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2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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