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Hi All, a little background here. We are Susan and Ron and we are in our 40's. We'd been looking forward to a trip to Maine for months but then we had a couple of family emergencies and had to cancel. Once things settled down at home, we decided we still really needed a vacation so we booked the Enchantment last minute. We were on the 3-day sailing, September 20.

 

I like to write journals of our trips so this is more of a journal than a review. I hope you enjoy!

 

Day 1 - Port Canaveral

 

After a miserable August, I don’t think we’ve ever been more ready to get out of town for a few days. No, it wasn’t the Maine lighthouse and lobster trip we had planned, but it was just what we needed. Three days of sun, fun and relaxation.

 

We got to Port Canaveral at 10:30 and were in the very first group on the ship. Time to explore! After three cruises on Monarch of the Seas, I was excited to see her replacement. I wasn’t disappointed. Built in 1997, Enchantment of the Seas was “stretched” in 2005. They literally cut the ship in half and added another section in the middle. As a result, the pool deck on Enchantment was huge. There were two outdoor pools and a kids’ Splash Zone, as well as the glass-enclosed Solarium pool. My favorite parts of the ship were the arching suspension bridges on either side of the pool deck. Also added in 2005 were the bungee trampolines on Deck 10. I definitely wanted to try those!

 

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Enchantment had some fun technology features too. There were digital screens placed all around the ship with interactive deck plans and a list of all the current activities and where they were taking place. They even had a “Restroom Finder” button, which gave directions to the nearest restroom. It sounded funny but it was a brilliant idea. It always seems to take three days to figure out where the restrooms are. :)

 

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After getting our bearings, we had lunch at the buffet in the Windjammer. Here is where we discovered the drawback to the stretch. They had added an additional 151 cabins but they hadn’t expanded the restaurant to compensate for the extra people. The place was a mob scene! There weren’t nearly enough places to sit and everyone was bumping into each other, trying to get to the plates or the drinks. We ate and got out of there as fast as we could. Fortunately, the staterooms were ready by then so we headed down to Deck 3 to unpack. We were in 3528, which was a nice, quiet ocean view cabin.

 

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We spent the afternoon checking out the spa, signing up for the soda package, having the obligatory “welcome aboard” mojito and just enjoying being on a ship. The weather was spectacular – drier and not too hot. We could feel the stress melting away as we left Port Canaveral behind.

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Since we’d booked the trip last-minute, the only dinner seating available was My Time Dining, which was great since that was exactly what we wanted. We headed to the dining room around 7 and were seated at a table for two with a fantastic wait team – Teresa from the Philippines and Natalie from Trinidad and Tobago. Girl power! The menus had changed a little since our last Royal Caribbean cruise. I had the spinach salad, scallops gratin (which replaced the escargot – booo), seafood spaghetti (one of the new entrees) and chocolate sensation cake. Ron ordered the prime rib, which was so tender he could cut it with his fork.

 

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After dinner, we stopped in Boleros for a drink and to watch the "Name That Disco Tune" game. People were starting to gather in the Centrum for the big 70’s dance party. We stayed for one dance, and then headed to bed.

 

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Day 2 - Nassau

 

We went to the Windjammer for breakfast at 7, hoping to beat the crazy crowds. We found a couple of “bar seats” by the windows, and I filled my plate with my favorite cranberry bread, grits and scrambled eggs. As we ate, we watched the Majesty of the Seas and Norwegian Sky heading towards their respective private islands. I love breakfast with a view!

 

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Pool deck in the morning:

 

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The ship didn’t arrive in Nassau until noon so I thought it would be fun to spend the morning trying out the bungee trampoline. Surprisingly, there wasn’t any line. All the kids seemed to be playing in the Splash Zone. That was good – I wouldn’t have an audience. :) I signed the waiver and the attendant got me strapped into the bungee harness. Then I started bouncing and the attendant adjusted the bungee cords so I would go really high up. I was hollering “Not so high!!!” The attendant was laughing at me, but Ron got some good pictures. In my defense, the bungee trampoline is on a raised platform on the top deck. So when you’re jumping, you really are waaaay up there. Awesome view though! I could see the ocean for miles.

