6 Miami to Caribbean - Western Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Hi everyone. Please understand, I'm not a snob, LOL. My wife is a professional; thanks to her income, not mine, we have been able to cruise on the higher end cruise lines in the past: Seabourn, Crystal, Oceania, and Celebrity. The ... Read More
Hi everyone. Please understand, I'm not a snob, LOL. My wife is a professional; thanks to her income, not mine, we have been able to cruise on the higher end cruise lines in the past: Seabourn, Crystal, Oceania, and Celebrity. The last time we took Royal Carribean was almost twenty years ago. It was our first cruise, and we had a great time. Honestly, my son and I booked this cruise last minute, and, after having been on the more expensive cruise lines over the years, I was worried that this would be nothing but a disappointment: sharing the ship with 2400 other passengers instead of 700 or so would mean long lines; the food would be lousy, etc. Boy was I wrong! While we were among the first to check in, it went very quickly. We had lunch (buffet style) while our rooms were being prepared. They were ready when they were promised to be. Bags were delivered to our floor as expected. We had to bring them to our room--which surprised me--but so what, right? Both for excursions and dining, the long lines I had been dreading never materialized. The food was outstanding. Sure, not up to the standards of the more expensive cruise lines, but this cruise is about one quarter the cost of the fancy ones. A mixed group of Americans, South Americans, and Europeans. I bought the internet package. It was as fast as my home internet and you can even stream videos. The staff was very friendly. The fact that we didn't really get to know them was more a function of the short length of the cruise than any shortcoming on their part. Exclusions were well- planned. There was a well equipped gym onboard. Only one specialty restaurant: a steakhouse: $35 per person extra. I had one of the best filet mignons I've ever had. The choices for the main dining room were different every night. In addition to the daily entrees, there was always salmon, chicken and a strip steak available every night. Desserts were outstanding. The food wasnt that different from the food on the higher end cruise lines except for the lack of options such as fresh tuna, lamb chops, scallops and smoked salmon. I agree that in one sense this is a huge difference--especially compared to Oceania, where each of these items, in addition to unlimited sushi, was available for every dinner--in addition to the daily dinner entrees--but is it worth paying four times the amount for a week to ten days of these food choices? That's a decision that will be answered differently by each of you. Of course there are advantages to the higher end cruise lines: a more educated crowd--but quite snobbish--so this could be a mixed advantage; more time to bond with the staff ; a bit more personal attention from the staff. But, as I told my wife (who did not accompany me this time--not because she's a snob, LOL; she was visiting family): maybe we have been foolish to spend so much more money for not quite that big a difference? In the future, I think it might make more sense to book a luxurious suite on Royal Carribean as opposed to a regular room on a more expensive cruise line. All in all, Royal Carriibean was a pleasant surprise. Mike NYC JAN 2017 Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Being my 4th cruise in the past few years, and this being my first with Royal Caribbean I was kind of disappointed. My previous 3 cruises were with Carnival Cruise Line (Triumph, Magic & Dream ships), I wanted to try Royal Caribbean ... Read More
Being my 4th cruise in the past few years, and this being my first with Royal Caribbean I was kind of disappointed. My previous 3 cruises were with Carnival Cruise Line (Triumph, Magic & Dream ships), I wanted to try Royal Caribbean because I had heard they were a step above Carnival Cruise Line and wanted to see the difference between both cruise lines. My girlfriend and I boarded the Enchantment of the Seas in Miami, Florida on October 31,2016 on a 4 night Western Caribbean Cruise that would take us to Nassau Bahamas, Coco Kay Bahamas and Key West. Embarkation was smooth at 11:30am; I believe it took about an hour from the time we got to the terminal till the time we boarded the ship. Prior to the cruise I knew Enchantment of the Seas was one of Royal Caribbean’s older ships and my expectation of the ship itself was not high, the ship showed its age but I expected that, the ship was clean and had all the amenities anyone would need. My disappointment started right after I boarded the ship, customer service was bad, when I asked a staff member for directions to the Windjammer Buffet he instead pointed me to the direction of the ship directory which I already knew where it was but was too crowded with passengers trying to find their