Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Great Panama Canal Experience on Celebrity Infinity

Sail Date: April 26, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

This was a 15 night cruise westbound from Miami to San Diego on Infinity.  Although an older M-Class ship it is still in great shape and has an overall classy atmosphere. We were most impressed with the staff and outstanding service across the ship.  We were in a Celebrity Suite, although the service was great everywhere.  The highlight was cruising through the Panama Canal.  To this day it is an engineering achievement.  We went through the old locks although we saw the new ones which will open in June for larger ships.  We loved dining in Luminae which was extra special service.  We had great dining experiences in Qsine and Tuscan Grill as well.  When we occasionally went to the Oceanview buffet it had plenty of choices and food was pretty good for most choices.  Cafe Al Baccio was a go-to place for coffee and pastries.  We were very satisfied with the entertainment which was very good almost every night and never repeated the same shows - surprising for 15 nights. The casino was smoke-free which was a plus.  We loved the canal but some of the ports were not so great.

Cabin / Stateroom
Overall our Celebrity Suite was very nice. An occasional maintenance issue was usually handled right away. Some furniture was replaced with new versions during the cruise. A lot of space and nice amenities. Balcony was long and narrow - small for a suite. Tub/shower was high and a bit difficult to get in/out.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Almost no children of any age on board.
Cruise director Sara was top notch.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Luminae allowed choices from their menu or the MDR menu.
Miami, Florida
Cartagena, Colombia
Very hot and extremely humid.
Colon, Panama
Saw the locks on the canal but Colon itself is to be avoided
Panama Canal Transit
The highlight of the trip.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Took a private tour and saw two types of monkeys,
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Long ride to Antigua over not so great roads.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Pure Tourist spot. Just walk around here,
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Loved the views.
San Diego, California
Nice place to end the trip.


We tend to book private excursions for smaller groups.

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