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Enchantment of the Seas - June 24th 5-night review

 

Our background - I’m in my late 30s, husband late 20s and daughter age 10. This was my 7th RCI cruise.

 

Overview - The ship is absolutely beautiful. The crew was very attentive and friendly. The cruise director was entertaining. The food and service were outstanding.

The shore excursions (at least Dunns River Falls) DANGEROUS!

 

Day 1 -

Got to the pier around 1:00. Easy embarkation. Went to priority boarding for Platinum members. We got on the ship fairly quickly and went straight to our room, which was ready for us. We had an inside cabin on deck 2 which was small of course but ample for the three of us. We rarely spend time in the cabin anyhow, so cabin was not a priority for us. We dropped off our carry on baggage, took a look at the cruise compass and headed up to the Windjammer for a bite to eat. Food at the windjammer was decent. Typical cruise buffet food. Went to the muster drill and watched the sail away.

Went to the pre-dinner show. The comedian was quite funny and entertaining. We enjoyed the show very much.

Dinner tonight was good. I had the Tomato soup (excellent), fish tapenade (excellent) and the herb crusted cod (good but not great). The waiter, his assistant and the head waiter were all fabulous. Traditional service (ladies orders were taken first and were served first). Our table was in a great location, right next to the captain’s table.

 

Day 2 - at sea

Had breakfast in the dining room. I had Eggs benedict, which were done to perfection. You must ask for runny yolks if you want them that way though. (Learned that from last cruise on Grandeur) I think this is for health reasons.

We took our daughter to the pool for a swim and then to the adventure club. She really enjoyed the activities she participated in. She didn’t go very much though, because we did most things together.

We went to the platinum party in the Viking Crown lounge and had some nice bites to eat and complimentary cocktails of choice.

Later that day we walked around and explored, looked at the on-board shops, etc.

We skipped the show that night, as we are not really into the singing/dancing type shows.

Tonight was formal night, so we went to the Captain’s cocktail party and then headed to dinner.

Dinner tonight was escargot (excellent), lobster bisque (excellent) and duck with currant sauce, red cabbage and potato croquettes (excellent).

 

Day 3 - Jamaica

OK, this is where things go wrong. We had a nice breakfast in the Windjammer (since our excursion was early). We booked the Cruise - Dunns River Falls and Dolphin Cove.

We thought the cruise part was going to be a nice relaxing cruise along the coast (at least that’s how it sounded in the description). Turns out it was a boat ride with people wanting to sell stuff along the way and they played LOUD really LOUD reggae rap type music.

The music was so loud, it hurt our ears. We got to the falls and began the climb. The falls are very challenging to climb. I don’t know how some people were able to drink on the boat ride and then make this climb. The rocks are slippery and the steps you have to take up the rocks are very challenging. We didn’t make it very far when something in my leg made a pop, and my knee and leg gave way, sideways. I could no longer put any weight on my leg at all. It was excruciating and kept giving way and buckling when I tried to put any weight on it at all. The guide got me off of the falls and along the side as I used her and trees as support to limp to the stairs. I waited there for an ambulance. I rode with a 9 year old girl who suffered a sprained ankle on the falls. They took me to the medical center that the tour group uses. Got an X-ray for only 25. US dollars. Saw the doctor and she informed me that I most likely tore a ligament.

This would set the way for the rest of my cruise, as I was confined to a wheelchair for getting around the ship and using crutches inside the cabin.

Everyone on the ship was VERY helpful in assisting me whenever I needed it. The dining room staff was wonderful. Cabin steward was great in getting us plenty of ice for my leg and bringing a plastic stool for the shower, so I could sit while bathing.

Missed the welcome back Crown and Anchor party, as it took me too long to get ready with my new injury. Went to dinner and starting crying when I saw the look of surprise of my tablemates, as I got a bit emotional about what happened. Everyone was very sweet, including our waiter.

