This was our first celebrity cruise and we selected it for the itinerary as we were planning a short visit to Chile. We spent time in Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar before embarkation. The boarding process in Valparaiso was a bit confusing for our driver to find the correct gate. The main port and ship were much farther west than the port entrance. Once in the building we found a very short Aqua Class line and spend through checkin. We were very impressed by the cabin and our steward Noel. Daily canapes and iced tea were a nice afternoon touch.
Infinity was in very nice shape. She is older and there is some rust, stains and worn areas. Throughout the cruise we saw staff repainting, cleaning and varnishing hand rails. They work hard to keep her in good shape. We enjoyed the common areas, theater and lounges. Again the staff is exceptional and makes you feel welcome, especially at the Oceanview bar.
The buffet was fine for breakfast but dinner and lunch seemed too similar. We enjoyed the food but nothing was amazing. Blu was a wonderful dining experience. The setting and presentation of food were interesting and the meals were very good. We tried several enrichment lectures, games and trivia and found the staff eager to please and make sure we were having fun. There are also plenty of areas to relax and read or nap. With 7 sea days they had a lot of entertaining to do.
Port visits were nice with some towns like Lima and Cartagena being excellent. We only took one Celebrity tour in Panama and it was fine. The Panama Canal was the highlight for me. I spent the whole day wandering and photographing. The narration provided by a guest speaker was ok but not available all through the ship. If you do the canal watch the first locks from your room or an aft area as the prime spots all fill up quickly. After the first set of locks many loose interest and the top deck, helo pad and other prime spots are wide open.
We like this medium size ship and enjoyed our cruise with Celebrity. I can't speak for how it was better in the past but the staff makes everyone feel welcome and the ship is just fine.
We had a surprise upgrade offer a week before the cruise and moved up from an oceanview. This cabin was much more than we expected and the high balcony was great. There is vibration from the engines at a certain speed but it is not constant. Loved the Aqua class perks
Valparaiso had nice restaurants and unique Ascensors for getting up the hills. The town is a busy with old narrow streets that were crowded. Nearby was Vina Del mar which is more of open beach resort town. Santiago is about an hour and a half away. We took a bus to Valparaiso which was less than $10.
Celebrity need to make more time on this port visit. This should be a later departure or possibly an overnight. Lima is a beautiful town with many interesting things to see.
A half day tour with an English speaking guide and a driver at an affordable rate. We were shown the history of the town, churches, beaches and a local market. Great insight into the life and history of Lima. We finished with a nice lunch at a local restaurant and were driven back to our bus with plenty of time. I would recommend My Peruvian Friends as guides.View All undefined undefined Reviews
This was the saddest, seediest town on our trip. We were warned not to venture beyond the cruise terminal unless in a bus tour.
Tour of the locks visitor center and the old town of Portobello was fine. Portobello is a very old Spanish town with a lot of preserved history.
Cartagena was a big surprise to us. The city is beautiful and very unique with the old and new areas. There are street vendors in your face everywhere but they all took no for an answer and we were never threatened of pressured. Dora provides a wonderful group tour of the fort, old city and driving portion of the new city. The walking tour of the old town was great with churches, time for a little shopping and breaks for the hot weather. Dora is highly recommended.View All undefined undefined Reviews