CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Enchantment of the Seas by Steve Pretzel Western Caribbean March 24, 2002

Left out of Minneapolis/St.Paul airport the day before the cruise on a Northwest flight and arrived in Miami and stayed at the Fort Lauderdale Sheraton. The hotel was ok, but it gave us the chance to rest up for the cruise. This was our third cruise w/ RCCL, previously have also sailed on Princess and Carnival. The air and hotel package was booked through RCCL.

Left hotel about 11am for the ship and embarkment at Port Everglades went very smoothly. No lines and after our picture was taken we were on the ship by noon. We couldn't get into our room until 12:30pm, so we had lunch in the Windjammer and explored the ship. Last year we did a southern caribbean itinerary on RCCL's Grandeur of the Seas, which is identical to the Enchantment in layout.

Overall, my impression of the ship was good. The carpets, brass, and wood of the interior of the ship were in very good condition. Unlike the Grandeur last year, which needed some cleaning and refurbishing. I believe now the Grandeur has been refurbished.

The stateroom:

Our cabin was #3568 w/ an outside view. The cabin was typical RCCL w/ small, but w/ lots of storage space. Our cabin attendant Carlton from Jamaica was very efficient. We seldom saw him, but when we did he always greeted us warmly in the hallway and the room was always made up. I enjoyed the towel animals which were made every evening for us.

The food:

Food in the Windjammer was better than last year on the Grandeur. Food was always plentiful and was served at the correct temperature. Only once did we have a problem finding a place to sit. We had breakfast in the Windjammer daily. Lunch was usually eaten in the Solarium, since we usually missed when lunch was being served. Lunch was served from only 12 - 2 pm in both the dining room and Windjammer. The hotdogs, burgers and pizza we ok, but nothing special. After reading previous reviews about the pizza, I was a little worried, but it filled us up until the real treat which was dinner. We have never missed a dinner in the dining room on all our previous cruises and this year was no exception. We were seated at table #144 on the main level. We had 10 people at our table 2 from NY, 2 from Pittsburgh,PA, 2 from Virginia, 2 from New Jersey and us from Minneapolis,MN. We enjoyed the company of these people and always talked to them whenever we had a chance throughout our cruise. Our waiter was Tomas from Hungary, and assissant waiter was also named Thomas, but was from the Czech. Republic. They took very good care of us during dinner. The food was very good, especially the soups and desserts.

Ports of Call

Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Labadee (private island of RCCL) and 2 days at sea.

Key West: We really enjoyed Key West, but wish we had more time. The ship docked at 8am, but the museums and shops didn't open until 9 or 9:30. We have never seen this problem before. The shops are always open when the ship pulls into port. We went to the Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Mel Fischer museum. Both were very interesting and worth our time. The shopping was very good, but just ran out of time. The ship left port at 3pm.

Cozumel: Shopping and drinking took up our entire day. We docked at the international pier and took a cab to downtown. Cost was $5 per taxi. We bought some Tanzinite from Tanzinite International and gifts for others. Had lunch at Carlo's and Charlies' which was good and had very strong drinks. We were in port from 10am until 7pm.

Costa Maya: Arrived about 8am, instead of the expected 7am. This ended up changing our tour we had planned. The ship's tour we had planned on taking was the "Mayan Explorer", which was going to take us to Kohunlich and Dzibanche. Since the ship arrived late into port we only went to Kohunlich which was very interesting. We did receive our money back for not going to Dzibanche. The ship left at 3pm. So we didn't have time to do any shopping.

Labadee (private island in Haiti): Very hot!! Arrived about 9am, instead of the expected 10am. We just layed out on the beach and relaxed. The BBQ lunch on the beach was very basic and acceptable. Food was hotdogs, burgers, BBQ chicken and ribs. They ran out of burgers and hotdogs, but the BBQ chicken and ribs were overcooked, dried out, and were not tasty. The marketplace where locals sold stuff was not overly priced, but very similar from one stand to the next.

Disembarkment: We had a tour planned since our flight out of Fort Lauderdale airport on Easter Sunday did not leave until 5:00pm on Northwest. We left our stateroom at 7:30am, had breakfast in the dining room and left the ship by 10:00am. Overall, disembarkment went very smooth. The Fort Lauderdale Highlights and Intercoastal Cruise was very interesting and fun. The only exception was that we had packed our sunscreen and we got a little more sun than expected. The tour ended about 1:00pm at the airport and we had Easter dinner at Chili's at the airport.

Overall: My wife and I enjoyed this cruise on the Enchantment w/ RCCL and are looking forward to our next cruise with either RCCL or Princess.

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