Santiago to Ft Lauderdale via Panama Canal: Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by odysseuschicago

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Santiago to Ft Lauderdale via Panama Canal

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Other
We sailed on the Infinity when it was new. Not much has changed with the exception of the food quality which was not as good as the first time. The ship logistics were excellent with fast boarding in Valparaiso and every port was reached on time with good shore excursion opportunities. In several ports (La Serena and Manta) we simply took local transportation to see the same sights as provided by the ship at significantly lower cost. In LaSerena we walked over to the bus stop and got there and back for less than$2 with the added cost of $1.50 for two museum entrances. The day cost us $3.50 each versus the $49.00 each charged by the ship. In other ports the ships excursions were excellent and took us to places we couldn't reach on our own like the Pachamach ruins and lunch in a hacienda with paso dobles horses in Lima and an excursion to the Embera Indian village in Panama. We also found the anthropologists lectures on board interesting and informative.

Some passengers were More infected with the norovirus and the crew constantly was offering hand cleaner and sanitation and ship announcements were periodically made. I don't believe there were many passengers affected as we met only one passenger who was quarantined for a day. As a precaution we rarely ate at the buffet and took breakfast and lunch in the restaurant which was clean with good service.

The transit through the Panama canal was fascinating and well narrated. Our first cabin 2104 was noisy with w compressor or some other machinery sound cycling every 20 minutes or so. When we complained we were moved to another cabin 2022 which was actually larger and above all quieter.

If the Infinity had a future interesting cruise itinerary I would not hesitate to go as there is definitely value for money. We don't like large ships and Infinity is the right size. Less

Published 04/03/13

Cabin review: 092022 Inside Stateroom 9

Our first cabin 2104 inside had an annying compressor sound which cycled every 20 minutes or so. The cabin was small but had good closet and storage space. When we complained we were moved to cabin 2022 which was a handicapped cabin and larger in both interior space and larger bathroom but a slightly smaller closet space. The cabin attendants kept the room spotless.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Embera Indian Tour

The ride from Colon which is a decrepit city to the Embera Indian village took us half way across the isthmus and up some unpaved roads to dugout canoes on a river. The Indian village is fascinating and the mini lectures by the native chief is informative. The bathroom facilities are crude but sufficient. We bought several unique handcraft items there as the Indians only source of income comes from craftwork since the area was turned into a National Park and they can not farm it as they once did. This excursion was one of the best I have been on.

The ship and guides all remind passengers that the port of Callao is dangerous and it looked seedy from the bus window. We took a tour to the pyramids on the outskirts of Lima, to the special horses bred by the conquistadors to ride without swaying which were demonstrated in a Hacienda about 1 and 1/2 hours south of Lima. The show was excellent as was the food.
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We stayed in Santiago for three nights before we departed. This is a world class city and the center is clean with numerous sights to see including the history museum on the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and the Moneda palace where the changing of the guard is quite a show with marching bands, heel clicking guards and stray dogs marching along with the soldiers. The municipal theater which is also the opera house is an opulent building from 1857. There are several tours daily and tickets are obtained in the box office. We also visited an artisinal market at the edge of town at the Los domenicas stop on the red line of the metro which is very clean.

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