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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We just arrived home from the September 11, 2016, sailing to Alaska/Inside Passage. Celebrity did not disappoint. We splurged as this was definitely a bucket list trip - and we were also fortunate to get a good deal when we booked. Our ... Read More
We just arrived home from the September 11, 2016, sailing to Alaska/Inside Passage. Celebrity did not disappoint. We splurged as this was definitely a bucket list trip - and we were also fortunate to get a good deal when we booked. Our package included everything we wanted - a concierge class balcony room, the premium beverage package, internet, prepaid gratuities, and onboard credit. I feel quite certain that if we had not gone ahead and splurged (as was our intention), I would have been discouraged by the price of drinks, internet, etc., But since we planned ahead and booked a truly all-inclusive package - it was absolutely perfect! We never actually met or utilized a concierge, so not sure that the concierge class was necessarily a perk, but as it was our first cruise with Celebrity, it's hard to know. We were invited to a concierge hosted lunch on embarkation day - which was great, but didn't include meeting a concierge or hearing anything about one. We also received a special concierge invitation for priority disembarkation on the first port day, but frankly, that was a little lackluster as there were dozens of people waiting in the hallway of the 2nd floor without anywhere to sit. I'm not complaining - it was a one time event, and we did get off as soon as the ship was cleared. However, I did see several people who really weren't able to stand for that long unassisted, so for them I imagine it was more of an issue. Our stateroom attendant, Eduardo, was outstanding. He was so kind, friendly, and efficient. Our room was always refreshed quickly and thoroughly in both the morning and the afternoon, and anytime we needed anything he was quick to respond. The stateroom was plenty big for us and we were pleased with the balcony. The room did show some signs of wear and tear in the internal cabinet/door hardware, but everything was functional and it didn't inhibit our experience. Hubbard Glacier was amazing - I'm so thankful we had the balcony for that experience. We opted for the Celebrity Select Dining and made dinner reservations for the Trellis Restaurant 4 or 5 of the nights. We chose the "sharing table" and were seated at the same nice table near the back windows each time. Our waiter, Russel, was a delight. He called us by name every single meal and made us feel very welcome and valued. He gave excellent suggestions for starters, main courses, and desserts, and we never went wrong when we followed his guidance. Our Sommelier, Rudy, was also attentive and efficient. He called us by name as well, and never left us waiting. The assistant waiter, Alvin, was a table ninja.. moving in and out nearly unnoticed but always filling water glasses, removing plates, and taking care of the details. We met wonderful people at our dinners that we now consider friends, and it definitely made the whole experience even more enjoyable. I highly recommend "sharing tables" and getting to know your fellow passengers. The food was consistently excellent. One night I skipped Russel's recommendation and chose the "classic" option of a sirloin and it was a bit tough, but otherwise, we were very pleased with the selections, the quality, and the service. We did visit the buffet for breakfast and lunch some and that was more often than not a bit frustrating as far more people dined there than the other venues and it was often difficult to find a table. Even so, any frustration was generally due to other passengers and not a direct reflection on the ship staff or service. The dining staff were quick to clear tables and were frequently checking in to offer drinks, etc., We took advantage of many of the activities on board, and it was always a blast. We went to almost all of the nightly shows in the Celebrity Theater. They were all enjoyable and our favorites were the acrobats and the comedian, Darryl Joyce (sp?). The singers and dancers had great energy. We also participated in some of the celebrity life trivia events, and each round of Bingo (we won once!). We also watched a round of Bandaoke and listened to Bill Forester (sp?) do an Elton John set. There was never a lack of things to do and enjoy. We spent time several nights at the Martini Bar and enjoyed the silent disco there. We also spent some time in the Casino and won often enough to keep us playing :) I wish we could remember the name of one of the drink attendants there, he was great! We frequented the Café daily and the drinks were always superb. Although we often took our lattes "to go", when we did take time to relax there the atmosphere was great and the table service was friendly and attentive. The pastries/cookies were a treat as well. On the last "at sea" day we finally tried the Gelato - and it was definitely worth the extra charge. It was delicious - probably a good thing we didn't try it until the end ;). We booked excursions through Celebrity for