41 Baltimore to Canada & New England Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Just a background on our cruising: We have been cruising with HAL for the past five years. But have been looking for lines going out of the northeast. Our daughter and SIL gave us this trip and we accompanied them to New England and ... Read More
Just a background on our cruising: We have been cruising with HAL for the past five years. But have been looking for lines going out of the northeast. Our daughter and SIL gave us this trip and we accompanied them to New England and Canada. We have been in inside and veranda cabins, always went to Caribbean, departed out of NY and Port Everglades, ages 63 & 69, husband has slight mobility limitations. Embarkation Port: It only took us 2 hours to drive to the port. What a joy rather than hours and layover times in airports. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the boarding was in Baltimore. We drove up to long term parking, paid by credit card ($15/day), pulled to area to drop off bags, and our children left us off at the line to go and check in. The line was getting long and so they spit the line (which put us up front in the new line) and we were on our way. We went through screening which was a breeze, didn't even have to take off our shoes. We had our sea pass done on line so all we had to do is show ID and passport. We were ushered to the gang way which was soooo long and the incline was rather steep. My husband has a cane and the gentleman asked if he wanted an easier way. No ramp, just got on the lower deck and road the elevator to the windjammer. Great experience! Cabin: We had an inside cabin M (3541) on the 3rd deck, It was slightly smaller than our previous inside cabins; however, there was a small couch and loads of storage in the small space. The makeup vanity had three mirrors with the outside two having small shelves behind the mirror. My luggage is hard cases and didn't fit under the bed, but there was enough room in the closet to store them. Closet had plenty of hangers which is unusual. (I always bring extra wires.) Later I talked to someone who suggested to lift the bed and slide bags under. Never thought of that. Mattress was pretty comfortable. Pillows were good; not too flat and not too hard. Bedding was always looking clean and crisp. Lot's of cabinet space in the bathroom but I always bring my over the door shoe holder. The shower was really small but very doable. Water pressure and temperature was good. We never had any outside noise problem. We were close to the elevators that left us out at the theater entrance and the Windjammer. Our cabin steward, Karla, was great. Kept the cabin clean and always made sure that I had ice to keep my medication cool (no refrig in room). Dining: We were originally set for the late dining but placed on the wait list. Two weeks before sailing we were confirmed for the main seating at 5:30. When we received our sea pass it was listed as second seating. It took my SIL some time to have them understand that we were confirmed for the main seating. But by around 3:00 PM, we received a note stating that we had a 5:30 seating. It was a nice table just inside the door. Our waiter was Joel and he did an excellent job. He was very attentive and knowledgeable of the new menu. The quality of food was good and the variety was sufficient. The only thing I thought was strange was that they only gave you two ways to have your steaks: med/ rare or med/ well. Medium well came out well and medium rare came out rare. The steaks were tender and tasted good. I would suggest if you want your steak done another way, go to the specialty restaurant. We did not use the Chops restaurant. We ate breakfast the first morning in the dining room where we asked for a table for two and was ushered to a table for 8. I guess they find it faster and easier to serve a large table rather than several small tables. We did met very nice people who we did socialize with throughout our trip. The rest of the trip we found it easier to go to the buffet. The buffet for breakfast and lunch was always crowded but we always got a nice seat by simply walking around. No problem. The coffee was mostly good and we didn't feel the need to pay for freshly squeezed OJ. There was a nice variety of food to choose from and it was good as far as buffets go. The only ice cream they had was soft self serve in vanilla, chocolate and mixed, also strawberry frozen yogurt, unless of course you go to Ben and Jerry's. The late evening snacks could be found in the Solarium. We didn't use this, too late. Activities: There was the usual bingo, trivia, etc which we don't do. I did go to the napkin folding which was fun and then a series on "Being prepared for emergencies" which was excellent, done by an ex-military lady. We did sit in on the acupuncture seminar. It was just a sales pitch to sell the service and not really informative on the subject. We enjoyed sitting and listening to the music in the Centrum. And found the Solarium a pleasant and warm place to hang out. If your looking for a quiet place during the day, you can go to the Spotlight lounge, nobody there. Entertainment: The shows were good and the Cruise Director John was excellent and also very talented as a singer. Best CD I've ever seen. However, the theater did not accommodate the number of people on board. This was sooo disappointing. If you didn't get there 45 minutes before the show, you end up standing in the back, on the steps, or just leaving. We had seats in the balcony the one night after 45 minutes of sitting. A couple of disabled ladies came in and were standing by our seats. One sat down on the floor because it was too hard to stand. So we offered the ladies our seats and as we got up to give them the seats, people from the other side of us grabbed the seats. So much for chivalry and one was a male (not at man). We just shuck our heads and left. I hope when they refurbish the Enchantment they will address this issue. We really were not excited to go to the shows just because of this problem. Ports: We really go cruising for the ship experience. We used the hop on, hop off bus in Portland ($5.00/person for the day) which was great. Recommend seeing the Fireman's museum, small but good (don't forget to talk to the volunteers there, that's what is so interesting). We didn't use the tender at Bar Harbor because of mobility. We did do the Titanic Museum in Halifax, NS. Great experience. You'll see a deck chair and a pair of little girl shoes that were displayed among many other things. We didn't get the Big Pink Bus from the cruise line, but when we got of the ship we got tickets at the booth which was the same price as on the ship and they took the our seapass for payment. So, same difference. Get the tickets on the ship. Disembarkation: Quick and easy. We carried our own bags off, went through customs in a flash, walked to the car and was home in 2 ½ hours. Overall experience: It was a wonderful trip from beginning to end. I was pleasantly surprised with the Port of Baltimore. Definitely using this port in the future. Royal Caribbean is added to my list of cruise lines to take. Looking forward to my next RCCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This was our first cruise the good: We had Grand Suite with large balcony room was nice and the staff was very kind and helpful, food was good, the evenings shows whether magic, comedy or musicals were good. Halifax and Bar Harbour were ... Read More
This was our first cruise the good: We had Grand Suite with large balcony room was nice and the staff was very kind and helpful, food was good, the evenings shows whether magic, comedy or musicals were good. Halifax and Bar Harbour were especially great scenic ports of call. Portland and St Johns were okay, but did not compare. The bad; Music and day time entertainment on ship was dated and boring, we are in our 50s and daughter was 26 only heard one tune that was recent (post 2000), mostly from the 50s to 70s. TV programming was limited maybe 15 channels in English, everything repeated itself, same movies and documentaries, after 2 evenings we had seen it all. Nothing interested us very much during the day on the ship when not in a port of call we don't play bingo,not big gamblers or want to listen to dated music. Thank goodness for the gym and good weather so we could get out and exercise on the deck. The Internet was expensive but was of extremely poor quality, I mean dead.... dead .... slow, although its to their advantage since you pay by the minute starting at 65 cents/minute. When in a port we were the first ones off and near last ones back so we took advantage of everything to see. Lastly we paid our gratuities up front, almost $500 at 17% but on the last 2 days envelopes are left in our room and at the shows repeatedly encouraged to remember the staff, wait....wait that's why I paid up front, does the staff know we already paid?.....we left another $75 anyway, I hope the worker bees know this was on top of the $500! we did appreciate their service! Beds were comfortable but pillows were flat, I needed two to keep my head level. Bottom line we were happy to be back before Sandy hit.... will probably not be taking any cruises out of Baltimore anytime in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Left for our cruise from Baltimore. Our first full day at sea we encountered some rough waters from the hurricane, Rafael, very rocky, and alot of people were sick, It looked like a boatful of drunk people noone could walk a straight line, ... Read More
Left for our cruise from Baltimore. Our first full day at sea we encountered some rough waters from the hurricane, Rafael, very rocky, and alot of people were sick, It looked like a boatful of drunk people noone could walk a straight line, Saturday, we arrived in Portland, ME. Weather wasn't good, our excursion was a tour of the city, then a schooner ride, the owner of the boat said there wasn't any wind, and it was very foggy, but it was safe if we wanted to still go, everyone decided to give it a try. It was exciting and scary all at the same time, you couldn't see anything, then all of a sudden, there was a lighthouse, we did see a harbor seal while on the boat, my husband got to hoist the sails on the schooner, had a great time. Woke up early in Bar Harbor, it looked like heaven! Blue skies and the colors on the trees were breathtaking! Spent 6 hrs in Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mtn. Had an amazing time! Oct is a perfect time to go and see the spectacular colors! Took hundreds of pictures there, Had a Maine Lobster for lunch which was included in our excursion. This day was the highlight of my trip! I wish I could have spent more time in Bar Harbor. The next day we went to Bay of Fundy in St John, NS. Our excursion was cancelled to do lack of participation so we ended up on a 6hr tour. We lost an hour to time change so everyone was pretty tired on the bus, had a great tourguide, Harold, he pretty much made this trip, otherwise it was pretty boring, Canada wasn;t what I expected it to be, Last stop was Halifax, did the Titanic excursion, started at the maritime museum, which had alot of artifacts from the Titanic, but it was so crowded and didn't feel like there was enough time to see it all, the highlight was going to the gravesite of the people buried there from the ship, the stories about the people were interesting, otherwise a disappointing excursion, The crew on the ship were great! Our room was always clean, the waiters, were top notch! They couldn't do enough for you! They deserved the tips they received, we prepaid our tips before the cruise, but our waiters in the dining room, Fredderick and Mark from the Phillipines were the best!! We did give them extra for their hard work. The activities director, Darryl was unbelievable! He made the cruise fun. I wanted to try the bungee trampoline but was a little scared, but he took my hand and went with me to try it, Whenever you ran into him on the ship, he would always stop and say hello and give you a hug, even when we got off the ship and the cruise was finished, he still was very friendly! Our last night on the ship was a 70s disco night. Awesome! Had so much fun, hated for the cruise to be over, All in all, we had a marvelous time, would recommend this cruise especially in October when you can get to see the colors of fall. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
