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Old May 7th, 2006, 11:09 PM
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We are excited to go on our first Alaskan cruise aboard Mercury later in May. Any tips on luggage. Since there are 3 formal nights the ladies need to carry lots of stuff, and I wonder if we will be able to fit 3 mid -size bags ( 25inch) , and small carry ons in our cabin which is a cabin with sitting area for 3 on 9th deck ( ocean view) . Our Celebrity guidelines suggested getting a fresh formal outfit for all 7 evenings so that can be plenty of luggage for a couple with a teenager.

We are also trying to book shore excursions in advance, and wonder how weather will be for fly-fishing, hiking etc in late May ? Is it possible to get these excurions at last minute when we arrive at the port and check out the weather .
Thank you fellow Mercury passengers and crew memebers for any suggestions. I will be sure to take my Nikon
I really would not know. I think in a standard state, there is plenty of room for most luggage. if you can get it on the plane, you can defintiely fit it on the boat. You'd probably be better off asking fellow passengers, as my position was not as a stateroom attendant-type guy.

happy cruising. I was on the MX run and didn't get a chance to do AK, so I can't tell about flyfishing. The shorex people are very nice, though and they can help you out.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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Hey,

Did you sail on any Alaska tirps? I've contacted the excursion desk with Celebrity to ask questions on excursions in Skagway.......I could not believe that no one in that office had been to Alaska or even on a shore excursion! Can you help?
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Hey,

Did you sail on any Alaska tirps? I've contacted the excursion desk with Celebrity to ask questions on excursions in Skagway.......I could not believe that no one in that office had been to Alaska or even on a shore excursion! Can you help?
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Hey,

Did you sail on any Alaska tirps? I've contacted the excursion desk with Celebrity to ask questions on excursions in Skagway.......I could not believe that no one in that office had been to Alaska or even on a shore excursion! Can you help?
Never sailed on the AK runs, Just the MX ones. From what I hear, though, people tend o rally like AK. Try Celeb's website, but again, I'm not sure what to say as my experience was MX.
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Fern, just wondering what you mean by "..just not our style" ? What lines do you cruise? What style are you?

Rev22:17--I disagree with your assertion that Celebrity commands significantly higher fares. It may be higher up on the mass market scale, but is not what I would call a "premium" line. I think of those as Silver Sea, Raddison and the other smaller much pricier lines.
We changed our plans to sail Brilliance to the Panama Canal in favor of Galaxy and saved over $700. Mercury's 11-night Mexican Riviera cruises are less per day than RCI's 7-day. I haven't compared Celebrity to any other line because RCI and Celebrity are the only ones we cruise.
We just sailed Jewel in June and it was every bit as upscale as our Celebrity cruises. The food was the best we've had and we've never had complaints about the food on any cruise.
We are retired and not "wealthy" by any means and we don't spend any more on Celebrity than we do on RCI. To me they are pretty much interchangeable. (However, I know there are Celebrity-only snobs that are cringing at this observation.)
The passenger demographics seem the same on both lines. We feel so comfortable with both lines that we don't want to take a chance on others.
I was thrilled to see that Celebrity is starting Aus/NZ itineraries next year and we won't have to change lines when the time comes.

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The passenger demographics seem the same on both lines. We feel so comfortable with both lines that we don't want to take a chance on others.
I was thrilled to see that Celebrity is starting Aus/NZ itineraries next year and we won't have to change lines when the time comes.
Passenger Demographics NOT the same... speaking as a young adult... Celebrity is SERIOUSLY lacking this age group... when my brother, the two young men we were traveling with and I were 4 out of maybe 50 people in our age bracket... as opposed to being 4 out of about 250-300 on the previous cruise we had taken. There was a SERIOUSLY lack of people my own age... it warranted for alot of illegally hanging out with my brother and our traveling buddies in the casino... and talking to the activity staff one of who was around the same age as myself... which is awkward... you can only talk to the cruise staff for so long before you know toooo much about them... RCI has a denser young adult demographic...
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kmm44,

I disagree with your assertion that Celebrity commands significantly higher fares. It may be higher up on the mass market scale, but is not what I would call a "premium" line. I think of those as Silver Sea, Raddison and the other smaller much pricier lines.

No, these are the "luxury" lines. Analysts traditionally divide the cruise market into the following four segments.

>> Budget lines generally were small companies operating older ships on "shoestring" budgets. They provided the basics at low cost, without frills, but cut a lot of corners in the process. Traditionally, lines like Commodore Cruises, Dolphin Cruises, and Premier Cruises were in this category, but most lines in this category been crushed by "Mainstream" lines cutting costs and fares over the past decade. Think of this as cookies and milk or, in automotive terms, the original Volkswagen Beetle.

>> Mainstream lines, which traditionally offered a solid product with few frills, evolved into the lower end of the "mass market" lines. This category includes Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International, though the latter seems to have moved up half a notch in recent years. Think of this as pretzels and beer or, in automotive terms, a Chevy or a Ford.

>> Premium lines generally sought the proverbial "knee of the curve" by operating at the proverbial "knee of the curve" where they could offer a fair amount of polish for a slightly higher fare. This category traditionally included Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruises, Holland America Lines, Oceana Cruises, and Princess Cruises, though Princess Cruises seems to have slid down a notch due to the British parent company's "cost reduction programme" about five years ago (before the merger of operations with Carnival Corporation). Think of this as wine and cheese or, in automotive terms, a Buick or a Mercury.

>> Luxury lines generally spare no expense to achieve perfection in their product, and it's reflected in their fares. Lines in this category include Crystal Cruises, Cunard Lines Ltd., Regent Seven Seas (formerly Radisson Seven Seas), Seaborne, and Silvesea. Think of this as champagne and caviar or, in automotive terms, a Cadillac or a Lincoln.

I generally stick with this standard classification to minimize confusion.

We just sailed Jewel in June and it was every bit as upscale as our Celebrity cruises.

So Royal Caribbean serves champagne to boarding passengers?

And Royal Caribbean hands out cold towels to passengers returning to the ship in warm weather?

And Royal Caribbean serves "gourmet bytes" in all lounges late at night?

These are examples of the "extras" that "premium" lines might provide but that "mainstream" lines would not.

FWIW, food is a poor metric because it's very much a matter of personal taste. Conoisseurs often rate Celebrity's cuisine very highly based upon its French style, with its fancy sauces and such, but that's not so wonderful if you don't care for French cuisine. I have never had a complaint with the quality or preparation of food on Celebrity, but the French menus do grow old very quickly.

We are retired and not "wealthy" by any means and we don't spend any more on Celebrity than we do on RCI. To me they are pretty much interchangeable. (However, I know there are Celebrity-only snobs that are cringing at this observation.)

There may be some "snobs" on Celebrity, but most passengers seem to be pretty normal people who enjoy the finer things in life. Nonetheless, you really should cruise on whichever line better matches your preference of style.

The passenger demographics seem the same on both lines.

I don't have first-hand experience on Royal Caribbean so I can't argue this point, but that is not exactly what I have heard from other sources for similar itineraries.

Norm.
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We've sailed both on RCCI and Celebrity...and the passenger demographics are NOT the same. In fact, when sailing the big 3...RCCI, Celebrity and HAL we've found a big difference in ages.

RCCI draws more families, groups, teens, etc.

Celebrity...slightly older...not as many young families.

HAL...fewer families...(maybe too because cruises tend to be longer)

Like Norm said, you should sail on the line that you feel most comfortable...
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Hi kmm44,

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Fern, just wondering what you mean by "..just not our style" ? What lines do you cruise? What style are you?
We've cruised Carnival, Princess and NCL (see my tag line). We're very laid back people. We have no interest in dressing in long formal gowns or tuxedos.

We do dress appropriately for the lines we're cruising. Celebrity is just a little too "upscale" for our tastes. That doesn't mean we'd never consider cruising Celebrity, just that other lines (especially Princess) fit our lifestyle better.

We prefer cruise lines with a "mix" of ages, and from what I've read there are more cruiser's on "our side of fifty" on Celebrity than on the other lines. We're still young at heart and enjoy watching the youngsters have fun!

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In April 2007 Mercury going into Drydock.

Do you know what they will reniew?

While a specific bedding replacement date for Mercury's bedding has not been announced yet, it should happen when she is in Drydock?

Is it possible to order a bottle of rum in our Stateroom by the Bar? If so, do you know the price? Or is it sheaper to buy a liquor package?

Do you have some tips? What to know about the Mercury?
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