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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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Chose this cruise because I had friends booked on it. Also, it was an opportunity to return to CA, and then visit states I had not been to before, Oregon & Washington. Loved the Infinity, so sad she had problems docking in Alaska! ... Read More
Chose this cruise because I had friends booked on it. Also, it was an opportunity to return to CA, and then visit states I had not been to before, Oregon & Washington. Loved the Infinity, so sad she had problems docking in Alaska! The ship was very pretty, & I liked all the public rooms, especially Constellation lounge. Great view forward, & we even saw some whales one evening while having cocktails. The restaurant Blu was a wonderful experience, this was my first booking in Aqua class. I tried many different dishes, quail, frogs legs, pheasant & more. I was very pleased that the coffee café is also on the Infinity, I think it was added on the refit, as well as the Cellar Masters bar. That was our meeting place before dinner. Our weather was cool for a Florida girl, so I did not visit any pools, including the solarium. We just used our balcony if we wanted to go outside! My only complaint about the ship was the inefficient way we were disembarked from the tender in Santa Barbara. Because of it, we lost time on our shore excursion to Solvang. Yes, my next booking on Celebrity is also Aqua class, an aft facing cabin. We'll go up the east coast on that one. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Frequent cruisers on Celebrity but first time on Infinity, San Diego to Vancouver in Aqua class. Each timed we cruise on Celebrity we say it was our best cruise ever, and this cruise was no exception. Although we had been to the ports of ... Read More
Frequent cruisers on Celebrity but first time on Infinity, San Diego to Vancouver in Aqua class. Each timed we cruise on Celebrity we say it was our best cruise ever, and this cruise was no exception. Although we had been to the ports of call several time by car, we enjoyed visiting the ports again by sea. We arrived in San Diego by car and embarked immediately. Embarkation was simple and easy except for the long queue for TSA which took about 30 minutes - not Celebrity's fault. We always head immediately for the Mast Grille for excellent hamburgers and fries to avoid the crowd at the buffet. Mast Grille has the best burgers and fries at sea, in our opinion equal to In-n-Out or the Habit burger icons in California. Then we were off to the Constellation Lounge for a beverage and view the beautiful skyline of San Diego while our stateroom was being prepared for us. Infinity, although a bit old, sparkled. We enjoyed all the perks that come with an Aqua stateroom. Our stewards, Ambrose and Romeo, were exceptional. Blu restaurant was excellent - great food selections, impeccable service, and all the staff became our best friends. What was a surprise to us was the international mix of our fellow passengers. We got to know people from all over the world. It is stimulating to talk about different viewpoints from around the world. Debarkation was fast and easy. We booked a private shuttle, less expensive than a taxi or ship's transfer, and it was waiting for us as we walked off the ship. We enjoyed this cruise so much, we signed up for the same itinerary on Infinity again next year. We have tried other cruise lines, but Celebrity still represents the best value for our cruising dollar. We hope that Celebrity will base a ship in Southern California for roundtrip itineraries to Central America, Hawai'i, and Pacific Coastal Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We boarded the Infinity for the first time out of San Francisco. The weather was lovely the entire cruise but unseasonably hot in Santa Barbara and San Diego. We have sailed only one other Millinium ship, the Summit and I would say the ... Read More
We boarded the Infinity for the first time out of San Francisco. The weather was lovely the entire cruise but unseasonably hot in Santa Barbara and San Diego. We have sailed only one other Millinium ship, the Summit and I would say the Summit appearance was better last December. The service was excellent on both. We gave up on the entertainment early but we did enjoy the ship Naturalist Milos. He gave a lively presentation and it was well attended. The ship was clean although ready for the upcoming dry dock in a few areas. It felt more tired than actually appearing this way, maybe it was just weary from rainy months in Alaska. Embarkation and Disembarkation was a breeze for us in San Francisco, as good as any ever and we have cruised 12 times to date. We dined in Luminae and enjoyed it. The food was excellent and the menu was a source of entertainment itself. For example we were never quite sure what to expect. One day I ordered the Arugula expecting a salad but it was