Five Things to Know About Royal Caribbean International's Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Ship
Best for: Families who want plenty to do but don’t want to navigate a mega-sized ship
Sails: The Caribbean
At a Glance: Many Vision-class ships specialize in exotic itineraries, but Enchantment of the Seas sticks to short jaunts from its homeport in Miami. And though it’s much smaller than Royal Caribbean’s largest ships, it still has plenty of fun activities to choose from (bungee trampolining, anyone?).
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You Won’t Get Lost
While Royal Caribbean is best known for floating metropolises like Harmony of the Seas, aka the largest cruise ship in the world, the line’s Vision class feels much more intimate. Enchantment of the Seas carries less than half the number of passengers as Harmony. But you’ll still find plenty of Royal Caribbean’s signature activities, kids’ programs, and restaurants. (For more on that, keep reading.)
It’s the Perfect Long Weekend
Though most of its sister ships are out exploring the globe, Enchantment of the Seas prefers to sail close to home, cruising to the Bahamas from Miami in three- and four-day itineraries. Included in the voyage: a stop at CoCoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island, where you can jet-ski, kayak, romp at the floating aqua park, or just laze the day away.
The Activities List Is Substantial
Enchantment of the Seas may not be the biggest Royal Caribbean ship, but it still offers many ways to play. There’s a rock-climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, a video arcade, three pools, and a poolside movie screen. And if you’re in the mood for a workout, you can always hit the fitness center where you’ll find lots of classes to help you work off that buffet.
Relaxation Is a Priority
If you’d rather chill by the pool with a book than hit the rock-climbing wall, this is the ship for you. The adults-only Solarium pool is adults-only and has a retractable glass roof. Or book a treatment at Vitality Spa, which offers everything from body wraps and massage to acupuncture and Botox.
There’s Plenty to Eat
When you’re not sampling the local cuisine onshore, you’ll have several onboard options to choose from. During the day, grab a sandwich at Park Café or hit the buffet at Windjammer Café, then grab a scoop at Ben & Jerry’s. For dinner, do the main dining room or pay an extra fee to eat at Chops Grille steakhouse. After, make your way to Boleros, the ship’s Latin-themed club, for a few mojitos and some live music.