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Hello Celebrity cruisers,

We booked  the Infinity today on the 5 night Mexico/Key West itinerary, nothing fancy, basic veranda room.  We are new to Celebrity but not new to cruising, Princess has been our primary cruiseline for the past 20 years. (For those applauding the cross-over from Princess to Celebrity, thank you but I will miss the many free perks).   We picked this cruise to fit time off work and the shorter itinerary, and also the Key West stop.  One Perk:  Classic Beverage package for two. With no onboard credit the sunshine and beverage package will carry me through. 

 

A couple of questions: 

I see Infinity may be refurbished by our March 2021 cruise date.  Could this still be true? 

 

I plan on purchasing a future cruise credit on board - what are the benefits?  future perks be coming my way with just one sailing?  I enjoy the casino, are there casino perks?  

 

9th deck - forward.  OK?

 

thank you in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There is little chance that the Infinity will be redone before your cruise.  All updating has been put on hold indefinitely.  
 

 

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If you book another Celebrity cruise while on board Infinity, you will have a reduced deposit and some on board credit for that new cruise. How much on board credit and any other perks will depend on whatever promotion Celebrity is running at that time. 

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As mentioned, it’s highly unlikely Infinity will see any type of upgrade before you sail.  We sailed on Infinity in 2019 for two weeks and although we love m class ships, she was a bit ragged.   Not dirty or anything,  but clearly in need of a new refresh.  Our cabin was kept spotless, but it was very dated and a little rough around the edges.  I would not want you to have your first impression of Celebrity based on this particular ship.  As long as you’re aware that Infinity is not one of Celebrity’s newer and glitziest ships and you have an open mind, then you should enjoy your cruise.  I just wish your first time sailing with Celebrity was on an S class or even E class ship.  

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6 hours ago, jelayne said:

There is little chance that the Infinity will be redone before your cruise.  All updating has been put on hold indefinitely.  
 

 

Thank you, that's what I thought too, but thats ok.  

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2 hours ago, 39august said:

If you book another Celebrity cruise while on board Infinity, you will have a reduced deposit and some on board credit for that new cruise. How much on board credit and any other perks will depend on whatever promotion Celebrity is running at that time. 

Thank you, that's good to know.  I'll scout it out and see what I may book for the future before I board.  

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 If you are referring to a Future Cruise Certificate for a future cruise you will find out when on board what the promotions are.   No need to be concerned until you are on board as they may change.  
 

if you are considering purchasing future cruise credit to be used when sailing to pay your expenses I wouldn’t advise it as RCCL may go bankrupt.

 

Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅

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I sailed Infinity twice- once in her original livery- which i liked very much- and after her Solsticeation, were she got a few Solstice Class perks. That last voyage was in 2015- so can imagine that she may appear a little worn on the edges- maybe like a well worn shoe- nice and comfy!?

If the Transatlantic goes in November THIS YEAR (  i dout it though) I am considering to join in. I do not hesitate do book her again- despite her age. Celeberity is very well known to take good care of their ships- and they are spotless.

In almost 20 years of cruising X - more then 25 cruises - I never ever experiences anything other than a spotless clean ship.

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We sailed Infinity in 2018, and in my opinion, she was ship shape! 

 

This said, it all depends on your level of expectations. 

 

For us, we did not experience anything on Infinity that prevented us from enjoying our experience. On the contrary! We had an absolutely beautiful Alaska cruise.

 

If the price, timing and itinerary were right again, I would book her once more with great  pleasure. No hesitation!

 

We love M Class cruise ship. The only thing missing in my opinion, is the Murano Experience.

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We sailed infinity in February, it could use a refurbish but it’s still a nice ship. If you gamble celebrity has had a really good deal last few years, if you prebuy 50 dollars for casino chips or slot play they will give you 55 in chips, bought several hundred both this year and last year. Entertainment is better on Princess but I think you will enjoy the Infinity. We are on it again this February also.

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Melodyina,

As someone who has cruised with BOTH Princess and Celebrity a great deal, allow me to offer a little more perspective.

Repeat customer perks are highly overrated. Most things given out by any repeat customer "club" can also be purchased--drinks, internet, laundry, etc.  It's just that we like getting them for "free".  But, if you need such things, just think of them as part of your cost.

On the whole, the Celebrity Captains Club Perks are actually better, IMHO, than the Princess Captain's Circle perks for similar levels. Both eventually give you similar amounts of free internet minutes, both give you free laundry--though, at Elite, Princess seems better in that it doesn't have Celebrity's limits, but, in reality, there is a limit to how much laundry service you can really use.  Celebrity's Elite cocktail hours--with free drinks nightly for two hours in a lounge blow away Princess' Elite Lounge--where all you get is the ability to purchase a limited number of drink specials at a slightly reduced rate...and, eventually, at Elite, getting a very small free "bar set-up" of a few small airplane bottles of booze in your cabin.

