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  1. Planning on going on our first Royal cruise this next year! We have been on Carnival and NCL, that being said what is a not miss on Royal? Favorite dish in the main dining room? Recommended show?
  2. I'm curious - seems that the last few cruises we've done, the pool band is getting less and less entertaining -- less hours of play and groups that hardly deliver on the "pool band" feel we enjoyed during earlier cruises. Our favorite pool band was the Rhythm Section (we had them on two ships!) but really just hope for a good steel drum band out around the pool. Can anyone tell me what the pool band situation is on the Enchantment of the Seas? We'll be sailing on her in November. Thanks!
  3. Does anyone have a review of either Aquanauts or the Royal Tots Program on Enchantment of the Seas? I've read lots of vague things but nothing specific about this ship. I've got a 4 1/2 year old and a 2 year old daughter, and we sail on the Enchantment this September. We went on the Carnival Valor last fall and my older daughter tried the kids club once and never wanted to go back, but she seems more interested in the idea this time around.
  4. We are thinking of booking on Enchantment of the Seas - the suites are mostly below the Windjammer Cafe. Our concern is that it will be loud...footsteps, chairs moving, etc. from above. If anyone has been in those suites, would you give us your feedback? Thanks!
  5. Hi - we will be going on our second cruise with Royal this coming Thanksgiving week. The first cruise was this past June/July on the Liberty OTS, also out of Galveston. While on the Liberty, I took full advantage of the Cafe Promenade (and the Windjammer, when open) to enjoy some hot tea (London Tea Company's English Breakfast tea.) I am wondering, since it appears that there is no Cafe Promenade on the Enchantment, will there be hot tea available during late hours (after 9 p.m.) and in the early morning hours at the Park Cafe? I tend to wake up earlier than my husband and would love to sneak up on the 9th deck (we'll be on the 8th) to get a cup of hot tea to sip. If not in the Park Cafe, is there (free) hot tea available elsewhere on the Enchantment, and if so, where? Will it be the London Tea Company brand? Finally, has anyone tried the famous kummelweck sandwiches there on the Enchantment recently? I have never had them, didn't know they existed until I was looking at a message board sometime after our first cruise. I don't believe they were offered in the Cafe Promenade, or if they did, they must have disappeared rather quickly. Thanks!
  6. This is going around..... apparently Enchantment has some long term propulsion issue too.
  7. This older ship doesn't get a lot of publicity here, so I thought I'd share a little so when someone comes looking like I did, they might have a little insight. We are nearly Diamond (not a brag - just a point of reference as to our experience with Royal ships). We have been on a variety of classes of ships, but Enchantment "scared" me a bit. My buddy gambled enough on an 11 night reposition aboard the Ovation that he was offered a free cruise. We were invited to join. The timing was good and the pricing was right, so we crashed the party. I've said in the past I would not sail for less than 7 days. But I am coming around on that bit of cruise snobbery! We booked a deck 2 cabin (an area of the ship we typically try to avoid), didn't do any real extras, and basically just tried to low key cruise! The ship has seen better days. A little rust here, some disrepair there, paint chips, carpet fray and so forth, but all in all, the ship really is still quite beautiful and one can easily see how she was the belle of the ball in her day. The smaller ship certainly makes standing in line a much shorter proposition and easier to maneuver without massive crowds. One other thing I noticed on this ship - it was easier to disconnect. Fewer TV's in bars with news or sports playing - so if you are addicted, beware. Luckily I was able to record my college football team, not hear any of the news of their game and came home to a shortened viewing of my game of interest. We enjoyed the deck 2 location except for heading to the Windjammer. That was a 7 flight climb (we never rode an elevator - get those steps!), but coming back on board from a port was a breeze going up (and down to get to the gangway) only one flight. Food was hit and a little miss. We never went hungry! Selections are a little less than the bigger ships, but we had plenty of choices. Entertainment and activities seemed a little more streamlined with not quite as much going on, but the normal high points were there (Quest, Battle of the Sexes, Karaoke, Trivia, Bingo, etc...). The orchestra and musicians onboard were high quality. The shows are a little rough around the edges as they are rather dated; but not having seen these shows before, it was good to get a fresh look. Bobby the Cruise Director is a Texan! So, that was fun having so many Texas cruisers with a leader that speak the language! 🙂 The ship had a little extra action on the way north, but rode like a smooth champ heading south. Some crew mentioned it had a little more motion than the big girls, but oddly, I liked the motion that has been missing from prior cruises! Not too much creaking or odd noises, so the old girl is aging gracefully it would seem. So, shorter cruise, older and smaller than normal vessel - no problem! It was a great experience if you can overlook that it's not a shiny new thing. Short of having some bells and whistles, the cruise was a very fine experience. I viewed this as a bonus vacation that was not planned at the beginning of the year. If anyone has any questions, I'll do what I can to share from our experience.
