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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Disappointing Celebrity infinity Cruise of the Adriatic Sea Our recent cruise of the Adriatic Sea on Celebrity infinity was disappointing. We had just completed a seven day family cruise of the Western Mediterranean on Norwegian Epic ... Read More
Disappointing Celebrity infinity Cruise of the Adriatic Sea Our recent cruise of the Adriatic Sea on Celebrity infinity was disappointing. We had just completed a seven day family cruise of the Western Mediterranean on Norwegian Epic and the difference in the quality of our experience between the two cruises was quite marked. We have been loyal Celebrity customers for well over ten years having cruised with the cruise line on twelve previous occasions with a further three with the broader RCI Group. We have noted a quiet but steady decline in the quality of the Celebrity product over the past couple cruises. This decline in standards on virtually all measures is now quite stark and, overall, we were very disappointed in the cruise experience on a number of levels. The bad experience started with the very poor handling of a passport/visa issue (not of our making) at check-in. The passport control officials were in our view, officious and uncommunicative, and it took over one and a half hours to sort the problem out. We are still not aware precisely what the issue was but the whole process was frustrating and distressing and got the whole cruise experience off to a bad start. The bad vibes we were getting about the ship were compounded by a massive misunderstanding about a Captains Club loyalty on-board credit that Celebrity disputed had been offered despite us producing documentary evidence downloaded from the Celebrity website, that the loyalty credit had indeed been applied. In an almost two hour wrangle at the front office desk , where we were even virtually accused of fabricating the document and the Guest Relations official with whom we dealt made it perfectly clear that the onus was on us to prove the on-board credit was genuine. He kept on insinuating that the credit was something that our travel agent must have offered and could not grasp the simple fact that it was a Celebrity Captains Club loyalty credit that was in dispute. The whole process was distressing and embarrassing and necessitated us having to contact our travel agent back in South Africa who in turn had to contact Celebrity head office in Miami to confirm the loyalty credit was a Celebrity benefit that should have been automatically applied without question. Despite our agent being assured by Miami that the credit was indeed genuine and should have been automatically applied to our account, and that they would confirm this fact directly with the ship, it took a further two days for the matter to be satisfactorily put to bed and this, only after the intercession of the Concierge Class Concierge who personally undertook to see the matter to a satisfactory resolution. All in all an unnecessarily unpleasant experience for which we receive absolutely no apology from Guest Relations for the poor manner in which this matter had been dealt. We had cruised on the Infinity on two previous occasions. Signs of wear and tear are evident everywhere confirming the need for the vessel to undergo a major refurbishment which we understand is scheduled within a year or so. This cannot come too soon. Furnishings and fittings are in a bad state of repair in many areas, notably the buffet restaurant. Pool towels were threadbare and often torn while pool loungers were out of shape, smelly, stained and had clearly seen better days. Celebrity have probably decided not to spend any more on the Infinity until it undergoes its refurbishment. If this is the case it is a policy that should be reconsidered because frankly, the standard of the pool furnishings in particular, are disgusting and certainly not what one should or could expect from a five star cruise liner. On the positive side, the ship’s hard working cleaning and maintenance staff do an admirable job in trying to keep this ageing vessel in reasonable shape. Decline in standards in many other areas were also evident. As examples, the quality of amenities in Concierge Class staterooms is now notably inferior. Food quality in the buffet restaurant was probably the worst we have yet experienced on any cruise we have taken. Variety and standard of beverages included in the Classic package has clearly been reduced in an obvious attempt to persuade passengers to upgrade to the Premium package. Not all was negative though. We were privileged to sail the beautiful Adriatic Coast visiting some quaint, interesting ports along the way. We found the food quality and presentation in the main dining room to be generally of very good standard. Celebrity’s crème brulees still rank with the best! We actually had a meal at the speciality Tuscan Grille and frankly, thought the standard of fare in the main dining room was better. We also dined twice at the speciality Sushi on 5 dining venue and thoroughly enjoyed our meal on both occasions. Entertainment, as we usually find on cruise ships, was a bit iffy. The main production shows were some of the best we have yet experienced and these shows were supplemented by performances from a top class card magician and a classically trained operatic quartet who had reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. Really good. On the other hand, some of the other musical entertainers performing around the ship were of no more than basic cruise ship standard. We cannot conclude this somewhat negative review without a “shout out” to the hard working staff and crew who at all times provided friendly, efficient and attentive service and, even at trying times, almost invariably with a smile. Even when one is having a bad day, the friendly smiles and greeting we received form the Celebrity team, helped make the bad day or bad experience just that little bit less of an issue! We have been loyal Celebrity aficionados for many years having attained Elite Plus status a number of years back so our commitment to the Celebrity brand cannot be questioned. However, our less than happy experiences on this cruise, coupled with our perceptions of a steady decline in the standard of the Celebrity product offering, are making us seriously question whether we will ever cruise with Celebrity again. For the first time in many years we have not booked another Celebrity cruise while we were on board. However, we have already booked cruises on Costa (an Indian Ocean destination specific cruise of which our expectations are not too high save for the bucket list destinations we will be visiting), and a Viking cruise from Bergen to Barcelona. It will be informative to see how these two highly diverse product offerings compare to what has been our preferred brand for so many years. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Spent three days in Vancouver prior to the cruise. Embarkation was a nightmare, long queues. Carried our own bags when leaving therefore disembarkation went smoothly. The ship is tired looking, cabin was clean although the curtains, ... Read More
