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Have done several cruises from both out of Galveston.

My observations of Enchantment vs Liberty, in addition to Junkhouse's list above:

- much smaller ship, no royal promenade

- shorter 4 & 5 nights vs 7

- Embark & Debark security & Custom/Immigration much much quicker & non-existent lines for Enchantment, but very long lines for Liberty

- Cozumel & Progresso    vs  Cozumel, Belize, Honduras (or Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica)

- no indoor cigar lounge

- can only park in my fav parking lot across terminal only for Liberty, not Enchantment

 

  

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1 hour ago, NavyCruiser said:

Have done several cruises from both out of Galveston.

My observations of Enchantment vs Liberty, in addition to Junkhouse's list above:

- much smaller ship, no royal promenade

- shorter 4 & 5 nights vs 7

- Embark & Debark security & Custom/Immigration much much quicker & non-existent lines for Enchantment, but very long lines for Liberty

- Cozumel & Progresso    vs  Cozumel, Belize, Honduras (or Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica)

- no indoor cigar lounge

- can only park in my fav parking lot across terminal only for Liberty, not Enchantment

 

  

 

Destination Options for Enchantment Not Liberty

 

Royal Caribbean's private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, is open and sailing from Galveston beginning in Summer 2020! The 7-day cruises will leave Galveston, Texas and make stops in Key West, Florida, Nassau, Bahamas, and  CocoCay, Bahamas.

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Ship

Sail Date

Length

 

Enchantment of the Seas

Friday, June 12, 2020

7 days

 

Enchantment of the Seas

Friday, June 19, 2020

7 days

 

Enchantment of the Seas

Friday, July 10, 2020

7 days

 

Enchantment of the Seas

Friday, July 17, 2020

7 days

 

Enchantment of the Seas

Friday, August 7, 2020

7 days

 

Enchantment of the Seas

Sunday, August 14, 2020

7 days

 

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I way preferred the Enchantment; it felt more magical, and like traveling back in time a bit. I thought better service, more quality interactions, prettier decorations.  The one downside was I didn't feel the entertainment, particularly in the main theater, was very good. Everything else? Enchantment over Liberty!

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13 minutes ago, CatLadyFemme said:

I way preferred the Enchantment; it felt more magical, and like traveling back in time a bit. I thought better service, more quality interactions, prettier decorations.  The one downside was I didn't feel the entertainment, particularly in the main theater, was very good. Everything else? Enchantment over Liberty!

I agree with your observations !

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Another option from Galveston

is to cruise out of Galveston to these destination ports Jan thru March 2021 on Jewel of the Seas 

 

Nassau

Costa Maya/Majahual

Cayman

Cozumel

Roatan

Coca Cay

Key West

Falmouth

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On 1/10/2020 at 11:10 AM, Host Clarea said:

 

One formal night, usually night 2.   I have seen reports that indicate no "free" lobster on short cruises, but I'm not sure this is a fleetwide policy.

Been on EOS for 4 and 5 night cruises.  No “free” lobster on either.

Edited by Junkhouse

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22 hours ago, ssb said:

Royal Caribbean's private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, is open and sailing from Galveston beginning in Summer 2020! The 7-day cruises will leave Galveston, Texas and make stops in Key West, Florida, Nassau, Bahamas, and  CocoCay, Bahamas.


Enchantment apparently has propulsion issues again and reportedly left early last week to make destination in time.

 

Hope they get it worked out before they embark on this schedule since this has been an ongoing problem.

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5 minutes ago, c-leg5 said:


Enchantment apparently has propulsion issues again and reportedly left early last week to make destination in time.

 

Hope they get it worked out before they embark on this schedule since this has been an ongoing problem.

A for sure comment ! 

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On 1/11/2020 at 12:12 PM, Junkhouse said:

Been on EOS for 4 and 5 night cruises.  No “free” lobster on either.

Thanks for that info.  Will likely pack light then and skip MDR on formal night.

 

 

On 1/11/2020 at 12:32 PM, c-leg5 said:


Enchantment apparently has propulsion issues again and reportedly left early last week to make destination in time.

 

Hope they get it worked out before they embark on this schedule since this has been an ongoing problem.

I'm sailing out on 24Jan...hoping for no impact to trip but skipping Progresso is no big deal to us.  

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27 minutes ago, dude_hdt said:

Thanks for that info.  Will likely pack light then and skip MDR on formal night.

 

 

I'm sailing out on 24Jan...hoping for no impact to trip but skipping Progresso is no big deal to us.  


They weren’t generally missing Progresso - there was talk of substituting Progresso for Costa Maya on some previous sailings. Progresso is the nearest port to Galveston and least likely to be missed unless there are winds.

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On 1/11/2020 at 12:12 PM, Junkhouse said:

Been on EOS for 4 and 5 night cruises.  No “free” lobster on either.

The concierge on Enchantment told me they only do free lobster on 7+ night cruises. 