 

Of course, the problem for you, at first, is that you won't get ANY of the Celebrity Captains Club perks until you've done a few cruises.  That said, it is a whole lot easier to get to those higher levels in Celebrity's program than in Princess'.  With Celebrity's program (under the old points system), you could get to Elite in as little as four cruises...Now, it's a little harder--but, you could get to Elite in as few as 17 nights of cruising in a larger suite, but, more practically, in only 60 nights of cruising (less than nine 7 night cruises) in a Concierge or Aqua cabin.  Getting to Elite on Princess takes 15 cruises.

 

But, as I said, until then, you can always just buy internet minutes or laundry if you need it.  Celebrity also gives out more assorted perks--like backstage tours and free wine tasting.

 

But, aside from the perks, there are many things that distinguish Celebrity and elevate it past Princess in other areas.

 

First of all, Celebrity cabins are roomier--at all levels.  Forget the advertised alleged square footage numbers--Princess cabins are SMALL--or just have a lot more wasted footage.  On the typical Princess ship, you get no sitting area in your cabin until you upgrade to a mini-suite (though on our last Princess cruise--on Royal--we were able to get a small sitting area going to the "Premium" balcony cabin level--just not on most of their ships).  On Celebrity, even the inside cabins have sitting areas with at least a small love seat--larger cabins--even many lower categories, have a sofa and coffee table.  "Obstructed View" cabins on Celebrity mean that there is a lifeboat BELOW the level of your balcony railing--or even below the entire balcony.  On Princess, most obstructed view cabins mean there is a lifeboat smack outside your window, blocking up to 100% of your view.

 

Showrooms on Celebrity are much larger, seating a much greater percentage of the ship's passengers.  On Princess, as a rule, you need to show up to any show at least a half an hour early just to get a seat.  On Celebrity, you can, generally, show up minutes before curtain and have your pick of many good seats.

 

Lounges on Celebrity...and all other public areas are roomier and seats are easier to come by--largely due to Celebrity's much better space-to-passenger rations.

 

As to, specifically, the Infinity, even though they may have delayed the refurbishment, I would not worry about the condition.  Celebrity is very good with the upkeep of ships and Infinity--and all of the M-Class ships are great designs--smaller and easier to get around than most mass market cruise ships today...with fewer passengers.  We actually had the Infinity booked for two cruises this July before they were cancelled--and we moved one to next July on a "lift-and-shift"...and we have 29 nights over two cruises booked on her sister ship--Millennium--next April.

 

I think you will enjoy Celebrity--and Infinity...

...and that is coming from someone who has also cruised Princess for almost 20 years and cruises on them quite a bit...I cruise Princess due to some more convenient (for me) itineraries, but vastly prefer Celebrity.

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We were supposed to be on Infinity for this exact itinerary but it was cancelled.  We have not been on her yet but have sailed her sister ship, Connie.  In our experience, even the older ships in the fleet are kept up very nicely.  While she won't get her scheduled refurb, I think you'll be very happy.

 

We have never booked with Cruise Next as we didn't understand the benefits and I've always gotten more OBC via our TA.  That said, if we get to sail with Celebrity again, we will consider booking our future cruise with Cruise Next and then transfer to our TA for the additional benefits.  I think we will go in already knowing what cruise we want so that we can save time in the Cruise Next office...which has been the drawback for us in the past.  We don't like spending valuable vacation time arranging our next cruise.

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Over the years I have booked many cruises while onboard.  I like the reduced deposits and the OBC.  I always know before sailing which cruise/cruises I am interested in booking and have printed copies of the price the day before I sail thus I can decide if I am being offered a deal or not.

Sailed Infinity in 2008 and 2010.  The 2010 was 14 night Antarctic Cruise and we fell in love with Infinity.  I have 17 past cruises with Celebrity and 2 future cruises (hope covid gone) booked, one on The Connie for Caribbean and one on Reflection for British Isles.

As posted previously, Celebrity ships have always been spotless and employees are always smiling and friendly.  Even if Infinity is not revolutionized she will be great.  Happy Sails

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I too am Elite with Princess; we sailed Celebrity once a few years ago, and I get a lot of offers from them. I gambled maybe $40 over 2 occasions during the cruise and have gotten some OBC deals and sale offers. I wish Princess sent me the Casino deals!! Have fun!

