their gravitas. Smart of the activities group to give them and evening main stage show. The production shows were so much fun. The singers and dancers were talented/enthusiastic, and when among the passengers, very personable. Always made it a point to at least slot the evening show. The informative speakers (behind the Podium?) were fine. The "scientific professor" was interesting. The "naturalist" lady was a bit far out there - much anthropomorphizing by her for her sea life. Very much enjoyed the later hours night life at the bars and up in the Constellation Lounge. We will miss our bartenders in the Rendezvous! We took two Celebrity excursions. The Tenerife National Park and volcano was incredible. Not to be missed. The trip to Mijas from Malaga has a dual review: the town was wonderful, pretty, interesting - the tour guide was marginal in her English, and she left almost NO TIME to explore the town, or even sit to eat/drink. We will go back, but hire a cab in the future. We would have enjoyed lunch or an appetizer. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Great way to return back to North America after a European land tour. Ship needs some updating, but everything is still fine. Luigi, one of the best cruise directors ever. From Dominican Republic, young and endless energy. Best ... Read More
Great way to return back to North America after a European land tour. Ship needs some updating, but everything is still fine. Luigi, one of the best cruise directors ever. From Dominican Republic, young and endless energy. Best entertainment lineup on over 30 cruises that we've taken. Being a repo, additional entertainment was booked, afternoon shows and at least 3 guest lecturers. About double the activities from a standard cruise. Lots to do if you want to, or relax. Awesome that Celebrity has banned smoking in the casino! Max and Elton John entertainer was fabulous Had Barricade Boys, 4 young men all who were in Les Miserables on London's West End. Outstanding entertainment from Les Mis, 4 Seasons and more. Appeared a few times Daniel Koek, singer, youngest Jean Valjean in Les Mis in West end. Again just a fabulous show Ollie Mulkeen, trumpet/vocals from UK, excellent Ben Woodward, comedy/illusion was fun Leanne Jarvis, super singer from UK The Voice Dave Austin, soul/jazz, Nicole Sasser, vocals and trumpet. Some of the acts played together in later shows Gilly and Girl, pleasant vocals, around the ship lounges, then big show in theatre, excellent Luke Burrage, funny juggler Darren Dower, impressionist, vocals, guitar, played with Paul Revere and Raiders, Righteous Brothers Stage shows were good, best one was Broadway Tribute Food was super, even had lobster tails last night even though they are hard to source in Europe. Enjoyed gym and solarium pool. Weather was excellent, 25 deg across ocean and very smooth, Captain says one of the smoothest he has been on. Apple classes onboard, and sale of Apple products if desired. Library way too small, most ships are going this way, sad Crossword/Soduku daily puzzles by Purser's Desk, should have been in library like other ships Internet wasn't too bad but usual priced too high. Elite benefits were great to enjoy, with nightly reception, one free laundry bag, some internet time We did ship excursion in Tenerife to Mount Tiede, volcano, highly recommended Barcelona, took shuttle to city, then Metro to Sagrada Familia. Malaga, walked off and met friends Cartagena, walked off, nice Roman theatre, had some rain Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first trans Atlantic. We had 7 sea days in a row. We lost one hour every night due to the time change. The good part was we had 7 days of the calmest water ever and sunshine every day. The bad part was that there was ... Read More
This was our first trans Atlantic. We had 7 sea days in a row. We lost one hour every night due to the time change. The good part was we had 7 days of the calmest water ever and sunshine every day. The bad part was that there was nothing offered that didn't include a sales pitch during the day unless it was trivia or bean bag tossing. After the 2nd day at sea we were flat out bored. We also noticed the lost hours and were more tired. We liked the sit down breakfast in the mornings and the service and food were great. Lunch got very repetitive and half the space was either Chinese or Curried dishes. When they did offer chicken or beef or pork, it was so dry that it was hard to chew. Salads were always fresh. Pizza was also good. Dinner at night went from excellent pork chops and pork tenderloins to terrible brown stuff they called steak. There was NO LOBSTER dinner. Sometimes, we just ate salad and appetizers. Desserts were some kind of jello and cake mixture. The crème brulee was good. The food and bar service was quite good after we found our favorite bar staff and favorite waiters. The room steward (Made) was very helpful and always smiling. Several of the dining crew seemed bored with their jobs and were talking among themselves instead of talking with passengers. We did not see the officers mingling with any passengers. At the Cruise Critic gathering - they lined up and were introduced - and promptly LEFT! It lasted 5 minutes! How poor! Fortunately, there were 2 people on board that were willing to step up and give a lecture about the lives of the US presidents and their wives. A BIG THANK YOU to Bill and Sue Wills! They did several lectures but they were not sponsored by the ship and you had to know about them from Cruise Critic in order to get the time and place. The production shows were very good. The comedians were actually funny. Some of the singers were screamers so we left. The ship is older and showing her age. Everything was clean, but our shower had some rust and the balcony door shimmied if it was windy and they had to shut off the water twice during port days to fix plumbing things. One of the minor annoyances was the lack of a drawer under the desk, and a lack of shelf space. There were 5 drawers and that would have been plenty for 7 days, but for 14 days - it was not enough. Ports were less than exciting. Madeira, Cadiz, Alicante and Malaga all looked alike. I guess we should have expected that, but after you see 2 or 3 forts/castles - we were done. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We picked this cruise as we had never been on a transatlantic cruise. The price was terrific. And we loved the itinerary. The crossing was very smooth, except for one day in between Madeira and Lisbon. When I say smooth, the ocean ... Read More
We picked this cruise as we had never been on a transatlantic cruise. The price was terrific. And we loved the itinerary. The crossing was very smooth, except for one day in between Madeira and Lisbon. When I say smooth, the ocean was like glass. This was terrific for us to do some sunbathing. There wasn’t a problem finding a deck chair ever. Infinity is an older ship, due to be refurbished. However it was clean. The cabin was a little tight, but probably no more than others we had been on. It did have the shower curtain rather than the door, but this wasn’t a problem. Dining was fine. We ate dinner mostly in the main dining room, except we did do the QSine experience, which was unique. We also ate once in the OceanView Cafe, because we just didn’t want to get dressed up and we were tired. The Ocean View Cafe we had great breakfasts and lunches, and the Pool Grill had great burgers. One thing I noted was there was only one place to get the ice cream in the Ocean View Cafe, and their was always a long line. Sometimes the soft serve machine is self serve, but it was also back behind the counter. Consequently plan on 15 minutes or so to get a cone. We only attended a couple of the shows. We very much enjoyed the classical group that played in varying places. I wish they would have scheduled the educational lectures a little later than 9 am. However the main asset of Infinity is its crew. Without fail, each member was smiling and helpful. The first evening in the lobby, we had a little trouble figuring out how to connect to the WiFi. The Hotel Director Vedran Jelavic was one of the crew that was circulating and was able to help us. I was very impressed that he took the time. Also we loved the bar staff at Cafe Al Bacio, Viktoria, Anca and Melissa were our bar waitresses and Elissa is an amazing bartender. My husband had hurt his hip (we later found out he has arthritis) but he had a lot of pain. Marny in the spa helped him with massages, and she suggested Acupuncture which also helped. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We boarded the ship in Ft Lauderdale and it was quick and easy. Our Concierge Cabin mid-ship on Deck 8 was a reasonable size, clean and comfortable with plenty of storage for our clothes and luggage. Our cabin steward, as usual, provided ... Read More
We boarded the ship in Ft Lauderdale and it was quick and easy. Our Concierge Cabin mid-ship on Deck 8 was a reasonable size, clean and comfortable with plenty of storage for our clothes and luggage. Our cabin steward, as usual, provided excellent service. The Atlantic crossing was so smooth you really didn't know you were moving. We enjoyed the cruise but feel some things are definitely slipping even in the twelve months since our previous cruise on the Constellation from Singapore to Rome. Some of the main issues were firstly food, especially in the Main Dining Room at night. Choice has become more and more limited and the quality has definitely got worse. On a number of nights I found myself ordering the salmon as there was really nothing else that appealed to me. We went to Qsine one night and whilst it was a fun one-off thing to do you certainly wouldn't keep going back there for the food, it just wasn't that good. Another issue in relation to the MDR was that about 3-4 days into the cruise a few men started wearing shorts to dinner and one night one of them turned up in a singlet top and shorts and was allowed in to dinner. I complained about this (as did a number of other passengers) and didn't see it happen again. There were a few guest speakers on board but they were always scheduled for 9.00 and 10.00 in the morning with the rest of the day given over to sales pitch type of presentations. On the first leg there was a Meet & Greet for Cruise Critic members and this was well attended. On the second leg, however, because there were only a couple of sea days, Celebrity held it on the first night at 7.45 pm. I realise it was a bad time for many people but it was rather embarrassing when only eight Cruise Critic members turned up to be greeted by ten Officers and crew. Over 50 people had signed up for this and it was very bad form that so few actually turned up. We had a booking for a Specialty Restaurant at 8.30 but still managed to attend the M&G for half an hour and I'm sure others could have done the same. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and would definitely sail with Celebrity again as it is still one of our favourite cruise lines. I only hope they don't let their standards slip further. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We have sailed Celebrity many times as well as other lines. Embarkation- SLOW. Priority included so many, plus AQ etc. There were over 900 Elites and above on this sailing. So everyone had priority. Took about 45 min. Stateroom 1141 ... Read More
