My previous cruising experience:
WindStar, Holland America Eurodam, and Viking Burgundy
This was a too-short, but enjoyable cruise! We loved our Stateroom on Deck 7 where the balcony views were terrific. We especially appreciated the unobstructed sunrise view of Nassau, and I was able to get some outstanding shots! The room itself had more than enough storage storage space for the short cruise, and was a generous size. The shower was the standard ship shower with a shelf. Push tubes of shampoo/conditioner were refilled on our first day.
We were puzzled by the lack of a glass or paper cups in our Stateroom. We didn't notice this until we wanted to brush our teeth. After dinner that first night, we brought a wine glass back to the room to serve as the "bathroom glass" but it was removed by housekeeping the next morning. This actually went on for all 4 nights. We would bring one drink glass or wine glass back to the room to serve as a bathroom glass, and the next morning it would disappear.
We had a plumbing problem the first day, and also a sewer smell in the sink. We called about the toilet not refilling with water, and reported the foul smell. Someone came in while we were gone and fixed the toilet. While the smell from the sink was somewhat better, it never really went away. We wondered if the water was safe to drink, but since we had bottled water, that's what we always used.
We purchased the all-inclusive beverage package (which includes 15% gratuity.) This made made getting drinks a lot easier.
The ship is somewhat eclectic and it seems to have a personality of its own. It was fun exploring the entire ship and learning our way around.
The staff was top notch. Thanks to all the employees of the Enchantment of the Seas for your pleasant smiles and helpful attitude. We enjoyed excellent service from all of you.
The buffet-style breakfast was very good, with an excellent selection of items. As a result we never used room service.
We skipped the private island and opted to stay on the boat and relax. It was delightfully uncrowded!
The menus at dinner were pretty standard. There were no "wow" meals nor anything remarkable.
Wi-fi is available for 75¢ minute, or you can choose one of several prepaid plans. We stayed away from the Internet (and our iPhones) for this cruise, so I can't comment on the efficiency.
Nassau is typical of many tourist ports. You leave the ship and it's like you are sending a message to the locals that you are an American with a lot of money, looking to buy any souvenir or a scenic tour. These people do not understand the word the word no. They clustered around us, crowding into our path with tour options, t-shirts and straw hats. If I were a telemarketer, I would smuggle them aboard the Enchantment of the Seas and put them to work in the USA!
However, once we got through the traffic near the ship and into the city of Nassau, we had no more problems with street people.
Taking the advice of a very nice lady in the tourism center not far from the ship, we found something wondrous and beautiful in Nassau. We followed her directions to the Queen's Staircase. From 1793 to 1794 slaves on the island carved 65 steps out of the limestone to an impressive 102 feet height, to honor of Queen Victoria’s 65 year long reign. Once there, we climbed the stairs to Ft. Fincastle. (This is a long walk, and if you're not used to exercise you may want to take a taxi to the stairs.)
Ft. Fincastle was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore. It is shaped like an old steamer and is known for its large array of different sized cannons. The views from this old fort are well worth the climb to the top.
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