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I've sailed on the Infinity in 2017, and her sister the Constellation just this past November 2019.  Of course, they do not have the most up-to-date bells and whistles that the S- or E-class ships do.  However, whether in "need" of a refurb or not, both were very clean and maintained.  There was absolutely nothing wrong that detracted from either cruise.  The staff on both were also amazing. It is a very nice size ship, and plenty of space between passengers.

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2 threads on Infinity.,close in time..Hope moderators can combine them..

 

Here's my post from the other thread,

 

 

"We had 2 cruises on  the Infinity a few yrs ago.  ABC Islands from Fl and a Pacific Coastal..both in AQ cabins some months apart.    Ship and cabins were very dated. 

 

No issues on one of the cruises but on the other the A/C in our room and hallway broke down constantly,  we had bad  mildew issues in our bathroom and stinky sewage smell in hallway.  WIth a balcony we could open  it and air things out or escape the cabin,. With an inside, if you had any issues, no escape!

 

BLU was fine and the Celeb  activities, music and  excursions were also  good.

 

Just be sure you can be happy with an older ship.. We are booked on Connie which now will not be refurbed  and having second thoughts."


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Having sailed on both lines, IMO Celebrity so much better.  You are taking a basic room, but can still enjoy the other ship amenities.  The MDR is very good, but I would also dine in the specialty restaurants.  Take the drink package as it is so worth it!  The Martini bar is wonderful as are the other bars on board.

 

Love the no smoking in the Casino!  The entire ship doesn't have the smokey funk smell as smoking is very limited to some designated outdoor spaces.  The staff has always been cordial and professional.  Cafe al baccio another great place for coffee and pastries and included free in your drink package.

 

We no longer sail on Princess as we find it much too plain vanilla and for some reason very crowded.   9th Deck is fine- cabins above and below- stay midship.  I do not no if any refurbishing will be done next year due to this pandemic.

 

Hopefully, we can all enjoy cruising again in 2021

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Speaking as a Celebrity casino lover that has never gotten past the pearl (basic) level in the Blue Chip club:

 

1. NON SMOKING CASINO

 

 2. Almost nightly casino promotions after the main show including free slot play, free fun slot tourneys,drawings for free poker tourney, free Black Jack with officers and so forth.  Watch the daily planner for promotion information as they change.

 

3. On longer cruises as one other poster said bonus for buy ins.  We usually watch cashier cage for buy in bonus and buy $500 slot play and get $75 bonus slot play.  The buy in can be done with on board credit with no fee, we call this "laundering" OBC.  When using this slot play you do not earn points and so we don't have much status regardless of how many times we re-buy but the bonus slot play certainly improves the dismal odds at 6/5 video poker.  Recently, free drinks have been available to players on some evenings but since you have the drink package you can enjoy the casino bar anytime.

 

I suggest you read the Blue Chip club information to learn more about perks if you will be doing much gambling.

We are on the April 2021 Infinity trans Atlantic sailing and looking forward to visiting the casino daily for entertainment.

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On 6/22/2020 at 4:55 PM, Bruin Steve said:

Melodyina,

As someone who has cruised with BOTH Princess and Celebrity a great deal, allow me to offer a little more perspective.

Repeat customer perks are highly overrated. Most things given out by any repeat customer "club" can also be purchased--drinks, internet, laundry, etc.  It's just that we like getting them for "free".  But, if you need such things, just think of them as part of your cost.

On the whole, the Celebrity Captains Club Perks are actually better, IMHO, than the Princess Captain's Circle perks for similar levels. Both eventually give you similar amounts of free internet minutes, both give you free laundry--though, at Elite, Princess seems better in that it doesn't have Celebrity's limits, but, in reality, there is a limit to how much laundry service you can really use.  Celebrity's Elite cocktail hours--with free drinks nightly for two hours in a lounge blow away Princess' Elite Lounge--where all you get is the ability to purchase a limited number of drink specials at a slightly reduced rate...and, eventually, at Elite, getting a very small free "bar set-up" of a few small airplane bottles of booze in your cabin.

 

Of course, the problem for you, at first, is that you won't get ANY of the Celebrity Captains Club perks until you've done a few cruises.  That said, it is a whole lot easier to get to those higher levels in Celebrity's program than in Princess'.  With Celebrity's program (under the old points system), you could get to Elite in as little as four cruises...Now, it's a little harder--but, you could get to Elite in as few as 17 nights of cruising in a larger suite, but, more practically, in only 60 nights of cruising (less than nine 7 night cruises) in a Concierge or Aqua cabin.  Getting to Elite on Princess takes 15 cruises.

 

But, as I said, until then, you can always just buy internet minutes or laundry if you need it.  Celebrity also gives out more assorted perks--like backstage tours and free wine tasting.

