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

This was our 3rd Royal Caribbean International cruise with our very first cruise on the Nordic Prince in 1986, followed by a 4 day Majesty of the Seas getaway in 2009, and now a repositioning cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Here is ... Read More
This was our 3rd Royal Caribbean International cruise with our very first cruise on the Nordic Prince in 1986, followed by a 4 day Majesty of the Seas getaway in 2009, and now a repositioning cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Here is a short and sweet review: Ship: Recently refurbished with updated interiors, addition of Park Cafe (light snacks). Cabin: Inside 4511, yes it is small with limited space to move about and closet storage. Location was good: one flight up to main showroom (could hear entertainment going through the cabin ceiling) and some noise when preparing to dock in port. We could hear a thumping sound while underway (stabilizers?). Dining: Windjammer Market Place was crowded at peak service times with a limited menu and selections.with only one 'eggs to order' station. We used it only for breakfasts and lunches. Occasional breafast and lunch in the Main Dining Room with a leisurely pace (to put it nicely). All dinners except for one evening at "Chops" were taken in Main Dining Room. Food was average in the Windjammer, fair to good in the Main Dining Room (some entrees came out warm, nice presentations though). The Chops dinner with 2 other couples was forgettable beyond the filet mignon. Family style vegetables service was amateurish for a fine dining restaurant. Very limited desserts (one selection was not available) and a plea to substitute main dining room desserts almost fell on deaf ears. I believe the mention that one of our dining companions was a travel agent got the head waiters attention. Lounges and bar service: Main showroom is too small for the ship requiring an advance party to stake out seats. It is actually against the pleas of a recorded plea not to save seats. I enjoyed the Schooner Bar the most for late afternoon cocktail. The Viking Crown lounge was mostly reserved for the higher tier Crown and Anchor customers, although there was 'quiet time' listed for the morning and early afternoon hours. (Try walking up the stairs from say deck 4 to deck 10: you will be winded by the time you reach the Viking Crown lounge.) I didn't care for the Bolero lounge (too dark and off of major walkway). Cocktail prices were high with 2 for 1's specials usually at late night hours. Other times one might find a 20% off deal for drinks. Entertainment: Two excellent production shows were presented. These were the curtain calls for the song and dance ensemble after 8 months or so on the Enchantment. Other musical groups were average at best. Guest hypnotist, juggler, comedians, violinist (saw her on the Eurodam in June 2011 with same music set), two solo female singing acts were presented. Cabin and Dining Room services: Arsenio provided excellent service tiding up our cabin. Leslie and his assistant waiter were excellent. We had My Time Dining and lucked out with getting their table 41 at the first dinner service. We and two other couples stayed with that table for the entire cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation: Baltimore is a nice port to sail out of, especially if you live in the immediate area. It was very evident that the Enchantment had repeat customers out of Baltimore. Our pre-cruise arrangement was the La Quinta hotel in Bel Aire which included parking and later pickup at BWI airport. Disembarkation at Port Canaveral was very smooth and efficient. We did an RCI transfer to Orlando International without any problems. Shore Excursions: It seemed that RCI had to work long and hard to finalize excursion choices. St Kitts and Aruba were the only islands which were new to us and we booked typical sightseeing excursions. St Martin, Curacao, and Nassau (replaced Coco Cay due to sea conditions and a medical emergency) were mainly shopping stops, although we took a short excursion on Curacao (aquarium, etc.) which was excellent. Overall Impressions: The Enchantment of the Seas was in excellent shape although she needs some TLC on the hull. A very friendly staff greeted us around the ship. Captain Gus was probably the most entertaining (literally) Ship Master we ever sailed with. We thought the days at seas (a lot of them which was a major draw for us) needed some enrichment programs beyond the typical pool parties, bingo, casino activities. By the way, on deck 5 you literally walk through a very smoky casino layout to get from main showroom aft. Same goes for deck 6 where one has to navigate through a twisty path for the shops. Here is hoping that the new 3 and 4 day sailings out of Port Canaveral are kind to the hard working staff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I recently cruised on the repositioning cruise of the Enchantment from Baltimore to Orlando and had a really great time. I was a solo cruiser, although did have a buddy on the same cruise that I hung out with. I hope to provide a brief an ... Read More
I recently cruised on the repositioning cruise of the Enchantment from Baltimore to Orlando and had a really great time. I was a solo cruiser, although did have a buddy on the same cruise that I hung out with. I hope to provide a brief an honest review of my experience. (hope I don't bore you too much). Getting Started I flew overnight from the Los Angeles area to board the ship the next day. When I arrived early that Saturday morning I caught a super shuttle (look for discounts online they are there) for $20. The driver of the shuttle tried to pack (shove) all the luggage he could in that van and I had to keep an eye on him to make sure he did not damage my luggage (or others). When we arrived at the port he dropped us off at a shack outside the port in case you did not have tags. I had my tags and they were placed inside a nice holder that I purchased from Cruise Critic (I recommend getting them they look and work great!). He told me he could not drop me at the luggage area so I took off without tipping (I hate doing that but he deserved nothing, so that is what he got) Checking In Dropped my bags off with the porter; no problem. I arrived about 10:30 am so the lines were not long. As a Diamond member I went to a line that allowed me to pretty much walk into the main check in area. Again, there was no long wait. I would say the entire check-in process took about 10 minutes. After checking in I left the terminal to try to get a "real" Maryland crab cake before I left the city. Some friends in the city took me to a place named the "Rusty Scupper" for a quick lunch. The food was GREAT and the service fantastic. (and it was free, my friends treated me, BONUS! Ok, ok, I picked up the tip leftover from the van ride) After returning the terminal I boarded the ship and the cabin was available. I was in an outside cabin #3556. I usually travel in a balcony and I prefer being as high up and as far forward as possible because I am one of those that actually enjoy the rocking and rolling of the ship. The cabin was efficient and contained all I needed. I know some may complain about the size but I have been on the Monarch and even the Empress so I know what small can be and this was just fine. The Ship This was my first sailing on the Enchantment and I understand that it has been stretched and recently refurbished. I see evidence of both and I can tell you that the ship looks great. There are areas where you can see signs of he rage but these are areas that I am sure that the crew continues to monitor and handle. I mean things like minor painting and so on. In fact during the voyage they were revarnishing the wood along the rails of the ship and minor touch-up painting was ongoing. In short, she looks wonderful. The Crew I have heard that the crew on the Enchantment is one of the friendliest and I must agree. Everyone I encountered was really great, helpful, efficient etc. The CD, John Blair was great and his right hand man Katrina (lol) was great too. I thought the shows were mixed in quality, but I enjoyed them all. Some of the adult late night comedy was really adult. I am waaay ok with that but if you are going to go there just make it funny shock only goes so far. The Royal Singers and Dancers were adequate, however I have always been a little harsh on entertainment in that the performances can be a bit canned. I wish they would, especially after performing for many months together, throw away the playbook and show me what you really got. The talent was there, but perhaps they have directions from the HO to stick to the canned approach. One bright spot was some of the headliners brought on board and The CD John Blair gave what I thought was a surprisingly great tribute to Neal Diamond. I was glad I had a chance to tell him that because there was some special moments in that show for me. (shout out to John if you read this and your right hand man too!) Captain Gus in his daily announcement would offer his quotation of the day and I LOVED that! He seems approachable, knowledgeable and in charge. Leadership can be a tricky thing and this captain seems to have found that right balance as evidenced around the ship. The Food Look folks, if you want five star then no mass marketing cruise line will provide that level of service. With that said I thought the food was fine. There were many offerings. I was never satisfied. If I were to provide a percentage I would say that 85% of the food was great and the other 15% was ok but what can you do. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I was happy. They even had grits! Lol! The dining room service was fine and I had dinner in Chops one night and that was great as usual. Complaints Before I wrap up allow me to share a couple of complaints and this is not really about the ship or RCI. I have read on CC about two things and I got to witness both. One are th chair hogs. I mean I would see people get up and 6AM to find the perfect chair and they even has special colored clips to attach towels so they could claim their property, I mean really people? They would claim the prize and then go back to their cabin for hours, really?! The other is the good folks who snack while getting food in the Windjammer. Really?! These people would get some item put it on their plate and then snack away and they grab the tongs with those disease infested hands to gather the next item for their consumption, My goodness.these are the ones who either get sick or spread their special brand of "love" to others but you can't say anything, or at least I can't because I am sure that would be seen as a hostile act.. but if you are reading this, and you know who you are CUT IT OUT! Eat at the table!!! Special Mentions My cabin steward (Danny) was great! He was cheerful and did a fantastic job. The thing I look for is the ability to gauge my schedule and take advantage of it. It took Danny a day and he was always on the spot to freshen up the cabin. I had a minor problem and he had it taken care of in a few hours. The server (Hansraj sorry if I spelled it wrong) in the MDR was personable and always provided great suggestions of what to try for dinner. The gentlemen in the Diamond Lounge were great and I visited them for my "medicine" each evening. They were great. Other servers were also great (Ivon, Candice and so on). Ports of Call All were good stops. I did the usual stuff island tours but the one that stood out for me was taking the city bus in St. Maarten (actually a van with a cardboard sign in the windshield) for $2 to the airport to watch the planes land. Simple stuff I know but I enjoyed it. We also stopped in Nassau because Coco Cay was unavailable and we had a medical emergency onboard. I was happy with the substitution. Disembarkation Leaving the ship was a breeze. The bags were ready once I got off the ship. I picked up a rental car and spent a couple of days in Orlando prior to flying back to Los Angeles. Final Thoughts I have read that some have issues with the food, or the cabins, or the age of the ship or the entertainment and so on. In my opinion your vacation will really be what you make of it. I actually slept for the first couple of days and spent limited time doing the many many activities. But this is what I needed to do for me. However, whenever I did plug in I found that the crew, the ship and the people always provided a really pleasant atmosphere and an overall great experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We mainly took this cruise to relax and visit with a family member aboard the Enchantment. We knew it had also been refurbished so we wanted to see that also. This was the first cruise ship we ever sailed on and right now it was our 30th ... Read More
We mainly took this cruise to relax and visit with a family member aboard the Enchantment. We knew it had also been refurbished so we wanted to see that also. This was the first cruise ship we ever sailed on and right now it was our 30th and was our sixth time aboard her. We made private flight accomodations to fly into Baltimore Maryland in the morning. We took a taxi cab to the pier and it took approximately 1/2 hour. When we arrived it seemed as though this was prime time and everyone was in line at once. This was the WORST embarkation we ever experienced. We stood a Disney World like twisting line which seemed to stretch on endlessly. We heard someone finally mention after 45 minutes that Diamond and Diamond Plus members could proceed to the front of the line. Too bad that wasn't mentioned when we first arrived. We finally got through the security screening and were able to proceed to the Diamond Plus line for boarding. We had all our documents signed and ready so we boarded the ship within 5 minutes after that. We proceeded to our stateroom 7072 and were pleased with the ample space for two. We then went to the (new to us) Park Cafe in the Solarium. After seeing the offerings there we went to the Windjammer to see what they had for lunch. Food was fine, nothing spectacular. We went to see our Dining Room Table next since we asked for a small table. We found that it was a table for 4 which was fine with us. We went back to our room and met our stateroom attendant Nichela who received our Wow envelope at the end of the cruise with extra gratuities for her outstanding service. We went to the muster drill and explored the updated Centrum. We decided to dine at Chops the first evening since there was a buy 1 dinner get 1 free coupon in our Diamond Plus booklet. We spent the evening in the Concierge Lounge and saw our family and met some outstanding bartenders there. Service here is top notch and was rewarded at the end of our cruise with another Wow envelope with gratuities for both gentlemen working there. We dined at Chops and would tell anyone that the specialty restaurants on board all RCCL ships are worth the extra $$. We dined there 3 times this cruise and enjoyed Chops every time. The other evenings we dined in the MDR on late seating. We met a charming couple there. The waiter and assistant waiter were fine, nothing memorable. I asked the main dining room maitre di for berries each night I dined there and he did deliver. My husband missed the escargot as they replaced them with scallops. On lobster night my husband only received one lobster tail and was very disappointed. We met many wonderful people every night in the CL. I still keep in touch with some of them and one is a family member. My stateroom shower and sink were a big problem. Not enough Hot Water. We had maintenance try to fix but still unsatisfactory for me. We had tours at every port except one and enjoyed the itinerary. We didn't see too much of the shows. We saw the big screen TV on the pool deck only when we would walk by. Too noisy. Debarkation was just as awful as the Embarkation. We chose early morning walk off on your own and so did the rest of the ship. We were in another endless line waiting for customs this time. We loved spending time with our family member aboard the ship and don't know if we will sail again now that it has been changed to 4 day cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I went on my second cruise this past March. My first cruise had been on the fabulous Oasis of the Seas, so I was a little bit worried that I wouldn't enjoy my second (on a much smaller ship) as much. I needn't have been ... Read More
I went on my second cruise this past March. My first cruise had been on the fabulous Oasis of the Seas, so I was a little bit worried that I wouldn't enjoy my second (on a much smaller ship) as much. I needn't have been concerned. My 12 nights on the Enchantment of the Seas were so much fun, I'd give anything to be back on there now, soaking in a hot tub with a cold Drink of the Day While all of the ports (Tortola, St. John's, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, Labadee) were wonderful, it was the shipboard experience that was most memorable. The one thing I felt was lacking on the Oasis was the opportunity to meet people and become 'cruise buddies' - because the ship was so large, you just never ran into the same people twice. That was not the case on the Enchantment - making new friends onboard was one of the best parts of the trip. We all had many laughs hanging around the pool, in the lounges, in the casino, etc.! Cabin- I did not upgrade to a balcony this time, and was concerned I night feel sort of claustrophobic in an inside. Surprisingly, I never did! It was absolutely fine...very clean and cozy. Our stateroom attendant, Curt, did a sensational job, and was always extremely pleasant and helpful. Dining -- We were assigned late dining (8:30) which would never have worked out for my crew. If I have dinner that late, I just want to fall asleep : ( I tried a few times to have it changed but everybody was trying to do the same thing so no luck. We decided to just have dinner in the Windjammer every night, which actually