 

Finally, the attendant lowered me back down. Whew! But it was so much fun that I decided to go for a second round (a little lower that time). Ron said he was surprised there was no charge for using the trampoline. Go figure – you have to pay for orange juice at breakfast, but the trampoline is free.

 

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It was much hotter that day than it had been in Port Canaveral, and after all that jumping I needed something to cool off. Oh, hello! They were selling pineapple drinks by the pool! I always wanted to get one of those. The pineapples were filled with a drink called the Dreamcicle, which had frozen pina colada, papaya, mango and rum. Perfect! Ron and I hung out on deck as the ship made its way into Nassau.

 

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Since we’d booked the trip last-minute, the only dinner seating available was My Time Dining, which was great since that was exactly what we wanted. We headed to the dining room around 7 and were seated at a table for two with a fantastic wait team – Teresa from the Philippines and Natalie from Trinidad and Tobago. Girl power!

 

We too had Teresa and Natalie last weekend. They were fantastic as were all the meals. We were there at 6:15 except Saturday when we did Chops :) Great pictures and review!!!

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We too had Teresa and Natalie last weekend. They were fantastic as were all the meals. We were there at 6:15 except Saturday when we did Chops :) Great pictures and review!!!

 

Well, that's neat. Sorry we didn't meet you.

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Great pictures. The trampoline looks like fun...and much less scary than a zipline!

 

It was! I would have done it again if we'd had time.

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Fun review and great photos - thanks! My daughter and I did a 4 night cruise on Enchantment in August and had so much fun we are going to try the 3 night cruise early next year. We will definitely have to check out the trampoline this time around - it looks like great fun.

 

I'm looking forward to your review of Nassau. On our last cruise we got into port at 7am and stayed until midnight so spent the day at Atlantis. We will be looking for something else to do this time around.

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My wife and I and about 30 friends were onthis cruise with a group called rule 62 tavel club everyone had a blast .perfect wether , good friends good food (in the dining room) we all enjoyed it so much we already reseved a group for next year same weekend. We were in cabin 3128 so we were just on opposite side of ship, I hope you all had a wonderful time the only think is it was to short

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I took the 3 night Enchantment cruise in July and will be boarding her again 2 weeks from today. Thanks for posting your report, great pictures - looking forward to the rest. I guess I didn't realize you had to pay for orange juice at breakfast. Wow.

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I took the 3 night Enchantment cruise in July and will be boarding her again 2 weeks from today. Thanks for posting your report, great pictures - looking forward to the rest. I guess I didn't realize you had to pay for orange juice at breakfast. Wow.

 

Only if you want fresh-squeezed. :) There is a machine just inside the Windjammer that squeezes it for you but it charges your Sea Pass card. You can get free juice from the regular drink dispensers.

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Only if you want fresh-squeezed. :) There is a machine just inside the Windjammer that squeezes it for you but it charges your Sea Pass card. You can get free juice from the regular drink dispensers.

 

Exactly! My mom loves the fresh squeezed and thinks its very much worth it over the concentrate out of the machine in the WJ though.

 

She doesnt drink alcohol so thats one of her "splurges" while on a cruise. A glass of fresh squuezed OJ with her breakfast every morning.

 

Im just fine with whatever is "free" myself :)

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Only if you want fresh-squeezed. :) There is a machine just inside the Windjammer that squeezes it for you but it charges your Sea Pass card. You can get free juice from the regular drink dispensers.

 

Got ya. I remember seeing those machines. I am embarrassed to say that I prefer my orange juice from concentrate. I also don't like real salsa and prefer Pace :)

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Im just fine with whatever is "free" myself :)

 

Me too. Just give me the free ice cream. :)

 

It always interests me what the cruise lines charge for and what they don't.

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Ok, back to Nassau...

