Royal Caribbean InternationalEnchantment the Seas ReviewWestern CaribbeanShannon
Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Sailing Date: May 13th, 2006
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
Royal Caribbean International
Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review
This was my second cruise and my first on one of the
big ships. I was very impressed with the organization of departure. We checked
in online which I recommend to anyone who is cruising. We stayed at a nearby
hotel and the shuttle service to the port was also very nice. About 15 minutes
after arriving, we were onboard. We got onboard somewhat early – around 1 p.m. –
to have lunch. Then around 2:00 p.m., we were allowed to check into our rooms.
The rooms were nice. We had two rooms – one oceanview and one inside. They were
basically the same with the exception of the window, which wasn’t a very big
deal since we didn’t spend much time in the room. It was actually nice to be on
the inside because you never knew what time it was when you woke up so you could
truly relax. The bathrooms were much roomier than I expected. This was a nice
addition to the previous ship I had been on. Our room steward welcomed us on the
ship and was very friendly. We liked the different animals he would make out of
the towels each night. He wasn’t push or demanding but very accommodating.
We got one drink card and it was a pretty good deal since I drink a lot of diet sodas. If you don’t drink a lot of sodas, I wouldn’t buy the card. It wasn’t huge savings but it was nice that you didn’t have to sign a ticket each time.
The shows were okay on the ship. I don’t enjoy much of that stuff anyway so we just went to one – the Broadway show. It was entertaining and the theater was nice. The other activities were interesting but nothing really stood out.
Most of all, we enjoyed being by the pool. The pool was nice because there were two right by each other. And four hot tubs. So, space in the pool wasn’t bad. It is a good idea to get out and get a chair early. Don’t save chairs because it just annoys everyone else. You can eat around the pool too if you get lunch or breakfast at the Windjammer. The bad thing about the pool was the waiters constantly asking you if you wanted some type of tropical drink. But, I guess it is where they make their money. I’d ask them to tone it down though. I was disappointed with the hours of operation on the rock wall and bungee. If you do this activity, make sure you do it early in the cruise. One of us waited too long and then didn’t get to do it because they were “pressure washing the ship,” which created too much water on the rock wall.
The food was fabulous. Much better than I expected. This ship didn’t have great reviews on food but I was very pleased. It is nice to eat most meals in the main dining room as you get better food and service. There is something for everyone – Asian, southern, Italian, American. The banana split at lunch was my favorite. Dinner was also very enjoyable each evening. Our waiters were nice. They got funnier as the trip went on.
One BIG note about wine. We were told by two different Royal Caribbean representatives that you were not allowed to bring wine on to the ship. Once we were on, we purchased a wine package. When we did the sales guy told us we could have brought our own wine. Being “winos” this was a big disappointment. So, make sure you take your own wine if you would like to. We wont make that mistake again next time.
The ports were nice. Jamaica was my favorite. Yes, it is remote and could be considered unsafe but we felt very safe. We booked an excursion to go to the Beaches all-inclusive and it was great. Free alcohol, food and water sports including a ride on the hoby-cat. We also snorkeled and met some really nice people staying at the resort. We weren’t bothered by any of the locals although there were men in the water selling pot. You just knew to stay away from them.
Grand Cayman was a disappointment. Everything was so expensive. It was also a lot more built up than I imagined. After Hurricane Ivan, they have really commercialized the island. If you go, I’d advise you to go snorkeling. It was very nice. We didn’t book an excursion but instead went to Eden Rock, very near the dock, and paid 10 bucks each for equipment to use all day. If you decide to buy anything there, know that it is in Cayman currency and is more expensive than US dollars.
This was a great cruise. It offered something for everyone. We didn’t spend much time in the casino but a lot of people had a fun time in there. The entire family danced in the disco and really had a nice time. I’d make sure that you are prepared to pay very high prices for alcohol on the ship if you drink. A Corona beer will cost $5 since you add 15 percent to everything. That was the most unexpected cost. I figured you could buy a beer package just like soda but was wrong.
I’d go on this cruise again. Royal Caribbean impressed me.