Long-time Princess cruisers, we returned to Princess after the long hiatus and after our October cruise aboard the Celebrity Edge. We were anxious to see how Princess has evolved in comparison to the Edge's innovative design and services. We had previously booked the Enchanted for her inaugural Trans-Atlantic voyage in 2020, so we were excited to be on her while she is still very new.
The ship is gorgeous, in the Princess manner. The Piazza was a jewel! The traditional Princess design scheme has been carried over the Enchanted, the third iteration of the Royal Class ships following the Royal and Regal both of which we have sailed on previously.
We found the overall layout of the Enchanted relatively familiar with her older sisters with notable exceptions. The most egregious being the removal of our - and Princess exec Jan Schwartz’s favorite venue - The Vines, replaced by the Salty Dog Gastropub heretofore a pop-up in the also missing Wheelhouse Bar. Curiously, a welcome aboard flyer in our room actually touted the Vines and the in-room video preview of the amenities also prominently featured the venue. This venue is located on the starboard side of the Grand Piazza on Deck 5 - a premier spot. While the bar at the Salty Dog proved popular, the eatery itself was largely empty as we observed throughout the cruise. The Salty's signature offering is their Ernesto burger, a delicious burger indeed, but one with a rather steep $18 upcharge.
Ship excursion: Pineapple & Champagne cruise aboard the Wadadli Cats catamaran. The Wadadli group puts on the best day cruises we experienced over 15 years!
There's a glitch in the CC port reviews. Other excursions - all very good - were in St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Thomas.