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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This “California Coast” cruise was our 23rd on Celebrity among more than fifty overall for my wife and me. We are now “Elite Plus” which added some additional perks like the 240 minutes of internet and multiple laundry options. ... Read More
This “California Coast” cruise was our 23rd on Celebrity among more than fifty overall for my wife and me. We are now “Elite Plus” which added some additional perks like the 240 minutes of internet and multiple laundry options. We very much enjoyed this cruise as the very good food and great service from the staff and crew members continues to be top notch. This was the first of our B2B cruises so we continued onboard on our way down the Mexican Riviera and through the Panama Canal. Cabin 3104 was comfortable and quiet, even though it was very near the Grand Foyer atrium and the Guest Relations desk. Our housekeeper, Edi, did a great job keeping our cabin neat and clean while being “invisible” while we were relaxing there. The Guest Relations staff members were very professional and helpful. We were pleased to see GR Officer Garmen Zhang whom we met on our B2B2B cruises in Asia a year ago. Our OBC from Celebrity and CruCon, our travel agent, was immediately posted on our account which helped us to plan how to spend it. On other cruises, it took four or five days so this was the fastest ever. Our Captain’s Club Hostess, Paulina Ugalda, was very welcoming at the Elite and Elite Plus events. She also personally escorted us down to the tenders in all three ports. It was the most well done priority assistance we’ve ever had. It was great to see Assistant Chief Housekeeper, Gabriela, again who was so helpful when my wife fell ill on our B2B2B in Australia and New Zealand six months ago. We were able to chat with her several times and catch up on where she’s been and what’s she’s done since then. We also appreciated that we received a beautiful flower arrangement and a nice bottle of wine in our cabin from her. We were in “Select Dining” this time and were seated quickly each evening at a table for two. We appreciate that Celebrity has many of these tables, but most of them are so close together that you might as well be sharing a table. We talk to many other guests during the day and later in the evening, but we prefer to have some “down time” from these conversations at dinner. Also, my wife has trouble hearing which can make these interactions difficult. So, we opted to switch to the fixed seating at 6:00 with a more private table on the second of our B2B cruises. The food in the “Trellis” MDR was excellent as usual. We usually order our favorite dishes from each menu, but we tried some new ones this time and they were also very good. The Oceanview Café provided many options during the day and late into the night. We also enjoyed the drinks and desserts in Café al Baccio. The bartenders in the lounges were efficient even when they were very busy. DeJean in the Rendez-Vous were particularly helpful and made the best Grasshoppers we’d ever had. We continue to support “Evening Chic” with my wife in her dresses and me in my suit or tuxedo. We understand that other guests aren’t as interested in doing this as we are, but it’s nice to see some still like it as much as we do. The production shows were very good as usual and the singers and dancers were quite talented. We really enjoyed the “Swing@Sky” show in the Constellation Lounge and the entire cast kept up the high level of energy for a very long time. It was definitely the very best of that type of event on all of our cruises. On the final night, the “Duo Destiny” show with the acrobats Goncalo and Kinga was unbelievable. We were very lucky on this cruise as both bands were excellent. We saw Take 5 on our B2B2B cruises in Asia a year ago year so we were happy to see them again. They were great then and are even better now. Their female singer and their other members are very friendly and approachable. The Bryan James Band was terrific, especially since they were billed on this cruise as a “dance band” rather than “house band” or “party band”. Bryan has a great sense to humor and his band can play a wide range of music depending on the audience and the venue. We hope that Celebrity keeps both of them under contract for as long as they can. We did two ship’s excursions and four on our own. Santa Barbara: Rented a car to see the wine country, the SB Mission and the Reagan Center San Francisco (overnight) – First Day: Took my nephew and his girlfriend to dinner at the Crab House San Francisco – Second Day: Took ship’s SF03 excursion to Muir Woods and took ferry back from Sausalito on our own Monterey: Rented a convertible and drove around 17-Mile Drive and Carmel Catalina Island: Went to the Catalina Island Museum to see the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit and took a bus to Botanic Gardens Ensenada, Mexico: Took ship’s EN04 excursion to two wineries in Calafia Valley wine country One area which could use some improvement was the B2B process. At other B2B meetings, someone from the MDR was there to allow guests to select their tables for the next cruise, but that didn’t happen. As part of these past meetings, there have been drawings for prizes, offers of complimentary specialty restaurants, discounted excursions and/or coupons with codes for additional