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Celebrity Infinity is a Millennium Class cruise ship owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises. She was launched in 2001 as Infinity, and renamed Celebrity Infinity in 2007. During the summer cruising season, she cruises Alaska, and during the winter cruising season, South America, including Chile, Argentina, Panama, and Uruguay. From 2013 she will sail the Norwegian Fjords and British Isles, between fall and spring, she sails to South America and the Panama Canal.

Atmosphere on board 

Welcome aboard Celebrity Infinity with her new, "Solsticized" sense of style and excitement. Relax in her spa-inspired AquaClass accommodations featuring exclusive access to Blu, our delicious Mediterranean focused "clean cuisine" restaurant. Keep in touch at the hip Celebrity iLounge where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech wonder from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. Enjoy sweet or savory crepes at Bistro on Five. And get ready to have a uniquely unordinary dinner at the innovative Qsine specialty restaurant, where you order from an iPad. Finish with a chilled Peartini at the ice-topped Martini Bar. Celebrity Infinity will make the most of your precious vacation days. Ready to be impressed? Fantastic.

Family with Kids/Teens

Infinity's kids' club is located at the forward end of Deck 11, by the Constellation Lounge, and it has programs for kids ages 3 to 17. Participation in the kids' program is complimentary (with some exceptions) and is broken nicely into compatible age groups. The Fun Factory is one complex split into three rooms, with sections for Shipmates (3- to 5-year-olds), Cadets (6 to 8) and Ensigns (9 to 11), and the X Club is the two-story teen (12 to 17) hangout. Potty-trained children are welcomed from age 3; non-potty-trained toddlers can play in the Fun Factory with their parents at designated times. (Infants who sail must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise. However, for transatlantic, transpacific, select South America and other select cruises, infants must be at least 12 months old.)

Age-appropriate activities are available for each group, and trained counselors are in attendance. The Fun Factory is outfitted with Xbox Kinect gaming stations, TVs for movie watching and an array of props for games, crafts and fun-yet-educational activities. Such activities include hands-on cooking classes, games like Apples to Apples and UNO, making sand art and suncatchers, and treasure hunts, as well as whole-family activities like bingo, trivia and a family disco party. Complimentary activities run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with breaks from noon to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Complimentary teen activities run until 1 a.m. The X Club teen lounge offers a lounge area, foosball and Xbox.

It's $6 per hour, per child (ages 3 to 11), to participate in the "Lunch Party" from noon to 2 p.m. or the "Dinner Party" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on port days (no fee on sea days). You must sign up your kids in advance.

After hours, the nighttime Slumber Party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily also costs $6 per hour, per child. In-cabin baby-sitting is available for $19 per hour for up to three children (12 months minimum) within the same family, depending on staff availability, as two crewmembers are required. Book at least 24 hours in advance at the passenger relations desk.

Parents can also purchase VIP Passes for their kids. The VIP Pass offers discounts on Lunch, Dinner and Slumber Party costs; goodie bags for the kids to keep; and exclusive events, such as a bridge tour and backstage tour.

Past Passenger Programs

The Program: Captain's Club, a three-tiered system

Perks: "Classic" members (those who have earned one to four credits for cruising with Celebrity) get perks including access to the loyalty desk and loyalty host, a premium onboard discount booklet, a one-category upgrade (when available), pre-sailing dining reservations at alternative eateries on applicable vessels, and little freebies like wine tasting and golf clinics. "Select" cruisers (five to nine credits) receive all of the above as well as a complimentary wine seminar, priority status to shore excursion waitlist, an invitation to the senior officers' cocktail party, 25 percent off any Internet package, complimentary pressing of two clothing items, and discounted laundry on cruises of 12 nights or more.

Added perks for "Elite" members (10 or more credits) include a private shipboard departure lounge with continental breakfast, priority tender service, priority waitlist for dining room seating, elegant tea service, complimentary use of Thalassotherapy pool use on Celebrity Mercury, complimentary access to the Persian Garden (port days only), access to the new Captain's Club Lounge at Michael's Club (certain hours of the day), 90 free Internet minutes, one free item of dry cleaning, a complimentary bag of laundry (wash, dry and fold), discounted laundry on cruises of 12 nights or more, and the ability to join Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor Society at the Diamond level.

