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  1. Hi all: I recently booked a 5 night Infinity cruise but still wrestling with possibly changing to a 7 night Apex, thought I would get the opinions of CruiseCritic! Here is the info: 5 Night Western Caribbean - Infinity - Aquaclass A2 7 Night Western Caribbean - Apex - Infinite Veranda E4/E3 - +$500 Some other notes: Utilizing FCC, so pretty much paid off the 5 night Western Not too bothered about the ports, we have done Western Caribbean to tears Yes we could do another itinerary but the dates "work for now" We have sailed the Infinity before, loved her even though she is "rough around the edges" We do enjoy Blu (seems controversial, never had an issue getting food from main dining if we really wanted it) We know the Persian Garden on the Infinity is not that great Getting an A2 on the Apex would be another $1,200 (which to some may not be that bad but love a good deal!) Like the idea of the four main dining rooms on the Apex Of course we want to try the newest and best Have cruised on the current flagships of HAL and Princess, so possibly trying Celebrity to "fairly" compare? This would be our first cruise in two years! It pains me that it has been that long... So CC Community, what would you do? haha. Part of the fun is the planning phase, at least for me! Thanks!
  2. Have been booked on this five day sailing to Cozumel and Key West for over a year. According to Celebrity this sailing is still a go. There has been no mention if we will have to be tested for Covid prior to sailing. Maybe this cruise will be like boarding an airplane. Just put on the mask and travel. I have flown several times during the past few months and other than wearing a mask it was no big deal. If this sailing does happen I will report back to advise what the protocols were. Keeping fingers crossed as I sure miss cruising. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. Had a very interesting cruise email, Portugal and Spain. Only negative was the location of the Aqua Class cabins. All aft on deck 11 on the Infinity. Could there be others that are sold out? My partner and I are prone to getting motion sickness so I think that won't do.
  4. Booked on the 10 night Lisbon to Barcelona on October 9, 2021. Any guesses or word when they are going to do the upgrade yet? I'm in a Deck 11 AQ cabin and liked what they did to the Summit during the revolution......hope Infinity will be done by then (if they don't sell the ship that is...).
  5. Experienced cruisers in our mid-30s, 5-day out of Miami sailed 2/29/2020 on Celebrity infinity. Booked an ocean view guarantee and was assigned cabin 3073 about 7-weeks ahead of sailing. Short version is that we enjoyed the cruise, and would be happy to sail X again if the price and itinerary look good. Embarkation went smoothly, from the time we got out of the taxi to the time we were on the ship I don't think we had any waits (got to the port about 12:15). One thing to note, driver said Port of Miami has two main ways to get to it, a tunnel (which was closed, accident perhaps?) and another that crosses train tracks. We diverted away from the tunnel off his Waze alert, but then got stuck for a half hour at the RR crossing. Otherwise driving to PoM and navigating PoM seemed pretty straight forward. Cabin was located forward and port side from the main atrium where guest services and shore excursions desks are located. No complaints or issues with the cabin in general, although we did have a one-time problem with the tile in the bathroom - which was resolved with a repair visit while we did an excursion (pretty painless, just had to be out of the room for a few hours and then stay off the floor for a few more hours - since we were in port it was no biggie). We missed having a balcony, as this sailing had more ship time than our normal itins. we'd opt for. Food: we did the anytime dining but due to a food sensitivity by one of the cabins we were traveling with (2 cabins, party of 4) we ended up having the same time and server although still handled through the select dining option. MDR food was all solid with very friendly and efficient service, exactly in line with what we were expecting after sailing X, PCL, and HAL within the last 3 years. Buffett was below average, options seemed a little limited and repetitive (especially at breakfast) and a pet peeve of mine was that most of the food was cold by the time you got it back to eat it (esp. smaller breakfast portions). The culprit was the cold plates - which sucked the warmth out of the food faster than one could eat it. Entertainment: live music around the ship was all notably good. The production shows were fine, I'd rate as a B- and a B, one of the shows was pretty singing intensive but I think they are only packing 2 vocalists and then leaning on the dancers to have some decent signing chops so it was OK but not necessarily a stellar performance. The 2nd show asked for less vocal chops on the part of the dancers and came off better. We skipped both the comedian and musical group that were the other shows, but reviews of both were that they were pretty good. Ship Atmosphere: we had the Golden Girls at Sea affinity group having booked something like 800 of the spots on the ship. They were pretty amusing as a group since they had multiple dress up days where they were featuring themed attire. It did seem a little crowded on the ship on the sea days, and lots of empty chair "reservations" on the sea days - I may be overly sensitive to this though since we haven't sailed a non-balcony room in >10 years. Service was friendly, attentive, and