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12 Celebrity Infinity Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We went on this Celebrity Infinity cruise with several friends from our church who were all very interested in seeing the Holy Land. As I'd previously had a marvelous experience with Celebrity to Bermuda in 1995--indeed, of nine or so ... Read More
We went on this Celebrity Infinity cruise with several friends from our church who were all very interested in seeing the Holy Land. As I'd previously had a marvelous experience with Celebrity to Bermuda in 1995--indeed, of nine or so cruises I had taken, they were my favorite (prior to Royal Caribbean's acquisition of the company in 1997). So, it was quite a surprise to get to the ship terminal in Rome and discover that the culture had changed. Perhaps Royal Caribbean's culture had overtaken Celebrity's--I cannot be sure, as I've also taken Royal Caribbean, and didn't remember the awful hard-sell when I sailed that line. However, as soon as we hit the ship terminal (around 10:45 am, and a good point in Celebrity's favor is that we were one of the first to board in a smoothly-organized fashion), there were employees coming up to us and selling drinks packages, themed restaurants, etc. Multiple people, multiple times. This surprised me. It did not stop there, either. The moment we headed to the Oceanview Cafe to rest prior to our stateroom availability, there they were--easily 20 pitches from 20 different bar staff to sign up for drinks packages. So, a sour start. The funny thing was that I already had a drinks package, but, once they heard that, they started to pester the friends with us that didn't. When declined, they left pretty quickly, only for the next person pitching the package to come by minutes later. The other side of the coin is that it's likely the staff are pressed to push these things--drinks, specialty dinners, shore excursions, etc. Because, outside of this annoyance, they are fabulous people. We were satisfied with the service, and everyone was really pleasant, even when you were telling them "no". The selling died down as the cruise progressed, and we were able to relax a little more. The condition of the ship really didn't bother me--I certainly understand the impression that the furnishings were tired (indeed, they did not appear new), but, everything did appear clean around the ship. In our stateroom, the only things that I really didn't want to sit on or use were the upholstered couch, the runner across the tip of the bed, and the decorative pillows. Old upholstery is not synonymous with clean upholstery, though I saw nothing particularly gross on it. I'd have appreciated a spare sheet to drape over the couch. The veranda was nice--we spent several hours on our balcony each day that we didn't have activities scheduled in port. Worth it, for us. One thing to note--if you are subject to "earworms", note that there is one track of Euro-Pop that continuously plays in the interior hallways, cafe, channel 31 on the TV, and upper level cabana-type deck outside. So, you'll be able to say, "Oh, yes, that's 'Another Day is Over, and All I Ask Is to Share the Next One with You, and it is followed two songs later by the one with a lot of whistling'". Perhaps I'm overly sensitized to this, as there was one Holland America cruise I took several years back where only one song played over and over--Kenny Loggins' "This Is It". That one really stayed with me. Showers were nice and hot--remember that you have to push a 38 degrees Celsius button and twist the knob beyond it to get the water to run above lukewarm. Wish I had known that before day 5! I was generally quite satisfied with the food. The savory items, that is. Desserts were definitely not a strong point for any of the dining rooms, specialty restaurants, cafe, and in the buffet, but, I always liked the creme brulee (which I usually had, when in the main Trellis dining room). Specialty restaurants were generally good--they should be, since you are paying $40-$50 per head to dine there. My favorite was Tuscan Grille--we actually ate there three nights, and weren't disappointed at any. The Creamy Burrata/tomato salad with croutons with balsamic was to die for, as were the Italian meatballs, and Lobster pasta. If you go, ask for Volkano. He's the best, will treat you like family, and load you with great selections. Qsine was fun, and my husband's favorite, kind of a novel "video on the plate" concept. Didn't try the sushi restaurant, but, note that it's per piece-charged, and not a single cover price. Back to the selling--also noted in the Canyon Ranch spa setup. Now, If I am going to pay over $300 (more like $392 when you add in tip) for their over-the-top "invigorating ritual" composed of multi-step masks, wraps, and massage, I feel like I really shouldn't be plugged to buy expensive spa products--that adds nothing to the sense of relaxation. Couched in terms of my physical needs, such as "your heels are very dry--we've got something for that", and "for that cellulite at the