Tots, teens and parents can create their perfect holiday onboard the Celebrity Mercury Cruise Ship. Offering opulence, indulgence, relaxation and fun, it is the ideal family holiday destination.
Built in 1997 as part of the Celebrity Cruises fleet, this impressive ship is impeccably detailed and encased in floor-to-ceiling windows. Offering long and short cruises around Alaska, the Mexican Riviera and Australia and New Zealand, the ship is a must for every family.
If you have the money and are willing to book well in advance, the luxurious Penthouses and Royal Suites (of which there are two and ten respectively) will give you and your children an experience unlike any other. A marble-tiled bathroom, bathtub fitted with whirlpool jets, walk-in closet, dressing room, veranda and butler service are just a few of the amenities available.
If your budget doesn’t allow quite that much indulgence, fear not. The Celebrity Mercury’s Staterooms are more than adequate, offering all the creature comforts you would expect onboard a world-class ship.
Families with special needs can also experience an incredible vacation with one inside and seven outside wheelchair-accessible Staterooms and ten, 39”-wide public elevators making wheelchair access easy.
Even with such indulgent accommodation, much of your time will be spent exploring the many facilities on deck.
Children will love the Celebrity Mercury kids’ clubs which are divided into four age groups. Trained childcare workers ensure little ones are spoilt for choice in the Ship Mates Fun Factory (which includes play equipment and a children’s pool), while teenagers can sit back on beanbags and listen to the latest music or play arcade-style video games in the Teen Room.
Mum and dad can enjoy a little ‘me’ time too. Sip a cup of your favourite coffee at the Cova Café Milano, relax by the pool with a book borrowed from the library or head to the internet station to keep in touch with family and friends on land.
Those worried about their waistline will love the outdoor running track and indoor gym complete with top-of-the-line cardio equipment, weights, classes and even a personal trainer.
For a more holistic approach try Acupuncture at Sea or the sensational AquaSpa. Spoil yourself, your husband or teenager with a massage, facial, body wrap or manicure or indulge in the Ultimate Spa Relaxation Package. Those in search of rejuvenation at a fraction of the cost can have their hair cut, styled and coloured at the nearby salon or try the incredible Thalasotherapy Pool – a therapeutic massage pool containing minerals and seawater that is relaxing and will relieve fatigue and muscle aches and pains.
If you’re looking for a little family-time, check out a latest-release movie at the onboard cinema, take in a Broadway or Vegas-style show at the theatre, relax by the outdoor pools, explore the Celebrity shops or stroll through the Rialto Gallery and the decks to view the many original artworks on display.
Don’t forget to pack your camera and take the kids on one of the many shore and land tours on offer at each port of call. You can even download and print the day’s photographs at the photo-printing station when you return to the ship.
After all that activity you are sure to be starving. Enjoy 24-hour in-Stateroom dining or a family-friendly meal at the buffet-style Palm Springs Café. Alternatively, treat you and your family to a classy dining experience at the two-storey Manhattan Restaurant.
Before dinner, adults just have to try the Champagne Bar, Martini Bar or a cocktail in the leather armchair-filled Michael’s Club. After your meal, let your hair down at the Navigator Club, Pavilion Night Club or Fortunes Casino.
· Built in: 1997
· Length: 866 feet
· Beam (width): 105.6 feet
· Draft (depth): 25.5 feet
· Speed: 21.5 knots
· Decks: 10
· Elevators: 10
· Electric Current: 110/220 AC
· Guest Capacity: 1870
· Crew: 845