a pizza with Arugula on it. Another day I ordered the Cobb salad expecting a salad but it was a quarter portion of lettuce with two bacon strips on it and sprinkled with blue cheese with a full filet Mignon next to it. There are various plates presented. A hard boiled egg is served with a sample egg cut in half to show you how it is cooked, an unpeeled hard boiled egg, half a tomato and mushrooms and asparagus. It is a beautiful presentation but perhaps you could end up with more plates than the table can handle. If I would suggest one change, besides a menu edit, it would be more vegetables. We enjoyed Luminae quite a bit and look forward to returning to it in a couple of months. We also ate in Qzine and it was good and the service excellent. What did get our attention was the SS United States. The meal and the service were flawless. We are very impressed. We took three tours on this trip. A private whale watch in Monterey which we lucked out getting into as someone no showed. We saw about fifty whales and a few hundred dolphins. It was wonderful. We took it with Chris's Sport Fishing. Next we went on San Diego whale watch which was also excellent we saw hundreds of dolphins and assisted looking for hammerhead sharks afterwards as many boats are participating in studying the new influx of these sharks to the area. Our third trip cost twice as much and it unfortunately was a ships tour in Catalina for a dolphin excursion. While the other boats told us what they had been seeing all week before we bought it turned out our excursion had not seen a dolphin in a week and while the staff was nice and the boat was good a two hour tour watching sea lions on the coast and looking for hammerhead sharks was simply not worth the fee. In the future I will book these with folks who are publicly showing what they are seeing. In all fairness no boat guarantees sightings but I would say the odds are up if they have been spotted recently. Celebrity offers shore excursions and very high end excursions. It sure would be nice if they would invest in something in between and make sure what they send people on are up the standards they could get privately. I did call and suggest they publicize for the guests recent sightings and to not book a boat looking for sharks. This was a pricer cruise than normal for us but i would say it was wonderful and we both really needed a break. The waters were calm and think San Francisco is a beautiful place to catch a ship. The bridges, they bay, the islands are amazing compared to the larger industrial ports. I hope in the future Celebrity does more from this port. There was a lot more tendering than normal. A few times the tenders seemed rather crowded with all of the heat. The solution is to go to the upper deck where you can get breeze. I would certainly do this cruise again and am glad we were on the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Background Information: We are a retired couple from the San Francisco bay area -- mid-fifties & early sixties -- that cruise extensively on most major lines. This was our 46th cruise overall, our 14th on Celebrity and our 3rd ... Read More
Background Information: We are a retired couple from the San Francisco bay area -- mid-fifties & early sixties -- that cruise extensively on most major lines. This was our 46th cruise overall, our 14th on Celebrity and our 3rd time on the Infinity. Our first time on the Infinity was not to be outdone until our second time on this ship, which we also felt could not be matched and then....this cruise, which exceeded all expectations and was our favorite of all times. Boarding Process: We were given a ride directly to the pier by our neighbor, which was a treat as we planned on taking the BART train and walking to the pier (about 1 mile from the Embarcadero station). We packed in carry on luggage only to make that transfer to the ship a bit easier. We arrived at Pier 27 around 11:15 and went through security and then off to check in. We were booked in a concierge cabin and are elite on Celebrity so pretty much walked right up to the check in, although the lines were short everywhere. The check in clerk was having a lot of trouble getting it to accept our passport numbers with our credit card. I finally motioned a supervisor to come over to help as it was taking a long time and still without any success. The supervisor got it done pronto and we were guided right over to the line for boarding. Along the deck on which we boarded, there were tables set up for booking any dining or beverage packages for the cruise. We took care of our dining needs and were on our way to be greeted with our glass of champagne. Our staterooms were not yet ready so we took a seat up by the martini bar to relax and enjoy our champagne. Since we still had our carry on luggage, I went down to guest relations and was able to change my stateroom to a wonderful aft cabin which had been placed on hold the previous evening. What a fabulous way to begin