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    Celebrity Mercury - Miscellaneous Questions

    [quote name='CruisieSusie9240']I've been reading all the threads, but have a couple of questions that I haven't seen answered. We're sailing on the 12/12 Mexican Riveria cruise out of San Diego. Can anyone tell me what kind of weather to expect at sea? I need to know if I need to pack for chillier weather. I'd also like to know about 'drinking the water' in Mexico. I know you're not supposed to drink anything non-bottled...but what about all those margaritas in the hotels, etc. Is it safe to drink cocktails with ice? Thanks much -[/quote] [FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Susie, my wife and I were on that cruise last New Years Eve. It was very nice. The weather was wonderful IN MEXICO. San Siego was a little chilly (low 60s) and the day at sea on the way to Cabo (I blelieve that was the first port) was windy and chilly. So, we hid at the heated indoor pool at the back of the ship.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Arial][SIZE=3][/SIZE][/FONT] [COLOR=black][FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]And now for the "unsolicited" advice:[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT='Times New Roman'][FONT=Arial]It is not a Caribbean cruise. I am not sure if it was the cruise director or Celebrity, but the music was all James Taylor and no Jimmy Buffett (literally). While onboard it did not feel like you were in the tropics at all. And, the ports had a very different feel than the Caribbean ports. I had always wanted to do the "Love Boat" ports, but was disappointed to find them not as exciting as “your cruise directory Julie” made them out to be. Please don’t get me wrong; we had a great time in those ports. We took the most excellent excursions. I would highly recommend that itinerary. We just expected something completely different.[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR]
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    Feedback Wanted: Holiday Meals

    Last New Years, my wife and I took a new years cruise on the Mercury. For the entire cruise, the dining room was still decorated with Christmas decorations from the cruise the week before (Debarkation was Monday, December 27th). Despite this "degrading" of ambiance (if that is how you want to look at it), there was still a fabulous string quartet during meals, the sommelier was excellent and we could not have asked for a more knowledgeable, competent or wonderful waiter. As for the food, I would not say we were disappointed, but I can say that we were not amazed. On most cruises, there is a lobster night. We figured that with New Years, there MAY even be two: The typical lobster meal and something amazing. Come on, this is New Years Eve! But alas, there was only one...and it was New Years Eve. As previously stated, we were never disappointed with a meal. In fact, every meal was excellently prepared, wonderfully spiced and something I do not remember. Yes, that is right, unmemorable. Not due to quality: they were in-fact wonderful. And, not due to service: the staff was amazing. It was the presentation of the menu. On previous cruises, after returning to the ship and before dinner, we always made a special trip to the dining room for the “Viewing of the Menu.” This is a most wonderful time...almost like Christmas Morning. For those of us that delight in new dining experiences (the three nights before our next cruise, we already have reservations at bistros in San Juan), the anticipation of “un-wrapping” the menu is as valuable as the meal itself. The Mercury’s lackluster menu was like Aunt Doris showing up at noon with a small handful of crumpled one-dollar bills. Sure, it will get you a couple albums for the new stereo you unwrapped that morning, but there is something missing: the presentation. Perhaps it was the Michele Roux style, or maybe Celebrity caters to those with “older,” pallets more sensitive to bold spices or even that the menu presentation is toned-down so as not to scare people away from some of the more adventurous fare. Whatever the reason, neither my wife nor I were ever able to look at a menu and, like that wild-eyed child on the Christmas cruise the week before, know that the meal at hand would be “the Most Wonderful Time.”