  8. Is Diamond Plus allowed in the Lounge? So many changes since we last cruised. Thank You
  9. If you buy Chops after you have sailed, what is the price, if you buy befor the cruise it is showing $39.00
  10. Hi All! We will be on the Enchantment OTS next celebrating our 25th anniversary as well as graduation for our twins. I have book a 2 bedroom suite (it's a surprise for the kids, they think they are in an interior room). I just had a question about getting off the ship when we return. We have never been in a suite before...are there any perks for this? TIA Also, any tips or great perks of having a suite?
  11. My family is going on the 1/2/20 cruise. Is there a way to request seating near each other. There are 15 in our family.
  12. I'm looking for some advice from RCI experts on cruises departing from San Juan, PR. My husband and I are thinking about a New Year's Eve 2020 cruise on the Enchantment. The itinerary looks great. It is port intensive going to BVI, St Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, and Grenada. We've sailed on RCI for NYE before and had a wonderful time! As some background, we sailed Carnival out of San Juan about 6 or 7 years ago over the 4th of July, and it wasn't the best trip. There were huge groups of families/friends onboard that took over the ship. We travel a lot and enjoy meeting people from all over the world, but this wasn't what we expected. The large groups spread out across the whole pool area stacking away dozens of loungers to create play areas and a dance floor for their own music on the deck. The seats were so limited that other guests brought chairs from the buffet so they could sit in the sun. The MDR was probably a worse situation. Tables were pushed together to sit parties of 20+ people, and they stayed for 3-4 hours. After the first formal night when we waited over 2 hours for a table, we gave up on the MDR. Was this an exception? Do you think other crews could have managed the situation better? We don't want or expect a quiet holiday cruise, but we want a chance to enjoy the ship too. Thanks in advance for the advice!
  13. Several folks on Enchantments sailings out of Galveston next year are saying they received noticed their cruises are cancelled.... note below. I'm already booked on 3 for next year, but I'm super eager to find out what the "more immersive experience including additional ports" looks like. hmmm....
