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Old 05-10-2006, 08:14 AM
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This was a 4 night mini-cruise from Southampton to St Peter Port, Guernsey and Cobh (Cork), Ireland. It was the ships first cruise out of Southampton on arriving from Tampa, Florida for its British summer season. We had booked a last minute (per person) £269 guaranteed inside cabin with a bonus of £25 on board credit. That is a net total of about $440 at the current exchange rate of 1.80 dollars to the pound. We were delighted to be upgraded to outside cabin 2514 possibly because we are Crown & Anchor members. According to the Cruise Director there were only 207 Crown & Anchor members on the cruise out of just over 1,800 guests. The other guests seemed to be mainly people who had cruised before who were trying out RCCL for the first time, though there were quite a few first time cruisers.

Plus Points:

Beautiful dťcor and lots of windows make the ship light and airy.
The Captain, Officers and crew were happy, smiling, efficient and willing to oblige at all times.
The Windjammer Cafť had the best buffet selection for breakfast and lunch we have ever experienced.
We had eight delightful companions on our first sitting dinner table.
We were very impressed with the quality and choice of food at dinner, which was much better than our previous RCCL cruise three years ago. The food was not far short of that on our recent cruise on Celebrity Summit with the exception of the beef dishes, e.g. steaks and ribs of beef that were only available as medium-well or medium rare and even then seemed rather hit and miss.
The indoor pool at the stern on deck 9 called the Solarium was our favourite spot. It was lovely and warm regardless of the weather outside and there were lots of sun loungers, chairs and tables.
The Putting Green on Deck 10 was an enjoyable and unusual way to spend an hour on a ship.

Minus Points:

The two production shows were rather disappointing and not a good selection for a mainly British audience but the Beatle Maniacs show and the comedian were enjoyable.
Our cabin wasnít very well insulated against noise from the adjacent cabins and corridor.
The translation from RCCLís normal dollar prices to pound sterling prices for Legendís UK summer season was a far from generous $10 = £6.50 in the shops, which is 1.54 dollars to the pound when the exchange rate is currently in the mid 1.80ís.
Wine seems to suffer an even worse exchange rate comparing identical wines on Celebrity Summit in the US e.g. a $24 bottle of Californian Beringer White Zinfandel becomes an £18 bottle which is only 1.33 dollars to a pound. I canít comment on other drink prices.

Ports:

We had a beautiful sunny day in Guernsey, though with a cool breeze off the water. We enjoyed an excellent shipís tour of the island. Some of our dinner companions used the No 7 bus, which also goes all around the island in 80 minutes for only 50 pence, but without a commentary. If you get off it costs another 50 pence each time you reboard. Something we might try on another trip to this beautiful island. Tendering was no problem as we enjoyed calm seas.

The following day in Cobh started overcast and turned to rain mid-afternoon after we had returned from our shipís tour to Cork and Blarney Village. Maybe the poorer weather influenced us, but we didnít enjoy the tour as much as the day before. For anyone wanting just to go to Cork, which is 15 miles inland from Cobh, the ship ran a shuttle service for £4 return. We had planned to explore Cobh in the afternoon, but due to the rain we only explored the Cobh Heritage Centre on the pier. This chronicles the history of the port as the embarkation point for Irish emigrants catching a transatlantic liner to American. Cobh was the Titanicís last port of call on its fateful inaugural journey.

Monday at sea, contrary to the weather forecast, was a beautiful sunny day with calm seas. Many people enjoyed the swimming pool area and there were many pink faces at dinner that night. We had some excitement at noon when the Royal Navyís Air Sea Rescue Service asked if they could do a training mission with the ship. Their helicopter hovered low over the stern and lowered a crewmember to the deck before circling and returning to pick him up. It offered a close up example of their skill in handling emergencies at sea.

Summary:

A very enjoyable cruise on a really nice ship that we would be happy to sail on again.
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:19 PM
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Hi, FloridaKeith,
You folks certainly like your cruises - I think I'm jealous! We loved Celebrity Galaxy Eastern Med Summer '05; also enjoyed Princess in Alaska in '04. How would you compare Celebrity to the RCCL? Ship conditions, food, service and guests? I do understand that you were on a short cruise this time.

Is the ship in good shape? I thought Galaxy was getting a bit "long in the tooth" in some of the lounge furnishings, but service and food were excellent. I'm not too worried about the shows - haven't loved most of them on any cruise; some of the comedians have been good.

There seem to be so many mixed reviews of RCCL that we are unsure whether to try it. We are thinking about Legend of the Seas July 8 Southampton, Gibraltar, Spain, Lisbon, Vigo, Southampton. Love the itinerary, but not sure about the ship.

Thank you for any advice or thoughts you have. Enjoy your upcoming cruises.

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Old 05-15-2006, 11:14 PM
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Hi bonnielady we felt that Legend was in better shape generally than Galaxy apart from some wear and tear in the cabin. There is quite a lot of wooden highlights in the cabin and much of it was showing scuffs and scrapes. But apart from that it struck us as a beautiful, well cared for ship. The big surprise for us was the dining room food at dinner. Our last RCCL cruise on Nordic Empress in Nov 2002 was notable for disappointing food for dinner. Celebrity has always excelled in that area. Well this time, apart from beef dishes, the food was up to Celebrity standards. We would cruise on Legend again without question. RCCL seem to be a bit more adventurous in offering new itineraries each year whereas Celebrity roll out the same old itineraries, so we will probably be doing more cruises on RCCL in future.
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Carnival Fantasy 2001, Inspiration 2003, Glory 2005,
Celebrity Horizon 2004, Galaxy 2005, Summit 2006, HAL Zuiderdam 2004, Veendam 2005
Princess Star 2003, Sun 2004
P&O Oceana 2004
RCCL Nordic Empress 2002
Regal Empress 2002
RCCL Legend of the Seas Apr 2006
Saga Ru** June 2006
P&O Arcadia July 2006
Carnival Miracle Oct 2006
Booked:
RCCL Navigator Apr 2007
P&O Aurora Sep 2007
QM2 Sep 2007
Sapphire Princess Apr 2008
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:44 AM
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FloridaKeith,
Many thanks for your reply. We're still trying to decide which cruise to take this summer... I'll let you know where we end up!

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Old 05-18-2006, 02:32 PM
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We spent two weeks on the Legend going through the Panama Canal two years ago and loved it. We have booked a Western Car trip from Tampa on Her this November. Like Goldilocks said "It's not too big and it's not too small it is just right.
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i went on the legend of the seas in august it was fantastic i loved every "min" of it i would go on it again the crew made it extra special we went arund the med the weather was fantastic overallbest cruise!!
 
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