Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by amgoodman
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Concierge Class 2
We booked a Concierge Class stateroom, and never regretted it. Our embarkation time was 11:30. We arrive about 5 minutes early, and were on the ship with a glass of champagne in hand before 11:45. I still can't believe how smooth the check-in process was. We spent the next couple hours enjoying the pool bar while waiting for access to our rooms. The stateroom was outdated, but very clean. Our Concierge, Jonathan, was fantastic. He provided guidance with a couple ports, and was able to quickly re-schedule our disembarkation time to accommodate the transfer we booked outside the cruise line.
The food in the main dining room was overall amazing (we each had only one meal that was not so great). The service team (waiter, assistant waiter, and sommelier) were very friendly and attentive. The buffet was always clean, and the food was much better than expected. We took part in a Wine and Food pairing, and the host, Fernando, was absolutely hilarious!
I only have two complaints: 1.) The first couple days onboard, the staff really pushes dinning and beverage packages, to the point of annoyance. We had the Classic beverage package, which we found to be sufficient. I was on an Aperol Spritz-kick during this cruise, and each one only cost an additional $1.20. Upgrading to the Premium package would have cost another $10 each day, and I certainly wasn't drinking enough for it to be worth it. There are only three specialty restaurants, none of which interested us. 2.) Most of the onboard activities focus heavily on spending money. Jewel shows for discounted items, watch seminars sponsored by Tag, massage demonstrations in the spa, and (of course) art auctions. We've always enjoyed the game shows and trivia activities on previous cruises, but these all took place in a small/enclosed lounge or bar area. On other cruises (newer ships) this has taken place in the open atrium area, which the Infinity lacks.
Quick recap of our ports:
---Venice: Embarked Day 1, and stayed in port overnight. We did the Celebrity Doge's Palace, Gondola Ride & Glass Showroom Demo on Day 2. Skip it. The Doge's Palace tour was definitely worth it, but it would be better booked through an outside tour company. The gondola ride and glass showroom were incredibly touristy and uninteresting.
---Split: We booked a walking tour of Diolcetian's Palace through GetYourGuide. It was about a 20 minute walk from the ship to downtown Split, which was very easy. We spent the rest of the day having lunch and walking around the town/Riva.
---Kotor: We booked a speedboat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks and Perast, through Viator. There were 3 other ships in port that same day, and it was insanely packed. We were fairly far out in the Bay, which made for a 20 minute tender ride. I would definitely recommend getting up early to sit outside on the deck or balcony, and enjoy the beautiful views as the ship pulls into the Bay of Kotor.
---Corfu: We booked a beach transfer across the island, through GetYourGuide. It was half the price of the ship's beach transfer, and took us to the exact same resort.
---Naples: If you want to do Pompeii or the Almafi Coast, book this through the cruise ship. We booked Celebrity's 10-hour Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii excursion, and were glad we did it. We were first off the ship and last ones back on. But since it was booked through the cruise line, we didn't need to worry about missing the boat.
---Rome: We booked a hotel transfer through GetYourGuide. It was about $100 for two of us, but worth it. The Celebrity transfer options were only to city-center, and were packed full of people. It was worth the extra money to be taken directly to our hotel. Our tag number was able to get off the ship 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, and the disembarkation process took all of 5 minutes. Our bags were ready for us in the terminal as soon as we got off the ship.
Summary: The ship is old, but clean and well maintained. The staff is amazing. The food is delicious. The itinerary was perfect. We recommend this cruise line/ship, and we'd do it all over again!
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