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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This could have been a great cruise with some better speakers and more information. Previous cruises have included port talks and also guest speakers to talk about the civilisations and culture of the various regions, but this cruise ... Read More
This could have been a great cruise with some better speakers and more information. Previous cruises have included port talks and also guest speakers to talk about the civilisations and culture of the various regions, but this cruise had none of that. The dining room food and service was excellent as always. The cabin was good. The shows were very good and of a very high standard. There was too much emphasis on selling services . We were delayed leaving SAN Antonio but the captain caught up on the lost time and we arrived in our next port on time. The ports of Arica, Pisco and Lima were wonderful but I didn’t think much of Manta, this is probably my fault because we didn’t do an excursion in Manta, there is nothing to see except a small Artisan market. The ship is looking very old with rust showing everywhere, and the public areas are starting to look shabby.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We usually cruise with Royal Carribean, but this itinerary appealed to us as a way back from a South America trip, so we decided to see what Modern Luxury is all about while wearing our Diamond Plus Royal Caribbean goggles. We have four ... Read More
We usually cruise with Royal Carribean, but this itinerary appealed to us as a way back from a South America trip, so we decided to see what Modern Luxury is all about while wearing our Diamond Plus Royal Caribbean goggles. We have four previous cruises with Celebrity, the first ten years ago, and we thought we knew what to expect. EMBARKATION: Embarkation in San Antonio, Chile, was interesting. It is a commercial port trying to be a cruise terminal. After an hour and a half bus ride from the Santiago airport and checking in at a warehouse near the edge of the port, we were loaded onto yet another bus for a ride to the ship at the dock. We’ve seen better and we’ve seen worse, so we just went with the flow. We were in our cabin by 1:30 PM and our bags were delivered around 4:00 PM. CABIN: The cabin, 7049, was clean and comfortable. With more storage space than we needed – a first. Situated next to the hump cabins, we had an extra large, shaded balcony. The balcony door did not have a handle on the outside, just a slot to grab and pull the door open. The door was hard to open without a handle, but since it was designed that way, we lived with it. The toilet decided not to work in the middle of the night 4 out of the 15 nights on the cruise. Guest Relations said it was a known issue and they were working on it. CREW: Every crew member we encountered was smiling and said good morning or good evening – from restroom attendants to senior officers. Wait staff were attentive and efficient. Whomever is in charge of setting up disembarkation for port days did not do such a good job in Manta - more on that later. DINING: Oceanview Cafe – We disliked the Oceanview Café because it is so crowded with people wandering around trying to assemble a meal that it’s like the “Zombie Apocalypse” - as one fellow passenger described it. There is no clear delineation of flow for the serving lines and people just butt in where they please. We avoided eating meals there. When we did stop in for a snack, we noticed that the wooden chairs needed a good cleaning – there was so much dirt crusted on the back of one chair that I scraped some off to show one of the supervisors and merely received a shrug in response. MDR – We used the MDR for a few breakfasts and lunches just to steer clear of the buffet. A table for two may as well be a table for four, six, eight, or more since they are jammed together so closely that one cannot walk between the table. Service was good and the menu selections standard. We also ate some breakfasts and lunches in the Solarium Café, where it was easy to get a table and the selections were more healthful than other venues. The MDR in the evening was not at all pleasant and we only dined there on 10 of the 15 nights, opting for specialty dining on the other five evenings. The tables are very close and the other diners, probably deaf from the over-amplified music venues, seemed to shout their conversations during the meal. Shouting waiters added to the din. Not at all a pleasant atmosphere. The food, however was very good, well presented, and right-sized portions. Had the food not been so good, we would have avoided the MDR in the evenings because of the noise levels. Specialty dining – We ate in Qsine only once. The Qsine food was delicious but the menu on the electronic tablets was hard to understand and the waiter did little to help explain what was an appetizer and what was a main. Give me a regular menu. Sushi on 5 was wonderful, with a very attentive waiter and a wide variety of sushi to choose from. The Tuscan Grill was our favorite and we ate three evening meals there, and enjoyed a light morning breakfast and specialty coffee drinks there on most mornings. We enjoyed the atmosphere and service of the Specialty Dining venues, especially when compared to the MDR and Oceanview. ENTERTAINMENT: Since this varies from ship to ship, I won’t go into detail. The production shows were very good – but too over-amplified to be pleasant. Earplugs helped. The guest entertainers were also very good and not quite as over-amplified. PORTS: We booked the cruise primarily as transportation back from a land tour in South America, and not for the ports of call. We did walk around in Arica, Chile, and Georgetown, Grand Cayman, but did not book any