Chillin' in New England and Canada on Enchantment: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by TravelinTchr

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Chillin' in New England and Canada on Enchantment

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Baltimore
My husband and I just returned from a lovely time on our 9-night cruise to New England and Canada onboard Royal Carribean's "Enchantment of the Seas" which sailed from Baltimore. We have sailed out of Baltimore several times before, and we find it very easy to get to that port with minimal hassle.

We arrived to the port around noon and as in the past found the embarkation process very easy, and the folks that were working to be very congenial and helpful. We were on board by around 12:30 or 1:00. We went to our rooms which were ready. The wine that I had ordered for the cabin was there waiting and the delicious red-velvet cupcakes arrived shortly afterward.

Our cruise ports of call included Portland, ME, Bar Harbor, ME, Saint John, NB, Halifax, NS, and then a stop in Boston, MA as we headed back south. We were very lucky to have picture-perfect weather in most of the ports of call. We had some pretty rough weather en route, and the last stop in Boston was a little More dreary, but we had a great time, regardless and beautiful days in the other ports of call.

The ship itself, seems to be pretty well maintained despite her age. Our cabin was very clean, and our cabin steward, Francina, did an excellent job making the room, maintaining clean towels, providing ice and wine glasses, and creating precious towel animals. We did notice a sewer-like odor prior to sailing on the muster deck, and then once a smell in our cabin the first or second day, but the crew worked diligently at finding the cause and repairing the issue, and must have successfully done so, because I really didn't notice any smell after the first couple of days.

Dining service was great and the food was good. Our waiters Putu and Pinto were fabulous, and were always bending over backwards to please. It didn't take them long to figure out which wine I enjoyed with dinner. We were blessed with fun table mates whom we were able to talk to and relate to easily.

As far as activities, my dh and I didn't always participate. We tend to just relax, and can be happy with simply finding a quiet corner and enjoying the gentle rocking of the ship on the ocean. We did attend and enjoyed the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle, and "Erky from Turkey" was there to lead our little gathering, at which they provided delicious canapes and fruit punch. I played one round of Bingo and donated a few bucks to the slots in the casino. We did do a little bit of music trivia, and I even mustered up a little nerve to do a song for karaoke.

I feel like all of the crew onboard the Enchantment really go out of their way to make sure people feel comfortable and welcome. Captain Gus was also very involved and visible, and seemed to be very personable. Carly and Erky were so down-to-earth, as well as all of the activities coordinators. Stephanie and Milah in the spa did a wonderful job, as we even visited them a couple of times. It's so hard to start naming individuals, because inevidibly, I end up leaving somebody out, and everybody who works on that ship, has an important role and special gift in making sure that their guests are happy.

Upon returning, we did self-assist disembarkation, which was as easy as falling off of a log. If you travel lightly, and are able to do that, it's very easy, and you don't have to search for your luggage which is mixed in with everybody else's luggage, and which may look exactly like your own. Less

Published 06/28/11

Cabin review: D1 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Our room was comfortable and clean, and we enjoyed the balcony.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Our second stop was Bar Harbor. Besides being a bit windy, it was an absolutely GORGEOUS and clear day! We had already arranged and booked the 2 and 1/2 hour tour with Ollie's Trolleys online. We were very glad we had previously done so because with two cruise ships in that little town, and the mobs of people, we found the lines at the stations to book tickets to be very long, and could catch snip its of conversation from other disappointed passengers who couldn't get on a number of the tours because they were already booked full.

Ollies Trolleys was a great excursion! Santo was our driver, and was full of jokes and puns, but also very informative and personable. He drove us up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, where the views were absolutely breath-taking! He also stopped at the gardens and wildlife center at Sieur de Mont, as well as Thunder Hole. I fell in love with Acadia National Park during that tour. I would love to go back there and spend more time without necessarily dealing with the crowds that come from the cruise ships.

Our last stop was Boston. Unfortunately, the weather was rather dreary, and there really was not a lot of time in Boston. We booked the Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tours online, and picked up the trolley within easy walking distance of the ship. The drivers with the Old Town Trolley are very informative, and you can simply ride the whole route without getting off. We hopped off and walked a little bit of the Freedom Trail. Had lunch in the "Green Dragon" pub, and did a little looking in Quincy Market. We then headed back to the ship. My husband and I are not really big city folks, so neither of us really lost a whole lot in Boston. There is a lot of history, and the historical buildings are mixed right in with the sky-scrapers. Perhaps if the weather had been a little more agreeable on that day, our experience may have been a little better, but we know very well, that you can't control Mother Nature. We were very fortunate to have beautiful days in the other ports of call.

All in all, it was a great cruise. We'll certainly cruise with Royal Caribbean again, as well as continue to explore other cruise lines and itineraries.

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As we pulled into Halifax, we were greeted with the serenade of bagpipers and drummers. This is the only port of call where we actually did an excursion through Royal Caribbean. We did the Historic Halifax walking tour. It was very interesting. It started at the Public Gardens which is a photographer's dream. I could have spent all day there just snapping away on my camera. It continued up to the citadel, and then down towards the water-front with a brief stop in the oldest Protestant church on the east coast. After our tour, which ended in the Historic Properties, we grabbed a bite to eat at one of the pubs, and then we had previously booked a sailing on the Tall Ship Silva for the afternoon 2:00 cruise. It was relaxing. We didn't sail very far out into the harbor, though, and had we known that, we might would have tried a different boat tour in order to be able to see a little bit more. After we finished the sailing with the Tall Ship, we checked out some of the various shops there along the waterfront, and gradually worked our way back to the ship. There is a nice shopping area right there at Pier 21 to pick up souvenirs from Nova Scotia.

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Our first stop was Portland, ME. We had already arranged to meet some friends of ours who visit Maine every Summer, and happened to be there the same time. We were a little bit late arriving in Portland because we were about two hours late departing Baltimore for whatever reason. They did compensate, however, and allow us to stay in Portland two more hours than originally scheduled. We simply met up with our friends and had a delicious late lunch at Gilbert's Chowder House, and then just walked around the town and did some shopping. Everybody we met seemed very friendly and welcoming.

Our next stop was Saint John, New Brunswick. We had already driven the Canadian Maritimes a number of years ago, so again, we didn't do any excursion through the ship. Actually, in Saint John, we just enjoyed walking around, and revisiting some of the places there in town where we had been before -- King's Square park, the city Market, and a local pub for a bite to eat and a couple of brewskis. The city market is really neat, as you can find a lot of fresh produce as well as various things that are made in New Brunswick. We picked up a couple of souvenirs and some Canadian wine. There was also a nice little craft show, which they have during the summer on days that cruise ships are in town, and we were able to purchase some hand-made goods by some of the locals there in the area. Just prior to departure, there was a bag piper playing for us there on the pier.

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