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11 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

11 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Barcelona
  • Day 2
    Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Taormina (Messina)
  • Day 5
    Malta (Valletta)
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Mykonos
  • Day 8
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 9
    Santorini
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Split
  • Day 12
    Venice

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

Cons

Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

Bottom Line

A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Overall we had a wonderful cruise, but I can’t say it was a typical (I hope) Celebrity product. It was our first M class ship, and she is certainly looking tired but the staff keep her spotlessly clean. The decor is a bit dated and ... Read More
Overall we had a wonderful cruise, but I can’t say it was a typical (I hope) Celebrity product. It was our first M class ship, and she is certainly looking tired but the staff keep her spotlessly clean. The decor is a bit dated and the soft furnishings desperately need changing. However, we never had to fight for a table in Oceanview Cafe, El Bacio or sun beds. The ship sailed full but it never felt crowded, even on embarkation lunch time we managed to find a table in the buffet - something we have struggled with on S class ships. We were in cabin 7039 and had a great stateroom attendant, Select dining was a bit hit and miss our waiter Jess wasn’t the best but the assistant Djhannah more than made up for any shortcomings. Food, whilst subjective was certainly better than Silhouette last year and there was always something on the menu to tempt me. It helps that I think the french onion soup is one of the best starters. Ports of call were good, Venice was a return trip for me, we went to Murano on the first day to buy the piece of glass I should have bought last year, unfortunately the shop was closed but I managed to find the glass works who produce the item and I ordered the piece to be made and shipped. Next day we went to St Marks and had the obligatory gondola ride, cheesy but great fun. Our tour in Split was a disappointment, we opted for The Game of Thrones sites tour. The guide was very knowledgeable but never shut up talking, it was seriously overkill, no time to stand and take in views etc. It was also fiercely hot 42 degrees and whilst the tour was badged as moderate it should have been strenuous, 2km hike up a 30 degree gradient of loose shale with no handrails. I think it was telling that of our group of 30 ish people only about 4 or 6 opted to continue the second half of the tour which was a further hour and half walking tour around the town, most people at this point went back to the ship. I did go to guest relations and suggest that the tour advert should be amended so people knew what they were signing up for but to be honest the person I spoke to didn’t really seem that bothered. As a result of this bad experience I cancelled our other booked tour to Pompeii, it was badged as strenuous and if it was going to be more difficult than the one we had just done I don’t think we would have enjoyed it. Montenegro was fabulous, stunningly beautiful and a wonderful sail-in/out. Tender port but efficiently done with both local and lifeboats used, about a 15 minute wait to get off. The old town is charming and great for leather goods. Definitely on my list to return to. Corfu, least favourite port, not particularly attractive and the only place we were hassled by beggars who were quite aggressive. Naples we did a great local excursion. Twenty minute walk from the ship to Underground Naples, 40 m down steep stairs into the Roman water tanks and tunnels which served the whole city. These were used in the Second World War as air raid bunkers. The whole city lived down there. Fascinating place and great volunteer guide, the best 10€ spent of the cruise. Highly recommended. As I said we really enjoyed the cruise but now for the contentious bit...............go get the popcorn and sit back! I have never really understood why people get so het up about dress codes, well I do now. Celebrity have a policy but they just don’t enforce it, well they do sometimes............ Bare chests in the buffet, bikinis in the buffet, pyjamas in the buffet, I didn’t think it would bother me but it’s unsanitary and it did. The main dining room was similar in that scruffy cut off denim shorts and T shirts seemed to be acceptable dress, even on evening chic nights if you were from a non English speaking country. We saw an American teenager dressed in smart burmuda type tailored shorts turned away after having the dress code explained, whilst many Italian and Spanish teenagers were allowed in wearing cut offs and running shorts. It just didn’t seem fair. I would like to think that maybe the staff at the door didn’t have a good enough grasp of the language to explain the dress code. We heard guests complaining about the non enforcement of Celebrity rules, the restaurant manager said he would pass the complaint onto his manager. The other area which to me was a negative was the Cruise Director, Luigi. Loud pool games every afternoon, not much trivia or the usual Celebrity entertainment, a generally manic demeanour- it felt like Butlins at Sea. I wonder if he had been brought on as there was such a large Spanish guest population and he was a Spanish speaker? All announcements were in English and Spanish. It felt more like a Royal Caribbean cruise with knobbly knee contests etc. Main theatre entertainment was weak but the music around the ship in lounges and bars was generally very good. Officers around the ship were almost invisible. I have two future cruises booked, around Japan and the Baltic next year, I’m hoping that the product will be back to what we usually expect. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
