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

My husband and I have been on a dozen or so cruises over the years, and this sailing out of Baltimore was a bargain, especially since we could drive to the Port. The departure was effortless and we were on-board snacking in the Windjammer ... Read More
My husband and I have been on a dozen or so cruises over the years, and this sailing out of Baltimore was a bargain, especially since we could drive to the Port. The departure was effortless and we were on-board snacking in the Windjammer Buffet within about 30 minutes of getting dropped off at the port! I had tried to change our cabin a few days before sailing and was informed that it was a full ship... only 3 empty cabins in the entire ship. We also had to settle for Late Seating in the main dining room because of our last minute booking. We could have chosen the anytime dining option, but one of the things we enjoy most on our cruises is getting to know our table-mates over dinner throughout the trip. The seas were pretty calm, the Captain was friendly, and the ports were a good mix, with plenty of various activities available to suit all tastes and budgets. As is our habit, we chose to explore each island on our own, renting a car in Aruba and St Maarten, taking a tour we booked after arriving on St Kitts, and taking a taxi to Mombo Beach in Curacao, rather than booking any excursions through the ship. We found the ship to be very neat and clean and the staff were, without exception, helpful and friendly. Neither of us drink or gamble so I can't really comment on the casino or bars, but I heard no complaints. I liked the big screen by the pool, as well as the reggae music played there. The shows were pretty standard, though the David Haines Magic show was great! So far, so good, right? So here are the things that were not so good...Our main complaint was with the food in the MDR--it was always served lukewarm, and the quality was not what we were expecting based on previous RCI cruises. The steaks were tough to the point of being inedible both times we ordered them, the fish was very overcooked and mushy, and the tiny lobster tail served on the last formal night was very overcooked and fishy tasting. That same night we had "Baked Alaska" for dessert, except instead of a slice of white cake, filled with ice cream, frosted with meringue, then quickly broiled to brown the tips of the meringue.... we got a small flat dish of completely melted Neopolitan ice cream covered with a layer of browned meringue! Also, the traditional appetizer of escargot was included on every single night, but was NEVER avaialable, and on every menu the explanation was that because of a worldwide escargot shortage, tiny bay scallops (dime-sized) would be substituted-- if they could print the substitution explanation, why not just say they are SERVING BAY SCALLOPS nightly? The food at dinner in the Windjammer was generally better than the MDR, mainly because it was served hot and there were more choices. We also enjoyed the late snacks at the Park Cafe in the Solarium, though it seems like asking for trouble to eat chili dogs and pizza at 1:00 AM on a moving ship! Aside from the issues with the food, this is the first time I have ever had a cabin with no refrigerator, no mints or chocolates on the pillow at night, where you had to ask for an ice bucket, no water pitcher, no toiletries at all in the bathroom save the generic all-purpose shampoo dispenser in the shower and the mini soap bar on the sink. I realize these are little things, but they all add to the cruise experience, and we missed them. The disembarkation at Port Canaveral was smooth and efficient, however the area where passengers await the various shuttles, taxis, and buses could have been better organized... it wasn't too bad once we figured out that our shuttle would have a different company name and logo displayed on it than the name that was on our booking paperwork! All in all, we enjoyed the trip, saw beautiful scenery, met lots of nice people, and visited interesting ports, but I think we will most likely try our luck with a different cruise line next time to see if similar cutbacks are being made. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Flight to Baltimore was good on AA. Stayed at Admiral Fell Inn. Nice stay and much to do. Spent Saturday, prior to the cruise, in D.C. on a guided tour. Had a good time. Spent Easter in Inner Harbour. Embarkation: The worse we ever ... Read More
Flight to Baltimore was good on AA. Stayed at Admiral Fell Inn. Nice stay and much to do. Spent Saturday, prior to the cruise, in D.C. on a guided tour. Had a good time. Spent Easter in Inner Harbour. Embarkation: The worse we ever had. Spent over 2.5 hours in line to go through security. Brought 2 botlles of wine and was told that wine was not allowed. When we said yes it was now, we were asked who told us so. We replied RCCL and the sign the gentleman was leaning on. Getting checked in was a breeze and got to our cabin right when they were released. Public rooms: Even though she was recently "upgraded" we were not impressed. Very dark. The dark red carpet not appealing. Not impressed by the artwork. Husband and I thought she was the uglist ship we had been on. The Centrum is beautiful but waiting for someone to slip and be injured on the stairs since the are marble and hard to see where 1 stair ended and another 1 started. Too much was planned at the Centrum. Viking Crown underutilized during the day. Many activites could have been held there due to space but instead held in small bars. Cabin: We were in an aft JS. Nicer than expected. Balcony was nice but closet smaller than excepted. Still no real complaints. Unfortunately had the worse steward we have ever had. Kept asking for little things; i.e. ice and a sharp container. I had notified Special Needs that I would need a sharps container. I take shots on Friday and finally got one on Thursday night. I reminded him daily. We finally got a plactic "bowl" of ice each night, but it was half melted by the time we got back to the cabin. The safe did not work so maintance had to come fix it. On the second night (formal) the tub backed up and we had sewage in the bathroom, so we missed formal night. Toilet would not flush 2-3x on the trip. Maintance got to know us. Dining: As usual we ask for a small table and end up with the largest table in the dining room. Luckily we had the best table mates on any of our cruises. Services was wonderful. The menu was so-so. Ate off the ""classic" menu about half of the time. Husband spurged and got the Chops steak and Turf n Surf. He said they were outstanding. Windjammer not very good. Very limited vegetables. Park Cafe was good. Entertainment: Pretty good. Shine, the country western band, was very good. Was surprised that the RCC dancers did only 2 shows. Serivce: I had heard the the crew was very friendly and helpful. We found this not to be really true. Sudesh the bartender at the R bar was the one that we rely on ther most. I don't know if the crew was sad that they were leaving Baltimore but saw few smiles. Excursions: For the most part very very good. We booked a cabana in Labadee and it was the best thing we did. Very relaxing. We had booked a rainforest trip to the waterfall in San Juan but it was cancelled. When we went to change they did not tell us that there were still other excursions to the rainforest. Also, I had booked to go to the Virgin Baths. My ticket stated to meet on the pier at 0800 to leave at 0815. I got there at 0755 and they were leaving. Half of the tickets said to meet at 0730 to leave at 0745 and half were like mine. No explaination or apology given for miss understanding or misprint. I enjoyed the Baths very much. Husband is a diver and thought the dives were very good and ran very well. Debarkation: We were off fairly early but could not get our luggage. They unload the luggage by number and you have to wait till it was completely unloaded. We could not get a porter becasue the ones that unload the luaggage are also the porters. Overall Impressions" This was a "geriatric" cruise, median age was between 70-75. Ambulance was at each pier and even Baltimore upon arriving. Activities were geared to older group. Found out you don't get in the way of trivia.The ship needs repairs. On deck 10, we noticed the wood railing were apart for the metal beams that should hold it together, some places up to 2-3 inches seperation. The propelers on some of the life boats were so rusted that I don't see how they would be able to turn if needed. we did meet some nice people and if though this sounds like a gripe fest, we enjoyed our time. Needed to get away and just relax, which we did. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We are mid 60's, fairly active, and enjoy travel. This was our 26th cruise. We selected this ship based on itinerary and price. Also, since we live in Michigan and fly to the ports, we try to book 10 days or longer. We flew into ... Read More