efficient across all the bars and coffee shop. Sea Days: decent number of activities were offered on sea days, with the standard offerings like shopping, port talks, trivia. They had some creative offerings like a paper airplane contest and golf (putting) contest too. They also offered a galley tour, I think on the 2nd sea day, and had a couple wine tasting options (additional fee). I also got an for both sea days that sushi was 30% off on both sea days. Cozumel: We did the Atlantis submarine excursion through X. We got ferried right from the port out to the submarine (~15 mins) and then embarked the sub for a ~45 min ride. We went as low as 102 feet down! It was a great excursion, and we felt it was worth the cost. Lots of fish and coral, and a view that you really can't get without scuba certification otherwise (and a lot less effort and more comfortable than snorkeling or the snuba or scuba-sled excursions). We docked about 7:30 or 8 AM, excursion said meet at 8:15 and left at 8:30 and we were back onboard the ship by 11. I think this tour is available independently too, and is the same operator. We had OBC we had to use up, so we booked through X. Ate lunch onboard, then went back into port where we walked around the pier (Int'l Pier, as best I could tell) shopping area. Offerings were pretty touristy in general, and costs were a little high for being in the main pier shopping area, vendors were very pushy and we ended up quitting pretty early and heading back to the ship to enjoy the onboard facilities with a little extra elbow room while people were still out and about. Everyone in our group had been to Cozumel before, and we were there just over a year ago and had visited Chankanaab park which we really enjoyed. Key West: We did the Key Lime Bike Tour through X, and had a blast. Great way to tour the island, felt like we used up some of the extra calories we'd been consuming all cruise long, and got to taste some key lime pie. Tour is available independently too, and is the same operator. We had OBC we had to use up, so we booked through X. Tour met at 8:45, and we were done about 11:45. We walked back to one of the recommended restaurants for lunch, then walked around Duval for a while. KW feels very safe to walk around, and everyone was friendly and welcoming. Def has a nice beachy vibe and I think would be fun to visit for a few days as a land vacation. Of note, we did the US CBP at KW, so officers came on board the ship and checked passports starting about 7:30 AM. We had a form in our room saying to present to a set lounge at 7:50 for our CBP "interview", which consisted of them asking us where we lived while they looked at our passports. The nice thing is that we did NOT have to go through CBP in Miami, which made disembarkation even faster than normal. Disembarkation went smoothly. We had a 12:30 PM flight from MIA and were assigned to group 8 with a target debark time of 8:20. Things started a little early, and they called our group at 7:50 (meaning we were free to walk off as soon as we were ready after that, and our luggage was already going to be down at the pickup area). This was nice for us as we left straight from our cabin, which they asked pax to vacate by 8 AM. We left our room at 7:50 and we had our bags and were in taxi en route to MIA airport by 8:15 and were to the airport by about 8:35 AM. MIA airport seemed busy but not overwhelmed and we had our bags checked and were at TSA by about 9 or a few minutes after. Closing thoughts: We'd happily sail X again, but weren't so wowed as to say that we'd spend extra to sail with Celebrity versus Princess of HAL. Yes, each of the three lines does things a little differently, but nothing has been so much better as to "win" us over to just one of the lines. One thing that stood out, drinks are more expensive on X which is no biggie if you have a drink package... but a stella in the bottle was >$10 after gratuity on X. If you don't have a drink package but like your beers and cocktails, either consider booking with the drink package as a perk or be prepared to open your wallet. I saved basically all the documents that I could, and snapped pics of the MDR dinner menus and sea day lunches if anyone has questions.
  6. Is something going on with the Infinity.....Celebrity cancelled the Nov. 16 cruise.....we have a cruise on her Nov 30......You can still book that cruise....but on the downloaded website it said the Infinity is not supported at this time......I cannot get into my reservation....even through Captains Club......when I called I got a vague answer .....but no information.....Any ideas?
  7. Trying to decide between good deal on Aqua Class room in 2021 vs Infinity Veranda and adding on the Sea Thermal Spa as a couple. I can't seem to find the cost of the couples pass (was $249 in 2018). We don't care about access to BLU. What other benefits are there for Aqua Class? It's a $600 difference in cost between Aqua and regular Verandah. Any info would be appreciated.
  8. I got a call about my Celebrity Infinity 26-Feb-2022 2-night Bahamas cruise. As Infinity has been chartered they wanted to see if I wanted to move to 3-Mar-2022 with additional $50 OBC. I had a great deal inside cabin 7905 including 'free' classic beverage package, 'free' wifi, and 'free' gratuities for only $419.68 total with taxes/fees for the 2 nights ($209.84/night). It was such a great unusual deal for a 2 night cruise that I got a Consumer Service and Resolutions Coach to send me an email verifying it in addition to the BEVWIFGRT NRD code on my booking. But I happily took the $100 refund of my non-refundable deposit instead.
