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Ship Visit to Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Cruises
Harwich - 18th September 2013

Report ©2013 Alan Moorhouse
Photos ©2013 Ian Boyle, Alan Moorhouse & Andrew Cooke



CELEBRITY INFINITY - HARWICH - Photo: ©2013 Andrew Cooke
CELEBRITY INFINITY at Harwich - Photo: ©2013 Andrew Cooke


   

2013 Visit Reports
Revisited ships will not be shown unless significantly revised since previous visit

Celebrity Infinity

Deutschland (Deilmann)

Discovery (CMV)

Ryndam (HAL)


 
CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Andrew Cooke
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Leaving Harwich
Photo: ©2013 Andrew Cooke



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Aqua Class Cabin 9047 - Deck 9
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Aqua Class Cabin 9047 - Deck 9
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Celebrity Theater - Decks 5, 4 & 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Trellis Restaurant - Decks 4 & 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Trellis Restaurant - Decks 4 & 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Trellis Restaurant - Decks 4 & 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - El Bacio Coffee Shop - Deck 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - El Bacio Coffee Shop - Deck 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Blu Restaurant - Deck 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Martini Bar - Deck 4
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Martini Bar - Deck 4
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Furniture from SS United States - Deck 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Glass panels from SS United States - Deck 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - SS United States dining room - Deck 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - SS United States dining room - Deck 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Library - Deck 8
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Solarium - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Solarium - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Funnel
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Celebrity Infinity was clearly visible some miles before we reached Harwich, with its blue and white hull and the signature blue ‘X’ adorning the funnel, as we arrived for our eagerly-anticipated visit. Meeting, greeting and check in at the terminal was straightforward, as the OLS group gathered and were given a brief welcome and introduction from our host for the day, Kenny Moore.

It was to be an interesting experience personally as I have cruised previously on Galaxy, and visited Zenith, Mercury, Constellation, Celebrity Equinox, and Celebrity Eclipse. Accordingly I was aware of the quality of the Celebrity ships and the product offered. Nevertheless this was a new ship to me, and one fresh from a ‘Solsticization’ refit to bring its facilities into line with the more recent Solstice Class. A new experience, and one I and the rest of the group keenly awaited.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Celebrity Infinity was originally named simply Infinity at the former Chantiers de L’Atlantique Shipyard at St Nazaire, France, which is now STX France. The ship was delivered in March 2001 at a cost of $350 million, and is the second of four ships in the ‘Millennium’ Class. It followed Millennium, and was itself followed by Summit and Constellation. The series externally is to a yacht style design by ship architect, John Bannenberg. The ship is 90,228 gt and is 294 metres long and 32.2 metres wide. The ship is powered by gas turbine engines driving two Azimuth Pod propulsion systems and can achieve a speed of 24 knots. There are 12 public decks and some 1025 cabins providing accommodation for up to 2570 passengers, and a complement of 999 crew. Whilst there are no single cabins, there are 590 balcony cabins and 26 which are wheelchair accessible.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Although now an established part of the Royal Caribbean International group, Celebrity and the iconic ‘X’ funnel logo began with the Greek Chandris family. The X logo is the Greek letter ‘Chi’ and is the first letter of the Chandris name when written in the Greek alphabet. Michael Chandris and his brother John began with a cargo company and developed into cruising with ships including Regina Magna, Amerikanis, Australis, Britanis and Ellinis. Chandris Line created Celebrity Cruises in 1989 as a line of more upmarket ships. The first new build was Horizon in 1990. In 1997 the company was acquired by RCI.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Constellation Lounge at night - Deck 11
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Boarding was via Deck 3 and timed to be between the departing guests and the new arrivals for the forthcoming ‘Immersive Wine’ cruise to Le Havre (for Paris), La Rachelle (for Bordeaux), Bilbao and Porto under the command of Captain Anastasios Lekkas.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Aqua Class Cabin 9047 - Deck 9
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The greeting point on Deck 3 was in front of Guest Relations where staff helpfully assisted by providing a deck plan, and a copy of ‘Celebrity Today’, along with an introductory ‘In The Spotlight’ paper on the key Celebrity Infinity officers and staff. From Deck 3 the rather regular shaped and somewhat bland atrium rose up to deck 6. It was a more toned down feature than many others I have seen and did not really have that extra wow factor.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Celebrity Theater - Decks 5, 4 & 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The group took the panoramic port side external lift up to Deck 6 where we visited the spacious extravagantly decorated Owners Suite complete with Grand Piano and an abundance of decorative artefacts and artwork, which is a key feature generally of Celebrity cruise ships. Outside, the balcony area including a Jacuzzi, spanned half the ships beam. The group also visited other examples of the wide variety of stateroom types and sizes, and price ranges. These included the Royal Suites with their separate bedroom and living areas; Celebrity Suites with floor to ceiling windows; Sky Suites; standard outside cabins with balconies; Ocean view cabins and interior cabins. The group also visited an example of the spacious and accessible wheelchair user's cabins, with walk in shower and ample space for manoeuvring and using the facilities provided.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Trellis Restaurant - Decks 4 & 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


