We were booked on Legend of the Seas depasrting 19th March to Japan, and South Korea. We left Heathrow on the wednesday morning and about 4 hours before the flight left rang and asked RCCl if cruise going ahead I was told there was no change yet less than two hours later and before we left the uk our agent was trying to contact us with the changed intinerary. No one tried my mobile which was switched on.
when we arrived in shanghai we immediately found out on the RCCL website that the cruise had changed. We now had 5 and 1/2 days at sea with stops at Hong Kong and a South Korean island. Not something we were interested in but we were in China now.
We boarded the ship to find we were total of 198 passengers and 750 crew.
the ship was delayed about 9 hours as Shanghai port was closed due to fog and the schedule had to be changed again. We now went straight to Hong Kong arriving 8pm in fog on tuesday aand left wednesday 10pm and visited the south Korean island on the friday morning.
Most events on board were cancelled due to insufficent numbers, there was 2 of us for trivia, most were cancelled, it gets boring competing with just 2 of us. 3 for golf competitions 3 for bingo - they cancelled that and gave free tickets.No one turned up for majority rules and most other events.
The shows were restricted as performers hadnt made it on board or were at wrong port of call, or in the case of Hong Kong we arrived and left one day early. The shows were only 35 minutes long - barely evening entertainment!
we used to stand at top of atrium on 8th floor and play spot the guest! my best score was 11 staff and NO guests.
The food selection was all asian food for the main courses in the dining room, with only the alternative menu being european menu which meant a very restricted menu. winjammer was no better one night the choice was Beef on the carvery, beef goulash or pork chops and always only potato choice was mash.
The weather throughout the trip was very poor being cold , windy and wet. the pool was closed two days due to the rough weather and it was too cold and windy to sit out on deck except for part of one day.
The crewe were excellent and tried their best but there is only so much they could do without the passengers.
the final straw came on the thursday night when Windjammer which had been opening the whole cruise from 7 to 9 pm closed at 8pm for a staff party!Now you might say well you should have checked the Compass but if it has been the same time every night you dont expect to change without any notice. The crew then had another event in the Anchors Away lounge.
For our two ports of call we tendered and because of our restricted numbers there was only one or two tenders which meant if you just missed one you had to wait nearly on hour for the next one. there was no information on this and several passengers spent nearly an hour sitting on the stairs waiting for the next tender instead of sitting comfortably in a lounge waiting for an announcement.
We have never been so pleased to disembark the ship.