each port. We booked three in advance and one once we were already on the ship. In Icy Strait, we went on a whale watching tour and it did not disappoint. We were fortunate to see multiple humpbacks from a reasonable distance and got to see the spouts, humps, and flukes many times. It was a great experience. In Juneau, we had booked a helicopter/glacier hike, but woke up to a very wet and windy day, so were not surprised to find out it was canceled. However, the excursions team was outstanding at dealing with the situation and quickly offered us other options. Switching to the other excursion was fairly painless and the refund of the difference was made automatically. We had scheduled two excursions that day but when the first was canceled, the recommended replacement was a longer one that included a meal, so they said we could cancel both of the originals and be refunded. We did have to go to the shore excursions desk to correct the 2nd part of the excursion but they were quick to remedy it. Of course we were disappointed about missing the helicopter, but it definitely wasn't the fault of the cruise line, and we were satisfied with the way they handled the situation. Part of our replacement excursion included another whale watching boat, and although the weather wasn't great, we had the amazing privilege of seeing a humpback do a full aerial breach - it was worth every wet/cold moment. In Ketchikan, we drove on an ATV Wilderness ride to a scenic overlook and a waterfall. It was definitely an enjoyable experience - if you do it, take them up on the complementary raingear.. I took a rain jacket but opted out of the rain pants.. and wish I hadn't.. it was a bit muddy/wet - which was great for the experience, but not so much for my pants ;) We traveled alone as a couple, but met many great friends through Cruise Critic and then just through various venues on the ship. We did not travel with children and there were very few children on the boat. The few children we did encounter were always well behaved and seemed to be having a great time. We used some of our onboard credit to get a Persian Garden pass, and we took advantage of that area almost every day. We LOVED the herbal sauna, the heated benches, Turkish spa, etc., etc., etc., and we often enjoyed some time in the Solarium hot tub after a good visit to the Persian Garden. In summary - we would definitely go again and highly recommend it. It was definitely the bucket list experience we hoped for. Any frustrations or complaints we had were minor and were always related to other passengers (which is just part of any crowd experience and not the fault of the ship). If you go with the intention and expectation of having the adventure of a lifetime -it's there waiting. And, if you can't go with that attitude, do everyone else a favor and don't go. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted an accessible way to visit Alaska. Yes, the boat shows some age, but we had a great time. We purchased the drink package ahead of time w/ the Go Best offer because we like to drink and couldn't ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted an accessible way to visit Alaska. Yes, the boat shows some age, but we had a great time. We purchased the drink package ahead of time w/ the Go Best offer because we like to drink and couldn't imagine a huge bar bill at the end of a vacation. Wi-fi was a bit of a bust. We did ziplining, shopping, eating, sight-seeing, sun-soaking and day drinking. The buffet for breakfast had a decent selection. Yes, you had to look for a table mostly because everyone wanted to sit by the window. Blu was very good. Quisine was my favorite. The comment about the cruise entertainer is right on. I met several lovely people and saw stunning scenery. My H and I are thinking about doing a Norway/Fjords cruise, next. We like the cold-weather cruises...something about being at sea breathing in crisp, cool air in the sun! Wish there were more diverse entertainment. The art auction thing is ridiculous. Who goes on a cruise to buy art on the ship? The art isn't even native to the region we were cruising. The naturalists were great. If you want bells and whistles, my sense is to try one of the newer ships. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I travelled with a friend and we had separate inside cabins.The ship was fairly compact and cruise was very enjoyable. Embarkation went very smoothly. We had any time dining so we could choose if we wanted to share a large table or take ... Read More
I travelled with a friend and we had separate inside cabins.The ship was fairly compact and cruise was very enjoyable. Embarkation went very smoothly. We had any time dining so we could choose if we wanted to share a large table or take one for just the two of us. After a long tiring day you don't always want to make conversation with strangers. Food very nice and waiters really attentive, although dinner could take from 1 hour to 2.5 hours. Our inside cabins were great. Very quiet. Shows were excellent. We only took one ships excursion which was very well organised and value for money. We are Captain Club members and had great service from them. I would certainly travel with Celebrity again if the price was right. With so many cruise lines/ships to choose from I think Celebrity should look at their costs. We are not heavy drinkers and would not get value for money from any of the drinks packages. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Infinity is a smaller older ship who still looks good for the most part. The crew were overwhelmingly helpful, friendly, polite and fun. I never saw the Captain. Some cruises you see him all over the ship, not this one. I even did ... Read More