My daughter and I booked our first cruise as a college graduation gift for her. We have friends & family who have cruised before and we were told we would love it. Well - we were very disappointed. The cruise we took left Baltimore. ... Read More
My daughter and I booked our first cruise as a college graduation gift for her. We have friends & family who have cruised before and we were told we would love it. Well - we were very disappointed. The cruise we took left Baltimore. The date October 4-12. We were told by our travel agent the rooms were nice and had a sofa in the room. First disappointment, upon arriving to our room we found there was no sofa, only a very small chair. When I asked at the desk I was told that since it was an adjoining room, it did not have sofa. Second disappointment - We then discovered the bathroom sink did not have cold water, it came our very warm from the spigot. We reported it twice and finally on the third day the manager came to our room and confirmed there was trouble on the water line. We were given a $20.00 credit on our room so that we could use the bottled water for brushing teeth and taking medications. Third disappointment - the majority of the people on te ship were seniors. Other that playing very expensive Bingo twice and spending way too much time in the casino we found very little of interest (especially my 23 year old daughter). Most of the activities were either too expensive or for the older generation, same goes for the music played every day in the lobby area. Fourth disappointment - when we stopped in St John, Canada, we discovered it was their Thanksgiving Day, and most of the city was closed. I can't understand why the ship would make a stop there knowing that. They should have reversed the stops around, stopping in Canada first, then Maine.Fifth disappointment - the room porter broke an epensive jar of cream that was on my night table.It was fine there the first 5 nights, then we come back one afternoon after the beds were made and the jar is sitting broken on the night table. We were told the porter found it that way when he did the room. Since we didn't want to turn the jar over to the ship, we were ony given a credit for half it's value. Sixth disappointment - the beds were extremely uncomfortable, my mattress was so worn it dipped to the side. Final disappointment, having the late dinner seating at 8, we wanted to have a later lunch. We found that the main dining room stopped serving lunch at 1:00, which left us no option but to eat every day at the buffet which we found old fast. Knowing that some people have late dinner, you would have thought the main dining room could stay open later than 1-1:30. Oh - one more thing, the food at the pool (hot dogs, pizza and hamburgers for late night, were terrible! Overall I'd only give this cruise a 5 out of 10. Not sure we would go again with this crusie line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
1st, we live in MD so getting to/from the Port in Baltimore was very convenient for us. We heard there are hotels in the area you can stay the night before and leave your car there at no charge, and the hotel provides free shuttle to/from ... Read More
1st, we live in MD so getting to/from the Port in Baltimore was very convenient for us. We heard there are hotels in the area you can stay the night before and leave your car there at no charge, and the hotel provides free shuttle to/from the Port -- if this helps you. 2nd, we are not foodies, but we took home several food memories: the ship food was very good -- as always, some better than others, but we thought the dinner appetizers were extremely tasty with a nice variety of offerings. Many of the main course selections were very good too. The one night that lobster tail was offered (at no up charge), it was just ok but I had better lobster while in Maine and Canada so not a problem. Our dining room servers were wonderful. We have not cruised since 2008, so we learned RC no longer includes a midnight buffet which was totally fine since it is usually very pretty but not that tasty. There was plenty of food available at different times throughout the day/night. The coffee was good which I mention because I remember not liking it on our previous RC cruise several years ago. Great omelets, brown bread + other breakfast items. The pizza and burgers in the Solarium were just ok. I think Carnival's was much better but that was in 2008. I didn't like the soft serve ice cream either but didn't need the extra calories so not a huge issue. The dinner desserts were not that great the first few nights, but then progressively became better. Best Lobster Roll: Portland Lobster Co - warm lobster with butter on a toasted bun (+ fries) -- you can eat outside and enjoy live music. Other food choices available there too. Best Blueberry Pie: Route 66 in Bar Harbor, ME (side street off the main drag). I had a lobster Cobb salad which was also good, but it could easily have been chicken and it would have been a good salad and probably not as expensive. The salmon salad was also good but the blueberry pie was the best.Best Surprise Food: We stopped at a local Bed & Breakfast on our way to St. Martin while in New Brunswick and the owner just made a batch of chocolate chip cookies. We had a delicious cup of coffee from her Keurig and warm chocolate chip cooked. Best Bread: McKelvie's in Halifax, Scottish bread -- it had a few raisins and was slightly sweet but not overly so. Very fresh and very tasty. I had a lobster roll there too -- also very tasty, but the lobster wasn't warm -- the bread was toasted though so that helped. 3rd, the ship: nicely decorated; easy to get around; colder in some areas, so layering of clothes helped on and off of the ship. We really enjoyed our Cruise director John Blair -- he also performed a fabulous rendition of Neil Diamond music at the opening and as a separate show one day at sea. He was down to earth and not full of himself. He knew how to generate the right amount of energy without being obnoxious. His wife of 25 years Katrina was a great activities manager. The shows were really wonderful: a very funny and non-vulgar comedian; the ship's singers/dancers; a juggler and his wife; an amazing magician and his wife and finally the "Unexpected Boys" with a ship-like tribute to Franki Valli and the 4 Seasons. The late night comedian was not that great, but we've seen worse. Other entertainment throughout the ship either in the Centrum or lounges: a very talented and likable trio (aunt/uncle/niece) that sang and played a number of musical instruments; a violinist and pianist playing classical music; and a not-so-great piano bar entertainer (he played fine but not a great repertoire and he really didn't sing very well). Luckily there were other choices.4th, activities -- when we watched the video reviewing the week, my husband and I turned to each other and said, "where were we for these things?". We really did a lot of activities, but obviously there were lots more that we didn't do. We are more trivia people, so we did the Progressive one and a few others. We really enjoyed the Human Quest game. We watched the Love and Marriage game but it gets a little old since the same questions are asked. But it was still fun. There were guest lecturers re: the port cities (good, but not the most dynamic speaker), emergency preparedness (we heard this was good but we didn't attend), the history of RC (husband attended and liked), and hypnosis/stress management led by our cruise director (husband attended and really liked a lot). We went to one session at the spa on Reflexology which was ok but it was more of an invitation for us to buy the service while we were on the ship (at a slight discount which is still higher than back home). We did the rock climbing wall for the 1st time given the demographics, not a huge line and something we wanted to try. We took the stairs all the time (to balance out the delicious bread that we probably had too much of). We walked the track the last day and am not feeling guilty for doing it more even though we should have. The casinos were expectedly packed even though we didn't gamble. There were 2 nights of smoke-free gambling. The onboard shopping was ok but I didn't go there to shop. 5th, weather -- had a good idea what to expect but you never can know for sure this time of year. Mid-50s and sometimes sunny but other times overcast. We thought we were going to have bad weather in Bar Harbor but it turned out to be nice. The key is to layer: shirt; sweatshirt (recommend full zip hoodie), and outer rain jacket (for rain and/or wind). We wore sandals on the ship but brought sneakers to walk around on tours. We wore bathing suits or T-shirt/shorts or pants in the Solarium on days at sea or when we returned from port excursions. Loved the Solarium w/nice cushion lounge chairs and tables and chairs to sit, read, play games etc. I lucked into a Maj Jongg game and played 3 times in the Solarium and it felt great with the warmth of the sun. 6th, ports -- already talked about the food. We did not go through RC -- we booked our own. Portland - Trolley ride - $21 ea. - 2 hrs around the city; 1 stop that you get off. Then walked around the city on our own. The weather started to get a little worse so we went back to the ship after a late lunch. Bar Harbor - beautiful city; we did a bus tour through their local park service - $27 for 3 hrs; 3 stops; excellent tour guide/driver; we walked around the city on our own for several hours -- lots of shops and beautiful views for photos. Bought a sweatshirt; blueberry name and popover mix as gifts. You have to tender to this port, but the process was pretty smooth; just allow enough time. St. Johns -- this is an interesting one as we saw a review on Cruise Critic for Roy's Tours that charges $50/hr regardless of the # of passengers. We tagged on with 2 other couples we met on Cruise Critic and ended up with a 6 hr tour of the city + St. Martin. Plusses: small group of 6 so we could customize the tour easier. We stopped at a Fort and decided to buy tickets and stay (evidently not part of the intended tour but we didn't quite know that). We really enjoyed the fort so it was nice; It was Canada's Thanksgiving that day so a lot of things were closed, but we saw a park and a really cool mfg site where trucks unload their wares (wood chips) and there is a huge magnet that tilts the truck on a 45 degree angle to empty the load to grind into pulp to make paper. Slightly negative: Our tour guide was nice but he was not dynamic or thoroughly knowledgeable -- he had cheat sheets on various locations that we would read aloud (because he was driving). Not quite what we expected but good nonetheless. The stop at the B&B was nice and then we went to St. Martin and walked the ocean floor; one of our group had the World Famous fish chowder and said it really was great, so consider that a recommendation. We had a late lunch back on the ship. Halifax -- this is the only port that we didn't have a plan for in advance. We tried to arrange a tour but the tour was booked; he gave us a referral but the referral never got back to us. There were 3 ships in port that day and it was very crowded. We originally got off and bought a pink hop on hop off bus ticket for $44 ea. -- then we waited in a