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Alex Seaton

Age: 32

Occupation:Managing Director

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Legend of the Seas

Sailing Date: n/a

Itinerary: Mediterranean

We arrived at the Terminal at 1.00pm and were very pleasantly surprised that we were not met with long queues. Hats off to Royal Caribbean for there Embarkation system. We were onboard and in our cabins within 15 minutes.

First impression of the cabins was good. The cabin was very clean and smelt clean too. The carpet looked as if a shampoo would have hurt them, and the upholstery could well be nearing the end of its life.

Once unpacked we had a wander around the ship to see what was on offer. The Windjammer Restaurant was open and serving food as well as drinks which was most welcome.

We chose the 2nd sitting for Dinner which with hindsight was perhaps a mistake. Service was very slack in the restaurant with long delays between courses. Once the food did arrive, it was not to a standard I would have expected. Food was often cold, veggies were few and far between and the chef and everything seemed to revolve around Beef, shrimp and steak and all came with a baked potato. There was alternative dinning available, but to be fair didn’t always meet with my personal taste. The wine waiter must have been on his/her holidays too as we never saw them.

There was a serious issue with sun beds on the ship. People often used to leave the beds for long periods of time with just a book or towel to ‘Reserve Them’. Although the pool side team did their best to free up any beds that were obviously not being used, I do feel that there may well have been room for more beds on deck. Having said this, there was rather a nice quieter area for soaking up the sun to the rear of the ship or ‘AFT’ if you prefer which we used most of the time.

There were quite a few children onboard, however they all seemed to be well behaved and were never a problem. And even on one evening were paraded into the main dining area dressed as pirates and put on their own little show which was nice.

The entertainment on board was on the whole very good with some excellent guest acts. And I know one of our friends really liked ‘London Bobby!’ Although I think Renato was really scrapping the barrel.

We did several excursions and all in all I think they were good value. Perhaps the £4 shuttle fare was a bit much at times.

The overall standard of the ship was pretty poor as most of the Promenade deck had ongoing maintenance all cruise long. The boat supposedly was in dry dock earlier in the year and had I Believe fifty million spent on refurbishment?????? Hmmmm highly questionable. If you had told me it was about to have this amount spent on refurbishment I would perhaps of believed it then.

I do not drink alcohol, and took advantage of the soft drink scheme where you pay £48 and get a pass to free soft drinks all cruise long. That was very good value for money. Its amazing how much you can drink when its hot. I think the 15% gratuity was steep though.

I must say that Royal Caribbean nearly won me over with the FREE ICECREAM machines on the pool deck. That was great!

All in all we had a great holiday and thought it was excellent value for money cruising with Royal Caribbean. Would we recommend them? That’s a tough one. Perhaps a different ship, but when it comes to ‘The Legend of Disease’ I’d consider going with P&O instead. The general opinion on board of the people we spoke to was that As far as Luxury Floating hotel is concerned, the Legend of the Seas is more on a par with a holiday camp. HI-DE-HI !!!

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