Legend of the Seas ship review – complete guide for families

Legend of the Seas - kids love a whirlpool
Legend of the Seas - kids love a whirlpool

Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas currently calls Brisbane home. Here’s everything your family needs to know about the ‘Legend’. We’ve covered it all from the pros and cons, tipping, cabins, costs, entertainment, itinerary, dining, tips and details on the all-important kids club.

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  • Legend of the Seas in summary
  • Legend of the Seas Pros
  • Legend of the Seas Cons
  • Before you cruise on Legend of the Seas
  • What’s a Legend of the Seas family cruise like?
  • What to expect on-board Legend of the Seas
  • Legend of the Seas Drinks Packages
  • Drinks On-board Legend of the Seas
  • Tipping and currency on-board Legend of the Seas
  • Be aware of common cruise ship illnesses
  • Deck plan Legend of the Seas
  • Getting to and from Brisbane Cruise Terminal
  • What to pack
  • About the cabins (staterooms)
  • Legend of the Seas services & amenities
  • Legend of the Seas Shore Excursions
  • Crown and Anchor Society loyalty program
  • Concierge Club Vs Diamond Club On-board Legend of the Seas
  • Legend of the seas kids club - Adventure Ocean
  • Legend of the Seas Dining options unpaid
  • Legend of the Seas Specialty paid dining options 
  • Legend of the Seas Bars and Lounges
  • Disembarking Legend of the Seas
  • Legend of the Seas useful family friendly tips
  • About the Legend of the Seas

    Built in 1995, Legend of the Seas underwent a US$50 million dollar refurbishment in 2013. Oasis Class amenities were added to the ship which included: Park Café by the ships indoor swimming pool, exclusive Chef’s Table, and two new specialty restaurants – Chops Grille and Izumi Asian Cuisine.

    The R Bar was added, along with a renovation, to Viking Crown Lounge. Other additions include new carpeting throughout, a rock climbing wall, a mini-golf course, nursery, an outdoor movie screen, and a large budget allocated to the central atrium, which hosts aerial shows.

    The ship saw technological innovations, including bow-to-stern Wi-Fi and digital touchscreens. Staterooms were updated with flat-screen TVs, new décor and renovated bathrooms. Thirteen new cabins were added to decks 7 and 8.

    Lido Pool Deck on Legend of the Seas at night
    Lido Pool Deck on Legend of the Seas at night

    The Legend spans 11 decks and offers: spacious staterooms, six all-inclusive dining options, including the main dining rooms and buffet, complimentary kids club, outdoor swimming pool, six whirlpools, a five deck Centrum area, an 800 seat theatre, piano bar, gym and spa, library, 360 degree jogging track, and some of the largest suites in the fleet. The ship offers enough activities and services to keep families happy and content on a short cruise, ranging from 2-18 nights.

    The mid-sized Legend of the Seas weighs 70,000 tons, offers 915 cabins and has a capacity of 2076 guests. Although it’s one of the smallest ships in the Royal Caribbean International Fleet, it will be the biggest to dock at Brisbane Portside. Although small in comparison to the mega-ships, it’s one of the fastest, with a top speed of 25 nautical miles per hour. It’s able to travel quicker or further if a port is cancelled, and navigate tight ports that larger ships might not be able to access.

    The Legend of the Seas ishome porting in Brisbane for the summer season until May 2016, sailing away to the Pacific Islands with sojourns to Tropical North Queensland.

    Though it maybe a few years off, there is word of a new Brisbane cruise terminal that can accommodate the shiny mega-ships, until then, these older mid-size ships will be some of the biggest ships Brisbane will see, let’s check out if she’s worth cruising on.

    Legend of the Seas in summary

    Pro: Families will love the excellent kids club, good food in the formal dining room, spacious cabins, interesting cruise itineraries, diverse on-board entertainment, and organised activities.

    Con: Despite the refurbishment the older ship is showing its age. Areas requiring attention include the uninspired buffet and overall level of service.

    Final thoughts: Without the bells and whistles of the mega-ships, the Legend of the Seas is an affordable cruise option for Brisbane families. With a wonderful kids club, the ship is ideal for first time cruisers with good facilities, great itineraries, and enough amenities on-board to keep families entertained.

    Legend of the Seas Pros

    The ship has bright and spacious standard cabins, and there are a selection of family options, including 3 and 4 bed configurations and interconnecting cabins, which can sleep between 6-8 people.

    Almost everything is included in the initial cruise fare, including most dining options and complimentary water, iced-tea and lemonade (American style). Ship facilities, including the kids club and all organised activities, are free of charge.

    The only time you have to pay is for the games arcade, compulsory tipping (which can be pre-paid), specialty restaurants, spa treatments, drinks (soft drinks or alcohol), betting at the casino, and shore excursions.

    A diverse and elegant daily menu offers meal options for every palate, including a healthy alternative. Impressive options included lobster, prawns, and rib-eye steak.

    Delicious food, exceptional service and sophisticated surroundings on Deck 11 await guests willing to pay an additional fee. Fine dining options include the Chef’s Table New York style steak house, or modern Japanese cuisine at Izumi.

    Exciting itineraries departing Brisbane include a Vanuatu, Loyalty Islands and Fiji itinerary stopping at Vila, Lautoka, Suva and Lifou. Legend of the Seas also departs Brisbane for New Zealand, stopping at Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, and cruising Milford Sound.

    Some Asian cruises head to exotic locations, while others do not. Itineraries can include Hong Kong to Singapore via Borocay, Legend of the Seas is one of the few cruise ships that stop at this idyllic destination.

    Families can check Cruise Compass, the ships daily newsletter, for entertainment and activities, which include Broadway shows, intimate piano bar performances, acrobatics in the Centrum, or stand-up comedy. Many of the acts are targeted towards the older set, but there are enough hosted group games such as Pictionary, belly flop competitions, and live music acts around the ship to please the younger passengers.

    Legend of the Seas Cons

    The pool offers great atmosphere but can get crowded on sunny days.
    The pool offers great atmosphere but can get crowded on sunny days.

    The buffet style meals at WindJammer’s, although fast, convenient and acceptable, were underwhelming compared with the good food served at Park Cafe and the Formal Dining Rooms. Most disappointing was the breakfast service. Often the omelette station was inundated by long lines of passengers avoiding the dried eggs in the buffet warmers. The menu did not change and the same limited options became tiring after a few days on-board.

    There is no self-service laundry on-board. Options for washing clothes are either hand washing in the bathroom, or using the ships laundry service which charges per item, with underwear starting from $2.95.

    Fortunately from day 4 of a 10 day cruise, the Legend of the Seas introduces a Wash and Fold service. Passengers can fill a medium paper bag with essentials item such as underwear, socks, t-shirts and shorts for $30 US, which is more economical than paying per item.

    Fill a bag with essential laundry items. Legend of the Seas.
    Fill a bag with essential laundry items. Legend of the Seas.

    Even though Legend of the Seas is home porting in Brisbane this year, the ship uses American currency. Everything, from drinks to shore excursions, is priced in US dollars.

    There are no Australian power outlets on-board. Australian’s will need to bring US or EU adapters to plug into US (110v) or EUR (220v) power outlets.

    Tip – confiscated power boards: Power boards were confiscated on our cruise but returned afterwards.

    Although there were numerous new contracts on-board, the service was noticeably off. Front desk staff were unable to answer requests, shore excursion staff lacked knowledge about port destinations, and the ship wasn’t as tidy as expected. Cabin stewards and dining room staff were able to maintain a high standard, however.

    The outdoor pool is where most passengers congregate during the day, creating a vibrant atmosphere, but having only one outdoor pool on a ship that offers summer cruise itineraries means it can get crowded.

    Whirlpools are quickly occupied, as well as lounge chairs in prime positions. Late comers and large groups may need to occupy a windy space up on Deck 10. With so many passengers taking a splash, the pool water becomes murky by the end of the day.

    There are areas of wear around the ship despite the 2013 refurbishment. Cabin brass and wood panels are scratched and chipped, wooden rails need a lick of paint, corridors and elevator doors have scuff marks, plastic panels are cracking off and some casino neon lights flicker.

    Rather than several daytime movies shown poolside each day, an RCI screensaver was often repeated. Whilst movies were also screened in the theatre during the day and evenings, the daily program could be tweaked to show morning and afternoon movies. The Australian market love two things, movies and the casino, and other cruise lines run a morning and afternoon show between poolside activities.

    There were, however, nightly movie sessions at 7pm and 10pm each day, and they did stream major live events poolside, in our case the Melbourne Cup.

    For families that retire to their cabins early (or when kids club ends) the staterooms do not offer on-demand entertainment. There are limited movies and channels aired across a few  channels, and pre-recorded cruise shows played on-loop. Royal Caribbean’s higher-class ships have an interactive entertainment system that can access a library of movies or shows, as well as access to ship account and room service features.

