by Nicole Huffman
A large part of our homeschooling experience includes traveling. As the holidays are quite difficult for me, I jumped on the opportunity to go on a cruise to the Bahamas instead of suffering through another painful holiday with people who simply tolerate my existence. My son and I had a great time learning more about the Bahamian culture while on this beach hopping expedition. It was not lost on me that there was a time when our ancestors were traveling the Atlantic in boats, and it was not by choice. I also will not forget that people gave their lives so that my son and I could enjoy God’s beaches just like other citizens. We had a wonderful time learning more about Black History around the globe while enjoying activities that we never could have experienced once upon a time.
In the following video, I give my detailed review of my first cruise with Royal Caribbean. This was my 6th overall cruise, 6th ship, and 3rd cruise line. We traveled on the Enchantment of the Seas. Choosing this ship is not something I will ever again do. It was an extremely unsettling experience, and I have nerves of steel when it comes to any type of travel. I highly recommend that people avoid this particular ship. You can hear more about it in the video.
Quick Synopsis of My Grades
Ship (Aesthetics)- A
Ship (Amenities)- A
Ship (Accommodations for inside cabin)- A for look; C for size; C for bathroom amenities- there was an issue with the toilet not flushing toilet paper without having to pour water into the bowl to wash the paper away from the sides.
Ship (Comfort)- F— I felt quite unsafe on this ship, and I have been on smaller vessels as well as one during hurricane season. This was the first time that I thought we were not going to make it to our first port. This was the first time I felt safer on an excursion’s tender boat, sailing in the ocean, than I felt on a ship.
Food (Presentation)- A
Food (Quality)- A
Food (Taste)- D-
Entertainment- A+ for the headline singer; F- for the coontastic comedian
Upselling of Products- F. I felt attacked as soon as I was about to enter the gangway- before boarding the ship. It was over-the-top sales-y. There was even a professional photographer in the water at CocoCay Beach. He was taking pictures to later sell for $20 a piece.
Excursion- A+ for Nassau’s Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter; C for RC’s private island at CocoCay. The beach was nice; the food was much more flavorful than what was served on the ship; but it was very loud and too commercial.
Royal Caribbean vs. Carnival
I hear a great deal of talk about how RC is so much better than Carnival, and how it is a top of the line cruise ship. That was not reflected in my experience. Carnival’s grades were all A’s and B’s in the above mentioned categories (except for the Liberty’s aesthetics, I give that a C-). Nevertheless, I am more than willing to give RC another opportunity to prove me wrong. It just will not be on the Enchantment of the Seas.