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We decided to take advantage of a pre and post cruise stay at the Embassy Suites, Fort Lauderdale. Arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, 10/9/05 from Long Island, around 12 noon. Settled in at the hotel and went to get a bite to each for lunch downstairs at their buffet. It was okay. Wouldn't rave about it. Then took a walk down to the Marriott, where we picked up the Water Taxi. There is one charge, $5.00 for the whole day. Started the ride at 2:30 pm and arrived back about 4:30 pm. Very enjoyable plus the weather was sunny and warm. Beautiful homes and boats (yachts) on the intercoastal waterway !!! Wanted to have a nice dinner, so we asked one of the local residents for a nice place to eat. It just happened to be across the street from the Embassy Suites....Chuck's Steakhouse. Reasonable, friendly, delicious food and a nice atmosphere. Would definitely eat there again and recommend the restaurant. We awoke Monday morning, showered, etc. and went to the buffet breakfast at Embassy Suites. I must say, it was good. Much better than the lunch buffet. We were told to meet at the side of the building at 11:30 am for our transfer bus to the pier. After picking us up we were at the pier by 12:30. Easy check in since we had a Junior Suite, but our Sea Pass Cards were downstairs, so the employees had to locate them. We were on the ship by 1:30 pm. Our cabin was ready (ship had returned to port on Sunday night), so we put our carry on luggage in the cabin and went up to the Windjammer Cafe' for lunch. A bit crowded, but that is to be expected with everyone getting on the ship. Lunch was good. Many selections and fresh. After lunch we toured the ship. Two years ago we were on the Majesty (which is smaller than the Enchantment). Last year we were on the Navigator (what a ship !!! A city !!! and larger that the Enchantment). It was already 4:30 pm and time for the Muster Drill. Actually it went very smooth and quick. It was upstairs to our cabin, Junior Suite (AFT) all the way in the back of the ship. Large balcony which accommodated 2 lounge chairs, 1 regular chair and a table. What a view !!! Dinner was at 6pm, so it was time to shower and get ready. The company at our table was very friendly. Our Head Waiter (do not remember his name) very pleasant. Our Waiter, Anthony, was very attentive as was our Assistant Waiter, Agnello. Each night we ate in the My Fair Lady Dining Room. No complaints. Food was good. As for Breakfast and Lunch, we opted to go to the dining room for these meals. Always met a nice group of people with the open seating. Especially, a very special couple, Shirley and Roger. I am sure many readers have met them. They are life time cruisers !!! Key West - Arrived at 7:00 am. We had an early breakfast and got off the ship. Temperature was 85-90 degrees by noon. Visited the Mel Fisher Museum and just walked around the town. Back on the ship by 12:30 pm and had lunch. All had to back to the ship by 1:30 pm as the ship was leaving Key West by 2 pm. Cozumel, Mexico - There are no words to describe the color of the water. So pristine. Hopped a taxi into town and did alot of walking browsing all the shops. Belize City - We opted to stay on the ship and enjoy the solitude since many of the passengers tendered off the ship for excursions. The skies were a bit overcast but the temperatures were still up there. The sun did shine by the end of the day and before we Belize. Day at Sea - Couldn't ask for a better day. So many activities for the passengers. Arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, 10/15. It was rainy and the water was a bit choppy. Our stateroom was a Junior Suite. Spacious and clean with the highlight being the extended balcony. Derek, our stateroom attendant was there to greet us when we first arrived. He told us what his hours were and who to contact if we need anything. Our cabin was always taken care of. Derek was a very personable gentleman anytime we saw him and he catered to our every whim. Entertainment - Enjoyed the 2 shows put on by the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers. All very entertaining. Love & Marriage was quite funny !!! The illusionist on our last night was excellent. The only derogatory remark is about the transfers from the pier to our hotel for a post cruise stay. We were off the ship by 9:40 am. Besides ourselves there were 2 other couples who paid for transfers from the pier to the Embassy Suites. By 11:30 am we all decided to take a taxi to the hotel. This is another issued which will be addressed directly with Royal Caribbean. All in all our cruise was very relaxing and enjoyable. Would recommend this 5 day cruise, especially on the newly stretched and refurbished Enchantment of the Seas.

