CaptivaTravler Posted September 22, 2006 #1 Share Posted September 22, 2006 Because this turned out to be a long message.....Let me begin with a one word summary of our cruise (if that is possible) * WONDERFUL! * The Enchantment is a beautiful, well maintained ship. Boarding- We travled with 5 other couples all in J/Suites. #8624 thru #8636 Arrived at the port around 11:30 and all 12 of us were in the Windjammer having lunch by 12:00. Several in our group brought different types of special occasion wines in their checked luggage all without any problems or questions. We personnally brought on a case of water and Perrier in a suitcase. You could see cases of water and soda with the luggage tape strip going right thru with no problems. Cabins- We were able to get in our cabins by 1:30 or so, all of our checked luggage was delivered by 2:00. The cabins are in very nice shape with more than enough desk space/ drawer space.We had our stewart remove the stuff from the fridge and put our stuff in. He noticed the bottles of wine and offered to bring wine glasses to our room. During our trip he always had several clean wine glasses for us everyday. We moved our glass table over to the side and it made for a larger space to move around in. There were a few nights where we had up to 8 people in our room and out on our balcony for a before dinner glass of wine and pictures. I had brought a docking station for my i-pod, so with a little jazz music playing it was kinda like our own little private lounge. It was great! Side Note- While in port at Jamaica, all of our bedding was replaced. The new bedding was extremely comfortable. Not sure if they did the whole ship or are working there way thru but it appeared as if all of the deck 8 bedding got replaced. Dining Room- Our TA had said that for the most part RC does not have tables for 12 but would ask that our tables of 6 be next to each other. One of the first things I did after getting on board, was to make trip to the dinning room to locate our tables. The head waiter was there just kinda getting things organized, noticed me looking atthe tables and came over. After our greetings, he asked if this would be to my satisfaction. I said, I loved the location but explained that it will be a little bit of a bummer that 12 of us are dining together, but will have to split into to different tables. He immediatly said, "Well lets see what we can do about that". He stared at the two tables for a second then called out to another waiter to come over and help him. Within 5 minutes, all while I was standing there, they had moved the two tables together, inserted another small table and 'Whalla' we had our table of 12! It was a large oval shape which made for great conversation during dinner. Our group of 12 had already made the decision, before we sailed, that we would all dress 'Up' during our dinners. We felt that by everyone knowing up front that for pictures, the ocassion, etc... it would'nt make sense for someone to be wearing a t-shirt and someone else to be wearing a jacket to dinner. It actually worked out fantastic. All in our our group looked great everynight. We made everynight in the dining room 'special' not just formal night. *Last word on this... to us (and we talked about this) we felt that the extra effort that went into getting ready for our dinners in the My Fair Lady made for a more memorable experience. We realize that this is not for everyone going on a cruise, so dont mis-understand we have no problems whatsoever about what others decide to wear to dinner. The food in the dining room was excellant. We tried just about everything on the menu and I heard no complaints from any in our party. I personnally had seconds on most of the appetizers and on Lobster night I had 3 tails. Very, Very good! My wife took a liking to the cold soups ( strawberry, melon, etc..) our waiter figured this out quickly and even on the nights a cold soup was'nt on the menu, he made sure she got a serving of cold soup! After night 2 she never had to order them again, he just brought a different type to her. Our waiter was Fernando and Asst. Josephine. Very likeable and seemed sincerely interested in how we were enjoying the food the ship etc...Never had a water glass get less than half full. Over the 5 nights, we probably had 7 bottles of our wine opened at our table and we were never charged a corkage fee. After talking over our cruise as couples the last night, we all agreed that our time spent during dinner was most deffinatley a highlight of our time on board. Spa - My wife and I had 4 different treatments.... Hot Stones Massage - Full Face and Body Treatment- Salt and Ginger Body Massage- Swedish Massage All were great and worth the $$ , if you have any further questions on these dont hesitate to ask, we can give you our take on them. Entertainment- For me, if I had to pick the weakest part of our cruise, I would say the evening entertainment. They were OK but not great. Comedian, Comedian Juggler, Dont Stop the Rock, Comedian Magician out of those 4 the magician comedian was the best. I realize this area, entertainment, is very subjective for everyone. One person loves it, for the next person one seat over its just ok. One highlight for us was Josh, the activities director. Very likeable guy. Ports- Jamaica- very nice, we did the falls and river tubing. Great Tour cant say enough about our guides! The restaurant they took us to, not the normal place they take most tours, was awesome! I can tell you more on that, if you want to know. Grand Cayman- I must say I wasnt overly impressed with the Island itself. The water which goes without saying is beautiful. We did a 2 stop snorkle trip and Stingray city. The tour was very good. As mentioned just not that impressed with the island. We live by Sanibel and Captiva and feel that on any given Saturday I could have a more scenic afternoon here at home. Maybe living here in FL sways my opinion about GC. Sorry this turnd out to be soooooo looooooong but if you have any further questions about the Enchantment dont hesitate to ask...I'll help where I can. Mark PS. our group was in 30's to early 40's age wise Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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