    Despite the cons there are many great reasons to cruise Legend of the Seas, the next section contains important information that may influence your decision further.

    Before you cruise on Legend of the Seas

    Here are some tips for families before cruising Legend of the Seas:

    Children must be 6 months or older to cruise

    Children must meet the minimum age of at least 6 months on the first day of the cruise to travel on-board Legend of the Seas.

    For Transatlantic, Trans-Pacific, Hawaii, and selected South American cruises (and some other selected sailings) the minimum age limit is 12 months on the first day of the cruise.

    For cruises with 3 or more consecutive sea days, infants must be at least 12 months of age on the first day of the cruise.

    Royal Caribbean will not permit infants to travel, and the fare is forfeited if children do not meet the minimum age to travel.

    See latest Royal Caribbean International terms and conditions here.

    Kids must be 6 months or older to cruise Legend of the Seas
    Kids must be 6 months or older to cruise Legend of the Seas

    Passports must have minimum of 6 months validity

    All passports must be up to date and show at least 6 months validity from the date of the termination of the cruise. Failing to meet the minimum requirements results in forfeiture of fare without refund and denied access on-board. There’s also risk of fines and being refused entry to a country.

    Checking in with all necessary documentation.
    Checking in with all necessary documentation.

    Bring on-board all necessary travel documents and identification

    Passengers are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents including passports, visas, printed cruise tickets, itineraries, and any relevant forms of ID.

    Photocopies of children’s birth certificates and extra photos can come in handy with visas and providing identification.

    Cruise ship documents ready before you board
    Cruise ship documents ready before you board

    Identification when cruising to Australian ports only

    If travelling to Australian ports, either a passport or a valid government issued photo ID card is accepted. These include: driver’s license, proof of age ID card, military ID card, government, federal, territory, city ID card or employee ID card

    If children do not own a passport, an original Birth Certificate or government issued photo ID is acceptable. Children under 16 years of age can bring a copy of their birth certificate or their parents’ Medicare Card. Children can have a different surname to their parents as long as they are listed on the same Medicare Card.

    Visas

    Although your travel agent and Royal Caribbean can answer visa requirement inquiries, it’s a passenger’s responsibility to have the right visas, so check directly with your destination’s embassy. Multi-entry visa and extra visa photos may be required if you are stopping at different ports in the same country.  Different passports have different visa requirements i.e. some passport holders, excluding Australia, will require a visa to transit in Fiji.

    Depending on your country of origin and your destinations, some countries offer ‘Visa on Arrival’. Most Pacific Island countries fall under this category.

    Other countries require visas to be obtained prior to boarding, while some countries, such as China, may require travellers to visit a consulate in person.

    Allow time to process visas as some countries have a minimum processing time.

    Alternatively, a visa service can be used to process all necessary visas.

    Visa's required for some destination ports

    Visas organised on-board

    Some countries offer ‘Visa on Arrival’ which can be organised by Royal Caribbean International and added to the on-board ship account.  Visas are pre-arranged, regardless of whether you choose to go onshore or not.

    Where visa registration forms are required, they are provided during the embarkation process. Families complete the forms and return to the Royal Caribbean Staff prior to boarding. After customs and immigration, staff take passports from passengers prior to boarding the ship to process them. Passengers simply walk off the ship with their SeaPass to enter a new port of call.

    Click here for a list of visa requirements for Australians visiting South Pacific Islands and Asia.

    Photocopy passports for shore excursions

    Photocopy each family member’s passport including any important pre-obtained visas and bring the photocopies on-board. Although not necessary, if they are witnessed and signed by a JP, they can become an official form of ID to assist when real copies become lost or stolen.

    Lock passports and important travel documents in the stateroom’s electronic safe (or they may be kept with the ship until the last night of cruising) and carry photocopied passports and SeaPass when going onshore.

    Alternatively, you can carry a valid ID card and SeaPass, but run a risk of losing your driver’s license or Medicare card. Although rare, some Port Authorities do check for ID and having some form of ID makes for a smooth process, although flashing a SeaPass works in some instances.

    Carry a photocopied passport on shore days
    Carry a photocopied passport on shore days

    Vaccinations for cruising

    Depending on ports of call, ensure the family has all necessary travel vaccines. Allow enough time as some vaccines must be administered at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

    Ensuring your child’s immunisation schedule is up to date can provide immunisations against infections and diseases such as Hepatitis B. It’s best to consult your doctor for recommended travel vaccines. Schedule a ‘Long Appointment’ particularly if you have multiple family members or multiple port stops.

    Purchase family travel insurance that covers cruising

    Royal Caribbean states “All guests must obtain appropriate personal travel insurance at the time you book your cruise, which includes a minimum cover for the cost of cancellation of your cruise, the cost of assistance including repatriation in the event of an accident or illness, and the cost of medical treatment in the on-board medical centre”.

    Regardless of whether RCI enforce travel insurance, things can go wrong on a family holiday and can become expensive to if a family member needs to be repatriated from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Private health insurance or Medicare does not cover on-board medical treatment even if cruising within Australia.

    When obtaining travel insurance, read the PDS carefully and make sure the policy covers each family member on a cruise. Some insurance policies may have a lower premium but exclude cruising or having children on-board. Some policies may not cover infants.

    Safe guard your family when cruising - purchase travel insurance
    Travel insurance that covers cruising to safeguard family members

    It’s worthwhile to purchase a comprehensive insurance policy that not only covers medical but possible events include travel delays, cutting the trip early due to unforeseen circumstances,  theft, loss or accidental damage of personal belongings.

    Make sure the policy covers the geographical regions you are travelling to. Some policies exclude countries or are divided into zones and an Asian cruise or relocation cruise may cover several zones.

    Most family policies provide an overall benefit for the entire family or pay per adult assuming that amount can cover the kids, so make sure that would be enough to cover each member of the family. This is particularly important for families with two or more children.

    Opt for a zero excess so you can claim back small items that you are entitled to without being under a standard excess fee.

    If you are participating in water sports or motorbike riding at port stops, make sure your policy covers this.

    Notify banks of your cruise dates

    If planning to take your debit or credit cards on-board, notify your bank of the dates of travel and the regions you are visiting. This way they do not suspend your account when it’s needed most.

    Consider credit card / debit card with credit facilities

    There are credit cards that offer no annual fees, currency conversion fees and international transaction fees on purchases with a good exchange rate.

    These credit cards are a convenient cash alternative when settling ship accounts and shopping at port destinations. The other option is to load a debit card with credit facilities to settle accounts, although passengers may lose out with a poor exchange rate and some banks charge transaction fees.

    If using a credit card, make sure you have enough credit available. Hotels and cruise ships put an initial hold on a credit card, which may not be lifted for 10 days after the hold. Holds combined with purchases can add up to a large credit balance and prevent further purchases whilst you are away on holidays, particularly important if intending to visit other countries post cruise.

    Always tick the box that says let your bank convert the rate rather than the cruise ship. It is often more favourable.

    Cash is king

    Cash is a no fuss way to top up accounts, tip staff and use at port destinations.

    Although Australian dollars are accepted on-board Legend of the Seas, AUD is first converted into USD at an unfavourable exchange rate. It’s best to purchase USD prior to boarding.

    American currency is readily accepted in Asian port stops as well as the Pacific Islands, although Pacific Islanders are happy to take Australian currency also.

    With some important tips out of the way, it’s now time to answer the most important question:

    What’s a Legend of the Seas family cruise like?

    It’s not all smiles and sunshine. Families should consider the disadvantages of cruising. You will be sharing a confined space with the entire family, with long days at sea that may bore some members of the family, and little control of what you eat, see and do during your holidays.

    Sunset from the Lido Deck
    Sunset from the Lido Deck

    Have the right mind-set

    Cruising may not suit the adventure seeking families, looking for unique travel experiences. On-board, the most adventurous options are participating in a belly flop competition or climbing the rock wall.

    The most important decision on a sea day is where and when to eat or drink, and when to swim or take a nap. Cruising is simply easy; it takes the big decisions like where to go, how to get there and when you’ll arrive out of the equation. Families take a back seat and will have everything down to visas and logistics all organised.

    Once at a port, there is only a limited amount of time to explore the destination and hardly enough time to cover everything it has to offer. Even if you’ve arrived in a remote and exotic location, families will be sharing the top attractions with hundreds of other fellow passengers stretching their legs.

    Night time attractions also remain a relative mystery to passengers, as most ports of call arrive during the day and ships tend to set sail in the evening for the next stop.

    By understanding the limiations of cruising and having the right mind-set, families will have a most  enjoyable holiday

    A taste of a destination with chances of authentic travel

    Before families bury the idea of cruising altogether, there are still chances for authentic travel . Some ports are located in exotic and remote locations often hard to reach by any means other than cruising. The added advantage is that the next port of call could be just as equally remote, yet effortless to reach for cruisers.

