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Sail Date: March 2018
This was part one of a Back to back cruise. We flew in to Buenos Aires a week early so that we could see Iguazu Falls. After all, if you are traveling this far, might as well see other spots. We got a great rate (Premier Class) on ... Read More
This was part one of a Back to back cruise. We flew in to Buenos Aires a week early so that we could see Iguazu Falls. After all, if you are traveling this far, might as well see other spots. We got a great rate (Premier Class) on Aero Mexico from Orlando to Mexico City to Buenos Aires. A word of caution: I booked the flight online properly, and when I did a periodic check to make sure it was still scheduled, it had changed to round trip Orlando to Mexico City to Orlando. After a nervous phone call, we were rescheduled on the next day's flight. We used 01Argentina for all of the Argentinian travel and hotels. That worked without a hitch. We were picked up at the EZE airport, taken to the hotel Dazzler Recoleta, taken to the domestic airport, flew to Iguazu, taken to the Melia (old Sheraton) which is in the park, did some tours for a few days, flew back, did a tango show, a ranch tour and got taken to the ship, all for less than Celebrity charged for one person for one day. Embarkation was a breeze since we arrived at the pier about an hour after they opened. As for the ship, it's not new, obviously. It had been having propulsion issues the previous few cruises and the April 2 cruise was cancelled for dry dock repairs. This slowed us down a bit and many of our port calls had their times adjusted. We also had an air evacuation of a crewman who had a heart attack. This diverted us about 17 hours but turned out to be good for us. Celebrity had two presenters on board: MickeyLive and Ranger John. Both were outstanding and really helped make the cruise an experience instead of just a trip. They explained what we would be seeing, how to enjoy the experience, and many other great topics. All of our excursions were through Cruise Critic. The absolute best tour was in Ushuaia with Pira tours to Harberton. Pira is the only tour company allowed to go the Harberton, and is only allowed to take 20 people. We saw penguins, walking among them, for over an hour. Due to the weather and our speed issue, Punta Arenas and the Chilean Fjords were cancelled, resulting in a 1/14 refund and an OBC, which was unexpected, but welcomed. Another highlight was Cape Horn, where the weather was beautiful and the seas were calm. The Captain opened the helicopter deck so we could see the sunrise. We just did circles for an hour or two to enjoy the rare sight. Later in the day, some whales followed us as we were going by the glaciers. Concerning food, we rarely ate in the MDR. We like to see the 7pm show, so we ate in the Ocean View Cafe for most of our meals. They have many custom stations where you can get eggs, omelettes, pizza, stir fry, hamburgers, steaks, salads and pasta made to order. The public areas were way too cold. Many people brought sweaters and jackets to the theater. We had blankets when we were eating in Qsine. San Antonio is the new destination, replacing Valparaiso. If you get to San Antonio early, the town has a nice boardwalk and mall really close to the pier. You can see sea lions, pelicans, fish markets, and many other local items. Since we were B2B, we just walked around and enjoyed the sights. There were about 450 B2B folks onboard, and getting our new documentation was a breeze. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We had booked this cruise 2 years ago and were very excited when the time finally arrived to go to Antarctica. We spent 3 nights in Buenos Aires beforehand and enjoyed our time there. Embarkation was straightforward, our inside cabin on ... Read More
We had booked this cruise 2 years ago and were very excited when the time finally arrived to go to Antarctica. We spent 3 nights in Buenos Aires beforehand and enjoyed our time there. Embarkation was straightforward, our inside cabin on deck 8 was ready quite early, we had lunch at Oceanview Cafe after we dropped off our things. The food there was very good as it was for the whole cruise. We of course knew that this cruise involved a lot of days at sea, and that Puerto Madryn had been cancelled but our main focus was to see Antarctica and because we were so lucky with the weather we were able to see for ourselves this glorious place. At our first port Ushuaia we took a taxi with friends to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, the driver took us to the main stops and was very informative. Rounding Cape Horn was incredible as the water was flat, and we were able to slow down and even observe the famous statue there. This was really unheard of, very often ships don't even get to complete rounding the island! The good luck continued for our main stops for cruising in Antarctica, Paradise Bay and Elephant Island. Beautiful and calm weather allowed us to get outside and take in the beauty of this magnificent part of our planet. We were also able to get to the Falklands where we did a ship's tour and got to see the wonderful Gentoo penguins. There was a mix up with the tour we had booked being cancelled, and having to take a substitute tour which was far more expensive, but we complained to the excursions people who resolved the matter to our satisfaction, In Montevideo we did our own walking tour which was fine, we had been here previously. The ship itself we found to be in good shape, our cabin was in excellent condition, as were the main public rooms. The dining room food was of a very good standard, our party of 8 did select dining and we never had to wait for a table. The service was always good. We also ate at Qsine for a special occasion and enjoyed the experience there. Tuscan Grille was also very good. Entertainment was of a good standard also, and we loved going to see MickeyLive, his knowledge and enthusiasm added greatly to our understanding of what we were seeing. Ranger John and Dr Peter also gave additional insight to our journey. So, all in all this was a fantastic cruise, we cannot fault it! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Our cruise to Antarctica was a truly amazing experience onboard Celebrity Infinity. Everything about our cruise and the destinations were wonderful. The service and the crew were great. We loved the ship and found it to be so much better ... Read More
Our cruise to Antarctica was a truly amazing experience onboard Celebrity Infinity. Everything about our cruise and the destinations were wonderful. The service and the crew were great. We loved the ship and found it to be so much better than the growning and moaning reviews of so many. I would sail on her again in a heartbeat and in fact we are for the next two weeks. We feel so fortunate to have seen the things we have seen and visited the places we went to. With only about 1% of the population ever visiting Antarctica we feel pretty special. We saw so many penguins in Ushuaia Argentina and The Falkland Islands and it was great fun. Thank you Celebrity for your service and great attention to detail for our 50th Anniversary celebration. It was truly a trip Of a lifetime for us and for pour friends !!!!! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Celebrity Infinity review Feb 18-March 4 2018 We have just returned from the Infinity Antarctic cruise Feb 18. Overall, this was an amazing cruise. We began the planning almost 4 years ago ( we scheduled on a 2016 sailing but had to ... Read More
Celebrity Infinity review Feb 18-March 4 2018 We have just returned from the Infinity Antarctic cruise Feb 18. Overall, this was an amazing cruise. We began the planning almost 4 years ago ( we scheduled on a 2016 sailing but had to postpone for (good) family reasons). After that long, it was hard to believe that the time had arrived! About 3 weeks before sailing we were notified by Celebrity of pod problems on Infinity that would necessitate some slowing of the sailing speed and missing Puerto Madryn. This was disappointing but this port was not the reason we booked this cruise- that was Antarctica and the goal was to be able to spend as much time there as possible. We flew Delta non stop to Buenos Aires on the 14th ( arriving in the am of the 15th). Although taxis and remis are available, after 10 hours of travel we decided to arrange for a driver to meet us at EZE. After much research, we reserved with David Transfer taxi for all of our transfers and we are so pleased that we had. David was very responsive by email and emailed us pictures of himself as well as where he would be waiting at EZE. He was there waiting for us even though we were a bit late after waiting for our luggage (that took a long time to deplane!). We stayed at the Ayres de Recoleta Plaza hotel- these are actually more like efficiency apartments than a hotel. This was a pleasant place to stay-not fancy but quite comfortable- and very convenient to restaurants and the Recoleta cemetery. They deliver a substantial continental breakfast to your room at the time you choose (and even came earlier than their usual hours because of our early departure on Friday for our flight at AEP). We stayed Thurs night and Saturday night. They willingly stored our big luggage while we were gone on Friday (so we only had to take carryons with us) and had it waiting for us in our new room upon our return to BA on Saturday. The only caution is that there are nearby restaurants and bars with live music in the evening so request an apt/room towards the back rather than up front if you are sensitive to noise. Literally 2-3 doors down from the hotel is a small restaurant with excellent inexpensive empanadas- Cumen Cumen- so we had a snack while waiting for our room to be ready. We also visited the Recoleta Cemetery- it is truly like a city, with streets and crossroads and several story buildings ( mausoleums)- some of the architecture is amazing and some have beautiful stained glass windows ( best seen from inside the crypt!) There is a map at the entrance but we just wandered around street by street. Most restaurants in Argentina start serving dinner at 8pm and there were reservations up until 1130pm- after a long overnight flight we knew that wouldn’t work so we reserved a “late lunch” at 3pm at Fervor- what an excellent meal in a lovely environment. Amazing steaks and great tiramisu for dessert. We decided to add on a trip to Iguazu Falls since we were so close from BA. Again, after research and reviewing tripadvisor and cruise critic, as well as pricing hotels and airfare, we contacted Pablo from 01Argentina travel agency. He was very responsive on email and put together a package of airfare from AEP Jorge Newbery airport, transfers to and from Iguazu airport and the Sheraton (now Melia) hotel and was able to do that for less than we could ourselves. Iguazu falls was absolutely amazing, it is impossible to capture the beauty,scope and intensity in still photos! The Melia was very nice and much better than I had expected based on some TA reviews- they are supposed to be starting a reno project this month but we did not see any construction during our visit. We upgraded to falls view for a nominal amount- wow! Staying in the park allows for earlier entry and later stay than if staying in Iguazu town. Food was expensive but not out of line for most hotel restaurants. Breakfast was included in our room rate and there was a lovely buffet. The transfers to and from the airport were on time and the driver helpful in purchasing our national park entries. We returned to BA Saturday evening and David’s colleague was right there to get us. Our room was ready and waiting and, as mentioned, all our luggage was already in the room awaiting us. We had dinner at Rodi bar restaurant. This was very much a neighborhood locals restaurant and there were only 2 tourists there besides us. The steaks were excellent and not expensive and the empanada appetizers great. David was right on time to take us to the cruise ship Sunday morning. We arrived at the port at about 11 am. The cruise port at BA was very efficient and from curbside to Café Al Bacio was 30 minutes. Infinity is not a new ship but she is in very good shape. The staff are quite friendly and welcoming and were quick to learn names and preferences. We had upgraded to Aquaclass when there was a price drop after final payment and were able to experience Blu- the quieter atmosphere and personal attention were enjoyable. The food was very good- we did not have anything that disappointed. The cabin was nice but much like a regular veranda- the balcony was a bit bigger. We are not spa people so didn’t use the Persian gardens and the shower heads would not be the reason to book here. We would book Aqua again if the price was right but wouldn’t pay a high premium for Aqua. Café Al Bacio was excellent as usual. The staff were very attentive but sometimes, especially mid- afternoon the area became extremely crowded. We had 3 sea days to start but enjoy the down time-there were excellent Beyond the Podium lectures. Ranger John and Dr Peter had interesting topics but Mickeylive was definitely the highlight! His talks were consistently standing room only and very enjoyable. We attended every one and learned many new things each time. The Snapshot rally was a great idea ( a lot of work for Mickey