very long line. While looking at the map we realized we could walk the city so I politely asked for a refund and it worked out fine. It was cooler and overcast so the sweatshirt and raincoat w/hood really helped. We walked along the boardwalk and went to the Maritime Museum for 2.5 hrs and really enjoyed it -- we don't have a museum like it in MD/DC so it was location-specific. We walked up to the Citadel area after lunch for great photos then we walked to the Alexander Keith brewery for the tour. We really liked the beer, but the tour was a bit hokey -- the people are dressed in 1820 costumes and speech -- and song as they entertain you -- but it was not a real brewery tour. We're none the worse for doing it, but I would recommend going to the tavern and just ordering the beer. If we ever go back, we would like to go to Peggy's Cove but don't feel badly that we missed it as the City of Halifax was great to walk around in. For all port days, we were back on the ship with more than enough time. 7th and finally, the people -- this could change on any cruise, but the passengers were all delightful. This was our 1st cruise without our children or extended family and didn't know what to expect. We're used to having our entire family make up a dinner table, but now we were with new faces. The average age was older than us -- probably in their sixties +. There were definitely walkers, wheelchairs and scooters along with some oxygen tanks. Not many children due to school -- a few toddlers, home schooled kids and a few that go year round that were on vacation this week -- all very well behaved. There was a group of about 25 deaf people affiliated with Galludet in DC with 6 interpreters; one person was deaf and blind and has a special tactile interpreter. One person had balance issues and brought along a service dog -- the dog did his business on the 5th floor (we asked!). Also on board were a number of women from the Red Hat Society so red and purple clothes/accessories decorated the ship. A number of quilters organized this group trip and had some private events (presumably sewing as we saw sewing machines). We were on the late seating which we prefer. Originally there was a couple at our table and the husband was blind (since 2005). They were charming and spoke about his blindness so there was no elephant in the room with these strangers. We ran into them several times on the ship. We enjoyed the other couple at our dinner table and saw them at various events as well. Here's our overall take on a cruise: we don't have to prepare/cook/clean or think too heavily. You can do as little or a lot of activities. All inclusive with great entertainment. If you don't like what we like, there's plenty more to enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We are a couple in our early sixties. This was our 15th cruise and our 3rd on Royal Caribbean. We flew into Baltimore the morning of the cruise and caught a taxi to the port. The taxi was $37.00. We were on the ship in about 30 minuues ... Read More
We are a couple in our early sixties. This was our 15th cruise and our 3rd on Royal Caribbean. We flew into Baltimore the morning of the cruise and caught a taxi to the port. The taxi was $37.00. We were on the ship in about 30 minuues and our luggage was there when we finished lunch. We were in stateroom 2508 which was right at the front of the ship. The room had plenty of storage space and average room size. Only problem was the second day the seas were very high and it was very rough. No one is at fault, but a middle of the ship room would have been better. However,the rest of the trip was smooth sailing and no troubles. We have noticed lately that room stewards have more rooms and often they did not come to our room until after 2:00 PM. No chocolates on pillows, but often there were towel animals which we enjoyed. While the Enchantment of the Seas needs some updating, it certainly was not bad. I really did not like the Atrium on this ship, but that is personal taste. There is only one dining room besides the Windjammer. We really missed the Anytime Dining. While we had RC Any Time dining, it was not what we were use to. You had to call and make a reservation for Any Time dining and it was just a section on the Main Dining Room. No choices. While others complain about the food, my husband and I found it to be very good. The beef was a little tough, but everything else was good. The last formal night lobster was a full,large lobster tail. We also really enjoyed the Surf and Turf night, also. Activites on the ship were what is always on other ships. Somebody needs to come up with maybe something different. Trivia, Bingo, Casino, etc. get old. Karaoke was outdated and only a few songs to choose from. However, the piano bar we truly enjoyed. The song and dance group was okay, not great, but good. The magician and the man who sang "Happy Days" was my favorite entertainment on this trip. The staff was good, but not too pushy. We really enjoyed the ports on this trip. We did the walk-off disembarkment. This went really smooth. We were in a taxi and on the way to the airport before 8:00 AM. Taxi back to the airport was $30.00. All in all, it was a great trip. Like I said before the ports were amazing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
We enjoyed our time on the Enchantment of the Seas. We found the ship to be in pretty good shape. It will soon go into dry dock and some of the drapery and carpets will be replaced. Our cabin was an outside stateroom and there was plenty ... Read More
We enjoyed our time on the Enchantment of the Seas. We found the ship to be in pretty good shape. It will soon go into dry dock and some of the drapery and carpets will be replaced. Our cabin was an outside stateroom and there was plenty of storage space for the two of us. The bathroom shower was very small but the water pressure and temperature were perfect. Our bed springs were squeaky with very little movement. we never heard noise from the hallway or other room. The food was overall very good with the exception of the desserts which were just okay. There were times when it was difficult to find an open spot to eat in the Windjammer for breakfast. We liked the breakfasts eaten in the dining room and found it less rushed and noisy. We ate one dinner in Chops and our food was very good. We were the only ones eating at 8:30 pm that night in this specialty restaurant. Thus, we had one to one service. We have been on other ships and believe that the french fries served in the Solarium were the best prepared. Coffee was inconsistently brewed ranging from very weak most days to bitter on one occasion. The ports of call were good and we had enough time to explore the various areas. We were independent tourists. We did book a private tour in St John which met our expectations. We took the Island Explorer to Acadia park in Bar Harbor and found that to be a great way to explore the area. We walked all over Halifax and while in Portland we used their free shuttle and pedicab. While on the ship we found the staff to be all very friendly and professional. We liked the entertainers both cruise staff and those brought on for the week. We liked the layout of the ship itself and found it easy to navigate. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
My review is based on cruising with a mobility limited parent, and hopefully the information will be helpful to someone else. Overall, compared to the level of service we've enjoyed on Carnival, Norwegian and Princess, I was ... Read More
My review is based on cruising with a mobility limited parent, and hopefully the information will be helpful to someone else. Overall, compared to the level of service we've enjoyed on Carnival, Norwegian and Princess, I was surprised with the lack of service on Royal Caribbean. I thought RCI was supposed to be a notch above the other lines I've sailed. Embarkation was in Baltimore. Flew is a day early. The cruise booked a hotel stay at the Hilton, but after getting there, we found out we had been moved to the Hyatt. Seems with the Oriels being in the playoffs, and a large "Women in Technology" convention in town, the Hilton was overbooked. The hotel picked up the cab ride to the Hyatt, and we were in a room within 15 minutes. The Hyatt was a great hotel and provided 1st class service. If going back, I'd request to stay there versus the Hilton. We have used the handicapped boarding process on Carnival and Norwegian in the past and expected a similar set-up with RCI. Such was not the case. We had cruise arranged transfer from the hotel to the ship. The bus dropped us off in the parking lot at the cruise terminal with an approximately 20 yard walk to the registration building. No problem. Mom can walk a short distance, but with stress fractures in her back and bone cancer, she can't stand for long periods. We had pre-arranged for a wheelchair rental to be waiting for her in our stateroom. Typically, the ship will provide wheelchair assistance to get to the cabin and then we have a wheelchair from there. Upon entering the registration complex, the handicapped were directed to a line that at that time, 11:15-11:30-ish, was 10 families deep. There were two, dedicated handicapped registration agents. After getting thru the line, there were chairs available to wait in for wheelchair access to the ship. Problem is, and my Mom wasn't the only one affected, the handicapped in this line did not have the stamina to stand in line, leaning on their walkers and luggage, in order to register and then get to the chairs. In our case, I could send my Mom to sit down and I could stand in the queue, but that was not the case with dually impaired couples and other singles attempting to board. Muster drill was easy. Arrived at the appointed place a bit early. Mom was allowed to remain in her wheelchair - they checked off attendance by cabin number. Access aboard the ship was fine for the most part. Hard to maneuver around deck 4, our stateroom deck, on art auction days, as the art auction is staged on deck 4. Cabin space was adequate. Shower was among the best and roomiest we've had in an accessible room. Cleanliness was lacking. Upon initial entry, the counter in the dressing area was sticky and had a dead bug on it. The bathroom was quite dusty - the top of the phone and the shaver plug, could of used a wet cleaning cloth. The medicine cabinet shelves were dirty. The room contained a mini fridge for medicinal use, which was unexpected and quite nice. Mom had a medicine that required refrigeration. I had planned on using ice, so the mini fridge was a nice extra. I don't believe the cabin was vacuumed or the bathroom floor swept the entire time we were aboard. We had "My Time" dining and made reservations via the RCI website before boarding. We confirmed on-board. They set us at a two person table right inside the entrance. Perfect. Wait service wasn't so spectacular. Long waits between courses. Coffee arrived after dessert. This was all the more noticeable by comparison to the excellent service going on at the 8 person table next to us, served by a different waiter team. Debarkation was easy. Picked up wheel chair assistance on deck 6. Exited on deck 1. Straight thru customs and then claimed our luggage. No muss no fuss. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
I have now been on two cruises because my boyfriend's family has included me in their yearly family cruise. Our party consisted of My boyfriend's parents and my boyfriend and I and his brother (we three are in our mid thirties). ... Read More
