This was my first cruise with Celebrity. I wanted to try the line and wanted a 7 day Med on a small-medium ship so Infinity fit the bill. I was a bit apprehensive when I read some reviews (especially as my husband is not a cruise lover and has to be dragged on one).
The words "old, dated, tired" kept going round in my head from other reviews. But it goes to show you should keep an open mind...I absolutely loved this ship. The small worn bits here and there are not worth mentioning (to me anyway). I think it is a beautiful ship, understated elegance and the crew kept it really clean and were constantly maintaining it.
It doesn't have the bling of other ships but I don't want a promenade with trees and endless shops. I want to know I'm on a proper ship.
We were very happy with cabin 6000, it has a large round porthole in a square frame. The cabin is a good size, larger than I expected and kept immaculate by the cabin steward. It was lovely to look out on the bow. Lovely bathroom too. It's worth considering an oceanview unless you really want to sit out on a balcony as you need to keep the windows closed anyway for the air conditioning to work.
We sailed from Rome and stayed for two nights beforehand. We were very near The Vatican so were able to hop on a train from San Pietro railway station down to the Port of Civitavecchia. It was packed and we had to stand but it only took about 35 minutes and we got chatting to fellow cruisers so the time flew. There was a bus for a couple of euro that took us from the train station down to the port. All very easy
We turned right when we got off the boat, (left was the town) and walked for about 30 minutes until we arrived at quite a nice beach. The water was lovely and we had a beer and a couple of swims. That was all we wanted really, the walk was along a rural path so we felt immersed in local culture. Google maps was very handy
There is a really great city beach a stone's throw from the ship. You can see people swimming from the deck of the ship. It has jettys with ladders into lovely deep clear water. There are life guards, pontoons, changing huts, showers, bar/restaurant, picnic area, it has everything you could want for a day at the seaside. And as it's in a port you can watch the cargo ships coming in to dock right before your eyes. It's fascinating
We took several boat trips, very hot, very crowded, but Venice is always spectacular. Although I really felt a Bellini in Harry's Bar for €22 was not worth it. Much nicer cocktails in the Cellar Bar on board Infinity