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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We decided to take this cruise because of the Itinerary... The check in was quick although since we were returning a rental car in Vancouver, they had us going up and down couple of times until we got on the ship. We were in cabin 7111 ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise because of the Itinerary... The check in was quick although since we were returning a rental car in Vancouver, they had us going up and down couple of times until we got on the ship. We were in cabin 7111 and our steward was great. No complains there.... The cabin was smaller than what we are used to based on their other ships, but it was OK... Bed - it was extremely hard and uncomfortable. I have back problems and there were nights when both of us couldn't sleep. Wanted to use the couch but it was too small and we couldn't. Not being able to sleep really put us in bad mood during the days. I sleep really well on the ships and was looking forward to it. Needless to say didn't happen. The friends we traveled with is a massage therapist and thank God she was able to help me so I can walk and move. Specialty Restaurants - Qsine was a cute experience... Tuscan Grill - we love this place, this time not so much. A dinner of 4 took 2.5 hrs all together, ordering a drink took 25 min to get it and if you want a refill it is another 25 min, on couple of occasions we had to fill our water glasses from the bottle they left beside the table. Buffet - the food was OK, not many choices, but OK... Getting a drink - we gave up on this one... no one ever walked around us and we ended up getting it ourselves. We liked the Martini Bar where we met other people with the same experiences of the beds and service. We are usually not high maintenance travelers and were really looking forward to this vacation. In summary, the bad bed, nonexistent service made us quiet disappointed with this ship, as we still paid premium price for the cruise. It wasn't cheap. This ship was Refurbished in 2015 and it doesn't look like it already. We did enjoy the tour of the ship, this was probably the only good thing on the ship that we experienced. We will be not taking this ship again..... Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We selected this for the itinerary. We especially wanted to get to San Francisco. Alcohol Note: You can purchase wine or spirits in Seattle and bring it on board. You do not have to submit to the ship's scanner. You will go through a ... Read More
We selected this for the itinerary. We especially wanted to get to San Francisco. Alcohol Note: You can purchase wine or spirits in Seattle and bring it on board. You do not have to submit to the ship's scanner. You will go through a customs scanner but they don't care that you have bottles (very strange). The ship looks like it needs a make-over. However, the theatre, gym and dining room are all very nice. I play craps. This ship may have the worst crew working the table that I've ever come across and they seem to take their direction from their inhospitable casino manager. Stay away from this casino. Leaving the ship on the final day wasn't good. We lined up when our number was called and found that people that were exiting the elevator, simply went ahead of our line. When this was brought to the attention of a staff member, my complaint was met with a blank stare. Another case of Nobody is in Charge. The Hotel Manager doesn't seem to be aware of his responsibility to passengers. My final complaint is a big one - what were they thinking? The Hotel Manager decided it was a good idea to make the sauna a unisex facility. I won't go into the whole story ... but women were given full access to the ENTIRE men's change room/toilet area NOT JUST THE SAUNA. Imagine my surprise when I exited the shower to find two women standing outside its door waiting to use it? Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
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
9 Helpful Votes
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Having traveled on INFINITY twice before, my wife and I looked forward to this Pacific Coast Cruise on INFINITY. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. We booked Concierge Class, but Celebrity did not deliver as advertised. Priority ... Read More
Having traveled on INFINITY twice before, my wife and I looked forward to this Pacific Coast Cruise on INFINITY. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. We booked Concierge Class, but Celebrity did not deliver as advertised. Priority boarding only applied to the initial sign-up and receipt of Sea Pass. We were then directed to join all the other passengers waiting and given group number 19. When called, we wound through the terminal, waited to have our pictures taken and continued winding through the terminal. This is not priority boarding! Upon reaching our stateroom we observed the broken down hide-a-bed and the absence of promised "extras" to be provided Concierge passengers. The "dedicated" concierge was not available at his desk at the specified times. Concierge passengers were to have Priority Reservations in the main and specialty dining rooms. When I requested a reservation in the main dining room for 6:15 or 6:30, I was told the period from 6-8 was "blocked out" as so many passengers desired eating then! At the Tuscan Grill I made a reservation and requested a specific table. Again I was told they could not guarantee a specific table but to come early (before they opened) and stand in line to be first and then I could get the table i wished. This is Priority Reservations? As a result, my wife and I could see no advantage to having booked "Concierge Class". The food aboard was totally unremarkable. In the Main dining room, if you wanted a steak you could pas an additional $25! Really! Same in the Tuscan Grill. After paying a cover charge of $40 