back of your legs, we've got something for that" to justify the hard sell. Really? When I refused the products (no luggage space, the truth), the sale points morphed into "well, we can send them by mail". Deferred again, then it became,"Well, I see you have another treatment scheduled on 9/27, we'll discuss this again." Needless to say, I canceled all subsequent appointments. Another thought--the spa is not set up well for multi-step treatments. The room was cold, open, and bright, and though she (masseuse) did place a sleep mask over my face when I was supine, when prone, I was looking at a bright linoleum floor. Further, the process necessitated getting up twice for showering off various products. Not too relaxing. Further, the exercise room was right next to the massage room, making for a noisy, thumping backbeat over the calm spa music. Entertainment was enjoyable. I'm generally not big on Broadway or magicians, but did go to a few of the musical entertainers (a violinist, a trumpeter, and some celebrity review acts). Of note was that the ship crowd was much older (many more like my parents' age, in the 80s), so, if you are looking for nightlife, you may want to think twice. At least in September. I think I saw fewer than 5 kids the whole cruise, all of them pretty young. Ports and Shore Excursions--enjoyed these, Malta, Catania through the ship. Our Sorrento tour got canceled due to lack of interest. The Israel, Crete, and Rome tours were through an independent cruise tour venue. Didn't do many enrichment activities through the ship. One $15 photography class for iPhones, which pretty much taught me that I need to learn a lot more, and I still can't delete more than one photo at a time...hence below for "enrichment activities" I just put "average", since there's no "n/a" option. Likewise for fitness. Disembarkation was smooth. So, to summarize--wonderful staff, but, the high-pressure sales tactics we experienced ensured that I will not go back on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We choose this cruise due to the itinerary. But sad of most of the Italian ports the ports in the most important like Florence left to early. And in other Countries where there was much to adventure stayed quite late. The ship is very ... Read More
We choose this cruise due to the itinerary. But sad of most of the Italian ports the ports in the most important like Florence left to early. And in other Countries where there was much to adventure stayed quite late. The ship is very old and outdated. Noticed duct tape in the oceanview cafe on the carpet in several places. The windows were dirty. Rust all around our balcony and bathroom. The ship just did not have the sparkle of clean like my other cruises. We were quite disappointed for this being our first on Celebrity we have cruised 16 on Royal and heard Celebrity was a step above. The TV broke off the stand while we were at dinner and it took 2 days for the TV to be fixed. We had to keep calling. I was told they were refurbishing the ship - they only thing we saw if one day when we returned there was a new shower head. WOW.. This ship should not be charging passengers full price for the old out dated tired lady. Nothing special for elite members - never heard what was going on. No Captain Club like others - no special check in for elite former quest. It was not the crews fault for the tired ship but it is Celebrity Management fault for letting a ship like this be afloat and charge the price they do. Only one of the 4 (one was canceled) shore excursions was good. The others were a waste of time and money but it is not much the money as it was a waste of time in the cities. They did not hold up to the standards. Celebrity needs to vent their 3rd parties. They were awful. Do I recommend Celebrity Excursions to anyone NO> Would I go again NO NOT on this ship and not sure if I would on Celebrity. I could go on but don't have enough space. Totally shocked with Celebrity Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We were on a 12 night cruise in the Western Med in an Aquaclass cabin. We were somewhat concerned before we left on this cruise having read a number of reviews talking about how tired the ship looked and indicating the food was so so. ... Read More
We were on a 12 night cruise in the Western Med in an Aquaclass cabin. We were somewhat concerned before we left on this cruise having read a number of reviews talking about how tired the ship looked and indicating the food was so so. This was not our experience. The ship is older but I found it very clean and well maintained. They were repainting large sections of the wooden railings on this voyage. We ate most nights in Blue (never ate in Trellis) and the food was above average and on most nights was excellent. The staff were great. We did have a couple of lunches and a breakfast in the Oceanview Café and we were impressed with the choice and the quality of the freshly prepared pasta and omelettes. Café Al Bacio was great and the Martini Bar was a blast. The staff were very friendly and always helpful. Only our 3rd cruise and all with Celebrity. On our first two cruises we were in suites but we found the Aquaclass passengers we met in Blu a lot friendlier than the suite class guests we met on other cruises. The retreat might be a good enough reason to book a suite on our next cruise. However, we liked Aquaclass and actually preferred the food and atmosphere in Blu as compared to Luminae. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We haven't been on Celebrity for many years but since we were cruising with our grand-daughter (turned 6 on the cruise) wanted a cruise with an available roomy suite, good service and activities for a 6 year old. This cruise was ... Read More
We haven't been on Celebrity for many years but since we were cruising with our grand-daughter (turned 6 on the cruise) wanted a cruise with an available roomy suite, good service and activities for a 6 year old. This cruise was priced right for a Royal Suite - probably because it hadn't had it's well overdue makeover yet - and also it was relatively early in the Mediterranean season. We weren't sure if or how Sarah would like the kids' club but it was nice to know it was available. Also, included in our cruise price was the premium drink package, wi-fi for 4 devices, access to all restaurants, butler service. Pretty much everything and more we have been getting while cruising Regent and Silversea. Sure, the ship was larger, but by today's standards this is a mid-size ship and it's probably the largest sized ship we will cruise on. Also, the itinerary, while similar to other cruises we have been on, had some different stops for us, including Sete and Corsica, France and Messina in Sicily. Overall, we were very pleased with our cruise. We were met at embarkation by Michaels Club Concierge Joao, who helped make our cruise special throughout the cruise. We lunched in Luminae, the suites only restaurant for lunch, and they made a great impression on our grand-daughter by finding her favorite drink, doing a special spaghetti and meatball, and throughout the cruise helped her feel very special. Our butler, Chip (not his real name, but that's what he wanted us to call him) from Romania, was always available and brought us hot and fresh breakfasts every morning, made sure our suite was up to speed with all our requests, and helped make Sarah's birthday special with door and room decorations and a beautiful cake. The cabin interior was beautiful and were pretty much all the interior areas of the ship. Our balcony needed upkeep, and the exterior spa tub was too rusty to even consider using. On the other hand, the inside jacuzzi tub was so much fun it was hard to get our grand-daughter out of the bath. The food was fine. I especially enjoyed many of the seafood entrees and my wife was thrilled that they offered a true and properly cooked veal chop one evening. If there wasn't anything of interest on the Luminae menu, we could always order off the main dining room menu as well. Offerings at the buffet (which we mostly used at lunch when we were on the ship) was varied but we often gravitated to the grill, pizza station and Asian area. Overall, we felt the food was comparable to our most recent Regent experiences, and that was very flattering to Celebrity. My wife had a small medical incident on the ship and she was seen promptly by the ship's doctor who was able to do a test to determine it was not more serious (although they recommended we see someone off the ship, it wasn't necessary) and the bill, we thought, was reasonable for seeing a ship's doctor (and we will get reimbursement from insurance). The shops on the ship had good merchandise and was priced well, but they had to charge VAT since all the stops were in the EU. Still, we were able to get a good price on a nice watch, and with the VAT refund, felt we got a very fair deal. Sarah loved the kid's club and towards the end of the cruise would rather spend the day there than get off the ship with us!! Kudos to the staff and well done!! This was a pretty international cruise with I'd say less than 50% Americans or Canadians, less than we would expect. For the most part, I'd say everyone was polite, with very few chair hogs on our sea days (well, at least not early risers). Our grand-daughter loved the pool area and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Because she was 6 we couldn't use the indoor pool area but it looked clean and well maintained. Susan said her spa experience was very good. We disembarked in Rome (Civi) and Joao even escorted us off the ship! Our grand-daughter says if she can't live in Tucson she wants to live on the ship!! I'm sure the Infinity will be even better after it's upcoming dry-dock, but for now, we would highly recommend it if you want a more affordable cruise with an excellent cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Chose this cruise as we like sailing on M class ships and this one had a great itinerary with some stops we had not previously cruised to. We had some reservations when reading previous reviews about Infinity. Yes she