Infinity is a smaller older ship who still looks good for the most part. The crew were overwhelmingly helpful, friendly, polite and fun. I never saw the Captain. Some cruises you see him all over the ship, not this one. I even did a bridge tour with the Elite group and no Captain. No big deal. Stayed in 8121, an accessible sky suite. When I originally booked I needed one for my husband who has since died. I tried to change to another but they were sold out. As soon as I boarded I asked Guest Relations to switch me if a handicapped person in a sky suite needed it. Nobody did. I HATED this room that they call a suite! I expected a roomier room since it's accessible and it is that, but the balcony is the size of a regular balcony. I paid for a suite and got a regular balcony! That really burns me up! There was no ramp to roll a wheelchair out onto the small balcony. I was told that they lay one down when it's needed! If my wheelchair bound husband was on this cruise he would not have been able to turn the wheelchair around on the balcony - that's how narrow it is. The towels were worn and thin, one of them was torn at the seam. Again - paid for a suite and get lousy towels?!?! If you've ever been in a motor home then you know what the toilet is like. That is exactly how the toilets are on this ship. Let me tell you - they are not comfortable. The roll-in shower allowed water to spray half way across the room, so I used the crummy towels to sop it up after each shower. Also the shower is quite small. There were other cosmetic flaws that I pointed out to guest services, such as broken drawers and a broken cabinet. They fixed the broken cabinet as soon as they were told about it. The beauty of being in a suite is that we were treated very well. We met our butler (I honestly had no use for him) and our cabin attendant right away. Erick Guzman was our concierge at Michaels Club and he was fantastic! We mostly dined in Luminae where the staff was excellent until the last night. The maitre 'd forgot about us and seated table after table after table. He was very apologetic but it was 50 minutes later and we still weren't seated. Since we had to pack up to leave at 7:30 the next morning we ordered from that menu for room service. It was cold, had no bread, had no salt, pepper, no drawn butter and had no utensils. Also they sent up the desserts at the same time ... ice cream - of course it was melted. It was the only bad thing that occured on the cruise, aside from the room. It was a big inconvenience and the maitre 'd was very sorry but it completely ruined the last night's dinner ... lobster! I had complained about the room and other issues early on and Guest Services took excellent care of us. They gave us a very generous future cruise OBC to try to make up for the trouble. That helps. Ate in Qsine on the one day they offer lunch. Normally $25 the guy sold it to us for $20 each. Not worth it. None of the food was spectacular and 2 dishes that should have been hot were not. The buffet food was buffet food. Cafe al bacio (spelling?) was great. They make up great coffees, tea, hot chocolate and have a full bar as well. You pay for these but the pastries, cookies and cakes are free. The Martini Bar was very fun. The guys working there were very entertaining although the drinks weren't spectacular. Rendezvous Lounge was great - very good bartenders. The Constellation Lounge was great with very good bartenders. It's a wonderful place to sit and watch the ocean - perfect on our Alaskan cruise. We played trivia and enjoyed many cocktails there. The cruise director was Damien and he was really very good! I prefer the big new ships that have so many activites. It can be pretty boring on the Infinity. .... and that's my opinion Happy sails Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Truly a wonderful experience. We booked Aqua Class with Premium Drink package, wifi. Drink package well worth it. I tried things I never would have sampled left to my own devices. Most were good. Aqua Class is the way to go, dining ... Read More
