9 Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

1st cruise ever, we chose a short one. We will be back...longer! Room with balcony of sits and table. Excellent service room care. Dining service of care, especially Gluten Free issues for us, was passionate and delicious. So many eating ... Read More
1st cruise ever, we chose a short one. We will be back...longer! Room with balcony of sits and table. Excellent service room care. Dining service of care, especially Gluten Free issues for us, was passionate and delicious. So many eating areas available; main dinning room, Windjamer buffet just two of the many we loved. Outside and inside pools, decks and decks outside sitting. So many shows in theatre and bars/lounges. Casino and fun games in bars/lounges. Honestly if you couldn't find it...just ask. Need assistance, just ask...doctor and three nurses. Transfer to islands so easy. Options for the islands are there. Walk, ride via carriage, bus, taxi, tours...pick what you want. Food, beaches, souvenirs. How about ride to the ocean and ride submarine to see the fish, turtles and corals. Ask Bahama people where THEY go to eat out. Anyone can eat McDonald's...you should eat Conch food or local fish, the local way. You will be thrilled. Not an activity person? Enjoy relaxation and food, you will be thrilled. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have cruised 4 times in the past 6 years. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We chose this cruise because it was inexpensive -- we weren't looking for anything fancy, just a fun getaway. We were not disappointed in our ... Read More
We have cruised 4 times in the past 6 years. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We chose this cruise because it was inexpensive -- we weren't looking for anything fancy, just a fun getaway. We were not disappointed in our choice! The Enchantment is definitely showing its age, with some rust visible around the ship. However, that was overshadowed by the top notch entertainment and activities on board. The staff, from the cleaning crew to the activities crew, bartenders, food services, everyone, was friendly, polite and made sure that our trip was easy, carefree and fun! As an adult couple without children, we were happy to have the Solarium as our pool destination. It was quiet and not too crowded. The Centrum was a great feature - we loved being able to enjoy the evening entertainment in such a large, open venue. We enjoyed the headliner shows in the Orpheum every night. The food in the Windjammer was delicious and the variety gave us plenty to choose from. The other passengers were all very friendly, too. What a great trip! We plan to cruise with Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
It was my first time taking a cruise and I had very high expectations from the review I received asking around about Royal Caribbean. As Hotel Managers in Miami, my friends and I had high hopes. The Check-In process to the boat was very ... Read More
It was my first time taking a cruise and I had very high expectations from the review I received asking around about Royal Caribbean. As Hotel Managers in Miami, my friends and I had high hopes. The Check-In process to the boat was very quick and simple. The stateroom was ready before expected and our luggage was there no much after, which is very convenient. After we got settled in the stateroom, we went to the dining room to eat. There were no tables available and it was annoying having to search for tables which was taking away from spending time on the deck. The dining room food remained the same throughout the entire cruise and there was not much variety. Other key points about the ship was the dinner at the actual restaurant which had really great service with servers such as Domingos and Alpesh who made sure we enjoyed our food. Also, the bartender Jefferson was funny and welcoming, he made sure to place a smile on all the guests. Unfortunately, not everything on the cruise was great, the shower water took a long time to get hot or it never did. The first night the AC in the room did not work and we had to ask an engineer to come fix it while we were all trying to sleep. On the last night, our room was not serviced until 2AM in the morning, we called several times down to the Guest Services and every time we received a different response and could not sleep until almost 3AM. After we told the room attendant to switch our bed sheets, we went back to the room to still dirty bed sheets and since we had to rest to get back to Miami the next morning we could not do much about it at that point. Looking to have a better experience next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
From the moment we stepped on the ship, we were treated with superb hospitality. The cruise director provided so many opportunities for fun, it was hard to decide! The onboard entertainment was excellent! The cast of the musical ... Read More
From the moment we stepped on the ship, we were treated with superb hospitality. The cruise director provided so many opportunities for fun, it was hard to decide! The onboard entertainment was excellent! The cast of the musical production ere top notch, and ALL of the musicians were terrific! Our cabin was large and clean! Our stateroom attendant, Mona, was like a magic elf! It seemed as if overtime we left the room, it was cleaned! Our wait staff in the My Fair Lady Dining room, Gertrudo, Kenroy and Mario were top notch! Their service at ALL meals was just terrific! Cococay Island was a highlight of our trip! Stunning white sand an blue water! Would cruise again just to go back! Drinks and bars were plentiful! The bars staff was ALWAYS on top of things, even at peak times! Could not be happier with our first cruising experience with Royal Caribbean! We will definitely be back! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