our most wonderful trip. I kept this little surprise from my spouse until we received notification that our staterooms were ready. In the meanwhile, we went up to deck 10 and found a nice day bed to enjoy the sunshine and fabulous O and O duo. We also ordered a bucket of ice cold beer from Darron from the mast grill. Since I couldn't spring out our new stateroom key card in front of my spouse, I went up to order the beers and Darron promised to keep my secret and deliver them to us. So nice of him to help me with my surprise. Stateroom Information: We heard the announcement for our stateroom and made it down to deck 8. For once, my spouse surprisingly knew our stateroom number so had to do a little maneuvering to get him to the starboard side. When I pulled out the new keys, he knew immediately that I made a major score! The cabin door, which has a doorbell, opens into a long hallway, the end of which has another unlocked door into the stateroom. The stateroom had 3 full closets, one of which housed a small safe, a couple of shelves and 6 drawers. I needed no extra hangers for the first time ever. Across from the closets was the bathroom -- which I believe is standard for that ship. The shower may have been a bit larger but everything else seemed to be what we found on other cabins on this ship. The bathroom was surface clean but could have used some retiling or re-grouting at the least. There were hooks on the bathroom door for the provided bathrobes. There did not seem to be any wall hooks available in this room other than those in the bathroom. The showerhead was a hose fastened to a long pole and water pressure was decent but there were constant temperature fluctuations throughout each and every shower we took. It really wasn't too bothersome, though and I am sure all staterooms were effected much the same. From the wall with the closets, there was a long desk extending the length of the bedroom area, with a small flat screen tv and a small refrigerator / mini bar, which our room steward emptied for us to store beverages. Along this long desk were many areas of shelving and an inlet for a desk chair. The mirror also extended the length of the long desk but there was no full length mirror in the room. This was a non-issue. The bed was extremely comfortable with nice linens and 4 pillows. I requested a feather pillow and our room steward found one for me along with an extra blanket. Each side of the bed has a 2 drawer dresser as well as a table lamp. On the far side of the bed was a frosted windowed wall / door that led into the living area (extra sleeping area) which contained two full sized pull out sofas and a coffee table. There were also 6 more drawers, table lamp and tv in this area, which could be cordoned off from the bedroom area by the middle sliding door. Opposite this side of the room was the sliding door out onto the huge balcony which housed a dining table with 4 chairs and a smaller table with two cushioned loungers. Most of the balcony was half covered and enclosed with steel walls but the outside section had some railing which left nice ocean breezes onto the balcony. We lived out on our balcony -- only going to the indoor pool area once during the cruise. We had many of our meals out there and got some amazing sunset pictures. This was by far the best stateroom we've ever had in our 46 cruises. It made our cruise very special indeed. Our room stewards did a pretty good job with a couple of misses but all in all, most of our major needs were met. We aren't super demanding after our boarding requests (extra pillows and blanket, extra box of tissue, emptying of the mini bar, wine glasses) but did have dirty dishes in our room almost daily and we rearranged the balcony furniture a lot to dodge the direct sun. Ship information: I had seen many comments about the state of disrepair on this ship and I just didn't see it except in the indoor pool. They should note that resurfacing here would spruce things up immensely. The Constellation Lounge, MDR, the Theater and Q-Sine were all in great shape as was the Rendezvous Lounge. SS United states was lovely although you can see a bit of disrepair of the shutters which, in theory, add quite a sophisticated look to the room. For us, this was also a non-issue. The carpeting in some areas does need to be replaced (especially on the stairs) but overall, the Infinity is in good shape for her age. We did not see any stained or ripped upholstery on the furniture. All elevators seemed to be in working condition. Activities and Entertainment: The cruise director, Patti Honoki, is incredible at arranging everything and brings a spark to everything onboard. We've sailed with her before and are amazed at her energy level. She is a great talent and set up everything without flaw on this cruise. We enjoyed the bands onboard (O and O were fantastic) as well as the dancers. They all seemed to go out of their way to be friendly and chat with the staff whether they were performing