We 6 enjoyed the Enchantment of the seas mid October for the Midwestern Fall Break long weekend. We were happy to find a quickie 4 nighter to Key West, Cozumel, and out of Fort Lauderdale. Since it was our 3rd cruise this year we decided to save some money and booked very inexpensive insider cabins (3 of them) on the second deck.
Yes the menus are the same as the last 2 cruises on the Independence and the Serenade, so we knew what to get and what not to get, no lobster dinner or escargots. We had to send back one sirloin steak for a better one. Food is good. Not great, good. We were not allowed in Chops this cruise with well behaved children, as we were on the Alaska Serenade.
Service was excellent. Kids club was not running as scheduled, very disappointing to 10 year old. Shows were good. Gym is small.
This is a party cruise for floridians, evidently, who get on after a short work day Thurs and disembark and go to work Monday, those lucky dogs. Not as much for children to do as the larger ships, of course, and the kids club did not run as well, turned us away for lack of activities canceled or something on Sunday morning.
We booked a jet ski tour on our own through the internet and it was great, we (2 40 somethings, 2 60's and a 10 and 12 year old) booked 3 jet skis and went all around the island. Guides were great, we had a small group of 16. We thoroughly enjoyed it, water was warm, and calm-ish. One area rough where the ocean meets the gulf. Saw the southern point from the water. Some of us fell in but it does not hurt to fall in. You will lose your hat! We used Ski Key West on front st at the Galleon resort, a short walk from the pier. CVS on the way there and back had any forgotten essentials at the usual CVS prices! Good for replacing lost reading glasses, water bottles, etc. Left early around 2 pm.
Booked Eco Jeep Snorkle Tour, excellent guides. Unlimited cold water bottles, jeeps in good condition with seat belts and Air bags!! We got 2 jeeps for 6 of use and traded around. Standard transmission. We were able to leave items in the jeeps as they were guarded, while we made stops at different sites, snorkle was amazing, saw sea turtles, fish, etc. gear was in great condition, beware the beach has sand fleas. Snorkle/Swim not for the weak swimmer. Fed us "lunch" at 4 pm, bring snacks if this is too late for you (ie kids).
Everglades Airboat tour, fun, good to see the everglades swamp and alligators, boat driver took a fast turn and soaked my 10 year old who had to change before getting on a plane at the airport. Saw the requisite alligator tricks. Bus was comfortable. Pictures were good.