- During the planning processes with royal weddings I had to go through 3 different event planners because I was told that the first two had left the company. I had to constantly call and email to get a reply back as to what was going on. ... Read More
- During the planning processes with royal weddings I had to go through 3 different event planners because I was told that the first two had left the company. I had to constantly call and email to get a reply back as to what was going on. It wasn't until A FEW DAYS before my wedding that we finalized the ceremony/reception for the wedding which was VERY STRESSFUL and FRUSTRATING. - On the wedding day we had to walk a long distance until we finally got to our car to get transported to the ceremony location. They did not warn me of this as it was very difficult walking the distance in my wedding gown and would have worn more comfortable shoes had I known. - We never received a wedding photographer that was part of the package. - Laptop was not provided as listed in our wedding confirmation. - The ipod dock used at the ceremony was old and not compatible with our phones (was told we could bring ANY apple ipod/phone to play music) so we didn't even end up using it even though we paid for it!! - Sound system to play ipod was NOT WORKING (event planner had to bring in small portable speaker to play music and was not loud enough to hear music - Event planner played the WRONG ceremony music!! - Arch was set up in an area really CLOSE TO PUBLIC GARBAGE can and was VERY visually DISPLEASING!!! - Event planner was not aware of when guests were arriving when I had instructed her to let me know when they were about to arrive which resulted in me having to race back into the car but guests had already arrived in the parking lot by then and saw me. - Event planner was not informative as to how the order of the wedding was going to go and everything was rushed and very chaotic!! - Food for the reception was terrible and cold. There wasn't enough food to serve 38 guests which left some guests not being able to have a main. Since we paid additional for the gold buffet package, we would expect there to be enough food and to be better than the main dining/windjammer but it was very very disappointing. - I was unaware and very disappointed to find out the day before that the reception area would not be arranged to have tables and chairs set up and that the lounge arrangement would remain as a lounge layout! When I had a phone call appointment with the event planner, i was told that the table arrangements would be made with the event planner on cruise but nothing was done. If I had known all of this I would have NOT done my once in a lifetime wedding with Royal Caribbean. I would NOT recommend ANYONE to do their wedding or go to this cruise based on my first time experience with them. Since it was my very first cruise experience I would think that because I have nothing to compare to that it would be good but I regret doing my wedding with Royal Caribbean completely. The whole experience was unorganized, disappointing and a huge embarrassment. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Enchantment of the Seas was not what I expected. My first two cruises were on larger ships with many amenities. I was worried I would not adjust to the ship's age and size. However, I did read the ship was refurbished not too long ... Read More
Enchantment of the Seas was not what I expected. My first two cruises were on larger ships with many amenities. I was worried I would not adjust to the ship's age and size. However, I did read the ship was refurbished not too long ago. When I stepped of the gangway... I was surprised. The main centrum is beautiful with decor and great ambient lights at night. The ship had a personal touch which I come to appreciate compared to the the bigger ships (Which are still great). You will see the same faces throughout your cruise and make new friends in this more smaller setting. Customer services is always great when it comes to Royal Caribbean team. Activities are plentiful and the popular Quest Adult Game Show is a MUST see. Production shows are well done and not some poor cheap theater show. Theater have plenty of seats and you will always have a great view of the stage. There are plenty of bars to help you get your money worth of your beverage package. What you need to know is the ship does still have minor aging details such as rust on objects, chipped paint on walls, and a useless shower curtain that will make the bathroom floor soak wet. The casino is small, and will get busy at the tables (Only 2 roulette tables) after dinner. Be prepared to climb the stairs or wait as the elevators (Probably on most ships) are always backed up. It is best to pick your room strategically near the elevator and in the middle deck. The "Adult Only" solarium was not really adult only. There were kids constantly in this area, the pool was always closed for cleaning, and the use of