Enchanting time on the Enchantment!: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by elizabethbp

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Enchanting time on the Enchantment!

Sail Date: July 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was my third cruise, daughter's second.  We stayed overnight  at the Ft Lauderdale Marina Hilton where I got a free night based on honors points, but would have regretted if I had had to pay for same.  We got to the port around 11 am and embarkation was very easy.  The gentleman coordinating it  was very pleasant.  We were  on the ship by around noon.The food in the Windjammer was plentiful- daughter loved the chicken and string beans.  We got a soda pass, which  I highly recommend.  I used it as well, and it was certainly worth the cost.  Other  preliminaries- we got the first of 2 internet packages, as we both had laptops.  The ship is beautiful- very clean.  Our cabin was on Deck 4, an outside room.  I thought it would have a sofa but it had a chair.  There was plenty of storage space.  I had arranged for  a small bouquet of flowers and they looked lovely in the window all More week.  Our attendant, Sylvia, was fantastic, as were the gentlemen who helped her.  In fact,  the staff were amazing the entire  time- friendlly, helpful, pleasant.  I commend RCCL on this.  I had  ordered the champagne and strawberries and that  arrived a few hrs after we got to the cabin.   Our excursion tix for Belieze(pre ordered) were already in the room as was a bag I  ordered from Gifts and Gear.  Later in the week as Crown and Anchor members we got 2 great beach bags   for free which was a nice treat.  We also got  2 Gold member booklets with coupons.   We used the coupon for  bingo, the spa discount and internet credit.  

   A major disappointment was the food.  I had pre booked Chops for the last 2 nights, and after the second night  added the third night as well.  We both thought the food was bland and just not  tasty.  She thought it reminded her of her college cafeteria food.  We had My Time Dining and that was a mess.  We reserved both nights we ate in the main dining room but people with no reservations showed as well, and it was very difficult for the head waiter to coordinate, although he tried.  (He was wonderful, by the way).  RCCL needs to fine tune this process.  Chops, however, was fantastic.  It reminded me of Morton's.  The host and our waitresses, Darma and Alexandra, were excellent.  The food was far superior to the dining room, if it can be compared at all.   For ex., I had the shrimp cocktail in both.  In the dining room, you got 3-4 tiny shrimp whereas in Chops they were large and flavorful.  The cost was well worth it, and in fact, I would  have paid more.  The host asked if  we had any special requests and when I told him my daughter liked the chocolate covered strawberries he arranged for a plate for her the last 2 nights.  

       I did not have a problem getting a chair at the pool, and on the last  day at sea, sat on  Deck 10  near the shuffleboard.  It was quieter there.  

     One problem was some of the guests.  There were about 200  teenagers from  Argentina on the ship, many on Deck 4.  They were loud and rude.  Apparently, a lot of South American kids vacation on this ship after Disney World.  RCCL needs to control this situation better. As to the crowd in general, it tended to be couples and nuclear families, who stuck to themselves and were somewhat standoffish and unfriendly.  I cannot comment if this is typical for this ship or just that week, but it was next to the food the only negative.

   Spa services  were very good- my daughter had a mini facial and I had a massage.  We both had the same attendant, Susan. 

     We did express disembarkation and were at the airport by 8 am.  If I had known, I would have booked a morning flight. Less

Published 07/30/09

Cabin review: F Large Ocean View Stateroom

We were on  Deck 4 and the women next to  us were loud late at night.  We finally complained and ship called them.  They were furious but did stop.  The  Argentinian teenagers were  also a problem.  RCCL needs to monitor late night noise on the hallways more.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This was an interesting experience. We did the Cahal Pech tour as daughter wanted to see some ruins, and I thought this would be the easiest. I was wrong. You climb up and down the ruins, and it was very slippery as the steps are covered in moss. One guy fell. However, it was worth it. You stop at a little gift shop on the way back for a small snack also. Try the Belkin beer! I got a Mola, (fabric art). Our guide was the best- Rudy. Belize, however, is a very poor country. My daughter was very affected by what she saw.

I booked Nachi Cocom on line, and this was the highlight of the cruise. It was as everyone has said- your own private beach for a day. Great food, drinks. We rented snorkel gear and my daughter said she saw some colorful fish, and sat on the foam mattress in the sea as well.
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