Truly a wonderful experience. We booked Aqua Class with Premium Drink package, wifi. Drink package well worth it. I tried things I never would have sampled left to my own devices. Most were good. Aqua Class is the way to go, dining at Blu was exquisite every night. I was concerned the food would not be enjoyable for my husband, for he enjoys simpler fare, ie meat and potatoes, but he enjoyed the variety and was pleasantly surprised. The staff there go above and beyond to make your evening special. I cannot say enough nice things about them, follow their suggestions on the menu, they know. We tried the Trellis( main dining for most cabin classes) one night and although the menu was similar, the food was not prepared with the same care and presentation, but in their defense I would have never known if we didn't have access to Blu. It would have been fine. The Rendezvous lounge was a great comfortable place to spend evenings. The Celebrity Life team was awesome.The Spa and solarium pool are nice and tidy, and the steam rooms a very nice perk. The constellation lounge was great for dancing. There were three smoking areas on the ship and that was adequate. We met a lot of wonderful friendly people there. No smoking on our veranda, which only was a difficulty in the mornings. The Oceanview cafe was a nice buffet with great variety. The poolside bar is a fun place, Norris the bartender, always friendly and smiling. Overall, a wonderful experience. We set out to have a great vacation and we did. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I'll start by saying we are loyal Celebrity cruisers for several reasons. We are Blue Chip Club VIPs and as such they take very good care of us. This was our 6th X cruise and our first Pacific Coastal. We chose this trip based on the ... Read More
I'll start by saying we are loyal Celebrity cruisers for several reasons. We are Blue Chip Club VIPs and as such they take very good care of us. This was our 6th X cruise and our first Pacific Coastal. We chose this trip based on the itinerary and not so much on the ship. We have done Alaska on Infinity and had no complaints. Embarkation in San Diego went smoothly and we were onboard at about 12:00pm and went straight to Bistro on 5 for a quiet lunch. We were very disappointed to see that the daily specials were gone and our paninis were just OK. At about 2:00 pm the rooms were ready and we went to check out OV 3072. We have always had a veranda or better so this was our first time trying an Oceanview and it really was fine although I do miss having coffee on the balcony or just being able to open the door and get some fresh air. All of our port stops went fine but I would not bother getting off the ship in Astoria next time. Nothing to see or do there. San Francisco was crazy busy with an onshore event but we had fun anyways. In general, I would have to agree with many others that MDR food quality and selection has gone down but not enough for me to leave X. We dined in the MDR most nights as well as once in Tuscan and twice in Qsine. We enjoyed the specialties the most. Many people have said that in Qsine you should go with at least 6 people but we found them very adaptable for a 2 top. We tried 5 dishes the first time and another 5 the next. It's easy, push the plate away when you've had enough! Lots of fun! The only negative there was that the servers and Maitre'd checked on us so often it was a little intrusive. We only really ate in the buffet for a light breakfast and it was always good. Excellent eggs benny! If we were on the ship for lunch we ate at the pool grill. Awesome burgers! Huge thanks to Ramesh our waiter in the casino bar. He was fantastic! Another star for us was Heston, our assistant waiter in the MDR. He should be a head waiter, everyone loved him. The Thalassotherapy pool was great and we enjoyed all of the shows we attended. We only had one truly bad experience on the cruise and that was Siraz, our sommelier. He was rude and spoke down to us. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose this cruise for the ports. We really enjoyed all of them. I would highly recommend this itinerary. As far as the cruise experience, we were slightly disappointed in the shows in the theater. The guest entertainers were pretty ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. We really enjoyed all of them. I would highly recommend this itinerary. As far as the cruise experience, we were slightly disappointed in the shows in the theater. The guest entertainers were pretty good, but the ships production entertainers were something you would expect to see on a Carnival ship or something of lesser quality. With the exception of the two Russian acrobats, they were awesome. We also detected a little bit of an attitude from some of the workers about the ship when we asked for information or help. But that was the exception and not the rule. The ship was fantastic. It had just been remodeled. Everything was in top shape. The sea days seemed to lack the normal amount of activities. Possibly due to cutbacks, but there were only two, so not a big deal. Celebrity has the nicest spa area of all the companies we have sailed with. We love the bubble pool. The food in both the dining room and the buffet is great. There were always a wide variety to choose from. All in all we had a great time, and we would do this cruise again. Celebrity is one of our favorite lines. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Even though we had visited most of these ports before, we loved them all and wanted to visit again. Started out staying in San Diego 3 nights before the cruise. Visited the zoo, which is a must, La Jolla, just beautiful, Coronado ... Read More