I have now been on two cruises because my boyfriend's family has included me in their yearly family cruise. Our party consisted of My boyfriend's parents and my boyfriend and I and his brother (we three are in our mid thirties). I was always told that Royal Caribbean is supposed to be the industry best and since my first cruise (which was with Carnival) was so great, I was sure that despite the fact that it was going to be cold in New England and Canada in October, that this was going to be a great cruise because of the cruise line we were taking. We drove from Northern Virginia to the port (which we did before and was very easy) and carried our bags with us and waited in a moderate line to check in. Check in was smooth and worry free. When we got to the boat, there seemed to be a lot of confusion among passengers about what to do or where to go. Carrying my heavy bags up stairs was unpleasant for me but totally worth it to have my bags immediately and to be able to unpack and settle in. I expect a room on a cruise to be small but I guess I was just spoiled by the Carnival cruise we took last year where the room was quite large. Our large interior stateroom was painfully small and had unnecessary furniture in it to make it even smaller. Our room was right next to the ice room that the cabin stewards are in an out of all the time and every time the door shut, the entire adjoining wall shook. That noise started very early in the morning. We talked to our cabin steward about it and he apologized profusely and said he would talk to the other stewards but we observed he obviously can't control everyone. We (us three "kids") noticed immediately that there was a definite demographic on this cruise and we were not in it. The average age of cruisers seemed to be 60 or so. We didn't expect to see many kids since school was in session and we certainly didn't. I don't believe there were more than 10 kids on this boat. There were probably less than twenty people our age. That's ok for my boyfriend and I who spend most of the trip with each other, but a little boring for his brother. The ship seemed to be ready for this demographic and catered to it. There wasn't much for entertainment in 8 days. I believe that there were two comedians and one magician. Although I didn't attend, one of the comedians had a show in the 8 o'clock hour and was definitely adult humor. I am to understand that comedians usually do two shows, the first one earlier in the evening that is more family friendly and then one late that is very adult. It was never mentioned that this comedian was doing a very adult show and it was reported that many people got up and walked out. The person who announced him came out at the end and said "I guess I should have mentioned that he was doing an adult show". Some activities were cancelled and some were advertised at a certain time and then started much earlier disappointing some. We were told there was a rock climbing wall on the ship but that it was only open while we were in port and since there were so many older folks on the cruise, I don't think it got used much. There was no "Flow Rider" like I guess newer RC ships. No put-put course. I was concerned that swimming was going to be kind of hard because the main pools were on an outside deck and then I was assured by a Cruise Critic member that the ship had a retractable roof and that it would be closed if it was too cold for swimming. This was not the case. There was a pool in the adults only area but the pool was small and could get crowded easily. There are two pools and four hot tubs on the outside deck that were pretty much useless in the cold air. Dinner in the main dining room was unimpressive. The meals were never great but they were fine. Our waiter must have been new because he was a bit bumbling and had such a strong accent that he was VERY hard to understand. We didn't go to the dining room after the first couple of days unless there was something on the menu we really wanted. The buffet in the Windjammer was very good. There were specific staples they had every evening and then some really nice specials like made to order stir fry or make your own pizza and sushi. There was always someone there to help you to your table (which was needed with all the older folks) and as rough as the seas were the first full day at sea and they were constantly asking if they could bring you a drink and clearing the tables. One very disappointing issue was that the soft serve machine closed every day at 6:30pm. On our Carnival cruise last year, it was open all the time unless it was being cleaned and even then, there were two machines. The soft serve machine was pretty popular and extremely disappointing that it closed up so early. I guess they wanted everyone to go downstairs to the tiny Ben & Jerry's. Closing the machine did not make us want to go overpay of overrated ice cream. As for the ports, it seems that maybe they should cut off their trips to NE and Canada before October because it is so cold. When we got to Portland, it was so cold and wet that the fog covered the town and you pretty much couldn't see anything. Bar Harbor was a very nice place to visit however, it's not a good place for these older folks to get off the boat since you have to take a tender to the port. The tenders moved so much, it was quite scary to move from one boat to the other. One lady walked around the boat claiming that she had cracked her kneecap getting off the tender onto the ship. We took the historic lighthouse boat tour which was very nice but much too frigid. The man narrating this tour would take questions from passengers but wouldn't repeat the question over the loud speaker and then proceeded to answer the questions confusing the other passengers. I had meant to tell him that before getting off the boat. We did a little exploring around the town and shops which was nice. My boyfriend went out on his own and rented a bike and biked at least 12 miles uphill in Acadia. His body told him all about how he had abused it when he got back to the ship but it was worth it to him. I didn't get off the ship and go exploring in the last two ports of call - Saint John and Halifax because it was so cold and dreary. We were to have two days at sea after leaving Canada but on the evening of the first day someone (rumor had it) had a stroke and the captain put the ship at full speed and headed to Norfolk to let that passenger off. After that, the ship moved so slow back to Baltimore that you couldn't even tell we were moving. It was nice to have cell service since we were so close to land. Our cabin steward, Rodolpho, was the nicest guy and we made good friends with him. We found out all about his family and enjoyed seeing him every day. He also came in and cleaned the bathroom for us when my boyfriend got sick. He was the best! There was some confusion getting off the ship in the morning due to the amount of people carrying their luggage off and the fact that they weren't making it clear that there were two lines to check off but once we were off, it was smooth since we had parked there. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
First let me say the only neg. thing was that the gratuities are a little steep and on every thing. My Sister in law bought the wine package and had a very high gratuity as well as my Wife bought 2 cook books and that was very high also. ... Read More
First let me say the only neg. thing was that the gratuities are a little steep and on every thing. My Sister in law bought the wine package and had a very high gratuity as well as my Wife bought 2 cook books and that was very high also. Getting on the ship was a breeze got to the port at 11:30 was on the ship at noon, but couldn't get to our rooms till 1:30. no real big problem. The cabin was great had enough room for all our stuff. The 1st day at sea was great met our waiter John and AL, these guys went above and beyond in every way, great service and just two of the nicest people, we found out that Johns birthday was during the cruise and had the table sing Happy Birthday to him, I think we embarrassed him. Medic was our Head Waiter a very nice fellow in his own right. The food was amazing every night was excellent, we had lobster tails one night and John came and was alarmed that my wife took the meat out of the shell before he could do it, what service. The guys making the omelette to order on the windjammer deck are awesome doing 3 omelettes at a time and they tasted fantastic. The ship was showing a little of her age, but was spotless and obviously well maintained, a beautiful ship , going in for a complete face lift in Dec. The Cruise Director was a little full of himself, and thought he was God's gift to cruisers. Not very approachable seemed to be annoyed that anybody talked to him. No big problem, just an observation. The port of call were Portland, Bar Harbor, St John, and Halifax, in my opinion you could of just skipped St. John and spent more time in Halifax. Do not miss the William Keith brewery in Halifax very entertaining great tour and beer. Do not miss the Quest game or the Love and Marriage show they are really fun. Getting off the ship was a breeze. All in all a great cruise with a great crew, had a great time. Can't wait till the enchantment is back from it's make over, will cruise on her again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We were part of a group of eight first time cruisers on Royal Caribbean, and all agreed that it would not be our last. We started with a great time in Baltimore capped off with a wonderful pre-cruise dinner at G&M Seafood ... Read More
We were part of a group of eight first time cruisers on Royal Caribbean, and all agreed that it would not be our last. We started with a great time in Baltimore capped off with a wonderful pre-cruise dinner at G&M Seafood Restaurant. There were a total of 12 Cruise Critics at the dinner where we all had top notched Maryland crab cakes. We booked one night before and one night after the cruise at Comfort Inn Airport. Hotel was just ok, but the price was reasonable which included a full breakfast and a shuttle to the cruise terminal. Arrived at the cruise terminal at 11:00 am and was on-board having lunch around 11:45 am. Boarding and departing the ship in Baltimore was the easiest of any cruise terminal we have experienced. Weather for our cruise was great except for Boston where we had rain and fog. Bar Harbor had a record high of 90 deg. while we were there. We enjoyed all of the ports, but Halifax was our favorite. In Halifax we had booked a private tour with Your Cabs. Our driver was Jonathon Duru who has to the best tour guide we have ever booked. His knowledge of the history of Halifax, the Titanic and Peggy's Cove was outstanding. As for the Enchantment, Like I have stated, this was our first cruise with RCI and we were very pleased. When comparing the Enchantment to most of the Carnival ships that we have sailed with, I would have to say that RCI's style is more to our liking. Food was as good or better and entertainment was comparable. Our stateroom was smaller than on Carnival but had much more storage available. Now for the negative. I'm sure that I am not the first to observe this, but RCI must do something about the overcrowding of the public rooms such as the theater and the Market Place buffet. I understand that this was caused by the addition of staterooms during the last refit. I would hope that RCI will address this during Enchantment's next refit. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
The Port of Baltimore is easily accessible and a pleasure to sail from. I can vouch for the security in the parking lot as my passenger side window was completely down for the 9 days I cruised. While the seat was a little damp (thank God ... Read More