    Pick a good itinerary and you can swim in blue lagoons in Vanuatu, zip around motorbike taxis in the Philippines, or spend a day on a remote white sandy beach.

    Make the most of Legend of the Seas kids club

    When the kids complain of the heat, cannot possibly take a step further into the jungle or become painfully bored at a museum, send them back to the kids club and head back out without them. The kid’s club is a wonderful invention; make the most of it both at sea and on port days, so everyone wins.

    Everyone wins with Adventure Ocean kids club
    Everyone wins with Adventure Ocean kids club

    Ways to feel less confined

    As for the confined space, there’s so much to fill a day that you can spend hardly any time in the cabin besides showering and sleeping.

    Enjoy the decks and public spaces onboard Legend of the Seas
    Enjoy the decks and public spaces onboard Legend of the Seas

    A Quad Share is not so bad. It’s surprising how little space you need when food and entertainment are completely covered. There’s always the option to upgrade to a suite or adjoining cabins.

    What to expect on-board Legend of the Seas

    Legend of the Seas crowd and demographics

    Departing from Brisbane, Legend of the Seas passengers are mainly Aussies (and Kiwis), and announcements and programs are in English.

    Even on cruises departing from Asia, the demographics were mainly non-Asian. Europeans, Americans and Australians made up the majority with a small group of people from the Philippines and China. Though the entertainment incorporated some Asian influence, these acts transcended language with music and dance.

    Older couples and retired seniors make up the majority of passengers on-board with families and younger couples making the rest. During school holidays, families and multigenerational family groups make up larger numbers.

    Without a bogan in sight
    Without a bogan in sight

    The negative perception of cruising

    The negative perception of cruising - click to expand

    There is a stigma with cruising that it’s likened to a floating RSL or a holiday style attracting bogans. Whilst there maybe an occasional guest that has had one too many to drink, it’s far from a ship full of obnoxious drunks. Cruising in Australia has changed, attracting a varied group of passengers. If there were bogans onboard, they were harmless and families tend to miss them rising early and retiring as they are just starting their night.

    On our Asian cruise, we were expecting queue jumpers, loud talkers and table hogs, based on negative reviews, only to find no such thing with everyone coexisting in relative harmony.

    The ship exudes a feeling much like a refined resort rather than a nursing home, with active, friendly fellow passengers. We did have the misfortune to run into one lady who strongly voiced her disapproval of our kids onboard.

    You can avoid judgemental types by organizing private tours. Unfortunately, the tour we were on was the only means of transportation into Brunei from the port. This was a unique scenario and families can organise own transport on cruises to Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Tropical North Queensland.

    Luggage allowance for Legend of the Seas

    Each guest is allowed up to 90kg including children, without restriction on the number of bags. Prams and strollers weight is included in the allowance.

    For fly-cruise passengers bear in mind airline luggage restrictions which can be limited to as little as 15kg per person.

    Legend of the Seas Check-in process

    Check in counters at Hong Kong terminal
    Check in counters at Hong Kong terminal

    On the first day of the cruise, have all necessary travel documents including tickets, passports and visas with you for check-in.

    Check-in times are staggered by deck, and guests will only be checked-in at the allocated time.

    See Legend of the Seas check-in times here. http://www.royalcaribbean.com.au/contentPage.do?pagename=staggered_checkin_times

    Pre-printed luggage tags with stateroom details, will be issued along with guest tickets. Attach the tags to each piece of luggage as the baggage handlers are the first people that will greet you to take your suitcases away, prior to checking in. Your luggage will arrive soon after you board.

    Once baggage is taken care of, greeters will direct you to a pre-check in area to complete any necessary paperwork including immigration and visa forms, prior to the check-in counters. There may be a small queue, though it’s usually fast moving.

    At check-in, present your booking tickets and travel documents and staff will issue a SeaPass card, which is the card used for all purchases on-board as well as ID when going on-shore and stateroom key. Lanyards are commonly worn to keep these cards safe and readily available.

    Passengers can then take a seat in the waiting area ready to be called for boarding. Once ready to board, guests join a queue for customs, where immigration and passports are handed over for verification and hand luggage scanned.

    Families then join another shorter queue where the cruise ship is in sight, ready for boarding. At the entrance of the ship, you’re greeted by staff who will register your SeaPass card by scanning and taking a photo. From there you’re welcomed on-board where you will need to find your way to your deck and stateroom. There are staff available to assist.

    Boarding the Legend of the Seas
    Boarding the Legend of the Seas

    TIP

    Carry the swimming gear onboard

    Pack the families swim gear in the hand luggage for kids keen on a swim.

    Legend of the Seas muster drill

    Getting ready for Muster Drill
    Getting ready for Muster Drill

    Once everyone is on-board, there is a mandatory muster drill to familiarize passengers with their allocated muster station. This is the place where passengers assemble in case of an emergency. Passengers are warned in advance that this safety exercise will occur to give ample time to finish their activities or meals.

    During the muster drill, passengers are required to take their life vest supplied in the stateroom and directed to their muster location.

    For the Legend of the Seas, the muster drill is performed outside on the deck near their tender. Staff will go through some emergency safety information and demonstrate how to put on the life jacket. They will then do a passenger roll call. The muster drill takes approximately 20 minutes.

    Outside Muster Drill with life jackets on hand
    Outside Muster Drill with life jackets on hand

    TIP

    Make sure kids get their safety vest and wristbands

    Kids are issued with an armband that is secured for the duration of the cruise. If it’s not issued, please request one at the muster drill.

    Kids are also issued a children’s life jacket by room attendants onboard. If it has not been provided ask for one at the muster drill.

    Legend of the Seas – Days at Sea

    Eat, drink, sleep and repeat - Sea Days onboard Legend of the Seas
    Eat, drink, sleep and repeat – Sea Days onboard Legend of the Seas

    Some passengers love days at sea. There are more hosted activities organised around the ship and the kids club hours of operation change to three sessions, with a break in between for meals.

    Parents wishing to join in at the gym, indulge in the spa or make use of the speciality dining best book in advance as these services are very popular during sea days.

    Legend of the Seas – Shore days (port)

    Exotic destinations await on Port Days
    Exotic destinations await on Port Days

    There are two ways to disembark a ship on shore days, either straight via a gangway onto a pier or use of tenders to reach a jetty or smaller pier.

    If disembarking onto a pier, all passengers need is their SeaPass card and ID along with their daypack to walk off onto the destination. The ship manages all immigration procedures so guests do not have to.

    Remember the SeaPass card
    Remember the SeaPass card

    Usually passengers can disembark after ship clearance, which is about 30 minutes prior to the ship’s arrival in port.

    Guests can come and go as they please until a scheduled All Aboard time which is listed in the daily Cruise Compass. Guests must be at the pier 30 minutes prior to All Aboard.

    Elephant towel animal checking what's on in the Cruise Compass
    Elephant towel animal checking what’s on in the Cruise Compass

    On Shore days, there’s an option to stay on-board. All ship facilities keep running perhaps at a different schedule, with the added of advantage of a far less crowded ship.

    Guests can also return to have lunch and disembark again.

    Legend of the Seas tender process

    Tender process on Legend of the Seas
    Tender on Legend of the Seas

    One of the most common complaints on-board was the tender process. With more than 2000 passengers eager to get on shore, there is huge demand for tenders in the morning.

    The tender process can become painfully slow. Use of the tenders is via a ticket system during these peak times, guests take a tender ticket and wait in the dining room until called.

    Taking a tender into port
    Taking a tender into port

    On our Boracay stop, there were only two tenders in operation which meant that guests were waiting between 30-60 minutes to board tenders. This was on top of a further 20-30 minute transfer time to shore. This process can take up a significant amount of a very limited day at the destination.

    Missed ports due to poor weather

    Clouds looming onboard Legend of the Seas
    Clouds looming onboard Legend of the Seas

    If the ship encounters poor weather and it’s dangerous to use the tenders or the ship cannot dock safely, the Captain can cancel a port stop.

    It’s not uncommon to have a missed port when cruising. Destinations are as uncertain as the weather. Passengers take more of a risk when cruising in the off season (hurricane season in the Pacific or wet season in Asia) or at port stops requiring tenders.

    When a ship misses the port it may set sail for the next port, where passengers spend more time at the next destination. Sometimes the Captain can find another free port nearby.

    On our Asian cruise we missed Taiwan’s Taipei, as the ship could not navigate the narrow harbour in rough weather. As a result, we spent three consecutive days at sea rather than two and arrived into Manila the evening before schedule. Purposely selecting the most ideal time to cruise does not guarantee the best weather, and it’s best to go with the flow.

    Legend of the Seas Dress Code

    Formal dining in the Romeo and Juliet Main Dining Room
    Formal dining in the Romeo and Juliet Main Dining Room
    Daytime Dress Code
    Anything goes, from singlets, shorts, thongs and exposed midriffs. Daytime dress code is very relaxed, which suits Australians departing Brisbane just fine. Passengers, including kids, must follow the day time dress code of no swimwear or bare feet indoors.
    Evening Dress Code
    At night, the dress code on-board Legend of the Seas changes and it may take Aussies some time to adjust to.