way around the ship. All he had to tell me was that the Windjammer Buffet was in the 9th deck. The other thing I notice was that no one even greeted us on to the ship; all the staff seemed like they were having a bad day, I don’t think I saw a staff member with a smile on their face. The rudeness continued at the Windjammer, again the staff just had a look on their face like they hated their job. After having lunch which was good, my girlfriend and I headed up to the pool area for a drink, and again the bartenders also seem like they were having a bad day, no friendly welcome and no smile in their face. My girlfriend and I are looking at each other and kind of shock with the customer service, we started wondering if we made a mistake by selecting Royal Caribbean over Carnival for this cruise. The rudeness of the staff continued on day two of the cruise, especially at the two bars by the pool on 9th deck, this time I saw some passengers a wife and husband arguing with a bartender and this was 10:00 in the morning, I wouldn’t have thought much about it because most of the time passengers can be very rude to staff especially when their drunk but the couple were not drunk, the husband was upset because one of the bartenders was being very rude to his wife. This was the first cruise where I never gave an extra gratuity to a bartender, on my previous cruises if a bartender or any other staff member showed us good customer service I would always give them an extra tip even though we paid for all gratuities prior to the cruise. By day 3 and 4 of the cruise the staff seemed in a better mood, they seemed a bit friendlier, our room attendant was average he did cleaned the room as needed but we never had ice in our room, we had to call him to get us ice or I would just go the ice machine at the Windjammer, by the way we stayed in a balcony room (room 8580) on the 8th floor. The room itself was your typical cruise ship room as previous rooms we’ve had in the past with Carnival Cruise Line, all these rooms are small in size but are suitable, Enchantment of the Seas did have a nice round table with two chairs in the balcony where you can enjoy a nice meal overlooking the sea. One thing we did enjoy was the Wi-Fi, we did purchased the stream option and was more than adequate, my girlfriend really enjoyed being able to stay in touch with family and friends while on the ship, we would lose the Wi-Fi connection every once in a while but considering we were somewhere in the middle of the ocean, it was great. Another thing I wished the ship had was a kiosk to check on our onboard account, the only option was to go to Guest Services and get in a long line just to check your account. Overall the cruise was ok but I really expected a lot more from Royal Caribbean, and again I’m not talking about the ship itself, Enchantment of the Seas ship was what I expected, I knew it didn’t have all the bells and whistles the newer and bigger Royal Caribbean ships have, my disappointment was with the staff and lack of customer service. Prior to the cruise I was already planning on my next cruise in 2017 and was looking at Harmony of the Seas for my next cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, I actually went to Next Cruise desk on Enchantment of the Seas to reserve the cruise for next year but notice the price was the same as on the Royal Caribbean website with the same incentives. I will first have to convince myself and especially my girlfriend before we decide on cruising with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We wanted to go on a royal carribean line cruise because we have done 4 on carnival. It was way better than we expected. We could not go to the bahamas or key west. So we went to cozumel and other days were at see. Overall it still was ... Read More
We wanted to go on a royal carribean line cruise because we have done 4 on carnival. It was way better than we expected. We could not go to the bahamas or key west. So we went to cozumel and other days were at see. Overall it still was great and we booked a 7 day for next year. The nest one will be about 14 people and we are going to shut it down. The food on the ship was great in the windjammer and dining room. The entertainment at night was a blast. Especially the karaoke night. The one advantage i loved the best was that both parties did not have to buy the drink package. Only one in each cabin needed to get the package. On carnival, everyone in the cabin had to buy the drink package, which i thought really really was unfair. THATS ALL FOR KNOW Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We decided to take our kids on their 1st cruise. We chose this one for the price but also because it was only 4 nights. Decided a short cruise would be good in case one of the kids got sea sick. Well, of course, we cruised during ... Read More
