Sail Date: October 2015
First Time Cruisers Well we were pleasantly surprised. Like yourself we read many reviews before we left and were apprehensive as a result. Though felt quite relieved from the start that our experience would be a positive one. Our 10 ... Read More
First Time Cruisers Well we were pleasantly surprised. Like yourself we read many reviews before we left and were apprehensive as a result. Though felt quite relieved from the start that our experience would be a positive one. Our 10 day cruise was bookend-ed by 2 weeks in China and 4 days in Singapore (self travel) Pre-cruise - good communication via email from the cruise line Cruise terminal - we arrived and the bags were taken straight from our cab to loading once inside we were directed (there were plenty of staff to provide direction/support) to complete paperwork did our registration and were on the ship within one and half hours of arrive - very efficiently done Cabin - state room with balcony room was larger then we expected - plenty of room and storage. Beds were not that comfortable - we are not big people though it was obvious that the previous guest have been as the mattress were sagging in the middle bathroom OK size - I am (male 5'10 82 KG) the shower was fine, nice water pressure and plenty of hot water. bigger people will find the shower cubicle small. Dinning - plenty of choices we ate mostly in Romeo and Juliette (my time dining) we normally booked a time during the day and never had to wait. Food quality was OK lots of choices about a 3 star dining - great wait staff Buffet was really surprised by the amount of choices available and there were always healthy food options and sugar free options available Chefs table great food and worth the money Drinks - we did not do the drinks package as we were under the impression that both of us would have had to do it - this was not the case. to make the package worth while I figured I would have to drink at least 8 beers a day ($6 US a beer) there were a number of days when i had a drink with dinner and that was all so the package would not have been worth while Water dispensers were available though there were only a couple for the entire ship (we took drink bottles and then just filled them up) at the drinks station there was also free tea and coffee, ice, lemonade (none carbonated) and iced tea. Entertainment - I thought it was OK my wife thought it was amateurish certainly some of the feature acts were very entertaining Gym - it was small (based on what others have said) though I never had issues with having to wait to get onto equipment Public rooms - lots of options available - only real disappointment was that the two pools were relatively small Shore excursions - we did not do any as we are experienced independent travelers so we did our own thing without issue. Feedback from people we spoke to was that the excursions were not value for money Staff - all positive, friendly, polite and engaging. Staff came from all over the world English is the primary language though many of the staff can speak a second language as well Other passengers - over 50 countries represented mainly from Australia, North America, Philippines and Europe. We saw a lot of kids at the beginning though obviously the kids clubs were great as we rarely saw kids throughout the cruise Would I go on a cruise again - I will though no time soon. I enjoyed the days at sea very relaxing and lots of options to do things or do nothing. I can really see the attraction for a wide variety of people older travelers, people with mobility challenges people who want a holiday that requires little planning on their behalf as a cruise has so much to offer (esp for parents with little kids as they said the kids loved the kids club and always wanted to go there rather then hang out with the parents). I have done a lot of extended traveling so the port days were for me were just a tease. In reality I prefer to spend longer exploring the countries you go to then quick day trips (5- 7 hours) into ports Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first "real cruise". We had high expectations, but did walk away with some disappointments. We have traveled a fair amount overseas, but not via cruise. We have experienced cultural differences and an ... Read More
This was our first "real cruise". We had high expectations, but did walk away with some disappointments. We have traveled a fair amount overseas, but not via cruise. We have experienced cultural differences and an international staff is no different. Taking that into account, there are some ways that RCCL can improve the experience for it's passengers. Overall, the experience was great. We enjoyed the days at sea, and I"m not a person who likes to "do nothing". We had a great time, enjoyed the excursions, and I feel like we participated in a lot of things they offered. This ship is large- really large- and we heard from experienced cruisers that it was too large. As a newby, I can't comment on that, but we did notice that the windjammer seating could get very difficult during meal times. The buffet quality was adequate, but we never left Windjammer thinking "wow, that was great". Which is OK, and ask I expected. The dining room was great, and we only had one night where we did not like the meal at all. Boarding went well for such a large ship, and disembarking was equally well. The excursions offered were great but not all were offered online prior to cruise. I also noticed that booking head of time was cheaper than waiting to book on the ship. I don't know if this is standard practice. Because this ship is so large, you are usually a long way away from the cities you intend to visit. We were 1 1/2 hours from Ho Chi Mihn and 3 hours from Bangkok. The Ho Chi Mihn excursion was OK, but I wouldn't do it again. We didn't particularly enjoy it or feel like we got a cultural experience of Vietnam. It felt a little bit