Five Things to Know About Celebrity Cruises' Infinity Cruise Ship
Best for: Couples who love food and wine
Sails: Alaska, Antarctica, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America
At a Glance: After a stem-to-stern refurbishment in 2015, this 2,170-passenger food-focused ship upped its game with new culinary experiences, revamped suites, and more outdoor space.
Some Cabins Come With Perks
On the Celebrity Infinity, cabins range in size from the 170-square-foot Inside, Ocean View, and Veranda Staterooms to the newly redone 1,432 square-foot Penthouse Suites, which are tricked out with a baby grand piano and a whirlpool on the veranda. Some cabins come with other kinds of benefits: Splurge on one of the AquaClass spa staterooms and you’ll have exclusive access to Blu, the healthy-cuisine restaurant, and get unlimited time in the spa’s Persian Garden relaxation area without having to purchase a pass. Suite passengers have their own lounge, Michael’s Club, to call their own, as well as their own restaurant, Luminae, which has a rotating “modern eclectic” menu with some of the best food on the ship. (Think chestnut tortellini with butternut squash and black truffle butter and peppered tuna with a pinot noir sauce.)
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The Specialty Restaurants Are Inventive
As part of the refurbishment, Tuscan Grille, an Italian steakhouse, was added to the lineup. (The antipasti board and creamy burrata are musts, as are the frutti di mare rigatoni and the grilled branzino.) Also new, Sushi on Five, which serves up Kobe beef ramen sliders and hot pots, as well as sushi and sashimi. The quirkiest option, however, is Qsine, where menus come on iPads and meals take unexpected forms, such as sushi lollipops and filet mignon with sauces served on a painter’s palette. For dinner al fresco, try the Taste of Film, a multicourse food-and-movie pairing on the new Rooftop Terrace with small plates inspired by a film that plays throughout the dinner.
It Has a Top Chef Program
Bravo fans rejoice: As part of Celebrity’s partnership with Top Chef, passengers with culinary skills get a chance to face off against other guests during a Quickfire Challenge cooking competition. And on “Top Chef Night” in the main dining room, guests can geek out over dishes created by past chef-testants, such as Tiffany Derry’s roasted spiced pork tenderloin and Chris Crary’s ginger cake with salted caramel, puffed rice, cereal ice cream, and Thai foam.
Wine Is a Focus
Note for oenophiles: You’ll see a sommelier in almost every restaurant, and the wine lists are excellent—there are more than 400 choices onboard. In the evening, head to Cellar Masters, the ship’s wine bar, to pour yourself a glass from the Enomatic wine-by-the-glass dispensing system.
The Spa Impresses
The ship’s Canyon RanchSpa Club has a small fitness room and a serenity-inducing relaxation area fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows. But the real reason to come is the deep list of treatments, everything from Ayurvedic body wraps to reiki to lymphatic massages. And then there are the Take Care of Your Selfie experiences—digital detox services curated by Randi Zuckerberg, such as a facial designed specifically to counteract the effects of too much screen time.