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Having cruised on the Infinity’s sister ship, the Summit, in 2014, I expected an awesome time, and didn’t really anticipate any major surprises when I boarded the Infinity for a 15-day Panama Canal cruise. However, there were some – the new Roof Top Terrace, Blu, and a lot more sea days. THE GOOD We decided to try Aqua Class this time, and our cabin (9131) was in great shape and perfectly located. No dreaded noises (some CC posters had recommended avoiding these cabins because of potential scraping or thumping under the Ocean View Café or pool deck). That was not an issue and we were close to everything. Room 9131 was nice and clean, and we liked the upgraded shower, robes, etc. Although, some instruction regarding the features would really come in handy. I have neck problems and no one told me about the pillow menu that could have alleviated them. No directions for all the nice things you can do with the shower adjustments either. We never did figure out how to turn on the entry light without blazing up the entire cabin, and the balcony door needs Arnold Schwarzenegger to open it. Yikes. That said, our cabin steward was so attentive I couldn’t believe he ever sleeps had not been cloned somehow. Always there, always helpful! Blu Blu was a nice venue for dinner, but it was a bit hit and miss. The sample menu on Celebrity.com shows filet mignon, for instance. Never got it in 15 days. I like my beef really rare and the steak they served was too tough to eat it that way. Appetizers, salads, fish, and soups were very, very good though. I should have had three helpings of steak tartare and skipped everything else that night. Only other issue with Blu was that the tables are very close together and they mash you against other people even when it isn’t full. Never an issue with dinner but one morning I had to listen to a really loud guy talk with his mouth full the entire breakfast. His spit actually hit my table cloth. Ugh. After that I went to the omelet station upstairs. Our wine steward, Amar, was great and took awesome care of us in Blu. Buffet The buffet, which I tend to avoid on cruises or anywhere else, was surprisingly good. Omelet station and poached station were a hit, and I tried new things like the broiled tomatoes in the English breakfast section. Only inconvenience was having to get lattes on the 5th floor (Cafe Bacio folks are super!), then run back up to the tenth floor to get breakfast. Had there been a savory option, like a veggie quiche or ham and cheese croissant on fifth floor, life would have been perfect. Bar We had the Premium (aka, the AA, lol) drinks package, which was nice. Included all the coffee drinks as well. Service was terrific, especially in the Ocean View Bar, Cellar Masters and Bacio. Martini Bar is fun, but most of the drinks are sweet. Honestly, the best craft cocktails by far were in Sushi On Five. Too bad that’s the only place you can get them, because unless the whole group likes sushi you never get to go there. Sushi On Five This replaced Bistro On Five, the old crepe place. It had some really good food, mostly the appetizers, but I noticed the menu was much more limited than the sample on the web site. Very little for non-sushi folks, which makes it hard to get a group to go. Rhys, our waiter, was terrific. I also remember them taking sushi off the other menus on board because there is now a dedicated restaurant, but no one had added crepes anywhere now that Bistro is gone. Really missed both the sweet and savory crepes. The Gym Classes were great, gym very clean, good equipment, usually no waiting. Only problem is it’s hard to balance in yoga class when the seas are rough. And for some reason, the locker room has no hair dryers! Really strange – still had to go back to room, all yucky, because no real way to shower and dress in there. Entertainment Silent Disco was really fun. The bands on board were mostly really good as well. And watching movies and football upstairs on the roof top was fantastic. Only problem is getting food or drinks up there. Hard to balance them while going up the stairs. One of the drink carts like the ones they push around the pool area would be helpful. THE BAD Not too much bad here but figured I’d mention in case Celebrity is interested in improvement. Wine Only deficiency regarding drinks service was in the specialty restaurant, Tuscan Grille. On the Summit, in the Normandie, our sommelier was fantastic. She had a wine for each course that hit the mark every time. This guy couldn’t even remember which if us was drinking white or red, or what our next course was. A little disappointing. I’ll miss the Normandie. Room Service Okay, I don’t know what “enhanced” room service menu was supposed to be, but ours was seriously limited. Food not impressive at all and very little variety. Only got it once. Pool Chairs and lounges – chair hogs alive and well. Every time I walked in to maybe read for an hour or so, every chair had a towel and junk on it, and maybe a third were actually being used. Maybe implement a reservation system and a time limit? THE CHEESY! AND THESE ARE THE WORST COMPLAINTS Sea Days If you eliminate all of the “events” that are thinly (or not-so-thinly) disguised sales pitches, there is very little to do, especially if you’re under 100 years old. Here’s an example: • Learn about buying emeralds! • Watch buying party! • Art auction! • Art auction! • Art auction! • Opal seminar! • Learn about enhancing your health (with vitamins, acupuncture, massage, orthotics, oils, aromatherapy, hair products for sale) • Ruby celebration! • Gemstones for you! • Jewelry grand opening! • Shore shopping expert! • Diamonds International! • Port expert tells you where to shop! You get the idea. Retail shops were less than inspiring. More jewelry, just cheaper. I never saw Top Chef at Sea, which was about the only thing I was looking forward to. The web site also touted things like language classes, which I wanted to attend and never saw. Unless your idea of vacation is bingo, stuffing your face and buying overpriced crap you don’t need, you’ll hate sea days on Celebrity. And there were nine of them. Ugh. This was our seventh cruise and has probably cured us of taking another cruise for a while.

Celebrity Infinity – The Good, The Bad and the Cheesy

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by s2kreno

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Having cruised on the Infinity’s sister ship, the Summit, in 2014, I expected an awesome time, and didn’t really anticipate any major surprises when I boarded the Infinity for a 15-day Panama Canal cruise. However, there were some – the new Roof Top Terrace, Blu, and a lot more sea days.

