Jerry and Carol Bloom
Occupation:grocery store manager
Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Sailing Date: 2004
Itinerary: ocho rios and grand cayman
This was our second cruise, our first one was on the Carnival Pride in 2002. Our embarkation was very smooth. We arrived at the ship around 1:00pm and were on board within 15 minutes. Our cabin was on deck #2 an outside cabin and considering it was only 154sq ft it was surprisingly spacious. We went to lunch in the windjammer dining room for the buffet lunch which was excellent. In fact the food during the entire cruise was wonderful. We ate all our breakfasts and lunches in the windjammer and all our dinners in the My Fair Lady dining room. We had a table of 10 and our tablemates were fun to be with.
All the shows in the Orpheum theatre were great. There were two production shows, as well as a comic-magician, and the group Beatlemaniacs who were terrific. We went to karaoke twice in the Carousel room where they also played the adult game Quest which is not to be missed. In addition, they had name that tune in the Schooner bar with Jim the piano player which was a lot of fun. I did find that the pictures the photo staff took were on the expensive side so we only bought a couple. Shopping on the ship was good and we found many bargains in the stores.
Both ports were excellent. In ocho rios we booked a private tour online from phil Lafayette tours. Not only was it cheaper but it was more fun and informative. We were traveling with another couple and we were the only one on Phil's tour bus. Phil was a funny and entertaining guide who sang to us , took pictures of us, took us to some interesting out of the way places and made us feel special. You can book him on www.phil-lafayette-tours.com. (1-800-427-5829). We climbed Dunns Falls in Ocho Rios and it was great fun and only mildly challenging.We had Phil drop us off At Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville's restaurant where we had lunch and used the beach next to the restaurant for free.. The beach was great, we rented chairs for $5.00 and rented Kayaks and spent the afternoon there. It was only a few steps back to the cruise ship when we were done so we were able to walk back.
Our next port was Grand Cayman were we also booked a private tour From Nativeway tours. We went to stingray city where the water was beautiful and though the stingrays were intimidating at first you got used to them very quickly. After that we did some snorkling than back to town. Unfortunately there were 7 cruise ships tendered that day so it was very crowded. We did a little shopping than headed back to the ship.
Our de-embarkation was smooth and I would say that everything went well during the week. The ship was beautiful and the staff couldn't have been more accomodating. I would definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again.
Jerry and carol Bloom