    A typical cruise is broken up into Casual, Smart Casual and Formal nights. The latter mainly concerns dining rooms, specialty restaurants, Centrum and theatres. To a lesser extent the casino and bars are also more formal, though people were spotted in shorts.

    The only area of strict dress code enforcement was in the main dining room; people were turned away for not wearing the appropriate attire.

    The Windjammer Café buffet area is the family friendly casual option with passengers sporting shorts, casual dresses and t-shirts. Singlets, swimwear and tank tops are not permitted. Most passengers were spotted with neat casual gear, different to the beachwear seen during the day.

    Number of formal and smart casual nights
    Our 10-night cruise had two Formal nights, one Smart Casual night and the rest Casual nights, with two themed alternatives to Casual dress including Hawaiian or Halloween costume. There was a table of gentlemen seen in Hawaiian shirts and Khakis, but they were just about the only ones.

    Officially a three to five night cruise has one formal night, six to 11 night cruises have two formal nights and 12+ nights have three formal nights.

    Opting out of formal nights
    Passengers are welcomed in the Windjammer buffet in neat casual attire, or room service can be ordered. There were many passengers seen in the public spaces of the casino and Centrum that opted out of formal nights. 
    Kids dress code
    Kids are expected to follow the dress code of the night, with more flexibility given to the kids.

    What to expect on Formal nights with kids on Legend of the Seas

    Prepare for a small battle as kids may not want to put on their Sunday best to have a “long and boring” three course meal after a day of splashing in the pool and unlimited mini golf games.

    It’s a rather civilised affair on-board the Legend of the Seas and there isn’t anything specifically for kids to do on formal nights. Families can enjoy a Captains Welcome Reception followed by formal portraits with the on-board photographer. There are also classical tunes performed by the Seas Orchestra in the Centrum.

    Shows about to start at That's Entertainment on a formal night
    Shows about to start at That’s Entertainment on a formal night

    Formal nights are worthwhile to get that rare picture of the entire family smartly dressed together. If there is more than one formal night it’s best to send the kids to kids club and let the grownups enjoy.

    Other activities on Formal nights include headliner acts in the That’s Entertainment Theatre. Surprisingly, there were many well-dressed and highly coordinated couples seen foxtrotting and swing dancing on the Centrum dance floor. This could be due to the demographics on the Asian voyage, as Aussies, particularly of the older generation, are known to cut some moves.

    In order to maximise your fun, it’s best to keep a few more things in mind.

    Legend of the Seas Drinks Packages

    The Legend of the Seas offers various all-inclusive drinks packages, which can be pre-purchased or available to purchase on-board.

    The idea is to save money on a-la-carte drinks by having unlimited beverages for the entire cruise so passengers are not hit with a large final bill at the end of their cruise.

    Cocktail of the day onboard Legend of the Seas
    Cocktail of the day onboard Legend of the Seas

    Pro-rated drinks packages

    If you choose to buy the drinks package after sailing, as long as there are 4 days left on your cruise, the package prices can be pro-rated for the remaining time left. Similarly, if you decide the drinks package is not the way to go, you can have it refunded, provided there are 4 days left of your cruise.

    Drinks packages for sale - pro rated
    Drinks packages for sale – pro rated

    Once you purchase a drinks package, you can order drinks from by presenting your SeaPass card which will have a sticker attached noting the drinks package purchased.

    Legend of the Seas drink packages rules

    Martini hour on Legend of the Seas
    Martini hour on Legend of the Seas

    One drink at a time

    There is a one drink at a time rule and or a 15 minute per drink policy which is loosely enforced. More strictly enforcement is the responsible serving of alcohol; staff have the right to refuse drinks if unduly intoxicated.

    One drink package per person

    Drink packages are strictly per person and passengers are not permitted to share. If caugh,t the package can forfeited and all drinks ordered repaid at a-la-carte prices. Not everyone in the family needs to purchase a drink package and they do not have to be the same drink package purchase.

    Passengers are known to challenge the system, hence the high prices. For instance, drinks can be ordered at Schooner Bar and swapped over during a walk to the pool bar where another drink can be ordered. A drink can be ordered in a standard cup and then poured into the gifted cup or passengers own water bottle.

    However, staff can monitor total amount of drinks ordered on a passenger’s account and the frequency of ordering as well as identifying and monitoring family members. Still, limiting excessive use of the drinks package and providing a handsome tip can mean staff may turn a blind eye, although do this at your own risk.

    Are the drinks packages on-board Legend of the Seas worth it?

    To get value for money on drinks packages each person has to drink an average of six beverages a day to break even. This can be difficult on port days when most passengers leave the ship for long stretches of time.

    Complimentary coffee, tea and water always available onboard Legend of the Seas
    Complimentary coffee, tea and water always available onboard Legend of the Seas

    Mindful of US dollar price

    The price of a drinks package is rather high and passengers need to be mindful that costs are in US dollars. A falling Australian dollar means drinks are not as cheap as advertised.

    Drink packages are charged per day of the cruise, and can quickly add up to a sizeable amount, a 10-day cruise on the premium package equates to US $570. Passengers will need to ask if this is an amount they would normally set aside for drinks.

    Total days of cruise itinerary charged

    Drink packages are calculated per day of a cruise, so passengers may lose one day if embarking late on the first day, and another when checking out early on the last day.

    Value for money?

    Whether the drinks packages are worth buying depends on the family. It is easy for some families to drink enough beer, wine or soft drinks (and commit to drinking every day of the cruise) to get more than their money’s worth. Still, be mindful that drink packages have a tendency to encourage passengers to drink excessively.

    For our family, drinks packages did not suit us, and we preferred to buy from the menu. As much as I like a drink or two, I could not consistently consume that many beverages to receive value for money.

    For our young kids, they had to consume two drinks per day on the least expensive package to break even, which is a significant amount of sugar for young kids.

    Drinks On-board Legend of the Seas

    There are ice tea and water stations throughout Legend of the Seas
    There are ice tea and water stations throughout Legend of the Seas

    There are plenty of free beverage options on-board all day including water, ice tea, juice, cordial, tea and basic coffee.

    There are basic coffee and tea facilities on-board free of charge. Premium barista coffees using the Illy coffee brand comes at an additional charge. Premium coffees are available at Café Latte-tudes, as well as near the dessert section of Windjammers Buffet, which you can order from the staff.

    For frequent coffee drinks a Cafe Latte-tudes coffee punch card is available, if you purchase six Illy coffees, the seventh is free.

    Cappuccino prices at Café Latte-tudes on-board Legend of the Seas cost US $3.50 for a Tall (small), US $3.75 Grande (medium) and US $4.75 for a Venti (large).

    Extra shot US $0.80 and soy milk costs US $0.50

    Prices as of February 2016

    Passengers over 18+ who wish to drink can bring on-board two 705ml bottle of wine or champagne per stateroom. You can check bottles into luggage or carry on-board on embarkation.

    Only staterooms with at least one guest 18+ years of age are eligible to bring alcohol on-board. For our adjoining rooms, each stateroom was allocated one parent and one child, meaning we could bring on-board a maximum of four bottles.

    Personal wine or champagne can be consumed in staterooms without fee or charged a US $25 corkage fee per bottle in the dining room, restaurants or bars.

    Back to back cruises entitles passengers to 4 bottles per stateroom, though two will be stored until the start of the next cruise.

    Whilst there is free water available from dispensers at Windjammers, Park Café and by the pool area, for health and safety reasons, drink bottles are not allowed to be refilled at the dispensing machines, or poured from jugs at the buffet area.

    There is a way around this, and that is to dispense water from a machine into a cup, then poor the content of the cup into the bottle. You may need a new cup each time or hold it from a distance so the cup and the bottle do not touch. It’s time consuming, but you do eventually get a bottle of water filled up.

    Another way is to have extra water delivered via room service, or alternatively boil water in the room and have it cooled down before pouring it into water bottles.

    The most convenient way of topping up a water bottle for day trips or using around the ship is to bring your own water to use in the stateroom. Experienced cruisers can be seen taping a 24 pack of water bottles with make shift handle to bring on embarkation. Also popular are the big 5 litre water canisters with handles and a dispenser. Whilst technically the ship can confiscate the water, staff are usually looking for smuggled liquor instead.

    Each passenger 18 years and older can bring 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverage duty-free into Australia.

    Duty free alcohol purchased on-board or at ports will be stowed away by staff until disembarkation.

    Tipping and currency on-board Legend of the Seas

    Dining room staff onboard Legend of the Seas - tip them well
    Dining room staff onboard Legend of the Seas – tip them well

    Legend of the Seas mandatory tipping policy

    Whilst other cruise liners have abolished compulsory tipping, a daily service charge is added to passenger’s on-board ship account for Royal Caribbean.

