This was a family vacation with my wife's family; so the inlaws and bro inlaw and his family. My bro in law found out about the cruise and made all the reservations. It was a good deal as we got a 4 night cruise in a balcony room for $1000. This price included all gratuities. So the price is really good. I believe Star is almost double of this price.
We landed from Mumbai into Singapore on the morning of May 2nd. Flight got in at 730 and we could check in only after noon. So we spent the morning at a friends place; freshened up and got to the cruise terminal at around 1230. The luggage check in was at the ground floor and cruise check in was on the 1st floor. We had to fill a few visa forms before we went to the check in desk. In less than 5 mins we were checked in and got our cruise card. Then we proceeded to security, immigration and onto the ship.
The Legend is one of the smaller ships in the RC stable. The ship is almost 15 years old. But dont let the age scare you. The ship was immaculate. There were a total of 11 decks on the ship and entry was from main promenade deck 4. The lobby area is good size with an atrium (as in most ships). There are 2 elevator banks; none of them too far from anywhere in the ship. What I liked about the ship was that it was not too huge. So you can walk around the ship very easily.
Our 3 cabins were on level 7 in the front of the ship. But not too far from the front elevators on the starboard side. The cabin itself is of impressive size. Last year we were on the NCL Pearl to Alaska and the room was almost the same size; where as we had a mini suite at NCL. There is enough closet space to keep your clothes and your suitcase. Plus they have a small cupboard with 5 levels of shelves for all the stuff. There was a queen sized bed and then a sofa bed which my 8 year old daughter used. The bathroom was the surprise. It was much bigger than what we had at the Pearl. I was surprised. The balcony was of standard size. Overall I was very impressed with the room size.
There aren't too many dining options on the Legend. 2 main eating places; Windjammer cafe and Romeo & Juliet dining. They dont have any restaurants like what you have in the newer ships. We are vegetarians so I cant comment on most of the food. But the vegetarian food at the dining room was simply fantastic. We had made a special meal request and at every meal we would get the veg food on the menu plus the indian food. The quality of the food is one of the best i have had on a ship in my 3 cruises. I cant praise the vegetarian food enough.
Our head waiter and server were absolutely fantastic. Our head waiter was from Macedonia; Sashkoy and our server was Olesky. They were absolutely fantastic. They made sure all our special requests were taken care of and we never went hungry (like that is possible on a cruise). The desert quality was very good. The experience at Romeo & Juliet dining was simply amazing.
The pizza and fries available at the solarium cafe were not good. The quality was not what we had expected on a pizza. We did not each much at Windjammer so I cant comment on that.
The not so great part about this cruise was the entertainment. It was not good at all. This is one area where RC has to improvise. The shows were of average quality. The casino was too smoky. The singers in the common area were interchanging between English and Cantonese songs (i guess china is the main market for them). But the piano singer at the schooner bar was great.
They have a bar cum night club at deck 11. There is a cigar bar tucked away at the back side of the club. The other entertainment options were OK. Not bad but not too great also. The booz as expected was expensive. The pools are really small. Both of them. The gym was really good. I was surprised but all the equipment is brand new.
Our cruise had a capacity of 2100 but there were only 900 people on board. So we got place anywhere we went and the service was great.
Overall this is a highly recommended cruise if you want to do something in Asia. Star has become very average. RC service and staff is beyond compare.
The next port was Phuket. Here we had to go in a tender to the jetty. Be ready to bargain for a cab to go into town. RC does not provide transportation. We paid THB 2000 in a small van for 6 from the port to Patong and back. The drive is a good 45 mins to an hour.