and his wife ) and so appreciated- by sharing 4 of our photos, we now have a disc with many other cool photos from the trip. Because of the pod issues, our scheduled arrival in Ushuaia had previously been moved from 9 am to 2pm. We were right on time arriving to the port. Beagle channel sail in was beautiful and we were able to see many cormorants and penguins while sailing in. There were many penguins swimming in the water ( I have since learned this is called a raft of penguins) and lots on land ( a waddle). We had some time to explore the town and then took a tour. We were able to arrange, with others on our roll call, to go to Martillo Island with Pira tours. We took a 90 min bus ride to the Harberton ranch and then took a boat to the island and were able to walk with thousands of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins. Never knew that some penguins bray like donkeys. Since we were there later in the day, when they apparently are more vocal, we heard a lot of hee haws! There was a pair of King penguins on the beach as well- what a treat!. We got back to the ship at about 11pm and all aboard was 1130 and we were on the way to Antarctica- but first Cape Horn and the Drake! The weather at Cape Horn was absolutely amazing- blue skies and smooth waters and the Captain was able to do a few 360s so all sides of the ship had excellent views The helipad was opened for those who wanted that experience. The Drake had some shake but not terrible. We did have some rain and fog and the waves were estimated to be about 3 meters but even with my mal de mer tendencies, I didn’t have any issues. We arrived to Antarctica with fog and clouds but this lifted for while during our time and there was even a big rainbow. Icebergs of many shapes, penguins and sea birds and whales and the occasional seal were there to welcome us. Antarctica is awesome and lived up to all our hopes and expectations-this definitely was the bucket list reason for this cruise and we were thrilled with the time there. We had clear weather during our Paradise Bay stop and again the Captain was able to do a slow 360 to give all the incredible views. We were out on our balcony most of the time but did also go down to deck 4 sometimes. We were at Elephant Island the next day and again, beautiful weather and views. It’s hard to imagine how Ernest Shakleton and his crew survived on that stark landscape. Soon after leaving Elephant Island we were again into fog and some rain and again Drake Shake but nothing bad. We arrived at the Falkland Islands on time and tenders actually started earlier than expected. We were on land by 7am and met up with Nyree from Estancia excursions to go to Volunteer Point. She was set up at the pier and waiting even though we were early. She had been extremely responsive to email and was very pleasant to speak with in person. She paired us up with another couple from the ship and we went with Leon in his Range Rover 4x4 jeep. There was another jeep running with us but fortunately neither of us were stuck- were glad that Leon is very experienced at driving thru the peat bogs as there were a lots of big ruts and dips! It was very interesting hearing about life in the Islands and the time went by quickly. We were actually the first car to arrive at Volunteer Point and it was amazing ( I am using that word a lot in this review but it is true!). There were hundreds and hundreds of King Penguins, many still with their young brown fuzzy chicks. There were waddles on the meadow areas and smaller groups walking down to the beach and ultimately getting into the water. There were Gentoo and Magellanic penguins here too but the Kings were definitely the stars of the show. We spent about 2 hours there and then had our box lunch and headed back. We had a short tour of Stanley and then were able to walk around a bit and shop. Highly recommend touring with Estancia – the tour cost less than half of the same ship’s excursion and we had a wonderful time! There were then 2 sea days and then we arrived in Montevideo- we decided to self tour here and walked around the Old Town. It was a pleasant walk and did find some nice local craft items in the market. Although not much for attending shows, we did decide to attend the final show which was a group of 4 Argentinian singer/dancers/musicians and this was very enjoyable. We arrived back to BA early and were off the ship in no time. Bags were waiting and David was right on time to pick us up for the last day. Since our flight was not until 9pm, we had arranged for him to take us around for a brief city tour and then out to Santa Susana ranch for the gaucho experience and barbecue. Lots of good food and drink, fun singing and dancing and horse back or carriage rides if desired. The gauchos did a horse back riding show to conclude. A fun way to spend the last day. We arrived at EZE at 545 and it took 90 minutes to get to pre-security to be able to drop our bags ( so be sure to leave plenty of time). It took another half hour to get thru security and passport control/customs and were finally at the gate. No drinks allowed to be carried on the plane, even if purchased when you get to the gate so be warned- either it had to be consumed before boarding or thrown out. There was also another security check while boarding and all bags were opened. Once we got on board, the flight was smooth and 10 hours later we were back in the US. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and have no complaints- everything was excellent. Other than missing Puerto Madryn, we had no awareness of any pod issues and we were on time or even early for all our arrivals. The staff were on the ball and friendly, our cabin attendant Jose like a ninja, the wait staff and other Blu staff attentive and so welcoming (Rosibel was a joy), Vivie from the bar staff knew us and our preferences after 1 day. We highly recommend David transfer taxi (https://www.facebook.com/pg/David-Transfer-Taxi-317373678456050/about/?ref=page_internal) and Estancia excursions (http://estancia-excursions.com). The Pira tour experience was great and walking with the penguins very cool- contacting PIra pre cruise was a bit challenging however. 01Argentina travel was excellent for our Iguazu trip (http://www.01argentina.com) This was a trip of a lifetime and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because of the destination. I also had fond memories of her sister ship Millennium. It was the last trip to Antarctica (next year it will be a Solstice class ship). We were very lucky with the weather. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destination. I also had fond memories of her sister ship Millennium. It was the last trip to Antarctica (next year it will be a Solstice class ship). We were very lucky with the weather. The previous cruise in January was not so lucky but we had calm seas for the most part with really only one day that was a bit rough. Cape Horn was dead flat, when there was fog it magically cleared as we arrived and at Elephant Island drifted back as we left. It was simply good luck and I felt sorry reading the reviews of the previous cruise. The ship is an older ship but we found it well maintained. If you looked hard you could find faults but compared to what I was expecting it was better than I thought. We booked an Aqua class cabin and the meals were excellent. The cabin itself seemed no different to a balcony but access to Blu was great. We also tried the specialty restaurants and enjoyed them all but Tuscan Grill was a real highlight. We had a problem with our cabin with the carpet getting wet. Its as frustrating but the crew went above an beyond to both fix the problem and make it up to us for the inconvenience. They were so nice about it I was feeling like I had Stockholm Syndrome, you know when you are kidnapped you feel sorry for the Kidnappers! I was embarrassed telling them its as still faulty given how hard they worked to fix it. In the end we switched cabins, the old one was 7095 (I hope its fixed if you have that one!) we moved to 1142 at the rear. The crew overall are just outstanding at all levels. Through stupidity I broke my ankle on the way home at the Falklands, the medical care was excellent, the restaurant staff were totally accomodating, our cabin stewards wife is a Physiotherapist and he arranged pillows and ice packs, right up to Jaan the head housekeeper and Srdjan the Hotel Director it was clearly a happy, highly motivated crew absolutely focused on passengers having a great time. We have sailed on Seabourn and it was to that standard, very attentive and impressive. I guess in terms of advice I would offer to have realistic expectations about the age of the ship and look for the crew to make up any slight shortcomings. If things go wrong raise them and let them make it right, they were very genuine to us. Try the specialty restaurants. QSine was fun and funky, they offered a pack of 3 or more restaurants for discount price, if I did this again I would grab that. The al Bacio cafe deck 5 great coffee if you are hanging out for a flat white the cappuccino's are next best and those macadamia nut cookies, fantastic. The cocktails at the bar opposite were excellent also, especially the smoked ones! Another point to raise is Mickey Live. he is such an asset, his sense of humour, knowledge and the way he got things across was exceptional and his presentations were all standing room only. We did ships tour which we found fascinating, exactly what do you do with all those empty bottles......4 engines, 1 diesel, 2 jet engines and steam engine...fascinating. The laundry, the bridge, the engine control room, really interesting to see behind the scenes. The propulsion problem we were told and they appeared very open was that they had excessive vibration at high speed on one Azipod so as a precaution were running at reduced speed. The slower speed meant they missed one port day so they paid 1 x 14th credit as compensation which we thought was fair. There were only 3 ports the rest sea days so I can understand how frustrating its as to the earlier cruise missing the Falklands but given the route was through the roaring 40's Ferocious 50's and Screaming 60's I think you have to accept some chance of bad weather. So overall injury and cabin hassles not withstanding we had a great time the scenery and wildlife was everything we hoped for. My wife as on our balcony when awhile surfaced so close the sound of the spout startled her (she said only 20 feet away). It was an amazing trip and hats off to all the crew, they made it very special. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Big Takeaways for this vacation (Some very specific because of destination and ports) 1. Use the Celebrity excursions, and book them BEFORE boarding and get to the Celebrity theater early to get on yours. My friend got to a theater for ... Read More
Big Takeaways for this vacation (Some very specific because of destination and ports) 1. Use the Celebrity excursions, and book them BEFORE boarding and get to the Celebrity theater early to get on yours. My friend got to a theater for a 915 departure tour and by 910 the tour was already gone. He ran to the pier, but ship was already full and was told tour was oversold by a seat. Many other tours were sold out well before boarding. Luckily the concierge Javier, was telling people at arrivals to sign up for tours immediately after boarding, this really helped a friend of mine, who hadn’t pre booked. 2. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or watches while sightseeing in Buenos Aries, keep cash and expensive cameras out of sight as much as possible. Quite the band of pickpockets both walking and on motorcyles, and they work as a team (one or more distracts, while other grabs). 3. Pick one or two credit cards to bring and call the credit card company issuer and let them know you’ll be in Argentina, Falklands, as we had a few people had their CC’s denied (I chose two Credit Union accounts since neither has foreign transaction fees) 4. If you can afford it buy a wide angle lens or borrow one from a friend. It will be the most magnificent scenery you’ll ever see in my humble opinion. The scale, the wildlife and natural beauty are truly stunning. 5. Don’t be surprised if you see a port change/cancellation or modification. From my research doesn’t matter which cruise line you use Celebrity/NatGeo/Lindbladt/Princess/HAL/Silversea , ~25-50% chance (most always because of weather) you’ll see a change or two in your itinerary. Chill out and don’t go nuclear about it. The Captain didn’t purposely do it to ruin your photo ops, if it’s conceivable to safely get in a port, they do. That being said, they won’t endanger you or others just so you can get the money shot of you and Free Willy the Orca or Tennessee Tuxedo and his penguin pals . 6. Buy the transfers from ship to Airport/City, it’s only $28 and they bring your luggage directly to airport. You get off the ship, take bus to terminal, and get the bus to airport while everyone else is grabbing their luggage, and trying to figure out where the taxis, and private cars are. It’s a madhouse outside the terminal. 