chlorine was so strong, it made me high. Customer services is great, but in the main dinning room, sometimes the waiter disturb your meal by checking on you every 10 minutes... It feels someone is holding a gun to their heads (Probably so). We get it... you want to make us happy, but sometimes you want time to eat and chat with your friends and family. Last, the most important part, the food. Lets face it, the food is ship food. It is made to cater to everyone. Being a southern boy, of course it is not my momma's mash potatoes or mac and cheese. Most of the food will be under seasoned. In addition, this ship is in desperate need of other dinning options. There is room on this ship to carve in a Johnny Rockets, sushi, or something different. Anyway, just have some booze and get buzzed and the food would taste amazing. Pros: Personal feel while cruising and a nice short getaway itinerary. The boat has aged but in a beautiful way. Do not turn your head from this affordable price tag for 3-4 nights. Cons: Need more food options and better use of the Adult Only Solarium. Additional comment: My travel partner is deaf and it was difficult getting the kit and CC installed on the televisions (which never happened). However, did not interfere with the enjoyable time onboard. The bed shaker is annoying as it is very sensitive to knocks on the door or opening and closing the door. Just FYI. As a couple, I feel the boat made it more romantic as it was not over crowded and there were places to cuddle and watch the stars without disturbance. Appear to be LGBT friendly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Consider ourselves seasoned cruisers - 20+ cruises since 1996 and 10 or so with RCL. Maybe it was coming off of a rather wonderful cruise on the Allure in September, 2013 or just the time of the year, but it certainly wasn't up to ... Read More
Consider ourselves seasoned cruisers - 20+ cruises since 1996 and 10 or so with RCL. Maybe it was coming off of a rather wonderful cruise on the Allure in September, 2013 or just the time of the year, but it certainly wasn't up to standards. Time of year: week before Easter and Passover week so there was a plethora of youngins. Not much of a hassle on board but on the one snorkel excursion in Nassau, it was. Living in FL full time we are used to snowbirds but failed to note that this was a week where lots of parochial school kids would be out and travelling with families. Had heard some spring breaks were cancelled due to the number of snow days. It does NOT excuse the well below par food and service on the Enchantment. Our cabin steward DID find us a refrigerator when we didn't even have a mini-bar refrigerator the first night so we could at least chill (and freeze) water for shore excursions. We chose My Time Dining at 7;30 and had the same waiter (Valeriano) & assistant, Arturo neither of whom can be faulted for their services. Both were excellent and always at the ready with refills. The food in the dining room is where RCL fell way below par whether it was the soups, salads, entrees or desserts. My last meal, the seafood "mash" was cold and overcooked. I remarked that the scallops were hockey pucks and the cod "fillets" were the hockey sticks. The baked potato barely melted the butter. They left off the "brulee" part of the creme brulee. We did do one dinner at the Windjammer and it was unsuccessful as well AND without the service we expect from Royal Caribbean. The "lobster" bisque was so fishy tasting in an awful red "sauce" that I spit it out. Even the seafood "crisps" on the Indian buffet were stale and soft. Lunch at Windjammer was OK. The Park Cafe was the saving grace for this cruise. Breakfast had all we needed... warm bagels, a variety of cream cheeses, great lox and ok paninis. The BEST by far, hands down meal was the beef on weck (kimmelweck rolls) soaked in au jus for lunch each day. Small bit of horseradish made it even better. Decided to do one snorkel tour with Seahorse excursions and it was delightful VERY short walk to the catamaran with FOUR crew members AND the captain. TWO heads which were checked throughout the morning by the crew. All the water and punch (spiked on the return) you could drink. Two cautions: 1. The water is COLD (by FL standards) about 73 degrees, so bring even a shortie wet suit if you want to be in more than 20 minutes (me) 2. Admit that you CANNOT SWIM and take a life jacket/BC from the crew. They were not mandatory and when people (children esp.) owned up to not swimming, it took longer to get them outfitted properly. Had to wait about 15 minutes to get back on board while these guys were getting off for the first time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Having sailed the Caribbean several times, the ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS unique 8-DAY ATLANTIC ITINERARY is what sold us on this cruise. Even historically, I have never seen another ship that combined Bermuda with two excellent ports in New ... Read More