We have sailed Celebrity many times as well as other lines. Embarkation- SLOW. Priority included so many, plus AQ etc. There were over 900 Elites and above on this sailing. So everyone had priority. Took about 45 min. Stateroom 1141 - AFT facing the wake on 11. Overlooks the sunset bar. (1 of 5) Oversized balcony is lovely. Under the overhang you cannot be seen from below or above. Once you step fwd--those on deck 12 can see you..and of course those eating downstairs/at the bar. View is outstanding. As an AQ cabin it still has the body jets/shower tower. Do not know if that will disappear during the revolution. Storage is a problem in the cabin. In the bathroom (as this is an old M class ship) there is no tower of shelving like S class. Nor is there the over the bed storage like S class. Stateroom NOISE was terrible. A daily problem with the movie tracks from the deck 12 venue. We and those on the cabins on either side of us regularly had to call GS to have them turn down the volume. There was also the issue of a female singer who thought herself on stage" as opposed to background vocals. Her "midi" which provides the thump thump was so loud that if she was performing (1pm/3pm/5pm daily) and a movie was running above (Jurrasic Park for example) then we couldn't hear eachother speaking. We were driven in and off our balcony on every sea day because of the noise. Stateroom Location-- easy to reach Blu via the back elevators. Easy to drop downstairs 1 floor for breakfast. Another problem besides noise is that people use the stairs/cut through to mid ship and often don't close the hall doors...or the air flow slams them shut. BLU Outstanding service apart from a terrible wine steward. The Maitre D runs a great restaurant and the servers are on top of their game. The wine steward was arrogant and ill prepared. He was also rude and offensive when we didn't attend his (FEE based) wine pairing. We had to get the Maitre D and head Wine Mgr involved. BLU food--often very good. Several times we did order parts of the meal off MDR menu. Easily done because being M class ship and kitchen/s dining room location. BLU staff does an excellent job to make everyone feel welcome and appreciated. We much prefer the smaller venue. Wine Cellar-- slow poor service... often very overwhelmed as this bar gets tapped for the dining rooms as well. Its a pass through. It was often empty--and still poor service Martini Bar-- Busy. Great service. Nice location and view. Entertainment- Several bands/groups were excellent. This is sailing dependent. The shows are corporate and run for a couple years a piece. Ocean View. Service and food always good. It is a BUFFET so it is just fine and never "excellent". Plenty of choices. Having the ice cream bar on one side and the small Al Bacio on the other to order specialty coffees is handy. Al Bacio-- always a pleasure. We did think some of the desserts were lacking compared to other sailings. Not sure how this happens when the menu is corporate. Ship overall is showing wear and tear. And layout/design shows its age...(M class) as ship designs have varied over the years. Noted wear on upholstery in the theater, stairwells etc. That said it was nothing that was outrageously egregious. PAX On this sailing the avg age was OLD Older and Oldest. Generally very old. We did see a couple of families with young children. (VERY well behaved) Silent Disco--super popular and heavily attended. Stage shows--packed and well received. Bridge/Games in Blu-- packed (many sea days on this sailing) Gym and Spa- the gym was often packed and sometimes people were just sitting on equipment... "stretching"... Used the PG once. Have to say that we wondered about how clean the tile is--with people sitting on it without towels. Spa staff was not overly helpful and they were pushy for sales which is a bummer. Enrichment--Behind the Podium. Excellent speaker -a MD who combined history and medicine--looking at interesting world events. The other speaker's background and subject matter was of no interest to us...and we never attended hers. Captains Club events. Several nice events over the course of 2 weeks including cocktail event, tours etc. One bummer was a "wine tasting" event. according to the Head Wine Mrg..60 RSVPd and more than 120 showed up. IMHO they should have only taken in those that RSVPd. To at the last minute set up for that many more--and with no verification of who they were/if they had RSVPd etc..it made the event for everyone far less appealing. Ports of Call-- Madeira, Lisbon, Cadiz (Seville), Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona. We did private excursions in Madeira and Lisbon. We did DIY in Malaga. Then a private bicycle tour in Alicante and then in Barcelona we had a tour with transfer to our hotel. We stayed in Barc for 3 days post cruise .Cadiz-Seville: Did a ship tour in Cadiz (Seville) that was an absolute disaster. It was supposed to be a "small group" tour. What made the day go so poorly was in large part to the very very very bad way Celebrity disembarked people for the tours. There were MANY who needed mobility assistance and then 100s trying to get to their tours/buses. We didn't actually get to our "small group" bus for 90 min PAST the time we were to leave for Seville. It was so bad that Celebrity made amends by discounting back a portion of the fees. Debarkation- super super simple. We believe got misinformation telling us that we (doing self assist) MUST get off the ship super super super early. We did. No lines. However we then had to sit outside waiting for our tour for almost 2 hrs. Given the way the traffic (pax etc) came out off the ship over the course of those 2 hrs.. I think we could have easily walked off with our small carry on/roller bags with no problems. 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Sail Date April 2019
Reading the reviews about the Infinity made me a little concerned about the age of the ship being we were doing a transatlantic trip 8 days at sea and ending up in Portugal and Spain.I cannot understand how some people can complain about ... Read More
Reading the reviews about the Infinity made me a little concerned about the age of the ship being we were doing a transatlantic trip 8 days at sea and ending up in Portugal and Spain.I cannot understand how some people can complain about this ship. The trip over seas was exceptional the ride smooth and the staff wonderful. I cannot begin to say how wonderful the experience was. I think if your looking for problems you could find problems on any ship but if you go to enjoy yourself and the company your with then you can enjoy whatever ship you are on. Our room was spotless and our room stewart, Sergio, was the best, always willing to do anything we wanted and always doing it with a smile. We have done many cruises and we don't go on ships looking for things to complain about, but look for the good things..Our day consisted of Sergio greeting us in the morning then we would go up to the 10th floor for the breakfast buffet or down to 4th for a sit down breakfast. Each day we would play cards or join what ever activity offered for entertainment for the day. Lunch was always at the buffet which they had plenty to god food to offer for any appetite you felt like having. Then onto dinner WOW we never had a bad meal all 14 days. Marteo and Mart were great waiters on the 5th floor. My husband loves to eat and whatever he wanted it was given to him with a smile. Then onto the entertainment at night, the shows were outstanding we went to all of them. Then onto the casino which I have to say I won and came home with money..overall if your hellbent on finding problems you will, but really try hard to enjoy a wonderful trip on a great ship the infinity still has a lot of life in her even though she is old..we love it from beginning to the end , fantastic. The excursions were not the best..we had six stops and I would say out of six we four that were halfway desent..Hop on Hop off buses were not so good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Folks have already written about different aspects of this 14 night cruise so I want to highlight just two- the very FUN Activities team headed by Brittany (sp? I hope right), and the wide variety of live entertainment My wife, Sue, and ... Read More
Folks have already written about different aspects of this 14 night cruise so I want to highlight just two- the very FUN Activities team headed by Brittany (sp? I hope right), and the wide variety of live entertainment My wife, Sue, and I are PARTICIPATORS; we dance, we play every trivia, attend every game and contest and see every single live entertainment that is offered. Heck, we want to get the most for our money. We both felt this activity team was one of if not the best we have come across. Brittany, Shirly, Ari, Chico( if I forgot to mention someone, I apologize) made simple trivias, silly contests and karaokes seem like entertainment events. I saw Ari take a simple Jenga contest between the crew and cruisers and turn it into what seemed like the most fun Olympic event of earth. Seriously the warmth and fun emanating from them could be felt--and we spent a LOT of time with them, especially Brittany and Shirly. Carlos was a great leader for the group. Live entertainment abounded (although there was no piano bar, darn)...two dance bands, a guitar and singer duo, solo guitariest, string duo, special gigs by the orchestra, and even a cruiser choir, which took a lot of time and committment from not only the cruisers, but the production show musical director. Thirteen live acts at night-comedy, magic, a mouth dropping arial act, solo entertainers, three production shows - the iBroadway which we saw twice. Plus there were five afternoon live shows. Sure we liked some less than others, but we were willing to experience them. I will add that we enjoyed the buffet better than the dining room. Of course my wife was disappointed with the small lobster dish in the main dining room (heck on our next ship we had NONE), but I had a very delicious beef Wellingon. Finally this will be a cruise we will remember as we are the couple mentioned by TXrangegal in an earlier review who made the presentations of US Presidents and their wives to our group of history buffs, I guess you could say. The cooperation we got from the staff was outstanding and we could not have done it without the event manager working hard for us. LOVED the many sea days and hope to save enough money for an even longer trip with more days at sea. Met so many fun people playing the trivias and contests, whom, although we will never cross paths again, this moment of brief intersection will always be remembered. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Reading some reviews of Infinity I was expecting to be a little disappointed but delighted to say that my lowered expectations were well exceeded in most areas. Reaching Harwich was a pain, needing a train and platform change at ... Read More