 

 

Our plan for the afternoon was to check out a couple of Nassau’s new attractions – the chocolate factory at the Graycliff hotel and the John Watling’s rum distillery. First stop was Graycliff, about a 10-minute walk from the cruise terminal. Graycliff is a beautiful, historic hotel which has hosted the famous and infamous, such as Al Capone, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Sir Winston Churchill. We wandered around the hotel grounds, stopping in the cigar shop so Ron could buy a few cigars. Then we made our way to the chocolate store. The lady at the counter said that they could give us a tour of the factory for $10 a person, so we signed up. Our tour guide, Jermaine, made us don disposable robes and hair nets. For health and sanitation reasons he said, but I noticed the employees weren’t wearing them. I teased Jermaine that the outfits were just to make the tourists look funny. :)

 

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Chocolate!!

 

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The last picture is the dark chocolate bacon. This is making me hungry. I think I will have to get some dinner before finishing up with Nassau. :)

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Because the islands of the Bahamas don’t have the geography for growing cacao, the cacao beans were imported from Jamaica but roasted and turned into chocolate right there at the factory. Jermaine walked us through the whole chocolate-making process. We even got to meet Graycliff’s pastry chef and chocolatier, Erika Davis of Top Chef Just Desserts fame, who was very gracious and welcoming. After the tour, Ron and I each got to sample one of the 16 different chocolates. We chose dark chocolate bacon (yes, bacon!) and white chocolate key lime. They were both awesome. I ended up buying an 8-piece assortment to take home.

 

The last stop on our “Tour of Vices” was the distillery, which just opened to the public five months ago. First we sampled all three of the rums, the two-year Pale, three-year Amber and five-year Buena Vista. Then Bryant, our tour guide, walked us through the warehouse where the rum was aged. He told us that the Pale and Amber rums are aged in whiskey barrels purchased from Jack Daniels while the Buena Vista is aged in Cognac barrels, giving them their distinctive flavors. We bought a couple of bottles of rum from the gift shop and then took a seat in the distillery’s bar, where Uncle Will whipped us up some fabulous mojitos. What a great afternoon. As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having rum”! Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the ship.

 

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That night at dinner we were in Teresa and Natalie’s section again. We had made reservations for 7:30 so we’d be able to get to the 9 o’clock Illusionist show. But for some reason, dinner took FOREVER. It was a good half hour before we even got our appetizers, and we barely finished dessert in time. Well, I guess we could have skipped dessert….Ha! Like I’m going to skip chocolate soufflé! :) Anyway, the Illusionist was very good but Ron and I could barely keep our eyes open. As soon as the show was over, we went straight to the cabin and fell asleep.

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Day 3 - Coco Cay

 

 

 

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The forecast for Sunday had been calling for heavy tropical rains, so I wasn’t sure we would get to Coco Cay. But Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny with light seas. Yay, we were going to make it! We had a quick breakfast (at the Park Café this time) and got on a tender around 9 o’clock. Not many people were on the island yet so there were plenty of open lounge chairs. We settled in under a shady pine tree near the water sports area, where we sat last time. It was a great location – away from the crowded spots but not too far from the lunch tables and snorkeling area.

 

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We decided to take a walk around the island before the day got too hot, so we walked down to the end of the beaches. The farther we got, the more peaceful it was. There were a few palapas scattered here and there and lots of sea oats and pretty palm trees. The water was impossibly blue. It looked like something straight out of a travel magazine.

 

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Great review, Susan! We're sailing EOS the first of Dec. This will be our 2nd trip to Nassau. We did a walking tour last time to Queen's Stairs and Fincastle Fort. However, I would Love to do what y'all did! We're very unfamiliar with the area! Are the hotel and distillery close together? Did you have a map? We have no idea where they're located. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated!

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On the way back from our walk, we found the inflatable water slide. That looked like fun. It cost $4 for one ride or $20 for the whole day. I went ahead and signed up for the whole day. While I was waiting for my turn, there was a lady on the slide who I think was part of a large church group called OASIS (Older Americans Still in Service). She was laughing the whole way down the slide and obviously having a blast. Everyone should have that much fun. And I’m not going to add “at her age”. Everyone should have that much fun at any age! I wanted to be just like that lady. At the top of the slide, I got a little nervous because it looked so high. But then I thought, if she could do it, so could I. Wheee!! Down I went, and then again and again. I was glad I got the full day pass. :)

 

After lunch, we went snorkeling and found some sunken cannons we hadn’t seen before. The water was cloudier than it was last year (we probably should have snorkeled in the morning before everyone stirred up the water), but it was still worth the long swim. There were tons of fish, just like swimming in a fish bowl. It was a perfect beach day.

