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Royal Caribbean InternationalEnchantment the Seas ReviewKey West-CozumelKathy Smith

Age: 50

Occupation:Respiratory Therapist

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Enchantment of the Seas

Sailing Date: June 15th, 2006

Itinerary: Key West/Cozumel

Royal Caribbean International
Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review
Key West-Cozumel

Kathy Smith

This was our third cruise, the first one being with Carnival on an older ship about 16 years ago, and the Big Red Boat about 12 years ago. The ships have gotten bigger and better since then! We were impressed with Royal Caribbean. Getting on the ship was smooth and expedient. I recommend doing the Set Sail pass information online, as well as booking your excursions online before you go. The RC people met us at baggage pick-up and within 10 minutes we were on our way to the pier. We arrived onboard about 11:30, and there was a nice buffet lunch at the Windjammer (pool deck buffet which we ended up eating most of our meals).

Our inside rooms were ready about 1pm, they were clean, and roomier than any room we had previous ships. We booked 2 inside rooms next to each other, as we had 2 children 12 and 14 who used one of the rooms. We don't regret saving some money on inside rooms, honestly we weren't there much. There are a lot of quiet places onboard to read, etc., and we liked the darkness at night and when we elected to sleep in. Our cabin steward was awesome! You will like the special touches, and they are very available. My daughter lost her room key/charge pass and he was there to help. We took walkie-talkies to keep in touch which I suggest for anyone with kids. There are a lot of floors to travel looking for them if you don't! My husband also bought a soda card, up on the Windjammer deck (avoid the long lines at Guest Relations) which I recommend if you drink a lot of soda. Since I don't there was plenty of iced tea, lemonade and water available.

We ate in the dining room the first night, second seating, and didn't finish till 10pm. Since we didn't want to eat that late every night, we ate the rest of our meals in the Windjammer, which had excellent quality and selection. (We eat healthy and lighter food, enjoyed the fare available there, it served us well, and there were also main courses such as chateaubriand, roast duck, beef, ham, fish, etc.). It had very flexible hours, and fit our style of catching a meal when we felt up to it, or even just snacking and eating larger meal at night. The desserts were awesome, even the sugar free ones! There were also hamburgers, pizza, etc. available for anyone in the Solarium, (the "adult" pool) if the Windjammer was closed for cleaning, etc. They also had fruit, and a nacho bar with great hummus. We were impressed with the work out room, excellent tread mills. The ship has a 1/4 mile strip to run on outside, but it was too hot and humid to take much advantage of it.

We enjoyed the shows very much; the comedian was very funny and there was a magician who was also very good and funny, some jugglers who were funny and talented, and a Broadway-style salute which was good. There were fun things like splash contest, sexy leg contest for the men, which were humorous. The atrium part of the ship was very pretty, it is part of the section they added last year. I think our room was one of the new section parts. The ship was very stable, since some of our family is prone to sea/car sickness I was concerned. We didn't have to take any Bonine or use the wrist bands. The pools are salt water. We power snorkeled in Cozumel, which was very fun. The heat kept us from doing much else besides a little shopping pier side. Our ship was the only one docked, the hurricane last year wiped out the other docks that were available. The other ships had to use tender ships, smaller ships to transport you to the dock in Cozumel. We didn't do much in Key West, again, the heat was a factor. The Ripley's Believe it or Not museum is within walking distance. They had Karaoke some nights, I was amazed at the quality of the people who sang on our cruise. We didn't do the formal night, though many did. Some people really dressed tuxes, etc. There were photographers set up for pictures. Overall the atmosphere was more sedate than the Carnival ship, more of a mix of ages, more families. I was a little disappointed in the children's activities for the young teens group. Perhaps it was because of poor participation, or kids thinking it wasn't cool, but our kids were itching to meet others right away and it didn't happen till later on. The little ones seemed fine.

There weren't a bunch of drunks staggering around that we noticed. The ship was very well staffed, and they were polite and eager to serve and please. Getting off the ship was also very smooth, and expedient. We didn't do the rock wall or bungee jump things. My daughter appreciated the internet availability so she could quickly email (50cents a minute) her friends. I would recommend this ship to singles, families, middle aged couples. Seniors would probably want a more sedate ship, though some may not.

 

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