or out to get a bite to eat. The Reigning show was so much fun as well. The production staff made sure everyone that wanted to be involved were welcomed. Milos was also incredible. Although we didn't make it to any of his presentations, we could watch them on tv after the fact and always enjoyed them. We spent much of our sailing time in the casino. Dimi, the casino host, as well as Gianna and Christina, who worked in the cashier cage, were all just outstanding. Always a smile and a friendly greeting for us! They made losing money not quite such a bad thing. The machines in the casinos were paying off for some and a very little bit for us on the last day. Many machines did have buttons that stick, though, so those need a bit of work. I loved the raffles and tournaments they organized in the casino, even though we didn't win. I must also note that I truly appreciate the mlife relationship with Celebrity as we did receive some freebies through that. We didn't see all of the entertainers as we always seemed to be enjoying the elite captains lounge or dinner during the shows. We did see the comedian, who was just ok and the newlywed game, which was fall down on the floor funny. I do miss the hypnotists onboard as of late. Not sure why these no longer seem to be arranged. The captain's club events are outstanding. A huge shout out to the entire guest relations staff, with the Captain's Circle Host, Alexandra, being the best we've ever met with that position. She was incredible in making each and everyone feel quite special. She sure enriched our cruise experience many times over. We were invited to sail away at the helipad -- which was a most memorable experience. We also were invited to dine at the Captain's table (first time ever) and when we explained that we hadn't packed formal attire due to our transportation issues, Alexandra sent a perfectly fitting jacket to our stateroom so we could attend. Unbelievable and that topped it off to make it a number one cruise. Dinner with Captain Theo and Environmental Officer Maria was just beyond incredible. Our table mates were so nice -- they could tell we were newbies to this experience. Staff and Crew: A very special thanks to Rodrigo, Elena and Marija from the guest relations staff was earned. What an incredibly wonderful and cohesive group to ensure we had the most impressive cruise experience. Besides the casino staff, the guest relations staff, the cruise director and the Captain's Club Hostess as mentioned above, others that made our cruise extra special were: Andrew and Trevor from the oceanview café Imade, Aneka and Wilfredo in the elite lounge Tari and Marta in the morning coffee house Mario, Marko, Milan, Milos, Oleg and Savo in the SS United States and QSine Marija at the main dining room I know there are others whose names escape me -- but feel like everyone worked so well together to make everything extra special for their passengers. Dining: We dined in the MDR 5 times, including the one captain's table dinner and 2 breakfasts. All dinners there were great with fabulous service, with extra special food, wine and service at the captains table. One breakfast was also great in both service and food while the 2nd one was on disembarkation day. That meal was a fail but to be expected as it was chaotic at best and certainly not representative of the entire cruise prior to that. We ate one meal at Q-Sine and the service was phenomenal as were a couple of the dishes we ordered. The Chinese food was way too salty but the lava crab was a huge winner. We had two dinners at the SS United States and both had a superior menu and outstanding service. We also enjoyed the buffet at the coffee house in the morning and never got a meal didn't just love at the oceanview cafe, mast grill or aqua spa cafe. On a cruise, we like to eat light and only when we are hungry. The buffet lends itself to this very well. They would sauté up some veggies for me at the Stir Fry or Pasta stations and I wouldn't have to add the heavy pastas to it. I also tried to stay away from that awesome bread that they bake onboard as well as those world's best fries. Between that and taking the stairs instead of the elevator, I think we warded off any extra pounds that could have easily been added. Port and shore excursions: This itinerary was unusually hot and humid for the coast of California. We absolutely love sailing out of and returning to our home port of San Francisco. We are so disappointed that Celebrity does not have any future sailings out of this port after this week. :( San Francisco did not have its typical weather -- it was sunny and warm, even when we sailed under the Golden Gate bridge on 9/5, it was windy but warm. What a delightful experience. We were going to hike up to the top of Coit Tower but toured the Hyde Street Pier on our own and it was quite interesting. We were tired from all the heat and walking by the time back onboard so didn't head back out again. By the time we got to