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My wife and I chose this cruise because some good friends were taking it and asked several other couples to join them - so we did! Altogether there were about 6 couples. The ports of call for this cruise were Santa Barbara, San Francisco (overnight), Monterrey, Avalon (Catalina Island) and Ensenada, MX. There were NO sea days, making this a bit of a different cruise. We drove over from Phoenix, AZ with one other couple a day ahead and stayed on the Queen Mary, about 15 minutes from the San Pedro Cruise terminal. We've done that before, and was a great way to kick off this cruise (be sure to eat at Sir Winston's for dinner). On embarkation day, we arrived about 11:30, and were aboard by about 12:30 - fairly easy and well organized. Our stateroom was #2166 (ocean-view) - very well appointed. Rooms were ready promptly at abut 1:00 p.m.; luggage arrived a bit later. Storage space was thoughtful - be sure to use the area above the TV! Our cabin attendant, Mimi, was one of the sweetest people we've met! (On an afternoon where I was not feeling well, she checked with my wife several times to see if she could help with anything!) We know food is subjective, but thought it was very well prepared considering the volume of people served. Service was very attentive and friendly, including the sommelier's. We did not do specialty dining, as the group of us ate together at Anytime Dining in the MDR (and props to the maitre de for allowing us to switch in order to join our friends). The buffet offered a lot of variety, if you surveyed the whole area, and could always find something to our liking. Breakfast offerings were very good and plentiful. You did have to pay attention to the hours, as service from time to time was scaled back in order to prepare for the next meal. But...seriously, food was available almost any time! The entertainment was terrific! The production staff did 3 shows (plus others around the ship on other days). There were a couple comedians (Clean! Rated-PG - kudos Celebrity for that!) - both very good. One of them had made appearances on Jay Leno! There was a new duo acrobat team, and their show was amazing! The guy was from Argentina (?) and the girl was from Poland. Very lovely couple, and talented! Drew a standing ovation. As an aside - as a part-time musician myself, I really appreciated the "live band" used for the production shows. It is always so much better than pre-recorded tracks, and adds class! The main lounge/house band was "ok". They were easy to listen to, but did not have quite the pizzazz I have heard from other lounge acts. We did not attend special game nights, etc., as the focus on this cruise was being with our friends. The Martini Bar must be mentioned! The bartenders are simply amazing. They really know how to put on a show while mixing/pouring the drinks, and teasing the passengers - they were so fun! Service was pretty good, but because it is a popular place, you may need to be a bit assertive to get your order in. Our group spent about an hour here before the show/dinner each night! Lastly, the Cruise Director, Luigi ("I'm Not Italian!") was so gracious and funny. We did see him during the day mingling with passengers. We always looked forward to his introductions to the shows. There was not much at all to complain about at all - we were on vacation! What we did notice especially early in the cruise was the tendency to push higher level packages (we already had the Classic beverage package, and understood that the martini's at the Martini Bar would cost an extra $3.50+ - but we were not going to upgrade to the premium package just to get those covered, we were happy to pay the difference. There are other 'upcharge' opportunities as well. However, this seems pretty standard on all lines, so we are comfortable just saying "no" and enjoying what we have. Also want to mention that we felt the Infinity was in very good condition for her age. Maintenance was constant (cleaning, painting, varnishing, etc), but nothing was unsightly. We enjoyed this cruise very much. Based on our experience, we booked a Caribbean cruise for 2018 on a Solstice-class ship.

Wonderful cruise on the Infinity - Pacific/California Coastal

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by DENIE

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View 8
My wife and I chose this cruise because some good friends were taking it and asked several other couples to join them - so we did! Altogether there were about 6 couples. The ports of call for this cruise were Santa Barbara, San Francisco (overnight), Monterrey, Avalon (Catalina Island) and Ensenada, MX. There were NO sea days, making this a bit of a different cruise.

We drove over from Phoenix, AZ with one other couple a day ahead and stayed on the Queen Mary, about 15 minutes from the San Pedro Cruise terminal. We've done that before, and was a great way to kick off this cruise (be sure to eat at Sir Winston's for dinner).

On embarkation day, we arrived about 11:30, and were aboard by about 12:30 - fairly easy and well organized. Our stateroom was #2166 (ocean-view) - very well appointed. Rooms were ready promptly at abut 1:00 p.m.; luggage arrived a bit later. Storage space was thoughtful - be sure to use the area above the TV! Our cabin attendant, Mimi, was one of the sweetest people we've met! (On an afternoon where I was not feeling well, she checked with my wife several times to see if she could help with anything!)

We know food is subjective, but thought it was very well prepared considering the volume of people served. Service was very attentive and friendly, including the sommelier's. We did not do specialty dining, as the group of us ate together at Anytime Dining in the MDR (and props to the maitre de for allowing us to switch in order to join our friends). The buffet offered a lot of variety, if you surveyed the whole area, and could always find something to our liking. Breakfast offerings were very good and plentiful. You did have to pay attention to the hours, as service from time to time was scaled back in order to prepare for the next meal. But...seriously, food was available almost any time!

The entertainment was terrific! The production staff did 3 shows (plus others around the ship on other days). There were a couple comedians (Clean! Rated-PG - kudos Celebrity for that!) - both very good. One of them had made appearances on Jay Leno! There was a new duo acrobat team, and their show was amazing! The guy was from Argentina (?) and the girl was from Poland. Very lovely couple, and talented! Drew a standing ovation. As an aside - as a part-time musician myself, I really appreciated the "live band" used for the production shows. It is always so much better than pre-recorded tracks, and adds class!

The main lounge/house band was "ok". They were easy to listen to, but did not have quite the pizzazz I have heard from other lounge acts. We did not attend special game nights, etc., as the focus on this cruise was being with our friends.

The Martini Bar must be mentioned! The bartenders are simply amazing. They really know how to put on a show while mixing/pouring the drinks, and teasing the passengers - they were so fun! Service was pretty good, but because it is a popular place, you may need to be a bit assertive to get your order in. Our group spent about an hour here before the show/dinner each night!

Lastly, the Cruise Director, Luigi ("I'm Not Italian!") was so gracious and funny. We did see him during the day mingling with passengers. We always looked forward to his introductions to the shows.

There was not much at all to complain about at all - we were on vacation! What we did notice especially early in the cruise was the tendency to push higher level packages (we already had the Classic beverage package, and understood that the martini's at the Martini Bar would cost an extra $3.50+ - but we were not going to upgrade to the premium package just to get those covered, we were happy to pay the difference. There are other 'upcharge' opportunities as well. However, this seems pretty standard on all lines, so we are comfortable just saying "no" and enjoying what we have.

Also want to mention that we felt the Infinity was in very good condition for her age. Maintenance was constant (cleaning, painting, varnishing, etc), but nothing was unsightly.

We enjoyed this cruise very much. Based on our experience, we booked a Caribbean cruise for 2018 on a Solstice-class ship.
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Ocean View 8
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Very well appointed. Very quiet! We heard no noise from either neighbor, nor anything above or below.
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