Number of Cruises: 13
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: n/a
For "Openers" we had a wonderful cruise! It was only 7-days in length, but we had a relaxing and picturesque journey to the glaciers. The "Infinity" is the largest ship we have cruised aboard - over 2,000 passengers, but the quality was one of the highest levels we have experienced in 13-cruises. The food, entertainment, care and concerns by the crew, plus the cleanliness were superb. The activities provided are almost non-stop, with programs by a terrific "Naturalist," art exhibits and auctions, a constantly changing shopping "mall," music, food, dancing, and more exotic food! This ship and this cruise line have been underrated in my estimation. Our suite came with a Butler, and was spacious, clean, and well-located mid-ship. An experienced "cruiser" will pick up on the endless amenities and courtesies that I never take for granted. We didn't have time to take in all the activities provided - we "hit the hay" relatively early, but the after-dinner night life, from what we heard, was excellent. The entertainment was shockingly superb!!!
The dancers, singers, comedians, musicians, and choreography were wonderful - how this level of entertainment can be provided at sea is truly surprising and a great achievement. The specialty restaurant, the SS United States, was truly a treat. I had the finest rack of lamb from New Zealand that was so tender and beautifully cooked and presented - this was "world-class" dining! The Caesar Salad was absolutely great!! Our ports of call, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka were very interesting - especially seeing the growth and improvements since we visited 12-years ago. Alaska is growing by leaps and bounds! The "Hubbard Glacier" is something to behold! This is the ultimate in world travel - it is immense, ominous, and beautiful beyond description. It is alive, like an organism, and it travels a few feet each month - you can actually hear the cracking of ice, and the huge roar as the ice wall in front of you "calves" and breaks off in a thunderous roar into the sea. The "Infinity" appeared to be within 7 or 8 hundred feet of this massive wall of ice approximately 20-stories high - a beautiful blue and white ice wall about a half-mile wide.
A sight no one alive would want to miss. A tip of my hat to "Celebrity Cruise Line" for an unexpected, high quality cruise, and at a price that was surprisingly low in comparison to competitive cruise lines that we have sailed. Alaska is a destination that a "traveler" should never miss. It is a part of this planet that dodges description - words alone fail to describe the beauty of this land. The natural sea life is testimony alone to it's uniqueness. The embarkation in Vancouver is amazingly well done. The huge and beautiful terminal indicates the forward thinking and pride of the Canadians - this terminal puts U.S. port facilities to shame! The logistical problems in handling so many passengers flawlessly boggles the mind.
But, it's a sharp indication to you, a passenger, that you are in for superb experience - and it was. The genius of "Celebrity Cruise Line" is quite obvious - I can't wait for a reprise of this outstanding cruise experience.
In my estimation, Celebrity Cruises has "raised the bar" of cruising, and we are the beneficiaries of all this cruise line genius we have been enjoying for years.