Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by hofnors
- Sail Date: April 2017
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 11
We didn't eat in the buffet for dinner, but the breakfasts, lunches and ice-cream were great, especially the eggs benedict and sandwich bars. They had brie for every lunch, and always fresh sweet juicy fruit -- the pineapple an watermelon were always perfect. The MDR lunches and dinners were usually very good, but there were a couple of misses, e.g., undercooking the short ribs. I found the desserts subpar in all the venues except Café Al Bacio (which has great mini lemon tarts). We tried each of the specialty restaurants once. I'd heard you could get them for half-price if you were patient, and that's what happened. In Tuscan Grille, all the appetizers we tried were fabulous, including the best tomato I ever ate, as part of the burrata starter (parboiled, I think, and marinated in oil and vinegar) -- I'd return just for the tomato. The rib-eye would have been very good, except I didn't like the sauce, which seemed like regular gravy. Qsine was a hoot and, unexpectedly, almost everything we tasted there was delicious (though I'd stay away from the cold soups). As for the pool grill, the hamburgers tasted good, but the two times I tried them they cooled off by the time I could get them fixed up with condiments and find a table. The hot dog was fabulous, enhanced by crispy bacon pieces.
We enjoyed almost all of the performances we went to. There could have been more activities; often there was a space of 2 or 3 hours with nothing that looked interesting. Luckily, the casino was usually open at those times! We had found people to pay trivia with on the roll-call before the cruise, and added to our group early on, so it was fun to find your friends every day to play with. Of the staff, Jeanna (games host), Nacho (don't know what his title is; he directed many of the activities involving audience participation) and the guy who narrated the trip through the canal were all fabulous (though I would have preferred the latter guy not sharing his personal politics re the canal, which I don't agree with).
We took the ship's shuttle to Antigua in Puerto Quetzal and walked around on our own -- it made a nice day, and the city is well worth seeing (bring good shoes for walking on cobblestones). Took an independent tour in Puntarenas (Thumbs Up) and was somewhat disappointed because we saw very little wildlife -- probably can't blame them for that though. In Curacao we took a 2.5 hour Curacao East Side and City Highlights Excursion with ShoreExcursioner, which I recommend highly. There were just 4 of us (I solicited the other 2 on the roll-call) so the service was quite personalized; it's around $35/each. Other ports we just walked around in or took local buses (in Puerto Vallarta you can get to the tequila distillery in Mismaloya that way, and they have fabulous almond, coffee and chocolate flavored tequila). Embarkation was neither terrible nor swift, but walk-off debarkation was a breeze.
And it looks like I forgot to mention going through the canal, which was the point of the whole thing: it's fascinating, and there's no way I'd understand the lock process without seeing it firsthand. I'd go on this cruise again in a minute!