worked out great - the food was always excellent, with many choices...no complaints! We had lunch in the dining room a few times, always delicious. The salad bar was absolutely fabulous -- I just loved the way the salad guy would chop, chop, chop! your salad and present it to you perfectly mixed! Staff -- I can not say enough about the people who work on the Enchantment of the Seas. All were friendly, helpful, kind, and willing to go way above and beyond to ensure your cruise was enjoyable. Entertainment - We saw every show, and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Comedians, juggler, magician, singers, dancers, all were so professional! The Quest and Battle of the Sexes games had people rolling in the aisles, while the Belly Flop and World's Sexiest Man contests on the pool deck were also hilarious. The Cruise Director and his Assistant (Jon and Katrina), were excellent and kept everyone entertained and involved. There were 5 sea days on this cruise, but never a dull moment. So, so fun! Will sail on the Enchantment of the Seas again as soon as I can! If anyone would like more info, I can be reached at ekb2004@comcast.net   Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We arrived at the Port of Baltimore right around 10:30. We met several friends in line waiting for the parking lot to open. After a short wait we proceeded to drop off the luggage, park the car, and head into the terminal building. The ... Read More
We arrived at the Port of Baltimore right around 10:30. We met several friends in line waiting for the parking lot to open. After a short wait we proceeded to drop off the luggage, park the car, and head into the terminal building. The staff in the Terminal has the check in process down to a science. Once again, it was a very quick check in and then a short wait for boarding to begin. We went straight to the Windjammer for lunch. We hooked up with some friends and had no problem finding a table. Cabins would be available at 1:30 so we waited in the Internet Cafe. Our Cabin Stewart, Jose, came by and introduced himself and asked if we had a special requests -- we needed more pillows. He made sure our cabin was made up right after we left for breakfast and dinner. We started to unpack our carry-on since our luggage hadn't arrived yet. This was unusual because it has been at our Cabin before when we arrived. Muster Drill was very short; in fact, it was shorter than the time we spent waiting for other passengers to arrive. Then off to the Sail-Away party where Katrina (Activity Director) got everyone dancing. At dinner we met our Waiter, Santos, and Assistant Waiter, Mylene. I have nothing but great things to say about this duo. They are probably the best wait staff we have had yet. They got to know all of our names and our individual needs. We had three great sea days. It was warm enough the first day for people to be in and around the pool. I played Bingo and we visited the Casino a lot. Since we were in a Grand Suite we had access to the Concierge Lounge. Reyno, the Concierge, had emailed us prior to boarding outlining the Perks with a G.S. He acknowledged everyone as they entered and made you feel welcomed. The Lounge is very small and you have to get there 15-10 minutes early to get a seat. Since we were traveling with friends we split our time between the Concierge Lounge and the Viking Crown Lounge where they held a nightly Diamond Event. The crew on EOS is the very best; they go overboard to make sure you have a good cruise. They all say Hello and have a smile on their faces. The food was okay. RCCL has gone downhill in that department. We went to CHOPS twice and that was excellent. EOS is showing her age but doesn't detract from your cruise experience. She is due for dry dock in December. We went to five different Ports. Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Johns, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Labadee. We rented a Cabana at Barefoot Beach. This was our third time renting and it was great. The upgraded buffet was very crowded since LOS was also there and Nellie's Beach guests were able to eat at the upgraded buffet. We had a wonderful time coming back into Baltimore. We love the sea days. There is always something to do. The Quest was played on the fifth day instead of the next to last. It was the night before a Port and that made for a very late night and early morning. Disembarktion was extremely easy and we were off the ship and home by 9:30am. Once again a great time was had on Enchantment. Looking forward to sailing on her again. A great bunch of Cruise Critic Members made the trip even more enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We cruised on the Enchantment from 3/19 - 3/31/12. This was the longest cruise we have ever taken (this was our 24th cruise), but it certainly didn't feel like it. Wish we were still cruising and looking forward to our next cruise ... Read More
We cruised on the Enchantment from 3/19 - 3/31/12. This was the longest cruise we have ever taken (this was our 24th cruise), but it certainly didn't feel like it. Wish we were still cruising and looking forward to our next cruise in August. We drove to the Port of Baltimore - 4-1/2 hours from our home in VA Beach. The trip to the port was easy and exciting knowing we were soon to be on the ship! Although the Enchantment is an older ship, without all the bells and whistles of the newer ships, she is still beautiful. We are however, looking forward to sailing on her after her refurbishment which I believe is scheduled for December. Our favorite location of the ship is the Centrum where there are tiers of gorgeous marble flooring.....many activities happen there from dancing to art shows, etc......we always feel a sense of camaraderie when guest gather to take part or just to watch the activities in the Centrum. We just turned 60 years old. This sailing had many seniors probably in their 80's and older. We hope we can be cruising and having fun when we get to be their age!!! We met many seniors with lots of interesting stories. We also met many couples who were our age which was fun. We chose a large inside cabin (7061 - cat L)which had plenty of storage space. Our cabin was kept spotless by Milton who was very professional and friendly at the same time. We enjoyed getting to know Donna in the Crown Viking Lounge. She was the bartender up there when we cruised although she will be moving to another part of the ship for the next sailing. Donna has a super upbeat personality and a gorgeous smile!!! The cruise director and his wife did a great job. The shows were good and we didn't experience any seating issues. We had fun in the casino every night - we came out $50 ahead which was unbelievable for a 12 night cruise!!!! We enjoyed My Time Dining each evening. We have had the current hostess as our Assistant Waiter on previous Enchantment cruises (we have cruised 3 times on the Enchantment)so it was like "coming home". She recognized us immediately and so did one of our previous Waiters Anthony. The food was good - the lobster being our favorite. To our surprise the low fat cobblers (all of them) were super delicious. Our Waiter Jerome and Assistant Waiter Arvid did a fantastic job. Sure do miss them! Thank goodness we walked the stairs and never took an elevator.....soooo much food anytime of the day!!!! My husband and I love to dance and I must say there was plenty of dance music every night. Dancing is one of the highlights for us of cruising, so we are always happy when the bands, dj's etc., are good and on this cruise, they were! Everything type of music was played from Beach Music, to Ballroom, to Current......perfect!!! We didn't take any excursions this cruise. At all ports we walked around a lot and bought some souvenirs, etc. St. Marten was probably our favorite. Walked to the boardwalk and ate delicious Gelato!! In Antigua we took a taxi ride to a distant beach which was gorgeous but a bit expensive. Probably wouldn't do that again but it was worth it to be away from the crowds. This was a great cruise. Thanks to the Staff of the Enchantment for providing us with another wonderful vacation! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We boarded the Enchantment of the Seas for a 12 day Southern Caribbean Cruise at the Port of Baltimore. We like this port. It is 3.5 hours from our home and very easy to find. We arrived at 11:50 am and handed our luggage to the porters. ... Read More
