15 Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Western from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We were a little nervous about taking a cruise and had no experience Whatsoever but the price was right and we decided to try it!! Booked a 5 night February cruise aboard the Enchantment of the Seas departing out of Ft Lauderdale. I ... Read More
We were a little nervous about taking a cruise and had no experience Whatsoever but the price was right and we decided to try it!! Booked a 5 night February cruise aboard the Enchantment of the Seas departing out of Ft Lauderdale. I discovered and used the cruise critic board for all sorts of information from a pre departure hotel to what to do on excursions. The information there was priceless!! Our hotel the Hyatt Place was great!! Room was comfortable and we were within walking distance of supermarkets, restaurants--anything we needed. We stocked up on pop as we did not have a soda card and when arriving there was no problem whatsoever with getting it on. Departure routine was a little scary as we had never done it but staff was helpful and process turned out to be quick and painless--we arrived at around noon and was onboard within an hour. Our rooms were not ready so we sat down to eat lunch--a little chaotic but very good in the Windjammer. We then explored the ship and went into our rooms which were small but very nice. We had connecting interior staterooms and just left the door open and went back and forth--the kids loved the beds!! Our servers were so nice and made us feel like royalty--Mona Lisa our waitress had our names memorized right away and my boys loved her!! She always made us feel so special and would give the kids treats to take back with them after dinner. We shared our table with a family from Illinois and we all hit it off right away!! It was great fun to meet people and be able to talk about our experience throughout the day. Of course we loved all the food but hung out by the pool and played ping pong, participated in the wonderful Fitness center and its classes. We jumped on the Bungee trampoline, climbed the wall and took a couple of classes--. We loved Cozumel!! We went to Chankanaab Park and swam with the dolphins and snorkeled. So Beautiful and the Royal Swim with the dolphins is something we will always remember! In Key West we went snorkeling--had fun but there were alot of jellyfish in the water and was a little nervous re those. We went to Belize and took a tender to get there--we have friends in Belize so we just visited them and didn't do any excursions. We loved the towel animals on the beds each night--we loved all the staff and had a Blast!! Can't wait to get this chance again!! Enchantment is small but oh so beautiful and never lacking in things to do!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
The new port at Ft. Lauderdale, the one built for the Oasis of the Seas is very nice and they are working hard to be ready for the new ship. Check in was very good, we got to the pier at 11:00 am and was onboard by 11:45. I was ... Read More
The new port at Ft. Lauderdale, the one built for the Oasis of the Seas is very nice and they are working hard to be ready for the new ship. Check in was very good, we got to the pier at 11:00 am and was onboard by 11:45. I was disappointed that we did not get our picture taken boarding as I have done with every cruise, there were no photographers there. The food was the worst I have ever had on a cruise, consistantly bad in the main dining room. 4 of our dining companions ordered the steak from the menu that is the same every night and not one of them had even eaten half the steak, all said it was bad. It seemed as though their seasoning was only garlic, in everything. Our waitress and assistant waitress had no personalities and we only say our head waitress when she took our orders until the second to last night (of course, it was the night before tipping). Our cabin attendant was good and our cabin was well kept. We didn't use room service so I can't comment on that. The shows, well, they were not the best I have seen and the costuming was not the Las Vegas style that I am accustomed to seeing. However, there was a gentleman singing from New York and a girl (singer) from Indiana that were fantastic. Their careers should go far. The comedian was on the first night and didn't do the "adult only" show until the last night at 11:30 and most people had to pack and get up early so who wants to do that. He was great on the first night and I would have enjoyed seeing him again but the choice of nights was not good. The Piano bar was a lot of fun the first night but after that, the crowds were just not there. We stayed away from the Nightclub because they had a cigar smoking event there every night before it opened for dancing and I can't take cigar smell so I had to stay away. Very disappointed in that because we love to dance. I would not be in a hurry to go back on that ship but did enjoy the itinerary. I don't think on my last 2 Royal Caribbean cruises that they are at the standards they used to be, very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
my wife and i would like to think we are avid cruisers. at least one a year for the last three years and twice this year. we however have a bad habit of going all out the first time and we expect to be great all the time. so this time ... Read More
my wife and i would like to think we are avid cruisers. at least one a year for the last three years and twice this year. we however have a bad habit of going all out the first time and we expect to be great all the time. so this time we had to lower our expectation. i have learned that once you go big there's no looking back. we just got back from a 4 day cruise to key west/cozumel on the enchantment of the seas. like the title says; very relaxing but it wasn't fulfilling. by that i mean we went a smaller ship because of the not only the price but i had never been to key west before. i loved key west and i loved Cozumel. and the price for this cruise was great. but i wish this was on either a freedom class or a voyager class ship. we missed the promenade and the 24 hour coffee/pizza. we love coffee. i lose count after the 30th cup that's how much coffee we drink. therefore we missed the all you can drink coffee. sure you can buy a cup of coffee in the centrium area and go and people watch but that's what the promenade was for. that to me was my biggest complaint about this cruise. as for the ports. hey its key west. loved it. saw the famous bars, the statues, famous houses and few cats. lets not forget the furthest point south. the light house. and last but not least the original MARGARITAVILLE!!!!! Cozumel. wonderful! we highly recommend the Eco jeep tour by sunshine tours. if you get Jorge and Felix that is a plus for you. they were great. that excursion was well worth the money. in fact you get more than what you pay for. all the water you can drink. a lunch that they cook for you and did i mention that its all you can eat? most little beach excursions take you to a spot that has a few fish and the coral is on the verge of death from all the suntan solution we put on. not this excursion. beautiful fish, beautiful coral formations, sea turtles, large starfish, a wonderful site to behold. the entertainment could have been better. however the comedian they booked was great. the singing and dancing not so great. i felt the food was fabulous. as were the deserts. the staff was very helpful. the cruise director, well i thought he was OK but my wife thought he was hot. WHATEVER. the quest was probably the racist quest i have ever seen. WOW! i should have recorded it and put it on you tube oh well. the one thing that really stands out to my wife and i was that we didn't have to use our life jacket for the muster drill. that right! no life jacket. can someone explain that to me? all in all well worth the money just not a big enough ship. hey that can't all be the OASIS of the seas. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
We 6 enjoyed the Enchantment of the seas mid October for the Midwestern Fall Break long weekend. We were happy to find a quickie 4 nighter to Key West, Cozumel, and out of Fort Lauderdale. Since it was our 3rd cruise this year we decided ... Read More
We 6 enjoyed the Enchantment of the seas mid October for the Midwestern Fall Break long weekend. We were happy to find a quickie 4 nighter to Key West, Cozumel, and out of Fort Lauderdale. Since it was our 3rd cruise this year we decided to save some money and booked very inexpensive insider cabins (3 of them) on the second deck. Yes the menus are the same as the last 2 cruises on the Independence and the Serenade, so we knew what to get and what not to get, no lobster dinner or escargots. We had to send back one sirloin steak for a better one. Food is good. Not great, good. We were not allowed in Chops this cruise with well behaved children, as we were on the Alaska Serenade. Service was excellent. Kids club was not running as scheduled, very disappointing to 10 year old. Shows were good. Gym is small. This is a party cruise for floridians, evidently, who get on after a short work day Thurs and disembark and go to work Monday, those lucky dogs. Not as much for children to do as the larger ships, of course, and the kids club did not run as well, turned us away for lack of activities canceled or something on Sunday morning. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
