Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by ljk76
- Sail Date: April 2009
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
We flew directly to Panama City the day of the cruise, so we had no opportunity to explore Panama. We hopped on the Royal Caribbean bus (after a bit of boarding confusion) and took the long bus ride (about 2 hours) to Colon. Despite all the travel (Boston to Miami, Miami to Panama City, Panama City to Colon) we were quickly on the ship, no later than 4. We were delighted with our room, a balcony in the very front of deck 7. It was clean, tons of shelves and drawers for storage, lots of hanging space. The bathroom is of course tiny, but the adjustable hand held shower head helps, and the shelves in the medicine chest area held a lot. Our stateroom attendant, Hazel, was the finest we have encountered in our 13 cruises. We were never without the proper towels, she always did our room while we were at breakfast or dinner, any request or question was taken care of with the warmest smile and excellent conversational English, as well.Plus she seems to really enjoy making those towel animals - or at least enjoyed our amusement! The bed was very comfortable with excellent quality sheets.
The ship in general was very well cared for. We especially loved all the windows and light in the Centrum area, and the pool deck, with its 2005 stretching, is just vast! With over 2000 aboard we never had to fight for a deck chair near the pool. (Not so on the Solstice, by the way, which is shy on pool deck space.)
Costa Rica was all that we had hoped, with sloths and butterflies galore. Cartagena was a lovely Spanish influenced town. Santa Marta got mixed reviews, and the RC shopping agent went so far as to suggest it was unsafe to get off in the port unless you booked at RC excursion. Everyone made it back to the ship successfully with no major adventures, but there wasn't a great deal to do there. Aruba was a fun sailing and snorkeling stop and we had never been there.
But what made the cruise outstanding was the excellent staff. They had many exceptional events. The meet and mingle for Cruise Critic was great, with lots of tasty appetizers and waiters serving mixed fruit drinks. (It was a morning event.) The typical "Captain's Party" was very well run - lots of champagne! And they went all out for past guests. There was a Crown and Anchor party early in the cruise, a Crown and Anchor sailaway party (with drinks) later in the week. For platinum and up members there was a fantastic champagne brunch (yes, I do like champagne!) toward the end of the week. All of the officers sat with the guests, the Captain chatted with everyone, and we sat with the very personable cruise director, Rico. He really has a funny, more contemporary sense of humor. We received a couple of "How is your cruise going?" calls. I filled out a mid-cruise questionnaire, and the officer in charge of hotel operations called to personally thank me. I always wondered if anyone actually read those things, and I can tell you on this ship they do!
The entertainment was good. We especially loved the Buenos Aires Tango production show, which featured the regular singers and dancers and a professional tango couple. It was a refreshing change from the typical Broadway tunes packaged up. The lead singers were exceptional vocalists. We wished there was a bit more dancing, maybe a group with a vocalist in the spotlight lounge. But if you are a bingo fan (we're not) that's what you'll often find there.
We chose My Time Dining and it worked wonderfully for us. Narissa, the hostess, was very accommodating, and we sat with the same excellent waiter and assistant waiter throughout the cruise, at a lovely table for two somewhere in the balcony on deck 5. The food in the dining room was nicely varied, attractive, and fairly imaginative. Food in Chops was excellent, service less so, but they made it right with a complementary bottle of wine.
We just had an outstanding time. We met lots of Cruise Critics and participated in several excursions with member of the group. This is the first time we did that, and it really enhanced our cruise. I would highly recommend this ship, and we will be cruising with RC again based on this very positive experience.
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