Making our way to Seattle went well – no issues with our flights. During the shuttle transfer from the airport in Seattle to the cruise ship (Celebrity Infinity), we enjoyed the guide’s commentary and got to see various corporate buildings (including Starbucks and Amazon), we drove through a popular neighborhood for dot-com-ers back in the day, the Seattle Art Museum and other points of interest. It looked like a really nice city with a lot to offer for anyone visiting.
Embarkation was a bit slow but once we boarded the ship and were handed a glass of champagne, the time spent waiting in line was forgotten! Our first impressions of the ship were very positive – the décor was subdued and very elegant using neutral colors, marble and glass. The Infinity is a smaller ship than we’re used to but it made getting around much easier. We spent the afternoon exploring the ship and getting our bearings. On the pool deck, people were already enjoying the whirlpools. Next to the stacks of towels were blankets for anyone wanting to stay warm while enjoying the outside – that was a nice touch.
We stopped at the martini bar that actually had a frozen/frosted bar. The bartender was like something out of that movie Cocktail with bottles flying and theatrics – lots of fun. I tried a Peartini and Chris had a Dirty Martini. Tasty! We sailed at 4pm and were on our way! Here are some pics of the boat:
The ship’s man foyer:
They had a wine bar called Cellar Masters where you could insert your Sea Pass card to taste various wines. We enjoyed a guided tasting of old world wines here later in the cruise – more on that to come.
The Constellation lounge – one of the spots where they hosted shows and activities. This is also where we got great views when sailing Tracy Arm Fjord (more on that later).
The internet lounge was completely Apple – it’s called the iLounge – very sleek indeed. They also had an Apple store on board.
We had dinner in the dining room and were not disappointed! Another difference we noticed on Celebrity is that they offer an additional course (appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert). I had the Roasted beet and goat cheese salad, wild mushroom soup, prime rib with potatoes and vegetables, and ended with the dulce de leche crème brulee and a cappuccino. Chris had the goat cheese tart, endive and arugula salad with candied pecans and apples, vegetable kebab with citrus basmati rice and ended with guava sorbet and a cappuccino. Everything was excellent, although eating dinner at 9-10pm ET was strange. 🙂 We had a Catena Malbec with dinner and the sommelier was great!
During dinner (we had a table for 2 near the window), we got to enjoy some nice scenery and saw huge mountains and snowcaps high in the sky… Let the amazing scenery begin!