internet minutes in order to fill out the survey from the first cruise. The only “perks” this time were a 30% off a restaurant (for only the embarkation evening) and a card to get into the “Trellis” MDR 15 minutes before the newly boarding guests. We were also given the impression that this process wouldn’t take too long. We were told to gather at 9:40, but we not able to disembark until everyone else did at about 10:40. We then exited the ship and had to wait almost another hour to get back onboard at 11:30. We suspect that due to regulations, there was no chance for anyone to board before that time. It would have been better to know ahead of time that the local authorities require this timing so we could have planned for these delays. We and most of the other guests have done quite a few B2Bs so all of us were surprised that it was much more inconvenient it this time. Almost everything else on this cruise was great except one thing. While not a major problem or a “deal breaker”, we have been a bit disappointed at the recent trend of having more public areas unavailable to everyone. The Celebrity ships have very few inside venues for music and relaxation compared to other cruise lines. So, when one of them is taken out of circulation, the options are limited. We used to love to go to the piano bar in Michael’s Club (especially when Perry Grant was still with Celebrity and packed it every night), but it’s been “privatized” for many years. We’ve also seen “Private Parties” in “Quasar” on the “Solstice” class ships and in the “Constellation” type Sky Lounges on the “Millennium” class ships. On one of our cruises last year, Park West took control of the Sky Lounge for several days for private art sales. The most recent example was the Latina/o “Private Party” from 10:00 – 12:00 on the final night of this cruise which meant that most guests couldn’t enjoy that area as they had on other nights. We are well aware that Celebrity celebrates the diversity of their crew and their guests so segregating and/or excluding groups seems to be counter to that goal. We appreciate the “Elite” cocktail hours in the upper lounge, but not at the expense of access for others. In some cases, the guests who are not yet at “Elite” have been excluded from taking in the view, particularly during sail-aways. The exception was when we were on the “Infinity” for a B2B in South America and Antarctica in 2015 where we were pleased to see that there were areas roped off from the “Elite” section so everyone had a chance to see the scenery. We would certainly endorse sharing that lounge and all other venue as often as possible on every cruise. Overall, we always have a great time on Celebrity. After the Panama Canal, we have twelve more cruises booked in the Mediterranean, Middle East, India, Caribbean, Northern Europe and Transatlantic in the next year. So, we’ll look forward to having 135 more days to enjoy Celebrity’s welcoming hospitality and excellent service! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Wanting to stay stateside, this itinerary seems perfect. And it was! Infinity is an older ship, showing her age here and there, but she's well cared for and a nice size. Pre-cruise hotel was the Doubletree San Pedro - free ... Read More
Wanting to stay stateside, this itinerary seems perfect. And it was! Infinity is an older ship, showing her age here and there, but she's well cared for and a nice size. Pre-cruise hotel was the Doubletree San Pedro - free shuttle, right on a marina, great views and staff. We were in Aqua for the first time and loved Blu. I understand it's not for everyone, but we loved the exceptional service and relaxed feel. (much quieter the Main Dining room) but not stuffy at all. The entertainment and activities were not up to what we are used to from Celebrity. Shows we didn't care for seemed very well received. It may be just a matter of taste. Service was topnotch everywhere on-board, with the glaring exception of our room steward. He wasn't awful, just barely adequate. Friends we traveled with had an excellent steward, so who knows.... Ports: Santa Barbara - we took an UN-air conditioned bus to Solvang, which turned a nice ride into an uncomfortable mess. I would stay in Santa Barbara and visit town and wonder why we can't live there. (it's pretty nice) San Francisco - overnight - what can you say, one of my favorite places. We took an excursion to Muir Woods, a place of natural beauty that should bring a lump to your throat. Our tour guide,Suzy, a SF native was terrific, funny , knowledgeable, and with an excellent signing voice. Monterrey - took an excursion to Carmel, one could easily spend several hours strolling it's streets. The 17 mile drive - More perfect vistas. Catalina - Never been before, a wonderful surprise. Rent a golf cart, take your time and enjoy. Another place I wish I could live! Ensenada - A mandatory non-US stop. We just strolled around and had a very vice day. Exceeded our low-expectations. Did I mention the weather?? Obviously out of our control, but it was spectacular. perfect in every port, even a bit of fog one day for variety. We enjoyed ourselves and will continue to sail Celebrity. I think we may prefer the solstice class ships, only because their design and technology have evolved. You lose just a bit of the intimacy, but hey, everything's a trade-off. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The ship is starting to get old. Some of the chairs in the Oceanview Grill Buffet are worn and legs wobbly. Crews were varnishing wooden areas near the pool and stairways trying to keep the ship upgraded which was good. The staff onboard ... Read More
