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Charles Christian

Age: 71

Occupation:retired, U.S. State Dept.

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Mercury

Sailing Date: November 5th, 2003

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

Excellent cruise as was the one just before that our friends were on. Interesting ports of call also. The crew could not have been better when it comes to service and so very friendly. Not one sour puss in the lot. The ship itself can best be describle as understated elegance. Great decor and everything showed no signs of wear. The cat. 5 stateroom we had midships was 172 SF and came with a minibar full of items you could buy. There is a little room for your personal items, but they will not remove their items. Celebrity recently upped their dinning room corkage from $7 to $12 , probably to discourage so many people bring their own wine aboard. We did have a bottle in our room for some of our pre-dinner cocktails. Bigger shower then most ships was appreciated. Large 3 by 5 window was also very nice.

Lost of stateroom AC and lights one night off the coast of upper Baja was accompanied by the being dead in the water for about half an hour. The Captain did keep all aboard the ship informed of the progress in fixing a bad generator and the main concern I had was , "Where are the nearest rocks and what is the current?". There was no charge for this extra adventure. We found about 6 top side luncheons not up to Celebrity high standards and a couple complaints were heard at dinner in the main dining room. The well known Head Chef, Michel Roux, was gone and replaced by two German chefs. Did he leave because he could not maintain his high standards with the food budget he had to work with?

The shows were better then I am use to on this cruise and some of the performers were just plain outstanding. Best bargain on the ship was a 20 oz Dutch draft at the pool bar for $3.95 plus 15%. Couple good "Drinks of the day" at any bar on the ship at $4.35 plus tax. They have to make up for the low fares somewhere and one place is the drinks. Outside of the above I am not able to list any complaints. Better then average cruise line and ship. Will go again with no hesitation.

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