37 Baltimore to Caribbean - Southern Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Let me start by saying that I really like RCCL...and after this trip, I still think they are the best when it comes to the care, comfort, safety and security of their passengers. I'll touch on this a little more later. The folks ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I really like RCCL...and after this trip, I still think they are the best when it comes to the care, comfort, safety and security of their passengers. I'll touch on this a little more later. The folks at the Port of Baltimore are always the best! They are helpful, friendly and efficient. Again, I will touch on this a little more later as well. Our stateroom was great...great location on the 4th deck behind the Champagne Bar...and believe it or not, even with all the LOUD activities in the Centrum (just four doors away), we barely heard a thing! Our friends had this cabin last year and after seeing it, we decided to book it for this trip. Once again I have to give the dinner menu a B-...they really need to step things up. The menu is really getting old and for those of us who like to cruise often, we would like newer choices without having to spend more money in another venue to enjoy a descent meal...then again, maybe this is their intention. With that said, I must say we had THE BEST wait staff we have ever had! Santos and Mylene were awesome! Whatever we asked for, we got it! And what's up with having THREE formal nights?!? Really! Does requiring formal attire make the so-so food taste any better?? Even the lobster was a little disappointing. Among the Ports of Call, St. Thomas is one of our favorites. We booked an excursion to Sapphire Beach where we got a nice view of the island while driving to/from the beach. At the beach we lounged in the sun, snorkeled, enjoyed a drink before heading back to the ship. It is one of our favorite things to do there. I finally got my nerve to parasail in Labadee...only to be shut down by high seas/winds. Although I was disappointed, I was happy that someone put my safety ahead of the $$ they were now missing out on. Oh well, we'll see if the nerve is still there next time! Now on to something I have never had to report on a cruise. I have never come across so may rude and ugly people as I did on this particular cruise...and I'm talking about the passengers! I watched people pushing others, saying nasty things to others, and my personal encounter with a woman (alone with two HUGE suitcases and a carry-on) in such a big hurry to disembark that she knocked me over with her luggage and just kept on rolling!! This after we helped her come down the ramp because she could not handle it all alone! What can I say...this was the icing on the cake of rude and ugly. Let me say one thing people...we are all in search of the same thing. We all paid a lot of money and took time away from everyday life to relax and enjoy ourselves, spend time with new/old friends, and experience things we don't get to experience on a daily basis. If you can't leave that crap home then PLEASE, take a trip by yourselves somewhere where others don't have to listen to you. I hear they may be offering trips to the moon for people like yourselves! Let's talk about RCCL and the Port of Baltimore and how they care for the safety/security of their passengers. We witnessed several falls and heard several calls (in code). The crew on the Enchantment responded IMMEDIATELY. They always took swift action to insure the passenger was well taken care of, even if only precautionary. My own personal experience outside the terminal, when someone took me for a bowling pin and went for the strike, two Port personnel were on top of me in nano-seconds. With the assistance of several other passengers, I limped over to a bench (oh yes, I landed first square on both knees, then on my hands). The Port personnel offered medical assistance, and after we all determined that I was able to leave on my own, one of them personally escorted us thru customs, then helped us locate luggage, and even helped take a piece out to the car. They could not have done more!! My deepest gratitude goes to those who assisted. So for the most part, were it not for all our friends new/old, this trip would have been a bust. However, I did learn something new. I now know that ignorant people exist everywhere, even cruise ships. When I see them, I will smile and walk in the other direction. I will NOT give them permission to mess with my vacation. BTW, GO STARFLEET!! FRIENDS FOREVER! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Let's start first with the departure...Baltimore is by far my favorite departure port. They are friendly, organized, and very accommodating. Parking is easy at the port, however, this year we chose to park the car at my dad's ... Read More
Let's start first with the departure...Baltimore is by far my favorite departure port. They are friendly, organized, and very accommodating. Parking is easy at the port, however, this year we chose to park the car at my dad's 20 minutes away and take the "GO" airport van...a savings of about $60 and an easy arrival/departure. We were at the port by 10:30, checked in and seated in the waiting area by 11. Once we arrived back in Baltimore, the van was waiting, loaded our luggage and back to my dad's in about 20 min...and I enjoyed by vacation for at least another 20 min while someone drove.Since the Enchantment went thru some rennovations a couple years ago, we thought for sure that the cabins would have been updated...NOT! Furniture and carpet showed signs of a long hard life...but once I slid between the sheets (I love their sheets), the worn furniture was soon forgotten. We had a wonderful cabin stewart who took good care of us. Food on the Enchantment was definitely a hit or miss. We checked the menus daily and had time to decide where we wanted to dine for the evening. Two evenings didn't come close to anything exciting, so off to Chops we went. Good decisions! However, you have to wonder...is this why the food is sometimes less than exciting to encourage you to spend more money by going to a specialty restaurant? The main dining room for lunch had some good choices...my favorite, the tutti salad. Friends tried the BBQ sandwich and said it was really good. I'll look for it on the next trip.There was one thing different about this cruise than most others we have taken. The people we met and the friends we made. The different events during the cruise, most hosted by the Cruise Director's Staff, gave us the opportunity to join groups and just plain have fun. We loved playing trivia with our friends...go STARFLEET!! and we especially love playing the Quest...my all time favorite event on Royal Caribbean.My favorite port...St Thomas. We normally go to Megan's Beach but this year we decided to try Sapphire Beach. OMG!!! It is beautiful. We were able snorkel, chill, have a drink, and watch iguanas climb up/down the trees then across the beach...definitely will go back. Our least favorite was Samona...happy to see it was replaced on the itinerary.All in all, the cruise was a good one. We met so many wonderful people plus ran into others we had met on a previous trip...and we are all planning to return March 2012! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