  14. Good morning! I wanted to write a review for this ship for a few reasons. Mostly because not many write a review on this ship that I have read. Also, most responses were if you are thinking of Enchantment, it would be better to take the Liberty. I have sailed the Liberty and do have kids. :) So my review will also be comparing both ships. The ship is what I expected from all the research I have done. They are correct. First look at the ship and you do see a lot of rust. You can tell it is a small ship as well and may have seen better days. This is also JUST COSMETIC. So my first impressions were not that great at all. I was unimpressed. Especially since the Liberty was amazing to look at. So, if you want to be those people who when in port wants to say, "I have the better ship" yeah, this is obviously not for you. Getting onto the ship, you can tell it is a classic feel. A lot of brass. I would not say it is ugly in any shape of form. The Liberty was dressed to impress and EOTS was for function. At this point in time it did cross my mind if we were going to even have a good time. I admit. I was being snobbish about the whole situation at this point. However that is where my bad review stops. I kept an open mind and boy I am sure glad I did. Food: Windjammer: On the Liberty, we HATED Windjammer. It even had a smell to it as we were walking up to it and for us it was unpalatable. But we were forced to eat there a few times do to what we had planned for that day. It was what it was. On the Enchantment it was a bit more crowded due to the smaller space, but the food was very good. The coffee still sucked but that was about it. WAY better hands down. Chopps Grille: Both ships performed amazing Dinning room: Both ships were great. I will add higher scores to EOTS simply because we never got tired of the food as we did on the Liberty. We also got our food out much faster. I do eat Gluten Free and not sure if it was because of the couple years in between both sailings, but EOTS had a TON of options whereas the Liberty I was limited. Drinks: This will have to go to the Liberty. We like to have the occasional drink but still bought the drink packages. EOTS we felt like we drank all freaking day. The drinks tasted good for sure! But I SWEAR there was no alcohol in them even though I watched them put it in! My husband and I are light weights in this category and for us to have drinks all day without so much as a buzz, headache, or hangover should tell you something. Beer and wine, for obvious reasons, were right on par but that is because they can't mix them hahaha. Shops: This defiantly goes to Liberty. I don't shop much. But had fun going through all the little shops. EOTS didn't have hardly any. But I suppose it is because it is such a smaller ship. What was there was ok. But I was in and out of there in 10 minutes. Water activities: This one is a hard one to compare. On Liberty we did everything we could from the slides, to the pools, to the waverider. We did them a lot and had a blast. I was worried that we would be bored with the small pools on EOTHS. This was a surprising win going to EOTS. People may differ on this opinion so I need to expand on this subject. Our kids are in Elementary, Middle, and High school. The only times the pool was crowded on EOTHS was during certain games that were listed. I hate crowds, yet I found myself standing near the pool to see the action on EOTS. I did not dare to do that on the Liberty. WAYYYYY toooooo many folks trying to get a look and we couldn't even see what was going on. EOTHS we could see all the action and the Entertainment staff really really got the crowds going. They had the same size pools as Liberty, but since it is a smaller ship, there aren't as many people on board. So it made for an enjoyable time at the pool. We found lots of opportunities to hop into the hot tubs as well. Kids clubs: My youngest hated the club on the Liberty. But I honestly believe it was because of his age and not because of the environment. The older kids had a blast. We didn't enroll them in the clubs this trip. However I spoke to many families who's kids were in the clubs and said they were all having a blast. Would rather go there than hang with the parents. So take that for what it is worth. Stage shows: We did see a couple shows on the Liberty. They were good. I can't for the life of me remember which shows we saw at the moment. But I remember that they were good. We went to two shows on the EOTHS. The first show went through several musicals. MY middle child is into musicals so we wanted to make sure we went to see it. I have to say, all the music was performed live which made the whole experience amazing. The singers were just, wow. We have seen a few shows on Broadway in NYC, and I would say defiantly comparable!!! Other entertainment: We didn't do as much of this stuff on the Liberty just because there was sooo much to do. But what we did do was so mild and didn't make that much impression on us. We did things like the scavenger hunt, etc. Fun little 20 minute deals. But I am gonna give this one to EOTS. I suppose because it doesn't have all the thrills, you have time to look through the planner and pick and choose. We did a LOT more of these on EOTS. The same activities we did on the Liberty we did on EOTS and the entertainment staff was so energetic that EVERYONE wanted to do something. Trust me. I would have NEVER EVER in my LIFE want to dance in front of a million people but I won 3rd place (GO ME!) in a dance off! Even got myself a medal and had a TON of fun doing it! Believe me when I say I am one of the shyest people you will ever meet. The staff is just so freaking fun you swear you have known them your whole life haha. We did go to the 70's disco dance. HANDS DOWN the best cruise party we have been to. ALL our kids are STILL talking about it. I won't say much. Just know if you sail EOTS and this is offered it is a MUST. Overall: EOTS is the surprising win. Of course a cruise it what you make of it. If you feel like you need to be the biggest and the best, or need all the latest tech, etc, EOTS will surely disappoint you. My family likes to stick to ourselves. We aren't prudes, but we don't really talk to others if you know what I mean. We enjoy each others company and have fun just the same. We have sailed Disney Dream, and the Liberty. Each have their unique qualities. But EOTS we felt like family. Everyone. I mean EVERYONE on that ship was our best friend. Because it was smaller we saw the same people all the time and by day 3 everyone was BFF's with everyone. Lots of laughter. Everyone encouraged each other to make a fool of themselves during games and everyone no matter how terrible you were was winner and cheered on for a great job. High fives in the hallway. EOTS was a very unique experience and one for the record books.
