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83 Celebrity Pacific Coastal Cruise Reviews

Wanting to stay stateside, this itinerary seems perfect. And it was! Infinity is an older ship, showing her age here and there, but she's well cared for and a nice size. Pre-cruise hotel was the Doubletree San Pedro - free ... Read More
Wanting to stay stateside, this itinerary seems perfect. And it was! Infinity is an older ship, showing her age here and there, but she's well cared for and a nice size. Pre-cruise hotel was the Doubletree San Pedro - free shuttle, right on a marina, great views and staff. We were in Aqua for the first time and loved Blu. I understand it's not for everyone, but we loved the exceptional service and relaxed feel. (much quieter the Main Dining room) but not stuffy at all. The entertainment and activities were not up to what we are used to from Celebrity. Shows we didn't care for seemed very well received. It may be just a matter of taste. Service was topnotch everywhere on-board, with the glaring exception of our room steward. He wasn't awful, just barely adequate. Friends we traveled with had an excellent steward, so who knows.... Ports: Santa Barbara - we took an UN-air conditioned bus to Solvang, which turned a nice ride into an uncomfortable mess. I would stay in Santa Barbara and visit town and wonder why we can't live there. (it's pretty nice) San Francisco - overnight - what can you say, one of my favorite places. We took an excursion to Muir Woods, a place of natural beauty that should bring a lump to your throat. Our tour guide,Suzy, a SF native was terrific, funny , knowledgeable, and with an excellent signing voice. Monterrey - took an excursion to Carmel, one could easily spend several hours strolling it's streets. The 17 mile drive - More perfect vistas. Catalina - Never been before, a wonderful surprise. Rent a golf cart, take your time and enjoy. Another place I wish I could live! Ensenada - A mandatory non-US stop. We just strolled around and had a very vice day. Exceeded our low-expectations. Did I mention the weather?? Obviously out of our control, but it was spectacular. perfect in every port, even a bit of fog one day for variety. We enjoyed ourselves and will continue to sail Celebrity. I think we may prefer the solstice class ships, only because their design and technology have evolved. You lose just a bit of the intimacy, but hey, everything's a trade-off. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The ship is starting to get old. Some of the chairs in the Oceanview Grill Buffet are worn and legs wobbly. Crews were varnishing wooden areas near the pool and stairways trying to keep the ship upgraded which was good. The staff onboard ... Read More
The ship is starting to get old. Some of the chairs in the Oceanview Grill Buffet are worn and legs wobbly. Crews were varnishing wooden areas near the pool and stairways trying to keep the ship upgraded which was good. The staff onboard is fabulous. They just want you to be happy and enjoy yourself and try their best to make sure you do. Entertainment in the Theatre is very good, but always too loud. They use live bands rather than pre-recorded music which is very nice. Sound technician needs to tone it down as the singers can sometimes sound like they are screaming. Trivia games are fun and dancing at the pool. Great cruise director (Luigi from Dom.Republic) makes the activities lots of fun. Cabins are spacious and well kept. Amenities are nice and cabin attendants are friendly and helpful. Dining rooms are very good. Lots of tables for 2 or more if you need them. Went on the cruise two weeks in a row (back to back) and enjoyed it both times. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We choose this cruise because we had never been to the west coast and we always had planned to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. When we saw this cruise option, we decided that it would be a great way to see lots of cities on the Pacific ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we had never been to the west coast and we always had planned to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. When we saw this cruise option, we decided that it would be a great way to see lots of cities on the Pacific coast! We live on the east coast, and have taken many Caribbean cruises and two Mediterranean cruises, as well as several to Bermuda. We flew into LAX a day before the cruise and stayed in San Pedro at the Crown Plaza, which offered a shuttle to the cruise port. We liked the area very much, ate at a locals pizza place, and walked to church to attend Sat. Eve. Mass. Embarkation was quite easy, except for me walking away leaving my purse on the security belt. We were ready to board and I could not find it! We ran to the security people and they had found it and actually sent it onboard. A security guy escorted us onboard and it was waiting for me there. They had counted all the cash, which was a considerable amount, and I signed for it and we went onboard. Whew! We were very thankful they handled that so well. So, if you have a few bags going onboard, be sure you grab your purse off that conveyor. Everyone working on this ship are great. Very friendly and they just go out of their way to help with everything . Our room steward, Dillon was great, the waiters were also, and the bartentenders, Willy, Jonathon and others were so much fun.The martini bar at night was so entertaining, the bartenders would start an impromptu show and have everyone in hysterics. They always remembered us. The night they did the thing with the headsets was the best! Wish they had done it again, everyone was talking about how much fun they had that night! . We did the specialty restaurants 3 nights. Two at Tuscan Grill and one at Qsine. They were both very good. Qsine was so different and our waiter, Herbie , made it so much fun. We also did the premium beverage package which was expensive but we liked having whatever we wanted to drink, including cappacinos and expresses and water bottles whenever we wanted. The ports were all great, with the exception of Ensenada. Sorry Mexico, but I just felt uncomfortable there. Did the hop on bus in San Fran, went to Alcatraz, walked to Fishermans Wharf. The 17 mile tour in Monterey and Carmel was great. Rented a golf cart in Catalina, which was a beautiful place. Loved Santa Barbara. After the cruise, we took uber to Santa Monica, stayed at Oceanview on the beach. Great hotel, and there was a street festival going on when we got there which was great. The hotel clerk hooked us up with a private tour to Beverly Hills/Hollywood which was reasonable and very nice . Next day, rented a car and drove to San Diego where we stayed at the Catamaran for 3 nights, right on Mission Bay. Then we drove to Las Vegas, left San Diego at 5 am and saw the sun come up in the desert, very nice. This was not a relaxing vacation, but it was so much fun I would definitely do it again. The cruise is great, and I can't think of any cons. Go for it! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruise because of the port intensive itinerary. Boy did we get our money's worth. I had read many reviews on the Infinity prior to our sail date and was a little worried. I've been on all of the S class ships with ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the port intensive itinerary. Boy did we get our money's worth. I had read many reviews on the Infinity prior to our sail date and was a little worried. I've been on all of the S class ships with the exception of the Equinox and have been on the Summit and the Century so I have a broader spectrum than some. Don't believe the stories on age and wear and tear. This ship is still an elegant beauty and holds it's head with class. The crew on board this ship are top notch. Friendly, service oriented, customer focused and efficiency reigned supreme. We dined in MDR (normally we are in Aqua Class for Blu so this oceanview cabin was a change of pace for me) and while the starters repeated themselves a little, one could not leave the dining room unsatisfied. Even the evening when I had the grilled chicken breast, I was not disappointed. The blue cheese souffle is not be missed. I am not much of a dessert person but the creme brulee was fabulous the two times I had it. It was a birthday cruise for me so on my big day we dined in Tuscan Grille. I have not been to this restaurant since 2013. It was a great way to spend my evening. The burrata appetizer was the best thing I ate on the cruise. The filet could have been cut with a fork and was flavorful. My dining partner enjoyed the snapper. We tried multiple desserts on the menu and all 3 were enjoyable. But the big news for me on this cruise (outside of the itinerary) was the guest entertainment AND the onboard music entertainment. DFC's , if you have not enjoyed Lou Gazzarra, take a moment and look at his website to see when he will be sailing with Celebrity in the near future. He was terrific. As was the Billy Joel show done by David Guidice -- he brought the house to its feet with a couple of his piano solos. While the dancers were terrific with the ship broadway type shows, the singers were a little lacking. The live music on board knocked your socks off with bands that got engaged with the audience like the Bryan James Band. Mr. H., a separate entertainer with live piano and singing, joined the band mid-stream on the last night. Huge talent to just walk up the piano and jump in with a song in session. Both of these acts took time to get to know the guests. I think they enjoyed this cruise too! The ports were great. One must spent some time pre-cruise in Vancouver. There is much to see and do. Seattle and Monterey were also great ports. The weather all week was coined to the Indian Summer at its finest. So much to see, so much history you can walk thru and nature abounds EVERYWHERE you look. I'm thinking about the cruise next year already. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We are longtime cruisers, with at least 13 cruises and over 110 days at sea. My point is we have cruised before; Caribbean, Transatlantic, Bermuda, Alaska, Pacific coast. We’ve been on Princess, HAL, NCL, Carnival and Celebrity. With ... Read More