Having sailed the Caribbean several times, the ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS unique 8-DAY ATLANTIC ITINERARY is what sold us on this cruise. Even historically, I have never seen another ship that combined Bermuda with two excellent ports in New England -- Boston and Newport. These ports were nicely couched between three beautiful sea days. Flying in from Charlotte to Baltimore we were among the rare travelers on the Enchantment of the Seas that did not park at the cruise port or participate in a Park Sleep Cruise program at a local hotel. Please refer to my port review for Baltimore for detailed information that you might find helpful on your pre-cruise stay. BALTIMORE CRUISE TERMINAL -- EMBARKATION Here is a tip for those that are taking a hotel shuttle to the port. If you travel lightly as we do, with carry-ons only, make sure to tell the hotel shuttle driver that you want to carry your own bags onto the ship. They will put them on the shuttle last so that you can get to them at the port. For most people the fact that larger luggage is processed directly onto the ship is a real advantage. It was hard not to notice that several lines were almost empty or empty. These were dedicated to the Diamond or Diamond plus members, while us regular folks stood in fairly long cues. Being a mostly drive-in port, it seemed like the whole ship showed up at 11:00 am. Unlike in Fort Lauderdale with HAL, you are seated again after check in and then called one row at a time. Boarding seemed to be very controlled in that way. I was soon to find out why. Rather than a genuine greeting and escort to your stateroom, you are herded around the Centrum for an introduction to at least six ways RCI can make more money off of each passenger. I have never been hit in the face with this tactic as I stepped off the gangway. Spa services, wine and soda packages, art auctions, specialty dining, tuxedo rentals and flower sales, and even the make your own stuffed animal thing, are given the hard sell with coupons or enticements to every oncoming passenger. This creates an unnecessary bottleneck during one of the most stressful times of any cruise. A wee bit of taste and decorum could go a long way here. Thankfully this approach tempered somewhat as the cruise went on, but talk about bad first impressions! I see nothing wrong with any of these extra services. We had pre-booked the tuxedo rentals and dinner at Chops. Hurray for the stockholders! Someone likely got a bonus for this brilliantly stupid idea. After what felt like running the gauntlet around the Centrum we schlepped our bags up to the Windjammer for our first lunch. As with most of RCI and Celebrity, rooms would not be ready until 1:30 pm. I am not sure how HAL does this in Ft. Lauderdale, but if you show up at 11:45 am you are likely to wait only very briefly, then proceed directly to the ship where you are escorted directly to your room. That is my idea of a perfect embarkation. The Baltimore port staff members were very nice and welcoming. It wasn't the worst embarkation, but certainly not best I have ever seen. THE ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS -- THE SHIP In spite of a few negative reviews about being outdated and needing the upcoming dry dock badly, I felt that the ship was very well maintained overall. It is a more traditional design than those newer ships with the inner promenade. The ship has a great art collection, especially along the stairwells. I cannot confirm any of the rumors of worn carpets, dated fabrics, holes in the walls. I just did not see any of this during my cruise. This is a famously stretched version of a Vision Class ship was kept in great order as far as I could tell. The addition of Chops Grill, The Schooner Bar, and the beautiful Boleros Lounge are true advantages to the ship having been stretched. These are some of the best venues on the ship. The addition of the big architectural arches mid ship on the pool deck also add an interesting two-hill twist to the mile long Vita Track. The big disadvantage is that the ship can seem downright noisy and crowded at times with all those additional cabins and passengers. This was especially true during the big one-of-a-kind events like the deck party on the first night in Bermuda. Overall I think the activities staff did a good job of spreading events around the ship. In fact, almost every inch of this ship is well used. Perhaps I have a bit of a bias since I recently sailed on HAL's Westerdam, which is 3000 tons larger and has 400 fewer passengers. THE CENTRUM is quite stunning - bordering on fierce at first impression. It reminds me of a cross between a Marriot Hotel and the Escher drawing with stairs soaring in different directions, multiple marble landings, and a giant prism glass mobile. I did warm up to this giant space after seeing it turned into a six-level arena on at least three occasions. They even stopped the glass elevators so that they could be used as suspended stands for dancing girls during a 70s dance party. Similarly, the staff show with a parade of flags was a colorful reminder of just how international RCI really is. The Champagne Bar on Deck four in Centrum is a posh and comfortable space. Also by the Centrum, the library on Deck 7 had scant offerings but a decent collection of board games. Many seem to carry a tablet or Kindle these days. THE LOUNGES were all in great shape. There was not a single public space that I did not like. The Orpheum Theatre looked much better in person than in the pictures. Though it may be slightly small for the number of passengers, I did not see huge crowds standing at the rear that some have reported, and we sailed with a packed ship. The Schooner Bar is the only piano bar that I have ever seen that sets the piano against a wall of windows with a beautiful view of the ocean. Unfortunately it also