The Port of Baltimore is easily accessible and a pleasure to sail from. I can vouch for the security in the parking lot as my passenger side window was completely down for the 9 days I cruised. While the seat was a little damp (thank God for good weather) nothing was missing from the car. Embarkation as well as debarkation was well quick and very well handled. In spite of what I had read in several postings, I had no problem securing a seat in the WJ for breakfast or lunch. MTD was handled in a very professional manner and only on two occasions did I have to wait around 5 minutes, since I had requested the same servers. Michele did a fabulous job. The food was good and more than adequate as were the choices each evening. Chops lived up to its reputation as first class, I was however somewhat disappointed in the veal chop. My wife had the barramundi which she said was excellent. Entertainment was varied and enjoyable somewhat typical of cruise entertainment. The entire staff of the ship was very cordial and a pleasure to deal with. The consierge lounge was mid ship and again well staffed and a good place to relax. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
I sailed on the Enchantment of the Seas on a 9 night Canada & New England sailing. Sailing from Baltimore is really convenient. The port is relatively easy to get to but the parking lot attendants could be a bit more helpful. I ended ... Read More
I sailed on the Enchantment of the Seas on a 9 night Canada & New England sailing. Sailing from Baltimore is really convenient. The port is relatively easy to get to but the parking lot attendants could be a bit more helpful. I ended up driving around the pier twice to drop luggage and then park because the attendant was not clear about which lane to follow - a minor hiccough. Paying for parking was also interesting - you handed your credit card to someone in a parked SUV who used a hand-held card swiper. Check-in itself was a breeze. The ship was famously stretched about 6 years ago. The problem is that public venues are the same original size so the shows were always crowded with passengers standing or sitting on the stairs in the theater. It is often difficult to find a quiet place during the day away from games, music or some other commotion. Even the Library is located off the Centrum (central Atrium) where there is almost non-stop entertainment. The staff is great. The My-Time Dining staff and our waiter Santos were terrific. The food, however, is only fair. Again, nothing horrible but not much exceptional either. The Windjammer buffet is chaotic with several food stations jammed into a small circular area and there always seemed to be long lines of people waiting to get into the main dining room. The ship is well maintained and in good shape. My cabin was quite comfortable and the stateroom attendant very attentive. I would sail on the ship again, maybe not for 9 days, primarily because of its convenience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Many of you might pass this by as pertaining only to those disabled cruisers who are in wheelchairs, on scooters, or using canes, crutches, or walkers. However, the day could come as it did for me when unforeseen occurrences will force you ... Read More
Many of you might pass this by as pertaining only to those disabled cruisers who are in wheelchairs, on scooters, or using canes, crutches, or walkers. However, the day could come as it did for me when unforeseen occurrences will force you into this physically impaired category for even one or two cruises. On two of our most recent voyages, Royal Caribbeans actions befuddled then ultimately enlightened us regarding what we now assume to be their furtive policy regarding not only disabled cruisers but everyone who sails on their one of their vessels. The apparent goal is to unload their now insignificant guests who have just sailed without care so as to welcome their new arrivals who will bring in more revenue. The following is an inexcusable and accurate dilemma in which we found ourselves twice on the Enchantment of the Seas. In April, as Diamond Plus members, we sailed on a Members Cruise from Baltimore and were as usual cordially welcomed by the outside staff. I was at that time using a walker and a rented wheel chair but was greeted with smiles and courtesy as is every arriving guest. Every effort was made to assure that the embarkation was comfortable and pleasant for my husband and me. During the sailing, other cruisers as well as many crew members understood my situation and were most accommodating. Of course, there were Pinnacle members onboard as well, and we shared the benefits of the Concierge Lounge. However, on the day prior to disembarkation, my husband simply requested of the dedicated Concierge that he attempt to locate some assistance to aid me in leaving the ship because of my temporary disability. My husband explained that we would be encumbered by carry-on baggage and medical equipment. Our answer from the informed Concierge was a definitive, No. Im to assist my special guests on their departure. Youre to go to the regular departure deck. We questioned ourselves as to what the connotation of special guests might be on this cruise and finally came to the conclusion that they were the Pinnacle members. However, when we arrived at this designated departure deck, we were informed that we were not at the proper location. Thankfully, another worker at the port took me down the ramp in a backwards direction, which was, prior to the opening of the new ramp, against the policy of the seaport. Once we were safely off of the Enchantment, we once again searched for the exact meaning of the word special. Once again, during the month of October, we boarded the Enchantment for a 9 night cruise and were greeted in the same fashion. At this time, I was using a wheelchair and a rented scooter. On the second day of the cruise, we received a phone call from the Loyalty Ambassador insisting that we promise to be at the Welcome Back gathering as we were to be recognized as the guests with the greatest number of cruises. We did so and were astonished that there were only 10 Diamond Plus members onboard. The question and answer we gave ourselves was, Did this make us special? Absolutely not! We assumed that it was just a question of numbers. During the cruise we asked nothing of the same dedicated Concierge and rarely even entered the Concierge Lounge. Once again, however, we required assistance during the disembarkation, and when asked, the Concierge agreed that it was most likely appropriate. Upon our arrival at the Lounge at the prescribed time of 8:15, he told us to wait and left the lounge. Upon returning, he simply walked around the room, obviously tending to business but nonetheless well aware that we were still waiting over hour after our baggage number had been called. I finally and reluctantly took a walking stick which my husband carries at times and went to the departure deck for those who had personal mobility devices and required assistance. My husband was told to leave the ship and wait for me briefly outside, but that time turned into at least 10 minutes. I was still holding on desperately to the walking stick and informed a crew member that my arms and legs would no longer maintain the erect position and that I was about to fall. A wheelchair was immediately provided, and I left the ship in extreme pain. As we travelled home from the port, I questioned whether or not I could ever sail on Royal Caribbean again should the situation arise once more that I would be considered disabled. Could I with confidence in the cruise line recommend Royal Caribbean as their choice for anyone whose mobility was in any way impaired? It is doubtful. I do believe that I would cancel any voyage on a Royal Caribbean vessel should I anticipate that this treatment would be given if a similar situation was to even possibly occur once again. As I ponder these two situations, I question the professed consideration and the veracity of Royal Caribbeans policies in their effort to support someone who on occasion might require rather minor additional assistance during their journey. Why would anyone, be they seasoned cruiser, first time guest, or specifically a disabled individual be subjected to such disrespectful, insensitive behavior and treatment when they have anticipated a stress-free vacation? Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We live in Northern Virginia so we decided to go to Baltimore and take the R/C ship to New England and Canada. We just drove up, parked and got on. Very easy and cheaper than when we have to travel to a port city far away. On the other ... Read More
We live in Northern Virginia so we decided to go to Baltimore and take the R/C ship to New England and Canada. We just drove up, parked and got on. Very easy and cheaper than when we have to travel to a port city far away. On the other hand, we like the adventure of traveling and exploring those other cities so much that when this was over, my wife said she did not feel like we had really gone on a cruise. Odd, but I understand what she was saying. The ship has no spa, no sauna, stream room. That was a let down. The pool was used in the morning by some private group teaching lessons that we could not sign up for and they frowned on us getting in the pool with them. We did it anyway. The gym had only one full time person, a young lady from England, who was nice but got very tired teaching ALL the classes and thus, some of the free classes simply were cancelled. They needed at least one other person up there. I wrote all this up in the ship's review. The ship is being renewed, renovated in November 2012, So maybe they can figure out how to put a steam room in somewhere. The food in the buffet was very good. Excellent variety and very good service. We liked it so much we ate all breakfasts there, all but one lunch there, and several of our dinners. The food in the main dinning room was good. Service good too. Entertainment was very good. We saw almost every show. We had fun in the gaming room. Good odds on craps on two nights on this cruise. Surprise was Portland Maine. See the Victoria House and the Wadsworth Longfellow houses if you like history and/or architecture. Boston was a bit of a let down. We had to be back on the ship by 2 or 3 so it was rush, rush to see a little bit. We took the subway to Harvard station and walked over to get a free one hour long tour of the university lead by a smart young sophomore the same age of my Va Tech student daughter. Then after we walked over to the Washington Longfellow house and that was so interesting. We were able to buy liquor bottles to bring home without having to worry about getting them home once we were off the boat, that was nice. we will go again when the ship is updated. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Overall we had a great first cruise experience.  The majority of our fellow guests were older and retired.The ship had been reviewed as "older" but I found it to be clean, sound, and saw no signs of wear and tear. The captain ... Read More
Overall we had a great first cruise experience.  The majority of our fellow guests were older and retired.The ship had been reviewed as "older" but I found it to be clean, sound, and saw no signs of wear and tear. The captain and crew were humorous, playful and helpful at all times. The cruise director was also very light hearted and relaxed.  The food was good except for a few soups that missed the mark. The staff was excellent in all regards. The side trips off the boat were good and things went smoothly. Lines and waits were tolerable. The entertainment was great and varied day to day. There could be more lectures and activities that would appeal to the cruisers like computer issues, investments, healthcare etc. Overall it was A+ I would travel Royal Caribbean again ... Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I kept a daily "diary" of our cruise. There was so much info on Cruise Critic that we were able to plan our own activities in all of the ports. Day1 Leave Baltimore DS took us to the Port of Baltimore. Check in was easy, ... Read More
