Legend of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review SummaryThis was my fouth cruise, and second with Royal Caribbean. I traveled with my fiancee; this was her first cruise. We went Thanksgiving Week 2006.
Overall, we had a terrific time. Our service was first rate. The head waiter, Royal (self-described president of the company), assistant Virkesh aka "Smiley", and our cabin steward who's name I would butcher, were exceptional. All three were the best I've experienced. I have to also state that Smiley was seemingly everywhere the entire week. He was always happy to see us, knew us by name, and went out of his way to help us. He really deserves meritorious mention.
While Royal Caribbean isn't known as a food cruiseline, this time was great. Our dinners were always delicious, with particular mentions to the soups, seafood, and Thanksgiving dinner.
We also had the fortune of taking excellent shore excusions. Although the weather canceled our "SNUBA" trip in Grand Cayman, the cruise line refunded us in full. We went ziplining in Belize (Stephanie's personal favorite highlight of the entire cruise) along with cave tubing. Our tour guide was great too. We also went on a tequila-tasting seminar in Cozumel, which was fun and informative.
The ship is an older one, but looked great. It was entering Christmas season (though, it seems Christmas season begins in July anymore), and the decor was festive. It is a smaller ship, but still had plenty to offer. The pools were usually packed on sea days, however, nearly deserted when the ship was docked. Unfortunately, we never got to try the Solarium pool, because it was seemingly closed the whole week. Stephanie personally recommends the Centrum, which served as the activity hub for the ship.
The only knocks on the trip were the weather, and the atmosphere after 11 PM. Since we went late in the year, most of our fellow cruisers were much older, and it showed. A lot of the bars and activities were closed by 1 AM. Even the casino was shutting down by then. This certainly put a damper on things, as both of us are night-owls, but we usually found solace in the Schooner Bar or in our stateroom.
Overall, a great time, and we can't wait to cruise with Royal Caribbean again.
Food and Dining
The Quest is a great time, and the stand-up comedian was good as well. We also attended all three art auctions, and became quite the amateurs during the week.
I'd like to point out the great work perfomed by Sophia and Bob, the art auctioneers who worked with us personally and went our their ways to answer our questions. They were extremely helpful and informative.
Service and Staff
The only complications we encountered dealt with tipping. For some reason, the cruiseline does not allow you to add the tips to your account after midnight on Thursday. While they claim they advertise this on the daily Cruise Compass, it's placed near the bottom amid other information, and it very easily missed. As such, we took out money from the casino cashier for our gratutity. This is frowned upon, but hey, fix the policy! These guys busted their butts all week and earned every bit.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Service, food, atmosphere, ease of em/debarkation
Cons: Weather (but that can't be helped), lack of nightlife