Reading some reviews of Infinity I was expecting to be a little disappointed but delighted to say that my lowered expectations were well exceeded in most areas. Reaching Harwich was a pain, needing a train and platform change at Manningtree - not fun with luggage and must be awful for anyone with mobility issues. Boarding simple and painless and the cabin was very quickly available. No surprises and everything seemed to be in working order, although the balcony was in need of a good clean and paint job. Deck 9 cabins have a large overhang making the balcony a shady retreat rather than a sun trap. Ideal for very hot cruises but not so great if you are expecting to get a tan! Weather was wet and cool to start, getting worse but only to be expected in October in the Channel and Bay of Biscay. Heavy swell and high winds combined to make the Captain abandon the passage in to Lisbon and divert to Ponta Delgada in the Azores. A treat for some but not for all. Hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda and our scheduled stop there was not confirmed for a couple of days. It appears that we were much better off on the Infinity than back at home. We took part in a "Cabin Crawl", enabling us to see all cabin types from an internal all the way up to a rather large suite - very nice but confirmed to us that we had made a good choice for us. Entertainments were a mixed bag: the comedian Fred Klett was one of the funniest blokes I have ever come across and was the stand-out act, whilst the regular stage entertainers were mediocre at best. The day to day activities were well run by the enthusiastic team who all seemed to enjoy what they were doing making it a good experience for us. Guest lecturers were also good providing a variety of of options for daytime activities. The main dining room food was good quality, well prepared and well served but this was in marked contrast to the buffet which was unimaginative, repetitive and boring. We chose not to use any of the speciality restaurants as we were very happy to use the main dining room, not only for dinner but also breakfast and most lunches too. One issue we had with table allocation in the MDR (anytime dining) was a minor blip but this was quickly rectified and never repeated, with the hostess taking special care of us thereafter. We didn't do this cruise for the sightseeing or port stops but wanting a good rest from work which we certainly got. On board shopping was similar to other ships - expensive, held no interest for me. Gigantic casino mostly empty. Very disappointed to find Michael's Club is now a suite-only room, mostly deserted too. However, Celebrity's policy of charging ridiculously high prices for drinks will make me think very carefully before booking any more cruises with them. The package prices are mad but individual drink prices are madder and 15% on top of those too! It was very obvious that fewer diners were ordering wine and the bars were mostly deserted at most times. Time for a rethink Celebrity? Disembarkation at Fort Lauderdale was a lengthy process - 4 immigration/customs officers to service 2100 passengers plus crew seems too few but someone remarked that Celebrity refuse to pay for more staff to be on duty. I have no idea whether this is the case. 90 minutes is a long time but made worse by the sight of previously able-bodied people suddenly needing wheelchair assistance to get to the front of the queue! We noticed little things had been cut back e.g. bedtime chocs absent apart from one choc biscuit on 1st formal night - why bother with this token effort? We had a great cruise, very restful, never boring, not disturbed by heavy seas (others were) and with no booze-induced hangovers. Will we sail again on Infinity? We're booked for March. Will we book future cruises with Celebrity? Maybe but will certainly look closely at other options. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
First of all, for everyone who was on that ship - don't hold the captain or the cruise line responsible for the terrible weather. He made the best of a difficult situation, and cancelled cruise ports, and rainy days in Bermuda are not ... Read More
First of all, for everyone who was on that ship - don't hold the captain or the cruise line responsible for the terrible weather. He made the best of a difficult situation, and cancelled cruise ports, and rainy days in Bermuda are not something you can complain about - take it up with the big man upstairs! Cabin; We were fortunate to get an accessible inside stateroom as this was all that was available at the time of booking. Designed for a person with mobility issues, it was huge and very comfortable - but this was a fluke and not something you could guarantee. Spa: The ship has an indoor thalassotherapy pool with side Jacuzzis. The temperature of this was always in the mid 90s, and this is a unique feature of this class of ship. I absolutely loved it, and went in twice a day before a sauna with window and a great sea view. The only down side of the changing rooms was the showers had no water pressure and it was difficult to wash off soap or shampoo with the limited spray. I complained about this and nothing was done about it. The gym area was very good, although the lat pulldown machine and shoulder press machine were very poor with an unnatural range of motion. The free weights had benches and free weight dumbelless up to 50lbs - this was adequate, but I was hoping for 60s or 70s. All in all, a very large and clean gym area and the classes were well attended. Dining Room: We had the early seating and went in about 6.15pm. The tables are on top of each other, and you have little privacy. The food is good quality but the service is slow and fragmented. Nice touches are the basket of bread and table setting. Salads are poor as you have to wait for the staff to come back with dressings etc. The steaks were nice, the roast turkey was very good, the desserts were so-so, soups were two thirds full and not that hot. Lunch service was a little better and a relief not to have to deal with the 10th floor buffet. Ocean View Café: This was the low-light of the ship for me. The layout is a joke as you have no idea where you are supposed to sit in order to access all serving stations. By the time you get back to your table holding a bowl of soup, or hot food with no tray (why no trays?), it is cold. Good luck finding all the cutlery you need, spoons, forks, knives etc, all in the wrong places. The quality of the food is cheaper and inferior to the dining room, and the attempts to serve yourself through very low glass dividers with giant spoons is clumsy and messy. The coffee in the morning was very poor quality and barely drinkable - compared with the Seattle's Best on RCL for example which is excellent. Entertainment: The production shows were OK, with one excellent singer, but a weak supporting crew, and for some reason all very tiny. They were high energy and a lot of well known songs, so easy to follow and enjoy. The guest entertainers were mixed. The comedian, Fred Klett, with his Newhart style deadpan, was very welcome and surprisingly good. The male singers were OK, even if the songs they presented were predictable and stale. I don't care for magicians and I like juggler and ventriloquists even less, so lets not go there. The musical impersonator at the end was very funny with some brilliant jokes and accurate impersonations. Celebrity Activities: The trivias was well run on the whole, especially by Aida and Andres. The progressive trivia hosted by Rachel fell apart when all her answers were wrong and she didn't seem to know how to handle it. Some of the entertainment was embarrassing when you consider the average age was 65, and the games were for 20 somethings or college kids. Overall, the impression was positive, and excellent value for money with some nice touches. However, you probably need to go for the premium drinks package and dining package to upgrade your whole experience. I would chose this ship again for the indoor spa facilities alone, anything else was a bonus. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Summary: First ever Atlantic crossing for us, was serviced well on a nicely appointed ship. Seeing the open ocean (versus Caribbean) from a low deck ocean view cabin was breathtaking. Recommended. Detail: We'd sailed twice before with ... Read More
Summary: First ever Atlantic crossing for us, was serviced well on a nicely appointed ship. Seeing the open ocean (versus Caribbean) from a low deck ocean view cabin was breathtaking. Recommended. Detail: We'd sailed twice before with Celebrity with no disappointment. Although at the end the length became slightly monotonous, we love days at sea (versus in port), so it was fine. The weather was much better than expected for early May (chilly on deck, but the solarium (covered pool) made that nearly irrelevant). On board activities (other than a moderately interesting historical lecture series and a few recent movies) was as tedious as ever, but we seldom pay attention to those things, anyway. Main dining room service was impeccable, meals there and elsewhere on board were good. Price was excellent for the length of cruise, ignoring the need to pay for an air return to the U.S. from the U.K. Only real negative was the constant emphasis on hand sanitation and denial of direct access to beverage stations, forced by an outbreak of novovirus aboard during the prior leg. After a federal inspection, beverage station access was relaxed, however. Loved the ship -- considerably better than for the two Carnival cruises we've taken. The transatlantic itinerary ensured that there were very few children (mostly middle-aged and older couples, with a surprising number of older singles) -- which appealed to us enormously. No water slides or splashing around in the hot tubs. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Celebrity Infinity April 29 - May 12, 2014  TRANSATLANTIC: MIAMI to HARWICH INTRODUCTION Is there such a thing as infectious malaise? The INFINITY had just suffered an outbreak (3% to 5%) on its last cruise. It was super- cleaned and ... Read More
Celebrity Infinity April 29 - May 12, 2014  TRANSATLANTIC: MIAMI to HARWICH INTRODUCTION Is there such a thing as infectious malaise? The INFINITY had just suffered an outbreak (3% to 5%) on its last cruise. It was super- cleaned and departure was delayed. There were at least two inspections in the early days of this cruise. Before the completion of the inspections all food and drink had to be served by gloved staff. To do this must have required extended and double shifts of a staff that typically works 15 hours a day. Perhaps, this explains the poor service we experienced. OVERALL SHIP The ship is not kept as nice as it should be. I have been on many older ships; all of which were maintained better. The public bathrooms were clean and the attendants were very nice. Celebrity used to be known for its customer service and its food. Our cruise lacked both. We have sailed on Celebrity five times before the Infinity: 1. CENTURY, 2005, Amsterdam to St. Petersburg. 2. GALAXY, 2006, Panama Cana. 3. SUMMIT, 2009, San Juan, Southern Caribbean. 4. MERCURY, 2009, Los Angeles, Alaska. 5. SOLSTICE, 2011, Barcelona – Athens. Early Arrival We arrived at the Cruise Terminal after an early flight from Houston. We were not given anything. We were offered a tour of Miami on an open air bus. We declined. A cup of coffee would have been welcomed. I got a wheel chair but no one to push me. The Celebrity attendant just left me. My husband was ahead of me and I was left to wheel myself across multiple lanes of traffic and I feared to be left behind. This was unacceptable. Virus Because of the virus on the ship we were not allowed to board the ship for hours. By then I was tired and my arthritis was flaring up. This bad start continued throughout the cruise. We took this cruise to rest. With no place to rest we just roamed around the ship. We had very little for lunch on the first day. All the areas were overcrowded. We knew dinner would be served soon. The shops were closed as well as the casino because we were still at dock. For your convenience we had a fire drill right shortly after we boarded. At this point what I need was a tall cool drink and my feet propped up. Neither one I got. We attended the fire drill at your convenience not the passengers some of which were still not able to get into their room After a day of travel and just waiting you k now that passenger need to freshen up. Bags We fortunately have a bag we can easily identify. We found one far down the hall from our cabin. Stateroom 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. 