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Royal Caribbean International: Legend of the Seas

Legend of the Seas Review

The first of Royal Caribbean’s Vision-class ships was Legend of the Seas, which made her debut in 1995. In addition to new staterooms and a new family suite being added, upgrades to the ship planned for 2013 include an outdoor movie screen poolside, the casual Park Café, Asian, and steak-house specialty restaurants, digital signage, lounges for elite past passengers, and a new nursery.

The first Royal Caribbean ships to offer balconies in a number of categories, these Vision-class vessels, named for sister ship Vision of the Seas, have acres of glass skylights that allow sunlight to flood in and windows that offer wide sea vistas. The soaring central atrium at the heart of each ship is anchored by a chic bar that fills with music after dark and is the ideal spot for watching the daring aerial performances overhead.

Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.

All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Open, light-filled public areas offer sea views from almost every angle
  • Each vessel now offers numerous dining options, both free and for a fee
  • Daring aerialists offer a new wow-factor high above the central atrium

Cons

  • Some lounges serve as a thoroughfare and suffer from continuous traffic flow
  • Except for premium suites, accommodations lean toward the small side
  • There are no self-service laundry rooms
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 726
  • Entered Service 1995
  • Gross Tons 69,130–78,491
  • Length 867
  • Number of Cabins 902
  • Passenger Capacity 1,800–2,000 (2,076–2,435 max)
  • Width 106 feet
  • New

May 7, 2015

San Diego-Panama-Ft Collins

Six years ago on this run things were great--3 or 4 stars.Denise and I were looking for a "cruising home" and past performance led us back to RC. BUT IT WAS NOT TO BE--IN SPADES. Categories of substantial deficiencies include service, quality of food, failure to train help(especially in the dining arena) and huge undercapitalization--i.e., big items not working . The first half of the trip the food was actually lsse rewarding than Denny's..

Late in coming, lukewarm. Had to return at least two dinners. Seasoned table mates volunteered " We paid a lot of money for this, we expected better than a TV dinner" I articulated my issues first with the Maitre 'd , and was ambushed the next night by the waitress. What a scene. She shaped up for a couple of days, and the structure just would not allow for hot, good quality entrees. The steak was an embarrassment had to be returned. So, the last half of the trip, we just gave up, and did the buffet half of the dinners. Fine cabin, except upon arrival the trash can was full!!! and not of champaign--what a welcoming gift from RCL Fine activities, except 3 times a scheduled event was attended by us, and 2 of the times no one from the vessel showed up. I had to go get the bartender to make calls and then tell me it was cancelled. And the huge presentation screen(motion picture size) was so fuzzy as to be unreadable for the whole cruise. This was a daily irritant as this was being used for the plenary historical lectures. If you like good food and fresh and hot with good service, beware. Until we decided to just let it go and totally roll with the punches, it was a huge disappointment. One last--Getting anyone to minister to one's needs in the Windjammer Buffet took going up 2 layers of folks to the manager on duty. These folks arent trained, feign non understanding of English, or at least cannot or cared not to help. Traqgic, buzz kill

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By Rob_CR

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Feb 26, 2013

South east asia

The Royal Caribbean line legend of the Seas catering for some 2000 passengers sailed on February 17th 2013 from the new, spacious and stylish Marina Cruise Centre in Singapore. The larger Mariner of the Seas is said to be locating to Singapore in June 2013. Embarkation for the 5-day Asian cruise which would navigate the Straits of Malacca was smooth and efficient with luggage collected as you alight from your taxi. You are able

to advance print your luggage tags and other documentation. Cabins were clean and well-maintained through out the cruise. Aside from the first lunch after boarding when one was asked to buy drinks 8 times within 15 minutes of being seated, the casual dining Windjammer restaurant is thoroughly recommended . It is well laid out and the food was always of very good quality. There is really no need to eat anywhere else. The more formal Romeo and Juliet (no shorts for evening dinner) was quite frankly a waste of time, the Windjammer being more than adequate. Whilst the Romeo and Juliet was a pleasant dining atmosphere we were over-serviced with the waiter asking every minute or so at breakfast everything was ok. This was well-intentioned but unnecessary and annoying. The ship also has a Park Cafe where a good variety of free snacks together with free tea, coffee, water and a lemonade are available at certain times. The ship was always clean and everything was well-maintained. The Casino however was a simply a basket case. All currencies had to be changed into $US at rip off exchange rates. Some slot machines used a printed voucher ticket when monies were collected whilst others used $US quarters - annoying and highly inefficient. Casino staff, almost exclusively of Chinese origin, left much to be desired in terms of customer service. Young children wandered unchallenged through the casino. Where staff from China throughout the vessel exhibited forced greetings, staff from a plethora of other nations (e.g Philippines, Mauritius, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Australia, Indonesia) were genuinely pleasant and polite and performed their tasks exceptionally well. Staff seem to be paid minimal wages and are seemingly encouraged to seek and rely on guest tips to provide them with a reasonable income. The shows in the theatre were of average quality however the Australian cruise director Dave Chapman gave a very talented performance of 70's music in the Centrum (middle of boat ) area. Royal Caribbean take note - the practice of making announcements exclusively in Chinese, for whatever reason, is a NO NO ! It is unprofessional and disrespectful towards guests who do not speak Mandarin / Cantonese. Whichever rocket scientist thought this was appropriate should really give up their day job. Disembarkation was well organized and efficient. All in all the cruise would be rated higher than a similar experience on Star Cruises Superstar Virgo and we would rate this 5-day Asian cruise with Royal Caribbean and 8/10. In the casual dining Windjammer - very good quality and variety. Clena and functional. Shows were of average quality. see above

