Great itinerary, small ship, lots of senior cruisers: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by bdgf

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Great itinerary, small ship, lots of senior cruisers

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: Baltimore
Cruise was very relaxing with a unique itinerary, however the ship was smallest cruise ship we were ever on. We chose the cruise for the price and being able to drive to the port in Baltimore, MD. We were surprised to find that there wasn't much in the way of spa facilities (no sauna or steam) on board. The boat is due to go into dry dock sometime around the end of the year. The small boat size makes it very easy to navigate which is helpful for the more senior cruisers (majority over 70 on this cruise).

The staff were very helpful and friendly, always smiling.

The staterooms are showing there age and they need updated desperately. There was plenty of storage in the room, however the TV and bathrooms are very old and dated. Our stateroom was on the 4Th floor which made it convenient to the main dining on the same floor, however we got some chair noise from the casino directly above.

Early dining 6:00 p.m. is very limited, so make sure you choose it More early. If you choose 'anytime' dining you will have to prepay your gratuities. We got stuck with late dining at 8:30 because of our late booking and didn't eat in the main dining room for dinner during the cruise because it was too late for us. The food in the buffet area had a great selection, but found it to be somewhat bland and not very hot. Breakfast in the main dining and buffet was very good and had eggs made to order fresh. Lunch in the main dining was good and they had a central salad bar available where you can get a salad made to order. We ate in Chops specialty four nights, well worth the $30 cover charge.

Entertainment was limited and most shows were well attended. Again due to the size of the ship, the main theater was small and seating is limited. Casino was very busy most nights, but save your money since the slots were tight and you'll only end up with a very expensive T-shirt to show for it. The music/bands on board were very subdued and average. Not much going on during the sea days, sleep in, spend some time on deck and drink... The nicest bar on the boat, Viking Bar (at the very top with great views), is a smoking bar and was not tolerable to be in very long, what a shame/waste.

If you want somewhere to vegetate for a week and don't need many modern amenities, then this cruise may work for you. Less

Published 06/03/12
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Cabin review: K4557 Large Inside Stateroom

Lots of storage. Furniture and TV old and dirty looking. Bathroom old and dated, very small shower. Some chair noise from casino above.

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Port and Shore Excursions

It rained the day we were in Boston which made things a little harder. We used the bus/subway system which was pretty easy to navigate and was only two dollars per person or sixty cents for a senior (ask bus driver for senior rate when you get on). We took the subway to the North end of town (little Italy, north church, Paul Revere's house) and was charming. Lots of walking. Great lobster place near port called Yankee Lobster where the locals go to eat. Very small so go before or after normal lunch hours.
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Nice tourist shopping within walking distance. There is a free shuttle that goes from pier down the street to the shops. Use public transit, very reasonable and can get anywhere by ferry or bus (can buy unlimited day passes). Try a 'dark and stormy' made with local Goslings rum...yum! Golf course are very nice, cost about $170 for cart and club rental. Check out Port Royal and play the back nine. No liquor is sold on Sunday's (can drink in bars, restaurants, etc..) and most town stores away from pier are closed (good beach day). The information center at the end of the pier also does some duty free liquor but have to be in port at least 2 days with the last day not being a Sunday.

This is a tender port, so get up early and get your ticket on deck 4 atrium or you will need to wait a few hours to get off the boat. We had number 20 and got off the boat around 2:00 p.m. (arrived around 11:30) This is a charming seaside town, great shopping. Recommend tour of mansions or walking the ocean cliff walk as well. Great lobster places around Bowen's pier. Most places are busy doing final construction work for the high season and may not be fully ready for folks until later in June.
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