The ship is starting to get old. Some of the chairs in the Oceanview Grill Buffet are worn and legs wobbly. Crews were varnishing wooden areas near the pool and stairways trying to keep the ship upgraded which was good. The staff onboard is fabulous. They just want you to be happy and enjoy yourself and try their best to make sure you do. Entertainment in the Theatre is very good, but always too loud. They use live bands rather than pre-recorded music which is very nice. Sound technician needs to tone it down as the singers can sometimes sound like they are screaming. Trivia games are fun and dancing at the pool. Great cruise director (Luigi from Dom.Republic) makes the activities lots of fun. Cabins are spacious and well kept. Amenities are nice and cabin attendants are friendly and helpful. Dining rooms are very good. Lots of tables for 2 or more if you need them. Went on the cruise two weeks in a row (back to back) and enjoyed it both times. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We took this cruise due to our desire to stay in the US and Canada (chronic medical issues). The itinerary was excellent (San Diego; Santa Barbara; Monterey; Astoria; Seattle; Nanaimo; Victoria; Vancouver). The crew were outstanding -- ... Read More
We took this cruise due to our desire to stay in the US and Canada (chronic medical issues). The itinerary was excellent (San Diego; Santa Barbara; Monterey; Astoria; Seattle; Nanaimo; Victoria; Vancouver). The crew were outstanding -- almost everyone made that "little extra effort" that made our time enjoyable. We did the open dining option for the first time and really enjoyed it. Our party of 4 was able to sit alone at a table of 4 for every dinner meal (as requested). Diversity of food selections (including vegetarian options) were very good; presentation was exceptional and quality was good. Other meals were mostly in the Ocean Grille buffet, which was also very good, although it seemed to get a bit monotonous by the end of an 11-day cruise. (I missed having any Mexican or Tex-Mex selections the entire cruise). Tip: if you want a kind of jelly other than strawberry or orange marmalade, go to the Trellis dining room for breakfast (blackberry and grape). Our party's cabins were typical concierge class cabins. One of us paid to have Aqua class and the relaxation room on the Infinity was a huge disappointment -- dark and damp and dank -- not at all like the photo on the Celebrity site. I would not bother again. Beds were comfy but awfully narrow if you are used to a king-sized bed. The room on the Ninth deck (9102) had frequent sewage smells, coming from the toilet and from the deck (outside). No other complaints about cabins. The concierge was outstanding. My husband forgot a prescription at home. We first checked with a nurse on board who checked to see if they stocked it on the boat (no); she was not very helpful. The concierge helped us call out doctor back in our home state and we were able to pick up a new prescription at the next port. The photographers seemed younger and more timid than the ones I have encountered on previous ships. They were not asking to take your photos all the time -- which may be good or bad depending on your point of view. We saw three evening shows -- we left the first one because the singing was horrible. The next two shows were entertainers who were not from the ship -- they were both g-rated and top quality (a magician who used mechanical items and a musical impersonator). Unlike past cruises, there was very little planned on board for people to do. Not sure if this was because it was a repositioning cruise, but it was a bit boring. Lots of library users! The average age on this particular cruise was at least 65. No kids, no teens and almost no one under age 50. Lots of canes, wheelchairs, oxygen, etc. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Very nice cruise, We are seniors and have done about 48 cruises on various lines. We have done about 10 coastal cruises along the Pacific coast and have previously visited most of the ports on this cruise. Our primary reason for ... Read More
Very nice cruise, We are seniors and have done about 48 cruises on various lines. We have done about 10 coastal cruises along the Pacific coast and have previously visited most of the ports on this cruise. Our primary reason for taking this cruise was the entertainment, food, and a close to home get a way. We live about 120 miles north of San Francisco. We drove down to the bay area and stayed the night previous to our flight at the El Rancho Hotel in Millbrae. We have done this several times. When a cruise starts in San Francisco, we have the hotel shuttle take us to SFO where we get the cruise ship bus to the port in SF. On this trip, we had had a 6 AM flight to Vancouver. We were up to catch the shuttle at 4 AM. The flight was smooth and our customs check in Vancouver was also. They have a new system at the airport that allows Americans to pass through customs with a minimum of time lost. It is a BIG improvement over our last time at this airport. You just slap you passport on a screen at one of the machines, get a receipt and you are on your way. If you have any problems, there is