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We had only traveled on Celebrity Solstice Class ships before, but to get through the Panama Canal had to take the Celebrity Infinity. Our experience was both great and not so great. Our Aqua Class stateroom, 1109 was aft on the 11th Deck. The views from the veranda were great, the bed was fantastic and our steward was outstanding. The only flaw we found in the room was that the cabinets (which held a lot) were a bit awkward when both people were dressing because of doors that got in the way. The Deck 11 aft elevators land you smack dab in the middle of the Oceanview Cafe on Deck 10 which is very convenient when eating lunch, but inconvenient to the pools and solarium since you have to walk through the cafe to get to them. And, if you decide to go to the pools across Deck 11 on the outside, you have to deal with the extremely heavy doors leading out and in to that deck. We were traveling in very hot weather so that crossing Deck 11 wasn't unpleasant but I cannot imagine doing an Alaska tour on this ship and having to cross Deck 11. Another issue was that the cruisers were allowed to save spaces at the pools. We would go to the pool at about 8:30 a.m. and almost every deck chair had a towel and book on it with no people in sight. This should not be allowed. We were hard pressed to find a place together so that finally I just moved people's stuff...they often showed up an hour later!! The Infinity Theater entertainment was just as good as that on the Solstice Class Ships. The theater had nice little tables for drinks and the seats were comfortable. There were not as many aerialists in the shows but the cast talent was excellent. As always, on every ship we have been on, the back-up band was too loud. The comedians, juggler, and singers were very entertaining. The "Beyond the Podium" speaker, Bill Fall was truly a gem. His lectures about the Panama Canal gave us a much greater understanding and appreciation for the whole project. Also, Bill Fall was around the ship and made himself available for questions. There were many things that really stood out for us on this ship. One was the presence of the Officers. I had never experienced seeing them so often. They were friendly and there to answer questions much of the time. Another was that the crew was the friendliest we have encountered since our first sailing on the Silhouette back in 2012. And a third was that cruisers elevator etiquette was excellent. One main disappointment in Aqua Class was the Persian Garden. It is understandable that when "Aquasizing" this ship they had to find room for it, and although the special showers were nice, the location in the middle of the ship made the Persian Garden a dark and dreary place. And the door leading into it was so heavy that the crew had to open it for you. We ate in BLU and had a great waiter and wine steward. It was a surprise to us when they started repeating menus after only one week, but the food was of the usual high standard. Sushi on Five is wonderful and I would have liked to lunch there every day if I were traveling with a companion who ate sushi. The on board games and activities were well managed. The Cruise Director, Shawna, and activity hosts, especially Chiko, were great. Chiko led the cruise choir and did a show of his own. Celebrity should really hire him as a performer. What a voice! Our Ports of Call were fine with one exception, Colon. Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta were lots of fun. We just got off the ship there and walked around town. Walking The Malecon in Puerto Vallarta is a real treat with entertainment and fantastic sculpture art along the way. Puerto Quetzal was a lovely surprise. We took a Celebrity provided "chicken bus" to the shopping area which was full of beautiful friendly people who loved selling us stuff. The area was very clean and well kept with places to sit and listen to nice music. Puntarenas, Costa Rica was skipped because of civil unrest in the country but we stopped outside Panama City and there were tours arranged at the last minute, all of which we missed because we weren't at the right place at the right time when the tours were made available. We did take the tender into Forte Amador, found beers for $1.50 at the local grocery, and returned to the ship as it was very hot. The trip through the canal was outstanding, the stop in Colon was awful but the shore excursion in Cartagena was a true gem and we had so much fun on the harbor tour boat (partied with music, dancing and rum all the way back to the ship) that we would highly recommend it. Our embarkation in San Diego and debarkation in Ft. Lauderdale were easy with no glitches. The only glitch was that I accidentally packed all my shoes the night before debarkation and had to wear slippers off the ship! We were happy to have the chance to go through the canal, and had a great time, but will stick with Solstice Class Ships in the future because of the gloomy Persian Garden, the heavy doors, and the fact that the elevators from our room on Deck 11 landed you in the middle of the Oceanview Cafe.

