Enchantment of the Seas is a bit of an anomaly. Most ships are new, old or at least uniformly updated, but this one can’t make up its mind. Following a 2005 refurb — in which the ship was sliced and diced and sewn back together with the addition of a 73-foot-long midsection — parts of the vessel sparkle like new, while others show a bit of wear.

Although the exterior of the ship is slightly faded, the midsection (both inside and outside) still looks relatively new, offering a larger pool deck, funky suspension bridges, the Boleros Latin lounge, Ben & Jerry’s, a Champagne bar and the ritzy Centrum atrium, complete with glass-enclosed elevators.

Cabins are comfortable and fairly modern, but a few of the hallways show their age with scuffed walls and dented stateroom doors, some of which looked as though they had been hit with rocks … or cannonballs.

Although the ship was full during our sailing from Baltimore to Bermuda, it never felt crowded — not even at mealtimes. We were¬†also surprised by the number of young adults onboard, as well as the zealous nightlife. However, those who chose to steer clear of more rowdy pursuits had plenty of options, as well; everything from trivia to Bingo was offered, and the Solarium provided a relaxing escape for lounging.

Overall, food onboard was decent, and service was efficient and friendly. Royal Caribbean’s stellar youth programs kept children busy, so the hallways and pool areas weren’t overrun with kids. And, although chair hogs were out in full force during my sailing, I never wanted for a sun lounger by the pool. We were, however, disappointed by the closure of the sports deck for much of the sailing, due to windy conditions that rendered the jogging track, rock-climbing wall and bungee trampoline unsafe for passengers.