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Rebecca

Age: 37

Occupation:Auditing

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Enchantment of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2012-01-4

Itinerary: Baltimore to Bahamas

After reading other reviews, I wanted to offer some comments. When rating the cruise, be sure to rate things that are actually under the control of the cruise line and crew. Complaints about excessive noise in the dining room (I am shocked that talking is allowed in the dining areas!) and hating your tablemates for using their cellphones during dinner do not fall under the control of Royal Carribean. The water in Florida was too cold in the winter! Another shocking oversight by RC! Rude children? Why this never happens on land? I need to bring my kid somewhere right?

This was my first cruise so I had nothing to compare it too. Overall, my family had-(my young (9 year old) daughter- a nice vacation. Was the ship perfect? No. Did we enjoy every activity? Some were better than others. The ship is on the older side and doesn't offer the newest and greatest ammenities. The ports visited were not high on my list when booking, but next time I will research ports more carefully. Would I take this cruise again or recommend it? Probably not. Go for a newer ship, but give up the ease of Baltimore and travel to another departure point.

Food was plentiful and as others have noted a notch better in the dining room vs the windjammer. You have to pick and choose during breakfast (windjammer) to get something you may like, but there is certainly something for everyone. The fresh omelets were nice and the more european deli meats were appreciated. Staff is quick to help with drinks. No issues with seating and our cruise was full. Perhaps we ate at off times. Food was generally fresh as we were told food items could only be out 4 hours or less.

My Fair Lady was consistantly nice. Was it a 5 star event? No, and if you come with that expectation, be prepared to be disappointed. Service was fast. My only issue was sometimes our drinks came later than I like and no refills were offered. Coffee after dinner wasn't offered until day three. However, the staff was pleasant and seemed eagar to please.

Fine. Nothing special, but who stays in there room long? Yes, bathrooms were aging and the shower was a tight fit.

Activites were average. Nights offered comedy shows, magician, bingo, kareoke, game show type events, RC singers/dancers, a few movies. You are always going to please some and not others. The games were cute, but the prizes were truly cheap- pens, highlighters and if you were lucky a key chain? Not sure what other lines offer but a free drink ticket (or two) or ben and jerry's voucher would be a step up. What about a ship board credit?

The kids program was popular with my 9 year old. There was coverage for the dates in port, if you wanted to leave the kids behind. Late night events )after 10 pm were offered at a small charge.

Don't miss the 70's party. I missed the first 1/2 and regretted not getting a look at the shirtless indian and policeman dance YMCA ever since. Really.

The weather didn't warrent swiming the entire trip. The indoor pool was ok, but not huge. The whirlpools rotated being closed- not sure exactly why. Some were actually hot, others not really.

We missed cococay due to weather which was dissapointing. Did RC make up for the loss? No, just another day at sea. We didn't do an excursion but a family we sat next to at dinner seemed less than impressed with snorkeling in Nassau (too many people, not enough help for beginners, "here is your stuff, there is the water" little thinks like how to clear your mask or de-fog would be nice.) Sounded like they didn't do a head count before or after which is disturbing. Others said they did the Atlantis trip and it was passable but pricy.

Experienced cruisers seemed to think there were better options. It was easy to reach the port of Baltimore and you must trade this for something I suppose. Did I get what I paid for? Yes, I do believe so. When asked about my trip, it was pleasant, but not fantastic. I understand the Enchantment will be dry docked in late 2012 for upgrades, and rightlfully so.

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