We are mid 60's, fairly active, and enjoy travel. This was our 26th cruise. We selected this ship based on itinerary and price. Also, since we live in Michigan and fly to the ports, we try to book 10 days or longer. We flew into Baltimore the day prior to the cruise and stayed at Spring Hill Suites on Redwood Street. Taxi from BWI to hotel was about $35. It is a very nice hotel, and we had stayed there prior to another cruise 4 years ago. We walked around the Inner harbor, stopped for lunch, and later had dinner at Gertrude's Restaurant, located at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The morning of the cruise, we took the free shuttle from the hotel to visit Fort McHenry. It was very nice, and only took about 2 hours. We then took taxi ($15) to the ship. EMBARKATION: WORST I have ever experienced, due to the security check. I have written this story on the Eastern Departure Ports page. We stood in security line for 90 minutes. Once through that, we were registered and on the ship in 10 minutes. Cabin: We had an inside on deck 4. Nice and quiet. Room is showing some wear and tear, although there was a new flat screen TV. Crew: A very good crew on this ship; very attentive, professional, and eager to please. Food: no complaints. Took breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer and all dinners in main dining room. We had My Time Dining, but liked a particular waiter, so we were with him most of the time. We did try the Park cafe in the Solarium a couple of times, but did not really care for it. Entertainment: all musicians were good. Production shows were some of the better ones I have seen. Special entertainers Tony Pace and the Happenings were very enjoyable. BIG COMPLAINT: The new large screen TV installed on the pool deck is VERY annoying. I wrote of this on the RCCL page. They show movies and sports in the evenings, which is okay, as the people who want to see them go there and watch. BUT, for some reason, they BLAST the CNN news each morning from 8 to 10, when the pool should kind of be a "quiet" area. Have not heard from anyone who enjoyed watching 2 hours of news. They also show some candid camera type videos each morning about 11. Some people liked to watch them, but WHY have the music and laugh track playing. That is not necessary to enjoy the video and just irritates the 90% who are not watching. DIS-EMBARKATION: walked off the ship about 9:15, went through customs, got our bags, and taxied to the airport (flat rate-$30) by 10:00. Easy. SUMMARY: Without the big screen and embarkation issues, this would have been one of the best, and relaxing, of our cruises. Can't do this one again, as this ship is re-positioning to Florida to do 3 and 4 day cruises. I think Grandeur is taking her place out of Baltimore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We really enjoyed our cruise - wonderful ship, excellent service by the staff, comfortable accomodations. My husband and I were on the Enchantment for the 12-night Eastern Caribbean cruise that left Baltimore on January 14, 2013. This is ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruise - wonderful ship, excellent service by the staff, comfortable accomodations. My husband and I were on the Enchantment for the 12-night Eastern Caribbean cruise that left Baltimore on January 14, 2013. This is only our second cruise - the first was on Holland America for the Alaskan Inside Passage cruise, so our observations are from cruise neophytes. Embarkation: We're really pleased that Royal Caribbean sails out of the port of Baltimore as this is very convenient for us. We used the Airport Shuttle to pick us up from our home, deliver us to the cruise terminal, and pick us up after the cruise. So easy! Embarkation was straightforward. I had attached our RC luggage tags before leaving so we dropped off our luggage at the carts outside and headed into the terminal. The first line was for security - walk-thru scanner and X-ray of any carry-ons. Be sure to let them know if you have wine in your luggage as they want to check it. Wine and champagne only - no liquor allowed in your luggage. Then we stood in the line for our cabin type (about 30-45 minutes) and checked in. Then, zoom - right to the ship. There's a stop to get your photo taken then up the long ramp. You arrive on Deck 4 and you can go anywhere you like, but cabins weren't ready until around 1:00. We headed to the Solarium and enjoyed a delicious roast beef sandwich and light dessert. Stateroom: We had a balcony stateroom (#7084). Very roomy with a sofa and lots of storage, flat screen TV, hairdryer in a drawer. The balcony is on the smallish side but really a nice luxury. A little annoyed that passengers are allowed to smoke on balconies. The smoke drifts over and forced us inside several times although I think our neighbors were trying to be considerate when they knew we were outside. The bathroom is small of course and our shower had the dreaded "fondling curtain" that clings to you as you shower. Two outlets at the desk to recharge electronics. We used one for a small electric clock (I like to see the time at night) which gained a minute or two each day. They don't want you to leave items charging when you're not there. Our room attendant unplugged ours if we were out. There is a safe, but it's pretty small. It fits the iPad and my Kindle and DSLR camera, but the bigger camera wouldn't fit. It operates with a number keypad to open and close. Enchantment: Our trip was post-rehab and everything looked fresh. New carpeting, flat screen TVs, and a bright Centrum with pretty lighting displays all made for a pleasant voyage. The jogging track on the top deck was nice although it was often closed when windy. The promenade deck on Deck 5 was open all the way around just once. They seem to block off the ends to do maintenance. I liked the touch screens around the ship to tell you how to get places. Everything seemed to work well. Food: We ate at the Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch and a few dinners. The food there was kind of hit or miss. Breakfast offers scrambled eggs, omelets, bacon and really good sliced ham. Nice selection of sweet rolls, muffins and croissants. Coffee was good. Stay away from the cardboard-like pancakes!! Lunch and dinner offered meat dishes like stir frys, pork chops, sliced roast beef, barbecue, salads and desserts. Some of the desserts were excellent (cheesecake, chocolate cakes) and some not so good (mousse and nougats seemed to have no flavor). All had a nice presentation. We could usually find a table for two and the wait staff was excellent keeping tables clean and bringing coffee and drinks. My Fair Lady Dining Room. We chose the My Time Dining option and I set reservations online before we left, but adjusted them each day as needed. The food there was really good with a lovely presentation. Pasta dishes were nicely seasoned, the salmon dishes were flavorful and perfectly cooked. I'd recommend the fruit "soups" as appetizers - really a nice fresh start to dinner. Desserts were really good - the Chocolate Sensation was great, Warm Chocolate Cake was nice, Kahlua cake was delicious. Wait staff excellent! We had Hemant and he was terrific! The dining room is a much better choice - the food is much, much nicer than that of the Windjammer and the service is great! We had a table for two, near a window as I had requested and we had the same table and waiter throughout. Really lovely to watch the sunset while dining. Entertainment: We attended only one show the last night, but wished we had attended more. The comedian was really good and the singing talent was great. Most nights we enjoyed the bands in the Centrum (Evergreen Trio and Shine) and watched the dancers. A pleasant low-key way to enjoy