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Cruising Alaska:
Celebrity Infinity ("Ultimate Alaska" 11-Night)

by Murray Lundberg

Cruise Days 1, 2 & 3: Sailaway and At Sea

Page 1, & Trip Index

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Monday, May 10: we went over to the Union Square area this morning to do some last-minute clothes shopping, and before we got back the heavens opened up with torrential rain! Luckily, it stopped before we got to the pier at 12:30, because boarding was an awful mess and we were out on the sidewalk for over half an hour.

It took over 2 hours to get aboard the Infinity, but then things improved in a big hurry - the welcome-aboard glass of champagne put things off to a good start!

After the 4:15 muster, we met about 20 people from one of the online forums who I've been talking to online for the past few months. It was good fun and removed any doubt about whether or not this cruise would be enjoyable or not. As you can see, the sun even came out again.

Sailing from San Francisco, under the Golden Gate Bridge, was simply thrilling, a superb end to our too-short visit. This photo was taken from the front of Deck 11, location of the outdoor jogging track.

This fellow was waving to people on the viewpoint directly above him as he was talking to them on his cell phone.

Many crew members were getting photos taken of themselves as we sailed away - apparently their first San Francisco departures. It had been a couple of years since a Celebrity ship has been here, but as we sailed away I was quite certain that it would become a regular port, because everyone seemed to love the place.

Tuesday, May 11: sunrise off the coast of northern California just after 06:00 this morning.

Although it was sunny, the sea had 10-foot waves driven by winds up to 15 mph, and the ship is rolling and bucking a fair bit. Jumping into one of the swimming pools would have been considered an extreme sport, but they were drained about an hour after I took this shot at 6:30am.

The view from our cabin window on Deck 3 at 9:00am. There are a fair number of people now wearing seasickness patches, and those little airline-type bags are tucked into the railings of most stairways for those folks who still have a problem. That's the unfortunate reality of cruising up the west coast - it can get very rough (this is far from being very rough).

Oceanview cabin #3014

Keeping an eye on our position, I noted that were we passing by Crescent City, California at noon.

The main lobby.

Wednesday, May 12: by 06:30 when I arrived in the Oceanview Cafe on Deck 10 aft, the cleaning crews were already hard at work. The ship is spotless (as every ship we’ve been on has been).

At 15:00 when I took this photo it was cloudy with a light misty rain and the sea was getting rougher again. The Sapphire Princess had caught up with us and was off our port side.

Have these sea days is a wonderfully calm way to start a vacation rather than having activity-filled port days, and seems to help give the ship a community feel.

To Cruise Day 4: Ketchikan