Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: November 20th,2006
Celebrity Cruise Line
Mercury Cruise Review
Heads and shoulders above our cruises on
Holland Ryndam and Princess Dawn in terms of cuisine and service. Comparable in
terms of shows, entertainment, and ports. The best of our three Celebrity
The Mercury is a beautiful ship showing few signs of her age. She is kept meticulously clean and tidy. The ocean view stateroom was comfortable and pleasant. The ports, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Acapulco, etc. are typical cruise ports you find anywhere: full of obnoxious cab drivers, hawkers, and vendors. We didn't go on any excursions as we cruise to enjoy the onboard ship experience, food, and service.
Celebrity cuisine is not for those who consider good food a visit to the local mall food court. They offer high cuisine comparable to what you would expect in a four or five star restaurant. Everything is freshly made from the ice cream and sherbets to the breads. Presentation is beautiful. We would say every meal in the main restaurant was outstanding. If you are contented with a broiled steak and baked potato you probably won't appreciate the care and time that goes into the preparation of the food on the Mercury. From the perfect consommés, to the heavenly soups, to the delicious entrees, to the to-die-for desserts, it all shines. Gourmet cheeses, freshly made lox sliced paper thin, custom made pastas, sushi, and the best French fries we ever have had. I can't rave enough about the offerings on the Mercury.
Service was exemplary as well. The crew is happy as indicated by our many conversations with them. They simply bend over backwards to meet your every desire.
It would be difficult for us to ever choose another cruise line. If anything, the experience has improved since our last Celebrity cruises in 2003 and 2004. The continually try to improve.