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41 Celebrity Infinity Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Alaska

Spent three days in Vancouver prior to the cruise. Embarkation was a nightmare, long queues. Carried our own bags when leaving therefore disembarkation went smoothly. The ship is tired looking, cabin was clean although the curtains, ... Read More
Spent three days in Vancouver prior to the cruise. Embarkation was a nightmare, long queues. Carried our own bags when leaving therefore disembarkation went smoothly. The ship is tired looking, cabin was clean although the curtains, bed valance were torn. Bathroom had a musty smell which was sorted by our cleaner. Dining room was fine, great service and food was ok, ate here for breakfast and evening meal. The OceanView was a nightmare, queues, no room to eat, tables were not vacated and not asked to move even though there were signs. People were having to eat standing up. On the plus side, the cleaning and dining room staff were excellent. Entertainment wasn't brilliant, enjoyed the lectures. Port excursions were ok, I found all three ports very similar and boring. Enjoyed Hubbard glacier very much. In my opinion the company is only interested in taking as much money off passengers as everything seemed to cost extra I will not cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had a couple of nights in Vancouver before and several more after our cruise which helped break up the trip and allow us to see the sights. A great place to visit. Lots going on. The cruise let us wind down and relax, joining in ... Read More
We had a couple of nights in Vancouver before and several more after our cruise which helped break up the trip and allow us to see the sights. A great place to visit. Lots going on. The cruise let us wind down and relax, joining in activities as we wanted. The naturalist, Milos, was quite inspiring but informative in his talks and always amusing. All staff were unfailingly welcoming and chatty, expressing an interest in your day and offering their own suggestions. The food was always of the highest quality, even in the enormous self service Ocean View restaurant with a great variety of cuisines. We also ate in the more formal atmosphere of the Trellis restaurant which was also delightful invoking an air of a grand restaurant. There were many activities and shows and my advice, as a first time cruiser, would be to note what interested you from the daily program and get involved, or not, because the entertainment was extremely good. But there are so many lounges, bars and cafes around the boat that there was always somewhere to rest quietly if you wanted. We visited Icy Strait Point and loved the involvement with the local community. Ketchikan and Juneau were old style fishing towns with plenty to interest. Visit the Red Dog Saloon for a great atmosphere and fun. We didn't go whale watching but had many sightings while at sea from the Constellation Lounge. We were blessed with clear skies and smooth waters through the week and had an awesome time close to the glacier as the captain positioned us as close as he could. Couldn't have had a better view. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I choose this cruise because of the itinerary but was a little disappointed as the excursion seemed to offer the same things at every port. As usual the ships excursions were expensive compare to some offered at the port. There were only ... Read More
I choose this cruise because of the itinerary but was a little disappointed as the excursion seemed to offer the same things at every port. As usual the ships excursions were expensive compare to some offered at the port. There were only 3 ports of call and we did not arrive at two of them until late afternoon and although the ship sailed later we spent a lot of time sailing rather than exploring. I would not repeat this cruise but it satisfied my desire to see some of Alaska. The ship is older than some of the Celebrity ships I have sailed on previously but found it to be friendly and would recommend it to others. There was a good choice of food in the buffet at all times but found meals in the MDR ok but nothing special.....again that could be just down to my personal tastes. There was a lot of mashed potatoes! Not my favourite. However the steaks were always cooked to my satisfaction.I enjoy being showed to a table and being served my meal. The buffet can be very challenging on times so needless to say I ate mainly in the MDR. I found the waiters friendly throughout the ship and do find them very patient with rude cruisers.The troupe of performers in the theatre were excellent although some of entertainment around the ship, in my opinion, wasn't the best. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
BACKGROUND: One year ago we tried Celebrity for the first time (Solstice, 7N Seattle to AK RT) based on its reputation for its food and luxurious accommodations. Because one of us needed to rent a mobiiity scooter (pending hip surgery) we ... Read More
BACKGROUND: One year ago we tried Celebrity for the first time (Solstice, 7N Seattle to AK RT) based on its reputation for its food and luxurious accommodations. Because one of us needed to rent a mobiiity scooter (pending hip surgery) we opted for a somewhat larger cabin and switched from a standard balcony to a Sky Suite. The extra space was ideal for parking the contraption. Our adjacent neighbors acquainted us with the perks we were now entitled to as suite guests. They had a fondness for the suites-only Luminae Restaurant, so we joined them often and became mesmerized with this dining destination (complementary $). The food in there is at least equal or better than the specialty restaurants, and with tripled attention from servers. We were sold. So, we booked another Celebrity cruise, the Infinity (Vancouver, 7N to AK RT) for Sept 3, 2017. This time we booked a Celebrity Suite. Three days before the cruise, Celebrity phoned us to offer an upgrade to a Royal Suite for a reasonable extra charge, and we took it. PRE-CRUISE IN VANCOUVER: We spent two nights pre-cruise at the Pan Pacific Hotel, located on top of the Vancouver cruise terminal. Talk about convenience! Fabulous accommodations. Our room had a balcony overlooking the ships coming and going, along with dozens of float planes, copters and other vessels that kept our rapt attention. One perk (of many) - the hotel porters delivered our check-in luggage to the ship on embarcation day. We handed them over and we didn't see them until that afternoon in our cabin. Five stars to the Pan Pacific! THE SHIP: The Infinity is among the fleet's older boats, built after 2000, but refurbished to the Solstice quality level in 2015. Similarities to the Solstice are abundant and lovely. Being 91,000 tons (mid-sized), the ship felt large, but required less hiking for our old bones. Nice. Amenities were superb, the conditions of the carpets and furniture were pristine. DINING: We stuck with the Luminae mostly, but did adventure to Qsine for a "crab shack" dinner special that was delightful. In the Tuscany Grill we did their Captain's tasting menu with numerous wines paired to the many different foods laid before us. This compared somewhat with the version that we enjoyed on the Carnival Pride last year, but I'd give a slight edge to Carnival for presentation. Infinity's buffet was fine; we ate lunch in there twice. Their well-hidden Pasta/Pizza bar at the stern was impressive. We chose one of their semi-cooked pastas that was cooked further, while our custom ordered sauce and garlic/veggie/meat bits were heated in a skillet. They were artfully combined and we enjoyed that lunch al fresco. ENTERTAINMENT: we did very little in this regard, opting for the bars and balcony comforts. Much of the stage performances were shown on the stateroom flat-screens. SERVICE: Our Royal Suite came with a butler. A friendly, knowledgeable fellow, he jumped for any needs we had and suggested activities or food & beverages. We miss this level of attention back in the "real world!" PORTS: a ginormous shout-out for the whale and wildlife sighting excursion that we enjoyed at the Icy Strait stop. The guide said we'd gotten lucky, as a group of eight humpback whales cooperated to use a technique creating "bubble net feeding." One or more whales would dive low, blow a 30' wide circle of bubbles that rose. Schools of herring above would become tricked into congregating within this cylinder of bubbles. While they were packed together, the whales would simultaneously swim vertically within the bubble, and strain thousands of fish into their jaws. Their mouths would fill up like a Pelican. This presentation recurresd every 8-10 minutes for over an hour! Mind you, this was happening within 200' of our boat! Everyone got plenty of pictures; lots of oohs, aahs and wows! We cannot say enough about the Hubbard Glacier. This thing is gigantic: 6 miles wide, 400 feet tall, and 76 miles long, starting back in the Yukon. The ship gets in fairly close, but at a safe distance. We saw two calvings with large flumes of splashing sea, and heard the rumbling of maybe 20 more that we didn't spot. Alaska and Canada are special for cruising. The beautiful enormous mountains, fjords, glaciers cannot be matched in the Caribbean or Med. Did I mention the Martini Bar? That too was a worthy attraction for us. Two of our 5 booked future cruises are on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
