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Stu Rothman

Age: 58

Occupation:Architect

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Enchantment of the Seas

Sailing Date: March 1st, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean


LEAVING PORT: Handled very nicely, helpful people, no problems at all

KEY WEST: Lots to see and do, most everything within a short, pleasant walk from the dock. The usual run of souvenir and t-shirt shops plus a lot more. Take the on-off trolley tour, stop at whatever interests you, get back on again.

COZUMEL: OK, nothing special. Some of the excursions were OK, but be careful of the watersports - seas were very rough and choppy, snorkeling quite difficult.

BELIZE: Royal Caribbean should think about a different port. There wasn't much here and the excursions were mostly too long.

THE SHIP: Is now 7 years old, just starting to show its' age. Clean, easy to get around, many diversions.

THE CREW: Absolutely wonderful, well trained, helpful, excellent attitudes.

DIVERSIONS ON BOARD: Many and varied. Casino is larger and more diverse than expected. Onboard shopping just OK, not too much available. Shows every night were much fun, singers and dancers worked hard to entertain us - but the talent level is about what you might expect on a cruise - OK, nothing extraordinary. Disco is quite lively. Piano bar is quite pleasant. Lots of physical activities available. Pools and whirlpools very nice. They have audience participation games almost all the time. If you don't want to take any shore excursions, you can stay onboard - there's plenty happening.

THE PASSENGERS: Thankfully, not many children. Crowd was mostly younger, quite lively.

THE FOOD: All you want, but nothing exceptional. Ranged from fair (at the hamburger/hot dog bar) to very good (breakfast buffet). There are two midnight buffets, limited assortment. You'll eat a lot! Here's a hint (they won't tell you about this): Buy an unlimited soft drink sticker for $30 - otherwise, it's $1.50 per soda - and you can use it for everyone in your party.

VALUE: Very good, except for the excursions which seemd overpriced. You don't have to sign up onboard - at each port, there are "hawkers" selling similar local experiences at much lower cost.

OVERALL:
Very pleased, we would do it again.

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