We boarded the Enchantment of the Seas for a 12 day Southern Caribbean Cruise at the Port of Baltimore. We like this port. It is 3.5 hours from our home and very easy to find. We arrived at 11:50 am and handed our luggage to the porters. The security screening and check-in took a ½ hour. By 12:20pm we were headed to the Windjammer for lunch. It was crowded, but we found a seat quickly. Make sure to try the Honey Tung Chicken—an Enchantment of the Seas (ENOS) specialty. The staterooms were ready by 1:30pm. We were bargain hunting this cruise, so we booked 3015, an inside stateroom near the front of the ship. (We have sailed in inside, ocean view, balcony, and junior suite cabins in the past-- We balance the benefits of each category with the additional cost to see what is the best for each cruise.) This was the smallest cabin we have ever had at 140 sq ft. There was plenty of space for our clothes and our suitcases fit under the bed for storage. It was a place to sleep and we spent very little time there. Our cabin steward, Lyndon Jackson, provided excellent service. The first three days were "sea days." The weather was sunny and in the high 70's, but it was too windy to sit poolside. We tried it for a time, until the wind picked up my full beach bag and blew it across the deck. The ship rocked some. We used the heated pool in the solarium (adults only) and watched 3 first run movies on the big screen in the 2-story theater. (The Artist, Tower Heist, War Horse) There was a family friendly matinee each afternoon and a show at 9:30pm. By the time the late movie ended the dancing was just getting warmed up in Boleros and the Viking Crown lounge. The DJ, Conrad, kept a nice mix of dance music going. We selected the 8pm late seating for dinner. It is usually at 8:30pm—we were happy for the time change. We find early seating is too rushed on port days. Another big plus is that it is much less crowded and you get better/faster service. Our waiter, Manny Kimhoko, was excellent. Food in the main dining room was good—but, not spectacular. The chicken and fish dishes were better than the beef (generally tough). There were 3 formal nights. (1 too many) We ate at the Windjammer buffet for most breakfasts and lunches. It was very crowded and difficult to find a seat. The food was average. On previous cruises we found eating in the MDR was often a tedious process for these two meals. We were pleasantly surprised that the service on this cruise was better. The ENOS advertises their 30-minute "Brasserie 30" service. It was the correct mix of a relaxed lunch atmosphere with faster service. We ate all three meals in the MDR the last two days at sea. We were sorry we had not done so sooner. The only show we attended was the late night comedian, Steve Shaffer. He was excellent. Our dinner tablemates had good things to say about the other shows and raved about the "Tenors." Although this is our 11th cruise we attended our first "Quest." It was great fun and we will go again. I attended the first scrapbook session—but, the second session was scheduled for the middle of a port day and I missed it. Usually these are held on sea days to help pass the time. There were six ports of call: Tortola: 8am-5pm—This was the only port we had not visited before. The ENOS arrived early and we exited the ship by 8:15. We walked to the ferry dock and caught the 9AM Speedy's Ferry (30 minutes) to Virgin Gorda to visit the Baths (not to be missed). This was one of the highlights of the cruise and very easy to do on our own at half the cost of the ship's excursion. We took the 12:40PM ferry back. (the same time as the ship's excursion) We felt the 3:30 ferry was taking a chance. Antigua: 8am-5pm —We had visited Antigua before and did not want to take the standard island tour. We found a couple from Great Britain that felt the same way. We shared a cab and set off for the more rural, northwest section of the island. We visited an old sugar plantation (ruins and a restored windmill), an old Anglican church, and Devil's Bridge (a natural formation). St Martin: 8am-5pm —After 2 busy days we were ready for a beach day. We spent the day at Dawn Beach. It is on the border between the French and Dutch side. It was a nice beach, but, we are not fans of the excessive seaweed in St. Maartin. St Thomas: 8am-5pm —This was the only shore excursion we purchased aboard ship. (STL1-Destination St. John: Coastal Cruise of National Park Beaches, 6.5 hrs) It was $40/person and left from the cruise dock. It included the ferry ride to St. John (45 min), a cruise around the northern part of the island, 3.5 hrs of free time on St John, and a rum punch on the ferry ride back. They even came around with refills. ? This was a bargain. San Juan, Puerto Rico: 7am-1pm—Hundreds of cruisers disembarked between 7-8am, but, none of the businesses opened before 10 am. We took a city tour to pass the time and walked around the old city. We felt this port (with this schedule) was a waste of time. Labadee, Haiti: 8am-3pm—We have always liked the relaxed atmosphere of Labadee. Unfortunately, there was another ship in port with us. The lunch buffet line and the security line to get back on the ship were so long it took away from the whole experience. In the past we walked to the far beach (soft sand) but, we did not like walking through the aggressive vendors. So, we stopped at the main beach area. It lacked vendors, but, there were large pieces of rock and coral along the shoreline. (bring water shoes) We did not swim. We carried our own luggage off the ship in Baltimore and were through customs by 7:45am. We had an excellent cruise experience and will book the Enchantment of the Seas again sometime. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Enchantment of the Seas Review March 19-31, 2012 We were overdue for a cruise: the last time we sailed was 1974 on our honeymoon from NYC to Cherbourg, France on the QEII. We spent our honeymoon in Paris before returning to Berlin ... Read More
Enchantment of the Seas Review March 19-31, 2012 We were overdue for a cruise: the last time we sailed was 1974 on our honeymoon from NYC to Cherbourg, France on the QEII. We spent our honeymoon in Paris before returning to Berlin Germany, our home for the first three years we were married. Our TA was able to find this 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise which fit perfectly into our schedules. I used Fodor's Caribbean Cruises and the AAA Caribbean Tour Book guides. Cruise Critic ship and port review were invaluable as was the Roll Call. We drove 5 hours to Baltimore from our home in eastern Ohio and stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express at the Stadiums/Russell Street, a package our TA arranged for us. See my review of the hotel on TripAdvisor: "Holiday Inn-Express to the Pier." Our included shuttle departed the hotel at 11:00 a.m.; we were at the Baltimore Cruise Terminal by 11:10. The shuttle driver handed our bags to the ship porters. Be sure to keep your carry-on with you in the van or it could be whisked away with the checked bags. Our carry-on was scanned along with our credit card and passports. We were assigned to a boarding area (#29) and waited to be called for boarding. While the procedure is efficient, we did not enjoy being sandwiched with other cruisers while waiting. We were onboard by 12 noon, oriented ourselves and explored the public areas. I purchased a helpful app for $1.99 called "ShipMate," specifically for the RCCI line. One of the helpful features was "Explore the Ship" with a map for each deck. We used the deck map for several days. We noticed that the our sailing was mostly older adults with varying degrees of mobility. Our stateroom was ready at 1:30 as promised. Our amazing attendant, Milton, came around to introduce himself and then it was off for the muster drill which was over in about 30 minutes. Serious business, post Concordia. Names were checked off. Don't even think about missing it. Stateroom: Balcony/Stateroom 7060 is mid-ship, port side, equidistant from the staircase or the Centrum area. The room was so well insulated we never heard any noise coming from the Centrum area or the staterooms on either side of us. I had read about the spaciousness of the balcony stateroom and we were not disappointed. The storage space is amazing. There were 23 hangers in the closet which also had 3 drawers. Our large suitcase and garment bag fit easily in the closet; we stored the lifejackets on the side of the vanity. Our other roll-a-board suitcases fit easily under the beds. Other storage includes a 5- shelf angled closet; 3 shelves at the end of the vanity; 3 drawers on either side of the vanity; shelves on both sides of the vanity mirror; and, 2 drawers in each bedside nightstand. The beds were very comfortable. The bed linens were crisp, clean and fresh. Each bed had two pillows: one firm, one soft. I brought my own tempur-pedic pillow for my personal comfort. The bathroom medicine cabinet had 3 large triangular-shaped glass shelves behind two glass-fronted mirror/doors. The bathroom lighting was excellent. I appreciated the mirrors on the side of the sink which allowed me to apply makeup easily without having to lean over the sink (I'm quite nearsighted). An open area under the sink holds a 'built-in' wastebasket. There are shelves in the shower for toiletries which also has a soap/shampoo dispenser which was filled daily. Other reviewers have commented on the 'friendly' shower curtain. It never made a move on me; however, I did weigh it down with two clothespins (previously suggested) and left one side of the curtain