13 Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral)

Got off the Enchantment of the Seas a few hours ago and we wanted to give our review while it was fresh, so here is the GOOD and the BAD. We are first time cruisers and we were told to keep our expectations very low, which we did, and it ... Read More
Got off the Enchantment of the Seas a few hours ago and we wanted to give our review while it was fresh, so here is the GOOD and the BAD. We are first time cruisers and we were told to keep our expectations very low, which we did, and it did help a lot. The GOOD = The Ship itself - Yes, it is small and old, but it is well maintained. The Enchantment of the Seas was fine, plenty big enough, plenty of things to do. We could find a little rust here and there on exposed decks if we really looked, but it served us just fine on this short cruise. Cabin #3526 - Outside stateroom with no balcony, but had a larger than expected, very clean, clear window. Cabin was very nice and was also larger than expected. Plenty of room in the drawers for storage, lots of hangers in the closet. A very clean, quiet room and was free of any bad odors throughout the entire cruise. Activities Staff - Very positive attitudes and high energy levels were maintained throughout the entire cruise. Thank you to all for all of the fun. Service staff - Our first night we ate in Chops and we really enjoyed Clinton. (Food here was outstanding) On the other two nights we chose the MY TIME DINING and enjoyed eating at our same little "two top" table being served by Joao and Rosette who were very nice and very accommodating. I am in sales and am not great with names, but these two always called us by our names, Rosette even remembered our names when we saw her daily at the entrance to the Windjammer dining room. Sandra our cabin steward was awesome, thank you to her for keeping our room spotless. Coco Cay - We were on the first tender over and we hiked the Nature Trail to the other end of the island, enjoying the scenery at the different remote lookouts. We also hiked a smidge further than the end of the trail to a great rocky outcropping and enjoyed watching the waves splash up, like it was Hawaii. We brought our own snorkels and masks and rented vest and fins and did a lot of snorkeling off of Snorkel Beach. Enjoyed the sea life (so many fish, big and small) and the planted wrecks were very fun to explore. Embarkation and Disembarkation were fairly fast and painless. Food for the most part was good to excellent, especially excellent at Chops. Large buffets in the Windjammer had lots of choices. If we did not like something, we just did not eat it and got something else. We are very early risers and we were ready to eat when the doors flew open. Nassau - We self- booked a private 3 hour taxi tour with Cheryl's Taxi Service and drinks were included. We hit all the main spots we wanted to and went around a good portion of the island, had a blast. Thank you to our local guide Kamuel (Cameo) Delancey. Now ~ THE BAD - In our eyes. Your experience and perception may be quite different. If you are squeamish or very thin skinned, please stop here, because I am going to lay some bad on you and I do not want to upset you, or hurt your feelings, or even stop you from future RCI cruising. Even with the bad, we would probably sail with RCI again. Food temps - Major problem here, a couple times on the Windjammer buffets (even at the doors first opening), some of the food temps were very sub par and a little scary. Maybe the staff was hoping that the steam tables would get the temps up into a safe range as time passed, we were not sure. But, when the doors open and people flood in, the food should have been hot, or at least in the safe range to eat. It just was not the case. We would not eat that item, and would just go back up for something else that was hot enough to eat. Lasagna was served to me in the My Fair Lady, barely warm. Scary. Coco Cay - Same thing, food that was to be served hot, was probably brought off the ship and laid out by 3-4 people (a very time consuming process) and by the time they opened the lines for serving, the food was ice cold. RCI really needs to look at these food serving processes, and we will certainly be mentioning it to them. Quality of the food served to keep their cruise costs down is one thing, but temperature of the food being served is a whole different thing. Bar Staff - We had about 200 college kids on this sailing as a fraternity was having their semi annual gathering, so we did not spend a ton of time in the bar areas, but we did go dancing and had a few drinks in different areas. Had a trouble getting a Whiskey Sour made correctly. It is a super easy drink to make - usually just sour mix and Canadian whiskey, which was baffling when we sent so many back, made with the wrong mixer, made with the wrong whiskey, etc., etc. We asked for a copy of our drink receipts at the bars to keep for our records, so we could reconcile our ship's bill at the end, some were gladly given to us, we were denied receipts in the Viking Crown Lounge. Not sure why, but the bar tender went with the language barrier problem and he could not understand what we wanted, and would not give us receipts. Even after signing the receipt and holding it up and asking for a copy of this. Strange? We did not opt for the full drink package, just the Royal Replenish, which was great for us, as we did bring one bottle of wine and one bottle of champagne. We opted for prepaid gratuities and still tipped the staff with dollars who were helpful and pleasant. Our bill was correct at the end, so no issue with charges we did not know about. In the Viking Crown lounge, the guys dressed in white jackets who we assume were servers, but would not pay a bit of attention to us. This will sound bitter, but sorry, it is the truth. However, the female college students did get all of their attention. We always had to go wait in line at the bar to get a drink. Some of these younger female patrons, whom were obviously very