Legend of the Seas' peaceful Vitality at Sea Spa (Deck 9), along with many other cruise ships' spas, is run by Steiner Leisure. It offers five treatment rooms and a standard menu of spa treatments, including teeth whitening, facials, massages, and body scrubs and wraps that range in price from $119 for a 50-minute Hydralift facial to $365 for a 75-minute couple's Swedish massage. Despite what we were told on embarkation day (we asked, they said no), discounts -- lots of them -- are offered throughout each sailing, particularly on port days when most passengers are ashore. Also look for frequent specials that allow you to choose from a preset list of treatments for one discounted price. We tried an embarkation-day deep tissue massage and were told we'd get 75 minutes for the 60-minute price. They cut us about 10 minutes short, and the rumbling of the ships engines could annoyingly be felt from the table. Otherwise, the treatment was exceptional. As always, services are followed by pitches for a variety of Elemis products. If you're not interested, just say no, or tell your attendant ahead of time that you'd prefer not to purchase anything. An 18 percent tip will automatically be added to your tab; you can add an additional tip if you wish.
In the same area as the spa is a small salon that provides services for both men and women, including haircutting and styling, manicures and pedicures, and waxing. Prices range from $19 for an upper lip wax to $149 for a Keratin hair treatment. As with the previously mentioned spa treatments, watch for packages that group salon offerings together for one price. On our sailing, an especially reasonable one for men allowed them to choose three treatment options (express shave, scalp and neck massage, hand and arm massage, men's deep cleansing facial, precision haircut or facial massage) for a flat fee of $99.
In the Deck 9 Vitality complex, you'll also find the fitness center. Awkwardly small but well equipped, it features 10 spin bikes, five regular Life Fitness bikes, six treadmills, five ellipticals, two steppers and several Cybex weight machines, as well as a host of free weights, exercise balls, step boxes and yoga mats. A handful of fitness classes like stretching and abs workshops are held free of charge throughout each sailing. For-fee offerings include spin ($12), yoga ($12) and Body Sculpt Boot Camp ($30). Personal training sessions are also available for an extra charge; they're often discounted if you purchase more than one. Seminars like "Burn Fat Faster" and "Secrets to a Flatter Stomach" appear on each daily schedule, but they're usually just sales pitches veiled as educational presentations.
Other fitness center facilities include men's and women's locker rooms with showers and restroom facilities, men's and women's saunas and steam rooms, and a coed relaxation room and sun deck where passengers can relax, free of charge, pre- or post-workout or spa treatment. Be warned: The outdoor deck is quiet and rarely crowded, but if you lie there long enough, you'll be covered in black soot from the ship's funnel, which is positioned just above.
For those who prefer to stay fit outdoors, the ship has a rock climbing wall, mini-golf course and several shuffleboard courts on Deck 10, as well as a one-lane jogging track. Four laps equal one mile, but the path is narrow, and it can become even more so if the deck is crowded with people walking or sunning themselves on the surrounding loungers. Ping-Pong tables are located on Deck 9.
If swimming is your preferred activity, there are two pools onboard. The main pool, located outside on Deck 9 is surrounded by a giant outdoor movie/television screen, two whirlpools and a pool bar, as well as plenty of loungers. (Although there were chair hogs out and about on our sailing, we never had trouble finding an open chair, even during peak times on sea days.) A secondary wave pool is located in the Solarium, near the gym and spa on Deck 9. Inside, you'll find a quiet space with a bit of a Roman atmosphere. Two hot tubs complement the pool and the Park Cafe (see Dining), as well as several tables off to the side, perfect for a quiet midday meal or a late-night snack. It's supposed to be an adults-only area, but we did see some well-behaved teenagers in there on occasion, mostly snagging grub. Although the roof of the Solarium is retractable, we didn't see it open at all on our voyage.