open a little for airflow. When Enchantment goes into drydock in December 2012, glass shower doors are supposed to be installed. Our stateroom had a new, smaller flat-screened TV and a digital safe. The ship must be rolling out these updates since others mentioned older TVs and safes which are accessed by a credit card. It was difficult to hear Captain Gus' announcements clearly in our stateroom. We stood near the door and could hear him clearly from the hall. The only time we could easily hear announcements in the stateroom speakers happened when passengers were late for a port sailaway. Captain Gus ended his 12 noon briefing with words of wisdom. Among my favorites: "There are 50 ways to leave your lover, but only one way to leave the ship: the gangway." We really enjoyed our balcony (and the refrigerator) - well worth the extra cost. It had two chairs and a glass-topped table, the perfect size for our morning room service tray. The balcony is not 100% private since the translucent divider is curved and you are able to see your neighbor by standing at the railing. Others have commented on the lack of varnish on the balcony railings: true statement. However, I like to think the varnish was worn away from cruisers leaning on the balcony talking with their new neighbors or staring at the ocean while slowly decompressing and falling under the ocean's spell. I can assure you there is lots of varnish on the public decks, polished to a high gloss. Room Service: I concur with other reviewers: the crew works incredibly hard for 12-16 hours a day while away from their families (up to 8 months at a time, depending on their contract). I wish I could name each crew member who smiled at us, asked us how we were doing or made us feel special. We came to know: our amazing, insightful stateroom attendant, Milton Pasos (Nicaragua); Keshia Ellis (Jamaica) who delivered our coffee and then breakfast to the stateroom on time, without fail; Peeter de la Cruz (Peru) the Deck 6 bar attendant in the Orpheum Theatre. Although we did not order drinks until the last night, Peeter came over to say hello every.single.night and to ask about our day. Mark in the Windjammer Marketplace greeted us every night and always had a nice word. RCCI is fortunate to have these four crew members and all others in their employ. Hint: on Day 1, we called Room Service to have a standard coffee order delivered between 7-7:30 am. Another nice touch? We got a call to let us know the order was on its way. We filled out a breakfast room service card and hung it on the door each night. Every morning, breakfast was delivered within our 7:30-8:00 a.m. window. Now you know why we didn't want to get off the ship! If you like strong coffee, room service is the best on the ship. Windjammer coffee is weak and Latte Tudes is very expensive. Meet and Mingle: Prior to the cruise, I registered with Cruise Critic(.com) and joined the Meet and Mingle held on the first full morning at sea in the Spotlight Lounge. Many people attended the well- organized event which included lots of goodies: signature RCCI travel accessories, a gift exchange and personalized visors for each person. Grandma Gail, organizer of the event, made the visors, a nice memento of the cruise. Following the M&M, we participated in a "Cabin Crawl" to visit four types of staterooms. Other organized activities included a Casino Slot Pull; group lunch; a shuffleboard tournament; and a dinner in the Chops Restaurant. Since we were first-time cruisers, I benefited from reading the posts on our cruise Roll Call. Experienced cruisers willingly shared information and answered questions. Their advice helped us adjust to ship life and to know what to expect. Join Cruise Critic for a wealth of information on everything cruising. Entertainment: We enjoyed the early/6:30p.m. show in the Orpheum Theatre each evening. Many have commented on the crowded shows and the need to show up an hour early; we did not find that necessary. We staked out seats on Deck 6 in the upper balcony each night at 6:00 p.m. and people-watched. Entertainment summary: Day 1: The "Sailaway Show" emceed by John Blair, Cruise Director, and his wife, Katrina Blair, Activities Manager (60-100 activities are scheduled daily). Day 2: This was an SRO crowd for a production show, "Can't Stop the Rock," a tribute to rock and roll featuring an energetic young cast finishing up their 6-month contract on board. Day 3: Joey Van, music, comedy and impressions. Day 4: Rodney Johnson, comedian. He joked a lot about shipboard life and parenting. Day 5: The music and comedy of Judy Kolba, international comedienne/singer. If guests were listening closely, they took away this message from her closing song: "Enjoy yourself; it's later than you think." If I learned anything on this cruise, it was just that. Hello. Day 6: The Grand Illusions of David Haines, illusionist, featuring (wife) Abi. Because of the anticipated large crowds, we were in 'our' seats by 5:50 p.m. Day 7: El Gaucho, singer/dancer/rope twirler/audience participation. Day 8: Johnny Thunder from The Drifters. Day 8: Matt Henry, juggler. Day 9: Production Show featuring the RC singers and dancers in "Stage to Screen" - the Broadway hits that made it to the Hollywood. Day 10: Matt Henry, comedy juggler. Later: Cruise Director, John Blair, starred in a tribute to Neil Diamond: "Longfellow Serenade." Day 11: Your Three Tenors, singing highlights from famous operas. Day 12: Farewell Showtime, featuring many of the previous entertainers and the RC singers and dancers. Each show had two interpreters for the (only) deaf passenger onboard. Their services are contracted with RCCI at no extra cost to the passenger. Website: Terpsatsea.com. They also interpreted for the passenger on shore excursions and at a daytime Centrum event toward the end of the cruise. Onboard Observations: If you are a runner, you will enjoy the ' mile track on Deck 10. Keep in mind, however, that you will compete with casual walkers who will not necessarily keep to the right and who may stroll three abreast. During inclement weather and/or high winds, Deck 10 will be closed. Although running is not permitted on Deck 5, we walked that deck many nights when Deck 10 was closed. It is more protected from the elements than Deck 10. Shopping Talks: Frequent port shopping presentations are scheduled with Earl, the shopping guide. They focus on how to buy diamonds and gems. "Official Shopping Maps" for each port are distributed with the "Royal Picks" noted: those vendors endorsed by RCCI. The cruise line receives commissions from passengers. Art on Royal: Art Gallery on Deck 6 with an art dealer and scheduled seminars, collections, and auctions. Music: The ship is alive with music in the Centrum, lounges, and pools. The groups included: DJ Conrad/Lucian; Rosario Strings; Viva Band; Lightning Wave; Max Difaz; Evergreen Trio; Enchantment Orchestra. Shops at Centrum: Shop till you drop at the onboard shops. Hint: toward the end of each cruise, many items are reduced significantly. If you can, wait! Ditto for spa treatments. Watch the Cruise Compass and signage for details. Disembarkation/Embarkation Procedures: When leaving the ship in port, each passenger inserts the SetSail Pass into a machine to document who has left the ship. When returning, all sunglasses and hats must be removed. Do this before you reach the gangway. There are many people behind you! Screeners match each passenger with the photo taken at Baltimore on Day 1. Each passenger is required to produce the SetSail Pass and sometimes, photo id. I was asked once for my photo id. All backpacks, phones, and cameras are put through a scanning machine, just like airport security. A crew member squirts passenger hands with antibacterial solution. Purell dispensers are found throughout the ship. While rules are prominently posted at the gangway and in the Cruise Compass about taking food off and on the ship (including warnings about fines if caught), our bags we were never inspected. Fruits and vegetables are the big worry. Enrichment Lectures: Joe Condrill presented enrichment lectures in the Spotlight Lounge. His one-hour topics: "Age of Discovery in the Caribbean;" "Piracy in the Caribbean"; "Enchanted Isles-Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico"; "Twenty-five Amazing Dates that Changed the World"; "Nostradamus Speaks to Us"; "Fascinating Tales about US Presidents, First Ladies, & Veeps"; Handouts were available. Religious Services: Saturday Vigil Catholic Mass was held on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.; Jewish Sabbath Service at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday; Interdenominational Video with Joel Osteen 6:00 a.m. -- noon, Sunday, on Channel 27; Interdenominational Religious Service at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. Cruise Compass: The Bible of your cruise. The stateroom attendant will bring two copies to your stateroom the evening before for the next day's activities. The multi-page leaflet includes: Important