THE GOOD

We decided to try Aqua Class this time, and our cabin (9131) was in great shape and perfectly located. No dreaded noises (some CC posters had recommended avoiding these cabins because of potential scraping or thumping under the Ocean View Café or pool deck). That was not an issue and we were close to everything.

Room

9131 was nice and clean, and we liked the upgraded shower, robes, etc. Although, some instruction regarding the features would really come in handy. I have neck problems and no one told me about the pillow menu that could have alleviated them. No directions for all the nice things you can do with the shower adjustments either. We never did figure out how to turn on the entry light without blazing up the entire cabin, and the balcony door needs Arnold Schwarzenegger to open it. Yikes.

That said, our cabin steward was so attentive I couldn’t believe he ever sleeps had not been cloned somehow. Always there, always helpful!

Blu

Blu was a nice venue for dinner, but it was a bit hit and miss. The sample menu on Celebrity.com shows filet mignon, for instance. Never got it in 15 days. I like my beef really rare and the steak they served was too tough to eat it that way. Appetizers, salads, fish, and soups were very, very good though. I should have had three helpings of steak tartare and skipped everything else that night.

Only other issue with Blu was that the tables are very close together and they mash you against other people even when it isn’t full. Never an issue with dinner but one morning I had to listen to a really loud guy talk with his mouth full the entire breakfast. His spit actually hit my table cloth. Ugh. After that I went to the omelet station upstairs.

Our wine steward, Amar, was great and took awesome care of us in Blu.

Buffet

The buffet, which I tend to avoid on cruises or anywhere else, was surprisingly good. Omelet station and poached station were a hit, and I tried new things like the broiled tomatoes in the English breakfast section.

Only inconvenience was having to get lattes on the 5th floor (Cafe Bacio folks are super!), then run back up to the tenth floor to get breakfast. Had there been a savory option, like a veggie quiche or ham and cheese croissant on fifth floor, life would have been perfect.

Bar

We had the Premium (aka, the AA, lol) drinks package, which was nice. Included all the coffee drinks as well. Service was terrific, especially in the Ocean View Bar, Cellar Masters and Bacio. Martini Bar is fun, but most of the drinks are sweet.

Honestly, the best craft cocktails by far were in Sushi On Five. Too bad that’s the only place you can get them, because unless the whole group likes sushi you never get to go there.

Sushi On Five

This replaced Bistro On Five, the old crepe place. It had some really good food, mostly the appetizers, but I noticed the menu was much more limited than the sample on the web site. Very little for non-sushi folks, which makes it hard to get a group to go.

Rhys, our waiter, was terrific.

I also remember them taking sushi off the other menus on board because there is now a dedicated restaurant, but no one had added crepes anywhere now that Bistro is gone. Really missed both the sweet and savory crepes.

The Gym

Classes were great, gym very clean, good equipment, usually no waiting. Only problem is it’s hard to balance in yoga class when the seas are rough.

And for some reason, the locker room has no hair dryers! Really strange – still had to go back to room, all yucky, because no real way to shower and dress in there.

Entertainment

Silent Disco was really fun. The bands on board were mostly really good as well. And watching movies and football upstairs on the roof top was fantastic.

Only problem is getting food or drinks up there. Hard to balance them while going up the stairs. One of the drink carts like the ones they push around the pool area would be helpful.

THE BAD

Not too much bad here but figured I’d mention in case Celebrity is interested in improvement.

Wine

Only deficiency regarding drinks service was in the specialty restaurant, Tuscan Grille. On the Summit, in the Normandie, our sommelier was fantastic. She had a wine for each course that hit the mark every time.

This guy couldn’t even remember which if us was drinking white or red, or what our next course was. A little disappointing. I’ll miss the Normandie.

Room Service

Okay, I don’t know what “enhanced” room service menu was supposed to be, but ours was seriously limited. Food not impressive at all and very little variety. Only got it once.

Pool

Chairs and lounges – chair hogs alive and well. Every time I walked in to maybe read for an hour or so, every chair had a towel and junk on it, and maybe a third were actually being used. Maybe implement a reservation system and a time limit?

THE CHEESY! AND THESE ARE THE WORST COMPLAINTS

Sea Days

If you eliminate all of the “events” that are thinly (or not-so-thinly) disguised sales pitches, there is very little to do, especially if you’re under 100 years old. Here’s an example:

• Learn about buying emeralds!

• Watch buying party!

• Art auction!

• Art auction!

• Art auction!

• Opal seminar!

• Learn about enhancing your health (with vitamins, acupuncture, massage, orthotics, oils, aromatherapy, hair products for sale)

• Ruby celebration!

• Gemstones for you!

• Jewelry grand opening!

• Shore shopping expert!

• Diamonds International!

• Port expert tells you where to shop!

You get the idea. Retail shops were less than inspiring. More jewelry, just cheaper.

I never saw Top Chef at Sea, which was about the only thing I was looking forward to. The web site also touted things like language classes, which I wanted to attend and never saw.

Unless your idea of vacation is bingo, stuffing your face and buying overpriced crap you don’t need, you’ll hate sea days on Celebrity. And there were nine of them. Ugh.

This was our seventh cruise and has probably cured us of taking another cruise for a while.
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Cabin A1 9131
9131 was nice and clean, and we liked the upgraded shower, robes, etc. Although, some instruction regarding the features would really come in handy. I have neck problems and no one told me about the pillow menu that could have alleviated them. No directions for all the nice things you can do with the shower adjustments either. We never did figure out how to turn on the entry light without blazing up the entire cabin, and the balcony door needs Arnold Schwarzenegger to open it. Yikes.

That said, our cabin steward was so attentive I couldn’t believe he ever sleeps had not been cloned somehow. Always there, always helpful!
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