Celebrity Infinity To Alaska July 6th 2012: Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by cruisecriticfan2

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Celebrity Infinity To Alaska July 6th 2012

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
We booked this trip last July after returning from our 3rd Alaska cruise. We are big fans of RCL and wanted to try Celebrity. The ship getting a refurbishment at the end of last year had an impact on our decision for booking this cruise. We were not disappointed.

We flew into Seattle on July 4th. We stayed at Inn At The Market for two nights. The room was very nice. We booked a city view room, on arrival we were told we had been upgraded to a two level suite.The view of Puget sound from the hotel's rooftop deck was amazing. This was a nice place to unwind at the end the day while enjoying a cold beverage.Everyone at the hotel from the front desk to the bellmen and housekeeping were fantastic. I would definitely stay there again.We walked all over downtown Seattle for those two days and saw quite a bit of what Seattle had to offer.

We were travelling with friends and the four of us arrived at the ship about 11:00 AM. The embarkation process was very efficient and we More were on board in less than an hour. Our rooms were not going to be ready until approximately 1:00PM. We were greeted with Mimosa's when we boarded the Infinity. We made our way to the Oceanview Cafe on deck 10 for a bite to eat and wait for the ship to depart. Our rooms were ready before 1:00 PM and our luggage wasn't too far behind. The room was quite nice, we selected this cabin on the stern of the ship for the views. The veranda was quite large. It had enough room for a small table with two chairs as well as two chaise lounges. We had one minor problem with a mildew (sour) odor in the bathroom. We determined the odor was coming from the shower curtain. We mentioned the problem to our cabin attendant and by the time we returned to the room after the muster drill, the problem was corrected. We always had fresh fruit waiting for us daily.

The food in the Oceanview cafe was on par with with buffets on other cruise lines. Depending on the time you visited the buffet, the line could be very long and finding a table difficult. The most popular stations (hamburgers, pizza)were always busy and at times you had to wait for the food to get cooked.

The service in the main dining room was exceptional. Our waiter, Ellington and assistant waiter, Franklin were very professional and offered recommendations for each meal. They made sure we were satisfied with our meals and corrected any issues we may have had. Each night there was a special menu for that evening as well as a menu that stayed the same for each night of the cruise. The choices were OK but somewhat limited. The salmon, baked chicken and steak options for dinner were good.

Tracy Arm was spectacular, the view of the glacier was fantastic. The captain opened up the bow of the ship for a viewing area for the trip into Tracy Arm. The scenary going into and coming out of Tracy Arm were amazing.

We chose to use the valet service for our luggage. Once we left our luggage outside of our cabin the last night of the cruise. We didn't see it again until we arrived back home. Debarkation in Seattle was efficient and painless. We were off of the ship and at the airport by 9:00 AM. Less

Published 07/16/12

Cabin review: C39162 Concierge Class 3

Cabin 9162 category (C3)- Great views from the stern of the ship. Veranda was quite large. The cabins in this area of the ship are under the outside seating of the Oceanview Cafe. I was worried about noise from above and the potential of smelling the smoke from the smokers sitting in this area. The noise of chairs sliding across the deck was minimal and the smell of people smoking was almost non-existant.I would book this cabin type again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Whale Watching

In Juneau we went on a whale watching excursion, the weather was less than spectacular. It rained the entire time in there. The boat captain got us in the area of a few whales and then we finished in an area where a pod of humpback whales were bubble netting. Eventhough we had to stand in the rain for picture taking, it was worth it.Since we were tendered, the stand in the rain was unplesant but the Infinity did have three tenders working to get us back on the ship. Since we got back late from the excursion (approximately 8:30 PM) the food selection in the Oceanview Cafe was limited and subpar.

Rainforest Hike

We took the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary tour in Ketchikan. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made the walk through the rainforest entertaining. From there we walked through an old timber mill and then met with a totem poll carver. We visited the animal sanctuary where we got up close and personal with reindeer, a bald eagle and an owl.

White Pass Scenic Railway

Next day we were in Skagway. The weather cooperated and it was sunny but cold. We took the White Pass Senic Railway Tour. The ride through the mountains was breathtaking. This is a must do excursion. There were four ships in port so the town was very busy and crowded.

Victoria is a lovely town to visit and see. Our travel companions had friends in Victoria so we all met at the cruise terminal and went out to dinner and got to see some of the local sites.
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