This was a cruise of “firsts” for us: First time cruising the Panama Canal, first time booking a stateroom guarantee, the first time flying in on embarkation day, and first time doing Silent Disco. It was a very good cruise but the Infinity is showing her age and so are the majority of passengers on this cruise (which we expected since not many working people can take 15 days vacation at one time). I estimate the average age at 75. There was a total of 3 children onboard.
My wife and I regularly sail Celebrity and booked this cruise 6 weeks in advance since they had a great veranda guarantee rate. We were hesitant to book a guarantee and had never done so before because stateroom location is important to us. After reading about others having positive experiences booking guarantee we decided to give it a try. Within a week after booking we were assigned stateroom 7122, a mid-ship class 2A veranda, which is what we normally try to book.
The Ship: The Infinity is an upscale ship but she is getting old with her décor becoming somewhat outdated. All public areas are well maintained. There was a funny, sewage-like, smell in a few areas of the ship. The most noticeable was in the photo gallery. The Martini bar’s ice top isn’t working properly and there are many bare, wet areas on the bar top. The public restrooms do not have automatic openers like the Solstice class ships and they are small. Celebrity no longer has attendants in restrooms at all times during the busy evening hours. The loungers around the pool seem new but they do not have pads and there is a crossbar just below your rear-end when sitting and is uncomfortable. The Sunset bar is very nice but the bar stools are worn and most no longer rotate making it uncomfortable if you want to turn and watch the latest port fade into the distance.
The stateroom: Is a standard veranda and has easy access to mid-ship stairs and elevators. It was clean, the bed was comfortable and overall in good shape but looking outdated. There is plenty of storage in the closets, in the night stands (which have 2 drawers each and much better than Solstice class night stands) and under the bed. There is a small loveseat and table but in order to more easily move around we push the table against the loveseat making it unusable most of the time. There is a small desk that doubles as a dressing table which has two small storage areas. The standard pillows are foam so we asked the stateroom attendant for feather pillows and he quickly obtained them for us. Carpet was in good shape and there is a wall of mirrors across from the bed. The TV is small and – to our dismay they do not offer a variety of music choices through the TV entertainment system. We enjoy playing music while we get ready for the evening. If you do too then I recommend bringing a small Bluetooth speaker and listen to the music from your smartphone. The drape covering the veranda door is NOT blackout. The room will get light as soon as the sun comes up, which was 5:45 AM on some of our days. The air conditioning worked OK but we could not get the room cold enough for us to sleep comfortably. It would go down to about 70 F but on other ships it will regularly go down to 66-68 F at night. There were some guests down the hall from us that slept with their veranda door open (evidenced by the hot, humid air blowing out from under their doors) which may have contributed to the A/C issue. CAUTION there is a crew door across the hall from #7122 and it makes a loud noise when it shuts, if the crew doesn’t ease it closed. We were awakened before 7 by this slamming door on a few mornings.
The bathroom: Is standard size for Celebrity. It has two corner storage shelves above the counter and storage under the sink. The sink is relatively large and deep compared to the vessel sinks on Solstice class ships. The shower runs the width of the bathroom rather than be in the corner like on Solstice class. It has a curtain rather than shower door. I prefer the shower setup on Solstice class ships. Unfortunately, the bathroom had seen better days. The tile on the floor is discolored and some tiles were loose. There is a lot of bad caulking in the shower with black mold growth. The toilet has a permanent black ring. Also, there isn’t an outlet for electric shavers.
The veranda: Is small but adequate for 2 people. It has two chairs (which do not recline) and a short table. Deck 8 above extends further out so you are well protected from rain if it isn’t too windy.
Very easy to get from airport to port.
We hiked the Pacaya volcano on an excursion through Celebrity (GQ61). This is an active volcano and the highlight was seeing lava flowing from the summit. There were breathtaking views of the Guatemala countryside. Bus ride from port was about 1.5 hours. There isn’t much to do in port and it is a long drive to get to other cities that have shopping or activities.
Port is close to airport