After years of fun packed activity beach holidays we were suddenly left with two teenagers that were too old for the kids clubs and too young for the booze cruises & my widowed mum that loves service & luxury. So after thinking what would best satisfy all age ranges and tastes ourselves included (youngish couple)we chose Royal Caribbean Cruise line for several reasons; good reputation, the ships itinerary, time of year and size of ship (we didn't want a huge ship for our maiden voyage, and The Legend of The Seas is a modest size).
From getting to the airport at 5am there was a Royal Caribbean representative waiting for us that made us feel immediately at ease! Our embarking of the ship was simple and efficient as we printed off our sea pass on line we were straight through with a delicious welcome meal and drinks waiting for us on board. we could order our drinks pack on line so from the word go were ready. Our luggage which we hadn't seen since the airport was waiting for us at our cabin which was a large interior state room equipped with sofa, dressing table, TV, ample shower room and as I was to find out for the next fortnight the most comfortable queen size bed I'd ever slept in with fresh soft linen.
The first evening when all aboard we participated in the mandatory safety drill which was necessary but fun, then had a delicious 3 course meal and was introduced to the matradee, waiter,and head waiter which we would have for the duration of our stay and couldn't do enough for us fabulous efficient and friendly. We then went on to explore the ship which one of the smaller Vision class we still managed to get lost on the LAST night! The only downside to the excursions were there was so many to choose from! We chose Pompei when in Naples, Athens Parthanon and Olympic Stadium, mykonos, Turkey the markets, Corfu shopping, Rhodes the old town but Egypt we stayed on board.
Leaving the ship was friendly well organised and security conscious which made us feel safe and secure which in this day & age is a must! but you don't have to disembark as we didn't in Egypt, we had previously seen the pyramids so spent the whole day using the array of facilities on board choice being the optimum word with Royal Caribbean do we do gym? spa? sauna? theatre?,rock climbing? casino? library? numerous bars? themed party? quiz? The list is never ending. If you didn't want to take part in the formal nights which there were 3 out of the 12 then there was the easy going Wind Jammer with delicious food. Even our teenagers enjoyed the formal dressing up in collar and tie, with the piano singer, silver service and delicious food, to later escape to the teenage club. With the ship having strict under age drinking laws and safety, we could relax and enjoy ourselves, even escaping to the kid free Viking bar ourselves (paradise).
Sea days were relaxed and bulging with entertainment, pool competitions and BBQs, but could escape the hubbub of the decks to the library or Viking bar if peace is whats required. Sunbeds a plenty which on a beach holiday is a rarity after 9 in the morning! We went on holiday with an open mind always enjoying what I thought was the freedom of a beach holidays non confinement, how wrong I have never felt so free as on board The Legend waking up in a different port even a different country most days was an amazing experience and watching the coastline of that place disappearing on deck or through a panoramic window after a great day of exploring sitting eating delicious food & drinking great wine was heaven. The sunsets on deck were a wonder to see. The boys will honestly tell anyone this was the best holiday they have had! not a Kevin and Perry type behavour in the whole 12 nights. Grandma found it a good mix of ages as she has cruised many times before on other lines including Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and several P&O ships leaving from Southhampton and was very impressed with Royal caribean saying the service was just as impresive if not better than its rivals often finding them stuffy and too formal.
After a teary goodbye to our fabulous waiters (which entertained us on our final night)and cabin staff,on disembarking which again was plain sailing, I had one regret.
Why hadn't we chose this sooner?!