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J.K. Ripley

Age: 35

Occupation:airline sales

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Infinity

Sailing Date: November 24th, 2001

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

I have procrastinated a VERY long time before posting this review so I'll only include the highlights.

Embarkation in San Juan was a snap. The only down side was that the ship ports opposite the harbor from Old San Juan so it is not possible to board and then get off to take a look around. There was a very inexpensive duty-free shop in the terminal. This was the only time that liquor was not confiscated (if it was found).

The ship is beautiful with plenty of room for everyone. We had an outside (no balcony) cabin on a lower deck and it was larger than on the Dawn Princess. Having two different pool areas is a great idea as it cuts down on deck congestion. The shows were great and the food was excellent. I highly recommend the specialty restaurant (the United States). I frowned at the fact that I had to shell out $25 additional but it was worth EVERY cent. I put them all in a tizzy by saying my entree was not to my liking (white lie) because I wished to try another. The tableside dessert presentation was excellent.

The ports were as follows:

1. St. Croix - TERRIBLE. The small cay offshore Christiansted is nothing but rocks. The people were aggressive and the island had nothing unique.

2. St. Lucia - FAIR. We took the catamaran to the Pitons and Mourne Cabrail Plantation. It is a beautiful, rugged, and poor island. The Pitons are spectacular. The catamaran nickeled and dimed for various things (snorkeling and drinks other than rum punch) which should have been included in the high price of the excursion.

3. Barbados - Excellent. Hired a taxi and went to the botanical gardens, Bathsheba, St. John's Church and Crane Bay Beach. Without a doubt the highlight port of the trip (even though it rained part of the day). Barbados has an infrastructure unmatched anywhere else in the Caribbean outside Puerto Rico and its living standard is equally high.

4. Antigua - Good. Hired a taxi to Falmouth and English Harbour and then to Driftwood Beach. Would have been excellent but the roads were in utter disrepair. From the beach we had a great view of the smoking volcano on Montserrat.

5. St. Thomas - Good. Everyone has already been there so what's to say?

The only bad thing about the Infinity was the over-chlorinated jacuzzi in the spa area (bleached my blue swimsuit brown) and the moldy locker room adjacent to the spa (run back to your cabin to change!). The US Immigration check at St. Thomas was too early and a futile attempt to look official after the 9/11 tragedies; our immigration passes were not even collected when we left the ship that day. The ship was great in my opinion and don't forget to hunt out the little things like the gourmet spa luncheon adjacent to the spa pools or the afternoon high tea. I would gladly take the Infinity again.

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