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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Quick observations and context: We sailed the Pacific NW cruise from Seattle to Astoria, San Francisco, Victoria & Vancouver. We have previously sailed multiple times on the Summit (and like the ship very much). We found the larger ... Read More
Quick observations and context: We sailed the Pacific NW cruise from Seattle to Astoria, San Francisco, Victoria & Vancouver. We have previously sailed multiple times on the Summit (and like the ship very much). We found the larger size and newer design of the Solstice VERY nice. Decks 4 & 5 (where the $$$ is) flows better than on Summit. We noticed the extra width and felt it was a more luxurious and relaxed experience. We also liked having more entertainment "out" in that area vs tucked away in a lounge. MDR was excellent as was (I can't believe I'm saying this) the buffet. We're not buffet people, but found this to be the first we went to where a) the food was fresh and really good, b) laid out clearly and easy to get what you want without standing in a long line, and c) staff was quick to clean/clear, meaning you could actually get a table. Overall - ship was run very well, clean, and felt uncrowded (I don't think they sold out, probably 90%). We would definitely sail on this class again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We were traveling to California to spend s couple days with family, we decided to make the long trip worthwhile and see more of California. We chose Celebrity as they added Catalina island as a port of call. It was a wonderful trip. ... Read More
We were traveling to California to spend s couple days with family, we decided to make the long trip worthwhile and see more of California. We chose Celebrity as they added Catalina island as a port of call. It was a wonderful trip. Celebrity takes care in picking employees who take the extra steps. We chose select dining and never had to wait. Most nights we were waited on by Allan and Dhia. They were wonderful, giving singing commentaries. We spent a great deal of time at cellar masters with Mervin and Victor. Stone free duo were excellent. Great music, great voices. Entertainment was good. We loved the magician and comedian Carl banks the most. Games could have been a bit better, but they can only do so much with the audience. it was a great way to see different cities in California with only unpacking once, we would have liked more active excursions, but managed on our own as phones and Internet worked and everyone spoke English. we had a veranda room with the premium liquor package. Food was very good in the main dining room. Liquor choices were amazing. We did try Quisine one night and loved it. Great job celebrity, we hope to sail with you again.. 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
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
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Celebrity Infinity May 2017 Background- Total of about 35 cruises, ~30 with Celebrity, last few were all on Solstice class ships. Route-We started in San Diego and moved up the coast ending in Vancouver, 7 stops in 11 nights, also ... Read More
Celebrity Infinity May 2017 Background- Total of about 35 cruises, ~30 with Celebrity, last few were all on Solstice class ships. Route-We started in San Diego and moved up the coast ending in Vancouver, 7 stops in 11 nights, also doing an overnight in San Francisco, each city stunning in its own right. They couldn’t have picked a better itinerary, and we were only touched by rain one time in our journey which lasted about an hour, luckily that was on a sea day, so it affected nothing other than missing an hour in a lounge chair Boarding Boarding in San Diego was hectic. Two ships Infinity and Disney Magic) were boarding the same day and port didn’t seem well equipped to handle more than one. Once we made it past the security screening all was fine and smooth but did take about 1-2 hours to get to that point. We purposely arrived later in the day to avoid crowds (boarding started about 11, we arrived at 2), but still chaotic. 6/10 (but Celebrity’s portion 9/10) Cabin I initially booked a C3 for this voyage bit a few weeks before a Suite Guarantee became available for a nominal $600 so I grabbed it since it also included the 4 perks, so I ended up in an S2 on deck 6. The room was nicely maintained and updated (Infinity was refurbished in 2011), and carpets were changed again 2 years ago. The Sky suites are a bit smaller on the Millenium class that the Solstice class (250 vs 300ft2), but plenty of room for two people. Small balcony as well with a few chairs was great. Only negative I found with the suite was the combination bathtup/showers limited height. If you are tall it’s a bit awkward, as is just climbing in the high wall of the tub. Heard a few people that had sky and Celebrity suites complain unless you are tall it’s hard to climb into the tub/shower. Plenty of closet space, drawers and storage, so much so that I only used about ½ of it. Did like the little touches, the plush bath towels, great sheets, and that the room attendant and butler introduced themselves the first day. Cabin service was excellent. Never used the room service, but cabin was serviced twice a day and butler checked in 3x a day, and canapes delivered daily at about 4PM 9/10 Excursions Took two of the ships excursions and good ROI (return on investment on both). We visited the Reagan library in Santa Barbara and whale watching in Victoria. The tendering operation was a bit frustrating for some as we tendered in two ports, and some were getting antsy about the lines, but I think that’s just a part of cruising. Always amazed how crabby some people get over little things beyond their control. I do wish they would re-write the explanations on excursions details though. It just seems like every excursions details include two much flowery generic prose that could be found in a tourist publication and not really any nuts and bolts detail of nuts & bolts of the tour (how much time will we spend on bus, what places are we visiting, are we going to be sidetracked to a pottery place to try and sell us trinkets?). I wish it was more of a bulleted time line of what, where, when and how long. 7/10 Food & Dining Main Trellis Dining Room-Didn’t try it Sushi on 5-Didn’t try it Blu- Tried it once enjoyed it-Seemed to me to be a mini-me version of the MDR with smaller portions and a few different selections, nicer more intimate atmosphere than MDR. 7/10 Luminae-We dined the majority of our meals here. Can’t say any negatives about it. Truly a 100% positive experience. Service OUTSTANDING, by the second day everyone on staff knows your name and has the atmosphere of a place you’ve been dining out for decades. Food well prepared, original, seasoned and cooked to order. Their recommendations were generally spot on. The menu consisted of about 4 or 5 appetizer/soup/salad dishes and