We are longtime cruisers, with at least 13 cruises and over 110 days at sea. My point is we have cruised before; Caribbean, Transatlantic, Bermuda, Alaska, Pacific coast. We’ve been on Princess, HAL, NCL, Carnival and Celebrity. With that background here is my review of my Pacific Coast cruise on Celebrity’s Infinity 9/17-24/2017. We booked this cruise based 100% on the itinerary. It started in Vancouver, then Seattle, Astoria OR, sea day, San Francisco, Monterey CA, Santa Barbara CA and ended in Laos Angeles. The Infinity is beginning to show its age. The décor and artwork are not up to today’s standards, wear and tear was evident in many places, but all things considered it is a good ship. The staterooms were bigger than I expected and the baths were spacious compared to many others. The ship’s layout was pretty typical, we had no trouble finding anything and after a day or so easily found our way around the ship. The entertainment seemed to be a cut above what we’ve seen elsewhere. The magician Chris Funk was very entertaining, funny and mystifying. He did an evening show and an afternoon up close show. Both were well attended and well accepted. Lou Gazzara is a very talented singer from Las Vegas that also did an evening show and an afternoon performance. The final headliner was a Billy Joel tribute performer that played piano and sung. I didn’t record his name but I wish I had, he was also excellent. And to show he was willing to do whatever was needed for us to have great entertainment, the piano player for Lou Gazzara couldn’t perform that night and he filled in on the piano. But we all cruise for the food don’t we? Breakfast and lunch were as expected, all the standards and more (a poached egg station?) were available, no surprises, no disappointments. Our dinner staff was excellent. For some reason there were 6 empty tables around us and our seven top was our staff’s only table. The five dinners we ate there were all first rate. No complaints. Qsine is a $45 specialty restaurant that is as much an experience as it is a meal. Every diner is given an iPad as the menu. There are 20 choices and if you like you can get them all. Each is a small plate and I believe we had 7 plus dessert for the two of us. Each item was a work of art and even though the menu described the items each was a surprise when it hit the table. I highly recommend checking it out. It’s very hard to get everything perfect, and the two failures on this cruise were bad enough for us to decide we will not return to Celebrity. The first was the Chef’s Table dinner. These are usually only offered once per cruise and only seat a few people. We had 8 guests and an officer at the table. I think the best way to describe the Celebrity’s Chef’s Table (CTC) is to compare it to our last Princess CT. The Princess CT (PCT) started the day before, we all met with the Executive Chef and Sommelier to discuss the menu and our likes/dislikes/allergies, etc. They then went off to prepare the food and wine pairing. The CTC started with an invitation in our cabin stating time and place to meet. Both CTs met outside the galley. PCT gave us all white chef’s jackets and taught us proper handwashing technique before allowing us to proceed. They then brought us into the galley where we again met the Executive Chef and the Sommelier. There was an ice carving on a table surrounded by appetizers on a spoon and a small glass of wine for each of us. The next app was also served there, with another wine. We then toured the galley, hung up our jackets and were led to a table. Each seat had a small loaf of bread with our name written in chocolate for a place card. CTC met outside the galley, we posed for a group picture, then went on a brief galley tour. From there we were led to our table and found our seats by the paper nametags. On the PCT we were served more appetizers (a total of 6), each arriving on a tray with fresh cut flowers. Followed by soup and sorbet. The main course was Roast Veal Shank and Beef Tenderloin carved tableside, followed by dessert. The CTC had one appetizer, soup and salad. Sorbet was on the menu but not served. Main course was a choice of Filet or Turbot. Dessert was a “Chocolate Sphere. “ a hollow ball of chocolate filled with a fruit filling. They told us that usually they light the chocolate and it melts into a smooth dessert but for safety they would not light them. Instead we had to use our spoons to break our way through the hard shell to get to the inside. It may have been good melted, but as served everyone just had a few bites and pushed it away. PCT cost $200/couple, CTC was $250/couple. We left very disappointed. Second problem was with the only shore excursion was the only shore excursion we booked through Celebrity. We were in Santa Barbara on Saturday and my wife decided she wanted to see the Reagan Library, a $129 excursion. I filled out the form on Thursday and dropped it in the box at 3pm. On Friday morning (the excursion was on Saturday) we got a phone call at 6:22am. We had nothing planned and our intention was to sleep in a little. But a phone call at 6:22am ended that idea. The caller said she had just seen our request (shore excursion was open for 2 hours the night before) and it was no longer available. Yes, we got a very early morning phone call to tell us our trip for the next day wasn’t available. I got madder and madder throughout the day and finally decided I needed to talk to someone. I went to the excursion desk when it opened and asked to talk to the manager. The staffer on duty asked what it was about and I said I just needed to talk to him. She said I needed to explain the whole story to her and she would decide if I could speak with him. I left and went to guest services who called him and had him come talk to me. He heard the story and promised to look into it. A few hours later he called back, apologized, said “the girl has been reprimanded and apologized” and that we were now booked on the trip. The tickets say to go to the theater at 8:30am. We sat in the theater until 9:45, at which point we had to tender to the pier and walk to the bus. In route the tour guide said our time would be limited to 2 hours at the Library due to our late start, that usually there was 2 ½ - 3 hours. They were ready to leave on time, the ship delayed our exit and we were cut short. No one felt there was enough time to see the library. There was also a stop at the Paramount Ranch to see some old movie sets. Everyone on our bus asked if we could skip that and stay longer but she said she had to take us. When we arrived she said due to traffic we only had 5 minutes there, but the driver said he could avoid traffic and we could spend half an hour. Everyone was back on the bus in about 15 minutes, it was a worthless stop to us. And by the way, there were 16 empty seats on the “full tour.” A few words on the staff and I’ll end. The main dining room staff was great. Everywhere else the focus seemed to be on them and not the guests. We were expected to yield to them when walking anywhere. They would never step aside or avoid us, we always had to give way. One waiter on the buffet are walked down the line singing “love me, love me, like I love you. I love you all my guests.” Two staff (again, not the main DR) told us “you will get a survey, please mark all employees a 10. If there is something you didn’t like write it in the comments, but you have to grade us a 10 or we won’t get raises and bonuses. Always rate everything a 10 or it is bad for all of us.” Was it a good trip? Yes. Did I have a good time? Yes. Am I glad I went? Yes. Will I cruise again? Yes. On Celebrity? No. We have a choice where we spend our money, that choice will most likely be Princess. I had heard that Celebrity was trying to be the upscale brand to the Royal Caribbean sister brand, if so they need to keep trying. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
From the ship to the entertainment to the service. Everything was well done, above and beyond my expectations. I also enjoyed my dining experience in Blu, the staff and service was excellent and so was the food. I only had one shore ... Read More
From the ship to the entertainment to the service. Everything was well done, above and beyond my expectations. I also enjoyed my dining experience in Blu, the staff and service was excellent and so was the food. I only had one shore excursion with the ship to Cannon Beach and Seaside in Astoria which was nicely done and informative. The Infinity is a beautiful ship and the staff and crew couldn't have been nicer. Hotel Captain Serge made sure I boarded the tenter early in Monterey to meet a friend. I especially liked the entertainment each night, Lou Gazzara was very good, also liked the broadway reviews and the Cirque Soleil performance was very nicely done. I hope to book another cruise with Celebrity in the future. Nice people, good food, the only thing I wish is that the cruise was a tad longer. Their was a lot packed into 7 days, I think 10-14 days would have been better with a couple more days in each port. Flies at Alcatraz were very annoying, but not cruises fault. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We choose this cruise mainly because we had been on the Alaskan cruise and thought it would be good to stay with ship and do the Pacific coastal as there were lots of interesting ports of call. We reviewed the ports of call before the ... Read More
We choose this cruise mainly because we had been on the Alaskan cruise and thought it would be good to stay with ship and do the Pacific coastal as there were lots of interesting ports of call. We reviewed the ports of call before the cruise and checked out celebrity's shore excursions and viators offerings. We opted to do our own thing with regards to shore excursions and were happy with our choices. We had no issues regarding the embarkation and disembarkation process however we were disappointed that on day 1 of this cruise we found the disembarkation shore excursion to LAX was already full and we could be waitlisted but no guarantee given that another tour would be going ahead. As we were b2b on this cruise we elected to leave the ship and explore Vancouver once again, however when we returned to ship as 'in transit passengers' the cruise terminal staff took a little bit of persuasion to allow us to follow the instructions that celebrity had provided us with - they wanted us to join the long queues of new passengers - however eventually sense prevailed and we were then allowed to follow celebrity's instructions. The infinity is an older ship and we have sailed on her previously. We like the size of this ship and it suits us however we are more itinery based cruisers than ship based in our cruise choices. We had a C1 concierge stateroom and we were happy with what we had as we have been in a C1 stateroom previously on a millennium class ship. Our stateroom attendant was excellent. We had select dining for the first time and we did not choose to make table reservations and we never had to wait more then 5 minutes to get a table, however we did advise that we were happy to share and did not particularly have to give a table for 2, please be aware that the majority of tables for 2 are very close together - we do not mind this however others might. We did not opt for speciality dining as if we had bought a package it would have to have been used in one of our b2b weeks. On the whole the meals served in the trellis restaurant were very good I only had to send one meal back as my medium steak looked more like medium rare, this was not an issue to be changed however it did hold up the rest of the table with their desserts. We used oceanview buffet restaurant in the evening when we had spent longer ashore I really enjoyed the make up your own stir fry - very good and would recommend - you choose your vegetables, noodles or rice, meat & sauce and