Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by Tom
- Sail Date: May 2006
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A
Since we drove from Wisconsin, we needed a hotel that would accommodate us the night before. The LaQuinta near the San Francisco airport was perfect, and I highly recommend it. There is no charge for keeping your car at the hotel during the cruise, and the LaQuinta will also provide free transportation to the embarkation pier. Upon your return, you will need to hire a taxi to take you and your party back, which is about $41.00 including the tip.
Although the cruise line states that check-in is at 2:00 p.m., we followed the advice of others and arrived at noon. The lines were short, but unfortunately it took an eternity to check in because the scanner would not properly swipe our passports and credit cards. In fact, two days into the trip, I had to go to Guest Relations and have my credit card swiped again. This was my only complaint; otherwise the rest of the trip was fantastic.
Our cabin attendant did an excellent job of taking care of the rooms. Every time we left, it seemed she was there cleaning up after us. She went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed.
Luggage arrived in our stateroom within two hours, and the staterooms were ready for us at 1:00 p.m. If you are smart you will book your excursions ahead of time on the Celebrity web site. The excursion tickets are delivered to your room, and we placed them in our safe.
We chose three specific excursions. All of the excursions were excellent. I would highly recommend the all day combination Skagway bus tour and train trip back from White Pass to Skagway. The half day Totembright tour of the totem poles and lodge at Ketchikan was truly remarkable.
At the other cities we visited, it was just as easy to walk or use public transportation to explore the wonderment of the inside passage cities. Ports of call were: Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Icy Straight Point, Juneau, Victoria, and Vancouver. Of course, one of the days on the cruise was spent cruising the Hubbard glacier. This was truly spectacular!!! Because you are cruising the inside passage, the extra expense of a veranda is well worth the money. At Juneau, I would recommend the state's museum, which does an excellent job of going over Alaska's history and is no more than a 15 minute walk from the ship.
Be aware that there are no laundry facilities for the use of the guests on any of Celebrity ships. Also, it would be extremely wise to bring an insulated mug or two for drinks along with the understanding that you are going through a rain forest and the unpredictable Alaska weather. Although we cruised in May, the weather was just about picture perfect. We could not believe all of the sunny days we had. Supposedly the trip before ours was cloudy and rainy -- such is Alaska.
We judged the meals to be excellent; and thus, we saw no reason to frequent the specialty restaurant known as the SS United States. There was an additional charge of $30.00 per person. In the morning we went to the Oceanview Cafe / Grill. I had a made to order omelette every day. Then, I would work out in the Aqua Spa (time depended on arrival in ports etc.). The best kept dining feature is the Aqua Spa Cafe that specializes in health eating / foods. This is the place to have lunch. The Trellis Restaurant for dinner was excellent with a wide menu choices. If there was nothing that appealed to you, you could always order salmon or a steak. Both our waiter and assistant made our dining experience thoroughly enjoyable. The Aqua Spa also had an enclosed heated pool with whirl pools. I personally spent an hour there every day -- what a great way to relax the muscles. There is no extra charge for using that facility.
The public rooms are beautifully decorated, and the casino was always busy. It was fun to watch the gamblers. The evening entertainment was pretty standard for cruise lines running the gamete from broadway shows to individual comedians.
One of the best places to watch for the whales and wildlife is the Constellation lounge on the 11th deck. We are early risers, and didn't really get into the night life.
Although Celebrity does have a kid's club, there were only 60 kids on board. Celebrity appeals to those desiring the more traditional eloquent form of cruising.
Disembarkation was delayed, because of customs. San Francisco is a real pain to maneuver in.
The overall cruise was superb. We were so sold by the ship and the crew taking care of us, we booked back to back cruises this Spring -- Panama Canal and Hawaii. Celebrity went out of its way to insure that everything was truly "X"cellent.
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