does need a refurb ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we like sailing on M class ships and this one had a great itinerary with some stops we had not previously cruised to. We had some reservations when reading previous reviews about Infinity. Yes she does need a refurb which I understand will be later this year, but this in no way detracted from the excellence service we received from all members of staff. We had fabulous wait staff in the main dining room, the food was excellent, good selection and quality, quite possible some of the best we have had on celebrity. The staff we unfailingly polite, courteous and couldn’t do enough for you. We are not ones for the entertainment and shows so unable to comment, but there was a great band who played most nights is one or another lounge. Ship excursions are expensive, but in most European ports easy to arrange yourselves, especially with the longer port times that seem very popular at present. If you are planning to cruise on Infinity this year, don’t let some of the negative reviews concern you. I firmly believe that if you go looking for problems you will always find them, but we had a great time and would be happy to sail on her again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise because going to Italy is on our bucket list! We loved everything about the shoreline tours, the cruise ship, the staff on the ship, the food, etc. We'll definitely be going back! The ship is one of the older ... Read More
We chose this cruise because going to Italy is on our bucket list! We loved everything about the shoreline tours, the cruise ship, the staff on the ship, the food, etc. We'll definitely be going back! The ship is one of the older ones, and we heard it's being refurbished in 2020. We took advantage of the excursions offered. Some were rather pricey, but we don't know enough about going on our own. Plus, if the tour bus is late, the ship will wait for us. So, that was a plus. LOL We took advantage of the Tuscan Grill two nights. We loved this restaurant. We have been on the Equinox and Silhouette, which both have that particular restaurant. Love Italian food and this one did not disappoint us. The Solarium is rather small, and there aren't enough lounge chairs. The weather, though, was a bit chilly so we didn't find it necessary to go to the pool. The shows in the Celebrity Theater were very good. Some were Excellent. We adore Celebrity and will choose it first and foremost. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Poor: 1.) Our room and the total ship, for that matter, is very "tired". We actually traveled on the Infinity in 2004 and don't believe any updates have been made since then (dramatization on my part). The crew we talked ... Read More
Poor: 1.) Our room and the total ship, for that matter, is very "tired". We actually traveled on the Infinity in 2004 and don't believe any updates have been made since then (dramatization on my part). The crew we talked to stated a retro is due in October, but that didn't help us for now. Every passenger we spoke to about the ship stated the same thing, ship needs help. 2.) No Captain's Club for check in on pier. 3.) No Aqua Class check in. 4.) Captain's Club desk onboard only open a couple of hours each day 5.) The onboard stage entertainment was poor. The only opportunity possible for a mix was when a comedian was scheduled and then canceled the day before. The substitution was for the same singer we had the previous evening and, although talented, began getting a bit redundant. The idea of "mixing it up" came with cycling in the Celebrity Entertainers. The small combos performing at the bars, were good, on the other hand. 6.) Due to our special dates, my 70th birthday and wife's 64th, both happening during the cruise, we must say that we probably enjoyed this Celebrity cruise the least of those in the past. 7.) The staff ship wide was probably only 25% sincere. Didn't get a real friendly feeling from the majority of our contacts. Good: 1.) Aqua Class was a cruise saver. Aside from the room condition, everything else was terrific. The Blu Room for Aqua Class meals was wonderful. The help was 100% sincere, starting with the front check in down to the whole room staff. Never had to wait for a table and crew attempted to meet whatever requests we may have had. 2.) The included spa steam rooms were a great plus after using the attached gym. 3.) The gym is laid out well the machines all function correctly. 4.) The two specialty restaurants we visited were both great. We did see that one of the ones we didn't try, was the Sushi restaurant. Every time we walked by, there was nobody present to dine. We think they might want to look into replacing with another type. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My wife and I were very happy with the food, service and appearance of this aging but beautiful ship. The staff in Micheal's club was particularly helpful and attentive. We sailed on a back to back in a Celebrity suite, actually a ... Read More
