My wife and I were on the Legends sister ship Splendour last year so knew what to expect with the refit.We flew to Venice 2 days early and stayed in the heart of things as this is one of our favourite cities.We walked the short distance to the people mover on the Monday and made our way to embark for the 11 nights. The process was quick and we were on the ship in about 15 minutes.
Our Junior suite was ready by this time and looked great.Loads of cupboard space,sitting area and large balcony. The only let downs were the state of the glass on the balcony panels which need replacing and better balcony furniture,not just a rigid seat.
Whilst the ship is small/medium by todays standards,and the oldest in the fleet,it still has plenty going for it.The crew were in the main polite and helpful.Our stateroom attendant,Dennis,made all his passengers feel at ease by being funny and polite but not overbearing.We had mytime dining which suited our needs although we asked to have the same waiter/waitress most nights as they were such nice people from Romania and Guatemala and wanted to chat about the day.The dining on board for us was very good.I know some people complain about the food but we couldn't fault what we ordered.We loved the Park Cafe for an early morning breakfast as it was so quiet when we were trying to get off the ship quickly.The Windjammer was usually busy but we found a seat quickly each time and again the buffet food was great.We went to Izumi,which was very good but Chops Grille was excellent. We had the best Mushroom soup,steak and dessert ever!
The biggest improvement for us though from the previous year was the standard of the shows which were a far better quality than previous cruises. The itinery was port intensive starting in Split,followed by a sea day, then Athens,Kusadasi,Bodrum,Rhodes,Santorini,a sea day, then Dubrovnik and an overnight in Venice before disembarking.We loved this itinery and I'm sure that it helped that it was sunshine from start to finish.
There will always be minor niggles with any holiday no matter how good and ours were with the billing onboard.We had to constantly check the items going onto our account as they were sometimes inaccurate and on one occasion, just made up! Guest services did their best to resolve this but you shouldn't be getting billed for stuff you haven't even signed for.
Overall we know we had an element of luck with both the weather and the passengers and crew we met that made it a memorable holiday but after 4 cruises we have the "bug" and plan to go on many more as its the best and easiest way to travel.