the evening. Several movies: Bourne Legacy, The Amazing Timothy Green, Dark Knight Rises, Hope Springs, Premium Rush. Don't miss the "Captain's Cake Decorating Contest". Captain Gus and the Hotel Captain square off to decorate cakes. Lots of laughs! Ports: British Virgin Islands (Tortola) : We took the RC excursion to The Baths at Virgin Gorda. A speedy catamaran boat ride to the island and then a bus trip to the Baths. A short hike down the hill took us to the shore and then a walk through the boulders. You have to be able to duck under rocks and scramble over some rocks a bit, but the water is no higher than knee deep. A pretty place and worth the trip. On the boat ride back everyone was treated to a cup of Rum and CocaCola. We arrived back in time to do some shopping in town. Antigua: Not our favorite place. Hoards of taxi drivers descend on passengers once you arrive and throughout the day. We walked up to St. Johns Cathedral for some photos. It was once a beautiful church but it's in bad shape now and under restoration. We returned to portside and forged our way through the taxi hawkers to do a little shopping, but quickly returned to the ship. St. Maarten: Very nice island. We took the RC Island Tour bus excursion and really enjoyed this. It takes you on a loop around the island and crosses the border to the French side. The tour bus stops in town for you to do some shopping and visit the vendors at the marketplace. Be sure to do some bargaining as the price goes down as you walk away. It's an interesting place with all the signage in French. Back on the bus and the tour returns you to Philipsburg. The driver let us off close to town for shopping and we walked about a mile back to the ship. St. Thomas: We took the RC tour to St. John which involved a short boat ride over to the island, an open air tour bus takes you on a loop around the island and stops at several of the beaches and overlooks so you can spend a few minutes taking photos and enjoying the beach. We enjoyed this trip and the driver had some interesting and funny commentary along the route. You arrive back at the dock and have about an hour to do some shopping before boarding the boat back to St. Thomas. It's about a mile walk to Charlotte Amalie (water taxis are available) for shopping. We were here 30 years ago and it was much more crowded and noisier than I remember. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Our favorite stop of the trip. This area of San Juan is really pretty. There are two old forts within walking distance - San Cristobal and El Morro. Both are worth the visit to see the old battlements and learn a bit about the history of the island. Take a few minutes to look down the side streets to see the nicely maintained houses with the colorful fronts and decorations. The ship was only here for a few hours - 8 am to 1 pm and I wish we had more time here. Long lines to get back on the ship - this was the only port where we had to show a photo ID to get back onboard. Labadee, Haiti: First I need to say we're not beach people, so Labadee wasn't so great for us. Royal Caribbean has put a lot of money into making this into kind of a beach/amusement park. There are zip lines, a children's water play area, cabanas (which cost extra), and some nice beaches to relax on. It's just for Royal Caribbean so the only people here are the passengers and the attendants and merchants. Lunch is served at a large pavilion - chicken wings, ribs, salads and cookies. When we arrived all the beach chairs are stacked up with guys standing next to them. If you want a chair you have to ask and then they expect a tip. They all work for Royal Caribbean - why not just set the chairs up when the ship docks. I could have done without Labadee. Debarkation: Easy! We got instructions the night before and filled in our customs form for purchases made during the trip. We did most of our packing the night before. On debark day, the Windjammer opened at 6 am (super crowded!) so we had breakfast there. Back to our room to finish packing and when they announced that we could leave, we stood in line to debark. One last ding for our Seapass and we were off the ship to Customs. That was quick too. My only complaint was the Baltimore Cruise Terminal - we had to wait outside once we cleared customs. It's January, raining and cold. They did have overhead heaters, but they really don't help much. I don't understand why we couldn't wait inside for our shuttle to arrive. This isn't a problem if you parked here, but there were a lot of folks shivering outside waiting for their ride home. Some nits: The Park Cafe in the Solarium is nice, but really fills up at lunch. Also, people "reserve" the chaises with towels and items so that means none are available. Most were left like that for hours. The music in the Windjammer is way too loud. It's already a noisy place and loud rock/pop music doesn't help. The big TV on the pool deck was usually tuned to loud MTV pop videos. I think less than 10% of the passengers even knew who the musicians were. I'd like to see the Main Dining Room menus posted for the whole trip so I can plan what nights I want to go there. Please, RC, ban smoking on the balconies! Smoke drifts all around, spoiling a very expensive cabin upgrade for non-smokers. Please pause the movie during announcements. We were at a critical point in a movie where plot points were explained, but missed the whole thing. Also, please offer a TV news station other than Fox News. CNN International was okay, but another US news station would be appreciated. Luggage: Only one of our two suitcases arrived with most of the luggage. My bag was nowhere to be found - not a good feeling as the ship pulls away from the dock. After 6 pm they said there was no more luggage to be delivered so I asked our room attendant (Renato) to check for me. He finally found my suitcase and delivered it to our room around 7 pm. No one knows why it was late - it still had all the tags on it and looked fine. Really had me worried though, trying to imagine what I'd need to do without it! Next time I'm keeping my bags with me when I board. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
First the good stuff. The ship is super, clean, nice decor, smooth sailing, loved the solarium, etc. Staff- wonderful!!! Can't think of any negatives. Drinks - good Islands - WOW! Check in - smooth I really like the ... Read More
First the good stuff. The ship is super, clean, nice decor, smooth sailing, loved the solarium, etc. Staff- wonderful!!! Can't think of any negatives. Drinks - good Islands - WOW! Check in - smooth I really like the no-smoking policy in the casino on formal nights. Great idea - now lets make it a few more nights!! Now the bad stuff. I don't want to come across as nit-picky BUT it seems the cost cutting has gone a little overboard. First let me say that RCI and Princess are the top 2 cruise lines on our list. However this was our first sailing in 4 years and it appears that a lot of small changes have been made. The breakfast buffet has definitely gone down hill in my opinion. From very hard bread products to watered down gravies, etc. Grapefruit is no longer available in the buffet, only in the dinning room. Had to ask for smoked salmon and certain other items that were in sight and plentiful on previous cruises in the buffet area. Dining room breakfast was good. Ran out of items on a daily basis in both areas - one day english muffins, another pineapple, another bananas, etc. For most of the cruise the 6 soft ice cream dispensers on the pool deck only had one flavor - strawberry!!! We loved to be able to go to our cabins in the afternoon, relax with a drink an a shrimp cocktail or two. Not anymore. Shrimp cocktails are no longer available for room service orders! What is this all about??? The dinners were so-so with a lot of repeats. We were told by staff not to eat the steak because the cuts were bad - and they were chewy, chewy, chewy. We had to find out for ourselves!!! We were told that RCI corporate mandates what food is purchased and how much - take it from there!! Entertainment was not bad but not that good either. Two of the best shows were done in the Centrum that seats about 100 people so naturally the late seating diners had no place to sit and sometimes limited standing room to watch the shows. Whose idea was this? Bad idea!!! Put those shows back into the theater where everyone can sit and enjoy them. Yes we enjoyed the cruise and maybe the things mentioned above have been going on for a few years but this is the first time we noticed them. Maybe what we experienced was an anomaly because we know a couple that came back from a5-day RCI cruise out of Miami 2 weeks before our cruise and they said they didn't have any of the issues we had. Was it just this ship? - time will tell. Will we cruise again?? You betcha!! Not so sure with who but we will! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