My wife and I were very happy with the food, service and appearance of this aging but beautiful ship. The staff in Micheal's club was particularly helpful and attentive. We sailed on a back to back in a Celebrity suite, actually a comfortable, on board, apartment. The ship is classic with wood accents and panels.Celebrity is making a huge mistake ripping out the extravagant wood panels and classic decor to "revolutionize" the ship. The pre-modern design is beautiful and comfortable The food served in Luminae restaurant is delicious but a little heavy for our tastes. However, we can't complain about multiple fillets and lobster in champagne sauce. Typically, we would pay over $100 for a similar meal at home. My wife and I have over 100 cruises on a variety of lines and the Celebrity Infinity is near the top. Many thanks to Vedran, the excellent hotel director, John, Jeffrey and Wim, the concierge team, and the entire staff for the personal service and for an exceptional experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because of ports, We have always had the best service on Celebrity. This cruise did not disappoint. Main dining room service was the best. We cruised with my cousin and his wife. We booked select dining and ate at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of ports, We have always had the best service on Celebrity. This cruise did not disappoint. Main dining room service was the best. We cruised with my cousin and his wife. We booked select dining and ate at the same time almost every night. We had the same waiter every night. The waiter was outstanding. He gave the best service I have ever had on a cruise ship. We have cruised 37 times. We enjoyed the ports in Spain . They were the best. We flew in Barcelona 2 days early, it was the right thing to do. We took ship tours at every port except one. Entertainment on the ship was very good. They had a British Comedian who was very funny. The singers and dancers were also good. The had a new guy and girl singing duo RAEGAR they were so good we bought their CD. On the down side we had a storm at sea that caused us to change a port and but we still had 9 ports in 11 days. It rained all day in Rome. We took the Vatican tour. Inside the Vatican is amazing, Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We are seasoned cruisers, having been on several previous Celebrity cruise ships and others. We'd read scary reviews of the Infinity, but goodness knows why. It was very enjoyable. The staff were unfailingly polite. The tours were ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers, having been on several previous Celebrity cruise ships and others. We'd read scary reviews of the Infinity, but goodness knows why. It was very enjoyable. The staff were unfailingly polite. The tours were well thought out and full of information. The meals were splendid - always lots of choice and very balanced (though Oceanview Café staff were struggling to provide a good service level, we found). Cabin had everything we needed (though the balcony was so salt-encrusted that we couldn't really use it much). It's not the biggest, glitziest ship in the fleet, but the amazing navigation skills and willingness to resolve issues more than made up for that. We heard a few guests being extraordinarily rude to very patient, polite staff about things like "flowers not being out in the gardens we visited" (well, it was nearly October by that stage...). But mostly the passengers were relaxed, cheery and good fun. We'd do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We took the ship in Buenos Aires, we left late, next day we arrived to Montevideo, we left late again, one of the persons at our table said, there is something strange, the ship is too slow. Next day we were informed that the turbine of ... Read More
We took the ship in Buenos Aires, we left late, next day we arrived to Montevideo, we left late again, one of the persons at our table said, there is something strange, the ship is too slow. Next day we were informed that the turbine of one side was working in bad conditions, the reason we were late, and left late from every pier. They informed us that we were going to skip the Falkland Islands. This problem was that this was not informed to the passengers when it should have been informed, they did it only when we all were on sea, and no passenger was coming on board or could leave. This preexisting problem which was not disclosed to boarding passengers so no option was given to us to sail or not, we were forced to accept the itinerary changes they made, once we were already sailing. People, as we did, took only the cruise to go the the Falkland Islands, no other reason, and we didn't make it there. The Captain didn't appear to give an welcome to the tables and really he didn't care much if we were happy with the decision or not, then he communicated that we were going to receive as a compensation US$ 75 per person, which is an insult, because it doesn't even cover the tips which are "voluntary" so they say, and cost 150U$ per person as minimum. The other claim is that the amount, we