The only tough part of this cruise was embarkation. The computers had gone down and then the lines got longer and longer. At one point, they had to stop allowing people into the terminal building because it was over capacity. It took us ... Read More
The only tough part of this cruise was embarkation. The computers had gone down and then the lines got longer and longer. At one point, they had to stop allowing people into the terminal building because it was over capacity. It took us over 3 hours to check in and some of that was standing in the rain. Once we got on the ship, it was smooth sailing. We met our cabin steward, Imadee. He was a great guy and always took good care of us. The first two days were sea days. There are tons of activities, but the wife and I chose to simply lounge by the pool for those days. That's where we met Denzil, or as he likes to refer to himself " Dr. Love". Denzil has a knack of knowing when you are in need of another drink. He definitely added to the fun and relaxation. Al, the bartender at the pool bar, was great too. He has a great memory and remembered us from day one. Labadee was our first stop. Last time we were there we tendered. Now they have a dock, which makes things much easier. Labadee is a beautiful place. We scouted out a nice shady spot under a palm tree on the beach and dragged over a couple of chairs and relaxed most of the day. After an hour or so we heard a familiar voice. Sure enough there was Denzil. The drink on Labadee is the Labadoozie. It is correctly named too. We rode up and down the beach, watched people zipline and had lunch. It was a very relaxing day and perfect weather. The next stop was Samana. We didn't get off the ship that day. We have been to Samana in the past and didn't think that much of it. It was nice staying on the ship on a port day. The wife made a spa appointment and I had fun in the Casino. The other couple at our dinner table told us that they went on the whale watching excursion and saw several whales. Next time we might try that. San Juan was our next stop. We walked around Old San Juan for a while. We went into Don Q Rums. They gave away samples of some of their amazing rums. I dare say they are actually better than Bacardi. We played in the casino for a while and had lunch at Senor Frogs. I highly recommend the Frog buster! Took a taxi tour of old and new San Juan. We figured "why not?" It was only $40 for the two of us and lasted over 2 hours. It was fun and informative. On to St. Thomas. We didn't plan anything for St. Thomas. We figured to just ride the skyride and the wife wanted to do some jewelry shopping. On our way to the skyride, we were asked if we wanted to take a taxi tour of the island. We asked where it went and then we asked if he could add Mountain Top to his stops. He said no problem. Our first stop was Koki Beach. That has to be the most beautiful beach on earth. The water is crystal clear. We made a few more stops at scenic overlooks and then hit Mountain Top. On our last cruise to St. Thomas, mountain Top burned down the morning of our arrival. It just reopened 3 weeks ago. It is a great place to pick up some souvenirs and to have a banana daiquiri or two or three. The tour was only $25 each and was much better than any of the tours organized through RCII. St. Maarten was probably our favorite stop. Once again we didn't bother with any of the organized tours and opted to take a taxi tour of the island. We took the mountain tour with our taxi driver Julian. It cost $100 for the wife and I, but we really got to control where we went. Our tour lasted over 4 hours. We went to several scenic overlooks and to Orient beach. Naturally the wife wanted to go to Marigot to do some shopping, so Julian gladly took us there too. It was a great tour. After the tour we took the water taxi over to Phillipsburgh. It was a beautiful day there. We had never been to Tortola. We found ourselves a taxi tour for $20 each. We had a singing taxi driver. We made several stops along the way. One stop was at a place called Iris's. They had fantastic rum punch. Our taxi driver entertained everyone with his singing and dancing while balancing a drink on his head. I have to say the roads there on Tortola are frightening. I am sure glad I wasn't driving. Our tour lasted about three and a half hours and we had a great time. The sea days home were fun. We tried a few of the trivia games with Ricky. He cracks me up. We had more fun in the casino. The bartender in the casino is Vijay. He can make anything! He has an incredible memory for people and what they like. Overall, we had a great cruise. We did breakfast in the Windjammer most days. We never had problems finding a table and the food was pretty good. Dinners in the dining room were pretty good too. Our waiter was Petar and he was very good. The food isn't 5 star, but it is pretty good. The waiters and assistants put on a couple of entertaining shows for us all. We ate at Chops Grill twice during the cruise. The food was very good. They serve a good steak there. Our first night we had Thomas as our waiter. He rubbed me the wrong way. When our head waiter in the main dining room asked how everything at Chops was, I told him about Thomas. He made sure that Thomas was not our waiter the next time we went to Chops. Oddly on this cruise we never had a problem finding chairs by the pool. There always seemed to be room. I guess it was because there were very few kids on our cruise. the average age seemed to be quite high. The entertainment onboard was great. There were several great comedians and a fantastic magician. We got to meet Jack too. He was on his 147th cruise. Great guy! He found us almost every day and was incredibly friendly. I told him, when I grow up I want to be just like him. I really have no complaints about our cruise. It was everything we wanted it to be. The crew and the staff saw to everything and we just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. Thanks royal Caribbean. We will see you next year! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We've been on the Enchantment before and still like her. Very friendly crew that worked hard under tough circumstances. (Norovirus) The ports were great, but the cruise was really an Eastern Caribbean rather than a Southern. ... Read More
