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15 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from San Diego

15 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from San Diego

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Miami

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

Cons

Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

Bottom Line

A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: August 2019
We sailed around the Adriatic on Celebrity Infinity. We embarked in Venice and probably the biggest disappointment of the whole holiday was that the ship’s departure was delayed by several hours so that the sail away from Venice was in ... Read More
We sailed around the Adriatic on Celebrity Infinity. We embarked in Venice and probably the biggest disappointment of the whole holiday was that the ship’s departure was delayed by several hours so that the sail away from Venice was in darkness. We had really been looking forward to a spectacular start to the cruise so were bitterly disappointed. From then on, the cruise fully lived up to our expectations. Whilst the ship is a bit tired in places, it is still very comfortable and well laid out with none of the queues and crowding that we have experienced on other ships. The crew are very friendly and provide excellent service. We had a balcony cabin and were at the stern of the ship. I had put in a cheeky bid for a family cabin using Celebrity’s new scheme and we were rewarded with two rooms and a huge balcony. This was cabin 9199 which did have a drawback as it was directly below the Ocean View Bar and the movement of tables and chairs above was quite intrusive. The cabin service was efficient and unobtrusive. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Ocean View buffet and were well satisfied with the food. It could get a bit crowded at peak times but we never failed to find a table. We had set time dining in the main dining room and shared a table with two other couples. The service was great and the food good with ample choice. We did use the new style Qsine and Tuscan speciality restaurants and were impressed with the food though you do have to pay a significant amount for the privilege. The experience in Qsine with the holograms was really something else. As we were dining at 8.30pm, the timing of the shows in the theatre at 7.30 and 9.30 did not suit us at all so we didn’t see any shows so cannot comment on the quality of them. Later in the evening we did go to a few events by the pool and in the Constellation Lounge. The silent disco was great fun. The house band Ocean’s Five tried hard but the female singer sang flat at times which was jarring on the ears. The other lounge entertainers were good and pleasant to listen to. We had the classic drinks package included which was perfectly adequate for our needs. Drinks are pretty expensive if you don’t have a package that is for sure. As Captain’s club members, we had 90 minutes free wifi which is just about enough for us. The wifi service is just about OK but slow at times. It is ridiculously expensive if you have to pay for it. On the other hand, the TV in the cabin was really poor with limited channels and a tendency to freeze. The cruise lasted for twelve days and with only two sea days was pretty full on in terms of the shore experience. We had been on the same cruise a few years previously and decided not to book any excursions as most ports were interesting enough to do our own thing. Koper in Slovenia was the first port of call and was pretty quiet on a Sunday morning although nice to stroll around. We decided to stay on board in Zadar and saved our energy for Split. Split was a really nice city with plenty to see. On our last cruise we had visited Salona and Trogir and had not seen much of Split so it was nice to take a relaxing stroll around the centre. We then went to Dubrovnik and previous experience had taught us to make an early start as it gets really crowded later on. It was a hot day but we managed to walk around the walls before it really got too hot. It is well worth doing but like everything else in Dubrovnik it doesn’t come cheap. The final leg of the Adriatic section was a visit to beautiful Kotor in Montenegro. This required a tender from the ship but again we went early so had no problems. Like Dubrovnik, Kotor gets really busy as the day goes on. It is quaint with narrow streets and fine old buildings and is well worth a visit. After a sea day, we arrived at Catania in Sicily. On our last cruise we had visited the tourist hotspots of Mount Etna and Taormina (well worth seeing) so we walked into the centre of Catania. It has many fine buildings and a beautiful square but in places it is suffering from decay. Nevertheless, it interesting to visit with the area around the fish market particularly lively. Another seas day and then Palma Mallorca. The city itself is great with bustling streets and a beautiful cathedral but the day was blighted by very badly organized transfers to and from the ship. The return transfer was particularly shambolic and we waited almost an hour and a half for a bus in the hot sun. The service was not provided by Celebrity but a local company but it really wasn’t good enough. Fearing something similar in Ibiza we decided to walk into town. Fortunately, we noticed a water taxi service right next to the ship (not mentioned by Celebrity) which took us right into the old town for 4 euros return. The transfer by bus was priced at 10 euros return. In both Mallorca and Ibiza we arrived in late morning and left in late evening which was not ideal. The final port before we disembarked in Barcelona was Valencia. The ship docked quite a long way out so the transfer to the old city took around 30 minutes. The old part of Valencia has beautiful old buildings and winding streets and is a joy to wander around. Disembarkation at Barcelona was straightforward and we had a quick transfer to the airport. We do cruise with Celebrity as a matter of choice and overall were not disappointed with the cruise living up to our expectations. The positives: great service, a comfortable ship, friendly like-minded people, good food The negatives: delayed departure from Venice, the transfer in Mallorca, poor TV service, timing of shows Would we cruise with Celebrity again – of course we would! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity having cruised many times previously with Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and once on MSC. We mainly chose this cruise for the ports visited as all the places sounded very interesting. ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity having cruised many times previously with Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and once on MSC. We mainly chose this cruise for the ports visited as all the places sounded very interesting. The ship is definitely showing its age and is in need of some renovations but most common areas were clean and comfortable so that was fine. We liked how even though the ship was completely full, it never felt crowded as we never had trouble finding a table at the buffet, finding seats in the theatre or finding lounge chairs to bask in the sunshine which made our experience that much more relaxing. The only main negative came in the main dining room. We had open seating but the first two nights they gave us the same table and waiters. We are not ones to complain about restaurant service but he was one of the worst waiters we've had. Both nights he barely greeted or smiled at us and took forever just to give us the menus and water. Nor did he ever ask us if we wanted coffee or tea afterwards unlike all the other cruise waiters we have had previously. We were so unimpressed that we ended up eating at the buffet for dinner for the remaining nights. We actually enjoyed the food at the buffet and how they had themed food nights (eg. Greek night) so we didn't mind. The buffet staff were quite pleasant as well. Now for entertainment, they had a show each and every night and at two different times so you can more easily fit it into your schedule. I would say the entertainment was alright, nothing amazing but not bad either. They had a mixture of dancing, singing, a magician and several very talented musicians. Some shows we enjoyed more than others. Every night they also had live music at several places around the ship which was nice, we particularly liked Nick the guitarist. I did notice that on the sea day there wasn't enough activities to do around the ship so that day felt a little boring. Since we had not been to any of the ports on this cruise (Sicily, Malta, Argostoli, Dubrovnik, Koper) we booked the shore excursions package which included tours in all the places except Koper, but we booked an excursion for that separately. We liked all the excursions although they were pretty brutal in the heat as many of them involved quite a bit of walking. My favourites were Sicily (Lovely Taormina) and Malta (Seaside tours and local Delicacies). Dubrovnik was beautiful too but so overcrowded that it just took away from the experience. I would recommend going during school months to avoid the heat and crowds. Argostoli was nice but not a whole lot to see and in Koper we joined a tour to Ljubljana the capital city of Slovenia which was fun but felt a little rushed. We did enjoy our time in all the ports though. Overall, we had a good experience with our first cruise on Celebrity. The food, especially the buffet were quite good compared to past cruises and we liked the lack of crowds around the ship. I would cruise with them again if they have the right itinerary but wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to cruise with them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We booked this cruise some 10 months before departure and was a little apprehensive reading some of the reports as to the ship being tired and old. We did not find this, yes in places, you had to look, for slight rust on windows, small ... Read More
We booked this cruise some 10 months before departure and was a little apprehensive reading some of the reports as to the ship being tired and old. We did not find this, yes in places, you had to look, for slight rust on windows, small rubs on furniture, but overall we were more than satisfied. We flew to Venice to embark and took the Venicelink private shuttle to the port, this we found well worth the money, a great way to come into the port with the ships towering above you. Everything was taken care of and they even off loaded the baggage and we never saw it again till it was outside the cabin, rely was and experience. Unfortunately the disembarkation was not the same, again we opted for a private shuttle from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome airport, with a company called Airport Shuttle Italy, They did not arrive on time and after many many phone calls we found that the driver had forgotten his pass to get into the port, how were we supposed to find him,when we were told that they would be at the ships side after disembarkation. After a worrying time we eventually were taken outside the port in a taxi to find the driver. Just a few words about the crew and the cruise overall. We felt that the crew were exceptional, apart from the waiters serving drinks in the many bars. We had cause to complain to the Food and Beverage Manager on one occasion. We were seated in the Constellation Lounge and the bar was due to open at 7pm, we sat there and three bar staff just ignored us, when I went to the bar and asked if we could order, the head bar man said, sorry we have a large party due at 8pm, by the way the time at this point was 7.15pm and he refused to serve us. Other than that we also found waiters in the Martini Bar and Rendezvous Bar not very forthcoming and many times we had to go to the bar and ask for service. It was chalk and Cheese for the other staff, we could not fault them from our table waiters, Charles and Francis to the boys and girls in the buffet, nothing was too much trouble. We even had invites for a sail away on the heli pad, Champagne and music as we sailed out of Naples, a great touch Celebrity. Ports of calls were, Venice, Split, Kotor, Corfu and Naples. Loved most of the ports apart from Naples, weather overall was far too hot for my liking, most days it was over 38/40 degrees. Read Less
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