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MV Mercury

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by:Richard Chudy
# previous cruises: 10+
Date of Trip: September 17, 2000
Itinerary: Transcanal

First let me say the Mercury is a wonderful ship! At 77,713 tons she rides well in rough seas and we did have some rough seas on this cruise. She is 866 feet long and has a beam of 105.6 feet. The service is outstanding and the food is the best I have had on any ship. I would go back on the Mercury at any time.

Public Areas
The public areas of the ship are very comfortable. On top is a large lounge named The Navigator Club with 15 foot tall floor to ceiling glass windows is a great place to watch the sea and was the spot for viewing the canal as it was very hot out there. The Pavilion Night Club on Entertainment deck is a nice lounge and offers fine service and good per dinner cocktails. The main show room is very high tech and has good sight lines where ever you are. Michels Club is a fully enclosed by glass lounge for cigar smoking and I never saw any one in there. The Promenade is very wide how ever it is not a full walk-around. As for smokers and I'm one there are no ashtrays on the Promenade. It took two days of asking why before ashtrays were placed on the tables out there. there is plenty of space at the pool area and it has a stage for out door shows and parties.All in all a very comfortable ship.

Food and Service
I can not comment on The Palm Springs Cafe as I took all my meals B/L/D in the Manhattan Dining Room. Our waiter "George" was the best I have ever had on any cruise! Food service is truly first class on the Mercury. This may be the reason I took all my meals there as there are lines in the Lido at all times they are open. All the food is fresh and very very good! Also I must say that room service is good and you can order dinner in your stateroom if you wish. When you order room service, they call you on your room phone 10 seconds prior to arriving at your door just to let you know they will be knocking at your door and 10 seconds later there they are! Nice service.

I boarded to cabin 8008 and stayed there for about an hour before we were upgraded to cabin 9072 one deck higher. Same size cabin as 8008 but with a balcony. We spent endless hours on that balcony and stayed there for the full canal crossing. The ships staff went ashore to take photos of the ship and passengers from the banks of the canal and they snapped one of my friend and I on our balcony. How else could you get a picture of yourself on your balcony. It was a great idea. The room had a sofa, chair, coffee table, TV, VCR, Mini Bar, safe, plenty of closet space and a good size bathroom. I booked our shore tours right on the interactive TV in our room and the tickets where under our door in one hour. No standing in line to buy shore tours on this ship. It was a very nice room and very comfortable.

The staff and entertainment where all very good. You just have to ask for something and you get it. That's it.

What to do on board is what you do on any cruise ship, have a great time! there is all the ship stuff and games one can want on Mercury. The health Club is wonderful and very large. I can't really say anything about children as I don't have any. Also there were only about 5 or 7 kids on the ship.

Who Goes
A cross of many people on board from all over the world made this cruise very enjoyable. Many e-mail address's exchanged hands. I met very nice people that I intend to keep in touch with and cruise some day down the road. The Mercury is a fine ship with a great crew. I miss her.

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