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 TV PROGRAMS WERE AS BAD AS I HAVE EVER SEEN ON A CRUSE SHIP. 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). Our stateroom was not completely ready but we understood about the cleanup. We overlooked many things. It took days before things were in place. An example of this were many (5) ice buckets stored in our stateroom. The small sofa and bed pillows were uncovered. I never did see a bed spread. Our steward put wet sheets on our bed. We called him and he did not say much. I wonder if he would have gotten in trouble if he sent them back. I next called the guest relations desk because 15 or twenty minutes went by and he did not come to the room. The guest relations person sent a supervisor. He came shortly after I called. He brought LEZLY our attendant and it was uncomfortable for Dr. Sodek, my husband, and I to talk to him. The supervisor changed our attendant and sent us a bottle of wine. We had another occasion where I called Lezly about a hair dryer which did not work. I am familiar with this type of dryer and knew how to work it. Lezly was annoyed I called and said he was at lunch or break. I had just washed my hair but I told him it was fine to wait until his break was over. I did not get the dryer until I returned from dinner. I stayed in my stateroom until my hair dried. Lezly had a poor attitude and perhaps was very tired. I asked room service for half and half and got an artificial creamer instead. Lezly offered to get me some cream. He dropped one of the creamers on the floor and he Looked at it and then turned and left the stateroom. I, of course, picked it up and placed it on the desk. We got something in a pitcher because he said there were no more small single containers of half and half. Of course later we got them. A rose given to us by the Captain’s Club remained many days on the desk dead until I finally threw it away. Our stateroom bathroom had a swishy, soft spot as one stepped out of the shower onto the mat. All I could think about was mold underneath where the water collected. Frederick and Kem, our replacement room stewards, were very nice. Dining room Our wait staff, Michael and Juan Carlos, was very, very good. Juan Carlos will make a good waiter and has a very pleasant personality. An attitude problem surfaced in the dining room (lunch) when I asked for yellow mustard. I was told they only had only Grey Poupon. There was certainly yellow mustard at the buffet. I know you have yellow mustard and I was having a Hamburger which to me calls for yellow mustard. When we booked our cruise we asked for early dinner and a table for six to eight guests. The first night we had dinner alone at a table for two. We asked for a change and were told we could request it after dinner. We found no one to help us that night. The next day following instructions on where to go to make a change we found the information to be incorrect and had to search for the place to change. We were not able to be seated at early dinner. We accepted this, but we were put at a table where one other couple was seated. It happened that only one other couple showed up for dinner twice and the other 2 seats remained vacant. We like to meet and talk with other passengers. Fortunately we did enjoy the other couple. They left the cruise early and we had our last dinner by ourselves. Meeting and dinning with other passengers are to us a large part of a cruise. We have been to 75 plus countries and like learning about different cultures. Management should do something to prevent passengers being unable to get a table the size they request. I understand the servers need to get their tips but I need to experience other people and cultures. As I stated this is important to me. When guests do not come to dinner a few nights in a row could you arrange to combine some tables? The striking Trellis Restaurant, Celebrity Infinity's main dining room, offers formal breakfast, lunch (select days only) and dinner. It also offers brunch on one of the sea days. The highlight of the two-tiered restaurant is a huge, paned showcase window that extends from floor to ceiling. Tables are set for combinations of TWO, six, eight and 10. There are two options for dinner in the Trellis Restaurant. Passengers can go with traditional, set seating (at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) or opt for the more flexible Celebrity Select dining option. With Celebrity Select, passengers have the option to dine any time between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and to decide whether they want to eat with their own party or at a mixed table with other cruisers. They can also make specific dinner reservations for each day of their cruise online in advance, make reservations onboard or simply show up when ready to eat. The effects of adding cabins and carving Blu out of the Trellis Restaurant during Infinity's revitalization are most felt in the ship's Celebrity Select dining experience. It's the one place where Infinity gets too crowded, especially when the ship is near full capacity and on nights (like formal night OR LOBSTER NIGHT) when more people, AquaClass passengers included, choose to eat there. Nearly everyone shows up during the peak dining hours of 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; passengers with reservations will likely wait 10 or 15 minutes to get through the line, while passengers without reservations can wait a half hour or more for a table. Celebrity is working on getting buzzers for waiting passengers, but with limited dining space, there's just no way to add more tables to the already squashed second floor of Trellis to accommodate flexible diners. Cuisine at The Trellis is generally well received; the menu features a mix of traditional and imaginative fare with vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-sugar-added and SPE (healthy yet tasty, as validated by SPE Certified consultants) items noted on the menu. Anytime menu items include escargot and shrimp cocktail starters, French onion soup and Caesar salad, broiled salmon and New York sirloin entrees, sides of roast potatoes and steamed vegetables, and chocolate cake, apple pie and cheesecake for dessert. Our only service complaints were that they could bring bread more quickly to the table (given that many diners had just waited for a table and were hungry) and that the waiters could respect our choice not to eat dessert, and not try to wheedle us into trying the cherries jubilee. The Oceanview Cafe is the ship's buffet restaurant, located aft on the pool deck. Coffee, tea and juices are available 24/7, and food is served from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. The buffet is set up in one long U, but three stations (pasta, pizza, and ?) are hidden way at the back, separate from the main buffet and easy to miss, which is unfortunate; these sections have different offerings from the regular buffet. Room service is available 24/7. Breakfast door cards allow you to check off both cold (cereal, fruit) and hot (eggs) choices and choose a window for delivery times. Throughout the day, passengers can order from a menu of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, pizza and dessert, with additional hot items like vegetable lasagna, New York strip steak and avocado-tomato quesadillas. One can order via the phone or the interactive TV. Tipping for room service is customary and greatly appreciated. A new feature (since 2011) on the breakfast room service menu are prices for some items. The all day menu features chicken at $20 and filet mignon at $20. Wine Steward Our wine steward was very aggressive serving wine. She really sneaked up on me and after a couple of times I stopped her and said no at this time to more wine - I would tell her when. This did not stop her from freely pouring my wine. I am sure she sells a lot of wine but she is annoying. All the wines was sold at approximately 500 %(!!!) of the cost. Casino Slots were not familiar. I did not like them. My 46th Cruise We have been on 46 cruises. We have been on Six Celebrity Cruises. This cruise was the worst Celebrity cruise we experienced. There are many small old ships we have been on that were better maintained and where the crew were happy to serve you. I can forgive the tiredness of the crew for the first few days after the cleaning and 2 inspections, but the attitudes did not change. I saw passengers become rude and irritable because so much was wrong. I know you cut down on the activities crew and how much Rachel and her one colleague had to work including carrying heavy objects to set up for the artist and they had to clean up and place chairs in their proper place after some of their events. How many areas did you cut back on personnel? The standards we experienced in the past are gone and you were no better and in some instances; more like Carnival. These transatlantic cruises are a bargain but I did not expect a cruise with lower standards. Entertainment First, we found the cruise director and staff to be outstanding. The only problem is that Rich’s two assistants, Rachel and Shawna, were the only two assistants. Most cruise ships as large as the Infinity have at least five on the cruise director’s staff. This appears to be another Celebrity effort to reduce costs. The entertainment was reduced to single person performers. I always enjoyed the musical productions. We expected to see some musicals preformed. The one musical night was wonderful and we were grateful for it. Entertainment in the theatre was also disappointing. There were one or two nights that it was good, but overall, it was less than enthralling.. Celebrity Life is Celebrity's enrichment and activities program for day and evening fun onboard. Activities mostly follow cruise ship standards (art auctions, bad hair day seminars, cooking demos, wine tastings, bingo and ballroom dance lessons). Some of the more unique (and entertaining) options are interactive events with officers and passengers, including Ping-Pong or water volleyball tournaments, silly game shows and an uproarious Dancing with the Officers "dance" (or is that physical comedy?) contest. Celebrity's nightly theatrical performances, ranging from Broadway compilations (one on this 13 day trip) to piano concertos, take place in the lovely three-deck Celebrity Theater and are generally well regarded. Shows include typical Vegas-style lounge acts. Various presenters of interest lectures were not interesting, an awful level to be provided on a cruise with few landings and on a smaller ship with little else to do. The Captain’s Club reception, for all past passengers, was the best we have attended in our 46 cruises. The food and drink was presented on a menu for each table. Sufficient wait staff served very nicely. The uppermost Captain spent many minutes talking to his guests. Departure I requested help with a wheel chair. I called first and was told to call back 15 minutes before I was ready to leave my stateroom the next day. I did as instructed and was told that was wrong and I needed to go to the excursions area and wait my turn. My husband and did this and if it had not been for the lady officer who did try to control the way passengers were chosen to leave we would have missed help again just like the arrival was for me. Fortunately that Officer got someone to push me and my husband. What was shocking and alarming was that there was no customs procedures or any passport control. Crew members could have walked off the ship and simply disappeared in the UK. Cruising for us is wonderful. I am reluctant to book another cruise because I cannot have a cruise make me more stressed and tired than before I started. I am very sorry I took this cruise. I will have to think hard to try another Celebrity Cruise. In summation, a cruise is a wonderful experience and even a less than wonderful one is a unique experience. Would I recommend Celebrity? "NO" Would I consider another one with Celebrity? Probably not. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We flew into Fort Lauderdale the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hyatt 17th Street Convention Centre. They provide a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel in Fort Lauderdale. We took the flight to Fort Lauderdale ... Read More
