Relaxing cruise: Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by NOVA traveler

Enchantment of the Seas 5
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Relaxing cruise

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Baltimore
We live in Northern Virginia so we decided to go to Baltimore and take the R/C ship to New England and Canada. We just drove up, parked and got on. Very easy and cheaper than when we have to travel to a port city far away. On the other hand, we like the adventure of traveling and exploring those other cities so much that when this was over, my wife said she did not feel like we had really gone on a cruise. Odd, but I understand what she was saying.

The ship has no spa, no sauna, stream room. That was a let down. The pool was used in the morning by some private group teaching lessons that we could not sign up for and they frowned on us getting in the pool with them. We did it anyway. The gym had only one full time person, a young lady from England, who was nice but got very tired teaching ALL the classes and thus, some of the free classes simply were cancelled. They needed at least one other person up there. I wrote all this up in the ship's review.

The ship is More being renewed, renovated in November 2012, So maybe they can figure out how to put a steam room in somewhere.

The food in the buffet was very good. Excellent variety and very good service. We liked it so much we ate all breakfasts there, all but one lunch there, and several of our dinners. The food in the main dinning room was good. Service good too.

Entertainment was very good. We saw almost every show. We had fun in the gaming room. Good odds on craps on two nights on this cruise.

Surprise was Portland Maine. See the Victoria House and the Wadsworth Longfellow houses if you like history and/or architecture.

Boston was a bit of a let down. We had to be back on the ship by 2 or 3 so it was rush, rush to see a little bit. We took the subway to Harvard station and walked over to get a free one hour long tour of the university lead by a smart young sophomore the same age of my Va Tech student daughter. Then after we walked over to the Washington Longfellow house and that was so interesting.

We were able to buy liquor bottles to bring home without having to worry about getting them home once we were off the boat, that was nice.

we will go again when the ship is updated. Less

Published 11/13/11

Cabin review: Q Inside Stateroom

Old style TV, old bathroom with shower curtain, room size was fine. State room attendant was very good. No problem with noise. Convenient to other spaces/places.

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Port and Shore Excursions

boring. we took the tour up cadillac mountain. OK, saw some trees and some water. Next? the little town was a little town, nothing special in my book. And we tendered.

It clearly is a wonderful place with lots to see, but it was the place we stayed the least amount of time in. Too bad. I had never been there but as above did see some interesting things and had fun. Paid for the cruise line to take us into town and back, 20 per head. Coming back it starting raining and those in line waiting for a bus jumped the line when the bus showed. It was like cattle stampeding. Not good.
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The museum with Titanic items was vastly over rated. wow, what a disappointment. There are a few real things, but they are in a small part of a relatively small museum. Guess I had to go to see what it was, but then no one had told me this was so under whelming. That said it was an interesting city with interesting places to walk around and look (for free). We did the
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Portland Maine was a surprise. See the Victoria House and the Wadsworth Longfellow houses if you like history and/or architecture. Go to the city square. Easy to walk around, don't need to pay for transportation. The city knew we were coming and lots of little craft tables were in a spot near where we got off. They had some fun things we got as little gifts. Pulled right up to the town, no tendering.

was fine, but of all the things we did on trip I remember it the least.

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