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Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by Christine311

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We had only traveled on Celebrity Solstice Class ships before, but to get through the Panama Canal had to take the Celebrity Infinity. Our experience was both great and not so great. Our Aqua Class stateroom, 1109 was aft on the 11th Deck. The views from the veranda were great, the bed was fantastic and our steward was outstanding. The only flaw we found in the room was that the cabinets (which held a lot) were a bit awkward when both people were dressing because of doors that got in the way. The Deck 11 aft elevators land you smack dab in the middle of the Oceanview Cafe on Deck 10 which is very convenient when eating lunch, but inconvenient to the pools and solarium since you have to walk through the cafe to get to them. And, if you decide to go to the pools across Deck 11 on the outside, you have to deal with the extremely heavy doors leading out and in to that deck. We were traveling in very hot weather so that crossing Deck 11 wasn't unpleasant but I cannot imagine doing an Alaska tour on this ship and having to cross Deck 11. Another issue was that the cruisers were allowed to save spaces at the pools. We would go to the pool at about 8:30 a.m. and almost every deck chair had a towel and book on it with no people in sight. This should not be allowed. We were hard pressed to find a place together so that finally I just moved people's stuff...they often showed up an hour later!!

The Infinity Theater entertainment was just as good as that on the Solstice Class Ships. The theater had nice little tables for drinks and the seats were comfortable. There were not as many aerialists in the shows but the cast talent was excellent. As always, on every ship we have been on, the back-up band was too loud. The comedians, juggler, and singers were very entertaining. The "Beyond the Podium" speaker, Bill Fall was truly a gem. His lectures about the Panama Canal gave us a much greater understanding and appreciation for the whole project. Also, Bill Fall was around the ship and made himself available for questions.

There were many things that really stood out for us on this ship. One was the presence of the Officers. I had never experienced seeing them so often. They were friendly and there to answer questions much of the time. Another was that the crew was the friendliest we have encountered since our first sailing on the Silhouette back in 2012. And a third was that cruisers elevator etiquette was excellent.

One main disappointment in Aqua Class was the Persian Garden. It is understandable that when "Aquasizing" this ship they had to find room for it, and although the special showers were nice, the location in the middle of the ship made the Persian Garden a dark and dreary place. And the door leading into it was so heavy that the crew had to open it for you.

We ate in BLU and had a great waiter and wine steward. It was a surprise to us when they started repeating menus after only one week, but the food was of the usual high standard. Sushi on Five is wonderful and I would have liked to lunch there every day if I were traveling with a companion who ate sushi.

The on board games and activities were well managed. The Cruise Director, Shawna, and activity hosts, especially Chiko, were great. Chiko led the cruise choir and did a show of his own. Celebrity should really hire him as a performer. What a voice!

Our Ports of Call were fine with one exception, Colon. Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta were lots of fun. We just got off the ship there and walked around town. Walking The Malecon in Puerto Vallarta is a real treat with entertainment and fantastic sculpture art along the way. Puerto Quetzal was a lovely surprise. We took a Celebrity provided "chicken bus" to the shopping area which was full of beautiful friendly people who loved selling us stuff. The area was very clean and well kept with places to sit and listen to nice music. Puntarenas, Costa Rica was skipped because of civil unrest in the country but we stopped outside Panama City and there were tours arranged at the last minute, all of which we missed because we weren't at the right place at the right time when the tours were made available. We did take the tender into Forte Amador, found beers for $1.50 at the local grocery, and returned to the ship as it was very hot. The trip through the canal was outstanding, the stop in Colon was awful but the shore excursion in Cartagena was a true gem and we had so much fun on the harbor tour boat (partied with music, dancing and rum all the way back to the ship) that we would highly recommend it.

Our embarkation in San Diego and debarkation in Ft. Lauderdale were easy with no glitches. The only glitch was that I accidentally packed all my shoes the night before debarkation and had to wear slippers off the ship!

We were happy to have the chance to go through the canal, and had a great time, but will stick with Solstice Class Ships in the future because of the gloomy Persian Garden, the heavy doors, and the fact that the elevators from our room on Deck 11 landed you in the middle of the Oceanview Cafe.
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Aqua Class
Cabin A1 1109
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Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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