it's all prepared in front of you. At llunch in the ocean view the select your own bread & filling toasted sandwich bar is also excellent. The ice cream bar in oceanview is great you can choose from various ice cream & sorbets or whippy ice cream, sweets for topping to add or just have a bowl of sweets or some lovely baked cookies - all good and a busy wee station at all times in oceanview. Cafe al bacio is a wonderful haven for a coffee/tea stop with the option for cookies, pastries or cakes. We loved going there for our after dinner liqueur coffees and the girls serving were do friendly and attentive. We are not great activity people however we did visit the theatre however on the downside on a b2b the shows are the same, but the specialist entertainers changed. We particularly enjoyed the aerialist duo, they gave an amazing performance. We enjoyed a couple of the trivia events held in the constellation lounge and like the daily sudoku snd crossword sheets as well as the daily British newspaper. We did take part in the silent disco in the martini bar and it proved to be a great fun event. We cannot fault the service we received however we did find the sommeliers service in the main dining room to be better on the Pacific coastal cruise than on the Alaskan cruise. We found all staff and officers on board to be visible, friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our captains club events and the hostess Paulina was one of the most friendly that we have met. The only port we were disappointed in was Astoria really not a lot to do and we were not interested in any of the shore excursions. Would have preferred an overnight in San Francisco We did our own thing in all of the ports on this cruise and found them easy to get around. Favourite port was Santa Barbara then Monterey. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was my second cruise overall and both on Celebrity. I am a solo traveler, and appreciated the many opportunities I had to meet a wide variety of people. I really liked the smaller configuration of the Infinity, and the layout of my ... Read More
This was my second cruise overall and both on Celebrity. I am a solo traveler, and appreciated the many opportunities I had to meet a wide variety of people. I really liked the smaller configuration of the Infinity, and the layout of my cabin. I appreciated the ability to walk from the back to the front of the ship in the cabin aisle, allowing me to skip walking through the shops, casino and bars. The solarium was a welcome treat, filtered sunlight and restful atmosphere. The snack bar served excellent smoothies, in addition to soups and sandwiches, also tasty. I enjoyed both the hot tubs and the pool. There were so many thoughtful touches all over this space. The shops were a lot of fun and I saw every one of them, more than once. The shopping was excellent, and the sales were a lot of fun. I bought many rings and bracelets, which I already treasure and wear every day. There really is something for everyone on the ship if you enjoy shopping. The food was excellent in every respect. There was an ever-changing menu in the Main Dining Room, and the service was outstanding. I had select dining, which allowed me to choose a time, and also whether I wanted to share a table with 8-10 others or could choose a solo table. I meet some really wonderful people at the shared table, and was able to share tips with them about cruising, excursions and cruise lines. It was interesting to hear about their hometowns and surprising to find we agreed on many issues of the day. All in all, I enjoyed my dining experiences on this cruise. I gave the entertainment four stars, only because I never got to attend a full show. I did enjoy the bar entertainment and sat down a number of times to hear the singers and the entertainment. There are so many options on the daily bulletin that one can find many choices as to how to plan the day. I did an excursion in every port, and enjoyed all but one of them. All of my excursions were through the ship, save Seattle and Monterey. In Seattle, we did a private tour, which was just right, as to what we saw. There was a little mixup as to our pickup time, but we were eventually met and enjoyed the trip throughout. In Monterey, I rented a car and was able to do breakfast in Carmel with a trip to the Mission, as well as visit Pebble Beach and do a little walking around Carmel. The Astoria trip was great. We visited the Tillamook Creamery and the Blimp Air Hanger and Museum. The weather cooperated for the most part, as it rained when we were inside and was sunny when we were outside. I have lived in the SF Bay Area for 50 years, but have never been to Alcatraz. No one warns you about the FLIES! They are all over, due to the site now being a bird sanctuary. The flies were all over us on the boat over as well as any time spent outside. Inside was clear of the flies, and was a very interesting tour. My Solvang tour in Santa Barbara was cancelled due to lack of interest, but I was able to sign up for a overview tour of Santa Barbara, which was interesting and entertaining. A short shop (15 minutes) at the Santa Barbara Mission was disappointed, as we only had an opportunity to take a picture and make a short visit to the gift shop, but not to view the inside of the church. The four stars was due to the Los Angeles tour, which was a rip-off, in my opinion. Despite what the tour description said, we had a wasteful 45 minutes to WALK to Rodeo Drive (we were parked a distance away), 15 minutes at Malibu, which we couldn't access due to a city function, and finally, 15 minutes at the Santa Monica Pier, which didn't give us time to walk on the pier or see any of the sites. We wasted so much time at the first stop that we had no time at the last stop. We could have skipped the Malibu stop altogether. I was not a happy camper on this tour. I would not do it again. The ship's crew was overall very good in their attention to the guests. The dining staff was OUTSTANDING, in my opinion. My cabin attendant, Putu, was beyond excellent. He was there at least three times during the day to change sheets, replace towels, and answer any question I might have about my cabin. He was friendly, always greeting me by name, and had a smile whenever I would contact him In the hall. I wanted to pack him up and bring him home with me! I loved everything about this cruise. We were blessed with good weather, smooth sailing, and a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Thank you, Celebrity, and I'll be sailing with you again and again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Great ports in all our favorite NW cities. Great food both onshore and in Infinity’s restaurants. Superb butler service in our suite Entertainment was way above average. The magician was outrageously funny and accomplished. The ... Read More
Great ports in all our favorite NW cities. Great food both onshore and in Infinity’s restaurants. Superb butler service in our suite Entertainment was way above average. The magician was outrageously funny and accomplished. The aerialists were an unexpected surprised - like watching ballet. Couldn’t believe how big the work out area was. Lots of machines, free weights and awesome views off the bow. The observation lounge had the best view I’ve every experienced. Awesome sail away views in Vancouver and Seattle. Butler service for the Royal Suite was superb - our every request cheerfully fulfilled. Can’t save enough about Singh who was personable and articulate and intelligent without a hint of subservience. Qsine was the best food by far that I’ve had on a cruise ship and rivals onshore restaurants. Tuscan was also very good with an excellent steak for me. Luminaire was an excellent choice. Best food overall for any cruise that we have taken. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This cruise was planned by a family member, and I just joined on the trip when invited. It was my 3rd cruise, and first on Celebrity. I liked it quite a bit. The passengers were on the senior side, and it was nice to not have a ton of kids ... Read More
This cruise was planned by a family member, and I just joined on the trip when invited. It was my 3rd cruise, and first on Celebrity. I liked it quite a bit. The passengers were on the senior side, and it was nice to not have a ton of kids everywhere. (Likely because of school schedules). There were a few kids...but maybe less than 10 on the entire ship. There were a few younger adults but not that many. Our cruise was not full, I think, so it never seemed overly crowded. The ship was in great condition, I saw no flaws that really bugged me. The cabin was quite spacious (I had Oceanview), and there was plenty of storage closet space. My sister and I barely unpacked anyway. Suitcases slide right under the bed. The bathroom had plenty of space as well and was like a small hotel version. Much larger than an RV bathroom. The public restrooms on deck were also really nice...much better than I expected. They had live flowers and real hand towels instead of paper. (My other cruise trips were pretty bare bones). Dining: The formal dining room had very good food and service. However, my family is pretty laid back, and we opted for the buffet most nights and sat out on the aft deck. I did not even break out the nice dresses. The weather was so spectacular that the back aft bar was just too nice not to miss. It was clear and sunny nearly every day. While the dining room was nice...plan on about an hour and a half for the full service dinner. The buffet was pretty good, but I think breakfast could be a little better. Nearly all the food was good, but for some reason, the omelettes were not. Other than that...there is a lot of variety. I did not try the specialty dining restaurants, though I heard they were good. Room service is fun, but there are not many choices on the menu. I just like "free" room service. Entertainment: I did not watch too many shows, but the ones I did were good. My dad watched a show every day and loved it. They change quite often I'm sure. The band and performers were great. My family really got into the trivia times, but we wish they were longer and more of them. Some of the trivia meets were not that great at all, but a few were quite fun. I spent way too much time in the casino...while it was very small, I met some really nice people who also like the tables. As far as cruise ships go, this is not like some of adventure ones...no crazy water slides, climbing walls, or parasailing, etc. Not a ton of kid stuff either. It is more of a relaxing type vibe, which I preferred on this one. They do have a nice indoor pool area and enclosed deck that is nice for the more northern temperatures. We only had about one day of rain, but the nights were quite cool until we got further south. Service: Great. No issues at all. My room steward was actually dismayed a bit when I stayed in one day and got room service because he couldn't clean. He came back later. If you have not been on a cruise before, you gotta realize that most of