Number of Cruises: 7
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Legend of the Seas
Sailing Date: March 31st, 2002
Itinerary: Auckland - Hawaii 16 Nights
If you order Bailey's as a cocktail, have them show you the bottle, I had quite a discussion and it
turns out that they sell you Carolans (a 3rd rate imitation) for the price of Bailey's.
Tauranga, New Zealand. Beautiful place, good prices. We are thinking of retiring there. We did not take a tour, we enjoyed a great day just checking out the local area.
Then, 4 wonderfully peaceful days at sea.
Tahiti: I would suggest you take a tour, we did not and just hung around Papeete. Too crowded, too busy, too much traffic and exhaust.
Moorea: Beautiful. We took a Dolphin watch tour and were taken around the whole island by boat, about 41 miles. Wonderful way to see some scenery. We also saw quite a few dolphins. People who took the inland circle tour were also impressed.
Bora Boring: Sorry, Bora Bora. We hired a private person to drive us around the island $20 each for about 2 hours. The island is only 14 miles around and not much to it. A handful of resorts, a bar called Bloody Mary's, which is your basic tourist trap and some nice beaches.
4 more wonderfully peaceful days at sea. We had a ceremony crossing the equator. The Captain was thrown into the pool.
Hilo: We took a tour the Volcanoes National Park. Good tour.
Lahaina: We were here for two days. Went to the Old Lahaina Luau. This is very different than your typical Luau. It is authentic Hawaiian and much more low key than others.
Our trip ended in Honolulu with the typical last day cruise hustle and bustle.
One other very nice feature with the immigration procedure when we reached Hawaii. Usually you have to wait until everyone has gone through immigration before anyone can leave the ship. We were given tender tickets to go through immigration(we did not tender, the tickets were just used as an ordering system for immigration) based on tour time and received a pink slip indicating we were cleared by immigration which allowed us to leave the ship. So, if someone wanted to sleep in or just not go through immigration (not that that ever happens) the rest of us could still leave.
Dining room service was very good. The Windjammer cafe food was not very good. However, for lunch they had a BBQ almost everyday by the pool bar which was different everyday and much better than anything in the Windjammer.
We had a category F cabin, outside on deck 6 midship. surprisingly adequate for a 16 day cruise.
The ship was what you would expect of an RCCL ship. Very bright and well taken care of.
We are ready to go on our next one. March 24th on Celebrity's Summit.