    Each person in standard staterooms is charged US $12.95 per day, including children. Suites are charged US $15.95 per person per day.

    This charge can be automatically paid when booking your fare, or added to the daily shipboard account and settled on the last night of sailing.  The way to look at an advertised cruise fare is to add $74 AUD (approx.) to any advertised rate.

    Families need to factor this amount of money in budgeting for a cruise and it can be considerable, a 10 day cruise for a family of four equates to $518 US ($734 AUD given today’s exchange rate).

    A 15% gratuity is automatically added to food and beverage items. This can be removed from a bill or manually adjusted if requested. Services such as Day Spa or paid health and fitness services such as Pilates leave a space on the bill for discretionary tipping.

    There are other financial matters to keep in mind.

    USD on-board currency and how to pay (SeaPass)

    The ship’s primary currency is American with all products and services priced in USD.

    Settling accounts

    Passengers can settle their accounts using a cash, credit card or pre-purchased on-board credit on the last night of the cruise.

    SeaPass

    The SeaPass card is issued at check-in and activated by security staff when passengers board the ship for the first time. A photograph is taken of each passenger and is linked to the SeaPass account.

    The SeaPass card becomes the most important item during your cruise. All purchases on-board are made with the SeaPass card. A SeaPass card is required to enter and exit the cruise ship on port days and also acts as the key to passenger’s cabin.

    SeaPass card acts as cash, entry and exit id and stateroom key
    SeaPass card acts as cash, entry and exit id and stateroom key

    For families, the SeaPass card is required for signing the kids in and out of the kids club, although young kids do not have to carry their SeaPass with them on-board.  Parents can keep it safe instead.

    TIP

    Carry a lanyard for easy access to SeaPass card

    A lanyard is a common cruise accessory amongst passengers and used to carry the SeaPass card around a passenger’s neck for easy access and to keep it safe. If a travel agent does not issue a lanyard, it’s worthwhile investing one to have the SeaPass card on hand.

    On-board Credit (OBC)

    Guests can top up their account’s on-board credit by adding cash, linking their credit card, or pre-arranging on-board credit at a favourable rate prior to boarding.

    Making your AUD go further

    Royal Caribbean charges approximately USD 0.76 cents to 1 AUD credit (as of 1.01.2015). This rate is subject to change but has remained steady since debuting in Brisbane.

    Purchasing on-board credit in advance secures a higher exchange rate and any leftover credit will be sold back at $1.30 AUD per $1 USD.

    Once on-board the exchange rate is lower, during our cruise it fluctuated between US $0.67- US $.070cents to $1 AUD.

    Another way to settle on-board accounts is using a credit card that offers no transaction fees and a good foreign exchange conversion. We use a 28 Degrees MasterCard; others use a Qantas Credit Union card. There are several that offer similar service.

    Ways to save money on-board

    It’s very easy to hand over money on-board with drinks, photos, shore excursions and day spa services to splurge on

    With a little discipline, you can get away with spending hardly any money at all.

    Ways to save money onboard Legend of the Seas - click to expand
    • Make sure you pack everything you need. Although some emergency supplies are available on-board such as: contact lens solution, sunscreen, pain relief, toiletries or snacks like chocolate. These items come at a cost and priced in US dollars. A small bottle of contact lens solution cost US $18.
    • Adults should avoid the casino.
    • Kids should avoid the games arcade.
    • Bypass specialty dining where it cost extra to eat.
    • Limit alcohol to the 2 litres permitted on-board.
    • Avoid soft drinks and opt for the free beverages on-board.
    • Do not book expensive shore excursions through the ship, similar tours or other options are available at the port.
    • Join the free organised activities rather than paid fitness sessions.
    • Avoid the day spa.
    • Opt for free activities at port destinations such as self-guided walking tours or hang out at a nearby public beach.
    • If visiting a port destination, go back to the ship for lunch.
    • Steer clear of paid activities such as bingo, Pilates or personal training.
    • Stay on-board during port days.
    • Do not be tempted by the cruise ship photos.

    Be aware of common cruise ship illnesses

    There’s nothing nice about getting sick on a cruise, unfortunately with a capacity of 2076 people on-board Legend of the Seas, all sharing the same public spaces the risk of getting ill is higher.

    Norovirus

    Norovirus is an extremely contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis, symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s spread through eating contaminated food or touching contaminated surfaces. It’s unpleasant and can mean being bedridden for 1-3 days.

    Santise those hands, antibacterial handwash throughout Legend of the Seas
    Antibacterial handwash throughout Legend of the Seas

    Deck plan Legend of the Seas

    Whilst it’s one of the smallest ship in the RCI fleet, there are still 11 decks to navigate. Hit the ground running and become familiar with the Legend of the Seas deck plan before you cruise. Here is a deck by deck guide to Legend of the Seas:

    The only time a deck is referenced by a name is when in the elevator, a lovely voice announces your arrival to “Dolphin”. The decks on-board Legend of the Seas are commonly known by names.

    Deck plan - Legend of the Seas
    Deck plan – Legend of the Seas
    Deck 1
    Besides disembarking and embarking from port stops of having to take a trip the Medical Centre, there’s nothing for passengers on Deck 1.
    Deck 2
    This is the first of the cabin decks and one that is the closest to the sea line, passengers may feel more movement, particularly during rough seas. Still, it is relatively quiet, buffered by another deck of cabins above.
    Deck 3
    Cruise experts tend to avoid staying in cabins located on Deck 3 due to concerns over noise, since the cabins are directly under or near public spaces.

    Having stayed on Deck 3 at the ships forward, we did not experience any unnecessary noise even though the rooms were above the theatre entrance.

    Deck 3, close to elevators straight up to Kids Club
    Deck 3, close to elevators straight up to Kids Club

    There was no movement felt being closer to the waterline nor unnecessary noise from the nearby lift. Being located near the lift was convenient with direct lift access to the kids club.

    Deck 4
    This deck hosts amenities including That’s Entertainment Theatre located at the forward of the ship.

    Around the Mid-ship sees R Bar, Schooner Bar, Casino and the Centrum dance floor.

    Schooner Bar entrance, Legend of the Seas
    Schooner Bar entrance, Legend of the Seas

    At the Aft of Deck 4 is one of the two Romeo and Juliet dining rooms. This dining room is reserved for My Time Dining passengers.

    Deck 5

    Occupying the forward of Deck 5 is the Anchors Aweigh Lounge, which hosts bingo during the day and ballroom dancing and cabaret in the evenings.

    Two rows of shops run along Deck 5’s Mid-ship, selling logo merchandise, travel essentials, perfume, jewellery, fashion accessories and alcohol. Often tables are set up in the centre of the thoroughfare with discounted items such as watches and resort wear.

    Overlooking the Centrum, tucked away on the Port side Mid-ship is Guest Services where staff can assist with lost and found, passenger accounts, exchange money and assist with passenger inquiries.

    On the opposite side of Guest Services tucked away on the starboard side Mid-Ship is Shore Excursions. Though staff can provide some information on the port stops, they are more knowledgeable in the logistics of booking a Royal Caribbean arranged excursion.

    The Loyalty Ambassador Desk is also located Mid-ship where passengers can sign up or enquire about their Crown & Anchor (C&A) Society loyalty membership.

    The Romeo and Juliet Dining room reserved for passengers on a traditional dining is located at the forward of Deck 5, as well as the Chef’s Table area.

    Deck 6

    Deck 6 is primarily made up of cabins except for the open Centrum are, which offers a glass balcony to view the stage a few decks below.

    On the port side of Deck 6 Centrum area is the ship’s Photo Gallery. At set times, the curved wall running along the Centrum area showcases passenger portraits available for sale.

    Across from the Photo Gallery on the starboard side is Café Latte-tudes where guests can purchase specialty coffee to enjoy with sweet treats and a book borrowed from the small library.

    Passengers staying in cabins on Deck 6 should be mindful of possible noise from the main deck below. Rooms can be directly beneath the Centrum Shops, theatre and dining room. In reality the dining room and theatre empty out by 11pm, and the Centrum shop area as well as the main Centrum is quite peaceful.  Experts also highly recommend the extra spacious Superior Ocean View Staterooms with balcony with excellent unobstructed ocean views.

    Deck 7
    Offers some of the best cabins on-board Legend of the Seas, buffered by cabins from Deck 6 and the premium cabins on Deck 8.

    Experts claim that the aft balcony cabins are the best on-board, being less breezy, bright and spacious.

    Deck 8

    This is the prime real estate on Legend of the Seas, made up of very spacious Suites with expansive balconies. There are also some standard interior cabins available on Deck 8, which sell out quick.

    Some Legend of the Seas Suite guests complained of the noise from the Lido deck above, mainly on the Forward side above Windjammers. Suite guests may need to consider noise that comes from staff cleaning the pool area directly above early morning and at night.