7. Don’t exchange money at airport, found we were getting about 20 pesos per dollar exchanging it on our own, or 19 if I used for purchases using my credit union VISA card, and would have gotten 16 at airport or bank 8. MickeyLive (AKA Mickey Richardson) The best onboard presentations I’ve ever experienced on Celebrity (and I’ve done about 30 cruises). He comes from a tech background, but he has a quest for knowledge, he knows so much and he really knows how to focus on the destination. He then gives you the history, the back story, so by the time you arrive, you’re hungry for it. He’s insightful, funny, and also promotes a photo sharing service (for FREE) where passengers can share their photos, Mickey compiles the best of all and gives the CD to the passengers who participated in the photo share. He was a SUPERB asset to the Infinity team. I wish they had a Mickey on every voyage. Another small thing Mickey reminds you is to be KIND to each other, it may sound inconsequential, but sometimes we all need to remember we’re here on a holiday not an invasion, so slow down, the buffet, shows, and endless ice creams and pizza will be there...... and try to enjoy each other, and who knows might even meet some other nice folks. THE VOYAGE About a month before we sailed we received notice that because of an issue discovered with one of the ships two azipods they would be adjusting our schedule as they were limiting the speed on the affected azipod. It meant we would lose our stop in Puerto Madryn, Argentina and adjust the times on the other ports to compensate. Really had no impact on us at all. My understanding in simple terms as the ship has two giant engines called azipods, and from what I understood of them, the problem was one was the thrust bearing on one azipod was operating at a higher temperature than normal. So to prevent the issue from getting worse, they limit the maximum speed on the affected azipod. This gives you a slightly slower average speed. It can still be used at any speed, but this is the conservative approach to take until it reaches its next drydock. I know when I visited the engineering control room, we were cruising at 19 knots, with one azipod running slightly lower in speed than the other. Normally cruising speed is’s about 21 knots (maximum is 24 knots). These Azipods are like any big piece of mechanical equipment, and just wear over time. One of the engineers said that's why they rebuild them every two years as a preemptive maintenance measure. I'll get the annoyances out of the way first then onto the good stuff. Annoyance-The ships voicemail on Infinity doesn’t work. It’s a nuisance problem but seems to be an ongoing issue since it has been ongoing at least as far back as my last voyage in May 2017. It didn’t work again the whole cruise, and you do miss information, some of it important. Annoyance-We had an ongoing issue with a Friends of Bill meeting (Alcoholics Anonymous). Was scheduled in the library 5PM the first two nights, and because that was a trafficked area, we asked to have it moved to any other quiet place at any time. Day 3 it was moved to a conference room but they forget to include that change in the daily schedule. By day 5 it was moved to the conference room, but there was a Thai group matching movies there. Days 6-10 same thing, other groups would show up even though we had the room according to the schedule, including one day a Celebrity future cruise presentation, so we’d have to move after the daily apologies from guest relations/event coordinator. It wasn’t a big deal other than it should have been corrected 3 or 4 days in not 10 days in. Did try notifying guest relations, event coordinator, and hotel director as well on different days, but never really got resolved till about the 10th day, so it caused a lot of frustration that it never should of. Annoyance-Checkout the fine print in the online booking offers. We had one offered this cruise “save up to $300 early booking bonus” with no asterisked terms or conditions, and “Exclusive offer-Receive up to $500 OBC*” *Terms and condition apply I booked an 11 day Caribbean on RF and turns out you only save the $300 if you book it as a non refundable deposit, and it wasn’t eligible for the any of the up to $500 OBC other than the 4 perks that come with the suite. And believe me I looked, and that was the best deal they had. When I got back to my stateroom, checked online and the onboard booking deal was same as one I would have gotten had I booked it myself with Celebrity. So since you have the luxury of looking up prices onboard, comparison shop, and see if the online booking is a value. NOW ONTO THE GREAT STUFF Rooms- I selected a CC2 this trip, and pleased in every regard. Although Infinity is 17 years old it’s a well maintained vessel. The furnishings in the room were well maintained and even on inspection of the caulking in the bathroom, it looked well kept. Deck rails looked great, Curtains and linens plush and not worn. Plenty of hot water and water pressure throughout the whole voyage. Had an extraordinary stateroom attendant named Budi, who was a smiling friendly hard working man who met my every wish before I could even ask him. THE FOOD TUSCAN-I adored Tuscan. It’s a kind of a mix of steakhouse with Italian overtones. We ate 6 times while onboard (we had a specialty dining 6 package ), and never had a disappointing meal. Every single soul that worked in that venue was spectacular from the maitre’d Jovel, the talented, friendly, and professional wait staff. I think we had a different member of the wait staff serve us each night, and really enjoyed learning about their origins and experiences. Always smiling faces escorting us in, delicately making suggestions on food choices, and combinations to try. Without question loved the filet of beef the best, it rarely needed a sauce to complement its flavor, but I tried several to see if it enhanced it. It usually gave it a nice polish, and found the peppercorn sauce my favorite, The meatballs for an appetizer are to die for as the blend of pork, veal and beef they use literally melts as it hits your mouth. The sea bass also an excellent choice. Veal Marsala was good, but not great. Loved the pasta choices as well, the lobster rigatoni (muy Bella) Great choice of salads and desserts as well¬¬¬. The spinach was a bit bland, the mashed potatoes were delightful, but all in all, not really anything that needs changing in Tuscan. 5/5 stars QSINE is like an off Broadway play it can really amuse, entertain, and fill your palette if it’s executed correctly. Flip side is it can seem too contrived without the right direction and audience. The night we went we had a group of us 17 at two tables. I had the feeling the waiters struggled with the execution, food and drinks came randomly. The two waiters certainly tried their best, but really seemed overwhelmed. Ideally in my experience Qsine works really well when there is a group of 4-6 people, anything more or less is a challenge. The menu is strong though, and the presentation makes it worth the visit. From a logistics perspective, for this particular cruise and its cold weather make Qsine an additional challenge, being up high on deck and not a lot of insulation. Bring a sweater as the change in temperature was substantially colder when we left from when we came in. Would give it a 4/5. TRELLIS-Thought it was a great place to dine. We had an exceptional waiter and assistant, Jose and Juan Carlos at table 224. Also was happy to see the maitre’d/manager at the MDR checking in at least 4 or 5 times to get a feel on how happy we were eating in Trellis. She really did a great job (also nice to see woman as the maitre’d/manager in the MDR) The food service was excellent. Seemed to be a bit spotty on getting drinks though, as the sommelier would usually take the drink orders, but on more than one occasion we had to ask someone else a second time after nothing showed up 20 minutes into the meal. The variety was good though, soups, starters, and consommé’s superb, main courses were very nice as well. Desserts were very nice as well. Of course the last of our three evening chic nights had the best menu with lobster, chateaubriand, and rack of lamb featured on the menu. Would give it a 3/5. SUSHI of Five-I preface this with the fact that I’m not much of a Sushi fan, but still loved the experience. My friend ordered a variety of things for us to try and all were quite tasty and had a nice freshness to them. They had some steamed lobster and shrimp dumplings as well that I really enjoyed. Only problem I had with Sushi at 5 was the closeness of the tables. After we sat down the waiter came by and adjusted the table next to us presumably to set it up for guests. We literally had a span of 10” between tables (other side was blocked by a wall) to get in and out, and a lighting fixture above the 10” gap. After dining, I stood up, took a knock on the head from the light fixture, bumped the table and spilled the soy sauce on the next table, then caught caught the soy dish. I’m sure it looked like a physical comedy sketch to anyone watching. I then carefully extracted myself from the table. Would give it a 3/5. ENTERTAINMENT-Did see one or two shows, but nothing that left any lasting impressions. I do like watching the energy and enthusiasm of the house dancers and singers though. Alejandro the CD seemed to be a good master of ceremonies for most events phasing in and out as needed to keep things moving along. Activities manager also good at keeping things flowing. Did really enjoy the acoustic sets by the Stone Free duo, nice mix of music spanning the 1970’s to current, and well adapted to trying new requests. Judah Moore was also quite nice. The other 4 piece band/singer combination I wasn’t overly impressed with, but then again I’m not Jimmy Iovine, so does it really matter. I always enjoy the ship game shows type formats such as “liars club” “not so newlywed game” and “are you smarter than a ships officer”, when they engage passengers into the act. Did a great job on those. Senior officers were around at all the photo ops and meet and greets. I noticed the F&B manager Ivan in and out of almost every kitchen checking up on things which I thought was great. I didn’t really interface though with any of the Senior Managers, except for a cursory hello, all seemed nice enough though. EXCURSIONS I did two, good value for the money on both (see #1 up above) 1. Ushuahia, Argentina- Journey to the Sea Wolves and Penguins $159 You walk about 200 feet across the pier to an awaiting catamaran and begin the journey. About an hour out, first stop is a Sea Lion Island that the catamaran circles about giving all a photo op, second stop is another land mass home to hundreds of Cormorants (think mini me penguins that can fly), third stop is Penguins galore. We saw literally hundreds in three species types. 2. Stanley, Falkland Island- Bluff Cove Lagoon You walk to the end of the pier to some awaiting 16 passenger buses that take you closer to Bluff Cove (it’s a family owned 35000 acre sheep farm), then you are handed over to a local team of Land-Rover drivers for the 25 minute off-road adventure to the Penguins. We saw three types King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins , and a whole lot of birds. You get close enough to get photos, but far enough where you don’t disrupt. They also have a nice coffee shop where they serve FREE coffee, tea, cakes, and pastry as part of the tour. 3. Montevideo-I did on my own- Tour bus on end of pier 3.5 hours for $25. You get what you pay for. I think the guide knew less about the city than I did Me-When was Uruguay’s’ Independence? Her-It was many years ago Me-50, 100, 200 years? Her-Yes, somewhere in there Me-Who is the man on the statue? Her-He is very famous General Me-What’s his name? Her-I will find out Still had fun though and found Montevideo lovely. The markets are only about a 10 minute walk from the pier. Food was fantastic, and felt safe and secure. I could easily have spent a week in the city. Especially love the graffiti, it was gorgeous CC Host Paulina Ugalde and Concierge Javier Hernandez-Both of these two went out of their way to introduce themselves and explain the many services that they can help with. Saw them out and about everywhere, answering questions and projecting their really positive upbeat attitudes, great brand ambassadors for Celebrity. I really enjoyed talking to each and in awe of how much pride they took in their work Debarkation-Kind of mess at first glance, but easy to navigate IF you plan ahead. One you leave the ship they escort you off to buses to terminal where you can pick up your luggage. IF YOU SELECTED TRANSFERS TO airport by Celebrity, you don’t even need to pick up your luggage, instead it’s automatically transferred to the airport, and is waiting for you upon the buses arrival. In this case(of Buenos Aries being the departure point) the buses were much easier than a cab or private transfers would have been. Their just isn’t anything clearly marked like taxi stands, airport hotel buses, etc, so glad we opted for the ships transfers. I’ll close this out with, if you ever get the opportunity, JUST DO IT. They only do 2 or 3 Antarctic voyages a year because of weather, the other 6-9 months a year its -20 to -80 degrees out with 3 hours of sunshine, so not real user friendly to tourists. I was really proud to learn what they do to keep Antarctica intact in terms of who/what/where/when is allowed, and the prohibitions that are made to keep it that way. Read about what’s allowed and what isn’t here. https://iaato.org/home Odds are we are human, so eventually we’’ll probably muck up Antarctica over its minerals, water or something else. See it why you can in all its bold, brawny, frosty fury, its just plain gorgeous. Sadly though, you DO NOT get a stamp in your passport that says you entered or exited Antarctica….darn it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
