Legend of the Seas Overview
Editor's Note: Legend of the Seas emerged from a $50 million dry-dock in February 2013 with a slew of new features. As part of RCI's $500 Royal Advantage initiative, the ship gained a number of attractions first introduced on the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. New eats include Park Cafe (fee-free bistro-style sandwiches, salads and breakfast), Chef's Table (a for-fee culinary event hosted by one of the ship's chefs), Chops Grille (upcharge steakhouse) and Izumi Asian Cuisine (added fee applies). The 60's-inspired R Bar was added and the signature top-ship Viking Crown Lounge remodeled. Onboard entertainment options now include an outdoor movie screen and a new aerial show in the Centrum, Legend's indoor hub. New cabins were added and existing cabins were refreshed (all now feature flat-panel TV's). Finally, digital signage and bow-to-stern Wi-Fi was installed. Stay tuned for the updated review.
You might think that Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas is just like all its other Vision-class siblings. These relatively mid-sized vessels, which also include Enchantment, Grandeur, Rhapsody, Splendour and Vision, share quite a few common features and facilities. Most distinguishing? Along with all the usual amenities -- pools, seven-deck-high Centrum, cafe bar, elaborate main restaurant and Royal Caribbean's signature circular Viking Crown Lounges -- the Vision-class vessels are also known as the "ships of light" as a result of spectacular sea views afforded by glass canopies and massive floor-to-ceiling windows.
With fun options a the rock-climbing wall and an 18-hole mini golf course, there's still plenty of good 'ol American pizzazz onboard Legend of the Seas.
But Legend of the Seas' most distinctive feature is not found onboard. It's where it sails. The ship is based year-round in Asia, offering a dizzying variety of cruises from homeports in South Korea, Japan, China and Singapore. This regional deployment creates a very international passenger mix comprised of folks from China, Japan, Australia, Europe and United States.
Legend of the Seas Fellow Passengers
British families have taken to this ship big-time, but there were also a fair proportion of older folk keen to try something new without the hassle of flying to join their ship.
Legend of the Seas Dress Code
Casual is the order of the daytime, but Britons do enjoy dressing rather more smartly for dinner, and many on my cruise had brought along more formal outfits for the welcome and farewell gala evenings (though black tie was clearly not obligatory).
Legend of the Seas Gratuity
Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $12 per person, per day ($14.25 for suite guests). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.
Just completed the RCI Legend 15 day trans Panama Canal cruise. The trip was all that we expected to be and more. This was our first cruise on a smaller ship, only 2,000 guests. We found our balcony stateroom to be larger than on some of the ...continue
It had been a while since we last sailed on a RCL ship but we had fond memories and looked forward to this cruise. The ship was refurbished recently and it showed. Public areas and cabins were appealing and clean.
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At almost 20 years old, she is one of the oldest cruise ships at sea. Her recent $50 million dollar refurbishment didn't go far enough to address the constant toilet issues, hot "cold" water, and tubs that filled half way up during a shower. Old ...continue