inebriated, got the deluxe royal treatment including several deliveries of FREE drinks that they did not even order, never signed a receipt for, never even showed a Sea Pass for. When the servers delivered them, he had to explain to them what type of drink he was serving them and that it was on him ~ or probably more likely, the RCI house. Was all a lot of fun to watch until one started throwing up in the corner on the carpet and then the server's master plan turned into a necessary evacuation of the group out of the lounge plan. Uncovered coughing and sneezing by staff members. Several times we witnessed different types of staff members coughing or sneezing (sometimes several in a row) without covering their mouths, at all. This was done by restaurant staff as well as general cleaning staff, even guys whom appeared to have some authority with their nice uniforms while walking around. Nothing like walking into a cloud of freshly released mist. RCI really needs to train better on this procedure. RCI does have convenient sanitizing stations all around, it would have been nice to see these sneezers properly cover their mouths and sanitize, or go wash up and then come back to their jobs. Not the case. Hope you liked our review. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
To start and be fair my wife and I both own our own business and only get about 5 days a year where we can take a vacation in total. We get several weekend getaways but usually work during those so this cruise was our only getaway from it ... Read More
To start and be fair my wife and I both own our own business and only get about 5 days a year where we can take a vacation in total. We get several weekend getaways but usually work during those so this cruise was our only getaway from it all since October 2014. First let me say the staff aboard the Enchantment of the Seas was phenomenal. Never waited long for drinks, ship was clean, room was clean and the food was a solid 8 out of 10 with good options and interesting ones as well. The first two days were awesome. Cococay with a private cabana, are you kidding me. Could have left me there and picked me up on the way back to the US as Nassau is kind of a dump. Jr Suite 8608 is a handicapped suite in the middle of the ship on deck 8. Just above it is a ping pong table and the sliding door from the elevators to the pool are. The noise from that alone should embarrass Royal Carribean as that kept us from have a full night sleep. When you add the activities that took place on deck 2 in the central atrium of the ship from the first two night we slept soundly about 2 hours a night. 2am to 4am. At 4Am the cleaning crew starts moving deck chairs and lets just say, not quite about it. On night three Saturday the door on our balcony started to bang in the tracks. Several times a minute with no let up. We complained Sunday afternoon after we tried to nap to no avail. Once it was supposedly fixed. It was worse. Guest Services listened to my complaint and then offered us 25% off our next cruise. Now really, I just spend close to 4K with airfare, rental car, an extra day on each end of the cruise and you want me to come back. Monday morning when we debarked, I was never happier for a cruise to be over. In complaining to RC after we returned home it took over a week for a response. We received a call saying sorry about your tough luck but we stand by the 25% and recieved an email basically stating the same thing. We waited for a response before posting anything to social media as everyone can have a bad day and its how you recover from that bad day that creates life long loyalties. Royal Carribean failed. I will be uploading a video to youtube based off the cabin # so you can see we're not full of crap. Bitter but not stretching the truth. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Reading some of these negative reviews, I am wondering what fantasy land of self absorbed entitlement these folks expect.If you want to be treated like a Saudi billionaire, be one. Otherwise you're paying a couple grand to be treated ... Read More
Reading some of these negative reviews, I am wondering what fantasy land of self absorbed entitlement these folks expect.If you want to be treated like a Saudi billionaire, be one. Otherwise you're paying a couple grand to be treated WAY better than spending the same staying on land in a hotel, swimming in murky ocean on an over crowded, brown sand beach, paying to park your car after fighting traffic, and walking passed trash and indignant locals. The room, service, food, entertainment, scheduling, crew were awesome. The beaches were beautiful and the water spectacular. Everything was clean, organized and presented in a great fashion. There was more to do than time to do it. Special kudos to the on board entertainment staff, singers and dancers. They were excellent. The cruise director Topi from Finland was unbelievably talented. The guy was everywhere, all the time. He could MC, sing, dance, lecture...anything. Amazing guy. For those questioning my rating of 4 with such a glowing review? Nothing is perfect, but Enchanment of the Seas was as close as I can imagine for the price paid. I highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My husband and I just returned from a 4 night cruise on board Enchantment of the Seas which sailed from Port Canaveral on Labor Day. Embarkation was extremely simple. Upon entering the terminal area, my husband and I were asked what our ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a 4 night cruise on board Enchantment of the Seas which sailed from Port Canaveral on Labor Day. Embarkation was extremely simple. Upon entering the terminal area, my husband and I were asked what our member status and were sent to the "gold" level check in line which was much shorter than the regular line. Within 20 minutes of entering the terminal, we were on the ship. Of course, I had completed the online check in and had my SeaPass paperwork signed and credit card and passports ready to go. This was my 14th