Monterey, it was getting hot but the warmest weather was yet to come. We booked a walking tour ahead of time through a discounter. We walked into town on that beautiful walking trail that Monterey put in and met by Cannery row in town. The tour was ok, we had a hard time hearing the guide due to the larger number of people included. Much of the tour had us stopping in the hot sun so we left the tour a bit early and caught the free shuttle back to the ship. Since it was a holiday weekend, the town of Monterey just exploded in numbers so the shuttle was standing room only by the time they made a pick up at the Aquarium. Ensenada was our next port of call. We only went into the little shops at the pier, the ones by the Carnival ship being a little better than where we docked. I was able to find just the right little piece of silver jewelry that I was looking for at a vendor that I have purchased from previously. We also purchased some bottled water for our stateroom as we didn't have the beverage package. We've visited Ensenada many times in the past so had no desire to go any further into town. There was a most horrible odor at this port which we had never experienced before. Otherwise, the grounds were manicured quite nicely...just don't know about that smell. Their was a brief downpour we noticed on our balcony shortly after sail away, complete with thunder, lightening and a rainbow. I got some fabulous pictures of the rainbow. Our next stop was San Diego where we planned to go to the zoo. One step outside told us that would not happen. Not only was it unusually humid, the temperature was over 100 degrees. We caught the free shuttle down to Seaport Village but made only about 30 minutes before we stopped in a nice bayside restaurant for an ice cold beer. There was at least one convention taking place nearby so the shops were empty but the restaurants down there were packed to the gills. We walked back to the ship from there so enjoy some of our stateroom air conditioning and a shower. At sail away, we enjoyed the most gorgeous sunset from our balcony. It cooled down a little bit by sundown -- so was doable to sit out there with the nice but warm breeze. The next day we were anchored out near Catalina Island but decided to stay onboard by the indoor pool as it was again very hot and humid. We have visited Catalina Island many times before and were going to go play miniature golf only. We figured we would save our tolerance for the heat in our next port. This is the one and only day we went to the indoor pool -- it was amazing. We had some of the best views of Catalina from our little spot by the pool and enjoyed our day immensely. Our final port was Santa Barbara, again, a hot and humid day. We booked the 11 AM trolley tour from the ship. The trolley seats were so uncomfortable and they jammed an additional couple onboard which made it really tight. There was a metal bar poking me in the back the entire tour...plus, no air conditioning. The tour guide extended the tour by an additional hour thinking he was doing us a favor when I believe that everybody just wanted to go back to the ship. The highlight of the tour for us was Mission Santa Barbara, which allowed us to get off the trolley for a short while. The heat and crowded conditions on the tour most inevitably effected our enjoyment (lack of it) on this tour. We actually learned of places we would like to visit in deeper depth next time we visit that lovely city. Ah....finally a gorgeous sea day which was taken up by packing and some time at the casino. We visited some newly made friends up in the elite lounge to say our good byes and then our final fabulous dinner at the SS United States to celebrate our anniversary. Disembarkation: We were sent a questionnaire in our stateroom with check off disembarkation times listed. We requested to disembark at 9 AM and we were walking down the ramp into the terminal at exactly 9 AM. Since we went through customs as we arrived in San Diego (the immigrations officer was a grump -- noticeably not a Celebrity employee), we grabbed our luggage that we checked in the night before and were outside waiting for our ride to BART by 9:05. Score!! We did take the train back home which was a breeze. Plus, the weather was more typical for our beautiful city and today it is just a perfect 67 degrees and I am loving it!! Summary: Aside from the heat, this was the most amazing cruise where we met some of the most amazing fellow passengers. Most of all though, the staff and crew made this cruise so very special for us. I would go again on the Infinity in a heartbeat although I don't think this cruise can be outdone. Five plus stars awarded!! We just wish Celebrity would reconsider dropping SF as one of their embarkation ports. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We are definitely back in the Celebrity family. Although the Infinity is showing signs of age in that the pools are still salt water and need refurbishing, it was a delightful journey. The food was very good with a wide choice. The ... Read More
