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8 Hong Kong to Trans-Ocean Legend of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We chose the cruise for the Ports of call & arrival destination of Brisbane (our home city). Sailed from Hong Kong with stops in Manila, Puerto Princess, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Darwin, Cairns & Airlie Beach. The ship has been sold ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the Ports of call & arrival destination of Brisbane (our home city). Sailed from Hong Kong with stops in Manila, Puerto Princess, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Darwin, Cairns & Airlie Beach. The ship has been sold & it felt evident during our cruise. Staterooms very dated. Food in dining room very disappointing (numerous meals sent back). We had room key issues with having to get one sea pass replaced 8 times during the journey. Wifi advertising misleading so we opted for none. Shore excursions misleading (wildlife sanctuary in Kota Kinabalu is a Zoo). Cruise arrived in most ports after 9am which meant that you couldn't book a local tour of the reef as they all depart by 9am, one staff member said they have to sail slowly because there is shopping on board. On board activities - not enough indoor - didn't improve until last 3 days. Housekeeping staff were excellent. Cruise Director - WHO? Saw the Captain more than the CD. All that said we had a lovely holiday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The port experiences were as expected, quite happy with the ports ..... all first time visits except Australia. It was a very low budget cruise ..... but the cruise price wasn't!!!! ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The port experiences were as expected, quite happy with the ports ..... all first time visits except Australia. It was a very low budget cruise ..... but the cruise price wasn't!!!! Embarkation was very smooth at the Kai terminal. It is huge, the team were organized and kept the crowd moving smoothly. It was nothing like the mess we had heard of from previous cruisers. They have listened to previous reviews .... thank you for that. The cruise clientele was mixed, Australian, US, Asian, Canadian and European. A wide range of tastes to accommodate. The food was repetitive, and pretty much boring. The beef was horrible, there was more salmon served then I have ever seen. The 'used food' in the buffet had no flavor and obvious ..... last night's Yorkshire pudding, veggies, roast meats chopped, sliced etc and recooked..... tough, dry and tasteless. Small but I loved it .... there were poached eggs and hollandaise in the buffet every day. =0) Many of the staff were new, lacking training and nervous for the first few days of the cruise. No one seemed to know what they were doing. The dining service improved as the days went on. Many officers seemed to be in active clean up duty. The bar staff were all excellent. The CD team was wonderful. We really enjoyed James, Sophie and Shreta (sp), they are personable, professional and top notch. The spa offers were generous. I had my gel nails repaired, excellent service. The comedians, musicians, hypnotist, orchestra and small bands were all very good. The officer entertainment was the best! It was really nice to see the officers in events during the cruise. The dance team were good, the shows were not what we have come to expect from RCCL. The Diamond teams in both the lounge and Viking overflow and our cabin staff Okle and Ide were also excellent. The ship was in good condition. We weren't sure what this would be like considering it has been sold, delivery to happen in 2017. It was not a good example of an RCCL cruise, many first timers we met said they would not choose RCCL again. We took the Legend in 2007 to the Mexican Riviera, and it was pretty much the same. We found it very strange and interesting that it hadn’t changed. The ship won’t be available …. But not sure we would do this itinerary again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The embarkation process in Hong Kong was smooth and quick. The Legend of the Seas, whilst small, was a great home for 18 nights. The crew were helpful, although a few of them were new and learning it didn't interfere with the ... Read More
The embarkation process in Hong Kong was smooth and quick. The Legend of the Seas, whilst small, was a great home for 18 nights. The crew were helpful, although a few of them were new and learning it didn't interfere with the amazing service. Our cabin, with balcony, was clean and big enough for the 2 of us. Our cabin steward was excellent and kept it clean and tidy the whole time. We dined in the dining room very night and our food was delicious and plentiful. The staff there ensured my gluten free diet was looked after properly. There was plenty of activities and entertainment, although there was a bit of time in the afternoons where not too much happened. Either way you could find something to do if you went looking! Overall,the service was excellent and given this was our 6th cruise with Royal Caribbean, we will definitely cruise with them again. In fact we have booked son Anthem of the Seas next September! The experience was a great one! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a really relaxing cruise. Legend have great staff who go out of their way to help. We had an issue with our cabin (#3533) which was located under the glass washing room for the R Bar and Schoner Bar. So every night between ... Read More
