Great first time cruise
Sail Date: September 01, 2006
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Room Type: Inside
Syndrome. A cruise! My younger daughter and I took
a three night Celebrity Cruise on-board the
MV Mercury to Canada in September. We flew to
Seattle and took a transfer bus to the Pier 66 near
the Space Needle. As it was our first time on a
cruise ship, the sheer size was a little
disorienting. Fortunately there were many courteous
and informative crew members to help us on our way.
The ship set sail to Vancouver and we past Widbey
Island. I lived there as a child. One of our dinner table partners is a nurse on the island, so we had a lot to talk about. Later the
obligatory life boat drill took place. Afterwords, we
were able to get in a hour workout in the fitness center,
which we did every day, and then experience the fine
dining the ship had in the Manhattan Restaurant. After
arrival in Vancouver we disembarked at the dock and
made our way downtown for sightseeing at Gaslight Town and
shopping at the Hudson Bay Company to buy 2010
Vancouver Winter Olympics clothing souvenirs. We
returned to Mercury for a late lunch,
workout, and self tour of the ship. We always took
the stairs of the twelve deck ship to compensate for
the great gourmet food always being served. Our dinner
waiter Daniel and Maitre de were both from Romania
and very accommodating and entertaining. We saw a
musical production that night which included
acrobatics. A large portion of the passengers were
local to Seattle, which gave the ship's comedian fodder for
jokes about being able to drive to Vancouver faster
and cheaper than sailing.
The next day we sailed to Nanaimo a small resort
town on the island of Vancouver. We disembarked via
a ramp to tender life boats lowered to sea level.
The 15 minute shuttle to the dock was smooth except
for being buzzed by local seaplanes. At the docks we
were greeted by local townspeople and police who
volunteered information and directions to passengers.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were there too and posed for
pictures. We were made to feel most welcome as every shop and
restaurant had a welcoming sign for passengers
and crew of the Mercury. We purchased boxes
of Maple cookies and the local pastry "Nanaimo Bar".
The last night on the ship was spent packing,
visiting casino, disco and a show featuring the two
acrobats from the night before. They were of
Cirque du Soleil caliber.
We disembarked in Seattle the next morning and flew
home. We had a great time!
A dream tour package for me would be a 2010 cruise
from San Francisco to Vancouver for a week at the
2010 Winter Olympics and then a return cruise back to
We have already booked a cruise for next February with the whole family
(who is going to feed the cats?).
Pros: Choice of activities and the dining room experience
Cons: Unresponsive sushi chef in buffet area