A little bit old, a little bit new. More than any other ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Enchantment of the Seas has been through changes. Built in 1997, she was literally sawed in half in 2005 at Rotterdam’s Keppel Verolme shipyard, then welded back together with a new 73-foot midsection in place, a move that added 151 cabins, several new public rooms, and several innovative pool-deck features. Seven years after that, she underwent a further modernization that added many features made popular aboard the line’s newer ships, including an outdoor movie screen on the Pool Deck, a nursery for babies and toddlers, a Park Café casual dining venue, digital information signage in the public areas, the cocktail-era R Bar in the atrium, special lounges for loyalty club members, and pervasive Wi-Fi stem to stern.
That's a lot of newness, but Enchantment of the Seas is by no means new. After more than a decade and a half of hard use, you can expect the usual scuffs and dents, particularly in heavily trafficked areas. Still, it's Royal Caribbean, so you can expect solid service and maintenance and a well-programmed experience heavy on entertainment and activities. Considering the ship's year-round schedule of 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises, you can expect a lot of families as well as couples out for a quick escape. The vast majority of passengers are Americans.
Accommodations come in 17 configurations, including wheelchair-accessible rooms in every major category (interior, oceanview, balcony, suite). Interior and oceanview staterooms are compact, measuring 138 to 151 square feet. Balcony cabins add a 39-square-foot private veranda. All come with a TV, a small sitting area, a vanity, good storage space and a small bathroom with shower. Enchantment of the Seas top-of-the-line suites are the 1,087-square-foot Royal Suites, which have a separate living room and bedroom, a large marble bathroom with whirlpool tub, a baby grand piano and a 161-square-foot private balcony.
One step up from the standard balcony cabin, the category D1 "Superior Ocean View Stateroom" measures 191 square feet. For more legroom, the 248-square-foot Junior Suites offers a double-size balcony, bathroom with tub and a sofa bed in the sitting area. Guests in Royal, Owner's, Family, Grand and accessible suites get a raft of perks, including priority check-in and departure, luggage valet service, complimentary clothes pressing on formal night, plush bathrobes, etc.