Trying to decide between Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise line when planning your cruise to the Bahamas? Well, I’ve done both and I can say with 100% conviction that Disney is the way to go when traveling with the family or as a couple.
Disney has four ships in its fleet. What this means is that Disney can easily maintain and supply each ship with its absolute best in terms of pretty much everything. Royal Caribbean on the other hand, has 22 ships and pays little detail to their older ships.
We recently took Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas for a 3 night Bahama Cruise. We booked last minute and got a great rate, but the old saying rings true; You get what you pay for. While you pay a premium price for Disney, Disney doesn’t nickle and dime you like Royal Caribbean. What do I mean?
If you want a soda during your trip, you will need to opt in to the Royal Caribbean drink program for an additional fee.
Want the Drink of the Day? Sounds like it would be a discount (like on DCL) but oh no, it is a premium price!
Want a float while on Coco Cay? It’s $15!!!
The kids want to go down their super high waterslide or floating fun park on their private island? Yeah, you’ll be paying a heaping extra price for that too ($34 per person).
Could you imagine Disney charging to go on Pelican Plunge? I think not.
Our room on Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas, while ocean view, was less than appealing. What you don’t see is that if we had brought our kids, their bunk beds would have come out on the right and left of our bed. Too close for comfort! Rooms on the Disney Dream are laid out much better!
The shower was also ridiculously small. Ladies, you can forget shaving your legs! It is impossible in this cocoon.
Love getting those cute towel animals and chocolates on your pillow? Well, we only got one towel animal during our trip and NO chocolates on our pillow.
How nice is it to find those awesome Disney Spa toiletries in your room each day! Royal Caribbean opts for a shampoo dispenser in that crazy small shower. Nothing else.
Want to watch TV in your room? Well, there are only a few channels and nearly half are in another language. Even CNN is the European version.
What about those Oscar worthy shows Disney puts on EVERY NIGHT. We got two nights on comedians and a 30 minutes show with about 10 dancers/performers that mimicked the best of Broadway titles: Little Shop of Horors, Hair Spray and Chicago.
You’ll find Ben & Jerry’s and Starbucks on board, but they are an additional fee. Prices weren’t too inflated thank goodness.
There is also a FREE Soft serve ice cream machine (tucked away where no one can find it) and it is only open during the day. I tried to get ice cream 3 x during our trip and it was always closed.
The only place where I felt Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas had it together was in their dining room (yes, there was only ONE). Food was exceptional and arrived quickly (compared to the 2 hour dinners on DCL).
They also had their tendering process (yes, they had to tender in to their private island) down to a science with very little wait time.
To be fair, I understood that Enchantment of the Seas was built in 1997 (and had an addition around 2007), but Royal Caribbean has spent ZERO in the years since in updating pretty much anything. We’re talking 90’s peach and teal green EVERYTHING.
So, all in all, there is really no comparison. Disney Dream (which travels to the Bahamas) wins hands down when compared to Enchantment of the Seas.
Oh, and did I mention my view from the ship when we were docked in Nassau?