Next stop via another panoramic lift was Qsine on Deck 11. This was a very tastefully decorated and furnished reservation-only restaurant, at a cost of $40 per head. It features interesting lighting and seating arrangements such as an oval table next to the window. This is one of the main aspects of the ‘Solsticization’ of the ship along with the exclusive ‘Blu’ speciality restaurant for Aqua Class passengers.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - El Bacio Coffee Shop - Deck 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The tour continued through the open deck area and pools and their decorative surrounds. This area gave the distinct impression of space and the absence of overcrowding, with comfortable sun loungers on which to enjoy the sunshine, a good novel and the opportunity tto cool off in the large pools. Food and drink is available in the adjacent bar and grill. The group then took the forward stairwell to the open, large, bright, light and spacious Constellation Lounge with its wide views over the sea and the bow area of the ship. It provides a range of relaxed seating areas with a dance floor and is the venue of the resident house band. The décor is of subtle blues, greys and beiges with interesting blue wave style carpets. The lounge featured many examples from the interesting Celebrity Art collection including a tree like sculpture in the approach by Dieter Muller Roth, a work of airbrushed plaster by Karin Sander, and Lukas Samaras’ ‘Sewn Fabrics’.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Blu Restaurant - Deck 5
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Martini Bar - Deck 4
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The on board Celebrity Art Collection is a feature that originated from the Chandris Family. Their interest in art and collectables resulted into a large collection. These include Rembrandts, and Picassos as well as works of art by up and coming artists. Celebrity Cruises has purposefully retained this key Chandris family tradition, as well as the ‘X’ logo.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Martini Bar - Deck 4
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


One deck below, on Deck 10, is the Aqua Spa, Persian Garden, Acupuncture Clinic and Fitness Center. The Spa is described as an opportunity to reinvent ones self, whilst the well fitted out Gymnasium promotes the theme of ‘Love Your Body’. The walk machines come complete with their own TV screens and look out over the bridge. The thermal suite and pool offer a seaweed massage, and there is an indoor Thalassotherapy pool and whirlpool. Other treatments are available in adjacent rooms, at an extra cost of course. Guests have every opportunity to indulge in a serious exercise and fitness regime, as well as taking part in on board classes for pilates, fab abs, yoga, zumba, and other energy sapping group routines. Something for absolutely everyone!