cruise and I have figured out that having paperwork and documents in order saves a lot of time at the port. Once on the ship, my husband and I went to the Windjammer for lunch. The Windjammer was a complete cluster of people. The main entree area is in a small circle in the center of the room which had folks bumping into each other frequently. Seating is somewhat limited and frequent announcements were made requesting that folks who had finished their meals leave the dining area so others could have a table. It has been 3 years since my last cruise with Royal Caribbean and this is the first time I have encountered the free-standing Coke machines which will only work with the tumbler provided with your drink package. I think this is a nice addition if you want to carry the tumbler around all the time. We were allowed to enter our cabins at 1:30 pm. Our cabin was #3118 which had a nice large window. This ship is somewhat dated, but I expected that. I have to say at this point in my review that I have never had a more uncomfortable mattress on any cruise ship before. The mattresses sagged in the middle and I felt like I was sleeping on the bed frame. I like a firm mattress, but these were pathetic. Royal Caribbean definitely needs to invest in some new mattresses for this ship. Our room was quiet even for though it was located just around the corner from the elevator and I would definitely pick this room again. There was plenty of closet and drawer room for the clothing that my husband and I took for a 4 night cruise. Our cabin steward was J.J. and he was great...wonderful personality and on top of things. Activities were the norm...trivia, pool games, movies (both on the pool deck and in the theater), dance lessons, kareoke, etc... I can't say anything about CoCo Cay this trip because my husband and I stayed on the ship during this stop as we've been on the private island 3 or 4 times and had just come from a 2 night stay at Ormand Beach before the cruise. Nassau, is, well, still Nassau. My husband and I got off the ship for about 2 hours and went right back to the ship. We've visited Nassau at least 5 or 6 other times and were not in search of anything in particular while in port. Obviously my husband and I did not take this trip because of the ports that we were visiting; we just wanted some relaxation and time together. We ate 3 out of 4 dinners in My Fair Lady dining room. We chose the "my time dining" and made our reservations online. The food was good and plentiful. Please note that if you choose the "my time dining" program, your gratuities will have to be prepaid prior to the cruise. Service from our waiter, Michael, and assistant waiter, Norman, was quite good as they were very attentive. Food in the Windjammer was adequate at breakfast and lunch. Soft serve ice cream was available outside the Windjammer on the pool deck. Alcoholic, adult beverages are quite pricey. Every drink I had (even the most basic margarita with house tequila) was $11.80 with gratuity. If you plan to have more than a couple adult beverages each day, you should research the beverage programs that are available as one of these programs may be a better choice for you. Disembarkation was a breeze. We waited for our luggage number to be called in one of the lounges. Once our number was called, we walked down one flight of stairs and right out the door into the terminal. A few more customs agents would have made the line move a little quicker while in the terminal, but overall, it was a simple disembarkation. We parked at the port so we were in our vehicle within 30 minutes after we exited the ship. If you're a person who is looking for a ship with all the bells and whistles, this is not the ship for you. If you're looking for a quick, relaxing get-away, then this should be a perfect cruise for you. I would definitely take this cruise again for the price that I paid for this trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I decided to make this cruise with my partner taking advantage of a break of a few days off work. We arrived in the morning around 11 we parked the car at the port and I must say that the car park is very close to the terminal boarding, ... Read More
I decided to make this cruise with my partner taking advantage of a break of a few days off work. We arrived in the morning around 11 we parked the car at the port and I must say that the car park is very close to the terminal boarding, which, being new, I found it very nice and functional to the point that since we parked up to get on the ship have gone about 20 minutes. I tried many ships, including allure and oasis and at first I was a little hesitant about what to expect on board of enchantment, the ship has its age, but overall is well maintained and since it was lengthened the pool area is very larger and more comfortable to relax. Our cabin had a balcony category D1 to bridge 7, and is very similar in size to those of other vessels except the balcony was smaller than that of other classes of ships. Shortly after we arrived at the cabin we knocked in the assistant of our cabin to know us and ask if we needed anything, she was then rivelto very kind and helpful throughout the cruise. Regarding the restaurant we chose the time my dining to be more free to go to dinner at any hour from 6 to 9 while for lunch at windjammer we were very good, fresh food and a good variety of pastries, the one thing that we lacked compared to oasis about food, it is the wide variety of restaurants and bars that are on board but we knew that before! The activities on board are not very many, but then on a cruise of 4 nights you can not expect more because the ship is still in Nassau from 7 am until midnight. Very nice thing and I had not found since 2006 of splendor was the buffet and party the night departure from Nassau. Funny is also the jumping with rubber bands on deck 10 forward. With regard to the crew as always I found a lot of professionalism and kindness make you feel at ease when you're at the tables of the buffet always go