served as the hallway to enter the larger Spotlight Lounge at the aft of the ship, as Boleros does for the Casino -- a minor complication of the addition that I really didn't think was a big deal. Surprisingly, the least utilized space seemed to be the Viking Crown Lounge. We enjoyed this space every evening before our late dinner seating. The views were absolutely stunning. This was also our favorite place for sail away. We saw three whales on the evening we sailed out of Boston. Part of the lounge allows smoking, though amazingly it never seemed smoky. Sometimes we would get impromptu entertainment from fellow passengers on the baby grand, though it always seemed to be in addition to a disco or 70s soundtrack that was at times overbearing. OVERBEARING OVERHEAD MUSIC was a recurring theme on this cruise, and I am a true music lover. Michael Jackson's "Beat It" somehow just does not go with sunset whale watching in the Viking Crown. Similarly, being an early riser, I nor any of my other fellow coffee drinkers are used to hearing HOT! HOT! HOT! at 6:00 am on the pool deck. The same applies in the Centrum -- almost constant music, even in the middle of the night. Cruise staff, please give us a few breaks in the music, we will enjoy it so much more in context and at the right time of day. It is just not a good idea to let the playlist run 24 hours a day. If you feel the need to keep it going at least turn the volume way down in the off hours or choose a more relaxing play list. This does not create enchantment; it is just irritating and disturbing. If you need a quiet respite, head to the deck five PROMENADE DECK and grab a chair. This is the best place on the ship to read and a feature that is very important to me when I choose a ship. The views are even better from here if you want a quiet walk to watch for sea life. The very wide deck gets unusually narrow at the bow, but it is a great place for the walkers to avoid the runners on Deck 11. Thankfully, we found it open all the way around on sea days. It was blocked at the bow at almost every other time. You can still make your laps. You just have cut across the forward stairwell lobby. I don't quite understand why they chose not to do the whole thing in teak. The front half of the ship is covered in a red rubber surface. It seems like a terribly obvious place to skimp if you are going to redo a ship from the inside out - as they did in 2005. Clearly this non-revenue generating space was not treated as a priority during the 2005 refurbishment. It was however kept impeccably clean and freshly painted. We chose a Category L LARGE INSIDE STATEROOM 4577 on level four. In spite of being close to the Centrum and below Boleros, the room was amazingly quiet. It was not amazingly large. If you are debating whether to make this upgrade yourself, my vote would be no, if I had it to do over again. Six additional square feet does not make a very small room a large one. One desk chair and one small-scale overstuffed chair is all that the little room would accommodate other than two single beds. Being in the new section, the modular bathroom was clean and very functional. The shower had great water pressure. Amenities include wall-dispensed generic shampoo, which is very drying, and unscented bar soap that is on par with Super-8. Robes, lotion, conditioner, refrigerator, ice buckets or fruit baskets were not provided in any of the rooms below the balcony categories. There was a cabinet that looked like it was built for a refrigerator. Use this to store the overpriced food and hot drink items that clutter the tiny dresser/desktop. They will bring you an ice bucket if you ask. Storage was perfectly adequate for two people. The mattress was a bit soft for my taste, but serviceable. For those that expect a flat-screened TV, you will be disappointed until after the upcoming dry dock. Our cheerful room steward Jose did an impeccable job of keeping our room clean. In spite of being small, the room was in good shape. THE ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS -- THE SERVICE This ship has a fantastic staff and crew. The level of service is, without a doubt, this ship's biggest asset. Our room steward Jose, our waiter Frederick and his assistant Arturo, Dr. Love on the Pool Deck, Rudolph in the Casino, and the lovely and genuinely kind Marsha in the Viking Crown all remembered our names, anticipated our needs, and delivered a stellar level of service that could be a role model for some premium cruise lines. You will never lack for drink service on this ship. Our late afternoon coffee order from room service was always offered with a smile and they always asked if we wanted cookies as well. It was every bit as good as the service I received nine cruises ago as youngster on the much smaller Song of Norway in 1987, and even better overall than that of a recent experience on a more premium cruise line. THE ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS - ACTIVITIES The Cruise Compass outlines a busy schedule from 6am to 2am. The belly flop, hard rock, disco, and newlywed thing are merely spectator sports for me. These sorts of things are good for laughs, but sometimes the shows and activities bordered on cheesy and loud, and you wished that a few people had had one less cup of the free Seattle's Best coffee or one less Bahama Mama. We really enjoyed the trivia games. The cruise director did a great version of the Neal