  15. My wife, sister, sister-in-law, and myself just returned from a 4-day to Cozumel aboard the Enchantment of the Seas. Full disclaimer: we "won" this cruise from Casino Royale (IE, it was a payoff because they massively changed the rules for their casino points system). First off, you can tell it's an older ship. It seems worn, and it was glaringly obvious when we were docked next to a much newer ship in Cozumel. The newer ship (don't remember the name), was gleaming white and Enchantment seemed a bit dingy next to her especially with the rust around the portholes on deck 1. Everything was maintained, but little things popped up here and there -- like a good 10-15% of the LED's on the big screen on the pool deck not working, the aforementioned rust, etc. Our cabin was in good shape, except the water in the shower never got hotter than lukewarm. I told our cabin attendant about it, but it wasn't fixed during our trip. The safe glitched once, also, requiring someone to come down and open it for us. We didn't hit any shows, since this is our 11th cruise and we just wanted to relax and gamble. We did do a couple of trivia games, which were fun. The only issue there was that one was Star Wars trivia, and the person who was asking the question had a strong accent and difficulty with some words...his English was still a work in progress. Valiant attempt on his part, though. The deluxe beach break in Cozumel was worth it, even if I did discover that I'm much too old and much too fat for some of the activities I attempted. Getting off the ship in Cozumel was an exercise in frustration. We were told that the line to get off the ship started on deck 4. However, deck 4 was a mass of milling, uncertain people and there was no staff on hand to organize things. Worried we were going to be late for our shore excursion, I found a crewman who was kinda rude and told me to go back to deck 4 and get in line. I told him there was no "line", just a crowd, and explained that we were going to miss our excursion, to which he replied that that was impossible since the excursion staff was still on the ship. Kind of hard to figure that one out, since the excursion was operated by Mexican nationals ashore. Later, I overheard a young lady from RCCL explain that they had told the excursion people that things were backed up and that they would wait for us to get off the ship. Dining was as expected for RCCL (good), except the food at the Windjammer wasn't of the same quality as it was on the Liberty or Navigator....not bad, but not up to par. Overall, it wasn't bad for a "free" 4-day cruise. We are looking forward to going back on the Liberty later this year, though.
  16. I am booked on Enchantment of the Seas in August. I am curious does the spa have a sauna, steam room, ice grotto, or hot tub? Is there a cost? Thanks!
