We just got off of an 11 night southern Caribbean cruise aboard the "cute" Legend oft he Seas. According to the crew she is the smallest ship in their fleet which allows them to go to some of the smaller ports. After reading many reviews prior to goin i have to say that i was nervous. After some reflextion upon completion of the cruise i have decided that they must have been on a different ship. This cruise was awesome!
A little about us, this is my 17th cruise and my husbands 4th. We live in Orlando so it was just about a 4 hour ride to the port. We do tend to stay loyal to Royal and this review should explain why!
The ship is older, ever after her rehab, you can tell her age. However, all of the staterooms and public areas were clean and tidy. You could tell that the crew has a tremendous amount of pride inth eir ship. Embarkation was smooth and quick, and luggage arrived in a timely manner. Every night we were lulled to bed by the gentle rocking of the ship. We never felt that it was too much, just enough so that you could tell that you were on a ship.
Dining....main dining room was ok. They had anything you wanted each night with daily regulars in case you did not care for the specials. The food was good. Our waiter and his assistant were incredible. Hands down best we have ever had. They took care of us and really got to know us. We did the dining package which included Chefs Table, Izumi, and Chops. Do not miss Chefs Table. It was an intimate dining experience with amazing food. We did it the second night. Aftert hat night when ever we saw ou.r chef, he happened to be in charge of Windjammer, he stopped us to ask how the rest oft he cruise was going. He even printed ust he recipes for the food we ate since they were not included in the complementary cookbook you get for being part of Chefs Table. We will do this again! Izumi and Chops were both excellent as well.
The ports were all great! Shows were ok. The Centum Arial performers had just embarked so they were still working out the kinks but they put on a great show never the less. There was always an activity going on, many of which were line dancing, salsa dancing, and any other kind of dancing you can hope for! Trivia was hard, really tough questions, but fun. We did not do many of the headliner shows so we cant comment on that. Casino was fun as always, however a bit on the small side.
Overall the size of the ship was great. It created a very intimate experience meeting new feiends and interacting with the crew. The crew itself was top notch. Great service and attention to detail went a long way. We did get the drink package wich was wonderful. It was great not having to sign a ticket for every drink we got. We are not big soda drinkers but loved getting an ice cold soda water after getting back from a day in the hot sun.
Overall we had a wonderful cruise experience. Really the only complaint would be that i wish some of our fellow travellers were a bit more curtious. Since we were some of the youngest aboard, we seemed to be treated pretty poorly by some of the older "seasoned" travelers.