Panama Canal April 2012: Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by Duckgirl

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Panama Canal April 2012

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego
We returned two weeks ago from sailing through the Panama Canal aboard the Celebrity Infinity. What a wonderful cruise! The ship was fabulous and the ports of call well worth it. Just going through the Panama Canal was an incredible experience. What an engineering feat!

The Infinity has recently been refurbished and everything sparkled! Our stateroom was very nice. Our stateroom attendant pampered us with fresh flowers, champagne and great service. The frozen towels and ice water on the dock was a nice touch after some very hot excursions!

The main dining room had scrumptious food! Our head waiter left a little to be desired, however. He was always in a hurry and made some sort of mistake almost every evening, mostly serving the wrong entrees to the wrong people There was no attempt to learn our names until about the 10th night! Not what we had experienced on previous cruises. The bar service was a little strange in a few of the lounges too. One bartender More said she couldn't mix our drinks as ordered, because she had never heard of it! It was the Drink of the Day! Also, the pool area lacked adequate bar staff and was very slow in mixing drinks. The Oceanview Cafe was fine for breakfast, but we found it lacking in taste and quality for other meals.

The Rendevous Lounge had the best band playing there nightly, one that played big band music and lots of ballroom choices. We loved having a late night drink there before retiring.

The Bistro on Five, a new speciality restaurant, was incredible! Quietly tucked away on Deck 5, it served many types of crepes, both meal and dessert types. Fantastic! Of course, there was an extra charge, but well worth the $5 each! A nice alternative to a noisy buffet for lunch.

All in all, the cruise was well worth the expense in terms of quality and ports of call. The Panama Canal is a once in a lifetime trip, especially with "Uncle Marty" along as narrater! Hats off to a wonderful time! Less

Published 05/10/12

Cabin review: 2A8151 Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A

Good location. Quiet. Nice balcony. Bathroom was very nice, larger than most. Close to library and computers. No outside noise.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Too hard to get to the beach. Did not go on an excursion. Short walk to town and shopping.

City Tour

Nice history lesson on both the old and new parts of Cartegena. Monica was our guide and did a very good job of answering questions and keeping everyone on track.


Loved it! Juan Carlos was a wonderful guide and showed us many types of wildlife, as well as lots of history about Panama.

Dolphin Swim

This was fantastic! Well worth the money. We spent about one hour in the pool with the dolphins. Lots of interaction with them and a nice lunch afterwards. Very well done by the staff at the Dolphin Center.

Tarcoles River

Wonderful! Great cruise with two informed guides. We saw lots of wildlife, including crocodiles, different types of birds and reptiles.

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