DCL cruiser tries RCCL: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by paulhanzel
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DCL cruiser tries RCCL
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Typed from a kindle fire tablet, please excuse any typos.
Quick and easy! Parking was a little confusing as the attendant gave no direction as to where to park. We literally parked right outside the terminal. We were signed in and on the ship by 11 am after arriving at 1045.
Ship public areas:
All clean and well kept, but a little loveboat-ish. I prefer the classic ocean liner look of DCL. However all areas were kept very clean. Public bathrooms onboard were odd - they were usuAlly not as well kept or themed as their corresponding area.
The pool deck was strange. It's a LOOoooNg deck with 3 pools an lots of chairs on the same stretch of deck. Why 3 of the same pools? It was odd.
Clubs and lounges More had very nice menus, especially the r bar. Lots of great and inventive drinks with fair prices. Starbucks onboard was a treat! However he clubs always felt awkward and not like a real club. They were small and felt more like multipurpose rooms turned into clubs for the time being. We much prefer the clubs on DCL. We did however enjoy the quiet area near the park view cafe. It was just strange that the retractable roof never retracted. Made the area quite stuffy at times.
Overall, a giant disappointment for foodies. Nothing was truly terrible, but nothing wowed us either. The menus are tired and uninspired. We find the menu names ironic, because they feature a supposedly exotic spice like "saffron" or "pimento" and the entire menu that night is built around that spice. Except that spice can only be found in one dish and does nothing to tie the menu together. The food was typically warm, but never hot. Options were very limited. My wife asked for her filet to be medium and was told she could pick medium rare or medium well, those were the two options. Service in th MDR was good. Food was not.
Serving times outside the MDR were weird. This place from 9-1, this place from 2-3, this place from 3-5 then ;630-9.... and nothing that just continuously offered made to order food. Almost nothing onboard was made to order. Sad indeed. We actually dreaded going back to the MDR because of the boring and bland food options, so we ate in Nassau on that day and at the Buffett a few times , where we could at least get sushi (which was limited to California or crab/mango roll).
No much to say here. Cabin was fine. Small shower, like teeny tiny. A little mold on the curtain but nothing terrible. Tv was awful. Horrible channel selection.
LAughable. Seriously bad. Just skip the production shows. However, the trivia challenges were ok and the quest was quite fun. Silent dance party was a good time too.
Overall, disney cruise lines offered us much more what we expect in a cruise than RCCL. However also keep in mind DCL is priced at a premium. What we prefer on DCL - food quality, clubs, adults only areas, the entertainment, level of service, design, focus on efficiency and castaways cay. On rccl we prefer the superior bar menus and the price.
Moving forward we will stick with DCL. I didn't hate my rccl experience, but when it was over, I was happy to get off the ship. On DCL, I never want to leave. Less
Port and Shore Excursions
Coco cay is gorgeous but poorly laid out. Barefoot bay was the only place we could find lounges still available on our visit. It is truly beautiful and serene with lovely water quality and high visibility. However it is a HIKE to food, bathrooms and bars. Why did rccl not build facilities on this side of the island?!?!!!?
The food was average quality at best with boring burgers,.chicken and hotdogs. Drinks were warm and watered down at the lunch stations. We found many broken lounges and were also surprised that you had to pay to rent an umbrella, however we did find shady spots under palms and pines.
Beach drink service was almost non existent. There were a few servers selling prepaid souvenirs cups with coco loco, their specialty drink, however since I'm allergic to strawberries, it was. No go for me. Their response "The bar is a 5 minute walk that way". So no beach service for me.
Over all a pretty island that has lots of opportunities for efficiencies to be added.
I've been to Nassau many times, both with a ship and flying from Orlando, and I love this city. This time around we spent our day at Melia Cable Beach and had a fantastic time. Nothing can compare to the color of the water in Nassau. Not st John, Puerto Rico, Mayan Riviera... Nassau takes the cake for water color.
Melia has a $30 beach pass that includes use of the hotel facilities and pools, including the lounges, palapas and so forth. Well worth the cost. Additionally the beach restaurant "ogrills" is beach bar food - elevated. Good quality and just a tad pricy. The skirt steak wrap was fantastic. Other menu options included grouper ceviche and conch burgers, along side standard bar fare.
The views were fantastic, shade plentiful under umbrellas, palapas or Palm trees, and the pools were huge with lots of features and beautiful ocean views. Hotel also has a Starbucks on site.
We also spent some time shopping downtown at a few of our favorite spots, including delsol which now has officially licensed disney merch.
Things to know about Nassau:
Yes there are vendors (just like any big city) if you don't want something, just say "no thanks, have a great day" unlike most US city vendors, they won't continue to haggle and will leave you be.
The pace is much slower here. Slow down enjoy island life.
Traffic is tight. Just look both ways and cross quickly. It's no worse than Rome or San Juan.
Don't listen to the people that say "stay on the boat or go to atlantis" atlantis is nice and worth staying at but pricey. Too much to do for a day trip off a ship. Instead grab a cab, pre negotiate your fair, and head to cable beach, cabbage beach, graycliff, arawak cay or any of the other amazing locales on me providence island.
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