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Just got off Enchantment of the seas!!! 2-24-14 Review and pics!!

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Well we are back from Enchantment of the seas, out of Port Canaveral. :) It was a 4 night 5 day cruise to the Bahamas. I wanted to do a review since I loved reading and seeing pictures from everyone's review.

 

Little background:

Me and my husband have been wanting to go on a cruise for a while. (Years) So we finally decided the only way we are gonna be able to do it is to just book it! And thats what we did. It was my husband and I and my mom and brother. This was our first cruise and wont be our last cause like everyone else we are hooked. We already booked our next one in 2015. Jewel of the Seas for the California coast. We live in San Diego so we wouldnt have to fly. Plus the ship is only there for a couple dates and we didnt want to miss it! So we booked it while on the Enchantment and signed up for crown and anchor. :)

 

So here comes the review!

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Flying to Port Canaveral

We flew out saturday morning. The flight was pretty uneventful. We stopped in Atlanta and then down to Orlando.

 

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We had to wait for bit for our shuttle since the people ahead of us had there flight delayed so we had to wait for another shuttle. We used coco beach shuttle. Overall was a pretty good experience with them. They were there waiting when we got off the ship too.

 

We got to see the good ol Disney World buses. Miss that.

 

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We got to our hotel in the evening and checked in. We stayed at the Radisson at the port. We were very disappointed in the resort. The best part was the pool. The service was bad. They weren't very friendly. And the rooms had sleep number beds which I was excited about! But when we finally got them to work they were still horrible to sleep on. Rock hard! SO needless to say we didn't sleep very well for the next 2 nights.

 

The pool there at the resort:

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Sunday we just spent the day at the pool pretty much. Gave my hubby a chance to test out the underwater camera. And before that we walked over to the manatee park which was free and we were able to see Freedom of the Seas docked! :)

 

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Cannot wait for the rest of the review. I have heard the Radisson at the Port has gone downhill. They were supposed to be renovating and that was why the reviews were bad. But they have not gotten any better. I stayed there in 2005 and it was ok. The sleep number bed was broken then too. I do agree the pool is awesome.

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Well today is the big day! We board the ship! We took the Radisson shuttle over to the port. Once we got there they took our luggage and we were on our way!

Once in the building it was a breeze to check in and get on the ship. We got there a little early so we waited about 15 minutes. And then we were boarding. :)

 

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Seeing the ship for the first time was awesome! This was a smaller one and it still looked huge!

 

Disney and Carnival were there with us in port.

 

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Once on board we went and got our first drink and sat out on the deck with some food from the windjammer. :)

 

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At 1:30ish our rooms were ready! So we went to check em out.

 

View from our stateroom at port:

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Us at sail away :)

 

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Muster drill went by pretty fast too. That was my first time doing it and I was pleased how fast and organized it was.

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That night we ate in the main dining room. Every night there was fantatstic!! The food was great and the service was awesome! The head waitress was awesome. I could have talked to her for hours!

 

Us ready for dinner!

 

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After dinner we just walked around and got acquainted with the ship. Went through the casino and the shops. We stopped at the centrum and they had 'finish that lyric' going on which was funny. Everything that we saw in the centrum was great. Especially the disco inferno dance party! Marc the cruise ship director was so awesome!!! He was one of the highlights!

 

Next day.... Cococ Cay!!

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Sorry guys I will probably continue the review tomorrow morning. Have to go eat dinner and relax a bit before bed :)

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Ohhh these reviews make me so excited for our first cruise on Enchantment too! So glad you had fun. Will be looking forward to the rest of your review!

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My sister in laws sailed on this sailing too! I haven't had a chance to talk to them so I'm looking forward to reading your review!!

 

:)

Sue

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We are a group of 8 booked on the Enchantment on October 13th. Looking forward to the rest of your review. Thank you for taking the time to write!

 

 

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Love the pictures so far - thanks!

 

Can't wait to read more.

 

Questions - you mentioned a "free" manatee park at PC? What is that and where is it?? :)

 

Its was behind the radisson at the port. Just a few blocks. Its pretty much just a public park. I guess some times during the year they have manatee's there. Its free to go. Then they have board walks along the water and you can see the port in the distance. I have a quick video of it if you would like to see it.

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Today is Coco Cay! We got up and headed over to the Windjammer for breakfast. (Which was not my fav place for breakfast. Hubby got a coffee cup with lipstick left from the last person who drank from it.) Then we were off to get onto the ferry to go across. There was no line and we went right on. Here are some pictures from that day! I also have video of the snorkeling :)

 

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Once on the island we made the trek to barefoot beach which we heard was worth the walk for having the beach pretty much to yourself. Which we did for a little while. (There is always that family with the whiny screaming kid that ruins it that sits right next you when there is tons of other places to sit. Sorry... that was my vent for the day)

 

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After our cooler with coronas we decided to head over where everyone else was to do some snorkeling :)

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I was on this sailing and I agree with you 100% about the cruise director - best I have ever encountered. Had us in stitches the entire time.

 

I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did - I am completely in love with that class of ship now!

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I was on this sailing and I agree with you 100% about the cruise director - best I have ever encountered. Had us in stitches the entire time.

 

I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did - I am completely in love with that class of ship now!

 

Hey I remember seeing you there! I loved your hair!

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Video of us snorkeling :)

 

 

The plane wreck at Coco Cay

 

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Hey I remember seeing you there! I loved your hair!

 

Thank you :D I'm a pretty noticeable person, especially on a ship of older people!

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Did you see any of the cabanas on CoCo Cay? So far, everything is great - keep it up....

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Did you see any of the cabanas on CoCo Cay? So far, everything is great - keep it up....

