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We chose this cruise because of the Panama Canal transit and pretty much for no other reason or ports, as well as prior, good experiences with Celebrity. Overall, the experience and ship were very good. The Infinity is a nice size without feeling overwhelmed or overcrowded. We were a little concerned as the ship is getting older and is scheduled to be redone in 2020, but it was well-maintained and there were no overt signs of age or lack of maintenance (our balcony door was a little hard to slide and the sink was looking a little old, but no big deal). The canal transit day was absolutely amazing; they had a destination expert, Bill Fall, giving presentations the days leading up to the canal and he narrated throughout the canal day from the bridge. He was very informative, well-paced and knew when to speak and when to be quiet! Costa Rica stop was good and especially liked Cartagena, Columbia - felt very safe and the old town was beautiful, mostly restored and well kept up with friendly people. Antigua, Guatemala was beautiful but a lot of poverty between the port and the old city. Had been to Puerto Vallarta before but it was good as was the beach in Cabo. Service on the ship was mostly excellent across the board. The only downgrade is that they kept trying to shift us around to a different area in the dining room with different waiters, even though we were dining at the same time pretty much every night. Once we got to a good area with a good service team, it was much better. In the past on Celebrity, we got to a good table with great staff and they left us there throughout the cruise. Food was generally very good in the main dining room as well as the cafe (a lot of variety every day and loved the pizza as well as healthy selections).

Great Panama Canal trip

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by mobie

Trip Details
We chose this cruise because of the Panama Canal transit and pretty much for no other reason or ports, as well as prior, good experiences with Celebrity. Overall, the experience and ship were very good. The Infinity is a nice size without feeling overwhelmed or overcrowded. We were a little concerned as the ship is getting older and is scheduled to be redone in 2020, but it was well-maintained and there were no overt signs of age or lack of maintenance (our balcony door was a little hard to slide and the sink was looking a little old, but no big deal). The canal transit day was absolutely amazing; they had a destination expert, Bill Fall, giving presentations the days leading up to the canal and he narrated throughout the canal day from the bridge. He was very informative, well-paced and knew when to speak and when to be quiet! Costa Rica stop was good and especially liked Cartagena, Columbia - felt very safe and the old town was beautiful, mostly restored and well kept up with friendly people. Antigua, Guatemala was beautiful but a lot of poverty between the port and the old city. Had been to Puerto Vallarta before but it was good as was the beach in Cabo. Service on the ship was mostly excellent across the board. The only downgrade is that they kept trying to shift us around to a different area in the dining room with different waiters, even though we were dining at the same time pretty much every night. Once we got to a good area with a good service team, it was much better. In the past on Celebrity, we got to a good table with great staff and they left us there throughout the cruise. Food was generally very good in the main dining room as well as the cafe (a lot of variety every day and loved the pizza as well as healthy selections).
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 2
Cabin C2 8060
Nice balcony cabin, with enough closet and storage space. Very quiet - could not hear anything from the adjoining rooms and very little sound from the hall. Bed was comfortable and AC worked well. The Deck 10 overhang two decks above us gave a little extra shade and screening when it did rain. Bathroom functioned well and the shower was a little bigger than other ships we have been on.

In the end, we are not sure the Concierge class was worth the extra expense, other than the nicer bathrobes that actually fit you and are not as thin as a rag. The stateroom seemed to be the same as any other balcony room. They brought savory snacks each afternoon - we obviously were not going hungry and some of them were weird or perhaps sushi. Sometimes brought one pita chip with some hummus or one shrimp - kind of hard for 2 to share! We did however get to go on a complimentary backstage tour, a galley tour and go out on the bow/heliport during arrival in Puerto Vallarta, so there were a few extra perks. Did not use the actual concierge for anything.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cabo San Lucas
    Had to tender and not a lot of time in port. Just took a water taxi to Medano Beach and had great, professional 90 minute massages at Justintime massage - tents on far east end of the beach. $20 + tip so hard to beat the quality for the price.
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  • Cartagena (Colombia)
    We just took the bus to the old city and hung out there for every minute we had. We enjoyed the historic part of the city about as much as any other port on the cruise. Mostly restored, neat sights, shops and food choices and friendly people. The guides on the bus were good and we opted for the included walking tour of the old town, which was very good and informative. We got to see the major sites, churches etc and she gave us some good recommendations on shops and were to grab a drink or lunch. We did not take the bus around the rest of the city; others said it was pretty much all the new high-rise buildings and a lot of traffic.
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  • Panama City
    Seeing Panama City was decent but felt we would not have missed much if we did not go. It is a big city - good walking tour of historic old part, driving through newer parts (as well as not very nice areas), but the stop at the Miraflores locks could have been skipped since we saw much more and better from our ship when we transited the canal. We were supposed to have a choice of lunch stops but felt like we got take to a restaurant that paid the tour operator to bring us there. It was seafood - good and a nice place with a view of the water but very pricey.
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  • Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    We booked an excursion to a coffee plantation and the old City of Antigua. Finca Columbia coffee plantation was excellent - family run, a good tour and coffee and cookies afterward. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Antigua was neat and historic but unfortunately felt very rushed. We only had 20 minutes on our own to explore, but the jade museum was decent and not an overt sales pitch. Buffet lunch at the restaurant was excellent and in a nice courtyard. Wish we would have had a least an hour on our own to explore the sights and shops. Driving past the Fuego volcano on the way (still belching smoke) was cool. Outside of the stops, the roads were pretty rough and there is a lot of poverty.
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  • Beach Break
    Took a coach bus to the Hyatt Ziva resort since we had been to Puerto previously. It is an all exclusive resort so get unlimited food and drinks. Grabbed a palapa at the far end of the beach, had the waiter coming by at least every 10 minutes, and had a choice of poolside buffet or the two restaurants. It was a very nice place, clean restrooms, great pools and good food. The surf was way too rough to go in but the beach is nice. There are some vendors walking by but they were not pushy and ignore you if you are reading. Overall, it was a good experience and felt it was worth what we paid for it.
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  • Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    Booked this private tour after seeing good reviews on TripAdvisor. It was a van with 10 people. $69 per person. It was great - visited capuchin monkeys, a small seaside village where we saw scarlet macaws, a fantastic boat trip on the Tarcoles River to the delta at the Pacific Ocean (omg, the crocodiles were nuts, as well as a lot of other bird life), a decent lunch stop in an open air pavilion, a visit to an ocean overlook up in the hills in the national part, an ok souvenir stop and then a short driving tour of the town of Puntarenas. Our tour guide was excellent, as was the driver. Would recommend to anyone.
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