a helper there to answer any questions. Otherwise, you wait in VERY LONG lines to get up to talk with an inspector. We were through and out the door in about 5 minutes. We expected a traffic jam at the port, because members of the British Royal Family were visiting the port area about the time we were supposed to arrive. We were pleasantly surprised when the bus sailed right through and we were dropped off at Canada Place. We did have to wait for about a half hour before boarding, but we were on the ship before noon. The cabins were not ready until 1 o’clock, so we had lunch at the lido restaurant and waited on deck until then. Cabin We had a balcony cabin located mid ship. It was a typical cabin with vanity, small couches, and king size bed. On each side of the bed was a two-drawer night strand. The light in my reading lamp was not adequate, but the one on my wife’s side was better. The balcony was small, but had two chairs and a small table that were adequate. The bath had two shelves for storage and the typically large Celebrity stall shower. Our only objection was that the life boats were directly below the balcony and blocked the view of the water below. Our cabin steward took very good care of the room. Perks We booked this cruise with a travel agent because of an email ad we received from them. It was a president’s cruise attended by the president of the travel agency and several of her employees and had some extra perks included. They turned out to be not worth the cost. Some, like the slot contest, were actually an added cost. At first it looked like a good deal, but we later found otherwise. All the cruise lines recently started to provide bonuses like drink packages and pre-paid tips as an inducement to book with them, but in reality they just added the cost of these items to the regular booking price. If you wait until a month or so before the cruise, you will probably be able to get a much better price and paying for the extras yourself will be cheaper than taking the so-called bonuses. We found that the drink package was the biggest loser as we seldom have more than one or two drinks each day. We also used the package for purchase of water, the cost of which has really gotten out of hand. However, the water and liquor in the cabin could not be charged against the package as it did not qualify. We had to buy the large water bottles at a bar and take them back to our cabin. This actually turned out for the best as the Evian water in the cabin tasted terrible. The bars had a different brand that was much better. Food Celebrity has always been known for serving good quality beef. That is still true, by the best quality cuts are not served as often as before and more stews and similar types of beef are now more prevalent in the main dining room. The food served in the lido restaurant has always been somewhat tasteless or over spiced and that has not changed. On this trip, there seemed to be a larger percentage of Asian food available and less American. The soups in this restaurant were terrible. The redeeming item was the breads. They were always good at all the restaurants. The service in both restaurants was always excellent. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. Shows Celebrity shows have never been as good as Royal Caribbean shows. That seems strange as both lines are owned by the same company. Those on this cruise were just OK with very memorable. Summary, Overall, it was a good cruise with great weather and smooth seas most of the way. We had no rain at any stops and very little wind. The temperature everywhere was very comfortable. The high point of the cruise was being able to stand on the top deck of the ship in San Francisco and watch the Blue Angels put on their show during Fleet Week. We have seen them perform several time, but never had seats like this before. It was spectacular. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We have been cruising for over 35 years. This past cruise with Celebrity on the Infinity put a damper on cruising with Celebrity. We have cruised on both the Infinity and Millenium before and was the main reason we chose the Infinity. We ... Read More
We have been cruising for over 35 years. This past cruise with Celebrity on the Infinity put a damper on cruising with Celebrity. We have cruised on both the Infinity and Millenium before and was the main reason we chose the Infinity. We chose the coastal cruise because we live in Vancouver and because we loved the Infinity. We loved the excellent dining room service, but the food was lacking, of the 6 meals we had, 3 I would consider acceptable, the other 3 were very good. Qsine lived up to its reputation and was excellent . The shows were okay, nothing worth writing home about. The Martini bar was the central point of three deck because of its location in the atrium, the sound of cackling drunks was not pleasant when you are trying to have a quiet after dinner drink or cappuccino. There was a lack of piano bars that were open at the right times. Celebrity is definitely cutting corners, it is obvious and passengers we talked to all agree, many said it is time to change, many said never Celebrity again, it is sad that this is happening. We sail on Princess, Azamara, and Holland America. Azamara we love for Europe, Princess and H.A. for local, Alaska, Coastal, and Mexico. Celebrity is now off our list. Oh, do not get a cabin with adjoining door, you can hear every sound your neighbour makes, fortunate for us they were close friends and we could laugh about it. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Celebrity Infinity Pacific Coastal—Hubbard Glacier Cruise. May 2016 My wife and I took the eleven-day Celebrity Pacific Coastal cruise followed by the seven-day Hubbard Glacier Alaskan cruise in May 2016. The two cruises were a total ... Read More