 

Ok so I'm not the OP but I seriously toyed with the idea of getting a cabana .. in the end I was totally happy in my chair by the water with a large umbrella for shade. The cabanas were far back from the water - if I had a bunch of people with me I would do it but for my group of 3 I am glad I didn't spend the money

 

Private bar would have been nice though! :D

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Did you see any of the cabanas on CoCo Cay? So far, everything is great - keep it up....

 

Umm I just saw them pulling in on the ferry. They looked pretty nice though. You can see them in one of the pics kinda. I believe those are the ones you are talking about. In less you mean the white and blue ones?

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You mentioned that you took the shuttle from the Radisson to the port...did you have to book that in advance or did you book it when you got to the hotel? Also what time did the shuttle leave the hotel in the morning? Was it crowded? This is the one thing left for me to plan before we cruise on Enchantment in April! Great review so far!!! :-)

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You mentioned that you took the shuttle from the Radisson to the port...did you have to book that in advance or did you book it when you got to the hotel? Also what time did the shuttle leave the hotel in the morning? Was it crowded? This is the one thing left for me to plan before we cruise on Enchantment in April! Great review so far!!! :-)

 

It cost us 18 for three people, we left at 1030 in the morning and it was super efficient and fast: I signed us up the night before when we checked in so our name was on the reservation for that particular shuttle

 

OP - sounds like we had the same pre cruise plan too ! I enjoyed the hotel though, everyone was lovely. I'm sorry it didn't go that way for you :(

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You mentioned that you took the shuttle from the Radisson to the port...did you have to book that in advance or did you book it when you got to the hotel? Also what time did the shuttle leave the hotel in the morning? Was it crowded? This is the one thing left for me to plan before we cruise on Enchantment in April! Great review so far!!! :-)

 

We actually booked it the night we got in. We were also able to get on the 10:30 shuttle. It wasnt crowded and we didnt wait long either. I think it was like 24 bucks for 4 of us. Don't remember the exact amount.

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That night was formal night. So we headed back to the ship and took a shower and got ready for formal night :)

 

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When we got back we had a friend waiting for us :) Thanks Deny!

 

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And of course we have to post some of the food!

 

Duck:

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Beef Tenderloin:

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Cod:

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The food was amazing! Every night we ate there we were never disappointed.

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Your review is great! Fun to read. We are considering this ship for the 3 day itinerary in Oct for the entire family. There are 12 of us including DH, myself 6 adult kids/in-laws & 4 grandsons ages 1-9 at the time. Good cruise for a family? Or should I continue saving my pennies and hope to afford Disney at some point???:o

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Your review is great! Fun to read. We are considering this ship for the 3 day itinerary in Oct for the entire family. There are 12 of us including DH, myself 6 adult kids/in-laws & 4 grandsons ages 1-9 at the time. Good cruise for a family? Or should I continue saving my pennies and hope to afford Disney at some point???:o

 

I think it would be a great cruise for anyone. Not to long. Esp the 3 day. But I have heard from multiple people on the ship that Disney is worth every penny. I ran into a lady that has been on 7 Disney cruises and would cruise them all the time if she could. The only reason she went on the Enchantment was her and her husband could go for the price of one on Disney. I think the kids would definitely benefit from the Disney cruise cause they have so much to do for them. (like a treasure hunt with peter pan) And that also gives you some adult time if needed. But I would always recommend this 3 or 4 night royal Caribbean cruise. It was our first and I was quite impressed. So I guess it just depends on what your priorities are. Either way you wont be disappointed!

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Its was behind the radisson at the port. Just a few blocks. Its pretty much just a public park. I guess some times during the year they have manatee's there. Its free to go. Then they have board walks along the water and you can see the port in the distance. I have a quick video of it if you would like to see it.

 

Oh, okay - thanks! Did you see Manatee? wondering if we should stop when we get off the ship on Friday.

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Oh, okay - thanks! Did you see Manatee? wondering if we should stop when we get off the ship on Friday.

 

Nope we didn't see anything. But it was cool to see the ship in the distance. It was really humid that day too. So you might wanna take some water if walking lol.

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Thanks for the feedback, CMoore. I am sure Disney is worth every penny! The other problem with Disney is that their 3 day begins on Thursday, not Friday. I just can't justify it for 3 days when the sale right now is so good!

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Your review is great! Fun to read. We are considering this ship for the 3 day itinerary in Oct for the entire family. There are 12 of us including DH, myself 6 adult kids/in-laws & 4 grandsons ages 1-9 at the time. Good cruise for a family? Or should I continue saving my pennies and hope to afford Disney at some point???:o

we went last month with 4 children ages 10-13 and we had a blast and it was about 1/2 of a disney cruise

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we went last month with 4 children ages 10-13 and we had a blast and it was about 1/2 of a disney cruise

 

That is good to hear! Thanks! It's really about gather our family from across the country and spending time together. Just found out my T.A. is out of town! I'll have to call his assistant and get this moving!:)

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Thanks for the feedback, CMoore. I am sure Disney is worth every penny! The other problem with Disney is that their 3 day begins on Thursday, not Friday. I just can't justify it for 3 days when the sale right now is so good!

 

Yeah I agree! Royal has some good deals! No matter what it will be fun!

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Nice review - thank you! Would like to take the 4 day EOS at some point.

 

We have done 2 Disney cruises when our kids were younger and we all loved it! We are Disney nuts, so anything Disney we are all about it. The thing I notice now is I feel like Disney is pricing us out of cruising with them (and now there are only 3 of us as the oldest two are now married), even in the off season. RCCL seems to be just as nice and we have a lot fun. DS -16, took his first RCCL last year and loved every second of it! Loved the teen club.

 

Yes we love Disney. Would we cruise Disney again? Yes if we could get a great deal! Disney or RCCL? Both are awesome:)

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