Well I can’t believe it’s almost here…Our Celebrity Mercury Alaska family reunion cruise.
We started planning this cruise a little over a year ago with my Mother-in-law, Sister-in-law, and her husband. My Mother-in-law’s sister is also joining us as her roommate. It should be a great cruise.
We had lots of choices to make when planning this cruise. The first was the cruise line. Our first choice is Celebrity, and the rest of the family said that would be their choice too. They have gone on two Celebrity Cruises and they just like the overall cruise experience on Celebrity with”everything” being done well… service, food, entertainment etc.
Once we had selected Celebrity as our cruise line, we had to select a voyage. My Mother-in-law had the least flexible schedule. She works every other Saturday and Sunday, so she couldn’t be gone consecutive Saturdays and Sundays. The Celebrity Mercury departs on a Friday and returns on a Friday. Perfect for my Mother-in-laws situation. So the Mercury it is – for the 3rd time for us.
Next was our cabin selection. We chose a Family Ocean View on the aft of the ship, the same room in fact we were in when we took the Mercury to Mexico last November. Our more budget minded Sister-in-law and her husband choose a regular ocean view, and my Mother-in-law and her sister chose a Balcony (Veranda) state room. The good news is that we got a balcony when the Mercury went into dry dock in April and they converted our room into a balcony room by converting the window to a sliding glass door and partitioning the previously public deck space outside.
We are so looking forward to the entire cruise experience. My husband and I did an Alaska cruise 14 years ago for our honeymoon, and expect that the highlight of this trip will be just looking off the ship at the beautiful scenery. However, we do have two excursions booked. We are taking the historic Whitepass and Yukon train trip out of Skagway with the whole group and we are going to see the Lumberjack Show with the kids in Ketchikan. In Juneau, we plan to visit the State Museum and the Mendenhall Glacier on our own.
Our departure and return are out of Vancouver, a fabulous place to visit in itself. We’ll have one day after the cruise to explore and visit the city.
I plan to post a daily blog here at Cruise Talk Central about the whole trip. So please stop by if you are interested in the progress of our trip.