First of all, for the folks on the Jan. Cruise. I get it. I would have been disappointed as well. But I can only speak of the Feb Cruise. We were warned in advance to the propulsion problems. It had virtually no affect on the cruise. ... Read More
First of all, for the folks on the Jan. Cruise. I get it. I would have been disappointed as well. But I can only speak of the Feb Cruise. We were warned in advance to the propulsion problems. It had virtually no affect on the cruise. Top speed was 20 mph and we got everywhere on time. As smooth as any cruise I have been on. Were told in advance that we would get a refund for Puerto Madryn and I personally would rather have the money than the port. This was a 50th anniversary cruise for us and yes we were the fools on stage during the marriage game (the one that involved a lime) The ship-Yes it's old and does not have all the bells and whistles. Nothing that affected my enjoyment. It was clean and the entire staff was Great. Embarkation in Buenos Aires-crowded as usual, but we were onboard in about 45 minutes. Entertainment-about standard for cruise ships. Nothing bad and nothing exceptional. Good but I would probably not pay to see any of them. We did not go to any of the productions because we saw them on on a previous cruise. We had seen some of the individual acts before also Food-Excellemt. We ate almost every meal in the Luminae. Food was good and different menu every night. Hats off to the entire staff. Too many to name but they were all fantastic. Ushuaia-took an excursion to the National park. Had to ride a bus on a gravel road and by luck, we had to sit just over the back axel. Very rough ride. Some nice stops but I was expection more. Wish we would have had more time in the town. I would probably do something different if I every went back. Cape Horn-Unbelievably smooth waters. Now I have been there. Antartica-Words or pictures cannot describe it. Not as cold as I had thought and we overpacked. Spent quite a bit of time there doing 360's Falkland Islands-went to the sheep farm. Glad to see some of the countryside. The entire island only has 2100 people. Had plenty of time to walk around. There is a shuttle to Gypsy cove that we also took to see penguins. $20 Montevideo-Took a city tour that my travel agent provided. Nice city. Safe and you can walk from one end to the other. There is a market just off the ship that I would recommend walking to Internet-horrible. Very slow and kicked me off regularly. Worked somewhat better in public places. And to be honest it worked better on last cruise when I stayed on 9th deck. Enrichment programs-Probably the best I have experienced. Disembarkation-Just picked up bags and walked out. We stayed another day so we went to the Sheraton. Outside was a madhouse of people soliciting cabs. Choose Uber or walk across street to get best prices. Or take $28 shuttle from ship to airport Uber-works well in Buenos Aires and I would recommend it if you have access to the internet. $25 total for the two of us from Sheraton to airport. Once in a lifetime trip and probably won't go again but I would highly recommend it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We love Celebrity. Had an amazing back to back trip to Rio then Antarctica. We were so lucky with the weather going to Cape Horn, Antarctica and Falkland Islands. It was warmer than Scotland. The whole crew were just brilliant and the ... Read More
We love Celebrity. Had an amazing back to back trip to Rio then Antarctica. We were so lucky with the weather going to Cape Horn, Antarctica and Falkland Islands. It was warmer than Scotland. The whole crew were just brilliant and the captain was very visible and charming. He did a great job getting us to these places. We miss Hari making up our room and all the lovely staff who served us in Blu. Infinity is a great sized ship to be on. Great having the inside thermal pool when weather was cooler. Entertainment was great especially the ships showtime, loved the music, costumes and singing and dancing, beat we’ve seen on any ship. Infinity orchestra was superb, wouldn’t be the same without them. Worth every penny and more! Mickeylive was entertaining and informative always busy in the theatre. Guest artists also very good, variety from magic, instrumental and singing and comedy. We went every night. Waiters in Blu were so polite and attentive. Especially Edurdo, my husband says he’s the nicest waiter he’s ever come across . Rosibel greeting us always knew our name and cabin number, Igor in cellars bar was great at bar showmanship and made great cocktails. Cape Horn on catamaran and National Park was really interesting cruising Antarctica was amazing with mickeylive doing commentary about wild life. Even a rainbow. And luckily we got into Falkland Islands to the Battlefield tour. Very good guide then got shuttle to Gypsy Cove to see penguins.great day. Montevideo city tour was interesting as was our Tygre river cruise then to airport. We didn’t have to bother with cases till airport which was very convenient. Lovely guide Andriana? Have booked another cruise on The Edge which looks exciting for next year. Can’t wait. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this itinerary primarily for the 3-day stay in Rio, and it did not disappoint. The experience of Carnival in the Sambadrome was unforgettable and something no one should miss - it’s that much fun and that special. Check in - ... Read More
We chose this itinerary primarily for the 3-day stay in Rio, and it did not disappoint. The experience of Carnival in the Sambadrome was unforgettable and something no one should miss - it’s that much fun and that special. Check in - smooth, but MANY people arrived without visas for Brazil and WERE NOT ALLOWED TO BOARD! So, if you are going to Brazil, and you are from the US, you need a visa. They are expensive, but not hard to get. Cabin - we had an Oceanview on deck 2 just past midship, and it was great. It was a good-sized window and made the room feel even more spacious. Towels were a little bit on the thin side, but everything else was great. Crew - the best in our 30 cruises. They were friendly, professional and made the onboard experience just very special. We especially enjoyed the coffee shop (Al Bacio) and the Spa Cafe staffs. Food - excellent. The Executive Chef was visible and did some of the food demonstrations himself. He was energetic and had a great sense of humor, and his restaurants were putting out great food. The main dining room choices were somewhat limited, and since we were on a back-to-back, they were repetitive. We also dined in all 3 specialty restaurants - Qsine, Tuscan Grille and Sushi on 5. We didn’t pay full price for any of them - there was always a deal to be had if you asked around. Qsine was our favorite, but the Sushi restaurant was a very close second! Ports: Santos is not a great port city. We did a self tour on the trolley and to Mount Serrat via the fincular - enjoyable because we were with friends, but nothing special. Ilhabela and Buzios were beautiful, but we only stayed out 3-4 hours in each because it was so warm. We did a ship’s tour in Ilhabela and a private tour (Buzios Trolley) in Buzios. Both were “good” - but not great. Rio was a blast. We did the 3-day package with DoBrazilRight and it was great - saved a bunch of money and had great seats at the Sambadrome. Highly recommend them. Did a ship’s tour for Punta del Este (good) and a private walking tour in Monteivideo (Real English Tours - exccellent). Entertainment - great shows in the evening - cruise director Alejandro was fun and the talent was among the best we’ve seen. Production shows were familiar but very well performed. Celebrity Infinity orchestra is probably the best we’d heard in 30 days. Good amount of activity - game shows, trivia, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to south america and go to the Rio Carnival,We have been on many celebrity cruises and though this ship was not soltice class we really liked it.Things we missed were the games room and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to south america and go to the Rio Carnival,We have been on many celebrity cruises and though this ship was not soltice class we really liked it.Things we missed were the games room and entertainment in the atriam.But being smaller our cabin was in the centre so we did not have to walk far. We loved the cruise director.He was very funny and had a great personality. I have been on many cruises ranging from 6 star to 4 and found this cruise as good as the others.In fact the desserts were the best we have had, I dont understand people who have slated this ship because I did not meet anyone who wasnt happy.I do agree it is a bit shabby and you can see rust in places,but that does not make a great cruise.Its the staff,entertainment,food and itinery and they were all excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I was a host for a group. As always, Celebrity's food was excellent in the main dining room and specialty restaurants. I don't eat at the buffet unless there is no other choice. I expect to be pampered on the ships, which ... Read More
I was a host for a group. As always, Celebrity's food was excellent in the main dining room and specialty restaurants. I don't eat at the buffet unless there is no other choice. I expect to be pampered on the ships, which includes the wait staff putting the napkin on my lap. All of the staff were very attentive. The shows ran from good to the fabulous Jayne Curry. One of the best ever. Her interaction with Alejandro the cruise director was incredible. The musicians throughout the ship were of the highest quality no matter what genre they played. We had 14 days of sunshine-probably a record. Great ports and of course Carnevale in Rio. My group had a special private shore excursion in Punta Del Este. Beautiful art museums and views. It was like being on Santorini. Our guide could not have been better. Everyone raved about her. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I wanted to see Christ the Redeemer for my 75th birthday. Being in Rio for Carnival was certainly a bonus. While we were also in Buenos Aires and Uraguay, this was the focus of our 14 day cruise. The food was excellent, the passengers ... Read More
I wanted to see Christ the Redeemer for my 75th birthday. Being in Rio for Carnival was certainly a bonus. While we were also in Buenos Aires and Uraguay, this was the focus of our 14 day cruise. The food was excellent, the passengers were from a variety of countries and the entertainment was good. Our cabin with a veranda was very nice and located mid-ship. The casino and the dealers were very professional and entertaining. The Apple classes on board were excellent and I gained a plethora of new and interesting tips and programs. I visited the spa and had an amazing pedicure and manicure and a great conversation with the lady performing these services. We were able to meet and interact with a number of the crew who were informative and helpful. Our stateroom attendant did an excellent job of keeping our room neat and clean, He was there twice a day and made sure everything was "ship shape". An excellent ship cruise and staff. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The cruise was selected for the itinerary primarily and the Celebrity line for a previous excellent experience with them. Both embarkation in Buones Aires and disembarking in Valparaiso was excellent, efficient and professional. We had ... Read More
The cruise was selected for the itinerary primarily and the Celebrity line for a previous excellent experience with them. Both embarkation in Buones Aires and disembarking in Valparaiso was excellent, efficient and professional. We had an outside cabin deck 2 aft, spacious cabin, large bed, lots of storage, spotlessly clean and room attendant was excellent. The bathroom size was as expected however the shower cubicle was larger than expected. The public areas were very clean and well maintained, I didn't in any way feel that the fixtures and fittings were in need of a refurb as many suggest. We took breakfast everyday in the Trellis restaurant which was waiter service and provided a wide choice to suit all needs, the service was superb for breakfast. Lunch from the Oveanview cafe gave us flexibility with lots to choose from and a variety of excellent dishes. Drinks service here was once again very good. We opted for Celebrity select dining in the Trellis Restaurant, the menu was excellent every night, often making it difficult to choose, the staff here were outstanding. The on board entertainment team worked extremely hard and the shows were fabulous to watch, the only criticism would be here would be for the show times to be about 15-30 minutes later than scheduled. Cruise director was excellent and helped to create a wonderful atmosphere throughout the ship and you felt the whole ships staff worked together as a team/family. South America is a wonderful itinerary and we were very fortunate with the weather, with only one stop being cancelled. We arranged our own tours in port as the ship excursions were a little on the expensive side. Overall a wonderful cruise, great itinerary, fabulous food, excellent service. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this trip as part of an Enrichment Journey combined with an after cruise land package to Machu Picchu. As for the cruise portion of the trip. I read several reviews of the ship experience before I sat down to write this on. I ... Read More
