Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas Ship Review-
By Jen Campbell
I took my very first cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas in early September of 2011. Wow it was an incredible first cruise with wonderful wait staff, excellent food, and so much fun! Not knowing what to expect, I was a tad bit nervous, but I was thankful my Mom, younger sister had experience cruising and would steer me and my other sister along. I have to admit, it was exciting to be going on a cruise, but I honestly had no idea what to expect and just figured it was food and some entertainment on board. Well, once I boarded I realized it was so much more! It was such a great experience I remember sitting on a deck chair by the pool coming up with an epiphany…..if I worked so hard at a full-time job and full-time as a mother and wife, I/we deserve to have a vacation to do so. So, I made a decision (internally) that I would cut costs wherever possible so my own family could experience the adventure of sailing the open seas.
This ship has so many wonderful features on board such as: Ben and Jerry’s, a specialty coffee shop, Champagne Bar, numerous lounges, good entertainment in the Orpheum Theater, an authentic Caribbean Steel Band who was poolside daily, lots of lounges, excellent night life, trampoline, trivia, ping-pong and a rock wall, to just name a few.
While yes, the ship was older and did look worn in a few places, it still had the charm and excitement as the other more modern/larger ships.
The serving staff was phenomenal, so much in fact that I have remained friends on face book with one of the best servers I have ever met, and they were serving us on Enchantment of the Seas since that cruise. His associate and him served us each night in the main dining room, was exemplary and went out of their way to make our first cruise a huge success! The food really rocked and was so superb. Never a disappointment and we loved trying new things each night off the menu!!
We had interesting towel art each evening in our stateroom, which was wonderful. Those small, special touches made such a difference in our stay.
While the stateroom was quite small (for 4 of us in an inside cabin) it served its purpose and was quite adequate for our needs. They pulled down the Pullman beds each evening while we were dining and were ready for us to settle into when we got back into our room. The closet space was tight, and of course the bathroom was tiny! However, we didn’t spend much time in our room at all, just to change, shower and sleep, so it was fine with us.
The main pool was nice and refreshing (especially with the sides you can just sit there and keep cool) but always remained busy. Finding a chair was a premium (but I have since discovered this is the case always regardless of the cruise lines) but we managed to have 1-2 chairs up for grabs, when the 4 of us needed it.
Our cruise headed to Bermuda, and unfortunately had to cut the trip short as a major hurricane was due to hit the island, but was certainly no fault of the captains, he made sure to steer clear of the eye of the storm and delivered us safely back to the Baltimore port. We spent an extra day at sea, and believe me we loved this! My favorite is sea days, so much to see and do, it’s a blast. So, I do hope to get back to Bermuda sometime soon.
Overall impression of Enchantment of the Seas ship, wonderful! They had a fabulous staff, wonderful food and lively entertainment. I would book again and again on the ship.
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