to clean or ask if you want to drink (note not only drinks for a fee). The private island of Coco Cay disembark via tender because there is a pier, the beaches are beautiful and if you are lucky you can make even an encounter with sharks and rays (harmless) without diving details but a few meters from the shore. At lunch then they disembark from the ship the food and it makes a big barbecue on the beach very well organized. We also took a jet ski and had a fabulous time for nearly an hour to whiz safely watching the island from another perspective. The last tender that takes you back to the ship leaves at 5 then spends most of the day on this paradise. Finally I wanted to say also the disembarkation us we went down at 9 because we did not hurry, but if you want you can also choose to take down the suitcases alone and get off as soon as the ship docks. however, the landing procedure is very fast and if you have the car to the parking lot with a few minut you are out. In the end I was happy with the cruise but did not last long it served to remove some of the routine, the next cruise will definitely still on royal. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first ever cruise and we were enchanted by the Enchantment of the Seas. It was smooth sailing all the way. Embarking and disembarking were quick and easy. Port and check-in staff were pleasant. We signed up for late ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we were enchanted by the Enchantment of the Seas. It was smooth sailing all the way. Embarking and disembarking were quick and easy. Port and check-in staff were pleasant. We signed up for late dinner (8:30 PM) in the main dining room. The food in the main dining room was very good and the staff tried to accommodate us in all ways with our concerns. The other dining option was the Windjammer buffet which was exceptional. There was a lot of variety in the buffet with plenty of items. Park cafe (deck 9) beyond the solarium was a great place for a quick bite. There were plenty of entertainment options on this ship. The giant screen near the pool on deck 9 had movies playing at different times of the day until midnight. Live band, Orchestra, Dance Parties, Game Shows, etc were all good. There is something for everyone. The staff on this ship were very courteous and did a great job. The level of service that was provided to us made our first cruise very memorable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My husband and I travel extensively to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the U.S. I am not a "cruiser", but when friends were unable to join us for our annual anniversary trip to Mexico, we decided at the last minute to ... Read More
My husband and I travel extensively to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the U.S. I am not a "cruiser", but when friends were unable to join us for our annual anniversary trip to Mexico, we decided at the last minute to take a short cruise to the Bahamas "just to get out of town" for a few days. We drove to Cape Canaveral last Friday, went through the customs building, then unloaded our suitcases in our cabin on the 8th floor. The space was larger than the last cruise we were in in the early 80's, and had a nice window view. Was happy to see a safe and mini-fridge. The bathroom and shower were extremely small, but tolerable. Next we strolled around the ship to "check it out". The pool area was packed with "people sardines". Loud music was blasting from speakers--a "Chucky Cheese" on steroids. No breeze-sun blasting in. Guests were literally inches from each other on deck loungers. The Solarium area was much quieter, but it was very hot. Surrounding this pool/ whirlpool area were very tacky plastic flowers and greenery. So ugly when live plants would have enhanced the ambiance. The spa is in this area, as well as the Park Café, where you can get small salads, sandwiches, and soup. Cocktails can only be obtained from the Oasis Bar at the main pool. Deck 10 is a jogging/walking deck, with Teen and Kid's Centers, a nursery, video arcade, fitness center, Rock climbing wall, "The Jump Zone", and gym. Deck 11 is the Viking Crown Lounge.(disco) After the ship was "out to sea" we went touring on other decks. Decks 1-3 are cabins only, Deck 4 is half staterooms, with "other half" the main gathering spot, a grand staircase, "R Bar", and My Fair Lady Restaurant. Deck 5 is the Orpheum Theater, Casino, Boleros Lounge, Guest Services, and another My Fair Lady Restaurant. Deck 6 has shops, Ben & Jerry's, Starbucks, Schooner Bar, Chops Grille, Book Corner, Spotlight Lounge, and conference room, for private functions.Soon we heard an announcement that we all needed to muster on Deck 5 to find our station in case of an emergency evacuation. This entire procedure took about 45 minutes. My review will start with accolades, and end with major disappointments. The cruise activity director Marc is a REAL GEM !!!! What a "ray of sunshine"!! R.C. is very fortunate to have this vibrant, funny, amiable man making guests smile and laugh. The Friday night show on Deck 5, "70's & 80's Disco Party" was extremely entertaining and fun. The Sunday night show "Screen to Stage" was worthy of Broadway. The "Marriage Game", "Belly Flop Contest", "Chubby Bunny" contest, etc.. were all hysterical, thanks to Marc's personality. If you weren't able to attend any activities in person, you could watch on Channel 14 in your cabin- brilliant idea!! Entertainment on this cruise- A++++ The rest of this A+ rating goes to the staff and entertainers. Every server, room attendant, guest services person was personable, had a smile, and was efficient. Fabulous crew!! Everyday guests receive a "Cruise Compass" brochure with daily activities listed. It has weather forecast and hours for common areas, bars, restaurants.... 