Celebrity Infinity Pacific Coastal—Hubbard Glacier Cruise. May 2016 My wife and I took the eleven-day Celebrity Pacific Coastal cruise followed by the seven-day Hubbard Glacier Alaskan cruise in May 2016. The two cruises were a total of eighteen days filled with visits to iconic landmarks and views of magnificent scenery and wildlife. The Pacific Coastal is a repositioning cruise for the Infinity as it moves from its Panama Canal season to its Alaskan season. We embarked in San Diego, California, cruised north as far as the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska and returned to Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada for our return flights home. All of our travel, including the cruises, excursions, air fares and hotel were booked through Celebrity, the safest way we have found to reduce the risk of unpleasant travel events. The Itinerary: The first cruise began in San Diego with stops in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Francisco in California, Astoria in Oregon, Seattle in Washington, Nanaimo and Victoria in British Colombia, ending in Vancouver, BC. The second cruise began in Vancouver with stops in Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Ketchikan in Alaska, a spectacular day cruising near the Hubbard Glacier, and a return to Vancouver for disembarkation. The infinity does this route twice a year as it repositions to and from Alaska. Delta airlines flights booked through Celebrity got us to San Diego and home from Vancouver. Our Celebrity booked hotel with transfers was the Embassy Suites, located very near the port in San Diego. Port-to-airport transfers got us efficiently from ship to air transportation. Landmarks and views: We started with the hotel and port in San Diego which are near the famous museums, zoo and naval operations. Aircraft carriers, one a museum and two operating carriers complete with airplanes were docked opposite the Infinity. Santa Barbara was home to a lot of Spanish inspired architecture. Monterey was our opportunity to stroll along Cannery Row filled with colorful sights. San Francisco sights included the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Beacon Hill, the iconic Transamerica building and Fisherman’s Wharf. We could see the Space Needle in Seattle from the ship. Nanaimo, which was new to us, was the historic home to a flourishing, and now nonexistent coal mining industry. The scenery is beautiful. Victoria is the capital of British Colombia, complete with its government buildings. Downtown is interesting complete with a big Hudsons Bay department store, a modern descendent of the famous Hudsons Bay fur trading company. Icy Strait Point has a new cruise terminal and an enthusiastic native American population. Our visit was late in the day, short lived and cold with beautiful scenery. Juneau is the capital of Alaska in a very scenic mountains (snow covered) and harbor setting. Ketchikan is a classic Alaskan small city with thriving fishing and tourist industries. Shopping was fun. They have a lumberjack show worth attending. Transportation around and between Alaskan cities is either by airplane or boat. Float planes and ferry boats were everywhere. The Hubbard Glacier is a special cruise ship visit. Ships enter the harbor close enough to the glacier to easily see and hear the ice cracking with huge chunks falling (calving) into the water. The glacier is three hundred feet tall and breathtaking in size and magnificence. The sounds are awesome. Ships stay, spin around and take a lot of time so all passengers get a shot at the views. Ports have shuttles for passengers and numerous options for shore excursions. Float planes, boats, taxis and busses await to take cruise passengers to whatever adventures they desire. We always opt for ship sponsored events to lower our risk of problems. We saw whales, seals, otters, deer and eagles along with a lot of birds we couldn’t identify. It is great fun scanning the shorelines along the Alaskan inland passage for wildlife as well as enjoying the incredible scenery. Snow and tree-covered mountains are the foundations for nearly every view. They are impossible to adequately describe and photograph. We tried. The ship and service: The Infinity is a 2001 ship that underwent a major refurbishment in 2015. The interior of the ship was in excellent shape and had new venues added. The top deck movie area, Michaels Club and the Luminae restaurant for suite guests, QSine and the Tuscan Grill specialty restaurants are major changes. All great! The ship looked very good on the inside with new furnishings. The exterior showed some wear but nothing that affected passengers. The service, typical of the Celebrity brand, was special! Crew members were always helpful. Officers were constantly present. The executive chef, for example, was around nearly every day. Senior officers were available for several events including receptions for past and frequent Celebrity passengers. Nice. We selected cabin 6116, a sky suite, for the cruises. We