This was our 6th cruise, second on X and First on a Millenium Class Ship.
Everything on this cruise was better than expected, including the superb weather. We loved the ship, the crew, the food and the entertainment. We booked another cruise while on board. The ship as mentioned in other reviews is not new; however it is very well maintained and nothing in relation of the ship's age impacted negatively our cruise experience.
Embarkation was a breeze (15 minutes for security, 15 minutes for customs and 10 minutes for boarding.) Disembarkation and embarkation was smooth at every port of call except Ketchikan where a small delay occurred: it took 10-15 minutes. Final Debarkation in Vancouver using the self-assist process went extremely well. We were on the street, passed customs with our luggage in 15 minutes. This was our fastest debarkation process so far!
Cabin 9057: Aquaclass. Very similar to the veranda cabin we had on Solstice. Very clean, well maintained. Loved the balcony with the large overhang protecting against rain and wind. No issue with noise from the deck above. The multijets shower was impressive. Plenty of storage space. Demineralized water and extension cord for my wife's CPAP were already in our cabin upon arrival. Bravo and thank-you to Racquel, who took good care of us in a very discrete yet efficient fashion!
Food: Service at the BLU restaurant was attentive, efficient, personalized. Fantastic Experience! Bravos to Olgica, Carlos, Everson, Miller, Rina, Vivie, Jonathan! Bravo also to our sommelier Fernando, who really did a good job at enhancing our dinner experience and taught a nice wine/food pairing seminar. Fun and instructive! We ate most dinners and breakfast in Blu. Did not try specialty restaurants on this cruise. The food in BLU was excellent! We loved every meal, in particular, lobster night. Now that we are ashore, we already miss Blu.
Food in the Main Dining Room for lunch was good to excellent as well. We really had no issues there, however, we did not use it very often. (twice I believe). Food at the Oceanview Cafe was good. I loved the pasta bar. However, finding a table at that OVC can be tricky at times.
Cafe Al Bacio, and Mast Grill Bar all obtain good to excellent mark as well.
Entertainment and activities: Luigi (Cruise director) and his staff did an excellent job. The production shows were well done and entertaining. We really enjoyed them, even more that last year's shows on Solstice. We went to all the late night shows except on the first night, due to travel fatigue. Games such as trivia, True or False, Minute to win it, Paper Airplane competition, Silent Disco and music throughout the ship kept us entertained and pleased. This was in addition to whale and nature watching!
Captain and crew did a magnificent job in bringing the ship so close to Hubbard Glacier and by doing a 360 degree turn so that all staterooms with a view could take a look at this magnificent glacier. It was a unique and phenomenal experience!
Service/employees at Guest Relation, Shore Excursion and Future Cruise were helpful and efficient!
Ports: We took Celebrity Excursions for each of the port of calls:
Icy Strait Point: We had a fabulous time. Weather was beautiful. Humpback whales were present in port wot welcome our ship! During the Rain Forest walk\Whale watching excursion, we saw bald eagles, a pacific coastal brown bear, a spirit bear, a deer and lastly more whales. Including one humpback whale who put on a show for us, by breaching three times and then swimming on its side to show all her fins. We will not forget this fabulous day!
Juneau: Rain forest walk to Mendenhall Glacier and another whale watching tour. The walk was beautiful, and observing a mother black bear in the trees with her baby cubs swinging at the top of other threes a bit further, made our day! The arrival in front of Mendenhall Glacier was impressive. Wow!
Ketchikan: Another rain forest walk. This was not a bad tour, but the visit at Betton Island did not reveal any of the fauna we had hoped to see. This said, was saw during the boat ride, a very large eagle nest with two beautiful bald eagles supervising the situation. The trees and flora at Betton Island were quite impressive though.
All and all, we experienced a fabulous cruise and enjoyed every moment! It is an experience we will remember. I would recommend this cruise and Infinity without hesitation! (Just beware, by all accounts we were extremely lucky on this cruise regarding weather: we had very few rain showers and short ones only which contributed to our unique experience.)
Fitness and Spa: We tried the gym one (it was a bit crowded and difficult to find an apparel, but we were able to do our workout) and we also tried the Persian Gardens once. The view from the "inside" Persian Gardens on Infinity was not as nice as the view from the same room on Solstice which was spectacular. This said, were were able to try all the rooms and really enjoyed the experience.
Thank you very much Celebrity and in particular, to all the crew of Celebrity Infinity!
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