The Royal Caribbean Enchantment Of The Seas: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

08/19/2011 01:27 pm ET | Updated Sep 27, 2011
  • Shellie Braeuner The Huffington Post

The Enchantment of the Seas is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Enchantment of the Seas.

Destination Paradise

The Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas sails to Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The ship stops at such ports as Nassau, San Juan and the British Virgin Islands.

Grand Ship

The Enchantment of the Seas was originally constructed as a Vision-class cruise ship. However, in 2005 the ship was taken from service, cut in half and expanded with an additional 73-foot section. The ship is now in a class by itself both for luxury and size.

Special Features

The Enchantment of the Seas features a unique pool bar that actually juts out over the ocean, with glass flooring that gives passengers a view of the water below. Adults can enjoy another kind of excitement in the Casino Royale. For active guests, the ship boasts bungee trampolines, a rock-climbing wall and a suspension bridge over the pool area.

Accommodations

The Enchantment of the Seas offers three different types of interior staterooms, including a family stateroom that has 260 square feet, almost twice that of the standard interior cabin. Family cabins are also available at the ocean-view stateroom level and the suite level, and the Royal Family Suite features two bedrooms. All staterooms are furnished with luxury linens and robes.

Cost

Prices on the Enchantment of the Seas vary depending on the destination, cabin and season of the cruise. A five-night crise to Bermuda may cost as little as $509 per person for an inside stateroom, and $1,099 for a suite. A 12-night cruise to the Caribbean can cost as much as $1,039 per person for an inside cabin, and $2,299 for a suite.

Excursions

Passengers on the Enchantment of the Seas recommended the Barbeque Beach Party at Snorkel Park Beach on Bermuda. Reviewers praise the food and the Gombey dancers, who encourage tourists to get up and dance along with them.

Dining Experience

The main dining room on the Enchantment of the Seas is called the My Fair Lady, and offers dining on two levels connected by a waterfall. The Windjammer is a Lido deck buffet that offers a variety of dining selections. The Enchantment also offers Chops Grille, a premium steakhouse.

Maiden Voyage

The Enchantment of the Seas made its maiden voyage on July 13, 1997. The ship's "godmother" is Colleen Fain, the wife of Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain. As noted above, the ship was refurbished in 2005, adding 73 feet to its length.

In The News

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Enchantment of the Seas experienced an outbreak of norovirus in January 2005. Cruise Bruise also mentions that the ship dragged its anchor during a storm and crashed into a barge, creating a 100-foot scrape in the side of the vessel; WPBF-TV notes that the Enchantment of the Seas collided with a Carnival cruise ship in 2009.

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