Age: 36 to 45
Number of Cruises: 3 to 5
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: December 12, 1999
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Month: December 12,
Fort Lauderdale airport is generally an efficient transfer to the ship and this time was no exception. We took a taxi from the airport to the ship. Upon arrival at the dock, we were pleasantly surprised at the efficiency of the embarkation process. Total time from entry into the terminal to boarding the Mercury was about 10 minutes. And in the event you became overcome with jet lag, Celebrity had an abundance of staff on hand to assist and direct. They even found you a seat in the terminal and brought your paperwork to you. Imagine that.
Lest you think that the 'treatment' ended at the terminal, rest assured that white gloved, courteous, and knowledgeable stewards to see you to your cabin meet each passenger at the gangway.
The Mercury is beautifully designed and appointed to appeal to the taste of the discriminating cruiser. The lounge at the bow of the ship offers floor to ceiling windows providing a spectacular view of the sea and the ports of call.
Almost every aspect of your cruise life aboard the Mercury benefits from attention to detail and concern for indivisual passenger's varying interests and needs. From quiet places to sit and read or contemplate, to the restaurants and lounges the ship holds numerous possibilities. The variety and quality of food and restaurant service was, as anticipated, first class. The same can be said for the entertainment, first class. Passengers of all ages will enjoy cruising the Mercury.
Our cabin was nicely sized with more than adequate storage and bathroom facilities. They even provide each cabin with white terrycloth robes and hair dryers. The cabin steward saw to our every need.
The Mercury made port in Key West, Cozumel, Calica, and Grand Cayman. Calica is a new port of call and we were forewarned that the Mercury would be docking at a rock quarry. However, once you got beyond the dock there were nice beaches and snorkeling. You could also take an excursion to Cancun from there.
As with every cruise, this one had to end, and the debarkation process went as smoothly as the embarkation.
Thanks to Celebrity Cruise Lines and the staff of the Mercury we had a wonderful cruise.