  17. Does the Royal Caribbean app work on the Enchantment of the Seas? If so, does the chat feature work?
  18. Hello. I have cruised on the Harmony of the seas and the thing I learned is that you needed to reserve for your shows before weeks in advance. In January we are going on the enchantment of the seas and I have a few questions 1. Does the Enchantment of the seas have you get tickets to the shows? I have not found anything and I suspect you don't... If you don't how early do you have to be there to get good seats? Are the seats in the back hard to hear or see? 2. One night we want to do the chef's table (at 6:30pm)... From what I have been able to find so far it looks like there is a performance in the theater each night at 7pm and 9pm ... so we will be able to make the 9pm show if we do the chef's table? 3. I have been trying to find what the current performances are on the enchantment of the seas ... what is the play? What is the comic? what is the singing performance? ... what else is there? Thanks 3 REEF SNORKEL BY BOAT COZUMEL, MEXICO
  19. June 14 RC Enchantment of the Seas Disclaimer** this will be long. I take tons of food photos!!! I love to read reviews pretrip, journal when I’m on a trip, and relive everything by sharing our trip with others. First a little about my family. "We" consist of my husband (44yrs) and me (43). This will be our first cruise without our sons, 17 13 & 2 (I know it’s a crazy age spread) since 2013. We have sailed in 2013 on NCL Star through CAS (7 night ocean-view to the Caribbean). June 2015 NCL Sky's (4 night penthouse suite to the Bahamas). NCL Gem in March 2016 and June 2016 NCL Jade (7 night 2 bedroom family suite) after a few years away due to new baby we returned to NCL March 2019 aboard the Escape (8 night family oceanview). We were not looking to leave NCL but received a “free” cruise through our local casino. So for $150 we could get an inside room for our 23rd anniversary getaway. So here we are and so excited about trying out something new... and get some sleep without 3 kids running around.
  20. I just wanted to share my thoughts on our June 28th 5 night cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. I've posted this as a review and I'm posting here so I can answer any questions. Ship - As many have pointed out, the Enchantment of the Seas needs some serious maintenance. So much so, that it's not really maintenance anymore. The ship just needs a major dry dock for new paint and varnish. This did not in any way affect our cruise. In fact I really like this ship and its layout. I really hate seeing it so unloved by Royal, but a small ship like the Enchantment isn't the focus of the company. I wouldn't hesitate to book this ship again, but I would hesitate to bring first time cruisers that I was trying to convert to cruising. During our cruise, there were some issues with air conditioning. We were in 7168, an aft junior suite on the port side. The cabin was very warm when we got on the ship. I reported the problem and someone looked at it while we were out. The cabin then got cool enough to be comfortable, but the only time it was really cool was when it was cooler outside and raining. The hallway to our room remained very warm all cruise. Our room steward had just returned to the ship and was commenting on how warm it was. Most of the public areas were very warm when we boarded the ship. I wonder if some of the air conditioning had been turned off during turnaround. By the time we finished dinner, the public areas had cooled off. I really enjoy a full promenade deck on a ship and thought that EOTS had one. Unfortunately the bow portion of the promenade was blocked off. It obviously had been closed off for some time. But that left at least a 3/4 promenade until the 2nd day when the aft portion was blocked off, and then most of the port side was blocked. I was quite disappointed. I know that for most people this wouldn't be a problem, but then I wouldn't care if they closed the casino. Cabin - We were in 7168, an aft mini suite. I booked this cabin because we really like watching the wake and the more expansive views. We liked this cabin, but it is not for everyone. There was a lot of motion and vibration. DH said it was like being rocked to sleep, but I think many people would have problems getting to sleep in this cabin. The cabin is right over the Spotlight Lounge. I was concerned before the cruise that this might be a problem. It might be if the Spotlight was busy, but it's so rarely used that this wasn't a problem. Food - Our last cruise was on Carnival and we were not impressed. The food on the EOTS was much better. I though the food in the MDR was better than in the Windjammer. The service in the Windjammer was the best I've had in a buffet. We had lunch in the MDR on day because I wanted the Tutti Salad. It wasn't as good as I remember from the Mariner of the Seas. They were having problems running out of items. We had dinner in Chops which was good, but not fabulous, except for the Key Lime Pie which was just awful. The best dessert is actually a drink - the Red Velvet Cake, which tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry. We