like they wanted to go shopping. BUT the buffet for lunch was AMAZING!!! Best meal of the cruise. The 2nd day in Laem Chabang we did Sanctuary of Truth and Pattaya. That was a great trip! Some of the more disappointing aspects were lack of follow through from the staff or their desire to go above and beyond to satisfy a guest. When I booked the cruise they asked if this was a special trip; it was. Not only was this our 8th anniversary, but I was also celebrating being 1 year cancer free. The reservations agent was so sweet and made a note and offered a bottle of wine or champagne. I chose champagne. It never happened, and when I asked no one knew aobut it or seemed to care. The attendant saw us in the hallway on day 1 and handed us a badly printed card that say "Happy Annivesary". It wasn't even signed by anyone. I was really, really underwhelmed, and disappointed! We were also told that as part of our booking we'd get $25 ship credit per booking. Never happened. When the attendant threw out our sourvenir cups that I was saving for the kids, he did appologize, but refused to replace them. Here's the rundown of what we thought of our first cruise, and our time with RCCL on Voyager of the Seas Pros: - Wait staff and most of the crew were extremely friendly and hard working - stateroom was a good size - main dining room food was great - most employees were very friendly - entertainment was world class - Outdoor movies were awesome - Great way to see Asia - food was abundantly available Cons: -Never enforced the no squatting rule on chairs by the pool!!!. You have one main pool for 3100 people and don't enforce no squatting. It's rediculous. And there isn't enough shade by that one pool. As a cancer survivor, I am unable to be in the direct sun. This severly limited my ability to enjoy the pool as I watched chairs being reserved for HOURS with no one sitting in them, and no one on the staff doing anything to prevent it - Bar service was slow, but very friendly. Even thought it's a cashless system, be prepared to sign for every drink - It would have been great to have access to what bands and live music were avaialable and where. This was never communicated in the schedule. We would have gone to more bars (and spent more $$) if we knew there would be bands playing live music and where. - Quality and availability of seating in windjammer was disappointing at times. - The Sapphire dining room host during open seating was often curt, and not very welcoming, but the service staff is amazingly friendly - dust balls along the walls of our stateroom - our attendant was very, very friendly, but didn't seem to have the desire or ability to make our stay outstanding. I don't know if it was culteral or he had no authority to do so. - Wifi was absolutely crap. I'm SO glad we did not purchase ahead of time as we could never connect and therefore, I saved time and money in NOT using this "amenity" - Technology- or major lack thereof. 1) They should have kiosks **that WORK** that would enable guests to put more money in their accounts 2) WIFI 3) Communication- There was usually a lot of confusion about things and overall communication was seriously not good - guest services line was FOREVER long, even to punch a hole in my sea pass card I had to wait in line for almost an hour, missing leaving Hong Kong. - Information was not always reliable. I realize some of this could be cultural but when information was disseminated it seemed to not necessarily be accurate. - THere was a general question of authenticity and transparency when information was relayed to us. For example: China has a 72 hour waiver for visas, however when we boarded all passengers were told they couldn't go into Sanya without boooking a ship excursion. They lost a LOT of credibility with guests day 1. Additionally, there were small things, like selling water for $5 as you get off the ship and making people believe water will not be available, but as soon as you get on the bus water is available as part of the excursion. I do recommend Royal Carribean and this cruise, without a hesitation. As a first-time cruiser, these are my observiations. I have no idea if any fo this is standard in the cruise industry, but I do look forward to finding out. I will try a different cruise line before I book RCCL again, unless their trip and price are a better offer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We travelled on legend with a family of 4 kids aged 6 to 19. We choose the ship entirely for the ports of call/ summer vacation timing rather than for cruise company or ship type. Overall we have had a good holiday. All the staff have been ... Read More
We travelled on legend with a family of 4 kids aged 6 to 19. We choose the ship entirely for the ports of call/ summer vacation timing rather than for cruise company or ship type. Overall we have had a good holiday. All the staff have been excellent (cabin/ park cafe/ dining room/ entertainment staff/ kids team) keen to please and generally efficient. In the destinations (Taiwan/Manila/Puerto princesa/Malaysia/Brunei) we have organised local tours which have been excellent. We prefer less on mass hence have struggled with the main pool area (constant loud music) but also issues with finding a seat in the windjammer. Food of good standard but more 3.5 stars on this one. Ship keen on cleanliness found no probs here. Entertainment has been good but beyond 10pm no family entertainment options. Good mix of ages and nationalities. Weather has not been great so at sea days sometimes a struggle. Overall ship has delivered a good standard on all fronts, but improvements at embarkation in Hong Kong needed and windjammer seating is a constant issue. Would we travel on rccl again yes but only if ports of call of interest and perhaps 7 day cruise/less at sea days more for us. We like the size of legend so would possibly travel on it again or a newer version with rccl or another company. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We have just returned from a ten day cruise from Hong Kong on Legend of the Seas.We also were constrained by school holidays and other factors as to when we could go and chose this ship as the ports of call sounded interesting We have ... Read More
