Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review
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Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Enchantment of the Seas

Sail Date: December 18, 2017

Ship: Enchantment of the Seas

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

This was my 2nd cruise and second with RCCL. My first cruise was on the IOTS. The EOTS was a significantly smaller ship in size and feel. The ship does not have a Royal Promenade so transiting the ship is somewhat stilted. Once you have been on the ship for a day, you figure that out and develop a travel pattern that eases that issue. With that said, the staff went well beyond to make sure that we had top notch service. Michelle, TT, and the cruise director staff were great. The entertainment was somewhat limited but very talented nonetheless. The shows were good but a little disappointing. On the smaller ships, Royal does Broadway style shows which are song ensembles as opposed to the larger ships doing a full musical. Ie, IOTS did a complete show of Grease, EOTS did songs from Hollywood movies. The comedians were good, but somewhat predictable. The service in the dining room was fantastic. Our waiter Ventura was fabulous and went out of his way to ensure that we were satisfied. The food was good, but not great. Seating was at a premium in the Windjammer. Food was ok. Our cabin steward Doni was top notch. We would leave the room and be greeted by towel animals and turn down service regularly. I will only cruise with a balcony room. Room service was always on time. Sitting on your balcony enjoying your coffee as the sun comes up is a highlight on any ship. The bar staff were good. I liked Livingston at the Pool Bar and the bartender at Schooner. Livingston makes a Goombay Smash that is fabulous. The ship is older and a little "cramped" for a 990' ship. It is all relative after all. With that said, you can either find things you don't like or things that you do, no matter which ship you sail on. The port of Miami was good. A lot of ships and a lot of people on embarkation day but our terminal was an easy transit to the ship. It may have taken us 45 minutes from security, to check-in, to stepping on the ship. We went to Atlantis during our Nassau stop. We didn't like the walking "tour" we had to start on, so we broke away and explored the grounds the way we wanted to. Everyone has a different colored wrist band for access, but no one will stop you from walking anywhere. The aquarium under the bar and the Dig are worth the time to walk through. We skipped our shuttle ride back and caught a cab to the food shops under the bridge. We went to Mckinseys under the bridge and had fresh conch salad and fried whole fish. It was my favorite part of the trip. They say if you want to eat the best food, go where the cabbies eat. Highly recommend it! At Cococay, we got a sun shade lounger. They are a bit of a walk from the Tender but worth the expense. I really enjoyed the floating bar. It was waist deep water to walk out to in the morning but only shin deep in the afternoon as the tide went out. The food was so so because the throughput ratio of people to food stands is out of whack. The tenders were continuously running so we went back to the boat around 230. You can find your fun on Cococay. We saw a few rays swim by and other small fish. We always enjoy Key West. Rent a moped and zip around. We always go to Half Shell Raw Bar when we are in Key West. You are going to be in for a bit of a walk to get there though. Food is really good and the 6 foot Tarpon swim beneath the dock right outside the window. Get a chocolate covered key lime pie on a stick from Kermits. Or find a drink at Sloppy Joes. I prefer a day at sea, but what this itinerary does afford, is that your customs process is completed in Key West. You can go straight to shore when you arrive back in Miami. All in all it was a good cruise. My own preference is to go with the larger ships that have royal promenades, but this was a nice getaway.
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