We decided to take our kids on their 1st cruise. We chose this one for the price but also because it was only 4 nights. Decided a short cruise would be good in case one of the kids got sea sick. Well, of course, we cruised during Hurricane Matthew! But that was the risk we took booking in October. We boarded the ship by 11am on 10/3. Very easy and quick. Our 1st impression was pure excitement! We walked around the centrum then went up to the pool deck. The kids got in the pool right away. Around 1pm we went to the Windjammer for lunch. Crowds were fine and we got a seat no problem. By 1:30 the cabins were ready. We had adjoining oceanview rooms on deck 2. We loved having adjoining rooms. Nice having the 2nd bathroom with 3 kids! We dined each night in My Fair Lady. We ate at 6pm. Food was okay. They could use some more variety. My favorite meals were the Chicken Marsala and Chicken Cordon Bleu. Due to the Hurricane we only sailed to Cozumel. We did have a great time there. We went to Playa Mia. My only concerns with this cruise was how the hurricane was handled. We skipped Key West on Thursday (However Carnival went that day and the weather was fine). Also, I felt we rushed back into port on friday. The Port of Miami opened late. As soon as it opened we were in. Which was fine. But due to customs not being ready we could not disembark for hours. We sat in the theatre waiting for disembarkation for literally 2 hours. We did not get off the ship until 2pm. No food or drink was provided by the ship where I was. We were hungry and thirsty. I was sad that a great vacation had to end this way. I feel due to the weather circumstances we should have stayed out to sea until the port could handle us. Overall I would recommend this cruise. The ship was very nice and the crew amazing. I hope to go back...next time not in hurricane season. Lesson learned. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This review is regarding Royal Caribbean, Enchangment of the Seas and the ports. It is NOT about my vacation in general. I booked the cruise and air transportaion through Royal Caribbean's web site and the shore excurssions ... Read More
This review is regarding Royal Caribbean, Enchangment of the Seas and the ports. It is NOT about my vacation in general. I booked the cruise and air transportaion through Royal Caribbean's web site and the shore excurssions through Trip Advisor. In the past I have taken 5 cruises, 2 with Disney and 3 with Carnival. We decided to give Royal Caribbean a try for this vacation since we had heard it was very similar to Carnival. It is NOT. Carnival has a lot more activities on board and the pool is a fun place. We flew in the morning of our cruise arriving in Miami by 10:00am and had transfers for to the peir. The embarkation process went very smoothly and took around a total of 45 minutes. Once on board we headed to the Park Cafe in the back of the ship for a bite to eat. The Windjammer is always very crowded and does not have enought seating!! Our cabin was ready by 3:30pm. Luggage was delivered prior to 4:30. The Muenster Drill took 50 minutes. It is a neccessary evil! It was very hot and humid and we were packed in very tightly! The announcements were done in both English and Spanish. We had dinner in the dining room every night through My Time Dining. You do have to make a reservation each day for the time you would like to arrive for dinner. We had a great waiter "Super Mario" and Rosalie. The food was "banquet style". Edible but nothing great! Windjammer was always too crowded to eat in and there was an absence of any other places to eat. We did not try Chops Grill even though they were activily "pushing" it everywhere on the ship. There was only one ice cream machiene and it only worked once that I noticed. Frustrating because we ended up buying Ben & Jerry's ice cream and spending almost $10 for 2 small cups. Everything seemed to be a sales pitch of some sort. This was not a "fun" ship. The "greenery" on the ship was artificial, faded and dusty dirty. The pools and hot tubs seemed to closed quite a bit. The weather was good for our trip and no one appeared to be working on them the times they were closed so I have no idea why they would have had a net over them and not be able to be used. The Solarium pool had a net over only half of it at one point. The entire ship needs an overhaul!! Rust has been painted over in places on this ship so much that the paint is no longer level. Every area of the ship looks tired and in need of replacement or a good cleaning. A single Bud Light was $8.45. This did include the gratuity that they added to my ticket. A single margarita was $11.48 and included the gratuity that they added to my ticket. Towels for shore excursions must be checked out on the 4th deck. Though we couldn't seem to locate them and everyone disembars on the 1st deck. Those towels are all very faded and warn, as well. I found Nassau to be dirty and crowded. Tourism is a main source of income but expect to be bombarded with people asking you to buy! Coco Cay was very clean and there was plenty to do. Lunch on the island was great. Key West was our favorite! Lots to do, see and eat! Wish we had longer in port! After we completed Imigration we were not off the ship until after 10am and had to be back on board by 5pm. We used the self carry option to disembark and were off the ship before 8am. We took an Uber to the airport because the bus with the transfer didn't leave until 9:40. The EARLIEST the bus will leave to go to the airport is 9:40 so if you have an early flight save the cash for an Uber. Uber was under $15. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