Even though we had visited most of these ports before, we loved them all and wanted to visit again. Started out staying in San Diego 3 nights before the cruise. Visited the zoo, which is a must, La Jolla, just beautiful, Coronado island, Gastown, Old Town, and would really recommend staying here as there is so much to do and see. Embarkation went smoothly and by 1:00 we were in our room. 8122. Very nice room with adequate balcony. Dinner this night was good and entertainment good too, Celebrity singers and dancers, which were very talented. Santa Barbara was our first port, which was a tender. Everything was run smoothly and we had a very enjoyable day just walking around this pretty little city. Volunteers right at the port were very helpful. Next stop was Monterey, where we rented a car with the couple we travelled with and took in Big Sur and Carmel for lunch. A must see. That night the dinner choices were not great and what we ended up with were the regular choices that are there nightly. Just average dinner. But our waiter happened to be the best waiter we have ever had for a cruise, and we have been on 40+. The show that night was fantastic, a young duo, male and female, 5 o'clock Somewhere, We, along with a good many people, followed and became "groupies" throughout the cruise. Unfortunately, the other venues were not very conducive to large groups of people which made it hard to listen and enjoy them. Next stop San Francisco for two nights. We've been here a few times and had met a friend, so just enjoyed walking around city both days and eating our way through. Finally a day at sea. Again, disappointing as there really isn't much going on so we decided to brave the outside and watch a movie upstairs on the top deck which was newly renovated. Nobody was around to order a drink or adjust volume on big screen that we couldn't here. So downstairs to customer service. We were told they were so sorry but movie can be watched in conference room. We made our way there and proceeded to sit on very uncomfortable conference room chairs so we decided to forgo this idea as well. After going back to customer service and inquiring why movie is not in theater on sea day when nothing else is going on was told entertainers were practicing and there was a talk about excursions (making money). More important! Astoria next stop. Not much doing here. Walk out to Pier 39 to view sea lions. Another day at sea and not much going on. Seattle next stop. Did our own thing with other couple. Chihuly Gardens which is not to be missed and Underground tour of Seattle. Interesting. Nanaimo, B.C. Next stop. Volunteers out helping visitors at port . Quaint little town, walking by water and into town. Lots of shops and eateries. Free shuttles back to ship. Victoria last day before the end. Great walking and exploring. We had been here before and enjoyed Butchart Gardens and what is now Fairmont Hotel. Took in shopping, Chinatown, etc and walk around houseboats near port. Very enjoyable. Disembarkation was easy. Stayed in Vancouver 3 additional nights. Overall, ship had good entertainment, but food was really lacking. Thank God for our waiter who made the most of a bad situation. The only decent meals were the first and second to last. Lunch buffet was equally bad. Will think long and hard before a return cruise on Celebrity. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We had another great Celebrity cruise. Some of our "firsts" on this one: First aft cabin (love!), first time eating in the MDR for breakfast (still haven't hit a lunch!), first time we caught the Liars Club game (fun), first ... Read More
We had another great Celebrity cruise. Some of our "firsts" on this one: First aft cabin (love!), first time eating in the MDR for breakfast (still haven't hit a lunch!), first time we caught the Liars Club game (fun), first time as Captain's Club Elite passengers. We spent a lot of time on our balcony rather than public areas this time around because we had upgraded to a family veranda cabin and wanted to get as much use out of it as we could. So for us, this was a very laid-back cruise. We caught some of the guest lecturer's topics and they were very interesting and well presented. The main dining room had flipped select dining and traditional dining on this cruise, so as Select diners we entered on Deck 4 rather than Deck 5. We were only seated promptly on about 3 of the 8 nights we ate in the MDR. The other times we were handed a beeper and told to keep ourselves amused until paged. That was fine, we're pretty relaxed about that sort of thing, but we did see lots of empty tables being held for those with reservations. I think Select Dining only works when there are no reservations taken. Regarding the food and drink: We found bar service everywhere we went to be very prompt. I had a couple of fails drink-wise - a mojito that tasted like it was made with vodka rather than rum, and a Peach Melba drink (from Cafe al Bacio) that did not have a peach in it, but did taste very sour for some reason. I guess that was another first - the first drink I ever abandoned. Food-wise, we had pretty good luck, although my french onion soup had quite a large unchewable piece of onion in it that I had to unobtrusively eject into my napkin and then back into the bowl before it was removed by the waiter. I did see