Enchantment of the Seas - Western Caribbean

Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by S & D

Trip Details
We decided to take advantage of a pre and post cruise stay at the Embassy Suites, Fort Lauderdale. Arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, 10/9/05 from Long Island, around 12 noon. Settled in at the hotel and went to get a bite to each for lunch downstairs at their buffet. It was okay. Wouldn't rave about it. Then took a walk down to the Marriott, where we picked up the Water Taxi. There is one charge, $5.00 for the whole day. Started the ride at 2:30 pm and arrived back about 4:30 pm. Very enjoyable plus the weather was sunny and warm. Beautiful homes and boats (yachts) on the intercoastal waterway !!!
Wanted to have a nice dinner, so we asked one of the local residents for a nice place to eat. It just happened to be across the street from the Embassy Suites....Chuck's Steakhouse. Reasonable, friendly, delicious food and a nice atmosphere. Would definitely eat there again and recommend the restaurant.
We awoke Monday morning, showered, etc. and went to the buffet breakfast at Embassy Suites. I must say, it was good. Much better than the lunch buffet. We were told to meet at the side of the building at 11:30 am for our transfer bus to the pier.
After picking us up we were at the pier by 12:30. Easy check in since we had a Junior Suite, but our Sea Pass Cards were downstairs, so the employees had to locate them. We were on the ship by 1:30 pm. Our cabin was ready (ship had returned to port on Sunday night), so we put our carry on luggage in the cabin and went up to the Windjammer Cafe' for lunch. A bit crowded, but that is to be expected with everyone getting on the ship. Lunch was good. Many selections and fresh. After lunch we toured the ship. Two years ago we were on the Majesty (which is smaller than the Enchantment). Last year we were on the Navigator (what a ship !!! A city !!! and larger that the Enchantment). It was already 4:30 pm and time for the Muster Drill. Actually it went very smooth and quick. It was upstairs to our cabin, Junior Suite (AFT) all the way in the back of the ship. Large balcony which accommodated 2 lounge chairs, 1 regular chair and a table. What a view !!!
Dinner was at 6pm, so it was time to shower and get ready. The company at our table was very friendly. Our Head Waiter (do not remember his name) very pleasant. Our Waiter, Anthony, was very attentive as was our Assistant Waiter, Agnello.
Each night we ate in the My Fair Lady Dining Room. No complaints. Food was good. As for Breakfast and Lunch, we opted to go to the dining room for these meals. Always met a nice group of people with the open seating. Especially, a very special couple, Shirley and Roger. I am sure many readers have met them. They are life time cruisers !!!
Key West - Arrived at 7:00 am. We had an early breakfast and got off the ship. Temperature was 85-90 degrees by noon. Visited the Mel Fisher Museum and just walked around the town. Back on the ship by 12:30 pm and had lunch. All had to back to the ship by 1:30 pm as the ship was leaving Key West by 2 pm.
Cozumel, Mexico - There are no words to describe the color of the water. So pristine. Hopped a taxi into town and did alot of walking browsing all the shops.
Belize City - We opted to stay on the ship and enjoy the solitude since many of the passengers tendered off the ship for excursions. The skies were a bit overcast but the temperatures were still up there. The sun did shine by the end of the day and before we Belize.
Day at Sea - Couldn't ask for a better day. So many activities for the passengers. Arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, 10/15. It was rainy and the water was a bit choppy.
Our stateroom was a Junior Suite. Spacious and clean with the highlight being the extended balcony. Derek, our stateroom attendant was there to greet us when we first arrived. He told us what his hours were and who to contact if we need anything. Our cabin was always taken care of. Derek was a very personable gentleman anytime we saw him and he catered to our every whim.
Entertainment - Enjoyed the 2 shows put on by the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers. All very entertaining. Love & Marriage was quite funny !!! The illusionist on our last night was excellent.
The only derogatory remark is about the transfers from the pier to our hotel for a post cruise stay. We were off the ship by 9:40 am. Besides ourselves there were 2 other couples who paid for transfers from the pier to the Embassy Suites. By 11:30 am we all decided to take a taxi to the hotel. This is another issued which will be addressed directly with Royal Caribbean.
All in all our cruise was very relaxing and enjoyable. Would recommend this 5 day cruise, especially on the newly stretched and refurbished Enchantment of the Seas.
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