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Tara

Age: 36

Occupation:teacher

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Enchantment of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-09-23

Itinerary: Baltimore-New England- Canada

I was on the same cruise as Jeffrey, a few reviewers below me... In fact, I remember Jeffrey from trivia. I, too, took some minor entertainment in the trivia sessions, as there was not much else for the under 70 crowd to do on ship. (Anyone without grey hair got to recognize one another by the end of the trip!) There were several over priced and deserted bars and dance clubs, but that's not my style. Programming was severely lacking. Even the ship's library was small. The spa was decent but pricey, though the gym was well staffed and supplied and the swimming pool in the solarium was wonderful! We had some unseasonably beautiful weather out of Baltimore and the first day at sea meant lounging around in the sun! Can't beat that for September!

Food in the main dining room was very good, as was the service. It was, however, hard to hold a conversation in the main dining room, as residual noise with that many people having conversations was definitely not under control. Food in the Windjammer Cafe was boring but usually passable. A decent place for lunch, though the breakfast offerings were identical every day and got really really boring by the end of the trip. Salads were fresh in both dining rooms and there was plenty to choose from. Some of the desserts in the Windjammer were stunningly awful, though... things that look delicious and have tasty looking names but end up tasting like something served in a low grade nursing home. Not how I want to end my meal!!! Never had a bad dessert in the main dining room, though. Coffee in the Windjammer (Coffee; the essential part of any food review!) ranged from passable to shockingly horrid. In the main dining room it was more consistently passable. Seattles Best has a stand midship where lattes are actually cheaper than on land and they give you a free pastry with it; that became my breakfast haunt. Only consistently decent cuppa coffee on board.

Small, boring. I try not to spend much time in room except to sleep and read. Comfy enough. Stay away from the stocked snacks, the price was insane!

Kind of like the stateroom, small and boring. I was travelling with my mother who likes to shop. She got bored with the ship's stores really quickly. I'm not a shopper and I don't gamble, so there wasn't much left except onboard programming, most of which was lackluster. I heard part of a lame comedy routine one night... skipped out on such events as Big Band, Karaoke, cake decorating contest, and the goofy poolside stuff that I can't imagine anyone actually likes. The spa educational programming was geared entirely at selling services.

Halifax Walking Tour is a definite don't miss. Our guide (Bruce!!!) was knowledgeable and friendly. The pace was perfect, and Halifax is a charming and walkable city. I wanted to go back the minute I left!!! Tour hits the highlights (Citadel, Gardens, Historic buildings) and the pace is light and casual. Its about a mile and a half, mostly downhill. A pleasant morning walk with a cool dude in a kilt. Portland Historic and Lighthouse tour was a waste, mostly tied down on a bus. As was Peggy's Cove, the biggest bust of our trip, an hour's bus ride with a poor guide and then shopping at the junk/trinket stores and an hour's ride back. Bleh!

Shipboard service was excellent, especially in the dining areas. On the whole, we had a great trip. But fun is where you make it and we were often left to make our own fun. My mother was one of the "young" people on board.... Excursions were not, overall, active type excursions and the more active ones I signed up for got cancelled for lack of interest. Oh, and we found a serious patch of nasty weather that made for some great sea tales when we got back! Crew worked hard to make even that rough patch enjoyable, though. Really you can't beat the positive attitude of the crew members we encountered! Probably won't go back to Enchantment, but if they're sailing where I'm going and the price is good, I'd consider it... definitely would consider Royal Caribbean again for a second chance, though.

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