Enchantment of the Seas is the fifth of Royal Caribbean's Vision class of cruise ships. When the ship went into service in 1997, she had a gross tonnage of 74,000 tons. However, in May-June 2005, she was taken to Rotterdam in The Netherlands where she was substantially enlarged. Enchantment was cut in two and a 73-foot section that had been constructed in Finland and brought to the shipyard by
barge was inserted into the middle.
Among other things, this enlargement gave the ship a larger pool deck and the open decks were substantially enhanced. In addition, RCI took the opportunity to enhance the interior of the ship, redoing the ship's buffet as well as adding a specialty
restaurant, a new nightclub and an art gallery. Another 151 passenger cabins were also added.
The lengthening of the hull also gave the ship the ability to achieve somewhat greater speed.
The style of cruising onboard is the Royal Caribbean mixture of casual relaxation interspersed with formal nights. However, in some ways, Enchantment provides cruising as it used to be. The emphasis is not on the ship's hardware but on the relaxed friendly atmosphere and service provided by her crew.
This ship has a good quality late 20th century decor. The public rooms make use of light colored woods and fabrics interspersed with polished metal. There is a nice art collection featuring a variety of different styles of statues and reliefs.
Sitting side by side in the Centrum on Deck Five is Explorations (above left), where guests can book shore excursions and transfers, and the Guest Relatins Desk, the ship's reception desk (above right). At the Next Cruise office, guests can book future cruises on Royal Caribbean and on affilated lines such as Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.
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