We flew into Fort Lauderdale the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hyatt 17th Street Convention Centre. They provide a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel in Fort Lauderdale. We took the flight to Fort Lauderdale because it was a direct flight from Ottawa. We enjoyed the hotel and the spaciousness of the room we had and the excellent buffet breakfast. The next morning we had SAS pick us up to go the ship in Miami. They only charge $15 per person which is a good deal. We had booked a noon departure with SAS but they arrived 35 minutes early. Fortunately, we were ready to go. When we go to the ship in Miami it was chaos. Boarding was delayed because of a virus on the ship and they were sanitizing the whole ship. We had been advised that there would be a delay but it took even longer than expected. We did get on the ship in later afternoon and our room was ready shortly after. We found our cabin stewards very efficient and the food was very good. I think the beef was the best I have had on any ship. Certainly the cuts of prime rib were excellent. The shows in the theatre were varied. We had a magician, a juggler, a singer and one production show. The theatre is very comfortable and one of the best we have had on any cruise ship. We found the daytime offerings were lacking. If you wanted to gamble or shop or do fitness activities there were plenty. Other than that there was not much to do. Finally, they showed movies in the Theatre for 3 days but stopped after that. One of the worst we have had as far as activities go. Would have been nice to have more trivia and name that tune etc. and movies every day. We had five sea days and it seemed longer because it was so boring. All of the staff were very pleasant. Unfortunately we ended up at a table by ourselves in spite of having a table for 6 as we requested. Nobody else every came to our table so we dined alone. After four or five nights they stopped setting the table for 6. We were staying on the ship for another cruise and were promised by the maitre'd that we would have company (which we did have). Overall, we enjoyed Celebrity (this was our first cruise with them). We have cruised with a few of the other lines and like all of them for various reasons. We would not take another transatlantic with Celebrity because there's not enough to do. They need to provide better onboard activities. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This was my 25th cruise. My 2nd on Celebrity. This repositioning cruise was an excellent value and wonderful crossing to Miami. The ports of call, La Rochelle, Vigo, Gijon & Lisbon were okay. I would not recommend any of them as there ... Read More
This was my 25th cruise. My 2nd on Celebrity. This repositioning cruise was an excellent value and wonderful crossing to Miami. The ports of call, La Rochelle, Vigo, Gijon & Lisbon were okay. I would not recommend any of them as there are more exciting ports of call to travel in Europe. The staff on Celebrity could not have been nicer. We were constantly greeted by staff and officers through out the trip. For an older ship the Infinity was in good shape and very clean. Our cabin was kept immaculate. The entertainment was second rate but one has to put all that in perspective as we paid less thent $100.0 a day for food, lodging and entertainment. The food was good. You would have a problem not being able to find something to eat, as the choices were varied and the selection large. Altough by the second week everything started looking and tasting the same. Most of my travels have been with Princess, NCL and Holland America. I had always heard that Celebrity was higher class of cruise line. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. They are basically a mass marketed cruise line competeing with the rest. With that said, I still would travel on Celebrity but would not expect anything special. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
In my opinion Holland America sets the standards for cruising, and I rate it a 5* out of 5*. Infinity I rate a 4*. The ship's management and staff were all first class. The entertainment guest selection was outstanding, as well as ... Read More
In my opinion Holland America sets the standards for cruising, and I rate it a 5* out of 5*. Infinity I rate a 4*. The ship's management and staff were all first class. The entertainment guest selection was outstanding, as well as the ship's singers and dancers. There were many selections of activities on board to satisfy almost everyone's desires. The 5 ports we visited exceeded our expectations. The food and presentation for breakfast and lunch was very good, but the evening meals were disappointing for the two of who are on restricted diets. The other 6 people sitting at our table were well satisfied with the "meat and potato" selections, but after 3 tries we gave up on the fish presentations consisting of; salmon, Pollock and Flounder. It is difficult to "mess-up" Salmon and Flounder, but the chief found ways to destroy the flavor of each of these fish. The ship's crew needs a little training in the maintenance of the ship. Our veranda had paint smears and drips from previous paintings. Also, about a week out an odor of fresh oil based paint was apparent in the second aft stairwell that was very irritating to me and my companion. May have been a coincidence, but my companions sinus' became inflamed by the next day. The odor persisted for the next 3 days. The aforementioned inconveniences did not materially affect our overall satisfaction with the ship's crew and the cruise. Would definitely cruse with Celebrity again. John G.K. Ferrell jgkferl@bellsouth.net Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
To celebrate our mom's 80th birthday, my sister and brother-in-law's 40th wedding anniversary and me and my husband's 25th anniversary we decided on a cruise. We started in Harwich and were surprised by rough seas on our ... Read More
To celebrate our mom's 80th birthday, my sister and brother-in-law's 40th wedding anniversary and me and my husband's 25th anniversary we decided on a cruise. We started in Harwich and were surprised by rough seas on our first "at sea" day. Our first stop in La Rochelle was great and the weather was better than expected. Our second stop in Gijon, Spain was also delightful. That evening, though, we got caught in what we later found was described as the "storm of the century" in Britain. Walking on board was challenging with the winds estimated at over 82 MPH (hurricane force) and waves from 45-50 feet. The storm went on all night. The Captain later said he had been in some bad weather but this was among them and another officer thought the storm was magnificent. Luckily our family weathered it well but it was quite the experience. Unfortunately we arrived three hours late in Vigo so had to forego seeing Santiago de Compostela which was a big disappointment as that was one of the highlights we wanted to see. I enjoyed the transatlantic and that part of the sailing was much smoother, but I still enjoy itineraries that offer more sightseeing. We are not to the point of wanting quite so many days at sea. We did have some excellent entertainment on board via a test program called Cruising with the Classics. This featured Brooke Aehron and an up and coming flautist. Hopefully this program will continue. All in all we had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We have sailed mostly on Royal Caribbean and have always heard that Celebrity was an upgrade to RCCL. All in all the cruise was good but we were really not overwhelmed by Celebrity. For the money we plan to remain with RCCL.The balcony ... Read More
We have sailed mostly on Royal Caribbean and have always heard that Celebrity was an upgrade to RCCL. All in all the cruise was good but we were really not overwhelmed by Celebrity. For the money we plan to remain with RCCL.The balcony (veranda) really need a paint job. The conduit for the lighting fixture was rusted.The entertainment was great and we enjoyed the shows we could make. Unfortunately because of the slowness of being served for late dining, we missed a couple. Several members of the staff seemed to ignore you. One instance two staff were having an argument (or discussion) by a bulkhead. I had to go around them to squeeze by. As I did the ship hit a wave which caused me to twist my knee and send a shot of pain up the knee. Fortunately it was nothing serious. They advertised having caffeine free diet cola, so I bought the soft drink package. Unfortunately there was only one place I could get it.I've already mentioned the slow service. The other problem was the dining room food. We had to send our meals back 3 times between us and could have sent back more except we finally gave up. The plus side was the sushi at about 3 PM.I have to give a plus to the cabin attendants. They were friendly, prompt, but still unobtrusive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
My husband and I took the Infinity transatlantic with the express purpose to relax after a stressful work year. it worked! I loved the days at sea, and was almost sad to see land. I am pleased with Celebrity, and very much enjoyed ... Read More