We chose this trip as part of an Enrichment Journey combined with an after cruise land package to Machu Picchu. As for the cruise portion of the trip. I read several reviews of the ship experience before I sat down to write this on. I agree with most that the Infinity is an older ship. I do not agree at all that it is shabby and ill kept. Our suite, 9096, was spacious, clean, and meticulously attended to by Harold, our Butler, and Michael, our cabin steward. We would definitely ask for those two again. Sure, it could have used some updated furniture, but that is knit picking. The first night we had a vanity light out. It was fixed by the electrician in 15 minutes. Our only complaint about the cabin what the moving of deck chairs on the activities deck above. I would recommend some kind of sound deadening on refitting. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived about 1pm and walked right on the ship. Debarkation was fine. No problem with bags and connections. There was some criticism of Celebrity staff cut backs. I did not experience that in any part of the cruise. The food, overall, was excellent. We did not eat at all at Trellis, opting for Blue, Qsine, tuscan Grill, and Luminae. The food and service at all locations were excellent, especially the meals we had at Qsine and Tuscan Grill.The food choices at Luminae were somewhat limited. The food at Oceanview was overall very good. Bar service from Geonina was terrific. Her smiling face and great demeanor were a welcome every afternoon. One of the real highlights of the cruise was the service and graciousness offered by the staff at Michael's club headed by Eric, the manager. Eric should immediately be recommended for promotion. In all of our 25 cruises, he is the best customer service person we have ever encountered. Another highlight was having Mickey Live and his beautiful and charming wife and daughter on the ship. Mickey gave us unique perspectives on each and every magnificent port of call, plus entertaining and informative updates on the Glaciers and travel route. We took all ships tours this time and weren't disappointed by any of them. Particularly out standing were tours of Montevideo, Port Madryn and the incredible trekking at Puerto Monte. These were very strenuous, but rewarded our efforts with sights and sounds that we would have never otherwise experienced. Congratulations the Celebrity for upgrading their tours. They are expensive, but this is not a cruise to try to save a few dollars. There is too much to see and do and experience. Now for a few recommended changes 1. The buffet tables are too deep, causing guests to have to lean over too far to get some selections. This causes potential health issues. 2. The premium drink package needs to include more choices, particularly with white wines. This is especially true at the service bars. 3. The Issue with getiing back on the ship at Puerto Montte needs to be addressed. This is one place Eric really shined by coming to the aid of his guests. Great effort Eric! 4. The above mentioned noise on the activities deck. All other aspects of the ship such as the Gym, shows, and Bar singers were very good, but that is not why we came. If that is what you value most, this cruise is probably not for you. As you can see from this review, I valued the new friends we made, the universally excellent service from the staff, and the sights we saw that we may never see again above all else. Well done! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our 3rd cruise with Celebrity, all on different ships. We spent a couple of nights in Buenos Aires before the cruise and this was really worth it as it is a lovely city. Make sure you go to a tango show. A boat trip to the ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with Celebrity, all on different ships. We spent a couple of nights in Buenos Aires before the cruise and this was really worth it as it is a lovely city. Make sure you go to a tango show. A boat trip to the Tigra Delta is really worthwhile as well. Also Recoleta Cemetary. Embarkation was smooth and quick. Our room was a good size but looked a bit tired with trim missing off the edge of the wardrobes etc. The staff were wonderful, as usual with Celebrity. Food: We ate in the buffet restaurant for breakfast and lunch and the food was exactly the same every day. The only time that lunch was varied was when they tried to do a themed lunch such as Italian, when they put on 2 salads! We had breakfast a couple of times in the restaurant where the food was good but the service was very slow. We ate in the restaurant every evening and the food and service was wonderful there. We did the Select Dining and whenever we arrived at the restaurant we were seated straight away. By doing this we met loads of different people as we sat with different people practically every night. Entertainment: The cruise director was hilarious and the other members of his team that we met were really funny. The first night in the theatre were 3 gauchos, cracking whips etc, and they were really good. One night there was a pianist and another night a violinist. Apart from this it was mainly so-so singers. One afternoon a magician was on and he was awful. The thing we enjoyed most of all was the trivia quiz each afternoon. The questions were asked by 3 different members of the entertainment staff and all of them made the quiz really good fun. The port talks were well worth going to with ?Mike giving loads of information. Ports of Call: Santos: We caught taxis to the various places we wanted to visit. The taxis were very cheap and easy to find (apart from the one back to the ship who tried to charge us 3 times what the trip was worth!). We went to the Pele Museum, had a ride on the trolley bus (right outside the museum), went up the funicular (fantastic views) and walked on the beach, where the sea was as warm as a bath. Ihlabella: We took a taxi to a waterfall which wasn’t much of a waterfall, but you could slide down it if you wanted. We then looked around the shops and bought a load of Havaianas. Buzios: We took the trolleybus tour which was a really lovely 2 hour tour. We paid $20. If you booked it through the cruise ship it was $90. Rip off! Rio de Janeiro: We booked tours and the carnival with DoBrazilRight. We had an excellent tour guide and the carnival was amazing. We sat in Grandstand 8 so we were with a lot of locals and some tourists. Brilliant views from anywhere in the Sambadrome. Punta del Este: We walked into the centre and hired bikes for the day. We cycled to the wavy bridge and all the way to Casapueblo which is worth a look but a long way to cycle. Montevideo: There were loads of people offering tours when we got off the ship so decided to just do a city tour. Overall we had a fantastic holiday. Lovely ship, although a bit tired looking, and wonderful staff. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We wanted to sail to Antarctica and to visit Buenos Aires. We've sailed on just about every cruise line, but not on Celebrity--only because we choose our lines by their itineraries. We've sailed on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, ... Read More
We wanted to sail to Antarctica and to visit Buenos Aires. We've sailed on just about every cruise line, but not on Celebrity--only because we choose our lines by their itineraries. We've sailed on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess and Viking. We've done most of Europe, the Caribbean, China, Japan, Iceland and more. Weve visited New Zealand, the French and Swiss Alps, France, England, Italy, Russia and more on our own. We've enjoyed all of them, but we definitely found this trip one to be one of the best. Yes, the ship is an older one, but it was very comfortable, the food was excellent, the ports were great, and thanks to absolutely incredible weather, the Antarctica was everything we hoped for and more. Plus, and I can't say this enough, the crew was wonderful. With about 2000 passengers and 1000 crew, you know you're going to be well cared for--and we were. Plus, the crew seemed to enjoy the awesome Antarctica sights as much as we did! A lot of them hadn't been there before, or the weather had kept them from getting a good look, but it was fantastic to see many of them hugging the rails in the crew sections to enjoy the sights along with us. Only complaint--due to some kind of "computer malfunction," we were held up for more than 2 hours trying to get on the ship. Disembarkation was no problem at all. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I would like to preface this by saying that my wife and I are not experienced cruisers, this being our third cruise. That having been said, we came to this cruise, thanks to one of our tour leaders from a trip last year at this time. He ... Read More
I would like to preface this by saying that my wife and I are not experienced cruisers, this being our third cruise. That having been said, we came to this cruise, thanks to one of our tour leaders from a trip last year at this time. He had posted on Facebook that he was getting a group together for this trip, after giving it some thought we signed up. We thought the ship was great, it is well appointed and the staff were literally cleaning anything and everything 24 hours a day. Our cabin was on the 9th deck and was a balcony cabin on the starboard side. No complaints with our cabin, the bed was comfortable and our cabin steward Omar kept it spotless. Both my wife and I worked out in the gym daily, and while the facilities were adequate, I would have liked a bigger free weight room, but that is probably nit picking. The buffet restaurant was where we had our breakfasts and lunches and the food was always plentiful and good, with a excellent variety. It was laid out well, so that you could usually get your plate filled without a wait or much of a wait anyway. We did not sample any of the upscale restaurants as we were more than happy with the main dining room. The food was always good, and everynight they had a special along with the standard offerings, our evening dining experience was made even better by our wait staff, Hamza and Ekaterina, both wonderful people that we looked forward to seeing every evening. The entertainment was excellent, I think we went to just about every evening show and they were all excellent, this includes the ship board group as well as the contract entertainment. They also had on board three gentlemen that gave talks every day that we did not have a port call, they were all good, but two stand out, Mickey Live and Ranger John, they added immeasurably to the experience, with their combined knowledge it was something we looked forward to. The entertainment director was outstanding in his on right. The service from the crew and officers went above and beyond. Every evening the officers mingled with the guests and were very friendly and accessible. As I mentioned earlier, whatever time you happened to be out, you would see people cleaning. We visited Puerto Madryn where we took a wonderful Kayaking tour to see Sea Lions, and had a great lunch at a beach side restaurant. This was arranged through the ship as were all our shore excursions. We also visited Ushuaia and took a tour of the Beagle channel and Tierra del Fuego National Park. the boat tour was wonderful, but I was a bit disappointed in the National Park portion of the tour. From there it was to Cape Horn and then to Paradise Cove and Elephant Island in the antarctic. We were blessed with smooth sailing across the Drake Passage and good weather in Antarctica. Antarctica itself was just phenominal. Our next port of call was Stanley in the Falklands. We loved it there, and wish we had more time, we did take a tour to North Pond, it was great, we saw lots of wildlife, and our guide was very friendly and informative. I did not have time for a beer at the famous Glove Tavern, but other than that it was a wonderful visit. After that it was a stop at Puerto Madryn, which I mentioned earlier than on to Montevideo in Uruguay for a nice visit to a cattle ranch and finally back to our starting point of Buenos Aires where we took a city tour combined with another tour of a ranch before heading home. It was a wonderful trip, and I really have no complaints about the ship, the service or the shore excursions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
A friend of ours who had been a leader on a previous tour recommended this tour. We had never really thought much about going to Antarctica, but the price was resonable, as such things go, so we signed up. We absolutely loved it. The ship ... Read More
