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1 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Hawaii Cruise Reviews

We took back to back cruises for a total cruise of 28 nights on the Infinity and remained in the same cabin for the entire trip. The first cruise was Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to San Diego. The second trip was round trip Ft. ... Read More
We took back to back cruises for a total cruise of 28 nights on the Infinity and remained in the same cabin for the entire trip. The first cruise was Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to San Diego. The second trip was round trip Ft. Lauderdale to Hawaii. My parents are in their 80s and cannot say enough good things about how they were treated overall. Because of their age we took trip insurance through Celebrity, because Medicare covers nothing outside of the United States. Because we are all retired and enjoy cruising the "pod" problem of the Infinity did not affect us, but it did cause quite a bit of inconvenience for others. Since we are from Wisconsin making our own air arrangements we flew down to Ft. Lauderdale on Midwest Express (only way to fly) a day early. In the morning we boarded the Ramada shuttle at not cost to the dock. The bad news is that although we arrive just before 12, because of U.S. Customs, embarkation was delayed for about 2 hours. At least they had seats for us. Because I completed all cruise information online, checking in was simple for us. We decided to take an inside cabin for the entire trip, because we could get more bang for the bucks. Although the room is only 175 sq feet., we found it to be fine for the three of us. My parents slept on the beds, which they said were excellent, and I had the sofa coach. I am over 6 feet and nearly 300 pounds and had no problems. Because we were going to be gone for 28 nights, we did laundry on board. The Infinity doesn't have guest laundry. You have to pay. The prices were reasonable and the laundry was returned the next day. We were extremely pleased with the quality. We decided to take main seat dining, and we were given the option to have the same excellent wait team of Alkam and Ivan for both cruises. The food and service was superb. We never had one bad meal. In the morning we would normally go to the restaurant, and by the end of the trip we knew everyone on the wait staff and they knew us. Again service was superb. Although the Panama Cruise stopped at various ports on and after the canal, we just ventured off the ship to do some exploring and didn't do any of the excursions, because we were mostly interested in the Panama Canal. We started crossing the canal at 6 a.m. and finished 10 hours later. This was an experience of a life-time. The Infinity just fit. I could have easily touched either side of the locks as we went through them. The weather was perfect and we only had a few drops of rain. When we arrived in San Diego, we were given notification by letter and several phone calls on what to do. This is one area the Celebrity could do a better job of informing guests exactly what to do. We found out on our own that we should go through on board security again as we were really starting a new cruise. Again just a minor inconvenience. We decided to remain on board. Once again U.S. customs delayed the loading of the ship only by about 30 minutes. When we went for lunch at noon at the buffet, the staff informed us that, because of the delay the buffet was going to open a half hour later. When an officer heard this he came us to us and said they would open the buffet just for us. Talk about service!!!! We declined and said we could wait until 12:30. The staff nevertheless got us our drinks before the buffet opened. The cruise to Hawaii was 4 days and the cruise back was 5 and 1/2 days. In fact the ship came in about 6 hours late. We got an extra lunch, but people who had flights before five were in real trouble. I had a motel room reserved for that night as we were flying out the next day. I think people need to remember that ships are not like airlines. According to the captain the delay coming back was caused because of winds and swells. However, as most individuals know the Infinity has problems with its pods. If the pods would have been working at 100%, there would not have been a delay. Through out the entire cruise I used the gym every day, and was surprised at how many people were working out to reduce the effect of all of the excellent food. At this time I should mentioned that our afternoon meals were all taken at the Aqua Spa Cafe. Superb healthy food -- one of the best kept secrets of the Infinity. Once we arrived in the Hawaiian Islands we were the typical tourists who had never been there before, and tool all of the introductory tours. The tours that stand out most were the visits to the following: U.S.S. Arizona, volcano bus tour, and plantation tour. If you are looking at cruise line that delivers excellence service and superb food, Celebrity is for you. The Infinity was the perfect ship to spend 28 nights on. Or as I told my parents, it is cheaper per day than assisted living. What more can I say. Read Less
Sail Date March 2007

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