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  1. Hi Joseph123, My wife and I sailed on the Infinity this past July and we dined in both Tuscan and Le Petit Chef (formerly Qusine). Both were very good, but they are definitely different experiences. Le Petit Chef has a fixed, multi-course menu (with some courses offering an alternative dish) with each course accompanied by an entertaining 'movie' projected on your plate and table. The food was very good, and each course is served to all diners at the same time by the waitstaff. I believe there are only two selections of dining time for this venue. Tuscan is a more 'traditional' venue with a more diverse menu. The atmosphere is also more traditional and less 'scripted' than Le Petit Chef. Food here is also very good. At Tuscan, you can request a dining time you prefer so you are not restricted to the two fixed seatings. We enjoyed both venues. We've been to Tuscan many times on a variety of Celebrity ships and have always enjoyed it. This was our first time in Le Petit Chef, and while we enjoyed the 'show' and the meal, we would probably not select this venue as our one-and-only specialty restaurant having experienced it once (but given enough days we would definitely try this again along with other specialty dining). I believe you cannot go wrong selecting either venue - only you and your wife can decide which sounds like what you would enjoy. P.S. I've used 'very good' to describe the quality of the food in these venues. Peoples' taste and food experiences are highly subject to their individual preferences - and subject to being fodder for flaming. I could have just as easily described the quality / taste of the food in these venues as 'exceptional' and not been exaggerating based on my preferences. Paul
  2. Information from a recent cruise on Infinity: CABIN #: 7187 DECK #: 7 CLASS: Concierge AREA: Near aft elevators, port side BED NEAR: Bath, facing forward QUIET?: Yes BALCONY VIEW: Obstructed downward by shade sail for suites on deck 6 below BALCONY SIZE: standard WIND A PROBLEM?: No SOOT A PROBLEM?: No PROBLEMS/COMMENTS: Only noise / vibration observed when docking or undocking
  3. Hi Fixit2010, I have a Tarmac Model 5549 Adventure 9 backpack that I use for this purpose. It has a roomy camera compartment that easily holds my DSLR, point & shoot cameras as well as camera chargers, iPad and iPhone chargers, travel adapters, binoculars, etc. There is a pocket on the back that can hold a laptop that I use to hold by iPad and all the travel related paperwork I carry. The 'backpack' compartment is somewhat small, but I can fit a book, travel journal, meds, glasses, passports etc without problems. This model is now obsolete, however Tarmac has a number of newer models with similar features. You might want to check out what Tarmac has to offer to see if there is something that meets your needs. Good luck and happy cruising. Paul
  4. Thanks for the feedback everyone! I was assuming that kong pants were the proper dress, but just wanted to make sure. All your replies confirmed my assumption, so long pants it will be. Thanks again for all your replies. Paul
  5. Cruisers, We'll be on a port intensive cruise in the Med from Rome to Venice this July. Trying to plan appropriate clothing to wear during our land tours. For those who have been on a similar itinerary recently, is the most common land tour dress for men long pants or are shorts the common attire? Want to make sure I'm not the 'ugly American tourist' or that I'm not packing lots of extra clothing. We'll also be spending several days in Venice and have the same questions about that city. I know the common dress code restrictions related to most churches, so my primary concern is for other tour locations. Thanks in advance for your replies. Paul
  6. Good Morning Paul, My wife and I did a cruise to Alaska on the Infinity in September 2007 - a highlight of our cruising experiences. We sailed into Yakatat bay to view the Hubbard glacier up close (real close) and the Captain opened the forward deck for those who wished to view the face of the glacier from that vantage point. If you have that option on your visit to the glacier I'd definitely recommend taking advantage of it as it is amazing watching the massive chunks of ice calve off the face off the head wall of the glacier and listening to the sounds made by the glacier. Definitely dress warm and in layers - it can get pretty cold standing out in the elements. Also, get to the deck early as it gets crowded and you will want to be as close to the front as possible for the best view. Also, the view as the ship enters the bay is beautiful. Hope you and Edward enjoy your cruise - Alaska is beautiful. Paul
  7. (**Cross posting from Italy Ports Forum**) DW and I will be ending a Celebrity cruise in Venice next July and plan to spend a few days exploring Venice before flying home. We're staying at the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal near Piazza San Marco and have a few questions for fellow cruisers who have stayed in this hotel recently: 1) What are your thoughts on the hotel? Does the hotel offer a complementary breakfast? 2) Any recommendations for restaurants in the area where the food is good and the prices are not outrageous? 3) If you have taken a water taxi from the hotel to the airport, where does the water taxi pick you up? We're also working out activities while we're in Venice. We're planning a day trip on a Sunday to Murano and Burano to visit the museums and explore a bit. If you've been there, any comments on these locations? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Paul
  8. DW and I will be ending a Celebrity cruise in Venice next July and plan to spend a few days exploring Venice before flying home. We're staying at the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal near Piazza San Marco and have a few questions for fellow cruisers who have stayed in this hotel recently: 1) What are your thoughts on the hotel? Does the hotel offer a complementary breakfast? 2) Any recommendations for restaurants in the area where the food is good and the prices are not outrageous? 3) If you have taken a water taxi from the hotel to the airport, where does the water taxi pick you up? We're also working out activities while we're in Venice. We're planning a day trip on a Sunday to Murano and Burano to visit the museums and explore a bit. If you've been there, any comments on these locations? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Paul
  9. I notice many website problem threads mention difficulties when using an Apple i-device (iPad, iPhone). These problems could be the result of the use of Flash content on the Celebrity site. i-devices do not support Flash so use of a computer that has Flash Player installed and not blocked by browser configuration may resolve the problem.
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