All members get the traditional invite to the captain's cocktail party, newsletter and chance to cruise on reunion voyages.

Incentive to Belong: As Celebrity's ships get larger, preferential boarding and disembarkation is a nice benefit. Also, because the tier system is based on credits -- not just the number of cruises taken -- there are ways to move up the ranks faster. For example, you'll earn an extra credit for booking a Concierge-level stateroom or higher, or for sailing for 12 nights or more, for a possible total of three credits for one voyage.

Members-Only Deals: Captain's Club members are offered several special discounted sailings per year, some of which can be a good deal compared to retail rates, especially if it also includes an onboard credit or discount certificate. Compare prices to verify the savings.

For More Info: Visit the Captain's Club section on Celebrity's Web site or call

Fitness And Spa

Infinity's main pool area, located on Deck 10 midship, features cushioned loungers, day-beds and wooden accents. The saltwater pool itself is divided into a shallow end for dipping and a deeper end for swimming; a circular lounge area sits on a raised platform in the middle. Anyone who wants to swim laps can do so early in the morning before the pools get busy. There are four hot tubs, a bar and table tennis on the port side. Additional lounge seating can be found one deck up, circling the pool area.

Continuing forward, the Solarium is an adults-only venue with a thalassotherapy pool, two additional hot tubs, padded wood loungers and some table seating for AquaSpa Cafe diners. The area is open to children for an hour in the morning and an hour in the late afternoon, though we saw kids in the pool later in the evening, as well. The Solarium is enclosed with a glass roof so it can be used in inclement weather.

Canyon Ranch took over all spa and salon services, as well as fitness classes, in 2014. The SpaClub features a generous enough workout room with floor space for fitness classes. It also encompasses spa service and treatment areas, the Persian Garden thermal suite, an acupuncture studio and a beauty salon.

Spa and beauty services include facials, massages, wraps and scrubs, hair styling, mani-pedis and barbering for men. Specials are offered on port days and for buying multiple services at once. In addition to a trained acupuncturist, Infinity also has licensed doctors onboard and offers Restylane(R) and Perlane(R) treatments, as well as Botox.

Passes to the Persian Garden thermal suite are free to AquaClass passengers and cost $179 per couple or $99 per person for a cruiselong pass.

The fitness area offers the usual cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical trainers and bikes), as well as weight machines and free weights. In the aerobics space, abs workouts and stretching sessions are free, but classes in Pilates, spinning and yoga are offered with an additional fee of $12 per person (plus 15 percent gratuity). However, some of the best workouts onboard are to be found in the ballroom and line dance classes, which are offered free of charge.

A jogging track and shuffleboard can be found one deck up on Deck 11, along with a basketball court on Deck 12 at the top of the ship.

Food & Dining

The striking Trellis Restaurant, Celebrity Infinity's main dining room, offers formal breakfast, lunch (select days only) and dinner. It also offers brunch on one of the sea days. The highlight of the two-tiered restaurant is a huge, paned showcase window that extends from floor to ceiling. Tables are set for combinations of six, eight and 10. (Two-tops and four-tops are available in limited quantities.) There are two options for dinner in the Trellis Restaurant. Passengers can go with traditional, set seating (at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) or opt for the more flexible Celebrity Select dining option. With Celebrity Select, passengers have the option to dine any time between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and to decide whether they want to eat with their own party or at a mixed table with other cruisers. They can also make specific dinner reservations for each day of their cruise online in advance, make reservations onboard or simply show up when ready to eat. The effects of adding cabins and carving Blu out of the Trellis Restaurant during Infinity's revitalization are most felt in the ship's Celebrity Select dining experience. It's the one place where Infinity gets too crowded, especially when the ship is near full capacity and on nights (like formal night) when more people, AquaClass passengers included, choose to eat there. Nearly everyone shows up during the peak dining hours of 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; passengers with reservations will likely wait 10 or 15 minutes to get through the line, while passengers without reservations can wait a half hour or more for a table. Celebrity is working on getting buzzers for waiting passengers, but with limited dining space, there's just no way to add more tables to the already squashed second floor of Trellis to accommodate flexible diners. Cuisine at The Trellis is generally well received; the menu features a mix of traditional and imaginative fare with vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-sugar-added and SPE (healthy yet tasty, as validated by SPE Certified consultants) items noted on the menu. Anytime menu items include escargot and shrimp cocktail starters, French onion soup and Caesar salad, broiled salmon and New York sirloin entrees, sides of roast potatoes and steamed vegetables, and chocolate cake, apple pie and cheesecake for dessert. Our only service complaints were that they could bring bread more quickly to the table (given that many diners had just waited for a table and were hungry) and that the waiters could respect our choice not to eat dessert, and not try to wheedle us into trying the cherries jubilee. The Oceanview Cafe is the ship's buffet restaurant, located aft on the pool deck. Coffee, tea and juices are available 24/7, and food is served from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. The buffet is set up in one long U, but three stations are hidden way at the back, separate from the main buffet and easy to miss, which is unfortunate; these sections have different offerings from the regular buffet.