    Deck 9

    The Lido deck is where the where the happy vibes can be found on-board the Legend of the Seas.

    On a summer’s day sea passengers are seen relaxing by the outdoor pool or soaking in the two whirlpools. There is also an undercover bar nearby and an outdoor movie screen where passengers can look on from their sun lounges.

    Popular place to be is the main outdoor pool.
    Popular place to be is the main outdoor pool.

    Heading indoors from the pool to find the Crown and Anchor Society clubs on Port and Starboard sides, where Suite and Diamond+ passengers receive complimentary coffee, continental breakfast and evening drinks.

    The Solarium is the indoor pool area. Adjacent is Park Café offering healthy meal options for passengers. The pool is covered by a large glass canopy, which can be opened on nice days.

    Glass canopy of Solarium mainly closed, Legend of the Seas
    Glass canopy of Solarium mainly closed, Legend of the Seas

    The Aft of Deck 9 features the ships spa and fitness centre. Outdoors is the Sports deck free for passengers to play ball or participate in Pilates and yoga sessions.

    Aft Deck 10 sports deck
    Aft Deck 10 sports deck
    Deck 10
    Circling Deck 10 is the 402 metre, 360 degree jogging track, wide enough for runners and walkers to share.

    Jogging track Deck 10
    Jogging track Deck 10

    The kid’s areas are all located at the Forward of the ship which includes: Royal Babies and Tots nursery, Adventure Ocean kids club, Teen Optix the teenager hangout and games arcade.

    Games Arcade Legend of the Seas
    Games Arcade Legend of the Seas

    The outdoor Observatory deck is also located at the Forward of the ship and besides sail away times, the deck is relatively passenger free and peaceful.

    More sun lounges occupy the mid-ship of Deck 10 and at the Aft of the ship is a 12-hole mini golf course and rock-climbing wall.

    Deck 11
    At the highest elevation, offering floor to ceiling views over the pool, movie screen and out to sea are the Specialty Restaurants Izumi and Chops Grille.

    The Viking Crown Lounge is a bar come night club in the late evenings.

    For deck map see Royal Carribbean Deck Plan.

     Now that you know all about the ship, it’s time to think about how to get to it.


    Getting to and from Brisbane Cruise Terminal

    Legend of the Seas departs from Brisbane’s Portside Wharf in Hamilton, located in an inner northern suburb of Brisbane.

    Taxis

    Taxis can drop passengers off at the baggage area, for luggage to be collected prior to check-in.

    There’s also a taxi rank for passengers disembarking a cruise. However, the queue moves relatively slowly with more passengers than there are taxis available.

    The most frustrating part is that maxi taxis and station wagons were given away on a first come first serve basis, which saw couples with two pieces of luggage heading off in a maxi taxi whilst larger groups queued just behind had to wait much longer to get he right sized taxi. The  might have picked up their act by now as the crowd were not shy of voicing their opinion.

    TIP

    Tip - Firm request for maxi taxi or larger size taxi

    For families, elderly requiring assistance, or larger groups wanting a larger taxi, be sure to voice your request firmly with the taxi staff.

    Parking

    There is no long term parking available at Brisbane’s Portside Wharf, however Gateway Parking and Portside Parking both offer long term parking, with complimentary shuttle busses available to pick passengers with luggage up and drop them off.

    Now that you’ve considered transportation, it’s also important to think about what to pack, and what you’ll find once you board the ship.

    What to pack

    Most cruise itineraries for Legend of the Seas involves summer time cruising. However, more layers is required if cruising to New Zealand or cooler climates.

    About the cabins (staterooms)

    Legend of the Seas Staterooms are decorated in a teal theme complimented with warm hues of yellow and tan. Beige walls are accented with a velour teal finishing, blonde woods, and gold fixtures. Whilst it’s not modern and chic, it’s clean and comfortable with some signs of wear including scratched wood trims, dulled fixtures and paint chips off ceiling fixtures.

    The crisp white linen, carpet and curtains were refreshed in the 2013 dry dock along with the refurbished bathroom adorned with lighter woods, white ceramics, green and teal mosaic tiles, and chrome finishes.

    Legend of the Seas Cabin overview

    Legend of the Seas standard Ocean View stateroom.
    Legend of the Seas standard Ocean View stateroom.

    There are 915 staterooms, on-board Legend of the Seas accommodating up to 2076 passengers.

    The ship is divided into four main categories:

    132 – 142 square feet.

    151 – 220 square feet.

    151 – 191 square feet, with 37 – 42-square-foot balconies.

    230 – 1002 square feet with 54 – 138 square foot balconies.

    *Suites are divided into Owner Suites, Junior Suites, Grand Suites, Family Suites, Royal Suits and Royal Family Suites.

    Legend of the seas categories explained

    Staterooms are divided into categories rather than deck and position, in most cases the suite being higher up in category also means upper deck positions.

    When selecting a cabin, choose the preferred category and then room type. You can then search deck plans to find a room that suits your category and therefore budget.

    Categories from lowest to highest

    Q, N, M, L, K

    J, I, H, F, PV (Panoramic Ocean View)

    E1, D3, D2, D1

    JS, GS, FJ, FS, OS, RS

    Z (Interior), Y(Ocean View), X (Balcony)

    Legend of the Seas cabin amenities

    Staterooms offer reverse cycle heating and air conditioning, two twin (single) beds, which can be pushed together to form a queen, two bedside tables, a single sofa and small side table, vanity and chair. There is plenty of cupboard and drawer space, a large closet with shelves. Also, each room has a hair dryer, safe, flat screen TV showing very basic cable channels. Select movies as well as in house cruise shows, such as the Morning Show, played on loop.

    Legend of the Seas cabin bathroom

    There’s plenty of storage space in the renovated bathroom which houses a 4-tier shelf, small hinged cupboard and large under sink storage.

    Complimentary toiletries include a vanity set, shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer as well as a small bar of soap. A separate shower is provided for personal toiletries, and a shower dispenser with two-in-one shampoo. Two glasses are also provided.

    The bathroom is compact, but able to fit two young kids in the shower and one parent outside. Bath time with kids could feel claustrophobic and is better with the shower door open.

    The shower offers an adjustable height showerhead, which can detach, a handy feature for washing young children.  The water pressure is decent and there’s also a retractable clothesline to hang a few pieces of wet garments.

    Movies on demand missed on the Legend of the Seas staterooms

    There are no movies on demand or interactive entertainment system provided on-board Legend of the Seas.

    Also missing is a bar fridge, mini bar items such as room temperature cans of soft drink are stowed in a compartment near the vanity and ice can be requested via room service.

    Family cabins on Legend of the Seas

    Quad share and three berth cabins

    Legend of the Seas offers Pullman beds in three and four berth configurations in select staterooms. Book in advance for popular quad shares as these are hugely popular and limited in numbers.

    Interconnecting rooms

    Adjoining rooms, door to kids room
    Interconnecting cabins, door to kids room

    Legend of the Seas offers interconnecting rooms in six, seven and eight bed configurations. These are an ideal choice for families greater than four or those wanting more privacy once the kids are in bed. A door between the two staterooms remains unlocked and can be opened and closed during the duration of the cruise. Rooms are identical in size offering families double the space.

    There is more space to spread out in interconnecting rooms, families are able to relax in the privacy of their own cabin and little kids can rest their little bodies before meals and in-between kids club sessions.

    Having the luxury of two TVs means cartoons can be played in one room, whilst news for the parents plays on the other.

    Legend of the Seas also offers some interconnecting suites.

    Interior or exterior cabins

    Watching a army ship from Ocean View room
    Watching a army ship from Ocean View room

    Legend of the Seas Ocean View cabin is slightly larger in the size compared to an interior Stateroom. Apart from some more space, the main reason to choose an Ocean View cabin is for natural light and sea views.

    Interior cabins have no natural light, which some families prefer because kids, particularly infants, may sleep a little longer in dark rooms. Exterior cabins can have light peep through the curtains around the window or balcony door.

    Interior cabins are ideal for families who intend to spend a small amount of time in the cabin apart from sleeping and showering, or prefer to forfeit a view to save some money. Sometimes Interior Cabins can be better located than the Ocean View category staterooms. Always check the cabin room with the deck plan to see if it is suitable.

    Balcony or Ocean View

    Ocean views
    Ocean views

    A Legend of the Seas Balcony cabin is similar in size to the Ocean View rooms with the addition of a private balcony ranging from 37-42 square feet.

    Ideal for families with young kids that take day naps, parents can spend some time in a personal outdoor space whilst their child is napping indoors.

    At night, parents can enjoy a nightcap outside as the kids sleep or step outside and have a coffee with a view before tackling a busy cruise day.

    Are Balcony cabins safe with kids?