Spent three days in Vancouver prior to the cruise. Embarkation was a nightmare, long queues. Carried our own bags when leaving therefore disembarkation went smoothly. The ship is tired looking, cabin was clean although the curtains, bed valance were torn. Bathroom had a musty smell which was sorted by our cleaner. Dining room was fine, great service and food was ok, ate here for breakfast and evening meal. The OceanView was a nightmare, queues, no room to eat, tables were not vacated and not asked to move even though there were signs. People were having to eat standing up. On the plus side, the cleaning and dining room staff were excellent. Entertainment wasn't brilliant, enjoyed the lectures. Port excursions were ok, I found all three ports very similar and boring. Enjoyed Hubbard glacier very much. In my opinion the company is only interested in taking as much money off passengers as everything seemed to cost extra I will not cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I wanted to see South America and I had been pleased with previous Celebrity cruises. I did not expect total mayhem. Anytime dining meant waiting 1/2 to 1 1/2 hours to be seated because they were reserving too many unoccupied tables for ... Read More
I wanted to see South America and I had been pleased with previous Celebrity cruises. I did not expect total mayhem. Anytime dining meant waiting 1/2 to 1 1/2 hours to be seated because they were reserving too many unoccupied tables for large families. Children running on stage during performances. When we boarded, there was an error. Over the next 3 days, I had to be at the main desk 4 times. Because of the long lines and the many errors for other passengers, this meant over 3 hours of my vacation time wasted to correct the original error otherwise I would not have been able to get on and off the ship. They never fully corrected the benefits that I was due to my having been on 4 previous Celebrity cruises. In order to get a table, we had to eat at 6:30. The person seating us had a hard time finding our table because everything had been rearranged to accommodate the large families. Some of the waitstaff were so flustered that it was difficult for them to get the proper food to our table. When it finally came to us, it was not always cooked properly. The sushi restaurant ran out of items on the third day of the cruise. This specialty restaurant was overtaxed and the food was no better than your corner home town restaurant. I wonder how they justify charging extra for this. The tours would come back at the same time. If you were not an Aqua or Suite or Concierge class passenger and the ship was tendered, you would have to wait over an hour in line to get back on board. The cruise staff was flustered because many of the parents did not care to supervise their children and they were scared to upset the parents. Activities were missed because of bad communication. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Recommended by travel agent. upon boarding the celebrity infinity we proceeded to the buffet lunch, as we awaited access to our aqua class room. we were immediately set upon by the waiters & waitresses trying to have us sign up for ... Read More
Recommended by travel agent. upon boarding the celebrity infinity we proceeded to the buffet lunch, as we awaited access to our aqua class room. we were immediately set upon by the waiters & waitresses trying to have us sign up for the daily "drinks package" @ (us)$55.00 per day per person plus an 18% gratuity. (if there were 2 persons in a room, both had to buy the "drinks package"). since my wife and i usually share a bottle of wine with dinner, we were definitely not interested in the "drinks package" which included only drinks by the glass and not bottles of wine with dinner. when we repeatedly declined the alcoholic drinks package we were then pressured to buy the non-alcoholic package or the bottled water package. One of the reasons we chose aqua class was to have access the aqua blu dining room, which was designated for aqua class passengers only. the wait staff in the blu dining room were all excellent and very cordial and most food was fine but the new york and ribeye steaks were meager and so thin that all the steaks, we were served, well done!! while we could afford it, we were not inclined the pay a us$45.00 per person cover charge to go to the tuscan dining room to try to get "decent steak". All drinks were accessed an 18% gratuity, including a small bottle of water which was sold for us$3.00 (total us$3.54). it should be noted that 2 small bottles of water were initially provided in our room at no additional cost. Internet cost of us$249.00 for one (1) week is excessive, in our opinion!! Library extremely small for 2170 passengers. During may, 2017, my wife and i took an all-inclusive cruise with regent through the middle east and when comparing the costs on a daily basis between celebrity and regent (for the cruise, all beverages, gratuities & internet) the all-inclusive regent cruise was much less expensive!!!! And when taking into account that most of regent's tours were included in the cruise cost, regent was even more economically attractive. we came to understand why numerous other regent cruisers we spoke with sailed with regent repeatedly. The Theatre on the ship was spacious and the entertainment/entertainers "top notch" Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
First time on Celebrity. We were excited to cruise Celebrity, as friends had recommended the line. Unfortunately we had no idea that the ship for this cruise would be an old ship that was built as plain as it could be. No glory what so ... Read More
First time on Celebrity. We were excited to cruise Celebrity, as friends had recommended the line. Unfortunately we had no idea that the ship for this cruise would be an old ship that was built as plain as it could be. No glory what so ever. What we didn’t like is: 1. Price paid for the cruise was very high for what we received. 2. Cabins were very small. 3. Options included as part of the cabin package did not mean anything to Celebrity as they had excuses not to comply with some of them, Eg. Priority boarding, reliable internet, use of public rooms occupied by a large private group on a daily basis. 4. Celebrity personnel in-charge were not very accommodating with the passengers and preferred to be at a distance rather than being part of the cruise. Eg. if a passenger was in need of help they would try to get you to go to someone else and the problem would not be solved. 5. Purchased a special dinning package to find that the food and service at the main restaurant Trellis was superior to the Tuscan restaurant. What we liked the best: 1. Room up keep service 2. Dining and bar service 3. Food at the Trellis and Blue. Overall I would have to read many reviews before I would consider going on another Celebrity cruise. 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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