There were a lot of great things on this cruise - the food, the ports, the friendliness of other cruisers, and the service. There were a couple of things that were somewhat annoying - the constant photography during the first 2 days, our ... Read More
There were a lot of great things on this cruise - the food, the ports, the friendliness of other cruisers, and the service. There were a couple of things that were somewhat annoying - the constant photography during the first 2 days, our room being a meat locker, and the crowds in the pool during the day. Sunday - Our gang of four (me, DH, my mom and dad) arrived at the Fort Lauderdale airport before 3 PM. We booked our air and hotel independently. We retrieved our bags and called the Hampton Inn where we booked a room. Included in the price was complimentary transportation from the airport to the hotel and the next morning to Port Everglades. Monday - At 10:45 AM, our van picked us up. We made arrangements for them to pick us up at the port to take us to the airport on Saturday. We arrived, tagged our luggage, breezed through security. The line to get our SeaPass took a few minutes and it was fairly warm in the terminal. The last thing to do was get our picture taken. By noon, we were onboard, eating in the Windjammer cafe. There wasn't a seat in the cafe (already a number of people on board!), so we sat outside (which was pretty hot without a breeze). We walked around the ship, trying to figure out where everything was. I would have a time finding my way around on the larger ships. The Enchantment looked pretty good for an older ship. The only problem we noticed during our cruise was the pools were too small for a ship with 2,300 cruisers. They were packed during the hot afternoons and on the sea day. We checked into our cabins in the late afternoon and watched a rainstorm hit. We completed our muster drill (short drill, but the heat wasn't pleasant). DH & I went to the Viking Crown Lounge (the highest bar on the ship with a great view) and had a before dinner drink. I discovered the Drinks of the Day were really the best deal, at $5 a drink. Alcohol is pretty expensive on the ship. Dinner was good, the service great, the ship photographers annoying. I had the prime rib, which was okay, but not fantastic. The Vidalia Onion Tart as an appetizer was awesome. Dessert didn't stand out, can't recall what I had. Our waiter, Raj, and the assistant waiter (can't recall his name, dang it) did an excellent job the entire cruise. From what I saw, all of the waiters gave fantastic service. DH & I meandered about the boat and went to the Solarium hot tub while mom & dad went to the show. Tuesday - We woke up pretty early to get a good start on our Key West day. Ate at the breakfast buffet in the cafe (was good, lots of variety), then walked off the ship and was assaulted by a pirate for a picture. Mom & dad decided not to join us on our journey to the southernmost point (a good 1 ¼ miles, coupled with hot weather is not appealing to some), so they went on the Conch train to see the town. We took our touristy pictures, walked back up Duval Street and had a beer at Sloppy Joes. We bought a few souvenirs, then headed back to the boat. We ate lunch at the main dining room, which was excellent. I had the chicken and wild mushroom pasta. Everyone said that the salad was the best, but I wasn't quite in the mood for a salad. We had very good company at our table. We cleaned up for formal night. The gang of four had a pre-dinner drink in the Viking Crown, where there was no one. I had the roasted duck and lobster bisque which were fantastic. Dessert again was a bit lackluster. Mom really wanted formal pictures taken, so we did. They headed to the show, DH & I walked around the boat and headed to the Solarium again. I think this is when I noticed the room being the temperature of a meat locker. Adjusted the thermostat, nothing happened. The A/C was constant - never once kicked off. Just had to snuggle closer to DH for warmth. Wednesday - We ate breakfast at the cafe, then packed our backpack with fresh towels and bathing suits for a day at Paradise Beach. We walked off the ship around 11 AM and got our picture taken with a sailor and a parrot. Walked through the Cozumel port area with people trying desperately to get your attention to buy their wares. Ran into mom & dad who decided to go back to the ship and lounge in the pool when no one was in it. We got in a short line for taxis and discovered a couple in front of us was headed to Paradise Beach too. We split the cab fare ($15 a cab) and headed to the beach. It was excellent. Free entrance, cold beer, good nachos, warm surf, great view, comfy chair and umbrella. We started a conversation with a couple from Manchester, England. We split a cab back to the ship with them. We would see them several more times during the cruise. When getting back on the ship, a storm was quickly approaching. We cleaned up and watched from our room some stragglers getting back on the ship. The rain hit, and the plank had to be moved because of the wind, I'm guessing. These folks were pretty angry at being denied boarding. Now, from the looks of things, I'm also guessing that quite a few of these folks had been partaking in the fine Cozumel drink. We felt a hard rock, much more than usual. DH & I both assumed it was the wind. The squall went away, and the soaked revelers were allowed on the ship. The captain (whose Norwegian accent was thick, so couldn't understand 90% of what he said) came on the intercom and told us they were assessing some damage around the water line. What? Coming up to dinner, a couple was talking about a ship hitting us. We asked, and yes, one of the Carnival ships also in port had smacked into us, causing a dent in the Carnival ship, but we appeared to be okay. Wow! Excitement on the high seas! Dinner was excellent. I had the scallop risotto, lamb shank with rosemary, and tiramisu. Our dinner entertainment was our waiters singing "O Sole Mio" (and it was noted that the waiters hail from 40 different countries, but none were from Italy). DH & I did our nightly walk around the boat, while the 'rents went to the show. Thursday - We woke up early to get one of the first tenders off the boat to Belize. We ordered room service, which turned out to be a wise idea. We were off at 8:45 AM. Belize has rainforest excursions or scuba diving, and that's about it. We ported, and had a bit of trouble finding the pickup spot for cave-tubing.com. Found our tour and was off at 9:15 AM. Our tour guide, was very friendly, chatty and funny. We boarded a larger bus outside the city and headed to the rainforest. Sadly, there's not much to see in Belize City. The place appeared extremely poor, dirty, and the place was flooded. Our tour guide informed us there were two seasons, dry and rainy. We were in the obviously in the rainy season. Our tour guide passed around some cashew wine for us to try. It was very different. :D We arrived at our site an hour later. We changed into our swimming suits and got a head lamp and tube. The tour guides took the tubes from the ladies and carried them to the river. Who said chivalry is dead? We walked through the jungle for about 40 minutes. By the time we got to the river, that cold water was heaven. We linked up in a chain and floated to the cave. Yes, there were bats. We floated for an hour or so down the river. We dried off, changed into our dry clothes, and ate at free lunch of stewed chicken, rice, and coleslaw. It was either pretty good, or I was starving. :D We bought Belizean beer and cashew wine while there. The Belikin beer sort of tastes like Red Stripe. We made it back to the ship in plenty of time (3 PM). Not sure if I ever want to go back to Belize, unless I take up scuba diving. We ate a snack in the Windjammer, then went to the room to take a nap. Dinner was again excellent. I had the beef and veal tortellacci, tilapia, and a three chocolate dessert. Our dinner entertainment was our waiters dancing. We decided to check out the Schooner bar (a piano bar), and we found our friends from Cozumel. They went to dinner, and we walked around the ship a bit before retiring. Friday - This was a sea day, so we slept late, ate breakfast late. We found chairs in the shade by the pool area. We watched the belly flop contest, then ate a little lunch. Sometime during the pool volleyball tournament, I fell asleep. Vacation is hard. We went down to the cabin, filled out luggage tags and a customs form. For dinner, I opted for the wild mushrooms in puff pastry, scallops and ziti, and a varied chocolate dessert. All was really good. We went to the Schooner Bar, saw our Cozumel friends again. They went to a late dinner, but would be back. We decided to actually go see a show. I was entertained for a bit, but it was nothing special. I would have liked it more if I were a fan of musicals. Mom & dad said that the previous shows were excellent. We went down to our cabin and tagged our luggage, placed them outside the door for pickup. We went back to the bar and had a great time. We went to the next lounge over and danced a bit. We went back to the piano bar sing along with our new lot of friends. Saturday - Our debarkation was pretty flawless. Went to the cafe to eat a quick breakfast, went back down to the cabin to finish packing our carry on, and began to the ship at 9:45 AM. The line looked to be long, but we were processed pretty quickly. We found our transportation we had arranged on the first day and was back at the airport by 10:30 AM. We milled around a bit, went through Security Theater, got on the plane at 1 PM. We were back at our house at 6 PM. Not bad at all. We had a fun time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Enchantment of the Seas was a pleasant surprise. Arriving at Ft Lauderdale port was improved from our last experience although time of the year and ship size probably had a lot to do with it, last time we were there we were on ... Read More