A friend of ours who had been a leader on a previous tour recommended this tour. We had never really thought much about going to Antarctica, but the price was resonable, as such things go, so we signed up. We absolutely loved it. The ship was nice, the food was good, and the entertainment was excellent. We had speakers every day that we did not have a port call, and they were excellent as well. Two stand out. Mickey Live and Ranger John, they both added immensely to the experience. The shore excursions were all good that we took, although I will say that the National Park Tour was a bit of a dissapointment, but the tour of the Beagle Channel that was part of our particular tour more than made up for it. The crew and staff all went out of their way to make our experience special, and they succeded. We were blessed with good weather throughout the trip. Antarctica was amazing, I just wish we could have gotten ashore, the Falkland Islands were an unexpected delight, we took the North Pond tour and it was excellent. The whole experience could not have been better. Our wait staff in the main dining room were Hamza and Eketerina, and they too made our dinning time special, just exceptionally nice people, that we enjoyed getting to know. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 14-day cruise from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. Our Sky Suite entitled us to eat in Luminae which we did every morning and all but one evening. In my opinion, the restaurant is almost enough reason to ... Read More
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 14-day cruise from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. Our Sky Suite entitled us to eat in Luminae which we did every morning and all but one evening. In my opinion, the restaurant is almost enough reason to pay for an upgrade to a suite! The food as well as the service wass excellent and the dinner menu changes daily--unlike the specialty restaurants.. The only negative regarding the cruise itself was the boarding process. Actually, there was no process--only disorganized chaos! Worse than encountered on previous cruises including our Celebrit cruises. Our cabin was spacious and both John, the butler, & the bus boy were at our beck and call. We thought the nightly shows were as good as any we've seen. Our ritual immediately became early show followed by dinner at Luminae. With regard to the Celebrity shore excursions we took, I thought they were only fair. There were too many people in the groups, the guides for the three we took had relatively heavy accents that were difficult to understand for Americans, and were somewhat overpriced. We fared better by arranging our own tours--smaller groups, easier to understand guides, and lesser costs--significantly in 2 of the three excursions I arranged--one of which was through the same local provider. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I choose this itenerary because I had the idea to visit Usuahia , the Beagle canal and the chilenan fiordos. The departure and disembarkation went perfect. The cabin that I take was Ocean View, very nice and a big window on deck 3. ... Read More
I choose this itenerary because I had the idea to visit Usuahia , the Beagle canal and the chilenan fiordos. The departure and disembarkation went perfect. The cabin that I take was Ocean View, very nice and a big window on deck 3. All the voyage was great, the ship, personal aboard , very good shows everynight , very good meals, the swiming pool out side and the Spa with a big pool was great. The cruise visit Montevideo, Punta del Este, Puerto Madryn, Cape Horn, Usuahia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt and Valparaiso. If you take the ship at Buenos ASires, includes the flight to Buenos Aires or viceversa. Cape Horn is a fantastic place, is the end of South America.The Beagle Canal with the Glaciers ...!!!! This was the greatest cruise I have made, trully I recomend it. Shore excursions I did not make it becouse already know the places , but I have good references of them in the ship by comentaries. Este review en español: El mejor crucero que hice, no solo por todos los puertos que visita sino por la comodidad del barco, siempre hay reposeras para descansar en cubierta, la atención es muy buena al igual que la comida en el restaurante, excelente el buffet y el del Spa al igual que su piscina todo vidriado lo que es maravilloso estar en ella viendo las cumbres nevadas... todo amplio y cómodo. Las increíbles vistas de los glaciares en el canal de Beagle y luego en los Fiordos Chilenos son fantásticas. Estar en el Cabo de Hornos, el lugar mas alejado al sur de Sud América fue impresionante...! Embarcar en Buenos Aires fue tan rápido como la llegada en Valparaiso y el posterior viaje en bus a Santiago de Chile para tomar el avión a Buenos Aires, todo coordinado muy bien.El vuelo esta incluido con el pasaje, tanto si embarcan en Buenos Aires como en Valparaiso. Las excursiones según comentarios abordo fueron muy buenas, ya conocía de otras visitas estos lugares, dado que viaje varias veces a Montevideo como Punta del Este y tambien Usuahia y Puerto Madryn, me faltaba este viaje soñado en crucero para ver Cabo de Hornos y los maravillosos Glaciares del Canal de Beagle y Los Fiordos Chilenos ..!! Como frutilla del postre tiene el puerto libre de Punta Arenas para hacer compras y Puerto Montt con su famoso mercado Anselmo. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This cruise was excellent. The reason for this cruise was our wedding aniversary. The ship, although old, is still in great shape. We enjoyed the amenities and the shows on the ship, but most of all we enjoyed the itinerary on this ... Read More
This cruise was excellent. The reason for this cruise was our wedding aniversary. The ship, although old, is still in great shape. We enjoyed the amenities and the shows on the ship, but most of all we enjoyed the itinerary on this cruise: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands, Antarctica (Schollart Channel, Paradise Bay, Guerlache Strait, Elephant Island) and Montevideo. Due to bad weather we visited Deception Island instead of Puerto Madryn. Ushuaia under a full moon looked stunning, and we were delighted with the penguins in Port Stanley. But the highlight of this cruise was Antarctica! We spent our anniversary watching lost of icebergs and marine life. We even had a few minutes of snow, something we never had before on a cruise ship. It was magical! We enjoyed the lectures by Mickey Live and others. We particularly liked that they offered a map of Antarctica with proceeds to breast cancer; Mickey Live was terrific organizing this and a photo contest; the itinerary was plotted on the map which Captain Frantzis signed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
We had an excellent back-to-back cruise on Infinity traveling from Buenos Aires to Ft. Lauderdale with multiple ports in between. We spent a week in Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls before boarding. The ship - Infinity is in excellent ... Read More
We had an excellent back-to-back cruise on Infinity traveling from Buenos Aires to Ft. Lauderdale with multiple ports in between. We spent a week in Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls before boarding. The ship - Infinity is in excellent material condition particularly when you consider the range of climates (Antarctica to the Equator) and multiple tender ports which preclude a lot of exterior work. You could not go an hour around the ship without seeing crewmembers wiping down bulkheads and railings. We had no outbreaks of noro during the cruise although there were frequent reminders in the daily program about washing your hands. It is a very clean ship in which the crew took great pride. You look in high traffic areas and see wear and yes the varnish was peeling in certain areas on the open deck, but the weather has to be conducive to refinishing. It did not affect enjoyment of our cruise. Boarding – Having read horror stories about boarding, we were pleasantly surprised. Arrived at 11:45 and were onboard in short order. Cabins were available at 1. I think the confusion in BsAs occurs when more than one ship is boarding. A Princess ship was inport, but had boarded the previous day. The crew - Overall the crew was very upbeat and passenger centered. There were the usual always visible superstars among the hotel officers - Ludmilla, the Chief Housekeeper who was always visible checking with passengers and F&B Manager Clint who did a tremendous job ensuring we never ran out of either. Having done over ten cruises on -X-, I believe the officers reflect the personality of the master. In this case, Nikolaos Frantzis was quite reserved and not seen mixing with the passengers and most of the deck/navigation officers were equally withdrawn. This put a lot of pressure on the hotel officers to participate in the many officer/guest activities. Cruise Director Esperanza was on stage in the theatre at showtime and other major events, but otherwise was not visible. She was departing the ship when we arrived in FLL. (I admit that we were spoiled by cruises on Constellation and Eclipse which set the bar very high.) Food - The staff in Blu was amazing from Constantin and Olga seating us to Iwan our waiter and Novelia, his assistant. Blu was great – like having your own private dining room. We never left hungry and always had an enjoyable meal. Blu has 14 day menu rotation with only minor changes over the years. Only problem is that some of our favorites are on the same menu. We used Oceanview for breakfast on early port days. Love the eggs Benedict, but missed the fresh OJ in Blu. Entertainment - It is just impressive to see a seven piece orchestra accompanying virtually every stage performance. These talented musicians performed with all the guest entertainers providing backup and occasionally starring with headliners like Doug Cameron who is always excellent. Most of the other evening performers were adequate, but not great. Other onboard entertainers were: Grove Collectors DJ Duo, Dallas Louis on Guitar, DJ Lenny, Sea Duo Latin Guitarists, and Party Band D'Revelations. On the first leg we also had a tremendous tango troupe, Pampas Devils, teaching and performing. Enrichment - Mickey Live was onboard for the first leg from BsAs to Valparaiso and he is excellent. Friendly and approachable all around the ship with "office hours" in Cafe al Bacio to answer questions about sights and photography. Milos is fine in small quantities once you get through his first presentation about himself (not the listed topic). He has a limited repertoire of generic topics which repeat from cruise to cruise. On the second leg, Dr. Dean replaced Mickey Live and his presentations were informative and entertaining. Passengers - Wide variety including groups from Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada (CAA-Montreal). Most were polite and most of us came down with a light cold that led to lots of coughing - widely reported in previous posts from Infinity. Disembarkation in FLL – While the crew was ready at 6AM for their inspection which has to be done in the terminal with computer hook-ups, CBP wasn’t. (Mandatory inspection since Infinity had been out of the US for several months.) Although there were 6 or 7 CBP officers, two were devoted to clearing the crew so they could get back to work. That meant there were only 4-5 CBP officers for the passengers. Actually not bad for FLL. Cabin – 1140. Great AQ cabin in the center of deck 11 looking aft. There was some soot present on the deck of the veranda in the morning – likely from trash burning overnight. Cabin is very quiet and convenient to all dining venues – walk down one deck and you are in Oceanview or ride the elevator down to other decks. The aft elevators seem to be less in demand than others. Hint: when boarding, walk up to deck two, go aft and get on the elevator avoiding all the crowds waiting for the midship elevator. Ports: We used private tours arranged at all ports except Pisco, Peru with was substituted for Lima after we had already left for BsAs. Buenos Aires. We arrived a week before sailing and spent four days touring the city - two days with Tomas (Bonaventura Tours) seeing the city sights and sailing on the Tigre Delta, one day at Estancia El Ombu de Areco, and a day exploring the San Telmo Market and Government Square on our own. Since we overnighted in Buenos Aires the first night of the cruise, we took in Tango Carlos Gardel and returned about 0030 with no problem. Iguazu Falls. If you are leaving from BsAs, a trip to the Falls is not to be missed. Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, "Poor Niagara," after seeing Iguazu. A fellow CC member organized a group of 20+ who booked individually with Pablo from 01Argentina. We had a great time exploring the falls in small group tours arranged by Pablo. He arranged the air (Aerolineas Argentinas), accommodations (2 nights in Iguazua the Saint George Hotel), tours and transport to/from the airports for less than a third of Celebrity's price for an up/back on the same day. Montevideo. Tour of the city highlights followed by lunch and wine tasting at Vina Varela Zarranz winery which included cheese, olives, cold cuts, homemade meat pie (similar to quiche) and a dessert sampler. This was an excellent tour that got us back to the ship with plenty of time for shopping. Punta del Este. Tour included a drive through Beverly Hills, San Raphael, Hand in the Sand Monument, Four Seas Corner, Casa Puebla, Museo del Mar, and a drive around the peninsula. The trip was originally planned to include a meal (not included) at El Sargo. After discussion in the van, we opted to skip the lunch and return to the ship as most of us had been on the go (and eating) since arriving in BsAs over a week ago. The guide/driver, Hebert Sismondi was good, but not outstanding. Puerto Madryn and Punta Tombo Penguin Tour with Forestero Tours. While most of the 80,000 penguins that come to the reserve to mate and prepare for the winter had already departed, there were plenty to see. Most were molting which means they were defenseless since they cannot enter their safe environment, the water. It was great to see the penguins and walk among them - they have the right of way on the sidewalks. The only downside was the 2.5 hour drive from Puerto Madryn followed by an equally long return. Our driver spotted many local animals and stopped for pictures of animals including mana (small deer-like animal related to the antelope), choique (similar to ostriches), guanacos (llamas), maras (Patagonian hare) and two rodents - tuco tucos and the tailless cavy. As we neared the ocean, we saw turkey vultures, pinguinas (egrets), grey petrels, and albatross. Since the area is surrounded by sheep ranches, we saw gauchos and border collies herding. A box lunch was included. Ushuaia. We left the port about 7:30 and breezed past the entrance gate since the park had not officially opened and made our first stop at a small area where our guide explained that beavers had been brought from Canada to start a fur industry. The only problem was the beavers adapted to the slightly warmer climate by growing shorter fur, thus reducing the value of the skins. Now there is a huge beaver overpopulation problem. Next stop was Ensenada Bay where the End of the World Post Office is located. With our early start we were still ahead of many of the ship tour busses. We stopped briefly at Roca Lake for photo opportunities and then at the park's main area for shopping, coffee and bathrooms. The guide paid our entrance fees as we exited and handed us our tickets. There are several glaciers, including the La Martial, surrounding Ushuaia which gave us some excellent photos. While the guide was very knowledgeable of the area, her English skills were limited. Punta Arenas. We arrived outside the harbor at Punta Arenas this morning greeted by winds gusting to 60 knots. The Chilean authorities closed the port due to dangerous conditions and there was no question that we would be moving on since it was a scheduled tender port. The activities staff put together a full day of things to do while the cooks broke out lots of food to feed the starving hoards who were unable to eat ashore. The captain announced that we would be going to the Skua Glacier tomorrow - it's a bit off track but we have plenty of time. The Chilean pilot on board said that we would enjoy it and we did. Puerto Montt with GV Tours. After our tender ride ashore, we began our first day in Chile with a ride to the countryside through an area where there was a forest fire yesterday which closed the highway. Last night's rain had dampened the fire, but there was lots of lingering smoke near the city. On the way, we learned that this area was settled by Germans in the mid-1950s. Today the influence is still very strong with private German schools, clubs, and parks. The weather cleared as we approached Lake Llanquihue, the largest in Chile, for a short stop and walk about the town of Puerto Varas, known as the City of Roses. Since we were early, the shops had not yet opened. In the distance was our next stop, Mt. Osorno, a snow-capped volcano. We walked across the lava field to reach the Petrohue Falls and rapids. While not Iguzu, it was very picturesque with glacial blue water swirling. We stopped at restaurant in the Vincente Perez Rosales National Park and learned that the owners of the tour company (and restaurant) were an ex-pat from Oregon (complete with his OSU ball cap) and his Chilean wife. Our final stop of the adventure was in the Bavarian-styled village of Frutillar with a very interesting performing arts center. We wished that we had more time in Puerto Varas on the outbound leg, but we were driven by the need to get to the restaurant before the ship's tours arrived. Arica with Sertours. We did a quick walking tour of the town including the Cathedral designed by Gustave Eiffel (of tower fame) and a few other sights. After getting in the van, we headed to a surfing area and small lighthouse and then headed up the large rock hill, Morro de Arica, with a figure of Christ facing the sea and several cannons commemorating the battle in the 1880s where the Chilean troops defeated the Peruvians gaining control of the area. We drove along the coast for a while observing local birds before heading into the Lluta River Valley. We visited the San Jeronimo Church founded in the 1600's with a few vendors selling mementos. We stopped for a delicious lunch at 38 y medio Restaurant - probably the best meal we have had off the ship since leaving Buenos Aires. We the left the main highway to cross the mountainous desert before descending into the next valley to visit the mummies from 6000-8000 BC at the Museo of the Universidad de Tarapaca. On our travels we saw several geogliphs dating from the 1500's. We had an excellent driver who told our guide (translator) what we were seeing. It seemed like he was a last minute substitution. Lima – Cancelled due to dock unavailability – Pisco Substituted I would caution against using Peruvian Local Friends for tours in Lima. They require a 50% deposit and when we provided cancellation notice three weeks in advance due to the port problem, they said the contract did not provide for refunds. X provided a credit of $50 or $100 per person depending on cabin level as compensation. Pisco (San Martin), Peru (Sub for Lima/Callao) Originally we were scheduled for Lima (Callao) but the pier was not ready for our arrival so San Martin was substituted. We were very pleasantly surprised with the Ballestas Islands Exploration Ships Tour (Ship Tour I501). We were bused to the port of Paracas where we boarded a very comfortable boat to the islands. We saw the Candelabra on the hillside and then proceeded to the islands where we saw lots of sea lions, pelicans, boobies, and other seabirds including Magellianic Penguins. It was an excellent tour but friends reported that they had taken the free shuttle to Paracas and were offered a similar tour for $25. Manta with Narwell Tours We had an excellent tour with Jonathan and Jesus from Narwell tours. Our arrival time was delayed and then it took longer than expected for the ship to clear, but our excellent guides adjusted the schedule to compensate and we still saw all that was planned - just shorter stops. We stopped at the Pacoche Humid Forest to see the howler monkeys, stopped at a small restaurant on the coast (not included) for a seafood luncheon, visited a renowned Panama hat maker in the village of Pile, shopped for hats and souvenirs in Montechristi and returned to the port. Transiting Panama Canal The Panamanian pilot and Infinity's speakers provided a great commentary going through the locks and the remainder of the canal. We were in the locks with the Azamara Journey which provided an interesting perspective since Infinity is a Panamax vessel which absolutely fills the lock while the Journey is smaller. The "new" locks are still under construction and the Panamanian pilot said they would be ready in 2016. 2017 or 18 would appear to be a much safer bet. We began the approach from the Pacific about 6AM and after traveling north, we entered the Caribbean about 6 PM. Colon, Panama Embara Indian Village (Embara Village Tours) The highlight of the visit was traveling to the village by dugout canoes and watching the boatmen handle them when there were only inches of water below the boat and our 6 - 8 passengers. This village of 135 residents is really authentic complete with a local K-6 school with a Panamanian teacher. Lunch was local freshwater fish and plantains served in a plantain leaf bowl and delicious fresh fruit. A village elder took us on a trail to show us some local plants and other sights. The native dance was little more than the women moving their arms and walking in a circle with a drummer in the background. The worst part was the hour we spent before getting to the canoe area with our guide, Ian, getting lost on the back roads of Panama. We had a very close vote on returning directly to the ship based on his incompetence, but are glad we stayed with the plan. Cartagena, Columbia with Marelvey Pena We walked through one of the nicest port entrances complete with all sorts of wildlife - flamingos, peacocks, long-necked geese, parakeets, parrots, sloths, rabbits, etc. to meet our superb guide, Marelvey Pena. Our first stop was at el Popa, a monastery at the top of the city's highest point. There was a festival-like environment as we arrived with a group of recent high school graduates enrolled in a government program performing several dances. After watching this, we walked the remainder of the way to the top for some excellent views of the city along with explanations by Marelvey and then entered the chapel complete with the alter from a former church in the city. At the Fortress of San Felipe, we learned about how the one-legged, one-armed defender of the city defeated a far larger British force and about a recent ceremony attended by Prince Charles and Camilla. We then did a nice walk about the old city, seeing the walls, main plazas, cloisters and visiting the Spanish consulate, the Gold Museum and a Juan Valdez coffee shop. It was very hot and very humid and Marelvey did an excellent job including several air conditioned stops so we could refresh. Marelvey is an excellent guide who I would recommend highly. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
We selected that cruise both for its itinerary and its price and we were not disappointed ! Embarkation was fast and efficient in Buenos Aires . We got at the terminal at 11.00 hrs and at noon we were sitting at the back of the ship ! Our ... Read More
We selected that cruise both for its itinerary and its price and we were not disappointed ! Embarkation was fast and efficient in Buenos Aires . We got at the terminal at 11.00 hrs and at noon we were sitting at the back of the ship ! Our cabin was available at 15.00 hrs and we had met our steward before the safety drill ! We were scheduled for dinner at the second seating ( 20h30) which we thought at first to be too late , but after meeting our new table mates , we decided to stick to this schedule . We really enjoyed everything at the dining room : the food , the service , the company and the atmosphere . In fact it did reconcile us with Celebrity after a bad experience on the Constellation in 2013 . Lunch at the buffet was not as good , more on the average side compared with other cruise lines . What we did appreciate though was the seating room available , even when everyone was sitting inside due to the cold weather . Our cabin on the 9th floor was very comfortable , surprisingly quiet even if we were located just under the buffet and the temperature inside was well controlled even if we had to switch from AC to heating on the ship ! I am very sensible to dryness and I never experienced any problem during the cruise . Entertainment was great on all aspects : the shows were excellent , activities on board were interesting and the seminars given by Milos and Mike were among the best I have seen in 35 cruises . Milos particularly was both instructive and hilarious and I even rewatched some of his presentations on TV ! The Wine Cellars bar also offered some interesting wine tasting activities which seemed to be appropriate when in Argentina ! The ports of call were interesting and so were the days at sea . We were able to spend a lot of time close to Cape Horn , Paradise Bay was fantastic and even though we would have liked to get closer to Elephant Island to have a good look at the glaciers , we were gratified with a close view of 2 huge icebergs at the end of the afternoon . This viewing was always complemented by observations from Milos and Mike. Disembarkation was also very smooth , the only irritant there was the huge fare for taxis going anywhere ( $20 US for a 1mile ride !!) Overall we had a cruise where all our expectations were met !   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
Quick overview, then lots of detail! We flew to Buenos Aires arriving early Friday morning. Settled in, walked around the central city. Had a fabulous dinner. Saturday morning we had a private guided tour, then spent time on our own in the ... Read More
