The cruise started on a bad note with massive confusion at check-in. There was a last minute decision requiring two passport copies however signs were not posted to indicate the most efficient method of doing this.
On the second day a form was circulated requesting passenger feedback where I listed several concerns including dirty fabric on the sofa in the cabin. I was very impressed that three staff members contacted me within 24 hours and all the concerns were addressed including the sofa being recovered.
Legend of the Seas is a 16 year old ship that is showing it's age. The panels in the room rattled and groaned in even moderate seas, in fact we answered the door on a couple of occasions thinking that someone was knocking! The TV in the room was a small 13" whereas I would have expected a flat screen in a superior cabin.
Overall disappointing - the dining room offered only limited choices with dishes catering to the North American palates with only a hint of the Asian dishes promised in the precruise documentation. Two specialty restaurants would have been ideal and provided needed variety. The Windjammer cafe was quite good but as with most buffets it varied little from day to day.
Very good, I particularly enjoyed the enrichment lecture series but the port lecture series was horrible. The bands were very good and I think that the quality of the headliners were the best of any cruise that I have been on. The disco was the low point as the DJ had no sense of the crowd with a poor choice of music.
We did 4 - 2 excellent Water Village in Shanghai and Full Day Taipei with museum. The half day Shanghai city tour and A bomb museum in Nagasaki would have been better independently as the guides spoke limited English.
The welcome booths provided good information for the ports but doing your homework prior to the cruise or buying a travel guide avoids the lineups.
A travesty - the cost on board was exhortation and the connection glacial. People were paying for 6 to 10 minutes without even getting online. RCI should not offer the service unless the speed can be improved. RCI should also arrange a high speed land-line Ethernet connection when docked in port. The good news is that free internet is available at most of terminals on the docks and in many hotel bars.
Overall I am glad that we took this cruise as it gave a good insight into the cities and cultures of Northern Asia. It is unlikely that we will return in the near future because of the horrendous air pollution in the cities of China.