We have just returned from a ten day cruise from Hong Kong on Legend of the Seas.We also were constrained by school holidays and other factors as to when we could go and chose this ship as the ports of call sounded interesting We have cruised twice previously on Allure and Oasis and obviously understood that this vessel was older and would not have the theatre shows,flowriders,football courts and other bells and whistles the larger ships had but looked forward to what we hoped would be a more intimate experience Embarkation in Hong Kong could only be described as shambolic with passengers queueing for over two hours while standing in a shopping center Elderly and disabled passengers had to get wheelchairs eventually the queues were moving so slowly We understand that Royal Caribbean may or may not be responsible for this fiasco but there have been criticisms on sites for months now about how bad the check- in in Hong Kong is and seemingly nothing has been done to improve it.I dread to see how they would cope with a ship the size of Allure! Once we finally got onboard we had two cabins,one balcony and one inside and both of these were fine.The initial introductory queue set the scene for the following days.You had to queue for 30 to 40 minutes for a seat in the dining room previously booked. There were never tables in the Windjammer and we felt like pre- schoolers eating off plastic plates. Shore excursions from the ship were really expensive for our family of five. We only booked one and had to queue in a theatre for an hour to get a sticker! Thankfully the excursions we arranged ourselves were fantastic particularly in Taiwan and Kota Kinabalu with local people My Taiwan Tours and Borneo Boats These days were what made the trip special for us not the ship About 3 days before the cruise ended we received a notice in our cabin that there had been a gastrointestinal outbreak onboard and despite meticulous handwashing both my husband and I got ill which spoiled our last few days holiday Thankfully our disabled son did not contract it but I felt annoyed that we were not immediately informed there was a problem so we could protect him There was no problem about making announcements about Sales events! Due to a typhoon we were unable to dock in Boracay where we had booked a really special lunch to celebrate our anniversary.We were only told at the time we were due to dock that tendering could not take place due to weather. We had to pay the$40 daily internet charge which they reduced by fifty per cent to send an email to the hotel to cancel.Did I mention that being on holiday with three teenagers without internet access was like being with a family of ferrets in a tea chest! Overall I regret to say that this cruise did not deliver what we had anticipated for so long The cost of this cruise was the same as for the newer ships with far superior facilities and we will not cruise on the smaller,older ships again Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
This is the first time travel in a cruise, I really enjoy these days! When I get on the cruise, every staffs are very nice with smile and direct us to the cabin clearly. I went there with my boyfriend. Although the cabin is not very big, ... Read More
This is the first time travel in a cruise, I really enjoy these days! When I get on the cruise, every staffs are very nice with smile and direct us to the cabin clearly. I went there with my boyfriend. Although the cabin is not very big, it is clean and comfortable like a tiny hotel. We need to gather in the hall first to learn basic survival knowledge. Then we went to have our buffet dinner. It is convenience that we only bring our room card to record all our expenses. The buffet did not have much choice but taste good. We went to the deck after dinner. The wind was tender and full of stars on the sky. How a romantic night for us! It is quite difficult to see this beautiful sky in urban city now. If we didn’t get on the boat, we will miss it! The next day we enjoy breakfast in room, it came fast in warm temperature, nice! Then we swam in pool with sunshine, so relaxing! I also had a spa, it was relaxed. The staffs were considerate of my body with soft message and my boyfriend went to gym, he told me the fitness center was big. They played music inside and serve with towel, cool water to all guests. We met at the function hall, there was a show tonight, the MC was funny drove everyone being crazy and happy. The disco and casino opened until late night, we have so much fun inside! We met a young couple as well. They have come twice already and also agreed the service of Costa was good, very suitable for them to spend their holiday here. When we arrived on Malaysia, we took few hours to land on the beach. Sunset on beach was stunning! We ate something before back to cruise if we can stay longer, that’s must be prefect! It is really an enjoyable trip for us to escape from the busy city. The staff’s services are good and won’t feel boring or dull during the trip. Costa brings me a memorable cruise travel. I will come back when I feel tired again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
I have a wonderful trip with my wife and kids during Chinese New Year this year. Our family went on Costa Victoria’s New Year Cruise which had many festive events planned out. Due to unforeseen circumstances that happened at home, my ... Read More