We've been on the Enchantment before and still like her. Very friendly crew that worked hard under tough circumstances. (Norovirus) The ports were great, but the cruise was really an Eastern Caribbean rather than a Southern. The food variety was excellent in the dining room as well as the Windjammer (buffet). Food quality was also very good except for the Angus steaks. Ordered them twice (medium and medium well)and they were tough. Entertainment was good to very good with lots of variety. The on board musicians were excellent also with a good variety. There were plenty of activities for all to get involved in, so one only had themselves to blame if they didn't participate. Having two cruise days down and three back was good to unwind and relax on the way back. Rough water on the way to Labadee, Haiti had a number of passengers sick. Samana, Dominican Republic was a new port for us and the tour we took to the falls was enjoyable except for the rough roads. Biggest problem was disembarkation, it took too long and seemed not to be well organized. We had a great time! I'd rate the experience 4+ out of 5. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Arrival at the Pier looked like trouble was at hand. Passengers were stretched outside the terminal in two very long lines. The weather was cold and raining and the line was not moving. The terminal had lost power and could not process ... Read More
Arrival at the Pier looked like trouble was at hand. Passengers were stretched outside the terminal in two very long lines. The weather was cold and raining and the line was not moving. The terminal had lost power and could not process people through the metal detectors or the boarding counter without their computers. This went on for about 45 min. when they finally had to do something as passengers still outside were not happy and they let both security and RCL know about it. They finally started moving people through security after they found some hand held metal detectors and the boarding counter started hand writing peoples information. The process still took about 1 1/2 hours to get people inside and under cover. In all fairness to RCL they did try and make people in wheelchairs and older passengers comfortable by setting up chairs for them to sit on while they waited. I had booked in the last 40 days prior to sailing so I did not have much of a choice on cabins. I wound up directly below the atrium dance floor which proved to be very noisy at night with the band, dancing and chairs being dragged across the floor. I would certainly be more careful next time. The Enchantment is quite an old ship in the fleet, well worn but clean and comfortable. The smell of tobacco smoke was the worst I have experienced in the last 10 years when cruise lines started to crack down on places you can smoke. Smokers were suppose to stay on the starboard side of the ship and then only on two outside decks. This was being completely ignored by both the smokers and the crew when a lot of people started to complain. I registered four complaints. Two with the crew who were in charge of the pool area and one at customer service desk and then a review I did up and left before getting off the ship. Never had anyone take this seriously or have a reply. I personally will not sail on this particular ship again and will investigate other RCL ships if I decide to go back. It is unacceptable in this day and age to have smoking ignored. I also sail with Celebrity,Princess and Holland and they are right on top of this situation. Even smoking on balconies are not acceptable with those lines. Smokers need to be given a deck off the back of the ship where the smoke blows out to sea rather than bothering a whole lot of other passengers.Other than that situation the food was okay not great but the waiters, assistant waiters, room attendants and other crew were great and always trying to make your cruise a great one. RCL needs to also look at offering liquor packages such as on their sister line Celebrity. RCL did offer a wine package but not very flexible. I had bought a 6 bottle package and would have liked to add one more bottle nearing the end of the cruise but even if you paid the per bottle price as in the package they would not go for it. They wanted an additional $10 over the already $30 price per bottle. So in the end they lost the sale of an extra bottle. Very strange rules. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We boarded the Enchantment of the Seas on 1-17-2011 in Baltimore at approx. 11:00 AM. The weather was cold and cloudy. As we drove up to the ship we were all excited about the upcoming cruise. The ship looked great. We had to wait a short ... Read More
We boarded the Enchantment of the Seas on 1-17-2011 in Baltimore at approx. 11:00 AM. The weather was cold and cloudy. As we drove up to the ship we were all excited about the upcoming cruise. The ship looked great. We had to wait a short while in the parking lot because they were still off loading passengers. The wait was about 20 minutes. You prepay the parking charge so you can disembark and leave quickly. The waiting line to get on the ship was less than 15 minutes if you have your boarding pass. Of course it helps if you have someone who is in a wheel chair like we did. We went up to the windjammer and easily found a table and prepared to have lunch. We were a group of four. We were able to go to our room by 2:00 PM. If you're going to pick an outside cabin make sure you get one that's close to the centrum and champagne bar. It's a great location that's close to a lot. They have dance and other music and a 70's party in the centrum. The elevators are close. The first night was a roller coaster. There were a lot of people that were sick including me. It smoothed out the next day. The windjammer is great for breakfast and we used the windjammer and the dining room equally. If you go to the dining room you bypass the crowd at the windjammer. The windjammer does get a bit crowded especially on sea days but if you wait till just past prime time there is no problem. staff is great at clearing tables