Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by Terribet: Disappointment
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Second time sailing with RCI - with good memories of the first cruise we went for a relaxing and fun New Years cruise.
Disappointing from stepping on the ship to just before stepping off the ship.
Food - mediocre most of the time with a few good meals. For a vegetarian the meals were at best mediocre.
The Windjammer Buffet has limited selection - the pasta was overcooked and lukewarm. The salads were decent - but alot of the speciality salads had meat in them. None of the place cards put out to tell you what you were serving yourself included any indication if there was meat in them. Only on the second last day did I enjoy a curry - which was delicious and hot.
The dining room - forced to use the mytime dining as there was no available main seating. At dinner - it was disorganized and the first day the servers where useless. We were crammed into a table for two by the cold drafty window and immediately told to order as the kitchen was closing More in 10 minutes. At lunch I ordered the pasta special with pesto and given to me 10 minutes after every one's orders was served was a red pasta that was like the buffet and terrible. The server left before I could say anything and did not show up again until serving the dessert - which has a frozen centre. We requested a change in seating and server for the next night. My husband's success with the meat dishes was slightly better than mine.
We finally found a good server/assistant server and the service was better although the only good meal was on New Years Eve - freshly made and properly cooked pasta. They did what they could to help suggest a decent meal. Although we could not always eat at their tables because of the mytime set up.
The poolside cafe was ok, but with long lines for the salad bar.
Lunch in the dining room was not good and you only had one entry to order or try your luck at the salad bar - I tried both vegetarian options and they were both disappointing. Forget about ordering a salad and entre. Pools - travelling without kids we were looking forward to the piece and quite of the solarium pool - adults only. Well either people cannot read or they don't pay any attention to the rules - no children. There were kids in there all of the time - not just family swim time. The staff if you could find them, did not enforce the rules.
There was no peace and quite unless we retreated to our cold drafty room. Dealing with screaming children, teenagers running around or laying on the stairways was not alot of fun. We went on a Disney Cruise and hardly saw any kids on that cruise than on Enchantment.
Activities - during the sea days you would expect more activities - on the last at sea day there were hardly any - and because we were travelling back into the cold weather everyone was in the lounges. The Trivia was a joke - the prizes were pathetic and once again staff did not enforce the rules - one team that won had nine people in it - when there were supposed to be teams of 3-6. The answers to some of the questions were wrong. Of course you cannot double check and if you did using the ship's Internet it would have cost you more than the prize.
Excursions - very few options for interesting excursions.
Shows - mediocre song and dance group. Comics were horrible - the Cruise Director was funnier. The magician and his wife and the juggler and his wife were the best things about the cruise - of course they only appeared once in the show schedule.
Health - there was an outbreak of Norovirus which the ship tried to keep contained and said that they were doing more to keep it like that - but I saw very little extra precautions in the public areas - some areas did not even have the dispensers. Not surprised to see an outbreak and one woman admitted to me that she and her husband came on the ship sick - and must have lied on their forms.
I won't be going on another RCI cruise anytime soon. Less
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Cabin review: Enchantment of the Seas Large Oceanview Stateroom Deck 4
The Large Oceanview Stateroom (G) was a joke. The pictures on the RCI site show the larger, rooms with a couch, not the one with the chair crammed in the already small room. As our embarkation was from a cold climate - there was a cold draft from the window above the head of the bed. There was no soap when we arrived in the room and the shampoo/conditioner combination dispenser was empty on the second day. Bring conditioner if your hair needs it. Otherwise you will be dealing with tangled and dry hair for seven days. Our room steward was nice and cleaned the room three times a day. Bring a corkscrew if you bring wine with a cork on board. They are few a far between - unless you want to pay a corkage fee.
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