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We chose the cruise because we wanted to sail the Panama Canal. Yes, the Infinity is one of the older ships in the fleet but is well kept. Nothing to keep me from the enjoying the cruise. Embarkation-Lines seemed to be longer than usual. I thought Captain club elites had some sort of priority embarkation but I did not see it. The Panama was the main attraction and the day long passage was well narrated. That was the best part. We did not especially enjoy the other ports and I will briefly mention them. Cayman Islands-Had to be tendered in. The port has become a dwelling place for all of the companies that line most of the cruise ports now. That is one of my pet peeves. They edge out what we came for Manta--The offers a free shuttle to to a square that offers all sort of local trinkets to buy. Included are Panama hats for $20 up. American dollars are accepted. If you did not purchase an excursion, then taxis are offered to the Monticristo around $20 but is negotiable. Took a picture of the Manta sign. Note-much of the Pacific coast was recently devastated by earthquakes a year or so ago Lima-Ship docks at least a 45-60 minute ride provided by the ship-in heavy traffic. Free ship shuttle. You are dropped off at a very nice mall. There, you have to fight your way through a mob of people offering taxi services.-Beware. If you want a taxi walk through the mall to the other street to the real taxi stand. BEWARE-all taxi prices are negotiable and make sure they are talking about Sols or dollars. You can go to most areas that you want to travel for $10. But they may quote $30. They will take $10. One pretended he didn't have change and one slipped us a counterfeit bill as change. And they drive lake mad people. But we did see what we wanted. Pisco-You dock at the edge of a desert-Maybe 20 minutes out of town. We took the excursion to the Baracas islands and enjoyed. From there we could also see the Candleabra formation. That afternoon we took it he free shuttle into town-not Pisco but an area called El Chapo. Arica-The market featuring local items is located right off the dock. You can either hike or ride a taxi up the top of the large rock right beside (El Moro?) Sort of liked it. San Antonio-made arrangements with Viator for ride into Santiago and stayed for 3 nights. Cost $90 pp for 2 people. As low as $60 pp for 6 If there is no other opportunity, our cabin steward (Fatkul) was very good. The food in the Blu was great and the service in there was special. All of the staff works in tandem. Entertainment-Mostly very good. The comedian and the juggler-comedian were the best. The magician was average at best. There was a lounge style singer one night that was not good at all. The impersonator was good. The shades Bluble" On the first night were good. Male pianist was good. Female pianist great talent, but I did not especially enjoy the arrangements . The violinist was very entertaining. The Whitney Houston singer was good. There was some male gaucho type dancers on the last night that grew old after a while. Lastly, The ship dancers and singers As well as the aerialists were good. I have probably missed some. Stayed in Aqua room. Will return Feb 23 to almost same cabin for the Antartica cruise. Disembarking-Was off the ship and through customs in minutes. Our driver was waiting. Positives-I was pleased with the value of my cruise. I bought it long ago and we paid several thousand less than some in the same type room. Shop wisely. Negatives-Why does this ship as well as most others have Park West art auctions that basically offers up crap that they call art? Why would anyone purchase diamonds,jewelry and other stuff on board that is as cheap or cheaper at your own home. Example-Jack Daniels was $25 on board and $20 at a drug store at home.

I got my money's worth

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by kingfish45

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Aqua Class
We chose the cruise because we wanted to sail the Panama Canal. Yes, the Infinity is one of the older ships in the fleet but is well kept. Nothing to keep me from the enjoying the cruise.

Embarkation-Lines seemed to be longer than usual. I thought Captain club elites had some sort of priority embarkation but I did not see it.

The Panama was the main attraction and the day long passage was well narrated. That was the best part.

We did not especially enjoy the other ports and I will briefly mention them.

Cayman Islands-Had to be tendered in. The port has become a dwelling place for all of the companies that line most of the cruise ports now. That is one of my pet peeves. They edge out what we came for

Manta--The offers a free shuttle to to a square that offers all sort of local trinkets to buy. Included are Panama hats for $20 up. American dollars are accepted. If you did not purchase an excursion, then taxis are offered to the Monticristo around $20 but is negotiable. Took a picture of the Manta sign.

Note-much of the Pacific coast was recently devastated by earthquakes a year or so ago

Lima-Ship docks at least a 45-60 minute ride provided by the ship-in heavy traffic. Free ship shuttle. You are dropped off at a very nice mall. There, you have to fight your way through a mob of people offering taxi services.-Beware. If you want a taxi walk through the mall to the other street to the real taxi stand. BEWARE-all taxi prices are negotiable and make sure they are talking about Sols or dollars. You can go to most areas that you want to travel for $10. But they may quote $30. They will take $10. One pretended he didn't have change and one slipped us a counterfeit bill as change. And they drive lake mad people. But we did see what we wanted.

Pisco-You dock at the edge of a desert-Maybe 20 minutes out of town. We took the excursion to the Baracas islands and enjoyed. From there we could also see the Candleabra formation. That afternoon we took it he free shuttle into town-not Pisco but an area called El Chapo.

Arica-The market featuring local items is located right off the dock. You can either hike or ride a taxi up the top of the large rock right beside (El Moro?) Sort of liked it.

San Antonio-made arrangements with Viator for ride into Santiago and stayed for 3 nights. Cost $90 pp for 2 people. As low as $60 pp for 6

If there is no other opportunity, our cabin steward (Fatkul) was very good. The food in the Blu was great and the service in there was special. All of the staff works in tandem.

Entertainment-Mostly very good. The comedian and the juggler-comedian were the best. The magician was average at best. There was a lounge style singer one night that was not good at all. The impersonator was good. The shades Bluble" On the first night were good. Male pianist was good. Female pianist great talent, but I did not especially enjoy the arrangements . The violinist was very entertaining. The Whitney Houston singer was good. There was some male gaucho type dancers on the last night that grew old after a while.

Lastly, The ship dancers and singers As well as the aerialists were good. I have probably missed some.

Stayed in Aqua room. Will return Feb 23 to almost same cabin for the Antartica cruise.

Disembarking-Was off the ship and through customs in minutes. Our driver was waiting.

Positives-I was pleased with the value of my cruise. I bought it long ago and we paid

several thousand less than some in the same type room. Shop wisely.

Negatives-Why does this ship as well as most others have Park West art auctions that basically offers up crap that they call art? Why would anyone purchase diamonds,jewelry and other stuff on board that is as cheap or cheaper at your own home. Example-Jack Daniels was $25 on board and $20 at a drug store at home.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A2 9089
This cabin has a large overhang. This does not affect the view at all and does provide some protection from the sun and rain. It is right under the pool but on this cruise their was not much going on at night. Did hear a little noise during the party for the equator crossing but really not a problem
The cabin steward -Fatkul did an excellent job. Will see him again in Feb.
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