5:45 is the first "main dining seating", and 8:30 is the "late seating". CABIN- roomy enough, but location was terrible. The 3 nights onboard we were awake into the "wee hours" of the morning, because our room was directly under the pool deck and sliding doors near Deck 9's elevators. The Viking Lounge is open from 10 PM until "LATE" !!! This means that partiers are stomping, dragging chairs, pounding, right above Deck 8 rooms, as well as staff rolling carts with food, beverages, etc.. until about 3 AM !! Book a cabin on lower decks, Deck 4, or Deck 7, to ensure limited excess noise. Even ear wax couldn't "drown out" the noise. Fortunately the room AC worked well and kept us cool. The bed sheets were soft. My Fair Lady- diners are seated at large table with approximately 8-10 people. It was fun talking to other travelers and "comparing travel" stores. However the FOOD was horrendous!! Breakfast- omelets tasteless, toast the size of a small brick, coffee not smooth- LUNCH- buffet in Windjammer Café- tasteless, bland, boring food. Potato, macaroni, pasta salads/ cole slaw/ "Greek Salad", minus the feta cheese and black olives, hardly any red onions/ white bread/ white pasta/ meat/ desserts that all taste the same/ huge "apple pie"- 90% crust, 10% canned apples. Similar food served on Coco Cay, but at least it was on an island and not in a dining hall! DINNER- 1st night- appetizer- mushroom and artichoke tart-all phyllo dough with one artichoke heart on top. Main dish-seafood pasta- huge bowl of white spaghetti with 2 mussels, 2 shrimp, a few clams, and no sauce. Dessert- peach and berry tart- no peaches, 90% crumb crust, canned blueberries. Second night- Scallops Newberg appetizer- pewter plate filled with flour roux soup, and 4 "scallops" the size of a green pea (no fooling!) Main dish-shrimp ravioli- tasted like Bertolli-dough hard, shrimp inside??? Dessert- chocolate soufflé-small ramekin with choc. cake, filled with caramel sauce. Too sweet. However, SERVICE WAS FABULOUS! COCKTAILS- bartenders could not make me a Mint Julep, and it was Kentucky Derby Day! My Vodka martini was served with tiny green olives. Olives stuffed with blue cheese not available. No draft beer. Limited selection of beers and wine. Each bar should have tiny bowls of pretzels, potato chips, nuts, popcorn, or similar. They do not have an appetizer menu at any of the bars. Bring your own snacks in a napkin from the Park Café if you want a snack with your drinks. CASINO- was planning on spending some time playing the slot machines, but could not because they allow smoking, and the entire Casino Royale smells like a huge cigarette. COCO CAY- thank goodness the Captain decided that the tenders could take passengers to the island, even though the wind was about 22 miles per hour, and it could be dangerous if weather got worse. Guests were lined up in hallways and stairwells for almost an hour waiting on the Captain to make a decision and let us know. They actually pulled anchor and repositioned the ship to try and make the gangplank area less windy. Finally an announcement- yes, they are going to let us disembark ! Can't imagine being stuck on the ship all day, and was thrilled to join the line to the exit. Coco Cay is fabulous-huge, with lots of places to swim, snorkel, sit in the sun, dance, play basketball or volleyball, kayak, or just relax in a hammock. Water park activities for kids. The wind was howling all day, but the sun was shining, and it was a fun day- the best part of the trip. Nassau is small, the streets smelled like sewage, and the sidewalks are about 2 feet across, when you can find a sidewalk. The party crowd migrates to the few waterfront bars, like Senor Frogs, but that doesn't interest us at all. The Atlantis Hotel is a "rip off", and there's nothing else to do. The Graycliff Chocolate factory, and John Watling's Distillery were not worth walking to- very disappointing. Fortunately we booked a private snorkel trip and had a nice swim (though choppy) on Rainbow Reef. Sunday night we ate at Chops, hoping to get real food for a change. It was quiet, intimate, and the food excellent. Our server was efficient, and handled a few tables of "overserved" loud guests with great patience. Everything perfect here. Too bad guests have to pay an extra fee to get a great meal. To sum up our 3 day trip to the Bahamas. Staff and cruise director Marc were outstanding !! Food, except excellent meal at Chops, was awful. Cocktails were "so-so"-limited beer selection. Entertainment incredible. Smoke in casino bad. Room location very noisy from above deck movement. Coco Cay fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We very much enjoyed our sailing from 4/20-24/2015. Smooth sailing in all categories. We boarded the ship quickly, and had a great lunch while we waited for the signal that rooms were ready. At 1:30 the room ready call was given and our ... Read More
We very much enjoyed our sailing from 4/20-24/2015. Smooth sailing in all categories. We boarded the ship quickly, and had a great lunch while we waited for the signal that rooms were ready. At 1:30 the room ready call was given and our luggage was already there. We signed up for dinner in the main dining room at the early seating and this worked out well for us, enabling us to attend the shows following dinner. My only disappointment was that the dress code was very relaxed in the main dining room (tee shirts and shorts) and we were looking forward to the tradition of dressing up a bit and making each night special (which we did). Our table attendants were excellent! There were activities from the early morning until late at night, and we thought that the cruise director and the other cruise members did an excellent job of keeping us entertained. The weather did not cooperate - we had rain and overcast skies for a few days so Coco Cay was not all that it could have been (although not through fault of RC). We purchased the soda package which we felt was well worth the money. The drink of the day was a nice offering, as was the happy hour 1 day but we really felt that an hour-long happy hour would have been nice each day. Overall, we felt it was a great cruise and we will be sailing again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have been on the Enchantment before it was cut and again in April. The work was seamless and you would never know it was cut in half. The ship is showing her age though, we had multiple doors the would not stay closed,and drawers that ... Read More
