Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by Jules B
- Sail Date: October 2018
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Concierge Class 3
Boarding the ship was different to what I have experienced before, we were advised that we had priority boarding, but whilst we were in a separate queue, we waited our turn as the same check in clerks were also checking in guests from other cabin types, we were then given a ticket and waited again for that number to be called before we could board - it was not until that evening we were made aware that we should have been invited to a special lunch - these are just little things to bear in mind in upgrading to Concierge Class.
Our cabin was clean, had plenty of storage space and a comfortable bed and the room attendant visible if required.
The Concierge was also useful and left messages each evening with general information about what to expect the next day.
Poolside cocktails flowed and food was of a high standard and plenty of choice.
Trips included Viva Tequila - Puerto Vallarta(Great trip - some sightseeing, tequila testing, folklore show and lunch by the beach, with entertainment)
Auto Safari - Guatemala: This is a must trip for anyone wishing to see African and South American animals up close.Our trip started with a safari, we saw Zebra's, Hippos, Giraffes and Lions. You then leave the coach and wander through the Zoo, where we saw Toucans, Jaguars, Puma's and other exotic animals and the way back you could test the local beer and chocolate - Great day out.
Gatan Lake (Panama) - Trip on a boat around the lake to search for Monkeys, birds and Sloths - great way to beat the humidity.
Cartagena Sightseeing (Colombia) - Coach journey stopping at the fort for photos, stop for shopping and a visit to the naval museum with a local dancing, great way to see the city with minimal walking involved.
The port shopping area is well worth a visit - outside there are flamingos, peacocks and a black swan and the other side of the shop there was an aviary.
The ports of Puntarenas (Costa Rica) and Colon(Panama) were a bit run down. Whilst we did wander the market stalls in Costa Rica where the locals were friendly, we did not wander around the port at Colon.
The trip through the Panama Canal took around 8 hours and we went through 3 lock systems, we watched the first locking system from our balcony, whilst having breakfast. The second from the front of the ship and the Gatan Lock via deck 4. The engineering of the locks systems is impressive and the trains which helped the ship travel through the lock going up and down steep hills were a joy to watch. We were also treated to on board commentary throughout this transit and picked up lots of useful information.
The staff on board the Infinity were friendly, mostly helpful and seemed to work tirelessly.
Would recommend this trip for anyone wishing to travel the full length of the Panama Canal.
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