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Bob Bender

Age: 57

Occupation:Engineer

Number of Cruises: 17

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Enchantment of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2011-04-16

Itinerary: Bahamas

This being our 17th cruise (all with RCCL), I can honestly say that this was by far our worst cruise ever!! This ship should be condeemed by the health department. The entire ship reeked of septic stench throughout the entire cruise. My advise is to sail on any other ship.. NOT on the Enchantment. We chose this cruise out of Baltimore because it is only a 2 hour drive from our home in Northern Virginia. We scheduled this particular week as my wife is a teacher and she had off for spring break. The weather in Baltimore was terribe (can't control mother nature). Our departure was delayed (we were told over the PA system by the CPT) due to weather. We talked to people on board and were told they had a major drug bust on board Saturday night which was he real reason for the departure delay. Of course once the CPT told everyone we would be delayed due to the weather, there was never any additional information provided by the staff. The overall cruise was adequate (we were on vacation after all) but the delay caused an iteniary change and we spent 4 days sailing at sea with only 2 days ported (Cape Canveral and Nassau). I understand this is an older ship which needs upgrading, but RCCL has to honestly look at this ship. I would have hated to be on this ship for my first ever cruise as it would have convinced me that I would never cruise again.

Food was as expected. Not great but the selection of so many options meant that you could definitely find something that you would like. Only comment here is that in the Windjammer Buffet, although you could load up your plate, havefun trying to find a table to sit down to enjoy it. Spring break meant lots of kids (I'm not complaining just a statement of fact) and the layout of the tables found many setup for 6 people with only people sitting at the table. RCCL might conider re-looking the layout and setup more 2 seat tables.

Stateroom was a balcony room. Our attendant was superb!! Only comment is the bed was very uncomfortable. Hard as a rock and woke up every morning with a back ache (not because I'm old) just really hard sleeping surface.

Since this is a small ship, there is really no room to support an all out ship celebration of any type. Events were often scheduled in the centrum area of the ship and were always over crowded. Normal events as on all ships where people seem to participate in what interested them. Nothing special. ALSO it was evident that RCCL does not inforce any of their established rules. Kids ran totally unsupervised, played in the elevators non stop (of course pushing every floor button), many seats in both the showroom and pool deck were always being "SAVED" for people who never semed to show up. Upon approaching the staff, they seemed to just turn away (of course after asking if you wanted to purchase a beverage).

Not much advise here. The stop in Cape Canveral had us go on a trip to Coco Beach. It is just a beach. Two chairs and an umbrella = $27.00. No on beach food or beverages were for sale although there was a 7-11 across the street... Nassua we went to Atlantis and enjoyed the water activities (Adventure pass to Atlantis = $150.00 each).

What I would tell anyone who asked me is that this cruise was a bad experience. RCCL had never disappointed us before so I believe that this review is warranted. I suggest anyone considering this ship, read, read and read as many reviews as you can. Some people who sailed this ship have given it rave reviews and that is certainly expected. Having sailed on 17 different RCCL ships, I feel this review to be honest and from the heart. It's your money and your vacation. I only offer my views and opinion for you to know that there are probably (definitely) better options out there. The terminal access to board and depart was very easy and efficient. Ample parking for those driving to port ($105.00) to park for a week cruise. If you sail on the Enchantment, may you have a great cruise vacation and enjoy yourself...

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