Breakfast, served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. (with early and late options on either side), features made-to-order omelets, American and English hot breakfasts, fruit, yogurt, bread, cheese and cereal, as well as stations for Asian specialties, a poached egg bar and a waffle/pancake station in the back. The main lunch service runs from noon to 2:30 p.m. with half the stations remaining open well into the afternoon and evening. You'll find hot fare, a salad bar, a pasta bar and a carving station, with pizza, Asian and Panini/fish and chips in the back. Tea sandwiches and scones are served from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., offers more hot fare and a carving station, plus a curry station, made-to-order stir-fry, sushi and miso soup and more pasta, pizza and salad. Don't miss Celebrity's homemade ice cream near the entrance to the Oceanview Cafe; it's available until 10 p.m. and quite tasty.

The Pool Grille, just forward of the buffet, offers hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers with fries from noon to 6 p.m. In the Solarium, the AquaSpa Cafe is a small buffet, serving light meals by the thalassotherapy pool. Breakfast (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.) includes healthy muffins, fruit and oatmeal for free and smoothies, fresh juices and yogurt parfaits for an extra fee. Lunch, from noon to 2 p.m., centers on veggies and salads.

The SS United States, Celebrity Infinity's $45-per-head alternative restaurant on Deck 3, excels in appetizers and desserts, but main courses can be hit or miss. For a sure win, choose the lobster, prepared (and set afire) tableside. Pace yourself, as you'll be offered a cheese course, dessert and complimentary truffles to finish off your meal. In addition to the regular menu, you can opt instead for the Five Senses menu, which presents six courses paired with wines, for a higher surcharge of $89 per person. The setting is delightful, with large porthole windows, white tables and walls with blue and red accents. A special wine room can also host a large private group for a special dinner. Celebrity's Champagne High Tea, which takes place once or twice a cruise, is also offered in the SS United States. While a string quartet plays, premium tea and coffee, savory sandwiches and desserts are served on fine china for a $25-per-person charge. It was not well advertised on our cruise, so look out for it if you're keen.

Qsine (pronounce "cuisine") is Infinity's for-fee "creative comfort food" venue, at which patrons order whimsically presented dishes off of iPads. Instead of waiters, you get culinary tour guides, and presentation -- think sushi lollipops or spring rolls served in actual springs -- is the focus. It's $45 per person to eat there. The food is more fun than gourmet, and the best way to dine there is to get together a large group and sample a variety of items. Duos will quickly fill up and are likely to leave disappointed. Excellent choices include M's Favorites, a selection of Mediterranean mezze, and Painter's Mignon, filet mignon with an array of accompaniments. For dessert, the decorate-your-own cupcakes and the trio of gelatos are scrumptious. Qsine, on Deck 11, can be hard to find; take the central glass elevators or the stairs by the entrance of the Oceanview Cafe.

Carved out of a portion of the main dining room on Deck 5 is Blu, Celebrity's spa dining venue, exclusively for AquaClass passengers. Those booked in Royal and Penthouse suites are allowed to dine there, space permitting, for $5 per person. Fee-free for AquaClass residents, the restaurant is open for breakfast (7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.), serving light meals like smoothies and muesli. Dinner (6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) offers a changing menu of clean and simple cuisine, such as a roasted chicken breast or blackened ahi tuna. The venue is gorgeous, done in white with bright blue accents and a row of large porthole windows along one side. Note that Blu is intended to be AquaClass passengers' main dining venue for breakfast and dinner (though they can opt for Select dining whenever they wish), and no guests are allowed. So if you're booked in AquaClass and wish to eat with friends in other cabin categories, you must go to another venue.

