Enchantment of the Seas Entertainment & Activities
The 950-passenger, two-deck tall Orpheum Theater is home to many of Enchantment of the Seas' late afternoon activities, including a once-per-cruise Love & Marriage Game Show and, of course, evening production shows. Also, on rainy day cruises, you'll find recent movies shown once or twice a day in here.
On a four- or five-night cruise, you'll have two song-and-dance stage shows, both featuring music from a collection of movies and both seriously outdated and in desperate need of an overhaul ("Beach Blanket Bingo," seriously?). One odd thing to note: The shows are rarely at the same time every night. One evening the early show might be at 7 p.m., the next night it's 8 p.m. and same for the later night performances. Better to double-check each night so you don't risk missing out on a performance that you want to see by lingering too long at dinner.
The best shows are courtesy of the guest performers, usually comedians, a magician or hypnotist.
You'll find a busy roster of activities during the day onboard Enchantment of the Seas, with a much fuller selection on sea days and little to nothing to do on port days. Activities are listed in the printed Cruise Compass and are divided into Things to Do (mostly fitness classes or casino gaming activities), Wellness & Retail Therapy (mostly spa "seminars" and retail shop events), For Foodies and Entertainment Events & Activities.
Typical daily activities include trivia sessions (themed and general knowledge), bingo (extra-fee), paper airplane contests, cupcake decorating or sushi making classes (extra-fee), belly flop or sexiest man contests by the pool, art auctions and dance classes. Many of the activities are held in the Centrum, the ship's five-deck atrium, and when no games or demonstrations are being held, there's almost always live music.
On sea days, there's usually a tournament or two in the casino, as well.
We highly recommend you stop by to watch the last-day egg drop contest, which involves contestants devising a variety of clever (or utterly foolish) contraptions to save their raw eggs from smashing when tossed from Deck 8 down to Deck 3. It's a lot more fun than we expected.
Beyond the nightly theater shows, you'll find live music in several places onboard. Most popular is the Latin music in Boleros lounge and piano music in Schooner Bar. The latter takes on an animated sing-along atmosphere the later it gets.
One of the most popular venues at night is the Spotlight Lounge, where you'll find nightly karaoke sessions. It's always a packed crowd here, and we heard groans just about every night when the host said they were done for the night (usually around 10:30 p.m.).
Dancers gravitate to either the Centrum (couple-style dancing until around 11 p.m.) or the Viking Crown Lounge for upbeat DJ'd hits after 10:30 p.m. (Viking Crown is limited to those 18 and older after 10 p.m.)
Another hot spot onboard is the casino where cruisers hope luck will be a lady to them at the slot machines and poker, roulette and craps tables.
Enchantment of the Seas Bars and Lounges
R Bar (Deck 4): This bar is centrally located along one side of the Centrum and offers a selection of cocktails, including martinis, gimlets, whiskey-based drinks and Champagne mixers. There's also a selection of beer and wine. It's kept busy thanks to the loads of activities that take place in the Centrum throughout the day.
Boleros Lounge (Deck 5): We rarely saw this lounge busy on our sailing, despite the fact that on other ships it can be one of the most highly entertaining spots onboard. Live Latin-style music is held here every afternoon and evening; during the day, the space is used for a variety of daytime activities including bingo, giant Ping-Pong, visual trivia and teens-only karaoke. This is also the best place onboard to get a mojito.
Casino Bar (Deck 5): The only bar onboard where you can smoke, the Casino Bar is located to one side of the casino and also doubles as the ship's sports bar. It's the only indoor spot onboard to watch televised sports games, and it can get quite rowdy on a Sunday afternoon.
Schooner Bar (Deck 6): A definite hive of activity on Enchantment of the Seas, the nautical-themed Schooner Bar is where you'll find almost all the trivia onboard during the day and lively piano music at night. Its bar is active all day long and cruisers quickly bond with the friendly bartenders. You'll find a variety of cocktails, beers and wines.
