Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by TRUEBLUE66: A very good Eastern Med cruise experience!
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A very good Eastern Med cruise experience!
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 More 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. Less
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Cabin review: Legend of the Seas Junior Suite Deck 8 8046
junior suite 8046 was roomy,greatly located near to the centre of the ship and a short walk from the stairs/lifts.There was a little noise late at night with crew moving furniture around but lasted a few minutes.Having the bath was an essential for us due to health issues but gave us a large room as a result of this choice.Nice furniture and layout. Large balcony for 2. Travel in style!
Port and Shore Excursions
We went to Athens last year on our cruise and went to the Acropolis. This year we did our own thing and walked off the ship and along by the port in Pireus and took the train for 4 euros each return to the centre of Athens, 20 mins away.This allowed us to ride the trains several times and we initially took the train out to Likavitos hill and after a short climb, and an encounter with a tortoise!,had a spectacular view of all of Athens.The remainder of the time was spend exploring around the Plaka area and old town.Plenty of shops,bars,restaurants,museums. Returned via train to port.Athens has its problems but its transport system isn't one of them!
Had a great day which started with a boat trip for 4 hours stopping at 3 locations around the coastal waters for sunbathing or swimming.Only complaint was it wasn't actually a Gulet that was used, which we had sailed on many years ago, but the boat was pleasant and there was plenty of space for all. We then walked around the town which appeared more upmarket than Kusadasi but you still have to Haggle for those genuine fakes! plenty of shops/bars/restaurants and if you want to work at Starbucks, this one is located on the waterfront with a great terrace.
Went to Dubrovnik last year and loved it.Get some local currency before you go or as soon as you arrive as some places,like the city walls, wont take euros. Shared a taxi from port for 10 euros for 4 of us up to the Pile gate. We then walked the city walls for an hour, 8-9, when hardly anybody else there as had done this previously but with the hoards of tours crushing by.Then went sea Kayaking with independent excursion for half price of ship tour. However found out at dock that booking on the day could be even cheaper if willing to take chance they have spaces.Kayaked for 7 1/2 km in rough seas around city walls and over to a rocky beach/cave for snorkelling.We were the oldest on the tour by far in our late 40's but held our own! Then around the island off Dubrovnik and back to town. 3 hours in all but well worth it. Got to walk around the old town and dry off before sharing taxi back to port. Great day.
Booked the half day tour to Ephesus which was worthwhile as we were one of the first buses to arrive and we got to see the sites without the crowds. Well worth a visit.Glad we were early as over 50 buses waiting to get in as we left.Got taken to the carpet demo afterwards in Kusadasi which to be fair we could have walked away from if we had wanted.Was actually quite interesting and the owner was very funny and polite with no hard sell afterwards.We left and walked around the town which we liked and did some "negotiating" with the local shops for some souvenirs. Having been to countries which demand you haggle I wasn't to bothered but I know several passengers not used to it got angry and upset at the constant hard sell. Its not for everyone. Had the usual Macdonalds/Burger King/Irish bar/Starbucks as well as nice local cafe's and bakeries to try baclava and other Greek/turkish foods.Ship was docked right next to town.
Lindos Walking Tour
Took the near full day excursion to Lindos as have heard its a must see. An hour on the bus passed quickly with our guide Tony who had us stop at a working pottery shop for a demo and toilet break.Lindos was worth seeing and we had free time after going up to the monuments at the top to explore the old town and go to the nearby beach for a swim.Both of which we did.Bus trip back left us an hour to explore Rhodes Town where the ship was docked next to. It was also worth seeing and no hastle or hard sell!
One of the most beautiful places we have ever seen!!!
Took the excursion early to village of Oia, perched on the cliff edge, with the white houses and blue roofed churches.Quiet time of day. The photo's don't do it justice. Incredible! Just walked around and basked in the atmosphere and views. Wine tour on way back waste of time apart for toilet stop as Greek wine not to most people's liking.Dropped in main village of Fira for own explore and more incredible views and walks along the coastal path.One of the last to go down on the cable car to port for tender ride back to ship. Didn't want to leave!
We were a bit disappointed with Split. We were tendered early and went up Marjan hill for the first 2 hours enjoying the scenery and walking off all the food!
We then went back into the old town which was crowded and had lots of graffiti everywhere.The old part was nice to walk around in for a short while but after a drink and walk around the promenade we had seen enough.
Finished cruise with an overnight in Venice. Could go on/off the ship all day and night until disembarking the next day. Having been to Venice several times we walked around our favourite places in Cannaregio and around St Marks square.Went to the islands of Murano,Burano and Torcello before going on the cruise and loved Burano in particular.If eating in Venice look at trip advisor before you go as there are so many poor restaurants serving the tourists that it is worth finding the gems.
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