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   Cruise Travel - Reader Reviews

Welcome to Your Favorites, where you have the opportunity to share your travel experiences with fellow Internet Travelers around the world.

Celebrity Cruise Line

MV Mercury

Your Rating:Five Stars
Reviewed by:Aaren Polderman
# previous cruises: 2
Date of Trip: September 17, 2000
Itinerary: Transcanal

Entire staff seemed to us passengers to really love what they are doing! unlike others we have previously traveled. Dennis, our cruise director has been in the business for years. He is excellent! Great singer, dancer (INSTRUCTED DAILY LESSONS) and comedian. He was EVERYWHERE, always entertaining the crowds. Obviously the person writing travelpage.coms review has a problem with this vendor in general and it should be re-reviewed. We had MANY memories that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Public Areas
The ship being german built is very solid. No panels rubbing or squeaking. I liked the pool area, the turquoise mosaic tiles accenting the pumpkin curved walls of the risen hot tub walls. Pool and cabin faucet was all MOEN brand. Most of the ships art was, as critics would say, VERY MODERN. In fact one looked just like a student project I had finished just prior to my journey! Wished I could have sold it for more than it was worth!

Food and Service
Waiter, Nelson best in the business, He has been with Celebrity 10 YEARS! He performed magic tricks and entertained our table after dinner each night. We could tell the others looked up to him.

GREAT, simple, tastefully tailored clean room. We received fresh ice and water 2 x's a day. the shower was the size of two persons standing. Our room had a panoramic window category 5.

Broadway style was better than Royal Caribbean's. we also saw pianist Jack Friedman, a husband wife magic act, a four time star search winner comedian. The 6 of us thought he was humorous but his jokes were predictable man vs. woman stuff and that gets old after 15 minutes. The best act I have seen on a ship was from an asian juggler entertainer. He was hilarious and extremely talented!

We took a 2 week eastbound panama canal journey. Ports visited were Cabo and Acapulco (HATE MEXICO) Costa Rica Shore excursions are a must due to ships docking area and beauty of the country not to be missed. We rode horseback and river rafted. Lots of wildlife to be found. Cartagena, Colombia. Style similar to Puerto Rico only not up to their par. and last but not least Aruba, Great for shopping and we snorkeled on our own at an island call De palm Island take a taxi from ships terminal to ferry for $30 roundtrip and ferry a short distance for $8 including a drink ticket for you to use at any time on your choice of bev. Great snorkeling I must say! Gear is $10 each and you must take or buy a bag of bread to toss out at the fish. they will love you.

Who Goes
Varied group, but lots of fun.

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