the staff is international and English is not always the first language. They also don't make a ton of money. This cruise itinerary offered more regular English speakers than many do. The staff were all very nice and just great. Ports: Vancouver---Go early and spend a little time there. It was my first trip to Canada, and it is a wonderful modern city. There are tons of restaurants and beaches and parks. Whale watching was amazing. Astoria---Skipped it, but I've been there. It is a pretty small town. I would have preferred an overnight with 2 days in either Seattle or San Francisco. Seattle--You can walk to the pier, and for $27 take a 1-hour boat harbor tour. It was awesome and much cheaper than the regular excursions. Great views of the city and narrator. You can also walk to the Public Market and the Space Needle. Monterrey---We rented a car between several people. Cheap way to see a LOT. My sister rented from the airport, but I heard Enterprise will meet you at the ship port with the car and pick it back up. Much easier. It was incredibly beautiful. We did some coastal driving, a trip to Ft Ord, and the 17-mile drive before going back for a late lunch. San Francisco--I did the excursion with the Alcatraz tour. If you want to go there on your own, I highly recommend the tour or buying tickets online early. They are 100% sold out all the time, and I learned that Alcatraz is typically sold out days in advance, so just stopping to get a ticket the same day will not work. It was a very cool excursion...Sausalito first and trip over the Golden Gate bridge, quick drive through the Presidio, followed by the Alcatraz tour. It is fairly long, so seeing the rest of the city is not much of an option, but I had visited before. Santa Barbara---Skipped that one, but I had been there. It is a tender boat stop with a 2.5 mile way to the city from the pier. They said there were taxis, but I was happy to just chill that day. Having been there, I recommend the Mission and the Zoo. Los Angeles---Just get your ride arranged ahead of time. Not very many taxis at the cruise terminal. Plan on flights in the afternoon, definitely after 12:30. Nearly an hour to the airport on a Sunday, and LAX is the worst part of the whole trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The Infinity did not disappoint. The ship is in good shape, but it is older than most today. The crew is extremely friendly and the service is fabulous! I enjoyed eating in Blu every breakfast and dinner and the food is great! The ... Read More
The Infinity did not disappoint. The ship is in good shape, but it is older than most today. The crew is extremely friendly and the service is fabulous! I enjoyed eating in Blu every breakfast and dinner and the food is great! The ports were interesting, except for Astoria, OR. I loved Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Barbara was my favourite port. I'd move there in a minute is it weren't so expensive. I could not believe the real estate prices. Weather was beautiful in every port. First two nights were stormy and rough but after that, the cruise was smooth. I did book a future cruise for another pacific northwest cruise in Sept. 2018 on the Solstice and I'm looking forward to it very much. I can't praise the crew enough for their friendliness and always eager to please attitude. My congratulations to Celebrity for encouraging the crew to be great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Celebrity Infinity May 2017 Background- Total of about 35 cruises, ~30 with Celebrity, last few were all on Solstice class ships. Route-We started in San Diego and moved up the coast ending in Vancouver, 7 stops in 11 nights, also ... Read More
Celebrity Infinity May 2017 Background- Total of about 35 cruises, ~30 with Celebrity, last few were all on Solstice class ships. Route-We started in San Diego and moved up the coast ending in Vancouver, 7 stops in 11 nights, also doing an overnight in San Francisco, each city stunning in its own right. They couldn’t have picked a better itinerary, and we were only touched by rain one time in our journey which lasted about an hour, luckily that was on a sea day, so it affected nothing other than missing an hour in a lounge chair Boarding Boarding in San Diego was hectic. Two ships Infinity and Disney Magic) were boarding the same day and port didn’t seem well equipped to handle more than one. Once we made it past the security screening all was fine and smooth but did take about 1-2 hours to get to that point. We purposely arrived later in the day to avoid crowds (boarding started about 11, we arrived at 2), but still chaotic. 6/10 (but Celebrity’s portion 9/10) Cabin I initially booked a C3 for this voyage bit a few weeks before a Suite Guarantee became available for a nominal $600 so I grabbed it since it also included the 4 perks, so I ended up in an S2 on deck 6. The room was nicely maintained and updated (Infinity was refurbished in 2011), and carpets were changed again 2 years ago. The Sky suites are a bit smaller on the Millenium class that the Solstice class (250 vs 300ft2), but plenty of room for two people. Small balcony as well with a few chairs was great. Only negative I found with the suite was the combination bathtup/showers limited height. If you are tall it’s a bit awkward, as is just climbing in the high wall of the tub. Heard a few people that had sky and Celebrity suites complain unless you are tall it’s hard to climb into the tub/shower. Plenty of closet space, drawers and storage, so much so that I only used about ½ of it. Did like the little touches, the plush bath towels, great sheets, and that the room attendant and butler introduced themselves the first day. Cabin service was excellent. Never used the room service, but cabin was serviced twice a day and butler checked in 3x a day, and canapes delivered daily at about 4PM 9/10 Excursions Took two of the ships excursions and good ROI (return on investment on both). We visited the Reagan library in Santa Barbara and whale watching in Victoria. The tendering operation was a bit frustrating for some as we tendered in two ports, and some were getting antsy about the lines, but I think that’s just a part of cruising. Always amazed how crabby some people get over little things beyond their control. I do wish they would re-write the explanations on excursions details though. It just seems like every excursions details include two much flowery generic prose that could be found in a tourist publication and not really any nuts and bolts detail of nuts & bolts of the tour (how much time will we spend on bus, what places are we visiting, are we going to be sidetracked to a pottery place to try and sell us trinkets?). I wish it was more of a bulleted time line of what, where, when and how long. 7/10 Food & Dining Main Trellis Dining Room-Didn’t try it Sushi on 5-Didn’t try it Blu- Tried it once enjoyed it-Seemed to me to be a mini-me version of the MDR with smaller portions and a few different selections, nicer more intimate atmosphere than MDR. 7/10 Luminae-We dined the majority of our meals here. Can’t say any negatives about it. Truly a 100% positive experience. Service OUTSTANDING, by the second day everyone on staff knows your name and has the atmosphere of a place you’ve been dining out for decades. Food well prepared, original, seasoned and cooked to order. Their recommendations were generally spot on. The menu consisted of about 4 or 5 appetizer/soup/salad dishes and about the same in main courses. You could also order off the MDR menu if something didn’t catch your eye, but most meals I found the Luminae selection to be the better quality choice. Not even once did I find myself waiting for service, a course, or a table. Efficient, friendly and great attention is given to everything. Only open on sea days for lunch which makes sense, since when they have tried to keep it open every day (on past cruises), as it sits empty unless it’s a sea day. 10/10 Qsine-It’s a fun playful experience and you always end up with a lot more food than you can ever imagine. My only negative is that since you use the Ipads to select your dishes, would it be two difficult to have them connected to the waiter? It just seems silly that put all these inputs into a computer and ultimately the waiter comes and writes them down on a slip of paper. Bravo to Qsine for the way they handle vegan/vegetarian dishes. One person in our party, preferred vegan/vegetarian, and for just about every dish we ordered that contained meat or seafood, he offered our friend a meat/dairy/etc/etc/etc free version of the same or similar items. Truly astounded me on how the waiter kept track of the ultimately 20+ or so different dishes that he bought the three of us. 8/10 Tuscan Grille-It was awesome, had dinner one night with Captain and 8 other guests, and last night dined with the Hotel Director and three friends, and it was fabulous. I savored every bite of every dish. Filet Mignon was fantastic (as for the brown mushroom sauce for it), the plate on Antipasto (prosciutto, sopressata, salami and cheeses was heavenly). Again in Tuscan my one friend’s dietary requests were adjusted to give him alternates to the meat heavy menu. The establishment itself has a great ambience, nice old world Italian steak house design. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Like Luminae it’s a great restaurant to have a conversation in. Tables and seating are set up so you’re not having to raise your voice to speak at someone at the other end. 10/10 Oceanview Grill- Ate their twice for breakfast and a few times for lunch It’s hit or miss. I like the salads, fresh fruit and ice cream. Pizza’s are limp right out of the oven rather than crisp (I’m used to New York pizza which the Gold standard), a few of the dishes were good, but nothing really memorable. They do a great job of bussing tables, and making sure people aren’t waiting for tables. 8/10 Bars & Lounges-Great smiling faces at them all. Most of the cruise critic events were held at the Constellation Lounge on deck 11. Especially though that Istavan from Hungary was fantastic. Superb fun bartending group overall. Erik and Dian fantastic at Michaels club. Didn’t spend much time at sunset or martini bar though, so hard to give you good feedback on those. 9/10 Entertainment Was fun that they did the silent disco a few times, I think it’s a slam dunk win even if you don’t participate, and just watch the fun. Alejandro did a good job, and the activities team really seemed to enjoy getting people involved in everything from bingo, to trivia, to mock game shows. Always enjoy the Celebrity dancers and singers, the material is usually dated, but their vigor and enthusiasm makes it fun to watch. Liked some of the guest performers, magician was funny, and always fun when you see them tailor their act to audience a bit, and make it interactive. 7/10 Spa Tried an 80 minute massage, it was OK. They always try for the upsell though. 