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I relied heavily on this site when booking our trip and really took into account each person's review and checked it almost obsessively. This is my 3rd cruise, but first with RC. We sailed the day after Easter with our two children, 10 & 13. With that being said, here it goes: Day 1: Getting on and off the ship was both painless and took less then 15 minutes. We boarded the ship around 11:30, and went directly to the windjammer for the lunch buffet since rooms aren't ready until 1:30. I loved that they make every person use hand sanitizer as you enter, without exception. Being a bit of a germ freak, this put me at ease a little. The food was exactly what I expected- buffet food. Everything was fresh and tasted pretty good. I'm a bit picky, but fruit, cheese, bread, etc. was fine with me for a snack. There was plenty of staff around and we had no problem getting a seat during this busy time or any time at the buffet. My kids found plenty to eat and liked the soft serve ice cream throughout the entire trip! Room was ready and luggage arrived before 3pm. We stayed on deck 7 port side right in the middle with a balcony, and it was perfect. A bit tight, but plenty of storage space and the balcony was well worth it! We did get a little sewage smell in the bathroom, but hello, it's a floating sewage system. Nothing we couldn't handle. We decided on My Time dining and the first night our waiters were good, but we were sat next to service station. Food was pretty good first night, nice wine selections. We were so tired, so we turned in early to save energy for the island. Day 2: Cocoa Cay was by far the best part of this trip! We were so lucky the entire week wether wise...it was in the 80's and sunny every single day...not one spot of rain! I was worried because I had heard that the last few cruises were not able to take the tendons to the island due to rough waters, but we were fine. We took the tensor around 9am to beat the crowds and it paid off. Prime spot on the beach and got an umbrella. **side note- we wanted a cabana because my daughter has very fair skin, so glad they were all out because the cabanas are separate from the rest and face away from the sun., anyway, rent an umbrella for 12$ because it is very hot and sunny, and there are probably only 100 to go around. My husband and son para sailed for 80$ each and loved it. Tip: bring your own snorkel gear/goggles . We ended up renting 2 sets at 25$ each...I think they even sell it on the boat, but I'm not sure. The beach is great, there are plenty of chairs, the BBQ lunch was good, and the cocoa loco cocktails are delicious. We headed back around 4pm to get ready for dinner. Again with my time we didn't make a reservation...big mistake. We were sat with another family who were nice, but we had absolutely nothing in common with them. It made for an awkward dinner...needless to say, we made reservations for the next two nights to eat with just the four of us. The beef tenderloin this night and shrimp ravioli were excellent. My son and husband were also obsessed with the chocolate sensation dessert. At night just roamed around, hubby and I went to casino but since people can smoke, we only stayed a little bit. Enjoyed the live music on deck 5 and had a few cocktails. We let the kids walk around and felt very comfortable giving them a key...although they did take advantage of the Ben and Jerry's quite a few times :) Day 3: Another beautiful day! We had prearranged an all day aqua adventure at Atlantis. Although it was pretty, it was not worth 600$. We couldn't use their beach because the water was red flGged, and the pool we were by closed for about 2 hours for losing water too quickly. It never looked any different to me, but whatever. It is a bit run down, and very crowded. I really is a glorified water park. The "lazy" river is not so lazy. Do not think you will relax and unwind...it is more like rapids and even has a wVe machine at one point. My husband and I both got flipped off our tubes and some poor kid got kicked in the face on accident and got a bloody nose. I'm not saying it wasn't fun, just intense. I'd be weary to let young or small kids on it. We did enjoy all the tanks and got to watch a feeding session which was fun. The lunch available rivals any small amusement park...be ready to pay, it cost us 50$ for hamburgers, which were questionable as actual meat, and fries/water. Dinner on the ship was great as we were with the same waiters as day 2. They were both very attentive by bringing out our kids drinks right away, asking if we wanted our wine by name, and remembering how my son wanted his steak cooked. We went to the Michael Jackson choreography event...very funny! Watched Frozen poolside at night with my daughter. It was fun and gave us some girl time. Day 4: This day has mixed reviews from the family. I had a lovely day reading by the pool, enjoying a Mai tai, and soaking up the wonderful sun. My kids said they were kind of bored and wished that we had another island to stop at. The pools were very crowded with kids, but the funniest part of the day was for sure the adult belly flop competition. My daughter and I sat on the pool steps and had agreat time laughing with/ at the jolly characters. The poolside BBQ for lunch was great. We went to our final dinner very pleased again with the personal attention. I decided to get the filet from chops...so worth it!!! if you go to Chops, dinner is 30$ extra per person, but if you order it from main dining it's only 17$. The steak was cooked perfectly! Overall, you will get out of your vacation what you put into it. Nothing is perfect, but we had a fantastic time and would definitely do this cruise again. Enjoy!

Had a great time!!!

Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by ckbrns

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2014
  • Destination: Bahamas
I relied heavily on this site when booking our trip and really took into account each person's review and checked it almost obsessively. This is my 3rd cruise, but first with RC. We sailed the day after Easter with our two children, 10 & 13.
With that being said, here it goes:
Day 1: Getting on and off the ship was both painless and took less then 15 minutes. We boarded the ship around 11:30, and went directly to the windjammer for the lunch buffet since rooms aren't ready until 1:30. I loved that they make every person use hand sanitizer as you enter, without exception. Being a bit of a germ freak, this put me at ease a little. The food was exactly what I expected- buffet food. Everything was fresh and tasted pretty good. I'm a bit picky, but fruit, cheese, bread, etc. was fine with me for a snack. There was plenty of staff around and we had no problem getting a seat during this busy time or any time at the buffet. My kids found plenty to eat and liked the soft serve ice cream throughout the entire trip! Room was ready and luggage arrived before 3pm. We stayed on deck 7 port side right in the middle with a balcony, and it was perfect. A bit tight, but plenty of storage space and the balcony was well worth it! We did get a little sewage smell in the bathroom, but hello, it's a floating sewage system. Nothing we couldn't handle. We decided on My Time dining and the first night our waiters were good, but we were sat next to service station. Food was pretty good first night, nice wine selections. We were so tired, so we turned in early to save energy for the island.
Day 2: Cocoa Cay was by far the best part of this trip! We were so lucky the entire week wether wise...it was in the 80's and sunny every single day...not one spot of rain! I was worried because I had heard that the last few cruises were not able to take the tendons to the island due to rough waters, but we were fine. We took the tensor around 9am to beat the crowds and it paid off. Prime spot on the beach and got an umbrella. **side note- we wanted a cabana because my daughter has very fair skin, so glad they were all out because the cabanas are separate from the rest and face away from the sun., anyway, rent an umbrella for 12$ because it is very hot and sunny, and there are probably only 100 to go around. My husband and son para sailed for 80$ each and loved it. Tip: bring your own snorkel gear/goggles . We ended up renting 2 sets at 25$ each...I think they even sell it on the boat, but I'm not sure. The beach is great, there are plenty of chairs, the BBQ lunch was good, and the cocoa loco cocktails are delicious. We headed back around 4pm to get ready for dinner. Again with my time we didn't make a reservation...big mistake. We were sat with another family who were nice, but we had absolutely nothing in common with them. It made for an awkward dinner...needless to say, we made reservations for the next two nights to eat with just the four of us. The beef tenderloin this night and shrimp ravioli were excellent. My son and husband were also obsessed with the chocolate sensation dessert. At night just roamed around, hubby and I went to casino but since people can smoke, we only stayed a little bit. Enjoyed the live music on deck 5 and had a few cocktails. We let the kids walk around and felt very comfortable giving them a key...although they did take advantage of the Ben and Jerry's quite a few times :)
Day 3: Another beautiful day! We had prearranged an all day aqua adventure at Atlantis. Although it was pretty, it was not worth 600$. We couldn't use their beach because the water was red flGged, and the pool we were by closed for about 2 hours for losing water too quickly. It never looked any different to me, but whatever. It is a bit run down, and very crowded. I really is a glorified water park. The "lazy" river is not so lazy. Do not think you will relax and unwind...it is more like rapids and even has a wVe machine at one point. My husband and I both got flipped off our tubes and some poor kid got kicked in the face on accident and got a bloody nose. I'm not saying it wasn't fun, just intense. I'd be weary to let young or small kids on it. We did enjoy all the tanks and got to watch a feeding session which was fun. The lunch available rivals any small amusement park...be ready to pay, it cost us 50$ for hamburgers, which were questionable as actual meat, and fries/water. Dinner on the ship was great as we were with the same waiters as day 2. They were both very attentive by bringing out our kids drinks right away, asking if we wanted our wine by name, and remembering how my son wanted his steak cooked. We went to the Michael Jackson choreography event...very funny! Watched Frozen poolside at night with my daughter. It was fun and gave us some girl time.
Day 4: This day has mixed reviews from the family. I had a lovely day reading by the pool, enjoying a Mai tai, and soaking up the wonderful sun. My kids said they were kind of bored and wished that we had another island to stop at. The pools were very crowded with kids, but the funniest part of the day was for sure the adult belly flop competition. My daughter and I sat on the pool steps and had agreat time laughing with/ at the jolly characters. The poolside BBQ for lunch was great. We went to our final dinner very pleased again with the personal attention. I decided to get the filet from chops...so worth it!!! if you go to Chops, dinner is 30$ extra per person, but if you order it from main dining it's only 17$. The steak was cooked perfectly!
Overall, you will get out of your vacation what you put into it. Nothing is perfect, but we had a fantastic time and would definitely do this cruise again. Enjoy!
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