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We had a wonderful trip on the Legend of the Seas. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the seas smooth and the service absolutely brilliant. We mostly ate in the dining room and found the food good but the portions were often too large and the desserts too sweet! We were on a fixed dining table with a really good group of people. The staff seemed genuinely happy! The napkin folded animals, the tooth pick puzzles and the "tricks" that our waiters presented us with were added fun! We loved the national songs performed on the dining room staircase by the dining room staff prior to arrival in their countries of birth eg Bali and the Philippines. The "washy, washy" girls at the entrance to the Windjammer Restaurant were just delightful. We were disappointed that there was no afternoon tea options! The entertainment was generally very good but the standout for us was the singer Chris Powley, it was a privilege to be entertained by a performer of his standard! The Ukrainian ballroom specialty dancers were wonderful and the orchestra and specialty bands were very good. We really enjoyed Upscale Trio. The movies on board were current and could be viewed on pool screen, in theatre or in cabin on TV. There were a huge number of activities on board that catered to all. The jogging track, the rock climbing wall and the mini golf were added features. Keith Williams, the cruise director did a good job! We also enjoyed the lectures on Reprogramming the Brain given by Dr. Cie Scott. We did a couple of Shore Excursions. They were okay but I prefer independent port travel and felt that only limited information was available from both the Shore Excursion Desk and the Guest Relations desk about the ports if you were not intending going on a ship tour. The ship is showing signs of its age and is ready for a refit, or sale! It looked "tired". The mattress was soft and well worn and with a back issue I felt like I was in a hammock. A timber board placed under the mattress helped this but I had expected more from a modern cruise ship!!! The linen and pillows were well worn and there were no complimentary toiletries. There was no fridge but there was an electric jug with tea and coffee making facilities which was super! The temperature in the cabin could be self regulated which was good but the system did not seem to turn itself off. I wonder could this have been responsible for the virulent chest infection that both my husband and I contracted, even though we had our flu vaccine before taking the cruise!! There was a small sofa and plenty of drawers and adequate hanging space. We enjoyed our daily coffee at Latte-Tudes and the smiling face of Jessie. We like the Loyalty Card but found the choice of cakes/biscuits in the cabinet too sweet and there was no variety. It would have been good to have had a savoury alternative! We were surprised that there was no longer chocolates on our bed at night. We always found this made us feel very special however, we did appreciate our towel animals - don't stop these! We greatly missed not having a copy of "Australia Today" delivered to our stateroom daily, as has been the case on every other cruise ship we have sailed on. This service is provided to passengers from a range of countries including USA, UK, Germany etc. When my husband enquired at Guest Services it was suggested that he purchase a WiFi package and download it from there!!! It was good to see the captain on deck as we disembarked in Hong Kong farewelling us!

Wonderful service on Legend of the Seas but ship needs refit!

Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by swany@cruisecritic.com

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom
We had a wonderful trip on the Legend of the Seas. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the seas smooth and the service absolutely brilliant.

We mostly ate in the dining room and found the food good but the portions were often too large and the desserts too sweet! We were on a fixed dining table with a really good group of people. The staff seemed genuinely happy! The napkin folded animals, the tooth pick puzzles and the "tricks" that our waiters presented us with were added fun! We loved the national songs performed on the dining room staircase by the dining room staff prior to arrival in their countries of birth eg Bali and the Philippines. The "washy, washy" girls at the entrance to the Windjammer Restaurant were just delightful. We were disappointed that there was no afternoon tea options!

The entertainment was generally very good but the standout for us was the singer Chris Powley, it was a privilege to be entertained by a performer of his standard! The Ukrainian ballroom specialty dancers were wonderful and the orchestra and specialty bands were very good. We really enjoyed Upscale Trio. The movies on board were current and could be viewed on pool screen, in theatre or in cabin on TV. There were a huge number of activities on board that catered to all. The jogging track, the rock climbing wall and the mini golf were added features. Keith Williams, the cruise director did a good job! We also enjoyed the lectures on Reprogramming the Brain given by Dr. Cie Scott.

We did a couple of Shore Excursions. They were okay but I prefer independent port travel and felt that only limited information was available from both the Shore Excursion Desk and the Guest Relations desk about the ports if you were not intending going on a ship tour.

The ship is showing signs of its age and is ready for a refit, or sale! It looked "tired". The mattress was soft and well worn and with a back issue I felt like I was in a hammock. A timber board placed under the mattress helped this but I had expected more from a modern cruise ship!!! The linen and pillows were well worn and there were no complimentary toiletries. There was no fridge but there was an electric jug with tea and coffee making facilities which was super! The temperature in the cabin could be self regulated which was good but the system did not seem to turn itself off. I wonder could this have been responsible for the virulent chest infection that both my husband and I contracted, even though we had our flu vaccine before taking the cruise!! There was a small sofa and plenty of drawers and adequate hanging space.

We enjoyed our daily coffee at Latte-Tudes and the smiling face of Jessie. We like the Loyalty Card but found the choice of cakes/biscuits in the cabinet too sweet and there was no variety. It would have been good to have had a savoury alternative!

We were surprised that there was no longer chocolates on our bed at night. We always found this made us feel very special however, we did appreciate our towel animals - don't stop these!

We greatly missed not having a copy of "Australia Today" delivered to our stateroom daily, as has been the case on every other cruise ship we have sailed on. This service is provided to passengers from a range of countries including USA, UK, Germany etc. When my husband enquired at Guest Services it was suggested that he purchase a WiFi package and download it from there!!!

It was good to see the captain on deck as we disembarked in Hong Kong farewelling us!
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