excursions. The stop in Manta, however, is worth noting. Having been there before, we were undecided about going into town for a look around. The ship announced that free shuttle buses would be provided from the ship to the town center/shopping area. After the announcement was made that the gangway was open, we went down to the promenade deck to see how long the line for the shuttles was and determine if we should wait a while. There was no line – only a large mob of approximately 250-300 people waiting for the yet-to-appear shuttle buses. Celebrity did nothing to establish or control a line. When the first shuttle bus arrived, the mob surged and all 300 people tried to get on the first bus. We saw a fight breakout at the steps to the bus and one man trying to pull another man off the second step of the bus. At that point I ran down to Guest Relations and told them they needed to get security out there and that one fight had already broken out. I went back outside to the promenade to watch the most unorganized shuttle bus system I had ever witnessed. We decided to avoid the melee and have a peaceful day on the ship. One would think that Celebrity had never organized a port day or a shuttle bus system before. It was certainly a poor example of Modern Luxury. CHAIR HOGS: The Infinity made a feeble attempt to cut down on chair hogs with a few little folded placards placed on the pool and solarium loungers in the mornings, however with no enforcement, the chair hogs just pushed the placards aside and set up camp. I witnessed chair hogs “reserving” loungers and sunbeds as early as 6:00 AM, using a variety of towels, flip flops, magazines, paperbacks, and large plastic clips to hold the towels in place. Often those same loungers were “reserved” hours later – and on port days “reserved” all day long until the hogs returned from their excursions. Not once did I see any of the pool staff removing the chair hog nests. With no enforcement in place, more and more people started “reserving” loungers and sunbeds. Another poor example of Modern Luxury. DISEMBARKATION: Disembarkation from the ship in Fort Lauderdale was well organized, until we reached the Customs and Immigration lines. There were four agents to process some 2,100 passengers. Signs for “US and non-US” were not apparent and there was insufficient line management so that yet another mob formed adjacent to the bag retrieval area. We settled down in some chairs to wait out the mob, and only later discovered the mob was trying to get through the “Non-US” lines and the “US” line was almost empty. We gathered our bags and were through the immigration check in under 10 minutes – happily leaving the growing “Non-US” mob to be processed by only two agents. No wonder the Fort Lauderdale port has such a bad reputation on Cruise Critic. CONCLUSION: After watching Royal Caribbean turn into floating county fairs, and with Celebrity losing their “premium” luster to the mass market, it’s time to expand our horizons and find cruise lines that cater to grownups and offer a more genteel way to cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and we are very glad we did. Yes, there we many sea days, but we found them relaxing because touring on the days in port were long and tiring. For us, it was a good mix. The Panama Canal with its ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and we are very glad we did. Yes, there we many sea days, but we found them relaxing because touring on the days in port were long and tiring. For us, it was a good mix. The Panama Canal with its expert narration by Bill Fall was outstanding. We have sailed on this ship before and loved it. This time the entertainment was poor and the food was lacking in quality. Service was excellent in the dining room and in the lounges. Our cabin steward was pleasant and very attentive. There was one hour of good entertainment (Celebrity Showtime) every evening. Most of the other things going on around the ship listed in the daily newsletter were just talks and seminars geared towards ways to spend your money. Embarkation was poorly organized. We have cruised on all of Royal Caribbean's big ships and embarkation took minutes to get all 4000 to 6000 passengers signed up and onboard. Celebrity is part of the RCI brand and should copy Royal Caribbean's efficient embarkation process. I would not take the Celebrity Infinity again. The ship is lovely and a little "tired" but without good entertainment and good food, we'll stay with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Usually really enjoy Celebrity cruises but this one was just average. The worst part was that the ship got the norovirus and lots of things changed because of this. There were a lot of sick people. They had to starting serving in the ... Read More
Usually really enjoy Celebrity cruises but this one was just average. The worst part was that the ship got the norovirus and lots of things changed because of this. There were a lot of sick people. They had to starting serving in the buffet instead of people serving themselves. There were taking extra precautions in sanitizing the ship...all the things they should have been doing from the beginning so people did not get sick. The entertainment was good for the most part. Since it was a repositioning cruise there were a lot of days at sea and they could have had more activities during the days at sea and a wider selection instead of the same things over and over. Going through the Panama Canal was amazing and well worth it if you have the chance. The staff was all very nice. Some of the shore excursions were good and some not what they advertised they were. When we complained about one, they offered a 10% credit!! The embarkation process was really awful...stood in line for 1 1/2 hours to be checked in. Since this was a South America cruise, they could have had more South American food, entertainment and music. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