quickly. Omelette station was fast in windjammer and they were fluffy. Omelettes were like crepes in the dining room. The first place we visited was labadee. We didn't get off at labadee,samana or san juan. My father who is 87 and slightly disabled didn't really want to get off on these stops so we took the time to rest and investigate the ship. The daily activities on the ship were very nice. A lot of trivia games and of course bingo on the at sea days. The crew was great. The crew members that managed the trivia games and the bingo were very good and had great personalities. This was not a bingo crowd and smaller group than on other ships. Even on jackpot final day it wasn't a huge crowd. Jackpot was $4,000 but to get to that number the payouts on previous days were rather low. On a 12 day cruise passengers seemed to be more into cards, books and visiting friends with cocktails. Activities crew were very personable and always took extra time for those of us who participated in trivia, jewelry making, scrapbooking, etc. The daily report by the captain was informative and he had a great sense of humor. Dry humor. We did get off at St. Johns, St. Martin and Tortola. St. Johns of course is great and there are a million places to buy jewelry. The ship pulls up to the dock so no no tenders. The ship also pulls up to the dock at St. Martin and Tortola. I always went to the top deck to watch the sun come up and the docking. Very interesting. It's amazing the way the ship can maneuver next to the dock with such ease. The ship's condition overall was very nice and doesn't show its age at all. There's a few worn places but overall very clean and nice. The shows were geared to the average age of the guests. The Happenings, a singer and a comedian from the late 60s Johnny Carson era, and two other comedians, one with a cute puppet. theater was always packed. People started going into theater before staff could even retrieve all of the glasses in order to get a seat so they stopped even closing the doors between performances. This cruise had a lot of older retired people and there was quite a few walking canes. You can expect this on a 12 night cruise in January. Very few children. The wife and I are 59. They play 60's, 70's and 80's music on the ship for background. I enjoyed it very much but I'm sure the older crowd didn't. They played music like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and other rock music. I was on a holland america 3 years ago and the crowd age averaged at least in the 70's or 80's. The music was from the 40's and 50's time period and I couldn't stand it. The meals varied from outstanding to average. We used My Time dinning and it worked out great. We found a table of 4 the first night and asked the head waiter if we could have the same table and wait staff for the rest of the cruise. The casino is very nice and has an ample amount of machines. The only problem is the cigarette smoke. although this casino seemed better ventilated than others have been. You can't smoke anywhere else on the ship except the open decks and casino but there were a lot of people who used the casino it for a giant ashtray. There was one or maybe two smoke free nights in the casino. 12 nights on a cruise ship is very nice and you get to know the ship and the crew. The trip back to Baltimore was unusually smooth. We were following a storm and didn't repeat the bad seas of the first night. The amount of at sea days were very nice. 6 Days at sea. The disembarkation took a while because we were group 23 out of 25 and we didn't get off until after 12PM. We didn't have to catch a plane so we took our time getting off. We heard there was a delay because someone fell down while walking down the gang plank and this held up things for a short amount of time. I think they were making sure there was no ice. When you get off the ship they put the luggage inside in the area that coincides with your disembarkation number. Very organized and handled very nicely. Had no problem finding our luggage. Going though immigration was a breeze and the immigration people never even asked any questions or looked at the immigration form. Quite a jolt back to reality to disembark and then have to go and scrape snow off of the car. We were so late getting off that new passengers were already arriving at the terminal and as fast as a car drove away there was a little snowplow that cleared the snow off of the pavement for the next incoming car. Would have been nice if this was a covered parking area. Can't imagine what it would have been like if there had been heavier snow. They may have cleared some while we were gone but I'm sure it becomes a liability issue and what if your car alarm goes off if they trigger it while scraping your windshield? Overall, I give this cruise a 95 out of 100. If you get a chance take this cruise for 12 nights or the 9 night cruise. We have taken Royal Caribbean one time before on the Mariner and the enchantment of the seas is a much smaller ship but it's just the right size for those who don't like the mega ships. The extension makes the ship just the right size. Very nice cruise and ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Embarkation in Baltimore was smooth even with a full passenger list waiting to board. Everyone I encountered at the check in desk was professional & friendly and gave all information in a simple to understand professional, friendly ... Read More
Embarkation in Baltimore was smooth even with a full passenger list waiting to board. Everyone I encountered at the check in desk was professional & friendly and gave all information in a simple to understand professional, friendly manner. From the moment I stepped onboard until the moment I disembarked, I have NEVER encountered such pleasant , professional, friendly staff, in all of other travel experiances! Had lunch while waiting for luggage to arrive. I was told 1:30pm and it was in the room at 1:30 pm! this isn't a big deal for me, but still impressive. I dined using the "MY TIME" option. This seating took place at the 5th floor level of the My Fair Lady Dining Room. The room was lovely and the service/quality/presentation were exceptional for the 9 evenings I chose to dine there. the staff could not do enough to ensure a pleasant experiance. Labadee: I just rented a floating beach mat and enjoyed a wonderful day in the sun. The band played and I had partook of the buffet/bbq that was offered at the larger beach. NOTE: GO TO COLUMBUS COVE IT"S MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE AND LESS CROWDED!! Had good time. Drinks