 

But, aside from the perks, there are many things that distinguish Celebrity and elevate it past Princess in other areas.

 

First of all, Celebrity cabins are roomier--at all levels.  Forget the advertised alleged square footage numbers--Princess cabins are SMALL--or just have a lot more wasted footage.  On the typical Princess ship, you get no sitting area in your cabin until you upgrade to a mini-suite (though on our last Princess cruise--on Royal--we were able to get a small sitting area going to the "Premium" balcony cabin level--just not on most of their ships).  On Celebrity, even the inside cabins have sitting areas with at least a small love seat--larger cabins--even many lower categories, have a sofa and coffee table.  "Obstructed View" cabins on Celebrity mean that there is a lifeboat BELOW the level of your balcony railing--or even below the entire balcony.  On Princess, most obstructed view cabins mean there is a lifeboat smack outside your window, blocking up to 100% of your view.

 

Showrooms on Celebrity are much larger, seating a much greater percentage of the ship's passengers.  On Princess, as a rule, you need to show up to any show at least a half an hour early just to get a seat.  On Celebrity, you can, generally, show up minutes before curtain and have your pick of many good seats.

 

Lounges on Celebrity...and all other public areas are roomier and seats are easier to come by--largely due to Celebrity's much better space-to-passenger rations.

 

As to, specifically, the Infinity, even though they may have delayed the refurbishment, I would not worry about the condition.  Celebrity is very good with the upkeep of ships and Infinity--and all of the M-Class ships are great designs--smaller and easier to get around than most mass market cruise ships today...with fewer passengers.  We actually had the Infinity booked for two cruises this July before they were cancelled--and we moved one to next July on a "lift-and-shift"...and we have 29 nights over two cruises booked on her sister ship--Millennium--next April.

 

I think you will enjoy Celebrity--and Infinity...

...and that is coming from someone who has also cruised Princess for almost 20 years and cruises on them quite a bit...I cruise Princess due to some more convenient (for me) itineraries, but vastly prefer Celebrity.

 

Hi sorry to intrude on this conversation thread but I actually have the similar queries but the other way around. We are elite with celebrity but have never sailed princess. Unfortunately celebrity are not doing the itinerary we want for next year but the grand princess is doing it so we are looking at booking that. 

 

I would like to know how you compare Celebrity and Princess in terms of service, food quality (we usually don't book speciality restaurants just use the MDR), ship design etc.? I would also like to know where the best places are to book a cabin on the ship?

 

Are there any top tips for sailing princess I should know about?

 

Thank you so much 

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25 minutes ago, Nicole&Pete said:

 

... We are elite with celebrity but have never sailed princess. Unfortunately celebrity are not doing the itinerary we want for next year but the grand princess is doing it so we are looking at booking that. 

 

I would like to know how you compare Celebrity and Princess in terms of service, food quality (we usually don't book speciality restaurants just use the MDR), ship design etc.? I would also like to know where the best places are to book a cabin on the ship?

 

Are there any top tips for sailing princess I should know about?

 

Thank you so much 

 

Nicole and Pete,

We have cruised quite a bit with Princess...mainly when we are unable to find a similar itinerary on Celebrity.  For the most part, for us, this is on cruises here on the West Coast of North America--an area largely ignored by Celebrity/Royal Caribbean.  All but one of our Princess cruises have been either in or out (or both) of Los Angeles.  For us, it is just convenience.

 

My overall opinion of Princess, is that it is a nice, middle-of-the-road sort of cruise experience.  The ships have none of the bells and whistles one finds on a cruise line like Royal Caribbean, but they are well-equipped with bars and lounges, restaurants, etc.

 

The main lacking, compared to Celebrity, is in space and comfort--Princess ships have less space per passenger, and, therefore, some venues tend to get a bit crowded.  For example, the show rooms are much too small for the number of passengers--so, the caveat is to get to the showrooms EARLY--like at least a half an hour prior to the show lest you are unable to find seats.  Shows like Magicians and Comedians are often held in a smaller lounge with even more limited seating--so definitely show up very early.  That said, we have found a lot of the entertainment--not so much the singers/dancers but more the specialty entertainers --have been VERY good.

 

The food is generally good--good quality, nice variety...of course, "food" is a very subjective thing.  Good or bad food is not the same to everyone....but, yes, we have enjoyed it.  The service IN the dining room, once you are seated, is very good.  The only problem we've encountered is in getting seated with Anytime Dining...the layout of the ships is disjointed with four separate main dining rooms--which makes it hard for them to distribute the crowds.  Also, at times, we've encountered the problem that unlike Celebrity, who check your dining assignments going in on the computer, Princess doesn't--and often there is the problem of a lot of folks with assigned traditional seating blowing off those assignments and clogging up the Anytime rooms.  Once, we actually had Traditional seating and found our dining room always two-thirds empty though the ship had sailed full.  The specialty restaurants, just as a note, are only about half the cost as on Celebrity.

