I travel with my family (2 kids & husband) 3-4 times a year, this was the kids first time to Europe. I have worked in hotel's and have been planning corporate events for the past 20 years.
We arrived in Rome and stayed two nights (on our own) at the Hotel Artemide. The Hotel Artemide is located on Via Nazionale, 22, 00184 Rome, Italy, which is an easy walk to the Spanish Steps, Fountain of Trevi, Piazza Del Popolo and the shopping area of Rome. The Hotel Artemide has nice family size rooms, but they are located on the busy street, so very noisy, I would recommend asking and booking a room on the "backside of the hotel" which is quieter.
The Legend of the Seas is the oldest ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet and can carry 2,074 passengers. The main pool is small, there are plenty of lounge chairs in the shade and sun. The adult pool has a nice cafe, bar with plenty of lounge chairs and tables.
We boarded the Legend of the Seas in Civitavecchia. The boarding process was very simple, we presented our completed paperwork and passports and we were on the ship at 1:00 p.m. We checked out our Grand Suite and Junior Suite (we had adjoining rooms).
The Grand Suite is very spacious and comfortably sleeps four (two adults and two kids). The bathroom is large, there is plenty of space for clothing to be stored, a dry bar area, a vanity area where the hair dryer is stored along with a safe. The balcony had nice patio furniture and had seating for four.
The best part about having the Grand Suite is the benefits: special dining room for Suite guests for both breakfast and dinner (which if you choose My Time Dining they will always accommodate you); pressing service for one outfit for each person for the first formal night; concierge room with a continental breakfast each morning, snacks during the day and evening cocktails and appetizers in the evening with the concierge to assist you with any planning you need. I do suggest reading what benefits you are entitled to with your suite, as our suite attendant did not seem to know all of our perks. Each suite has an attendant to help with what you may need, but the concierge can help with everything and even solve any issues.
Our Grand Suite and Junior Suite were located underneath the pool bar and the smoking side of the ship. This created a lot of noise day and night. Word of caution, double check where your rooms are located-being our first time to cruising, I thought I had asked all the right questions, I have learned.
The kids club had daily activities, my children ages 8 & 10 were not interested in attending or staying in the kids club. The arcade on board was very small and had a few games. The big hit for my kids was the miniature golf course and shuffleboard area.
There were many activities, a nightly show and other entertainment, we did not participate in as we were tired from our shore excursions all day.
The disembarking for the ports and the final day were very easy. Each time we would leave the ship we would present our 'sea pass" card and off we went. The transportation buses provided by Royal Caribbean were clean and on time. The disembarking was very simple on our final day, we prepared our luggage and left it outside our door by 11:00 p.m. our last night, in the morning we had a simple breakfast in the main dining room (for suite guests only) and showed our "sea pass" card one final time, found our luggage area and off we went.
The food in the main dining area of Romeo and Juliet was good for serving 2,054 passengers. The service was very good and the wait staff really tried to accommodate any request you asked for. The Windjammer Cafe is the buffet restaurant, which has many options to choose from it is noisy and hard to find a table. The Park Cafe is a hidden gem and worth looking for. Park Cafe serves freshly carved roast beef sandwiches and freshly made salads to order.
The Legend of the Seas had a fantastic port list which is why I choose this cruise. There were many excursions to choose from and we ended up booking excursion for three ports and doing two ports on our own. On each port after our excursion we would stay in town or go back into town to do some more exploring.
One of the ports of call is Valencia, Spain. I did not see any information on your site for this port and hope you will begin to include it. Valencia is known as the "city of flowers" and the birthplace of paella. At the local tourist office they will provide you a walking map of the area with the sights. Valencia has a future City of Arts and Sciences museum, Plaza del Mercado, Llardo Factory, Santa Catalina church, where there is also a great bakery, Santa Catalina bakery (the area around the church has cute shops and places to eat).
In Valencia, we took a tour of the El Museo Taurino (the bullring), the price 12,00 Euro for adults and 8,00 Euro for children which includes the guided tour and a visit to the museum. A few days before our visit there had been week of bull fighting.
The concierge helped us plan a wonderful day in Barcelona. We had purchased tickets for La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's church as none of the excursions went inside the church. La Sagrada is not to be missed, what a beautiful building to celebrate God's love in, be sure to include a visit to a tower-what a view. We went to Las Rambles Street, La Borque market (great for fresh juice, fruit and salami), Guelli Park (also Gaudi), saw one of Gaudi's residences, and had lunch at Cafe Merjol on the beach (the concierge recommends it).
We arrived in breathtaking Portofino and was given a brief overview of the area. We had time to ourselves where we climbed to the top of the hill to see the church and the views. We were able to go shopping around the area, only wish we could have stayed longer. When we finished our tour we took the shuttle into Genoa and walked around, we ate pesto at Eataly-which was fantastic. The entire tour was 5 hours.
We stopped in Rapello first for a walking tour, then headed by bus to St. Margherita. We stopped for a quick breakfast while our guide went over our itinerary for the excursion. Our tour guide explained the various points of interest in St. Margherita, the statue of Christopher Columbus, the beach etc. We then boarded a boat to Portofino.
Our walking tour of Aix-en-Provence was fantastic. Such a cute area with the open air market, the shops and the very pretty streets and buildings. We had plenty of free time to shop and explore on our own after our tour. When we were brought back to the ship, we boarded the boat to Marseille and so glad we did. Wish we had much more time to see the Castle of Norte Dame. The entire tour to Aix-en-Provence was five hours.
The Caves of Drach are very amazing. The tour takes about an hour and include a short concert. The sound inside is the best in the world. It is the largest underwater lake in the world. The entire tour to and from the Caves is about 4 hours-our tickets stated 5 hours. The tour includes a stop at a pearl factory where you can shop and see how the Majorica pearl is made.