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BACKGROUND: One year ago we tried Celebrity for the first time (Solstice, 7N Seattle to AK RT) based on its reputation for its food and luxurious accommodations. Because one of us needed to rent a mobiiity scooter (pending hip surgery) we opted for a somewhat larger cabin and switched from a standard balcony to a Sky Suite. The extra space was ideal for parking the contraption. Our adjacent neighbors acquainted us with the perks we were now entitled to as suite guests. They had a fondness for the suites-only Luminae Restaurant, so we joined them often and became mesmerized with this dining destination (complementary $). The food in there is at least equal or better than the specialty restaurants, and with tripled attention from servers. We were sold. So, we booked another Celebrity cruise, the Infinity (Vancouver, 7N to AK RT) for Sept 3, 2017. This time we booked a Celebrity Suite. Three days before the cruise, Celebrity phoned us to offer an upgrade to a Royal Suite for a reasonable extra charge, and we took it. PRE-CRUISE IN VANCOUVER: We spent two nights pre-cruise at the Pan Pacific Hotel, located on top of the Vancouver cruise terminal. Talk about convenience! Fabulous accommodations. Our room had a balcony overlooking the ships coming and going, along with dozens of float planes, copters and other vessels that kept our rapt attention. One perk (of many) - the hotel porters delivered our check-in luggage to the ship on embarcation day. We handed them over and we didn't see them until that afternoon in our cabin. Five stars to the Pan Pacific! THE SHIP: The Infinity is among the fleet's older boats, built after 2000, but refurbished to the Solstice quality level in 2015. Similarities to the Solstice are abundant and lovely. Being 91,000 tons (mid-sized), the ship felt large, but required less hiking for our old bones. Nice. Amenities were superb, the conditions of the carpets and furniture were pristine. DINING: We stuck with the Luminae mostly, but did adventure to Qsine for a "crab shack" dinner special that was delightful. In the Tuscany Grill we did their Captain's tasting menu with numerous wines paired to the many different foods laid before us. This compared somewhat with the version that we enjoyed on the Carnival Pride last year, but I'd give a slight edge to Carnival for presentation. Infinity's buffet was fine; we ate lunch in there twice. Their well-hidden Pasta/Pizza bar at the stern was impressive. We chose one of their semi-cooked pastas that was cooked further, while our custom ordered sauce and garlic/veggie/meat bits were heated in a skillet. They were artfully combined and we enjoyed that lunch al fresco. ENTERTAINMENT: we did very little in this regard, opting for the bars and balcony comforts. Much of the stage performances were shown on the stateroom flat-screens. SERVICE: Our Royal Suite came with a butler. A friendly, knowledgeable fellow, he jumped for any needs we had and suggested activities or food & beverages. We miss this level of attention back in the "real world!" PORTS: a ginormous shout-out for the whale and wildlife sighting excursion that we enjoyed at the Icy Strait stop. The guide said we'd gotten lucky, as a group of eight humpback whales cooperated to use a technique creating "bubble net feeding." One or more whales would dive low, blow a 30' wide circle of bubbles that rose. Schools of herring above would become tricked into congregating within this cylinder of bubbles. While they were packed together, the whales would simultaneously swim vertically within the bubble, and strain thousands of fish into their jaws. Their mouths would fill up like a Pelican. This presentation recurresd every 8-10 minutes for over an hour! Mind you, this was happening within 200' of our boat! Everyone got plenty of pictures; lots of oohs, aahs and wows! We cannot say enough about the Hubbard Glacier. This thing is gigantic: 6 miles wide, 400 feet tall, and 76 miles long, starting back in the Yukon. The ship gets in fairly close, but at a safe distance. We saw two calvings with large flumes of splashing sea, and heard the rumbling of maybe 20 more that we didn't spot. Alaska and Canada are special for cruising. The beautiful enormous mountains, fjords, glaciers cannot be matched in the Caribbean or Med. Did I mention the Martini Bar? That too was a worthy attraction for us. Two of our 5 booked future cruises are on Celebrity.

Whales galore!