It was a great cruise. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. To highlight a few.. Ananda and Baburao were fantastic every night at the trellis restaurant. We loved having them as our servers. Also, Derrek was the gentleman that ... Read More
It was a great cruise. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. To highlight a few.. Ananda and Baburao were fantastic every night at the trellis restaurant. We loved having them as our servers. Also, Derrek was the gentleman that took care of our rooms and he did a wonderful job and was also very kind and helpful. Finally, the Brian James band was absolutely fantastic. We loved listening to them every night. They were very kind, personable and great musicians. The amount of songs they knew was astounding and they did an excellent job of interacting with the people watching. Also I really appreciated the variety of music they played. Wll done Bryan James Band! Also, it is important to note that Aliandero was very funny and we enjoyed him acting as the host for the week! Thank you very much everyone it was a very pleasant experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We had never been to Alaska before. We choose the Celebrity Infinity because of the ship had really good reviews. The ship looks very old and dated. The decor is in need of updating. Good Points: Lots of storage inside cabin ... Read More
We had never been to Alaska before. We choose the Celebrity Infinity because of the ship had really good reviews. The ship looks very old and dated. The decor is in need of updating. Good Points: Lots of storage inside cabin Very Clean Great entertainment ( The shows were excellent and the live music was good) Great Itinerary Great view of Hubbard Glacier Excellent waiter in Trellis dining room Food in Qsine was average but very expensive Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly Cons: Rude Staff throughout the entire ship. Never saw our room steward. we had to call every day for ice Food was often cold, tasteless, and undercooked The layout of the ship was very unusual. There was a large staircase in the main foyer. There was often live music in this area. No place to sit or dance. Really odd. The weather was terrible so many outdoor activities could not take place. There were no other activities available. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The sailing date was what we wanted and the ports we wanted as well as the Hubbard Glacier. The port of Vancouver was where we wanted to depart from, the price with the extra's were within our budget. There were myself, my two ... Read More
The sailing date was what we wanted and the ports we wanted as well as the Hubbard Glacier. The port of Vancouver was where we wanted to depart from, the price with the extra's were within our budget. There were myself, my two sisters and our husbands on this cruise. One of my sisters and her husband have sailed with Celebrity 13 or 14 times and had only good things to say about the Cruise Line. This was my the 3rd trip to Alaska for my husband and I but the first for my sisters and brother in laws. Although the weather wasn't exactly the best it didn't keep us from having a good time. The dining room staff was wonderful and deserve much of the credit for the enjoyment we had. A great big thank you to Marika, our head waiter and his assistant waiter Kaspianta, Also Subert the wine sommilier and Sanjeeb the beer sommilier. The entertainment was also very enjoyable Take Five houseband was consistently good. The afternoon impersonator put on a good show. But the nightly entertain in the Celebrity Theatre was outstanding. The Stars of Celebrity were lively and kept us entertained during each of their shows. But the highlight was the Due Destiny on the final evening. It didn't matter what language you speak the music and movement transcended the barriers and the love story shone through. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Auburndale Cruisers A Great Cruise to Alaska on Celebrity’s Infinity, July 30th to August 6th, 2017 SUMMARY: This was an especially good cruise, one of our best. Celebrity does it right with a relaxed atmosphere; good service, ... Read More
Auburndale Cruisers A Great Cruise to Alaska on Celebrity’s Infinity, July 30th to August 6th, 2017 SUMMARY: This was an especially good cruise, one of our best. Celebrity does it right with a relaxed atmosphere; good service, dining and entertainment. We were a party of two, my wife and I, both senior citizens. This was our twenty eighth cruise since 2001 so we consider ourselves experienced and savvy cruisers. This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity having sailed to Bermuda on the Summit in 2015 and 2016 and the Silhouette to the Caribbean in its inaugural season of 2012. We’ve also cruised on Holland America, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean lines. We had booked the cruise as Concierge Class passengers and as such received amenities including daily fresh fruit and canapes in our stateroom, a sizable on-board spending credit, gratuities included and various complimentary shipboard events. EMBARKATION: We had previously arrived by plane from New York City and toured Vancouver, BC several days ahead of the cruise. We then arrived by limo at the cruise terminal in Vancouver, were checked-in and boarded at about 1:00 pm. Concierge Class passengers were treated to a welcome-aboard luncheon in the main dining room. Our stateroom was ready following lunch and our luggage followed shortly thereafter. The stateroom attendant introduced himself in a very pleasant manner and was very informative. Following the mandatory safety drill we set sail for Alaska’s inside passage and Sitka, our first port-of-call. THE INFINITY: The Infinity is an older ship, in service since 2001and refurbished in 2011. Her gross tonnage is 91,000. It’s 965 ft. in length and 106 ft. at the beam. She carries 2,170 passengers and a crew of 999. Top speed is 24 knots. The infinity presently sails to Alaska in the summer and South America in the winter. The ship was spotless inside and showed very little evidence of wear and tear. However, on the outside, especially at the balcony-- there was evidence of rust and –painted-over rust not normally seen on cruise ships. We did not consider this a serious problem. There was a large amount of public space with a lot of comfortable seating available. Prominent locations included the pool deck with two pools and several hot tubs, a solarium with a heated shallow pool and small buffet, several restaurants which will be described later, a large boutique area, casino, gym, rooftop terrace and sports deck. The public rest rooms were maintained spotlessly and featured cut fresh flowers and cloth hand towels. Sailing was extremely smooth. Celebrity offers two optional, extra-cost, passenger classes; Aqua and Concierge. As advertised: Aqua Class cabins add spa-themed perks and amenities to the standard balcony cabin experience. The rooms are each enhanced with a fancy spa shower, plush bathrobes and slippers, an aromatherapy diffuser, pillow menu and extra toiletries (shower gel, lip balm and facial spray). Passengers can take advantage of a spa concierge who can reserve spa treatments, as well as complimentary tea, an expanded room service menu, some wellness programming on your in-cabin TV and free passes to the spa's thermal suite (Persian Garden) and relaxation room. Plus, Aqua Class passengers can dine for free in Blu, an exclusive dining venue featuring light fare, for breakfast and dinner Concierge Class passengers receive priority seating at on-board restaurants and access to a special lounge on embarkation day, where they can wait in comfort to board the ship. In-room amenities include a welcome bottle of sparkling wine (which we did not receive), pillow menu, afternoon canapes, daily fresh fruit, special toiletries, an upgraded spa shower head and use of binoculars and a golf umbrella. These balcony cabins are often located in more desirable locations on the ship (upper decks, often mid-ship) than the standard balconies. Despite the name, Concierge Class passengers also have access to a personal concierge. STATEROOM: Our stateroom was located on Deck 8. The room was about the same size as what we were used to on other ships. There was sufficient closet and drawer space. A king size bed, flat screen TV, mini-bar, wall safe and hair dryer were provided. The bathroom was the smallest we’ve ever had but had a good shower. The housekeeping staff was friendly, efficient and timely, quickly adjusting their duties to our schedule. For our upcoming wedding anniversary the concierge presented us with roses and a cake and the stateroom attendant followed with kissing towel swans. DINING: Complimentary (no charge) venues: • Trellis Restaurant • Oceanview Café • Pool Grill • Spa Café • Luminae • Blu – Aqua Class only Specialty (extra charge applies) • Qsine • Tuscan Grille The Trellis Restaurant, situated on decks 4 and 5, and the Oceanview were the two main complimentary restaurants. The Trellis featured a standard dinner menu and also a special dinner menu each day. Breakfast and lunch were served there daily. The food was very well prepared, tasty and portions were adequate. We never had to ask for seconds. We rated the food as very good to excellent depending upon the menu. The room however, holding more than a thousand diners, was crowded and the tables, especially those for two, were very close together. In spite of the conditions, the service was courteous, friendly and efficient. We did not make reservations but were usually seated at our desired dining time immediately or within fifteen to twenty minutes. The Oceanview buffet style restaurant was situated on Deck 10 aft of the pool area. It extended to a small outdoor section. It was available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between. Except for early morning and afternoon “coffee and”, we did not dine there. Coffee, tea and juices were available there twenty four hours a day. There was also the Pool Grill featuring hamburgers, franks and sides outdoors on the pool deck. We dined in the specialty venue Tuscany Grille twice. Tuscan featured a primarily Italian menu; homemade pastas, pizza, fish, chicken fish and steaks. The food and service were very good to excellent. We also had a special Alaskan king crab luncheon which was simply amazing. The Tuscan wait staff also presented a cake and sang “Happy Wedding Anniversary” to us. Entertainment: On our recent cruises we have essentially ignored the evening shows, having seen most of them or similar shows several times. However, we did attend several of the shows and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the productions, especially by the Infinity troupe. A female singer Karen Grainger who impersonated other popular female singers was well received and gave a second performance. We didn’t participate in any of the poolside, evening or parlor games. Shore Excursions: In general, the shore excursions were quite pricey. We did however book excursions in Sitka and Juneau. The Juneau excursion included a trip to the Mendenhall glacier and waterfall, truly beautiful and amazing sights. The Sitka excursion included an injured raptor hospital and rehab site, a performance by Sitka Native American children and a national park. We were able to view the Hubbard glacier from the ship which drew as safely close to it as possible. DISEMBARKATION: Since we had a late evening (red-eye) flight home on disembarkation day we stayed as long as possible on the ship. We then stored our luggage at a nearby hotel and toured the local Vancouver area until leaving for the airport. WHAT WE LIKED AND LOVED: We loved the relaxed atmosphere. We liked and loved the food and service. WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE: There wasn’t much we didn’t like, and the little that we didn’t like is hardly worth mentioning here. RECOMMENDATIONS We highly recommend the Infinity for the Alaska cruise. We also recommend visiting Vancouver prior to, or after the cruise, or both. Maria N. & Marco J. Caputo Any questions? Email us at mcaputo23@nyc.rr.com Submitted to Cruise Critic, Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
In fact, our group trip (47 people) started on June 15 with a day in Victoria and then two days, June 16 and 17 in Vancouver. Embarkation on 18 June. June 15 - Day-3. Take off at 8:00 am, arrive Vancouver at 10:00 am local time, ... Read More
In fact, our group trip (47 people) started on June 15 with a day in Victoria and then two days, June 16 and 17 in Vancouver. Embarkation on 18 June. June 15 - Day-3. Take off at 8:00 am, arrive Vancouver at 10:00 am local time, transfer by luxury bus, comfortable, to take the ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island, a journey of nearly 1:30. It's not nice, 14-15 degrees; rain and thick fog during much of the crossing. We take a small dinner at the ship's self-serve restaurant; while it is not cheap, at least, variety and quality are there; we begin to fraternize a little more with our compatriots of the group, We take a seat on the bus, and we go to meet our local French-speaking guide, a friendly resident of Victoria for over 40 years, for a pleasant city tour but punctuated by showers ... Transfer to our hotel and freestyle evening. June 16 - Day-2 Disastrous breakfast at the hotel, then lead to the visit of Butchart Gardens. The place is beautiful, huge, but the hour and a half we were allocated was not enough, we had to go back to the bus before we saw it all (this is one of the constraints of traveling in group). Return to Vancouver aboard a newer ferry, probably a little bigger, including a buffet restaurant. Partly cloudy, allowing us to take some nice pictures. Transfer to our hotel for 2 nights. Free walks around, and Canada Place, the cruise terminal, are 1.5 km, a walk of about 20 minutes. We will see before the arrival of ours, several ships docked including the Holland America Niew Amsterdam, the Star Princess and the Crystal Serenity. We stop for a short supper on our own, at the nearby Food Court - Waterfront Center, a diversified and reasonably priced food fair. June 17 - Day-1 Breakfast at the hotel, a well-stocked and quality buffet this time ... We meet for our city tour our local guide, knowledgeable... and installed on the outskirts of Vancouver ... In the city center a lot of construction of business towers and condos, which seems to cost a lot ... I am pleased withthe architectural beauty of these buildings, neighboring older ones. Stopping at Stanley Park, well laid out and quite busy, there are some totems to see. Stop at Granville Island, there is also a lack of time, but I could still see the famous floating houses. After the city tour, free time for quiet walks, a little shopping, etc. It crawls from everywhere despite the weather not so clement. Then we think and anticipate our embarkment the next day... June 18th - Day 1 - Embarkation. Heavy breakfast at the hotel, bus to the cruise terminal ... Cloudy with showers. You may be on a Sunday, but there is an important traffic, since at the port there are several ships to fill ... But hey, finally it's embarkation. In the process at the terminal we go through the US customs. Once on board, little sparkling wine, and with the Today "Early Edition" in hand, the group disperses to go on each own and for a quick lunch ... This time, my experience makes me avoid the Oceanview Café, too busy, we go to the Spa Café, adjacent to the indoor pool, for a good healthy lunch, it's very small but there is hardly anyone! A short reconnaissance tour of the ship, it reminds us of the Constellation that