The second ship in Celebrity’s Millennium class, the 91,000-ton, 1,950-guest Infinity was launched in 2001 and is still a looker today, both because she was well designed to begin with an because in December 2011 Celebrity will be treating her to an extensive refurbishment that will add many of the popular features from Celebrity’s newer Solstice-class ships, and will change Infinity‘s overall look to reflect the Solstice ships’ crisp lines and understated color palate.
The heart of Infinity’s public areas is her Grand Foyer, a rectangular, three-deck atrium dominated by a translucent, backlit onyx stairway that glows beneath your feet, making you feel like a movie star. Entertainment venues include the three-deck Celebrity Theater in the bow, the clubby Michael’s Club piano bar, the contemporary Rendez-Vous Lounge, Fortunes Casino, and the elegant Cosmos Observation Lounge and disco.
As part of her late 2011 upgrade, Infinity will also be getting a Martini Bar with an ice-topped bar and ice-filled table for chilled vodkas; the comfortable Café al Bacio and Gelateria for specialty coffees and ice cream; the Cellarmasters wine bar, featuring wines dispensed by the glass at the push of a button; and the Celebrity iLounge, a high-style space where you can take classes from Apple-certified staff, browse the web on MacBook Pro laptops, or buy the latest Apple iPods, laptops and other gadgets, duty free.
Infinity’s 25,000-square-foot spa is an oasis of aromatherapy steamrooms; rooms for massages, facials, and more esoteric treatments; and a soothing thalassotherapy pool ringed with comfortable lounge chairs under a glass solarium roof. Next door to the spa is a large gym. Farther astern on the same deck, the beautifully designed pool deck offers two pools and four hot tubs, plus lots of comfortable seating nooks. One deck up, the kids’ Fun Factory has a wading pool, indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, a computer room, and more. One deck above that, the Sports Deck has facilities for basketball, volleyball, and paddle tennis.
At dinnertime, Infinity guests have several options. Straddling the Entertainment Deck and Promenade Deck, the Trellis Restaurant is a beautiful room with a dramatic double staircase, huge windows facing out over the stern, and oversize porthole view windows to port and starboard.
Infinity‘s main specialty restaurant is the coolly elegant SS United States restaurant, which is decorated with etched-glass panels from the legendary 1950s ocean liner United States, the fastest liner ever built. The long, leisurely meals here are designed to give guests a taste of what it was like to sail aboard the great passenger liners, with period music and decor, over-the-top service, and a continental menu that features dishes originally served aboard the United States, plus fiery flambéed dishes cooked right at your table.
Two new specialty restaurants are being added to Infinity as part of her later 2011 refurbishment: the high-style Tuscan Grille, which will offer a menu heavy on steaks and pastas; and Blu, serving light and healthy menu items to guests booked in the ship’s spa-oriented AquaClass staterooms (plus other guests when there’s availability).
For more casual dining, the Oceanview Cafe and Grill buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while another new option, Bistro on Five, will serve a casual menu of sandwiches, crepes, salads, soups, and other comfort foods.
Though only average sized at around 170 square feet, Infinity’s standard cabins are comfortable and nicely designed, with a small sitting area, ample storage space, a minibar, and all the usual amenities.
Concierge-class cabins are a little bigger at 191 square feet and come with plush perks like a pillow menu, welcome champagne, upgraded bedding, and priority access to restaurant and excursion reservation and other onboard events.
The adults-only AquaClass staterooms, added in late 2011, promote a “wellness” experience through special music/sound and aromatherapy options, jetted bodywash showers, pillow menus, and perks like free use of the spa’s Persian Garden aromatherapy steam room and relaxation room, and access to the wellness restaurant Blu.
Family Ocean View staterooms in the stern are considerably roomier at 271 square feet and have a partitioned-off sitting area with sofa bed, plus an absolutely huge 242-square-foot private balcony.
Suites range from the 251-square-foot Sky Suites to the massive 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suites with their marble foyers, baby grand pianos, oceanview bathrooms, and 1,098-square-foot verandas with whirlpool tub and full bar. I call that “the lap of luxury.”
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