On August 26th 2013, we had the opportunity to visit Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Infinity at Harwich International Port.
At Dream Designs Colchester we have for some time had a very close connection and friendship with Celebrity Cruises.
As a result we were able to gain permission to visit the Celebrity Infinity some weeks prior to the visit via direct correspondence with the Captain and his crew.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester was joined aboard Celebrity Infinity by Gavin Pamment Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester as well as Gavin’s parents.
They arrived at Harwich International Port at approximately 9:45 and were due to board Celebrity Infinity at 10:00. Before entering the Cruise Terminal to collect their passes from the Passes Office, Gavin took the opportunity to take a number of photographs of Celebrity Infinity from outside the Cruise Terminal.
After collecting their passes they made their way along the designated pathway on the quayside next to the ship along to the crew gangway and made their way through port security. They were then met by a Security Officer at the bottom of the crew gangway who exchanged their port passes for the shipboard passes, before being allowed to board Celebrity Infinity.
Upon boarding Celebrity Infinity on Deck 4 (Promenade Deck) they were welcomed aboard by more members of the security team on board and were now required to pass through the ship’s own security checks.
Once through the on board security checks, Harry, Gavin and Gavin’s parents were invited to tour Celebrity Infinity at their leisure until 12:00, which was when the meeting with the Captain had been scheduled.
Beginning their self-guided tour of the vessel, Harry took Gavin and his parents up to Deck 11 (Sunrise Deck) where they started their tour in the Constellation Lounge, before making their way down to Deck 10 (Resort Deck) where they viewed the many venues on this deck including the AuqaSpa, the Fitness Center, the Solarium, the Ocean View Café & Grill and more.
After exploring Deck 10 (Resort Deck), Harry together with Gavin and his parent made their way back up to Deck 11 (Sunrise Deck) to take a look at the new deck which has been added to the stern of the vessel, housing the new balcony staterooms.
Making their way back outside onto the external decks they took the opportunity to have a number of photographs taken with Celebrity Infinity’s vast funnel towering behind them.
Whilst on deck they took a quick look at the sports court on Deck 12 (Sports Deck) before making their way to the mid-ships stairwell and elevator lobby. Here they had the opportunity to take a look at one of the new features aboard, Qsine
Having now explored the upper decks of Celebrity Infinity it was time to take a look at the lower public decks. On the way down to Deck 5 (Entertainment Deck) Harry took Gavin and his parents into the Celebrity I Lounge and the Library, both of which are situated adjacent to the mid-ship stairwell.
Having made their way down to Deck 5 (Entertainment Deck) they arrived at top of the spectacular Grand Foyer. Continuing the self-guided tour Harry, Gavin and Gavin’s parents ventured aft and explored Bistro on Five, Cellar Masters and the impressive two deck high main dining room at the stern, The Trellis Restaurant.
Continuing their tour on Deck 5 (Entertainment Deck) they headed towards the bow, passing through the Art Gallery and passed various shops and Speciality Boutiques before arriving at the three deck high Celebrity Theater.
Making their way down to Deck 4 (Promenade Deck) via the stairwell in the Celebrity Theater, they took a brief look at the Promenade Deck and lifeboats, before continuing their tour of the various venues inside. Here on Deck 4 (Promenade Deck) they saw the Photo Gallery, Michael's Club, Fortunes Casino, Martini Bar / Crush, with its cool ice topped bar and the Rendezvous Lounge.
Lastly on they made their way to Deck 3 (Plaza Deck) where they explored the Conference Center and the SS United States Restaurant, before making their way into the Grand Foyer.
Having explored all of the passenger venues aboard Celebrity Infinity and still having a little while before meeting with the Captain at 12:00, Harry suggested to Gavin and his parents to take the elevator up to Deck 10 (Resort Deck) to the Oceanview Café & Grill for a quick drink and rest.
Now approaching 12:00 they made their way back down to Deck 4 (Promenade Deck) to the gangway where they had boarded to ask a member of the ships security team to radio the bridge / Captain. Harry,Gavin and Gavin’s parents were kindly asked to wait whilst a crew member from the bridge came to escort them.
Before long they were met by a crew member who escorted them to Deck 8 (Panorama Deck) where they were taken to the Captain’s Office. Here Harry had the opportunity to speak with the Captain and show him his portfolio before being taken to the bridge.
On the bridge Harry had the opportunity to officially present his especially assigned drawing of Celebrity Infinity to Captain Anastasios.
Following the official drawing presentation, Harry, Gavin and Gavin’s parents had the opportunity to explore the bridge as well as ask any questions they had about the navigational equipment or ship.
Whilst on the bridge Staff Captain, Matthew approached Harry and introduced himself who remember Harry when they had previously met in 2009 during aboard Celebrity Constellation at Harwich International Port.
After spending quite some time on the bridge Captain Anastasios invited Harry, Gavin and his parents to enjoy lunch in the Ocean View Café & Grill before disembarking. They were of course happy to accept the Captain’s invitation and enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch.
Having enjoyed lunch, as well as their time aboard Celebrity Infinity it was time to disembark the ship, via the crew gangway situation on the Promenade Deck on Deck 4 (Promenade Deck).