are also members of the Blue Chip casino players club. This added to the already special service for us. Our butler, Albino, was there with afternoon snacks and made certain that our cabin was cleaned while we were gone. He provided great advice on ports and processes having been on numerous cruises. The Luminae restaurant is a giant perk for suite guests. A staff of about ten people serve breakfast and dinner daily as well as lunch on sea days. Cevrine, the receptionist, waiters Kavarij and Chitra, Arfin the assistant waiter and Bekir the Maître D along with the others made us feel special at every meal. Food: The food was very good, nicely presented and well served. We dined on Filet mignon, turbot, shrimp scampi, halibut, cod, lobster ravioli, pork tenderloin, Australian sea bass, scallops, tilapia, roast turkey, pad thai, swordfish, lobster, lamb shank, veal loin, salmon and beef for entrees. Desserts were tasty. The buffett featured roast beef, pork, and chicken along with salads, sandwiches and a wide choice of entrees. Lunch, one day, featured thirty six cakes, all decorative. There was ice cream for every meal and for snacks. The QSine should be on everyone’s schedule. The food and presentations were unique. We found it a great opportunity to sample foods from several countries. Most were very good. Bistro on Five had a special crepe that my wife found to be her favorite. We tried the Tuscan Grille but steak is not one of our favorites. Perks: We chose the multiple perk package, booked a suite and are Blue Chip casino members. More perks than we could possibly use. People should carefully select every perk they can afford and use. Complimentary drinks, internet minutes, gratuities, on board credit, laundry and specialty restaurant fees were among the choices. Makes the final bill much less painful. The “booking a cruise on board” is also a significant perk if one plans to take another Celebrity cruise. Just pay attention to the offers. Ours included three hundred dollars of immediate on board credit to offset the three hundred dollar deposit for a cruise with date and itinerary to be determined. Conclusion: The combined Pacific Coastal and Hubbard Glacier cruises offer a unique cruising adventure that includes major US cities and wonderful scenery. The refurbished Infinity was a very nice and comfortable ship. The entire Celebrity staff was professional and responsive. Many are knowledgeable world travelers and have a lot to offer in the way of information about ports and ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Chose this cruise because I had friends booked on it. Also, it was an opportunity to return to CA, and then visit states I had not been to before, Oregon & Washington. Loved the Infinity, so sad she had problems docking in Alaska! ... Read More
Chose this cruise because I had friends booked on it. Also, it was an opportunity to return to CA, and then visit states I had not been to before, Oregon & Washington. Loved the Infinity, so sad she had problems docking in Alaska! The ship was very pretty, & I liked all the public rooms, especially Constellation lounge. Great view forward, & we even saw some whales one evening while having cocktails. The restaurant Blu was a wonderful experience, this was my first booking in Aqua class. I tried many different dishes, quail, frogs legs, pheasant & more. I was very pleased that the coffee café is also on the Infinity, I think it was added on the refit, as well as the Cellar Masters bar. That was our meeting place before dinner. Our weather was cool for a Florida girl, so I did not visit any pools, including the solarium. We just used our balcony if we wanted to go outside! My only complaint about the ship was the inefficient way we were disembarked from the tender in Santa Barbara. Because of it, we lost time on our shore excursion to Solvang. Yes, my next booking on Celebrity is also Aqua class, an aft facing cabin. We'll go up the east coast on that one. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
My wife, daughter, and I have been on a dozen plus cruises. Timing and only flying one way were the reasons for booking this cruise. I had read that embarkation in San Diego was not always smooth. We received an e-mail saying our ... Read More
My wife, daughter, and I have been on a dozen plus cruises. Timing and only flying one way were the reasons for booking this cruise. I had read that embarkation in San Diego was not always smooth. We received an e-mail saying our arrival time was 12 noon. We parked in an offsite long term lot and the driver dropped us a little after noon where he always dropped off cruisers. However, no one was there to take our luggage. We had to walk across the drop zone by the parking lot. Then started a 45 minute plus process of walking thru a maze of lines. I never understood what the problem was. But, soon we had mimosas in our hands and we were ready for our adventure. I had read that the dining room would be open for lunch so we went there first. Alas, being Select we were ushered to the buffet as only suite occupants and elites were being served. This was the first of several occurrences (for us) where seats in the theater, tables in the buffet, and dining room locations were reserved. It is nice to have loyalty perks - but I was disappointed. Another disappointment was the buffet. No matter what the time, the buffet was shutting down and closing. And there