were easily available, etc. San Juan: I chose to walk all through old town and it was lovely. Walked all the way to the Fort and just spent the day browsing through the shops. Plenty of great photo ops too! Samana: I did not leave ship. Wasn't interested in the tours offered, since most were the "rain-forest" variety. St Thomas: walked into town and had a great day. You will be able to tell reputable jewelers easily by the time you leave. Venture down the alleyways, etc. Little restaurants, etc. make for a good time. Easy cab rides for those that want to do the town on their own! St Marten: I was stupid. Took a tour which was fine. But remember! ALL OF ISLANDS LOOK THE SAME!!! BEAUTIFUL BEACHES< BEAUTIFUL WATER/MARINAS & SHACKS for the inhabitants. Do you really need to see village after village of shacks? Take a cab ride directly to the french side if you so choose. i should have done this. by the time we arrived in the French side we had 40 minutes to go around! WHAT CAN YOU DO IN 40 MINUTES!! The driver was wonderful, but let's get real! By the time we returned to the Dutch/ship port side i could have walked around but chose to return and swim in the pool. Tortolla: Don't waste time walking around. The people at the little market by the dock are assholes and and the resentment is palpable. Strange and I know strange. Go directly to a beach if you choose but be careful and make sure the price is determined before your butt hits the seat of a cab. Don't bother shopping with the "Buyers guide" from the ship. This town is a hole. No ugly or anything like that, but the only sour spot on the trip. Again my opinion is based on the attitude of the majority of people I encountered. Pusser's bar and store is nice. and a few shops on mains street have friendly american owners, but i should have just stayed on the pool deck, ya know? The ship: Was lovely, spotless and anyone complaining about the service aboard should ask themselves, " What attitude did I embark with." The staff i encountered form the Windjammer buffet to the My Fair Lady dining room, could not have been more friendly, professional and wonderful to deal with. My faith is cruising was restored. After a horrific experience on NCL the summer of 2010, i embarked on this trip expecting NOTHING, HOPING for sunshine if nothing else. HAH!! I was shocked at the difference a cruise line can make! As a Maryland resident, I have been wanting to use the Port for years and this was a great opportunity to do so. Get on board this great ship and relax. Keep in mind the time of year you cruise will determine your cruise mates! A January cruise for 12 days will be a lot of seniors/retirees. This will reflect on the entertainment and ambiance. What is your goal in cruising? To relax and get a tan(mine) or extreme traveling? KNOW what you want before you book. Then put a smile on your face and let the Enchantment keep it there! Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We got this cruise for a great price and actually were able to upgrade to a larger oceanview room and still save money. Love traveling out of Baltimore as it is only a 2 hour drive for me and the port is so easy to get on and off the ship. ... Read More
We got this cruise for a great price and actually were able to upgrade to a larger oceanview room and still save money. Love traveling out of Baltimore as it is only a 2 hour drive for me and the port is so easy to get on and off the ship. Did take advantage of a park and cruise deal at a local hotel which was just as much as the parking at the pier. This also gave me the opportunity to take advantage of $1.00 admission weekend at muesums and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Arrived at the pier fairly early and did not have to wait long before the boarding process began. Luckily we were one of the first on and took advantage of lunch in the Windjammer. Weather was really cold and windy so there was no eating on the outside decks. Read the reviews and understand that since the ship was expanded the dining venues were not. This proved to be a little challenging during primary eating times, with the exception of dinner. Food was normal for RC, and it seemed like the selection of different types of food options had diminished since my last cruise with them last year. Needless to say there was always something on the menu that looked and tasted good. I sailed with 4 first time cruisers so after making room for other guest in the Windjammer we decided to tour the ship. This was my first time on Enchantment, but I have sailed on its sister ship, Granduer several times when it was stationed in Baltimore. I was excited to see Boleros (spelling ?) which was added with the expansion. This was a smoking lounge as well, was to cold outside to dive into the nasty habit. The rest of the ship seemed to mirror the Granduer with the exception of the added pool and sky walkway on the pool deck. Chops Grill was also added and seemed to be a good use of space as compared to the Singing in the Rain lounge on Granduer. The casino seemed the exact same, but I did not do any gambling. the Theater and Dinning room were not expanded and when shows and dinner where scheduled be prepared for larger crowds, if you arrive late expect to stand as there will be no seating left. The dinning room had space but it seemed like the table were on top of each other, there was little room for the waiters to manuever between table without pushing into someone. I was surprised to hear that the Spa was expanded upon during the expansion, yet there was no steam room or sauna in the locker rooms. Seemed like a lot of wasted space in the locker room that really could have used these amenities. The weather the first day created some choppy seas, but not anything to rough. The further south we went the better the water conditions and the warmer the temperatures. Our first port of call was Labadee, which I have never visited. The port was really nice and enjoyable despite gloomy skies and occasional rain showers. It is all in what you make it, either let the weather get you down or get off with a smile and enjoy the free time you do have to relax. We were the only shipped dock and there was plenty of beached to enjoy with lots of activities. The lunch was okay that was provided by RC. Some of the excursions are a little pricey but ultimately there are ways to have fun without breaking the bank at this stop. Our second port of call in Samana met us with improved weather where it was beautiful and sunny most of the day. Cayo Laventado is an outstanding excursion that