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Feb 15, 2012

Singapore

Pleasant and nice. No Wow-moments or thrills but serene and ok. Food was great. Large enough stateroom with aging worn-out furniture. Flat screen tv in suites, others still have a old box-tv. Small ship makes it difficult to avoid the never-ending rackuss from the Centrum - a mid-ship stage where one woman keeps singing every day this song : "Todo, todo, todo...". Drove me crazy. You'd think they had better venue for that. Shopping

is a horror. They push these worthless watch gift boxes to the Asian guests causing a chaos, sort of a Moroccon bazaar on the seas. Price level in general compared to European is fairly high. There was a minigolf course and a rock climbing wall. Shows onboard were high school production level at best. Apparantely they had employed their best singing waitors to perform. Entrance to ship was really sad. There are ferries between Helsinki and Stockholm where passengers are greeted with live grand piano music and jogglers when boarding but on Legend you need to squeeze thru a narrow entrance into a dim-lighted stairway. Otherwise good activities but kids activities were none. Our 3-year old could've stayed at the onboard kindergarden but she's on a holiday, too. Something Gordon, the cruise director didn't seem to appreciate. Our daughter enjoys dance and song shows and loves to dance herself again at the Theater. She was running along the corridor at the theater when Gordon decided to stop her by asking her mother to restrain her. That little girl didn't bother anybody. In my eyes she was clearly stealing the show anyway. Well, Gordon, let me ask you: That long stick up there - hurt much? Our daughter didnt fly 10.000miles from Finland to Singapore to sit in a room drawing pictures. And Gordon's deck party looked like a joyless aerobics class. Another incident happened when my father-in-law, a hosopital administrator and surgeont, who had purchased a premium drinks package wanted me have a beer on him. Short after a drink police, nazi in a uniform came to "remind" of the rules of the package. It was totally uncalled for and humiliating. My father-in-law, a class act all the way didn't mind but I find that kind of policing intolerable on a cruise ship where people try escape that sort of thing. And yet another thing, why you don't serve Fanta? Soda Package: Coke and Sprite? What's up with that? Even the cheapest gas station have the holy fountain soda trinity but the Legend. My nephew pretty much only drinks Fanta wanted the have a pineapple juice insted.... Nooo can do. They serve that juice for breakfast but bars will charge for it. I understand the ship policies but it's the little things, doing a little extra that makes the cruise.

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By AC_CR

  • New

Feb 12, 2012

Sin-KL-Phuket-Sin

I've cruised several times with RC, always have pretty good things to say, until they screwed up my vacation this time. I travelled alone on this trip, took a cabin by myself & they pre-arranged for me to sit at dinner with an entire big family who has dietary restrictions due to religious reason. Had to endure an awful dinner with a group of almost 20 who vented their frustration at me for being an "intruder" to their group. Well I got "reassigned"

to another table after I feedback to their guest service who unfortunately forgot to apologize, & I found out d following evening that I wasn't d only victim of RC's clueless random dinner seating arrangements, my new dinner mates, 2 couples, had interesting stories to tell too. RC unfortunately needs to learn that d whole dining experience is not just about food or dining room deco, seating arrangements is very important.

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By AC_CR

  • New

Feb 12, 2012

Sin-KL-Phuket-Sin

I've cruised several times with RC, always have pretty good things to say, until they screwed up my vacation this time. I travelled alone on this trip, took a cabin by myself & they pre-arranged for me to sit at dinner with an entire big family who has dietary restrictions due to religious reason. Had to endure an awful dinner with a group of almost 20 who vented their frustration at me for being an "intruder" to their group. Well I got "reassigned"

to another table after I feedback to their guest service who unfortunately forgot to apologize, & I found out d following evening that I wasn't d only victim of RC's clueless random dinner seating arrangements, my new dinner mates, 2 couples, had interesting stories to tell too. RC unfortunately needs to learn that d whole dining experience is not just about food or dining room deco, seating arrangements is very important.

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