we sailed 6 years ago, and despite the renovations, we noticed everywhere several elements betraying its 16 years of age. A little later we go to see if our cabin is ready (balcony cat 2B, bridge 8); smaller than on Solstice class ships, there are also signs of wear, including on furniture and especially in the bathroom. The small shower has a curtain, the caulking is stained with several blackish molds, the grout of the ceramic looks dirty and I will learn later from our stateroom steward that it had been redone with epoxy grout (tiles were obviously not cleaned rapidly) ... There is a clothesline in the shower, it's quite weird to see this... After having changed clothing, we go to the Muster Drill scheduled at 15:30, then to the bridge 11 to attend the departure at 16:30 .... Despite the sullen weather, feverishness is palpable. Unlike the majority of the group, my wife and I chose the 'Select Dining' so we could go for supper at our leisure between 5.30pm and 9:00pm (same schedule for the entire cruise). Even if we were invited to book, without reservation, between 5.30pm and 6pm, we never waited more than 2-3 minutes ... While there was often a good line on the side with reservation. Celebrity Showtime: Lou Gazzara, versatile vocalist, a beautiful repertoire and a great presence on stage. June 19 - Day 2 - At Sea (Inside Passage) It's not complicated, we did not see much of the famous inside passage, given the weather (low clouds, rain, etc). On the other hand, there was the conference "Beyond the Podium - MickeyLive", Mickey being a great lecturer, knowledgeable and visibly at ease with audiovisual technology. The rest of the day, nothing special. Celebrity Showtime - Boogie Wonderland, a musical revue focusing on the 70s. Quite good. Tonight we set watches 1 hour back.. June 20th - Day 3 - Sitka AK Arrival at 10:00 am, cloudy weather but it will not rain much, eventually. Celebrity Excursion (SI14), which combines the historical and cultural aspects of the city (historical park, Tlingit culture, Naa Kahidi dance) and a visit to the Raptor center. Interesting but the schedule was a bit tight, we had to shorten the visit to some places (eg, since the dance show was good but redundant, it could have been shorter). Tonight, no show for us: a certain Bengt Washburn, standup comedy ... No interest for us.. June 21 - Day 4 - Hubbard Glacier (navigation) Exceptionally we were given access to the front of the ship (level bridge 6) to admire the landscape, the view is different from what we have decks 11 or 12. Outdoor temperature about 8-9 Celcius degrees. I must say that I felt "at the end of the world" ... I imagine that those who have already cruised in Antarctica may think I am impressionable ... We were disappointed that the ship had not approached the glacier, - was there a good reason? And the dull weather did not help for taking good quality pictures. Celebrity Showtime: «Star Factory», lively, beautiful musical and acrobatic performances, beautiful costumes, etc. June 22 - Day 5 - Juneau AK Excursion Celebrity (JU33): Basically, the visit of the Mendenhall Glacier and its visitor Center, views of the surroundings with beautiful photo opportunities and interesting little film where I learned about the glaciers; then we go to the "Gold Creek Salmon Bake" for a picnic buffet in a nice environment to savor wood fire grilled wild Alaskan salmon, a delight! (There is also grilled chicken). In accompaniment, various salads, potatoes, etc, and delicious "Chilkoot" beans! Chansonnier on site for musical atmosphere. A beautiful outing. Our travel guide invited us to have a drink at the "Red Dog Saloon" (with floors covered with a good layer of sawdust, a tradition... Celebrity Showtime with Sean O'Shea, singer and talented impersonator, with energy and humor. June 23rd - Day 6 - Ketchikan AK Last of our 3 stops, arrived at 2:00PM, the small town is friendly and we can explore a good part by foot without problem. Excursion Celebrity (KE61): guided tour of historical sites including a park of totems, and lumberjack show. Celebrity Showtime: "Duo Destiny", Gonçalo and Kinga, a couple of acrobats frankly surprising. Tonight we set watches 1 hour forward. June 24 - Day 7 - At Sea (Inside Passage) This time the weather is on our side, we can observe the landscape and the temperature rises quickly, about 25 Celsius degrees (it will have made more than 28 degrees in Vancouver). Swimming and sunbathing for many passengers ... Celebrity Showtime: iBroadway, a colorful and typically American style show of recent and older hits. We do not put our luggage in the corridor tonight, we'll leave carrying them tomorrow morning. June 25 - Disembarkation The process is going well, both on board and in port. At the airport it's going bad, at the AC check-in counter it is very long for lack of open desks... Vancouver-Montreal flight without problem. Back home! Conclusion: although I have always appreciated Celebrity, we see that cuts have still been made. We still eat well but it is not the same ... For example, one lunchtime, exceptionally we went to the dining room and my dish really was not the way we could get of Celebrity (ground meat containing "crunchy", badly cooked peas and dubious appearance ...) I mentioned my disappointment to the waiter, who by his reply let me believe that I was not the only one to have told him. As far as the Oceanview Café is concerned, I prefer the island arrangement on Solstice class ships. On this itinerary there were many Asians and Indians on board, and every day, this is normal, a large part of the counters offered dishes from their countries ... While on the other hand other counters lacked variety. We have nothing against exotic foods but not every day ... The Infinity is a comfortable but dated vessel, the staff is benevolent but less visible, except during marketing operations, obviously ... It becomes harassing crew members trying to sell drinks or dining packages, etc. .... By the way, there is now only one stateroom steward, no more assistant. I also noticed a reduction in the Captain's Club benefits .... Now it's enough to make us ogle on other companies. Finally, depending on the circumstances, a group travel may prove to be interesting and advantageous; I think this time it was and we liked it... But the ship is disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We went on this cruise with 20 family members for a 50th anniversary. As soon as we boarded we were constantly harassed by crew members trying to sell something. This was our 3rd cruise (first and last on Celebrity). The first 2 days ... Read More
We went on this cruise with 20 family members for a 50th anniversary. As soon as we boarded we were constantly harassed by crew members trying to sell something. This was our 3rd cruise (first and last on Celebrity). The first 2 days were the worse with hard sell pushes for drink/spa/dinning packages. After that we only saw the sell pitch when going to meals or watching their TV. The ship was dated, meals were average, we ate in the dinning room with our family for 3 nights, buffet the others and the last night in Qfine (it was amazing, but was also $45 extra). We sampled all the deserts and while they looked great, it was hit and miss, some not eatable, some good. The entertainment was good, but unless you were a big gambler or drinker, not allot else to do on the ship. We did 2 events planned on the ship. Pools, sauna and hot tubs were ok, but crowded. Allot of extra fees for spa equipment, classes, etc. My wife is hearing impaired and for some reason they have disabled the Closed Caption on their TVs. We went to customer service and asked about it, and they claimed their satellite didn't provide closed caption even on the major network channels. All over the ship there were signs for hearing impaired devices. When we asked at the customer service desk within 10 feet of one of these signs they were clueless. Most of the staff seemed to speak English but not understand the language. We finally got help in the theater with the hearing device. Made performances much better for my wife. We did 8 shore excursions, 7 were good. Zipline was great. We never saw bad weather, but the ship was constantly rocking. On our first Disney cruise we saw 20 foot waves and the boat never moved. When we were in port, I went to the "wave pool" and asked one of the crew to turn on the waves, he said we don't have a wave machine, it is just produced by nature :) It wasn't bad that it made you sick, but it was noticeable, I wonder how the ship would be in more than 3 foot waves. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