I have a wonderful trip with my wife and kids during Chinese New Year this year. Our family went on Costa Victoria’s New Year Cruise which had many festive events planned out. Due to unforeseen circumstances that happened at home, my family could not celebrate it back in Hongkong, thus we decided to travel out to spend this one-of-kind New Year in a different way. And I’m glad we did it. My sons are big eaters like me, and we had the chance to eat non-stop onboard. The pizza onboard was marvelous! And the CNY dinner reminds us the festive feelings of Chinese New Year, despite being on the waters. There were little dim sum, lou hei… and I didn’t expected to have so much chinese traditional dishes onboard an Italian ship, I’m quite surprised! Aside to activities, there were many rowdy activities such as dancing and performances. Though none of my family are fans of the special-feature HK singer, we did enjoy all the night-time shows, fun to watch the MJ impersonator perform and other Italian shows. If you have not been onboard Costa Victoria before and deciding if you should take this cruise, here are some points that you’d find useful in making your decision: Costa App: Allows you to communicate with guests onboard. It is free being able to communicate with each other especially when you have a big group on board, is very crucial Rooms: The rooms are cleaned everyday and choosing a room with a balcony is highly recommended. Nothing beats waking up to the serenity of the sea. The hygiene and cleanliness is alright. The only gripe is that the bathroom is too small! Activities: There will be a info sheet placed inside your room before the start of each day, and there is hardly an hour where there is no activity going on. The cruise is constantly busy with an event, so there is definitely no worry about getting bored or dull. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
This was our first cruise so I think we were possibly seeing everything through rose tinted glasses for the first few days. We were on the Southbound Asian Adventure which sailed from Hong Kong to Singapore. We had an inside cabin which ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I think we were possibly seeing everything through rose tinted glasses for the first few days. We were on the Southbound Asian Adventure which sailed from Hong Kong to Singapore. We had an inside cabin which was functional and served its purpose as somewhere to sleep. We ate in the Dining Room and we had Select Dining which worked well for us as we were often back on ship at odd times in the evening. The food was hit and miss and we sent anything we didnt like back and chose something else. Activities on the ship were limited, but we found plenty to do on our sea days. The lectures on the ports were awful and we didnt appreciate the scaremongering from the port sales team on how difficult it would be to get back to the ship on time if we didnt book their on shore tours. We used private companies at each stop, were often first to leave the port whilst everyone who booked with Celebrity were sitting in the theatre, being slowly herded out to their large coaches!   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
This was the first time my husband and I had been on a cruise so we didn't have anything to compare it against except that we are experienced travellers having stayed and dined in some beautiful places. Since we booked with Celebrity ... Read More
This was the first time my husband and I had been on a cruise so we didn't have anything to compare it against except that we are experienced travellers having stayed and dined in some beautiful places. Since we booked with Celebrity Cruises we continued to monitor many negative reviews and were questioning whether we should cancel our booking for an alternative. However, we are so pleased we didn't! The embarkation process in Hong Kong was well organised, efficient and went without a hitch. Our cabin number 8155 on deck 8 had a fantastic location being easily accessible to all restaurants. It was clean, tidy, well maintained, had a lovely balcony, in general all we needed. The main cafe, the Ocean View, provided a huge variety of meals to suit all tastes and palettes. The only negative point we can make is that the food could be served a little hotter. On full days at sea it does get a little crowded at 12 noon so either go a bit early or leave it until after 1pm. The food in the main restaurant, The Metropolitan, was of an excellent quality. Service was sometimes a little slow, especially at breakfast time. The speciality dining restaurants, of which there were two, always served fabulous food, exceptional quality, along with great service. In general the staff were hard working, extremely polite and friendly, service on board was second to none. An extensive list of excursions was available and you would be hard done by not to find something that suited you. Due to the location of some of these points of interest meant that a 3 hour (approx) coach ride (each way) was necessary in order to reach them due to docking locations. However the guides made the journey entertaining and quite informative. Drinks packages - don't rush into purchasing these as you can buy them on board when you can better determine if they are worth while. Water is provide with all meals. If you frequent the coffee bars then a non-alcoholic package comes in useful. It's useful to note that coffee after meals was extra unless you have a package. You will also need bottled water for excursions, however these were provided free of charge on the coaches. Again decide once you are on board whether you need to purchase a wine package. Bottles can be purchased individually and any wine not drunk can be carried over until the next day. The disembarkation process in Singapore was again superbly organised. One niggly point - there seemed to be every opportunity to charge for the little extras which other establishments provide as a complimentary service e.g. Wi Fi. Our experience was obviously different from the negative ones that we read about and we wouldn't hesitate in sailing with Celebrity Cruises again.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2013