I have sailed with RCI over 50 times, with a number of those trips on Enchantment. I like Enchantment as it is one of RCI's smaller ships and has a Concierge Lounge - both of which are important to me. Embarkation in Baltimore is ... Read More
I have sailed with RCI over 50 times, with a number of those trips on Enchantment. I like Enchantment as it is one of RCI's smaller ships and has a Concierge Lounge - both of which are important to me. Embarkation in Baltimore is easy, terminal is a short, $40, taxi ride from BWI, embarkation formalities were easy and quick, now if only RCI would do something about its very delayed (on all ships) luggage delivery. This time, shorter than most, it took 4 1/2 hrs. even though my Diamond Plus tags are supposed to ensure priority delivery. First its time to check table assignment, and in my case make a change, and then its off to the very crowded Windjammer Buffet for lunch. Cabins available at 1:30 pm., safety drill at 3:15, and underway at 5 pm for three days at sea. Entire trip was very "RCI", all OK, nothing special, constant attempts to "sell", so-so food in Dining Room and Windjammer, excellent friendly service from crew, tired and old shows, headline entertainers that I had seen many times before, a poor destination lecturer, good Cruise Director and staff, overpriced shore excursions, great experience on Labadee - their "Private Island". I was particularly upset that as part of the constant attempts to "sell" that the Spa Director and "Dr. Botox" were paraded thru the Concierge Lounge and interrupted our cocktail time to "visit" and sell their wares. Also on many RCI ships little extras, e.g. fruit bowls, snack trays etc. are sent to their most senior cruisers - but not on Enchantment. Even those is the best suites mentioned that the only beverages in their cabins were one bottle of water and little else. Cutbacks are everywhere and all pervading e.g. you have to "request" ice service, suite passengers must "request" stationary etc. RCI has also again raised the surcharge in Chops (their steakhouse) to $30.00. As a result the first time I ate there I was the ONLY customer, the second time there were two other tables being occupied. Does it ever occur to the 'bean counters" that constantly raising prices leads people to stay away? Overall yes a good cruise because price is right, and friendly service and Concierge Lounge make the other irritants worth putting up with.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
This was a 12 day southern Caribbean cruise on Enchantment of the Seas out of Baltimore. As we live an hour away from the port, we drove to the pier and took advantage of the $15 a day parking. Nothing like being able to walk off the ... Read More
This was a 12 day southern Caribbean cruise on Enchantment of the Seas out of Baltimore. As we live an hour away from the port, we drove to the pier and took advantage of the $15 a day parking. Nothing like being able to walk off the ship when the cruise is over, get in the car, and head for home. We arrived around 11:30. Baggage handling and parking went smoothly. Once in the terminal the security line was a bit long, but once past the x-rays, the Diamond line was quick and we were on the ship and chatting with other Cruise Critic folks by noon. Nice operation. We had an oceanview cabin on deck four, a few doors behind the Champagne Bar. Easy to find and convenient for the debark. Nice size, adequate storage, everything worked. The service on this ship from the cabin stewards and the dining room wait staff to the bartenders in the various venues was first class. However for the first time I have to say that the food in the Windjammer was better than the dining room. The first few days showed promise, but then the stroganoff had pickles and beets in it again. Really? I know the curries are used for the vegetarian option, but sometimes a nice lamb or chicken curry would be nice. Nine out of the twelve days, the vegetarian Indian option in the dining room contained cauliflower. Did RCCL buy a lot of this on sale or what? Anyway we opted for Chops Grille twice to avoid the dining room menu and were not disappointed. The only criticism at Chops was that the fish items tended to be overcooked; I'd stick to the beef. Chops is well worth the upcharge. Being a 12 day cruise, the passengers were mostly retired folks. Because of this the early seating was moved up to 5:30 instead of 6pm. It just made the time between dinner and the nightly entertainment longer. It would be nice if management would run a poll of their passengers on the longer cruises to see if this is what they really want. No one I spoke to, even some very elderly folks, were pleased about this. One more thing on dining. This twelve day cruise had three formal nights. Yeah, I know some folks just love to play dress up, but this was the Caribbean. No matter how well the air-conditioning works, some areas of the ship get hot and humid and a suit and tie in humid conditions is not a vacation to me. Another reason for going to Chops (where currently it is always "sharp casual") or the Windjammer. I actually skipped "lobster night" to avoid that third formal night. Please reconsider, RCCL, two is enough. About our fellow passengers. We knew we were sailing with a number of friends from past cruises and we met many new friends as well. Most of the passengers were delightful. However we also endured a few of the rudest folks I've ever seen on a cruise. Someone collapsed in the dining room and while the staff were ministering to them some "gentleman" from another table got up with a camera to videotape it. A good friend of ours was knocked to the ground on the gangway by an oblivious person pulling along luggage. They didn't even look back. The staff, as usual, were quick to respond. The ports were Tortola (BVI), Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Labadee in Haiti. We did a ship sponsored island tour in Tortola. It was very good, but we are finding that all the islands in the Caribbean are beginning to look alike. In Antigua a group of us from Cruise Critic did a private tour with a local outfit one of us had used before, Lawrence of Antigua. Lots of fun, especially as we all knew each other. And the operator had refreshments for us including beer and rum punch. At the rest of the ports we just walked around and shopped or had lunch ashore. If you like Spanish tapas with a Caribbean slant, try Meson Amelia in Palm Passage in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. It was our new place for lunch this trip. We liked it a lot. Enchantment provided quality entertainment. We saw a couple of really good comedians, Haines Magic and a juggler. We usually go directly to the theatre from dinner (early seating) as since this ship was stretched and more cabins added, the shortage of seats in the theatre has become pronounced. You actually see fights over saved seats. I wish staff would enforce the "no saved seats" policy, but I've never seen them say a word about it. Really, if your friends and family want a seat, then they should come early and sit in it. The passenger participation shows like the Love & Marriage game (think the "Newlywed Game") and the Quest (an adult stationary scavenger hunt) held in the nightclub are lots of fun. Our group won a gold ribbon in the Quest. Live music was everywhere on Enchantment and it was great. From the piano player in the Schooner Bar, the band in the Centrum, the Rosario Strings, and the steel band at the pool, having live music really made a difference. We also noticed more lectures and more movies being shown in the afternoons in the theatre. Nice selections too, WAR HORSE, TOWER HEIST, J. EDGAR; something for everyone. Lots of activities on this cruise; trivia games; Win, Lose or Draw (like Pictionary); beading; watercolor painting; dance lessons. If anyone was bored, they weren't trying. While the voyage south had a couple of rough days (always near Cape Hatteras), the return trip was all calm seas. Cruising in March always carries this risk. It is always best to come prepared with the seasickness meds. Disembarkation was amazing. We carried our bags off ourselves at 7am. We were through customs and in the car by 7:15 and home by 8:15. All in all a good cruise and a great experience. So much in fact that many of our group are booking the 12 day one again in 2014; we're just waiting for the schedule to be published. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We just returned from a 12 night sailing out of Baltimore to the Southern Caribbean. Previously we had sailed out of NYC in the winter on both Holland American and the Explorer of the Seas. For a change of pace, we decided to try sailing ... Read More