I kept a daily "diary" of our cruise. There was so much info on Cruise Critic that we were able to plan our own activities in all of the ports. Day1 Leave Baltimore DS took us to the Port of Baltimore. Check in was easy, but once we got onboard it was time to brave the Windjammer on Embarkation day. I had been warned about the crowds, but it was a bit overwhelming. Aside from the warnings, I also had heard that the crew was friendly and efficient and they were!! I was able to change our dining from late dining (8pm each night) to My Time Dining. At this point, we have a standing reservation between 7:00 and 7:15. That works a lot better for us. We met up with a few folks for Sailaway from our Meet and Mingle group. Our first dinner in the dining room was great. DH had the Chops steak ($15 fee) and he said it was wonderful. I had the Vidalia tart as an appetizer, pasta in a mushroom truffle oil sauce and a light cake soaked in Grand Marnier. YUM!! After dinner we spent a little time in the piano bar. It was entertaining , but by that point we were quite tired so called it a night. Day 2 Sea Day The captain had already warned us that Hurricane Katia would make for some rough seas. Luckily both DH and I are wearing patches to keep us from being seasick, but there were "barf bags" throughout the ship in very conspicuous places. We had our official Meet and Mingle hosted by John and Katrina Blair. Day 2 was formal night, and almost all men (like 98%) were wearing suits and ties. I felt bad that I told DH that he didn't need to get too dressed up; he still looked dapper in his black wool sweater and khakis, but I guess since this was an older group demographically there was more formal wear. DH had the Seafood brochette and I had the filet of beef. What a treat!! Afterwards we went to the theater to see the headliner show, but the theater was packed on both floors with Standing Room only. Day 3 Portland We were interested in going on the Lucky Catch in Portland. You go on a lobster boat, learn about lobstering , and are able to buy one of the lobsters caught and the restaurant next door prepares it along with the fixings for a lobster dinner. Back in June, I contacted them to make a reservation. Since our ship was coming into port at 10am, I wasn't sure if we would be able to make the 10:30 boat. The person I spoke to then told me that if we didn't make the boat, we could always get on the later 12:15 boat. We really thought we would make it, but there was an abundance of folks using walkers, scooters and canes getting off of the boat and moving slowly, so it was difficult to move quickly. Once we got to Lucky Catch at 10:34, the boat had already left. We then learned that the 12:15 tour was full, but the captain took us on anyway, and what a blast!! We all were given the opportunity to do as much "work" on the boat as we wanted. I put the "Bait bags" into the traps and then banded the lobster claws after they were caught and measured. After the boat ride, another couple from our Meet and Mingle, along with another woman who was traveling solo for a week in the Maine area from California joined us for our lobster feasts. The blueberry ale was quite good too!! We went to Mass at 4pm in a beautiful cathedral. We had dinner in the Windjammer buffet; we were quite tired, but most likely won't do that too late anymore; a lot of the choices looked like they had been under a heat lamp for a long time. Day 4 Bar Harbor, ME There was another ship in port the day we visited Bar Harbor. It made for crowded streets and restaurants, but we had plans that would keep us away from most of the crowds. We rented bicycles from Bar Harbor Bicycle and went to ride on the Carriage Trails in Acadia National Park. We visited Bar Harbor four years ago and wanted to relive the experience. A free bus sponsored by the town of Bar Harbor and LLBean took us to the trail head. From there we rode a 6.8 mile loop on the north end of the park. We were able to see Frenchmen Bay as well as our ship on this trail. After turning in the bikes, we stopped for New England clam chowder and lobster rolls for lunch. YUM!! After getting back to the ship, and DH taking a nap, we went down to the dining room for dinner. Our waiter, Leo, is quite funny and very accommodating. DH ordered the shrimp entrEe and Leo doubled the amount of shrimp. My lamb shank was excellent. BTW, one can always order more than one entrEe, appetizer, or dessert. DH's dessert took the cake. He ordered a raspberry panna cotta, but Leo gave him two . Wish I had brought my camera to dinner, but you'll need to use your wild imagination!! After dinner we saw a magic show. It was OK...entertaining but OK... Day 5 Saint John, NB, Canada Although we got to Saint John prior to 7am, it took a while for the ship to clear with the Canadian immigration folks, but since we were renting a car today, knew that there was no reason to rush since the rental car place didn't open until 8am. Our first stop was to get cash in Canadian dollars, so we went to an ATM, and the car rental people picked us up there. We had plans to go to Irving Nature Park, which took three tries to get there. On the last try, we stopped at a Tim Horton's (similar to Dunkin Donuts in USA) and there were some men standing outside who started to give us directions, but then the one riding a motorcycle said that we were so close that he would drive there and we could follow. Third time worked like a charm!! The park was quite nice, and we drove there and parked at several trailheads to take some short walks. There was also a park employee emptying trash at several of the stops we made and she was a wealth of information. After visiting the park, we went to Grannan's for lunch; DH had a lobster roll and I had a scallop combination platter. So good!! When we got back to the ship, there was a huge tent set up with local vendors selling their wares. The best treat of the day was the bagpiper who played for the ship as we were leaving Saint John. Very cool!! We had dinner on the boat in Chops, a very nice steakhouse. Very good food and atmosphere with a wonderful view of the ocean. Only thing that slightly bugged me was that the red velvet cake I got was delicious, but I could only eat half of it, and there wasn't a way to box the rest up to put in our refrigerator in our room. Day 6 Halifax, NS, Canada We really were looking forward to this day. The day was rather foggy, but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm. We rented a car and our first stop was the Citadel, an old-fashioned (circa 1870) fort. We saw enactments as well as replicas of soldier boarding, school, and places where gunpowder were stored. We ended our trip there after the noon cannon firing. We then took a drive to Peggy's Cove, a small fishing village as well as a lighthouse in Nova Scotia. We ate lunch there (DH had a lobster roll and I had scallops—it's getting redundant but not boring!) and then drove back to return the car. DH went onto the ship to take a nap, and I walked the boardwalk in Halifax. The boardwalk was quite nice with lots of little shops. Day 7 At Sea Today has been very foggy. The captain told us that we might be able to see whales in the waterways we'll be in today, but we can't see much due to the fog. We walked up on the 10th floor deck this morning, but it was really windy and foggy and the fog horn was LOUD when it blew. I managed to make it to the gym and make friends with the treadmill to burn some calories. We had lunch in the Main Dining Room. It's nice there; usually you are seated at a large table with other passengers, and it's quite enjoyable. Tonight is formal night (lobster!!) so we both had nice salads for lunch to have room for the lobster. After lunch, DH napped while I went to two programs: Lance Ringnald, a former Olympic gymnast, talked about what it takes to become an elite athlete. I then want to a Q&A with the Captain, Hotel Captain, Engineer, and Cruise Director. I asked about the Enchantment expansion, and they then showed a video of how the new portion was built in 31 days!! Luckily we had a small lunch; our waiter at dinner Leo (from the Phillipines) gave us each 2 lobster tails!! And then DH had 2 crème brulees for dessert!! Day 8 Boston The weather was kind of humid and cloudy today. We heard that there were some strong storms but we managed to elude them. We were off the boat by 8:30 and took the "T" (bus and subway) to Boston Common to begin the Freedom Trail thanks to some wonderful directions from Cruise Critic members. The Freedom trail is a 2 ½ mile walking route through Boston to see areas of historical significance. We saw the North End Church where "one if by land and two if by sea" helped the colonists to know how the British were coming. We walked all of the trail except skipped the Bunker Hill Monument. We ended up at the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) for a nice guided tour. We then took a water taxi back to the area near our ship and then took a pedicab for the last two miles. It was quite enjoyable. As we were leaving Boston this afternoon, the captain gave us a heads up that we might encounter rough seas due to a hurricane. Hopefully we'll sleep through it!! Day 9 At Sea Our last day was at sea. We went to a program on stress management and played some TV tune trivia with members of our Meet and Mingle group. I had the job of bringing our answer up to the stage and sometimes that meant I had to do some acting. Think Hawaii 5-0, Flipper, Gomer Pyle. We didn't win but we sure had fun!! 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Sail Date September 2011
My wife & I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary in May. This was our anniversary gift to ourselves. We left Baltimore on Sept. 22, 2011 and sailed to Portland, ME, Bar Harbor, ME, St. John - Fundy Canada, Over to Halifax, N.S., ... Read More
My wife & I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary in May. This was our anniversary gift to ourselves. We left Baltimore on Sept. 22, 2011 and sailed to Portland, ME, Bar Harbor, ME, St. John - Fundy Canada, Over to Halifax, N.S., down to Boston, MA & then to Baltimore, MD Capt. Gus was GREAT along with the rest of the crew & staff. Our stateroom steward Alvin & a girl in the Windjammer - Sophia went up & above their duties for us. We like to do "Hop On - Hop Off" tours, on Royal Caribbean website & the woman at the Excursions Desk said there went any for Boston. We got off the ship, saw information & asked about them. Boston has them she told us & told us where to go to find them. We paid $50.00 for both of us & got to choose 1 of 5 free side trips while on the Hop On - Hop Off. Great value I think. Other that, I think we had a GREAT time. I'll travel on The Enchantment of the Sea again & with Royal Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Enchantment of the Seas is an older ship but everyone overlooked that because of the wonderful service. Every employee was gracious and friendly and Captain Gus was a gem. Our Stewart, Milton was a gem and our waitress, Noemi and assistant ... Read More
Enchantment of the Seas is an older ship but everyone overlooked that because of the wonderful service. Every employee was gracious and friendly and Captain Gus was a gem. Our Stewart, Milton was a gem and our waitress, Noemi and assistant waiter, Jose were wonderful. Enjoyed dining at 5:30 every night. The windjammer was packed at times as there is not enough seating. The same with the theater. Had to go to the theater an hour early to get a seat. Viking Crown lounge was beautiful and quiet to watch the world go by. We experienced hurricane Katia on the first day of cruising and Maria on the last day but not bad. We have experienced worse days at sea. Captain Gus warned us of rough seas. Tendering in Bar Harbor was a nightmare. Waited for an hour for a tender along with lots of other people. Enchantment needs to improve this process as we lost lots of time on land by standing in line. Easy boarding in Baltimore. We elected to carry our own bags off and once we docked, were at our cars in 10 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Hello All, This was my seventh cruise and second in a year. It was fabulous. First time on a large ship like this, and I hadn't sailed Royal Caribbean since 1976. I had some reluctance about sailing with 2400 of "my closest ... Read More
