Number of Cruises: 15
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Sailing Date: 2010-09-23
Itinerary: New England
Boarding was efficient. However, nothing was open but the Windjammer Cafe. This meant long lines and no tables. I did the only logical thing: bought a soda card and started drinking diet coke. After that initial despair, things got better. Some of the weather was not the best, but I didn't let it stop me from enjoying the ship.
The food was good, with a large variety. It rates above Carnival, but below Princess. The real problem with the food was the number of dishes that contained alcohol. It seemed about a third of the desserts used it, including tiramisu. No non-alcoholic versions of certain desserts were available.
The hamburgers served at the buffet and the Solarium were the worst I have ever had on any ship. They were not fresh, and were completely overcooked. Indeed, they were more like hockey pucks than burgers.
I had an inside stateroom that was far forward. A support beam ran through the middle of my stateroom, and the television set did not face the bed. Indeed, the support beam location made lying on the bed and watching TV very difficult.
The television was small. The desk space was also small, not helped by the large amount of space occupied by the minibar items.
The stateroom was also cold. Even with the heat on high, I was cold. I requested an extra blanket from my cabin steward, which was provided.
The ship was full of senior citizens, and the activities reflected it. Cake decorating? Motown entertainers? Big band music? At 44, I was too young to appreciate them. Still, I enjoyed the trivia sessions on the ship.
As I don't care for dancing or karaoke, I found little to interest me on the ship after my late dinner seating. Three nights I watched movies in my stateroom, while the first night I just went to bed after a long day of travel.
I never buy ship excursions as they are overpriced. I really didn't do much except walk and ship in Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. In Boston I bought a trolley tour at the port. I enjoyed that a great deal, and it was much cheaper than the similar offering from the ship.
I highly recommend the Upper Deck trolley in Boston. The tour takes 2.5 hours, with hop-on, hop-off rights. Trolleys show up every 15 minutes. With limited time I toured the USS Constitution. With more time I'd have liked to see more historical sites, the Boston Library, Harvard and MIT, and the sports museum.
Every day I got what I put into the day. The first day I was working on 2 hours of nightmare sleep over the last 52 hours, so I was not having a good time. I was depressed the second day. I got better as time went on, and found enjoyment in trivia, reading books, using the hot tubs and pools, and walking around the various ports of call.
Day 7 was clouded by fog at sea, but as I was feeling good then, I simply liked the fact that I could enjoy the hot tub without competition. Day 9 had very rough seas, and most of the passengers and some of the crew became seasick. I always use anti-seasickness medication, so I was not affected, and spent a quiet day reading midship (my stateroom was far forward and the ship was pitching quite a bit). I learned new things about the ports of call, had a lobster roll in Maine, and had a fantastic time in Boston.
I would do it again, but I would prefer more people my own age. I felt like I was in a senior center the entire cruise.