 

Steve

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We just booked the Enchantment sailing 1/7/20, 5 night to Costa Maya & Cozumel.  We sailed on the Liberty 3 times in the last year along with all of the Oasis class ships.  About 10 years we sailed the Rhapsody a few times.  So we are used to the bigger ships and this will be a change but are just excited to be on a ship and will be fun to try a smaller one out. Thank you everyone for all the information!!  What are the shows on the 5 night Enchantment sailing?  

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We just got off a B2B on Enchantment.  
We’re older so don’t need an amusement park and enjoy the older, less crowded ships.  

Cons:  

The outside of the ship is literally rusting away. We were in a JS aft balcony and the edges of steel around the balcony are literally eaten away - not just rusty;

Ive seen better entertainment (production shows) at a high school talent show. 
 

Pros:

The ship is still very nice and well maintained on the inside;

The crew, officers, concierges, and wait staff were some of the best we’ve encountered;

Food in WJ and MDR was very good. 
 

I won’t hesitate to enjoy Enchantment again. 

 

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  • We were on Enchantment for the fog shortened cruise that departed 1/15/20. Even with missing Progreso and shortening the cruise to 4 days we had a good time.

Observations:

 

1.We are empty nesters but I do not think there are enough activities for teens and pre-teens. For a family I would not choose Enchantment.

2. The exterior condition of the ship didn’t bother us and the interior was in good condition.

3. We didn’t see the RC singers but the headliner and comedians were good.

4. The piano player in Schooners was good but a pp is correct about the walkway separating the singer and the seating area.

5. Solarium was great first and last sea day when it was cool. I looked at the roof and it doesn’t look like it has opened in years so unless they open all the windows it would be brutally hot in Texas summers.

6. Park cafe in solarium really works as opposed to Liberty’s cafe in promenade.

7. We were happy with meals in MDR and one dinner in Chops.

8. All in all prefer Liberty but are looking forward to 7 day Enchantment cruise in Sept. to Coco Cay.

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On 1/9/2020 at 11:41 PM, Junkhouse said:

I have been on LOS 4 times and EOS 2 times (4 and a 5 day cruise). 

 

EOS

-Enclosed solarium is great for 1st and last sea days that tend to be iffy

-Viking Crown Lounge is huge and a good place to chil-lax

-It’s hard to walk around entire deck, upper deck is sometimes cutoff by rock        

    climbing and lower deck can’t access the bow

-Park cafe seems a lot better then Cafe Promenade and they will have hot dog, hamburger and nacho buffet during the day

-MDR is not as good, no lobster on shorter cruises

-Special area on buffet for gluten free

-Easier to get around but spa and Windjammer are on opposite ends opposed to LOS, got confused a lot

-More audience participation in shows especially quest and battle of sexes

-Only two showers in men’s locker room and no sauna or steam rooms

-More relaxed vibe

-Shops are tucked away so they don’t interfere with ship activities

-Pictures are old fashioned not electronic

-Easier to see activities in the centrum because of multiple open decks but can get

 as congested as Promenade

-Schooner bar is narrower and is divided in half by walkway hard to enjoy the venue

-Trampoline bungee is a lot easier, and safer (at least for me) then standup

  Flow-rider

-Casinos on both have not been kind to me lately

 

I have to say I enjoyed both but for different reasons.

 

 

       

We were on the Feb 7th sailing on the Enchantment for the first time and had a great time.  Some thoughts on the above post:

-Solarium was great the first sea day as it was too cool and windy for us but the last sea day was surprisingly fantastic on the regular pool deck.

-Enjoyed the Diamond Club which is right above the Viking Crown Lounge, also bigger than the one on the Liberty.

-It was a different ship layout that took some getting used to and finding new things throughout our sailing.

-Park Cafe was good and convenient.

-We also thought the MDR on any other ship we have been on had much better food.  It's the same menu but some of our favorite things just weren't that good.  Staff however was fantastic!  

-Tried the Windjammer for one breakfast and one lunch and looked at dinner options several nights.  We were not impressed at all it wasn't as good and had less options than the Liberty.

-Yes a more relaxed vibe which we enjoyed.

-Enjoyed the look of the Centrum and reminded us of Carnival ships.

-Went to most if not all shows and comedy shows and while we enjoyed them just not as good as the ones on the Liberty.

-Spent our fair share of time in the Casino, machines were pretty good to us, bar service was great and it was convenient to the Theater for the shows and MDR for dinner.

-We normally book a balcony cabin but had an OV this time and enjoyed it, size wasn't much different but would have been nice to have that balcony.

-Fog delayed us getting back to port then they said the weather the last 48hrs affected the gangway so we ended us getting off on deck 1 like when your in port but it seemed to work quickly and smoothly once they started the process.

-We are booked for a week on the Enchantment in April and looking forward to it but in the future would pick the Liberty over the Enchantment.

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