This was a really relaxing cruise. Legend have great staff who go out of their way to help. We had an issue with our cabin (#3533) which was located under the glass washing room for the R Bar and Schoner Bar. So every night between 10.30 - 2.30 was a bit of noise. Day 6 we spoke to Adeline from guest service and we were shifted to #8075. An awesome cabin and location. We were surprised she shifted us, as we said we were happy where we were, but could they ask to get them to control the noise. The only real issue, if you can call it that !!! was at Bali. Royal Caribbean used local tenders as this was a tender port. The tender ashore went well, but the winds came up around 11.00am. We returned at 11.30am and it was a slow return and very rough. Because the tenders used carried 150 - 180 pax, loading and unloading was really slow, because numbers as well as a lot of disabled people on this cruise. (Which was great to see, as in Pacific Island tender ports "if you can't walk on tender, you don't go")so this meant tenders were sitting and waiting to unload on ship for 20-30 min. But weather isn't Captains fault, and he has no control over the speed of local tender operators. I think the only downside for us was the constant whinging from so called well travelled cruisers about everything (24/7). Some people just need to chill out and smell the roses. We always dine in the Main dining room, as not a fan of the buffets. Think they bring the worst out in people plus they always over eat. Dining room food and service was great. People on our table had some meal they didn't like or wasn't what they expected, but waiter replaced it straight away with what ever they wanted. Keith and Sanie were awesome as always, and the staff all over the ship were really helpful, I think it's a same RCI are selling the Legend and moving to bigger ships. We like the small ships as you get to know all the staff and know your needs with in a few days. Thank you Legend of the Seas for a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Over the years we have had many cruises on a variety of ships, this cruise from Hong Kong to Brisbane is by far the worst we have experienced. Boarding was a big plus in Hong Kong but on boarding there was no assistance to find our ... Read More
Over the years we have had many cruises on a variety of ships, this cruise from Hong Kong to Brisbane is by far the worst we have experienced. Boarding was a big plus in Hong Kong but on boarding there was no assistance to find our cabin, no little ship map, nobody to point us in the direction we needed. 1st evening drinks in the schooner bar were a disaster as the noise was horrendous with someone on a mike trying to talk down the crowd, we moved to the Centrum only to be blasted by a 6 piece band playing at 150 decibels in a small area. So much for a quiet drink, & this kept up for the entire journey, there just wasn't anywhere to get away from the constant noise of people screaming into microphones in the lounges or on deck. The only quiet spot was the Viking Crown lounge but you were barred after 4.30pm. Main dining had to be the most poorly organized, an evening meal could take over 2 hours, lunch was the same with only soup & main being served in that time. We never got deserts as after 2 hours we gave up & left The Windjammer bistro was permenantly overcrowded, breakfast omlete could take 1/2 hour in line to be served, only 1 server/cook for 2000 people, toast was served by 1 opereator with 1 toaster with long lines for service. We won't mention the quality of the food on offer but needless to say it was cold, tastless, poorly presented, meats were generally rehashed from previous offerings & hot didn't occur. After 2 days at sea the bars ran out of Australian & S/E asia beers on a ship full of Australians. Drink vending & ice cream machines constantly had signs "out of order" on them or were not refilled. 60 % of passengers contracted a chest/throat infection due {I think} to the poorly maintained air filters etc. The ship had a terrible musty smell about it, It took us 5 hours to get off the ship in Bali by tender & then 3 hours to get back on If you didn't buy a ship's tour {seriously overpriced} you were relegated to getting off after all tours had departed. Wait staff were constantly saying sorry for the poor food quality being served up & our waiter would bring back-up main courses for that which was rejected Have just been to the GP because of the virus contracted on the ship, am advised it is a serious bout of broncitus bordering on pnumonia & could take a month to recover using antibiotics We will not be back on a Royal Carabean ship again & many passengers I spoke with said the same, NEVER AGAIN Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a 18-night repositioning from Hong Kong to Brisbane visiting port of Manila, Puerto Princesa, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach. The ship & the crew were good in general. The food was not bad in quality. ... Read More
This was a 18-night repositioning from Hong Kong to Brisbane visiting port of Manila, Puerto Princesa, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach. The ship & the crew were good in general. The food was not bad in quality. However as Royal Caribbean is an America company, all the supply was by containers from America. As such the variety in food was a bit limited and became a bit boring at the later stage of the 18 nights trip. In the buffet restaurant, the water & ice dispensers always ran slow, empty or out of order. The most disappointed part is the land excursion arrangement. The excursion staff did not have much knowledge about the destinations. The Excursion Manger admitted that she had not personally visited the locations before. Choices of excursion tour were a bit limited. The price of tour was very expensive to double the average local price. The time at port was rather short and not good as well. At Darwin, Cairns & Airlie Beach, the ship arrived at late morning. Other than joining the excursion tour, independent travellers would find no sufficient time for them to explore on land. The tender arrangement at Bali and Airlie Beach was a disaster. At Bali, we were fortunate in taking the first tender out but on return spending more than 2 hours in waiting & tendering back to the ship on the last tender. A lady informed that she got the tender ticket at 9am and arrived on land at about mid day. At Airlie Beach, we did spend more than 2.5 hours waiting for the tender to go on land. Also the ship arrived in the late morning at many ports, such that it was not possible for independent travellers joining the local tours. However for Manila, we found an excellent local travel agent "Baron Travel (sales@barontravel.com.ph)" on the internet. We booked a half day city tour with them and fully paid - much cheaper than the cruise excursion tour. Our arrival time delayed 2 hours due to the change