Enchantment of the Seas

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Enchantment of the Seas in November 2009
NameEnchantment of the Seas
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Group[1]
Operator Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry
Ordered3 August 1994[1]
BuilderKvaerner Masa Yards Helsinki New Shipyard, Helsinki, Finland
Yard number493[1]
Laid down25 October 1995[1]
Launched20 November 1996[1]
Completed3 July 1997[1]
Maiden voyage13 July 1997
In service1997-present
StatusActive service out of Baltimore
General characteristics
Class and typeVision-class cruise ship
  • 1997–2005: 74,000 GT
  • 2005 onwards: 82,910 GT[1]
  • 1997–2005: 279.20 m (916.01 ft)
  • 2005 onwards: 301.36 m (988.71 ft)[1]
Beam106 ft (32.31 m)
Draft25 ft (7.62 m)
Decks11 passenger decks
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity2,446 Passengers

Enchantment of the Seas is a Vision-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International.

In September 2017, Enchantment of the Seas evacuated the company’s employees and their families from Miami when they had been endangered by Hurricane Irma.[2]


The two propellers are highly skewed fixed pitch types, manufactured in Sweden. Enchantment of the Seas and her sister ship Grandeur of the Seas were the first two major cruise ships to be equipped with a Dynamic Positioning System frequently used to maintain position while in port, particularly when tender boats are used.


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 of the Seas 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.[3][4]

The ship resumed service on 7 July 2005, less than two months after entering dry dock. The new section added included 151 new passenger cabins.[5]

In December 2012, Enchantment of the Seas went into drydock in Freeport, Bahamas for a further refurbishment.


On 30 September 2009, while Enchantment of the Seas was berthed at Cozumel, Mexico, 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 and some railings. Both ships were able to depart to its next port of call after being inspected by port authorities.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Enchantment of the Seas (18769)". DNV Vessel Register. DNV. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. ^ Smith, Aaron (7 September 2017). "Royal Caribbean using its own cruise ship to evacuate employees". CNNMoney.
  3. ^ "Press Release 31 May 2005". Royal Caribbean. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Brochure on KV's facilities for cruise and ferry repair" (PDF). Cruise and Ferry. Keppel Verolme Shipyards. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Press Release 06 July 2005". Royal Caribbean. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  6. ^ Sloan, Gene (2009). "Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise ships collide in Cozumel". USA Today. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  7. ^ "News". news.msn.com. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2016.