We helped Celebrity Cruises celebrate the inaugural ceremony
Infinity is a sister ship to the 91,000-ton Millennium, introduced 10 months ago in Southampton, England. Infinity is nearly identical to her older sister, but a few features are unique. All the ships in the class shared by Infinity feature an alternative dining venue dedicated to a famous vessel of the past. On Infinity, this restaurant pays homage to the SS United States, a state-of-the-art ocean liner built by the United States government and launched in 1952. She quickly gained fame as the fastest ship in the world when she won the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean ever (at the time) -- less than five days. The SS United States Restaurant on Celebrity Infinity features glass panels from the Ballroom of the original ocean liner, and the design motif of the entire restaurant is in keeping with the atmosphere aboard that famous ship.
Also unique to Infinity is the first conservatory at sea, the first dedicated space for nurturing live plants within a ship, created by Paris-based floral designer Emilio Robba. Presiding over the separate dedication of the conservatory were model Cheryl Tiegs and Celebrity Cruises President Richard Sasso. The conservatory features six live magnolia trees and an assortment of orchids, hydrangea and yarrow. Pots made of zinc and white wood and silk flowers add to the atmosphere.
Another convenient feature new to Infinity is a service called Connect@sea, which allows guests in any stateroom to connect their laptops to a dial-up connection in order to access the Internet.
The two sister ships, Celebrity Millennium and Infinity, are so nearly identical one could practically call them twins. The colors of the carpet and fabrics on Infinity are a bit more strident--blue, red and yellow combinations in bold and busy patterns. Beyond the subtle decor flourishes that distinguish Infinity, the ship boasts its own unique art collection -- all original, modern pieces, but still in keeping with the eclecticism present on Millennium.
Let's just say that if you love Celebrity, and Millennium in particular, then Infinity is going to feel just fine.