  9. Please bear with me…This is what I hope will be a detailed review of our back-to-back Mediterranean cruises onboard the Celebrity Infinity through the virtual world that exists in my mind during this Covid-19 Pandemic. We are cruising for 14 magnificent nights round trip from Civitavecchia in the wonderful world of imagination—our only way of experiencing this trip without leaving our home in Southern California. 😉 After a long and satisfying pre-cruise trip through Switzerland and Northern Italy, today we finally boarded the Celebrity Infinity in Civitavecchia. We flew in, ten days ago to Milan, Italy…a long and exhausting trip, losing nine hours worth of time zones in the process, rented a car and drove straight to beautiful Lugano, Switzerland. After a night there, it was on to Lucerne for two nights, then Lauterbrunnen for two nights, then down to Portovenere, Italy for three nights to visit the Cinque Terre. Finally, we drove down to Civitavecchia yesterday, turned in the rental car and spent the night in a delightful little bed and breakfast. After breakfast, we checked out and caught a taxi to the port. We arrived at the Infinity around 11:30 and found virtually nothing in the way of lines. Of course, we had express check-in anyway and had done most of the check-in on line at the Celebrity website months ago. We were able to go to our cabin immediately as, apparently, the cabin had not been used on the prior cruise. We have a beautiful Concierge cabin, midship on deck 8…so, we dropped off our carry-on luggage and proceeded to the Main Dining Room—as a sit-down embarkation lunch is one o the benefits of the Concierge class. Remarkably, the dining room was empty, so, service was VERY good. After lunch, we headed back to the cabin to unpack and take a nap before the muster drill. The muster drill, also, was remarkably empty. I guess many of the passengers must be late arriving to Civitavecchia from Rome. After the Muster Drill, it was on to the Martini Bar for pre-dinner drinks. We have the drink package as a perk, so why not take a little advantage? Bartender was great…got all of our orders immediately. Then it was off to dinner. We have Select Dining, so we thought we may have to wait for a table…but, as has been typical this cruise, the dining room was very quiet and we were seated at a table for two almost immediately. Had a nice dinner, then off to the Show Room for the “Welcome Aboard” show…Met the Cruise Director and then had a short set by the comedian, followed by a couple of numbers by the singers/dancers. Then headed back to the cabin for a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, at 12 noon, we arrive in Messina, Sicily. Looking forward to a tour to Mt. Etna followed by a visit to Taormina. It’s going to be a great cruise. I’ll check back in tomorrow evening.
  10. For those of you who never did Qsine, here's what you missed in less than 2 minutes.
  11. Hello Celebrity cruisers, We booked the Infinity today on the 5 night Mexico/Key West itinerary, nothing fancy, basic veranda room. We are new to Celebrity but not new to cruising, Princess has been our primary cruiseline for the past 20 years. (For those applauding the cross-over from Princess to Celebrity, thank you but I will miss the many free perks). We picked this cruise to fit time off work and the shorter itinerary, and also the Key West stop. One Perk: Classic Beverage package for two. With no onboard credit the sunshine and beverage package will carry me through. A couple of questions: I see Infinity may be refurbished by our March 2021 cruise date. Could this still be true? I plan on purchasing a future cruise credit on board - what are the benefits? future perks be coming my way with just one sailing? I enjoy the casino, are there casino perks? 9th deck - forward. OK? thank you in advance
  12. Last time we cruised with Celebrity it was 2009 on the Galaxy. We really enjoyed the ship, the staff and the afternoon sushi bar. We are considering booking Celebrity Infinity for July 4, 2021 out of Rome sailing to Venice. We book based on the itinerary, not the ship and we have done more HAL cruises than any other line and been very happy with them. Unfortunately, their cruises don’t work with our timeline for this cruise. We’ve also cruised with Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL. This time we are going with another couple and their 17 year old son - none of them have ever cruised. Wondering if there is anything I need to know about the ship or Celebrity before booking? Any chance the Infinity has that afternoon sushi bar?
  13. Forgive me if this posted elsewhere, I could not locate it. Has Celebrity issues s formal statement on if the drydock has been cancelled or id drydock is to proceed as scheduled? Thanks for any help
  14. So we are like a lot of folks looking at cruises because we are getting the 125% FCC for our canceled cruise that was supposed to be at the end of July this year. We are looking at the June 2021 to take a the Venice to Rome cruise on Infinity. Anyone have thoughts about the ports Venice, Split, Corfu, Kotor, and Naples. I used to work for Celebrity so I went a lot of places but of these, I have only been to Venice and Naples. Any thoughts about this by those who have done something similar?