This was our first cruise. So to be fair we didn’t know exactly what to expect or what is “normal” for a trip of this type. My wife and I usually spend a week or so in one country and really try to absorb the culture. However we ... Read More
This was our first cruise. So to be fair we didn’t know exactly what to expect or what is “normal” for a trip of this type. My wife and I usually spend a week or so in one country and really try to absorb the culture. However we wanted to see Asia and this seemed to be a great way to do so. We selected this trip for the destinations and the time spent at port. We were aware of the distances to the major cities and spent many nights off the ship. It takes a while to get to the cities so to make the most of your time overnights are a must. If you would like to read about those experiences along with more detail of our excursions (both with the ship and on our own) you can visit our travel blog at: www.kfbroadway.wordpress.com. Our stateroom was small but well done. We stayed in 9052, everything was clean the balcony seemed spacious and the stateroom attendant Michael was outstanding. He even went out of his way to fix my wife’s prescription sunglasses when I accidently sat on them ☺. Aqua class was a nice perk. We liked not having a set time to dine and the service there was exceptional as well. Mae and Liu were our favorite; they knew the menu and gave honest opinions about what was worth ordering and what to skip. On that note, we thought the food was very good here except for the seafood quality. It did not taste fresh (or even fresh-frozen) and try as we might (every night) it did not get better. Aqua class also gave us private seating for breakfast which was really nice and very tasty. We did not try the other specialty restaurants. The buffet was well… a buffet. There is only so much magic you can work, but they did their best and it was good for what it was. Being inexperienced cruisers we did not anticipate the amount of children that would be aboard (350) but the staff seemed to make accommodations for them and everyone seemed pretty happy. The one thing I would say about that was the lack of enforcement of child free zones. The smoking areas were not well enforced either. It seemed everyone just smoked wherever they liked and no one seemed to care even though many passengers were complaining. Overall we really enjoyed our trip. The entertainment was good, and we really enjoyed learning about Buddhism (Buddhism 101) from Marshall. He was a wonderful teacher and a nice guy to boot! I would recommend this trip especially if you want a good sampling of Asia. Plan to spend additional money on overnight excursions, which were the highlights of our trip. Last thing, the elephant excursion in Thailand offered from the ship just amazing! It was an incredible day and Worth Every Penny!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
On reading some of the negative reviews of the Millennium in this forum, I wanted to share our experience which was beyond fantastic. Being first time cruisers the whole experience was just awesome. Now I can feel some you already ... Read More
On reading some of the negative reviews of the Millennium in this forum, I wanted to share our experience which was beyond fantastic. Being first time cruisers the whole experience was just awesome. Now I can feel some you already rolling your eyes - but to set the record straight we have been fortunate enough to have stayed in some truly amazing hotels around the world over the past 27 years and know very clearly the difference between mediocre service and excellent service, between food that is just OK or poor and meals that are plated and served just exquisitely and taste even better. So when I read some of the reviews complaining about the food, the cleanliness of the cabins, the quality of the entertainment, the friendliness of the staff , general service levels etc - I wonder if we were just lucky and were treated differently (highly unlikely) or that we set out to have the time of our lives and enjoy every minute. Just after boarding we were lucky enough to find Charlotte (ex Durban) preparing for the ships tour which we eagerly did with two other couples. This was a great early decision as in a very short time we became oriented and never once afterwards had to ask for directions. From then on - there were not enough minutes in every day to do everything - the biggest stresses were what to eliminate from the Celebrity Today itinerary. Every day we could we started out in the well equipped gym (minor issue: it would have been nice if the two out of order cross trainer machines were repaired), showered and met up with friends in the Ocean View Cafe for breakfast. Great selection - and boy did we need the gym daily to keep our weight in check. The choice is fantastic, - especially the poached eggs station. There are always tables - never have to wait for one. ALso just loved the tables over the glass floor where you can see straight down in to the water 10 decks below. Pools get a tad busy on a nice day - so occasional disagreements broke out amongst some passenger who kept heaps of sun beds/loungers to the disadvantage of others. Was told by friends on some other ships, the pool staff are instructed to clear away belongings left on chairs after an hour of being unattended to give others a chance. This policy would have worked well on our cruise but we were lucky enough not to have been affected. Lunch at the pool is just terrific - the grill bar burgers are my new benchmark. There is also a healthy food station for lunch and breakfast which was just great. Dinners at the Metropolitan were phenomenal every time - everyone was so attentive - from the young lady at the front desk, to the Matre D to our own waiter Xavier and assistant waiter - Benedict. We