 

I will continue this review later. I can’t remember off hand what I had for dinner that night but I need to rack my brain to remember that and the following nights and will continue this review soon. To make a long story short, the injury was an obstacle and made it different than my usual cruise experiences but I made the best of it. I was on a cruise after all and I had to be positive.

 

More to come…

 

Tammy

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So sorry to hear about your misfortune....I have been to Dunn's River Falls myself and opted out after just seeing the PICTURES of it beforehand!!

Watching from the stairs at the side was no picnic either; I had to watch as some idiot with a BABY in a backpack tried to climb as the water gushing down on him practically drowned the baby on his back (of course he had no clue what was going on behind him..). Thankfully he got the message after everyone behind him started screaming at him....

I am anxious to hear how the rest of your cruise was for you, that had to be miserable. Years ago I tore ligaments in my foot and I know how painful that can be.

I will be waiting to read your next post!

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Sorry about your injury. Last time we were in Jamaica, there were a couple of people injuried at the Falls and were in wheelchairs for the rest of the cruise.

 

Looking forward to the rest of your review as we will be on the Enchantment for Christmas.

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Night 3

I had scallop risotto (very good), Roasted garlic soup (very good), Garlic Tiger Shrimp (excellent). Tonight was the Caribbean buffet and poolside party, which I completely missed, because I was exhausted from the day of drama.

We saw the loyalty ambassador that evening, who we had met the previous day at the Platinum party and she was so sweet. She felt very sorry that I had hurt myself and wrote down our cabin number to check if there were any handicapped staterooms available (just a note - she offered out of kindness - we did not request that). We would find out later on that she did indeed check for us, but all the rooms were occupied. It was nice of her to look into it for us though.

 

Day 4 - Grand Cayman

Got up and went to the dining room for breakfast. Had eggs over easy and hash browns. Breakfast was very good. Service in the dining room is wonderful for breakfast and lunch, even though the waiters are not your dinner waiters.

 

We had to cancel our excursion today to 7 mile beach, because of my injury. The explorations desk was kind enough to refund our tickets, since we couldn’t use them. Not sure if that’s the norm, but they were very accommodating. We decided to go ashore and do some shopping. We were told that they can tender you, even in a wheelchair. The crew was very helpful in getting me comfortably on the tender. If you can walk, they will assist you on and take your chair on for you. In my case, I could not, so they lifted me in the chair into the tender. I was a little nervous but these guys do it all the time. I later asked our head waiter what the crew does if there is a muster and someone is in a chair. He told me that there are people stationed at every deck by the stairs that will carry you down the stairs in your chair and hand you off to the next officers on the following deck. I thought that was pretty neat and reassuring. OK, back to the day…

 

Shopping in Grand Cayman was very nice. DH got me a very nice diamond and sapphire ring as a belated anniversary gift. He was very sweet, pushing me around the shops. Not all the streets are wheelchair friendly. Some sidewalks had ramps but others did not and I had to get out of the chair and with DH’s assistance, hop over the curb.

 

We went back to the ship and had lunch in the Windjammer, as the dining room was closed. Later that day we played bingo, which was fun. I had to laugh to myself when he instructed us about standing and doing a bingo boogie. I was not quite sure how I would handle that…but alas, there was no bingo on my card that would require a boogie.

 

Dinner tonight was the sought after lobster night…

I had cream of asparagus soup (excellent), Spinach dip (good but the chips had been under a heating lamp too long and were no longer crunchy), Lobster came out late and we were apologized to many times for it. I personally had no problem waiting. Let me tell you, they were so worth the wait. Lobster was cooked to perfection! Tails were a very nice size and so yummy.

 

Apparently, the reason for the tails coming out much later than usual is this…

The lobster tails originally came out of the ovens undercooked. When you put undercooked lobster tails back in an oven to cook them longer, they become rubbery. Head chef would not have rubbery tails served in his dining room, so they were discarded and a new batch cooked from the start. The next night, we got a tray with chocolate covered strawberries and other nice nibbles in our cabin, with a note from the head chef, apologizing for the delayed lobster tails the previous evening. How’s that for service? This is a kitchen staff that truely cares and prides itself in serving quality food in the dining room.

