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This was our 3rd Royal Caribbean International cruise with our very first cruise on the Nordic Prince in 1986, followed by a 4 day Majesty of the Seas getaway in 2009, and now a repositioning cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Here is a short and sweet review: Ship: Recently refurbished with updated interiors, addition of Park Cafe (light snacks). Cabin: Inside 4511, yes it is small with limited space to move about and closet storage. Location was good: one flight up to main showroom (could hear entertainment going through the cabin ceiling) and some noise when preparing to dock in port. We could hear a thumping sound while underway (stabilizers?). Dining: Windjammer Market Place was crowded at peak service times with a limited menu and selections.with only one 'eggs to order' station. We used it only for breakfasts and lunches. Occasional breafast and lunch in the Main Dining Room with a leisurely pace (to put it nicely). All dinners except for one evening at "Chops" were taken in Main Dining Room. Food was average in the Windjammer, fair to good in the Main Dining Room (some entrees came out warm, nice presentations though). The Chops dinner with 2 other couples was forgettable beyond the filet mignon. Family style vegetables service was amateurish for a fine dining restaurant. Very limited desserts (one selection was not available) and a plea to substitute main dining room desserts almost fell on deaf ears. I believe the mention that one of our dining companions was a travel agent got the head waiters attention. Lounges and bar service: Main showroom is too small for the ship requiring an advance party to stake out seats. It is actually against the pleas of a recorded plea not to save seats. I enjoyed the Schooner Bar the most for late afternoon cocktail. The Viking Crown lounge was mostly reserved for the higher tier Crown and Anchor customers, although there was 'quiet time' listed for the morning and early afternoon hours. (Try walking up the stairs from say deck 4 to deck 10: you will be winded by the time you reach the Viking Crown lounge.) I didn't care for the Bolero lounge (too dark and off of major walkway). Cocktail prices were high with 2 for 1's specials usually at late night hours. Other times one might find a 20% off deal for drinks. Entertainment: Two excellent production shows were presented. These were the curtain calls for the song and dance ensemble after 8 months or so on the Enchantment. Other musical groups were average at best. Guest hypnotist, juggler, comedians, violinist (saw her on the Eurodam in June 2011 with same music set), two solo female singing acts were presented. Cabin and Dining Room services: Arsenio provided excellent service tiding up our cabin. Leslie and his assistant waiter were excellent. We had My Time Dining and lucked out with getting their table 41 at the first dinner service. We and two other couples stayed with that table for the entire cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation: Baltimore is a nice port to sail out of, especially if you live in the immediate area. It was very evident that the Enchantment had repeat customers out of Baltimore. Our pre-cruise arrangement was the La Quinta hotel in Bel Aire which included parking and later pickup at BWI airport. Disembarkation at Port Canaveral was very smooth and efficient. We did an RCI transfer to Orlando International without any problems. Shore Excursions: It seemed that RCI had to work long and hard to finalize excursion choices. St Kitts and Aruba were the only islands which were new to us and we booked typical sightseeing excursions. St Martin, Curacao, and Nassau (replaced Coco Cay due to sea conditions and a medical emergency) were mainly shopping stops, although we took a short excursion on Curacao (aquarium, etc.) which was excellent. Overall Impressions: The Enchantment of the Seas was in excellent shape although she needs some TLC on the hull. A very friendly staff greeted us around the ship. Captain Gus was probably the most entertaining (literally) Ship Master we ever sailed with. We thought the days at seas (a lot of them which was a major draw for us) needed some enrichment programs beyond the typical pool parties, bingo, casino activities. By the way, on deck 5 you literally walk through a very smoky casino layout to get from main showroom aft. Same goes for deck 6 where one has to navigate through a twisty path for the shops. Here is hoping that the new 3 and 4 day sailings out of Port Canaveral are kind to the hard working staff.

Repositioning Cruise On the Enchantment of Seas

Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by Protseq

Trip Details
This was our 3rd Royal Caribbean International cruise with our very first cruise on the Nordic Prince in 1986, followed by a 4 day Majesty of the Seas getaway in 2009, and now a repositioning cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Here is a short and sweet review:

Ship: Recently refurbished with updated interiors, addition of Park Cafe (light snacks).

