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!
Long drive to the park but interesting to see the terrain. Good tour guide and driver! Enjoyed Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Magnetic Termite Mounds. Lunch at Litchfield Café basic but okay. Drive around Darwin CBD at the end of the tour interesting.View All 20 Litchfield Park Reviews
I was disappointed with the Manila City Tour Classic we stopped at Rizal Park for 10 minutes (which I had not expected to stop at) . Our tour bus then proceeded to Fort Santiago where we spent a really interesting three quarters of an hour in the fort and museum learning about Rizal and the history of the fort. We were then directed to the Handicraft/Souvenir Shop but our bus did not collect us from here for a further 25 minutes. We then drove past the Manila Cathedral where we had hoped to stop to learn the history of the historic Roman Catholic Basilica but this was not to be?? We did however stop at San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines and we visited the museum run by the Augustinian order for 20 minutes but we were standing around for a further 20 minutes before our bus collected us. 20 minutes later we passed the Cultural Centre of The Philippines Complex where we had expected to stop and spend some time but instead we drove straight to the Mall of Asia which was to have been for last minute shopping but ended up being an hour and a half. It was meant to have been one hour but a group from our bus did not return so we waited an additional half hour!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the largest in the world, you can spend some quality time with the resident kangaroos and even cuddle a koala.
Flecker Botanic Gardens - contain an amazing collection of tropical plants including exotic herbs, spices, valuable timber trees, orchids, fruits, bromeliads, giant bamboo and many other spectacular flowering plants.
Uluwatu Temple sitting on limestone rock on cliffs 825 feet above the Indian Ocean was wonderful and the macaque monkeys onsite added further intrigue, as long as you ensured that you packed your sunglasses away securely, did not carry food and treated them as wild animals! We also enjoyed visiting Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK Cultural Park) with one of the largest artistic statues in SE Asia. The gardens are really lovely. There was a traditional dance performance in the auditorium and the handicraft store had some interesting items for sale.View All undefined undefined Reviews