We have been on the Enchantment before it was cut and again in April. The work was seamless and you would never know it was cut in half. The ship is showing her age though, we had multiple doors the would not stay closed,and drawers that you needed 2 hands to open. Pool deck was dirty from the night before at 7:30 next morning , with beer bottles and glasses left under lounge chairs I don't know if it is a cost cutting measure fleet wide or because it is a short 3 - 4 day cruise , but menus are getting smaller with fewer choices and fewer venues open at odd hours. We love Shrimp Cocktail and order it often,as it was usually found on the everyday dinner menu choices,except not on this cruise even as a special request, it did show up on the third night on the menu. There was a TOP TIER breakfast event for frequent cruisers held on the 5th floor dinning room (General breakfast was on the 4th floor). This Top Tier was Buffet style, which meant almost NO waitstaff. When my wife & I got to the front of the line, 3 of the 5 pans were empty,and I asked for them to be refilled. There was Smoked Salmon and cream cheese on the buffet, but NO Bagel or even toast,and no one came around and asked if we wanted any.If you like Eggs Benedict with Salmon instead of Canadian bacon or broiled strip steak with a poached egg on top with a few tater tots then by all means if you get invited to this breakfast in the future you must attend.I think next time though I would be better served to eat with the masses. The shows have little or NO continuity. The last show "Don't Stop the Rock" had the chorus singing 50's + 60's beach songs, followed by song from "The Bodyguard" ,followed by a song from Romeo & Juliet then back to themes from "Shaft" & Mission Impossible" "wheres the ROCK??? I hope this is not the future for Royal Caribbean?? Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We cruise Princess frequently, but decided to take a cruise on Royal Caribbean because of the availability of a short cruise over Spring Break. Every crew member we encountered was wonderful, from Elmer, our cabin steward, to Mr. Pereira, ... Read More
We cruise Princess frequently, but decided to take a cruise on Royal Caribbean because of the availability of a short cruise over Spring Break. Every crew member we encountered was wonderful, from Elmer, our cabin steward, to Mr. Pereira, the hotel manager. We ate lunch at the Windjammer Cafe most afternoons and found the food very good. We dined in the Chops Grille each evening and had wonderful service, delicious food, and good wine. We were booked in a suite, which gave us the privilege of using the Concierge Lounge, where we were well taken care of by Carlington and Oliver. The evening hors d'oeuvres were very good and the drinks well-shaken. We did find the ship dated and in need of repairs: carpets were worn and dirty; light switches were not functioning; the bed was like sleeping on a board; the curtains covering the balcony doors did not open and close with the cord. I know the suite perks will be changed soon, but for the time being, the perks were disappointing compared to those offered on Princess ships. Would we cruise with RCI again? Yes, because the crew was very impressive. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I’m finally getting around to writing our review of our trip on the Enchantment back in March. We flew down the night before, into Orlando, which I highly recommend if you live in an area with blizzards. We stayed at the Radisson ... Read More
I’m finally getting around to writing our review of our trip on the Enchantment back in March. We flew down the night before, into Orlando, which I highly recommend if you live in an area with blizzards. We stayed at the Radisson Resort at the Port, we did learn the shuttle costs more if you land at 9pm or later. So Coco Beach Shuttle picked us up and transported us to the hotel. Our driver even stopped at 7-11 for gas so we bought wine there, since we didn’t take the risk flying with any. Our room was nice and the resort was cute. We walk to McDonalds in the morning and then caught the 10am shuttle to the port, and got there about 10:30ish. We used the new Terminal 1 and Port Canaveral. This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare to. My significant other has been on many cruises. Checking in was super quick and easy, no worries, even carrying an Epi-Pen. We were through everything in less than 45 minutes. We made reservations for Chops as we were getting towards the ship. Once onboard it was about 11am and rooms were ready at 1pm. We explored the ship and then grabbed some food from both the Windjammer and the Park Café. I liked Park Café better and the sandwiches were good. We hung out under the overhang as it was misty. We laid in the Solarium as well, until the rooms were ready. We were in room 8100 which is a new Panoramic Ocean View. I would warn people about this, as it was our least favorite part of the cruise. We didn't know how loud it could be. The view is phenomical. The location is not. We were directly off the lobby and the noise starts early and is extremely loud at night. We never got to go to sleep early, even though we were tired. And directly above us was the pool deck. We couldn't pin point it exactly. We were thinking part of the walking path and ping pong. But we had constant heavy noise above us. Even with the white noise app on two phones (download ahead of time so you don't ahve to pay for wifi) we could still hear it. Once we got into our room our luggage met us quickly and then we went to the Port talk. I would not recommend it, we had done adequate research. We participated in the muster drill, it actually went pretty fast. Then off to the pool to wait for departure. By then the weather had