80 minute massage DISCOUNTED rate was ~$200, then if you want hot stones during it, that’s ~$30 more. I’m a massage junkie at home, and this was pretty good but not very good 6/10 Crew In a word-OUTSTANDING. Captain Berdos and Hotel Director(HD) Bosco Pires work together like a well oiled machine. Their personalities are similar and I think so is their work ethic, excellence performance. I can’t say enough good things about them and their management style. Rest of the department heads outstanding as well. The housekeeping manager, the F&B director, guest relations manager, restaurant managers all go out of their way to keep passengers happy. Kirsty the Captains club host also spectacular as was the event coordinator. The excellence of the senior managers rolls down to the staff which seems totally engaged in guest satisfaction. The senior staff attended every event that we had from Captains Club to CC, to informal gatherings, and were always asking what they can do to make things better. Great sign of an engaged group of men and women. One of the stories I heard from the HD I thought was surprising. He told me he found being a HD on a Millenium class ship more challenging then on a Solstice class ship. I would of though since Solstice having more dining venues, more passengers, more lounges and staterooms it would be tougher. He went on to eloquently explain that because the Solstice class ships have all the “bells and whistles” (my words not his, his explanation was much more poetic), it makes it easier from a guest relations standpoint. The older ships it takes some extra marketing and extra effort to make them a competitor, and he enjoys that extra challenge of showing any product he is currently serving aboard. Really enjoyed our talks as much as the meals. 10/10 Overall-I’d give the cruise 5 stars. Any minor things I pointed out were minor in comparison to all the great things that the team onboard does to keep you happy. You know it’s been an excellent cruise when you’re two biggest complaints were that Voicemail in my room didn’t work Internet was slow I already have my next voyage booked on Infinity for February of 2018, so see I put my money where my mouth is I’ll end the review with this story the Captain read on the public address system the last day, it’s called “Why I want to be a Captain” and was written by an 10 year old British boy. “I want to be a captain when I grow up because it’s a cool job that is easy to do. Captains don’t have to go to school such a long time. They only need to learn figures so they can read instruments. I think they also have to able to read maps so they don’t get lost when they sail. Captains have to be brave so they don’t get scared when it’s so foggy they can’t see and when the propeller falls off they have to know what to do about it. Captains must have eyes that can see through the clouds and they mustn’t be afraid of thunder and lightning which they have closer to them than we have. The captain’s wages is another thing I like. They earn more money than they can spend. That’s because most people think it’s dangerous to driver a boat, except captains, because they know how easy it is. There’s not much I don’t like, except that girls like captains. All girls want to marry a captain, so captains are always having to chase them away to get some peace… I hope I don’t get seasick, because if I get seasick I can’t be a captain and I’ll have to start working.” Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We took this cruise due to our desire to stay in the US and Canada (chronic medical issues). The itinerary was excellent (San Diego; Santa Barbara; Monterey; Astoria; Seattle; Nanaimo; Victoria; Vancouver). The crew were outstanding -- ... Read More
We took this cruise due to our desire to stay in the US and Canada (chronic medical issues). The itinerary was excellent (San Diego; Santa Barbara; Monterey; Astoria; Seattle; Nanaimo; Victoria; Vancouver). The crew were outstanding -- almost everyone made that "little extra effort" that made our time enjoyable. We did the open dining option for the first time and really enjoyed it. Our party of 4 was able to sit alone at a table of 4 for every dinner meal (as requested). Diversity of food selections (including vegetarian options) were very good; presentation was exceptional and quality was good. Other meals were mostly in the Ocean Grille buffet, which was also very good, although it seemed to get a bit monotonous by the end of an 11-day cruise. (I missed having any Mexican or Tex-Mex selections the entire cruise). Tip: if you want a kind of jelly other than strawberry or orange marmalade, go to the Trellis dining room for breakfast (blackberry and grape). Our party's cabins were typical concierge class cabins. One of us paid to have Aqua class and the relaxation room on the Infinity was a huge disappointment -- dark and damp and dank -- not at all like the photo on the Celebrity site. I would not bother again. Beds were comfy but awfully narrow if you are used to a king-sized bed. The room on the Ninth deck (9102) had frequent sewage smells, coming from the toilet and from the deck (outside). No other complaints about cabins. The concierge was outstanding. My husband forgot a prescription at home. We first checked with a nurse on board who checked to see if they stocked it on the boat (no); she was not very helpful. The concierge helped us call out doctor back in our home state and we were able to pick up a new prescription at the next port. The photographers seemed younger and more timid than the ones I have encountered on previous ships. They were not asking to take your photos all the time -- which may be good or bad depending on your point of view. We saw three evening shows -- we left the first one because the singing was horrible. The next two shows were entertainers who were not from the ship -- they were both g-rated and top quality (a magician who used mechanical items and a musical impersonator). Unlike past cruises, there was very little planned on board for people to do. Not sure if this was because it was a repositioning cruise, but it was a bit boring. Lots of library users! The average age on this particular cruise was at least 65. No kids, no teens and almost no one under age 50. Lots of canes, wheelchairs, oxygen, etc. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Pick this because of the unique schedule of ports going up the west coast to Vancouver. Celebrity Elite cruisers. Third cruise on the Infinity, from its first days in Alaska to South America and this one. Guest entertainment was very ... Read More
Pick this because of the unique schedule of ports going up the west coast to Vancouver. Celebrity Elite cruisers. Third cruise on the Infinity, from its first days in Alaska to South America and this one. Guest entertainment was very good. On board production shows were a little bit rough. Live band at shows was great. Lack of music around ship pre-dinner was noticeable. When there was good lounge entertainment the room (s) were packed. Late night constellation events were sparsely attended. Lack of daytime "enrichment events" was topic of discussion among regular Celebrity cruisers. Regular Cruise Director was off ship until San Francisco, Nacho did great job filling in. Once Alejandro was back there were less announcements and little communication except at the end of the nightly main shows. Cruise Director TV was of no value to watch. There was an attempt a sailaway party on the helipad out of San Francisco......just a bit too cool and windy (and foggy). Most left helipad once ship moved from berth. Did speciality dining in Tuscan on final night of cruise. WHAT A DISSAPOINTMENT! Service from our waiter was great, everything else, including the food was bland. The room is not very inviting (cold-stark), not a $45 upgrade environment. Main Dining room had much more atmosphere and "life". Celebrity has too many large tables for the way they do anytime dining........all two tops were given beepers----3, 4, 5, 6....no wait, unless you wanted to join a large table of 2's. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise based on a great past cruise with Celebrity and the itinerary which included nine ports in eleven days. Sadly, the quality of service, food, food presentation and entertainment have all gone way downhill since our last ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on a great past cruise with Celebrity and the itinerary which included nine ports in eleven days. Sadly, the quality of service, food, food presentation and entertainment have all gone way downhill since our last cruise. From embarkation in San Diego to returning to the ship after our last full day in Victoria BC, we encountered problems literally every other day. Most were small, but annoying and took time to resolve. Celebrity is in the service business, but seems to have made changes strictly to make more profit for them. Examples: Room towels were of lesser quality than a Holiday Inn Express. Celebrity now allows select members of the ship's crew to dine with guests in the Oceanview Cafe. No more midnight buffet's or even finally evening midnight buffet with ice sculptures. And, the chairs and tables in the Cafe really show their age and need updating. But who cares, it is where the buffet is served. Entertainment included a very mediocre juggler/magician as a main act. I could go on, but what is the point. Celebrity only cares to get you on board and then sell you everything they can. That is there focus. The even messed up two "Special Events" that we were celebrating including my 60th birthday on a day we were at sea. Why ask if you are celebrating special occasions on the cruise, and then mishandle and miss entirely, the special occasion? Yet, this is what Celebrity has become. Poor trained, poor managed staff that can only apologize for problems and put band-aids on them, rather than doing something to change the experience and make it better. Mind you there were a few shining stars who tried really hard, but this was a long and expensive cruise and the overall on board experience was not a positive one. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Review of Celebrity Infinity 5/17 5/28/17 This cruise departed San Diego and ended in Vancouver BC with a great itinerary including Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Francisco (two days), Astoria OR, and Seattle. There were three stops in ... Read More
