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   Cruise Travel - Reader Reviews

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Celebrity Cruise Line

MV Infinity

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: B.C. Mc
# previous cruises: 9
Date of Trip: March 3, 2001
Itinerary: Transcanal

This was a new ship on her first voyage. Our expectations considered problems could arise. However, there were no problems of any consequence. From check-in to disembarkation everything ran smoothly. This was our first experience with Celebrity and probably not our last. They have a great product that I would highly recommend.

Public Areas
The public areas were elegantly understated. It was impossible to scope out all of them. The main dining room on two levels with a panoramic view aft made meal time enjoyable. The pool area was large and uncrowded. There were many lounges and quiet places to enjoy company or quiet solitude, your choice. The Celebrity Theater is high tech with great sight lines. Only passed through the casino but, noted it was large. Our favorite place was the Constellation Night Club with live music until after midnight and then a DJ until ??? This room doubled as a great view lounge during the day. No walk around promenade but, a great jogging/walking track up top.

Food and Service
Food quality was 1 click below gourmet, never had a bad meal/snack in any venue. Took all dinner meals in the main dining room. We considered the specialty restaurant, however meals and ambiance in the main room was too good to pass up. The buffet on lido deck was laid out in such a way that there were never any lines except when first opened. In addition to the 4 main buffet lines, there was 1 specialty line, 1 grill line, 2 pasta lines, 2 ice cream lines plus a lean cuisine venue. Sorry, did not make the midnight buffet, just not hungry. Service is where this ship shines. Every request was met with a smile and a "no problem" attitude. This prevailed throughout the ship. A large percentage of the crew came from the Millenium so they were familiar wit the layout.

Here I become biased. We had booked an outside cabin on deck 2. Upon check in we were notified of an up-grade. We were escorted to deck 9 and a cabin with balcony. This may be our last cruise as my wife is now spoiled and will probably not accept less in the future. Large closet w/25 hangers. Plenty of drawer and cabinet space. 2 very friendly people could shower together. We had a queen size bed, a love seat, chair plus 2 chairs and table on the balcony. Again, cabin service was outstanding.

There were 3 production shows by the Celebrity Singers & Dancers that were equal to any Broadway production. These kids were talented. Billy Joel did a good show. There were also the usual comedians, singers, musicians etc. One group Onyx, played on deck and in the nite club. They could play anything from 50's R&R to Salsa. Dance or listen, your choice, they were great.

Usual shipboard activities from trivia to Bingo. There was a movie theater or if you prefer, movies on your cabin TV. A change in the ports of call substituted Cartagena, Colombia for Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. My opinion, dump Colombia. Key West, Cozumel, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas were ports we had previously visited so we did these on our own and had a good time. Our only ship tour was Punterenas, Costa Rica. There we took a rafting trip where we enjoyed wildlife up close and personal. Final thought: plenty to do or not, your choice.

Who Goes
Most passengers 55 plus followed by the thirty something group. Very few children. Most were from the US followed by Canadians, UK, Swiss, German and some French who I believe were tech reps from the shipyard. Hey, everyone seemed to get along just fine. Would certainly invite some over for dinner.

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