We finished that evening with a dessert sampler plate, which was very nice.

 

A note about this chef…

I mentioned to our headwaiter that the food was very good on this cruise and although the menu was the same as our last cruise, the previous year, the food was far better. He explained to me that the headwaiter had won a special award and had high standards. This proves that the food can greatly vary from ship to ship depending on the head chef. For instance, I notice details in food. I speculated on our last cruise that the reason for the soups not being creamy is that they were thickened with cornstarch rather than cream. On this cruise, the soups were thickened with cream. Also on our Grandeur cruise, everything was VERY salty. On this cruise, I often had to add my own salt, which I prefer to do. I didn’t get all puffy from the salt on this cruise. Just little details I pay attention to…

 

Tonight was the grand buffet night (if I remember correctly) and it was very nicely presented. I was not hungry so I didn’t have any nibbles but it sure looked good.

 

After buffet, we headed back to the cabin for bed. We were all tired, especially my daughter who normally has a much earlier bed time.

 

Day 5 - At Sea

We got up and had a nice breakfast in the dining room. I had blueberry pancakes and bacon. The pancakes were very good and fluffy. After this we played a game of bingo - still no boogie required (darn). I would have spun in my wheelchair, had we won. We didn’t make it to the final bingo game later that day. There was too much going on and despite the temptation to try and win the 2K jackpot, we decided the $70 we already spent was enough.

 

Had lunch in the dining room - ordered the BBQ ribs. The ribs fall off the bone and are very tasty. Had the not-so-traditional chocolate crème brulee, which was very good.

 

DH and DD went to the swimming pool, while I took a nap. Got up and sat in my shower and made a swimming pool of my own on the bathroom floor. That’s what happens when you shower with the curtain open. I had no objections to showering with the curtain open however, as it no longer could attack me. There is a drain in the bathroom floor that quickly drains any water that escapes the shower.

 

We went to see the loyalty ambassador (Inga) to book our next cruise (how very exciting is that)! We booked a back to back on the refurbished Celebrity Century for a total of 9 nights. We got a fantastic price and a nice cabin location. There was a limited selection of cabins available for both cruises with 3-person capacity. We didn’t want to switch cabins in the middle of our cruise, so we opted for an inside. We had originally wanted an ocean view because the prices were so great, but oh well. Our cabin will be on the 10th deck across the hall from the sunset verandah cabins.

She also informed us that she had sent the white luggage tags to our cabin, so we could be escorted off the ship first and have assistance with the chair, etc.

Thank you, Inga.

 

Went to the gallery and chose our photos, took care of our gratuities (many got more than recommended) and headed back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.

 

Went to the pre-dinner show, which was a juggling act and farewell song. The juggling duo was entertaining and we enjoyed the show.

 

Dinner tonight was creamed mushrooms in puffed pastry (excellent), clam chowder (rivaled some of the clam chowder I have had on Martha’s Vineyard), and NY Strip steak with béarnaise sauce (excellent). The steak was cooked to perfection and the sauce was very nice. The meat was seasoned very well and could stand alone without the sauce, however I am a sauce freak, so I let it drown. Dessert was baked Alaska for us and came out very nice. Not like the traditional flaming baked Alaska but very good regardless. For fire regulations, they no longer flambé in the dining room. If they do, it’s in a designated area. I am told you can request (in advance) for a flambé such as Bananas Foster or something of that nature but it’s no longer done, tableside.

 

After dinner we took DD to Adventure Ocean, so we could go see the late night comedy with Steve Smith. We enjoyed him so much the first night, we decided it would be worth it to see his adult comedy. It was worth it - he was a riot.

 

Went to pick up daughter and off to bed for all of us.