Enchantment of the Seas was a pleasant surprise. Arriving at Ft Lauderdale port was improved from our last experience although time of the year and ship size probably had a lot to do with it, last time we were there we were on Navigator - Spring Break. We were from our car to on ship in our cabin in less than 30 minutes, but it was 2pm when we arrived. We always wait a little while so we can go to our rooms and not have to carry our stuff around. We were in aft RFS 8166, This cabin was amazing! I hope we can return to it someday. The only thing of note is the master bath is comparable to a JS and the 2nd bath is comparable to a balcony cabin. There is an extra mirror, drawer and outlet in the hall area, plenty of room for everyone to get ready at the same time. I should fess up that our children weren't actually with us this time, we were able to get the cabin because of low bookings but there were things of interest that are best suited for families. We have three children that have been on 4 RC cruises and 1 Disney cruise with us. Enchantment has a wonderful "splash" area for younger children that I haven't seen on many ships and the main pool also had a divider for younger children. Our cabin qualified us for "Suite" service. The benefit for this to families is you can order from the main dining room selections from special suite menus that are provided in your room along with room service. We ordered big breakfasts on 2 of the 5 mornings which included a fresh, made to order omelet and toasted bagel - all still hot and crispy. Regular room service food was also hot and crispy. There is a Ben & Jerry's on board (and the soft ice cream is available on the pool deck by the Windjammer). I didn't get to visit the snacks in the solarium but the fries in Windjammer were also crispy. My husband said the arcade was somewhat smaller but so is the ship. When traveling with the kids (for me) the smaller the ship the better and I think Enchantment is a great choice. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
I was on a 5 night Enchantment cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. This was my 15th cruise, my wife's 3rd cruise and my kid's first cruise. The kids are 3 and 7. We arrived at the dock around 11:45 AM. We were in a Junior ... Read More
I was on a 5 night Enchantment cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. This was my 15th cruise, my wife's 3rd cruise and my kid's first cruise. The kids are 3 and 7. We arrived at the dock around 11:45 AM. We were in a Junior Suite (JS) so check in was quite easy without a lot of people there. Even without the JS status the regular lines had practically no one in them and lots of people to help. I could have been in a non JS line and have been serviced just as fast (at least at that time of the day). I completed the SeaPass online so that helped speed things along. There was a delay in getting on because of a computer issue with the card reader. Seemed to cause an extra 20 minute delay. We were sitting down in an air conditioned area with other passengers so no biggie. Dining: My family dined at the My Fair Lady EVERY time it was open. It is MUCH easier and more enjoyable to be served food rather than race around the Windjammer with a 3 and 7 year old. Very calm environment in the My Fair Lady. Our kids ordered from the adult menu except for the spaghetti my 3 year old ordered on a few nights. We went to the Windjammer for mid morning and mid afternoon snacks as well as days at port when My Fair Lady wasn't open. Our My Fair Lady waiter, Amil, was very good. Perfect fit for us in terms of personality. That couldn't have gone any better. The food quality in the dining room and Windjammer was average. Overall I was disappointed with the food. Stay away from any of the breaded items. The Honey Stung Chicken that people rave about is nothing special. The chef told me it was prepackaged. Skip it. Most of the fish was overcooked. The meat quality was just OK. The cold fruit soups are excellent. My wife and I went to Chops one night and thought that was excellent. I don't think the service there was any better than My Fair Lady, but the atmosphere is really great. It was a nice evening. Plan for lots of time. Food was very good here and the meat was excellent. We had a comp dinner from a promotion so I don't know if I would have paid $50 for it, but I really enjoyed it more than I thought. Afternoon options after 3PM and before 6PM consisted of gross pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs. Only one night of late night snacks. Booooo....... The ice machines were not working on numerous occasions in Windjammer. For those of you with food allergies or kids with food allergies I found the food staff to be practically unfamiliar with the subject. Room service was fast, but the menu was unimpressive. There's a Seattle's Best Coffee and Ben & Jerry's onboard and for the life of me I can't understand why anyone would pay for either of these. The Ship: I agree with all the people on Cruise Critic who think the ship looks great. It does look great. It's a little dated in some of the public areas and rooms but overall thought the ship was really nice. The Spotlight lounge is a little small for some of the events they host there. The Boleros (I think that's the name) is a little too small. The library was a nice space. I thought the Internet stations were more than adequate and performance to access the Internet was pretty good all things considered. The bridges on deck 10 were lots of fun to walk over. The Solarium is a nice spot, but the pool was closed for at least two days. The two pool areas were very crowded. Interesting art and sculptures throughout. Internet access: I was able to connect to the Wifi network with my Blackberry with minor issues. It worked out very well as I could connect, sync mail and then disconnect. An iPhone or Touch user could do the same with no issue. Would have preferred to have Wifi in my room instead of going to the onboard "hot spots". Entertainment: I went to the first musical show and my wife and I walked out. I thought the show was amateurish. I attended the magic show that I thought was very good, not Vegas quality in terms of "show", but very good. If you are in a Junior Suite (and higher) there are three rows reserved about ½ way back from the stage to take advantage of. I missed the guy who had the puppet, but heard that was OK. There was karaoke one night that was a huge hit. The late night adult comedian was pretty good. A lot of the same jokes you would hear on cruises about small rooms, etc, but still a good show. Expected it too be more "adult" (and disappointed it wasn't since it was billed that way). The classical guitar player was excellent. He played in the atrium a few times and in My Fair Lady for lunch one day. I think he's a must see and would normally single someone like this out. The band in Boleros was good. The DJ in the Viking Crown was only in his second week and wasn't very enthusiastic when I talked with him. I don't think working on cruise is what he expected it to be. The night my wife and I went to the club at 11 PM it was almost dead. The club apparently doesn't start to fill up until Midnight. Another event was the disco party at 7 PM on the last night in the atrium that was fun. We didn't go to Quest. Cabin: I was in a Junior Suite up on eight in room 8086 in one of the "older" rooms. The furniture was definitely dated. Location was awesome. Great to walk up and down to deck 9 where all the action is. Couldn't hear any noise from above or my neighbors. We used the balcony on a number of occasions. Stateroom attendant was awesome and omnipresent - always around. The TV was small, but