I would like to start this review by stating that I have taken most of my trips with another cruise line and I am extremely disappointed in everything on this trip. We spent 5k for our cruise and another 2k for travel and adventures and ... Read More
I would like to start this review by stating that I have taken most of my trips with another cruise line and I am extremely disappointed in everything on this trip. We spent 5k for our cruise and another 2k for travel and adventures and needed stuff including WiFi for cruise for two people as they make you pay per device and didn’t receive 5k in services or travel! The vessel is a bit outdated inside but it’s still comfy as far as the room size and shower goes but then again I am in a stateroom. There are people on board whom due to being on the vessel for months have had hair loss due to the chemical treatment of water so I evil be using bottled water to wash the rest of this trip! The food is horrid in the buffet and main dining is pretty decent but takes too long to get food and it seems to take two hours to eat. The specialty dining has extremely long waits and when told to arrive early and we do we still sit for 45 minutes. I want to also express that the ports they take you to on the Adriatic Sea is horrid really and nothing to see so you will spend a lot of money to actually get a speed boat to take you other places if you want to actually see something and the staff and their tv tells you this when you board so wow. The fast high speeds boat you rent will want you to leave at 8:30 or 9:30 am. I also don’t think you should have to dress up for dinner because why dress up to eat then go to sleep as the entertainment on ship is obsolete and what’s offered it a joke. The internet is horrible and it is for the boat as well and employees will Tell you their device is down also in customer relations. The only entertainment they have is a blonde headed chick that her boobs are about to fall Out of her tank top that had cuts in the front the whole trip! They play a sound track of about ten songs on the boat over and over and the song “ swear I don’t have any gun” has played about 199 times in 4 days as it plays all day over and over and young and old both complain. Unaware why they have a chick wearing a tank top by the pool singing with her holes in it with her boobs hanging out as I felt I was at a strip club. She also sings almost the same songs they play over and over and this trip is horrible for Americans and French for sure! This isn’t a family cruise either by no means as there is nothing for kids to do so they run everywhere and throw sandbags from the corn hole game all day on deck with no supervision and the staff did notthing! If I were you I would fly to the area you want to visit and wing it cause these people are not taking you to any port you want to see! There is no entertainment on this ship and nothing to do and it’s boring and there are no shops except jewelry and liquor basically and all the ship is geared for is alcohol and sleep and some food! The room service night menu has basically bologna and burger! Also I want to say that there are not enough people who speak English to get anything done and you will spend about 500-800 to ever use internet and the tv has one movie channel so at night there is nothing to do and no tv to watch. They play basically Star Wars and ET type movie over and over and this not a cruise for young as everything closes at 10:30 and they start shutting everything down around 7ish! The staff is scarce and the only people on the ship are to clean really and are not helpful! If you want to be on a nursing home cruise this is the one for you as they start at 7am and close at 7ish some places not many open till 10 and then the older people have to cause the loud music never stops and it’s techno type music over and over it’s horrid you want to jump ship after five days of it 24 hours a day because you cannot escape it. Also the employees on board day they have listened to this ten song soundtrack for three years in a row without change! I feel like I am on the movie “Groundhog Day”!!!!!!!!! Worst trip ever I would have rather been at work or cut grass all day everyday! Horrible and I do not recommend as it’s a waste of money and def buyers remorse!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
The boat is a bit older but had some really nice unique things,like in the blu dining room you could see out from every seat,the bar kept curtains open later and the ocean view cafe was spread out so flowed better. They also left salad bar ... Read More
The boat is a bit older but had some really nice unique things,like in the blu dining room you could see out from every seat,the bar kept curtains open later and the ocean view cafe was spread out so flowed better. They also left salad bar open longer which is great if you got back later in the day. The need to reconfigure the spa and Persian gardens.spa rooms were too bright the Persian garden too dark. Flip them!!I missed the fresh fruit that we got daily in aqua class. Also if you are cruising in europe pre book and pre pay for excursions to avoid added vat charge. Also Tuscan and qsine were not as good as on solstice. I loved that the pool areas were larger in both the solarium and the open one,but I hated that the canyon spa,breakfast,lunch area was dark,hidden and didn't have ice. We had an issue with a cancelled due to conditions excusion,we had to get the group together and argue to be reimbursed. Thanks to Norbert it was resolved but was alot of wasted time. Read Less
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