3 Santiago (Valparaiso) Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Choose for NCL reputation and itinerary. This cruise did not come close to my prior experiences. Terrible smell which Captain first denied and then admitted was from sewage tank that sprang a leak and ran down elevator shaft. Smell was ... Read More
Choose for NCL reputation and itinerary. This cruise did not come close to my prior experiences. Terrible smell which Captain first denied and then admitted was from sewage tank that sprang a leak and ran down elevator shaft. Smell was terrible for 5 days and then improved but came back. Was repaired, I think, on day 19 in La as we were 7 hours late leaving and smell was gone. Also "dry dock" started with arrival of at least 150 foreign workers on days 14 with more every port who were placed in cabins all over the shop. They were greasy and carried cables all over and removed many ceiling tiles. They basically worked in front of all passengers 8 hours each day. NCL crew were all polite and happy and hard working. Food was edible but seemed of a lower standard than my 4 other NCL cruises and RC. Mostly ate in the two "free dining rooms for breakfast and dinner. Drink package was fine and I thought the choices were good enough for me. Servers were very polite about the use of the drink package. The crew entertainers were very good and Peter the travel speaker was excellent. Liked the singer from Sri Lanka but the comedians and jugglers were true odd balls who seemed like the cheapest entertainer NCL could fly in for 2-3 days. All were hell bent on selling cd's after the show and not funny and not talented. I will be careful to not get on a ship again that is headed to dry dock as there was a total distraction for all employees and guests. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our cruise on the Celebrity Infinity was from Valparaiso cruising Northward seeing South America, Panamagg Canal and ending in Ft Lauderdale. Let me discuss some of the pre-cruise events. Our flight to Santiago was uneventful with the ... Read More
Our cruise on the Celebrity Infinity was from Valparaiso cruising Northward seeing South America, Panamagg Canal and ending in Ft Lauderdale. Let me discuss some of the pre-cruise events. Our flight to Santiago was uneventful with the airport recovering from the 2010 earthquake which significantly damaged the International airport. Our private tour guides, Sergio and Annaliese from Perfect Day tours where perfect hosts and gave us a customized tour of Vineyards, Isla Negra, Vina Del Mar and dropped us off in our Valparaiso B&B called Hostel Morgan. The B&B was reasonable, in a fun area with many food options but a bit noisy at night. Thankfully, we had earplugs! Embarkation was easy and reasonably efficient. The cab was 8,000 pesos which included 2,000 peso tip. While most of the ports of call were arranged using private excursions (all amazing), we did arrange two Celebrity tours with Celebrity. The full day tour to the Altiplano from the port of Arica was amazing with Llamas, Guanacos, Vincunas, Alpakas, and Chilean Flamingos. The guide was informative and fun. The next port excursion with Celebrity from Pisco to the Ballestra Isle which also had great views of bird and sea animals but the trip was delayed with a late arrival of our boat. Leaving less time for wildlife. The Celebrity Infinity staff welcomed us onboard. The crew needed a long time to clean and sanitize any ship based in South American typically struggle to control Noro that's brought in from SA ports. They did keep us comfortable in the buffet until our rooms were ready at 4pm. Our stateroom was clean and in good order except for a broken telephone which we reported to our stewards when they came to meet us. The Celebrity Infinity main dining room service was excellent and the staff was top-notch. Our food was as good or better than other cruise lines we have used (HAL and NCL). The at sea teaching classes were also good providing good information and background on the upcoming ports and culture of the ports/countries that we would visit. However, the entertainment onboard was poor and wasn't appropriate for a South American cruise. Seeing poor Broadway shows and performers from everywhere but South America was disappointing. On other cruise lines, when we would pull into a port, they would have periodically have culturally relevant shows (e.g., in Scotland on a 2013 cruise, we had Scottish Bagpipers and on a trip with a port call in Istanbul, we had a Turkish dancers). The entertainment was unimaginative and inappropriate with some singers who were off-key. I've seen High School musicals which showed more imagination. We used one shore excursion from the ship and it was delayed (with our group losing an hour waiting for a boat and guide). Very upset cruisers who had to stand in the sun for an hour by the pier waiting. My phone voice mail system wasn't operational for the entire cruise which hampered our Cruise Critic groups from getting together or updating tour. We called repeatedly throughout the two-week cruise and finally got a senior staff member who indicated that "it's a French voicemail system and we've been having issues with it". However, I would not that after noting this on a comment card, they gave us some onboard credit (so at least they finally tried to provide restitution for our inconvenience). I'll likely not use Celebrity in the future based on price/ value but did enjoy the South American ports and Panama Canal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We have waited until now to file our review on the infinity cruise mar 15-29 valpariso to fll. we had hoped our experience was unique to the crew and circumstances we encountered. not so most of reviews to date are not so nice. we ... Read More
We have waited until now to file our review on the infinity cruise mar 15-29 valpariso to fll. we had hoped our experience was unique to the crew and circumstances we encountered. not so most of reviews to date are not so nice. we also waited to see if celebrity would respond to our harsh feedback. nothing. we might as well be first time cruisers. In actuality we are Elite Plus having sailed with Celebrity on over 19 cruises First the positive our 5 day precruise to machu pichu was fantastic, but that was handled by lima tours, the subcontractor. The aqua class food and service has improved from our last aq experience on the reflection. Ships condition was fair considering it is old. Ship’s theatrical productions have suffered with second stringers and lots of recorded music accompaniment, even with musicians at the back of the stage. Ports – given this was a basically a repositioning cruise, the ports were mostly “b minus”. the western coast of south america is barren desert so one starts with this negative. highlights were pisco “naca lines”; cartegena ; panama canal. we were fortunate to do lima on our precruise since the lima port stop callao was cancelled. Lima for us was a wonderful city with lots of gastro food delights and historic sights. Next the NEGATIVE First our background. until the last three cruises, we have been loyal pax and enjoyed the celebrity experience. prior to this cruise we started to see erosion of the celebrity product. on the infiinty we were astounded by the severe drop in service and product. the following is a list of the “issues” we encountered that has us moving on to other cruise lines. item a: as a past officer for a major aerospace company, involved with safety, i was appalled at the lack of interest and spontaneity, that the guest relations staff approached my alert that the bathroom mirror heater was over heating. radiant heat from the heater was heating my hands 15 inches from the mirror ( like a fireplace) this caused the hvac to strain. i was concerned an overheat/fire hazard was very possible so i took three steps 1 told room attendant (result no action overnight) ,2 called guest relations (no action the next day) then3) called again with a threat to get someone fired. after the third harsh telephone conversation (20 hours later), an electrician was dispatched. bottom line i do not feel celebrity gave the attention this event deserved. forget the customer service, maybe a safety issue was worthy of a look? item b: failure of telephone system for several days. No voicemail. Important to us this trip since we were independent tour leaders. item c: failure by celebrity at the port of manta to secure adequate bus transport from ship to outside gate -- only two buses for 400 people and then some of the buses delivered people to the wrong drop off location casuing havoc for me personally. item d: lost laundry it took 3 days to establish 4 pieces of laundry confirmed lost and then i was offered a small portion of the value of the new clothing. item e: at the elite captains club party we were in line for the intro to the captain. all of a sudden, we were scooted out of line with others, basically given the bum's rush. No apology or reason for change. Item f after informed of issues, guest relations made an offer for future cruise funds as compensation, then retracted i!. Anyway woefully small amount. the next level guest relations rep really had no authority to compensate. As other reviewers have stated there was a lot of sickness on the ship, both gastro and upper respiratory. yet oceanview café was still letting pax serve themselves with serving spoons. . Read Less
Sail Date March 2015

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