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Enchantment of the Seas
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By Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Editor

Enchantment of the Seas Overview

Enchantment of the Seas is a bit of an anomaly. Most ships are new, old or at least uniformly updated, but this one can't make up its mind. Following a 2005 refurb -- in which the ship was sliced and diced and sewn back together with the addition of a 73-foot-long midsection -- parts of the vessel sparkle like new, while others show a bit of wear.

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About Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas


Pro

Lots of enjoyable onboard entertainment, a highlight is the parade of flags

Con

Older ship starting to show wear and tear

Bottom Line

A good value for families with lots of onboard fun


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Although the exterior of the ship is slightly faded, the midsection (both inside and outside) still looks relatively new, offering a larger pool deck, funky suspension bridges, the Boleros Latin lounge, Ben & Jerry's, a Champagne bar and the ritzy Centrum atrium, complete with glass-enclosed elevators.

Cabins are comfortable and fairly modern, but a few of the hallways show their age with scuffed walls and dented stateroom doors, some of which looked as though they had been hit with rocks ... or cannonballs.

Although the ship was full during our sailing from Baltimore to Bermuda, it never felt crowded -- not even at mealtimes. We were also surprised by the number of young adults onboard, as well as the zealous nightlife. However, those who chose to steer clear of more rowdy pursuits had plenty of options, as well; everything from trivia to Bingo was offered, and the Solarium provided a relaxing escape for lounging.

Overall, food onboard was decent, and service was efficient and friendly. Royal Caribbean's stellar youth programs kept children busy, so the hallways and pool areas weren't overrun with kids. And, although chair hogs were out in full force during my sailing, I never wanted for a sun lounger by the pool. We were, however, disappointed by the closure of the sports deck for much of the sailing, due to windy conditions that rendered the jogging track, rock-climbing wall and bungee trampoline unsafe for passengers.

Fellow Passengers

The majority of the passenger base consists of Americans in their 50's, but there's a fair mix of younger adults, as well. (Note: This ship is great for families, but because school was in session, there were only about 150 children, ages 17 and younger, onboard during a recent sailing.)



Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Dress Code

Casual clothing is the norm during the day throughout the ship, but no shorts or flip-flops are allowed in the dining room, and men's shirts must have sleeves (no tank tops). Dinner attire is generally resort or country-club casual, with most men wearing khakis and collared shirts and women wearing sundresses or blouses with dress pants or skirts. There is one formal night on each cruise, during which most women wear party dresses or gowns, while men opt for suits or slacks with collared shirts and blazers. Occasionally, men also wear tuxedos.


Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Gratuity

Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $14.50 per person, per day ($17.50 for suite guests). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.

Note: Australians and New Zealanders do not have the stateroom service charge added to their account; fares automatically include this gratuity as long as it was booked in AU/NZ dollars.


Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Entertainment
2016 Best for Embarkation
2013 Best for Embarkation

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Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Crew: 840
  • Launched: 1997
  • Decks: 11
  • Passengers: 2,252
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • CDC Score: 94
Enchantment of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Member Reviews

Enchantment of the Seas
senkler
Sail Date: Nov 2018
last minute deal and needed a quick getaway so this 3 night/4 day trip on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas fit the bill. We have both cruised before, RC, Carnival, Norwegian, RSS. I did not...Read More
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adougie
Sail Date: Oct 2018
my husband and 9mth old baby. We booked through a travel agent Nikkia Fun Tours and chose Enchantment of the Seas as it was one on the smaller ships. Since it was my husband’s first cruise, a three night...Read More
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Cheyshe
Sail Date: Nov 2018
review but wanted to be as well rounded as I could! We went for a wonderful cruise aboard the Enchantment of the Seas 5 days and 4 nights out of Port Canaveral. Were were in cabin 3927 which is an interior interior...Read More
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Mario4284
Sail Date: Sep 2018
would get bored and it would be too crowded but decided to book a 4 night one to test it. Enchantment of the Seas totally changed my mind about cruising! There were 2,400 passengers but it did not feel crowded...Read More

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