Diamond hit list. The pool band was an absolutely top-notch reggae ensemble. Bernie Martini was a top-notch piano player and crooner. The Trio Royale did a perfectly classy performance of Edith Piaf and several other easy listening standards. They had an amazingly full and rich sound for only three members. I also appreciated the string music performances. Some of the nightly shows were better than others. The shows felt like church at times: introduce yourself to your neighbor, massage your neighbors back, etc. I understand the ice-breaker concept, but did feel terribly familiar to those that have a thing about personal space. We can laugh and smile without putting our hands on our neighbor. The Activity Manager, Katrina, was a standout. This lady had the ability to light up an entire room when she walked in with her magnetic personality and almost star appeal. When she led the sail-away dance party on deck, it set a smiley upbeat tone for the whole cruise. They proved right up front that every member of entertainment staff really did know how to dance. It was a perfect high-energy sail away that set an upbeat tone for the rest of the cruise. The Baltimore crowd is a fun-loving crowd. I do wish that there were more of an enrichment approach to some of the activities, or least a few that were free of the added upcharge. Sometimes you just need to bring it down a notch and learn something new or hear a good story to feel good about your day. During the one cooking demonstration that was held in the Centrum, you really couldn't see what was going on. I found it a bit irritating that several of the daily events came with substantial upcharges: pathway to yoga, bingo, with a $26 minimum entry, Martini Master Class, and Wine Tasting, etc. Look out for the $ sign beside several activities listed in the Cruise Compass. Speaking of the Cruise Compass, the back two pages of The Cruise Compass are not in bold type, yet these hard to read chronological parts of the Cruise Compass were really the only useful parts. The first two to three pages are just another opportunity to upsell in beautiful bold Technicolor. For those RCI loyal fans who like to think that RCI is far superior to Carnival, I think this cruise line may be the worst offender in the business for the hard- sell approach. While the approach certainly lacks subtly, it is always done with a smile. THE ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS -- THE FOOD THE MAIN DINING ROOM operated with surprising precision and grace. Some nights were better than others, but I never had a bad meal here. The food was very good to excellent overall, and the waiters were eager to please if you were dissatisfied in any way. The courses were served at the same time every night. The waiter knew every person's name. Everything was served hot. The lobster tails came on the second formal night. True to form, you can pay extra for the Chops Grill version of steaks and lobster on any night in the main dining room. We didn't find it necessary. The main menu offered plenty of tasty options. CHOPS GRILL is very much worth the $30 upcharge for at least one night of your cruise. This meal was not good - it was excellent in every way. This may sound odd, but if you like cream of mushroom soup, you must have it as a starter. Five different kinds of wild mushrooms in a creamy vegetable based broth that is without a doubt the best I have ever had anywhere. My ten-ounce filet was on par with the very best steakhouses. This is another room on the ship that the pictures just don't do justice. When lit for night dinner service, the room just glows with red velvet and candlelight. It is a deluxe experience that is worth every dime. THE WINDJAMMER CAFE is a bit of a mixed bag, but mostly good. While I love the front of the ship location with spectacular views forward, the layout and design definitely lack efficiency. Everything is laid out in a big circle. Everyone circles once to see what is available. They circle again to get what they are sure that they want. They circle again to get what they forgot or saw on someone else's plate. Then they cross the circle to get drinks if they are not lucky enough to get drink service as they sit down. There are no serving trays, so you simply can't do it all in one trip. It was crowded, but we always found a table. The staff seemed very good at drink refills, but just can't be all over the big room at one time as people seat themselves. Even in this room, the staff was actually very good. Food ranged from quite good to bad. The starchy and imitation crabmeat - she crab soup - was downright bad. Southerners who grew up near the coast know just how good this dish can be. The burgers were small and bland everywhere on the ship. RCI should invest in a proper grill. Asian specialties were hit or miss. The salad bar looked very good and fresh. Breakfast was consistently good except for the powdered eggs. You can always get real eggs if you willing to wait in another line, although it was short. There is a good variety; you can always find something good here. Just don't expect the lido buffets like Holland America or Celebrity. THE ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS -- PORTS OF CALL Please refer to the port reviews for very detailed information on how to use public transportation and perhaps enjoy a better and certainly less expensive way to see far more for less money in each port of call. In