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Celebrity Infinity Cruise Review to South America

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Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Celebrity Infinity

15 Night Argentina & Chile Holiday (Buenos Aires To Santiago)

Sail date: December 23, 2017

Ship: Celebrity Infinity

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 6000

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

While our past Celebrity cruises emphasized more mature passengers, this holiday sailing was filled with families with children. I think it overwhelmed the crew at least for the first 2-3 days, but once underway, it turned out to be okay. But since we value cruises as rest & relaxation time, we will not be booking holiday sailings again. That said, we will book with Celebrity again. The food and service was excellent.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Celebrity manages the embarkation process very smoothly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food quality on the buffet was equal to that in the main dining room. Entrees on the main dining room menu frequently were sighted on the buffet. Desserts were spectacular. Ice cream flavors changed daily and offered variety.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We frequented the adult-only solarium hot tubs & salt-water pool daily. I also took advantage of the morning lectures by a naturalist, an astronomer, and a locations/destination speaker.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The shows were good and enjoyable, but with a focus on "oldies but goodies" fare that invited audience sing-alongs.

Children's Programs

We do not have children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff were friendly and eager to serve. They were especially eager for us to complete evaluation surveys.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Common areas were cleaned continuously.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The best cabin, facing forward, and directly under the bridge. We had a great view of where we were heading.

Ports of call

Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 out of 5

Montevideo, Uruguay

3 out of 5
We were there on Christmas day, so 90% of shops were closed.

Punta Del Este, Uruguay

3 out of 5
Nice for a leisurely stroll.

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

3 out of 5
Our excursion to Punta Tombo penguin rookery whisked us away as soon as we docked, and returned us just in time for sailing. The excursion was definitely worthwhile, to see so many penguins in their natural habitat and so expertly maintained as a wildlife preserve. There was no time to see anything else of Puerto Madryn.

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

4 out of 5
Our excursion to Tierra Del Fuego National Park whisked us away as soon as we docked, and returned us just in time for sailing. The excursion was definitely worthwhile--the first half was by catamaran past harbor islands with bird and sea lion wildlife; the second half was from the national park back to Ushuaia by bus.

Punta Arenas, Chile

4 out of 5
A town focused on adventurers launching to Antartica. We strolled around for several hours. No excursion here.

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5
Almost didnʻt go ashore, but decided at the last minute to join an excursion to Petrohue Falls and volcano district. Excellent decision. Our guide was an American who has been living in Puerto Varas for over two decades, and he was an excellent storyteller.

San Antonio, Chile

4 out of 5
Booked a Santiago City Tour and airport drop-off with an independent operator. We were a small group of 9 in a small van, with a lively talkative guide who answered all our questions with great humor. San Antonio is an industrial port, so we missed seeing anything of Valparaiso.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Celebrity manages this process smoothly and efficiently.
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