We left out of Baltimore on the 12 night Eastern Caribbean on the Enchantment. Embarking was a breeze. We got to the port about 11:30 am. We had sailed on Royal Caribbean before so we went to the Gold Memeber line and were walking up the gangway after a 15 minute wait. Had some lunch in the Windjammer and went to our oceanview room on deck 2 around 1pm and our luggage was there. This cruise had a super itinerary that went to Tortula,Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Labadee, and San Juan.
We had great weather and were able to use the two outside pools after about a day at sea. The enclosed Solarium pool was also available but seating in this area filled up quickly. I had noticed on Cruise Critic some complaints about the Windjammer food but we thought it was very good. They did have several items that were repeated at lunch such as burgers, hot dogs, and fries but the passengers were eating a lot of burgers and there was a great variety of dishes available besides these. We went to the My Fair Lady dining room about 7 times but were only impressed with the quality there on 2 nights. The food was ok in the dining room but in general we liked the Windjammer better. I especially like the stir fry.
All of the wait staff and room stewards were excellent and there was a good atmosphere amongst the passengers and the crew. Our fellow cruisers were older with an average age probably 65-70 years but it was a relatively active ship. One complaint would be the lacking of seating for some activities that were held in the Centrum or at Boleros, a bar. Most folks came early and waited and it would have been better if some of these activities were held in the larger Orpheum theater or Spotlight Lounge. Also, the tv programming aboard is truly terrible with a couple of movies being repeated and almost no programming available. I know we don't spend a lot of time watching tv on a cruise but you are in your stateroom some on a 12 night cruise and this was by far the worst programming we've seen on a cruise ship.
The outside pools were not overly crowded and as we had good weather there was plenty of space in the pools and hot tubs outside. They did open the Solarium roof when we arrived in the warmer weather and that helped the humidity problem in there.
The gym was small but adequate. I went 3 three times and it was almost empty twice and a little busy the 3rd time. Entertainment was overall good. They had a good mix with a comedian, three different singers, their own singers and dancers, a magician, and a comedian singer. All were entertaining. Again, the only real complaint would be the lack of seating at some of the day activities such as lectures and dance classes.
The ports were great. We took the ships tour to the baths at Virgin Gorda and were glad we did. A very pretty place. Only wish we had more time there. A 4x4 tour in Antigua was good but not terribly exciting. We had a great time on the ships tour to St. Thomas and Magen Bay stop. Labadee was a very nice as well. Royal Caribbean has made it very pleasant there. At all of the stops you are within walking distance of tour info so it seems you can make your own arrangements when you arrive. Not to leave anyone out, Phillipsburg St. Maarten was great. You can take a water taxi right to the main boardwalk, shopping area, and there is a beautiful beach right there.
The outside stateroom we had was fine. I believe I would have booked an inside and saved some money since they seem to be exactly the same except for the window. The casino had low table minimums and though we aren't gamblers I would feel comfortable playing their roulette or blackjack. They had a special blackjack table for beginners and many penny slots. We had to sample the Ben and Jerry's onboard and even though it seems a waste to pay for food on a cruise it was delicious and reasonable.
Disembarking was easy. We usually carry our own luggage off but this time I had bought a painting I had to carry so we used the regular disembarking process. We were scheduled to leave around 9:15 but got off about 9:50 with minimal waiting outside in the cold for customs. Overall, a wonderful trip. The Enchantment is moving to Port Canaveral soon and we're sorry she isn't serving Baltimore any more.