OK. Bed and sheets were very comfortable. The blackout curtains had about six small holes in them where the light would shine through. Plenty of room to store items with the four people we had in the room. Having a bath was a real treat for the extra space to give the kids baths. Spa & Fitness: When I walked in to the fitness center on the first day there were sheets to sign up for the fee based classes. I thought this was obnoxious. As it turned out there were non paid classes, but no schedule of those was provided on the first day as I've seen on other ships. I found the instructor to be cold and an elitist in my limited observation. The facilities themselves were nice enough. It's not a very big workout area, but good enough. I didn't use the Spa, but there's a $99 port day special for women that's worth checking out. The bungee trampoline and rock climbing wall were fun. My 7 year old loved both. Heavy winds closed down the trampoline on one day. There was never a long wait for either one. Children: One of the reasons I selected Royal Caribbean was for the Adventure Ocean program. I liked what I had read about RCL's partnerships with various vendors and the quality of the content in the program. Both my 3 and 7 year olds were very happy with the program. I thought the staff were great with the exception of one or two who were just OK. Check in and check out was always a smooth process. The kids always had projects they were working on they could take with them. The hours were also great. At one port my 3 year old wanted to stay onboard with the staff. The AO crew during that time took him to lunch and it worked great. AO does not charge for lunch time if you're at a port. I thought the AO facility was a little dated, but the kids wouldn't know the difference unless they had been on one of the newer ships. The arcade was lame. Very expensive ($1.25 a game) and many of the games were shoot and kill games. I think it's terrible that these are onboard and I plan on contacting RCL about this. My son shouldn't have to see people playing a game where they're killing people on a family oriented ship and arcade! Back to AO, overall I thought it was great. I thought I would take advantage of the option where the AO staff would pick up my kids, but we found it easier to change their close in our room and bring them down ourselves. Great idea, however. Casino: I didn't drop a penny in the casino, but it was smoky and dated. Disembarkation: We were on the 8:45 departure list. We went to My Fair Lady and had a very relaxing breakfast. We weren't in any rush to get off the ship and left way after our 8:45 time. Staff: Overall I thought the staff was excellent and very friendly. The Captain was great and had a great sense of humor. The Cruise Director, who I never talked with, seemed to be well liked and did a great job. The only exception to this was this one guy from the excursion desk who practically ignored me when I asked about anything other than what he was selling. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
This was my daughter's High School Graduation gift...4 night cruise. We were mom 45, daughter-18, boyfriend-18, son 14. We went with another family; Mom, son-17 and daughter-15. This was our 5th cruise and first for my ... Read More
This was my daughter's High School Graduation gift...4 night cruise. We were mom 45, daughter-18, boyfriend-18, son 14. We went with another family; Mom, son-17 and daughter-15. This was our 5th cruise and first for my daughter's boyfriend and the other family. We flew Airtran from PHL to Fort Lauderdale the day before, rented a mini van from Budget and stayed at the Comfort Suites Airport Cruise Port. I'm not sure I could justify the rental car cost...$88.00 for one day, although it gave us the freedom to go to the beach and grocery store and out to dinner at LuLu's (decent food, good drinks). The hotel offered free shuttle from the airport to hotel, then a free shuttle from hotel to the port. Taxi's were waiting to take you back to the airport after the cruise...$20.00 for each family. Hotel was adequate, clean and comfortable, the pool was green though (and tiny). The breakfast offered was better than I expected, more than traditional coffee and danish. We arrived at the port around 11:00 and breezed right through check in and up to Windjammers for lunch. I think our first time cruisers were in awe at how beautiful this ship was. This was my first time on Enchantment and I would never have guessed her older age. Her refurbished facelift looked wonderful. Her staff was wonderful also, always a friendly hello and smile! Our interior cabin was a bit small but adequate for two. The girls in one and the boys in another, next door. We paid $249.00 each, so how can I possibly complain? The food in the Windjammer's was good, breakfast was great, the made-to-order omelet station was perfect. We did the late traditional dining every night and the food was excellant! Onion tart ? Escargots ? Lobster Bisque ? etc. Yummy!! We did all of the shows...the Haines magic show was good, as were the singers and dancers. Carl Banks was the comedian, and he was hysterical, especially the late night show (alittle raunchy, so the little ones needed to go away)! The Quest, as usual (get there early for a good seat, it was mobbed), was very funny, as was the Love and Marriage show. Leaving was not as organized as getting on. Customs was backed up. But, sadly we had to leave. The Enchantment is a beautiful ship and I would definately recommend her, I am glad she is coming to Baltimore! Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
My husband, adult daughter and I cruised on the Enchantment of the Seas in July/Aug 2009. The ports of call were Key West & Cozumel. Our experience on the ship was mixed. We loved the redesigned look, with the sweeping arches on the ... Read More
My husband, adult daughter and I cruised on the Enchantment of the Seas in July/Aug 2009. The ports of call were Key West & Cozumel. Our experience on the ship was mixed. We loved the redesigned look, with the sweeping arches on the top of the ship. The look of the ship is lovely--very well done. Our cabin was our first disappointment. We booked a last-minute deal and got a great rate, but the photos of the cabins in our class showed a third bed--a sofa bed, with a curtain--for our third adult. This would have been great, but instead, we found a pull-down berth--which formed an upper & lower bunk, ala a college dormitory. None of us was in shape to climb that ladder (it seemed astoundingly high to me) but I volunteered. It was a huge inconvenience, and coupled with the lack of privacy, it really took the lustre off of an otherwise beautiful ship. The pool area was very nice, but not always well-supervised--the children seemed to wander wherever they wanted, and deck chairs were scarce--no matter the time of day. More chairs would have helped, I think, or else a policy of policing the chairs & removing towels that were spread out in an attempt to 'save' the chair for family members who were still eating or doing other things. It became a race to see who could get to a chair when someone actually did vacate it. Food was excellent--both in the casual dining area and in the dining room. Nothing but compliments to the chef! Unfortunately, I noticed a general shabbiness underneath the luxury of the ship. The towels were ragged and cheap. The beach towels were scarce, and apparently were carefully tracked by the staff (as if I'd want to steal their raggedy towels). The linens on the beds were showing wear, and there were gouges & scratches that showed the ship's age. Too bad--those are the kinds of things that are fairly inexpensive & easy to fix. Great service by the cabin staff--truly top-notch! All in all, the ship was great as long as you could handle that terrible cabin! Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
Arrival and Embarkation This trip was booked 9 days before departure. I flew to Fort Lauderdale non-stop on Continental from Houston. I upgraded to first class for $60 and avoided paying for my luggage. It was worth it for the nice seat. ... Read More