had the same problem on this cruise as we had on our previous Royal Caribbean cruise - the dining hours just don't work for us. Having dinner at 9:00 pm is not unusual for us, especially on vacation. We had one night where we ran up to the Windjammer at 8:55pm to make sure that we had dinner. I think the MDR should be open until 9:30 and the Windjammer until 11:00pm. Also I don't understand why the Windjammer is closed for so long in the afternoon. On port days we often come back hungry, and since Royal Caribbean doesn't have many choices for food at 4:30pm, they are easily overwhelmed by the crowds at that time. Entertainment - We enjoyed the shows and bands. We really liked the EOTS orchestra which did a couple of jazz sets in the atrium on the last day. We missed the first comedian and wished we had missed the second one. We loved the parade of flags on the last night. I just wish that we had gotten there earlier to get a better spot. I liked the way the atrium was used, but the other venues were often the wrong ones for the event. For example, Karaoke should be in the Spotlight lounge and trivia should be Boleros. You often need to get to activities early, because the space is too small for the activity. I did enjoy the trivia and won a highlighter. Ports - We were scheduled to stop at Costa Maya and Cozumel. We missed Costa Maya due to high winds. I've missed two ports on my 10 cruises - both times it was Costa Maya. I was really disappointed because I was looking forward to trying Maya Chan. However I was pleasantly surprised that as a consolation prize, we docked at 7:00pm in Cozumel. This meant that the shops and casino were closed that night, so I really appreciate that RC chose passenger satisfaction over profits. I really expected that we would just spend the extra time floating in the Caribbean until morning. Fellow Cruisers - There were a lot of large family groups on this cruise, including a wedding which added a nice touch. All in all, it was a good cruise. Our most recent cruise before this one was a 5 night cruise out of Galveston on Carnival, so this was a chance to compare the two. It really comes down to personal preference. For us Royal Caribbean is a better fit than Carnival.
  21. Hello, everyone, I just got off of the Enchantment of the Seas this past Wednesday. It was my first cruise on RC, as I've done Carnival a couple of times (Triumph and Splendor) and also NCL once (Sky). For this cruise, we sailed out of Galveston for a five-day cruise with stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel. It was a group trip for my friend's 40th birthday. I noticed that there are not many reviews of this ship on the site, so I wanted to share my thoughts in my first-ever review on this site. Going on this cruise was a great way to experiences the differences I've often heard/read about CCL vs RC. For this review, I'll separate things into sections and give my overall impressions. Embarkation/Disembarkation Process When arriving at the Port of Galveston, I have to say that I was amazed at how fast the embarkation process was. There was literally no line to get through all of the checkpoints...never experienced that before. I'm not sure that is a credit to RC directly, it could have just been great timing. At any rate, it was a very smooth process. Disembarkation was pretty typical - alot of waiting, but was a pretty smooth process once your group was called (we did not do self-carry). Ship Prior to taking the cruise, I read some feedback regarding the ship being older and showing signs of wear/tear and rust. From the outside, you could definitely see these signs of aging, but it wasn't at all an eyesore you were forced to look at or anything and didn't take anything away from the ship. The interiors were clearly dated, but were well taken care of and were still nice. No issues there. RC App/Internet The internet on the ship worked pretty well and the app was great for planning out your activities. The only thing I wish is that our ship had the capability to use the chat feature that the app offers. This helps you communicate with other folks you are traveling with on the ship. Only a few of us in our group of 17 actually bought the internet package, so not many opportunities to use What'sApp to communicate between everyone. I noticed a family that brought walkie-talkies with them on the ship - smart idea! Cabin For this cruise, my sister and I were in cabin 3508. The rooms seemed to be a bit smaller than I've experienced on Carnival, but weren't unbearable. Of course, the showers are not typically large on any ship, but these seemed smaller as well. Room decor did seem dated, but not terrible. Because of the shape of the room, we were not able to have two separate beds on either side of the room - they had to push both of the twin beds together in the center and put the nightstands on the sides. Again, not a huge pain point, but just a surprise. The cabin was very warm when we arrived and it took hours to cool down the room. Throughout the trip, the temperature never quite got down enough to where it was ideal for us. Again, not the hugest deal in the world. Ports