Legend of the Seas Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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2 out of 5

Not the Greatest

Sail Date: April 29, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The highlight was the Canal. It was truly a monumental undertaking and should be appreciated by all. The food aboard the Legend was good. The bar service was horrible. At times it took more than 20 minutes to get a drink. It's a shame that RCL charges an automatic 18% gratuity on bar drinks. I always thought tipping was for good service. The ship has seen it's better days and lacks the activities to keep one interested during sea days. It was also evident that RCL has cut back on amenities like stationery, pens, robes, room service menus and toiletries in the cabins. The entertainment was OK, not exceptional. Making dinner reservation for "My Time" dining was a chore. I had to listen to 10 reasons why I couldn't have a requested time before an alternative was suggested. Excursions through RCL were pricey for what you get but, the guides and transport are right there as you leave the ship. While excursions booked through United are cheaper you're faced with a hike and vague instructions to hook up with the tour. If the walk is not an issue it is better not to book anything in advance. Practically every kind of excursion is available from reliable independent operators at the port for significantly less money.

For years we have cruised almost exclusively with RCL and were planning to book next years cruise while on board. However, we have decided to sample a different cruise line as a result of this experience.


Ship Quality
Somewhat less than OK
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Small and lacking amenities
Service and Staff
Very good in Windjammer and cabin. Bad at bars
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
Somewhat lacking
Destinations and Excursions Cartagena, Canal, Costa Rica, Huatulco good. Other not so great.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Convenient and efficient
Cartagena, Colombia
Very interesting
Colon, Panama
Take the railway to Panama City
Panama Canal Transit
Everyone should do it at least once. It's a marvel.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Nice country with nice people.
Huatulco, Mexico
Very clean and modern. Some good restaurants. Very little history.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Everyone is in your face all the time trying to sell you something.
Ensenada, Mexico
Just nothing special or of interest.
San Diego, California
Beautiful, clean city with lots to do see and taste.


Ship is old and in need of maintenance. Recommend staying away from it.

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