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Michael Agus

Age: 60

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Legend of the Seas

Sailing Date: April 10th, 2005

Itinerary: Transatlantic - Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon

I arrived at Port Everglades early – about 11.30am and it was chaos. There were many people just milling around and finding someone at all interested in taking your baggage was almost impossible. I carried my luggage into the check in area standing in line to do so, only to find that once inside, there were no facilities to take this luggage and in fact had to leave the check in area and return to the curbside, when after some searching I managed to find someone willing to take the baggage away from me – telling me “I am responsible to get this luggage to your cabin – a tip would be appreciated. I gave him $5 and returned to the check in area.

Check in was not difficult, although at the top of the escalator, you were in danger of being trampled to death as it was so congested.

I was on board at around 12.15 and found a comfortable seat on the 4th Floor Centrum area where I waited until 1pm for the room to be ready.

Cabins

My cabin was an outside ocean view on the 3rd floor. It was clean and comfortable if a little worn and tired. The bed was ok. but obviously at the end of its comfortable life and hopefully will be replaced shortly. There was no refrigerator, which I missed.

The cabin was however noisier than any other cabin I have ever cruised in. During the day it seemed fine for my short afternoon naps, but at night it creaked and groaned obviously showing its age. Worse, and something confirmed by other passengers on the floor, was the scratching noise, which sounded (if it was not) exactly like mice running around and scratching the ceiling of the cabin. This only happened at night and could not be heard during the day, suggesting it was in fact mice.

In summary not a wonderful experience.

The Ship


No doubt once a very nice ship it was obvious to all that it has seen its best days. It’s a little worn and creaky and after being on Brilliance in October something of a let down. Following this cruise the ship was going into dry dock and having some renovations, new carpet, chairs, sofa’s and some painting I gather. It might look a lot better on the next cruise but I am not sure how they get rid of the creaking.

Service

Excellent all round.

Itinerary


The whole purpose was to travel across the Atlantic – achieved. We were late getting to Bermuda and hence spent much less time than we expected. The first day at sea was awful and many passengers were sick with motion sickness. Only 6ft waves but not very comfortable. Happily the rest of the trip-even with 6ft waves most of the time was just fine.

Food

Food in the Main Dining Room was good to very good as was the service. There was lots top eat and it was varied, nicely presented and of good quality. It was always hot and included steaks, prime rib, lobster, rack of lamb etc.

Food in the Buffet, where I like to have breakfast was spoiled because rarely was the bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs etc hot. It was warm at best, a great pity because the quality was fine.

Overall

It was o.k. I would not travel on this ship again but it would likely be fine for those who have NOT been on the larger newer Cruise Ships.

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