Disappointing food: Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by taschr
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I can't say enough about the staff and crew -- service was excellent. Unfortunately, the chefs have to deal with what corporate lets them have for a food budget and there is nothing they can do, so you can't complain, just grin and bear it. The ship was recently renovated and is very nice -- new carpets throughout, more cabins (more revenue). Entertainment was a bit less glamorous that what we were used to on our prior RCCL sailings (Nordic Prince, Song of America, Grandeur, Adventure. Adventure in 2012 had acceptable food, but we noticed even there that there was a drop off from what we had on the Grandeur.
I realize that the price paid for a cruise today is much less (in constant dollars) than the price paid 15-20-25 years ago for the same accomodations on the same line, and that said, something had to give because economy of scale alone isn't enough to keep pace with inflation, the cost of food, and particularly the cost of fuel. I believe the huge ships have forced cruise lines to lower their prices to keep all those beds filled. We talked to many Floridians (about half the passengers on the ship) and many of them said they get great deals in the last 60 days before a sailing. Knowing that, it would seem that cruise lines have expanded way too much to expect that many more passengers to pay the prices they used to get when they were less than one-fourth the size they are now. So it is what it is and the fall off in food is an inevitable outcome from the humongous expansion of cruise lines. Of course, in the same token the clientele has dropped off too. In the old days, a jacket and tie was required every night at dinner and shorts were not allowed in the dining room even for the sit down breakfasts and lunches. Today the world is more casual, but I have seen way too many passengers who take casual to the extreme, with sneaks and shorts at dinner allowed. Alas, the petals have fallen off the rose for all cruise lines, not just RCCL.. . Less
Cabin review: 2558
Cabin had the weirdest shower of any accessible cabin we have ever been in. There was a drain in the one corner of the shower area and a drain under the sink, but nothing to keep the water from running out under the certain onto the rest of the bathroom floor, unlike what we found on Golden Princess and Celebrity Summit. You had to wait for the water to eventually roll back (when the ship rolled that way). Cabin lighting was rather dim (difficult to read a book except directly under a light). Bedding was obviously recently replaced -- mattress was a bit too firm for our aging bodies and arthritic joints, but that was quickly remedied when our steward placed one of those egg crate cushions over the mattress. Wardrobe closet space was a bit sparse, and drawer space was limited. Cabin was very clean and kept that way throughout our cruise. New carpet very appealing to the eye.
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