Royal Caribbean International
Occupation:Human Resources Specialist
Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Sailing Date: November 10th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
E. L. Williams
I love cruising with RCI. The service is superior to anything I have experienced on Carnival. This was my sixth cruise, fourth time with RC and twice with Carnival. I was let down by the Enchantment's activities and entertainment. I did not like the entertainment in the Centrum (the central area of the ship where you can access all decks from one stairwell). It was noise pollution.....the music was ear-piercing and permeated throughout the ship. It was quite disturbing if you wanted to spend time doing another activity....like talking to someone or surfing the net. I would like to see more lounges added to the ship. The singers on board seemed to be American Idol rejects. Heat Wave was good, but they did not play enough for me. The service that I have grown to love on RC was displayed by our waiter Memhed from Turkey, asst waiter Raj from India and our stateroom attendant Lorene from Jamaica. They were all fantastic, helpful and super nice. They all made the cruise a pleasurable experience. The food was delicious, in the dining room.
We ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room everyday. We did not like waiting in line at the Windjammer to fight over food. It also helps with portion control when you sit down and order what you want versus grabbing what you think you want..and grabbing what you saw someone get...lol. I did not find a piece of sushi on the entire ship. That was disappointing. I was hard pressed to find a hot french fry. The Solarium (the adult pool area) offered burgers and such. The pizza is similar to what you would find in a school cafeteria and my burgers were luke warm at best. The gala buffet was not up to the standard I have come to expect. The food selection was limited and I have cruised smaller RC ships that have offered more than the Enchantment. Sailing in the winter is also recommended for those living in colder climates. It helps make the snowy days at home much more bearable. p.s. Memhed said he would put in a bid for the Freedom of the Seas, and I will look for him there!! We cruised to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
We were not brave enough to climb Dunns River Falls but did enjoy splashing around at the bottom of the falls. You have the option of walking out in the falls from different observation points, which I recommend. We also toured the island with a local driver, it was quite nice. We ventured thru the rain forest and were able to stop and have lunch at the Jerk Center. In the Cayman Islands we went on a tour with a local driver and went to Hell, a popular tourist stop and a rum factory to grab some delicious rum cakes.
Overall, I will continue to cruise RC, but not again on the Enchantment. I would suggest that RC put some umph in the Enchantment and bring it up to the standard of other RC ships. I also like the amenities the larger ships offer. I have also had excellent cab drivers on the islands. They tell us that pre-booking your excursions with the ship cuts them out completely. Most of them are happy to have your fare and therefore will go the extra mile to make your day enjoyable.