My husband and I took the Infinity transatlantic with the express purpose to relax after a stressful work year. it worked! I loved the days at sea, and was almost sad to see land. I am pleased with Celebrity, and very much enjoyed the low-key nature of the boat. No loud announcements, no overly pushy sales pitches. Food was good, not great, service was excellent (and unobtrusive at the pool while always being available if interested). I was surprised by the reasonable price of the drinks. The most outrageous prices were on the martinis, but even those were pretty comparable to the prices in local clubs. Wine was pretty expensive - perhaps a few dollars more a bottle than a local fine restaurant. Entertainment was a little too "Branson" for me, but well done for those that like big production shows and glitzy singers/musicians. Activities were great- lots of trivia, zumba class, other dance classes, lectures, culinary demonstrations, silly crew/guest game shows, etc. always something going on. Cabin was excellent - super quiet, lovely little balcony for a sea breeze and sit, clean, plenty of storage, and well designed to not feel cramped. I think deck 7 is pretty ideal - 3 floors up to the pool, aquaspa, solarium, and buffet, 3 floors above the main dining room. can walk to either, but also was not a long wait for the elevators at any time. TV was pretty awful - very few channels coming through, and would go out a lot. one free movie a day on the tv; otherwise pay movies. Would have liked a movie theater (they eliminated in the renovation of the ship). My only other complaint (and it's not unique) is the pricing of the shore excursions, and the lack of information about doing a port by yourself. My particular complaint is that they did not tell us that there is a shuttle bus at the Zeebruge port which brings you to the closest train station into Bruges, and picks up you from it, for 16 euros round trip. This I'm sure is because they want you to take their 'Bruges on your own" trip for something like $54/person, but it's pretty weasly to not provide you with any information about alternate transportation. Same with options at Ft. Lauderdale and Harwich, England. We will definitely cruise again, and would not hesitate to take Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
What shocked me the most was the lack of basic politeness from guests. No please and thank you, barking orders at staff. I don't care how many times you have travelled and what class of stateroom you are in...there is no need for ... Read More
What shocked me the most was the lack of basic politeness from guests. No please and thank you, barking orders at staff. I don't care how many times you have travelled and what class of stateroom you are in...there is no need for rudeness in this world. The employees are not slaves and they deserve to be treated with the respect and consideration. My husband and I are in our mid 50's, so we were surprised that the average age onboard was at least 70. I suppose Transatlantic cruises appeal to the older crowd. Now on to why I think that Aqua Class is not worth the extra money. They claim that you will receive "express luggage delivery" with Aqua Class - we received our luggage 3.5 hours after we boarded. The Persian Garden was tiny and very dark. I was under the impression that there would be ceramic loungers in a solarium type environment, maybe available on a Solstice class ship but not on the ship we were on, which was a Millennium class that had been solsticized. The thalasso pool was tired and worn looking and the showers didn't work properly. The food at Blu restaurant was OK and guests in Aqua Class supposedly have seating priority. Beware when you write your comments on a guest comment card, they are not kept confidential. We questioned the seating arrangement in Blu and the Maitre D. Razvan Popa, confronted us. My husband handled the awkward situation very diplomatically. And I quote Mr. Popa: "You don't know nothing" (meaning we knew nothing about how he managed the seating arrangement) "And there is no monkey business going around" (meaning that he didn't accept tips from other class stateroom guests). He is an obnoxious man who bullied his less experienced waiters. We did enjoy the originality of Qsine. The Trellis restaurant was too noisy for us. We ate most of our meals at the Oceanview Cafe which was in my opinion varied and very good. On another note, our stateroom attendant Rhemmar met all of our expectations. Also, worthy of mention, the Cruise Director, Alejandro. Although we didn't participate in any of the daily activities, we enjoyed some of the nightly shows. All in all, would we cruise again? Maybe. Would we take another Celebrity cruise? Maybe. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Background & pre cruise: We’re 60 year old Australians with 14 previous cruises on different ships (and many different cruise lines) with which to compare. This was a B2B to a Panama Canal transit which was our first cruise with ... Read More
Background & pre cruise: We’re 60 year old Australians with 14 previous cruises on different ships (and many different cruise lines) with which to compare. This was a B2B to a Panama Canal transit which was our first cruise with Celebrity. Embarkation: As we were doing the B2B in a different cabin, we could not find information about when to shift. Finally after some confusion, both the old & the new cabin stewards assisted us. After we packed our luggage that was in the drawers, we realized that our numerous hanging clothes could not be hung on a rack for transportation as they had secure coat hangers – these had to be awkwardly carried by the cabin stewards. Although we were staying on-board for the Transatlantic, we had to go ashore and join the long line to satisfy US customs. After this lengthy process, we found free internet & supplies across the road from the port at a shop for ship’s crew. The Ship: Built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011, the Celebrity Infinity was in a good condition. Cabin: Our balcony cabin had a reasonably comfortable bed under which the suitcases fitted. A night light in the ensuite was handy for middle of the night visits; but, having all the cabin ceiling lights on one switch made night time difficult when one partner retires before the other. The space between the wardrobes and the ensuite could have been wider as the wardrobe doors could not be open when using the ensuite – we prefer the open style walk-in type robe. We had no problem getting the contents removed from the small fridge supplied which kept our drinks just cool. Our cabin steward was very friendly and seemed efficient at his job. Food & drinks: Fixed-time dining enabled us to get to know other couples, one of which we sat with on the last cruise. While we found the standard of food in the main dining room to be excellent we had a waiter who was new to the ship and apparently it was his first time as the main waiter. To make it even worse, he didn’t have an assistant the first night! We felt sorry for him as he tried hard; but he struggled to cope for the whole cruise. The lobster on the formal nights was very enjoyable. Wine choices and price were similar to other cruise lines. For breakfast & lunch, we used both the MDR and the Buffet. The freshly made waffles at the rear of the buffet were great for breakfast. We felt that the buffet was not as well laid out as RCI and often involved a lot of walking to find the food. The AquaSpa Cafe was a suitable alternative for a quick breakfast. The free ice-cream (not soft serve) in the buffet was very enjoyable. The one off Grand Brunch in the MDR was a good idea but needed to be advertised better. Although we didn't use Qsine and the SS United States specialty restaurants due to the excessive costs, we received negative comments from CC members who did. Staff and service on board: Although we signed up for the Captain’s Club on-board, we did not receive an invitation to the celebration. The ship has a full daily schedule of activities and a good selection of guest lecturers (much better than RCI on a later cruise). Through the roll call, we organised cards for every afternoon at sea. The rear port side of the Oceanview Café was available for card playing and cards were available if required from the Guest Relations desk. The gym was well equipped. A 4 page daily newspaper printed for Australia as well as other nationalities was popular and much appreciated. The availability of having your account on the TV in the cabin was handy. There are no coin operated launderettes on board and unfortunately the $20 laundry bag special is only available to Select & Elite passengers. Entertainment: On cruises we enjoy the shows in the evening. The singers & dancers did a superb job – especially impressed with their Irish dancing in the final show, “Celebrate the World”. The guest entertainers were also good. The little revolving tables between every second seat were handy for drinks. Alejandro from Argentina, the cruise director was a real character and one of the best we've ever had. Shore Excursions & Destinations: We normally try to avoid shore excursions organised by ships as we feel that they were too expensive. The 3 private Cruise Critic tours that we joined were great; at Ponta Delgada (mini bus tour of Azores), Cherbourg (mini bus tour to Utah Beach), and Zeebrugge (shared taxi to Bruges). Disembarkation: Everything went smoothly at Harwich with us leaving the ship on time and taking our booked taxi to Ipswich. Conclusion: Overall we enjoyed this cruise and found all areas to be above average. As we had problems with this company during the booking process of our first cruise (refer to our review of our Celebrity Infinity Panama Canal & Central America cruise), we are unsure if we would cruise with Celebrity in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
I flew from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale the day before the cruise and stayed at the Rodeway Inn ($62.50), had dinner at the hotel's restaurant, and had the best prime rib I've had in a long time. The hotel was a perfectly nice ... Read More
I flew from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale the day before the cruise and stayed at the Rodeway Inn ($62.50), had dinner at the hotel's restaurant, and had the best prime rib I've had in a long time. The hotel was a perfectly nice place to stay and was chock full of people waiting to board the Infinity and a Holland American ship departing the same day. After the complimentary continental breakfast, Rodeway personnel urged us to take the early (9:30) shuttle to the Port despite notification from Celebrity that because of the budget sequestration, there would be delays in disembarkation, and therefore embarkation, so we should not show up for boarding until 12:30 rather than 10:30, the time originally scheduled. The Rodeway guys told us that the cruise lines always said that, but that unless the lines notified the hotels to the contrary, we would save a lot of time and tribulation by showing up at the originally appointed hour, especially in light of the fact that four thousand or more people would be boarding the two ships that day. About 20 of us took Rodeway's advice, got to the Port at about 9:45 and waited for 45 minutes until the doors opened precisely on time and as (originally) scheduled. Because of Rodeway's good advice, embarkation went smoothly. Once past security, which was pleasant compared to what must be endured before boarding a plane, we were guided by Celebrity to the appropriate sections of the waiting area. Boarding started shortly after 11:00. Suite passengers boarded first, then Aqua Class, then Concierge class. I was in a Concierge class cabin and boarded at about 11:15, so don't know the remaining order of boarding. Because our cabins weren't quite ready, I wandered around the ship to get my bearings and have lunch. After lunch, the cabins were ready for occupancy, and fairly soon after I got there my luggage arrived. Once I unpacked, I opened up my laptop to record my initial impressions, opened the welcoming bottle of sparkling wine----and promptly spilled the glass of wine onto the laptop, putting it out of commission until I could get it repaired after returning home. THE ROOM: I was in 8126, a little aft of midships. Because of the location, such pitch as there was (and there was very little) was barely noticeable. The room was about what I would expect in any veranda cabin, except for the closets and drawers, which were much more