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   Cruise Travel - Reader Reviews

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Commodore Cruise Line

SS Enchanted Isle

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by:Steve Dennis
# previous cruises: 2
Date of Trip: December 9, 2000
Itinerary: Caribbean - Western

Super Ship - smaller than most on this type of cruise and, therefor,friedlier. Ship overall well run. we found the food to be of very good standard with plenty of variety. Liked the "buzz" a lot. From a UK point of view, very good value for money.

Public Areas
Plenty of space - even though the ship was fairly full. The Grand Lounge was very busy but the atmosphere was great - there were some restricted views but this was compensated for by the service and quality of the shows.

Plenty of deck space for quiet or socialising. Other reviews talk about the inability to buy alcohol for consumption. This is not unusual - world wide. If the cruise line need to make an extra margin to maintain tha quality - no problem (sorry - too long in Jamaica!)

Food and Service
Very impressed. Good variety and quality. Dining was not especially formal - we liked that. Did not need the Dinner Jacket. Could choose snacks or more formal meals at all times. Midnight buffets were excellent.

Larger than on on some of the super liners. I have sailed on the Oriana and the Enchanted Isle cabin was roomier and more comfortable. The fittings were old - but so is the ship - it is well maintained and very comfortable. Limited TV but what do we go on holiday for anyway? No real noise to talk about (we were on main deck)

I don't like most variety shows but this was way above normal. The Entertainments Director, Dan Stapleton, was excellent and he was supported by a good team (complementary cruise will be fine Dan!).

We chose our excursions to give us variety:
Tulum, Mexico - to see the Mayan ruins. Guide Vicente was knowledgable and friendly - I gather that some of the others weren't. The ruins are well worth a visit.
Grand Cayman - tour, turtle farm and Stingray City plus part of the island.Stingray City was certainly the highlight - recommended. Guide excellent (name not known - but he does come to UK. Easily the best excursion on the cruise.
Montego Bay - better than I expected but do not like the Hassle in the shops and market. Still worth a trip.
Plenty to do on the ship - not all to our taste but we were kept very occupied.

Who Goes
Mainly Soutern US families - only 16 Brits on the ship. We made many friends - hopefully we will keep in touch. Wide variety - blue collar to business owners - no barriers - great fun. The ship is small enough to run into people more than once - and to talk to them. We loved it!

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