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Sail Date: August 2015
This was a 12 night re-positioning cruise, starting in Vancouver and ending in San Francisco. The Infinity was a very nice ship, well maintained except for stained upholstery in the MDR and public lounges. The decor was a bit odd for my ... Read More
This was a 12 night re-positioning cruise, starting in Vancouver and ending in San Francisco. The Infinity was a very nice ship, well maintained except for stained upholstery in the MDR and public lounges. The decor was a bit odd for my taste. The MDR had less than adequate service for breakfast and didn't get the orders just right. The buffet was crowded, but the staff did a wonderful job of clearing tables and offering coffee and sometimes pastries. If you want free tomato juice or grapefruit juice, go to the MDR. They charge extra for it in the buffet. The food in the buffet was good to excellent and there was a good variety. They adjusted serving times to accommodate the port hours. Some close their buffets at 2pm no matter what. Also appreciated was the full buffet incluing egg stations the day of debarkation. Some ships pare it down to the bare minimum. We ate in the MDR every night at about 6pm. We had the flexible dining schedule, but made reservations and got the same table and wait staff every night. There were 4 of us and we were joined by two more diners every night, so made several new friends. The wait staff of Mario, Mario, and Mervin were one of the best teams we've ever encountered. Mario Sr. had 19 years experience and it showed. Mario Jr. was very lucky to be mentored by such a gentle, efficient waiter. Mervin was the Sommelier and always had my bottle ready (except for the day he had off and another one misplaced it). He made excellent suggestions based on my tastes in wine. The wine was a little more expensive than on other ships, as were all the drinks, including soft drinks. We opt out of the drink packages, as we don't drink nearly enough to make them worth the cost. The food in the MDR was hit or miss. Mostly hit. Steaks were good. Variety was OK. "Homestyle" Meatloaf was disgusting. Everyone at our table sent it back after one bite. The lobster was firm texture and very delicious. They offered Salmon every day and one other fish entree every day. Presentation was nice. I rate two items on a scale of 1 to 10 and the Creme Brulee gets a 9 to 10. The Caesar Salad gets a 7. The cabin was about the same as on every ship. We had an inside, deck 3, midships location. We were extremely happy with this location. Very easy to navigate wherever we wanted to go. Also had the advantage of minimal ship rocking, and no noise whatsoever. An added bonus for this voyage was that it was a Captain's Reunion Cruise Annual Event. There were 4 cocktail parties for the Captain's Club Members and 2 for everyone else. They really value their repeat passengers and showed it by extra gifts and freebies. We got Celebrity shopping bags, umbrellas, rain ponchos, drinking cups, etc. Missing were the towel art animals on the bed. Not a problem for me I enjoy them, but don't need them. Chocolates were present every night on the pillow, as well as real hygiene amenities instead of multipurpose goo in the shower dispenser. The ports were the main reason we took this particular cruise. It was our 4th cruise to Alaska. I really wanted a cruise that called on the Port of Sitka, so I was happy. Icy Strait Point was a new port for our friends to visit, and Skagway was a priority on our lists, due to the train ride to the Yukon. Victoria was delightful as usual, and Astoria is a hidden gem that I really love. This time we walked up to a free home tour four blocks straight up from the Maritime Museum bus stop. We toured the museum last time and enjoyed it very much, but declined to do it again because we thought the entry fee ($15) was a little steep. It was much less last time. Anyway, back to the marvelous home tour: The owner met us at the entrance to his front yard and led us on a very personalized tour of the whole house. Wow! It was a beautiful Victorian historical home, beautifully restored and furnished. There were 2 docents there to accommodate other tourists. We felt very welcomed and were even served cookies and punch. Donations were accepted, but no fees. I believe it is only open when ships are in port. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
My expectations based on previous reviews were to find a tired, old ship with disgruntled waitstaff. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ship looked fresh and clean. Waitstaff was friendly and fairly attentive. We had a ... Read More
My expectations based on previous reviews were to find a tired, old ship with disgruntled waitstaff. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ship looked fresh and clean. Waitstaff was friendly and fairly attentive. We had a suite so we also had the good fortune to dine in Luminae instead of the main dining room. What a perk! It's about time suite guests were given a very tangible and valuable amenity. Service and food was top notch. Food in the buffet was fine. I have never been disappointed by Celebrity's food. Our butler and stateroom attendants were awesome. Entertainment was fair to very good in the showroom depending on the night. Entertainment all over the ship was very good. I wish the bands were scheduled earlier for us early to bed, early to rise types. Disembarking at Vancouver was easy. No immigration or customs until we got to the airport. 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 4.3
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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