Spotlight Lounge (Deck 6): A large secondary theater all the way at the back of the ship on Deck 6, the Spotlight Lounge is regularly used for activities such as bingo, art seminars and auctions and interactive game shows ("Majority Rules," "Family Feud," "The Quest"), but it's at its busiest between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. every night when the karaoke gets started. It's usually standing room only and the crowd definitely gets into singing along and even dancing when appropriate. (The twirling and two-stepping to one guy singing Garth Brook's "Friends in Low Places" was one of the most impressive things we've ever seen on a ship.)
Viking Crown Lounge (Deck 11): You'll find some of the nicest views in the Viking Crown Lounge, which features loads of floor-to-ceiling windows. During the day it's pretty quiet with people reading or small groups playing cards, but starting late -- around 11 p.m. -- the space heats up with DJ'd music and lots of dancing. If you like a dance club vibe, Viking Crown is the place to be.
Diamond Club (Deck 12): An exclusive lounge, located at the topmost spot on the ship, the Diamond Club is only open to the highest levels of Royal Caribbean's loyalty program.
Enchantment of the Seas Outside Recreation
Enchantment of the Seas has three pools, all on Deck 9: two outside on the main pool deck and one inside the enclosed Solarium. There are also four hot tubs surrounding the outdoor pools and two hot tubs in the Solarium.
The two outdoor pools are deep water but have a periphery of shallow water you can wade in. Families will find a PFD (personal flotation device) station for small kids, and lifeguards are always on duty during open hours. Right next to the two outdoor pools is a small splash zone for toddlers with a fountain that continually sprays water.
Both outside and inside the Solarium, the pools are surrounded by tons of loungers. Additionally, on Deck 10 overlooking the two outdoor pools, you'll find yet more loungers, including some under shade -- though watch out, as the sun moves through the sky, so too does the shade.
Pools can be quiet or raucous depending on the crowd and any poolside activities (think belly flop contests, poolside movies and passengers versus officer sports games).
Enchantment of the Seas boasts two high-energy outdoor activities. The first, located at the back of the ship on Deck 10 is the rock climbing wall. On the opposite end of Deck 10 is a bungee/trampoline Jump Zone with four trampolines and bungee attachments. (Adults are welcome but we never saw a single person over 15 there.) Both have limited opening hours, so always check the Cruise Compass for timing, and require socks to participate. The minimum age to use both attractions is 6 years old.
You'll also find Ping-Pong tables on Deck 9.
There is no sports deck on Enchantment of the Seas, so no place to play basketball or volleyball.
You'll find sun deck space around the outside pools on Deck 9 and on Deck 10, pretty much from front to back. There's also lots of lounging space inside the adults-only Solarium (technically 16 and older). Although the roof can open, on our sunny five-night cruise it never was, so it's not really the best spot if you want to get a tan. The Solarium is always a quiet spot for relaxation, whereas there's almost always music playing by the two main pools, and during activities like the belly flop competition, passenger versus officer water volleyball or sexiest man competition, it can be downright loud.
Enchantment of the Seas Services
Most of the main services on Enchantment of the Seas can be found on Deck 5, including the guest services and excursion desks (purchase two or more excursions the same day you board and get 10 percent off). The shops (fine jewelry, liquor and tobacco, Royal Caribbean-branded souvenirs, etc.), art gallery, and photo gallery and camera shop are on Deck 6. There's also a conference room on Deck 6, along with the NextCruise Desk for anyone looking to book their next cruise while onboard.
The ship has no library, but you can find a teeny selection of books near the internet cafe (Deck 5), which has about eight work stations. (We loved that each one has a hand sanitizer pump.) We rarely saw anyone there as most people use the ship's speedy Voom Wi-Fi on their own devices.
Royal Caribbean offers several unlimited Wi-Fi packages, which can be bought per day or per cruise. Packages are either just for surfing the internet on one, two or four devices or for full surfing and streaming (also on one, two or four devices). Pricing can vary by itinerary but on our sailing the surf and stream package started at $19.99 per day for one device. If you purchase a single day pass on the last day of the cruise you'll get 20 percent off.
There is no self-service laundry on Enchantment of the Seas, but halfway through your cruise, you'll be offered a special on a bag full of socks, underwear, shorts, T-shirts, swimwear and pajamas. The price is around $25 a bag.
There's a medical facility on Deck 1.