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First, we had a basic inside room on deck 2. I like sleeping in the dark. The room, although small, had plenty of storage spaces and was very clean. It did not looked worn at all. We appreciated the slightly larger sized shower and the handheld shower head. We kept finding little nooks to store our stuff. The bed was a little hard for me, but otherwise comfortable. There is a 2 drawer night table by each twin bed. The ship itself is in good repair and kept clean and tidy. Our cabin attendants and our dining room waiters were very nice and very efficient. Almost everyone on board was friendly and helpful. I never noticed anything worn. The windows could have been kept cleaner. They were so dirty at times, you couldn't see anything from them. Our biggest disappointments were the food and the entertainment. If you like herbal tea, bring your own. They only had peppermint and that could be hard to find. The tea and coffee were generally lousy. The food was disappointing. There was nothing from the local region, salads were not all that fresh, the food was mostly heavy and starchy with large portions of meat and very few vegetables. The vegetarian options in the dining room usually had no protein in it. The bread was very good and the bread sticks were a big hit at our table. The cafeteria was a pain. The hours were very limited and it was often hard to find a table. The servers and waiters were a mixed bag. We spoke to several wonderful people, but several of them were not so friendly and not helpful. The cafeteria food was bland and not great. Some added herbs would have been nice. The best thing I ate there was from the pasta station which I found had pesto sauce and extra garlic. While the pasta was not cooked to order, it was warmed in water and was not mushy. The fresh fruit (honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, and watermelon) were nice for the first 10 days. I don't understand why they didn't have drink stations around the ship where you could get water, tea, or coffee. I was sick of going to the cafeteria to get something to drink. No wonder it was so crowded all the time. The entertainment was often so boring, I brought a book to read. There were a couple highlights. Milos Radakovich, the Naturalist was funny and informative at the same time. He spoke on many different topics and we did not miss one of his lectures. Also, the Pampas Devils, a sophisticated dance foursome were amazing and had a great show. But mostly, everything else was pretty boring. A lot of the entertainment on board was geared toward making Celebrity extra money, like Bingo games that were almost impossible to win. The movies were played at 10pm -- too late for us early risers. On sea days there was rarely anything interesting to do in the afternoon. We tried using the concierge who has a desk in the tiny library. He was not there during his limited hours and when we asked for him to be called, he was very unfriendly when he finally arrived and very very unhelpful. The itinerary is interesting although the Magellan Straits and the fjords were not as pretty as I expected. They're big hills covered with trees that all look alike. We also had a lot of fog, so that didn't help. Punta Tomba near Puerto Madryn, Argentina was our best excursion. There were still fluffy grey baby penguins that were just starting to get their adult feathers in places. There are thousands of Magellan penguins as far as the eye could see and you are very close to many of them. Stay away from the Otway Penguins excursion which is a big rip-off. There are almost no penguins there.  

Nice Ship, Interesting cruise, disappointing food and entertainment

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by iwanderafar

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2015
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 11
First, we had a basic inside room on deck 2. I like sleeping in the dark. The room, although small, had plenty of storage spaces and was very clean. It did not looked worn at all. We appreciated the slightly larger sized shower and the handheld shower head. We kept finding little nooks to store our stuff. The bed was a little hard for me, but otherwise comfortable. There is a 2 drawer night table by each twin bed.
The ship itself is in good repair and kept clean and tidy. Our cabin attendants and our dining room waiters were very nice and very efficient. Almost everyone on board was friendly and helpful. I never noticed anything worn. The windows could have been kept cleaner. They were so dirty at times, you couldn't see anything from them.
Our biggest disappointments were the food and the entertainment. If you like herbal tea, bring your own. They only had peppermint and that could be hard to find. The tea and coffee were generally lousy. The food was disappointing. There was nothing from the local region, salads were not all that fresh, the food was mostly heavy and starchy with large portions of meat and very few vegetables. The vegetarian options in the dining room usually had no protein in it. The bread was very good and the bread sticks were a big hit at our table.
The cafeteria was a pain. The hours were very limited and it was often hard to find a table. The servers and waiters were a mixed bag. We spoke to several wonderful people, but several of them were not so friendly and not helpful. The cafeteria food was bland and not great. Some added herbs would have been nice. The best thing I ate there was from the pasta station which I found had pesto sauce and extra garlic. While the pasta was not cooked to order, it was warmed in water and was not mushy. The fresh fruit (honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, and watermelon) were nice for the first 10 days.
I don't understand why they didn't have drink stations around the ship where you could get water, tea, or coffee. I was sick of going to the cafeteria to get something to drink. No wonder it was so crowded all the time.
The entertainment was often so boring, I brought a book to read. There were a couple highlights. Milos Radakovich, the Naturalist was funny and informative at the same time. He spoke on many different topics and we did not miss one of his lectures. Also, the Pampas Devils, a sophisticated dance foursome were amazing and had a great show. But mostly, everything else was pretty boring. A lot of the entertainment on board was geared toward making Celebrity extra money, like Bingo games that were almost impossible to win. The movies were played at 10pm -- too late for us early risers. On sea days there was rarely anything interesting to do in the afternoon.
We tried using the concierge who has a desk in the tiny library. He was not there during his limited hours and when we asked for him to be called, he was very unfriendly when he finally arrived and very very unhelpful.
The itinerary is interesting although the Magellan Straits and the fjords were not as pretty as I expected. They're big hills covered with trees that all look alike. We also had a lot of fog, so that didn't help. Punta Tomba near Puerto Madryn, Argentina was our best excursion. There were still fluffy grey baby penguins that were just starting to get their adult feathers in places. There are thousands of Magellan penguins as far as the eye could see and you are very close to many of them.
Stay away from the Otway Penguins excursion which is a big rip-off. There are almost no penguins there.
 
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Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom 11
Cabin 11 2100
The bed was a little hard, but other than that, this was a nice stateroom. There was a little bit of white noise from the engines but not very loud and there was some noise of dishes and cutlery being banged about. The room had a lot of nooks and crannies to store your things including a couple shelves under the sink and a couple of small glass shelves above the sink. Nothing was worn and it was kept clean by two very nice stateroom attendants. It was easy to get to both the dining room and the theater which were on opposite ends of the ship. And it was very close to the gangway.
Deck 2 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Puerto Varas
    Boring! After 15 minutes on the bus, you get 15 minutes in Puerto Varas which is not enough to see the town. Then you take the loop around Lake Llanquihue, but you don't stop anywhere. And there's not much to see except farmland. It was interesting for the first 15 minutes. It would have been nice to stop for a drink somewhere or stop to see one of the llama farms. At the very end, we had 5 minutes at the Av Angelmó Street Stalls which are just down from the entrance to the port. If you have mobility issues, this might be an okay tour since you don't have to get off the bus. Otherwise, I would either take a different excursion, or take a taxi to Puerto Varas, or take a left out of the port entrance and head to Avenue Angelmó and the fish market.
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  • Penguin Reserve
    We were told that the schools of fish that the penguins depend on have been moving away from the area. So, there were only about 2 dozen Magellan penguins on the beach 30-ish feet away that you see through a 4 inch hole in a hide that is wide enough for about 8 people. You have to walk for a kilometer or so to get there on a rough path built on thin planks set about an inch apart. It is cold and windy. If you're lucky you might see a couple of penguins trying to make their way to the ocean though the shrubbery. There are better places to see penguins, but if this is your only chance then take it.
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