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Royal Caribbean Cruises aboard the Enchantment of the Seas
Above: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: July, 1997 Refurbished: January, 1999
Guest capacity: 1,950
Total staff: 760
Length: 916 feet
Passenger decks: 11
CDC inspection score: 96

Enchantment of the Seas Overview

The Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL and Boston, MA. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Western Caribbean and Canada.

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One enters Enchantment of the Seas through the Centrum, a soaring, seven-deck atrium, with a million dollar art collection -- an unusually high figure for a ship with fares in the low midrange. Passenger flow is excellent, however, big "events," like the famed midnight chocolate buffet, drew so many people, and such a long line, that we gave up and went to bed.


The bottom-end cabins (150 square feet) are comfortable and practical, and even the smallest cabins feature a small sitting area. Storage space is generous. Cabins feature a TV, phone, safe and toiletries. Enchantment has just added hair dryers to every cabin though robes are only available to those who have booked category A suites. Nearly 40% of the outside cabins have balconies. Cabin service was exceptional, unobtrusive and thorough.


Service and cuisine exceeded my expectations. Having said that let me add a note: Royal Caribbean is not a "foodie" line like it's sister cruise line, Celebrity. When you order a burger or duck you are rarely offered an option in how it's prepared. Still, I found the food to be hearty, good, and plentiful. Service at dinner was unobtrusive and thoughtful.

RCI makes up a "Ship Shape" selection list each night from the regular menu and there are vegetarian options on every lunch and dinner menu.

Breakfast and lunch buffets are served in the Windjammer Cafe. The Windjammer also serves as an alternate, casual dinner venue, for which no reservations are necessary. Twenty-four hour room service from a limited menu and selections from the dining room menu during mealtimes are available through room service.

There's a hot dog and hamburger grill in the Solarium.

Royal Caribbean has introduced a somewhat complex drinks-package on board. Adults and children can buy an unlimited soda card for $33 and $21 respectively (plus 15 percent tip). Adults can buy, for $29.95, twelve 16 oz. non alcoholic drinks (works out to about $2.50 apiece) or $44.85 for 12 alcoholic drinks (about $3.75 per). You buy the cards (or, in the case of soda, stickers) at any ship's bar.


Enchantment's Orpheum Theater Show Lounge is one of the most functional and intelligently designed we've experienced. Views from either the main floor or balcony are excellent. Seating is on fixed banquettes, which guarantees adequate space to enter and exit rows, and space is maximized by eliminating tables in favor of drink holders on armrests. On a one-week cruise expect one show featuring a name entertainer, two production shows, three evenings of variety acts, and a farewell show.

The Casino has slots, dice and card tables. We found the casino staff unusually friendly and helpful. I've never had so much fun losing money.

The intra-ship television channel features numerous channels of professionally produced promotional videos and a rather scrawny selection of movies.

Fitness & Recreation

The main open deck has a large, heated pool surrounded by four hot tubs. Toward the stern is the Solarium with the secondary pool and another two hot tubs. This area is covered by a retractable glass dome. There is an additional small sunning area in the bow. Enchantment has a good size gym with eight treadmills, exercise bikes, step machines, etc. A second room offers aerobics and free weights. Steiner's of London has the usual spa installation aboard. Besides fitness pursuits, the cruise staff conducts a large number of games, competitions and other activities both on sea days and in port.

Public Areas

The most recognizable public room on Enchantment of the Seas is the signature Viking Crown Lounge; it is reachable directly from the Centrum's twin glass elevators. It feels far from the action (except, perhaps, for the late night crowd) and on my visits there I found it sparsely attended -- though a great place to watch the ship come in to port. At the foot of the Centrum, on Deck 4, is the surprisingly warm and inviting Champagne Bar.

Our other favorite lounge was the Schooner Bar - the best tables are those that look out on floor-to-ceiling glass windows onto the promenade one deck below. Carousel Lounge, located at the stern, is the ship's secondary performance venue but you must walk through the Rhythm Lounge to get to it. Evenings, the library is open for cigars and cognac and, as it has its own balcony, is a great spot for a post-dinner drink.

Another favorite public space is "Royal Caribbean Online" Internet lounge, which offers real-time access to the Web 24/7 for fifty cents a minute. It's easy to email; computers are outfitted with software from the best known ISPs, from AOL to Hotmail to Yahoo, among others. The room is beautifully designed with three "stations" of four terminals apiece and bordered by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean.

There are no self-serve laundry rooms on Enchantment.

Additional public areas include a shopping arcade, with three large duty-free stores, a large well-stocked library with reading area, a card room and conference center.


Enchantment has an extensive children's program called "Adventure Ocean" for kids from three (or when toilet trained) through seventeen. The children are broken up into four age groups: Aquanauts (3-5), Explorers (6-8), Voyagers (9-12), and Navigators (13-17).

Group baby sitting is available from 10pm - 1am, and on port days, from noon till departure. The rate is $4 per hour per child (who must be at least three years old and potty-trained). In-cabin sitting is available through the purser's desk and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance, based on availability. Minimum age is one year; the charge is $8 per hour, in cash, for up to two children within the same family, $10 per hour for a maximum of three children in the same family.

RCI will not accept pregnant guests in their third trimester.

Enchantment offers one of the most varied children's menus in the industry; kids are offered a choice of thirteen different main courses.

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Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Enchantment of the Seas Score: 96

Cruise Critic: Enchantment of the Seas
The Cruise Critic gives Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas a 3-ribbon rating.

Enchantment of the Seas "Enchanted with the Enchantment"
Date: October 10, 2005
Reviewer: Miami Beach 411 User,
Lake Worth, FL
We were truly treated like royalty upon the Enchantment of the Seas RCI cruise. The staff were all professional and very interested in everyone having a magnificent time. Yeah baby Yeah!

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