Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by Blue46
- Sail Date: May 2006
- Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Thank goodness we had two thing going for us. First we are Captains Club Members and Second we booked Concierge Class. This made getting on the ship amazingly easy. Looking a the line going to the ship I think it could have taken at least 2 to 3 hours to get on board. However we were able to skip all that and were on board and in our room in about 20 minutes. This was great as we were able to get a nice lunch and just got back to our cabin in time for the Safety (life boat) drill. Once that was complete we were able to return to our cabin for the sail away from the convenience of our balcony.
Dining: We were not disappointed at all. Having breakfast delivered to our stateroom every morning was a nice extra that we didn't use last time. Everything was delivered within the time asked and the hot food was hot and the cold food was cold. My husband liked that he could get smoked salmon every morning for breakfast. Lunch time was mostly buffet. I liked that they varied the menu every day and had a theme (Mexican, American, Italian, etc.). On the first night we purchased our Soda stickers for the entire trip. Best money we spent on the entire cruise. We tended to eat lunch in the same area every day, so we got to know the waiter for that area fairly well. As soon as he saw us the first thing he did was get us each a diet soda and then scope out what the sugar free dessert was (my husband is diabetic) and bring some to the table. We ate in the main dinning room every night except one. The wait staff was very accommodating of my husband's dietary needs. The food was delivered promptly. I really don't have any complaints all of the food we had tasted great. I loved the mushroom soup and was glad it was offered more than once.
I celebrated my birthday on the ship and for two days I had a birthday cake. Since we used the Specialty restaurant (USS United States) on my actual birthday, our normal table waiter waited until the next day to bring me a cake there as well. Seems that every night at least one (usually 3 or 4) people were celebrating birthdays.
As for the USS United States, all I can say is WOW. What an experience. That dinner took 3 hours and was wonderful. Tried the goat cheese souffle and it was heavenly. I felt that if we went out to dinner at home to the same type of restaurant we would have spent 4 to 5 times the amount.
The bar staff was wonderful and once they knew us they knew to bring us Diet Coke when we came into the Rendezvous Lounge.
Public Rooms: We felt they were all very well maintained. The nice thing is that you never felt crowded. The library was small but very nice and conducive of reading. The lounges were very nice.
Entertainment: The shows were great. The Celebrity Singers and Dancers were wonderful. We also saw a ventriloquist, violinist, balancer/juggler/comedian, xylophonist. Simply put - fantastic. We were able to purchase CDs of the different performers after each show, and they all personally signed the CDs for us. The lounge we spent the most time in was the Rendezvous Lounge. There was Karaoke on 3 different nights, and a duet every other night. The Constellation Club was the major club for the ship where they held the Chocolate Buffet and had a different theme every night. I felt the music was a bit loud but then I like things a bit quieter.
Cabin: If anyone was to ask me if CC Class was worth the extra money I would have to day most definitely. We were each able to order a body pillow which helped with the transition from home (water bed) to the ship. The flowers were very nice. The welcome bottle of champagne was great. Having Canapes every night was also nice. I think the bathroom showed the most wear and tear but nothing major. Having the shower head that could be a hand held was wonderful.
Services: Everyone was wonderful. Every time you meet one of the Crew they always said hello and were very helpful with directions and very knowledgeable about the ship and activities. My husband rented his shoes and they were delivered the next morning. What a deal $10.00 for the entire cruise. He also used the laundry for his Tux and was pleased with the way it turned out.
Fitness: My husband used the gym every morning and very rarely had to wait for the equipment. The Aqua Spa was nice and we both took advantage of their 20/20/20 service, 20 min exfoliation, 20 min back massage, 20 min scalp massage. They followed up the next day to see how you were doing.
Shore Excursions: We booked all of our shore excursion thru the Cruise line. We only had problems with the one at Icy Strait Point which had to be cancelled due to some sort of technical difficulties. In Vancouver, we went on a bus and shopping tour, which was very nice as this was one of the rainy days. Icy Strait Point we were able to walk on a short nature walk, and of course there was shopping. This port was a tender port so there was a bit of a wait to get to shore. But there were a lot of native craft items to purchase. We were worried when in the morning we were to visit Hubbard Glacier, the day started out very foggy, but we sailed thru the fog and while we were at Hubbard Glacier we had wonderful weather. In Skagway we went to Liarsville for a short show, gold panning and lunch. Liarsville is set up to look like an old time mining town and was very authentic. We still had some time to do some shopping. Juneau was great. We went Gold Panning and we were driven into the mountain and stopped in a area know for gold panning. There still is gold there in the creeks but only very small flakes, so don't give up everything to seek your fortune. We still had time to do some shopping, but this was our shortest port stay and we felt rushed. In Ketchikan we took a harbour cruise. This wasn't too long and since this was the other port that we had drizzle it was nice to be in a ship seeing the sights. We still had plenty of time to (you guessed it) do more shopping. In Victoria, BC we went on an Ale and Beer Tour. We visited 3 pubs. And most people had a total of 10 beers, but since my husband is diabetic I had about 16 before I decided that I had enough. Now let me assure you that the beers were very small about 1/3 to 1/2 of the normal size beers. Each pub also had plenty of snacks as well.
We had such a relaxing, wonderful time that on our last day at see we booked our next cruise for April 08. Now just about 610 days to go.
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