A for-fee yet casual venue is Bistro on Five, hidden in an easy-to-miss area behind the Cellar Masters bar on Deck 5. Bistro's main fare is crepes, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert crepes. It also features panini sandwiches (steak, chicken or vegetable), soups and salads. Popular choices include the sweet banana, nutella and pistachio crepes and the savory Cowboy crepe, featuring marinated flank steak. Bistro on Five is open from 8 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. and requires no reservations, though there is a $7-per-person service charge (which covers as many crepes and paninis as you can eat). We found the crepes to be mediocre and oversauced, but others were fans. Bistro on Five is the busiest during lunch and early afternoon; it's very quiet at breakfast and dinner. Tapas and antipasti are served next door at Cellar Masters from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Also on Deck 5, Cafe al Bacio serves free breakfast pastries and desserts from morning 'til night, but the specialty coffee and tea drinks cost extra. (The general consensus is that the coffee there is the only coffee worth drinking onboard.) Across the atrium, the gelateria offers several flavors of gelato from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and it's definitely worth the extra fee.

Many passengers on our cruise partook in Celebrity's drink packages, but we never noticed the drinking getting out of hand (perhaps because many got them free in a booking promotion and had no incentive to get their money's worth). You can choose Premium or Classic beverage, wine, soda and bottled water packages and purchase them pre-cruise or onboard.

Room service is available 24/7. Breakfast door cards allow you to check off both cold (cereal, fruit) and hot (eggs, pancakes) choices and choose a window for delivery times. Throughout the day, passengers can order from a menu of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, pizza and dessert, with additional hot items like vegetable lasagna, New York strip steak and avocado-tomato quesadillas. Order via the phone or the interactive TV. Tipping for room service is customary and greatly appreciated.

Entertainment

Celebrity Life is Celebrity's enrichment and activities program for day and evening fun onboard. Activities mostly follow cruise ship standards (art auctions, bad hair day seminars, cooking demos, wine tastings, bingo and ballroom dance lessons). Some of the more unique (and entertaining) options are interactive events with officers and passengers, including Ping-Pong or water volleyball tournaments, silly game shows and an uproarious Dancing with the Officers "dance" (or is that physical comedy?) contest.

Celebrity's nightly theatrical performances, ranging from Broadway compilations to piano concertos, take place in the lovely three-deck Celebrity Theater and are generally well regarded. Shows include typical Vegas-style song-and-dance revues, alongside performances given by visiting comedians and musical outfits.

Constellation, the forward-facing lounge at the top of the ship, is surrounded with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. It's used during the day as an observation station and for various activities. At night, it's turned into a dance club. Across the hall, an arcade is available to gamers young and old.

Deck 4 is also something of an entertainment hub. The Rendezvous Lounge, lined with windows opening onto the promenade, features dancing and art auctions. The Martini Bar and Crush, complete with ice-topped bar and juggling bartenders, make great pre-dinner cocktail spots.

Fortunes Casino, located midship, has an odd Egyptian theme for an otherwise sophisticated ship. You can lose, or possibly win, money at slots, poker, blackjack, craps, Texas Hold'em and roulette.

Michael's Club is stocked with more than 60 generic, international and craft beers, along with high-end Scotch and whiskey. It serves as the VIP lounge during the day and opens at 7 p.m., often with a jazz trio or other small musical group performing.

Up one deck is Cellar Masters, a wine bar and tasting venue with Enomatic vino-dispensing machines, a long table for wine education events and comfy chairs for killing time until your dinner table is ready. Taste wine on your own at any time or during a scheduled wine tasting led by a sommelier; unlike most other bars on the ship, this one carries nothing but wine (no soda, cocktails or beer).

Shore excursions on our fjords cruise focused heavily on sightseeing tours by bus or boat, with the occasional active offering, such as a hike or kayak trip. Popular tours had several departures, and only a few actually sold out early. In general, prices were significantly higher than the same excursions booked independently.

Staterooms

Celebrity Infinity features a variety of cabin categories to suit any passenger's needs, from tiny insides to lavish 1,500-square-foot suites, and 60 percent of all accommodations feature verandahs.

