MS Enchantment of the Seas
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Enchantment of the Seas
|Name:||Enchantment of the Seas|
|Owner:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Port of registry:||Bahamas|
|Builder:||Kvaerner Masa Yards Helsinki New Shipyard, Helsinki, Finland|
|Maiden voyage:||July 13, 1997|
|Status:||In Active Service as of 2010|
|Notes:||CDC sanitation score: 96% (10-18-2008)|
|Class and type:||Vision class cruise ship|
1997—2004: 74,000 GT (gross tonnage)|
2005 onwards: 80,700 GT
1997—2004: 916 ft (279.20 m)|
2005 onwards: 990 ft (301.75 m)
|Beam:||106 ft (32.31 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft (7.62 m)|
|Speed:||22 kn (40.74 km/h; 25.32 mph)|
MS Enchantment of the Seas is a Vision Class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. Mainly, she cruises in the Caribbean, but will often explore the coast of Alaska and transit the Panama Canal. Starting in 2010 the Enchantment of the Seas will be home ported in Baltimore; becoming Baltimore's second home ported ship.
The two propellers are highly skewed fixed pitch types, manufactured in Sweden. Enchantment of the Seas and her sister ship Grandeur of the Seas are the first two major cruise ships to be equipped with a Dynamic Positioning System.
The ship's dining facilities include the two-story "My Fair Lady" dining room, the Windjammer cafe buffet, the Chops Grille specialty restaurant, and several themed bars and lounges, including a piano bar. Other features include three pools, a spa, a theater, a solarium, a fitness center, a discothèque, 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.
In 2005, the Enchantment of the Seas was overhauled. Part of overhaul included stretching the vessel by cutting it in two amidship and adding a 73-foot (22 m) long section. Enchantment entered dry dock at Keppel Verolme shipyards in Rotterdam on 15 May 2005. The mid-body extension section was built at Aker Finnyards ahead of time, allowing the construction to be done in just over a month.
The ship resumed service on 7 July 2005, less than two months after entering dry dock. The new section included 151 new staterooms, outdoor trampoline bungees, suspension bridges, an expanded pool area, a 64-jet interactive fountain area for kids, and floor windows allowing an unobstructed view of the ocean below. During its time out of service, Enchantment also received an overall renovation, which included paintings by Paul Critchley for the Windjammer cafe.
When the extension project was approved, an extension of Enchantment's sister ship, Grandeur of the Seas was also planned, with tentative plans to extend other ships in the Vision class (and possibly throughout the fleet). However, while the Enchantment project was successful, it proved to be prohibitively expensive, and all future extension projects have been cancelled.
On September 30, 2009, as Enchantment of the Seas was berthed at Cozumel, high winds pushed the cruise ship Carnival Legend against the side resulting in damage to both ships. A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman commented that the ship had minor damage to the stern of the ship and some railings. Both ships were able to depart to its next port of call after being inspected by port authorities.
Docked in Philadelphia, PA
Sports pool and main pool
Centrum, The three-deck atrium of the ship, as seen from mid-deck; it was renovated during the overhaul.
- Enchantement Aruba.jpg
Docked in Oranjestad, Aruba
- "Cruise Ships Inspection Score for MS Enchantment of the Seas". Vessel Sanitation Program. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 10-18-2008. http://wwwn.cdc.gov/InspectionQueryTool/Forms/InspectionScoresAll.aspx?Vessel=7077.
- Cruise Critic: Enchantment of the Seas to Baltimore
- "Press Release 31 May 2005". Royal Caribbean. http://www.royalcaribbean.com/ourCompany/pressCenter/pressReleases/info.do;jsessionid=0000yfM_NooOVj03oIHS0Et0NAe:12hdhu87a?prDate=05-31-2005&prCode=A. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
- "Brochure on KV's facilities for cruise and ferry repair". Cruise and Ferry (contains numerous photos and details of the Enchantment extension project). Keppel Verolme Shipyards. http://www.keppelverolme.nl/Cruise_Ferry%20brochure.pdf. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
- "Press Release 06 July 2005". Royal Caribbean. http://www.royalcaribbean.com/ourCompany/pressCenter/pressReleases/info.do;jsessionid=0000yfM_NooOVj03oIHS0Et0NAe:12hdhu87a?prDate=07-06-2005&prCode=A. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
- "Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise ships collide in Cozumel". USA Today. 2009. http://www.usatoday.com/travel/cruises/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=68500121.blog. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
- RCI page for Enchantment of the Seas
- RCI "Fast Facts" brochure for Enchantment of the Seas
- RCIfan.com, an RCI Fan site.
- A gallery of commissioned artwork for the ship's Windjammer Buffet-Style Cafe
- A must read about the new features on the Enchantment