Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review by retiring soon
- Sail Date: May 2010
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Concierge Class 3
Boarding was pretty good except for an incident with the gangway because of the wind & rain that delayed us. When we got on board we received our welcome drink then headed to our Concierge Class cabin 8112 which was quite handy to the stairs & elevators. We loved our balcony CC cabin with it's perks such as fresh fruit, bathrobes & flowers in the cabin & bathroom.
This itinerary appealed to us as it left from San Francisco, a lovely city, passed under the Golden Gate bridge plus had 2 sea days at the beginning allowing us to become familiar with the ship. After the lifeboat drill (no life jackets required) we had an informal gathering of our Cruise Critic Roll Call on deck 10 aft.
We chose 1st seating for dinner & were seated with 2 other couples at table 581 by the window which came in handy later for seeing whales. While eating we also spotted a rainbow, a good omen. We had a fun time together throughout the cruise & all of us agreed this was the best cruise food we'd ever eaten. Our waiter, ass't waiter & headwaiter went out of their way to make our dining special. The desserts were so appealing (they bring them & show samples) that we sometimes couldn't choose just one! We had room service breakfast a few times when we had to get up early & it was always prompt & hot. We enjoyed lunch at the buffet, the DR, the hamburger & pizza places & oh yes the spa cafe, all were very good.
We played Bingo most times & it was the most modern, fun one I've ever played on a ship, very entertaining & not too expensive. I won $57 once & the lucky draw another day. We also played trivia a few times & were on the winning team 3 times! We went to every show but the last one & thoroughly enjoyed them. The lectures by Brent Nixon were amazing & so was the one we were able to attend of Yukon's. We watched the Newlywed Game, saw the Dessert Extravaganza & watched karaoke. We attended our Connections Party where I was surprised to see 3 staff members in attendance which reminds me, Keith was a wonderful CD & very approachable. We even managed to squeeze a nap in most days!
Ketchikan It was a lovely town for walking & we were surprised to see beautiful flowers such as Tulips & Rhododendrons in bloom. We took a trolley tour to Saxman Village to see the totems & were later dropped off at Creek St where we did a little shopping there & on the short walk back to the ship. There's a candy store in town so had to buy some of my favourites.
Juneau We walked into town to see where the Orca office was for our whale watching excursion later in the day. We looked around & shopped a bit before going back to the ship for the buffet lunch. We had an amazing time with Capt Larry, Brent Nixon & another marine biologist onboard. We saw lots of whales plus some sea stars (starfish) near the dock & an eagle. Unfortunately we didn't feel we had time to take the Mt Roberts Tramway or see the Mendenhall Glacier, maybe another time!
Skagway We had reserved a tour to the Yukon by train & van with Chilkoot for 7 hours. It was funny when we boarded the train everyone but 1 couple sat on the left so I told them the left's where the scenery will be so they moved too. The scenery was beautiful & there was a lot of snow at times by the side of the tracks. We went to Caribou Crossing where we saw the sled dogs, had a nice bbq chicken lunch & saw the museum. We also stopped by a lake, saw the Carcross desert & beautiful Emerald Lake.This had never happened before but a man got off the train in error when they let the hikers off so we had to back up to get him. It was a lovely day but unfortunately we didn't see any bears like our tablemates did ~ a grizzly with cub & a black bear. I did see 2 huge mosquitos who also saw me! We did see Dall Sheep high on a mountain.
Icy Strait Point We met at the Rendez Vous lounge at 8 to assemble for our excursion to Spasski River Valley Wildlife & Bear search. This is a tender port & a place that allows only 1 ship at a time. Actually it's a place made for tourists. We enjoyed the tour but saw nothing but plants & a carved bear in the forest. After lunch we went to the Tribal Show which was really good. There was a lot of little things to do right at the dock area which was an old cannery. I actually would like to go back there sometime to explore the beach, trails & town of Hoonah.
Hubbard Glacier We enjoyed watching the scenery from the humongous deck of our CC friends who had the Penthouse Suite. We enjoyed their hospitality & the food & drinks supplied by their butler. Later we viewed the glacier from the helipad & also from our balcony where we saw a little bit of calving. We were only able to get within one mile of the glacier but it was beautiful. I love those turquoise icebergs! Later that day we attended the Captain's Club reception.
Sitka Sitka was the other tender port & a beautiful place it was. We were unable to book the shore excursion we wanted (had a waitlist of 18!) so we walked around the town then watched a performance of the Archangel Russian Dancers at the museum. We popped into the Russian Church & another one with a lovely rose window. When I came home I found out a lady from Town's son had been on the "dam" ship in the harbour with us & had photographed our signature as it was such a coincidence to see someone from our town of 4000 had just been there before him!
Sea Day This was a cloudy day but there was lots to do inside the ship. We went to the special farewell crew presentation, trivia, then watched the show put on by the children onboard. Apparently there were 20 children on board but we hardly noticed them. This was formal night so we shared our bottle of sparkling wine with our tablemates then had our picture taken with the captain followed by the show. The sea conditions were quite rough so the 2nd show was cancelled that night & presented the next day when things had calmed down. I thought I was going to fall out of my bed that night & we came to learn that the waves were 25 feet high & winds around 45 mph!
Victoria, BC We picked out the photos we wanted for our package plus the cruise DVD before going on our "Victoria Highlights & Butchart Garden tour". The gardens were beautiful & Victoria has a lot to see & do. Had our last supper than went to the room to pack. Watched our tablemates in the slot tournament & one of them won over $300. Came back to the cabin & put our luggage out.
Vancouver, BC We had purchased the cruiseline transfer so had to meet in the theatre at 7:50 am to disembark. We found our luggage quickly & rode to the airport for our noon flight back to Toronto. The luggage limit was 23 kgs & mine weighed in at 22.9, can't get much closer than that!
We had a fabulous time. The scenery was amazing, the crew members friendly & helpful, the food & entertainment great. The weather was ideal, only had to wear my hat & gloves while viewing the glacier & at Icy Point Strait. I mostly wore long sleeves, long pants & a fleecy & carried my Goretex jacket just in case. We had a great CC group with an active roll call which always adds to the enjoyment. We used the internet daily & the speed was pretty good, plus there was staff in the room to help you. I would go back to Alaska for sure. Celebrity is now my favourite cruiseline for food & service, they really seem to care.
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The towels were sometimes a bit worn & the desktop appeared smudged but was probably worn away probably to be expected in a ship from 2001. Overall we really liked our cabin & loved the fact it had a sofa.