Review of Celebrity Infinity 5/17 5/28/17 This cruise departed San Diego and ended in Vancouver BC with a great itinerary including Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Francisco (two days), Astoria OR, and Seattle. There were three stops in Canada as well. Overall the cruise should be considered only average however. Boarding in San Diego was terrible and perhaps even unhealthy and dangerous because of overcrowding and lack of sufficient staff and security stations. Two ships, ours and a Disney were being processed in the same building at the same time so roughly 6000 passengers had to go through four security screening devices. The line was out of the building and the process took two hours. Older people and families with small children had to stand in line for two hours. It was the worst boarding situation we have encountered. Our ship made no announcements, explanations or apologies for this disaster. The staff on the ship was very good. They almost all seemed friendly and they all were hard working and effective at their jobs. Our room steward, Garfield was the best we have ever encountered. The wait staff was very good as well. We used select time dining (show up when you want) and had only short waits. Food in the main dining room for breakfast was quite good every day. Service was excellent and staff worked hard to please the passengers. We did not have breakfast in the buffet. Lunch was served only once or twice in the MDR but the food ranged from terrible, inedible to only bad, there and in the buffet. Dinner in the MDR was also just plain bad and at times inedible. For example, steaks that were so fatty and full of gristle that they couldn’t even be cut and just rolled around on the plate. Gross. Salmon was warm but raw. Escargot was tasteless (tasteless snails have little to recommend them when you think about it). The wait staff was cheerful and we didn’t blame them for the poor quality food. The cruise line is responsible. Almost every passenger we discussed this with agreed. Some thought Celebrity was trying to push passengers into the up charge restaurants which we hear were excellent. Could be I guess. The benefits for Elite and above customers were cut back so that the breakfast area was serve yourself except for beverages. The fresh squeezed orange juice wasn’t. When we asked the server if it was fresh squeezed he asked us, “Does it look fresh squeezed, does it taste like fresh squeezed?” Our answer was of course; “No” He just shrugged and walked off. The cocktail party required that each guest use three drink coupons and pay for any drink in addition to that. The manager of the bar patrolled the area like a drill sergeant enforcing this rule. Passengers who embarked the ship in Fort Lauderdale said the coupons only started after San Diego when more Elite level passengers boarded. They boarded the ship with one level of benefits and debarked with a lower level. Could it be that the cruise line is creating a higher, better level of service and perks for suite and higher level guests and reducing benefits for the frequent cruisers? It seems that way. This could be a new business model that will come back to bite them. Entertainment was acceptable by today’s cruise standards. Nothing was exciting or special. The production cast did display a lot of talent and enthusiasm during their last show. It’s no longer surprising when even the weakest performers receive standing ovations. Have you noticed? Cruise performers routinely ask for applause. Clap for the band which had only one hour to rehearse. Every outside performer on every cruise gets only one hour for this rehearsal and it always works well. What’s the big deal? “Clap for the lights and sound guy, for the cruise director, for music fans out there, for yourselves, etc. etc “ Why not entertain and earn the applause? Celebrity is marketed as an upscale level of Royal Caribbean but it no longer is better than RCL and, in fact, isn’t nearly as good anymore. Don’t pay more for Celebrity if RCL has similar cruises. We won’t use Celebrity in the future unless the price is very low. To use a nautical metaphor, Celebrity has been coasting for a while but is now slowing down, losing headway. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We go on Celebrity again and again. Obviously, we like this line. Embarkation: It went pretty smoothly for us. We live in the San Diego area and that was the embarkation point. So we arrived by train (a 40 minute trip), got off ... Read More
We go on Celebrity again and again. Obviously, we like this line. Embarkation: It went pretty smoothly for us. We live in the San Diego area and that was the embarkation point. So we arrived by train (a 40 minute trip), got off downtown, walked across the street to the cruise port and we were there. Very easy (and inexpensive). There were the usual serpentine lines but it was not terribly objectionable. About 30-45 minutes to get on board. We were booked as Concierge Class so there was lunch on embarkation day in the main dining room. There were maybe 3-4 entrees from which to select. Really quite good and I was thrilled to be able to escape the chaos that is always at the buffet in the Ocean View Cafe--the latter is just not my style. Debarkation: Easy and smooth. Vancouver was the debarkation point. We got off, walked a couple of blocks to the Canada Line Sky Train, and for a couple of bucks arrived at the airport. Much better than the cruise line bus but only for those who are willing to carry their own bags and be willing to navigate the streets and terminal on their own. Ship: The ship has three specialty restaurants (unless you are suite or Aqua Class). However, the Sushi on Five does not serve what I eat so one more would be perfect. They actually have room to put one at the Wine Cellar as a lot of that space seems to go unused. Service: Service was very good to great in most places on the ship. All the crew were extremely friendly. Our cabin steward, Elmer, was absolutely outstanding. Was it because of the $5 I gave him upon meeting him with a promise of another $5 when we debarked? Who knows. But he was great. Herve in Qusine is an absolute kick (I won't spoil the surprise for you but he was entertaining as all get out.) Jovel, the Maitre'd at Tuscan Grill simply could not do enough for us as is true of all of the staff there. And if you talk to these guys as people, many of them are very interesting. Food & Wine: My wife and I are wine and foodie people and their specialty restaurants hit our goals. We attended the Chef's Dinner (3rd time we have done this)---great and memorable experience. We, along with some good friends traveling with us, were joined by two ship's officers. That was it, just the 6 of us. Dinner in the private dining room of Tuscan Grill. Pleasant conversation with the officers including a lot of behind the scenes information. Dinner was outstanding. Wine flowed freely and it was not the cheap stuff. We did Tuscan Grill twice (first night and deep into the cruise) and Qsine one time. And because we signed up for the chef's dinner upon boarding the first day,Tuscan Grill took very special care of us when we were there. We enjoyed all three of those dinners immensely. The main dining room was really poor the second night (many of the entrees were overcooked) but got better each night that we ate there after that. But even on that second night the appetizers were very good. We were on the any time dining plan. I'm not sure I would do that again as I like having a waiter/ass't waiter who knows what I want, etc. With any time dining, some of the wait staff was less attentive/quick than I would like. If that occurred with the 1st or 2nd seating I would say something to the supervisor and expect that the situation would improve. Beverage & Wine Package: We both had this package as one of our perks. I wasn't sure it was going to be a better deal than the $150/person OBC offer. It was and I appreciated the fact that I didn't have to sign for each drink and hear (in my head) the cash register going off. Further, Celebrity had just changed their policy so with the classic package if you ordered a drink over the limit ($9 I think) you only paid the difference, not the entire tab. This is a much fairer approach. Internet experience: It is definitely better than the old system which tended to move like molasses at times. They advertise you can use this for business web conferences and VOIP calls. Maybe at times but not at the times I tried. If a lot of people on the ship are on the internet at the same time then things slow down to too slow for conferences and VOIP. And since you don't know when that will be you can't schedule a web conference. So that was a disappointment. Internet Options: We called before sailing and were told only option was unlimited at approx $200. On board there was, as I recall, a one hour, one day, 100 minutes, and unlimited options. Although the unlimited is expensive, and they do push that option, I'd still go for that as with the others you have to remember to log out or the time just keeps running. Internet Hook Up: My laptop couldn't find the log in page. The web browser just couldn't find it. ILounge guru could not resolve the problem. Unfortunately I allowed him to tweak and change some of my computer settings as he tried to get the laptop to navigate to the log in page; that was a mistake as it significantly disabled my laptop for a while until I was able to back out his changes. We did get credit for half the unlimited charge. Easy solution: log in on phone and create hot spot for laptop. If they want to charge you for two devices, get special dispensation since the laptop won't hook up. Wish I had thought of that then rather than a day later. Ports/Excursions: We rarely take the ship excursions, preferring to plan things for ourselves. I often put together walking tours of the ports we are in along with restaurants for us to stop for lunch. All of the ports were very enjoyable except Nanaimo. There is just nothing I can find to do there. In our pre-cruise planning we just decided to treat it as a "sea day," although we did get off for about an hour just to walk around. This is the second Pacific Coastal Cruise I have taken (both on Celebrity) and I would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Have seen various reviews of Celebrity and decided to try it for our 50th anniversary. We are experienced cruisers (over 60 cruises on 5 different lines) and were disappointed in the concierge veranda stateroom. 1st- the closet for our ... Read More