apparently can only be booked through RC. I have visited twice in the past and decided to do so again on this trip. This was one of the nicest beaches we visited on the trip and many of those with me spent most of the day getting sea glass. Our visit to San Juan was fairly uneventful and we did not ship excursions and just spent the day browsing around old San Juan. The next stop was in St. Thomas and we had a later excursion to Sapphire Beach. We decided to do the Sky Ride to Paradise Point. If you are interested buy the ticket through RC, they are cheaper than purchasing them at the Sky Ride itself. It was a little disappointed to spend $20 a person to get to the top and realize most of the stores are vacant and those that are there commented that they are going out of business. There are some great scenic views but that is about it. Our trip to Sapphire Beach was nice. I do not swim but those that snorkeled with me said that it was great. Overall the beach was really nice. St. Marteen included an excursion to Orient Beach. We booked this through RC as a Orient Beach Sensation. We were surprised when we found out that most of the excursion included a hour drive around the island and then an hour stop for shopping. This was not mentioned when we booked the excursion. Finally, we did get to Orient Beach. We were on the opposite side of the nude beach and by no means did we go here looking for that, trust me the sites I have seen there before in no way encourages me to go back there. The area we ended up in seemed pretty isolated and provided ample beach space. The water was a little rough but still enjoyable. In Tortola we decided to venture to The Baths was recommended by several reviews. This was a great visit and is certainly something to see, although once you have seen it once, I am not sure it is something that is a most do everytime you visit. The beach was okay but a little rocky (to be expected). The caves were nice and was different and something you will not see or do everyday. Overall this was a great cruise for some much needed R & R. The first time cruises with me are hooked and one has booked again next year. I did get to eat at Chops on my B-day while on the cruise and it is certainly worth the extra fee just to experience it and the meal was way beyond our expectation. I found that the activities lacked as compared to a year ago. Carly the Cruise Director was nice and personable and I am not sure she would ultimately be responsible for the lack of activities on the ship. It did seem as if many things you would expect to do on sea days (we had 5) were actually done on port days. The last few days sailing back the weather began to change and on the last day it was to cold to go outdoors, in fact most of the last day the outside decks and pool deck remained closed, something that impeded finding an area to smoke for you smokers. I have read some of the reviews and realize this can be a touchy subject. I travel during the winter on the longer cruises to avoid kids. I tend to also do better with the older crowd. While this cruise was no exception to that rule, I did notice the crowd seemed to be much older and a lot of folks with disabilities. While this is no way is meant to be rude or insulting, I found it amazing how many of these folks felt they could take advantage of being older or disabled. It was nothing to have a scooter run over top of you. Oddly enough, many times you would see a scooter parked at the end of the buffet line while the driver was up and walking around the buffet filling their plate. With limited room to move from the expansion it certainly created a challenging environment moving through the crowd with folks in their scooters or round abouts. Use caution in elevators as well because when these folks want in they will park on your feet or run you over to ensure they get in. At one point I thought RC should have a driver course and issue license to these people to ensure they knew the safe operation of their vehicle around the ship. Then of course there is the older crowd, again nothing against them and I seem to get along better with folks older than me, but.... When you are down right rude and believe it is okay to be that one because the younger generations owe you something now that is a little overboard. These folks certainly would let their status in the Crown and Anchor program go to their head as well. Based on their status, they felt they were above you for everything. Because I am a Diamond member but younger than most at the special venues, I got looks from the older generation like I had broken into their home. I expected one couple to notify Security on board that I had violated something that was sacred to only them. Plus there watches never seemed to work, I never met so many people that would show up late to an activity or dinner and expect that they be accepted in at the last minute or that they immediately get served. In fact one person asked that one activity start all over after 20 minutes since they missed the majority of it. I do not mind traveling with the older crowd, but when you are rude (young or old) there is no sense in that and everyone is there to have a good time not bow down to you. I am seldom thrilled with the onboard production shows and this time was not really any different. The singers and dancers are comparable to a theme park and I think one of them was lip syncing. The showtime headlines they had never really interested me and I understand that it is geared to the older generation. The only performance that I thought was geared to guest of all ages was the vantriliquest (spelling ?). He did a great job and was probably one of the best shows I had seen onboard RC. Generally speaking I just avoid attending the shows and only went to a few so some of the first time cruises in my group could watch them and form their own opinion. While some enjoyed the shows others did not, so I guess it is all in your taste for entertainment. However, if you think you want to go enjoy a show on the Enchantment show up about an hour early to get a good seat, otherwise seating will be limited about a 1/2 hour before showtime. I did book two additional cruises with RC while onboard and will certainly sail on Enchantment in the future. I miss the Granduer but will settle for her sister ship as it sails out of Baltimore. I hope the changes I noticed in the last year with RC are limited and will not continue. I can deal without mints on the pillows and cheap gifts as a thank you as long as the keep the personal service and great activities they have provided I will be happy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Baltimore is an efficient Port for Embarkation. $15/nt to park, but worth it. Complaints about the ENCHANTMENT are heavy smoke in the Viking Crown Lounge; also, the Casino. No Smoking is NOT enforced, anywhere. Even if it was, the ship ... Read More
