Celebrity Mercury (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

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5 out of 5

Great Ship - wonderful cruise

Sail Date: June 21, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We were fortunate to have a mini-suite and thus a "butler" and from the minute we arrived on board it was truely magical! We were invited to have dinner with the ship's master and what a treat that was.and it was only the begining. The ports of call were ones we had gone to previously so our expectations weren't as high this time, but the Captain took us in close to the Hubbard Glacier - and it was amazing! The naturalist on board (Milos Radakovich) narrated going in - gave many talks on Alaska and the Ring of Fire. He was informative, funny and interesting. There were plenty of activities for the whole family to do - our previous trip was at the beginning of June and this was at the end of June so any glitches with what to wear were ours - we thought it would have been a tad warmer. Thank goodness we threw in some jeans and a sweatshirt before leaving home! Many folks didn't have the appropriate footwear or clothing and we would see them huddled in the common areas. Another plus seems that Celebrity is going to more no smoking areas and that was a definite plus to us. Typically on a seven day cruise I get pretty tired of the food - it starts tasting like the same thing over and over again, not so with this one - serving sizes were appropriate - never felt like I was overeating (and came back only having gained two pounds).

Pros: I have to say the best part was the service we received. It was head and shoulders above the previous 19 cruises. Kudo's to Celebrity.

Cons: Had an accupuncture treatment - a series of three actually - I kept asking to settle up - she kept saying we'll wait til the end - you'll get a discount with more. It ended up 10 times more expensive than I pay at home and almost twice what I was led to believe it was going to cost.

Recommends Celebrity Mercury (RETIRED)? Yes!

Ketchikan, Alaska
Salmon capital of the world. Lots of shopping if that's what like to do.
Juneau, Alaska
Get out and stretch your legs! very pretty capital of the state.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier, wanted to spend more time there than we had.
Sitka, Alaska
Lovely town, rustic.
Don't Miss: St Michaels church, beautiful Russion Orthodox.


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