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Enchantment of the Seas Review

4.0 / 5.0
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The Enchantment of the seas, as good as it gets!

Review for Enchantment of the Seas to the Western Caribbean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Dec 2009
Traveled with children

It is a pleasure to recommend this cruise and highlight the fact it has been one of the best short breaks we've ever had as a family. Food: good variety and high quality. Being a vegetarian family, we thought we'd be limited by the options, but to our pleasant surprise, during the seven-day cruise, there was a carefully prepared menu including fresh vegetables and salads, fresh made soups, variety of pastries, fruits and desserts. For those guests of meat and fish, there was also a good variety. Restaurants, Windjammer (informal) and My Fair Lady (casual in most cases and with a couple of formal dinners), have a pleasant decor and offer a friendly atmosphere. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included, except lemonade and iced tea which are complimentary. The waitresses are the best, thanks to each one of you! Cabins: we booked an interior family cabin, the cheapest of the boat, with a queen and a bunk bed for our child of 05 years. The cabins are impeccable. Currently, to minimize the risks of influenza and other viruses, the cabins are receiving cleaning services in the morning and afternoon. Bed linen and towels are of best quality. External areas: Although the swimming pools are small for the size of the boat, in general the facilities are nice, clean and safe. Service: on average 80% of employees onboard for the maintenance and restaurant areas is Hindu or Filipino, with a unique vocation of service and willingness to help unconditionally. The wages of these workers are minimal and their income at the end of the month is determined by the tips. Although gratuities are at guests' discretion, be generous when giving your tip at the end of the cruise, the team that makes your experience onboard the Enchantment of the Seas unforgettable, deserves it. Entertainment: A fun and entertaining musical billboard has been professionally developed with a talented international cast. The tango music show deserves special mention, the show that we had to witness was the height of the famous international productions. The kids' activity centre is well managed and an exciting and entertaining variety of activities is offered. Children are involved on a daily basis in an educational and stimulating variety of activities. Our son looked forward to his daily timetable at the activity centre. Itinerary: In Cartagena and Santa Marta taxis are expensive. If no language barrier, in the case of Cartagena, not worth booking a guide. You can order a taxi to take you to the entrance of the colonial city and walk the entire historical site by yourself; it is safe, clean and fun. In most of the cases, the guides who offer their services at the port have no vehicle. Most guides outsources a taxi that drives them to the entrance of the colonial city and then make the guided walk with you. For your safety, check the official rates for taxis with port authorities. Colombia deserves our respect for their focus on making their guests feel at home. Like any tourist city in the world, Cartagena and Santa Marta require some level of arousal, but the consistent and continuous presence of the police force allows that trips like ours can be described as a unique and enjoyable experience. It is a lesson for the rest of our countries in Central and South America. Bravo Colombia! This is a good example to follow by the region. Aruba: In Oranjestad upon arrival, facing the harbour, there is a station of organized and clean public transport buses with low rates that cover a good portion of the main attractions of the island. If you want a quiet day without much activity on the beach, we highly recommend visiting Palm Beach with green and warm waters, public toilets and access to restaurants. Curacao: In our case we took the short stay to visit the Marine Aquarium, which is located 20 minutes from Willemstad. It is a valuable experience for families with children. Just at the entrance of the aquarium there is a small beach, with a beautiful and healthy coral reef where if you bring your own snorkelling equipment, you can have a special time. There is a minibus station, public transport, in the centre of Willemstad, where you can take a unit that will take you to the Aquarium. From the port of arrival to the public station is about 15 minutes, walking distance. Bonaire: From the entire itinerary, Kralendijk is the destination where the cruise spends fewer hours, so it is important to efficiently plan your visits to the island. Again, if you prefer to spend only few hours in the tranquillity of the beach, we recommend Eden Beach, a small resort located just 20 minutes from the port. Admission is free. This beach offers a beautiful reef. The waters are deep and if you have children, it is important constant supervision of parents. The local tourism authority has staff ready to arrange public transport at reasonable prices from and to the port of embarkation of the cruise. Kudos for The Enchantment of the Seas, its service team and each of one of the destinations included in its itinerary.

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