We decided to take this cruise about 6 weeks prior to its sailing. We are a retired couple, living in Florida and it seemed like a good “break in routine” for this time of year. It was a 4 night cruise with stops in Key West and ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise about 6 weeks prior to its sailing. We are a retired couple, living in Florida and it seemed like a good “break in routine” for this time of year. It was a 4 night cruise with stops in Key West and Nassau. This was our 53rd overall cruise and 12th with Celebrity – we have Elite status with Celebrity and started cruising with them in the mid 1980's on the Meridian.
The Infinity is a Millennium class ship and the smallest Celebrity sails these days. We have sailed on her before as well as the Millennium and the Constellation. They are all very similar in layout and amenities.
We drive to Port Everglades – about a 70 minute drive for us – we park at Park N Fly as it is very convenient to the port and they provide transportation to and from the terminal. Embarkation had already started when we arrived and was very easy and quick. I had checked in on line and that speeds up the process as well. We were on the ship about 12:30pm – cabins were not to be ready for about an hour so we went to Sushi on 5 and had lunch. The menu there is an ala carte menu and was delicious. By the time we were finished the announcement that cabins were ready had been done.
Our cabin was an outside cabin on Deck 3 – 3099 – we were close the the Guest relations desk and the main lobby and the mid-ship elevators. This makes getting around the ship easier for us. It was a great location, quiet and the cabin was spacious enough for us with plenty of storage for a 4 night cruise. The bed was very comfortable and our cabin steward went out of his was to be sure we had the pillows we needed.
Our luggage had not been delivered so we unpacked our carry on and went up on Deck 4 and outside for awhile. The Muster Drill was being held at 3:15pm – so we went to our muster station which was in Michaels Club – with Celebrity you don't have to bring your life-jackets and you don't have to line up on deck. The drill was concluded and by then our luggage had been delivered so we went down to unpack. The bathroom, while small, had a big shower and was quite adequate.
We ended up at the Rendezvous Lounge for the sail away which took place around 5pm – there were 2 other ships in port and they left first.
We had chosen Celebrity Select Dining which means one can eat at anytime from 5:45pm to 9:30pm in the Trellis dining room. I had made a reservation when we came on board for 8pm. We were seated right away at a table for two. Each morning I called for a reservation. We always ate between 8 and 8:30pm – the food was excellent as was the service.
Since we are Elite with Celebrity, there is a morning continental breakfast served for us in the Tuscan Grill – very conveniently located for us on Deck 3. The menu contains pastry, smoked meats and salmon and cheeses as well as fruit and a variety of coffees, teas, fruit juices and Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Screwdrivers. We had breakfast thee most mornings and one morning we ate in the main dining room and then went to the Tuscan Grill for coffee and pastry. A very nice perk in our opinion. Another perk is a cocktail hour from 5-7pm either in the Constellation Lounge atop the ship or at any bar on board – one can have 3 drinks from a very nice Bar menu of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
On port days the dining room did not serve lunch so we ate at either the buffet, grill or spa cafe. We prefer not to go to the buffet during peak hours as my husband has some balance and walking issues and it is hard for him to navigate it. The food from all of these venues was very good with a lot of choice. On the one sea day we went to the main dining room for lunch but didn't find anything we particularly wanted to eat so went to the grill.
It was nice having two port days and one sea day as on the port days most passengers were off the ship and one could easily find an outdoor place to sit – even on the sea day though we did not have a really hard time finding a place to sit and read and watch people outside. The weather was good – if a bit cloudy one day – and we spent a lot of time outside. Our favorite place was in the Spa pool area which is domed and has a wonderful pool and a Spa Cafe. The main pool area was great for us on port days but was “jumpin” on the sea day and we avoided it that day -
I cannot speak to the entertainment on the ship as we had good intentions, but never made it – we don't gamble so the casino holds no interest for us.
The officers and crew were very nice and visible during the cruise. There were a number of “meet and greet” times with the Captain and his officers.
We also enjoyed the area around the Cafe al Bacio – great coffee and tea drinks, gelato, and the pastry is gratis – There are a number of alternative restaurants – Sushi on Five, Quisine and Le Petit Chef, and the Tuscan Grill – all of these have a cover charge or an ala carte charge. We don't go simply because, for us, there is too much food at one time. The menus did look inviting though and we heard good things about the food. There is also a special restaurant for Suite class guests called Luminae, and one for Aqua class guests called Blu.
And, of course there is a grill on the pool deck, an ice cream bar in the buffet as well as pizza and pasta bars along with the usual buffet food.
All in all, it was a great cruise for us – it seems that 4 or 5 night cruises are the best number of days now for us. Debarkation was very good – another Elite perk is a special waiting place (Tuscan Grill) to get off the ship with an abbreviated continental breakfast served. We were scheduled for 8:25 and actually got off at 8:15. It was quick and easy. Celebrity does very few announcements during a cruise and even on debarkation day. The Captain's Club hostess kept us informed of which numbers were getting off when – there was no immigration form to fill out for those of us who bought nothing. We were home by 10:30am and ready to pick up our dog who was VERY glad to see us -
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