We just returned from a 12 night sailing out of Baltimore to the Southern Caribbean. Previously we had sailed out of NYC in the winter on both Holland American and the Explorer of the Seas. For a change of pace, we decided to try sailing from Baltimore as we are equidistant from both NY and Baltimore. Arrival at the port was quite easy. We dropped off our luggage and proceeded into the terminal for check-in. Having Emerald status allowed us to get into a priority line and move quickly through the process. We then walked over to the gangway which started at ground level, but wound up ramps through four decks to enter the Enchantment on deck 4. A woman on a "scooter" in front of us had some difficulty going upward along the ramps. There was a handicapped entrance on Deck 1, but it seemed that no one had offered her that option. Once on board, we were not able to get into our cabin until 1:30 so we went up to the Windjammer for lunch. It was mobbed and it took a few minutes to find a vacant table. Once seated, much to our pleasant surprise, a waiter came right over and offered to retrieve drinks for us. That was a great touch whenever we ate in the Windjammer. There was plenty of food, but nothing particularly exceptional. When we got into our cabin, we were quite pleased that the bed was closer to the door and the sofa was by the window. I have no idea why all outside and veranda cabins on all ships are not set up that way. With the sofa by the balcony door, we could sit there and watch the ocean when it was too cold or dark to be outside. Unlike on other ships, there was no light for the balcony. There was also plenty of space for our clothes and sundries in the cabin and I tend to over-pack so that is saying a lot! We did hang up as much as possible, but still had empty drawers and shelves and plenty of closet space. Usually we use every cubby hole and drawer for our things so this was great. The furnishings were not bad, but the bathroom was kind of beat up and in need of refurbishment. Our TV was not a flat screen and so small, as one of the comedians put it, you could steal it in a fanny pack. Surprisingly this ship uses curtains not the round shower doors, but the floor stayed fairly dry when using it. Our cabin attendant was great and took care of everything we asked him to do with a smile on his face. He helped make our voyage a very pleasant one. We had requested a large table during the late seating. We usually travel along and find a fixed seating a great way to meet people. The table was set for eight, but only two other couples arrived. The others did not want the maitre'd to add anyone and we went along with this so the next night they moved us to a smaller table for six. Our table was located on deck 5 where most of the guest were part of the "anytime" dining, but we liked being up there much better. Our waiter was very efficient, but sometimes rather grumpy. He was asked to stay aboard for an extra 2 months and he was finally headed home after our sailing. The assistant waiter was always pleasant and knew to bring our iced tea, lemonade and lemon for the water for everyone who needed it. Also, the others at our table had requested olives so from the second night on, we were served a large plates of olives, tomatoes, onions and mozzarella cheese. That made for a nice start to each meal, especially when there were no appealing appetizers or soups on the regular menu. There was plenty of food, but the quality has gone downhill over the years. Each year, they seem to eliminate more items. At the Windjammer, they did not put out smoked salmon; you had to ask someone for that. This year no lamb chops were served and on one of the formal nights, the menu was incredibly awful. Not only our table, but those all around us were returning 2 and 3 entrees in the hope of finding something decent to eat. The next day, many people at the various seatings all complained of the same issue. Desserts were uniformly fair with only the occasional fabulous item. The Royal Caribbean chefs seem to have trouble making a simple cake; they are all rather "custardy" and gooey. The Enchantment could use some refurbishing overall. In one of the lounges, the springs were literally popping out of the chairs. We had to keep switching seats to find one that was decent. Those things do not take a major dry dock to fix. There are not enough public restrooms and the ladies rooms were always crowded with full trash cans. The cruise director, John, and his wife, Katrina, the activities director, did a great job of keeping us entertained throughout our voyage. There were many varied activities throughout the day and the shows with guest entertainers were wonderful. All of the comedians were hysterical and the variety of types of shows was pleasant. We were somewhat disappointed in the production shows. The costumes were great, but otherwise the shows were rather mundane. Essentially we enjoyed our voyage on the Enchantment despite our disappointment with the food and the subtle, but noticeable cutbacks. We already reserved another trip because we really enjoy cruising and love the long 12 day trips where we do not have to fly. If you are looking for a cruise that is a decent value with good service, try the Enchantment. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean, and the second on board the Enchantment of the Seas. We live in Virginia Beach, so not having to fly to the port is an advantage. My parents were celebrating their 40th anniversary and the ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean, and the second on board the Enchantment of the Seas. We live in Virginia Beach, so not having to fly to the port is an advantage. My parents were celebrating their 40th anniversary and the last time they cruised was 37 years ago. We were traveling with our 5 yr old son as well. We stayed the night before in the Holiday Inn Express by the Stadiums in Baltimore, free parking for 7 nights and $5/night after that. Free Breakfast and shuttle to/from the pier, and they handled our bags for us- what could be better? Morning of debarkation- Very easy, couldn't be any easier. We arrived at the port at 11am and my parents were on board before 11:30 ( My mom is in a wheel chair, so they were given priority boarding) We met them at the Windjammer by noon. We remembered last year the Windjammer was overrun with people on the first day and that was true again, but due to it being chilly outside, no one wanted to eat outside, so it was even more crowded than I thought it would be. Chaos is a good word to describe it. Our cabin was great, Large window and our son loved the Pullman bed and the ladder. The shower was great- no curtain that attacked us like last year (inside cat N) but rounded doors that our son also loved playing in. My parents cabin 4578 was a handicapped cabin and that was a very large room, lots of space for the wheelchair to move around in and the bathroom was very large- my parents were pleased with their cabin as well. The food was good. My husband is a very picky eater and he was pleased with seafood they offered. We ate dinners in the dinning room and lunches anytime they were served in the dinning room as well. The Windjammer food was good- I had a salad every day, and preferred the awesome salad bar in the dining room to the buffet hands down. For dessert every night I would get a plate of fruit which was always good. My husband was a little disappointed in the desserts though. We have to rave about the children's