Arrival and Embarkation This trip was booked 9 days before departure. I flew to Fort Lauderdale non-stop on Continental from Houston. I upgraded to first class for $60 and avoided paying for my luggage. It was worth it for the nice seat. Continental now has DirecTV on a lot of their flights, so that is nice. Due to the lateness of the booking, I really only had documents a little over a day before departure. All you really need is a passport and SetSail pass, and you are good to go. Fort Lauderdale was easy as usual, and my cab ride with tip was $18. There were cookies and coffee at the pier, but I had a full breakfast on board the flight. Lines were alphabetical, and I was second in line for my flight. My flight got in at 11:05, and I was on the ship at 11:30, photo taken and all. They lock the hallway doors to the cabins until 1 p.m., so I had to take my carry-on to lunch. The first lunch at Windjammer buffet was crowded, and I was a bit overwhelmed. I found it just easier to always eat at one of the tables on the pool deck right outside the restaurant. Windjammer Lunches Food is grouped in a number of island areas so that there is not one big line. There are salad areas, soup areas, an ethnic food area, a hot entree and carving area, a dessert area, and an area with burgers and hot dogs and such.They always had some sort of carved meat, pasta and sauces, a couple of vegetarian hot dishes, some Mediterranean dishes, and things of this nature. One day they had a great Indian dish, and they had other dishes on a rotating basis. I expected more variety, but I found things. One day, there were baby shrimp for the salad, and I enjoyed that. There were fresh fruits and whole fruits to grab for the kids. Outside, they had soft serve ice cream. Twice, I had the carved roast beef. The rest of the time, I dined vegetarian. I get less full this way and don't gain weight, and I love to see what the chefs prepare. I always do a lot of fruits and veggies anyway because someone else is putting their flair on it.There are several drink stations with lemonade, fruit punch, hot and cold tea, coffee, and water. Solarium Food I never ate there, but they had hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and fries here at lunch and all afternoon and I think late at night. Though the solarium pools are age 16 and above, kids could come in to get this food. There was also a machine for tea, lemonade, and fruit punch here, but it was not always kept full. There was a full service bar in this area, and you could get water there if the machines were not working. Lunches at My Fair Lady My 5 day cruise had 2 sea days, and on those days, it was possible to get an a la carte sit down dinner at the main dining room. I took advantage of this, and these were two of my favorite meals on the cruise. The first time I dined there, I had a wonderful mulligatawny soup. The head waiter could see how much I loved it and was going to have it made one night for me, but he could not make it happen. I had so many other yummy curry dishes that I did not mind. It had been his idea. A real treat was a customized salad area where you went to a central location in the dining room where there were a couple of chefs. You picked lettuces, vegetables, cheeses, and meats (if desired), and dressings. They mixed it all together, and they would add fresh pepper and serve with fresh bread if you wanted. I had one of these both days. Also, on both days, I had the grilled catfish entrEe. It was quite good and more well prepared than the dinner fish. The second day, I had a chicken soup that was good but could not touch that mulligatawny. I enjoyed being seated with others and had some nice conversations. I was in no hurry to leave the dining table, as the food was delicious, and the company was very nice. Breakfast I always had breakfast at the buffet. There was always a line for eggs to order (maybe 5 or 6 people on each side), so I chose boiled eggs instead and usually crispy bacon and fruit. Daily, at Windjammer, they rotated pastries and had biscuits and gravy, waffles, French toast, and pancakes. There was always carved ham and turkey and pork sausages. One day they were mislabeled, which was a concern to me since turkey was marked as pork and vice versa. I hope that is not a common mistake. They had whole fruits and cut fruit, yogurt, hot and cold cereal, cold cuts and cheese, also. Other than the pastries, I did not see much variety from day to day at the buffet, but I certainly had a good breakfast. They had a la carte breakfast in My Fair Lady at least on sea days. Maybe every day. I am not sure, but guests loved it. I did not make it down there for that. I enjoyed my cabin just laying around in the morning catching the movies. Room Service They also offer full room service at no charge (as long as it is not in the wee hours), including hot items in the cabins. I did not take advantage of this. Offerings change at appropriate times of the day, and you can get enough choices to make a meal here any time of day, though not gourmet in the lower room categories. Some of the suites allow ordering the dinner menu for room service. Dinners in Main Dining Room Four of the five nights, I dined alone, and the last night, I joined a group and had a nice time with them. I had the early seating where you have to show up between 6 and 6:15. There is a later seating. Guests can also choose anytime dining. You are supposed to sign up for that the first day. Those guests showed up at the main dining anytime and waited for a seat upstairs in a designated area. There were always several appetizers, a couple of salads, one or two soups, several entrees, a pasta, several things you could order daily, a vegetarian dish, and an additional Indian vegetarian dish. Everything I had was at least good and sometimes amazing. The garlic soup was good. I had the curry dish every single night and was truly in heaven. It was different every day. The only disappointment was the sea bass on formal night. It was the only sea bass I have ever had that was dry. I ordered the chicken marsala without mushrooms one night. It was good but not award winning. I saw a lot of people enjoying the beef dishes. There was a children's menu, but a lot of kids were eating huge plates from the adult menu. My least favorite meal was formal night, and I wish I had gone to Windjammer where they had Asian seafood. I did go over there for hot and sour soup after dinner and saw enormous scallops, seafood skewers, etc. On the last night, They had lobster and shrimp. I ordered lobster only and extra and also had the curry dish. I was in sheer heaven. This was a fabulous meal. I only had two desserts, both low fat. Both were good. There was plenty of ice cream, chocolate, and special diet dessert to meet any needs. The last night, there was a baked Alaska parade. I didn't have this. The night before, they had guests up doing the Macarena after the waiters went around in a parade singing with hats. I did not like this, but it didn't bother me as much as it could have. Windjammer Dinners Most of the entrees (minus the curry) from the main dining room were available here, and it was very quiet here. Guests could still order wine or get the wine from their package served here with table service even though it was a buffet. I had heard it was surprisingly nice, and all that you may have heard is true. Sea Days & Other Onboard Activities There were a variety of activities to attend, though it was certainly not as enrichment oriented as I am used to on the luxury ships, and was not all what I would have preferred. That is OK, as I enjoyed what I did attend and enjoyed the water areas more than I would have. One day, I attended the wine appreciation hour. This was a pay event. You could sign up ahead of time with your waiter or show up at the event (not recommended) to pay. There was a buffet area set up with grapes and cheeses and crackers, and we sampled two reds, two whites, and a (sweet) sparkling with a toast. We were seated in groups, and there was a talk from someone on staff before each tasting. I attended one port lecture, but it was too focused on shopping and nothing else. I attended two champagne art auctions. One day, I put up a Thomas Kincaid that went for $260. I did not buy anything, and the one I picked the second day never even came up. The pool deck was very crowded on the sea days, and they had a lot of line dancing and other games. I stuck to the solarium. It was 16 and up with no music and just quiet. There was a 70s YMCA dance party in the atrium that I enjoyed a lot. They had a lot of bingos for cash and prizes, including a free cruise, but I did not attend those. They had family things, such as wii games for 15 and up and one for all ages. They had the bungee trampoline that looked great (must wear socks). They had rock climbing activities. I attended a spa makeover event that kept us all waiting when nobody showed up to host it. Entertainment Every night, there was something in the main show lounge. A comedian did two shows. There was a more family oriented show and an adult show later at night that was still tasteful. The staff had a show that was really nice and multi-national. This was a pre-dinner show. My favorite was a Motown act that did a lot of songs. I went to what was left of the early show when I finished dinner and came back for the whole show after dinner. In each show, they had different costumes. There was a magician one night. That was interesting. They had a Broadway tunes show and another production show. The shows were packed with guests, sometimes standing room only. I did not like that not every guest could get a seat at times. They do reserve a section for suite guests. Every night, there was some sort of karaoke. Some were good, others weren't , but guests were always supportive. One night, there was a love and marriage game that was well attended. The most attended was a slightly adult oriented scavenger