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY - SS United States dining room - Deck 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The group went down to Deck 5 to ‘Bistro on FIVE’, a popular casual restaurant where fresh crepes are served to order, and ‘Cellar Masters’, passing various pieces of framed artwork en route including Fre Iglem’s ‘ Dixie Friend’. There were 25 sommeliers on board for the impending wine themed cruise. All are highly and rigorously trained in classic wines from across the globe and provide on board talks and education. We noted the ‘wine machine’ which allows sampling of the wide range on offer, by the glass or part of a glass, but at a small cost.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse
CELEBRITY INFINITY - SS United States - Deck 3
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The visit continued to the 1170 seat Trellis dining room at the stern which occupies two floors and is the main restaurant. It is described as offering ‘classic world cuisine with European service’. The ‘Celebrity Today’ news sheet recommended the French onion soup and tuna carpaccio. In total there are eight dining venues aboard including Aqua Spa Café, Ocean View Café and Grill and Pool Grill on deck 10; Bistro on Five, and Blu on Deck 5; Qsine on Deck 11; and the SS United States on Deck 3. Café Al Bacio serving coffee and pastries, and the Gelateria are located on Deck 5 around the Atrium, where there was an enthusiastic pause to taste the ice cream selection. This deck also includes the Emporium, a small array of on board shops, and is adorned by further artwork including Suzanne Ring’s ‘Nethead’ and ‘Medusa Head’, two examples of glazed ceramics. At the forward end of Celebrity Infinity is the 900 seat Celebrity Theatre, the main entertainment venue with two shows each evening, timed to coincide with the end of the two dining sittings. The daily programme, ‘Celebrity Today’, indicated that the Celebrity Theater would be hosting a performance of Celebrity Showtime at 7pm and 9pm that evening. Alternative entertainment was to be provided by The Dallas Garvin Trio in Michaels Club, Sean Roach in Café al Bacio, and The String Trio in Cellar masters. There was also a Karaoke night in Rendezvous, and a late night party with DJ Krazy Prince in the Constellation Lounge.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The guided tour paused for a well deserved lunch in the light and bright Ocean View café on Deck 10 which is the main buffet restaurant. A wide variety of food and drink was on offer, designed to meet all tastes and dietary requirements, including vegetarian, Italian, Asian and more straightforward offerings for the British palete. The tomato and basil soup and seafood salads were popular starters, followed by a hot main course, and then a choice of cakes, gateau, fruit and ice creams for desert. This was accompanied by a glass or two of the quality white and red wines on offer, and followed by coffee or a choice of teas. The location of the restaurant with its large windows a welcome opportunity to see activity in the river estuary across to Manningtree and Felixstowe and ashore in Parkeston.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


The tour continued to Deck 4. The Rendezvous Lounge, features red upholstered chairs and patterned carpeting around a focal dance floor. It is a popular cocktail spot en route to evening dinner in the Trellis Restaurant. The artistic attractions include Sue Williams’ ‘With Turquoise Parts’. The route forward passes through the Martini Bar &Crush, the Photo Gallery, and Michael's Club. The walk through passes a series of images by Richard Berenholz. Also to be found on Deck 4 is the Egyptian Pharaoh themed Fortunes Casino. The artistic feature is the Pereira Associates’ mural entitled ‘A Study of Egyptian Jewellery’. Other facilities aboard and passed by during the visit include the library and the Celebrity iLounge. The kids area comprising the Fun factory, Video Arcade and X club are located on Deck 11.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


 Perhaps the most fascinating and interesting venue aboard Celebrity Infinity for this particular group of seasoned cruise travellers and ocean liner enthusiasts was the SS United States dining room on Deck 3. The venue pays homage to perhaps the greatest ever transatlantic liner, the flagship of the United States Line, the fastest liner ever and coveted Blue Riband holder. In the foyer to the dining room there was a scale model and a wealth of ephemera and memorabilia from the ship, including photos of the famous, cutaway drawings, contemporary menus, advertising posters, Lamberton chinaware, cutlery and crockery. There are also some items of furniture and engraved glass panels from the SS United States.

CELEBRITY INFINITY - OLS Visit -  Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle
CELEBRITY INFINITY
Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle


As the number of boarding passengers developed from a trickle to more of a regular flow, all eagerly awaiting their Immersive Wine experience to Le Havre, Bordeaux, Bilbao and Porto, it was time to disembark. The experience was interesting in every respect, from the accommodation, the entertainment venues, the artistic accessories, to the variety of eating opportunities. As Celebrity Infinity departed punctually at 17.00 hours, passing Harwich, into the North Sea and setting course in a southerly direction towards The English Channel, probably the most vivid and lasting memory of the experience was the SS United States Dining Room. It is an outstanding dedication to the legacy of a great liner and the great era of the Transatlantic crossing, as the fore runner to the modern cruise holiday. Overall Celebrity Infinity represented a quality experience of a cruise line with a premium image.


CELEBRITY INFINITY - HARWICH - Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse
CELEBRITY INFINITY - Photo: ©2013 Ian Boyle



CELEBRITY INFINITY - HARWICH - Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse
CELEBRITY INFINITY at Harwich - Photo: ©2013 Alan Moorhouse



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