Hello, this is Michael Sympouras, Captain of the beautiful Celebrity Infinity. I feel very honored to represent the fantastic crew of this amazing vessel. I have been on board since Dry Dock in the Bahamas, and have enjoyed working with the team of professionals to enhance this vessel. It takes an incredible amount of dedication and commitment to do so, as the ship is not only a cruise ship for our guests—it also has to perform in some of the most challenging seas in the world! Therefore, I would like to thank everyone in both the Marine and Hotel divisions for all your support, as it is a pleasure to be your Captain. Having sailed on Celebrity Infinity several years ago, it is wonderful to return and hear the guests comment about our newly Solsticized vessel.
Presently, we are sailing through the Chilean Fjords, heading for the Straights of Magellan tomorrow, and then we will celebrate Christmas Day sailing around Cape Horn. What a magical experience for myself personally and for all of us on board; I am so excited to be here during this special time of year!
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season, and I hope you will come and see first hand why I am so proud to be the Captain of this magnificent ship!
Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year.
We are now just four short days away from Ft. Lauderdale and our arrival in Grand Bahama for the revitalization. Today, Celebrity Infinity is transiting the Panama Canal and we are about to enter the incredible Gutan Locks. I have traveled through the Panama Canal many times and each time it is different in some extraordinary way. Our guests are always up before sunrise as their anticipation does not allow them to sleep. Today is no exception.
Speaking of anticipation, I have been answering questions continuously about the revitalization process, our crew, and the new venues that are going to be added. Several of our loyal guests have experienced the changes we made on Celebrity Constellation, so they are very interested in the additional features that Celebrity Infinity will receive. Additionally, Celebrity Infinity has a terrific reputation amongst our guests for incredible service and one of the friendliest crews at sea. It is this dynamic combination that I know has made the Solstice Class very popular, and indeed will come to life here as well. I am so happy for our crew to be able to provide the same impeccable, friendly service in a newly revitalized ship that also features these fantastic new venues.
This is where our guests are really intrigued—they love “their crew” and look forward to seeing them perform their magic in the new environment. During my conversations, the guests realize that in less than a month, Celebrity Infinity will introduce Qsine, Celebrity’s newest restaurant that is exclusive on Celebrity Eclipse and the brand new Celebrity Silhouette. They love the fun, playful concept that its menu is actually an iPad. How cool is that? Qsine is a unique restaurant where food becomes a culinary journey that turns the ordinary upside down and inside out. In fact, the chandeliers are upside down and the chairs are different heights.
Of course, it goes hand in hand with the hip iLounge. Guests cannot believe their favorite ship will not only sell Apple products, but also offer classes that enhance their experience with their iPad, iPhone, iPods and MacBooks. As my colleague on Celebrity Eclipse, Bernard Stacher, always says, “It’s the future!” It’s also Modern Luxury…
Tune in again in a few days and we will hear from the amazing crew.