Quick overview, then lots of detail! We flew to Buenos Aires arriving early Friday morning. Settled in, walked around the central city. Had a fabulous dinner. Saturday morning we had a private guided tour, then spent time on our own in the artists' street market and walking in the shopping district. Late evening we went to a traditional typical tango-dance-and-dinner show. Sunday our tour guide picked us up and dropped us at the pier. Quick and easy embarkation. Sea days, then Ushuaia where we had arranged a private Walk With The Penguins. Super! Relatively mild crossing of Drake's passage followed by a drive-by of Antarctica. Icebergs, glaciers, wildlife... Couldn't ask for more. Back across Drake's to Port Stanley; the previously arranged Estancia Tours trip to Volunteer Point was utterly fantastic. Back aboard, across to Puerto Madryn. Ship's tour to Punto Tombo was ok. On to Montevideo where we went with other CCers to Colonia; a pleasant day. Next day early arrival in BA. Smooth disembarkation, our guide there to drive us to the local airport where we caught the plane for Iguazu Falls. Spent Sunday afternoon on our own, Monday on a guided small-group tour of the Argentine side, Tuesday on our own in the town, Wednesday morning a guided small-group tour of the Brazilian side. Mid-afternoon pickup, airport, flight to BA. Thursday on our own until our pickup at 5:00pm for a trip to the airport and an uneventful trip back home. I am ready to go do it again. And now for the details! We booked this cruise less than 2 months prior to sail-away and did not have a lot of time to research and plan all of the details. Cruise Critic helped a great deal! Good answers on questions about cabin selection etc. I think it was here I found mention of an Argentine travel group, Say Hueque. I checked them out, they had glowing reviews on Trip Advisor and other spots, so I dug further. They offered a six-day package which includes time in Buenos Aires and an Iguazu Falls excursion. I contacted them via email and phone, and we negotiated a custom package which allowed for their help before the cruise, more afterwards. Worked like a charm. Highly recommended. So we arrived in BA early Friday morning, 2 days before embarkation. Say Hueque driver waiting for us, took us to our hotel (Patios de San Telmo), a nice place on the northern edge of the San Telmo district. Our go-to lady from the agency was there a few minutes later and we spent half an hour going over their plans for us, making some adjustments. Then after unpacking and settling in, we spent the rest of the day on our own, walking in the central city; lunch at a sidewalk cafe (empanadas! Love them!) etc. Friday evening we walked to La Cabaña restaurant, a place where I had had a great steak dinner 45 years ago. Location has changed, quality has not. A long walk back to the hotel via Plaza San Martin, Casa Rosada, Ave. Florida... Saturday morning a Say Hueque driver and guide showed up (exactly on time, which was true of everything they did for us) and we went for a tour of BA with emphasis on some aspects we had requested (extra time in La Boca, at the Recoleta cemetery, etc.) They left us at a restaurant near the cemetery; following lunch we browsed and shopped at the artists' market, then leisurely walked back to the hotel. Late evening (10:30 or so) our transport came and took us to a tango show at ESQUINA CARLOS GARDEL (they hadn't been able to get us in for the early sitting, which was fine with us). Good dinner, ok show. Sunday morning we packed up, then walked through the San Telmo Sunday street market. A driver picked us up at 11:00, dropped us at the pier. We were onboard, sipping wine at the Mast Bar, by 12:15. No, we don't have special privileges, no Suites status, nothing. First time on Celebrity actually. The embarkation was just very smooth despite all of the horror stories I had read here about chaos and madness at the port in BA. There were three other ships leaving at about the same time as we did, and it was still handled well. We were in our cabin by about 1:00 and settled in for a delightful cruise. The Concierge Cabin was comfortable, plenty of storage space. The desk could have given me a bit more space for my laptop and other gear, but I made do. Food: We mostly ate in the MDR, 8:30 sitting; food was good. I never ordered from the fall-back menu, always from Today's menu. Always at least one good-looking option, usually two or three. We had attentive service from the waiter, his assistant, and the wine guy. And wonderful conversations with the other two couples at our table. Formal nights were appropriately formal; not a t-shirt in sight. One dinner in the S.S. United States specialty restaurant. Excellent ambiance, food, and service. One dinner at Q'sine. Food was good, interesting experience worth doing one time but I wouldn't do it again as a couple. It is like a Tapas restaurant, with small plates so one can sample many things. But the "small" plate servings were too large and with only two of us we could only sample 3-4 dishes before we were full. I would like to be there with a group of 6-8 people. Enlightenment: We attended most if not all of the presentations by MickeyLive and Milos. They provided very different but both very useful perspectives on the locations we visited, the people, the wildlife, the geology, climate, history, etc. And they both provided great commentary from the Constellation Lounge and/or the bridge when we were going around Cape Horn, passing among whales etc. around Antarctica. They really helped bring the cruise alive. - Miscellaneous other comments - Entertainment: talented people, probably would have been enjoyable to watch except that the volume level was way too high in every venue on the ship. Quiet drink in the evening in the Rendezvous Bar? Forget it - music too loud to be able to carry on a conversation. Made the mistake of passing through there on the way to dinner a couple of times and it was literally a pain in my ears. Early on I talked to the activities director but she and her cohort seemed to think that screaming and shouting in shrill voices was the proper way to inspire enthusiasm in whatever it was they were promoting. Whether on stage in a music venue or in the theater introducing the captain and crew. For me, not so much. So, we didn't see any of the shows after the first nigh when they had a Revue of sorts. Or spend much time around the live music. Laundry: a few shirts, a pair of slacks, a few of my wife's things. Done promptly and well. A typical clothes line in the shower which we made good use of. Cabin attendent: there when we needed her, out of the way the rest of the time. We had her empty out the mini-bar so that we had that space for my wife's wine - no problem. Drinks package: we had the standard package as part of a 1-2-3 deal, upgraded to Premium once onboard. I don't know that we needed to but it simplified decision making - we didn't ever have to wonder whether whatever we wanted to order was part of the Package or going to cost extra. Flowers, fruit etc: I had pre-ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife as an early Valentine's gift. They were in the cabin when we arrived, they were beautiful, and many of the flowers were nicely presentable for the entire two weeks. I never noticed if there were other flowers around. We had fruit on the table, I never paid much attention to that either though I think my wife did occasionally have an apple or two. Internet access: we bought the full package. Access was often slow, once or twice we had no access for a few hours. But in general we were able to do enough links to email and news servers to be able to feel connected. News: 'Twas a pleasant surprise to find the daily news downloaded and printed for us, with US, Canadian, Australian, UK, and German versions available. Along with the more usual crossword and Sudoku puzzles for those addicted to that pastime. Captain's Updates: There are speakers in the cabin which provide the option of listening in the cabin to the daily noon-time update from the Captain, no need to step into the hall, balancing on one foot while the other leg is stuck in the door to keep you from being locked out... These speakers have been deactivated. According to our Attendant, it was because kids would play with the volume switch and annoy their parents and neighboring guests. Maybe instead they should try to keep misbehaving kids off the ship? Or just raise the switch high enough that young kids can't easily mess with it. While in the Antarctic waters and a few other spots. Milos or MickeyLive would do commentary over the Captain's system. Which we couldn't hear from our balcony because the system was deactivated; the only option was the sound from Ch 15 on the TV which does not have nearly the volume necessary. Weather: we had good weather throughout. Minor rocking and rolling while in the Drake's Passage, no big deal. Warm enough to sun/swim at first, quickly getting cooler. In the 60-70° F range in Ushuaia and again in the Falklands, in the 30's while around Antarctica. Only a trace of snow, enough for a few snowballs. Disembarkation: Handled well. No problem getting off in time to meet up with private (i.e., non-ship, non-priority) excursions neither when docked nor in the Falklands where we tendered. We just needed to follow their instructions, go to the center of the Emporium packed and ready to go, and wait our turn. We were off on the first tender. I understand another group, organized by a CC member for the Volunteer Point trip, chose to gather at their own meeting spot first. They were on the 2nd or 3rd tender (but they were all together). In BA we had arranged for a 9:30 pick-up to take us to the local airport for our flight to Iguazu. Talked with guest services, they recommended and provided us with a 8:30 departure, Group 18. We had retrieved our luggage and gone through the minimal formalities and were sipping coffee at a street side cafe, waiting for our driver, by 9:05. Smooth and easy. We swung by our hotel in San Telmo and dropped off the suitcases with our Antarctica clothes, then to the local airport. After the cruise we flew to Iguazu, stayed in a jungle lodge, La Aldea de la Selva, right on the boundary between the National Park and the town. Just hung around the hotel pool that Sunday afternoon. Monday we spent the day on a group tour Say Hueque had arranged for us, all on the Argentine side of the falls. Tuesday we were on our own. I had visited 45 years ago, a good visit to Iguazu was my #2 priority for this trip, and Tuesday was my back-up day in case the weather was bad on Monday. But no issue, so Tuesday we wandered through the town of Iguazu, bought a few handicrafts, then sat by the pool and read, caught up on email, edited some photos... Wednesday morning was a half-day tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls. Back to the hotel for lunch, then we were picked up to go to the airport. Smooth flight back to BA, a ride back to the hotel which took about 3 times longer than it should have because of the ongoing demonstrations stemming from the murder of prosecutor Nisman. Checked in, then walked around 'til we found an interesting looking restaurant in the neighborhood. Thursday we went shopping, including quite a bit of time around Plaza San Martin and on Ave. Florida. Lunch at a cafe on the Plaza. Our Say Hueque go-to lady came by the hotel late afternoon to bid us farewell, then their driver took us to the airport for our evening flight back to the Sates. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
We have just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks, sailing to Antarctica. The weather was great. Slight or calm seas for Rounding the Horn and crossing Drakes Passage. We were so fortunate we had good weather, and were able to see so much. ... Read More
We have just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks, sailing to Antarctica. The weather was great. Slight or calm seas for Rounding the Horn and crossing Drakes Passage. We were so fortunate we had good weather, and were able to see so much. We spent 3 days at Hotel Gran Buenos Aires. Excellently positioned for sightseeing on foot. The hotel did not look so impressive on the outside, but believe me, inside it was a gem! The staff were friendly, welcoming and very helpful. The rooms were small but with excellent cleanliness. Breakfast was excellent. You could not wish for better. Embarkation was a bit trying, but as there were several ships in port, it was to be expected. However, as we left our hotel at 11.30am and were in our cabin by 1.00pm, it wasn't so bad! We found there had been many improvements to Infinity since we sailed the Panama in 2013. We thought Infinity was in good shape, with some ongoing maintenance being done throughout the cruise. We were glad to see the new lounge chairs on deck, although we did not have time to use them! As always, we found the staff, without exception, to be the best on the high seas! Always happy to help and chatting when they could. The Celebrity Life entertainment staff, Esperanza, Rachel, Aida and Andreas were excellent. At Ushuaia, we did a Celebrity excursion. The Beagle channel and Tierra del Fuego National Park. This was an excellent trip, allowing us to see the best of what Ushuaia could offer in the time allocated. We really enjoyed the experience, and found it good value for money. We booked a private tour on the Falklands with Estancia Excursions, to Volunteer Point. This proved to be a major highlight of our holiday. It was perfect. We especially loved the off road experience. However, we were surprised at the time we waited for a tender when we returned, but as it was just the once, we decided it wasn't too much of a problem, and it did not mar our day. There were lots of activities during the sea days and the time passed very pleasantly. We made lots of friends and had a very enjoyable trip. We were sorry when the cruise ended, and wished we could carry on! We look forward to our next Celebrity cruise, whenever that will be.   Read Less
Celebrity Infinity Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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