A mixed age Legendry Debut with the Biggest Regret.: Legend of the Seas Cruise Review by Debbie Wright

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Debbie Wright

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A mixed age Legendry Debut with the Biggest Regret.

Sail Date: August 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
After years of fun packed activity beach holidays we were suddenly left with two teenagers that were too old for the kids clubs and too young for the booze cruises & my widowed mum that loves service & luxury. So after thinking what would best satisfy all age ranges and tastes ourselves included (youngish couple)we chose Royal Caribbean Cruise line for several reasons; good reputation, the ships itinerary, time of year and size of ship (we didn't want a huge ship for our maiden voyage, and The Legend of The Seas is a modest size).

From getting to the airport at 5am there was a Royal Caribbean representative waiting for us that made us feel immediately at ease! Our embarking of the ship was simple and efficient as we printed off our sea pass on line we were straight through with a delicious welcome meal and drinks waiting for us on board. we could order our drinks pack on line so from the word go were ready. Our luggage which we hadn't seen since the airport was More waiting for us at our cabin which was a large interior state room equipped with sofa, dressing table, TV, ample shower room and as I was to find out for the next fortnight the most comfortable queen size bed I'd ever slept in with fresh soft linen.

The first evening when all aboard we participated in the mandatory safety drill which was necessary but fun, then had a delicious 3 course meal and was introduced to the matradee, waiter,and head waiter which we would have for the duration of our stay and couldn't do enough for us fabulous efficient and friendly. We then went on to explore the ship which one of the smaller Vision class we still managed to get lost on the LAST night! The only downside to the excursions were there was so many to choose from! We chose Pompei when in Naples, Athens Parthanon and Olympic Stadium, mykonos, Turkey the markets, Corfu shopping, Rhodes the old town but Egypt we stayed on board.

Leaving the ship was friendly well organised and security conscious which made us feel safe and secure which in this day & age is a must! but you don't have to disembark as we didn't in Egypt, we had previously seen the pyramids so spent the whole day using the array of facilities on board choice being the optimum word with Royal Caribbean do we do gym? spa? sauna? theatre?,rock climbing? casino? library? numerous bars? themed party? quiz? The list is never ending. If you didn't want to take part in the formal nights which there were 3 out of the 12 then there was the easy going Wind Jammer with delicious food. Even our teenagers enjoyed the formal dressing up in collar and tie, with the piano singer, silver service and delicious food, to later escape to the teenage club. With the ship having strict under age drinking laws and safety, we could relax and enjoy ourselves, even escaping to the kid free Viking bar ourselves (paradise).

Sea days were relaxed and bulging with entertainment, pool competitions and BBQs, but could escape the hubbub of the decks to the library or Viking bar if peace is whats required. Sunbeds a plenty which on a beach holiday is a rarity after 9 in the morning! We went on holiday with an open mind always enjoying what I thought was the freedom of a beach holidays non confinement, how wrong I have never felt so free as on board The Legend waking up in a different port even a different country most days was an amazing experience and watching the coastline of that place disappearing on deck or through a panoramic window after a great day of exploring sitting eating delicious food & drinking great wine was heaven. The sunsets on deck were a wonder to see. The boys will honestly tell anyone this was the best holiday they have had! not a Kevin and Perry type behavour in the whole 12 nights. Grandma found it a good mix of ages as she has cruised many times before on other lines including Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and several P&O ships leaving from Southhampton and was very impressed with Royal caribean saying the service was just as impresive if not better than its rivals often finding them stuffy and too formal.

After a teary goodbye to our fabulous waiters (which entertained us on our final night)and cabin staff,on disembarking which again was plain sailing, I had one regret.

Why hadn't we chose this sooner?! Less

Published 07/23/10

Cabin review: K Large Interior Stateroom

We had three cabins together, large interior comfortable queen size beds for us and single beds for the boys, free safe operated by your own personal credit card, tv with good choice of chanels and an information chanel about entertainment onboard that week. ample shower room with constant hot water. Although we were situated next to the laundry which ay first I was slightly alarmed about, we could hear a pin drop at night. The only downside to an interior cabin was the lack of natural light so found it hard to get up in the morning, plus the bed was so comfortable with soft fresh linen I never wanted to get out of bed! Cabin staff kept it imaculate and fresh clean towels every day.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Didnt do an excursion took advatage of the ships facilities as previously seen the pyramids. fantastic relaxing day with only a few of us on board. Royal caribean left us a news letter on our pillow every night as to where we were docking the history of the prot. What to see what not to do i.e dress code & in Alexandra they said we should not buy any water that the top wasnt secure and ladies should cover legs arms & shoulders. Our passport was returned to us for this excursion. we did get off and have a look around the port & was an experience when they called the people to parayer to the mosques at 6pm.

Enjoyed Athens very much did the excursion to the Olympic Stadium & The parthanon. The driver also gave us a talk when passing points of interest i.e The Onasis mansion, football stadium. He also told us about his life in Greece how the economy had changed since the euro which had hit the citizens hard & all about his son having to do national service, This gave us personal insight to see beyond the sunshine & beaches as to what it is realy like to live day to day in Greece. the traffic alone was very congested & the scooters dodging in and out was amazed no one was in an accident, realy enjoyed this ancient city.

Corfu was tendered as Royal caribeans bigger sister ship was in port. We had to meet in the champagne bar to get a ticket which then our number would be called to embark onto a tendered small boat. The boys loved this it was a little boat with an upstairs & downstairs. it bobed about with a great view of the coastline. when reaching the port we caught a bus for a nominal charge that took us into Corfu town then given a place and choices on several times which we could return. again loved the shopping Corfu again has some lovely gift shops & quant winding streets. we had lunch and a few drinks on in a rustic pavement restaurant. Then caught the bus & tender back. Got some great photographs from the tender.

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Loved the interesting markets & the mix of people. Shopping is my passion so loved the bartering and got some lovely leather goods. Be warned tho my husband got back on ship as he couldnt stand what he thought was pushy sales people trying to sell there goods. Yes they were a little pushy but very friendly and didnt feel at all intimedated I could have stayed all day. um enjoyed this the boys liked the man taxis that they ran with you in a little carriage around tha port. Again felt secure & safe.

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Quant little port with white washed villas nestled in the shoreline a great experience & very well organised with The Legend not being a huge ship we could dock there unlike that of her larger sister ships which are too big to enter. Was extremly windy as we were warned it would be being the Bay of bisque still very hot tho so was a releif. Royal Caribean laid on free buses that took us on the outskirts of Mykinos from where she was docked, shopping, beach, lovely restarants and cafe's even winessed a local wedding in a picturesque church on the beach. Then we could meet the bus back at certain times through the day when we were ready to return.

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When arriving in Naples it was a surprise to see graphitti. Disembarked easy stepped off to our excursion well organised depending on the one chose you met in a designated area of the ship. air conditioned bus's great. We got to Pompei with ease always wise to carry the photo copy of the passport as proof of age etc as my son is over six foot tall but under age needed it so didnt have to pay adult entry. ample time to see pompei with guide then the market which surrounds the entrance. Was an extremly hot dry day (due to it being August) so was a releif to get back on the ship. Plenty of taxis at the port if didnt want to take excursion.

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