CRUISING WITH THE GIRLS...WHAT A BLAST! SPECIAL CRUISES FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS, APRIL, 2004 Travelblog By, THE SAVVY OLD LADY© Joan Giorgiani Let me preface this review by saying it's definitely not the ... Read More
CRUISING WITH THE GIRLS...WHAT A BLAST! SPECIAL CRUISES FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS, APRIL, 2004 Travelblog By, THE SAVVY OLD LADY© Joan Giorgiani Let me preface this review by saying it's definitely not the usual review of a cruise ship that you may be used to reading, it's more of a story about ways to have fun on any cruise. I wrote this Travel-blog story with the purpose of informing and, hopefully, amusing my readers and perhaps giving everyone a glimpse of some alternate cruise mates and themes they might want to consider. Just recently I spoke to two women (in their fifties) while on a Princess cruise voyage and they told me they were high school friends who have kept in touch over the many decades but have never had the chance to see each other due to their hectic life schedules and living distance fro each other. Finally, they realized that life is just too short and they planned this cruise as a reunion of friendship, away from everything, including phones. They were having a fantastic time on the Caribbean Princess (see my Travelblog at thesavvyoldlady.com) catching up on over thirty years of lost memories. While sailing on various voyages The Crabby Old Guy and I have seen so many groups book cruises for special occasions such as Weddings, Sweet-Sixteen (Quinceanera) Celebrations, Family Reunions, Just-Us-Guys Week, Educational/Hobby Programs, Special Birthday or Wedding Anniversaries. What a great idea! Everyone is there in one place enjoying a leisurely pace, the costs are about the same as a weekend event in a resort (particularly when you factor in the food and bar bills at some of these places!) and if you qualify for a group rate (sometimes as low as just 20 cabins) there can be some additional savings. A good travel agent can help you organize one of these cruises with minimal fuss, or you can do them yourself if you have the time and inclination. Cruise lines frequently will also provide you with a room at certain slow times for a private get together of the clan at little or no cost and wow, the photo ops! On one Carnival cruise I was on there was a very large, and rather boisterous, group that was celebrating something or other. One night they all came dressed as pirates. Yep, they all walked around the ship in costume; some rather elaborate and they were quite the sight to see as all 50 or so of them posed for photos. Not exactly my cup of tea (and you should have heard what The Crabby Old Guy had to say) but you get the idea. You can be as creative as you want and, within the boundaries of good taste, the cruise lines will be happy to work with you. So, now let my own Special Occasion cruise story begin! I have cruised with my husband, five children, their friends, my grandson, in-laws and my own friends, even by happenstance with The Crabby Old Guys "long lost" cousins Tony and Pat (but that is another Travel-blog). I have even cruised romantically alone with The Crabby Old Guy; yep, even after a really long time being married a romantic get away on a cruise, complete with champagne, caviar, private cabin dining (Celebrity and Princess have great packages for this) and moon-lit nights on the sea is wonderful. One April, several years ago, I was struck with a fabulous idea and decided to take my two daughters and my 4 year old grandson on a "Girls Only Cruise". Okay, I know, grandson is male but he really didn't have too much input into the entire matter and he is just too adorable to leave at home. When I suggested this idea to my girls they were absolutely thrilled and we figured out the best time to go would be on Spring Break, since my younger daughter was still in college. Next on the agenda was how I would break the news to The Crabby Old Guy that he was paying for a cruise and was not being asked to come along. Even The Savvy Old Lady had to spend some time figuring that one out. Finally, I got up the nerve to tell him of my new plan, while praying there wouldn't be fireworks in the house that night. After a moment of silence, he said, "Fine, as long as it's cheap." (Hmmm, did I mention that when the ole boy opens his wallet moths fly out?) The next week I spent most of my time cruising the Internet looking for an inexpensive (ah, I mean cheap) cruise and one with a nice itinerary. Ah ha, I found it! Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Enchantment of the Seas; I loved that ship (I haven't had the opportunity of being on it recently so I am not sure how she is doing these days - hopefully well). Ironically the Enchantment of the Seas was the same ship we had taken our five children on so many years ago on our first family cruise, perhaps...an omen. I must tell you in the past The Crabby Old Guy was the one who booked all the cruises and did all the paperwork. I guess it was my turn now, how hard could it be? I called my friendly Internet cruise travel agent and booked a cabin for a five day cruise going to the Western Caribbean for three adults and one child... an inside stateroom. I must admit in the past, I have been spoiled and always had a balcony suite but this time the old boy had me on a shoestring budget. The girls and I agreed that the four of us would be spending most of our time outside our cabin so it shouldn't really make a difference. FAMOUS LAST WORDS! The day came and we drove from Orlando to Miami to board the ship. Everything was going smoothly; we presented our documents at the terminal and walked right onto the ship. We decided to first stop at our stateroom and drop off our carry-on bags and then go up to the Lido Deck for their wonderful pre-sailing buffet. When we opened the door to our cabin, our mouths dropped open...I had booked a closet, or so it seemed. Oops! BIG oops, I never thought to check the square footage of the room on this particular ship. This cabin would have been fine for two people but put three female adults and one 3-year old child, with all of their luggage, in this size room and there was no where to turn around. I could hear my daughter giggling as she said "Hey Mom, come and check out the bathroom." As I looked in the bathroom immediately memories of another cruise flooded my brain. Years ago, when The Crabby Old Guy and I were on our honeymoon (he had booked a whirlwind tour of Europe on every means of transportation you can think of) we took a three day cruise down the Rhine. Our "first class" cabin on this river cruise had two tiny single beds and a bathroom that was practically non-existent. But being honeymooners, with stars in our eyes, close quarters were fine for us. That evening as many of us waited in line to go into the dining room, a rather large American man announced in a rather boisterous voice for all to hear, "Hey, did you'll see the bathroom...you can *#%^ and shower at the same time." Let me tell you all of the Americans there cringed at his words. This man was definitely the poster child for the "Ugly American" touring Europe. However, after seeing our cramped quarters all I could think of was that fellow and oh boy, wait until I get home... I'm going to strangle The Crabby Old Guy! Despite all of this, we were in such a great mood that we decided to make the most of our circumstances and still have a wonderful cruise. After a sumptuous buffet lunch and our Sail Away party, my younger daughter and I decided to go to the casino to try our luck at the slots. This was the first time my younger daughter was old enough to gamble. We sat down at two side by side slot machines and each fed a twenty dollar bill into the machine. Since I was having more fun watching her play I wasn't even looking at the pay window on my machine, I just kept pressing the magic button. Wow, my daughter won. First, $10.00. Then $5.00 more. Pretty good. Must be true what they say about beginners luck. Hmmm, while watching my dear daughter just having a ball on that slot machine I realized that pay-off-bells were going off somewhere around me. Out of the corner of my eye I could see that although I was pressing my magic little "make another bet" button the reels weren't spinning any more. Finally, I looked at my machine. Oh my, I think I hit a jackpot...wow, $250.00, Yahoo! Soon one of the casino bosses came over and started to write out a receipt. I looked at him and said "I can't believe I won $250" He replied, laughing "No, Madam you won $2,500!" Fantastic...an old gal-friendly slot machine! A short while later the girls and I tried to figure just how we could put this money to good use. One suggested we should see if we could possibly get an upgrade on our cabin, the other thought we should save it and go on a shopping spree but Mom won out and said we would use our newly found windfall on all the extra perks that we had decided to pass up (excursions, pictures, drinks and, of course, some shopping in the islands) due to our restricted budget. That night after dinner and a great show we returned to our cabin to see that the cabin steward had made up our beds. Ta Da! Two sets of twin sized bunk beds, ladders and all! I looked at the girls and told them there was no way this old lady was going to climb up