As mentioned above, our planned stops were in Costa Maya on Day 3 and then Cozumel on Day 4. Unfortunately, due to the weather, once we arrived at the Costa Maya port, the captain decided that we would not get off the ship and would just head straight to Cozumel. We ended up getting to Cozumel around 7pm that evening and did an overnight stay. When we arrived, my crew and I got off the ship to check out things. Nothing was really open except for Senor Frogs, so we just went there to eat and hang out. The food there is terrible, but it was good way to get off the ship and have a little fun. Having been to Cozumel a couple of times before, there were not any excursions I really wanted to do so the next morning, my sister and I just got off the ship again for a couple of hours to shop and then got right back on the ship. Food Now, one of the things I love to do on cruises try the various food. This area was a little disappointing for me on this ship. For starters, I did not like the fact that food was not as easily accessible. The ship had very firm hours as to when the Windjammer was open as well as the little cafe. There were several times when we were hungry for a small bite, but nothing was open. Also, on this ship, there were not as many choices of where to get food either. They had the MDR, Windjammer and a little cafe that sold pizza, sandwiches and a salad bar. Also, the ice cream machine (when it was functional) was hard to find, and it seemed like there was only one set of machines on board - odd. EOTS does get a plus, however, for having the Coke Freestyle machines - I was so happy I could get Sprite Zero whenever I wanted! Now, to the quality. I'll start with the buffet. Disclaimer- I'm not really a huge buffet lover in general. The buffet was pretty decent though and did have a good variety of foods that it served. I thought the lunch/dinner offerings were better than breakfast. I found myself getting the same thing every day for breakfast which lets me know the offerings were limited. It bothered me that I could not get scrambled eggs there. I love scrambled eggs but I HATE them soft-scrambled. Buffets always have them soft-scrambled. I could only get them from the MDR when I could tell them exactly how I liked them cooked. Speaking of which, let's move on to the MDR. Our servers for the week were Idewa and Lenin. They were great and very pleasant; however, I would not say it was the best service I've had on a ship. There were times when they forgot certain items we ordered and a couple of nights where the wait was extremely long between courses. The first couple of nights, I was not very pleased with my meals there, but they made up for it on the last two nights. Some of the best things I had while eating in the MDR were the garlic tiger shrimp, caesar salad, calamari, new york strip (seasoned extremely well, but a bit overcooked), apple pie, and tagliatelle. Otherwise, the food was just ok at dinner. We did purchase the Galley tour that included a bottomless mimosa brunch served in the MDR. The experience was fun, but I thought the food served there was just ok, nothing really special (I guess you could count the surf/turf offering as special). I honestly enjoyed the tour more than the lunch. Now to the dining room experience. As I mentioned, the serving staff was great and attentive. I was surprised, however, by the lack of any entertainment during dinner, especially during the "formal" night. It was just a regular night (more on "formal" night later). On the last night, the servers did sing a farewell song, but that's about it. Also, there were not many photographers taking photos of the guests at dinner. I think in the four nights of dinners we ate in the MDR, a photographer came our table one time. Formal Night Formal night seemed to mean absolutely nothing to most of the guests....lol I actually like the idea of having a night or two on a cruise dress a little nicer for dinner and take photos. If I had to guess, I would say only 30% of the guests on board actually dressed up that evening. I didn't expect 100% participation by any means, but it just seemed like folks were not interested. It wasn't even made a big deal by the staff. They did highlight the captain's welcome reception and announced that you could take photos with him, but the idea overall was pretty lowkey. For the photo stations, they only had certain 1-1 1/2 hour blocks in which you could take photos. Once that particular block of time was complete, they would shut down their stations and you'd have to wait for the next block to take a photo. I prefer the way it is done on Carnival, where the photo areas are open practically all evening to come and take photos at your leisure. I also did not like the way the photos were taken on this ship. Some of the photographers shot at strange angles. I always look forward to buying at least a couple of photos - on this cruise, though, I did not buy one single photo. Entertainment/Fun factor This is where EOTS is a hit on some things, but a miss on other things. Let's start with the hits. Loved the various trivia games held on board. As a trivia nerd, I really enjoyed these games (actually won two of them!). I also really enjoyed the Battle of the Sexes game and the Love and Marriage game. Hilarious! I did a cupcake decorating class which was fun and also enjoyed sitting in on one of the art auctions (my friend actually purchased two pieces from the auction). They also had a parade of flags on the last night, showcasing all of the countries that the crew is from, which was very nice to watch. Now for the misses. First of all, the DJ on the ship was not very good. He played at pretty much all of the nighttime events, and was consistently not very good. We kept begging for him to play some songs that came out this year or at least last year and to read the crowd to know what to play. It really killed the mood when were looking to get our dance on. Also, I find watching karaoke super fun, but the way it was setup on this ship was odd. This was held in the Boleros lounge, which was a cool spot in and of itself. They had the mic setup in the center of the dance-floor area, but the screen that showed the lyrics was behind the singers, which means that the singers were always turned away from the audience so they weren't really singing to us but to the screen. Also, the mic was really low and it was difficult to hear the singers in many cases. Lastly, the club - it was more like a lounge and not a club. I never saw it get really hype in there, unless you had to go after midnight (which I never did). Now, I'm not a person who has to party, party, party every single day by any means, but it was disappointing that on the nights when we did want to enjoy some great music and dance for a while, we couldn't find a place to do that. I'm not a huge gambler, so can't really comment on the Casino. Some folks in our group spent quite a bit of time there, though. I, unfortunately, did not attend any of the production shows on this ship or any of the comedians (which is odd for me) so can't really comment on those. They did not really interest me enough to prioritize making sure I got a seat. The onboard musicians were very good and provided good music in the Centrum and on the pool deck. Overall Thoughts Overall, I did enjoy the cruise, and I now get the differences between RC and Carnival. What I've learned is that RC is great, depending on what you are looking to get out of the cruise. If you are looking for a bit more elegant experience centered around relaxation, some cultured activities and a little fun, it's great. If you are looking for relaxation and activities with more options and flexibility for food and want to have the option of a bit more excitement or "party time", then I think Carnival is a better choice. Would I sail RC again? Yes. I actually took them up on the Book Later deal while onboard and put down a deposit. I just need to decide on a ship and itinerary. I would like to try one of RCs newer ships and see how it may be a different experience, since ships can and do vary. That will probably give me a better idea of how I feel about RC in general. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. I'm thinking maybe one of the Oasis class ships. To feed my "fun" bug, I'm also looking to try to take another Carnival cruise before the end of the year, also on one of their newer ships. Thanks for reading. Hope you find it helpful!
  22. I am currently sailing on Enchantment of the Seas in a Junior Suite. We have not had air conditioning since we left Galveston on Monday 6/24. Does anyone have an email contact for someone In Cooperate who might care that their passengers are suffering. Can someone advise if this is a violation of the cruise contract. I just can’t imagine that they are allowed to keep us in these rooms in the middle of the Caribbean with no air. I am a Diamond member I realize things go wrong but this is just awful and the customer care has been non existent.
  23. I’m sitting in the Spotlight Lounge waiting to leave the Enchantment of the Seas, so just a few quick thoughts. First, there is a problem with the a\c in aft of the ship on deck 7 and probably some other decks. It is not working at full capacity. The hallway is warm so that the available a\c is going to the cabins. If you have problem, report it. We did and our cabin got cooler. I think they are turning it off to work on it on turn around day, so it may be warm when you board. But our room was comfortable by 8:00 pm the first night. Secondly, the ship does need some serious upkeep and paint, especially on the outside. This didn’t interfere with us having a great cruise. If there was one thing I could change, it would be to have the dining open later. For us 9:00 pm is just too early to close down the buffet and the main dining room when we’re on vacation. All in all, it was a great cruise and I really like this ship.
  24. Does anyone know if the balcony dividers in a Junior Suite on Enchantment of the Seas can be opened between cabins? We are cruising with our family and on the larger ships we always open the balcony dividers to share?
  25. Sailing on the Enchantment in October. Can anyone tell me the location(s) for veggie burgers. Thanks!
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