Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by cjfunaro: Very Enjoyable Cruise
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Very Enjoyable Cruise
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
My husband and I went on the three day Bahama cruise out of Port Canaveral and had a wonderful time! Our cabin and the rest of the ship were very clean! Although the Enchantment of the Seas is not one of Royal Caribbean's bigger ships, there was plenty to do on board! They have fun contests/games daily (some are adult only) where you can participate if you choose or just watch. The ship has several clubs/bars with live performers or DJs. The poolside dance party on the last night was a blast! We were pleasantly surprised by the comedians and dancers/singers that performed in the Orpheum Theatre. They were very good! The staff on the ship were great! Our cabin steward was efficient and greeted us by name every time we saw him. The wait staff remembered our drink preferences after the first dinner and were attentive. I can't say enough about the cruise director and activities director that were on the ship! They were always friendly, smiling, funny, informative, and upbeat! They really More
made a difference to the energy on the ship and the amount of fun everyone had during the different activities and games! The food on the ship was very good, especially the desserts! We opted for My Time Dining, which was very conveneient. We chose 6:00 for our dinner time once we boarded the ship. However, on the 2nd day we realized we wouldn't be ready for dinner at 6:00 and easily changed our dinner time to 7:15. In my opinion, the dining room used for My Time Dining was a little more relaxed than the dining room for the scheduled dinners. This suited us fine because we didn't want to dress up on formal night and we were informed that a polo shirt and jeans/khakis would be fine for my husband. Some people were dressed up, but a lot weren't. Some words of advice: First, the windjammer is very busy for breakfast. Either go early (opens at 7:00 a.m.) or, if you have time, eat breakfast in the main dining room. Second, the tender boats to Coco Cay are busy and packed during late morning and early afternoon and the lounge chairs and hammocks go quick on the island! So, if you can, go over to Cocoa Cay early! We were on the first tender boat going to the island and had the pick of the lounge chairs! If you would like privacy, keep walking down the beach past the big slide and water playground. There are very few people past this area, but the beach goes on for several hundred yards! Also, do NOT pay to go on the snorkel excusions at Coco Cay! They snorkel right where everyone else does. If you go into the water by the rocks on the left side of the beach (standing on the beach facing the water), and swim out to the left, you will see all kinds of marine life. We saw stingrays, flounder, grouper, barracuda, squid, starfish, sea urchins, puffer fish, conchs, and hundreds of colorful reef fish. If you can, bring your own snorkel equipment. It will save you time and money! If you are able to, choose to carry your own luggage off the ship. We were off the ship and through customs in less than 30 minutes! Things to keep in mind/we would do differently next time: bring a case of water (you have to pay for water), bring our own beach umbrella (several people did this). All purchases have to be claimed that you bought on the ship or in the Bahamas. According the the claim form, you will be charged a duty/taxes on any purchases over $800 and/or you buy more than one bottle of liquor. Less
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Cabin review: 8639
We enjoyed our room! It was an inside room on Deck 8. Same deck as the Royal Suite and grand suites. It was one floor below the pool and windjammer cafe! It was very convenient! To be honest, we booked this cruise three days before it sailed and chose 'category z', which meant they would provide us with an available room. We got lucky and ended up on Deck 8.
Port and Shore Excursions
We did not take any excursions this cruise. Last time, I went on a snorkel cruise with three stops and it was fun! If you like to shop and are looking for jewelry, Nassau is definitely a great place to visit! The shopping guide on the ship was informative and helpful! Nassau appears to have a little bit for everyone. You can go on one of the excursions - tours of the city and Atlantis, snorkeling/diving, sailing, beach parties, etc! There is also a public beach, Junkanoo, within walking distance. We didn't go there, but the reviews online described it as safe and clean with plenty of drink/food vendors. There is also a lot of history in Nassau. There are several forts and a pirate museum. So, rather you are the independent type (like us) or enjoy going on a guided excursion, they are many things to do in Nassau.
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