Perfect inaugural cruise: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by oboebbr

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Perfect inaugural cruise

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: Baltimore
We never really thought about a cruise until some friends our age got addicted to Royal Caribbean. If relaxation is what you need, I'd say let RCCL take over and sail you away!

Our cabin was roomy enough (a balcony cabin on deck 7, midway between front and mid-ship). Even some of the interior rooms I glimpsed didn't seem too cramped, given that many people don't spend too much time in their rooms.

The crossing (June 14th sail date) to Bermuda was rough (seas were very rough with 10 foot plus waves). Nevertheless, I did not get seasick--probably the "sea-bands" helped.

The dining room food and service is superb. We only dined there once and thereafter we dined at our leisure at the Windjammer Lounge. The food selection is varied and everything is prepared fresh, except maybe the chickpeas for the chickpea salad. The food is tasty, not strongly flavored...everyone should be able to find a tasty meal.

At each meal time there is fresh melon and More pineapple, every time cut or sliced differently. A huge fresh salad greets you at one of the entrances--it is simply irresistible. There are seven or eight different rolls of which two or three are offered each mealtime, all freshly baked, in addition to sliced breads, garlic bread, biscuits. Entrees--usually on this cruise there was sea bass of which I partook frequently, but there is nearly always at least one fish, one beef, one poultry, one pork, and one lamb or veal hot entree. The chef's steamed vegetables became a must for me, too, whether steamed carrots, squash, broccoli, zucchini, or cauliflower. Each night there is also a "theme" buffet from which you can choose (Caribbean, Italian, French, Asian, English etc). Two soups from which to choose every meal, and sometimes a hot broth or another soup besides. Side dishes, pastas, you will look forward to mealtimes! Desserts.....too many to name every night...and always at least one "sugar free" choice. Fresh bowls of apples, pears, oranges and bananas to eat out of hand...might help you keep your diet on track. A great sushi bar too! Wait staff is attentive and kind.

Activity times are fun without being too contrived. The outdoor "sports" pool is, uncrowded, and saltwater. You can't swim laps too well--not large enough--but you can do "European style" breast stroke (head above water) and water aerobics. The indoor pool is crowded and is kept warmer than most serious swimmers or exercisers like...also smells like chlorine.

Our room was checked frequently and the bed re-made after naps and turned down at bedtime. If you would like a change of towels, leave the used ones on the floor per the ship's suggestion. Otherwise you can help the environment and reuse them if possible. The room steward, Rodolpho, unceasingly cheerful and polite, as was the rest of the staff.

The intinerary was perfect for us, novice cruisers. We wanted to spend more time in each port. RCCL runs a tight ship, everything works like clockwork, and their multinational staff works together seamlessly.

This ship will go into dry dock this fall. Some of the interior fittings do need to be updated, so it will be interesting to see how the retrofit turns out. I met fellow cruisers who have done multiple cruises on this ship...I might just become one of them. Less

Published 06/25/12

Cabin review: D17550 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Ample room, generous closet spaces and cupboards. Bathroom is understandably small, but it is fine. This cabin is located in a part of the ship that seems quiet and stable...even with 10 foot plus seas, we did not get seasick, just a little less hungry! We saw lots of interesting things from our balcony including porpoises. The rooms need updating or refreshing, just little things like nicks and wear and tear here and there...but very clean thanks to the room steward and staff.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

Faneuil Hall is at the historic seat of Boston. Many politicians in the modern day have made announcements from this historic hall. The National Park Service holds talks at several points during the day, or just ask the park ranger on duty about the portraits or anything else that is on display. On the ground floor of the hall is a marketplace/food court. Quincy Marketplace is home to an extensive food court and several national retailers like Orvis. Coffee is very good and there are many varieties of snacks from which to choose (hot food, pastries, candy, nuts, cookies).

Freedom Trail Walking Tour

There's not a lot of time in port at Boston, so we chose to take a (pretty expensive at $19 per person round trip) bus into the historic district and then we followed the "Freedom Trail" ourselves. We probably could have walked from the dock but I didn't find a good enough map of Boston online to judge the distance....maybe there isn't sidewalk in places...I don't know. The bus let us off at Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and picked us up at the same spot. We saw everything we wanted to see in the heart of Boston.

City Tour

This was a whole-island tour on board one of Bermuda's "pink elephant" buses. The five hour tour with "C.B." as our driver was a delightful insider's view of all nine parishes. Since the stores and restaurants away from King's Wharf are closed on Sundays, he took us quickly through Hamilton and St. George, and then added some other sights including St. Catherine's fort, two lighthouses, an authentic beach bar (which was open but which did not serve coffee). Quite a thorough tour of beautiful Bermuda!

Horseshoe Bay Beach

We traveled to Horseshoe Bay ourselves using the "pink elephant" one-day bus pass. We liked the beach so well--it is breathtakingly beautiful--that we went back in the afternoon. Later we continued our bus trip to Hamilton. The buses run about every 20 minutes, but they do not run 24 hours, so be sure to check the last departure time for that day.

Cliff Walk

This is a stunning walk to help burn off some of the cruise ship calories! It gets rough in the southern part, so probably best not to be in a hurry if you want to do the whole walk. The views are stunning and I'm not talking about the backs of the Newport Mansions that you will see along the way. The ocean, the geology, the flora and fauna all make it understandable why everyone loves Newport.

Walking Tour

After we exited the tender boat, we went straight to the information center near the Marriott. We took the city bus to the Tennis Hall of Fame and then got off because we judged the rest of the distance to the "Cliff Walk" to be easily walkable. We meandered down the side streets of Newport, eventually coming to the Cliff Walk. We walked to "Rough Point" from the northern end, and back to the northern end, then back through Newport's shopping districts and back to the dock. We stopped at the "Newport Creamery" for refreshment...highly recommend it!

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