One major boo-boo – the rest fair.: Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by Rinaldini
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One major boo-boo – the rest fair.
Having got this off my chest, I'll get on with my comments. The ship was in beautiful condition, the maintenance superb, the sailing smooth, nothing out of order. Our cabins 2576-78 were in perfect order and extremely well kept by Achilleus, from India. I believe the cabins on deck 2 are the best, no noise. Alas, no tubs, only showers, which I personally feel belong in prisons and on campsites. But we were mentally prepared for that, and didn't mind roughing it for 8 days.
Our assigned table for four was crummy, under the stairs and hidden behind a service counter. We rapidly shifted to My time dining. There, the service was excellent, and they always made sure that the food was hot enough, after we had pointed out that it was a priority for us. Special thanks to Nikolina from Croatia, who always found us a good table. The food was average, soups were bland, luncheon salads excellent, hors d'oeuvres so-so, beef dishes quite good (and if we asked for rare it was rare, applause!), pasta dishes "come si deve" (which really means high praise), vegetarian dishes tasteless, the desserts predictable. At the Windjammer buffet the choice was large enough to make for adequate meals, but the fight for a table every time was unpleasant. Luckily most passengers were Japanese and thus polite, no jostling. A lot of the teas that were on offer (teabags!) were not even tea, but some kinds of herbal tisanes. Not one bag of green tea! I hope somebody checked the demand and adjusts it to suit non-American tastes. Drink staff didn't have much to do, so one was always on hand when needed. Activities: Loved the climbing wall, surprising variety of difficulty, great Canadian handler. The gym was ok, too crowded during the conducted classes.
Internet: The Legend has the best Internet setup of all the ships I've sailed with (if you discount the fact that there was no LAN/WLAN in the cabins). The instructions for setting up the connection package were admirably clear, so I did not have to ask the ship's guru for help - a good thing because I never saw one.
Shore excursions: The Water village tour was worth the money. It turned out later that the tour in English was far better than the tours in Japanese, and it was not just due to the guide because the meal was also better. Both cost the same though. The shuttle bus in Shanghai would have cost us four times as much as taking taxis. We made sure we had our destinations written in Chinese, and the drivers all took us where we wanted, the payment was by taximeter and honest. Busan had a reasonably good, free shuttle bus service with two stops along the loop. It was clear that the planners and the crew were unprepared for the strange ethnic mix, 1543 Japanese, 70 Europeans, 71 others. I hope they do their homework and adjust the offerings. The Californian sushi chef must have been the busiest man on board. The temporary staff from Miki travel played an important role in keeping passengers happy - great job guys! Leaving the ship in Yokohama, an hour's drive from home, I did not feel the sadness I feel every time I'm leaving a Seabourn ship, rather I felt "whew, nice to get home and have a proper bath". Still, I do not rule out taking a Royal Caribbean cruise again, if the destinations are right for me. Less
Cabin review: I2578 Large Ocean View Stateroom
I believe we had the best cabin on the ship 2578 on deck 2, Seaview. The suite people on Deck 8 complain about noise from deck 9 - we had nothing like that, serenely quiet. Of course we didn't have a bathtub, but we could rough it. The cabin attendant, Achilleus, is the best we've ever had and everything was clean, recently refurbished? Closet and drawers adequate. One drawback was the safe, because I had to carry a credit card with me at all times. I prefer a digit coded safe such as in cabin 2576Read All Large Ocean View Stateroom (I) Reviews >>
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