By Erica Silverstein
Cruise Critic Senior Editor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Celebrity Infinity Entertainment & Activities

Celebrity Life is Celebrity's enrichment and activities program for day and evening fun onboard. Activities mostly follow cruise ship standards (art auctions, bad hair day seminars, cooking demos, wine tastings, bingo and ballroom dance lessons). Some of the more unique (and entertaining) options are interactive events with officers and passengers, including Ping-Pong or water volleyball tournaments, silly game shows and an uproarious Dancing with the Officers "dance" (or is that physical comedy?) contest.

Celebrity's nightly theatrical performances, ranging from Broadway compilations to piano concertos, take place in the lovely three-deck Celebrity Theater and are generally well regarded. Shows include typical Vegas-style song-and-dance revues, alongside performances given by visiting comedians and musical outfits.

Constellation, the forward-facing lounge at the top of the ship, is surrounded with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. It's used during the day as an observation station and for various activities. At night, it's turned into a dance club. Across the hall, an arcade is available to gamers young and old.

Deck 4 is also something of an entertainment hub. The Rendezvous Lounge, lined with windows opening onto the promenade, features dancing and art auctions. The Martini Bar and Crush, complete with ice-topped bar and juggling bartenders, make great pre-dinner cocktail spots.

Fortunes Casino, located midship, has an odd Egyptian theme for an otherwise sophisticated ship. You can lose, or possibly win, money at slots, poker, blackjack, craps, Texas Hold'em and roulette.

Up one deck is Cellar Masters, a wine bar and tasting venue with Enomatic vino-dispensing machines, a long table for wine education events and comfy chairs for killing time until your dinner table is ready. Taste wine on your own at any time or during a scheduled wine tasting led by a sommelier; unlike most other bars on the ship, this one carries nothing but wine (no soda, cocktails or beer).

Shore excursions on our fjords cruise focused heavily on sightseeing tours by bus or boat, with the occasional active offering, such as a hike or kayak trip. Popular tours had several departures, and only a few actually sold out early. In general, prices were significantly higher than the same excursions booked independently.

Celebrity Infinity Public Rooms

The Grand Foyer, a three-deck atrium, lies at the center of Celebrity Infinity; its highlight is a dramatic staircase and ceiling-to-floor drapes. At the bottom of the atrium, on Deck 3, is the main "cruise business" area -- including the shore excursion boutique, an ATM, the Captain's Club office, Future Cruise Sails and passenger relations.

The photo gallery is located on Deck 4, across from Michael's Club.

Forward of Cafe al Bacio is Infinity's enormous shopping venue, the 14,000-square-foot Emporium. Along with the usual logo shops and duty-free items, there are several jewelry, clothing and watch shops, as well as Celebrity Innovations, an Apple product retailer. Instead of cluttering the aisles with specials as on most ships, there is a circular central kiosk area for the daily discount offerings. A small presentation center with chairs and a video screen is used for everything from shore excursions talks to presentations by the boutiques and acupuncture sales pitches.

The Celebrity iLounge is found on Deck 9 midship. There, Mac computers are available for Web browsing, or you can sign up for a Wi-Fi account, as wireless Internet access is available shipwide. Prices start per minute or you can purchase a package. Computer and technology classes, mostly focusing on Apple products, are held in the Emporium and are complimentary.

The ship's library is just below on Deck 8 and features glass walls, deep armchairs and a selection of travel guides, fiction and non-fiction books, and board games. The main concierge keeps hours there, as well.

Meeting rooms are located on Deck 3, and a medical facility is on Deck 1.

There are no self-service launderettes.

Celebrity Infinity Spa & Fitness

Infinity's main pool area, located on Deck 10 midship, features cushioned loungers, day-beds and wooden accents. The saltwater pool itself is divided into a shallow end for dipping and a deeper end for swimming; a circular lounge area sits on a raised platform in the middle. Anyone who wants to swim laps can do so early in the morning before the pools get busy. There are four hot tubs, a bar and table tennis on the port side. Additional lounge seating can be found one deck up, circling the pool area.

Continuing forward, the Solarium is an adults-only venue with a thalassotherapy pool, two additional hot tubs, padded wood loungers and some table seating for AquaSpa Cafe diners. The area is open to children for an hour in the morning and an hour in the late afternoon, though we saw kids in the pool later in the evening, as well. The Solarium is enclosed with a glass roof so it can be used in inclement weather.

Canyon Ranch took over all spa and salon services, as well as fitness classes, in 2014. The SpaClub features a generous enough workout room with floor space for fitness classes. It also encompasses spa service and treatment areas, the Persian Garden thermal suite, an acupuncture studio and a beauty salon.

Spa and beauty services include facials, massages, wraps and scrubs, hair styling, mani-pedis and barbering for men. Specials are offered on port days and for buying multiple services at once. In addition to a trained acupuncturist, Infinity also has licensed doctors onboard and offers Restylane(R) and Perlane(R) treatments, as well as Botox.

Passes to the Persian Garden thermal suite are free to AquaClass passengers and cost $179 per couple or $99 per person for a cruiselong pass.

The fitness area offers the usual cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical trainers and bikes), as well as weight machines and free weights. In the aerobics space, abs workouts and stretching sessions are free, but classes in Pilates, spinning and yoga are offered with an additional fee of $12 per person (plus 15 percent gratuity). However, some of the best workouts onboard are to be found in the ballroom and line dance classes, which are offered free of charge.

A jogging track and shuffleboard can be found one deck up on Deck 11, along with a basketball court on Deck 12 at the top of the ship.

Celebrity Infinity For Kids

Infinity's kids' club is located at the forward end of Deck 11, by the Constellation Lounge, and it has programs for kids ages 3 to 17. Participation in the kids' program is complimentary (with some exceptions) and is broken nicely into compatible age groups. The Fun Factory is one complex split into three rooms, with sections for Shipmates (3- to 5-year-olds), Cadets (6 to 8) and Ensigns (9 to 11), and the X Club is the two-story teen (12 to 17) hangout. Potty-trained children are welcomed from age 3; non-potty-trained toddlers can play in the Fun Factory with their parents at designated times. (Infants who sail must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise. However, for transatlantic, transpacific, select South America and other select cruises, infants must be at least 12 months old.)

Age-appropriate activities are available for each group, and trained counselors are in attendance. The Fun Factory is outfitted with Xbox Kinect gaming stations, TVs for movie watching and an array of props for games, crafts and fun-yet-educational activities. Such activities include hands-on cooking classes, games like Apples to Apples and UNO, making sand art and suncatchers, and treasure hunts, as well as whole-family activities like bingo, trivia and a family disco party. Complimentary activities run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with breaks from noon to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Complimentary teen activities run until 1 a.m. The X Club teen lounge offers a lounge area, foosball and Xbox.

It's $6 per hour, per child (ages 3 to 11), to participate in the "Lunch Party" from noon to 2 p.m. or the "Dinner Party" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on port days (no fee on sea days). You must sign up your kids in advance.

After hours, the nighttime Slumber Party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily also costs $6 per hour, per child. In-cabin baby-sitting is available for $19 per hour for up to three children (12 months minimum) within the same family, depending on staff availability, as two crewmembers are required. Book at least 24 hours in advance at the passenger relations desk.

Parents can also purchase VIP Passes for their kids. The VIP Pass offers discounts on Lunch, Dinner and Slumber Party costs; goodie bags for the kids to keep; and exclusive events, such as a bridge tour and backstage tour.

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