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Began service: July, 1997 Refurbished:
Guest capacity: 1,950
Total staff: 760
Length: 916 feet
Passenger decks: 11
inspection score: 96
Enchantment of the Seas Overview
The Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship departs from
Fort Lauderdale, FL and Boston, MA. Throughout the year, she offers
ocean cruises to Western Caribbean and Canada.
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cruise ship cut in half. Crews at the shipyard took
two days last week to cut the ship in two with circular
saws and torches. ..
One enters Enchantment of the Seas through the
Centrum, a soaring, seven-deck atrium,
with a million dollar art collection -- an unusually high
figure for a ship with fares in the low midrange. Passenger
flow is excellent, however, big "events," like
the famed midnight chocolate buffet, drew so many people,
and such a long line, that we gave up and went to bed.
The bottom-end cabins (150 square feet) are comfortable
and practical, and even the smallest cabins feature a
small sitting area. Storage space is generous. Cabins
feature a TV, phone, safe and toiletries. Enchantment
has just added hair dryers to every cabin though robes
are only available to those who have booked category
A suites. Nearly 40% of the outside cabins
have balconies. Cabin service was exceptional, unobtrusive
Service and cuisine exceeded my expectations. Having
said that let me add a note: Royal
Caribbean is not a "foodie" line like it's
sister cruise line, Celebrity.
When you order a burger or duck you are rarely offered
an option in how it's prepared. Still, I found the food
to be hearty, good, and plentiful. Service at dinner was
unobtrusive and thoughtful.
RCI makes up a "Ship Shape" selection
list each night from the regular menu and there are vegetarian options
on every lunch and dinner menu.
Breakfast and lunch buffets are served in the Windjammer
Cafe. The Windjammer also serves as an
alternate, casual dinner venue, for which no reservations are necessary.
Twenty-four hour room service from a limited menu and selections
from the dining room menu during mealtimes are available through
There's a hot dog and hamburger grill in the Solarium.
Royal Caribbean has introduced a somewhat complex drinks-package
on board. Adults and children can buy an unlimited soda card for
$33 and $21 respectively (plus 15 percent tip). Adults can buy,
for $29.95, twelve 16 oz. non alcoholic drinks (works out to about
$2.50 apiece) or $44.85 for 12 alcoholic drinks (about $3.75 per).
You buy the cards (or, in the case of soda, stickers) at any ship's
Enchantment's Orpheum Theater Show Lounge is one
of the most functional and intelligently designed we've experienced.
Views from either the main floor or balcony are excellent. Seating
is on fixed banquettes, which guarantees adequate space to enter
and exit rows, and space is maximized by eliminating tables in favor
of drink holders on armrests. On a one-week cruise expect one show
featuring a name entertainer, two production shows, three evenings
of variety acts, and a farewell show.
The Casino has slots, dice and card tables.
We found the casino staff unusually friendly and helpful. I've never
had so much fun losing money.
The intra-ship television channel features numerous channels of
professionally produced promotional videos and a rather scrawny
selection of movies.
Fitness & Recreation
The main open deck has a large,
heated pool surrounded by four hot tubs. Toward the stern is the
Solarium with the secondary pool and another two
hot tubs. This area is covered by a retractable glass dome. There
is an additional small sunning area in the bow. Enchantment
has a good size gym with eight treadmills, exercise bikes, step
machines, etc. A second room offers aerobics and free weights. Steiner's
of London has the usual spa installation aboard. Besides fitness
pursuits, the cruise staff conducts a large number of games, competitions
and other activities both on sea days and in port.
The most recognizable public room
on Enchantment of the Seas is the signature Viking
Crown Lounge; it is reachable directly from the Centrum's
twin glass elevators. It feels far from the action (except, perhaps,
for the late night crowd) and on my visits there I found it sparsely
attended -- though a great place to watch the ship come in to port.
At the foot of the Centrum, on Deck 4,
is the surprisingly warm and inviting Champagne Bar.
Our other favorite lounge was the Schooner Bar
- the best tables are those that look out on floor-to-ceiling glass
windows onto the promenade one deck below. Carousel Lounge,
located at the stern, is the ship's secondary performance venue
but you must walk through the Rhythm Lounge to
get to it. Evenings, the library is open for cigars and cognac and,
as it has its own balcony, is a great spot for a post-dinner drink.
Another favorite public space is "Royal Caribbean Online"
Internet lounge, which offers real-time access to the Web 24/7 for
fifty cents a minute. It's easy to email; computers are outfitted
with software from the best known ISPs, from AOL to Hotmail to Yahoo,
among others. The room is beautifully designed with three "stations"
of four terminals apiece and bordered by floor-to-ceiling windows
overlooking the ocean.
There are no self-serve laundry rooms on Enchantment.
Additional public areas include a shopping arcade,
with three large duty-free stores, a large well-stocked library
with reading area, a card room and conference center.
Enchantment has an extensive
children's program called "Adventure Ocean"
for kids from three (or when toilet trained) through seventeen.
The children are broken up into four age groups: Aquanauts
(3-5), Explorers (6-8), Voyagers
(9-12), and Navigators (13-17).
Group baby sitting is available from 10pm - 1am, and on port
days, from noon till departure. The rate is $4 per hour per child
(who must be at least three years old and potty-trained). In-cabin
sitting is available through the purser's desk and must be booked
at least 24 hours in advance, based on availability. Minimum age
is one year; the charge is $8 per hour, in cash, for up to two children
within the same family, $10 per hour for a maximum of three children
in the same family.
RCI will not accept pregnant guests in their third trimester.
Enchantment offers one of the most varied children's menus
in the industry; kids are offered a choice of thirteen different
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Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced
CDC inspection. Enchantment of
the Seas Score: 96
Critic: Enchantment of the Seas
The Cruise Critic gives Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas
a 3-ribbon rating.
of the Seas "Enchanted with the Enchantment"
Date: October 10, 2005
Reviewer: Miami Beach 411 User, Lake
We were truly treated like royalty upon the Enchantment of the Seas
RCI cruise. The staff were all professional and very interested
in everyone having a magnificent time. Yeah baby Yeah!
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