November 2016 - Celebrity Infinity to Panama Canal, Central America
I booked this at the last minute to see the changes made to the canal since my last visit in 2000. The increase size of the new locks with water saving techniques will allow some truly large ships to now transit the canal. The downside is tolls have been raised so this has become a very expensive trip.
Ports of call where just stops with nothing special but thats not why you booked this cruise. I've been to Cabo several times before scuba diving so nothing special here. Other stops in the Pacific required what seemed like long travel times which I'm not interested in. The few stops on the Caribbean side where just stops. Colon would allow you to see how the locks worked up close but you just traveled though them. Cartagena has the castillo san felipe de barajas which really is a must see but ready for a traffic nightmare.
Of highlight of the trip is the canal and Celebrity presents it very well with excellent guest lectures so when you transit you are aware of all the information needed to really appreciate what you are seeing. It really is an engineering marvel that after 100 years still provides what it was designed to do. Considering all the changes in transportation that have occurred that's really amazing.
The ship was fantastic with an excellent crew that really provided a wonderful trip. It was my first experience with Blu and it was well worth booking Aqua Class in order to visit. Various activities such as progressive trivia where enjoyable. The evening entertainment was hit or miss from our perspective but you can't please everybody all the time.
San Diego embarkation was a long line waiting to have you passport checked by by the port but after that it was quickly on board to enjoy the ship. Getting off in Ft Lauderdale was confusing because of the small size of the area and the large number of passengers. Its a shame that getting on and off a ship can be such a trying experience.