Enchantment of the Seas Entertainment & Activities
Enchantment boasts several onboard bars, including the Champagne Bar, a tiny area near the atrium on Deck 4. It offers a prime, ground-level view of any live performances that take place in the atrium throughout the cruise, and it has a nice selection of wine. The Schooner Bar, Deck 6, starboard, is decorated with dark woods and a laid-back nautical theme, and a pool bar on Deck 9 means you don't have to go far from your deck chair to snag a bucket of beer.
Enchantment of the Seas Activities
Lounges also abound on this ship. On the only night we ventured into the Spotlight Lounge, a disco on Deck 6, it was dead. We found Boleros, a Latin-themed lounge, bar and dance venue on Deck 5, to be a bit flashier as well as centrally located. Best of all was the Viking Crown Lounge on Deck 11, aft. It offered a D.J. and a clubby atmosphere that was both fun and easygoing.
For shows, Orpheum Theater is where you'll go. It hosts everything from free first-run movies to musical revues and comedic performances. This venue is a decent size and comprises space on Decks 5 and 6. On our sailing, we saw a phenomenal magic show and a mediocre revue of music from contemporary movies like "Men in Black" and "Charlie's Angels."
Loud, flashy Casino Royale is located on Deck 5 between Boleros Lounge and the Orpheum Theater. It features an interesting see-through floor near the entrance, lots of lights and crazy purple carpet, as well as slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and poker.
For daytime fun, check out the main pool deck to participate in or just watch any number of silly contests, from belly-flopping to Ms. Biceps. Most enrichment on Enchantment consists of activities like dance classes in the disco and gaming lessons in the casino. These are free of charge. If you're looking for lectures and the like, this probably isn't the ship for you.
Royal Caribbean offers a number of shore excursions on port days through its "Explorations!" desk on Deck 5. Sightseeing tours and glass-bottom boat trips are very popular, as are beach excursions, but be aware that you may be able to access some beaches for free or for a much lower price if you just go on your own. We paid $58 for the Beach BBQ & Island Party excursion, and although the food was delicious and the entertainment was lively, we didn't think it was worth the cost.
Enchantment of the Seas Public Rooms
The ship's glitzy 10-deck glass-walled Centrum is an open atrium where there are live performances, dancing and two see-through elevators. Decked out in shades of tan, gold, teal and peach, the Centrum is convenient for orienting yourself while searching for other venues like the guest relations and shore excursions desks on Deck 5.
On Deck 6, just past the atrium, you'll find the art and photo galleries, where you can purchase paintings and individual photos or sign up for a photo package. DVD's are also available for purchase. Just be forewarned that this is all very expensive, with a family photo package costing nearly $110. If you're in the mood for some shopping, head to the Shops Onboard, which sell toiletries, clothing, duty-free alcohol, jewelry, perfume and a variety of other items.
For quiet retreats, the Crown and Anchor Study (open to qualifying members of Royal Caribbean's past passenger program) and the library straddle the Centrum on Deck 7. You'll find the study on the port side and the library on the starboard, the latter featuring comfy brown-leather chairs, a decent selection of books, board games, and daily trivia and puzzles like Sudoku.
On the starboard side of the Centrum on Deck 8 is the Concierge Club Lounge, which is available only to suite-holders and top-level past passengers. Or, if you're looking to stay connected while at sea, you can get your social media fix at Royal Caribbean Online, the Internet cafe on Deck 8 on the port side of the atrium. There, you'll find 16 stations with Internet-ready desktop computers. Or, you can bring a laptop and use the ship's Wi-Fi, which is available in most public areas (but not in cabins). You'll need to use your keycard to sign up before you can log on, and the charges will go right to your onboard account. You can pay by the minute, but you'll get a much better price if you purchase one of five prepaid packages, which range in price from $35 for 60 minutes to $150 for 500 minutes.
For a quiet place to people-watch while enjoying some ice cream or coffee, there's a small area with chairs and tables across from Cafe Latte-tudes and Ben & Jerry's on Deck 6, just forward from the atrium.
