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Steve Schrader

Age: 49

Occupation:Director

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Infinity

Sailing Date: 2009-07-3

Itinerary: Alaska

This was a 7 day cruise with shore stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Victoria BC. There were 3 sea days, with a visit to the Hubbard glacier. The Infinity is a seasoned ship, equipped with several dining and lounge options, as well as a casino and fairly extensive shopping emporium. A frequent cruiser would notice some signs of wear and tear, though its apparent the maintenance team tries to stay on top of everything. There is a central sit-down dining room (Terrace), a typical buffet, and an premium restaurant, ($30USD/head) SS United States. I've sailed with 5 different lines, and this ship had the finest dining. Wait staff was attentive and really attempted to make a good impression. There are 2 fixed dining periods with two show times to accommodate early or late diners. The itinerary allowed for ample relaxation, with a very good selection of mild to adventuresome shore excursions, as well as a full deck of on-ship activities to keep everyone occupied during sea days. While better known to be accomodating to a more seasoned clientelle, our teens were kept well occupied by events and exploration.

Excellent menu selection and quality. Best food of the 5 lines we've sailed: Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Costa, Disney, in that order. Staff was on call and responsive day and night. Room service had best response of all lines - we were always served within 30 minutes of order. Staff allowed for off-menu ordering without questions. The SS United States is a fine premium restaurant, but not necessary to complete the experience.

The room was ample, not opulent but very functional. Large and comfortable bed allowed for storage of large bags underneath. The bath was in good shape, but due to age of ship, did not have any exhaust fan keeping the steam in the compartment until you opened the door. Our room had a veranda with a couple of chairs and table. It only became cramped with the opening of the additional twin bed for one of the kids. There was a safe and fully stocked mini-bar also installed.

There were activities early morning to 11pm - no reason to get board unless you wanted. Our teens were suprisingly kept occupied all day. The spa had an awkward layout - fairly open layout allowed for many distractions through passenger traffic. It was just a bad design. The Aquaspa (covered pool) was the most used due to the cool weather, and despite being reserved for 18 yr olds and older, was often overrun with kids which diminished relaxation for adults attempting to use the Aquaspa. This area offered a very nice health food bar for those who might be trying to keep the calories off. A very nice surprise.

Don't miss dining in the Terrace - the main dining room. While the buffets are always ample, the service provided at the main dining room make it a vacation. The premium dining room, the SS United States, has a separate kitchen and staff, and excels in service - though the food is up a notch, not quite sure its worth the $30USD per head premium. The dining room's food is just as suitable for a fine experience.

Fine food and service coupled with a relaxing itinerary will make us repeat customers on Celebrity again.

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