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I've never been on a Celebrity cruise, only Carnival (both 3 nights out of Florida). I'm looking for information. It looks like they have some great deals out of Seattle (my homeport) and I'm thinking of one of those 3 night R/T up to Canada and back. Can anyone give me first-hand information regarding the Celebrity Mercury? I see it's considerably smaller (!) than the mega-ships, so I'm hoping someone can "paint me a picture" of what I can expect; staterooms (outside and/or balcony), restaurants, attire, clientele etc. Any and all info appreciated! thank you
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There's no way a 3 day cruise on just about any cruise line (even Carnival) would attract the same clientele, or be the same atmosphere as a 3 day out of Florida.

There are some excellent deals on Celebrity's Pacific NorthWest cruises, and I wouldn't hesitate for a quick getaway. Just don't expect the same party you'd experience sailing of Florida.
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trafficmaven.............we're doing a back to back on the Mercury in Oct......the 3 day & then 5 day........we did the 5 day last year......it was a real mix of people........the rooms are about the same as CCL.......not as much going on during the day......but then you are in the Pacific Northwest.......a bit chilly out for ourdoor activities........

Like Kuki said......a lot different then from FL.........food was good.....attire was like any other cruise.....you always have the odd balls..... As long as you go with the attitude to have a great time......you will......if ya have any questions let me know.....you can ask here, pm me or e-mail me......



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I've never been on a Celebrity cruise, only Carnival (both 3 nights out of Florida). I'm looking for information. It looks like they have some great deals out of Seattle (my homeport) and I'm thinking of one of those 3 night R/T up to Canada and back. Can anyone give me first-hand information regarding the Celebrity Mercury? I see it's considerably smaller (!) than the mega-ships, so I'm hoping someone can "paint me a picture" of what I can expect; staterooms (outside and/or balcony), restaurants, attire, clientele etc. Any and all info appreciated! thank you
MV Mercury is a great ship, to which I would return in a heartbeat!

That said, be aware that Celebrity is a "premium" cruise line that generally draws a much more refined and "upscale" crowd than Carnival. This has a few implications for your cruise.

>> Overall, evenings will be dressier. On Celebrity, "formal" evenings really demand either a "black tie" outfit (that is, tuxedo or dinner jacket) or a dark -- and I really do mean DARK -- business suit for gentlemen and either a full length dress or a cocktail dress for ladies. Yes, you'll see a few deviants, but they tend to be very few. And when Celebrity says that shorts and bluejeans are NEVER allowed in the dining room, they do mean it. Note, also, that most Celebrity cruises have "informal" evenings (sport coat required for gentlemen) in addition to the "formal" evenngs, though a cruise of only three nights is too short for this.

>> Overall, the ship will be quieter. You won't hear many announcements of upcoming activities over the ship's PA system. One announcement per day is the norm -- either the Captain's noontime announcement when the ship is at sea or the "you may proceed ashore" announcement when the ship is in port. And if you don't go to an activity, the activities staff won't come around to nag you and cajole you into participating. Also, the volume of conversation in public spaces tends be a lot lower.

>> On Celebrity ships, the decor generally is "modern elegance" typical of southern California. You won't find the barrage of neon lights for which Joe Farcas (Carnival's interior designer) is known.

Overall, we say that Celebrity tends to appeal to "wine and cheese" folks whareas Carnival tends to appeal to "pretzels and beer" folks. Your choice.

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Norm........you might be right on the Caribbean.......but the short cruises out of Seattle you'll see everything in the dinning rooms....& I do MEAN everything.......been there.......done that.........but we enjoyed the get away so much we're doing it again......I can over look clothes......I'll enjoy the cruise no matter what.........



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Just off the Mercury Friday. The activity schedule says, "Shorts are not permitted in the dining room during dinner." Many of us wore shorts earlier in the day before or after excursions and T-shirts, too. DH and I didn't bring jeans this time.
There were quite a few light-colored sport coats on formal night, but no one in truly casual clothes. Not everyone was dressed formally in the theater on formal nights.
If you think Celebrity ships are quiet, check out the trivia and other games. We have so much fun and compete avidly for the wonderful prizes--lanyards, luggage tags, key chains, and this year I won two neck pillows, two T-shirts, a mug and a pen.
It was bedlam when the women won the "Battle of the Sexes" (using Trivial Pursuit cards) in a Sudden Death tie breaker. The men had to place leis around our necks and Misty, the hostess, gave out certificates stating that we had "Bragging Rights" for a year. lol
I had my 15 min of fame as the big winner of the "Starstruck Celebrity Challenge featuring music and movies of your generation". Trust me, it was not quiet in the Pavilion Night club when the audience was cheering for the 4 contestants and trying to guess the answers to the hummed songs, charades for movie titles, descriptions of famous music people and the trivia questions. The next day total strangers greeted me by name all over the ship. No one barred me from the dining room when I wore my prize T-shirt to breakfast and lunch.
And then there was the Super Bowl party also in the Pavilion. Talk about lively! There are games going on all the time in the lounges, poolside, shuffleboard courts, golf simulators and more.
And then there's the "Newlywed, Not So Newlywed" game after the show on 8th night of the cruise. Hilarious!
Even though there seemed to be more older people (60s and up) than usual, there was never a dull moment. DH and I are 65 and 62 and we had a ball. After only 2 days home I'm in trivia withdrawal.

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Hi, Trafficmaven...

I have not be on the Mercury, but I have ben on Celebrity's Infinity and
Zenith - and they were both fantastic cruises! I can't believe anyone would compare Celebrity to Carnival! I took a caribbean cruise on Carnival in 1997 and it nearly put me off cruising - AND, it was my 1st cruise! To me, Carnivore is loud, crowded, rushed, glitzy and the drinkers on board (and I drink) were rank amateurs. The ships are so large it's hard to get to know anyone. The food was pretty good.

Celebrity, on the other hand, is still fun, as you heard from one of the other posts, but has considerably more class. There are varied age groups (I'm 56), and all have cruising in common. The food is fantastic.
Mercury and Galaxy, like Century will be renovated in the next few years.

Enjoy! Jini
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We have done two cruises on the Mercury, one being this past April and can say the Mercury certainly deserves its Conde Naste rating. We have been on several other Celebrity ships, but the Mercury crew seems to have their act together. We were so happy with everything about our cruise that we booked our Alaska cruise for this July on the Mercury. You cannot go wrong sailing on any Celebrity ship, but the Mercury is especially outstanding.


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