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Sail Date: March 2004
This sailing was the repositioning cruise from South America to Florida and was the last sailing before the Infinity was put into drydock for "propulsion" problems. We had originally booked this cruise for two reasons. First we ... Read More
This sailing was the repositioning cruise from South America to Florida and was the last sailing before the Infinity was put into drydock for "propulsion" problems. We had originally booked this cruise for two reasons. First we had done the trip around Cape Horn two years ago so wanted to "finish" off SA. Second, life had been pretty hectic so we thought this would be a good cruise since there weren't a lot of ports. The ports were all important since they were in countries we hadn't been to before. So we were just a little disappointed that Celebrity chose to drop one of four ports and that was Manta, Ecuador. This was the one port that we would have liked to have seen and when combined with another unfortunate experience meant we were on board for 7 straight days. Even for experienced cruisers this is a long time to be "captive" on a ship. Even with all the activities that the ship's staff managed to come up with, we found it was just a little boring and a tad repetitive after 4 or 5 days!! As for the rest of the cruise and the ship - we found the embarkation and disembarkation process to be the best that we had ever experienced. We have sailed before on Princess, Holland America, Norwegian, and RCCL but Celebrity beat all of them hands down. From the time we arrived at the dock in Valparaiso till we were eating lunch in the Oceanview Cafe was about 20 minutes. And their disembarkation without announcements is a joy!! We had a balcony cabin (I know they prefer to call them staterooms) that was more than adequate. The bed was comfortable, there was lots of storage space, and the bathroom was larger than any other we had encountered on a ship. We enjoyed having our breakfast delivered to the stateroom and sitting outside in the mornings. The food was well above average. There was quite a selection of places and types of food available all day and well into the night. We only went to the dining room for dinner (early sitting) since there was so much choice for all the other meals. Our waiter and asst waiter were very good. After the first evening, they would greet us by name and knew what we preferred to drink which is always nice. There was only one evening that we were not impressed with the choices on the dinner menu but then again it can't always be perfect. We enjoyed Celebrity's afternoon ritual of "sorbet on parade" and the very nice afternoon tea. The entertainment on board was what can be expected of most cruise ships. There was the required production shows and some individual entertainers that were O.K. Really depends on what you expect and your personal tastes whether the evening shows met expectations. There was one group that we really enjoyed. It was an a cappella group called Lighthouse. They would pop up in one bar or another over the 14 days and they were very entertaining at least to us because they sang a lot of songs from the 50's and 60's. There was the required bingo (which we never attended), art auctions that have become a staple of the cruise ship industry, and some lectures, etc. There is a very nice cinema which screened fairly new release movies. The casino was small but adequate and was less smoky than some others we have encountered. As to the ports of call - if you cruise to see as many places as you can in one cruise don't do this one. Arica, Chile is the first port of call. It is a small town with not a lot of happening. It is an oasis in the middle of a desert. The shore excursions are almost non- existent because there is nowhere to go except out into the desert. There is very little shopping besides the little market in a park across from the terminal. Then Lima, Peru which we did not get to see but several people reported that it did not meet their expectations. Callao where the ship docks is not very safe. Evidently three women who had got a cab to take them downtown Lima had a purse snatching incident when they stopped at a light just outside the terminal. So if you want to see Lima, take one of the shore excursions or arrange to be met. The only other stop we made was in Aruba and what can you say about a Caribbean island that many cruise ships visit every day. Luckily there was only 2 ships in the day we were there. If you like the Caribbean (white sand, warm water, almost guaranteed sun, and lots of jewelry shopping) you will like Aruba. Overall, we enjoyed our first cruise with Celebrity on the Infinity and will probably sail with them again given the right itinerary at the right price. Read Less
Celebrity Infinity Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 3.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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