program on board. The Adventure Ocean program is why we cruised with Royal again. They had amazing hours 9-12, 2-5 & 7-10pm which meant my husband and I could really relax and enjoy ourselves. Our son LOVED going to Adventure Ocean and would cry when we would come to pick him up to leave. The teachers were nice, always had interesting and fun projects for the kids to do and were very helpful anytime there was an issue. Our son had a potty accident and were so nice and discreet about it to the other kids, and they gave him an Adventure ocean t-shirt and shorts to wear until we came to get him. Also, Family time dining is outstanding. The waitstaff would literally race to see who could bring our son his dinner first. Every night we would sit down, there would be 2 beautiful cups of cut of fruit for our son to eat at his place. The waiter, the assistant waiter and even our head waiter would ask what he was having, even before the adult menus were handed out. By the time the adults were ordering dinner- his food would be brought out, and our waiter and head waiter or assistant waiter would cut up his meat for him. As a mom, it was awesome to see them working so hard to make him feel special, and give me a break. At 6:40 every night, we would bring our son to the front of the dining hall where a worker from Adventure ocean would be there to pick up the kids so we could eat dinner together as a family, and then he would go to the evening session, and my husband and my parents were then able to enjoy some adult conversation and a wonderful dinner with out a tired 5 year old. It was amazing. The service on board was always very good- we were always treated very well, and with mom in the wheel chair - the staff did everything possible to help her out. The entertainment was good- we saw most of the shows, nothing outstanding, but a good way to spend the evening. The shops on board were nice, the liquor was very reasonably priced, and they guarantee the price, so if you find a cheaper price in port- they will match the price. My husband and I really enjoyed the pools, the rock climbing wall and the bungee trampolines- all were very fun and hardly had any wait at all. We would be in the hot tubs in the mornings and there was usually no one with us. The age of the guests were definitely older on this cruise that on our last cruise. We were one of a handful of couples under 35. We enjoyed the live music in the bars and in the centrum, and just enjoyed the slower pace of the cruise. Many days we would find ourseves in the Viking Crown reading or on the sun deck reading and talking. Mom and dad liked the movies they showed the afternoons, and mom did a Tia-Chi class for the first time ever (we really saw my mom come out of her shell around day 6 or 7) Overall it was an outstanding vacation and it was great to see my parents waited on hand and foot and really enjoying themselves as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was a Southern Caribbean cruise with a large group of folks from Cruise Critic, many we had sailed with in 2009.We arrived at the port around 11am and the parking lot at the port was backed up for some reason; it was an hour before we ... Read More
This was a Southern Caribbean cruise with a large group of folks from Cruise Critic, many we had sailed with in 2009.We arrived at the port around 11am and the parking lot at the port was backed up for some reason; it was an hour before we were even able to park. Other than that embarkation went smoothly. We had an oceanview cabin on deck four, right behind the Champagne Bar. Not the world's biggest cabin, but the space was adequate and the two of us were comfortable. Like on the Grandeur, there must be some plumbing issues as, at times, a sewer smell was evident in the corridors. The staff does something though, because it would be smelling sweet later on the same day. Just be aware.Having sailed on the Grandeur, Enchantment's layout was familiar. Some cabins, an expanded pool deck, and Bolero's were new, but it still a Vision class ship with all that beautiful glass for great views of the sea. The drawbacks are that with My Time Dining gaining in popularity and the additional cabins added with the expansion, getting a seat in the theater after early dining becomes a challenge. Go early and be prepared to wait there for the show to start. Perhaps RCCL will consider adding some seats come the next drydock.The Meet & Mingle party was the largest yet on Enchantment and was hosted by the CD John Blair and his wife, Katrina. The door prizes were especially nice. They even had one of the staff photographers pose us all for a picture. The only down side was that it was during fairly rough seas (really noticeable up in the Viking Crown) and some of us were a bit green. The food was a topic on this cruise. I've always described the Windjammer as a mid-level Vegas buffet, and it still falls in that category. Two evenings we went to Chops Grill with another couple. Chops is an upscale steakhouse like you might find in most cities. Nicely done and worth the money. That brings us to the main dining room. The service was good, typical of Royal Caribbean, but the food, which I admit is subjective, was hit or miss. We were told that the chefs were adapting to a new menu. One night the Beef Stroganoff was served with pickles and beets in it. I've read several recipes for this dish, but the pickles and beets were unique, and not in a good way. Some dishes had fallen to what I would call "conference food", while others like the lamb shank, were right on. I think the line is due for some improvements in the food. Maybe the "new menu" thing is a sign of changes, but I haven't seen any great improvement yet.There were a lot of activities on this cruise; trivia games, pool games, contests. I applaud the return of enrichment lectures and the Win, Lose, or Draw games. If someone felt bored, they just weren't paying attention. The cruise director, John Blair assembled a great staff that did a fine job of keeping folks engaged. The headliner shows that we saw were very good. Gary Muledeer in particular is a very funny and talented man.Our itinerary was Labadee, Samana, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and British Tortolla. The boat tour in Labadee was a good deal and lots of fun. We stayed on the ship for Samana as the port is not that developed and has really aggressive vendors. We took a city tour in San Juan that really showed you the whole city and included a tour of the San Christobal Fort. We just shopped and ate lunch in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Tortolla. Our disembarkation was extremely smooth. We elected to carry our own bags as we brought only one 29 inch wheeled bag each. They call for the self disembarkers first, so we just walked off the gangway, handed over our customs form and got into our car and headed home. Would we do it again? Oh, yes! In fact we booked a cruise much like this for next March soon after we got home. Baltimore is just an hour's drive and it is great having the Enchantment there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We've been on the Enchantment before and still like her. Very friendly crew that worked hard under tough circumstances. (Norovirus) The ports were great, but the cruise was really an Eastern Caribbean rather than a Southern. ... Read More
We've been on the Enchantment before and still like her. Very friendly crew that worked hard under tough circumstances. (Norovirus) The ports were great, but the cruise was really an Eastern Caribbean rather than a Southern. The food variety was excellent in the dining room as well as the Windjammer (buffet). Food quality was also very good except for the Angus steaks. Ordered them twice (medium and medium well)and they were tough. Entertainment was good to very good with lots of variety. The on board musicians were excellent also with a good variety. There were plenty of activities for all to get involved in, so one only had themselves to blame if they didn't participate. Having two cruise days down and three back was good to unwind and relax on the way back. Rough water on the way to Labadee, Haiti had a number of passengers sick. Samana, Dominican Republic was a new port for us and the tour we took to the falls was enjoyable except for the rough roads. Biggest problem was disembarkation, it took too long and seemed not to be well organized. We had a great time! I'd rate the experience 4+ out of 5. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Arrival at the Pier looked like trouble was at hand. Passengers were stretched outside the terminal in two very long lines. The weather was cold and raining and the line was not moving. The terminal had lost power and could not process ... Read More