received didn't even pay for the fuel for the ship till the Falkland Islands, or permission to disembark, and lets not speak about the days we had to stay on board with no disembarkation which were quite boring. Additionally I would like to express our disappointment on the lack of translation for spanish speaking passengers, and other languages too, as Portuguese , French, German etc, in a cruise of such quality its not possible that one part of passengers doesn't understand what the shows are about, no translation in movies, any possible entertainment was only designed for Americans, we were traveling through South America, and with a group of South American people and of spanish language like Mexicans, Spanish etc., you should at least be prepared to give these passengers who paid the same as the others the same attention as the english speaking ones. I hope this complain will make think, the people of the Celebrity Cruises to prepare better next time, their cruises, not only food is poor, also entertainment, and some people who are there to serve the passengers, as the people of the camera shops, Spa and hairdresser are not polite at all. I would be thankful if you publish this letter, so the people of the Cruise line will be able to do something about it, because its not the first time that this line leaves passengers unhappy, or leave them in the middle of a cruise in any port, because of a problem on their ships. Thanks and best regards Elsa Perlmann Read Less
Sail Date February 2004
OUR SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURE After spending most of our lives in the continent of North America, we decided that it was time to explore the land that is occupied by our South American neighbors, so on Thursday, January 29th, we flew from ... Read More
OUR SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURE After spending most of our lives in the continent of North America, we decided that it was time to explore the land that is occupied by our South American neighbors, so on Thursday, January 29th, we flew from Tampa down to Miami and from there, down to Santiago, Chile, where we spent three days touring this lovely and very interesting city both on foot and by bus before our long and final bus ride to the pier where our cruise ship, the Celebrity Infinity, was docked, awaiting our arrival for the beginning of our two week cruise down and around this fascinating continent. We arrived two days later at Puerto Montt, where we enjoyed a most enjoyable half-day tour of this very interesting city, which is the capital of the Lake District, where we saw colorful shingled houses, the neo-classical cathedral in the Plaza de Armas and the picturesque Angelmo Fishing Wharf, followed by lush countryside to Puerto Varas overlooking Lake Llanquihue, Chile's largest lake. Not far from Puerto Montt and near Chiloe, we entered the Chilean Fjords, which are among the world's most beautiful, offering mountain cliffs that soar out of the darkness and touch the blue sky above. In addition, we saw beautiful glacial valleys. On the following day, we cruised the Strait of Magellan, which is located north of Cape Horn and is 2 1/2 to fifteen miles wide, separating Tierra del Fuego from the South American mainland and first discovered by the Portugese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, in 1520. Our next port of call was Ushuaia, described as the end of the world, as it is the southernmost point of South America and located in the Tierra del Fuego (Land of the Fire) on the shore of the Beagle Channel surrounded by the Martial Mounts. It is the capital of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands, which belong to Argentina. While there, we enjoyed a lengthy catamaran cruise which allowed us to admire the stunning landscapes and natural wonders that surround the town and the great panoramic views of this southernmost town and its dramatic setting, with jagged mountain peaks as a backdrop and took us into the waterways of the Beagle Channel past the Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island) where many species of birds congregate, including a large colony of cormorants. Farther along we cruised around the Isla de los Lobos (Sea Wolves Island), where we encountered a large number of seals and sea lions which were enjoyable to watch as they interacted with one another on their rocky home. On our way back to Ushuaia we cruised past the Faro del Fin del Mundo (the Light House at the End of the World), enjoying once more the town's beautiful setting. Following this, we returned to the ship for lunch, then resumed our tour which took us up to the mountains where we enjoyed an exciting chairlift ride up to the breathtaking Martial Glacier from the town of Ushuaia. The following day found us in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city on the planet Earth and overlooking the Straits of Magellan. With more than 110,000 people, this is the oldest and largest city in Patagonia. While there we enjoyed a half-day excursion. En route to Rio Verde, we visited