Things to Know Today; Programs Onboard; Offers of the Day; Activities and Entertainment Highlights; Open Hours (for onboard venues); Daily Planner; Today's Activities. The CC also includes a daily insert: Cruise Specials and More, focusing on shopping and onboard services; and, when in port, the omnipresent Official Shopping Map. Towel Exchange: Not as annoying as reported. Check-out RCCI beach towels on the Pool Deck and exchange for the same number of towels. SetSail pass is required. A $25 charge will be applied to the shipboard account if the towels are not returned prior to disembarkation. Library Deck 7: A nice, quiet retreat. Games and books are available for checkout. Daily Soduku and Trivia puzzles are available. I was happy to see a used book exchange, too. Imagine my delight when I traded my paperbook from home for James Michener's Caribbean. Reading it after the cruise helped to 'extend' our cruise and teach me more about the fascinating history of the Caribbean. Future Cruise Sales Deck 7: Take advantage of special prices by registering for your next cruise onboard. Hint: If you are even considering a future cruise, sign up early for a 30-minute appointment with the (two) cruise counselors. Hours are limited. Onboard we applied for a RCCI Visa card (approved the next day); registered for the NextCruise Program (a $100 per person nonrefundable deposit with ability to decide later on a specific cruise); registered for the Crown and Anchor Society. I guess you could say we are now "loyal to Royal." The disembarkation was as smooth as the embarkation. The night before departure, an instruction sheet and new (numbered) luggage tags were placed in each stateroom. Each number (ours was '41') was assigned a departure lounge on the ship and a time to gather. All passengers were divided into groups. All "41"s waited in the Orpheum Theatre, Deck 5 forward at 9:10-9:20 a.m. Coffee (undrinkable), juice, and sweet rolls were available. At 9:15 a.m., we formed a 'conga line' and were led off the ship, walking through the Enchantment one last time. We didn't want to leave! Passengers could choose to do a 'self-carry' departure between 7:30-8:00 a.m. Our luggage was already waiting for us in Area 41 in the terminal. Our 5 bags were all together. However, no one checked to see if we were the owners of the bags. Kudos to RCCI for pulling off this amazing feat. We gathered our bags and proceeded to the "Pick-Up Lot" to call and wait for our hotel shuttle. Porters with rolling carts are available to assist with bags but more are needed. Caution: Even though guests are staggered as they exit the ship, there is a lot of congestion with people and baggage. Don't fall over the person in front of you who decides to stop for no reason simply because h/she is dazed and confused! Everyone is still on island time. We called the Holiday Inn Express at 9:20 a.m. for a shuttle; he arrived at 10:00 and we were back at the hotel at 10:20. We used the bathroom, grabbed a cup of coffee, gassed up and departed Baltimore at 10:45 a.m. The Enchantment worked her magic: we arrived home rested, relaxed and ready to sail again: September 28-October 4 to Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
This was first time cruise for me and I WAS NOT Disappointed! I booked my cruise with a cruise travel agent which made it extremely easy from start to finish. The ship was very clean when we boarded and kept that way during the entire ... Read More
This was first time cruise for me and I WAS NOT Disappointed! I booked my cruise with a cruise travel agent which made it extremely easy from start to finish. The ship was very clean when we boarded and kept that way during the entire trip. They were very timely in leaving the port of departure and returning on time. Every thing was so organized from the moment we stepped on board to the time we left. Our cabin attendant kept us informed everyday with the Compass to let us know what was going on and how to do our luggage when we departed. Dining/Food The food at the Windjammer was pretty much the same from day to day. I heard the Chinese food that was served every other day was great but I did not get a chance to try it. Longer breakfast hours would be a real plus if they were extended a bit more. Lunch in the Windjammer was pretty much the same day to day as well. Great place to order a fresh omelet with whatever you want in it or an egg over easy, etc. very fresh! My Fair Lady was great! We ate dinner there every night and had the 6pm assigned eating time. The other meal time is 8:30 or you can chose "My Time" and eat when you chose. I enjoyed the set time because we ate at the same table and with the same people every night. We had a fantastic table with great conversation and we made a bunch of new friends. Our head waiter, Peter was very nice and helpful. He even gave all the women at he table a copy of the chilled soup recipes! The chilled soups served daily at dinner were outstanding! Every night of the 12 day cruise had a new chilled soup and I looked forward to that as my starter every night. Our Table waiter was Indra and he was from Indonesia. He was unbelievably great. He remembered all our names, and was so attentive and helpful. He had a great sense of humor. He brought us extra desserts each night so we could actually taste each dessert. we could not have asked for a better waiter! His assistant waiter was Oswald and he was outstanding as well! He even remembered what each of us drank every night for the dinner and exactly what flavor of tea we preferred. Can't ask for better than that! Food selection was great too, good variety to choose from. One night I did not like my fish and Indra went back a got me a new dinner of something else I chose. So accommodating! Breakfast at My Fair Lady was great too. The pancakes were terrific and so were the eggs benedict and the salmon, capers and cream cheese on a bagel.Eating formally at breakfast was a nice change from the Windjammer. If you have time in the morning My Fair Lady was great but if you were in a rush or don't eat much breakfast than the Windjammer would suit you better. Lunch at My Fair Lady was wonderful too. The make your own salad was phenomenal. The servers actually make your salad for you; you just pick out the ingredients and they put it together for you and mix it. Stateroom Quality Staterooms were great, plenty of room and lots and lots of storage. The towel animals were fun and entertaining. Our cabin attendant ,Tanya from Bulgaria, was very friendly and accommodating as well. Our room was immaculate every day with clean towels even though we did not ask for clean towels. The shower was a bit small but how much time do you spend in the shower anyway! Ship Staff Quality The ship staff were very pleasant. every time you passed by one they smiled and greeted us with pleasantries. They are very hard workers and they will help in any way they can. They were always willing to stop and say hello and ask if we needed any assistance. The people at the Guest Services desk were fantastic as well helping us on excursions and recommending the best ones for what interested us. Entertainment & Activities The entertainment was pretty good even though I never heard of any of the entertainers. I especially enjoyed the magic show and the comedian with his duck! Very funny! Activities were pretty good, lots of bingo, karaoke, and singers all over the ship. Good for the older crowd but not much for the younger crowds. It was hard to get a seat if you were going to the shows because they filled up real fast. People would claim their seat an hour or more before the shows. And even though they say you cannot save seats and it is first come, first serve, people do it on a regular basis and save not one seat but 4-6 seats. Shows generally ran 45 minutes to an hour. There was a shopping guide on board the ship, Paige, who did a few shows on how to shop in all the ports we went to. She was extremely helpful and handed out discounts like they were candy. She gave some great talks and told us where the best shopping and prices were. I was very pleased with my purchases and the prices I paid and all the freebies along the way. I really enjoyed the library for some quiet time and I found the trivia and Sudoku puzzles fun to do everyday. The fitness gym was small but than it was never full of people and machines were always available. They had just about everything machine you would need or want. The attendants were very friendly and helpful. I did not use the Spa but I was told it was very nice and chairs overlooking the water were very relaxing. They had a variety of different treatments to chose from at very affordable prices for a spa. Pools and Sunning The selection of pools was good for kids as well as adults. There was plenty of seating if you got there early on the sunny days otherwise you might have to go to the upper deck 10 to get a lounge chair. I did not go in the jacuzzi but they were well used from what I saw throughout the weeks. The bar attendants were johnny on the spot to get you drinks from the bar. The solarium was nice if you wanted to stay out of the sun or if it was a breezy or cool day outside. Overall it was a great trip! I would definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean International again and again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We sailed the Enchantment of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) out of Baltimore. Great port to sail from, easy access, easy parking, etc. Nice ship, not in bad shape, some challenges getting from aft to forward on some decks - required going up ... Read More