I booked this cruise because I was told that we would be going through the New Canal but we did not. I would not have gone because it was my third time through the Panama and one of the other times was on the Infinity also, the Blu ... Read More
I booked this cruise because I was told that we would be going through the New Canal but we did not. I would not have gone because it was my third time through the Panama and one of the other times was on the Infinity also, the Blu restraunt is a very nice change from the large dining room, it is quieter and more relaxed service. We where in Aqua class cabin 9049 which has some noise issues no carpeting so you can hear walking over head and movement of chaiselounges in late night hours and early morning becauseit is under the solarium. The chef's table was a great experience well worth the up charge. The food and service was the high light of the cruise. The main Infinity shows entertainment was good but it was the same shows we had on the Millennium cruise to Alaska in June so it would have been nice to have something different. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Check-in took two and a half hours of standing in lines... a total mess! Celebrity did not even offer water, a place to sit (or an apology) for this agonizing wait. The ship itself appeared to be in good condition and the service was ... Read More
Check-in took two and a half hours of standing in lines... a total mess! Celebrity did not even offer water, a place to sit (or an apology) for this agonizing wait. The ship itself appeared to be in good condition and the service was good. There was a constant parade of 'up selling' restaurant, internet and other services. It felt more like being in an endless timeshare sales pitch! The food variety (especially at breakfast) seemed very limited compared to other cruises we've been on and the food prep. very 'hit and miss'. The fish dishes (and we tried this over several nights) was consistently dry and / or 'fishy', as in old fish. Also, there were quite a number of people sick by the end of the cruise... not so good. The Panama canal and South America were the primary reasons for taking this cruise. We left Fort Lauderdale on December 9th and arrived in Valparaiso, Chile on December 24th 2016. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
The cruise was fine in general. But it was lack of activity on board. Cruise Director Sara was excellent, but she needed a team of helpers. Performances of dancers, singers and especially acrobats were excellent. Lecturers on board ... Read More
The cruise was fine in general. But it was lack of activity on board. Cruise Director Sara was excellent, but she needed a team of helpers. Performances of dancers, singers and especially acrobats were excellent. Lecturers on board were mediocre in comparison with my previous cruises. They could not hold the topic of lectures and did some mistakes. Men sauna was in bad conditions. Window's frame inside the sauna was partially detached, maintenance of the place was really bad. There were no soap and shampoo in the dispensers in all three showers several times for several hours. I am really worried about safety of the sauna. I reported about window frame to an officer who was inspecting the sauna, but it took more then 24 hours to fix the problem. Actually the problem was fixed after I said to the same officer that I had taken pictures of detached fragments of the frame. Smoking area every evening and every night was just disgusting and filthy. Nobody looked after this area. Dirty glasses, mugs, ash trays, and tables covered with ash and stains were typical. Staff and crew members in some cases just ignored the passengers and their needs. Embarkation took terribly long and was very bad organized. Food was good and diverse enough. I was satisfied with excellent services in dinning rooms. However I had a bad experience in Quisine restaurant. The service provided by a waiter from Serbia (he did not have a tag with name and did not introduce himself) was totally unprofessional. He did not remember anything, I spent about 2 hours waiting at the table and 30 minutes eating. Service in Ocean view cafe was pretty good, but in many cases all coffee urns were empty at the same time. However maybe it was even for better, because coffee was just horrible. The ports were very interesting, the tours were exciting and impressive. This part of the cruise was excellent. In comparison with my previous cruise with Celebrity Infinity (December 2014, Panama Canal) this cruise was much worse. It seems the ship and it's maintenance are falling down. It was pity to see. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
The ship is looking a bit tired in parts but it is now 14 years old and celebrity are doing well in keeping it looking good. I just wish they did not try ans squeeze in so many alternative premium dining venues. A lot of the nice ... Read More
The ship is looking a bit tired in parts but it is now 14 years old and celebrity are doing well in keeping it looking good. I just wish they did not try ans squeeze in so many alternative premium dining venues. A lot of the nice touches seem to be disappearing: chocolate on the pillow, nice towels on the con. cabins etc. The entertainment shows I would describe as adequate. The biggest let down on this cruise was the ports. Pisco instead of Lima. Nothing to see in Manta. the weather did nit help but one can not blame Celebrity for that. The cruise was saved by the excellent enrichment speakers especially Milo. 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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