cleared off. We spent the afternoon on the main pool deck as we pulled out of port. The pool was pretty cold, so only the kids were in the water. For dinner we ate at Chops. I had the french onion soup and veal, my BF had the shrimp and then steak. We had an absolutely lovely dinner. At the end of dinner we got engaged! Sadly there was no photographer around and our waiter didn’t understand that my boyfriend was trying to get him to take the picture right in the moment. I remember having dessert, but not exactly what we had. We used the wifi to call our families and tell them the big news! We walked around and took some pictures on the deck. I guess we are pretty boring people. The next morning we were at Coco Cay. The waters were nice and calm when we arrived. We had a decent breakfast in the Windjammer. Lots of fresh fruit, I had pancakes and potatoes. Everything was hot and delicious. We did put some ice and water into our big Camelback water bottle for the beach. We caught an early tender to the beach. We picked up our snorkel gear and hit the water. We had good instruction in how to use the gear. Snorkeling was fantastic! The water was warm (coming from someone in Wisconsin) and very clear. We spent a good hour in the water right away. My fiancée found a gold coin in the water. We also saw an eel and lots of fish, no sharks though. The fish were super pretty and very gentle. After snorkeling we explored and then relaxed on the shore. The bar line was really long and only mixed specific drinks. Lunch was nothing major. Just a standard BBQ, the meat was warm but I had some questions about the other “cold” salads. We ate about 12:30but it didn’t seem to be so cool. I wish we would have packed some snacks. After lunch we used our “coin” and won a kayak, so we went exploring. We went across to the other island. We are experienced kayakers but there were some noticeable currents. We went all around in the allowable areas to explore. We saw a fin of an animal, not sure what. After kayaking we put our snorkel gear on again. We went to see the plane and canon. Lots of cool fish in that area. We encountered one passenger who had cold hands and her ring slipped off. I was glad we secured everything in our room. We loved snorkeling and didn’t feel like we missed anything not doing a tour. We are strong swimmers and had lots of fun. We laughed at all the people on the shore screaming at the little minnows, there were some big cool fish out deep. Overall this was just the beach day we were hoping for. There were plentiful chairs and the beach was clean. The cabanas looked cute, but they used the same beach as everyone else. By about 3pm the island was clearing off and we took a 3:30 tender. Once back on the boat we got our Coke cups and went straight to the Windjammer. I don’t remember the snack but we were so happy to get some real food compared to what we were offered for lunch. It was very refreshing. We did the “My Time” dining, so we ended up having an early dinner. By dinner it was overcast and a big sprinkly outside. We had a nice first dinner in My Fair Lady. We had a great server and crew! Bread was warm and dinner was delicious. That night we saw the Love and Marriage show, which was hilarious and highly recommended. We had a leisurely night on the deck including ping pong, shuffle board and a dip in the hot tub at the Solarium. On Wednesday morning we woke up in Nassau, already docked. We had a hearty breakfast in the Windjammer prior to our 9am excursion. We went on the Seahorse Catamaran and Snorkeling. Pick up was right outside the ship and very convenient. It was a 45 min ride to the snorkel site. We passed Atlantis and some other beautiful homes. One we got there we had our safety briefing and got our gear on. Again the water was decent and we started snorkeling right away. At this stop we saw an eel, lots of colorful fish and coral. Everything was different than Coco Cay, which was nice. Snorkeling was fantastic at Rainbow Reef. On the ride back they put up the sails and served punch. We were dropped off at a different spot, about two blocks from the boat, but very clear how to get back. We ran back to the ship to change out of our wet gear. We walked down the street to Lukka Kairi, which was relatively new. We really enjoyed the restaurant. The conch fritters are highly recommended! I also got the chicken with the chili sauce and texas toast. We’ve been talking about this place ever since we got home and can’t wait to go back again. We skipped Senor Frogs and wanted something authentic. After lunch we shopped down town. We clearly weren’t the shopping type. We didn’t go for any brand name stuff and the majority of the other stuff was souvenir trinkets. So we didn’t buy much. My fiancée likes history so we had some maps and walked to the Fort and the Queens staircase. We definitely had some questions about the neighborhood and if we were going the right way. Once we found it we entered the Fort, it was $1 each to get in. The neighborhood behind the fort was super questionable. The views were very nice, but we were so hot from the walk we didn’t really appreciate it. We listed to a tour guide at the Queens Staircase. That part was very interested. We probably would have felt better as part of a tour. We walked back downtown and went to the ship. Once back on the ship we put on our swim gear and hit the pool. We took advantage of the Windjammer snacks during the afternoon. We had a run in with a very rude family at the pools that were cannonballing on top of us, so we had to get out and move. Since it was March we found out it was either sororities or frats on our boat for the most part. Not many couples around our age. We watched what we could of the sunset. Sadly it was overcast again, so only a bit of the sunset. We hung out on the deck until our late dinner. Again we were satisfied with our food in the MFL for dinner. That night was the midnight (11:30) deck party. It’s a great way to make sure everyone is on board on time. We realized how quickly Nassau