Relaxed and happy cruisers: Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by mags0152

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Relaxed and happy cruisers

Sail Date: June 2013
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Marseille
This cruise had multiple embarkation ports and we found this rather disconcerting, people leaving and joining most days, safety drill each afternoon for the new arrivals. Previous cruises have had a more coherent feel.

But, on the plus side - we had a ball! The cruise director, Mercedes Lafuente, a charismatic young woman from Argentina really got people involved in the fun. She had a good staff supporting her but she seemed to be around all day every day. I think Royal Caribbean have struck gold here.

The live entertainment was of a high quality, varied and abundant. The ship's band were really professional and slick. A good brass section, well rehearsed. On the pool deck each afternoon were a reggae outfit called "The Dynamic Duo" - and they were - dynamic. They took requests and played for hours.

Every day there were poolside games for kids and bigger kids (adults!), every evening there were "game show" type games in the Atrium. More A bog Wow! factor in the Legend of the Seas is the aerialists who perform in the Atrium - has to be seen to be believed. ) I think they have a short video clip on the Royal Caribbean website.)

Our stateroom was on Deck 2. Our travel agent is very knowledgeable on cruise ships and he recommended this deck. Our room was quiet, away from stairs and lifts and carefully maintained by our cabin steward Mariana. She was just the right mixture of friendliness and discretion.

We were allocated "My Time" dining in the Romeo and Juliet restaurant. We were put on a shared table the first night which didn't work well since we were the only English speakers at the table! The service was a bit chaotic so we chose to eat in the Windjammer the next night. The food was good, plenty variety of hot and cold dishes. The salad bar was really fresh. The next night we returned to Romeo and Juliet and asked for a table for two. This proved to be a much better experience than the first night. The service was excellent and the food was beautifully prepared and presented.
We ate breakfast and lunch each day in the Windjammer, a busy buffet restaurant but with a big staff on duty replenishing the buffet continuously. Even on the busiest days we found a table inside or out on the pool deck, no problem.
On our last night we pushed the boat out (pardon the pun!) and ate in Chops Grille on the 11th floor. This carries a supplement of $30 per head - but it was worth every cent. We had a splendid view of Genoa as we sailed away, the restaurant was lavishly furnished and the waiting staff were knowledgeable on menu and attentive. We both chose filet mignon for our main course and I don't think I've ever tasted better steak!

Only downside to the casino is that smoking is allowed! This really irritated me, one of those annoying ex-smokers! But we had great fun playing Blackjack. The dealers seemed to be rooting for us, and giving us advice. I always thought Blackjack was such a serious game - but not on Legend. People were whooping and cheering when they won, commiserating loudly with each other when they lost.

We travelled independently and used shuttle buses at most ports. The excursions were, in my opinion, overpriced. We had chosen a cruise as we wanted a relaxed break in the sun so we weren't looking to experience all that the ports of call had to offer. We managed to stray into the Red Light district in Genoa but the "girls" just smiled as we (2 women in their late 50s) speeded up when we realised our mistake!

Cruise Compass
This is the information leaflet detailing the days activities and info on the port of call, delivered to your stateroom the night before each port. Comprehensive and easy to follow, helped us plan the days activities.

As I said we were travelling independently. Unfortunately neither the staff on "Shore Excursions" desk nor the "Guest Services" staff were able or keen to help us manage our disembarkation. We asked about Left Luggage facilities at the port, local transport, airport buses but at each desk we were referred to the other desk. I think this is an area Royal Caribbean need to improve on if they are to have multiple joining ports Less

Published 06/18/13

Cabin review: I2088 Large Ocean View Stateroom

On deck 2, big square window, ample room to move around. Our room had 2 single beds which we asked the steward to make up as a double. There was also a bed settee in the room, a dressing table, upright chair and small coffee table. The shower room was adequate, clean and well maintained. There was a large wardrobe with plenty of hangers, two sets of drawers and mirrored cupboards above the dressing table. All in all a very pleasant room.

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