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.
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.
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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