We sailed the Enchantment of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) out of Baltimore. Great port to sail from, easy access, easy parking, etc. Nice ship, not in bad shape, some challenges getting from aft to forward on some decks - required going up or down one level, but not a major problem. We had an oceanview room, deck 2, forward. Not much movement, just enough to lull you to sleep at night. But the climb up the stairs in the morning to deck 9, Windjammer Cafe, was tough to do after about the 4th day. Must have been all the food I ate. We try to only use the elevators when first boarding with carry-ons and when leaving with carry-ons as well. Room was nice, nothing extraordinary but planty of storage space, just what one would expect on a ship. Older tube TV, but the downside was that there was no interface to check our onboard account using the TV - you had to go to the Guest Relations Desk to do that. The food onboard in all of the venues was very good, not gourmet, but again, what we expected of Royal Caribbean. Food was available at all hours, after 2am one could order from room service. My only disappointment was that there was escargot at dinner only on 2 nights, and we had to ask for the 2nd night. I was spoiled by Celebrity last year having had escargot EVERY night in the MDR. Bar service on this ship was mediocre to poor. When you consider that a ship obtains a majority of it's onboard revenue from bar sales, the beverage department on the Enchantment seems to be running at a loss. No bar on the ship ever had more than one bartender at any time, and this caused long waits when the bartender had more than 2 people to serve, make their drinks, create a bill to be signed, yada yada. I guess I'm just used to American bar service, where no one goes unnoticed at a bar for more than 30 seconds. But again, not a terrible issue, since it kept my bar tab for the voyage lower than usual. Entertainment on the ship was terrific, every night there was a good show, and there were 2 late night adult themed shows as well. Kudos to the entire entertainment staff - job well done! Labadie, Haiti - Their private island, lots of nice beaches, food was fair - a bit cold, brought from the ship. But we were there for the sun and sand and surf. Don't let the vendors intimidate you - just them "no comprende" or "no money". Puerto Rico - we were there from 2pm to 10pm, which allowed for some time to walk around Old San Juan, see some sights, and then have dinner at a traditional local restaurant. We chose Toro Salao, in Old San Juan, and 6 of us had a terrific meal, great food and drinks, in a wonderful atmosphere. This restaurant is highly recommended by us, check out their web site. St Thomas - we had a snorkel trip planned, but the weather was not co-operating so it was cancelled. We spent the afternoon walking around in the shops near the pier. St Maarten - we did a land and beach tour with Joyce Prince and it was one of the best excursions we have done in St Maarten, having visited there at least 4 times. Joyce has a web site, you can google her. She personally does the tour and has exceptional knowledge of the island, both the French and Dutch sides. She will tailor the tour to whatever your group wants - we were a group of 10 and had a terrific time. Also took us to a terrific local restaurant on the French side, Lolos, where we had a great lunch. Consider Joyce Prince to be HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Of course, we made sure to visit Orient Beach, the clothing optional beach, where it apparently was senior citizen day - average age was 60!! (that's all I'll say about that!!) Antigua - (pronounced Anteega) we booked the Best of Paradise Island Tour with Gordon. Our tour with Gordon began at 9:30 am.We had no problems finding Gordon--at his designated meeting place-- on the boardwalk, wearing his straw hat. About 20 minutes later, we boarded Gordon's bus. We were a group of 17 which I put together on Cruise Critic before we sailed. Gordon had a cooler filled with soft drinks and water. As we departed from the cruise ship pier, we drove through St. John's, the capital of Antigua and passed the monument of V.C. Bird, the first Prime Minister of Antigua and its sister island Barbuda. Gordon then proceeded to take us to an abundance of historical sites in Antigua, and provided an excellent narration of facts and anecdotes. Our last stop was Long Bay Beach. We spent 1 hour there. Great beach, very clean, water was crystal clear, no hucksters on the beach. During the course of the day Gordon offered us delicious sour bread with cheese and fresh, juicy pineapple, and beef and chicken patties, and whatever beverages we wanted (soft drinks). Overall, we had a great day touring the island with Gordon. Gordon was an excellent guide. He kept his eye on everyone in the group and explained points of interest at all the stops. Tortola - this port had to be the highlight of our cruise. A number of us had made arrangements with a local tour operator for a beach/snorkel tour. But in late October the operator stopped communicating with everyone - no emails, no operating phone number. One person in our group came to the rescue. He quickly arranged to charter a catamaran which was large enough for 34 of us, plus a captain and mate - 2 delightful people, who served us well. We had the catamaran to ourselves for over 5 hours, all the liquid refreshment we wanted - water, soda, beer, rum punches and painkillers!! We sailed to one beach, got over an hour of beach time there, then went to another part of Jost Van Dyke to snorkel for about an hour or so. Lots of great coral and fish to be seen in that area. On the catamaran we sang, we sunned, we drank and had a terrific time with our group. All in all, this was a great cruise, and little blips we encountered were all overshadowed by the good ports, great people and fun time we had. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
From check-in to our departure, we totally enjoyed this cruise, its ports and its entire staff! Though the ship is aging and has a few bumps and bruises, it is well maintained by a fine crew. The Inside Cabin is small at 145 sq. ft. ... Read More
From check-in to our departure, we totally enjoyed this cruise, its ports and its entire staff! Though the ship is aging and has a few bumps and bruises, it is well maintained by a fine crew. The Inside Cabin is small at 145 sq. ft. and the shower is minuscule. However, I cannot compliment this crew enough. The captain is the best captain of any cruise we've sailed. Professionally he brought us through some rough seas and personally he was always enjoyable and accessible. He even visited the quilting group on board for about a half hour! He was happy and jovial and gave us some very fun words of wisdom each day. Almost every person with a RCI name tag on was personable and friendly and happy! The cruise director, John was a step above as well. He and his wife were always quite entertaining and never pushy. The shows provided each evening were high quality, especially the ships own dancers and singers. DO NOT MISS THEIR PRODUCTIONS! From the stage sets, to the costumes, to the choreography, the band, the lighting and the talent - they were fabulous. The casino was fun too. All of the dealers were personable and made me losing my money not seem so bad! The ports of call were good. We are simply beach bums as we have done all of the excursions that we care to do. We found nice beaches at each port. Sorry I cannot report on shore excursions. The food, except for Chops Grill - see below, was exceptional. The variety and quality were among the best on any ship. The service was outstanding - never rushed, but always highly professional. Maybe silly to some, but both my husband and I commented on the ships temperature all around the ship - not hot or cold, always comfortable. We also found the Enchantment a nice size and easy to navigate - no pun intended! One of the highlights of the trip was participating (for the first time) in Cruise Critics Meet & Mingle. KUDOS to the volunteers who arranged the activities!!! We had a grab bag, a cabin crawl so you could see all the different types of cabins, our own slot tournament and one of the organizers even made us our own decorated door sign. The veterans even had gifts for us in their cabins. It sure made for a fun day at sea. The Enchantment even gave