Baltimore I share the following: 1. Pre-cruise lodging option that won't cost a fortune 2. One of Baltimore's best crab cakes 3. Three absolutely worthwhile free attractions 4. Directions to one of Baltimore's best pub-crawls in Fells Point 5. How to use hotel shuttles to downtown and the cruise port In Bermuda I share the following: 1. The best one-mile beach walk that the little country has to offer 2. How to visit a sea glass beach from the Royal Naval Dockyard 3. Using the buses and ferries in Bermuda In Boston I share the following: 1. A little known bus route that will take you to the Old North Church 2. An easy time saving way to walk the best of the Freedom Trail 3. Negotiating the subway and bus back to the port from Boston Common In Newport I share the following: 1. Why it is important to get early tender tickets. 2. A good place to get a fabulous lobster roll 3. Taking the public bus out to the mansions 4. A jaw dropping walk along the Cliff Walk 5. Two absolutely stunning mansions that should not be missed BALTIMORE CRUISE TERMINAL - DEBARKATION This was the easiest and best debarkation I have ever experienced. We finished breakfast. We picked up our carry-ons. We walked down the gangplank. Handed the man our customs form. The man nodded. We got in a taxi. Gone! That is no exaggeration. There is something to be said for traveling light and renting formals. It also is much less of a hassle than the Port of Miami. IN SUMMARY I have few regrets about this cruise. It was far better than an average cruise. In fact I would sail this ship again if it fit my plans. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
The original plan was to drive from West Palm Beach to Saint Augustine for a long weekend. But several folks advised against it, saying that Saint Augustine was great for a day; maybe two, but not worth a whole long weekend. So then we ... Read More
The original plan was to drive from West Palm Beach to Saint Augustine for a long weekend. But several folks advised against it, saying that Saint Augustine was great for a day; maybe two, but not worth a whole long weekend. So then we started looking at last minute "cheap flights" to a fun city...perhaps New York? New Orleans? Somewhere in the search, a cruise popped and we said, "Why not?" We have never cruised before, so we didn't know what to expect. We have talked with people who either LOVED cruising or HATED it. We enjoy traveling a lot-usually "slow travel"flying to a city overseas and staying in an apartment rental for a week: shopping for groceries, exploring the sights, etc. from a single home base. We weren't sure about how cruising would work for us. The cruise that we booked was Royal Caribbean, Enchantment of the Seas, departing Fort Lauderdale and going to Key West and then on to Cozumel before returning back to Fort Lauderdale. Departing on a Thursday evening and returning on Monday morning. Since we live in West Palm Beach, we just drove to Port Everglades and parked our car. Signage in the port could have been better, and it was not clear where to drive to drop off luggage or park the car. We had packed carry-on bags, so we finally found the parking garage, grabbed our bags and carried them to the terminal. Check-in was relatively smooth. A security worker was quite rude (her name was Mary and she had her name badge turned around so it couldn't be readbut had the first name printed on the backside). Once we got through the initial security line, all was good. The check-in was great: Cora was very helpful, friendly, and spent some extra time with us describing the features of the ship, things we should explore, etc. Carrying our own luggage on board was easy: we each had a carry on and an extra bag. It was nice having our luggage with us and not having to wait to have it delivered. We quickly found our cabin; an outside view; 155 square feet toward the front of the ship. It was larger than I had expected. I was really surprised at how many storage spaces/cubbies/surfaces there were. The medicine chest in the bathroom was perfect; there were spaces in the desk/vanity that we didn't use. At one point, I counted 18 different drawers/surfaces for storing stuff: even the love seat had drawers beneath for storage and our carryon bags easily fit underneath the bed. Not to mention the closet with more hangers than stuff we brought to hang, and another small dresser within. The safe worked perfectly with our room keyno need to use a credit card as indicated in the directions. To make a bit more room, my partner asked the cabin steward to remove a small round glass-top table which he promptly did. This gave us a bit more breathing space. In all the cabin was fine. The service on board was very good. I was surprised at how friendly everyone was. We did "My Time" dining, which allows you to show up at the dining room each evening whenever you want during the meal time (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Each night we simply requested a table for two and were always given one without much delay. One afternoon at lunch they seated us at a large round table and then brought a family with 3 young children to sit with us. We're not "kid-friendly" or appropriate, so we politely apologized to the family and got up and requested to be re-seated at a private table. This was accommodated quickly. The father indicated that he understood completely and said he wished he could have sat