Have seen various reviews of Celebrity and decided to try it for our 50th anniversary. We are experienced cruisers (over 60 cruises on 5 different lines) and were disappointed in the concierge veranda stateroom. 1st- the closet for our clothes is too small for all of our clothes (11 day trip), 2nd- the hanger system is enough to infuriate a person who is used to a system where one can remove hangers with ease, put clothes on them and return the hanger to the rail that holds them. One has to fight to either remove the hanger from the holder or compress the rest of the clothes already in the closet in order to replace the item back into the closet. Too those who might say we took too many clothes, remember we have been on many other ships and have not had this kind of problem. NEXT- the advertising said we would have a REFRIGERATOR in our room. In all other ships that we have been on, the refrigerator has kept our beverages cold. We complained about a warm "refrigerator". We were told by the front desk person and the engineer who came to check our box that it was not a refrigerator but a cool box a mini-bar setup. He replaced the old "cool" box with another one which did not provide any improvement. Don't the people who use the mini-bar want cold beverages? If it had not been for our cabin attendant constantly replacing a large and small ice bucket which was refilled twice a day. we would not have had any cold water or milk to drink. Otherwise, the cabin was comfortable. Eating- the hamburger stand was terrible. we were served a cold hamburger on a cold bum with a cold piece of cheese.- yuck! The dining room was average. The room service was outstanding!!!! We used room service frequently and were very pleased with the service and the food provided!! The Qsine restaurant! What a night! It was an incredibly different and fun experience. We went there on our anniversary and could not have chosen a better celebration! In conclusion - the trip was comfortable and the staff were friendly. The ship is basically bland and there is no "WOW" factor. We were surprised that we did receive an evaluation form after the trip. Our friends who the same trip last year did not receive one either. We wonder if Celebrity is not interested in the opinions of first time Celebrity cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary which did not disappoint. The fact that it was a Celebrity cruise excited us because the last time we took a Celebrity trip (a number of years ago) we found it to be outstanding and the best ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary which did not disappoint. The fact that it was a Celebrity cruise excited us because the last time we took a Celebrity trip (a number of years ago) we found it to be outstanding and the best food of any cruises we had been on. How times change. First let me say the crew was wonderful and did their best. As far as the dining, bland, bland, bland. My most memorable dish was eggs benedict from the breakfast buffet. Certainly had the most flavor. We dined in the Tuscan Grille and I paid even more money for the 22oz dry aged porterhouse steak. It was good, but I have had dry aged sirloins before, and done correctly, it is a meal you do not forget. I forgot about this by the next morning. Entertainment was ok, guest performers were quite good but the most fun was the silent disco at the martini bar! We took all private tours which were wonderful. We get the impression that unless you are an Elite member, you are just another face.Celebrity needs to pick up their game, the market is way too competitive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Very nice cruise, We are seniors and have done about 48 cruises on various lines. We have done about 10 coastal cruises along the Pacific coast and have previously visited most of the ports on this cruise. Our primary reason for ... Read More
Very nice cruise, We are seniors and have done about 48 cruises on various lines. We have done about 10 coastal cruises along the Pacific coast and have previously visited most of the ports on this cruise. Our primary reason for taking this cruise was the entertainment, food, and a close to home get a way. We live about 120 miles north of San Francisco. We drove down to the bay area and stayed the night previous to our flight at the El Rancho Hotel in Millbrae. We have done this several times. When a cruise starts in San Francisco, we have the hotel shuttle take us to SFO where we get the cruise ship bus to the port in SF. On this trip, we had had a 6 AM flight to Vancouver. We were up to catch the shuttle at 4 AM. The flight was smooth and our customs check in Vancouver was also. They have a new system at the airport that allows Americans to pass through customs with a minimum of time lost. It is a BIG improvement over our last time at this airport. You just slap you passport on a screen at one of the machines, get a receipt and you are on your way. If you have any problems, there is a helper there to answer any questions. Otherwise, you wait in VERY LONG lines to get up to talk with an inspector. We were through and out the door in about 5 minutes. We expected a traffic jam at the port, because members of the British Royal Family were visiting the port area about the time we were supposed to arrive. We were pleasantly surprised when the bus sailed right through and we were dropped off at Canada Place. We did have to wait for about a half hour before boarding, but we were on the ship before noon. The cabins were not ready until 1 o’clock, so we had lunch at the lido restaurant and waited on deck until then. Cabin We had a balcony cabin located mid ship. It was a typical cabin with vanity, small couches, and king size bed. On each side of the bed was a two-drawer night strand. The light in my reading lamp was not adequate, but the one on my wife’s side was better. The balcony was small, but had two chairs and a small table that were adequate. The bath had two shelves for storage and the typically large Celebrity stall shower. Our only objection was that the life boats were directly below the balcony and blocked the view of the water below. Our cabin steward took very good care of the room. Perks We booked this cruise with a travel agent because of an email ad we received from them. It was a president’s cruise attended by the president of the travel agency and several of her employees and had some extra perks included. They turned out to be not worth the cost. Some, like the slot contest, were actually an added cost. At first it looked like a good deal, but we later found otherwise. All the cruise lines recently started to provide bonuses like drink packages and pre-paid tips as an inducement to book with them, but in reality they just added the cost of these items to the regular booking price. If you wait until a month or so before the cruise, you will probably be able to get a much better price and paying for the extras yourself will be cheaper than taking the so-called bonuses. We found that the drink package was the biggest loser as we seldom have more than one or two drinks each day. We also used the package for purchase of water, the cost of which has really gotten out of hand. However, the water and liquor in the cabin could not be charged against the package as it did not qualify. We had to buy the large water bottles at a bar and take them back to our cabin. This actually turned out for the best as the Evian water in the cabin tasted terrible. The bars had a different brand that was much better. Food Celebrity has always been known for serving good quality beef. That is still true, by the best quality cuts are not served as often as before and more stews and similar types of beef are now more prevalent in the main dining room. The food served in the lido restaurant has always been somewhat tasteless or over spiced and that has not changed. On this trip, there seemed to be a larger percentage of Asian food available and less American. The soups in this restaurant were terrible. The redeeming item was the breads. They were always good at all the restaurants. The service in both restaurants was always excellent. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. Shows Celebrity shows have never been as good as Royal Caribbean shows. That seems strange as both lines are owned by the same company. Those on this cruise were just OK with very memorable. Summary, Overall, it was a good cruise with great weather and smooth seas most of the way. We had no rain at any stops and very little wind. The temperature everywhere was very comfortable. The high point of the cruise was being able to stand on the top deck of the ship in San Francisco and watch the Blue Angels put on their show during Fleet Week. We have seen them perform several time, but never had seats like this before. It was spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The ship & crew are second to none on Celebrity. Unfortunately my heel caught on the small lights on the dance floor of the Constellation Lounge & I went down & hurt my back. This severely cut back my activities that I had ... Read More
The ship & crew are second to none on Celebrity. Unfortunately my heel caught on the small lights on the dance floor of the Constellation Lounge & I went down & hurt my back. This severely cut back my activities that I had planned to do on this cruise. We are definitely Celebrity loyalists & this was the first time we have tried Aqua class. I'm not sure I would do it again. The service was either dreadfully slow especially at breakfast or very rushed at dinner, not always but sometimes. I thought the food was the same as the MDR with a few garnishes thrown in, although the dishes that they use are lovely. I really loved the shower in the cabin although I think they should get rid of the shower curtain. Our room steward was very good & attentive. We were not able to attend any shows or activities so cannot comment. Nanaimo has very friendly peopl that we're very good to me. Victoria is a lovely city. We took this cruise as it was going to overnight San Francisco but due to my fall we did not get to do what we had planned but will definitely be back. I will definitely go on Celebrity again but it was interesting to note that they have already changed the dance floor on the Summit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We've been cruising for more than 10 years, taken 12+ cruises, and this was the second one on a Celebrity ship. We chose the cruise because of the itinerary and the positive experience we'd had on the Celebrity Century years ago, ... Read More
We've been cruising for more than 10 years, taken 12+ cruises, and this was the second one on a Celebrity ship. We chose the cruise because of the itinerary and the positive experience we'd had on the Celebrity Century years ago, which we thought was first class. The Infinity is a nice size ship, not too big, and it was clean and the staff was friendly. That said, for the money they charged ($4500, which didn't include internet service @ $324), the entertainment was hopeless and the food was terrible. There wasn't much of a selection for entertainment or activities. Food quality, selection and service in the main restaurant was average, and food served on the Lido deck was the same EVERY day both for lunch and dinner, with the main entree being roasted pork for 10 out of the 12 days (there must have been a great sale!). Our cabin was a nice size and the steward was friendly and helpful. Favorite ports included Vancouver, Victoria (Butchart Gardens was a great excursion), Seattle and San Francisco. Overall cruise was nice, but the quality of Celebrity cruises has gone down. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We live in Vancouver, so for us the ship was a two-stop train ride on the Canada Line. Because of the royal visit at Canada Place that morning, and with 3 ships docked, we went down to the pier at 9:30 where the port had organized the ... Read More
