Legend of the Seas Entertainment
In the evenings, the ship's "That's Entertainment!" Theater provides the usual snazzy, fishnet 'n' feathers production shows interspersed with cabaret slots by comedians, singers, magicians and impressionists. Live or taped music for dancing is provided nightly in the "Anchors Aweigh" and Viking Crown lounges, and rather quieter entertainment is offered in the Schooner Bar, which features a grand piano.
By day, there are quizzes, deck or pool games, treasure hunts, port lectures and beauty demonstrations to keep passengers busy, while those in search of peace can find respite in a well-stocked, honey wood-paneled library and card room on Deck 7.
Legend of the Seas Public Rooms
No doubt about it, Legend of the Seas is one of the loveliest of the mass market ships. Those acres of glass really pay off, combined with a cool blue-and-cream decor and lots of pale wood, silver, brass and chrome to create a soothing, elegant environment.
Everywhere you look there's a stylish touch, from the jewel-bright glass fish swimming along the walls to the boutiques of Centrum shopping area to gorgeous inlaid glass panels around the edges of the Champagne Bar. On this ship, even the lavatory doors are etched-glass works of art.
Best watering hole for my money is the Schooner Bar, with its rich wood floor, sail-effect decor and nautical memorabilia. But the "Anchors Aweigh," its walls embellished with pastel Art Deco-style murals depicting scenes from the stylish heyday of liner travel, is also fun.
Legend's "shades of the sea"-themed cream, white, pale blue and turquoise decor is seen to best advantage in the sparkling atrium and the Viking Crown Lounge (which is just delightful in the evening, when its "twinkling star" lights are reflected in its vast panoramic windows).
The color scheme has also been extended to great effect along the ship's outer decks and pool areas.
Legend of the Seas Spa & Fitness
There's just no excuse not to get fit on this ship because -- even if the British weather's too dodgy to enjoy a dip in Deck 9's outdoor pool -- you just need to head aft and plunge into the marble-edged one in the Solarium, which has a sliding glass roof to keep any rain out and all the heat in, as well as loungers, a bustling cafe and stunning Roman-themed design.
To the rear of the Solarium pool (one deck down from the "Legend of the Links" miniature golf course and the ship's rock climbing wall) is the Shipshape Spa, comprising a well-equipped gym and roomy aerobics studio, a beauty salon, sauna and massage/treatment rooms.
Shipshape exercise classes are offered daily and many are free, but participation in specialty classes, including Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing and Fitball, cost £5 (about U.S. $9.50) per session.
Oddly enough, given that the spa is run by the usually-pricey Steiner, the cost of some treatments was fairly reasonable -- an acknowledgement, perhaps, that the British are a bit too watchful of their pennies to lavish outrageous amounts of cash on short-lived feel-goodies. At £107 (about U.S. $203), a tooth whitening treatment was highly effective and actually a very good value (I know because I tried it). But I suspect an £83 (U.S. $157) Hot Stones Massage or "Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow" would have had my bank manager in more of a lather than my skin.