Celebrity Infinity Review

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Fantastic itinerary and great service

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Celebrity Infinity
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mkesolo
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2023
Cabin: Inside

The itinerary was the main draw for booking this cruise. We were not disappointed. For the most part, port to city transportation was explained in advance and easy to understand.

The ship does feel a little older and worn with some minor maintenance issues to be addressed.

We appreciated the high-quality food in both the main dining room and the buffet. The cruise didn’t feel full, and we were able to easily find seating in the Oceanview Café (unlike other cruises and cruise lines). Service was good, but a little slow.

Cabin Review

Inside

Because it's an older ship, the inside cabins are a little bigger than those on the new ships. It had a small loveseat and a shower that, though small, was rectangular so one could actually bend over in it.

Port Reviews

Barcelona

Barcelona is an easy port. The embarkation process was easy and quick. Less than 10 minutes from being dropped off by a taxi to the cabin to pick up our keys. The disembarkation process was equally easy. Lots to do in Barcelona on the front or tail end of a cruise. Very walkable downtown area (La Rambla) and convenient metro service to other areas.

Lanzarote

We took a taxi right off the ship to Timanfaya National Park (120 euros for 4 people for 3 hours). At Timanfaya, we took the bus around the park (entrance 12 euros pp), which was other-worldy. Definitely worth it. Upon our return, our taxi dropped us in the downtown area of Arrecife. Many shops were closed for siesta, but we were able to get drinks at a restaurant and tour the castillo. From town, we walked back to the cruise port shuttle bus drop-off point (which we had noted on our way out), which drove the kilometer from the port gates back to the ship.

Fuerteventura

We could have skipped Fuerteventura. The town where we arrived really didn't have a lot going on. Upon exiting the port, we struggled to get a taxi at the taxi stand down the street. It could have been our timing, as we didn't leave until 11am. Once we got a taxi, we drove 30 minutes to the town of Corralejo (approx 45 euros each way). While we were told the national park beach was a nicer beach, it didn't sound like it had any facilities. So we went into town to Waikiki and Toro beaches with a line of restaurants (read bathrooms) behind. We were able to rent lounger chairs for 10 euros each. Downtown Corralejo had a lot of shops and restaurants to explore. Definitely a better option than staying in Puerto del Rosario.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria was our favorite of the Canary Island ports. Las Palmas is a larger city with more to offer. However, beware of scam cab drivers. We negotiated 10 euros to go from the cruise port to Vegueta, but then he ran my credit card for 40 euros saying it was 10 euros per person. Only when I threatened to call the police did he give me 20 euros back in cash. The bus is a better option and very easy to do (we did it on the way back). The bus terminal is right outside of the cruise port gates and down the stairs/escalator. Bus #12 goes between the cruise port and La Vegueta (get off at Mercado). It's cheap --approx. 1.40 euros pp and you can use your credit card (scan it at the machine by the driver, pause for a second, and then scan it again for the next person).

The cathedral is worth the 6 euros to tour, climb the tower for a great view of the city and ocean, and explore the museum. We walked through the mercado and along the pedestrian streets looking in shops and ending at a restaurant in the afternoon for drinks. Once back in the port area, we walked several blocks to the boardwalk and long public beach. Another fantastic place for drinks, food, and people watching.

Casablanca

Casablanca is a large city and the financial center of Morocco. You must bring your passports with you when in Morocco. It's a long walk down the pier. We took a free shuttle bus out of the massive industrial cruise port to a square in the center of the city. We were greeted by many insistent tour operators and taxi drivers who are pretty pushy. A taxi took us to Hassan II mosque where we had a 50-minute English tour. We hired a taxi driver for 3 hours and he took us around to sites throughout the city. We didn't have enough time to go to the old quarter (probably a missed opportunity) but we did go to the more modern souk in the medina. Rick's Cafe is nothing much so I'd skip it.

Tangier

Tangier was one of our favorite ports. We took the free shuttle bus from the cruise port to a stop near the Grand Socco (Square). It was very easy to walk around on our own. I'd suggest using a pre-downloaded GPS map app like google maps or maps.me to navigate. Once inside the old quarter, the narrow pedestrian streets can get confusing if not mapping it. However, its amazing to walk through them and get a sense of the architecture and daily life. We walked uphill to the Kasbah and view of the ocean. While not a priority, we decided to go into the American Legation Museum ($5 pp) which was surprisingly good with more recent exhibits and an interesting history. We hit up the Ville Nouvelle (new town) and stopped for coffee and a pastry at Gran Paris Cafe.

Seville

We didn't feel like we had enough time to go to Seville and make it worth our while. Cadiz had plenty to offer and was another favorite port. The cruise terminal had free wifi. We were able to walk off the ship and straight into the city. We walked through the narrow streets of the old part of the city stumbling upon square after square and hidden churches. We walked along the waterfront and toured the Castillo de Santa Catalina and then to the market. The cathedral area had several cafes where you could have a drink or food. A highlight was the Teatro Romano, a recently discovered ancient theater buried under modern buildings.

Valencia

The cruise port is quite a distance from the city center. We took the cruise-supplied shuttle at 10 euros pp roundtrip. After a 25-30 minute drive, it dropped us near Pont de la Trinitat (Trinity Bridge) across from the old quarter. We enjoyed exploring the shops and sites, including the basilica and cathedral, plazas, presidential building (which was decorated for Christmas), and the central market. We stopped for drinks near the market.

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