On our bucket list after retirement.. Our dining experience was incredible. We had Jorge and Kurdek ( table 202) our entire cruise for dining Staff more than accommodating. Evening entertainment well done. Our shore ... Read More
On our bucket list after retirement.. Our dining experience was incredible. We had Jorge and Kurdek ( table 202) our entire cruise for dining Staff more than accommodating. Evening entertainment well done. Our shore excursions we well organized and informative. We had the drink package with our fare, and be aware you will not be entitled to a drink over nine dollars and if you do decide to order that specialty drink it will be added to your bill with 18 percent gratuity. Went to open a bottle of Evian water in our suite and decided to read the tag... $5.50 plus 18 percent gratuity if opened.........Needless to say went to Oceanview Cafe on 10 and I am sure it tasted the same for less. Departure from ship well organized and worth the wait until the end. No searching for your luggage, Only a few rows to search.. Bon Voyage.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first cruise & what an amazing experience sailing to Alaska. The ship was immaculate our room spotless & the staff were friendly & helpful nothing was too much trouble. There was was lots of entertainment if ... Read More
This was our first cruise & what an amazing experience sailing to Alaska. The ship was immaculate our room spotless & the staff were friendly & helpful nothing was too much trouble. There was was lots of entertainment if you wanted to join in but also plenty of quiet space too if you preferred not too.We particularly enjoyed the evening shows which we watched nightly at 7pm before 8.30pm dining. The food was amazing we were really impressed by the variety of meals & the exceptional service we decided to dine on our own table in the evening rather than share which we preferred but we did share at breakfast some mornings which was fine. We really liked visiting the Ports we personally found the shore excursions very expensive so chose to self explore which worked well for us. We enjoyed the cruise so much we booked another one to Asia while we were still on board! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Good food and excellent entertainment on our 7 day Alaskan cruise. The cabin staff were extremely efficient and kept it tidy. Great service from the restaurant staff, namely Tari, Hery and Subert. Tari in particular always had a smile and ... Read More
Good food and excellent entertainment on our 7 day Alaskan cruise. The cabin staff were extremely efficient and kept it tidy. Great service from the restaurant staff, namely Tari, Hery and Subert. Tari in particular always had a smile and went out of her way to keep us happy. The buffets were excellent. The cabin size was a tad small for 3 adults but it seemed to work when the beds were kindly rearranged. We stayed at the Sutton Place Hotel before the cruise and it certainly met our expectations. Nicely located in the core of Vancouver, it gave us the opportunity to walk around. We took a bus tour (separate booking) which in 4 hours took us to see highlights of the city, including Stanley Park. Highly recommended if you have time.The Wilderness and Crab Feast shore excursion was informative and lots of fun. Overall a nice experience and good memories Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
As this was a gift from our daughter and family for a special birthday we really had no input into the choice of cruise line, however we are so glad the travel agent helped her choose Celebrity Infinity. Although we are really well ... Read More
As this was a gift from our daughter and family for a special birthday we really had no input into the choice of cruise line, however we are so glad the travel agent helped her choose Celebrity Infinity. Although we are really well travelled throughout the world this is our first cruise since 1992 and were a little hesitant after reading some of the reviews. WOW!! I think we must have been on a different cruise on a different ship as we could not say enough wonderful things about the whole experience. From the pick up at Vancouver International Airport at the start of our trip to the drop off at the same location one week later everything was so well organized, beyond our expectations. Our stateroom on the sixth deck with a balcony was very clean, beds were awesome and the toilet/bathroom was immaculate. Our stateroom attendant Estrella was so attentive and dealt with a few light issues immediately. She was so friendly and always had a cheery "Good Morning" for us. If didn't matter where we went on the ship the crew were all the same, smiling faces, very helpful and always doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. It was such a pleasure to see people who really looked like they were enjoying making our Alaskan cruise so special. The food anywhere on the ship was excellent. We chose to eat at The Trellis at dinner time and thanks to Maitre D Noriego we had a wonderful table at the back of the dining room overlooking the ship's wake. The meals were excellent and the presentation was absolutely perfect. Thank you to Jacob, Vitellis and Tomo our waiters for making each dinner special. We really enjoyed the daily talks given by Mickey Live and the nightly entertainment did not disappoint us. Other than the comedy act all were of high professional standard. We also liked the Music Trivia 60's which was fun. I feel I have to say at least one bad thing about the trip and it is "Why did they put such big mirrors in the stateroom so we can see how we are putting on weight after eating all the great food" !!!!! We are so impressed with this trip it will definitely not be our last one on the Infinity as a few of our bucket list places are services by this ship. Thank you once again to everyone who made this Alaskan trip so memorable!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Alaska is one of those must do places, as is Canada and the Rockies. This cruise allowed me to see Alaska, Whales, The Hubbard Glacier and ticked all the boxes. I feel I must give a special mention to our dining room staff. Waiters ... Read More
Alaska is one of those must do places, as is Canada and the Rockies. This cruise allowed me to see Alaska, Whales, The Hubbard Glacier and ticked all the boxes. I feel I must give a special mention to our dining room staff. Waiters Carla, Aleena and Somelier Maran were superb. Nothing was too much trouble and Carla was able to competently advise us on the dishes being served and gave reasons for her recommended dish of the day. Though we did not always follow her advice we were made to feel by the team that our custom was appreciated. It is significant that all the other tables in the area served by this waiting team, specifically requested the same table each night which is an attestation to the courtesy and professionalism of the staff. Our cabin was kept clean and tidy and was made up speedily each day and evening. The food was superb and the dishes well presented. I discovered very quickly that it is essential to obtain a drinks package, which, on the face of it may appear expensive but having it and knowing what you have paid takes the pressure off the financial aspects of the cruise, including the extra tax that was added to the listed price of every item or service on sale on the ship. Shore excursions were too expensive, so I did not participate in many of these though that non-participation did in no way reduce the enjoyment of shore visits. I could not fault the entertainmen, most of the shows were fabulous. To summarise, I would sail with Celebrity Cruises again and would recommend your company to friends and family.. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We (2 senior couples) travel frequently together but none of us have cruised previously. Overall, I have rated our experience as 5 star given our experiences and expectations. Both embarking and disembarking went extremely smoothly. We ... Read More