 

Disembarkation - went to the Crown and Anchor departure lounge, which was located in the upper deck of the dining room. Inga was there and hooked us up with a staff member who would take us to the pick up at the pier. Going through customs was a breeze (we didn’t have much in purchases and no liquor, so I suppose that helped). The crew member that took us to the pick up at the pier was very nice. He stayed with us until our ride came. We gave him $5 for his help. When my mom came and offered him more money because he helped us get into the car, etc, he refused, saying I had already given him $$. I need not say more about him.

 

As you can see, despite my unfortunate circumstances, we had a very nice time and were blessed with a genuinely caring and helpful crew.

 

We would cruise on Enchantment again in a heartbeat! BUT NO DUNN”S FALLS!!!

:)

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Night 3

I had scallop risotto (very good), Roasted garlic soup (very good), Garlic Tiger Shrimp (excellent). Tonight was the Caribbean buffet and poolside party, which I completely missed, because I was exhausted from the day of drama.

We saw the loyalty ambassador that evening, who we had met the previous day at the Platinum party and she was so sweet. She felt very sorry that I had hurt myself and wrote down our cabin number to check if there were any handicapped staterooms available (just a note - she offered out of kindness - we did not request that). We would find out later on that she did indeed check for us, but all the rooms were occupied. It was nice of her to look into it for us though.

 

Day 4 - Grand Cayman

Got up and went to the dining room for breakfast. Had eggs over easy and hash browns. Breakfast was very good. Service in the dining room is wonderful for breakfast and lunch, even though the waiters are not your dinner waiters.

 

We had to cancel our excursion today to 7 mile beach, because of my injury. The explorations desk was kind enough to refund our tickets, since we couldn’t use them. Not sure if that’s the norm, but they were very accommodating. We decided to go ashore and do some shopping. We were told that they can tender you, even in a wheelchair. The crew was very helpful in getting me comfortably on the tender. If you can walk, they will assist you on and take your chair on for you. In my case, I could not, so they lifted me in the chair into the tender. I was a little nervous but these guys do it all the time. I later asked our head waiter what the crew does if there is a muster and someone is in a chair. He told me that there are people stationed at every deck by the stairs that will carry you down the stairs in your chair and hand you off to the next officers on the following deck. I thought that was pretty neat and reassuring. OK, back to the day…

 

Shopping in Grand Cayman was very nice. DH got me a very nice diamond and sapphire ring as a belated anniversary gift. He was very sweet, pushing me around the shops. Not all the streets are wheelchair friendly. Some sidewalks had ramps but others did not and I had to get out of the chair and with DH’s assistance, hop over the curb.

 

We went back to the ship and had lunch in the Windjammer, as the dining room was closed. Later that day we played bingo, which was fun. I had to laugh to myself when he instructed us about standing and doing a bingo boogie. I was not quite sure how I would handle that…but alas, there was no bingo on my card that would require a boogie.

 

Dinner tonight was the sought after lobster night…

I had cream of asparagus soup (excellent), Spinach dip (good but the chips had been under a heating lamp too long and were no longer crunchy), Lobster came out late and we were apologized to many times for it. I personally had no problem waiting. Let me tell you, they were so worth the wait. Lobster was cooked to perfection! Tails were a very nice size and so yummy.

 

Apparently, the reason for the tails coming out much later than usual is this…

The lobster tails originally came out of the ovens undercooked. When you put undercooked lobster tails back in an oven to cook them longer, they become rubbery. Head chef would not have rubbery tails served in his dining room, so they were discarded and a new batch cooked from the start. The next night, we got a tray with chocolate covered strawberries and other nice nibbles in our cabin, with a note from the head chef, apologizing for the delayed lobster tails the previous evening. How’s that for service? This is a kitchen staff that truely cares and prides itself in serving quality food in the dining room.

We finished that evening with a dessert sampler plate, which was very nice.

