As I sat in the conservatory aboard Celebrity Cruises' Infinity, watching the florist create a corsage of red roses, I was struck by the setting: Filled with fresh and silk flowers, bushes, orchids and magnolia trees, it was a place of beauty with a wonderful scent.
It's easy to see why the Infinity's conservatory has become a popular venue for weddings and renewal-of-vows ceremonies. This peaceful and attractive botanical environment is an ideal spot for romantic occasions and reflective moments.
Infinity has two full-time florists onboard to look after the conservatory and operate the full-service boutique. One of them, Pinky, explained that the florists create all the live flower arrangements on the ship, including the centerpieces for the captain's table. Passengers can buy a wide variety of floral items, as they would from a florist at home. Flower arrangements for cabins sell early in the cruise, while table centerpieces and corsages are popular for special occasions. Corsages range from $10 to $25, with a boutonniere costing $6. Table centerpieces range from $35 to $50. Bud vases start at $10 and a dozen roses sell for $55.
When Celebrity Cruises announced that the Infinity would provide a floral conservatory with a full-time florist, it raised a lot of interest. Since then the line has added a small boutique and conservatory to sister ship Millennium, replacing the little-used teen disco near the Cosmos Lounge with colorful floral displays. (This area is the Notes music library on the other three Millennium-class ships.)
Larger conservatories are featured on the other three Millennium-class ships -- Infinity, in service since March; Summit, recently delivered to Celebrity; and Constellation, which enters service next summer. On Infinity, Summit and Constellation, the conservatory is situated on Deck 12 adjacent to the mid-ship ocean-view elevators. (This area is the Extreme sports bar on the Millennium.)
Infinity's conservatory is a refreshing and delightful botanical area. Together with the floral displays of Emilio Robba around the ship, it adds to the serene character of this beautiful vessel.