We (2 senior couples) travel frequently together but none of us have cruised previously. Overall, I have rated our experience as 5 star given our experiences and expectations. Both embarking and disembarking went extremely smoothly. We were especially impressed with the process of disembarking in Vancouver as we opted to take our luggage rather than having it delivered from the ship. We were among the small group that chose this option and we were off the ship, through Canadian customs , into a taxi and at our hotel within 20 minutes. Both couples had veranda cabins and we found them well outfitted, clean, spacious and having great views. We opted for the flexible dining package and had no problem in making reservations for diner daily. We avoided the buffet restaurant when possible, finding it hectic and somewhat of a feeding frenzy with people butting into lines etc. All meals were excellent with lots of options for all tastes . It was very convenient to have selected the Classic Beverage package when we booked our cruise. I would rate the entertainment as being on par with a typical Las Vegas show. We attended every show and were not disappointed. Overall, service was excellent. The weather cooperated for most of the cruise and we found the scenery to be breathtaking. I would recommend the Alaska Cruise to anyone that appreciates such scenery. We didn't take any of the ship organized shore excursions but opted to tour each of the ports ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Last year we went on Eclipse just a Canary cruise , it suited us so we would try Infinity . a smaller tired ship on board at 1130 am good start ,had lunch in the buffet it was ok then had a look around the ship it needs an uplift . ... Read More
Last year we went on Eclipse just a Canary cruise , it suited us so we would try Infinity . a smaller tired ship on board at 1130 am good start ,had lunch in the buffet it was ok then had a look around the ship it needs an uplift . Went to check on dining plan which was booked for any time dinning we were told our agent had changed it to 830 pm not impressed first night sat on table for two next night table for six with just one other couple ,on the 4th night another couple had joined us who also sat on there own but ask for a table for of six all a bit hit and miss Menu not good same most nights Outside cabin very small with a tiny shower towels were grey bed linen pass . .Tours were not cheap but did three weather was sunny and warm after packing hat scarf gloves and lots of layers Went to the theatre 4 times very good . One evening went to the Bistro ordered a beef Panini it was over toasted had to take the meat out because I could not cut it did complain but no joy bit of a shambles waited over half an hour in the luggage hall before our cases came of the ship finding a porter (we are over 70 ) was another wait but he did get us through quick . Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
What a fabulous week we had on Celebrity Infinity to Alaska. We were lucky to have good weather but life aboard was exceptional. We specially enjoyed the two experts MickyLive and Derk's talks about the geology and wild life in ... Read More
What a fabulous week we had on Celebrity Infinity to Alaska. We were lucky to have good weather but life aboard was exceptional. We specially enjoyed the two experts MickyLive and Derk's talks about the geology and wild life in Alaska. We enjoyed Aqua Class cabin and facilities and would recommend it to anyone pondering whether to spend the extra. We had a good selection of wines and drinks and the entertainment was first class. We enjoyed ourselves so much we booked another cruise before we left the ship for 2017. The crew on board were always very friendly and helpful and the dining staff were amazing. The beautiful scenery of Alaska was breathtaking and whale watching from our balcony was a great experience. The only thing I would say is the excursions from the ship are very expensive and we only bought one and was disappointed with it. There were plenty of excursions to be had on the dock side at reasonable prices and would recommend to pick up a day out from the docks. But that was the only negative comment I can think of. See you next year Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first cruise, i was a bit sceptic of this experience, as we have always done our own travel arrangements , this trip we could not complain about anything it was excellent. The staff, were first class, the entertainment was ... Read More
This was our first cruise, i was a bit sceptic of this experience, as we have always done our own travel arrangements , this trip we could not complain about anything it was excellent. The staff, were first class, the entertainment was very good. also there was a well equipped gym at the front of the ship with beautiful views whilst you worked off all the wonderful food that served up each & everyday ,also The golf putting championship was well organised The food was 5 star, the variety was amazing, & also the service of the drink waiters. Our cabin was serviced by Dennis who I may say done a wonderful job keeping our cabin clean & tidy. Port & shore excursions , we did do whale watching at Juneau that was very well organised. At Ketchikan we got ripped off, doing a journey by tractor/golf buggy onto a beach to look at some pebbles, then to a local hall for a tribal dance by some teenagers who had no idea what the hell they were supposed to be doing ,which I may say it spoilt our day, But you learn from these experiences. Boarding & Disembarkation is done like a military operation it is quick & easy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
It took over three hours for us to board the ship from the time we arrived at the port. Not a good start. Most of the delay was caused by the Celebrity checking in system and this was then exacerbated by the US Homeland Security. The ... Read More
It took over three hours for us to board the ship from the time we arrived at the port. Not a good start. Most of the delay was caused by the Celebrity checking in system and this was then exacerbated by the US Homeland Security. The journey through the Inside Passage which is one of the feature of the cruise took part at night. A morning sailing would have been more appropriate for passengers to enjoy the scenery. The restaurants were overwhelmed by the number of passengers and mealtimes were not an enjoyable experience. The "chic' nights were spoiled by diners turning up in the main restaurant in anoraks. Overall the food was far from what we expected from a company such as Celebrity. The first port of call was a total waste of time. A seedy little town of no consequence. Passengers were puzzled as to why we had docked there. Juneau was a pleasant town and to walk around and get a feel of the Alaskan way of life. The journey back was again a disappointment as the cruise through the Inside Passage was again at night. Finally I have a debit of $26.48 on my Visa card and I have no record of spending that amount. We had the classic drinks package and were careful to stay within the guidelines. In summary we would be hard pressed to entertain a Celbrity cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have always wanted to do a cruise to Alaska and to combine this with a trip on Rocky Mountaineer. At last we have done this great trip. We booked through Iglu Cruises who arranged everything perfectly. Our first night was at Pan ... Read More