Hello All, This was my seventh cruise and second in a year. It was fabulous. First time on a large ship like this, and I hadn't sailed Royal Caribbean since 1976. I had some reluctance about sailing with 2400 of "my closest friends," but there is enough space, enough to do, enough quiet spots to chill in, and God knows enough to eat. Ports of call were great, although St. John's was the weakest link. Bar Harbor's kayaking expedition was great, fun, and I didn't even notice my aching shoulders. Portland, Maine, was fun to walk around in, and we had a good lobster roll at DeMille's on the the waterfront. Since we are artsy, we enjoyed stopping into the independent galleries there too. Lots of well-worked contemporary art. In Halifax, we took the trip to Peggy's Cover (also worth the money), and spent a lovely hour there. I drew the lighthouse, and Mike got some great photographs. Once back at the ship, we walked the boardwalk back into town, had a nice lunch at a pub, tried a Canadian beer, and went to the Art Gallery (museum) of Halifax. Very nice, diverse exhibitions. Boston-unfortunately, we could use more time there. Had to be back on board by 3 30pm. Height of tourist season made the Freedom Trail crowded, but we still caught a few things. (I recommend skipping the tourist trap that is Salem, Massachusetts, unless you think the actual history of the place has something in common with Elizabeth Montgomery and the Wicked Witch of the West. If you like kitsch, I'm thinking you might like Salem, but probably best at Halloween, which really is what they are going for anyway. On board entertainment was pretty much top notch. We're not into magic or juggling, but the evenings of singers, dancers, comedians, and soloists were the best I've seen for cruise ship fare. The 70s dance party was hilarious and great fun one evening, and there are just so many lounges to discover, and so many different places to go, that there is always something to investigate. The Promenade Deck is the best for peace and relaxation. Top deck rubberized track for walking and jogging is great. Gym equipment is in good shape. Breakfast and lunch buffets in the Windjammer are excellent. Variety of foods is astounding and quality is very good. There was always something new to taste, and yep, I gained weight. It gets a little crazy, trying to find a seat, but turnover is good. People just need to watch where they are going. They could use a little more staff up there, to help people get drinks to cut down on the running around. Dining room meals were quite special. Excellent soups. Many choices. The variety was good in the dining room as well. Only one bad night, the filet of sole was served cold, and although the sauce was supposed to be buttery, you wouldn't have known it from the flavor, or the over-the-top neon yellow color. Our dining room staff was great, we lucked out with fun and interesting table mates, and the weather couldn't have been better. Seas were the calmest I have ever experienced so that didn't hurt. Fog in Halifax, was a tad unsettling, but they have radar right? :-) Cabin was small but well appointed. Cabin Steward was friendly and helpful. Really couldn't ask for more. Our stateroom was very clean, as was the entire ship. I would do this again in a heartbeat. Looking forward to next year I hope. For now, back to basics, Special K, oatmeal, and salads. :-) Thanks Royal Caribbean. You were good 35 years ago, and you still are. Keep up the good work. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My wife and I took the 9-night New England/Canada cruise and loved it! We figured it was time to cruise north instead of the Caribbean and Hawaii. This ship is the perfect size. We have been on a mega-ship and found it to be way to ... Read More
My wife and I took the 9-night New England/Canada cruise and loved it! We figured it was time to cruise north instead of the Caribbean and Hawaii. This ship is the perfect size. We have been on a mega-ship and found it to be way to large. Our large stateroom with window was forward on Deck 4 which proved to be an excellent location. Frederick our attendant was the best. The cabin was always clean and he was there in the morning to open my door when I was carrying two cups of coffee. The Meet and Mingle should be called Seat and Single. The turnout was good but most folks sat down and kept to themselves. Name tags would have helped or at least pass the microphone around and have people introduce themselves. There were free drinks, snacks, and few door prizes. The whole event lasted about 20 minutes. We never dined in the MDR, instead we opted for the Windjammer for all our meals. We were not disappointed. The shows were great for the most part. We usually arrived about 40 minutes prior to the show and did not have an issue finding seats. However, most seats were taken with about 20 minutes prior to showtime. John Blair was the cruise director and we thought he was very good. His wife Katrina was the events coordinator and we found her to be good as well. Our favorite show was the tribute to the Temptations! Amazing! Bobby Arvon (he sang the Happy Day's song) was real good as well. 70's night in the Centrum was a blast to watch. The ports were amazing. We did our own thing in all of them except Halifax where we took a ship's excursion of Peggy's Cove and the Titanic graves. I personally feel the gravesite visit is a little disrespectful since lots of visitors were trampling across graves or sitting on the head stones. I'm not sure this part of the tour serves any value other than a chance to say "wow". Peggy's Cove is a must see. In Portland, ME we did the land/sea tour with Portland Discovery. Both parts were great with the sea part taking an edge. Value was great. In Bar Harbor we did the 2.5 hour Oli's Trolley tour to Acadia. Simply amazing. Also the town itself is a shopper's paradise. We did our own thing in Saint John; this was probably our least favorite port. In Boston we did the HOHO trolley. We rode the whole route at first to get an overview of the city. BTW, I was born here and got to see where I lived till age 5 on Commonwealth Ave and where my father went to school - MIT. After, we got off at Faniul Hall, grabbed something to eat, shopped, and saw the Paul Revere house. Great city and we are planning a return visit by train in the near future. The weather was amazing. Rained for 5 minutes yesterday at sea. All ports were sunny and warm except for Bar Harbor which had a lot of fog most of the day. In fact, the tender boat had trouble finding the dock. Captain Anders was great! A few times we saw whales near the ship and harbour seals in the ports. All in all we had a great time and will definitely sail RCI and the Enchantment again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
It was my first time cruising without my daughter - she was away from camp. I would love to do this again next summer but RCCL has decided to do all cruises from Baltimore to Bermuda next year (I think that is a strange decision). I have ... Read More
It was my first time cruising without my daughter - she was away from camp. I would love to do this again next summer but RCCL has decided to do all cruises from Baltimore to Bermuda next year (I think that is a strange decision). I have sailed RCCL many times along with Carnival and Disney. This was my friend's third cruise (all RCCL from Baltimore). We are both in our 40's. This sailing had a mix of families and couples. It was also a tribute cruise to Elvis Port: I love sailing from Baltimore. The port is very convenient and well run. All the staff is friendly and seems to be very happy you have selected their port. We always drive (approx 1.5 hrs) and park. Check In/Embarkation - we arrived early and had to wait a few minutes for the parking lot to open up. There were no lines for luggage drop off, security, or check-in. We waited a little while and they started boarding. It was fast. Cabins were not ready until around 1:30 instead of published 1:15 (no bid deal). Getting off at the end of the cruise was also fast - we had an early group because I am diamond - immigration was quick and the bags were waiting. We did need to wait about 10 minutes for a porter (we had carried off several fragile items we purchased so were short on free hands). Ship: This was our second time on Enchantment. I find the crew to be very friendly and the ship well run. Overall she is very clean - you can tell she is not brand new but very well kept. The captain was very personable and funny at events. We never had a problem finding pool chairs. My one complaint was the temperature of the pools and hot tubs - they were either very warm or very cool. Seems like the system was having a few issues. Dining Room/Food: The two of us ate every night in the MDR. We sat alone at a table for 8 (the other six never showed up). We had excellent service from Adale and Jamie. The food quality was very good and we enjoy having the nightly curry dish as a "side". We had room service one morning. It was delivered promptly and better toast than in the Windjammer or MDR. We had salad bar in the MDR for lunch several times (very good). Breakfast in the MDR was a disaster. The service was slow and the food quality poor/cold/incorrect food delivered (we only ate their twice). The Windjammer was ok for breakfast but finding a table could be a little difficult at peak times (they were making announcements encouraging people to not just sit at the tables after eating a couple of days). Entertainment/Misc The piano player in the Schooner Bar was much better than last year. The best show of the cruise was unplanned and put on by the Elvis group. They were great - and standing room only. They also showed movies a couple of nights in the theater. Many people seemed to enjoy the dance band and the violin player. We only did one of the production shows - they are same from year to year. The one night the comic was also a repeat doing almost the same show as last year. Most nights the theater was busy but seats could be found (late dinner seating). Love and Marriage was very funny. The Quest was held in the Spotlight lounge - I don't think it flows well in that venue. The captain's reception in the Spotlight lounge was packed. So was the Crown and Anchor get together. I never went to the nightly diamond event because my traveling friend is not diamond - it would not have been fun to just leave him in the room. I thought the "kids" belly flop was a nice touch at the pool. We missed the meet and mingle because we lost track of time. Room: Junior Suite 8150 This was the first time in the Junior Suite - I normally sail with my DD and another adult (in a Grand Suite) or in a standard balcony room when it is just myself and DD. The room was fine for two of us but I think storage would have been a little tight for the three of us for 9 nights. I was disappointed in the "walk in closet" - somehow I think it must be bigger on the newer ships. Our room steward did a wonderful job. I slept on the "pull out" couch so the other adult could have the big bed - we normally split into two twins with my DD on the pull out. It was not a true pull out - the soft converted similar to what the Grand Suites have. I found it comfortable enough. The room had a flat screen TV and a safe which was opened using a pin code. Excursions: In Portland we did a private trolley tour and lighthouse cruise (I think they called it Land and Sea) through a company called Portland