Antarctica - We Made It!: Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by Danmarp

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Antarctica - We Made It!

Sail Date: February 2010
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Buenos Aires
We boarded Celebrity Infinity in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Overall the ship condition shows its age, but it is in good repair. It wasn't quite as lavish as I was expecting though.

Let me begin by saying how extremely fortunate we were to have been able to make all ports of call and sail into the bay at Cape Horn on our trip that left on 12-14-10, We were told the only other cruise that was here the week before us was not able to reach the Falkland Islands, Elephant Island, or go down to Antarctica or through Cape Horn as the waves were too high and rough and winds were too strong. We were however, able to reach Cape Horn in the bay, but the captain announced that since the winds were so strong, we would not be sailing around the horn. Seas were a little rocky on the two of the days we were at sea, but not near as bad as we were anticipating. Guess the saying is true, Cape Horn can be a Sailors Graveyard or a calm sea...we foruntatly had the calm sea!

Food - Overall More food was exceptional. We have cruised 5 other times on Royal Caribbean and Cunard and Celebrity, and by far, Celebrity comes out on top of all others. Presentation, quality, quantity, and taste far exceeded other lines.

Stateroom - Our location was as inside cabin on the 8th deck, just down the hall from elevators and library. Appropriate space for the time you actually spend in your room. Stateroom attendants were outstanding as well!

Staff - Staff on this ship were the most courteous, helpful, and friendly we have experienced.

Approximate cruises age - Most were in their late 60's, early 70's. We were by far, one of a very few younger couples in our late 40's.

Elephant Island - We were only able to sail past this island and there were no inhabitants. Very pretty.

Antarctica - Wow! Words cannot describe how absolutely beautiful and astounding this was to see in person. The colors, the quiteness, all of it - just superb! It was quite cold too, with a pretty strong wind blowing, so dress warm.

Cape Horn - We were the lucky cruise that actually got to sail through the bay, but couldn't actually sail around the horn, which was fine. It, also was very pretty.

Falkland Islands - We boarded a speed boat that took us to a remote area on Falkland Islands where we participated in a 4x4 off road excursion to see Gentoo Penguins in their colony. This was really an off road adventure, and I would recommend adhering to the warnings that if you have back or neck troubles, this is not the excursion you should take. It is extremely bumpy, bouncy and you are thrown up and off your seat quite a bit during the half hour drive up and over hills, banks, gullys, etc. Once reaching the penguin colony, there were thousands of penguins literally at your feat. Scenery was very pretty and penguins were entertaining. This was an expensive trip booked through the cruise line.

Overall, the experience and trip was well worth every cent! It was fantastic! A must see! Incredible Celebrity service and overall attentivenss as usual! Enjoy!

Embarking/Disembarkation - Effortless, quick and smooth.

110% Recommend taking this trip! This was Celebrity's second trip to Antarctica we feel did they did an outstanding job! Less

Published 03/02/10
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Cabin review:

Out cabin was an inside cabin located on deck 8 midship. It consisted of a double bed, two nightstands, a loveseat and small coffee table, writing desk, 6 drawers for storage and a large closet for hanging items and storing luggage. Bathroom amentities included shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bar soap, hairdryer, clothes line. Pitchers of water and ice were constantly replenished and room made to look like no one had ever been there. Included chocolates every night on our pillows and plenty of lighting. Nice accomodations.

Port and Shore Excursions

The morning we got off the ship, we took an all day excursion in Buenos Aires since our flight did not leave until 10 p.m. The cruise line took our luggage to the airport while we traveled around Argentina. This was an all day bus tour that did take us through Recoleta Cemetary in Argentina which was interesting and defnitely worth seeing while you are there. Other areas visited and ranch we went to was way too commercialized for us. You were not made to feel welcomed and were rushed. Food was terrible and fatty! The dance show they actually had the nerve to come around the tables with a hat and ask for tips! This ruined it for us. The gaucho's rounded up horses about 6 or 7 times, but after the second time, it got really boring.

We loved this port. So much to see - hustle and bustle. Would have loved to spend more time here. This was our favorite port! We also took a excursion Day at the Estancia which was worth every cent. We took a short bus tour to the La Robida Ranch, which was actually someone's private home/ranch. The grandmother came out with her family and welcomed everyone. They provided us with a hayrides through the countryside/fields to a cobblestone walkway down to a secluded beach. There we were greeted with homemade cookies made with milk jam and lemondade and other drinks. From here we got back on the hay wagons and were dropped off near their water supply. We next got an introduction to their sheep shearing, cows, and other animals. We were given an opporunity to shear sheep with an old fashioned pair of hand shears and milk a cow. We then were given a chance to eat a variety of appetizers they were roasting over their open fire pit. These consisted of blood sausage, kidney's and sweet bread (pancreas)....yes, very interesting. Next we sat under a covered thatched roof in outdoor dining and were given a chance to taste many fresh vegetables, salads and breads. Assorted wines, juices, soda's, etc. were provided. Next came the meal, which was ribs, chicken, beef, and pig. Very delicious. For dessert, a bowl of strawberries with whipped cream finished off the meal. During dessert we enjoyed an authentic dance show performed by flame throwers and dancers in costume. We then were given an opportunity to ride horses and last, take a ride on a piece of cow hide being pulled behind a horse. Yes, some people actually did this. What a wonderful excursion! Check out their website La Robia Ranch in Montevideo, Uruguary.

This port was not as I was expecting. Somewhat remote with no real shopping or things to see and do. Day in Ushuia, Argentina - Our excursion took us on a bus tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park and stopped to see the Gilbadli pass where the original Pam American Highway was. We stopped for a BBQ lunch and were served lamb on a small charcoal grill on our tables. We felt this was way overpriced and not worth the trip. We do NOT recommend this excursion.

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