Had a good 5-night cruise to Bermuda on Enchantment of the Seas from 9 July to the 14th. It was a bit frustrating to deal with all the pre-board health issues and requirements for getting into Bermuda (yes, I understand the importance and in the end it was a bit of a relief to know everyone else had to through the same thing). Embarkation at Baltimore was fine, although we had go through a different line because of my son (even though he WAS vaccinated). To a new cruiser, it could prove to be very disorienting, and the wait to unload the baggage and park the car could have been better organized (granted, living 30 minutes away does still make it attractive). The ship IS showing her age, but only if you try and look for it. Was impressed by how much she was cared for, the rooms were nice (interior stateroom deck 4) and the room steward was exceptional. The service was very good, with a lot of cheery crew that really does try to make everything good for you on the cruise. Everything worked well, no smells or issues with the room. Food was OK…have had better but for what it was I had no real complaints. The Windjammer continues to have crowd direction issues during breakfast and lunch rush, too many people too small a space. I liked the dining room, but we had a large group so the service was a bit slow (we ended up being the last people out every time…kind of hard on the 2 year old and the 11 year old). The smaller Enchantment means there are less activities, and that is a serious issue when the weather prevents people from going out onto deck…the few activities there were are crowded, the Schooner Lounge and Bolero’s was filled to capacity for trivia and other activities and you had to get there a half-hour ahead of time to even get a seat. Relaxing in the Centrum is nice but only if you can tune out the noise from fellow passengers and their kids.
Our main problem was the lack of kid activities, especially for my 2 year old niece. The Nursery services and activities were sorely lacking given the price. The arcade was a bit of a joke with two video games and a bunch of money-prize machines, my 11 year old wasn’t even the slightest interested. A major problem was the dependence on the app, which gave conflicting information. The main example was when the weather improved, they opened the pools and my 2 year old niece wanted to do the splash pad. She and her parents were enjoying the activity when they were told by the crew that she had to leave since she was wearing a diaper (a swim diaper). While there was the mention of that requirement for the pools, there was nothing said when it came to the splash pad on the app which is what her parents were relying on.
Summation, Enchantment is an older ship, there are less activities and things to do for kids vs Carnival. The 5-night cruise was short enough so that a lot of the issues weren’t a big deal. On a longer cruise they may prove frustrating.
The cabin was clean and functional. Bed was a bit hard and the carpet was showing its age. You could definitely tell age if you looked for the signs. Lack of more outlets kind of a pain in this day and age. Only 2 120V outlets...my wife uses a CPAP so that means there is only one outlet to essentially recharge everything which would be a pain...but I had a multi outlet extension charger so it wasn't as much of a issue. Room steward was exceptional Reggie took care of us very well!
Enjoyed Bermuda, beautiful island. We had a big group so we arranged out own transportation and tour of the island. Be warned, this is Bermuda, they operate by different...ummm...safety standards. My sister and brother-in-law had a 2 year old and had been told to bring a car seat...but the Van used to transport us did not have the standard LATCH safety systems. It was an hour of frustration until a work-around was achieved. The Dockyard area is very interesting and we could have easily spent a full day there. Hamilton and St. George (the two major cities) were nice shopping and eating destinations but pretty much closed down around 6pm so there wasn't much to do unless you want to hit the bars.