hunt that was widely attended. One night, they had Shipendales that was women only, however the men did not get kicked out and were hogging the primo spots. The dancers did not seem to want to be there, but it was a photo op and a chance to see the Viking Crown dance club. For those over 40, most were with their grown children. I would rather have seen more diversity. In the atrium every night, there was either a trio, a violinist, guitarist, etc. There was also a Latin lounge. Trivia was held here in early evenings, and then there was a live band. They had a piano lounge, also, and people enjoyed this immensely. You can just wander the ship and see what is going on. Ship The ship wasn't that difficult to figure out. Cabins are all throughout the ship, even on the very bottom deck, and public areas include a lovely showroom that is just not quite big enough for all guests that attend (maybe needs 30 more seats), several nice lounges, a pool deck that is serviceable, but the pools could be bigger, a main dining room that could use more tables but is interesting, a nice spa but without steam rooms, a good gym I wish I had used (some classes carry a charge) with tons of activity choices, a walking/jogging area, bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall, kids misting pool, adult (16 and up) pool and hot tub area, enough ping pong areas, etc. I wish it had mini golf like the newer ships. There is one specialty restaurant, Chops. This is a steak house with a nominal fee. I wish they had more choice for those that really just want lobster or a high end fish, but it was on the meaty end. The atmosphere looked lovely, and those that went loved it. I wish they had the Italian specialty on board, but they don't. The main dining area is very nice. There are a wide variety of cabins for various needs. My Cabin I was in a category G oceanview. I had a lot of storage space in my closet and various drawers. I had a loveseat, a desk, a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet and a clothes line I could string across. I had my bed configured as a queen. I had nice bedding and proper lighting. My TV was the old CRT style but would swivel between the bed and couch, and I could see about 6 rotating PPV type movies for free. There were more TV channels than the luxury ships (though not as many free movies). I was comfortable but would have wanted a larger cabin with a companion, as I am not used to sharing small spaces. For those that are, they would be comfortable. The window was nice for light and seeing what was coming up, but it wasn't that clean and got condensation. This was my first time sailing without a balcony, and I prefer a balcony, for sure. Internet Internet did not work in the cabins, which I knew ahead but still found to be a disappointment. In addition to the computer center, they also had hot spots. I brought my laptop but never took it out of the bag. Their computers do not have a USB port or a photo card slot available since they are locked up and you only have access to the monitor, keyboard and mouse. Even the first day, there was no attendant. If you had an issue, you had to go to deck 5, wait in line and they called someone that you never did see who basically just doled out minimum credit to make up for the issue. I have never been on a ship where they did not actively try to sell internet time or help guests in getting this going, at least on the first day. Guest Services This was the "do all" desk. You could prepay gratuities here and have many other needs met here. They always had a line, but it was just a few people, and these people were helpful and knowledgeable. Tour Desk They seemed to be readily available. I booked my tours online, but there was plenty of material there to make decisions had I not. They had a rather long line at times. Tours This is far different from the luxury tours I am used to. I took it for what it was worth. In Grand Cayman, they have a tender service, and it was quite adequate to get guests off in minutes. There really was no wait at all. The boat could handle 250 guests at once. I signed up for the beach tour with lunch that went to Seven Mile Beach and to Beach Club Colony. I went on this to see that hotel. I did not see any rooms, but I was not too impressed with the operation. The beach was incredible, so perhaps an EP hotel on this beach would be a nice trip. We had a welcome drink coupon for regular or rum punch, and you had to bring a towel and water. Shade umbrellas were an additional $5. I did not do that. Snorkeling equipment was extra, also. The lunch served was mediocre - overcooked burgers, hot dogs, dark chicken, and a couple of salads. They advertised a la carte lunch also available. I did not see that happening, so I ate the "buffet". After that, they started the a la carte, so a few people got it. Mostly, it was what we had on the buffet, plus Caesar salad and maybe a few other items. People here were incredible, including a couple of Jamaicans. We were transported on a huge school bus without a/c, and it took over an hour to get that going. The tour was to be 3.5 hours, but it ended up taking about 5.5. I signed up for the power snorkel in Cozumel. Nobody else did, so it was canceled. I ended up just walking around the shops, including the drug store, and I got back on the ship fairly quickly. This was the one time I actually stayed a while on the main pool deck, as there were not 15 people on there. Other Guests There were many Latino guests in large groups, and there was a lot of Spanish speaking on the ship. Particularly, there were teens 13 to 15 for some birthdays, and kids were camping in the halls singing and chatting until security was called. They weren't hoodlums or anything, just chatting too late at night. There were many multi generational groups and 13 honeymoon couples. Not that many solos. Besides the Latinos from Columbia, Argentina, and Mexico, most of the rest were from the U.S. and Canada. Debarkation I put my bags out the night before, and I was in the last group to get off at 10 a.m. I had a full breakfast, and then I went to my lounge, Bolero where they had tea, juice, coffee, pastries, TV, etc. I had a flight at 2:30, but I was able to pay a fee and get on a flight right away, and I got home almost 4 hours early. Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
My family just returned from an amazing cruise on the July 6th sailing of the Enchantment of the Seas!  The cruise sailed from and ended in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, and the ports included Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; and ... Read More
My family just returned from an amazing cruise on the July 6th sailing of the Enchantment of the Seas!  The cruise sailed from and ended in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, and the ports included Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; and Belize City, Belize. Now that we've been back a couple days and have settled down, it's time for a short review!  I'll just mention some of my personal highlights of the cruise since most of the basics have been covered and are readily available elsewhere. Around the Ship:  Even as a 20 year old college student and as someone who has sailed on three Voyager-class ships, I had a great time on the Enchantment.  Despite the Enchantment not having all the bells and whistles, I had a fantastic vacation.  The Cruise Director's Staff did an incredible job keeping the passengers busy with lots of fun activities.  I was NEVER bored even without mini-golf, the Royal Promenade or a basketball court.  I must say that this cruise had one of the best atmospheres of all my cruises.  The nightclub in the Viking Crown Lounge had great music and a lively crowd.  The nightclubs on my past voyages mostly played 90s music and catered to a slightly older crowd, but I didn't find this to be the case on the Enchantment.  As I mentioned, this fun/party atmosphere was tasteful but felt throughout the ship.  After the Farewell Show, the Cruise Director's Staff hosted a 70's Disco Party in the Centrum, and it was a BLAST!  The staff dressed up like the Village People and had a dancing act, all of the officers showed up to enjoy and all of the guests were dancing and smiling.  Rico, the Cruise Director, did an amazing job on this cruise, and I always enjoyed him.  Oh, and speaking of the officers, Captain Ban and his staff were absolutely awesome!  Captain Ban, himself, gave great announcements, was a "guest judge" for the Belly Flop Contest, played on the officer's water volleyball team and danced at the 70's Disco Party.  The rest of the officers joined in all the fun all around the ship as well.  I must say this certainly improved my cruise experience on the Enchantment! I did experience one small "negative" while onboard, but it was of no fault to Royal Caribbean.  The winds were so strong during our cruise that I was unable to go on the Bungee Trampolines.  Lol.  I was really looking forward to trying it, but it was always closed due to high winds.  Hopefully I'll get to try it sometime! Cabin:  My brother and I stayed in Cabin 8159 and my parents in Cabin 8155.  This was a Category K inside room, and it was great for everyone.  We were able to have two bathrooms and save money all at the same time.  The rooms were clean upon our arrival and our Stateroom Attendant, Nelson, was great! Food:  I've always enjoyed Royal Caribbean's cuisine, but I must say that in the Main Dining Room, the Enchantment kicked things up a notch.  Everything I ate was well prepared and delicious!  The service at Table 448 was pretty good.  Our Assistant Waiter, Miroslav, was relatively new, so he didn't have the most experience, but he did his best.  Our Waiter, Stanislov, was absolutely fantastic.  He picked up the slack from the Assistant Waiter and catered to our every request.  The entire family had a great dining experience.  All of the food in the Windjammer Marketplace was very good as well! Key West:  In Key West, my family walked around a few hours to explore, and then we rented scooters for about an hour or so.  We visited Ernest Hemmingway's home, Harry Truman's home, the Southernmost Point in the U.S., and then drove around the island.  It was quite a relaxing day, and we had a lot of fun. Cozumel:  My family hasn't had the best time in Cozumel in the past, but we certainly did this time!  It seems that everytime we've visited the island it POURS down rain.  Without fail the second we walked off the ship there was a downpour.  Haha.  Well, since we did the ATV and Beach Tour, this wasn't a problem.  The ATV Tour was one of my favorite excursions of all-time.  The path, sites we visited, length of the trip and the tour guides were all awesome!  The huge rain puddles had everyone covered in mud once the trip was over, but I thought it was much more fun that way. Belize:  In Belize City, we did the Reef Rocket Tour.  Once again, the weather was cool and rainy, but we managed to have a great time.  Getting to the actual port, however, wasn't enjoyable.  There were some strong waves and the slow tenders made the rocking pretty bad.  It took about 20 minutes each way, but there was nothing to do but wait to get on shore.  Anyway, back to the Reef Rocket.  Once we got to Belize City, we boarded the Reef Rocket (a really fast boat) and it took us to a small private island in the middle of the ocean.  The island was about 50 yards by 30 yards, so it was TINY.  They had a dock, a porta-potty, drinks and food for the guests.  Although the current was extremely strong, the snorkeling in Belize was one of my favorites.  One negative about this tour was the cleanliness of the snorkel gear.  Once we had used the gear, the employees hurriedly put everything back into the bags and we watched the second-round of people on the excursion put on our gear.  Other than that, this was a great excursion.  After we got back to Belize City, we just walked around and did some shopping.  We found an absolute treasure there, too.  We happened to stumble upon the Rainforest Rumcakes stand and had a few samples... and then we bought four boxes.  Haha.  For me, those rumcakes beat Tortuga's hands down.  It's right on the main boardwalk, so definitely stop there if you have time! Overall, my family had a fantastic cruise aboard the Enchantment of the Seas.  Even without the bells and whistles of the newer ships, the ship, staff and excursions were just what we needed for a relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
This was my third cruise, daughter's second.  We stayed overnight  at the Ft Lauderdale Marina Hilton where I got a free night based on honors points, but would have regretted if I had had to pay for same.  We got to the port ... Read More
This was my third cruise, daughter's second.  We stayed overnight  at the Ft Lauderdale Marina Hilton where I got a free night based on honors points, but would have regretted if I had had to pay for same.  We got to the port around 11 am and embarkation was very easy.  The gentleman coordinating it  was very pleasant.  We were  on the ship by around noon.The food in the Windjammer was plentiful- daughter loved the chicken and string beans.  We got a soda pass, which  I highly recommend.  I used it as well, and it was certainly worth the cost.  Other  preliminaries- we got the first of 2 internet packages, as we both had laptops.  The ship is beautiful- very clean.  Our cabin was on Deck 4, an outside room.  I thought it would have a sofa but it had a chair.  There was plenty of storage space.  I had arranged for  a small bouquet of flowers and they looked lovely in the window all week.  Our attendant, Sylvia, was fantastic, as were the gentlemen who helped her.  In fact,  the staff were amazing the entire  time- friendlly, helpful, pleasant.  I commend RCCL on this.  I had  ordered the champagne and strawberries and that  arrived a few hrs after we got to the cabin.   Our excursion tix for Belieze(pre ordered) were already in the room as was a bag I  ordered from Gifts and Gear.  Later in the week as Crown and Anchor members we got 2 great beach bags   for free which was a nice treat.  We also got  2 Gold member booklets with coupons.   We used the coupon for  bingo, the spa discount and internet credit.     A major disappointment was the food.  I had pre booked Chops for the last 2 nights, and after the second night  added the third night as well.  We both thought the food was bland and just not  tasty.  She thought it reminded her of her college cafeteria food.  We had My Time Dining and that was a mess.  We reserved both nights we ate in the main dining room but people with no reservations showed as well, and it was very difficult for the head waiter to coordinate, although he tried.  (He was wonderful, by the way).  RCCL needs to fine tune this process.  Chops, however, was fantastic.  It reminded me of Morton's.  The host and our waitresses, Darma and Alexandra, were excellent.  The food was far superior to the dining room, if it can be compared at all.   For ex., I had the shrimp cocktail in both.  In the dining room, you got 3-4 tiny shrimp whereas in Chops they were large and flavorful.  The cost was well worth it, and in fact, I would  have paid more.  The host asked if  we had any special requests and when I told him my daughter liked the chocolate covered strawberries he arranged for a plate for her the last 2 nights.         I did not have a problem getting a chair at the pool, and on the last  day at sea, sat on  Deck 10  near the shuffleboard.  It was quieter there.       One problem was some of the guests.  There were about 200  teenagers from  Argentina on the ship, many on Deck 4.  They were loud and rude.  Apparently, a lot of South American kids vacation on this ship after Disney World.  RCCL needs to control this situation better. As to the crowd in general, it tended to be couples and nuclear families, who stuck to themselves and were somewhat standoffish and unfriendly.  I cannot comment if this is typical for this ship or just that week, but it was next to the food the only negative.   Spa services  were very good- my daughter had a mini facial and I had a massage.  We both had the same attendant, Susan.      We did express disembarkation and were at the airport by 8 am.  If I had known, I would have booked a morning flight.  Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
  The first time I heard we were going to go on a cruise, I was scared because of the Titanic. However, I realized that was a long time ago and they did not have the technology that we do today. After found out that they have unlimited ... Read More
  The first time I heard we were going to go on a cruise, I was scared because of the Titanic. However, I realized that was a long time ago and they did not have the technology that we do today. After found out that they have unlimited food, I looked forward to it. In addition, I found out they have pools, a library, and entertainment. Doesn't that sound good? So now that you had an overview of the trip so far, let's get started on the main story. We had to return the rental car, so we had to wait at the airport another hour to get a taxi to the ship. When we got there, workers took our bags so they could get it transported to our room. Now we had to check in. There a line to be checked in, so it took another 20 minutes. In check in, we got our sea pass cards that were used for any onboard purchases and your ticket off and on the ship. We had to get our carry- on baggage checked and then we had to go through customs.  