Palomares Hill, a nesting area of condors and eagles. Located 56 miles from Punta Arenas, the farming settlement of Rio Verde contains pristine beauty, mountains and valleys and abundant vegetation harboring diverse fauna. The following day presented us with the highlight of our entire cruise: rounding Cape Horn. In anticipation of this event, we were prepared for the roughest of seas and highest of winds, but neither of these greeted us as we sailed around the Cape, which extends into Drake Passage, the Antarctic strait that connects the South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans. Our next port of call was Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, where we boarded a minibus which took us to the top of a hill for a panoramic view of this capital city, which located in the South Atlantic Ocean, is a British dependent territory, where English is the official language. With a population of approximately 1,750, it is the smallest and most remote capital city in the world, is built on a north-facing slope to catch the sun throughout the year and looks across Stanley harbor with its wealth of sea birds and shipping. On Day 10 of our cruise, we reached Argentina, which is a federal republic located in the southern part of South America and occupies most of the southern area of South America. Because the country also includes the Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands, Argentina claims a total of more than one million square miles of space. Our next Argentinean port of call was Puerto Madryn, located in the northwest region of Argentina in the Chubut Province. As part of the Valdez Peninsula, resting on the shore of the Golfo Nuevo Bay, Puerto Madryn is a town founded in 1865 by the first Welsh landing, which included 150 people on the "Mimosa", and has a population of approximately 50,000. While here we enjoyed the "Patagonia Adventure", where we traveled through the residential area of Puerto Madryn to the Ecocenter and learned of the fauna of the region, then continued towards Punta Loma Natural Reserve, where we had the opportunity to see the sea lion sanctuary. Our tour continued to Estancia San Guillermo, a ranch where we learned of the region's flora during a rough and rocky hike on foot up and down hills and through valleys that bordered the ranch, then enjoyed a typical Argentine barbecue lunch and witnessed a sheep-sheering demonstration. Following a relaxing day at sea, our ship dropped anchor at Montevideo, Uruguay, where we enjoyed a comprehensive overview of Montevideo's monuments, parks and gardens. Highlights included the Old City, Constitution Square, Cathedral and Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre and Independence Square, at the center of which stands a monument dedicated to national hero, Jose Gervasio Artigas, and his Mausoleum. We also viewed the Government House and the Congress Building, drove through the Prado neighborhood, one of the oldest parks in the city that hosts the famous sculpture La Diligencia, Monument to the last Charruas Indians, and the Rose Garden. We then drove through the Battle y Ordonez area, passing by the Obelisk, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) Monument and the Soccer Stadium, thereafter making a brief stop at Plaza Virgilio with the monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy and an impressive view of the city. The return drive to the port was along the coast and its many beaches. Our final and most anticipated port of call was Buenos Aires (fair winds), which is the capital and largest city in Argentina. This city is open and spacious with an abundance of parkland and elegant shops. We spent two days here and enjoyed a comprehensive tour of this fascinating city, often referred to as "The Paris of South America", which included a drive down one of the widest boulevards in the world, past the Obelisk commemorating 400 years of history, and a stop at the Plaza de Mayo bordered by the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral with the mausoleum of San Martin, and the Cabildo, the colonial town hall. Our tour also included a drive to Caminito in colorful La Boca where the first Italian immigrants settled in 1751. We also made a stop at Recoleta, the city's aristocratic cemetery, where we visited Evita Peron's tomb, and enjoyed a visit to an "estancia" "asado", where local musicians entertained us with traditional music and some beautiful tango dancing while we enjoyed our meal. Later the famous Gauchos from the huge ranches in the Pampa region demonstrated their athletic skills and horsemanship. This tour ended at the international airport from where we flew back to Miami, then to Tampa for our ride home, complete with happy memories and valuable souvenirs from one of the most delightful journeys we have ever had the pleasure of sharing with our friends and acquaintances, both near and far. By: Dena and Ellis Meyers Read Less
Sail Date February 2004
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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