Do Your Research!: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by john in virginia

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john in virginia
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Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Baltimore
This particular cruise seemed to attract and cater to a more mature or senior traveler. If you are looking for a more of a fun or party experience perhaps you should keep looking.

Parking and check in at the Baltimore port was very easy and without any problems. Parking is $15 per day and I would recommend paying in cash just for credit card security reasons. The cruise check in was very easy as the on line registration worked like a charm. After check in at 11:30 we were directed to the Windjammer Cafe for a buffet lunch.

The cafe was overly crowded which we discovered was an omen for the rest of the cruise. Be prepared for a rather rude crowd with those that have had any manners leaving them at home.

Our luggage was quickly delivered to the elevator area on our deck and our room was ready by 1:00. Our cabin attendant quickly introduced himself to us and he was fabulous for the entire cruise. Our room was bit dated but spotless and had enough storage More space that made the cabin more than comfortable. The TV had a few cable stations to include some news channels which was fine.

Meals in the Dining Room were fine with a noticeable decline in the gourmet presentation and selections that we experienced on a Bermuda RC cruise just last year. We were seated at a table for ten which was nice as we were all from the same area in Virginia. Just out of curiosity we checked on the Dining My Time option which was completely filled up. If you are looking for a small table you should consider choosing the My Time option when booking the cruise.The service staff in the dining room were fantastic as were the desserts. The main courses and starters not so much. The food in the Windjammer Cafe was limited and kind of reminded us of the Old Country Buffet chain just a little more crowded.

Entertainment in the theater required a 45 minute to 1 hour arrival time as it quickly filled up with many guests saving seats for others which is prohibited but not enforced. The cruise musicians were very good and the singers and dancers were enthusiastic but lacked direction and production supervision. The audio was very loud as well. The visiting entertainment was better with a variety of acts some better than others depending on your taste.

The lounge and Atrium entertainment was good but did get a little old after 9 nights as they often played the same music. Drink prices varied as the "Drink of the Day" was reasonable and be sure to ask for the "House" wine as the other vintages were very expensive and were nothing of note.

We used the "Express Departure" option when we docked back in Baltimore. This feature was great as we carried our luggage and were the first to depart driving away by 9:00. All in all a so so cruise with some pluses and minuses. As a reminder do your own research for age demographics as well as the ports of call. Less

Published 10/07/10

Cabin review: H Large Ocean View Stateroom

We had a oceanview room on deck 3 mid ship. When we booked we checked the ship's plan to ensure that there weren't any service area nearby. As with any ship there was engine noise and some vibration especially sailing down the Chesapeake which ear pugs took care of. The room was a little dated but was kept very clean and we had ample storage for our clothing and storing our luggage. The bath room was a little tight as I am 6'4" but I was able to manage just fine. The TV was a 13" with a number of ship videos ans a couple cable type stations for classic movies and a two news channels which were enough to keep you in the loop. The bed converted to Queen size was very comfortable as well.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Welcome home!

Another great walking tourist themed location. Great shopping with many locations with free WiFi as well. The West Street Cafe had a great lobster platter at $23 and well worth the visit.

The ship excursions were expensive and you can book a tour of Arcadia National Park at the pier which was far more reasonable that on board the ship.

The ship uses the lifeboat tenders to transport the guests from the ship to the dock.

A very nice port of call.

Boston is familiar to us as our daughter lived here for 5 years and we know the lay of the land.

The sells a shuttle pass from the dock to Quincy Market which is right downtown for $16 per person but you can take a cab for around $12 plus tip.

Skip the excursions as you can do everything that you want on foot and see way more.

Send away for a Boston Visitor's guide which will provide you with everything that you will need for a great visit.

Don't forget to visit the Italian North End for some fabulous pizza at the Express pizzeria on Hanover Street as well as pastries and cookies at Mikes Pastry or the Modern Bakery on Hanover as well.

Boston Commons, Public Gardens and Beacon Hill are all worth the visit.

On Cambridge and Charles is an old jail that has been converted to a classy hotel with a great restaurant called "Scampi" which is a little pricey but fabulous.

There are two "Cheers" restaurants around for the tourists that cannot resist the traps

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Another great walking city with everything you would want to see easily done on foot. We had visited Halifax on a previous cruise and we wasted our money on a bus tour so this time we were just fine walking. Tons of shopping on the waterfront with a great seafood lunch at "The Hart and Thistle" at the end of Upper Water Street. There is a brew pub that was a little crowded so we didn't get the chance for a taste.

The Citadel and Public Gardens are all worth the visit as well.

We really enjoyed Halifax.

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A good walking city with a few mansions that were available to tour and some shopping that were worth a visit. J's Oyster restaurant close to the pier was a typical New England lobster shack with fabulous lobster rolls if you don't mind an active local bar crowd which was fine.

Many shops had free WiFi so you could log in for free and avoid the high costs on the ship which I recall was around .65 per minute or so.

We didn't take any excursions as we kind of wanted to stay off any tour buses that were overly expensive and didn't have any interest by us.

Not much to see here with the short stay a blessing. A little shopping area/mall which is nothing special and some old churches to visit should you have an interest. There is heavy marketing of the "Reversing Falls" which didn't turn out to be very much when we talked to a few folks who took the tour.

After a 1 hour walk you will be ready to return to the ship.

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