Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by ACSWILM
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 11
Having heard that the Celebrity Infinity is soon to be renovated and somewhat "worn", I was a bit concerned, but should not have been. The decor, carpeting, lounges and bars were inviting and well-maintained, and we found nothing to grumble about in that regard. Embarkation in Venice was seamless, allowing us to board shortly after noon, and we were greeted with glasses of prosecco in the grand foyer. Lunch was being served and we had time to orient ourselves to the ship prior to the obligatory mustering drill.
Our cabin, despite having been reserved last-minute and being interior, was more than adequate: plenty of hangers, closet space, drawers, and shelving in the room and in the bathroom, though I could always used more hooks. An umbrella was provided, which turned out to be handy the first two days of the cruise, during which it rained quite a bit. Robes were provided. We never received an ice bucket in the room, but never requested one, as we had the beverage package and no need to have drinks in the room. Our cabin steward was friendly and unobtrusive and quickly realized we are late to bed, late to rise sort of folks.
Having booked last-minute, we did not have a set dining time, but rather open seating: we were willing nearly every evening to sit with others and were lucky enough to meet some very lively dinner companions from Ireland, Scotland, and Britain (?no other Americans were willing to meet others at dinner?). The food was very good across the board, so we had no reason to try any of the specialty restaurants. We ate every breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe/buffet and enjoyed the omelet and waffle station. We usually returned from port days to eat a bit of something there as well, but always had dinner in the dining room. Given that we were at different tables at different times each night, it was not possible to develop any relationship with our servers, but they were all competent and friendly across the board.
Nightly entertainment was good but not necessarily great: the comedian was a bit spotty, especially on his second night, the ship's dancers and singers were good and entertaining, the acrobats that appeared twice were GREAT, the musicians in the lounges were very good, and "Monananda" (a singer and guitarist couple from LA) were fantastic. They had a CD on offer one evening when out at the Mast Bar, and we felt badly that we didn't purchase one, but who carries cash around on board? Our SeaPass card was all we needed to purchase things on the ship!
The fitness area was large and had plenty of machines to get a workout, but I always wish there were more FREE classes/activities rather than the for-fee ones (what about Zumba?) The locker room had 3 showers, 3 toilets, lockers, sinks, towels, and a hair dryer, but no lotion. The sauna was rarely busy but one evening it was merely tepid and not inviting.
We only went on one ship's excursion as we had never been in Montenegro and didn't know what to expect. The port of Kotor was also our only tendered port and we wanted to make sure that, being on a ship's excursion, we would get back to the ship in time no matter what. Our excursion from Kotor went to Budva, on the Adriatic coast, and the only disappointing thing about the day was that, on the way back, we were brought to a "leather showroom" and had to watch models show the wares and then spent ~20minutes in the showroom being asked if we were interested in buying anything . . . NO.
The ship is well laid out. The pools were a bit small for the number of passengers on the ship and the hot weather, but it was great to have the interior (covered) thallasotherapy pools to decompress some of the adults, as this was a quieter area (usually), and would be usable in inclement or cool weather as well. The Rooftop terrace was a comfy area where outdoor movies were shown and where Moananda played one night. The Constellation Lounge was the main area for music and dancing in the evening. The Rendevous Lounge was where much of the trivia was held. The Martini Bar was always hopping when we passed by.
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