Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by cruzguytoo
- Sail Date: May 2006
- Destination: Alaska
Was our 3rd Celebrity cruise, others being on Mercury and Galaxy. Celebrity has maintained their excellent service and value, even in this age of fuel costs, etc. They are to be commended for doing a superb job (especially noticeable, given our recent negative experience on a 12 nt Carnival Spirit cruise to Hawaii in Apr 06). I have posted a review of that cruise separately.
Embarkation went well in SF, with everything well organized and sufficient staff available to coordinate things. With the usual Celebrity flair, we were greeted on board with a choice of champagne or OJ, then personally taken to our stateroom by a staff person. Just like in a nice hotel.
Infinity's decor is much different from the Carnival Spirit on which we had just cruised. Much more understated, with a modern European ambience. Somewhat minimalist in design but one that grows on you as time goes by. Easy to get around and find things. Almost feels like a much smaller ship, though it is quite large and spacious.
Food was excellent and if you are a vegetarian, best menu of any cruise line on which we have travelled. Have a separate menu with as many choices as the regular "carnivore's" menu. Both lunch and dinner in the dining room have vegetarian menu choices. The casual buffet does not,though. Another innovative dining choice is the Aquaspa cafe on deck 10 forward. Serve a healthy breakfast, then open from 12 to 8 pm for a light healthy lunch/dinner options. Ate breakfast exclusively there, as no line and can sit in the spa area nearby. The "Grand Buffet" was a sight to behold. A real effort was made to make a grand impression. Infinity's staff are genuinely friendly and "can'do". When I wanted bran muffins at the Aquaspa, the next day the muffins were waiting for me. Three levels of mgrs came to me to be sure that I had want I wanted. One even came into the gym before breakfast to tell me he had the muffins for me. Ditto, when I wanted a veggie burger at the grill. They were out, but the staff person hunted me down and said he would try to find me one. And he did so. Special efforts such as these make the difference for me between Celebrity and most of the other cruise lines. On our recent Carnival cruise, staff was neither very friendly and certainly not interested in making any special effort whatsoever. Night and days!!
Entertainment was not exceptional but well performed and a good variety of acts. Unlike Carnival, all the performers seemed very professional and routines were well choreographed and performed.
On board activities were frequent and varied. Always seemed to something to do. I especially enjoy the guest lectures on a variety of topics. Lecturers are interesting and very knowledgeable about their topics. Another great feature are the computer classes on digital photography. You can download your pictures onto their computers for free, then if you run out of room on your camera card, can copy your pictures onto a CD for $15 fee. The computer staff teach several other classes, some complimentary and some for a $20 fee. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Exercise facilities were top rate and spacious. No surly statements here about not being able to use the workout room outside of regular classes. Some classes were complimentary and some cost a fee. Had the greatest selection of free classes of any recent cruise I have done. Also had a good assortment of cardio and weight equipment, with great sea views.
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