Cabin: Inside 4511, yes it is small with limited space to move about and closet storage. Location was good: one flight up to main showroom (could hear entertainment going through the cabin ceiling) and some noise when preparing to dock in port. We could hear a thumping sound while underway (stabilizers?).

Dining: Windjammer Market Place was crowded at peak service times with a limited menu and selections.with only one 'eggs to order' station. We used it only for breakfasts and lunches. Occasional breafast and lunch in the Main Dining Room with a leisurely pace (to put it nicely). All dinners except for one evening at "Chops" were taken in Main Dining Room. Food was average in the Windjammer, fair to good in the Main Dining Room (some entrees came out warm, nice presentations though). The Chops dinner with 2 other couples was forgettable beyond the filet mignon. Family style vegetables service was amateurish for a fine dining restaurant. Very limited desserts (one selection was not available) and a plea to substitute main dining room desserts almost fell on deaf ears. I believe the mention that one of our dining companions was a travel agent got the head waiters attention.

Lounges and bar service: Main showroom is too small for the ship requiring an advance party to stake out seats. It is actually against the pleas of a recorded plea not to save seats. I enjoyed the Schooner Bar the most for late afternoon cocktail. The Viking Crown lounge was mostly reserved for the higher tier Crown and Anchor customers, although there was 'quiet time' listed for the morning and early afternoon hours. (Try walking up the stairs from say deck 4 to deck 10: you will be winded by the time you reach the Viking Crown lounge.) I didn't care for the Bolero lounge (too dark and off of major walkway). Cocktail prices were high with 2 for 1's specials usually at late night hours. Other times one might find a 20% off deal for drinks.

Entertainment: Two excellent production shows were presented. These were the curtain calls for the song and dance ensemble after 8 months or so on the Enchantment. Other musical groups were average at best. Guest hypnotist, juggler, comedians, violinist (saw her on the Eurodam in June 2011 with same music set), two solo female singing acts were presented.

Cabin and Dining Room services: Arsenio provided excellent service tiding up our cabin. Leslie and his assistant waiter were excellent. We had My Time Dining and lucked out with getting their table 41 at the first dinner service. We and two other couples stayed with that table for the entire cruise.

Embarkation and Disembarkation: Baltimore is a nice port to sail out of, especially if you live in the immediate area. It was very evident that the Enchantment had repeat customers out of Baltimore. Our pre-cruise arrangement was the La Quinta hotel in Bel Aire which included parking and later pickup at BWI airport. Disembarkation at Port Canaveral was very smooth and efficient. We did an RCI transfer to Orlando International without any problems.

Shore Excursions: It seemed that RCI had to work long and hard to finalize excursion choices.

St Kitts and Aruba were the only islands which were new to us and we booked typical sightseeing excursions. St Martin, Curacao, and Nassau (replaced Coco Cay due to sea conditions and a medical emergency) were mainly shopping stops, although we took a short excursion on Curacao (aquarium, etc.) which was excellent.

Overall Impressions: The Enchantment of the Seas was in excellent shape although she needs some TLC on the hull. A very friendly staff greeted us around the ship. Captain Gus was probably the most entertaining (literally) Ship Master we ever sailed with. We thought the days at seas (a lot of them which was a major draw for us) needed some enrichment programs beyond the typical pool parties, bingo, casino activities. By the way, on deck 5 you literally walk through a very smoky casino layout to get from main showroom aft. Same goes for deck 6 where one has to navigate through a twisty path for the shops. Here is hoping that the new 3 and 4 day sailings out of Port Canaveral are kind to the hard working staff.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 4511
Small inside cabin with limited floor space and storage. Tiny shower with curtain. Flat screen hdtv that does not offer online account information. Below the main showroom so one will hear low frequency bass noise when music is playing. It can also get noisy when arriving at a port from below decks and what I believe is stabilizers. At other times, quiet, not much passenger traffic, and relatively close to forward elevators.
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