Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by BonVoyage2010: The Slow Boat to the Bahamas - Prop Motor Issues
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The Slow Boat to the Bahamas - Prop Motor Issues
This was my 5th cruise and the second leg of our Back2Back. The first leg was an 11 night Southern Caribbean on the Explorer. I will add a few comparisons throughout the review. All our previous cruise have been on The Explorer.
We met up with our 2 daughters (14 & 16), my mother and grandmother in NJ after disembarking the Explorer on Feb 17 and drove to Baltimore. Royal Caribbean put my husband and I up at the Hilton Hotel as part of the B2B package. The Grandmas and girls stayed at the Elkridge, MD Best Western. Both hotels were very nice and I would highly recommend them. The Best Western offers a Park & Cruise package with up to 14 days free parking, transfers to/from the cruise port and a continental breakfast.
Embarkation was smooth and rather quick. Our only upset was having to carry the case of water we had tagged to be delivered to our room. In Cape Liberty, we would have been able to check the water with our luggage. Next time we will just put the water in a bag and More
send it on though. Live and learn.
Shortly before we were due to sail Captain Gus informed us that there was a problem with one of the two propulsion motors and that we would be delayed. Repairs were attempted and we were cleared by the Coast Guard to sail the following day, Sunday Feb 18. Test were preformed once we got out into the Chesapeake but the issue persisted. We were reassured that though we would not be able to go as fast, the ship was okay sailing with only one working prop motor.
The Capt. announced that we would miss Key West and gave an OBC of $200 per interior/exterior cabin and $300 per balcony/suite cabin. Later it was announced that we would also miss Coco Cay and that we were being reimbursed for the base cruise fare paid. Really? Wow an almost free cruise... I'll take it. Yes, we were disappointed that we would miss 2 of the 4 ports and that the hours were changed for our stop to Nassau causing us to have to cancel our Stuart's Cove Shark Snorkel, but Royal went above and beyond with the offered compensation.
We did have one night of slightly rough weather. One drawer on the desk kept rolling out and slamming back in. Not a big deal. We certainly did NOT fear for our lives as some people apparently did
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Cabin review: Enchantment of the Seas Junior Suite Deck 7 8672
Aft JS 8172 was very nice. The aft cabins rarely get much foot traffic so they are very quiet. On occasion we did hear music, not sure where from, but most noticable on the balcony not inside. The bathroom was a great size but be careful as the tub only has a very small area with slip resistant surface. The cabin was very smaller for a JS. The deck 10 D1 balcony we had on the week before on the Explorer was larger! It also lacked the storage space we are use to but with only the 2 of us it was ok. The balcony was large enough for 2 loungers, a 15" small round table, 2 chairs and a 24" square table. Both tables were low and not a comfortable height for having a meal on your balcony. The overhang covered most of the balcony but we did get a good amount of sun.
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