    Balconies are designed with plexiglass walls and a high rail that meets safety standards. Being a glass wall, it is difficult for kids to climb. Kids can see through the glass without needing to peer over. However, it’s possible kids can push the light metal and mesh outdoor tables and chairs against the glass wall and climb over.

    Though there have been no recorded incidents of a child falling overboard from a balcony cabin, it is something a parent would be anxious over.

    Sliding balcony doors can be locked, however the latch is a basic patio style lock and can be easily opened by kids. There is no keyed locking mechanism.

    Parents need to closely monitor children when using the balcony, communicate rules i.e. out of bounds unless with a parent and determine if their children are more at risk of climbing the balcony. Some children are climbers and others are not. If it’s the later, perhaps an Ocean View room is a better option.

    Safety of Balcony interconnecting rooms onboard Legend of the Seas

    There are some interconnecting Balcony Staterooms on-board, where the kids could have their own balcony stateroom. Officially an adult and a child must stay in one connected room, but often parents sleep in one room and the kids the other with the connecting door open.

    It brings much anxiety to think young kids have access to an open balcony, which they could possibly sneak out onto. Whilst every safety precaution can be made, there is still a risk. I would recommend families with infants or older kids are the best candidates for interconnecting Balcony cabins rather than toddlers and young kids aged 5 and under. Perhaps consider the Ocean View or Ocean View Panoramic cabin that offers floor to ceiling views out to sea.

    Best cabins on-board Legend of the Seas

    The best cabins on-board are found on Deck 7 and 8.

    Legend of the Seas – Deck 7 & 8

    Deck 8 cabins

    The luxury suites are located on Deck 8, which means premium staff and possibly better service. Being further above the waterline means less motion and noise from the sea. Some suite guests did complain about noise disruption from the Lido deck. Cabins most affected were those directly above the pool, Windjammer Buffet, Park Café and even the Spa and Fitness Centre.

    To secure these staterooms book early. The best value for money cabins are also snapped up early. You can also book a guaranteed category cabin and hope for the best. Some people have had great success scoring a spacious N Cabin on Deck 8 at the same cost as a standard interior stateroom in the lower decks.

    Bottom category interior cabins in premium location

    Families who cannot afford the very spacious Family Suites 8032 and 8532 can find affordable interior cabin with categories Interior N, L and J on Deck 8.

    Staterooms 8027 and 8527 were added during the 2013 refurbishment and offer more space than standard rooms, but with the base Interior N category.

    Deck 8 family friendly characteristics

    Some cabins located on the forward side of the ship 8023, 8025 and 8523 and 8525 are connecting with an additional Pullman bed, which can convert to a 7-berth configuration.

    There are also Quad Share rooms at the ships Forward 8011, 8515, 8017, 8517, 8019, and 8519. The Aft quad share cabins 8017, 8571, 8079, and 8579 are particularly spacious.

    Deck 7 cabins

    Deck 7 is ideally positioned between two cabin decks, buffering cabins from noise from the public areas. There are interconnecting interior and balcony rooms located on this deck as well as rooms that can be configured to sleep 7.

    Deck 7 family friendly characteristics

    There are also Quad Share rooms at the ships Forward 7039, 7531, 7047 and 7547. The Aft quad share cabins include cabins 7091 and 7093 and 7813, 7585. Particular spacious Quad shares include 7029 and 7529.

    Deck 7’s Aft Superior Balcony cabins are some of the best on the ship, with oversized balconies and larger cabins offering great ocean views. Cabins 7634 and 7632 are interconnecting and have additional sofa beds, which can be configured to sleep 6.  The only drawback is that balcony cabins above overlook staterooms on Deck 7.

    Once you’ve thought about where you’d like to stay on the ship, it’s also important to think about where you’d like to cruise to, and what you’d like to do on-board.

    Legend of the Seas services & amenities

    With so much to do, we’ve listed all the services and amenities found onboard Legend of the seas.

    Legend of the Seas itinerary

    Horse and Carriage ride in Manilla, Phillipines
    Horse and Carriage ride in Manilla, Phillipines
    Legend of the Seas itinerary - click to expand

    Since December 2015, Legend of the Seas has been home porting in Brisbane with itineraries to the South Pacific, Tropical North Queensland and occasional tours to New Zealand.

    Brisbane itineraries range from two to 18 nights. Passengers can visit idyllic destinations like picturesque Champagne Bay in Vanuatu, Lifou’s coral reefs in the Loyalty Islands, and the Fijian markets of Lautoka.

    Once Legend of the Seas finishes its first summer in Brisbane in late May 2016, the ship will reposition to China, cruising the holiday hotspots Okinawa and Busan, followed by another summer in Brisbane.

    This smaller sized ship is ideal for navigating narrow passages around the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound.

    For Legend of the Seas itineraries click here

    Legend of the Seas Pools

    Kids loved the main pool onboard Legend of the Seas
    Kids loved the main pool onboard Legend of the Seas

     

    The Legend of the Seas has one main pool on Lido Deck 9 with a maximum depth of 1.5 metres. A metal barrier divides the shallow wading area from the deeper swimming section for little swimmers.

    For hygiene reasons, children must be toilet trained to swim in the pool; there’s no exception for kids in swim nappies.

    The pool is open 24 hours and there is no life guard on duty; kids swimming require direct adult supervision at all times. Practice the same safety as you would at any public pool. Parents can become complacent on holidays and on our cruise young kids were at times left to their own devices. Parents should be aware that there have been a number of drownings and near drownings in cruise ship pools resulting in serious injury.[/item]

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    Bring floats for young kids

    For safety bring flotation devices such as a back float or swim vest for little kids.

    Even on a dreary day the kids loved the pool (quieter too!)
    Even on a dreary day the kids loved the pool (quieter too!)
    Overcrowding around the pool - click to expand
    Popular place to be is the main outdoor pool.
    Popular place to be is the main outdoor pool.

    With only the one pool, it can get quite crowded by mid-morning, particularly on warm sunny days. Lounges around the main pool get snapped up quickly, with some single lounges dotted around the area, but never a set for families.

    Spare lounges were available on Deck 10, but it was a bit exposed to the wind. Still, it was the only place to be for a vibrant and happy atmosphere.

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    Solarium on Legend of the Seas
    Solarium on Legend of the Seas

    The Solarium is an adult’s retreat that offers a medium sized indoor pool, enclosed by a retractable glass canopy. Kids are not permitted in the pool but are free to dine at adjacent Park Café.

    Although the roof can be opened, on warm summer days, it remained closed and the elderly guests preferred it this way.

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    Try to drag them out! Kids love whirlpools.
    Try to drag them out! Kids love whirlpools.

    There are four whirlpools on-board: two are outdoors by the Lido Deck’s main pool and two are strictly for adults, by the Solarium.

    Kids are welcomed with consideration to other guests who would appreciate kids sit still. Also, remind kids that they should not put their heads under water to prevent ear infections.

    Legend of the Seas Outdoor Movie Screen

    Movie screen at night
    Movie screen at night

    During the 2013 renovation a big outdoor movie screen on Lido Deck was installed. In the evenings recorded live concerts and recent movies are played, with two shows around 7pm and 10pm.
    During the day, the big screen alternated between RCI destinations or the ships logo. Unlike other cruises, there were no movies screened during the day, mainly because of a movie matinee showed in the theatre. This was an opportunity missed as guests would prefer to be outdoors by the pool in good weather.

    During special events such as the Melbourne Cup, a live stream of the race was aired creating a festive atmosphere.

    Legend of the Seas Centrum

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    The Legend of the Seas mid-ship Centrum area spans five decks and is the internal hub where passengers meet and socialise. During the day activities include line dancing, pop up art exhibits, sushi making demonstrations ,and game shows hosted by the ships Cruise Director.

    In the evenings, passengers congregate for the live music, sip cocktails in club lounges and ballroom dance.

    Legend of the Seas That’s Entertainment theatre

    The 800-seat theatre was often filled to capacity and catered well to the demographics on-board with Broadway style productions, 70’s Song tributes, easy listening bands, and inoffensive comedian acts.

    Legend of the Seas Casino

    Roulette tables were a hit at Casino Royale - Legend of the Seas
    Roulette tables were a hit at Casino Royale – Legend of the Seas
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    Casino Royale on Deck 4 is a very popular entertainment option, especially with Aussies. Guest would crowd roulette tables with US $1 minimum inside bets.

    All bets are in US dollars, which the casino cash desk can conveniently exchange Aussie dollars for.

    Pokie machines (slots) had a US $1 minimum bet with lines as little as 1 cent. SeaPass on-board credit as well as US cash is accepted.

    Legend of the Seas slot machines
    Legend of the Seas slot machines

    Minimum bets for black jack and poker are US $5 and US notes were accepted as well as SeaPass on-board credit.

    The Casino would also run Texas Hold’em Players Meet and specials such as Triple Points on Slots or a daily lotto draw where tickets cost US $2.