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by 2CruisersRarinToGo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Royal Suite
BACKGROUND: One year ago we tried Celebrity for the first time (Solstice, 7N Seattle to AK RT) based on its reputation for its food and luxurious accommodations. Because one of us needed to rent a mobiiity scooter (pending hip surgery) we opted for a somewhat larger cabin and switched from a standard balcony to a Sky Suite. The extra space was ideal for parking the contraption. Our adjacent neighbors acquainted us with the perks we were now entitled to as suite guests. They had a fondness for the suites-only Luminae Restaurant, so we joined them often and became mesmerized with this dining destination (complementary $). The food in there is at least equal or better than the specialty restaurants, and with tripled attention from servers.

We were sold. So, we booked another Celebrity cruise, the Infinity (Vancouver, 7N to AK RT) for Sept 3, 2017. This time we booked a Celebrity Suite. Three days before the cruise, Celebrity phoned us to offer an upgrade to a Royal Suite for a reasonable extra charge, and we took it.

PRE-CRUISE IN VANCOUVER: We spent two nights pre-cruise at the Pan Pacific Hotel, located on top of the Vancouver cruise terminal. Talk about convenience! Fabulous accommodations. Our room had a balcony overlooking the ships coming and going, along with dozens of float planes, copters and other vessels that kept our rapt attention. One perk (of many) - the hotel porters delivered our check-in luggage to the ship on embarcation day. We handed them over and we didn't see them until that afternoon in our cabin. Five stars to the Pan Pacific!

THE SHIP: The Infinity is among the fleet's older boats, built after 2000, but refurbished to the Solstice quality level in 2015. Similarities to the Solstice are abundant and lovely. Being 91,000 tons (mid-sized), the ship felt large, but required less hiking for our old bones. Nice. Amenities were superb, the conditions of the carpets and furniture were pristine.

DINING: We stuck with the Luminae mostly, but did adventure to Qsine for a "crab shack" dinner special that was delightful. In the Tuscany Grill we did their Captain's tasting menu with numerous wines paired to the many different foods laid before us. This compared somewhat with the version that we enjoyed on the Carnival Pride last year, but I'd give a slight edge to Carnival for presentation. Infinity's buffet was fine; we ate lunch in there twice. Their well-hidden Pasta/Pizza bar at the stern was impressive. We chose one of their semi-cooked pastas that was cooked further, while our custom ordered sauce and garlic/veggie/meat bits were heated in a skillet. They were artfully combined and we enjoyed that lunch al fresco.

ENTERTAINMENT: we did very little in this regard, opting for the bars and balcony comforts. Much of the stage performances were shown on the stateroom flat-screens.

SERVICE: Our Royal Suite came with a butler. A friendly, knowledgeable fellow, he jumped for any needs we had and suggested activities or food & beverages. We miss this level of attention back in the "real world!"

PORTS: a ginormous shout-out for the whale and wildlife sighting excursion that we enjoyed at the Icy Strait stop. The guide said we'd gotten lucky, as a group of eight humpback whales cooperated to use a technique creating "bubble net feeding." One or more whales would dive low, blow a 30' wide circle of bubbles that rose. Schools of herring above would become tricked into congregating within this cylinder of bubbles. While they were packed together, the whales would simultaneously swim vertically within the bubble, and strain thousands of fish into their jaws. Their mouths would fill up like a Pelican. This presentation recurresd every 8-10 minutes for over an hour! Mind you, this was happening within 200' of our boat! Everyone got plenty of pictures; lots of oohs, aahs and wows!

We cannot say enough about the Hubbard Glacier. This thing is gigantic: 6 miles wide, 400 feet tall, and 76 miles long, starting back in the Yukon. The ship gets in fairly close, but at a safe distance. We saw two calvings with large flumes of splashing sea, and heard the rumbling of maybe 20 more that we didn't spot.

Alaska and Canada are special for cruising. The beautiful enormous mountains, fjords, glaciers cannot be matched in the Caribbean or Med. Did I mention the Martini Bar? That too was a worthy attraction for us. Two of our 5 booked future cruises are on Celebrity.
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