The Celebrity Mercury,the newest of Celebrity Cruises' Century-class ships, offers 9-night and 12-night cruises from Baltimore. The ship has an impressive list of unique amenities, including a saltwater pool, cigar and champagne bars, tea service, and a midnight buffet where waiters roam the ship carrying trays of gourmet dishes right up to hungry passengers. Though Mercury only has one dining room and a handful of bars and cafes, it has continued appeal for guests who prefer traditional amenities rather than Vegas-style restaurants and nightclubs. Mercury also continues tradition by holding two formal dinners during most cruises.
Ports of call: Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean
2009 sailing dates: Nov. 9, 21, 30 and Dec. 12, 31
Gross Tonnage: 77,713
Length: 866 feet
Staterooms: 943 (inside, ocean view, veranda and suite)
Guest Capacity: 1,886 passengers, 908 crew
Features/amenities: Two pools (one saltwater), AquaSpa, fitness center, internet access, cigar bar, art gallery, casino, specialty shops, theater, golf simulator, conference room and two nightclubs, one with ballroom dance lessons. The Celebrity Network, an in-stateroom interactive television network. offers casino video games, shore excursions previews, room service and in-room movies.
Restaurants: The elegant Manhattan Restaurant, a two-level dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows; three bars, including champagne and martini bars; Elegant Tea serving tea, pastries and sandwiches; and Gourmet Bites, a midnight buffet and three cafes.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun