Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review to Bermuda

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3 out of 5

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Sail Date: June 14, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The first day at sea from Baltimore to Bermuda was rough with plenty of instances of seasickness to be seen. The captain and crew we talked to all said that we had it pretty good. That leg of the trip is always rough. Bermuda was lovely, but windy and the waters were choppy. We opted for a snorkel excursion to a shipwreck but because of the rough waters they went to an alternate site. After learning that the rough seas were typical, we wondered just how many times the excursion gets out to the wrecks. People that did things like the bus and trolley tours spoke well of them. If you want to use public transportation on the island get your bus tokens early because the kiosks near the dock close, probably around 5 or 6 and so my girlfriend and I had to take a taxi to the romantic restaurant we had booked reservations at. Boston was Boston and people that took the trolley tour seemed to be the happiest, since it dropped you off at Quincy Market. If you don't need the tour there were some $20 round-trip shuttle passes to the market; it's just a little too far to walk from the port. Newport was pleasant but the need to use tenders to shore was a hassle. We opted to just stay on board and relax, but the free pink buses to the cliff walk were popular as were some of the driving tours of the mansions. The ship was nice and had a good crew. I suppose these days it qualifies as one of the small ships in their fleet.

Pros: Bermuda

Cons: mediocre food, ship activities

Recommends Enchantment of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
There is a Ben & Jerry's/Starbucks on board and one specialty restaurant (Chops Grille). The food at the Chops Grille is fabulous, with food cooked to order. The cynical side of me says that a Chops would be unnecessary if the quality of the main dining room food was better. Long gone are the days when cruise food was fine dining and it was the first place I tasted caviar, frog's legs and escargot.
Entertainment
The comedians ranged from okay to excellent. We didn't opt to see any of the singing & dancing shows. We thought that there was kind of a lack of daytime activities during the 3 days at sea. Prevalence of trivia. The presence of wellness seminars being available was new to me. The ever-present slightly quackish seminars from the spa and fitness crew. The lounge acts were average. Absurdly expensive Bingo ($32). Dance parties. Movies playing in the Orpheum theater were available on your TV.
Ship Quality
Relatively easy to get around with fore and aft elevators. The pool deck is huge and seems to be able to accommodate all of the interested sun bathers. Plenty of lounges. The theater isn't spacious enough, though, and becomes standing room only about 10-15 minutes before the show.
Cabin / Stateroom
Personal attitude is that the staterooms are for sleeping and adult time. The attendants kept it clean and there's not much more that can be asked for. Bathroom is cramped, but that was to be expected.
Service and Staff
They're working for tips, but they were genuinely nice people. We had to go to guest relations a few times and were very happy with our service.


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