 

A note about this chef…

I mentioned to our headwaiter that the food was very good on this cruise and although the menu was the same as our last cruise, the previous year, the food was far better. He explained to me that the headwaiter had won a special award and had high standards. This proves that the food can greatly vary from ship to ship depending on the head chef. For instance, I notice details in food. I speculated on our last cruise that the reason for the soups not being creamy is that they were thickened with cornstarch rather than cream. On this cruise, the soups were thickened with cream. Also on our Grandeur cruise, everything was VERY salty. On this cruise, I often had to add my own salt, which I prefer to do. I didn’t get all puffy from the salt on this cruise. Just little details I pay attention to…

 

Tonight was the grand buffet night (if I remember correctly) and it was very nicely presented. I was not hungry so I didn’t have any nibbles but it sure looked good.

 

After buffet, we headed back to the cabin for bed. We were all tired, especially my daughter who normally has a much earlier bed time.

 

Day 5 - At Sea

We got up and had a nice breakfast in the dining room. I had blueberry pancakes and bacon. The pancakes were very good and fluffy. After this we played a game of bingo - still no boogie required (darn). I would have spun in my wheelchair, had we won. We didn’t make it to the final bingo game later that day. There was too much going on and despite the temptation to try and win the 2K jackpot, we decided the $70 we already spent was enough.

 

Had lunch in the dining room - ordered the BBQ ribs. The ribs fall off the bone and are very tasty. Had the not-so-traditional chocolate crème brulee, which was very good.

 

DH and DD went to the swimming pool, while I took a nap. Got up and sat in my shower and made a swimming pool of my own on the bathroom floor. That’s what happens when you shower with the curtain open. I had no objections to showering with the curtain open however, as it no longer could attack me. There is a drain in the bathroom floor that quickly drains any water that escapes the shower.

 

We went to see the loyalty ambassador (Inga) to book our next cruise (how very exciting is that)! We booked a back to back on the refurbished Celebrity Century for a total of 9 nights. We got a fantastic price and a nice cabin location. There was a limited selection of cabins available for both cruises with 3-person capacity. We didn’t want to switch cabins in the middle of our cruise, so we opted for an inside. We had originally wanted an ocean view because the prices were so great, but oh well. Our cabin will be on the 10th deck across the hall from the sunset verandah cabins.

She also informed us that she had sent the white luggage tags to our cabin, so we could be escorted off the ship first and have assistance with the chair, etc.

Thank you, Inga.

 

Went to the gallery and chose our photos, took care of our gratuities (many got more than recommended) and headed back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.

 

Went to the pre-dinner show, which was a juggling act and farewell song. The juggling duo was entertaining and we enjoyed the show.

 

Dinner tonight was creamed mushrooms in puffed pastry (excellent), clam chowder (rivaled some of the clam chowder I have had on Martha’s Vineyard), and NY Strip steak with béarnaise sauce (excellent). The steak was cooked to perfection and the sauce was very nice. The meat was seasoned very well and could stand alone without the sauce, however I am a sauce freak, so I let it drown. Dessert was baked Alaska for us and came out very nice. Not like the traditional flaming baked Alaska but very good regardless. For fire regulations, they no longer flambé in the dining room. If they do, it’s in a designated area. I am told you can request (in advance) for a flambé such as Bananas Foster or something of that nature but it’s no longer done, tableside.

 

After dinner we took DD to Adventure Ocean, so we could go see the late night comedy with Steve Smith. We enjoyed him so much the first night, we decided it would be worth it to see his adult comedy. It was worth it - he was a riot.

 

Went to pick up daughter and off to bed for all of us.

 

Disembarkation - went to the Crown and Anchor departure lounge, which was located in the upper deck of the dining room. Inga was there and hooked us up with a staff member who would take us to the pick up at the pier. Going through customs was a breeze (we didn’t have much in purchases and no liquor, so I suppose that helped). The crew member that took us to the pick up at the pier was very nice. He stayed with us until our ride came. We gave him $5 for his help. When my mom came and offered him more money because he helped us get into the car, etc, he refused, saying I had already given him $$. I need not say more about him.

 

As you can see, despite my unfortunate circumstances, we had a very nice time and were blessed with a genuinely caring and helpful crew.

