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My sister and I shared a bedroom while we were growing up, and had a crap relationship, so imagine my delight when we shared a smallish cabin and got along swimmingly. Firstly, I want to thank my sister Nancy and all our Trivia buddies (Kevin, Roger, Rodger, and Richard) for enabling us to capture the Celebrity Gold Metal for progressive trivia. We did, however, tie with an English couple. A word about these two: They participated in enough activities to make a teenager on uppers exhausted. They knew everything. Their winning entry in the egg-drop contest was a marvel of engineering and aesthetics. It looked like the hot air balloon in "Around the World in Eighty Days," incorporated the nightly mints into its rigging, and was decorated with gold duckies. Celebrity, please don't let people like this on board. It makes the rest of us feel so inadequate! Nancy commented on the independent tour we took, and said Thumbs UP. That was the name of the tour, not her evaluation. We were supposed to see monkeys and scarlet macaws. It ran thusly: "See that little monkey in the tree? No, not that tree, the one in back of it. See the little thing that looks like a hairball?" Well, no, I didn't. I had been to Costa Rica before, and the place was awash with monkeys. It's hard to believe that Thumbs Up didn't know where to find them. The scarlet macaws were sighted from so far away that they photographed as grey. I know that the point is to observe the animals in situ, but there's a big difference between in situ and invisible. We did see a fair amount of crocodiles, about which I'll continue to complain. They swim submerged, so mostly what you see is a snout in the water, followed by something that looks like a knobby branch. We were seated in the back of the boat, next to a noisy motor. As a result, we couldn't hear the narrative. Thumbs down! Back to the egg-drop contest. If it's offered, you'll have a lot of fun if you participate. If you don't want to dirty your hands (I'm not telling you what Nancy and I used to buffer the eggs, just that the buffet staff looked aghast as we carried out three bowls of it. Aghast also describes the reaction of the volunteer who had to stick her hand in to ascertain the condition of the eggs.), it's a lot of fun to watch. One of the entries had a self-constructed propeller which turned as the egg carried descended. Quite an ingenious group, these cruisers! The entertainment was a mix of "I can't believe we're lucky enough to get to see this!" (The Three Tenors) to "What do we have to do to get out of here?" (two non-starters who shall remain nameless). The specialty restaurants were above anything I've ever had on a ship, and on par with some of the best restaurants at which I've eaten. The daily ice-cream was sometimes gritty or strange, and the baked Alaska was a huge disappointment. The waiters were the best; good at their jobs, pleasant, and in the case of Nyoman, remembered our names. The two weeks seemed to go by in a flash. My sister was able to grab a ridiculously low price (the base cost of my vacation was less that my dog-sitter's charge), and, in summary, I was damned lucky to get to go, and had a ball.

Almost Perfect: Part Deux

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by jgsoloski

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My sister and I shared a bedroom while we were growing up, and had a crap relationship, so imagine my delight when we shared a smallish cabin and got along swimmingly.

Firstly, I want to thank my sister Nancy and all our Trivia buddies (Kevin, Roger, Rodger, and Richard) for enabling us to capture the Celebrity Gold Metal for progressive trivia. We did, however, tie with an English couple. A word about these two: They participated in enough activities to make a teenager on uppers exhausted. They knew everything. Their winning entry in the egg-drop contest was a marvel of engineering and aesthetics. It looked like the hot air balloon in "Around the World in Eighty Days," incorporated the nightly mints into its rigging, and was decorated with gold duckies. Celebrity, please don't let people like this on board. It makes the rest of us feel so inadequate!

Nancy commented on the independent tour we took, and said Thumbs UP. That was the name of the tour, not her evaluation. We were supposed to see monkeys and scarlet macaws. It ran thusly: "See that little monkey in the tree? No, not that tree, the one in back of it. See the little thing that looks like a hairball?" Well, no, I didn't. I had been to Costa Rica before, and the place was awash with monkeys. It's hard to believe that Thumbs Up didn't know where to find them. The scarlet macaws were sighted from so far away that they photographed as grey. I know that the point is to observe the animals in situ, but there's a big difference between in situ and invisible. We did see a fair amount of crocodiles, about which I'll continue to complain. They swim submerged, so mostly what you see is a snout in the water, followed by something that looks like a knobby branch. We were seated in the back of the boat, next to a noisy motor. As a result, we couldn't hear the narrative. Thumbs down!

Back to the egg-drop contest. If it's offered, you'll have a lot of fun if you participate. If you don't want to dirty your hands (I'm not telling you what Nancy and I used to buffer the eggs, just that the buffet staff looked aghast as we carried out three bowls of it. Aghast also describes the reaction of the volunteer who had to stick her hand in to ascertain the condition of the eggs.), it's a lot of fun to watch. One of the entries had a self-constructed propeller which turned as the egg carried descended. Quite an ingenious group, these cruisers!

The entertainment was a mix of "I can't believe we're lucky enough to get to see this!" (The Three Tenors) to "What do we have to do to get out of here?" (two non-starters who shall remain nameless).

The specialty restaurants were above anything I've ever had on a ship, and on par with some of the best restaurants at which I've eaten. The daily ice-cream was sometimes gritty or strange, and the baked Alaska was a huge disappointment. The waiters were the best; good at their jobs, pleasant, and in the case of Nyoman, remembered our names.

The two weeks seemed to go by in a flash. My sister was able to grab a ridiculously low price (the base cost of my vacation was less that my dog-sitter's charge), and, in summary, I was damned lucky to get to go, and had a ball.
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Inside Stateroom 9
Cabin 09 2038
Better and more pleasant to be in than I expected for an inside cabin.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins