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Originally launched in 1997, Enchantment of the Seas is not one of the younger ships in the Royal Caribbean cruise fleet. However, she has been continually updated throughout the years, including most recently being elongated and thoroughly refurbished in April of 2005. She's one of Royal Caribbean's Vision-class ships, meaning that she's the sister ship of Vision of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas. Among her most popular features are bungee trampolines, a rock-climbing wall, a beautiful solarium, a large show lounge, a pool area with splash deck, a day spa, fitness center and a casino.
Exciting recent news concerning Enchantment of the Seas is that she will be sailing from Baltimore in 2010, doing a variety of cruises (including Bermuda, Canada & New England, as well as the Eastern Caribbean).
Enchantment of the Seas will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
There are a wide array of stateroom types onboard Enchantment of the Seas. Rooms range from basic interior staterooms all the way up to 1,000+ square foot suites. All Royal Caribbean staterooms come with a private bathroom, vanity area, hair dryer, closed-circuit TV and phone.
Interior Staterooms: The interior staterooms onboard Enchantment have all of the standard features listed above, as well as two twin beds (that can convert into one queen-size bed), a shower in the bathroom, minibar (that you're charged for eating/drinking from) and room service that is available 24 hours a day. The least premium interior staterooms are the category Q's. The category Q, N and M (listed on order of usual cost) staterooms are considered standard interior staterooms, and are 140 square feet in size. Category K and L staterooms are called Large Interior Staterooms, at 146 square feet. A category FI stateroom is a Family Interior Stateroom and is 260 square feet, with two twin beds (that can convert into a queen), a sofa and/or Pullman beds, a minibar and sitting area. The least expensive interior stateroom category that can accommodate over 2 people is the category L.
Ocean View Staterooms: At 154 square feet, Enchantment's standard ocean view staterooms (categories H, I, F and G), all which are known as Large Ocean View Staterooms, are larger than her interior staterooms and feature the same amenities as the interiors. The largest ocean view staterooms onboard Enchantment are the category FO (Family Ocean View) rooms. These feature two twin beds (that can convert into a queen-size), a sofa and/or Pullman beds, a minibar and a sitting area. The FO's can accommodate up to 8 people and are 608 square feet.
Balcony Staterooms: The most basic balcony stateroom onboard Enchantment is a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with a Balcony. These rooms (categories D1 and D2) feature two twin beds (that can convert into a queen-size), a sitting area (some with a sofa bed that one person can sleep in), a refrigerator and (of course) a private balcony. These rooms are 190 square feet and have a 36 square foot balcony.
Suites: The most basic suites onboard Enchantment are the Junior Suites (category JS). These rooms have two twin beds (that can convert to a queen-size), a private balcony, a sitting area with a sofa bed, a refrigerator and a bathtub. The Junior Suites are 245 square feet, with a 58 square foot balcony.
Grand Suites (category GS) are 359 square feet, with a 107 square foot balcony. These suites feature two twin beds (that can convert to a queen-size), a private balcony, a sitting area with a soda bed, a bathtub and a refrigerator.
The Royal Family Suites (category FS) are 532 square feet, with a 53 square foot balcony. They have two bedrooms with twin beds that can convert to a queen-size, two bathrooms (one with a bathtub), a living area with a double sofa bed and Pullman bed and a private balcony. These large suites can accommodate up to 8 passengers, making them a very popular choice for large families.
The Owner's Suites (category OS) are 511 square feet, with a 107 square foot balcony. They have a queen-size bed, a private balcony, a separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed, a bar, refrigerator and bathtub.
The most premium (and, of course, most expensive) suite onboard Enchantment of the Seas is the Royal Suite (category RS). This massive suite is 1,119 square feet, with a 148 square foot balcony. This suite has a separate bedroom with a king-size bed, a whirlpool bathtub, a living room with a queen-size sofa bed, a baby grand piano, refrigerator, dining table and an entertainment center.
Royal Caribbean offers a choice between traditional dining (with assigned seating times) or My Time Dining (an open-dining setup). You'll have the same menu regardless of which dining format you choose. When making your reservation you must let the booking agent know which dining setup one you'd like to request. The one you want may be unavailable or on a waitlist. If that's the case, you'll have to wait it out and see if you get the one you want.
Traditional dining is where you must choose between a specific seating time: the main seating (at 6:15 pm) or second seating (at 8:30 pm). With this format, on each night of your cruise you'll dine at the same table, with the same people and same wait staff. One of the nice things about having assigned dining tables is that you get to build a rapport with your waiter, rather than having a different one each night.
My Time Dining allows you to select when you dine and who you dine with. With this flexible dining setup you can choose to dine in the main dining room at any time between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm on each night of your cruise. If you choose this setup you must pre-pay your gratuities prior to your cruise. With My Time Dining you'll be able to request a specific waiter (subject to availability). You'll be seated with the party you arrive with, and you can request to be seated alone or with other guests. If you select My Time Dining, reservations are recommended to avoid a delay in seating (reservations can be made once you're onboard the ship).
The elegant main dining room (named My Fair Lady) spans two stories and is located towards the rear of the ship, on decks 4 and 5. There is a five-course menu that changes each day, with cuisine that is slightly above average for the cruising industry. The menus usually have a theme each night (such as French, Italian, Caribbean, etc).
The Windjammer Cafe (located forward on deck 9) is Enchantment's buffet. This is a very popular dining option, especially for lunch. The food being served changes on a daily basis, and is constantly being refilled throughout the day. During lunch times you'll find items such as sandwiches, burgers, pizza, fries, buffalo wings, salads, wok-dishes, sushi, desserts, and more. You can also go there at dinner time (instead of to one of the restaurants) for a more casual setting, with the same basic menu as the main restaurant.
