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Enchantment of the Seas Review

2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Entertainment
2016 Best for Embarkation
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Enchantment of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
1986 reviews

Pros
Genial onboard atmosphere, with good service and excellent food.
Cons
No adventurous attractions like waterslides or ziplines; limited optional dining.
Bottom Line
A good value for families with lots to do and friendly crew and fellow passengers.

About

Passengers
2,252

Crew
840

Passenger to Crew
2.68:1

Launched
1997

Shore Excursions
535
Sails To
Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Bahamas
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Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Contributor

Enchantment of the Seas Overview

Enchantment of the Seas might not have all the jaw-dropping features of newer Royal Caribbean ships, but its fun, friendly onboard atmosphere makes for a wonderful vacation. The crew are always smiling and ready with a joke, and your fellow cruisers, many of whom are on their first cruise ever, will share their contagious excitement about all the daily activities. Plus, with fewer than 2,500 cruisers on most sailings, it's easy to meet and get to know your shipmates. You'll see the same folks day after day on the pool deck or at trivia or lighting up the stage during karaoke.

The excellent food and lack of extra-fee venues make mealtime a pleasure onboard. You're rarely bombarded by extra things to spend money on -- minus the first two days of beverage package pushing, of course, or a walk through the shopping promenade. There's a cool rock climbing wall at the back of the ship, and at the front is a funky four-trampoline Jump Zone where kids and teenagers have a blast jumping and somersaulting while attached to bungee cords. Both activities are free of charge.

Enchantment also lacks some modern amenities -- you better bring a multi-outlet cord extension (non-power surge protectant) or USB adaptor if you want to be able to charge all your electronics -- and the decor is dated. Anyone looking for the Royal Caribbean you see in commercials (ziplines, surf simulators, robot bartenders) might be disappointed. But, for a comfortable, easygoing cruise with lots of happy faces and simple fun, Enchantment of the Seas can't be beat.

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Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • One main dining room, the buffet and select other food counters
  • All theater shows
  • Use of rock climbing wall and trampoline/bungee Jump Zone
  • Most daily activities, unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Kids' programming, except extra-fee group babysitting at night

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day or $17.50 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet, plus an 18 percent auto-gratuity on extra-fee beverages
  • Spa treatments, plus automatic 18 percent gratuity
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities including, but not limited to, bingo, wine tastings, all-access ship tour, cupcake decorating classes and sushi making classes
  • Photos and artwork
  • Nursery service for babies and toddlers, 6 months to 3 years old

Top Enchantment of the Seas Itineraries

Enchantment of the Seas
7 night southern caribbean holiday

San Juan, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, Antigua, St. Thomas, San Juan

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Fellow Passengers

Enchantment of the Seas is an overwhelmingly American ship, with 90 percent of the passenger base coming from Texas and about 5 percent coming from drive-to cities in surrounding states. The bulk of the passengers tend to be 20 to 65 years old, with more under-18s than over-65s. Additionally, you'll find lots of first-time cruisers onboard, as well as past cruisers who have never sailed with Royal Caribbean. There's also usually a significant number of Indians onboard, though most live in the Houston area and are not coming from out of the country. When Enchantment moves to San Juan in late 2020, the demographic is expected to change dramatically.


Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: Casual. Shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits are the norm.

Evening: Dinner is casual most nights, with jeans, capris, slacks, T-shirts and collared shirts being common, although plenty of couples dressed in suits and dresses. The once-per-cruise "Wear Your Best" asks cruisers to spiffy up, though how they do so is up to them. Most dressed to the nines, with men in suits (tuxes are rare) and women in dresses.

Not permitted: Swimwear is only permitted on the pool deck, though we saw women in cover-ups in the buffet; shorts are off limits at dinner time in all dining venues, except the buffet.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.


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Enchantment of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.9
Dining4.54
Entertainment3.03.9
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family4.04.2
Enrichment3.03.6
Service4.04.4
Value For Money4.03.9

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Where does Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas sail from?

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas departs from Galveston, San Juan and Baltimore

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Cruises on Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas start from A$579 per person.

Is Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas won 4 awards over the years, including Best for Dining and Best for Entertainment in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2013 Best for Embarkation

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Member Reviews

Enchantment of the Seas
ched03
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Not as good tasty as the food on Liberty of the Seas but it was all quite good. We went to Chops for Embarkation Day lunch and I would do it again.... Read More
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TieDyeMomma
Sail Date: Nov 2019
My husband and I enjoyed our cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's midsize ship Enchantment of the Seas.... Read More
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MatthewM0823
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Every member of the Enchantment team that we came across was extremely friendly -- always had a big smile and a cheerful "Hello."... Read More
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dmedward
Sail Date: Feb 2020
The selection at breakfast was not a diverse as it was on sister ship Vision of the Seas which we had been on a year earlier.... Read More

Royal Caribbean International Fleet

Enchantment of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

1986 reviews

One of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships; highlights include rock climbing, bungee trampoline, three pools, eight bars and a Ben & Jerry's at sea; holds less than 3,000.

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Rhapsody of the Seas
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4.5 / 5.0
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Radiance of the Seas
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Adventure of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Brilliance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Navigator of the Seas
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Mariner of the Seas
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Serenade of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Jewel of the Seas
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5.0 / 5.0
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Harmony of the Seas
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Symphony of the Seas

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Ovation of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Empress of the Seas
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