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Garrnet Shah

Age: 32

Occupation:Assistant Director of an After School Day Care Center

Number of Cruises: 6pl

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Infinity

Sailing Date: April 28th, 2006

Itinerary: n/a

Celebrity Cruise Lines
Infinity Cruise Reviews
Mexico

Garnet Shah

This trip was a dream come true. True, there were a few kinks, but for the most part they were all ironed out. Boarding the ship in San Francisco was a nightmare. We were traveling as a family of four with two small children ages 3 & 4. The long wait with no explanation seemed even longer than the 2 hours! Once onboard the ship, Vacation began! We stayed in one of the family staterooms at the back of the ship. The room itself was separated into two small rooms, so My husband and I had a bit of privacy. Our Verandah (the coolest thing ever!) was almost the size of the room. Perfect for laying around, reading, sun bathing, or eating room service.

I want to boast about the Kid's Fun Factory. The Director Deb, is Wonderful! As someone working in the child care field, I can say that she runs a tight, and very fun ship! The factory was clean, well maintained, and so much fun! The partnership with Leapster was a huge hit with my two kiddos. The staff was fun, but kept things orderly too. We participated in all the family activities that were so much fun! Thanks to anyone that helped us out with the Scavenger hunt! We won! Fun! We woke up every morning to the begging of our children to go to the fun center. As parents, that meant we really had a vacation!

Ten nights of dining together at our own table was divine. Our waiter Joseue was friendly, but realized we were really enjoying our alone time, and kept his service to the minimum, as to ensure out private time together.

The Aqua spa was great. I will branch out and try some more exotic treatments next time, but the Swedish massage was so relaxing.

I also love the Aqua Spa cafe. I ate lunch there almost every day of the cruise. Still gained 6 pounds in 10 days! Food on Celebrity is quite yummy! The SS United States restaurant was an experience. It was a little too quiet for us, but the service was amazing, and friendly and the food was really truly beautiful!

The Gala Buffet was the loveliest I have seen on a cruise so far. We missed the ice sculpture demo, to busy being lazy and enjoying quiet time while the kiddos played at the fun center.

Ports of call:
We did things as a family.
Monterey: we rented a surrey, and peddled around for a couple hours. fun

Catalina: semi-submersible, kids and adults both loved this one.

Mazatlan: we went to the Aquarium with the kids, and then left them at the fun center and went to Senor Frogs. That was truly an adult only experience.

Puerto Vallarta: The las Caletas Hideaway was really a perfect day for us. Yummy food, pretty beach, safe and relaxing.

Cabo San Lucas: I would not recommend the tourist beaches for families with small children. It was very chaotic, there were water taxi's, drunk people, and strong waves that were stressful.

Oh, and the onboard entertainment. The celebrity singers and dancers were the best I have seen on a cruise ship. Usually I skip out on the big production shows, but they were really a very talented group. One of the male singers was exceptionally good.

The comedian, and puppeteer were also very good.

We only watched/participated in a few evening activities. The kids center cleared out early. The few we saw were fun. The not so newlywed game. The couple that was married for 50 years were amazingly in sink with each other and got every single question correct. I hope my husband and I will get a chance to be that couple in forty more years. The activites on board the ship during the day seemed to focus on board games, and trivia. Not to many people were into karaoke, but we crooned a couple numbers. There was actually a night life! My husband and I attended a few night time activities separately, and we were not the only ones int he disco.

The only negatives I can think of:

Boarding in SF - this is my second time boarding in SF, and the cruise lines just do not seem to have it down yet.

Stateroom TV: Needs a little more variety. I know, who watches TV? Well, when you have two kids napping, and it is to cold to use the verandah, you do what you must.

The bathroom door in the fun factory is really really heavy! This frightened our three year old and she had an accident.

Tendering in Cabo...long and annoying.

All in all, this was the vacation of our dreams, and we can not say enough about it.

Tips:
If you are a man reading this review get the roses and bed of roses deal from the floral shop. Very romantic. My son walked in and saw the rose petals on the bed and said "It is love" We are training him early!

you can pack a couple bottles of alcohol in your bags and enjoy a glass of wine on your verandah in the evening. Your stateroom attendant will happily open the bottles for you.

Read reviews, remember that everyone has a different opinion. For a family like ours this trip was near perfection! Family time, spacious room, alone time, yummy food, and fun activities and entertainment.

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