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Marge Dunbar

Age: 46 to 55

Occupation:n/a

Number of Cruises: 2nd

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Mercury

Sailing Date: October 24, 1999

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

     Our party consisted of my husband, myself, this was our second cruise, and my niece and her husband, this was their first cruise.

     We arrived in Ft Lauderdale on Oct, 24th, and the check-in procedure was a nighrmare.  The embarkation building was filled to overflowing, we were given #14.  Our wait after a full day of flying, layovers (our air was booked by the cruiseline, and there were many delays, both  arriving and leaving the ship) was almost intolerable.

     What a relief to finally have our number called, from that point on our cruise was enjoyable.  I especially wanted my niece and her husband to have a good time, as they were uncertain about cruising altogether.  Our cabin's were roomy, we had a Cat. 2 with a balcony, now I will always want one, and theirs was an inside cabin.  Both were of comparable size.

     We were barely in our cabins when it was time for the lifeboat drill, this was a long and a very uncomfortable process, but we understand a necessary part of cruise travel.  I guess after such a long day, our patients were thin.

     The ship was immaculate, and very classy, but I cannot say enough good things about the crew, especially Lester, our busboy, Krassie our bar server, and Sonja our wine steward.  These people in particular made our cruise more than a notch above the rest.  I was excited to experience the food on board as I had heard that it was exceptional.  I did not find this to be true, especially the coffee, instant, I think.  This was a disappointment.

     We went on shore at every stop and did not book our excursions with the ship, and saved money in the long run.  Our favorite was Xcaret and it's beautiful park.

     The western Caribbean is not an itinerary that I would ever book again, as I personally felt that we saw so much more on our eastern cruise tour.  I know that we would sail with Celebrity again, more for the special crewmembers we met than for any other reason.

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