 

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We loved our sailing on Enchantment many years ago right after they put in the section with the bridge.

 

Glad you made it to Coco Cay too!

 

Enjoying the review and pictures. Almost like sailing on Enchantment again.........almost. :)

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Wow! In such a short time on Enchantment you did so much! We were on her for 7 days our first RCCL experience. Now we can't entertain the idea of any other line.

 

A word of warning if anyone enjoys the Cranberry Bread as much as I did, you may gain an extra pound over and above the typical 5!

 

I relived our cruise with your review. Thanks :)

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Great review, Susan! We're sailing EOS the first of Dec. This will be our 2nd trip to Nassau. We did a walking tour last time to Queen's Stairs and Fincastle Fort. However, I would Love to do what y'all did! We're very unfamiliar with the area! Are the hotel and distillery close together? Did you have a map? We have no idea where they're located. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated!

 

Graycliff and John Watling's are very close together, about a 15 minute walk from the port.

 

Here is link to the Frommer's Walking Tour map. Graycliff is #12 on the map.

http://www.frommers.com/images/destinations/maps/jpg-2006/470640-mp0405nassauwalk.jpg

 

The distillery is just a few blocks from there. There's a map on their website, which shows it in relation to Graycliff and the National Art Gallery:

http://www.johnwatlings.com/

 

I would definitely recommend going to Graycliff first. That way if you decide you want to buy some rum, you won't have to carry it around the chocolate factory. Also, it is all downhill back to ship - which is good if you have a mojito buzz like I did. :)

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A word of warning if anyone enjoys the Cranberry Bread as much as I did, you may gain an extra pound over and above the typical 5!

 

That cranberry bread is one of my favorite foods on Royal Caribbean. I had it every morning.

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That night we didn’t have dinner reservations, so when we got to the dining room, we were seated at a different waiter’s table. I was really surprised when Teresa came to take our order. She said that she and Natalie were going to take care of us even though it wasn’t their table. There was another couple seated in Teresa’s section who wanted the other waiter so it all worked out. Except that poor Teresa and the other waiter kept getting mixed up and going to the wrong tables. :) I was really glad we got the chance to see Teresa and Natalie again and tell them thank you. They were a great team.

 

Dinner was delicious – I had the Caprese salad, chilled strawberry bisque and garlic tiger shrimp. Ron ordered one of just about everything and ended up being way too full. I really didn’t want to fall asleep at 10 o’clock again so after dinner we went to the Centrum to watch the “Finish That Lyric” game. Then we took a walk around the pool deck, enjoying the full moon and the lights on the arches.

 

In the morning, we did the “self-carry departure” and were in our car by 9. We made it almost all the way home before the rains started.

 

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Happy cruising to you all!

~Susan

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Ok, back to Nassau...

 

 

Our plan for the afternoon was to check out a couple of Nassau’s new attractions – the chocolate factory at the Graycliff hotel and the John Watling’s rum distillery. First stop was Graycliff, about a 10-minute walk from the cruise terminal. Graycliff is a beautiful, historic hotel which has hosted the famous and infamous, such as Al Capone, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Sir Winston Churchill. We wandered around the hotel grounds, stopping in the cigar shop so Ron could buy a few cigars. Then we made our way to the chocolate store. The lady at the counter said that they could give us a tour of the factory for $10 a person, so we signed up. Our tour guide, Jermaine, made us don disposable robes and hair nets. For health and sanitation reasons he said, but I noticed the employees weren’t wearing them. I teased Jermaine that the outfits were just to make the tourists look funny. :)

 

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This is exactly what I have been planning to do with my Dad when we go on Enchantment next week!!

 

I absolutely love your review and the way you embrace the experiences you find for yourself. Becky and I would love to wind up on board with you at some point.

 

Thanks.

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