Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by BU22
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Ocean View
All the other reviews are spot on. The cruise ship itself is in rough condition. There is rust absolutely everywhere on the outside of the ship, and it will make you feel as if you've made a mistake to spend your hard earned money on this vacation. However, once you are inside the ship, it is as clean as any ship I've been on, and it is very well kept. The Centrum area is incredible with the natural light, and the outside views that you get. This is an often overlooked item that is missing with other larger Royal ships that seemingly close off the interior public areas from ever receiving natural light and ocean views.
The casino is extremely smoking. On Oasis class and Anthem class, the casino is split into smoking and non-smoking, but on Enchantment, it feels like you're in a cigarette tray. I wanted to spend more time playing, but my eyes began to burn because of how bad it was. The smell also travels into Boleros and the theater lobby and makes the ship feel extremely dirtier.
The food was good. I've been on Freedom, Anthem, and Oasis, and the food was very similar across the fleet. There are common menu items across all the ships menus, but I did not have a bad meal and certainly cleared my plate every night. We did not try Chops, so I can't comment on that, but we spoke to a few couples that said their Chops experience was incredible and they booked an additional reservation because of that. Also, the Solarium Bistro pizza is a quality mid-day snack. The same pizza as Sorrentos on the other ships, but it gets the job done.
We had the unlimited package, and took advantage of it. It was great to try wines and have bartenders make interesting drinks without fear that we would not enjoy it. If we weren't a fan, bartenders were happy to switch up drinks and let you try something else. If you're on the fence about the package, just buy it. At $62/day, you're only looking at about 5-7 drinks, which will come and go faster than you would expect.
Had a deck 2 ocean view room. The window itself had specks of rust on it, and the surrounding port hole was completely covered in rust. If I hadn't known what to expect, I would've been concerned at the state of the ship. However, the rest of the room was great. The mattress was firm, but comfortable. The shower was small, but effective with good water pressure. For the price, it was a great experience.
Wow. Just wow. They are all incredible. I was skeptical when the other reviews stated that the crew was the best part of this ship, but it's so true. All of the bartenders have a smile in their face and are happy to speak with you. Our waiters were incredible and our room steward was great as well. I honestly can't think of a bad experience I had with any of the crew members.
... oh boy. I'll start by saying that the variety acts were great. We had two comedians with stand up routines, and they were good. You'll get the same ol' cruise ship toilet jokes and what not, but they're always good for a laugh.
On the other hand, the stage shows were just absolutely terrible. Let me preface this by saying that the talent isn't terrible, but the shows are just not good. Show one is Stage to Screen. A show that was touted as being musical performances of popular broadway shows that were turned into movies... but instead they chose songs from some of the least popular shows or the least popular songs from popular musicals. It just wasn't good. Feel free to see it, but just know that you'll probably regret it.
The second show was Can't Stop the Rock, and oh boy was it just the worst thing I've ever seen. This show's description is that the cast was trying to save rock music. We were excited to hear some classics after experiencing the catastrophe of Stage to Screen the night before. The "rock" songs they chose for this show included music from Destiny's Child, Will Smith, Whitney Houston, and a song from Romeo and Juliet... Like.. come on. If it was touted as songs from random 80s and 90s movies, then sure, but the preface of the show made absolutely no sense. I've never seen more people leave a theater during a cruise show.
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