a ladder to go to bed. They looked at me and laughed. Our grandson thought that it was cool and just didn't understand why granny was so adamant. Ok, we worked on this for a minute and the girls got the top bunks and our Little Man and I took the bottom ones. In case you have never booked an inside cabin you have to picture this scenario...once the lights are out it is pitch black until you turn another light on again. Hmmm, this all reminded me a little of a Las Vegas casino; it seems as if you're in a time warp the minute you enter the cabin, with no natural light peeking in anywhere and you have no idea of day or night. That would take a bit getting used to for the week. Okay, so now we needed to use an alarm clock to wake up, you see we are all good sleepers, including my grandson, and it wouldn't be hard to sleep until 11AM and miss our first morning aboard the Enchantment of the Seas. At about 4 in the morning my grandson woke up crying from a bad dream, immediately his Mom got out of bed to calm him down...oops, she forgot she was in the top bunk and literally came flying down from the ceiling. Thankfully, nothing was injured except her dignity as her sister and I started laughing...and laughing as only close family can do. The next thing I knew the alarm clock went off, I turned on the lights and the girls informed me that I had to immediately go out onto the deck and see what the weather was like. Now, I am NOT a morning person so the mere thought of getting out of bed, throwing on some clothes and wandering out on the deck to check out the day was not my idea of fun, especially without a cup of tea and a cigarette first (I know, nasty habit); but the girls were insistent. There was no way they were going to leave this cabin first without a shower and make-up, so best alternative...send Mom. The day was beautiful. The azure blue waters were so inviting and we had just finished a late breakfast. What were our plans for our first day at sea day...hmmm, my girls in bikinis looking for a tan, my grandson wanted to swim a little and then go to the tots program, (I must say the Royal Caribbean's children's program, Adventure Ocean, on that ship was excellent, so much so that at times my grandson didn't want to leave), and I was itching to try my luck at the casino once again. But since this was a special girl-week I decided instead to sit out at the pool for awhile and do some heavenly bonding with "the girls". I'm glad I did. Just sitting there in such a relaxed atmosphere was great as we talked, laughed and giggled for a couple of hours. Ah yes, soon it was time for lunch! After lunch, the girls went back to their sunbathing, my grandson went to the kids program and, you guessed it, I leisurely strolled around the beautiful ship and just happened to find myself wandering over to the casino...then I just happened to wander into the casino. If you expect to hear that I won another big jackpot again...I didn't. After awhile I decided not to donate any more of my previous day's winnings to Royal Caribbean and returned to the cabin for a peaceful nap. I no sooner put my head on the pillow when an announcement came over the PA stating that "BINGO would be starting soon". Ok, Bingo; so what? But my little old ears perked up just a bit when I heard the Cruise Director say they were giving away a suite on the ship in a lottery drawing for those who bought a certain number of Bingo cards. Sounded nice but I just laid there and started to fall back to sleep, Bingo was not exactly my gambling vice of choice. I'm not kidding, not even 2 minutes later the door to our cabin banged open and there stood my very excited two daughters and my grandson. "Mom, Mom, get up! We are going to Bingo and win a deluxe suite." Yah right, I thought, but the idea of this whole cruise was to do things together. Sooooo, slowly I got up from my bunk bed, stretched out my cramped old bones and put my shoes on. The girls practically pushed me out the door. "Hey, what's the big rush?" I said. "Mom, its 3:20 pm and Bingo starts at 3:30pm....we can't be late!" they wailed. Okay, you see the picture they had this old gal running full speed ahead. Was I having fun yet?.... Huffing and puffing (me, not them) we finally reached the Bingo Lounge. Oh, Oh! Where is everybody? Hmmm, we were the first ones in line. Seems as if there was a little schedule mix up here (inadvertent, maybe; maybe not). Bingo started at 4 PM - the doors opened at 3:30 PM. I turned and looked my daughters and said, "Guess you two would have had time to change your clothes before we got here", (both of them were still wearing their sunbathing outfits, bikinis with matching sarongs). Well, I thought, we are on a cruise ship and Bingo isn't really a formal affair...shouldn't be a problem. We finally purchased our cards and were given our little lottery tickets. Big surprise, being first in line we had no problem finding good seats and we chose a nice comfy couch in the back of the