It’s likely not a coincidence that I saw a Celebrity Cruises TV spot the other day:
As for the Celebrity Mercury, it now will sail a 17-night Panama Canal cruise from San Diego to Baltimore on Oct, 23, 2009. It will then remain in Baltimore through February 2010, offering 12-night Eastern Caribbean cruises that call in St. Thomas; St. Kitts; Antigua; St. Maarten and Tortola. The ship also will sail four 9-night cruises that stop in Charleston; Key West, Fla., and Cococay and Nassau, Bahamas.
The Mercury will head to Charleston from February to April 2010, offering 10- and 11-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages. Port calls in the Eastern Caribbean itinerary are St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Tortola; on the Western Caribbean itinerary, Key West; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico, and Nassau.
Celebrity spokesperson Tavia Robb says the line hasn’t sailed out of Charleston since 2003.