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Enchantment of the Seas Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1887 reviews
4 Awards

Large Ship, Small Facilities

Review for Enchantment of the Seas to the Bahamas
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drwong
6-10 Cruises • Age 2020s

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Sail Date: Nov 2012
Cabin: Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom
Traveled with children

Embarkation at Baltimore was flawless - we dropped our large suitcases off at curbside (we carried aboard our meds and a change of clothes, including winter jackets), check-in was quick and efficient, and we checked into our Large Oceanview Stateroom ("large" appears to be a misnomer - despite paying a premium price, our cabin was just as big as the regualr Oceanview Stateroom down the hall - the only difference being that our cabin has a third and fourth berth, which made our stateroom seem all the more smaller).

We headed to the grill for departure - we sailed past the historic Fort McHenry (with her flag still flying) and under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at sunset. That evening, a slight swell rocking us to sleep indicated we had exited Chesapeake Bay and entered the Atlantic.

The next morning was a sea day and we had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Cafe. Although the setting offered a scenic view forward, there were far too few seats and tables for a ship carrying over 2200 passengers, especially on a sea day when everybody is onboard and the vast majority plans on taking their breakfasts at 9 am - despite the efficient staff's efforts to clear tables as soon as possible. The same phenomenon happened at lunch, where the Windjammer and the restaurant were the only venues available for people who wanted to eat at noon. It wasn't until halfway through the cruise and numerous complaints that the staff opened up a hidden overflow seating area aft of the Windjammer.

Cabin Review

Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom

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"Large" is a misnomer - despite paying a premium price for our cabin, it was no larger than regular inside or outside cabins. The reason for the higher price for the first two passengers, I suspect, is to make up for the lost revenue on the "discounted" 3rd and 4th passengers who share the cabin.

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