We live in Vancouver, so for us the ship was a two-stop train ride on the Canada Line. Because of the royal visit at Canada Place that morning, and with 3 ships docked, we went down to the pier at 9:30 where the port had organized the embarcations to come in at one end of the terminal and the disembarcations to leave via the other end. The process was very efficient and we were checked in and had our seapass card by 10:00 am. After security and a stop to get our photos taken, we were on board by 11:00 am. This avoided the inevitable line-ups and we got to enjoy the ship that much earlier. The ship is 15 years old and has had some renovations and changes made recently, but this was our first time on a Millenium-Class ship and we were looking forward to seeing it. Ship Design Pros: The Constellation Lounge on deck 11 at the front is a very tastefully-decorated room with great colour choices and a variety of seating areas. We enjoyed cocktails there most afternoons. The left side has a large chunk walled off where a children’s area was created, and the effect is somewhat imbalanced architecturally, but otherwise a great room. The theatre was very much like that in the former Mercury, with illuminated glass tables in front of pairs of seats, and they just begged for a couple of glasses of wine to be set on them for the shows. It is a feature which would be great to see on the Solstice class ships. The rooftop terrace at the back of the ship was a very pleasant sitting area with comfortable wicker furniture. The main dining room (MDR) was in an older style, much like Mercury, but a sumptuous room in which one could enjoy the excellent meals. Ship Design Cons: The Martini bar lacks the expansive sitting area of the Solstice class and seems rather cramped, though the bar itself is very recognizeable. Cellarmasters straddles the only throughway aft to the upper level of the MDR, and so, unlike the Solstice class, it is a room with constant through traffic and line-ups when an MDR dinner sitting is about to start. It also does not have the wine cellar stonework and beams, and though a pleasant and generally quiet place to sit, is closer to being a second version of the Rendezvous lounge one deck below. The Tuscan Grill on deck 3 has completely replaced the SS United States restaurant, even though the deck plans and the web site still show the latter. It is a simple rectangular room on the starboard side of the ship and instead of the expansive picture windows over the stern and the wake, it has porthole-style picture windows looking sideways. I was not wowed by the décor which looked much like any decent family restaurant ashore. We only had breakfasts there. Cabin: We had a Concierge class balcony cabin on deck 8 forward. It was a typical size although the narrow entrance passageway meant that the closet doors on the one side always conflicted with the bathroom door on the other side. Closet and drawer space was just fine, although the under-bed space for suitcases could have been just a little higher. Verandah furniture was attractive with two modern-styled metal and web chairs and a full-height table. The TV was a flat-screen though awkwardly-placed at an angle to the left of the bed and well to the left of the sofa. Food and Service: The MDR food was batting a good 95% - excellent food, nicely prepared and attractively presented. Only a poor Steak-Diane turned up with enough gristle and fat that it was not a pleasant entrée. Since this high standard is consistent on Celebrity in our experience, as a result there was no need for us to use the specialty restaurants which are getting pricey these days. Dining room service was excellent and the staff quickly learned that we preferred to have the wine order turn up before we ordered the food. We found them attentive, efficient and very pleasant. Room staff is now down to a single Steward per room – gone are the assistant stewards. He has a lot of work on his plate, but was consistently helpful and pleasant. For Concierge class, afternoon canapés arrived just before 4:00 pm, and were among the best we have had on Celebrity. The Captain’s Club Hostess, Alexandra, was one of the most pleasant and efficient people we have come across on the ships, and really deserves high kudos for making things happen. She is one of these rare people who is solution-oriented rather than stuck on obstacles. MDR Seating: This is our one ongoing beef and is not limited to Celebrity. Tables for 2 tend to be mostly those separated from other tables for 2 by a 6 inch space. We were first assigned to an upper balcony table with 2 other tables for 2, making it effectively a table for 6. It was hard to ignore the couples next to us. The Maitre d’ said he could fix this the second night and then we got assigned to a similar table, only it had only one table beside it, making it a table for 4. At this point we went to the Captain’s Club Hostess who arranged that we would get a real table for two with decent separation from the other tables. This worked well and we were very pleased with the space. Since there is ample room for most of these to be better separated, it is a mystery to me why the ships continue to think that close proximity meets the wishes of those who request a table for two, which by its nature suggests that they really are looking for some privacy. Entertainment: The theatre shows were quite excellent. The best were the all-cast shows which were extremely well done and a delight to watch and listen to. There were a couple of ‘comedians’, one of which we missed and the other of which we walked out on after only 5 minutes. We have yet to find good comedians on cruise ships – roll on the music! Drinks: We are mostly wine drinkers and we have learned that beverage packages do not suit us because of the number of glasses we have to consume per day just to break even on the per person per day charges. We bought a 7-bottle Premium wine package for $299 US plus gratuity. The Classic package is $249, and there are 3 and 5-bottle packages available as well. Comparing this cost with the average price per bottle from the MDR wine list showed that we were getting an average of 20% off the per bottle price. These packages are only listed in the MDR wine list (the last two pages) and can not be ordered online or at the Beverage Package stand on embarkation. Our one beef in this area was that Celebrity have recently raised the gratuity on all drinks to 18% from 15%. That said the drink prices were not as high as we had been led to believe which was a pleasant surprise. My one martini on board cost $12 and was one of the nicest I have had anywhere. Ports: The itinerary along the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to San Diego and then back to San Francisco has long been on our bucket list, and although we had been to each of the ports by car over the years, we enjoyed visiting them by cruise ship. This meant that we did not need to do shore excursions which was quite a cost saving. In Seattle, we were delighted that Celebrity was able to dock at the Bell Street pier, right below the Pike Street Market, rather than 3 miles northwest at the Terminal 91 dock, and this saved us time on bus rides into town. Customs was arranged for arrival in Seattle and this went off smoothly, putting us ashore by 10:00 am. It would be appropriate to close, favourably, with our disembarkation in San Francisco. I should perhaps comment that we were at Pier 35 which appears to be an overflow cruise terminal, and on stepping into the perfectly clean, rather antique large shed on the pier, our noses told us that this must have been a cow barn for much of its life! We had booked a transfer to the airport through Celebrity, and with a late flight (8:00 pm) our assigned 10:00 am disembarkation time was ideal. We sat up on the pool deck which avoided the congestion below. The process went very smoothly, we immediately found our baggage ashore and we were shepherded to waiting buses for the transfer. This whole process was so well organized I have to commend Celebrity on their efficiency. The weather – blue skies and sunshine the entire voyage, even in Astoria! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our 34 cruise since 1991 and the third on Celebrity. To say it was a disappointment would be and understatement. The food which is why everyone cruises was in the poor category. They have now come up with new names for items on ... Read More
This was our 34 cruise since 1991 and the third on Celebrity. To say it was a disappointment would be and understatement. The food which is why everyone cruises was in the poor category. They have now come up with new names for items on the menu but the food overall in tasteless and unappealing. For the first 3 nights there were very few wines to choose from as they were out of most items on the menu. There were 4 nights in a row where there was some type of chicken rollatini on the menu. Now on the left side of the dinner menu they have steaks and lobster available for an up-charge from $17 to $32 if you do not like the evenings offerings. The specialty restaurants have similar food to the dining room just larger portions for an additional charge of $45 to $50 per person. We had dinner in the Tuscan restaurant where we expected a generous shrimp cocktail and steak for dinner but now go. We had fish that was tasteless and very poor service. The ship was not well cleaned or maintained. There were chairs with the stuffing coming out and the wooden arms heavily scared. The tables in the Ocean View Cafe (buffet) were constructed with a poor edging that was encrusted with dirt and grime. We pointed this out to the staff and they said they cleaned it but is wasn't during our cruise. The prices of items you normally purchase were very high also, A liter of water was $5.50 and a can of coke was $5.00, both with an additional 18% tip, just outrageous. Overall the service was less than average. We will never cruise on Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I wanted to make a cruise along the Pacific coast and this cruise was 12 nights. Most other cruise lines were fewer nights. I don't like to go to all the effort and expense to go on a cruise for only 7-9 nights. This was my first ... Read More
I wanted to make a cruise along the Pacific coast and this cruise was 12 nights. Most other cruise lines were fewer nights. I don't like to go to all the effort and expense to go on a cruise for only 7-9 nights. This was my first Celebrity cruise, I normally cruise Holland America. I found Celebrity every bit the equal and more of HAL. One thing HAL does that Celebrity didn't, is the first day of the cruise, the crew on HAL has to serve you, even to pouring your coffee for you. HAL does this for disease reasons but Celebrity apparently, doesn't see the need to do this and I liked that you didn't have to put up with that annoying practice the first day. Also, while HAL's food is superb, I thought Celebrity's buffet and specialty restaurants had better food and selections. However, I think HAL's main dining menu is a little better. We found the entertainment aboard ship, well, highly entertaining for the most part. Finally, considering that the ship served every food imaginable, it was strange that you couldn't get a potato chip anywhere on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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