about the same in main courses. You could also order off the MDR menu if something didn’t catch your eye, but most meals I found the Luminae selection to be the better quality choice. Not even once did I find myself waiting for service, a course, or a table. Efficient, friendly and great attention is given to everything. Only open on sea days for lunch which makes sense, since when they have tried to keep it open every day (on past cruises), as it sits empty unless it’s a sea day. 10/10 Qsine-It’s a fun playful experience and you always end up with a lot more food than you can ever imagine. My only negative is that since you use the Ipads to select your dishes, would it be two difficult to have them connected to the waiter? It just seems silly that put all these inputs into a computer and ultimately the waiter comes and writes them down on a slip of paper. Bravo to Qsine for the way they handle vegan/vegetarian dishes. One person in our party, preferred vegan/vegetarian, and for just about every dish we ordered that contained meat or seafood, he offered our friend a meat/dairy/etc/etc/etc free version of the same or similar items. Truly astounded me on how the waiter kept track of the ultimately 20+ or so different dishes that he bought the three of us. 8/10 Tuscan Grille-It was awesome, had dinner one night with Captain and 8 other guests, and last night dined with the Hotel Director and three friends, and it was fabulous. I savored every bite of every dish. Filet Mignon was fantastic (as for the brown mushroom sauce for it), the plate on Antipasto (prosciutto, sopressata, salami and cheeses was heavenly). Again in Tuscan my one friend’s dietary requests were adjusted to give him alternates to the meat heavy menu. The establishment itself has a great ambience, nice old world Italian steak house design. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Like Luminae it’s a great restaurant to have a conversation in. Tables and seating are set up so you’re not having to raise your voice to speak at someone at the other end. 10/10 Oceanview Grill- Ate their twice for breakfast and a few times for lunch It’s hit or miss. I like the salads, fresh fruit and ice cream. Pizza’s are limp right out of the oven rather than crisp (I’m used to New York pizza which the Gold standard), a few of the dishes were good, but nothing really memorable. They do a great job of bussing tables, and making sure people aren’t waiting for tables. 8/10 Bars & Lounges-Great smiling faces at them all. Most of the cruise critic events were held at the Constellation Lounge on deck 11. Especially though that Istavan from Hungary was fantastic. Superb fun bartending group overall. Erik and Dian fantastic at Michaels club. Didn’t spend much time at sunset or martini bar though, so hard to give you good feedback on those. 9/10 Entertainment Was fun that they did the silent disco a few times, I think it’s a slam dunk win even if you don’t participate, and just watch the fun. Alejandro did a good job, and the activities team really seemed to enjoy getting people involved in everything from bingo, to trivia, to mock game shows. Always enjoy the Celebrity dancers and singers, the material is usually dated, but their vigor and enthusiasm makes it fun to watch. Liked some of the guest performers, magician was funny, and always fun when you see them tailor their act to audience a bit, and make it interactive. 7/10 Spa Tried an 80 minute massage, it was OK. They always try for the upsell though. 80 minute massage DISCOUNTED rate was ~$200, then if you want hot stones during it, that’s ~$30 more. I’m a massage junkie at home, and this was pretty good but not very good 6/10 Crew In a word-OUTSTANDING. Captain Berdos and Hotel Director(HD) Bosco Pires work together like a well oiled machine. Their personalities are similar and I think so is their work ethic, excellence performance. I can’t say enough good things about them and their management style. Rest of the department heads outstanding as well. The housekeeping manager, the F&B director, guest relations manager, restaurant managers all go out of their way to keep passengers happy. Kirsty the Captains club host also spectacular as was the event coordinator. The excellence of the senior managers rolls down to the staff which seems totally engaged in guest satisfaction. The senior staff attended every event that we had from Captains Club to CC, to informal gatherings, and were always asking what they can do to make things better. Great sign of an engaged group of men and women. One of the stories I heard from the HD I thought was surprising. He told me he found being a HD on a Millenium class ship more challenging then on a Solstice class ship. I would of though since Solstice having more dining venues, more passengers, more lounges and staterooms it would be tougher. He went on to eloquently explain that because the Solstice class ships have all the “bells and whistles” (my words not his, his explanation was much more poetic), it makes it easier from a guest relations standpoint. The older ships it takes some extra marketing and extra effort to make them a competitor, and he enjoys that extra challenge of showing any product he is currently serving aboard. Really enjoyed our talks as much as the meals. 10/10 Overall-I’d give the cruise 5 stars. Any minor things I pointed out were minor in comparison to all the great things that the team onboard does to keep you happy. You know it’s been an excellent cruise when you’re two biggest complaints were that Voicemail in my room didn’t work Internet was slow I already have my next voyage booked on Infinity for February of 2018, so see I put my money where my mouth is I’ll end the review with this story the Captain read on the public address system the last day, it’s called “Why I want to be a Captain” and was written by an 10 year old British boy. “I want to be a captain when I grow up because it’s a cool job that is easy to do. Captains don’t have to go to school such a long time. They only need to learn figures so they can read instruments. I think they also have to able to read maps so they don’t get lost when they sail. Captains have to be brave so they don’t get scared when it’s so foggy they can’t see and when the propeller falls off they have to know what to do about it. Captains must have eyes that can see through the clouds and they mustn’t be afraid of thunder and lightning which they have closer to them than we have. The captain’s wages is another thing I like. They earn more money than they can spend. That’s because most people think it’s dangerous to driver a boat, except captains, because they know how easy it is. There’s not much I don’t like, except that girls like captains. All girls want to marry a captain, so captains are always having to chase them away to get some peace… I hope I don’t get seasick, because if I get seasick I can’t be a captain and I’ll have to start working.” Read Less
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