Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by Ian McKay: It's a tired old ship!
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It's a tired old ship!
We had stayed in Beijing for a few nights before the cruise and were fortunate enough to find someone on the cruise critic forum who had organised a bus to take passengers down to the port of Tianjin, which is about a 3 hour bus journey away.Thank you Suzie!
The embarkation procedure was rather chaotic and I don't know why the myriad customs and immigration forms for the various ports of call could not have been sent to passengers beforehand to reduce the chaos. Also, we had not been informed that we required two copies of our passports (we already had one) and it seems that nobody else had been told of this to judge by the queue at the photo copy machine.
On board the ship is looking its age and isn't as good as its sister ship Rhapsody of the Seas on which we travelled last year.
We had booked a Junior Suite at the rear of the ship but this proved to be a mistake as the balcony was continuously covered in soot and we've ruined a few sets of More T-shirts,etc.
The standard of theatre entertainment was very poor although the bands and pianists in the bar areas were good. Also, the Entertainments crew worked hard and made sure that there was always something to see or do if you wanted to do more than sunbathe.
The Windjammer restaurant offered a good variety of food although at peak times it was often hard to find a table at which to eat especially if a group of you wanted to eat at the same table. The meals in the dining room were the worst that I've experienced on any cruise line; most meals were luke warm when served and on three occasions someone at our table had to send back meals that were stone cold. One of these was the special steak ordered at an extra cost of $14.95 and as well as the steak being cold the french fries looked tired and limp. To their credit after a 10 minute wait along came a fresh steak with perfect presentation and taste.
On other RCL ships at the point of port disembarkation there have been tables giving out maps of the port as well as ideas on places to visit and also someone selling bottles of water - this didn't happen on the Legend. Maps, etc. were available from the Guest services desk but this had a perpetual queue at the counter and I'm not surprised that some folk never had time to get local directions.
Having complained about the ship and it's organisation (even the Aussies were whingeing *_*) I must say that the downsides were compensated for by the overall friendliness of the ship's crew for whom nothing was too much trouble. Less
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