Legend of the Seas Dining
Overall, I've seen quite an increase in quality in Royal Caribbean's cuisine over the years, and this is particularly noticeable in Legend's Romeo and Juliet formal dining room, where a different, prettily designed menu is presented at every meal, featuring offbeat dishes -- including scallop risotto and Thai-style shrimp -- alongside regular "fussy eater" standbys like juicy steaks and roast chicken. For dinner, passengers can choose between assigned early (6 p.m.) or late (8:30 p.m.) dining, or opt for RCI's My Time Dining, in which you pick a preferred mealtime (anytime between 6 and 9:30 p.m.), but can change your reservations on a daily basis or simply walk in when you're hungry. (Note: Those opting for My Time Dining will need to pre-pay gratuities.)
Clearly, Legend also has a chocoholic chef tucked away in its kitchen, if the melt-in-the-mouth quality of the chocolate bread pudding, and warm chocolate cake with pears are anything to go by!
The restaurant is smartly presented, and the two-tier Romeo and Juliet, with its grand staircase, large windows, marbled entrance and spectacular central chandelier is very pretty indeed. Breakfast and lunch are available there as well.
One noticeable omission on this ship is the lack of an alternative restaurant; as its engines are located mid-ship, it's a structural problem. This means that, unlike Enchantment of the Seas, Legend can't be stretched.
There are other options, however. The Windjammer also offers panoramic views on three sides, and its clean white walls, plants and nautical-themed tiled murals give it a jaunty seaside feel.
It is also well designed, with lots of separate food stations to minimize queuing and some coffee bar-style tall counters with high seating, ideal for guests who want a quick snack with a fine sea view thrown in.
The Solarium cafe offers hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza-style hot meals and cookies until 6:30 p.m. and then again from 9 p.m. until the early hours.
There is also free, on-tap ice cream, tea and coffee available outside the Windjammer, and -- at a price -- Ben & Jerry's ice cream, specialty coffees and cakes are served at Latte-tudes cafe and ice cream bar.
Royal Caribbean's room service options are available around the clock via 24-hour menus that offer a range of snacks and sandwiches. At breakfast, continental dishes, along with a handful of egg entrees, are available both in cabins and suites. Items off the main dining room menu can be ordered at dinner. There is no charge for room service (though a buck or two gratuity is recommended) between 5 a.m. and midnight; late-night orders incur a $3.95 fee.