Royal Caribbean InternationalEnchantment the Seas ReviewPatricia
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Sailing Date: August 28th, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International
Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review
I recently returned from
my first cruise. We sailed on the Enchantment from August 28th-Sept 2nd. (Yes,
it was hurricane season, yes we sailed during tropical storm Ernesto!)
We flew into Fort Lauderdale early on the 28th. We had bought the transfer vouchers, which worked out very well. We had to pick up our baggage at the terminal and there were RCCL agents everywhere to direct you to a bus. Buses were leaving the airport about every 30 minutes, so we really didn’t have to wait long to get to the ship.
Once we got to the pier it was easy to check in. I would suggest checking in on-line since it makes things go much quicker. We were able to get on the boat right away, even though our stateroom wasn’t ready until 1:00. I would recommend bringing any medication, a swimsuit, and a change of clothes with you in your carry-on. The cruise line has to check all the bags for security reasons, and even though we were on the boat around 11:00, our luggage didn’t arrive until almost dinner time.
There is a buffet lunch ready for you at the Windjammer when you get on the boat (deck 9). You are also able to explore all over the boat so you can really get a feel for where everything is.
I wouldn’t suggest buying the soda package unless you really drink a lot of soda. My boyfriend and I didn’t buy the package since coffee, ice water, lemonade, and ice tea are free all the time. At breakfast there are also some other juices available.
Originally we were going to go to Key West, Cozumel, and Cococay. However, because of the storm we had to skip Key West and went straight to Cozumel. We were a little disappointed that all we received from the cruise line was $3.65 as a refund for port tax for not going to Key West. We paid to go there, but didn’t really get anything back for not going there.
We spent the first day at sea and made it to Cozumel on the second day on board the ship. We had to get on a smaller boat to be taken to shore. We had booked an excursion to the Mayan ruins at Muyil. We were taken to Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula. We had booked a really long excursion, which I probably wouldn’t do again. It turned out to be a really long day, even though it was worth it to see the ruins. Our tour guide was awesome and very trustworthy. He made the trip very interesting. Because our excursion was so long we really didn’t have anytime to shop, and we never got to the island of Cozumel.
After another day at sea we went to Coco Cay in the Bahamas. This is a private island owned by RCCL, which is nice because you can leave your stuff right on the beach and not have to worry about it being stolen. We went snorkeling there, and it was great. People said that the snorkeling was much better in Cozumel then it was in Coco Cay, but we ended up snorkeling for 5 hours. I was very disappointed in the shops on Coco C ay. I know that it was obviously geared toward tourist merchandise but beside T-shirts and bags there was really nothing else to buy.
We had the second seating for dinner. It was nice because there really were no kids at the second seating, but 8:30 was a little late for us to eat. Next time I think I would book the earlier seating. There are a lot of shows and things at night to go to—comedians, magicians, dance shows, singing, there are also some fun interactive game shows.
We tipped pretty much everyone. Most of the people on the ship, the bus drivers, and the tour guides, make very little money. We tipped our stateroom attendant very well at the beginning of the trip and he took very good care of us. We were so pampered that it was actually hard to get used to! Even at the informal dining, they clear your plates for you and bring you drinks. One night I actually got into a race with one of the people at the Windjammer because I insisted that I could get my own drink and he insisted he would get it for me. (He came back first and proudly exclaimed that “I am faster than you!”)
You will never get board on this ship. There is so much to do. Some people were complaining but you have to go into it with an open mind. The staff on the boat is very helpful and accommodating. You will have as much fun as you let yourself have and you can do as much or as little as you would like to do. Have fun, don’t over pack, bring lots of sunscreen, and plan on gaining at least 5 pounds!