somewhere other than with his kids, too. This worked out fine. It wasn't our intention to make life-long friends on this trip, and we really don't "do children". Since it was summer there were a lot of kids-all ages: very young to teen, on this trip. Although there was a pool for adults (ages 16 and over) I don't believe that this was strictly enforced. For the most part we didn't have trouble with kidsbut they did roam freely, often unescorted by parents/guardians who must have just figured that their kids would be o.k. on an enclosed environment. The food each night was good to very good; we had some super cold soup appetizers: one was mango and another was watermelon/cranberry. The service was very good and friendly. We ate one or two meals in the Windjammer Cafe which is a buffet: food there tended to be average: nothing special, but filling. Presentation there was not anything fancyreminded me of a college buffet line. We preferred eating in the dining room. On the last evening we ate at the Chops Specialty restaurant (additional $25 per person). The food was very good with excellent desserts. Service was worse than in the regular dining room. For example, from the time we placed our order until our entree came out was 90 minutes. We did get our appetizers right awaybut they were cleared within 15-20 minutes, so we literally waited more than an hour for our entrees. (Steaks ordered rarehow long can that take?) There was no explanation or apology for the delay: when the food arrived it was very good and tasty. We had two deserts that were EXCELLENT: the Mississippi mud pie and the Passionfruit Parfait. Both were really, really spot on. Entertainment was probably good for a cruise ship, but it appeared corny to us. We went to the show on the final night: which featured a magician and some singing/dancing. It reminded of a Disney production: just very G rated, corny, and somewhat amateurish like average community theater. We got a few chuckles, but couldn't wait for it to end. Enrichment: I had read a bit about "cruise lecturers" and anticipated seeing some great offerings. None on this cruise. They had staff doing a half hour demonstration on how they fold towels and cut fruit garnishes. Nothing fancy, interesting, or enriching. I suspect that this is due to a smaller ship, shorter trip, and relatively low cost. The cruise cost us each $429for 4 nightsjust a bit more than $100 per person per day including meals. We did pay $25 extra each for the meal at Chopsthe dessert was worth it!. I also purchased the "soda package" at $26 that provided access to Coke products at any bar, lounge, in the casino, at dinner, etc. Otherwise they are $3.00 plus tip each. My partner isn't a soda fan, so we brought some bottled water on board instead of forking over $4.00 for each little bottle of Evian that the ship will glady sell. The casino was fine; I play blackjack and even though the rules of the casino weren't the most favorable for players, I walked away with $350 more than I started with; paying for almost 1/3 of the cruise. For relaxation we found a nice shaded spot for two lounge chairs on the pool deck and enjoyed that spot for two days. We're not really "cruise people" in terms of the group stuff: the belly flop contest or Mr. Enchantment of the Seas contest didn't interest us in the least. The Park West Gallery Art Auction was interesting in terms of the items presented and the commentary about the artistshowever, there is so much controversy surrounding them and their practices (do a google search) that there is no way I would buy from them at sea. We toured the spa on the first day and found the prices to be a bit "high end" for what was being offered, and couldn't stop laughing at the look on the specialist's face when after she informed us that the facials were guaranteed for 6 weeks, I asked what exactly was being guaranteed, and how could I return the facial. She then informed me that I'd still have a "radiant look" after a full six weeksand she wasn't at all clear on how I would prove it if I felt that my look was "less radiant" or exactly what they would dorefund money or offer another facial, etc. We had a good time laughing about it, but it kept us out of the spa for the trip.  As I stated, this was our first cruise. In talking with others we learned that this was a smaller ship. We were told that if we enjoyed this at all that we would definitely enjoy a larger ship. We were also encouraged to try Celebrity, which may be a bit more to our taste. We're a gay couple, and weren't looking to meet other people per seso we had an enjoyable time. We ran into a few others on the boat, who mentioned a Friends of Dorothy gathering, but it was never listed in the itinerary or schedule. They did, however, list Friend of Bill W. meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous). I suspect that we will cruise again. Not sure that we'll cruise with Royal Caribbean again, although, if I could find a good itinerary that visits several great diving ports in the Caribbean I could be influenced to do it, simply for the convenience of being able to dive several locations within a week. I'm excited to check out all of the other reviewsespecially on other cruise lines, to find out what might be a better fit for us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
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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