was little or nothing for midnight munchies. So we ordered room service - but there is now a charge for room service after 11 PM. And there are fewer free choices. I admit I need to lose some pounds, but that was not why I was on this cruise. Further, the Oceanview buffet had the same selection every day and it wasn't very good. Some days I'd settle for pasta or eat a lot of cheeseburgers - often bringing extras into the buffet for my wife and daughter. With so many port days when lunch is not served in the dining room, these were the choices - or head to the cabin for a club sandwich from room service. This was very disappointing. The other disappointment with food was Cafe al Bacio. Don't get me wrong - The food is great: cookies, pies, and cakes. The team behind the counter wanted to focus on making drinks so if the line got too long they'd ask people to sit and wait for the server to ask what they wanted. The servers usually avoided my family and I until we waved ridiculously and hopped in front of them because we wanted the free stuff - cookies, cake, and pies. We didn't want wine or coffee. I guess that means we should get ignored. We had our meals in the main dining room (breakfast and dinner). Our wait staff of Hamza and Ismail were excellent as were our table mates. Always ready with suggestions and they learned of my sweet tooth quickly. Overall, we felt there were fewer menu choices. The menu 80% of the time left you going for one of the everyday items. Thank goodness there was a steak option so my family and I had a lot of that. Hamsa always came over to our table at breakfast to say hello. On every cruise I've been on, at least the Assistant Maitre D' goes through the dining room on the first night to welcome everyone. We had made a special request a few times with our waiter for souffles, a request we were able to get one night on the Celebrity Transatlantic cruise. It was probably the 3rd or 4th night Amir our Asst Maitre D' came over with the pastry chef and said we'd have to go to the specialty restaurant for that. No exceptions. We had also requested cherries jubilee which he said was the next night. Normally in customer service, you follow-up with people. He knew we wanted cherries jubilee and we ordered it so wouldn't you have expected Amir to swing by and ask if we enjoyed it? Shouldn't he have at least said goodbye on the last night? As it turns out, he was the same Maitre D' on the Alaskan cruise we took last year on a Solstice class ship. He was rude then and made our trip miserable. I blame myself for putting up with it then - and I'm disappointed I was unable to retract all his tips from us on this trip - I missed the deadline for that. And the Cherries Jubilee were the worst I have ever tasted to add insult to injury.:). This is a dish that is supposed to have alcohol (brandy, cognac, etc) added then flambéed. While they cant flambé in the dining room, apparently they can't in the kitchen either because there was no alcohol added. It almost tasted like cherries in cough syrup . We had excellent cabin stewards (Winston and Roberto) as well as excellent dining team (Hamza and Ismail). They were always prompt and courteous and engaged in conversation. They'd even make sure the room was ready before we returned from breakfast and the show before dinner. The pool bars on previous cruises had the best burgers, brauts, turkey burgers, etc. But not on the infinity. Burgers, hotdogs, and fries were still available and turkey burgers if you were willing to wait. No brauts. One of the reasons I choose Celebrity is because they pay a little more attention to their jobs for extraordinary service and perks. I like walking around the ship and always see it being worked on (painting, cleaning, repairs, etc) because it means the crew values cleanliness and keeping up its pristine appearance. This was consistent with the Infinity and most of the crew was very friendly. On another line I will never forget the vision of crew in hazmat suits cleaning up messes from ill passengers in the dining room. We saw the Captain at the Captain's Welcome. On some cruises I have found the captain and his senior officers to be very visible. However on this cruise, we rarely saw him or his senior officers. . The backstage tour and wine tasting for captain's club members was also a nice touch. Unfortunately I did not receive an announcement for the Cruise Critic gathering. The celebrity singers and dancers were the best group I have seen. Try to get to their performances. Disembarking in Vancouver was easy to get off of the ship - Only to join a 60 minute plus cab line. We have lived on the west coast for 40 plus years and knew the ports well. However, there is much to see since our visit a few years back. I would have preferred overnighting in Seattle as there are many things to see and do. Even with all the food disappointment, we are still considering booking another cruise. Unfortunately for us Californians, Celebrity doesn't really go out of or return into Los Angeles/San Pedro or San Diego. It is too bad there isn't a roundtrip CA to Hawaii cruise available (just one way cruises). We also considered Panama Canal, but the timing doesn't work. With just a little more attention especially with the food - this would have been a great cruise instead of just a good 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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