Great Canal visit: Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by wacotx46

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Great Canal visit

Sail Date: April 2009
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Left Ft. Lauderdale and had several hour delay boarding due to oxygen tank on board exploding and then computer malfunction at port.  Sailed 2 days and enjoyed getting around ship and learning what was available.  Our concierge class balcony cabin was fine although smaller than I had expected.  (Carnival's was larger)  Our room service was erratic, sometimes not getting amenities daily, and they had no washcloths for 2 days!  Our frig was not restocked ever.  The daily concierge service included snacks at 4pm, but they never tasted fresh.  The extra charge for concierge class was definitely not worth the extra price. 

The food in all buffets and cafes was rather bland, and there was way too many pasta and rice dishes.  The buffet was served to you causing long, slow lines.  The main dining room was nice, but service there too was very slow; and our waiter never smiled.  He was always in a hurry seemingly but not More good.  Another waiter at nearby table was friendly and attentive to his tables and to us!

The entertainment was not bad and definitely better than last Carnival cruise.

Due to swine flu outbreak, our 3 ports of call in Mexico were canceled, and we were sent to 3 California ports instead, causing the abundance of Californians on trip much anguish.  I said it was better to be safe than sorry.

The photo dept lost some of our pictures.
The spa was nice but more expensive than most cruises I've been on.
Nice library.  Good lounge music.  Internet worked fine.  Good beds and linens, but bathroom linens were old and scratchy. 
The ship needs some updating, nothing "fancy" here, but over all ok. 
The ice cream bars were only open at certain hours and not late at night.  The pizza was open late and tasted good, but it would have been nice to have ice cream afterwards.
The Guest Relations desk was open 24 hours and were courteous and responsive to our needs.
The shore excursions were good but involved lots of walking, and it was hot. 
The crew and stands were everywhere with the hand sanitizers, but the ash trays on smoking decks were seldom emptied.  
The PA system didn't work well, and the TV had very limited offerings.
Going through the Panama Canal, however, was a treat.  An all day affair that gave everyone plenty of time to take photos.   They opened the front deck, usually closed, but didn't tell anyone till later in the day. Wish we had known earlier so we could get a first glimpse and better pictures.
The stops in Montego Bay, Jamaica and in Cartagena, Colombia were interesting; however, I wouldn't go alone-only in approved excursion tours and the murder rates are very high in both places.   There wasn't much in the way of shopping except the usual local souvenirs.  The best shopping was on the ship itself. 
I would recommend this trip to others so long as they knew what to expect.  I thought the Celebrity line was a grade up from Carnival, but we changed our minds afterwards. Less

Published 05/28/09

Cabin review: A8120

Good closet but not much drawer space.  Comfortable and average balcony.

Port and Shore Excursions

Very dangerous!  They have "envy" killings-drive-by shootings for no reason.  Very dirty and hot.   The emerald shopping is good if you know where to go.  Not all emeralds are real, of course.   I highly recommend "Mr. Emerald" which is upstairs in the little shopping village-not the one downstairs that tour guide took us to.
 I really wanted to see the cathedral of San Pedro de Claver.  It was unfortunately just another old church.   We spent over an hour there when it could have been viewed in 10 minutes. 
The "old market" was a bunch of junky souvenirs. 
We were hounded constantly by vendors and beggars everywhere. 

Our next stop was Puntarenas, Costa Rica; but it's not on the drop down menu.  Nothing there but filth and black beach.

Pretty little town without much to do.  Ate good lunch and shopped some little shops and enjoyed strolling the port.

We enjoyed the Jamaican Bobsled Cafe and Margaritaville.  Nothing else of interest to us there.

We took free bus to Seaport Village-cute little shops.  Then we took taxi to Horton Plaza Mall-just another typical American Mall.  We didn't have time to go to zoo or anywhere else.

Due to swine flu , we had an extra night in San Francisco.  We enjoyed Fisherman's Wharf and ate good seafood although it was rather pricey.  We took a taxi to Ghirardelli Square and were greatly disappointed.  The factory has closed.  There are 3 little chocolate shops and one cafe with a long line. 
We booked our own city tour with Tower Tours.  It was nice, and the air conditioned bus made 3 photo stops including one at North Point under the Golden Gate Bridge.  It turned cold and windy and foggy, so book an early day tour!

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