room. At last we reached the bewitching hour of 4 PM and the lounge was now packed, and I mean packed with people, all probably wishing for the very same thing...a deluxe suite. The Cruise Director kept us all in suspense as he called out the BINGO numbers. Darn, when was the drawing for the suite going to be held? That was the only reason we were here. Now I was beginning to feel guilty, what were our chances of winning with all of these people in the room? Our little closet must really be taking a toll on "the girls". Finally, the Bingo games were over and those who qualified for the lottery got ready as the Bingo-Buddy (yep, they always seem to give the poor junior cruise director's staff member who does Bingo some odd title like this) announced it was time for the drawing for the suite. A young boy from the audience of about 11 years of age was asked to come up to the stage and pick the lucky ticket. The girls and I had 8 tickets between us and we sat there all holding hands. I was a coward and kept my eyes closed as each number was called but I listened to my daughters slowly repeat, "We have that number". "We have that number!" "We have that number." "We have that number." And, "We have THAT number"...and finally they screamed, "BINGOOOOOOOOO!" Someone pinch me please! This just couldn't be happening to us. But it was, and we quickly all stood up and started jumping up and down. If you think this was a sight to behold, you should have seen the looks on the faces of the ten teenage boys sitting in front of us (definitely a Kodak moment but probably not a Hallmark moment). Oh, I guess I forgot to mention my daughters are amply endowed (thanks to Mom's genes, LOL) and they still were in their sunbathing gear. Needless to say my grandson also started to jump up and down. I'm not too sure if he knew exactly what was going on but he knew it was something fun and certainly did not want to miss out on any of the celebration. With our new cabin key in hand we soon approached the door to our new suite. Oh my, we even had a door bell! As we entered the cabin our mouths literally dropped open the suite was HUGE and BEAUTIFUL...it was the "Owners Suite". Every ship has at least one of these beauties and, believe me, even though they are pricey they are worth it. A king sized bed was raised on a platform with curtains that could be pulled around it for privacy. The living area had a couch, two comfy chairs, a rather large round table with 4 chairs and three TV's all with video/DVD players. The balcony was enormous and had full length lounge chairs and tables. I swear the bathroom was larger than our entire inside cabin since there were two sinks, a toilet, a huge Jacuzzi and, for my ladies, a bidet (hmmm, can't wait to hear how my daughter explains the bidet to her son). LOL. I think my grandson, who now had figured out what was going on, summed it up the best when he loudly asked, "Mom, can we please stay here for the rest of the trip?" Each day we enjoyed the delights of room service for breakfast (the Owner's Suite came with Butler Service - what a luxury). Each afternoon a surprise tray of fresh baked cookies (still hot), fruits, cheeses, chocolate covered strawberries or canapEs was delivered to our suite compliments of The Enchantment of the Seas. Every night when I went to bed I thanked God for all my blessings. Yes, the financial windfall at the casino was great. The Owner's suite was fabulous. But most importantly the time I was spending with my adult daughters and grandson was the most precious blessing to me. As we all know, life is often too short, so appreciating each and every little adventure with vigor and delight, will bless us with fabulous memories that will remain forever. Oddly enough, years later, when the girls and I talk about our first "Girls Cruise" the majority of the discussion surrounds the antics in our inside cabin. You see we all recognize that the importance of that cruise and all the others we have taken together since is the love, giggles and bond that we shared then and will share forever. I now look forward to the day when my future daughter-in-laws can join us on our "Girls Only" cruise. Now THAT will be another great Travelblog story! So, my dear readers, if you are putting off that great experience of sharing and making more memories with friends, family, or children...don't wait too long. I can't imagine a better way to celebrate life. A cruise provides a great way to do it too; it's all there for you, it's totally safe (just use your head a bit) and it's a totally enjoyable environment. Was The Enchantment of the Seas really enchanted? For us it was, in more ways than one. My wish for you all is that you sail on calm seas and may your lives reflect the joy of each new day. Stay Savvy! Hugs, The Savvy Old Lady Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
Enchantment of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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