We are definitely back in the Celebrity family. Although the Infinity is showing signs of age in that the pools are still salt water and need refurbishing, it was a delightful journey. The food was very good with a wide choice. The cleanliness was outstanding and I can see why they have garnered 100% in their ratings. The entertainment was beyond all expectations. Ukrainian and Romanian aerialists, Tibi and Vika have to be seen to be believed. The shows and special talents brought onboard were excellent and varied. Our first experience with a female cruise director, Patti, was enormously successful and we would join her crew again anytime. Having been "Elite" with Princess over the years, we will be leaving that line. Where on Princess we could get appetizers in our stateroom on sea days only, Celebrity, with their Concierge Class program, delivers every single day of your journey. Each day gave us a different and varied array of beautiful appetizers. No checklist of the same tired choices. All the staff on Celebrity seemed real and very happy to be there which has disappeared on the other line. Impressively, when a San Diego tour turned out to not be what was promised due to the tour company, Celebrity quickly gave all a full refund and apology. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Just returned from sailing on the Celebrity Infinity Pacific coastal with port stops in Monterey, Ensenada, San Diego, Catalina Island and Santa Barbara. Wonderful port stops, and even though we had to tender the majority of the timing, ... Read More
Just returned from sailing on the Celebrity Infinity Pacific coastal with port stops in Monterey, Ensenada, San Diego, Catalina Island and Santa Barbara. Wonderful port stops, and even though we had to tender the majority of the timing, the tenders were quick and always available, no lines. :) We were surprised there was not a whale watching excursion in Monterey, but right off the port we booked our own excursion on Chris' Whale Watching and were not disappointed. Saw over 40 whales up close and personal. fantastic! If you have a port stop in Santa Barbara highly recommend renting a car and driving to Reagan Library and Air Force One in Simi Valley. Takes a little over an hour to drive there but well worth the drive. We took a watercolor painting class which was great fun! highly recommend I had never painted in my life and I would say the majority of the class were newbies, and we all were impressed with the final results. The entertainment was outstanding. Don't miss the shows! Liked every show we saw - Dean Gaines, comedian, David Meyer was OUTSTANDING. What energy! Lou ___ from season 2 of American Idol was the best singer I have ever heard on a ship. Really enjoyed the aerialists from Romania and Croatia (a husband and wife to-be team). There is a 3:30 pm snack time. This is really afternoon tea with scones and teas and sandwiches and desserts. Liked this a lot as you don't have to sit in a main dining room, you can just get your scones and tea and enjoy at your leisure. Also loved that they have free ice cream 4 flavors and sorbets, 3 or 4 flavors on Deck 10, Oceanview Cafe. Plenty of choices. We had great dinners in the main dining room and a wonderful group of servers. DO NOT MISS going to the large outside pool on Deck 10 near the Canyon spa. This was another highlight of the ship. There is not a charge to use this pool and it is fantastic! Not to be missed. The water is warm and wonderful and water is salty. My husband likes a cool pool but I loved this pool!!! Cruise director Patti was great and was also a fantastic singer, Overall rating -- 9+ I would have rated this cruise a perfect 10 had the TV in our room been better and movies been available on the ship. If you are thinking about seeing California coast, be sure to book this cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2015
The job done to update the Infinity was fantastic. May wife and I were very impressed. Having been on close to 20 cruises, this was a wonderful trip. Everything was excellent. We enjoyed every specialty eating venue. Each meal ... Read More
The job done to update the Infinity was fantastic. May wife and I were very impressed. Having been on close to 20 cruises, this was a wonderful trip. Everything was excellent. We enjoyed every specialty eating venue. Each meal was delightful. Q Sine .... Bistro on 5 (what a bargain) ... SS United States (super) The crew (some obviously new on the job) were top notch. There were three "tendered" ports. There were always two (or more) crew members there to help. This was an older group since we sailed after school was back in session. Polite, helpful and respectful describe this outstanding staff. I would highly recommend the Celebrity Infinity. We have already booked our next cruise on her sister ship the Summit. Read Less
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