We recently completed an 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise over the Christmas and New Years holidays.
Let me start by saying that we are a pretty laid back family and this was a holiday vacation with 14 total family members. We have cruised 4 times all on RCCl and all on vision class ships. We are Platinum level Crown and Anchor members.
Since we have only cruised on vision class ships, the Legend was like an old friend. We instantly felt comfortable and new where things were. The Legend is smaller than either the Grandeur or the Enchantment, but it did have some nice features, there is mini golf and a nice hidden sun/shade deck at the back of the ship that you can access from either the spa/exercise area or from stairs from the 10th deck by the rock wall. Its a great area to relax and we found ourselves there quite a few times during the cruise.
We ate in the Windjammer primarily for breakfast and lunch as it is quicker and the food was quite good, it is buffet, but nothing to complain about.
We ate in the main dining room each night and found the food and desserts to be very good. Our wait staff of Svitlana ( Sweat Lana) and Sabri were excellent - Svitlana brought us dessert samples every night and had us guess what each was which we looked forward too as the cruise went on. then we chose our dessert based on what we liked best. She made excellent recommendations for dinner and she would tell us if she felt a selection was not that good. Let me tell you she was right every time!
We had the 6pm dinner seating, which we really liked because we were able to eat and then still have the majority of the night to enjoy the casino , entertainment and the rest of the ship.
We had an inside cabin on deck 3. Our last cruise to bermuda we had a balcony which I missed, but since there was a large group of us we had a block of 6 interior cabins which were fine. Very clean and our stateroom attendant Deon was the best! Our room was cleaned quickly and we had towel animals every night.
Entertainment was very good, the juggler, comedians and the ventriloquist were excellent. There were 2 50's type entertainers which while talented weren't my cup of tea, but others seemed to like them. So no complaints there. The acrobatic shows in the Centrum were amazing.
We did participate in the Quest and our family team came in 3rd. Which was a really fun time. Cruise director Keith and the Activities director Gio were very good.
Ports - Bonaire was our favorite port ( 2nd port on this cruise)- what a laid back island great port town with shopping in quaint little shops. We did the Semi-sub Aquaspace and our tour guides Ed and Babbette were excellent! Great way to experience the reef and do snorkeling. Loved Bonaire!
Aruba - liked aruba once we got away from the port area. Did the Kuku Konuku bus tour which was fun.
Grenada - Really loved Grenada as well - we just walked around - walked through the tunnel to another part of the little town, also walked up to the fort near the port which was amazing and gave great views of the port area. In looking at the pictures we took it was really pretty.
Barbados - We did the Tiami Catamaran and turtle snorkel - didn't see any turtles unfortunately, and the snorkeling was no where near as enjoyable as what we did in Bonaire, but it was still fun, spent time swimming in the blue waters of Barbados and enjoyed the catamaran ride around the island and the staff was very nice.
Antigua - We did a tour of Antigua and saw the dock yard, block house and another area that provided great ocean vistas probably the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life. While the main shopping area in St Johns didn't excite us that much there was a great area 1 block off the main street where there were quiet little artist shops and a couple quiet restaurants that we found.
St. Maarten - we stayed on the Dutch side and enjoyed a day at the beach and did some shopping. Only regret was that we didn't take a tour of the island that day. We will make a point to do that next time.
Overall the ports were great - and we picked this cruise specifically for the ports, as they were all new to us. For us Bonaire, Grenada and Antigua were the standouts.
We self disembarked and it went smoothly, only delay was waiting for customs and the port authority to get in place - not a huge deal.
We thought the ship was excellent and the crew was enthusiastic and very attentive. We have only ever cruised with RCCl, and we have never been disappointed. We enjoyed every minute and had a wonderful Holiday experience. Great ports, ship and staff. We would cruise the Legend again in a minute!