were a party of 11 and most nights we ate together - but on the few occasions we didn't, a concern was raised by the Matre D. Every dish was 5 star quality and Xavier and team ran around us like we were celebrities. The final meal really was a testament to all the staff in the restaurants when everyone does the serviette waving - what a great way to say thanks to great people who cant do enough for you and make your holiday special - when they themselves are working over the holiday season - and boy do they work hard. We chose to also dine at the Olympic and at Qzine. There are no words to describe our experience at Qzine - and I would go as far to say that it was our best anniversary dinner ever. The staff came out in force to sing to us even dragging in the chef to do his own rendition of Gangnam style for us. They then did further numbers for our friends 50th birthday which was coming up 2 days after (BTW when in Singapore eat at the Lighthouse in the Fullerton hotel which is where we celebrated that amazing milestone - when you think things cant get better ....) It is almost impossible to describe the Qzine experience- all I can say that on its own its worth travelling on the Millennium for. They say the record at Qzine is 17 courses - well at 11 (I think) we called it quits... This concept needs to be picked up by some enterprising restaurantueur in major cities around the world - Unique as a descriptor does not not even come close. Wish I could remember the lady matre D's name (she is from Serbia) - but she and her staff and just terrific. Olympic is a very different experience - posh like the old world cruisers must have experienced - even some of the panelling comes from the Titanic's sister ship who this restaurant is named after. At $40 a head for 3 or more courses - all I can say is that the value is incredible - an equivalent main dish in a similar style restaurant in Sydney, NY, Paris, Rome or anywhere would cost you significantly more. I could speak for ages about these two restaurants - but in my opinion just go there and experience their magnificence for yourselves. The celebrity Theatre at night was our destination of choice - some outstanding shows like iBroadway and others and some less but all entertaining and enjoyable. The pianist Simon Tedeski is a genius. The cruise director (hi Steve) - was great and every night explained the ins and outs of the next day which was invaluable information. Formal nights were great - although getting all dressed up after a day out and about or at the pool was initially challenging we soon got into the spirit of it. New Years eve was special - a most amazing party out at sea - very special memories. They did two spectacular brunches - one for Xmas day and one for NY day - if only I could have eaten what I truly wanted - what a spread - and the ice sculptures and fruit and cheese sculptures - these are not only accomplished chefs they are artists second to none. Pizza station near the aft deck open to 1am which we once took advantage of after one evenings show about midnight - amazing pizza - not sure how we even had an appetite after dinner finished at 9pm - but there you go. I am proud to say I resisted the ice cream station the whole cruise - but in hindsight - I should have relinquished - they looked just delicious and tasted even better so I am told. Our cabin (6022) was a balcony stateroom that was just great - and attended to so well by our two wonderful stewards. Its an amazing feeling waking up with the water gushing by underneath you. I also had a special electrical request so that I could plug in my CPAP machine - and Todor the ships electrician went out of his way to loan me his personal adaptor that he had purchased for one his appliances in Chicago. Shore excursions were exceptionally well managed - you are told what time to be in the theatre - when your whole party is together you check in and are given a numbers on stickers. When your bus or boat is ready - your number is called and you disembark then and there. No hassles no sweat. So much to say and impossible to tell you all of it - all I can say is that it was awesome and the best holiday ever and we will most definitely be doing this again and more than likely with Celebrity (I am told the Solstice is even nicer). So there you have it - a great experience on the Millennium that I would recommend to anyone wanting to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
OK, first off the good news: Arcadia is a great ship, the crew is excellent, the food is really good, the spa is brilliant, knowledgeable speakers on Asian art & astronomy etc, pretty good comedians/magicians, mediocre dance groups ... Read More
OK, first off the good news: Arcadia is a great ship, the crew is excellent, the food is really good, the spa is brilliant, knowledgeable speakers on Asian art & astronomy etc, pretty good comedians/magicians, mediocre dance groups which seemed to rely on decibels only, destinations were OK but shore excursions were patchy. The major negative is that you could be on a floating nursing home what with Zimmer frames & even self propelled buggies. Furthermore the North of Watford Gap accents seemed to be predominant & started to grate, where do they get the money from? Fortunately our table of 6 included some exiles from London to Norwich & a sprightly couple, mentally at least, from QLD. The major issue was that the combination of South & North hemisphere populous getting together in Hong Kong before the voyage guaranteed a "Contagion" situation & 99% of passengers had no clue about contagious diseases even though there were anti bacterial hand solutions in evidence wherever you went on board. The problem was that most people were totally ignorant regarding methods of contagion, if only they had run that film every day ! Embarcation in HKG was reasonably painless but disembarkation was a total mess in Brisbane,an obvious example of the left not knowing what the right was doing. It meant a total crush to find baggage & ZERO organisation, whoever was responsible for this should be fired, how to ruin a vacation! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
