Royal Caribbean LineEnchantment the Seas ReviewWestern CaribbeanPatricia
Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Sailing Date: March 4th, 2006
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review
This was my 5th cruise. I have cruised once with Royal Caribbean on the Sovereign of the Seas; once on Carnival’s Sensation; and twice on Carnival’s Inspiration. Overall I was very happy with this cruise experience. The Enchantment is very elegantly decorated and the food was amazing as well as the service in the dining room. We did have a few problems with our seapass card. We deposited over $500 on it and for some reason every time we tried to use the card it would not work. So we had to correct the problem at the Purser’s desk multiple times which was very frustrating. Our room steward was also not the friendliest person. He yelled at me down the hallway and basically ordered me back to my room to insert the “please clean my room” card in the door. I did not know that this was a required policy to do when you leave the room, but after his determination I did not forget a second time. We also noticed that when he would leave drink receipts for soda in the room for me to sign he would add more soda to the receipt after I had already signed it. I found this to be very disturbing. We kept track of our soda consumption on the last day and were very frustrated when we noticed that he overcharged us for 3 sodas. We tried to have the pursers desk fix the problem but it was not corrected. I find this very disturbing and we were highly upset as dishonesty is uncalled for and is highly insulting. The activities onboard were pretty much the same as my previous cruises. They had a belly flop contest, a men’s hairy leg contest, bingo, ice carving, a deck party, art auction, wine tasting, and the normal nightly shows. I’m sure that I am leaving many things out as there is always something going on. The dance shows were good, but I was not highly impressed. For some reason I was expecting better costumes and themes to the shows. I found them to be very dark and somewhat boring. They all had a movie theme.
Ocho Rios Jamaica was beautiful. I would definitely recommend the Dunn’s River Falls and the Dolphin Cove shore excursion. I would also definitely recommend booking any excursion through the cruise line and not going around on your own. I have heard that Jamaica is not the safest place for travelers. We encountered many locals who would not take No for an answer. They wanted to braid our hair and kept trying to give us “free necklaces” which were not free. If you go to the Dunn’s River Falls I would highly recommend bringing water shoes or renting the ones there. The waterfall is pretty steep and not the easiest thing to climb. Also when leaving the Falls be aware of the shopping market where you will be pressured by the locals to buy their merchandise. Just keep going straight if you want to get out. Whatever you do, do not separate from your party, you could be stuck there for a long while. They do have lockers there to hold your stuff when you are climbing the waterfall. It is $8 to rent and you will receive $3 back when you return the lock and key.
At the Dolphin Cove be sure to go on the Jungle Trail. There you can hold the macaw’s, snake, and iguanas. Also check out the tiki bar on the deck for some great $5 margaritas in cool dolphin souvenir glasses. We didn’t do a touch encounter with the dolphins, but they put on a show which you can watch and enjoy. There is also a nice beach there if you want to relax and snorkel. It’s a great place to spend the day.
At Grand Cayman we visited the Turtle Farm. It is a $12 per person ride in a cab. The driver will give you about 25 minutes at the farm and then take you to the seven mile beach or any of the other beaches. The turtle farm was a great pick. They have so many turtles, some are as large as 500 pounds. If you are looking for some good snorkeling ask your cab driver to take you to the snorkeling beach. We had a great time and saw tons of fish, lobster, sting rays and eels. The cab ride from the beach back to the port is around $5 per person. I think in the future we will probably book a shore excursion through the cruise line, as Grand Cayman is pretty expensive. We also wanted to do the Stingray City but we did not have a long time. At this port you have to get tendered in and that takes around 20 minutes each way. Also be aware that at the port there are tons of people trying to get you to go with them in their cabs and shuttles. This can be somewhat overwhelming. I was not expecting this sort of atmosphere in Grand Cayman.
This was a great cruise, however I think that in the future I will stick with Carnival. I believe that their prices are cheaper and there are many little things that we enjoyed about Carnival that Royal Caribbean didn’t have. Including: a sushi bar, quick room service (our room service on Royal Caribbean took over an hour each time, on Carnival room service was never more then a 15 minute wait) I also found it odd that the room service menu said that service is expected to take 40 minutes, that is just too long for room service. Carnival also has the best beds ever!! Our beds on Royal Caribbean were 2 twins put together which were so uncomfortable we felt like we were in a cheap motel, and the comforter was basically a sheet..nothing compared to the soft duvets that Carnival has. Also Carnival gives you a welcome basket of toiletries in your bathroom which is always a nice treat. Oh and Royal Caribbean had the same souvenir glasses on each night of the cruise. Carnival had 4 or 5 different glasses to purchase. I try not to be a cruise critic, but I think after sailing a few times you tend to have higher expectations and you know what you like and what you don’t like.
Oh and I was a little disappointed at the hours of operation on the rock climbing wall and the bungee jumps. They were only open for a few hours a day. I was expecting them to be open all day long.