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Old July 23rd, 2004, 04:21 PM
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Default Re: 12 day Mercury Alaskan Cruise

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. And in my opinion, you have chosen a fantastic honeymoon!

Sounds like you're on the Mercury .... sky suite on Deck 12 (Sky Deck)? .... well, if this is the case you have chosen wisely. I was onboard in early May - sky suite 1221.

Balconies on Deck 12 are tremendously huge - 179 sq. feet - you can throw a party out there for a dozen people and still have plenty of room for lounge chairs (in fact, there will be 4 of them out there), tables (2), and regular upright chairs (2). I should know, I had a party for fellow passengers while viewing the Hubbard Glacier - and I highly recommend it. Your butler will be a big help to you in this - simply tell him a day ahead of time. He will need to know who you wish to invite; their cabin numbers (he will arrange for personal invitations to be delivered); and go over drinks and menu items to be served. He brought glass set-ups, champagne in ice buckets, cheese and crackers, chips, little chocolates - and arranged everything beautifully! My guests were delighted to have an opportunity to view the suite - plus glacier-viewing on a private verandah beats fighting for space at the rail in the public viewing areas anyday! Note that this little party did not cost me anything - other than the 3 bottles of champagne I had previously brought on board on day of embarkation (just for this party) - and the $25 tip I gave my butler for his assistance (this was above and beyond what I gave him as expected per diem). He very kindly provided the snacks gratis, and made a couple of appearances throughout the course of the party to see if anyone had requests - we loved it!

Feel free to ask him for just about anything - padded cushions for the verandah chairs, special pillows, lap blankets for sitting outside (these are very nice wool ones), shore excursion bookings, priority tender tickets, dry cleaning or pressing.... how it goes is: your stateroom attendant takes care of your cabin, and your butler takes care of you!

As honeymooners you should by all means make use of the in-suite dining. If you decide not to eat in the Manhattan Restaurant on any given night, let him know that you wish to have dinner in your suite (this should be done as early in the day as possible). He will bring you the regular dining room menu, take your orders, and then serve it -course-by-course - just like they would in the dining room - at the time you wish to dine.

Other thoughts: you will love the quiet on Deck 12. There are so few rooms up there that passenger traffic is very light. Did you know the sky suites have doorbells? And a jacuzzi tub? Tons of space for storage - I counted 20 drawers. Double closets. Unlimited cappucino and espresso provided by - you guessed it - your butler. You will have omplimentary use of the T-pool in the spa (non-suite people pay extra for this). Personalized calling cards with your names and suite number. Did I mention breakfast in bed (or on the verandah). The butler calls before he delivers breakfast - he's actually standing right outside the door - using his cell phone!

O.k., so you're starting to get the picture. If you have specific questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Leave an email address and I'll be in touch. Again, congratulations - may your married life continue as spectacularly as your cruise will sure to be.

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