This was our first cruise and after reading some of the reviews on the net I thought I had made an awful mistake booking the cruise. There were some really awful reviews and some great reviews. Very confusing. Hence, here I am writing our ... Read More
This was our first cruise and after reading some of the reviews on the net I thought I had made an awful mistake booking the cruise. There were some really awful reviews and some great reviews. Very confusing. Hence, here I am writing our review on the day we arrived home. Our cruise was on board Legend of the Seas - the 4 night HK-Sanya (China) - Halong Bay (Vietnam)- HK trip. We booked online through the RCI website (more on that later). We booked a cruise as it is easier than flying with a near 2-year old. The embarkation was really quite quick. I had printed out the set sail passes which ensured we went through the VIP line and we were on board within 20 minutes. The way RCI staggered the embarkation process was great as we never felt like we were queuing. Our room wasn't ready when we boarded so the buffet cafe (Windjammer) was serving food. The food in the buffet was on par with Sizzler. It was exactly as expected for a buffet restaurant. The staff ensured any dirty plates were cleared quite quickly. By 1pm our room was ready - the junior suite (8030). As I would expect, the rooms were not large but they were perfectly adequate. The bed was comfortable and the sofa bed folded out for our daughters. The balcony was a really nice size and just the thought of going into a smaller room made me feel claustrophobic. Opening the balcony made the room appear much larger. There was lots of storage space that impressed me and we were able to hang all our clothes or place them in drawers. The bathrooms had a bath with overhead shower that had decent pressure. There were lots of toiletries in the vanity that were replaced as necessary. There was a flat screen tv in the room that had some decent movie channels. Our room attendant, Rui, did a lovely job turning down the beds each evening and making up the room in the morning. He would leave chocolates on the pillow for our daughters and make little towel animals for them. Our only complaint with him was trying to obtain an infant life-jacket. We asked as we set sail and he said he was too busy just now but that we were not too far from shore and we could swim....! Later that night we again enquired about the life jacket. He said he was still too busy as it was the 1st night and it would have to wait until morning as he would have to go to a different floor to get it! At that point my husband had to tell him that this was a safety requirement and very important. The life jacket arrived 5 minutes later with his apologies. In general, there was some noise from above and in the hallways but we didn't find this obtrusive. I guess if there had been more of a 'party crowd' aboard than this would be an issue. I hope when we cruise next time to be able to reserve the Family Suite. We had a little sticky beak as it was getting cleaned and it was a great size. We had dinner each evening in the Romeo & Juliet restaurant. The quality of the food is fine and there were only a couple of meals that were not quite hot or were overcooked (I am a keen cook and certainly don't expect that level of fare when the cooks on board are catering for nearly 2000 guests and 750 staff). The atmosphere is just lovely though. The views from this dining room are magical. The waiters (Erwin & Laxmi) at our table were simply fantastic. They provided 5* service and simply outshone any waiters we have met in HK. They were just fantastic in catering to our children and even had little magic tricks. My husband & older daughter had the beer package (lots of beers to choose from) & soda package, respectively. They found it quite good value. I didn't order a package and just bought cocktails and wines as I wanted them. The cocktails were really yummy (maybe not quite as strong as I would expect in a normal bar! -but that suited me) and reasonably priced. The wine list seemed long but there were not that many wines available by the glass. What I had was fine and maybe a little overpriced. My wines were more expensive than the cocktails. It was a little frustrating on the first day to have the wait staff in general areas try and push me into buying the drinks package. There is no way I could drink $160 ($40 x 4 days) worth of cocktails and wine. We ate lunch once in the pool solarium. The french fries were fresh and yummy but I would pass on the burgers. The general dEcor of the ship is a little dated but I almost feel it was dated when it was new in 1995. The Viking Crown Lounge (nightclub) looked like a scene from the 80's- very kitsch. That being said,I felt everything was very clean, comfortable and well maintained and certainly there was nothing to complain about. The vast majority of people on board were Asian with nearly half being Chinese mainlanders. I only mention this as the cultural differences can be an issue. We live in HK (originally from Australia) and felt we would be quite immune to the cultural differences. If you have had little contact with the Chinese it would make your cruise a little less enjoyable. They are quite pushy and will barge in front of you- no queuing! The coughing up of phlegm is just disgusting and sets my teeth on edge. Also, being the proud parents of a little blue-eyed, blonde-haired daughter we are used to people in HK asking to take her photo. But on the ship the Chinese would constantly take her picture (even after we asked them to stop) and would touch her face and hair and pick her up. She is fine with this but we feel