him looking at it like "What the.." as he carried our dishes away, but he never asked. I do want to mention what a shame it is that the sommeliers and wait staff are so rushed that they need to practically run through the dining room. It felt unsafe at times because there was a constant flow of passengers being walked in to be seated as well as those who had finished their meal trying to pick their way through the madhouse to exit the dining room. I felt bad for the crew and can't imagine having to work at that pace each night. I'd like to see the CEO and other higher-ups disguised as everyday passengers so they can take it all in for themselves. Specialty Restaurants: Qsine was fun, and the food very good. I liked that they have a nice selection of ethnically diverse foods. M's Favorites were also my favorites. Tuscan Grill was puzzling. I ordered red snapper and our waiter strongly suggested that I change my order. I ordered the beet salad and was again steered to something else. He did bring the broccolini side that I ordered, but I wish he'd advised against that one. It tasted like freezer-burned broccoli, and looked the same. This was a newly reworked menu, and I wonder how so many poor dishes made the final cut on the menu. It seems like the staff should be proud to serve each and every dish on the menu when they're charging $45 per person. This is the second time in a row that Tuscan has diappointed, and I won't be going again. I truly wish they had left the nautical-themed restaurants on the M-Class ships. Kudos to ALL of the Celebrity crew. I saw several instances where irate passengers were unloading their frustrations onto crew members. The patience they exhibited in response to this snarling was commendable. I mean, who knew that the sky would fall because there was a cheddar cheese shortage on the last day? Miscellaneous comments: The pizza was very good! As were the donuts in Cafe al Bacio (so much filling inside!). And the burgers and hot dogs at the poolside grill! We enjoyed CC Elite status for the first time on this cruise. We went to a total of one Elite breakfast in the Tuscan Grille, used our laundry coupons and one dry cleaning coupon. We never made it up to the evening cocktail party. We had heard there were over 700 Elite and above passengers on this sailing and just weren't feeling like we wanted to deal with that. Maybe next time. We saw constant maintenance and extensive cleaning happening each day. And these efforts really did show. The Infinity looks great! Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Celebrity Infinity Pacific Coastal—Hubbard Glacier Cruise. May 2016 My wife and I took the eleven-day Celebrity Pacific Coastal cruise followed by the seven-day Hubbard Glacier Alaskan cruise in May 2016. The two cruises were a total ... Read More
Celebrity Infinity Pacific Coastal—Hubbard Glacier Cruise. May 2016 My wife and I took the eleven-day Celebrity Pacific Coastal cruise followed by the seven-day Hubbard Glacier Alaskan cruise in May 2016. The two cruises were a total of eighteen days filled with visits to iconic landmarks and views of magnificent scenery and wildlife. The Pacific Coastal is a repositioning cruise for the Infinity as it moves from its Panama Canal season to its Alaskan season. We embarked in San Diego, California, cruised north as far as the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska and returned to Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada for our return flights home. All of our travel, including the cruises, excursions, air fares and hotel were booked through Celebrity, the safest way we have found to reduce the risk of unpleasant travel events. The Itinerary: The first cruise began in San Diego with stops in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Francisco in California, Astoria in Oregon, Seattle in Washington, Nanaimo and Victoria in British Colombia, ending in Vancouver, BC. The second cruise began in Vancouver with stops in Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Ketchikan in Alaska, a spectacular day cruising near the Hubbard Glacier, and a return to Vancouver for disembarkation. The infinity does this route twice a year as it repositions to and from Alaska. Delta airlines flights booked through Celebrity got us to San Diego and home from Vancouver. Our Celebrity booked hotel with transfers was the Embassy Suites, located very near the port in San Diego. Port-to-airport transfers got us efficiently from ship to air transportation. Landmarks and views: We started with the hotel and port in San Diego which are near the famous museums, zoo and naval operations. Aircraft carriers, one a museum and two operating carriers complete with airplanes were docked opposite the Infinity. Santa Barbara was home to a lot of Spanish inspired architecture. Monterey was our opportunity to stroll along Cannery Row filled with colorful sights. San Francisco sights included the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Beacon Hill, the iconic Transamerica building and Fisherman’s Wharf. We could see the Space Needle in Seattle from the ship. Nanaimo, which was new to us, was the historic home to a flourishing, and now nonexistent coal