Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by michl8705: A legendary cruise - recommended!
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A legendary cruise - recommended!
Destination: Baltic Sea
I've cruised twice before, never on a seven night, and never on a ship newer than the mid-90s (in other words, the Legend was probably one of the newest ships I've sailed on, or only sailed on similar).
This was a seven night cruise of the Baltics starting in Stockholm, visiting Helsinki, St. Petersburg (two days), Tallinn, and Riga, with one sea day. We had an aft junior suite.
Overall, we really enjoyed it - it exceeded our expectations from previous cruises and was an excellent vacation.
Service was outstanding - much better than a previous recent cruise we took on Carnival. Staff truly seemed to want to be there and want to make sure your vacation was great. The Windjammer and dining room staff were awesome, and the cruise director, Luke, and his team were very entertaining. The 70s party in particular was a lot of fun, we just thought it would be a disco music DJ, but it was much more involved. It seemed like the entire centrum, all the More floors, were dancing and getting into it.
Likely due to the recent renovation, the ship is in good shape and they were constantly cleaning it. During our trip, they were cleaning the outside of the ship and touching up some paint. Interior rooms were sparkling and they always bussed the Windjammer tables quickly.
The food was better than expected. We went in expected average food, and it was above and beyond. The stars were the entrees in the dining room: from prime rib, to lamb, to pork, meat was cooked extremely well, never overcooked, and the sauces were good. Desserts were surprisingly disappointing though. Izumi was delicious and we thought the prices were reasonable (less expensive than a night out at home).
We had a junior suite and enjoyed the room very much. We felt very little motion. The room was spacious with lots of storage areas and the aft balcony was huge and quiet.
The small ship was nice. It didn't feel overcrowded very often, only on one port day was it difficult to get on/off.
The itinerary was the reason we booked, and was unbelievable. Highly recommended.
While Luke and his staff did a great job with the entertainment, we thought it would be nice to have a few more activities available, especially on the sea day. They had some interesting activities often offered during port days at times when we would be not on the ship or just about to get off, like the card making, jewelry making, Apples to Apples, etc. These would be nice to be offered during the at sea day. We liked the activities we went to, but just thought maybe more were needed. Maybe one show/large activity during the day on the sea day would be interesting, at the pool or something.
We like to use the slots machines at the casino, and felt that the selection wasn't the best. A lot of the machines were the same/similar game with a different facade that were rather boring. There were only about 5-6 machines we enjoyed. The staff at the casino was nice though, and they did a lot of drawings and things to keep it interesting in there. Also, because the casino is the only indoor place on the ship people can smoke, they tend to all congregate near the entrance and smoke without gambling. This is a bit of a petty complaint, but I disliked the smoke and the noise the groups of people standing around smoking generated, but not sure what could be done. Less
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