Discovery. It was considerably less money than through the cruise line ($35 per person) and we enjoyed it. Their booth is a couple of blocks down from where the ship docks - right by the Lucky Catch's dock. We saw the outside of the sights from the trolley (we did stop at the Portland Head Light to get out) and had a very nice harbor cruise past 4 (or 5) light houses. We also saw harbor seas. They also offer just the Trolley or Lighthouse Cruise Tour. In Bar Harbor we did a Bus tour through Acadia using a private company (Acadia National Park Tours). The cost was $27.50 per person. Our bus driver/guide was excellent. She provided tons of information and had pictures of Acadia in different seasons. We made three stops (Sieur De Monts Spring, Thunder Hole, and top of Cadillac Mountain). A few people on the ships' tour were asking her questions as she pointed out formations in the rocks at Thunder Hole. This tour was on a School Bus type vehicle which was clean and well maintained. The ticket location and bus boarding area is near a restaurant a few blocks up Main Street. For both of these I made reservations in advance on the internet and paid the day of the trip. In St. John we took the ship's photography tour - this was on the higher end price-wise but we really enjoyed it and rate it an excellent value for the money. The group was smaller and a professional photographer took us to four locations while providing both local history/information and photography tips. I would suggest trying to go at low tide so you can appreciate the tides on the Bay of Fundy. The four stops were: Bay of Fundy at Irving Nature Beach; Reversing Falls, a waterfall, and a fishing pier with a lobster pound. Our guide was very low-key and relaxed. He was happy to provide tips on how to better use my Cannon Point and Shoot Digital and to others in the group using higher end cameras/multiple lens. He engaged everyone in the group - from a teenager to an older gentleman who was her grandfather. This was our best excursion of the entire trip. In Halifax we had booked the Titanic Cemetery and Peggy's Cove tour for the afternoon from the ship. This choice was a mistake. We spent just over 2 hours on a bus for less than 20 minutes at the cemetery and exactly 40 minutes (the bus left!!) in Peggy's cove. This was an afternoon tour - in the morning, we took the advice of the ship's guest lecturer (Dr. Sydney) and visited the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. We really enjoyed this. The shipwreck stories and artifacts (from more than just the Titanic) we very interesting. I learned a lot about the Titanic and seeing what was recovered interested me. They also have several small informative movies and a first floor of ship history we did not get to see. My advice is: If you want to see Peggy's cove - do just that - everyone who did that seemed to enjoy it. If I had it to do over again I would find a way to get to the cemetery (I enjoy historic cemeteries) and have spent more time at the museum or possibly see the Halifax Gardens. In Boston, I bought the hop-on-hop-off Old Towne Trolley tour tickets on the internet. The Trolleys started running 8:45 - 9:00 near the end of the pier. There were also other Trolley Companies selling tickets. The day we were in Boston it was so hot. We got off and walked most of the Freedom Trail (including the north church and 4 historic cemeteries). I really enjoyed the day but it is too short. There was so much we did not get to see. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
I liked the ship. It's much nicer than the Grandeur of the Seas, its former sister ship before the Enchantment was "stretched" to make it longer. The pool deck is huge and spacious. And the addition of the Boleros lounge and ... Read More
I liked the ship. It's much nicer than the Grandeur of the Seas, its former sister ship before the Enchantment was "stretched" to make it longer. The pool deck is huge and spacious. And the addition of the Boleros lounge and the Chops Grille distinguish this from the Grandeur. I did not eat in the dining room but had all of my meals in the Windjammer Cafe. I'm not generally critical of food, but I was disappointed with the food in the Windjammer. Lots of overcooked or dried out food, much of it apparently being left over from previous days. I all fairness though, the food in the Windjammer on other Royal Caribbean ships is not much better. Most of the cruisers on this sailing were probably age 60 and over. So the entertainment and activities were geared towards that age range. Being in my 40s, I was bored to death. I went to the Viking Crown nightclub on several nights and it was always empty or nearly empty. Boleros lounge was a little better, but even that lounge shut down early on most nights. I was told by a crew member that the Canadian sailings draw an older demographic so the programming is modified to appeal to that group. That was unfortunate for me. On the other hand, the Caribbean sailings draw a younger and more diverse crowd so the programming is different, I was told. On the bright side, I enjoyed the ports, for the most part. My favorites were Bar Harbor and Halifax. St. John (New Brunswick) was a disappointment. I would sail on this ship again, but only on the Caribbean sailings. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Three friends decided to vacation together this year. Two of us are experienced cruisers and the other one was a "newbie". Our experience on the Enchantment of the Seas was wonderful and it was a joy to watch our ... Read More
Three friends decided to vacation together this year. Two of us are experienced cruisers and the other one was a "newbie". Our experience on the Enchantment of the Seas was wonderful and it was a joy to watch our "newbie" become hooked on cruising.We drove to Baltimore the day before embarkation and stayed at the Hampton Inn in Glen Burnie. The hotel was comfortable, clean, and very reasonably priced. The complimentary breakfast on departure morning was delicious, and it tided us over so that we did not need to go to the Windjammer for lunch upon arrival. Embarkation at the Port of Baltimore is a breeze. We arrived about 11:30 a.m. and dropped off our luggage before parking. The fee for parking was $15/day and we found a spot very close to the terminal. One of our party is partially disabled, so upon entering the terminal we were directed to the handicapped line and our documents were processed within minutes. We were then directed to a special seating area to await assistance for boarding the ship. The attendant was extremely helpful in explaining the process. We were given a number indicating the order we would be boarded. Within minutes the boarding process began and wheelchair assistance was provided. Because we had such a substantial breakfast we did not want lunch, so the attendant dropped us off in the Centrum on deck 4 to await getting into our rooms.We were able to get into our rooms by one o'clock, as promised. A pre-ordered wheelchair was in the room when we arrived. We ordered the wheelchair from "Special Needs at Sea" and it appeared to be brand new. We did not have an accessible cabin, but had enough room to store the wheelchair when it was folded. The door to the cabin was not wide enough to enter with the chair in operation, so we needed to fold it before entering the cabin, but it was a minor adjustment to make.After unpacking, our "newbie" decided to explore the ship while the more experienced of us checked in with the Maitre D'to confirm our dining arrangements. We had selected "My Time Dining" and pre-booked a table for 3 every night at 6:15 p.m. In addition, one of our group required a special diet and we wanted to learn how this would work out. The Maitre D' had our reservation on record in the computer and explained that we would be given the next night's menu at dinner each evening to pre-order the special diet meal. It worked perfectly.We had the same table each night with the same servers -- Leo and Marilyn. The were a fantastic team and remembered each of our preferences. We really enjoyed our time with them each night. We also had dinner in Chops twice during the cruise -- fantastic service and excellent food. It was well worth the extra money to dine there.The shows were great, but the theater filled quickly so we needed to arrive very early if we wanted to find seats. We enjoyed listening to the various musicians in the Centrum, Schooner Bar, and Boleros lounge each night. Our favorite musicians on this cruise were "Rosario Strings", a piano and violin duo that played a wide variety of music. It was so relaxing to listen to them while enjoying a cocktail before dinner each night.We explored each of the ports on our own because two of us had been on this cruise before. New friends we met on the cruise were pleased with the ship-sponsored excursions they booked. Debarkation took much longer than expected. Because we did not have to catch a flight home or meet other transportation deadlines, we were among the last to leave the ship, and that was fine with us. However, because we needed wheelchair assistance, the process took even longer. So long, in fact, that our luggage was being scooped up to take to the lost luggage area when we finally got off the ship. We retrieved it in short order and exited the terminal. We certainly had no problem finding the car -- it was the only one left by that time!Overall, this was a fantastic vacation. Each of us needed time and space to relax and unwind. We purposely did not do too much so that we could recoup from our stressful jobs back home. Our time on the Enchantment was exactly what we needed. We would do it again in a heart beat! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Our group of three "elderly" couples all enjoyed our experience on this cruise. We were fortunate in having great weather the entire time, enabling us to enjoy outdoor ship board ammenities as well as touring destinations. ... Read More
Our group of three "elderly" couples all enjoyed our experience on this cruise. We were fortunate in having great weather the entire time, enabling us to enjoy outdoor ship board ammenities as well as touring destinations. The Enchantment is not a new ship, but is well kept and clean as a whistle throughout. Our balcony cabin was adequate and had sufficient storage space. The old style television should be upgraded, but we don't cruise to watch TV! All the specialty areas and dining areas were good to superior, as was the food itself. (This was our fifteenth cuise encompassing several cruise lines, and our third RC cruise.) Other facilities that we used, including bars, entertainment areas, special restaurants, etc. were also above average. We did not take advantage of all the spa and exercise facilities. What I found far above average and even excellent to outstanding was the attitude and attention provided by each and every crew member we had contact with, from the check in staff, stateroom attendants, dining staff and customer relations, cruise director and staff to the random crew members we had fleeting contacts with. It was as if they really wanted to go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. This type of interaction really makes for an enjoyable experience all around. I would recommend this ship and cruise to anyone! We have already signed on for a winter 2012 cruise on this ship to the Southern Caribbean. I won't go into detail about the ports of call, as we had taken a similar excursion a few years ago. I am only sorry that this cruise doesn't offer Quebec as a port option, perhaps on a longer timed cruise. I also thought we had too little time in Boston. Our Meet and Mingle was also a lot of fun! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
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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