The Enchantment is Super: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by joan&jen

Enchantment of the Seas 5

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The Enchantment is Super

Sail Date: May 2013
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
The prices on these 4 day cruises were so good and the reviews of this ship so positive that we had to go. It is the first time that I had an interior cabin and it wasn't bad although I would probably stick with ocean view or balcony in the future. It's been a few years since we cruised and I was surprised to find no toiletries or fridge in the cabin but other than that, it was attractive. We spent the majority of our time outside the cabin anyways. We loved the ship especially the Solarium. It felt like being in a luxurious Greek resort. It was quiet and the Park Cafe was located in one corner. They have limited dining options but it was never crowded and everything was attractively displayed. It is a huge change from the chaos of the Windjammer. If we wanted the variety, we headed to the Windjammer.

The energy and friendliness of the ship and crew are totally upbeat. The first night we tried Chops. The restaurant was empty and we enjoyed an ocean view table. The food was More beautifully presented and tasty but it did not match the dinner at Holland American's Pinnacle Room.

The first stop was Royal's private island. Our weather was overcast and almost no one was in the water. We walked along the beach and while finishing lunch, the sky darkened and it poured. People dashed to the tender line which was crazy long so we shopped at the local straw market with vendors who chose to remain open. When there was nothing left to see, we headed to the line and waited about 30 minutes for our turn to board the tender.

The show that night was superb. The 4 lead singers had excellent voices,the costuming was great, and the choreography and song selection were also super.

The food in the Windjammer was pretty good. We ate a lot of fresh fruit which was very good. There were always salads and the made to order breakfast omelets were also good. The food in the main dining room was good to average depending on the selection. We like a set dining time with a waiter who gets to know us and visa versa.

It rained all day in Nassau but that didn't stop us. We walked to the straw market when it was just opening and were impressed with how polite and skillful the merchants were. We headed back to the ship for a quick lunch as we had prebooked an independent snorkel trip to Stuart's Cove. It is about an hours ride and they pick you up just across from where the ship docks. The trip was enjoyable but would have been better if we were not battling rain and choppy seas.

The much discussed Quest game occurred that night and it was hilarious. The outdoor buffet and dance party relocated to the Centrum due to weather. The food was beautifully displayed and the party seemed to have more than half the ship up and dancing.

Finally on our sea day we had no rain and the sun returned. The show that night was very good but I liked the first show better. The honeymoon game was also funny. We packed late that night and enjoyed a last breakfast in the main dining room before departing.

We would do this cruise again because the ship was fun and more personalized than the giant ships. It is wonderful to be at sea and just watch the ocean. Less

Published 06/05/13

Cabin review: Q3659 Inside Stateroom

3659Do not pick this area under the kitchen. The carts started squeaking at 3am and were disturbing.

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