Arrival at the Pier looked like trouble was at hand. Passengers were stretched outside the terminal in two very long lines. The weather was cold and raining and the line was not moving. The terminal had lost power and could not process people through the metal detectors or the boarding counter without their computers. This went on for about 45 min. when they finally had to do something as passengers still outside were not happy and they let both security and RCL know about it. They finally started moving people through security after they found some hand held metal detectors and the boarding counter started hand writing peoples information. The process still took about 1 1/2 hours to get people inside and under cover. In all fairness to RCL they did try and make people in wheelchairs and older passengers comfortable by setting up chairs for them to sit on while they waited. I had booked in the last 40 days prior to sailing so I did not have much of a choice on cabins. I wound up directly below the atrium dance floor which proved to be very noisy at night with the band, dancing and chairs being dragged across the floor. I would certainly be more careful next time. The Enchantment is quite an old ship in the fleet, well worn but clean and comfortable. The smell of tobacco smoke was the worst I have experienced in the last 10 years when cruise lines started to crack down on places you can smoke. Smokers were suppose to stay on the starboard side of the ship and then only on two outside decks. This was being completely ignored by both the smokers and the crew when a lot of people started to complain. I registered four complaints. Two with the crew who were in charge of the pool area and one at customer service desk and then a review I did up and left before getting off the ship. Never had anyone take this seriously or have a reply. I personally will not sail on this particular ship again and will investigate other RCL ships if I decide to go back. It is unacceptable in this day and age to have smoking ignored. I also sail with Celebrity,Princess and Holland and they are right on top of this situation. Even smoking on balconies are not acceptable with those lines. Smokers need to be given a deck off the back of the ship where the smoke blows out to sea rather than bothering a whole lot of other passengers.Other than that situation the food was okay not great but the waiters, assistant waiters, room attendants and other crew were great and always trying to make your cruise a great one. RCL needs to also look at offering liquor packages such as on their sister line Celebrity. RCL did offer a wine package but not very flexible. I had bought a 6 bottle package and would have liked to add one more bottle nearing the end of the cruise but even if you paid the per bottle price as in the package they would not go for it. They wanted an additional $10 over the already $30 price per bottle. So in the end they lost the sale of an extra bottle. Very strange rules. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We got this cruise for a great price and actually were able to upgrade to a larger oceanview room and still save money. Love traveling out of Baltimore as it is only a 2 hour drive for me and the port is so easy to get on and off the ship. ... Read More
We got this cruise for a great price and actually were able to upgrade to a larger oceanview room and still save money. Love traveling out of Baltimore as it is only a 2 hour drive for me and the port is so easy to get on and off the ship. Did take advantage of a park and cruise deal at a local hotel which was just as much as the parking at the pier. This also gave me the opportunity to take advantage of $1.00 admission weekend at muesums and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Arrived at the pier fairly early and did not have to wait long before the boarding process began. Luckily we were one of the first on and took advantage of lunch in the Windjammer. Weather was really cold and windy so there was no eating on the outside decks. Read the reviews and understand that since the ship was expanded the dining venues were not. This proved to be a little challenging during primary eating times, with the exception of dinner. Food was normal for RC, and it seemed like the selection of different types of food options had diminished since my last cruise with them last year. Needless to say there was always something on the menu that looked and tasted good. I sailed with 4 first time cruisers so after making room for other guest in the Windjammer we decided to tour the ship. This was my first time on Enchantment, but I have sailed on its sister ship, Granduer several times when it was stationed in Baltimore. I was excited to see Boleros (spelling ?) which was added with the expansion. This was a smoking lounge as well, was to cold outside to dive into the nasty habit. The rest of the ship seemed to mirror the Granduer with the exception of the added pool and sky walkway on the pool deck. Chops Grill was also added and seemed to be a good use of space as compared to the Singing in the Rain lounge on Granduer. The casino seemed the exact same, but I did not do any gambling. the Theater and Dinning room were not expanded and when shows and dinner where scheduled be prepared for larger crowds, if you arrive late expect to stand as there will be no seating left. The dinning room had space but it seemed like the table were on top of each other, there was little room for the waiters to manuever between table without pushing into someone. I was surprised to hear that the Spa was expanded upon during the expansion, yet there was no steam room or sauna in the locker rooms. Seemed like a lot of wasted space in the locker room that really could have used these amenities. The weather the first day created some choppy seas, but not anything to rough. The further south we went the better the water conditions and the warmer the temperatures. Our first port of call was Labadee, which I have never visited. The port was really nice and enjoyable despite gloomy skies and occasional rain showers. It is all in what you make it, either let the weather get you down or get off with a smile and enjoy the free time you do have to relax. We were the only shipped dock and there was plenty of beached to enjoy with lots of activities. The lunch was okay that was provided by RC. Some of the excursions are a little pricey but ultimately there are ways to have fun without breaking the bank at this stop. Our second port of call in Samana met us with improved weather where it was beautiful and sunny most of the day. Cayo Laventado is an outstanding excursion that apparently can only be booked through RC. I have visited twice in the past and decided to do so again on this trip. This was one of the nicest beaches we visited on the trip and many of those with me spent most of the day getting sea glass. Our visit to San Juan was fairly uneventful and we did not ship excursions and just spent the day browsing around old San Juan. The next stop was in St. Thomas and we had a later excursion to Sapphire Beach. We decided to do the Sky Ride to Paradise Point. If you are interested buy the ticket through RC, they are cheaper than purchasing them at the Sky Ride itself. It was a little disappointed to spend $20 a person to get to the top and realize most of the stores are vacant and those that are there commented that they are going out of business. There are some great scenic views but that is about it. Our trip to Sapphire Beach was nice. I do not swim but those that snorkeled with me said that it was great. Overall the beach was really nice. St. Marteen included an excursion to Orient Beach. We booked this through RC as a Orient Beach Sensation. We were surprised when we found out that most of the excursion included a hour drive around the island and then an hour stop for shopping. This was not mentioned when we booked the excursion. Finally, we did get to Orient Beach. We were on the opposite side of the