Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by onyourmark
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Ocean View 7
An opportunity had arisen to consider this 15 day cruise on the Infinity at a bargain price, and were happy to book it quickly. You can’t experience a Panama Canal crossing unless you are on the ship going through the locks.
We flew from Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale for one night stay at the Best Western South Airport and cruiseport on Stirling Rd. Very good choice for pre-cruise. There is ample shopping and dining within walking distance. If you use Uber to get to the port, make sure you key in the proper pier location. Our driver followed GPS and brought us to a few wrong spots in the port.
Having sailed several times on the Summit, coming aboard the Infinity felt like homecoming. Our Oceanview cabin 2056 was comfortable and kept immaculately clean by Wayan. The a/c fan rattle was repaired quickly. The cabin layout should be noted, since you don’t see this information on the Celebrity website. Our king bed (2 singles put together, with mattress topper added) was pushed against the 4 ft. round window. There was a useful night table on both sides of the bed. Reading light was adequate. There is also a small sofa convertible to a single bed, and two upper berths, making maximum space for 5. There is no connecting door, which I hoped will cut down on noise. There is only one half-size mirror above the desk, but no full length mirror anywhere. The fridge was emptied as requested, but it really did not cool much. I had to use the ice from the bucket, transferred to zip lock bags, to keep my drinks colder. The flat screen TV was rather small, and the interactive menu lacked many features found on the newer ships. Some buttons on the TV remote were not responding, so Wayan had a functioning replacement brought within minutes.
The ship is constantly cleaned. Even cabin doors, door handles, hallway walls get sanitized wipes several time. The crew is just amazing. Helpful, friendly, attentive and engaging, even when busy. You can feel the camaraderie between them, and the sadness when they’re getting off after many months at sea.
We had select dining, with prior reservations around 7 pm. On the second night we were seated by the window with waiter Ufuk his assistant Roy. We were so impressed with their service and the dining experience that we requested their station every night, and rarely had to wait. Even when dining alone, the gap between tables is small, and we had conversation companions almost every evening. I recall that there was no horseradish available for the prime rib on the first night. The maitre d’ came to apologize, and promised it will be available for the remainder of the cruise – which was true. (A new shipment was loaded on, but there was no time to unpack the boxes in time for dinner). Otherwise the food was very good to excellent quality, arriving at the proper temperature.
For breakfast we liked the plentiful selections at the Oceanview Café. Dining in the aft watching the wake is what cruising is all about. Then we would head down to the Tuscan Grill, where there was a light breakfast for Elite level members. We came for the table service of fresh-squeezed juices, fresh cut fruits, specialty coffee and mimosas. I was pleasantly surprised to find the window shutters were adjustable, so daylight and Oceanview can be enjoyed. That was not the case on the Summit, where they are fixed, almost fully shut.
One afternoon we were invited to dine in Blu for a special lunch prepared by chef Lama.
Perhaps to recognize our loyalty to the Celebrity brand. There were about 50 people with a few of the ship’s top officers. It was a delicious buffet and made us feel very special.
The entertainment was generally good, with a couple of truly enjoyable performances by Salvatore Hasard and comedian Ed Regine. The cruise director Shawna was infectious with her enthusiasm. The enrichment speakers were well prepared and gave informative and entertaining presentations. Unfortunately, when Bill Fall was narrating during the canal crossing, there were many locations on the ship where the volume was hardly audible.
Disembarkation in San Diego was orderly on the ship, but the terminal had issues with intersecting people and luggage wagons being unloaded. Lines moved quickly, and within a short time we were walking out of the terminal straight to our hotel, Best Western Bayside.
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