per person, New York Strip or Lobster was an additional $25 to $35. Wow! Rendezvous Lounge on previous cruises was a pleasant place to have a cocktail before dinner and listen to dance music or dance. This cruise there was "Trivia Quiz" each day before dinner. Cruise passengers were not dressed for dinner having just come aboard from shore or from on-board activities. Service in the Rendezvous Lounge was so poor that it was almost necessary to stand in line at the bar and get your own drinks. Also, "nibbles" were not provided as before. Entertainment was significantly below what we had come to expect on INFINITY. The was no Piano Bar anywhere at any time. Music other in the main theatre was totally lacking. Almost everyone we talked to expressed the same disappointment in the ship and felt that Celebrity had instituted too many coast saving actions. My wife and I had planned to cruise with INFINITY on a South American cruise in December of 2017. We will cancel that cruise and we will not cruise on INFINITY again and the jury s still out on Celebrity. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We live in Vancouver so this was a great convenience to embark and disembark in Vancouver. This was our 6th cruise but first with Celebrity. Overall, the cruise was fine. The ship was clean and fairly well maintained. There were ... Read More
We live in Vancouver so this was a great convenience to embark and disembark in Vancouver. This was our 6th cruise but first with Celebrity. Overall, the cruise was fine. The ship was clean and fairly well maintained. There were some worn items which needed attention. Embarkation (going onboard): THE RECEPTION: GREAT: Everyone was welcomed onboard with a Mimosa which was a nice touch. NOT SO GREAT: The deck on which embarkation was taking place was small and congested. Nobody seemed to know where to go after we were given the mimosa and none of the staff directed or intentionally welcomed too many people. The Staff: GREAT: MOST of the staff were friendly and pleasant. Our cabin attendant and 2 dining room servers were WONDERFUL. (very low key and quiet but great servers) NOT SO GREAT: More than a few staff were low key and didn't make eye contact unless they were trying to sell a drink package. The Ship: GREAT: Very clean and well-maintained. The lounges and sitting area are beautiful, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The outside deks are clean and beautiful. NOT SO GREAT: There some areas which needed a bit more attention. The elevator panels (inside and outside) were a bit scrached up and the plastic on the buttons of a couple of the elevators were broken. The Cabin (#7180) - Balcony: GREAT: Beautiful decor with lots of drawers, big closet and lots of hangers and space. The bathroom is beautiful with lots of counter space. The shower was roomy with a clothes line on the top of the shower entrance. The fixtures are shiny and new with great water pressure (surprising!) The balcony was great. The furniture was good quality and sturdy which made being on the deck very enjoyable. If you can, a cabin with a balcony is a must :) The bed and pillows were comfortable. NOT SO GREAT: The cabin was a bit tight and small. Dining: GREAT: The Trellis (main dining room) was nicely decorated. NOT SO GREAT: The tables were a bit close together. We were at a 6 person table and some parts were really close to the next table and the servers had to squeeze. We also noticed that some of the 2 people tables were REALLY close together so they might as well be sitting together! THE BIG DISAPPOINTMENT: We booked this cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We had told our travel agent and she made certain that it was passed on to Celebrity. Well, the cruise line FORGOT and we spent the week with NO celebration at dinner. When we approached guest relations to tell them, they hardly paid us any attention and blamed it on our travel agent for not telling them. We just told our agent and she spoke to Celebrity. They offered us $50 ship board credit for our NEXT cruise with them and this offer expires IN ONE YEAR. I'm sorry, but we don't have money to take another cruise for a while! We scrimped and saved to go on this cruise for our 25th anniversary. And what's the point if we have to go to them and say, "hey, where's our 25th anniversary celebration?" Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We have been cruising for over 35 years. This past cruise with Celebrity on the Infinity put a damper on cruising with Celebrity. We have cruised on both the Infinity and Millenium before and was the main reason we chose the Infinity. We ... Read More
We have been cruising for over 35 years. This past cruise with Celebrity on the Infinity put a damper on cruising with Celebrity. We have cruised on both the Infinity and Millenium before and was the main reason we chose the Infinity. We chose the coastal cruise because we live in Vancouver and because we loved the Infinity. We loved the excellent dining room service, but the food was lacking, of the 6 meals we had, 3 I would consider acceptable, the other 3 were very good. Qsine lived up to its reputation and was excellent . The shows were okay, nothing worth writing home about. The Martini bar was the central point of three deck because of its location in the atrium, the sound of cackling drunks was not pleasant when you are trying to have a quiet after dinner drink or cappuccino. There was a lack of piano bars that were open at the right times. Celebrity is definitely cutting corners, it is obvious and passengers we talked to all agree, many said it is time to change, many said never Celebrity again, it is sad that this is happening. We sail on Princess, Azamara, and Holland America. Azamara we love for Europe, Princess and H.A. for local, Alaska, Coastal, and Mexico. Celebrity is now off our list. Oh, do not get a cabin with adjoining door, you can hear every sound your neighbour makes, fortunate for us they were close friends and we could laugh about it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Our cruise started off on the wrong foot during the lifeboat drill. Several elderly passengers were in our group, which our muster point was the photo viewing area. We were told to line up 5 deep close together. One elderly man ... Read More
