CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Enchantment of the Seas February 18, 2001

Our family including 17 and 20 yr old daughter's just returned from our first cruise. The experience was well beyond our expecations and we are anxiously trying to plan our next endeavour.

The Enchantment of the Seas certainly lives up to her name. The boat itself is beautiful with all amenities that we needed and more. Although it carries 2400 passengers, the only place you would really know this was by the pool area on at sea days. The rest of the time you could move about freely as you pleased. The cabins were well designed with lots of storage space, the bathroom was kind of a joke since it was difficult for us gals to shave our legs unless we stood outside the shower stall with our legs inside (Men you don't have to worry about this one)! We survived with four in a room although we dressed for dinner in stages two at a time. Food was fabulous, as much as you want, whatever you want. Our daughters, though older, are very fussy. Not to fond of the finer things in life, just plain chicken and mash potato type girls.

The waiter accommodated their every request each nite as if they had their own menu. Shows were entertaining, especially the comedian Ed Racine and of course the Not so Newlywed Game is a must. Service is first rate in all aspects. We would definitely travel RCI again without a second thought. Only room for improvement is as follows:

Embarkation, lines too long and slow moving Second Seating Dinner, changed Dinner show to 7PM for us three times, this kind of defeated the purpose as to why we requested second seating. WE are slow movers and wanted time after shore excursions to get ready for the evening. We struggled to make these shows. Also, evenings that shows did start at 10:30, it was a challenge to finish our meal in time as the food seems to take longer to receive. Needs better coordination.

Since we are Aliens to the US (Canadians) we had to clear US customs twice on board. The first time we had to do this interfered with the evening show, second time was on the day we had to disembark and leave our room by 8:00 am. Clearance was from 7-745 and the Customs folks did not show up until 7:30, we wasted time that we could have spent having breakfast and had to rush back and vacate our room. Again not well planned. Other than that, it was a fabulous time had by all, looking foward to our next cruise...... we are hooked!!

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