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Port Canaveral welcomes new Royal Caribbean ship this week


Port Canaveral, Florida is ready to welcome a new Royal Caribbean ship that will call the Atlantic hub home.  Enchantment of the seas will begin offering year-round three- and four-night Bahamas cruises starting this week.

Enchantment of the Seas is replacing Monarch of the Seas, which Royal Caribbean recently transferred to sister cruise line Pullmantur, which occurred earlier this month.

The 2,252 passenger ship first debuted in 1997 and was recently refurbished as part of Royal Caribbean's Royal Advantage program. Its signature features include a pool deck with interactive splash pad with dual suspension bridge on either side of the ship. It also features the popular rock wall and a bungee trampoline attraction.

The December 2012 refurbishment added Royal Babies & Tots Nursery, '60s-era R Bar and new dining option, the Park Café gourmet deli.

Other enhancements include Wi-Fi service throughout the ship, flat panel TVs in each stateroom, interactive digital signage and an outdoor, poolside movie screen that proved popular on the Oasis-class ships. Also new to the ship are the Concierge Club lounge for suite guests and Diamond Club for the line's loyalty program members.

Enchantment of the Seas first cruise out of Port Canaveral will be a four-night Bahamas cruise on April 25th.  It then will begin its normal Monday-Friday, four-night and Friday-Monday, three-night itineraries year-round. The three-night itinerary also makes stops at Coco Cay and Nassau.

Royal Caribbean has another ship year-round that calls Port Canaveral home, which is Freedom of the Seas.  Enchantment of the Seas is the first new Royal Caribbean ship at the port in four years.