nude beach and by no means did we go here looking for that, trust me the sites I have seen there before in no way encourages me to go back there. The area we ended up in seemed pretty isolated and provided ample beach space. The water was a little rough but still enjoyable. In Tortola we decided to venture to The Baths was recommended by several reviews. This was a great visit and is certainly something to see, although once you have seen it once, I am not sure it is something that is a most do everytime you visit. The beach was okay but a little rocky (to be expected). The caves were nice and was different and something you will not see or do everyday. Overall this was a great cruise for some much needed R & R. The first time cruises with me are hooked and one has booked again next year. I did get to eat at Chops on my B-day while on the cruise and it is certainly worth the extra fee just to experience it and the meal was way beyond our expectation. I found that the activities lacked as compared to a year ago. Carly the Cruise Director was nice and personable and I am not sure she would ultimately be responsible for the lack of activities on the ship. It did seem as if many things you would expect to do on sea days (we had 5) were actually done on port days. The last few days sailing back the weather began to change and on the last day it was to cold to go outdoors, in fact most of the last day the outside decks and pool deck remained closed, something that impeded finding an area to smoke for you smokers. I have read some of the reviews and realize this can be a touchy subject. I travel during the winter on the longer cruises to avoid kids. I tend to also do better with the older crowd. While this cruise was no exception to that rule, I did notice the crowd seemed to be much older and a lot of folks with disabilities. While this is no way is meant to be rude or insulting, I found it amazing how many of these folks felt they could take advantage of being older or disabled. It was nothing to have a scooter run over top of you. Oddly enough, many times you would see a scooter parked at the end of the buffet line while the driver was up and walking around the buffet filling their plate. With limited room to move from the expansion it certainly created a challenging environment moving through the crowd with folks in their scooters or round abouts. Use caution in elevators as well because when these folks want in they will park on your feet or run you over to ensure they get in. At one point I thought RC should have a driver course and issue license to these people to ensure they knew the safe operation of their vehicle around the ship. Then of course there is the older crowd, again nothing against them and I seem to get along better with folks older than me, but.... When you are down right rude and believe it is okay to be that one because the younger generations owe you something now that is a little overboard. These folks certainly would let their status in the Crown and Anchor program go to their head as well. Based on their status, they felt they were above you for everything. Because I am a Diamond member but younger than most at the special venues, I got looks from the older generation like I had broken into their home. I expected one couple to notify Security on board that I had violated something that was sacred to only them. Plus there watches never seemed to work, I never met so many people that would show up late to an activity or dinner and expect that they be accepted in at the last minute or that they immediately get served. In fact one person asked that one activity start all over after 20 minutes since they missed the majority of it. I do not mind traveling with the older crowd, but when you are rude (young or old) there is no sense in that and everyone is there to have a good time not bow down to you. I am seldom thrilled with the onboard production shows and this time was not really any different. The singers and dancers are comparable to a theme park and I think one of them was lip syncing. The showtime headlines they had never really interested me and I understand that it is geared to the older generation. The only performance that I thought was geared to guest of all ages was the vantriliquest (spelling ?). He did a great job and was probably one of the best shows I had seen onboard RC. Generally speaking I just avoid attending the shows and only went to a few so some of the first time cruises in my group could watch them and form their own opinion. While some enjoyed the shows others did not, so I guess it is all in your taste for entertainment. However, if you think you want to go enjoy a show on the Enchantment show up about an hour early to get a good seat, otherwise seating will be limited about a 1/2 hour before showtime. I did book two additional cruises with RC while onboard and will certainly sail on Enchantment in the future. I miss the Granduer but will settle for her sister ship as it sails out of Baltimore. I hope the changes I noticed in the last year with RC are limited and will not continue. I can deal without mints on the pillows and cheap gifts as a thank you as long as the keep the personal service and great activities they have provided I will be happy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
The last minute packing was relaxing because the drive to the port was only 40 minutes. Thanks Baltimore for opening the port to cruise ships. It was cold outside but we were able to get into our stateroom to drop off items and go to ... Read More
The last minute packing was relaxing because the drive to the port was only 40 minutes. Thanks Baltimore for opening the port to cruise ships. It was cold outside but we were able to get into our stateroom to drop off items and go to Windjammer to get lunch. So what we left the port late because they needed more time to onboard food for the 12 days - dinner was on time and our vacation had started. The room sizes are the room sizes and those of us going on the cheap know that. We only use our rooms for changing clothes and sleeping. The rest of the time hanging out on the pool deck was where we wanted to be - even while still in cold weather area. The Solarium was there to protect us from it. The food was okay. Some improvements could be made such as more liquid in the pancakes. All the water/juice coffee stations weren't opened 24 hours so you had to walk further sometimes but hey that helped to walk off the prior meal! It is hard to feed over 2500 people with different likes and dislikes so I do admire the cook staff for their hard work. The staff on board was great and it always makes the trip when you see they are happy and loving their jobs. Our dinner wait staff was the best and helped us out with special food requests. Having a couple days at sea prior to 6 days at port was nice so you can get relaxed (forget about work), make ship board friends and get into a cruise routine. The 6 ports were good and we did tours at each one. Just wish there was more time to be in the ports so you could do more onshore such as do a tour, go back to ship for lunch and then go back out on your own. We hate rushing on vacation and definitely don't want the experience of missing the ship leave the port. The nightly entertainment was the best. We only had 2 nights with the on board team. The other nights had something for everyone - music, comic, magic. The talent was amazing and what a value - Vegas shows for cruise prices. Great people on the cruise and yes it was a more mature crowd with few under 18 but hey that's why some of us picked this time -- we cruise for the R&R and not the party life. 12 days to cruise was great. When you take a 7 day or less, about day 5 you are just getting relaxed and into the routine when you realize it is almost over but with 12 days, you still have 7 more days plus we had 3 days at sea after the 6 port days to rest and just hang around the pool. We were delayed getting off the ship but the crew made sure we were safe and had something to eat and drink. We did find our luggage quickly and was on our way home in no time. The only down side was all the dirty clothes to take care of when we got home. Overall, it was a great trip and would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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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