October 2014 - Legend of the Seas to Canada, New England, New York
Wife and I booked this trip because of price and location we've not been to before. We ended up with a group of 8 traveling to Quebec and spent one day in Quebec on ship. The Legend of the Seas was refurbished a couple years ago and we felt it was in good condition. Carpets in our rooms and most areas we visited were clean and showed reasonable wear. The ship overall was very clean. We had no problems with facilities or equipment during our voyage. Our room (starboard deck 6 by the aft stairway) was quiet and our room steward, Wilson, was exceptional. He had a smile and good words to say every time we met him and he learned our daily pattern by the 3rd day. Ice was always delivered mid-morning and evening, as we requested.
We missed one port due to gale force winds. This didn't bother us as it simply meant another enjoyable sea day. We could see the sea state and also know the narrow channel to this port so were happy with the captains decision.
Being a smaller ship, the entertainment venues were more limited but still very good. The cruise director, Tobi, was top notch and his staff was well trained. We love dancing but found having to dance in the atrium many evenings not as much fun as a more intimate setting such as the Princesses "Wheelhouse" bar. After getting over the idea of dancing in front of 4 floors of spectators, we managed to have fun. We did enjoy the shows and other entertainment on the ship.
Food was reasonable good and varied. The "always available" menu had something for most everyone and the daily menu was interesting enough to have us order from that most days. The wait staff, Nevan and Ben, were very good - just falling below exceptional - and kept us 8 entertained and well fed for the whole cruise. They were definitely worth an extra tip at the end of the cruise.
We have cruised on Carnival, Celebrity, RCI, Norwegian, and Princess. After 11 cruises, one being 28 days last year, we ranked this ship experience as a close 2nd to Princess and a notch below those we've taken on Celebrity. The itinerary was often cold and damp but we expected that and were fully prepared. We always check the weather patterns before we go and pack accordingly.