I guess we could be described as PURE cruisers... we don't follow the routines followed by most reviewers. We have NO timetables or commitments to ANY activities aboard ship... we just allow each day to unfold on its own.
Cruising out of Baltimore is shear joy and convenience for us... a 20-minute limo ride from home in Northern Baltimore County to Locust Point Marine Terminal; quick and easy Diamond-Tier check-in and embarkation; early lunch in the Windjammer... PRICELESS!!
We love the beautiful Caribbean, and usually book two consecutive cruises of at least 21 nights. One-time unpacking and having the same cabin for both legs is especially luxurious. Three glorious weeks allow us to casually experience all aspects of the cruise experience without pressure to follow schedules or pre-selected activities.
Morning usually begins with "Diamond" breakfast, afforded to Diamond tier and above Crown & Anchor members. Leisurely, walk-in seating for two and personal service with freshly prepared fare is a wonderful way to quietly begin the day.
A central "requirement" of cruising seems to revolve around evening dining. Considerable emphasis is placed on specific seating times, table locations, and number of guests at each numbered table... all of which we find too regimented. Often, we are enjoying a beautiful sunset, or the gorgeous lights of the islands, or a fine glass of wine in the Viking Lounge with friends, or just plain relaxing and talking... so, we don't want to rush off to dinner. Also, we avoid Formal Night, contented with the comfortable casual attire of the day. Consequently, we rarely, if ever, dine in the main dining room. For us, the casual abundant Windjammer suits our style best.
Certainly, My Fair Lady lunch or dinner is exquisite and the service is excellent... but we find the seating arrangements tight and confining compared to the Windjammer, where we can choose our table-- intimate for two, or with a group of friends-- hassle-free AND with an unbelievable panoramic view, day or night. Dress is always casual, affording a relaxing transition from daytime to evening without "dressing up". Admittedly, the "Jammer" can be loud and very busy; so,we have learned to avoid the "rush hours".
Also, we found the vast variety of food to be over-abundant and very tasty. The management and wait staff go out of their way to please us. This is NOT an endorsement of the Jammer nor a censure of My Fair Lady, rather my opinion of a better way to dine aboard Enchantment... without time constraints or schedules.
We rarely book shore excursions in advance. On any given day, we decide either to go ashore or stay aboard... so we usually visit the Exlorations!Desk at the last minute. We have NEVER been turned down for a side trip.
We believe advance planning or pre-paid activities and tips detract from the quality and spontaneity of the cruise experience.
Cruising is a PERSONAL adventure, and Royal Caribbean respects the desires of EACH passenger to do their own thing. There's something for everybody aboard Enchantment of the Seas. If ya can't be pleased aboard her, then ya can't be pleased ANYWHERE!