We have always wanted to do a cruise to Alaska and to combine this with a trip on Rocky Mountaineer. At last we have done this great trip. We booked through Iglu Cruises who arranged everything perfectly. Our first night was at Pan Pacific Hotel which is right above the Cruise Terminal. Our luggage was collected from our room and we did not see it again until we were in our cabin. A lift down to the Embarkation Hall and a short walk to Celebrity check in. As usual this was very smooth. The delays were passing through immigration especially the USA part. Photos, fingerprints! Some passengers told me that the whole process of check in took 3 hours! Once aboard a welcoming drink. As it was only 11.30 we had a wait until 1.30 for our cabins to be available. This was no problem as we went to the Ocean View and had lunch. Our agent upgraded us free of charge to Aqua class so this made the trip a little special. The cabin was a good size with all the usual amenities. As we were Aqua class our dining took place in the Blue Restaurant. The service and food was first class. Our first night though was in Qsine as they offered half price. Again here the service and food was first class. The entertainment was ok but not really my thing. I prefer to sit and read a book. My wife and I tend to do different excursions, on the whole these were very good. Only one complaint though. We did a Wildlife and Spasski River tour which was supposed to be .5miles of walking. This we found out when we boarded the coach was in fact 1.25 miles. We had chosen this tour because my wife can not walk very far. She managed it but returning to the ship we were let off the coach a long way from the gangway, 0.75miles approx. over rough ground. Not good. The other excursions were good. The views from the ship were spectacular and the Hubbard Glacier remarkable. The service from all the crew we came into contact with was friendly and great. Would we go again? No this is a once in a lifetime experience Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We are frequent cruisers out of Florida. We have sailed on Princess, Disney, Royal Caribean, and Celebrity. This was our first cruise out of warm weather ports. We cruised out of Vancouver to enjoy the inside passage. Vancouver is a ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers out of Florida. We have sailed on Princess, Disney, Royal Caribean, and Celebrity. This was our first cruise out of warm weather ports. We cruised out of Vancouver to enjoy the inside passage. Vancouver is a beautiful city and cruising out of this port is worth the difference in price and ship. We were on the Millenium class ship and had a window versus a balcony. We have a balcony when cruising in warm weather. This was a good choice as the weather could be cold or raining at times. We had no problem viewing the scenery from places around the ship. We enjoyed the naturalist lectures,watching for whales and other animals. We spent a lot of time sitting watching the scenery versus going to the dining room and shows. The shows we attended were good. The service in the stateroom was excellent. We took the Canada line from the airport to the cruise port. Public transportation is very easy to use. No problems with embarkation or disembarkation. Organized and many pleasant staff helping. Allow extra time at the airport to go through customs. Loved the cruise. Would do it again in a window cabin and use savings for exercusions. We went whale watching in Juneau took short hikes in other ports. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We had been on this ship previously and were happy enough. However this time we could see a lot of areas where the ship failed our expectations. Others on this site have covered them adequately but here's a short version of my ... Read More
We had been on this ship previously and were happy enough. However this time we could see a lot of areas where the ship failed our expectations. Others on this site have covered them adequately but here's a short version of my issues. Food most certainly did not live up to previous standards except one meal we had in the USS America restaurant which required a 100 dollar cover charge for two people. A bit over the top I think! General cleanliness and attention to detail was below power. The decor and furnishings were dated and tired. The staff lacked lustre and enthusiasm. Staff generally would plough through and not step aside for cruisers showing little respect. Entertainment, apart from a comedian at the start of the cruise who was very funny, was nothing special. Our stateroom staff were helpful and conscientious, no issues there. We were sick of the constant hard sell from the ship, pushing diamonds and various gems, handbags etc. It just never ended! Even when I went ashore to one of the jewellery shops, I was bullied and harrassed to make a purchase. I couldn't believe I was in Alaska, America and not in some obscure African bazaar where quite frankly I would have expected it!! This hard sell is a big problem for me and many others I spoke to on the cruise. I would not go on a Celebrity cruise again for this issue alone! However the destination, Alaska, was a must see, especially the Hubbard Glacier. The only downside was that we only had 3 stops, one of which we waited over 2 and a half hours to get tendered off!! Totally unacceptable wait time Think it's back to booking P & O again!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I wrote this for the Alaskan Ports of Call page so it was written in parts from the cruise itself so hope it doesn't sound too disjointed. To all those about to cruise Infinity ignore the negative reviews - the ship, service, staff ... Read More
I wrote this for the Alaskan Ports of Call page so it was written in parts from the cruise itself so hope it doesn't sound too disjointed. To all those about to cruise Infinity ignore the negative reviews - the ship, service, staff and food are all fantastic. Following the help from so many people here on CC, I am now paying back with a review. Will try and post pics when I can. Vancouver I arrived on Thirsday night about 7.30 after an excellent flight. Got a cab to the Pan Pacific which would be home for the next 3 nights. Great hotel, perfect location at Canada Place and a beautiful room overlooking the harbour. Wonderful sunsets and enjoyed watching the float planes take off and land. Up early on Friday due to time change so did a little work on the computer and then headed out at 9 am to start my day and what a busy day it was! Weather was superb mid 70s and had already bought my Trolley bus hoho bus ticket online. Took the park tour first which went around Stanley park and other areas of Vancouver. This took about 1.5 hours and was a great tour. Then wandered the sea wall a little and got breakfast before getting the free shuttle to Capalino Suspension bridge. Not cheap here but I felt it was worth it. Unfortunately I have recently had shoulder surgery and although I tried to cross the bridge I could not hold on comfortably and it was swaying a lot, so I had to abandon my attempt quite quickly unfortunately which also meant I could not do the treetops bridges. I did, however do the cliff walk (despite my poor old knees and hip!) yes I am older in some parts than others! Caught the shuttle back to Canada place and bought a ticket to Fly Over Canada. This was amazing, well worth it at around $17 Can. I then did the hoho bus City tour to Granville Island which was fun, just mooched around and had a drink before getting back on the bus and home to my hotel at around 5.30 Quick shower and change and went to meet people from our roll call at the hotel bar. Only 3 of us there but we had fun. I opted for room service light dinner afterwards. Day 2 Saturday . I had booked the Rocky Mountaineer train ride to Whistler and this was worth every penny, an awesome day. An early day too! Picked up at 6.50 from the Fairmont hotel and a 15 min bus ride to the train. Service was superb aboard the train, our hostess Jo was really helpful and good fun. The ride itself was through such amazing scenery, I would highly recommend it. I booked the two peaks gondola ride (cable car) on board the train which gave a discount of $5 plus an additional discount if you're a senior. Had to wait in line for this but only about 10 mins but it was in scorching heat about 32 degrees C. Wow this was fantastic. The cable ride to the top was fab but the journey between the two peaks was just breathtaking. At the bottom I had a bite to eat and a drink and then back on the bus for the train journey home. Arrived back at the hotel around 7.30 and had nibbles and a drink overlooking the waterfront and then happily to bed to await the cruise tomorrow. Day 3 Sunday, the cruise starts here! Staying at the Pan Pacific meant that they took my luggage direct to the ship. They suggested I board early or late but definitely not between 11.30 and 1.30. So I went straight down to the terminal (elevator from the hotel) around 10.30 and was on board in less than 45 minutes (probably nearer 30). I enjoyed my glass of fizz and then got a frozen Mojito from the pool bar and chilled out in the sun (if that's not an oxymoron!). Got into our rooms at 12.45. My room was 7206 an aft cabin that I had wanted for this cruise. Great location, nice big balcony, perfect IMO. Dinner in the MDR had chosen late sitting and joined two lovely