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Michael

Age: 25

Occupation:Data entry work

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Enchantment of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-09-24

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This cruise was a great experience! There were two great ports of call: George Town, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico. I did a Stingray City excursion in Grand Cayman, and a beach day in Cozumel. There was lots to do on the days at sea, as well as on the days in port if you want to remain on the ship. I met lots of people to socialize with, since I went by myself.

The food and stateroom were good, nothing too fancy, but enough to get me by for the 5 nights. The crew was amazing and funny, which I think is important to have on a cruise to keep passengers entertained. Personally, I only attended 2 of the evening shows. Otherwise in the evenings, I was either by the pool or at bingo or karaoke night. I had a large interior stateroom on deck 7, which was an ideal size for me. I was really only in the stateroom to shower, change, and sleep.

I had a great dining room waitress, and she knew by the end of the second night, that along with dessert, I wanted decaf coffee. She did most of the work at dinner, and I tipped her accordingly.

There were a few instances where I felt motion, because of the wind and the waves, but nothing too serious. One minor setback I heard that didn't affect me. There was a broken pipe that first full day, affecting passengers that were on deck 4 on down, which included the dining room. Because it affected the dining room, there was no water, and they couldn't brew coffee since they had no water. Again, I saw this as a minor setback, and it didn't keep me from enjoying the cruise.

There was an excellent variety of food. I kept it simple most nights for the appetizer and just had a caesar salad. For the entrees, one night I had shrimp ravioli, the next night roasted duck, the third night tiger shrimp, the fourth night mussels, shrimp, and scallops over pasta, and the final night lobster tail and shrimp. A great quality of food, and with the exception of the night of the roast duck, I cleaned my plate. The roast duck was delicious, just too big of a serving for me. The food in the Windjammer was also adequate, although I only ate there a couple days for lunch, and one day for breakfast. The dining room breakfast and lunch was also very good, and they have a variety of choices for breakfast, but the lunch menu doesn't change, and neither does the breakfast menu, but there are several choices to choose from. I just stuck with the basic eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast for breakfast most mornings, and for lunch I either had a hamburger or hot dog up in the Windjammer.

There were lots of choices to choose from onboard on the days at sea, and you will never get bored. Lots of fun activities for all passengers to either just watch, or participate in. I mainly did the bingo nights and karaoke nights. There is also the rock wall, jump zone, and of course the pool just to name a few activities. However, due to weather and/or gusty winds on the sea days, some days the jump zone and rock wall were not open. The 70s street party is an event that is fun to watch, and if it's on your cruise, I would recommend that you watch it from one of the decks overlooking the centrum (decks 4, 5, 6, and 7).

In Grand Cayman, do not miss Stingray City. I did an excursion offered through the ship, and you can actually pet the Stingrays and feed them. It may take about an hour to get there from the tender area in Grand Cayman, including the bus ride, then the boat ride, but it is worth it.

This was my vacation from work. A great trip overall, and I would recommend this cruise to anybody who is looking for a short cruise. This cruise was just about the right length for me. Even though I wasn't ready to leave, I am glad to be home and have a more spacious bedroom and bathroom. There was a broken pipe that first full day, but I was unaffected by it, but the dining room was for breakfast, as they had no water, and couldn't brew coffee. A minor setback, but nothing to keep me from enjoying the cruise.

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