We loved our cruise on Enchantment of the Seas! We were so completely happy with everything and do not have a single complaint!! We are already thinking about our next possible cruise vacation.
It really felt like an excellent value for our family ... there were 9 of us including 4 children ages 10-17. We had 3 interior cabins on deck 2, slept 3 in each and were very happy with our accommodations! The rooms were clean and there was plenty of room to store/hang our clothes and to slide our empty suitcases under the beds. Two of us had cruised in the past on Royal Caribbean and had certain expectations ... we were incredibly pleased that they were met including the towel 'art' in our cabins on nights 2 & 3.
I had read many of the reviews on this forum (they made me so nervous!) and yes, the ship shows its age if you look critically, the windows are not sparkling clean, there were no ice sculptures, lobster and filet mignon are only offered for an additional charge in the main dining room, it doesn't have as many features as the bigger newer ships ... but none of those things affected our enjoyment in any way. We watched YouTube tours of the ship beforehand so we knew exactly what this ship did and didn't have ... we were originally thinking of going on the newer Mariner of the Seas (that looked amazing!) but that was more expensive and was going out of Miami. Since we already had our vacation dates planned and flights to Orlando booked we had limited cruise options that fit inside those dates. Next time we're going to pick the cruise first and plan our whole vacation around it rather than squeezing a cruise into our existing vacation. Enchantment was going out of Port Canaveral and the dates worked.
The staff were so friendly and helpful. There was an abundance of delicious complimentary food available. We ate dinners in the main dining room using My Time dining ... we had 7:45pm reservations that allowed us to watch the sunset on deck each evening. On the final evening our table wasn't ready on time but that worked out in our favor as we were able to watch the International Parade of Flags and then still be in the dining room late enough for the Farewell song by the chefs and waitstaff. We loved our waiter Venice! And the food was delicious. We ate breakfast and lunches at the Windjammer Cafe and were very satisfied! Next time we will need to eat a dinner in the Windjammer Cafe since the buffet looked amazing. The 'barbecue' buffet lunch on Cococay was also impressive and delicious.
We loved Cococay! We paid for the glass bottom boat excursion but it was cancelled due to the weather (it was windy and the sea was choppy) so instead we swam and snorkeled in the shallow waters at the beach, using the free lounge chairs. The new pier being opened was great ... it made getting off and on the ship so easy.
7 of us were first-time cruisers and there was a little seasickness ... even though we had very gentle seas, you still feel the motion, especially when sitting in the dining room. I don't understand how some people claim you don't feel anything ... I definitely feel the motion - it doesn't make me sick, but it's a little weird until you get used to it. Using seabands helped.
The whole process was really easy - we booked through a travel website which offered us $50 onboard credits for each cabin, we used the Royal Caribbean app to check in and printed our own luggage tags. None of us had passports but we all have Enhanced Driver's licenses so that was fine for the Bahamas and birth certificates for the kids was all that was needed.
Getting on the ship was fast since we had done everything online using the app and then we kept our luggage on the last day so we left the ship after eating breakfast and had no wait at all. Getting into the port we accepted the services of a luggage porter who put all our suitcases on a cart and took us through customs right away instead of having to wait in the long lines with the people who chose not to use a porter. He brought our luggage to our rented van in the parking garage. We gave him a tip and that was $ well spent ... it probably saved us 45+ minutes!
We did our research and knew what we wanted to do at each port and on the ship and were prepared for what the costs would be. We brought water bottles to refill on board so we didn't need to spend $ buying water bottles or other beverages. Plus on Cococay there are complimentary beverage stations. The complimentary coffee, tea, ice tea, lemonade and other juices were perfectly fine for our needs. We purchased a few drinks at the bar and some wine at dinner but didn't bother with drink packages. (P.S. I noticed that drink packages and excursions are much cheaper if you buy them in advance rather than waiting until you are onboard.)
We had an awesome time! The weather was beautiful, sunny and warm except it got a little chilly the first 2 nights with the ocean breeze. We really feel we got our money's worth. Thank you Royal Caribbean!!
It was clean, cozy and we spent little time in our cabin so it was perfectly comfortable for 3 of us. One of the bunks was kept lowered but the unused one stayed closed in the ceiling. We didn't even use all the drawers or cabinets. The space really is tiny but we didn't care.