uncomfortable with it. On the other hand, the Chinese don't seem to drink and were really well behaved. We fear that if the ship had been full of our compatriots from Australia, the same could not be said. The gym was well equipped and I never had to wait for a treadmill. I tried running on the running track on deck 10 but even on a calm day it was difficult running into the wind although the view was divine! The rock climbing wall was great and we barely had to line up. The putt-putt (mini-golf) was sweet but again the Chinese will take over a hole and refuse to move (not quite the object of the game!) or simply start playing on your hole or stand in the middle of the green. Not a biggie, but a little frustrating. I originally thought the pools to be a bit small (I couldn't do laps like I hoped) but they were fine and rarely crowded. A lot of the Chinese didn't seem to swim and seemed happy to sit on the sidelines. There were lots of lounge chairs around and you never had to go far to find vacant lounges. We only went to one evening show (magician) and that was enjoyable (more so for children). The smell of smoke that pervades from the Casino is gross though. The daytime activities are sweet and fun but a little like a school camp. I would think if you want to be entertained constantly than this is the wrong ship for you. As for us, we were more than happy with lots of (above average)food, good books and comfy lounge chairs. The toy lending for babies and toddlers is a great idea and we found it really helpful to have toys on board. Our elder daughter used the teen room and said it was fun but occasionally there would be no staff there for a scheduled activity. We found the same thing in regards to some scheduled activities like the martini tasting - the waiter had no idea about it. We didn't bother getting off the ship at Sanya as we had no interest in seeing it so we just relaxed on board a mainly empty ship (bliss!). Our itinerary varied due to an approaching typhoon so it was disappointing not to get to Vietnam as planned but we could see the sense in the Captain's decision. Already people were getting seasick from the increasing motion of the ship. The purser's desk was giving out seasickness tablets for those who needed them. As an aside, we didn't need Chinese visas for Sanya as Australia is one of the 26 countries on the Visa Waiver Program for Hainan Island. Our other gripe was with the gratuities. We had pre-paid them when booking on the RCI website and I had the print out. So on the last night we were given envelopes to hand out to the staff but no vouchers to show we had pre-paid the gratuities. I enquired at the purser's desk and they said they had no record of us paying (it was nearly $200). I then showed them my printout and after lots of to-ing and fro-ing the purser showed me a vague form that said yes we had paid but then it had been refunded.......hmmmm. Not likely but we could not access our credit card transaction history to dispute this. So, we were now in the embarrassing position of having no money/vouchers to hand out to our wait staff and room attendant. We were told we could fill out the form for pre-paid gratuities but they "can not" print out the vouchers. Aaargh!!! In the end after my husband politely but forcefully saying he had had enough of the "can not", they were able to give us the vouchers which we just wrote our suite number on. We were charged for this so now we just have to check our credit card statement to see if we have paid twice for gratuities. This sort of thing doesn't spoil the cruise but it is frustrating and certainly not relaxing. The disembarkation was just as quick and easy as the embarkation. We left our packed luggage out in the hall the night before arrival. We had a leisurely breakfast and disembarked and were in a taxi not 20 minutes later. I hope I have given a fair review of the cruise. Overall we really loved it and would go again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
I have cruised for 2 times on Legend Of The Seas, first on December 2009 Singapore - Phuket - Malaysia, and 2nd time on my honeymoon which is Hong Kong - Sanya - Da Nang - Ha Long Bai1st about the foodThey cook food according to where they ... Read More
I have cruised for 2 times on Legend Of The Seas, first on December 2009 Singapore - Phuket - Malaysia, and 2nd time on my honeymoon which is Hong Kong - Sanya - Da Nang - Ha Long Bai1st about the foodThey cook food according to where they stopped, when its sailing from Singapore, I can get Indian food onboard, and when its from Hong Kong, many chinese foods, and also a table of sushi which I like. The food tastes ok. Windjammer is ok for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner we choose to dine on Romeo and Juliet. Basically the foods are the same between those two its just about the way they serve you.I take a soda package and its ok, the selection does not have a coke zero and it contributes to my 4 kg weight increase.On 2009, Solarium has a Turkey Panini sandwich which I dont find in our honey moon cruise.2nd about the cabinThe balcony is good, give a good view of the ocean, relaxing there is a bliss. The oceanview is fine as well. My wife kept reminiscing how soft the bed are.3rd the tourMake sure you book the tour immediately when you board it as its seat limited and can't get the tour I wanted during our 1st cruise, learning from the mistake I immediately book it on 2nd cruise. The local tour is good, the price is expensive, a friend recommends taking local tour agent which I m considering in using on our next tour. Make sure you talked with the waiters for tips on deciding which local tours you take.When on our honey moon cruise, I regretted not informing them about it, they have a package for honeymooners!I will try another Royal Caribbean ships as I already got in this ship twice Read Less

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