It seemed like it was barely used on my sailing, but there is also a conference center available on Deck 6, sandwiched between Chops Grille and the Schooner Bar.
Although self-service laundry facilities are not provided, there are laundry and dry-cleaning services available onboard, for which you'll pay per article of clothing.
Enchantment of the Seas Spa & Fitness
Enchantment Day Spa, located on Deck 9, offers a serene environment for everything from pro-collagen marine facials ($145) to teeth-whitening ($149). Hair and nail services for men and women are also available.
Also on Deck 9 is the Solarium adults-only indoor pool, which features a retractable glass roof that can be opened in nice weather and closed when it rains. The space also includes two hot tubs. With its classy white pillars and tiled floors, it's a great place to escape the hectic vibe throughout the rest of the ship.
At the opposite end of Deck 9, you'll find the main pool, two hot tubs and a kids' splash pool (which, oddly, didn't seem to be open at all on my sailing). I was pleasantly surprised to be able to find a number of available sun loungers -- even on sea days. The sports pool is located midship and is flanked by two hot tubs. You'll also be able to take a walk on one of two futuristic-looking suspension bridges, which offer views over the pool deck.
For active pursuits, Deck 10 is the place to be. Forward, you'll find the Jump Zone, which features a bungee trampoline. Aft, you'll find the rock-climbing wall and fitness center, which includes free weights up to 90 pounds, a variety of exercise balls, nine Life Fitness treadmills, six elliptical machines, 10 reclining bikes, nine spin cycles and various weight machines. Classes are offered there -- some (like abs classes and stretching) are free, while others (like Pilates and cycling) carry a $12 fee. Shuffleboard courts and a jogging track can also be found on this deck. Just be warned that, if the weather is too windy, the sports deck and all of its amenities will be closed.
Enchantment of the Seas For Kids
Royal Caribbean is known for its outstanding children's facilities, and those on Enchantment are no exception. The Adventure Ocean children's program is divided into five groups that cater to children from ages 6 months to 11 years. Playgroups and baby gymnastics are set up throughout the cruise for Royal Babies (6 - 18 months), and offerings for Royal Tots (18 - 36 months) include Crayola Beginnings sessions and bedtime stories.
Aquanauts (ages 3 - 5) can mingle at pirate-, circus-, dinosaur- and superhero-themed festivities throughout each cruise and take part in other activities in the kid's center on Deck 10. For Explorers (ages 6 - 8), youth staffers offer science experiments (like building volcanoes), pizza parties and other fun pastimes for kids. Voyagers (ages 9 - 11) can participate in hula-hoop contests, face-painting and trivia.
Teens have their own space -- a club called FUEL, which has modern-style couches, a dance floor and TV's. On my sailing, there were so few teens onboard that they combined teen activities for ages 12 - 17, but on voyages where more teens are present, they're divided into two groups: 12 - 14 and 15 - 17.
In addition to Adventure Ocean's Nintendo Wii, youngsters will find a video arcade across the hall from Adventure Ocean on Deck 10. It's got air hockey, foosball and other classic games. A note to parents: The arcade isn't free, and credits for game play will be charged to your onboard account. Ping-Pong tables can also be found out on deck.
For parents looking to dine sans kids, Royal Caribbean offers a "Lunch & Play" option for children that includes a two-hour lunch and play time with food, movies, cartoons, karaoke and scavenger hunts. It comes with an extra fee of $7.95 per child. Another option for parents is the Late Night Party Zone, which will occupy younger cruisers from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at a cost of $6 per hour, per child. Baby-sitting is also available on a group or in-cabin basis between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, and it's on a "first come, first served" basis. Rates for in-cabin sitters are about $19 per hour for up to three children in the same family (kids must be at least one year old).
All passengers younger than 18 have a curfew of 1 a.m., unless they're accompanied by a parent or participating in an organized, ship-sponsored youth activity.