Enchantment of the Seas might not have all the jaw-dropping features of newer Royal Caribbean ships, but its fun, friendly onboard atmosphere makes for a wonderful vacation. The crew are always smiling and ready with a joke, and your fellow cruisers, many of whom are on their first cruise ever, will share their contagious excitement about all the daily activities. Plus, with fewer than 2,700 cruisers on most sailings, it's easy to meet and get to know your shipmates. You'll see the same folks day after day on the pool deck or at trivia or lighting up the stage during karaoke
The excellent food and few extra-fee venues make mealtime a pleasure onboard Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. You're rarely bombarded by extra things to spend money on -- minus the first two days of beverage package pushing, of course, or a walk through the shopping promenade.
Enchantment of the Seas deck plans are pretty great in most respects. They keep cabins and public spaces on separate decks, meaning most staterooms will be quiet at night and passengers won’t have to spend all day going up and down stairs or elevators to get from the pool to the restaurant and from the casino to the lounge. As a rule of thumb, though, Enchantment of the Seas rooms to avoid follow a similar pattern than in other ships: if you’re a light sleeper, stay away from decks directly above or below busy public areas (bearing in mind that some restaurants are cleaned overnight); if you suffer from seasickness, pick a stateroom on a lower deck and towards the midship area.
Some tips: The Enchantment of the Seas deck 4 is home to some of the worst cabins for light sleepers, as they’re all directly below the theater and the casino. In addition, some of them are right next to the Centrum, R Bar, and near the My Fair Lady Dining Room. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Enchantment of the Seas deck 7 is where you’ll find cabin 7666 and the rest of the aft junior suites, which are bigger and have larger balconies than the rest of the junior suites on this ship.
This is a much smaller ship than some of the newer vessels on the Royal Caribbean fleet, but at almost 83,000 tons, the Enchantment of the Seas gross tonnage is still considerable, and there are lots of things to do onboard. Aside from multiple pools, 10 dining venues and an adult-only area, there’s also a cool rock-climbing wall and a funky four-trampoline Jump Zone where kids and teenagers have a blast jumping and somersaulting while attached to bungee cords. Both activities are free of charge on Enchantment of the Seas. Just note that while the pool deck is great, there are no water slides onboard.
Although it also offers sailings to Alaska and Canada at different times of the year, a popular Enchantment of the Seas itinerary year round is to The Bahamas (including Perfect Day at Coco Cay), where it offers a similar route to Liberty of the Seas. If you’re struggling to decide between the two, you will want to know that Liberty is larger and has more dining venues and amenities, including a FlowRider, which Enchantment does not. That doesn’t make it better, but the experience is different.
In addition, Enchantment is starting to show some age, with wear and tear in public spaces and cabins, and just an overall feeling that it could use some updates. After all, the last Enchantment of the Seas refurbishment was in 2017, when it received some Oasis-class upgrades. Enchantment still lacks some modern amenities -- you better bring a multi-outlet cord extension (non-power surge protectant) or USB adaptor if you want to be able to charge all your electronics -- and the decor is dated. Anyone looking for the Royal Caribbean you see in commercials (ziplines, surf simulators, robot bartenders) might be disappointed. For a comfortable, easygoing cruise with lots of happy faces and simple fun, Enchantment of the Seas can't be beat. However, if you’re looking for a mega-cruise ship experience packed with things to do, pick the Liberty of the Seas vs Enchantment of the Seas.
For the most up-to-date testing, masking, and vaccination requirements aboard Enchantment of the Seas, please refer to Royal Caribbean. You can also use Cruise Critic's guide to health requirements on the world’s major cruise lines as we know them.
· One main dining room, the buffet and select other food counters
· All theater shows
· Use of rock-climbing wall and trampoline/bungee Jump Zone
· Most daily activities, unless noted below
· Use of the gym, but not most classes
· Kids' programming, except extra-fee group babysitting at night
· Gratuities (amounts depend on cabin type)
· All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet, plus an 18 percent auto-gratuity on extra-fee beverages
· Spa treatments, plus automatic 18 percent gratuity
· Shore excursions
· Internet access; the Enchantment of the Seas Wi-Fi is only available for those who purchase an internet plan.
· Activities including, but not limited to, bingo, wine tastings, all-access ship tour, cupcake decorating classes and sushi making classes
· Photos and artwork
· Nursery service for babies and toddlers, 6 months to 3 years old
Enchantment of the Seas is an overwhelmingly American ship, with 90 percent of the passenger base coming from Texas and about 5 percent coming from drive-to cities in surrounding states. The bulk of the passengers tend to be 20 to 65 years old, with more under-18s than over-65s. Additionally, you'll find lots of first-time cruisers onboard, as well as past cruisers who have never sailed with Royal Caribbean. There's also usually a significant number of Indians onboard, though most live in the Houston area and are not coming from out of the country. When Enchantment moves to San Juan in late 2020, the demographic is expected to change dramatically.
Daytime: Casual. Shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits are the norm.
Evening: Dinner is casual most nights, with jeans, capris, slacks, T-shirts and collared shirts being common, although plenty of couples dressed in suits and dresses. The once-per-cruise "Wear Your Best" asks cruisers to spiffy up, though how they do so is up to them. Most dressed to the nines, with men in suits (tuxes are rare) and women in dresses.
Not permitted: Swimwear is only permitted on the pool deck, though we saw women in cover-ups in the buffet; shorts are off limits at dinner time in all dining venues, except the buffet.
For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.
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