Celebrity Infinity 2-5-06
What a stunning ship the Celebrity Infinity is. She is elegant and sleek--simply beautiful. Like her sister ships the Millennium, the Summit and the Constellation she is just as large as other ships but the passenger capacity is less so you never feel crowded on a Celebrity cruise. We sailed to beautiful San Juan, P.R., St. Maarten and Antigua and it was a lovely cruise. For those of you who prefer a variety of music, the Infinity provided it. Every night we listened to the most wonderful quartet of classical music and it just made the cruise for us! It was just perfect. Of course cruising with family made it all the better.
ARRIVING ANTIGUA-PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
ANTIGUA-PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
Antigua (prounounced An tee ga) is a beautiful island, full of history and breathtaking scenery. The fleet of Lord Horatio Nelson was headquartered here during Colonial times. The views of the English Harbor from Shirley Heights will take your breath away and Nelson's Dockyard, at the center of it all, is a national park. Antigua boasts a beach for every single day of the year plus one; 366 in all. St. Maarten is a lovely island too and perfect for shopping and watersports. We snorkeled at Pine Island and then swam on the other side of the dock, surrounded by mountains and blue skies. It's very charming. There are many shops situated right where you get off the ship so if long walks aren't for you but you like to shop and sample the local drinks and cuisine, St. Maarten would be a perfect choice for you. San Juan, PR mixes the old with the new--Old San Juan, steeped in Spanish history with fortresses, 16th century buildings, cobblestone streets and festivals honoring patron saints--and the glitzy, sophisticated Isla Verde and Condado areas offering Las Vegas style shows, casinos and nightlife galore.
OLD SAN JUAN-PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
OLD SAN JUAN SQUARE-PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
ST MAARTEN-PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
GALLEON BEACH, ST MARTIN-PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
RESCUE AT SEA ON THE CRUISE!
This was a first for everyone on board! This 75' yacht was sinking right before our eyes. We worried about whether the passengers had drowned or were trapped on board! The captain of the Infinity was all set to send a rescue boat over but then got word that the occupants had already been saved by the U.S. Coast Guard! Hurray! We were told later by one of the ship's officers that the craft was worth over ten million dollars. The vultures were already gathering for salvage rights before the poor owner could even dry off! What an experience that was!
PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
PHOTO BY DIANE BLAISDELL
 
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