An Enchanting Florida Short Cruise Option


Royal Caribbean‘s Enchantment of the Seas is proving a good match for the Florida drive market with many passengers sailing the recently-refurbished ship multiple times.  Replacing aging Monarch of the Seas, revitalized Enchantment of the Seas boasts a number of features found on Royal Caribbean’s newer ships.  Rated four out of five stars, CruiseCritic says “83% of cruisers loved it”, noting a number of outstanding features.

That the ship was cut in half in 2005, adding a 73-foot long section that brought 151 new staterooms, outdoor trampoline bungees, suspension bridges, an expanded pool area, a 64-jet interactive fountain area for kids, and windows allowing an unobstructed view of the ocean below. Originally, Royal Caribbean planned the same expansion on other sister-ships in the line’s Vision class.  Proving excessively expensive, Royal Caribbean instead chose to virtually expand Voyager class of ships by creating Freedom class.

Standard features on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas include a two-story main dining room, the Windjammer cafe buffet, the Chops Grille specialty restaurant, themed bars and lounges, three pools, a spa, a theater, a solarium, a fitness center, , a shopping center and centrum, a teen disco and lounge, Adventure Ocean center, an observation deck, a rock-climbing wall, four bungee trampolines called the “Jump Zone” and the Viking Crown Lounge.

New features added just before positioning to year-round sailings from Florida’s Port Canaveral include adding he Park Cafè (where the best roast beef sandwich at sea can be found), a poolside movie screen, a new Centrum upgrade but without the flying acts the other Vision ships received, flatpanel TV’s, upgraded phone system, updated  WiFi technology and other enhancements.

What to expect on board?  Well, fresh bakery products, for one thing: