My wife and I love cruising. We are Diamond on Royal Caribbean and really like this cruise line. They seldom disappoint and our cruise May 25, 2013 on The Legend of the Seas was fantastic! We left from Civitavecchia near Rome which was a little inconvenient, but we managed. We took the train from FCO and had no problem, except the elevator in one of the transfer stations did not work so we had to pay a very resourceful young fellow 5 Euro to carry our bags up and down a couple of flights of stairs. But the total trip from FCO to the port was only 11 Euro each way per person and took about 2 hours total time each way. That beats $85 per person each way for the cruise line transportation or 140 Euro each way for a limo. The walk from the train station to the port entrance where the free Royal Caribbean bus is took about 20 minutes and was flat and easy even with two big bags and two carry ons. We arrived around 1 PM at the ship and it only took about 5 minutes to check in. We walked right onto the ship, dropped our carry on luggage in our cabin and headed for the lunch buffet on deck 9.
We had an inside cabin on deck 6 and were very pleased with our cabin. The Legend is a smaller ship which was nice for a change from the larger ships with 3000+ passengers. We seldom had difficulty finding a table in the Windjammer - usually outside by the pool. We had a little difficulty the first night at dinner. We had requested a table for two and were assigned a table for 8. But our Diamond Club manager intervened and got us our table for two right in the middle of the dining room - very nice!! Speaking of the Diamond Club - what a nice surprise that was! It was a beautiful room on deck 9 with a great view and we got free drinks every evening from 6-9PM! Also good continental breakfast with great cappucino every morning! The food in the dining room was superb as was the service. The food in the Windjammer was also very good with an excellent selection of wonderful dishes. The entertainment (especially the singers and dancers) was top notch - best we have seen after many cruises. But the best part of the cruise was the ports.
We visited 6 ports (if you count Rome as the first) including Rome, Genoa, Marsailles, Barcelona, Mallorca, and Valencia. All were great fun with the possible exception of Mallorca which is a little dull. We did all ports on our own, except we did use the ship's shuttles when available which cost anywhere from $10 each to $25 each (for boat ride to the town in Marsailles. We had no problem getting around in any of the ports and we are in our 60's. We enjoyed them all very much!!! We had no rough weather the entire trip and the staff on the ship was supurb. The internet is a little slow, but that is a small price to pay - you shouldn't be on the internet anyway!!
Debarkation was a snap. We chose to keep our bags and take them off ourselves on Saturday morning. We left at our leisure around 8:30AM and walked back to the train station. The train going back was very crowded, but we managed to get seats and it was no problem. One thing we did do was stay overnight near FCO the night before the cruise and the night after the cruise which made things easier. Overall we had a terrific time and we highly recommend the Legend of the Seas.