Chops Grille (located on deck 6) is Enchantment's steakhouse specialty restaurant, and has a $25 per person cover charge. Reservations are highly recommended for the specialty restaurants, as they can book up quickly. The best idea would be to plan ahead, before your cruise. Then, within the first few hours after boarding the ship make your reservations for the week. Dining reservations cannot be made prior to your cruise. If you'd rather not plan so much, just to be sure make reservations at least the night before you want to dine, to help ensure that the time you want to dine at will be available for you.
Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.A new policy, as of 2009, is that Royal Caribbean will be charging guests $3.95 per room service order placed between 12:00 am and 5:00 am.
Like all of Royal Caribbean's ships, onboard Enchantment of the Seas there's a ton of things to do and places to be at.
The two-story Palladium Theatre (located forward on decks 5 and 6) is Enchantment's main show lounge, featuring a wide range of acts on each night of the cruise. Acts may include Broadway-style production shows, comedians, magicians, hypnotists, singers, musicians, dancers and various acrobatic performers.
Boleros lounge (located mid-ship on deck 5), featuring sea views through glass walls, is a wonderful place for Latin-style dancing and drinks. Other popular nightlife areas of Enchantment include the Champagne Bar (mid-ship on deck 4) and the Viking Crown Lounge (which can be found forward on the deck 11, Enchantment's highest deck). The Casino Royale is located on deck 5 and is definitely one of the ship's hot spots, especially later at night after one of the Palladium's shows lets out.
There are a bunch of fun places to be on deck 10 of Enchantment of the Seas. Among them are the rock-climbing wall, trampoline area, jogging track, video game arcade, teen center and the Adventure Ocean youth facilities. Also located on this deck is the day spa and fitness center's upper level (of course, meaning that the lower level is located on deck 9).
One of the most popular decks of Enchantment of the Seas is deck 9. This is because there a few pools on this deck (including the main pool, sports pool, various whirlpools and solarium pool), as well as a ton of lounge seating and bars. The Windjammer Cafe, Enchantment's main buffet area, is located forward on this deck and can get quite busy during the prime lunch hours.
The internet cafe, known as Royal Caribbean Online, can be found mid-ship on deck 7. On the opposite side of the ship you can find the Concierge Club, for those guests with such access. The library can be found mid-ship on deck 7 and offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
For those looking to ask a general question of the staff, or to check on your onboard account, the guest relations and shore excursions (called Explorations) desks are located mid-ship on deck 5. There are also many duty-free shopping boutiques on deck 6, where you can buy various hard alcohols, cigarettes, jewelry and clothing at great prices.
While onboard the ship the following is considered by Royal Caribbean to be typical attire, for indoors or outdoors: shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses, and sundresses. Don't forget to bring bathing suits for the pools and hot tubs. Pretty much, it's casual during the day.
For dinner, there is a certain dress code in place. Depending on the night, there may be a casual, smart casual, or formal dress code recommended. On a Royal Caribbean cruise there will be at least 1 formal night. The number of formal nights on your cruise depends on the length of your cruise. Please be aware that the number of nights are subject to change at the ship's discretion. Formal night clothing is considered to be cocktail dresses for women. For men, suits and ties (or tuxedos) are good. Smart casual is considered dresses or pantsuits for women, and jackets for men.
Here's a general guideline that Royal Caribbean provides for its nightly dining types:
2 or 3
Royal Caribbean offers babysitting in group settings, and on an individual basis in your stateroom (based on the staff's availability). Children must be at least 1 year old for babysitting services. If you want to have in-stateroom babysitting you must reserve that service at least 24 hours in advance (just call the main desk while onboard, as it cannot be arranged for prior to boarding the ship). The current (subject to change) rate is $8 per hour for one or two children of the same family. It is $10 per hour for three children of the same family.
Adventure Ocean® is Royal Caribbean's youth program. Their program is divided into groups, by age: Aquanauts (3-5 Years), Explorers (6-8 Years), Voyagers (9-11 Years), Navigators (12-14 Years), and Guests (15-17 Years). Every member of the Adventure Ocean® staff has a college degree in education, recreation, or related field and has experience working with children ages 3-17. There is a Teen Center that is open from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Royal Caribbean has Fisher-Price programs for younger children as well: Aqua Babies (6-18 months), and Aqua Tots (18-36 months).
There is a ton of kids and teens facilities on deck 12. For example, there is a video arcade, featuring both old and new games. The Teen Disco is also there; it's a great place for teens to meet, dance, and hang out. Adventure Beach is an area with a kids' pool with child-sized furniture.
Royal Caribbean recommends the following gratuity guidelines:
Suite Attendant: $5.75 a day, per guest
Stateroom Attendant: $3.50 a day, per guest
Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 a day, per guest
Assistant Waiter: $2 a day, per guest
Head Waiter: $0.75 a day, per guest
These gratuity rates apply to guests of all ages. Please be aware that a 15% gratuity charge will be automatically added to your bar bills. Gratuities for the room service, casino and spa staff is at your discretion.
You can pay for your gratuities by one of the following ways:
- In cash (at the end of your cruise)
- Having the cruise line add them to your SeaPass (onboard) account
- Pre-paying them (by having your travel or booking agent add them to your reservation)
The official minimum drinking age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically under 21, a parent that is sailing with their 18 to 20 year old son(s)/daughter(s) may sign a waiver allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages.
Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from the onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing.
The official minimum gambling age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 18 years old. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required. On Alaska cruises you must be at least 21 years of age to gamble. All gaming operations are performed in U.S. currency.