Baltimore is an efficient Port for Embarkation. $15/nt to park, but worth it. Complaints about the ENCHANTMENT are heavy smoke in the Viking Crown Lounge; also, the Casino. No Smoking is NOT enforced, anywhere. Even if it was, the ship is small, so all smoke permeates the total room. Wish RCI would contain smoking to either the outside areas or to a "smoking room". We heard Lots of complaints about the smoke. It has been said here, before, to expect a high % of seniors and disabled on this ship, from Baltimore. Our sailing was no different; perhaps, even worse. Because the ship is small, the high number of wheelchairs clogged passenger walking areas, elevators, and lounges. Wheelchair etiquette seemed to be: get out of my way, cause I'm coming through as fast as I can! Saw lots of wheelchair mishaps. If you book a cabin that is close to the centrum, know that you will be hearing the nightly entertainment that performs, for a period of time, in the centrum. ENCHANTMENT is a stretched ship, but the Windjammer and Theater areas did not increase correspondingly. As a result, some passengers were forced to stand throughout the performances. Wheelchairs compounded the seating problem, because after many riders parked their wheelchairs, they proceeded to take up an additional theater seat. The Windjammer was impossible, unless you were first, on the day of embarkation, and mornings, for breakfast. Dinner, however, in the Windjammer was a pleasant and agreeable experience. My Time Dining was acceptable. Great ports of calls made this 12 nt sailing a pleasant cruise experience. Captain Rob is a Great Captain. Carly, is a Great Cruise Director. On board activities were cruise-appropriate, including the Enrichment Lectures, etc. Nightly towel animals - no pillow chocolates. The Diamond Experience includes nightly gathering with wine, champagne, soda. Also, morning breakfast w/specialty coffees in the dining room. The ship had an Adventure Ocean Program, but we had few children, on our sailing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
The last minute packing was relaxing because the drive to the port was only 40 minutes. Thanks Baltimore for opening the port to cruise ships. It was cold outside but we were able to get into our stateroom to drop off items and go to ... Read More
The last minute packing was relaxing because the drive to the port was only 40 minutes. Thanks Baltimore for opening the port to cruise ships. It was cold outside but we were able to get into our stateroom to drop off items and go to Windjammer to get lunch. So what we left the port late because they needed more time to onboard food for the 12 days - dinner was on time and our vacation had started. The room sizes are the room sizes and those of us going on the cheap know that. We only use our rooms for changing clothes and sleeping. The rest of the time hanging out on the pool deck was where we wanted to be - even while still in cold weather area. The Solarium was there to protect us from it. The food was okay. Some improvements could be made such as more liquid in the pancakes. All the water/juice coffee stations weren't opened 24 hours so you had to walk further sometimes but hey that helped to walk off the prior meal! It is hard to feed over 2500 people with different likes and dislikes so I do admire the cook staff for their hard work. The staff on board was great and it always makes the trip when you see they are happy and loving their jobs. Our dinner wait staff was the best and helped us out with special food requests. Having a couple days at sea prior to 6 days at port was nice so you can get relaxed (forget about work), make ship board friends and get into a cruise routine. The 6 ports were good and we did tours at each one. Just wish there was more time to be in the ports so you could do more onshore such as do a tour, go back to ship for lunch and then go back out on your own. We hate rushing on vacation and definitely don't want the experience of missing the ship leave the port. The nightly entertainment was the best. We only had 2 nights with the on board team. The other nights had something for everyone - music, comic, magic. The talent was amazing and what a value - Vegas shows for cruise prices. Great people on the cruise and yes it was a more mature crowd with few under 18 but hey that's why some of us picked this time -- we cruise for the R&R and not the party life. 12 days to cruise was great. When you take a 7 day or less, about day 5 you are just getting relaxed and into the routine when you realize it is almost over but with 12 days, you still have 7 more days plus we had 3 days at sea after the 6 port days to rest and just hang around the pool. We were delayed getting off the ship but the crew made sure we were safe and had something to eat and drink. We did find our luggage quickly and was on our way home in no time. The only down side was all the dirty clothes to take care of when we got home. Overall, it was a great trip and would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
To start the disappointing cruise, I had called RC to find out about taking my dive knife on board. The agent, who also talked to his superior, said no I couldn't take my dive knife but could take a knife with less than a 4" ... Read More
