We sailed on the Enchantment of the Seas on Aug 25th on a 4 night cruise. I have sailed three Disney cruises (fantastic but costly), one Carnival Cruise (Sensation....never again!) and Royal Carib Liberty of the Seas (loved it!!) A little background were a family of 4, hubby, wife, (in our 30's) and 11 year old son and 7 year old daughter. We are from New York, take one big vacation a year, but I always try not to overspend and live on a budget. Disney is just too much money for us, so we needed an alternative. So for those who can relate, read on! And maybe those who cant, can pick up a tip or two.
We flew in from New York to Orlando and picked up our rental a day before the cruise, we rented from Thrifty and checked our rates the minute we put a deposit down on our cruise. The rates went up and down and I would hold with no penalty until the price dropped which was a few weeks before the cruise. We stayed with family the night before and drove the 40 minute ride to the port. We parked at the park and cruise, this is simply a no brainer, but I must say out of all the cruises I took this was the first time I parked here! But now that I've parked here, will never park at the port ever again. Right off the highway and half the price!! Park your car here!!!!!!
We got to the port at 12 and after a short wait on line we were walking on the boat, we passed on taking the picture. We were an entire family of 12 extended family on the boat, and we all skipped this photo opportunity. Yes, we went straight to windjammer, yes it was crowded, but got a seat quickly, and enjoyed the food. The staff got our lemonades and even asked if we needed anything. We got the soda package before the cruise,and we loved loved loved the soda machine, never more then a line of one to get our cups refilled. Rooms were ready at 1/1:30pm and we had a balcony (room 7616), room was kind of tight for the four of us, but we managed and enjoyed the balcony, never heard our neighbors, but did hear the music from the pool, but once we closed the balcony, didnt hear a thing!