 

The cabins are another difference which is a peeve of mine.  Although they claim square footage similar in size to Celebrity, the cabins FEEL quite a bit smaller...and for good reasons.  First, there are different standards for measuring square footage.  180 square feet for one line is not the same as 180 square feet for another.  Also, Princess tends to include the balcony in their measure.  But, more important is that the Princess cabins do not make good use of the footage.  Unlike Celebrity, bathrooms and closets are off a hallway--which takes away valuable square footage.  Hence, the actual bedrooms have no room for a sitting area--no sofa or loveseat, no coffee table...often not even a chair. To get a sitting area, you need to move up to a "mini-suite" (Except on the Royal/Regal where we were able to get a sitting area by going to a Premium Deluxe Balcony).

 

As compared to Celebrity, the cabins do have better storage--important in longer cruises but wasted on a shorter cruise.

 

Another note, beware "obstructed" cabins on Princess.  Unlike Celebrity where it means a lifeboat below your balcony railing, on Princess it most often means a lifeboat smack in front of your window, blocking the entire view.

 

The Captain's Circle benefits don't come close to what one gets with Celebrity's Captains Club...and, as noted, far harder to get to Elite (only to find no free drinks), but, in your position, it won't matter anyway.

 

And, overall, it's still an enjoyable cruise...especially if you like the itinerary, enjoy eating and drinking and being entertained.  Just, again, make sure to get to shows early...and go to dinner at a less popular time (like not between 7:00 and 7:30).

 

Have fun...

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I new that there was o smoking in the Casino and no smoking anywhere inside the ship. Is there still smoking available outside and where are those venues?

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As an elite on both Celebrity and Princess, I have a fair amount of experience on both.  I like Celebrity better - my late DH and I always said, Celebrity is just a bit nicer.  I agree that the Celebrity cabins are just a bit larger, but the storage isn't quite as good, IMHO.  The elite perks are, again, just my opinion, just a bit better on Celebrity.   I like the public areas a bit better on Celebrity, too.  I prefer to sail Aqua on Celebrity, which, of course, is a bit nicer than regular Celebrity.  That being said, I have cruising friends that prefer Princess, and it is just fine with me.   I think that if you like one, you will like the other, too.  

 

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Thank you all for your helpful comments, really appreciate it. I definitely would sail celebrity if they had this itinerary but they don't so were kind of picking itinerary over cruise line for next year. It sounds like it will still be good food and service I will just be mindful to get to the theatre shows early. Our preference is usually late traditional so I don't think well have a problem with the dinner seating etc. 

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6 minutes ago, Nicole&Pete said:

Thank you all for your helpful comments, really appreciate it. I definitely would sail celebrity if they had this itinerary but they don't so were kind of picking itinerary over cruise line for next year. It sounds like it will still be good food and service I will just be mindful to get to the theatre shows early. Our preference is usually late traditional so I don't think well have a problem with the dinner seating etc. 

I don't know what type of cabin you are planning,  but if you want any seating area you'll need to consider a mini-suite, which is in no way a suite . . . But it has a sofa. Except for the newer Royal class which has a small love seat in their Deluxe Balcony, the only chair in a balcony is the one at the desk/vanity.  We've cruised with Princess several times, but when we were on Crown Princess last year for a British Isles cruise (itinerary-based decision) this was a noticeable change.  We have booked mini-suites when there are several sea days, but this was a very port-intensive cruise.  Mini-suites also have a slightly larger bathroom with a tub-shower combo.  The storage on Princess is excellent!

 

if you choose a regular balcony, the balconies on Caribe deck are significantly larger than any other deck.

 

i am a huge fan of Cafe al Bacio when on Celebrity.  Princess has the International Cafe, which we enjoy.  I don't think the coffee drinks are quite as good or failed, but they have wonderful savory items . . . chicken salad, shrimp salad, etc at lunch thru the afternoon and evening as well as breakfast sandwiches in the morning.  We had several REALLY early arrivals with tours that met by 7:30 so we frequently had a sandwich, fruit /yogurt cup, etc before leaving.

 

while we have a slight preference for Celebrity, I think you'll have a fine cruise on Princess.

 

 

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Thank you all for your help. 

 

Melodyina - you will have a lovely cruise on the infinity!

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