  15. I looked at Cruisemapper a few minutes ago and the Infinity is next to RCI's Anthem of the Seas having gone through the Suez Canal a day ago. The current location area says that Anthem heading to "Mumbai" India, but the Infinity location area says "ARMED GUARDS ON BOARD" Wow not sure what that is about so I decided to post this and hoping for the best as the ship is supposed to also go to Mumbai where the Ovation of the Seas is now.
  16. We are booked on two cruises on the Infinity next year. Originally she was to be dry docked in November of this year to be Revolutionized but that was canceled due to the Pandemic. Has this been rescheduled for next year? We booked based upon the fact the ship was to be upgraded this year with new cabins and furniture. Quote
  17. Just moved our August 30, 2020 sailing to this cruise. We were offered same rate, perks and OBC as we had with the old booking.
  18. https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a32324626/isolation-trapped-celebrity-cruise-ship-coronavirus-julia-whitcomb/ I feel terrible for them. I also saw on social media that they have boxed up the entire spa and put everything in storage. Looks like they’re getting ready for dry dock. When was Infinity’s revolution scheduled?
  19. Normally I opt for Solstice class but this time I am looking a 2 itineraries on the Constellation & Infinity to the Med in June/July next year - I sailed on M class ships many moons ago so not sure on what cabins are good etc. We are looking at Decks 7 / 8 /9 I have a few questions re the M Class of ship Q1 - are the concierge cabins/balconies slightly larger than normal veranda cabins? - I know there is no difference on s class Q2 - are the veranda's on the slant slightly bigger on M class- similar to the S class Q2 - SV cabins are they worth the extra money? I can see that some are next to FV cabins are they likely to be noisier re families? Most of the cabins available on both itineraries are either fwd or aft - are there cabins that have overhangs etc. Any advice would be appreciated
  20. Mind traveling #4... it’s time to take your mind to distant places again. This time we will take you around the end of the world! Sit back, relax, click on the link and travel to South America with us: https://www.travelandcruise.net/travellove_en/Our-Trips/South-America-01/south-america-01.html Stay safe and healthy (and at home)!!!
  21. Just received the following email a few minutes ago- Dear Celebrity Infinity Passenger, Celebrity Cruises has recently been advised that a person who sailed on the Celebrity Infinity from March 9th through 14th has tested positive for COVID-19. Because you were a passenger on this same voyage, it is possible you were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution you should now follow the below procedures for self-isolation. Stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from the Celebrity Infinity and practice social distancing: Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters). If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or cough in the 14 days after you return from travel, please take the following precautions: Stay home. Avoid contact with others. You might have COVID-19; most people are able to recover at home without medical care. If you have trouble breathing or are worried about your symptoms, call or text a health care provider. Tell them about your recent cruise ship travel and your symptoms. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel on a cruise ship. For additional information please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/COVID19 We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Celebrity Cruises at 1-844-418-6824 in North America or (316) 554-5961 worldwide. Sincerely, Celebrity Cruises ReplyForward
  22. Tuscan Grille doesn't appear anywhere as a specialty restaurant option for my cruise on December 28, 2020. It's not mentioned on the dining tab, on the specialty dining page, or for dining reservations. Does this mean Tuscan is fully booked? Is it a glitch? Is it going away? Does anyone else see Tuscan as an option on a future cruise around that time?
  23. This was posted on the CNN website earlier this morning: link. I didn't know that there was such a job as being a TV host for the Port & Shopping Channel on the in-house ship television network....
  24. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article241710696.html
  25. So I wonder if the Revolution updates for Constellation and Infinity are in jeopardy at all due to potential shutdown if it continues beyond the current 30 day suspension? Constellation is supposed to go in late April I believe? We just saw the refurb on Royal's Explorer of the Seas get cancelled as it was supposed to happen over the next few weeks. I was wondering why it was cancelled seeing as the ship would be laid up anyway, but I wonder if they want to avoid having a ship under renovation and then the refurb crew suddenly bail due to virus concerns and then the ship not being ready to sail when the cruise suspension is over? It could be money of course but I imagine this close in that much of the costs related to the refurb are already paid for. Maybe Constellation will be pulled then from being refurbed if the suspension continues from April into May. If so then it begets the question as to when it will have the refurb done? I assume that Celebrity will not want to cancel any future cruises since they are bleeding money already so maybe Constellation update gets moved to April 2022? Infinity is probably okay since its update isn't happening until October I think and hopefully this crisis will have diminished. Unless of course money is the issue and they might cancel that update too.
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