away some prizes at the Meet & Mingle too. We did NOT have a good experience in Chops Grill however. The service was poor, my husband's steak was not edible as it was full of grizzle. My steak was nothing special at all - surely not one of "the best steaks at sea." The appetizers were very good as was the dessert. We visit the special dining rooms on all of the ships we sail and this one would rank right at the bottom. We did not complain, but were never asked if all was to our liking. We feel that the waiter should have noticed my husbands steak was not consumed - though it did look a mess on the plate from trying to cut it! Then as we were eating our desserts our waiter did apologize for his poor service and went on to complain about Royal Caribbean and how they are short staffed always. So, poor service, bad food and an inefficient and complaining waiter. Certainly not worth the $30 pp surcharge - not even close! This was the only RCI employee that let us down. I guess nobody is perfect. Overall, we found the Enchantment of the Seas very enchanting and will return some day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We arrive at the Baltimore by car at approx 1000a.m. At that point they were only allowing vehicles that were dropping off passengers to enter. Finally at approx 1045a.m. the gates were opened and we were officially "on ... Read More
We arrive at the Baltimore by car at approx 1000a.m. At that point they were only allowing vehicles that were dropping off passengers to enter. Finally at approx 1045a.m. the gates were opened and we were officially "on vacation!" Dropping off the lugguage was easy, then drove to the designated parking lot where we paid for parking, locked the doors then headed inside. WITH SEAPASSS and PASSPORT in hand, we entered the terminal quickly. It was still rather early, but the terminal was busy. We only waited in line for about 5 minutes then it was our turn to check in and receive our keycards. The Baltimore terminal is one of the best we have traveled from. They are always friendly...very efficient and orderly. We sat in our designated area and enjoyed a cookie w/coffee (I had water), and chatted with our friends...and making new ones. This is why we love to cruise...you meet great people! We started boarding shortly afterward and everyone heads to deck 9 for the Windjammer to have lunch while waiting for rooms to be available at 1:30. It's now 1:30 and the doors to the deck hallways have now been opened. Our room is midship, right where I like to be. Was a little disappointed that this room was a "connecting" room. This meant that we only had a small chair rather than a small sofa in the room. Otherwise, the room worked out great. One of our friends surprised us with a bag of decorations to help jazz up the room. Our attendant got a big kick out of that! One thing we used to do was put the luggage in the closet which really took up alot of needed space. Now, under the bed they go. Our attendant, Dennis, was a very nice man...very happy to help and did everything he could to make a trip a good one. Something I learned from another cruiser was to leave some goodies on the bed each morning before the attendant would come in. Each day I left something different...a couple pieces of hard candy one day, chocolate the next...and he loved it!! After all, he was working hard to please us, I wanted to make his day a little sweeter! Meals on the Enchantment were good...but there is always room for improvement. Six of us went to Chops one evening...a must do!!! I had the shrimp cocktail and the filet mignon...it was wonderful!! THEN, the red velvet cake (which had to go back to the room with me). One of our friends had the chocolate cake which was awesome. Chops is now $30 per person and worth every cent of it (your gratuity is included!) Our first excursion was in St Thomas. We took a pirate ship named "BONES" out and went snorkling. AWESOME!! huge turtles and gorgeous fish. My favorite excursion was to the most beautiful beach I had ever step foot on in Samana, Cayo Levantodo. The sand was like stepping on marshmellow fluff. I never sat in the beach chair once...I stayed in the water for hours. It was totally awesome! We had another great day in Labadee. Our friends invited us to spend the day with them in an "over-the-water" cabana. The beach was not as nice as the one in Samana...very rocky and there was alot of debris in the water. We hit some rocky weather returning to Baltimore. VERY windy out on the upper deck but other than that it was not a bad ride home at all. Captain Gus kept us well informed of what was ahead of us and what to expect. We arrived back in Baltimore right on time. We decided to take our own luggage off. Good idea? Maybe. They had those passengers taking luggage off lining up around the centrum, ending at the elevators. Those of us getting off the elevators had no where to go, therefore, MANY of us were blocking others who needed/wanted to use the elevators. That 10 minutes of standing, being pushed, or being grumpled at almost took the good edge off of a good cruise. Once we started moving, well, the cruise was still good...but it was over. We soared into the terminal, met w/customs, then out to the car and home. Will we sail again with RCCL and on the Enchantment? Yep, in Jan, Mar, and Jul of 2012!!! Come join us!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I just returned from a 12 day cruise on Enchantment of the Seas. I sailed with my sisters and BIL.Embarkation:We drove to the port of Baltimore from our home in central Virginia. We have sailed from this port several times before and ... Read More
I just returned from a 12 day cruise on Enchantment of the Seas. I sailed with my sisters and BIL.Embarkation:We drove to the port of Baltimore from our home in central Virginia. We have sailed from this port several times before and always have arrived around 10 to 10:30 a.m. Never had a wait before but this time when we arrived shortly after 10 a.m. they were not allowing cars into the parking lot. We were lined up to wait. The ship had arrived on time that morning but passengers didn't start to embark until around 11 a.m. so we didn't have access to the parking area. We waited until around 11:30 before the line started to move. From that point on things went smoothly and we were on board and in the Windjammer eating lunch before 12:30. Never did hear a reason for the delayed embarkation.Stateroom:There were 4 of us adults in the Royal Family Suite #8666. We have stayed in this category stateroom on the Grandeur and the room was basically the same. We had 3 flat screen TV's-one in each bedroom and one in the living room.The balcony was huge and we enjoyed it a lot.The room and balcony need some work. Carpet was stained in the stateroom and on the balcony the railing was white with age and needed staining badly. This in no way kept us from having a wonderful cruise.Public areas:All public areas were very well maintained and keep very clean. Shows: I really didn't go to many shows so can't comment on the entertainment. Others in my family enjoyed them very much. I was glad we had reserved seating (a perk of the suite) as the nights I was in there it was standing room only.Concierge Lounge:It was very nice and Reyno was wonderful. We visited this room several times each day but didn't stay. It was so hot in there that it was very uncomfortable. We would get drinks and snacks and take back to our room. Staff:We had one of the best stateroom attendants ever on this cruise. He did a wonderful job of cleaning our room twice a day and very quickly got us feather pillows and a blanket instead of that heavy comforter which is on the bed.Dining room staff was also very nice and served us quickly each night. I really don't like having to wait so long between courses and our waiter did a great job of keeping the courses flowing nicely without us feeling rushed.Food:I was not impressed with the food with the exception of our dinner at Chops one night. That meal was wonderful. The menu in the dining room was repeated several times. Desserts were not good except for the last night when we had key lime pie which was delicious. Food in the Windjammer was hit and miss also. Again this didn't ruin our cruise. We didn't go hungry.Ports:We've done these ports several times before when this cruise was a 9 day. We loved the addition of 3 days and the ports of Tortola and St. Martin.We're not fans of Samana and are glad to see that in 2012 this port is removed and Antigua will be added.So--we had a great time. The weather was wonderful. The staff was great (but we did miss Capt. Rob who was on vacation.) We liked it so much that we booked again for March 2012. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
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 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
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
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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