Infinity standard cabins -- insides, outsides and balconies (called "Deluxe Oceanview") -- average a paltry 170 square feet (38-square-foot balconies), about 15 to 20 feet below the industry average.

Decor features hotel-style white bedding with light brown accents, rust carpeting and striking red love seats thrown in for a shock of color, all of which replaced the flamboyant turquoise-and-yellow Caribbean decor of the old abodes. (For a before and after, check out part three of our refurb slideshow.)

Insides, outsides and balconies feature two twin beds that convert to queens, safes, small desks, stocked mini-fridges, flat-screen TV's and bathrobes. The mini-fridges are locked; have your room steward open yours and clear out the for-fee booze if you want to store your wine or water. Shower-only bathrooms have hair dryers, shampoo, moisturizer and bar soap. There is no shower gel.

Drawers might be some issue for because they were a little stressed for space -- especially with having to pack for a 12-night cruise. There are drawers hidden in a secondary closet in each room, which also houses the safe. There's another drawer above the flat-screen TV, which is also where extra bedding is stored.

For those looking for a little more space and a few more amenities, the ConciergeClass cabins are 191 square feet with 42-square-foot-balconies. Added touches for concierge passengers include welcome bubbly, a pillow menu, nightly canapes, a 32-inch TV and nicer balcony furniture. In 2012, Celebrity expanded the ConciergeClass services to include an exclusive pre-departure lounge with free coffee and juices. Sky Suites come in at 251 square feet with 57-square-foot balconies.

Continuing up in size, Family Oceanview cabins are 271 square feet with enormous 242-square-foot verandahs that feature pairs of loungers and tables with two chairs each. Inside, there's a partition separating the "master bedroom" from the lounge/extra bed area.

Eight 467-square-foot Celebrity Suites feature lovely floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows (but no balconies), a jetted tub and a pair of entertainment centers. The eight 538-square-foot Royal Suites (195-square-foot balconies) add more space and feature whirlpool tubs on the verandahs. On the top of the list are a pair of 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suites with massive, 1,098-square-foot balconies. These suites also feature a baby grand piano, should you wish for a private concert or to tinkle the ivories on your own.

All suite passengers enjoy the service of a butler, who can help pack and unpack, set up in-cabin meals and help make onboard arrangements. Other suite extras include complimentary dinner at a specialty restaurant (one dinner for cruises of seven nights or less, two for cruises of eight nights or more); priority check-in; in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner; complimentary espresso and evening hors d'oeuvres.

There are 26 wheelchair-accessible cabins, including insides, oceanviews, balconies, concierge class cabins and Sky Suites.

Tipping

Celebrity suggests a per-person per-day gratuity of $3.50 for the waiter, butler (Suites only) and stateroom attendant; $4.00 for Concierge Class stateroom attendant; $2.00 for the Assistant Waiter; and $.75 for the Assistant Maitre d' and the Assistant Chief Housekeeper.

All guests are given a form to sign if they wish to have these gratuities charged to their shipboard account. Children under 12 who are the third or fourth person in the stateroom pay only half these amounts. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for room service, spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion. Note: Passengers who choose "Celebrity Select Dining" before their cruises are required to prepay gratuities (prior to boarding).

Alternatives: If you wish to adjust the amount you pay, this can be done onboard at guest relations.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to all bar bills.

Fellow Passengers

Celebrity Infinity passengers tend to be sophisticated, well-traveled adults, ages 45 and older. While Celebrity passengers are typically North American, Infinity's itineraries lend themselves to a more international crowd. Long cruises around the U.K. and to the Norwegian Fjords have a British majority, followed by Americans, Canadians and Spaniards. On South America cruises, Latinos from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela are the majority, followed by Americans, German and French. During summer and winter school holidays, more families will come aboard; expect 200 to 400 kids (17 and under).

Our recommendation

The stylish ships of Celebrity Cruises feature high-end decor, modern technology, excellent enrichment programs, superior dining options and outstanding spas.

Celebrity Cruises is best for: Adult couples, cruise line also attract families with teen-agers, family reunions, multi-generational; Young adults looking for soft adventure and sports activities; Boomers looking for a cruise with lots of enrichment at sea; Spa lovers and Travelers who want a taste of luxury at a premium cruise price.