Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by tony007: Enchantment sailing out of Port Canaveral
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Enchantment sailing out of Port Canaveral
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was Enchantment of the Seas's first sailing out of Port Canaveral (ship was relocated from Baltimore). We were a group of 11.
The embarkation at Port Canaveral was almost a breeze and it would have been a breeze if it was not for one couple in our group that could not board the ship!! Long story short - we all booked through vacations to go web site and for some reason our friends cabin was cancelled, still not sure exactly why except we all agree that we will NEVER use "vacations to go" again, unless you have a good agent there, be very very careful using V2Go, as we found out, some agents at V2Go are terribly careless!. I plan to book directly with the cruise line and control my "destiny".
Anyway, once we were on-board and past the initial shock we were greeted by one of the most friendly crews ever.
The ship shows some sign of wear but it's not bad at all(for a 1997 ship), all public areas were clean. The cabins are hit and miss, some are remodeled and some More really need to be remodeled. The only thing consistently new is the TV , I would liked to see my bill on the TV but does not appear to be available. Only one of the cabins in our group was remodeled the others show a lot of wear and tear.
The pool deck area was great, loved the layout, it's really wide and the pools are large and all the glass windows and bridges - simply impressive.
The food was good. Buffet was mostly the typical boring stuff but quality was good. The service was exceptional, even for lunch the waiters were going around and getting everyone refills (ice tea, lemonade, flavored waters).
We selected My Time dinning and loved it. We had a group of 9 and never waited more than 15 minutes for a table. We made reservations only on 2 of the days because we liked one particular waiter (Edwin) so much we wanted to sit in his section. The food was good, one person in our group ordered the surf and turf (+$29) and the lobster was huge, I heard it was good. Again, if you didn't like something the waiter just brought you another entree.
As far as the ports, we were the only ship at Coco Cay which may be the reason why it looked empty, there were double the number of lounge chairs. Water temp was around 78 degrees which feels chilly for us Floridians.
TIP: On Coco Cay there are many beach areas (small coves), some have stronger breezes and some better sand, do walk around to find your piece of paradise. Most folks follow each other when they leave the tender boat and end up in our particular beach area.
In Nassau we did an excursion with the ship - Rainbow snorkel excursion, this was incredibly affordable ($29.00 PP) and it's worth it. They take you on a boat to Ethel Island area and provide all the equipment. The tour staff was friendly. I don't think it's the best snorkeling spot but definitely this excursion is a good value.
Some in the group did the Atlantis all day pass (water park), purchased tickets on-line for around $120.00. They enjoyed it but probably would not do it again, at least not for 120 bucks.
Bottom line, there were some bumps in our vacation but overall it was a good/smooth experience. Notably, the friendliness of the ship's crew makes this an Enchanting cruise!! Less
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