Our cruise started off on the wrong foot during the lifeboat drill. Several elderly passengers were in our group, which our muster point was the photo viewing area. We were told to line up 5 deep close together. One elderly man accompanying his wife who was walking with a cane asked the young man in charge of our group how long the drill would take and was told, "how ever long it takes for everyone to follow directions and get in line." He asked for a chair for his wife and was told none were available during the drill and the gentleman pointed to another group whose muster point was in the lounge and said, "but they have chairs and can sit." The Celebrity employee rolled his eyes and that pretty much set the tone of the entire trip. We were in stateroom 9068 having selected an Aqua Class Balcony. The first day the room was okay. On the second day there was a slight sewage smell, but this was overtaken by a powerful different smell. On day two we returned to the ship, stepped into the hallway and were greeted by a could and overwhelming chemical smell. You literally could not see past two cabin doors, they were spraying a disinfectant. We, along with other passengers were all hacking and coughing, Celebrity stated this was a standard cleaning procedure to spray the ship in this manner. The employees had respirators on, we did not. By day three the sewage smell was overwhelming. We complained about the smell and was told they could spray something to freshen it up. The next day we noticed the carpet was completely soaked. We complained and were told in Aqua Class, the tiles in the shower can become broken allowing water under the floor. We noticed the bathroom floor had broken tiles that when stepped on, water would squirt through.We were told they knew this was an issue, they would dry the floor so they brought in someone to fix the tiles and dry the floor. The other possibility mentioned was shifting and broken drains, I am horrified it may be sewage, but there were no answers, only changing stories. The maintenance guy comes in and the tiles are "fixed" in less than 5 minutes. Then the drying blowers were brought in which succeeded in super blasting the stench around the room. The next morning the floors were soaked again and we did not use the shower. At this point we moved to another room that was not Aqua Class, and the bathroom floor had broken tiles as well that when stepped on water would squirt through. The new bathroom smelled like rotten potatoes instead of sewage so it was an upgrade. The balcony on the replacement room had a pipe coming down the outside wall that leaked goo that resembled and smelled like spoiled milk. We were told by guest relations this was a known issue with the ship and nothing could be done...so Celebrity is charging people for an Aqua Class room knowing this is an ongoing problem that is not being fixed. For all the issues we were given $150 certificate toward a future full priced cruise. No concession was given for the fact we were in Aqua Class but moved to a lower level of room. As for other reviews, they are accurate, the ship's main dining room is completely understaffed and overwhelmed. Servers can't be friendly, they are too busy running back and forth. We felt truly bad for them and did not complain about cold food and missing items. Qsine was well done and the service there was outstanding. As for documentation procedures, the staff is clueless and several people were upset over incorrect customs information. The ship did not manage to dock on time at any port. It was always an hour or so later than the published time for people to be able to get off the ship causing several people to miss activities they had prebooked so be sure to account for this when making plans. The one great thing about the ship was the kids program. The main dining room was so overburdened we ate several diners at the Oceanview Cafe. My husband's parents were traveling with us and could not eat with us at Blu because they did not book Aqua Class (thank goodness with all the issues). At Oceanview Cafe we ended up sitting near the Adventure Oceans participants who were cared for by the most unbelievable lady who reminded me of a British style nanny with a big umbrella. So there were six kids each time, the lady in charge and an assistant. The food for the kids was set up at a little group of tables in stainless steel serving trays. The kids would be led in, seated and then the leader and assistant would don gloves and plate the children's food. Once the kids finished eating they were given a small treat. The interaction with the kids was absolutely amazing, it's everything a parent would want in someone taking care of their child. Where Celebrity found this gem, I do not know, but she was a case study on how kids should be cared for by someone other than their parents. Truly outstanding, even when dealing with that "one kid" who always has to be a clown and will not sit still. And the kids were having a great time and on the last night they were all saying how sad they were it was their last night and how much they would miss the leaders. Although we didn't have kids on this cruise, at least Celebrity seems to have gotten that part right. Overall, I would take a hard look at Celebrity, I was so disappointed the known issues were not addressed and the next guests in those rooms won't have any different experience. They can't fix the issue until dry dock so rather than taking the rooms out of service, they just let guests deal with the stink. Read Less
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