The Legend of the Seas, nowdays, is on the smaller side, which gives it some advantages like: quicker processing times for embarkation and debarkation, smaller queues for excursions, dinning options and activities. The staff is to be commended for their friendliness and willingness to satisfy your needs. The food at the Windjammer was adequate; at the Romeo and Juliette restaurante was good, but on formal evening was not extra special and at Chops Grille, delicious. There was a good balance between sea days and ports of call. Because of its size, the production shows were not as embellish as on a larger vessel. The Solareum is a great place for those who wish to get away from the bustle of the main pool area.
This cruise was our 14th. It was the worst cruise we have done from the cabin point of view. We have booked a " Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony" and got a cabin with a lot of noise especially at nights when the ship was cruising from port to port. We have heard noises like a woodpecker above our bad, Balcony doors were banging, Air Condition were running at low capacity especially during nights, sofa with stains , Balcony with rust all over and poor paint, Wooden hand grip looks terrible .
The ship is old and needs refurbishment (a thorough cleaning won't suffice). Staff is attentive and friendly, which helped to make up for what the ship lacked. Musical group was comparable to most junior high school performers. Food was decent and tasty, and the menu was sufficiently varied although it would have been nice if the local port dishes had been featured for a fuller experience of the culture. The captain was friendly and approachable, and two bar servers (Maria and Laila) made every encounter with them an entertainment opportunity.
Overall, I will recommend this cruise to my friends and relatives. I would like to commend the waiters (Jonard & Wei Lei) , bartenders, our room attendant (Katut), the cruise director and entertainers (Chris & his people) for doing their excellent services during our cruise. The following improvements are needed: (1) Hongkong embarkation is very dis-organized. No formal instruction for the passenger where to fall in line and it was a mess. (2) Due to limited number of local boats, the cruise excursion in Puerto Princesa requires a coordination between the tour director and the local people involved in the subterranean river excursion. There's not enough boats to accommodate the influx of tourist and we have to wait for hours under the heat of the sun in humid environment resulting the delay of our arrival in the ship.
Well, the bed was very comfortable and so was the cabin. The ports of call were also fun and the the excursions that I set up exclusive of those offered by the ship were great. The food in the main dining room was also very good. But that's were the good ended. The bad? The staff of the ship. The cruise drirector needed a personality replacement. I've been on other cruises where they have been much, much better. This guy, needs to learn to say something other than "how are you doing tonight?" or "did you enjoy the show?" Do you want smoked salmon in the Windjammer on the beginning of the cruise? Sorry, that's against policy. Although it did show up later in the later in the cruise. Did policy change somewhere in the middle of the South China Sea? Want a pancake that doesn't resemble something like a hockey puck? That, too, was an impossibility. Inconsistent food quality was a hallmark of the Windjammer.
Ah and now the very, very ugly...How about a a few rude crew members? Yes, they were in attendance on this ship of fools. How about a tendering process that must have been organized by a ten year old (no insult to ten year olds intended)? That's right...waiting in the hot sun for over an hour to get on a tender back to the ship on two separate occasions. NO apology even. You'd think these guys would have that down to a science by now.
Think of complaining and getting and getting any kind of apology? Forget about it. They couldn't care less. And how about $36.00 for a 24 hour internet connection? I don't know what you would call that but where I come from I call it a Royal Ripoff!
I have taken many diferent cruises over the last twenty years and many on Royal Carribean and this one has to be the worst ever. It will make me question whether to take another Royal Carribean ever again.
Cruise could have been better. There were a limited number of activities, and the entertainment was okay at best. Our first cruise was on the Oasis of the Seas, which set a precedent. This ship was definitely not to be compared to the Oasis, which I am sure plays a major role in our disappointment. My husband and I have agreed that we will never sail on the Legend of the Seas again.
Cruise was fantastic. Getting there was another story. Never again will I take a cruise where I fly into San Diego and have to bus to Ensenada, Mexico. Something that should haven taken no more than 3 hours took over 5 hours. 3 hours just sitting at the border. Then the bus driver got lost getting to the port Oh well.
I must say the crew was excellent and the food was wonderful. The ship itself was a bit of a rust bucket and in need of a good shipyard repair period. Overall it was a great experience and we are planning our next cruise with Royal Caribbean.
This cruise was every bit as good as our last with Royal Caribbean.
We had a small fridge in the room, so I took a salad and a yogurt for a late night snack from the restaurant that offered the lighter fare. That way I did not have to be confined to only what room service offered and did not have to pay a late night room service fee.
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