Canada & New England aboard Enchantment of the Seas: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by boston1952

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Canada & New England aboard Enchantment of the Seas

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Baltimore
I sailed on the Enchantment of the Seas on a 9 night Canada & New England sailing. Sailing from Baltimore is really convenient. The port is relatively easy to get to but the parking lot attendants could be a bit more helpful. I ended up driving around the pier twice to drop luggage and then park because the attendant was not clear about which lane to follow - a minor hiccough. Paying for parking was also interesting - you handed your credit card to someone in a parked SUV who used a hand-held card swiper. Check-in itself was a breeze.

The ship was famously stretched about 6 years ago. The problem is that public venues are the same original size so the shows were always crowded with passengers standing or sitting on the stairs in the theater. It is often difficult to find a quiet place during the day away from games, music or some other commotion. Even the Library is located off the Centrum (central Atrium) where there is almost non-stop entertainment.

The staff is More great. The My-Time Dining staff and our waiter Santos were terrific. The food, however, is only fair. Again, nothing horrible but not much exceptional either. The Windjammer buffet is chaotic with several food stations jammed into a small circular area and there always seemed to be long lines of people waiting to get into the main dining room.

The ship is well maintained and in good shape. My cabin was quite comfortable and the stateroom attendant very attentive. I would sail on the ship again, maybe not for 9 days, primarily because of its convenience. Less

Published 10/21/11

Cabin review: I2064 Large Ocean View Stateroom

Standard cabin close to mid-ship. Ample storage space though my suitcase would not slide under the bed. The shower is rather small and the hand-held shower was a pain to aim.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Bar Harbor is a charming town with shops and restaurants. There is not much to do in the town itself and an excursion into Arcadia National Park may be a good idea. Be prepared to tender as the ships cannot dock.

You would need several days and more time than is usually allowed in port to experience Boston fully. The ships dock downtown and within easy distance of the center of the City. Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the North End in particular are close by and filled with tourists and locals. If you have time wonder farther afield you can walk the Freediom Trail, visit Copley Square or venture to Cambridge to see Harvard Squarre.
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If yuo don't want to be among the hordes going to Peggy's Cove, you can have a good time in Halifax. Along the harbor are shops, museums and restaurants. In Halifax you can visit the Citadel, an historic fort, and the cemetery where several hundred victims of the sinking of the Titanic are buried.
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Portland is a great city and you can walk to some interesting places from the pier. The other option is to take an excursion to Freeport, home to the L.L. Bean flagship store. If you are a shopper, Freeport has been turned into an outlet mall thanks to Bean's presence.

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