of route to avoid the typhoon. We could not contact the agent on ship but they had amended our tour accordingly and the tour bus picked us up & dropped us back inside the cruise terminal. I highly recommend Baron Travel for any local tour in the Philippines. There was room for improvement with entertainment as well. Some popular art & craft sessions were held around the piano in the Schooner Bar such that only about 10 seats available. A bigger venue should be provided. Bingo ticket was very expensive at about US$30 for a set of 5 games with 2 tickets for each game. The morning seminar of 8 sessions on Chinese art was boring. The topic is a very interesting one but the lady did not provide interesting or detailed information. She only talked about her own work in the second half of each session. In summary, this 18-night cruise schedule was good that it visited some very interesting destinations. Royal Caribbean could make the trip much more enjoyable by providing sufficient excursion time in port - better arrive early in the morning and leave late in the afternoon to provide passengers with a whole day to explore the destination. There are much improvement work can be done in shore excursion arrangement especially in tender arrangement. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and becasue, as a repositoning cruise, it offered good value. There were many positives about this cruise - 1. Our junior suite was very roomy, well set out, with lots of storage space. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and becasue, as a repositoning cruise, it offered good value. There were many positives about this cruise - 1. Our junior suite was very roomy, well set out, with lots of storage space. The balcony was also a good size, ideal for drying laundry. The bathroom included a bath, and had good lighting - a rarity in so many hotel bathrooms these days. 2. The food and service in the dining room were both excellent. 3. There was plenty of entertainment, although much of its was pretty standard pub entertainment. 4. A choice of bars and lounges gave options for socialising. 5. Our waiters and stateroom attendant were all brilliant. They work so hard! 6. Speciality restaurants such as the Chops Grille offer very good quality meals at a reasonable price. However, there were many negatives, and some of these were significant. 1. We only booked one shore excursion, mainly because the prices were so high. The Manilla city historic tour was very interesting, but terribly rushed! They tried to pack far too much in, and our guide,poor woman, was determined to squeeze all the sites in, even though bad traffic meant we were running late. We had about 25minutes in the National Museum, and I was so frustrated. There were many interesting exhibits, but she kept herding us through like cattle. The size of the group (40) meant that only the few standing right near her could hear the commentary - that is such bad organisation. What about a microphone? 2. A major problem lay in the huge delays and inefficiency when it came to transporting people off the ship on tenders. The groups who had booked cruise excursions always had first preference - that's fine, but what about all those who want to free range? At Bali we waited nearly 3 hours for our numbered ticket to be called. Given the traffic problems in Bali, that meant we could not possibly get to Ubud, the main cultural site. It was a totally wasted day. At Airllie Beach, similar chaos prevailed. The ship management really needs to get this right. 3. The prices at the beauty spa were exorbitant, especially given that 18 % gratuity on top of everything. 4. Oh those dreadful art auctions! Who dreams up this kind of thing? The standard of art made Ikea productions look like Renaissance art. It just seemed that at every possible opportunity, the management was trying to squeeze money out of passengers. 5. DRinks are exorbitant, but I suppose that is to be expected. 6. The Windjammer Cafe offered 3 meals a day, but it was appalling quality. Think school cafeteria. 7. Any complaints were politely received by staff at the guest services desk, but then nothing happened. We saw staff listen to the complaints, and then....they did not even record the issue of concern on their computer. They just turned to the next person,smiling benignly. 8. The pool at the aft deck had dangerously slippery tiles all around the area. Despite being very careful, one of our group slipped and injured her knee. Surely people slip there all the time! But, the management just puts up signs saying - caution - slippery floors!! Well,fix the floors!! Put down outdoor carpet or rubber matting. Is that so hard? Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The legend of the seas from Hong Kong to Brisbane.What a disaster.Nothing to like about this cruise.Food dry and tasteless,same unappetizing food in both the dining room and the Windjammer buffet.Cakes could be used as frisbies so dry and ... Read More
The legend of the seas from Hong Kong to Brisbane.What a disaster.Nothing to like about this cruise.Food dry and tasteless,same unappetizing food in both the dining room and the Windjammer buffet.Cakes could be used as frisbies so dry and rubbery .We had to climb into bed from the end as the was no side access.Toilet blocked up twice.Staff although friendly and did their job it was very hard to communicate as their English was very poor.As for the coffee, you needed to pay extra for a double shot so you could taste the coffee.Took my complaints to the Guest services manager who promised to get the food and beverage manager to contact me ,I'm still waiting.Also a 20 minute tender trip took 50 minutes as we waited with no airconditioning while 2 other tenders unloaded supplies.To top it off they left envelopes in the room for tips after we had already paid gratuities. Definitely would not cruise with Royal Caribbean again.Feel ripped off. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Legend of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.0 3.5
Public Rooms 3.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 3.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 4.1

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