We were on Merc. just recently for pacific NW so I can't say anything about ports. There is some OK music on board--nothing great but the party band isn't too bad. Also enjoyed the classical group--had them on another cruise with Celeb, MUST do the T-pool if even only for one day--we had a pass & really enjoyed it..often had it all to ourselves Enjoyed that even more than the spa treatments... Have a great time & post a review--we have this trip booked for 07--hope the ship isnt totally worn out by then. CD is a nice--not too pushy!