spacious than on other ships, and I could easily store my bags, unpacked clothes, and of course the laptop which was now hors de combat. There was a connecting door to 8128, but either the passengers in that cabin were quiet or I made more noise than they did because I was not in any way annoyed or distracted by such muffled sounds as occasionally did come through the door. But Celebrity might consider some way to enhance the muffling. THE PERKS OF CONCIERGE CLASS: As I said, boarding was smooth and seamless, at least for us early birds, and Concierge class passengers did have priority boarding after the suite holders and aqua class passengers. Whether that was a significant advantage will have to be determined by reviews penned by passengers lower in the boarding priorities. Concierge class passengers found a welcoming iced bottle of complimentary sparkling wine in their cabins upon arrival. And--as noted--this was a mixed blessing in my case. The third perk was a small vase containing 5 or 6 flowers, changed daily, which was nice little--very little--touch. Finally, Concierge class cabins received at about 4 each afternoon, a plate of six tiny canapes, with two each of three varieties each day. Think of thin slices of cucumber with squirts of velveeta, or small strips of Italian cured meat curled around a small melon ball. Again, a nice little--very little--touch. THE FOOD: Contrary to the mixed reviews I had read before embarking, I thought the food, and the service, was wonderful. The 10th Deck Oceanview cafeteria had pastas, curries, stir fry cuisine, a carving station, fruit--just about everything one could imagine or want. The only exception was the cheese selections, which were few and bland in the Oceanview, but somewhat better in the Trellis, the main dining room, although lacking in "strong" cheeses that I like. e.g., Limburger or Stinking Bishop, but which SWAMBO refuses to have in the house I ate in the Trellis, the main restaurant, about half the time and the Oceanview the other half. The only specialty restaurant I tried was the United States on the last night of the cruise, and it was excellent. The food was beautifully prepared and the wine pairings were perfect. When one finished one course, and only when one finished the course, another was promptly served, but one did not get the sense that the were hurrying you, but simply pacing the service. The tables were far enough apart that one did not hear the conversations at the other tables. All in all, the ambiance--and as a recovering lawyer I have been called an ambiance chaser--was excellent. THE CREW: My cabin cleaners, Joy and Lu, were excellent. My cabin was always cleaned by the time I returned from breakfast, and the bed was turned down with the chocolate on the pillow when I returned from dinner. Again contrary to some reviews I had read, all the crew seemed cheerful and happy to be there. Celebrity apparently treats its employees well, for several of the crew members I spoke to had more more than four or five contracts under their belts, and one waiter was on his thirteenth. THE ENTERTAINMENT: I can't comment on the entertainment because I did not go to any of the programs or watch reruns thereof on the shipboard channel devoted thereto. However, other passengers told me that they enjoyed all the entertainment programs. I also missed the a cappella and string quartet performances and various times and places throughout the voyage, largely because each performance was listed on the daily programs as lasting only about 45 minutes and that just didn't seem to justify tracking the performance down. THE PASSENGERS: The passengers were, as one might expect, a well-travelled lot, many of them having taken two or three cruises a year for many years. WIth some exceptions, they were also younger and healthier than I had expected, again contrary to some reviews. I liked everyone I met, even the lady who took such umbrage at comments concerning a certain politician and that politician's supporters that she abruptly left the table, and the steak that had just been delivered to her, expressing an unwillingness to listen to any more seditious conversation. So we never did get around to religion or sex. Also as one might expect on a cruise with so many sea days, there were lot of bridge players aboard, most of whom were high intermediate, or very advanced, players. The difficulty was in learning where bridge games were to be held on any given day at any given time. THE EXERCISE FACILITIES: The gym was as well equipped, or better equipped than most commercial or country club facilities. The only thing this one lacked was a roman chair THE EXCURSIONS: I did not take any of Celebrity's excursions, contenting myself with a brief walk around Ponta DelGada, and a longer walk to the closest cafe in Cherbourg, La Regence, for some wine and cheese. In Zeebrugge, 8 of us had gotten together on Cruise Critic after one couple had contracted a taxi company and engaged a van to drive us to Bruges and return. Once we discovered (on our own, because nobody in the crew had bothered to tell us) that there was a bus that would drive us to the gate to meet our taxi, there was short ride to the main square where I took a canal tour, then a city bus tour, had a late lunch and returned to the ship. DISEMBARKATION: UK Immigration came aboard in Ponta Del Gada and stamped our passports on the ship, so there was no delay or difficulty in leaving the ship. I carried my own bags to the terminal, and found a porter who took them the rest of the way to the train station across the street, for a 07:50 direct train to Cambridge. THE (MINOR) QUIBBLES: In no particular order, these are the very few things that might be improved: 1. As noted, Celebrity could at very little cost or rearrangement of space, put a roman chair somewhere in the gym. 2. Also as noted, Celebrity really ought to provide some information to passengers visiting ports on their own, e.g., where one can find a cab or van, how long the walk to town is, whether there are shuttles to the main gate, etc. 3. Although the daily scheduled was delivered to one's cabin, one had to go down to the third deck to the Guest Services area to find the various national news summaries. Other lines deliver them to the cabins and make them available in the main cafeteria. 4. As noted, there is a connecting door between cabin 8126 and 8128, and conversations and coughs (and, I suppose, television--but although I watched my television I don't think the people in 8128 watched theirs) in one room can be heard in the other. Since I was by myself, I didn't worry about my privacy, but I am afraid that the people in the other room were worried about theirs. Celebrity really ought to figure out some way to soundproof the doors. 5. Finally, and also as noted, Celebrity really ought to make some sort of effort to set aside one area for bridge. As it was, most days we had to go to Qsine in the morning between 10 and 12 (one day Qsine was booked for a private lunch, so we played in the United States), and then the port side, aft, area of the Oceanview Cafe between 3 and 5 after lunch service was over. SUMMARY: But all in all, I loved the trip. The weather was great for the first 8 days, the deck officers apparently steering us around occasional squalls, and sitting on the aft deck, I never saw a pitch of more than about a foot or so. . Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Our Transatlantic to the British Isles May 2013  The lands of our ancestors and moreWe avoided flying to England for our British Isles cruise by booking a transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Infinity from Ft. Lauderdale. It is called ... Read More
Our Transatlantic to the British Isles May 2013  The lands of our ancestors and moreWe avoided flying to England for our British Isles cruise by booking a transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Infinity from Ft. Lauderdale. It is called sailing back to back cruises(B2B). The transatlantic cruise started on May 1 and was 12 days with three ports, the Azores, Cherbourg, France and Brugges, Belgium, ending in Harwich, England. The British Isles cruise was 11 more days, starting from Harwich on May 13. We visited Le Harve, France; St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey; Cobh (Cork) and Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, England; Belfast, N. Ireland; Greenook (near Glasgow) and Invergordon (near Inverness), Scotland, ending at Harwich. After the cruises, we had three days in England, before returning home on May 27.We drove to Ft. Lauderdale from St. Simons, Island, Georgia. The trip is almost entirely on I-95 and about 420 miles, taking a little over six hours. We drove down on April 30 in order to arrive on time for embarkation the next day. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites/Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port, which had a deal allowing 30 days of parking if you spend one night at the hotel. The price for the inclusive parking package is about $30 more than if you book a room separately. We had used the hotel before on a cruise. They also provide free shuttle service to the cruise ship.Embarkation was painless. We arrived about 12:20 and were on the ship eating lunch in Bistro on Five by 1 pm. Bistro on Five is a specialty restaurant on deck five that specializes in crepes and paninis. It is great and only costs $5 per person. Few people use the restaurant, so it is generally quiet. Our cabins were ready before we finished lunch. We had a cabin on deck six, somewhat forward, which is the deck right above the lifeboats. This was not a problem for us. We had originally booked a balcony cabin on deck seven, but took the veranda (balcony) guarantee offer saving almost $900 on the fare. Our transatlantic cruise did not cost us much more than what the airfare would have cost. Dinner was in the main dining room (MDR) at 6pm every evening with the same passengers. Fortunately, we had great table mates at table #325. Jan and Fred were at our table. We had met Jan and Fred on our cruise through the Panama Canal to Chile in 2011 and arranged to dine with them. We were joined by Franklin, Sandi, Mel and Grace. They were all great dinner companions. The dining was excellent, as we have always found on Celebrity. Our waiters and wine steward provided excellent service, so we looked forward to dining every evening. After all, eating on a cruise is like a cow grazing in thick grass, sometimes it seems that you are eating almost constantly. The buffet was not bad, just the configuration on the Millennium class ships slows down the acquisition of food. DW stopped going to breakfast, so I would take her coffee, fruit and yogurt after I went to the fitness center in the morning. Generally, I wake up earlier than DW, so going to the gym worked out well for both of us. The Infinity fitness center was very crowded on the first days of the transatlantic but started to thin out after about four days at sea. I had no major complaints about the fitness center, except that it only had about half a dozen cycle machines and one was broken during the transatlantic.Also, I purchased a five bottle wine package, which provided a modest discount, but facilitates the ordering of wine for dinner.Since I am preparing to submit this story of our trip as a review on cruise critic, I will discuss the usual issues that such a review provides, as well as providing a somewhat separate story for each cruise. The main purpose of the story