families. Dinner was excellent, prime rib was so tender you could have eaten it with a spoon. Spent after dinner in the casino playing Texas Hold em poker and turning $100 into $360. Probably give it back before the end of the cruise! I wasn't expecting to get to the casino on this cruise but rather be out on the balcony watching. But can't see much in the dark so a good alternative. Day 4 at sea. Another beautiful sunny day which I spent on my balcony enjoying the stunning scenery. Had lunch in my room - must say though the food was good room service was a bit erratic always seemed to be something missing! No condiments, no cutlery, cheese but no crackers just little things but a bit frustrating. Tonight was formal night, a lot of people dressed up and some in black tie. Dinner was rack of lamb for me, again beautifully tender. Certainly no complaints from me on the food front. Generally had a cocktail (or two) in the Martini bar, which was always fun. Poker after dinner. Reduced my winnings a little! Day 5 Icy Straight Point I had booked a whale watching tour with Misty Bay Lodge (now Alaska Galore) and met them on time after taking a tender. There were 12 of us on the boat and it was a very smooth ride. Captain took us out to various points and we saw Bald eagles, Dolphins, sea lions, sea otters and .....lots of whales. Breaching, fluking and even saw a mum and her baby! Just an awesome day. When I get home I will get some pics up but not easy from here - sorry. We were returned to ISP around 7.30 a good 3.5 hour trip. I decided to eat on shore and had delicious halibut and chips at a restaurant I can't remember the name of land something maybe. Anyway there aren't many of them but I would highly recommend the halibut. Did a little mooching around the shops but didn't buy. Back on board I realised how tired I really was so 9.15 I went to bed and slept through the night. Probably with a smile on my face after such a great day. Day 6 Hubbard Glacier. Rainy and cold today but that didn't spoil the enjoyment of the beautiful Hubbard Glacier, absolutely stunning. What more can I say? To see that beautiful ice blue of the glacier and the ice flows in person -just awesome. Captain turns 360 degrees around so everyone gets to see everything. Dinner was excellent again, I had Cajun spiced drum fish - a new one on me but very delicious. Played a little more poker. Only complaint was such a long wait for a drink in the casino- over 45 mins tonight. Martini bar pre-dinner had excellent service and enjoyed my Fresca martini (s)! Day 7 Juneau I had arranged another whale watching trip for Juneau with Harv and Marv as had seen very good reports from both CC and Trip Advisor and communication was great with them prior to booking. We were collected quickly at the port and made our way to the dock where Captain Liz was our guide for the day. We saw a lot of Orcas which was a great surprise and were very close to them and managed some pics. (It's really not easy for this amateur to take pics as the whales are so fast but I think if you can do continuous shooting in your camera then that's the way to go). After the orcas we went hump back hunting and got to see a couple but no breaching and fluking today so I was really pleased that I had booked trips in both Icy Straight Point and Juneau as I did get to see plenty of both. We then went to Mendenhall Glacier which was just beautiful and then we were dropped off back at the ship. I decided to do the Mount Roberts Tramway and that was excellent too. Got some good close up pics of an eagle in a tree at the top. Would have liked to walk back down the 2.5 mile trail in hopes of seeing a bear but my knees won't take that much downhill walking do I got the cable car back down. Decided I must do the whole Juneau bit and went to the Red Dog Saloon for a drink and a bite to eat. Fish and chips again ( you have to eat fish in Alaska!) which was great, plus some good, old-fashioned bawdy entertainment and a good time was had by all. Tonight was the second formal night. Now I love dressing up for formals but two nights on a seven night cruise in Alaska is one too many in my opinion. (What do others think! Should X ditch the 2nd one?) I enjoyed scallops followed by lobster and no dessert again. (Now I love my puds but have been disappointed with choices on this cruise and haven't had one yet!) Out to the casino for little bit more poker but had a reasonably early night. Day 8 Ketchikan I had booked a float plane trip through the Misty Fjords with Island Wings, again after hearing good reviews. The van picked us up and it was a short ride to the dock. The plane takes 7 people and everyone has a window seat. The scenery was just awe inspiring, really amazing. Michelle also lands on one of the fjords and gives you 10/15 mins to stretch your legs and wander around the lakeshore (needless to say I didn't wander far from the plane!) This is a great trip if you want to see the wilderness from above. Came back to the ship around 5.30 and had sushi and a small curry in the buffet. I decided not to go down to dinner as needed a rest (must be the sea air) so came back to my room. Slept for 15 hours! Day 9 cruising the inside passage. What fabulous weather wall to wall sunshine again.. We have been so lucky with the weather - sunshine everyday except Hubbard Glacier where it poured all day but didn't spoil the enjoyment as we were so close. Also rained when we arrived in Juneau but sunny on our tour. Hoping to see more whales today but none so far. Will just keep on looking till I have to go to dinner. Will update final part of my review of this fabulous cruise on Monday when I get home. Still sorting photos to post but final update on my review. Final day of cruising I didn't get to see any wildlife at all from my balcony but the scenery was beautiful. I have enjoyed this cruise so much I decided to book for next year but a little later and will plan some bear watching trips! Enjoyed a final MDR dinner with some of my tablemates - Stephen and Annette had a delicious steak Diane and toasted our cruise with the bottle of fizz from my room. Played a little poker and enjoyed a nightcap in the Martini bar. Slept well! Off the ship for 8 a.m. and on the bus for a Vancouver sight seeing tour (again!) and drop off at the airport. I always think these are great value if you have a later flight as they take care of your luggage and you are still on holiday. My flight to London was on time and although I tried to sleep I never can (unless in Business or 1st class which is very rare!!) then onto Leeds and home to Huby (a village near Harrogate NOT Hubby! ) Back to work on Tuesday (I run my business from home) and getting over jet lag. To all of you waiting to cruise Alaska - enjoy - it is fantastic, as is British Columbia. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Positives Overall we enjoyed the journey. The ship, cleanliness and service were excellent. Staff all friendly and engaging. Ports of call were great and we enjoyed all the stops. Entertainment was varied and of high ... Read More
Positives Overall we enjoyed the journey. The ship, cleanliness and service were excellent. Staff all friendly and engaging. Ports of call were great and we enjoyed all the stops. Entertainment was varied and of high standard. Food - lots of choices although the buffet could look at changing options more often as we found it was often the same. We had the anytime dining option and enjoyed this as we always had the option of the day of choosing when to eat and if we wanted to dine alone if we chose to. We had the classic drinks package and although we are not big drinkers we thought this worked well and used it for bottled water, fresh orange juices, specialty coffees and the odd cocktail and wine for dinner. Negatives The embarkation at San Francisco was poorly organised. No system at all with hundreds of people lined up to personally give over their bags to one porter and one trolley. No sail away parties or sailing in commentaries to ports. It would be nice to know before leaving the ship what the current weather was. Constellation lounge closed early most days for elite guests and not available to others. This infuriated guests who were there and told to leave. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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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