To start the disappointing cruise, I had called RC to find out about taking my dive knife on board. The agent, who also talked to his superior, said no I couldn't take my dive knife but could take a knife with less than a 4" blade.I took a 3 1/2 & a small pocket knife. Security took both knives even though I had the name of the RC agent. (they did return them at end of voyage)The ship: is dated, carpet in rooms, elevators, hallways etc is old, worn etc.The cabin was by far the smallest, least comfortable & with the least conveniences of any cabin I have been in. The bed sucked, even after getting 2 egg crates it was still uncomfortable. The TV was a very old 13" with bad sound & picture. No refer, bathroom was small & the shower was so small your shoulder hit the curtain & water went all over whenever you showered. One small uncomfortable chair & table. everything was worn & dated.Ive been on the Freedom of the Seas, Carib Princes & all the above problems with this ship were not a problem on them. Everything was in fact, excellent.Now the food: The buffet was "a buffet" about what you would get at the "Golden Corral" barfer. The meat (all) was tough & tastless.There were really lousy deserts & almost never anything chocolate except some cookies.Now for the main dining room. They tried to be to "fancy". What they would wind up being, is yucky. Weird sauces on food, not very good food in general & the meat was horrible! (except for the lamb)I had the prime rib, rib steak & something else, all were what we used to call "canner" grade! All steak that is "choice" or better "must" have good marbling. There meat had "none" & was tough & tasteless. We went to the "steakhouse" & again I ordered prime rib (dumb me) & again it was tasteless with no marbling. My wife had the lamb & it, like the lamb in the main dining room, was good. Also, on "lobster" night the lobster was good. But unlike other cruises, you couldn't even order lobster, not even in the "steakhouse".The deserts were without exception, terrible. Again trying to be fancy & making yuk. ANDDDD. NEVER any chocolate candy or deserts, except some junk with fruit sauce on it."Keep it simple, stupid!"Now the good stuff! Our waiter "Hans" (Sakhoo) & Head Waiter Leonel were absolutely the best, even compared to a top flight american restaurant. They absolutely did there best for everyone & when they saw I wasn't eating the food they tried everything, including trying to get me to order something else. (I only did that once, since I don't eat a whole bunch, when they had the lamb, which again, was excellent. They would always talk with us, were friendly to a fault, cannot express just how superior they were!Also of note was a Guest services officer; Jose. He went out of his way to help, with the food, info, tours etc. But....the other guest services people were "not" helpful.Our room steward was also excellent. Always ready to clean the room or do anything he could & was always friendly, talkative, helpful. Mislaid his name but I will be complimenting him & the above when I write RC about my dissatisfaction with this cruise.Hope my Carnival cruise out of San Juan on the 5th of Dec is better. lol Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Arrival and departure from Baltimore- as easy as it can get. We live 20 minutes from the port, we car pooled to save money.($130 for 9 days) Ship- The ship is pretty much what I expected, it is older so I was not expecting ... Read More
Arrival and departure from Baltimore- as easy as it can get. We live 20 minutes from the port, we car pooled to save money.($130 for 9 days) Ship- The ship is pretty much what I expected, it is older so I was not expecting everything to be shiny and new. But the ship was clean. I did not see any spots or worn spots on the carpet, windows were as clean as can be expected.n the grandeur they had days of the week in the carpet on the elevators- I think that is needed on a 9 cruise- I had a hard time remembering what day it was LOL (that was even before the drink of the day) Food- I would agree that the menu in the main dining room most nights was not exciting but I was able(along with the other 17 people with me)to find at least one appetizer, entree and dessert every night, most nights we found more than one. Windjammer-the usual items were there, did have a little bit of an issue finding a table, but we always found one with a little walking around. I have no complaints. Some of our group got pizza at night- I did not really hear any comments good or bad. I did not eat any. Room- All I can say is I am so happy I read the boards and booked cabin 7666. Corner aft cabin. Walk in closet way more room than what was needed for my DH and I. I stored most of our suitcases under the bed just so I did not have to see them, they would have fit in the closet with no problem. Did not have to use any of drawers. The balcony was the best, I spent a lot of time sitting out there reading a book, taking a nap and staring at the water.When we were in port, we did have a view of land. Activities- This is where RCI needs to do some work. There were very few activities for our age group. Trivia and Bingo ($32 for the paper packet and $55 for the electronic book, each session) The night shows were OK, nothing great, enjoyable though. The 20+ year olds had a great time, they participated in a lot of activities and had a great time. I will say I enjoyed the quiet time on the balcony reading a book for leisure( just finished my Master's Degree), but if there were more activities that sparked my interest I would have been out and about on the ship more. Ports- San Juan, St Thomas, Samana and Haiti. San Juan- we went to Senor Frogs to watch the football game- the ship said they were going to have the game on but they had soccer on instead. Then we did some shopping and then it started raining so we got back on the ship. St Thomas- we went to Bolongo Bay for our nephew's wedding, then we swimming and snorkeling, then into town to shop. Samana- we did the 4X4 ride- that was fun, just wish we could have went swimming at the beach but we couldn't? But if you are not booked for a tour- there are a lot of vendors set up within walking distance of the ship- have a lot of small bills and it is as crazy as the straw market in Nassau. Labadee- they have made a lot of changes on the island- you now dock which is nice, but they have workers that get chairs for you and stand there until you give them a tip- very annoying. We went to Colombus Cove- thinking the crowd would be smaller, but the workers were VERY LOUD and annoying, we ended up sitting on the ocean side because it is quieter. I think the ship should make sure that families with small kids know how to find Barefoot Beach so the kids can swim. Signage on the beach is very slim, they need to do better with that and maybe they have plans to do that. The new "cooler" yes they had it on this ship- cooler and 8 beers was $40 and then refills with 8 beers were $30. Cheaper then buying them individually. The problem is that it is only budweiser products and they ran out of Budlight bottles by day 5 or 6, Michelob ultra bottles way before that. They need to have other options for those of us who do not like cans. Overall, it was a nice relaxing cruise. It was much needed and as they say any day on ship is a better than anyday at work. Specific questions email me at jetlady762@gmail.com Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
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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