We got onto the ship. We could not go into our room yet because the workers were still getting it ready. Instead, we went to get lunch at the windjammers cafe. Windjammers was a noisy buffet that had not the best food in the world but still better than school cafeteria food. In fact, I liked Windjammers very much for the most part. They had a good Mediterranean section. They had a wide assortment of fruit and daily pasta, hamburgers, and hotdogs. They also had a wide  variety of food from other cultures. However, the drinks didn't thrill me. The tea was so-so. The punch was almost water. The lemonade looked like water and tasted like out of a can. The best drink they had was water! In addition, another drawback was you had to race to eat your food. The waiters take away your food too fast. At around 4:00 we could finally get to our room. My little brother and I had to share a room. That was something I didn't like, one of the reasons to get back so I could have the luxury of sleeping in my own bed. Well anyway, we had to get ready for dinner soon so we had to put on our semi - formal clothes, a nice shirt and long pants.Dinnertime was at 6:00 in the my fair lady dining room. Half the people on the cruise ate at that time, the other at 8:15. The food in this dining room was really good! I tried escargot, different types of soups, and other gourmet dishes. There was a headwaiter and an assistant waiter and  they were both very nice. Almost too nice so probably they tried to get a better tip.Our ship made 2 stops, Key West and Cozumel. Let me explain one of the things we did in Cozumel. There were stores everywhere! Everyone trying to sell you stuff, it was pandemonium. We walked almost a mile to the place where the boat takes you to the submarine. It cost 91 dollars for adults and $61 for kids to go, but it was worth it. First we got onto the small ferry boat that took us to the submarine. It was fun! We went fast. You could see flying fish out there! 15 minutes later, we arrived where the submarine was. We got seated into the submarine. We descended slowly. We saw coral reefs and many different types of fish. I saw a lobster. We also saw divers down there. We got down to 102 feet. I didn't feel any pressure at all. Then we ascended and returned to shore. We had an enjoyable time riding the Atlantis submarine. Next, I'm going to explain some of the rooms on the ship. On the fourth deck, there was a stage where music  performers performed. On the seventh deck, there was a library. It wasn't very big, but a peaceful place so better than nothing. The ninth deck was the pool deck. The had two pools. On the pool, deck there was Caribbean music, which I liked. The pool deck was fun, but it was always crowded. The deck 10 has a wonderful view of the water. Other decks have bars that kids could go in except the bar on the 11th floor past 10. They had good shows too. The cruise director always hosts the show. I liked the cruise director except he pretended to cry when we were leaving! When the day to get off arrived, we had a great time but were ready to get home. We got off went through customs, got our baggage, and headed to the airport. When we got there, we had to wait till three for the airplane to leave. We arrived at five in Charlotte. I was so glad to be back! Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
This was our first cruise and we were travelling with our two children who are 4.5 and 2.5 years old.  For those who may be considering travelling with children, we offer the following:For kids who are 3+ and potty trained, the ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were travelling with our two children who are 4.5 and 2.5 years old.  For those who may be considering travelling with children, we offer the following:For kids who are 3+ and potty trained, the Enchantment of the Seas offers AWESOME activities for kids.  We were reluctant to drop off our 4.5 year old as we felt he might want to spend more vacation time with us.  Oh no.  As soon as we walked into the kids room, he was off and didnt even wave goodbye.  The staff was great.  They had a pirates parade where the kids marched around the ship singing pirate songs. They also had a talent show, which was cute.  They give you a pager while your child is there just incase they need to get in touch with you.  Our son really enjoyed it.If you are travelling with kids who are not fully potty trained, please note, there are VERY few structured activities.  They will not allow yound kids to play in the kids area, even when supervised by a parent.  Kids in swim diapers are NOT allowed in any of the pools.  There is a "sprinkler pool" where little kids can run around and get wet, although I think technically they are not supposed to be in there.  There were some activities for small kids and parents in the bolero lounge each morning for an hour or so.  These were OK, but our daughter got bored pretty quickly.  We were not looking to dump our kids off all day while we sipped cocktails by the pool.  But it would have been nice to have a place for the young kids to play and have fun while also giving us an opportunity to actually feel like we were on vacation.  We were able to arrange for babysitters a few nights while on ship.  This worked out very well.  The kids enjoyed it and it was nice to get a couple of hours of adult time while the kids were asleap.  They charged $12/hour for two kids in our cabin, which is a deal based upon what we pay at home.  I recommend arranging for this when you get on the ship.The organized excursions they had while in Cozumel and Belize were not really geared for kids.  Particularly when it is so hot.  I recommend planning your own in advance.  We really enjoyed Chakanaab park in Cozumel where the kids could swim with the dolphins.  Its an easy cab ride from the dock.  In Belize we arranged for a cab driver to take us to the Belize Zoo for an hour.  The kids loved seeing the animals.  Its a cute little zoo about 45 minutes from the dock.  The cab driver was great.  Otherwise, there is not much to do in Belize.  Our waiter at dinner was AWESOME.  He was really great with the kids and remembered what they liked to eat.  He even made a napkin animal for my son that he LOVED (and took home).  Our stateroom attended was great too.  Remember the kids names right away and gave them hugs when we left.  Overall, we had a wonderful time on this cruise.  We felt that if there were more activities for younger kids it would have been PERFECT.  ps. in talking with some of the kids staff, it sounds like RCI is working on more options for younger kids.  Some boats may already have them.  If this is important to you, i would ask about it when booking a cruise Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
We were a little nervous about taking a cruise and had no experience Whatsoever but the price was right and we decided to try it!! Booked a 5 night February cruise aboard the Enchantment of the Seas departing out of Ft Lauderdale. I ... Read More
We were a little nervous about taking a cruise and had no experience Whatsoever but the price was right and we decided to try it!! Booked a 5 night February cruise aboard the Enchantment of the Seas departing out of Ft Lauderdale. I discovered and used the cruise critic board for all sorts of information from a pre departure hotel to what to do on excursions. The information there was priceless!! Our hotel the Hyatt Place was great!! Room was comfortable and we were within walking distance of supermarkets, restaurants--anything we needed. We stocked up on pop as we did not have a soda card and when arriving there was no problem whatsoever with getting it on. Departure routine was a little scary as we had never done it but staff was helpful and process turned out to be quick and painless--we arrived at around noon and was onboard within an hour. Our rooms were not ready so we sat down to eat lunch--a little chaotic but very good in the Windjammer. We then explored the ship and went into our rooms which were small but very nice. We had connecting interior staterooms and just left the door open and went back and forth--the kids loved the beds!! Our servers were so nice and made us feel like royalty--Mona Lisa our waitress had our names memorized right away and my boys loved her!! She always made us feel so special and would give the kids treats to take back with them after dinner. We shared our table with a family from Illinois and we all hit it off right away!! It was great fun to meet people and be able to talk about our experience throughout the day. Of course we loved all the food but hung out by the pool and played ping pong, participated in the wonderful Fitness center and its classes. We jumped on the Bungee trampoline, climbed the wall and took a couple of classes--. We loved Cozumel!! We went to Chankanaab Park and swam with the dolphins and snorkeled. So Beautiful and the Royal Swim with the dolphins is something we will always remember! In Key West we went snorkeling--had fun but there were alot of jellyfish in the water and was a little nervous re those. We went to Belize and took a tender to get there--we have friends in Belize so we just visited them and didn't do any excursions. We loved the towel animals on the beds each night--we loved all the staff and had a Blast!! Can't wait to get this chance again!! Enchantment is small but oh so beautiful and never lacking in things to do!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 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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