is to inform family and friends of our travel experiences.The entertainment on the Infinity’s transatlantic was excellent. Our cruise director was Alejandro, from Argentina. He proved to be entertaining on his own and seemed to provide a spark for encouraging us not to miss the shows. We did not miss any shows on the transatlantic. The Infinity singers and dancers were excellent and participated in four of the shows during the 12 nights of the cruise. We has seen the shows before on other Celebrity cruises, but still enjoyed them again. The main shows were,” iBroadway,” “Boggie Wonderland,” and “Celebrate the World.” We especially like “Celebrate the World” with its lively music from around the World. When the go to Russia, we almost sing along with them (Kalinka). I don’t know how frequently Celebrity changes its shows, but on our next cruise in September, we will likely skip “iBroadway”and “Boggie Wonderland,” after seeing it about four times. We did skip them on the British Isles cruise.The shows included, Antonio Salci (pianist and singer) Don Gavin (comedy), Jack Walker, Matthew McGurk (magician), Pete Matthews (comedy juggler), Craig Halliday (violinist), and Jacqui Scott (pianist and singer). All were excellent, with Jack Walker singing popular and opera; Antonio Salci singing and on the piano; Craig Halliday with his electric violin and Jacqui Scott singing and playing the piano. As far is as I am concerned this is as good as it gets with entertainment on a cruise ship.This was my first transatlantic (DW did it twice as a child going to England with her Father, who was stationed there in the Air Force in the 50s). Of the 12 day cruise, we had 8 sea days, which gave us plenty of time on the ship. The weather was warm until we arrived at the Azores and we could wear shorts and short sleeve shirts until them. The rest of the way to England it was in the 60s and most of the BI cruise temperatures ranged from high 40s to low 70s. The pool area was used by many until the chilly weather.We took several books to read, primarily because of the transatlantic sea days. Still, with working out in the morning, occasionally going to presentations or wine tasting, we enjoyed our transatlantic cruise. We did four wine tastings on the transatlantic, which cost from $15 to $20 per person. We enjoyed them all, especially the one for port wine. One of the wine tastings was practically an all the wine you could drink, which was nice, unless you partake a bit much. We did well, however, that night we did the all you could drink, we did not order wine with dinner. Considering that we generally drink more than normal on a cruise, we did fine, only consuming our five bottles on the wine package, as well as an occasional beer or martini during the 12 days.The cruise critic meeting organized by Celebrity drew the largest crowd that I have ever seen on any cruise. There must have been 250-300 persons at the meeting. Many organized private tours or arranged for slot pulls, card games and other activities on board.One day in the middle of the Atlantic, I saw a two-masted sailing ship (not very large) nearby. We learned later that Infinity responded to a distress call. However, the sailing ship was not the ship in distress (apparently, we never saw the ship in distress). Infinity did provide some small aid to the sail boat, but it continued on across the ocean. The seas were generally calm until we approached Cherbourg, France.Our first port was Ponta Delgada, Azores. We arrived the morning of day 8 of the cruise. The Azores are a part of Portugal, and the island of São Miguel. The island is volcanic and with its green hills, scenic cliffs, volcanic calderas and lush vegetation is very attractive. We very much enjoyed our visit to the island.We took a Celebrity excursion there, which was excellent and described as follows:Furnas Valley (PG03) Ponta Delgada, AzoresAt the East of the island is an enormous crater and luxuriant garden in an extravagant atmosphere where the colour of the flowers mixes with the exuberant vegetation originating from diverse continents. In the picturesque village of Furnas, the Terra Nostra Park, this was planted by Thomas Hickling in the 18th century. Pico do Ferro is surrounded by exuberant vegetation and traversed by waterfalls. This belvedere gives a dazzling panorama over the Furnas Valley. Furnas Hot Springs is an area of diverse volcanic activity where water and mud geysers spout and boil. The tour exceeded our expectations. The guide was excellent and provided us much history and understanding of the local conditions and culture. The Azores have a huge milk industry. We saw milk cows everywhere. Apparently, the Azores have 3% of the population of Portugal, but provide 40 % of the country’s milk. The tour took us across the middle of the island, from the port in the South. We were taken to a high point so we could see three volcanic calderas, which included lakes. Also, we could see the village of Furnas. Later, we visited Furnas and the botanical gardens planted by Thomas Hickling, an American that came to the Azores in the late 18th Century. The Furnas Hot Springs were interesting, with several hot springs with geysers constantly spouting. We learned that at one time a tourist got too close to one of the geysers to take a photo and fell into the geyser and died later from her burns. I highly recommend this excursion. I understand that other excursions go to the Western portion of the island, which also has attractive scenery. After two more sea days, (three days later) we arrived in Cherbourg. We only had from 1pm until 7pm at Cherbourg. We took a Celebrity excursion described as follows:Panoramic Cherbourg FC14 Cherbourg, FranceDiscover Cherbourg, the Port, the Old Town, its rich history and the major monuments. On the way, we will also see the Abbaye du Voeu (1145) and the military naval base reminding us the important part played by Napoleon the Ist in Cherbourg's History, and most recently, that of the town after the D-Day. The tour took us to see the harbor that was fortified to prevent British naval incursions during the Napoleonic period. The harbor was quite large and had extensive sea barriers to protect ships. We visited a castle Chateau of Ravalet ou Tourlaville. It was a medieval castle that had been improved in later centuries. It was once owned by Alexis de Tocqueville’s father. The castle was not occupied or open to the public. The grounds had English and French gardens. A French garden is more symmetrical and orderly, while English garden is more in tune with nature. We found our way to downtown Cherbourg and some of us visited the cathedral dating from the 12th Century. Our guide explained that Normandy contained many of the oldest cathedrals in France. William the Conqueror was flush with cash after his conquest of England and he and his nobles build many cathedrals and churches. We also, saw the awesome Bayeux Cathedral on the British Isles cruise. I almost forgot to mention that the Infinity had our brunch in the MDR on our last sea day before Cherbourg. The brunch fills up the MDR with breakfast and lunch dishes as well as ice sculptures. I particularly enjoyed the shrimp stations.Our next port was Brugges, Belgium (actually the port of Zeebrugge some miles from Brugge). Brugges is a beautiful, well preserved medieval city with canals, old guild houses and a huge bell tower. I had been to Brugges in 1982 and done the bell tower, however we did not have enough time to climb the tower, since the queue was long. We took the Celebrity excursion described as follows: Ghent & Bruges: Flemish Art Jewels BU13 Bruges,(Zeebrugge),BelgiumOVERVIEW: Enjoy a visit to two of Flanders' best preserved medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges. You'll also enjoy lunch at a typical Bruges restaurant as well as free time to shop and explore at your own pace. HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy an inside visit of St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent and see the famous painting of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb." Capture the highlights of Bruges on a guided walking tour including the Market Square, the Belfry Tower and Burg Square. Enjoy lunch at a typical Bruges restaurant and free time to shop for souvenirs. NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles. No photography or filming is permitted of the painting in St. Bavo's Cathedral.The tour was expensive, $144 each, but it was a full day tour that included lunch. The tour was excellent. Our guide was excellent and the lunch was very good, with two glasses of wine or beer. We learned much of the history of Brugges and Gent. Brugges was once one of the major trading cities of Europe. It prospered until its port silted up and trade routes changed and other cities took over the trade. It became a kind of backwater city, not so rich, which saved its historical buildings from destruction. Also, during World War II it did not suffer significant damage as other cities in the area like Antwerp. The city revived in the 19th Century. Canal tours by boat were available, but since it was chilly that morning we declined. By the time we departed Brugges the sun came out and the temperature went up into the high 60s. We had a little rain early, but not enough to constrain our touring. Brugges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gent was another beautiful Flemish city, it appeared to be a larger city than Brugges, but still had much of that same medieval charm. We visited the St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent and see the famous painting of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb." The excursion was worth the price, although we probably could have saved some money by arranging for transport to Brugges by taxi with others, however doing Gent and Brugges on your own would not have been an option.The next day we docked at Harwich, England ending our transatlantic cruise. Celebrity offered a couple of excursions for back to back cruisers (B2B). We took the one to Cambridge, while our cabin attendant moved our luggage to our new cabin. Originally, we had the same cabin on both cruises, but we saved on the transatlantic going for the balcony guarantee and got a free upgrade to Aqua class for the British Isles. We had to pack our clothes and valuables, attach our new luggage tags for the attendant. We had received our new key cards the night before at a meeting for Back to Backers.The excursion to Cambridge was good, as we traveled through the beautiful English countryside of East Anglia (East of London) and visited the beautiful and historical University town of Cambridge. Our tour was good, but did not include going inside any of the colleges. Most of the colleges were closed, so our tour only included a walking tour. Lunch was on our own. We did see the quadrangle in Trinity College from the movie “Chariots of Fire,” buy peering through the open gate of the college only. The movie was about the 1924 Summer Olympics. The college was closed due to examinations. The tour was not terribly expensive and would do it again. DW learned that Lakenheath, England (where she lived as a child in the 50s) was only about 20 miles Northeast of Cambridge, so we planned to visit there after the British Isles cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
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 4.2
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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