 

We would cruise on Enchantment again in a heartbeat! BUT NO DUNN”S FALLS!!!

:)

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Sorry for the double post and just to clarify...

The culinary award I mentioned was won by the head chef, not the head waiter as I typed by mistake.

 

Also, I don't want to discourage anyone from seeing the falls. They are beautiful...but learn from my mistake. There are stairs that run up along side the falls, so you can see them without making a dangerous climb.

 

Hope you all enjoy the review.

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We would cruise on Enchantment again in a heartbeat! BUT NO DUNN”S FALLS!!!

:)

 

Wow! Sorry to hear about your injury. We climbed the Dunns River Falls a couple weeks ago when we were on Navigator and it really was dangerous, but fun :D . We had a lot of fun climbing it, but when we got to the top, the rocks were so slippery it was like they were covered in soap. I kept remembering a few years ago my sister in law fell at the last part and broke her elbow and arm. She was taken to the hospital in Ocho Rios and they actually made her take her pants off in front of other people in the waiting room to give her a shot. Needless to say it ruined her cruise, they got back to the pier to see their ship, the Carnival Destiny sailing away, with the kids and grandma onboard!

They stuck with Eastern and Southern Caribbean cruises after that, no waterfalls ;) .

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I am so sorry to hear about your injury. I climbed the falls about 7 years ago, and though I wasn't injured I had a lot of close calls. I was sore for the entire rest of the cruise from the steep climb. I hope you heal quickly.

My husband injured his knee just before we sailed on the Liberty earlier this month and limped throughout Europe. I'm happy to see that you both made the best out of a difficult situation.

 

We are sailing on the Enchantment for the second time this December. Your wonderful review lets me know I made the right choice for my next cruise. I was so disappointed with the food on the Liberty, that it makes me very pleased to know how much you enjoyed the food on your cruise.

I hope we are lucky enough to have the same chef.

 

Thanks again for posting.

 

Joan

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You tore your ACL, I had mine replaced with donor tissue and in 3 months my knee was stable again. You can have the doc harvest an extra hamstring to use instead of cadaver but whatever you do, do it know. Best of luck healing and rehabing.

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Thanks for the thorough and enjoyable review. Sure wish you hadn't been injured, but it sounds like you were able to make lemonade out of lemons:p

 

Love that you had a positive experience despite the negatives!

 

Hope you enjoy your B2B on the Century, and that it is totally injury free!!! :D

 

A~

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You tore your ACL, I had mine replaced with donor tissue and in 3 months my knee was stable again. You can have the doc harvest an extra hamstring to use instead of cadaver but whatever you do, do it know. Best of luck healing and rehabing.

 

 

Wolfcathorse,

 

I'm still not able to walk. How long after you tore your ACL were you able to walk? Not until after surgery? I plan to see my doctor as soon as I return to VA. I don't return until July 10th. In the meantime, I'm icing it, using crutches and an ace bandage. How long were you in bed after surgery before you could walk a little? Just wondering how much time away from work this will mean. I'm a graphic designer, so at least I have a sit down job.

Any info you can share will be most useful.

I imagine step one will be to have an MRI.

 

Thanks,

Tammy

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Tammy, I tore my ACL on a Carnival cruise being stupid (I'll leave out the details). They make braces with metal in the side to help stablize the knee. You need to see an ortho right away. Once the fluid is off you knee it is easier to walk on. Some people never have their ACL replaced and walk just fine. First, See the Doctor and make sure that is the problem.

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Hello,

 

Just an update and to let those of you who told me I tore my ACL...you were correct!

 

I'm having surgery on the 22nd with a donor tissue.

 

Wolfcathorse, if you read this...how long after surgery were you walking around with no crutches?

 

I'm finally able to walk with one crutch and take small walks with no crutches.

 

I've been in Physical Therapy for a few weeks now. It's helped a lot.

Bad Dunn's Falls...bad....

 

T.

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