shuts down at night. We wish we would have found a beach in the afternoon. The night was a bit slow until we left. The party was enjoyable, but we don’t dance. The food was alright, but very basic. It quickly died down. The next morning we slept in and then had breakfast in the Windjammer. I did get a custom omelet, which didn’t take too long. We spent some time relaxing together in the room and went to the pool at about 1pm. I was not happy about the chair situation. There were no open chairs to be found. We walked around for 15 minutes looking. There were so many dirty towels on chairs and no one was clearing them up. We started asking people around them, but they were all someone’s chair, which was frustrating. One random sandal shouldn’t save a chair. We finally found one and ended up in the pool. It was a nice relaxing afternoon and they did the big wok stir fry by the pool and we supplemented with some Windjammer lunch as well. I got some sandwiches from the Park Café, but they weren’t grilled long enough, so they weren’t so great. It was just a nice pool day. They had a cannonball contest and other activities, since it was our only sea day. It was a little calmer once all the little kids who needed naps went to their cabins. We had an early last dinner and then went to the final show. We could feel some rocking during the show, and at the end we found out we were sailing into a massive storm with 15+ ft swells. The show was cute, but nothing major. We had fun overall, which was the only real production we saw. We killed some time in the casino, but lost quickly. They did play the NCAA basketball on the pool deck, but then they had to drain everything because of the waves. That was the only time we had any queasy stomachs. Overall we had a great cruise. We put our luggage out that night; we wish in the long run that we had walked off with it. Customs lines were long and it took about 45 minutes and we almost missed our shuttle to Orlando. We can’t wait to cruise again; it was such a great vacation. We enjoyed eating and relaxing in the sun. We loved Coco Cay and can’t wait to go to another private island. We definitely did over pack and barely felt like we wore our clothes, since we were in our swimsuits so much. We pre-paid our tips and got drink packages, so we didn’t spend too much on board. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise ever. We went to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday. We left out of Orlando. We flew in a day early and rented a car, stopped at Universal Studios, then stayed at Country Inn close by the port. The next day ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. We went to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday. We left out of Orlando. We flew in a day early and rented a car, stopped at Universal Studios, then stayed at Country Inn close by the port. The next day we returned the rental car and they shuttled us to the port. When we arrived at the port there were people there who immediately took our luggage and were very helpful. We did not have to wait in line for a long time to get "checked in" and then we were able to walk right on to the ship. We were greeted as we walked on to the ship and able to go straight to the Windjammer for lunch. We had absolutely the best time on this cruise. Our cruise director was absolutely amazing and I would recommend any cruise that he is on. This is a smaller ship but had tons of entertainment but we were able to relax when we wanted to also. We did enjoy a few of the shows. I would HIGHLY recommend the marriage game show! I was in tears laughing so hard. It was great! When we arrived back at port we decided to take our own luggage off and were able to get off the ship very quickly. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I am interested in RCI because of the international destinations you offer however, I had several disappointments with my cruise. We tried RCI Splendor of the seas in October 2013 visiting Greece and guest services on board told us that a ... Read More
I am interested in RCI because of the international destinations you offer however, I had several disappointments with my cruise. We tried RCI Splendor of the seas in October 2013 visiting Greece and guest services on board told us that a cruise with RCI in the caribbean would be better suited for our age range and my expectations. We find that the activities on board as well as the shore excursions offered are fewer and more expensive than on other cruise lines. I didn't get to try the trampolines due to weather closer or being on shore during open times. Most of the shows are performed well but need to be re-worked. The pools were packed (standing room only) but I do like that RCI has an adult only pool. We stayed on the ship most of the freeport day and still couldn't get into the pools. No excursions were really offered in freeport and it was added at the last minute so we just got off to shop. There wasn't very many options for nassau either, but we did end up going to beach day at Atlantis. We purchased through the cruise because I had called the hotel before we sailed and the pass through the hotel is first come first serve and the hotel was at 94% booked. Cococay was nice but after 2pm we couldn't find a drink station except for alcoholic beverages. We took our own snorkles and rented the life vest for $6. The beach and the water was very busy with 2 ships on the same day. The food isn't as good in the main dining room and not as much variety as carnival but the service is better. The shower in the staterooms are smaller and the curtain needed to be changed on both cruises. I do like the storage and closet space. We cruise once a year and may try either the oasis or the allure in the future perhaps I'm just choosing the wrong class of ships, but we prefer a smaller crowd and a smaller ship Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Enchantment of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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