We cruised on the Enchantment from 3/19 - 3/31/12. This was the longest cruise we have ever taken (this was our 24th cruise), but it certainly didn't feel like it. Wish we were still cruising and looking forward to our next cruise in August.
We drove to the Port of Baltimore - 4-1/2 hours from our home in VA Beach. The trip to the port was easy and exciting knowing we were soon to be on the ship!
Although the Enchantment is an older ship, without all the bells and whistles of the newer ships, she is still beautiful. We are however, looking forward to sailing on her after her refurbishment which I believe is scheduled for December. Our favorite location of the ship is the Centrum where there are tiers of gorgeous marble flooring.....many activities happen there from dancing to art shows, etc......we always feel a sense of camaraderie when guest gather to take part or just to watch the activities in the Centrum.
We just turned 60 years old. This sailing had many seniors probably in their 80's and older. We hope we can be cruising and having fun when we get to be their age!!! We met many seniors with lots of interesting stories. We also met many couples who were our age which was fun.
We chose a large inside cabin (7061 - cat L)which had plenty of storage space. Our cabin was kept spotless by Milton who was very professional and friendly at the same time. We enjoyed getting to know Donna in the Crown Viking Lounge. She was the bartender up there when we cruised although she will be moving to another part of the ship for the next sailing. Donna has a super upbeat personality and a gorgeous smile!!! The cruise director and his wife did a great job. The shows were good and we didn't experience any seating issues. We had fun in the casino every night - we came out $50 ahead which was unbelievable for a 12 night cruise!!!! We enjoyed My Time Dining each evening. We have had the current hostess as our Assistant Waiter on previous Enchantment cruises (we have cruised 3 times on the Enchantment)so it was like "coming home". She recognized us immediately and so did one of our previous Waiters Anthony. The food was good - the lobster being our favorite. To our surprise the low fat cobblers (all of them) were super delicious. Our Waiter Jerome and Assistant Waiter Arvid did a fantastic job. Sure do miss them! Thank goodness we walked the stairs and never took an elevator.....soooo much food anytime of the day!!!! My husband and I love to dance and I must say there was plenty of dance music every night. Dancing is one of the highlights for us of cruising, so we are always happy when the bands, dj's etc., are good and on this cruise, they were! Everything type of music was played from Beach Music, to Ballroom, to Current......perfect!!!
We didn't take any excursions this cruise. At all ports we walked around a lot and bought some souvenirs, etc. St. Marten was probably our favorite. Walked to the boardwalk and ate delicious Gelato!! In Antigua we took a taxi ride to a distant beach which was gorgeous but a bit expensive. Probably wouldn't do that again but it was worth it to be away from the crowds.
This was a great cruise. Thanks to the Staff of the Enchantment for providing us with another wonderful vacation!