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Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Good Cruise for First Time

Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by Soliika

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: the Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Large Inside Stateroom

We celebrated our 11 year anniversary with a cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Enchantment of the Seas. We are both in our mid-30s and enjoyed most of our time aboard the ship and off. We were meant to hit Coco Cay on the first day, but weather did not permit so we traveled straight to Nassau. However, the captain attempted Coco Cay on the way back and the winds were low enough that we could go!

Ship - this is an older, smaller ship compared to others out there, and in some places it does show its age, but I do not feel this hindered our impression of it. This may be because it's or first cruise and we didn't have the newer, larger ships to compare it to.

Entertainment - Honestly, none of the shows interested us, which was a bit of a bummer but we had fun elsewhere. We went to the Park West Art Auction, and while the seminar about 500 years of Art History was nice, we got suckered into the auction which showcased art we could not afford, and as my husband put it, felt like they were trying to sell us a timeshare the whole time in order to purchase art. There were some high rollers next to us who you could tell were art collectors, but unless you're really into art, I would advise not wasting your precious vacation time on it. TV had some good channels for the rare moments you were in your cabin for downtime. They also had some more recent movies playing, but at odd times.

Dining - Food was good - some of the desserts were great! Dining in My Fair Lady was good, service was very good. Chops Grille was overrated - the service and food quality was matched at My Fair Lady - the only difference was the atmosphere is more intimate in Chops, but still not worth it. Windjammer Buffet - was excepting the food to be mediocre buffet food but actually was good/very good! The only problem is finding a seat during popular eating times. Park Cafe in the Solarium offered a quieter atmosphere for breakfast time. Overall - good food, lots of choices, but nothing on the truly memorable scale.

Solarium is AWESOME. Loved the pool and hot tubs and more quiet atmosphere for the adults. Even at peak times it still had a calming atmosphere. Spent a lot of time here.

Spa was nice - nothing spectacular, but nothing horrible either. Got a spa sampler with scalp massage, mini-facial and foot massage. She spent a good amount of time and attention on each service - very nice.

Excursions - Blue Lagoon Deluxe Beach Break at Nassau - totally worth it. Best part of the trip. Actually better than Coco Cay! The 45 minute boat ride out to the lagoon was a bummer, but you could stay there for 2, 3, or 5 hours before coming back, and you got a free lunch and drink with the excursion, and the food was very good. Not a lot of people so there was plenty of room on the lagoon beach where you could be alone. Probably more people went to play with the dolphins or Atlantis. Coco Cay was too crowded for our liking and the sand/water not as nice as the lagoon. We were surprised.

For the price and time spent (4 night cruise) I think this was a good introduction to cruising, and a good way to get to a tropical island, which is what I really wanted to do. There were a good mix of young and old, families and couples, nationalities on this cruise. This was a "for anybody" kind of cruise.


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Cabin Review

Large Inside Stateroom
Cabin L 7081

I was pleasantly surprised by this cabin. I wasn't expecting so much room for an inside stateroom. Very clean, and well kept up by our stateroom attendant. It comes with the two twin beds that push together for a queen, one comfy chair, one glass coffee table that kinda gets in the way sometimes, but you do need a coffee table, plenty of storage (like, a crazy amount actually) flat screen TV, bathroom with sliding shower doors, and safe. You have plenty of room to move right when you walk in the door. Did not hear any noises unless someone was yelling while running down the hallway which probably only happened once, otherwise very quiet. The only complaint would be the bed was too firm for our liking.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Perfect Day at CocoCay

We did not like CocoCay honestly. Too crowded, the straw market prices are insane, the food was so-so, and the sand/water wasn't the greatest.

Nassau

LOVED the Blue Lagoon - water and sand were wonderful, food was very good, not a lot of people, beautiful place. Absolutely loved it.

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

While the lines are long, you get through embarkation fairly quickly.


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