of the Seas
On June 11th,
2000 your editor and his new bride sailed aboard the Enchantment of
the Seas on a 7 night voyage to the Eastern Caribbean.
This lovely ship was built in 1997. The GRT is 74,137, she carries 1950 passengers (double occupancy) and a crew of 760.
We were in a
standard Cat. I oceanview cabin which measured 154 sq. ft. Although
the cabin is not all that large, the layout and storage was very adequate.
Our cabin steward did a wonderful job of keeping our cabin clean and neat. At first the storage area seemed to be lacking, but upon further inspection,
there were drawers tucked away everywhere, making more storage space than we needed.
everyone wants to know about the food. Royal Caribbean is to
commended for the fine level of quality that was evident aboard the
Enchantment of the Seas. The food was excellent in preperation, presentation and service. Our waiter, Jorge, has been with Royal Caribbean
for 19 years, and takes pride in providing great service.
Amy & Melissa from Chicago
Dining with New Friends from Chicago
entertainment included the usual fare of song and dance routines,
oldies shows as well as comedians and jugglers.
However a real hilight (for us boomers) was the appearance of The Platters, singing Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Great Pretender,
Only You, You've Got The Magic Touch, Twilight Time and My Prayer (among others.) The Cruise Director, Paul Rutter, is outstanding.
included St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau. On St. Maarten we spent
the afternoon at a beautiful beach called Dawn Beach.
This was a delightful hide-a-way with clear caribbean waters & umbrellas. This was just the spot we were hoping for, secluded, quite, and beautiful.
An outdoor resturant was nearby for lunch. Of course St. Thomas is famous for its shopping district. Bargains were abundant for shoppers of
jewlery, cameras, and other souvenirs.
of the Seas is a very beautuful ship. The traffic flowed well, and we
were never stuck standing in any lines.
The Atrium area is outstanding, with floor to ceiling ocean views on Deck 4 & 5. Seating in the Atrium area was plentiful for
relaxing and enjoying the view. One veteran of Holland American & Princess was over heard complaining about the
photograhers taking pictures of him all the time. The theater was very comfortable, and the lighting and sound was outstanding.
Public areas were very attractive and well lit.
of the Seas has two regular outdoor pools and also a very luxurious "Solarium"
Pool. The Solarium Pool is supposed to be for adults only, but you know how that goes... however it provided a very
quite area for swimming & jacuzzi away from the noise and music of the regular pools.
Regular Pool Areas
Solarium Pool Area
is to be commended for this fine product, which is at the high end of
the "Mass Market" type of cruises.
The Cruiseman is proud to recommend the Enchantment of the Seas -- sailing to the Eastern or Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdae.
Did You Know?
On a 7 day voyage aboard the Enchantment of the Seas they go through:
10,000 lbs. of flour
30,000 lbs of beef
20,000 lbs of chicken
15,000 lbs of pork
12,000 lbs of lobster
4,000 lbs of fish
3,000 gallons of milk
15,000 gallons of ice cream
30,000 lbs of fruits
35,000 lbs of vegetables
700 cases of beer
450 cases of soda
3,500 lbs of coffee.
70,000 meals served!!!