mining industry. The scenery is beautiful. Victoria is the capital of British Colombia, complete with its government buildings. Downtown is interesting complete with a big Hudsons Bay department store, a modern descendent of the famous Hudsons Bay fur trading company. Icy Strait Point has a new cruise terminal and an enthusiastic native American population. Our visit was late in the day, short lived and cold with beautiful scenery. Juneau is the capital of Alaska in a very scenic mountains (snow covered) and harbor setting. Ketchikan is a classic Alaskan small city with thriving fishing and tourist industries. Shopping was fun. They have a lumberjack show worth attending. Transportation around and between Alaskan cities is either by airplane or boat. Float planes and ferry boats were everywhere. The Hubbard Glacier is a special cruise ship visit. Ships enter the harbor close enough to the glacier to easily see and hear the ice cracking with huge chunks falling (calving) into the water. The glacier is three hundred feet tall and breathtaking in size and magnificence. The sounds are awesome. Ships stay, spin around and take a lot of time so all passengers get a shot at the views. Ports have shuttles for passengers and numerous options for shore excursions. Float planes, boats, taxis and busses await to take cruise passengers to whatever adventures they desire. We always opt for ship sponsored events to lower our risk of problems. We saw whales, seals, otters, deer and eagles along with a lot of birds we couldn’t identify. It is great fun scanning the shorelines along the Alaskan inland passage for wildlife as well as enjoying the incredible scenery. Snow and tree-covered mountains are the foundations for nearly every view. They are impossible to adequately describe and photograph. We tried. The ship and service: The Infinity is a 2001 ship that underwent a major refurbishment in 2015. The interior of the ship was in excellent shape and had new venues added. The top deck movie area, Michaels Club and the Luminae restaurant for suite guests, QSine and the Tuscan Grill specialty restaurants are major changes. All great! The ship looked very good on the inside with new furnishings. The exterior showed some wear but nothing that affected passengers. The service, typical of the Celebrity brand, was special! Crew members were always helpful. Officers were constantly present. The executive chef, for example, was around nearly every day. Senior officers were available for several events including receptions for past and frequent Celebrity passengers. Nice. We selected cabin 6116, a sky suite, for the cruises. We are also members of the Blue Chip casino players club. This added to the already special service for us. Our butler, Albino, was there with afternoon snacks and made certain that our cabin was cleaned while we were gone. He provided great advice on ports and processes having been on numerous cruises. The Luminae restaurant is a giant perk for suite guests. A staff of about ten people serve breakfast and dinner daily as well as lunch on sea days. Cevrine, the receptionist, waiters Kavarij and Chitra, Arfin the assistant waiter and Bekir the Maître D along with the others made us feel special at every meal. Food: The food was very good, nicely presented and well served. We dined on Filet mignon, turbot, shrimp scampi, halibut, cod, lobster ravioli, pork tenderloin, Australian sea bass, scallops, tilapia, roast turkey, pad thai, swordfish, lobster, lamb shank, veal loin, salmon and beef for entrees. Desserts were tasty. The buffett featured roast beef, pork, and chicken along with salads, sandwiches and a wide choice of entrees. Lunch, one day, featured thirty six cakes, all decorative. There was ice cream for every meal and for snacks. The QSine should be on everyone’s schedule. The food and presentations were unique. We found it a great opportunity to sample foods from several countries. Most were very good. Bistro on Five had a special crepe that my wife found to be her favorite. We tried the Tuscan Grille but steak is not one of our favorites. Perks: We chose the multiple perk package, booked a suite and are Blue Chip casino members. More perks than we could possibly use. People should carefully select every perk they can afford and use. Complimentary drinks, internet minutes, gratuities, on board credit, laundry and specialty restaurant fees were among the choices. Makes the final bill much less painful. The “booking a cruise on board” is also a significant perk if one plans to take another Celebrity cruise. Just pay attention to the offers. Ours included three hundred dollars of immediate on board credit to offset the three hundred dollar deposit for a cruise with date and itinerary to be determined. Conclusion: The combined Pacific Coastal and Hubbard Glacier cruises offer a unique cruising adventure that includes major US cities and wonderful scenery. The refurbished Infinity was a very nice and comfortable ship. The entire Celebrity staff was professional and responsive. Many are knowledgeable world travelers and have a lot to offer in the way of information about ports and ships. Read Less
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