Crusin' The Canal

Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
15 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Miami)
Sail Date: April 14, 2014
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9077
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

I have to say overall this was a nice cruise.  The weather was great - a bit on the hot and humid side but nice as we are coming from a long cold winter.  Our room was an Aqua Suite with our dining in Blu.  We enjoyed Blu, more intimate and food was 99% amazing.  As Blu was not open during lunch we had to dine elsewhere.  We tried Trellis for a few lunches and found it to be crowded (tables placed very close together) service was slow, waiters seemed stressed BUT food was good.  Enjoyed most ports.  Was a bit disappointed on our tour in Colon Panama, This is the one port I would not recommend taking any tour, in fact you could skip that port entirely as you saw the locks going thru and the speakers on the ship told us all about it.  Our tour was of the "locks" and a boat ride on the lake to look for wildlife.  The lock tour was a waste of time - the boat ride nice but would have been nice to have expanded the ride to more than just circling a couple of very small islands hoping to see some wildlife.  Loved Loved Loved Guatamala and the history tour of Antigua - our guide Hugo was amazing.  Had the opportunity of watching local celebrations on Easter Sunday.  Great to experience that culture.  We enjoyed the days at sea (there was quite a few sea days but we found them relaxing).  Would recommend this trip if you want to spend some days in nice warm (actually hot) temps.  We were probably some of the "youngest" on the ship and we are late 50's /early 60's in age.  Celebrity did a wonderful job of being on top of a NoroVirus incident.  "Washy Washy" - they were everywhere cleaning handrails, chairs, etc constantly and consistantly.  Great Job Celebrity! Kept all informed and exceptional cleaning. 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Blu was great - Aqua Cafe employees NEED some customer service skills and personality

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Loved the progressive Trivia


5 out of 5
Overall the entertainment was good - A great variety - not Broadway but we were not in New York - we were on a ship

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our room person was great - bar personal were SLOW and crabby, especially at the pool bars. The bar at the back of the ship was the best

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
This is an older ship but basically well maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Loved the fresh fruit and tea that was delivered every afternoon

Ship Tip

If you want to sit in the sun, be away from the crowds - go to deck 12 on the back of the ship - there are very few people that venture up there.

5 out of 5
If you have not been there take time and tour the Midway
5 out of 5
Didn't get off the ship - short stop and not interested in the tours
5 out of 5
o took a taxi to the shopping strip - had a tip from a crew member to eat at Si Seniors - great tip - Don't try to walk there as you go thru some not so nice areas -
5 out of 5
Loved the history tour of Antiqua - Hugo our guide was AWESOME!
5 out of 5
Enjoyed the Tram ride and the river tour - nice
5 out of 5
Interesting - enjoyed this
1 out of 5
wouldn't waste my money or time on these tours again
3 out of 5
Way too many "beggers" and street vendors in your face -
5 out of 5
just got off the ship and flew home - did not do any tours
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