    Minimum age is 18+ for Australian departures. Pokies were open from 8:30am to late and tables from Noon to late.

    A very popular Sea Day pastime was a round of golf on the ships 12-hole miniature golf course, the Legend of the Links. Located on Deck 10 Aft, games are complimentary and kid size clubs are available.

    Mini golf onboard Legend of the Seas
    Mini golf onboard Legend of the Seas

    Legend of the Seas Rock Climbing Wall

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    Scale the rock climbing wall onboard Legend of the Seas
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    Also on Deck 10 Aft, kids can scale the 9 metre rock climbing wall for a perfect vantage point to the sea.

    The Rock Climbing Wall is open 9am -12 noon and 2:30pm – 5:00pm, weather permitting. Socks, t-shirts, short or pants must be worn and clothing must be dry. All equipment including shoes, harness and helmets are supplied and the activity is complimentary.

    Children must be 6 years of age or older to climb and parents are required to sign a waiver for all kids aged 18 and under. Children 13 years of age and under require full parental supervision.

    A popular teen activity, there were also tournaments such as Teen Speed Climbing events held throughout the cruise. Young kids did not miss out with a “learn to climb” beginner’s lesson.

    Legend of the Seas jogging Track

    Take a lap of the 360 degree jogging track on Deck 10, Legend of the Seas
    Take a lap of the 360 degree jogging track on Deck 10, Legend of the Seas
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    For joggers, roughly 2.5 laps of the 360 degree jogging track on Deck 10 equates to 1 kilometre. Each lap is 402 meters in length.

    The track is a popular past time for passengers walking off their 3-course meal, but also wide enough for serious runners to overlap without fuss.

    Legend of the Seas Sports Deck 10

    Deck 10 sports deck - shuffleboard fun
    Deck 10 sports deck – shuffleboard fun
    Outdoor decks

    At the forward of Deck 10 is an Observatory area where passengers can take in the views during the day or stargaze at night.

    The mid-ship above the pool offers sun lounges for guests to read a book or enjoy the views. Lounges also along the starboard, port and aft of the ship, bear in mind this is also along the popular jogging track, impacting on privacy and serenity.

    Video Game room

    A small video game room by the kids club on Deck 10 offers a basic selection of arcade games including skill testers, pinball machines and racing games.

    A SeaPass card can be topped up with credit for game purchases. At special times during the day, the ship offers a happy hour with discounted credit per game.

    Shuffleboard
    Located on Deck 10 are several shuffleboard courts with equipment secured to the side of the ship. Guests are free to play this tradtional cruising game which is unmanned. However, from time to time cruise ship staff hold competitions.

    Legend of the Seas Fitness Centre and Gym

    Modern equipment with great views, Legend of the Seas gym
    Modern equipment with great views, Legend of the Seas gym
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    Legend of the Seas gym
    Legend of the Seas gym

    The Legend of the Seas gym is open 6am -10pm on Deck 9 aft. Offering a wide variety of modern gym equipment including treadmills, exercise bikes and weight training machines. There’s also a small weights area, sauna and steam room as well as a studio for classes including stretch and aerobics, which are complimentary, or Pilates and yoga for a fee.

    Fitness area Legend of the Seas
    Fitness area Legend of the Seas

    The fitness centre is equipped with showers, lockers, steam room, men’s and women’s change area and relaxation area complete with magazines and fruit infused water.

    Legend of the Seas Vitality Day Spa

    Highly recommend a spa treatment onboard Legend of the Seas
    Highly recommend a spa treatment onboard Legend of the Seas
    Vitality Day Spa - read more here

    A nice way to spend a sea day is to indulge in a Vitality Day Spa treatment. Make the most of kid free time and choose from deep tissue massages, hydralift facial, hot stone therapy, acupuncture, and body salt glow.

    50 minute facial treatments from US $145, massages from US $159 and body treatments from US $159.

    Spa area onboard Legend of the Seas
    Spa area onboard Legend of the Seas

    There are free services, such as a foot analysis, to get guests through the spa doors and occasionally there will be specials such as 30% off the third treatment.

    We tried a ‘Top to Toe Special’ a 75 minute pamper package which included full body massage, facial, back exfoliation and scalp massage for US $149.

    Staff will try to upsell on additional treatments such as Hot Stone therapy or skin products. Prices exclude 18% service charge.

    Fruit infused water at the spa, Legend of the Seas
    Fruit infused water at the spa, Legend of the Seas

    Legend of the Seas Beauty Salon

    Beauty Salon Legend of the Seas
    Beauty Salon Legend of the Seas
    Beauty Salon - read more here
    Adjacent to the spa is the beauty salon offering hair styling including hair up for formal nights. There are also men’s facial grooming, manicures, pedicures and teeth whitening services.

    Men’s express shave from US $45, shampoo and style dry from US $35 and manicure from US $45.

    Legend of the Seas WiFi

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    Ship wide WiFi is available with unlimited use at US $20 per day for one device. The WiFi package for two devices is discounted at US $30 per day.

    To access WiFi, guests can pre-pay a package prior to boarding or, once on-board, register details such as surname, room number and WiFi package type to connect.

    WIFI packages 10 day cruise
    WIFI packages 10 day cruise – login and follow prompts

    Guests can opt into the service at any time during the cruise and will be charged a daily rate from the day of commencement. Similarly, you can stop the package at any time, should guests decide they no longer require it. However, the WiFi package is not to be continuously stopped and restarted throughout the cruise. A US $40 rate is available for casual WiFi users.

    The Legend of the Seas does not offer the Royal Caribbean International ‘VOOM’ WIFI service, which is a cheaper and faster, it provides enough connectivity to access email, browse the internet and use social media.

    The Internet was not fast enough to stream videos or process large files. When the ship was positioned at sea and away from major ports, the connection was at times painfully slow.

    Legend of the Seas iCafe

    iCafe is located on Deck 8 by Centrum. Blink and you will miss it with a small bank of PCs.

    Photo Gallery onboard Legend of the Seas
    Photo Gallery onboard Legend of the Seas
    Legend of the Seas Photo Gallery - read more here
    Photos can be viewed at the ships Photo Gallery located on Deck 6, open from 5:30pm – 11pm. As the cruise goes on, more photos will line the curved wall along the Centrum.

    A small store is available with merchandise such as SD cards, photo frames, cameras, including GoPros, for sale.

    There is a very clever photo kiosk next to the Photo Shop where passengers scan their SeaPass card and all photos taken of their face will appear in a digital gallery. Passengers can then select photos to purchase.

    The only drawback of this technology is that photos are linked to one person and therefore some family members will not appear on individual accounts gallery. However, packages of other family members are included provided they are staying the same stateroom. Groups in different state rooms will need to purchase another package, at a discounted rate.

    Order your photo packages using a touch screen and SeaPass Card
    Order your photo packages using a touch screen and SeaPass Card
    Photo packages and prices
    Photos can be purchased individually for US $20-30, depending on the photo type i.e. formal portrait or port stop.

    Photos can also be bundled up in packages. The following prices are estimates and subject to change. There are also onboard specials such as $50 off if ordered in the first four days.

    Photo Packages
    • 6 print or digital package US $119.99
    • 12 print or digital package US $199.99
    • Unlimited print or digital package US $349.99
    • Unlimited print and digital package US $449.99
    Electronic touchscreens to view photos
    During the 2013 refurbishment, electronic Wayfinders were installed throughout the ship. These are touchscreen that display the map of the ship. They also provide useful information such as activities, entertainment options, and the daily menu in the dining room and restaurants.

    Wayfinders touchscreen Legend of the Seas
    Wayfinders touchscreen Legend of the Seas

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    How to get value for money on photo packages

    If opting for photo packages, maximize your value by chasing down family snaps with the ship photographer.

    There are professional ship photographers taking snaps of passengers on-board. They will be seen taking the port stop family photos, dining room group photos, formal and informal portraits and photos with the captain.

    Legend of the Seas Royal Shops, Centrum

    Centrum Shops

    Located on Deck 5, the shops on-board sell logo souvenirs like Royal Caribbean polos, mugs and umbrellas. Passengers can also browse for fine jewellery, duty free alcohol, perfume and tobacco as well as a small selection of clothing and accessories.

    Royal Shops Legend of the Seas
    Royal Shops Legend of the Seas

    There is also an outlet for emergency travel supplies such as contact lens solution, Advil, sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries, chocolates and snacks.

    Legend of the Seas Library

    Reading borrowed kids books, Library onboard Legend of the Seas
    Reading borrowed kids books, Library onboard Legend of the Seas
    Library - read more here

    On Deck 6, starboard side directly next to Café Late-tudes is a small library where passengers can borrow from. There is a small selection of fiction and non-fiction books, with kids having a couple of shelves of children’s books. Also available are a small section of German language books.

    Borrow from the small library, Legend of the Seas
    Borrow from the small library, Legend of the Seas

    There is no librarian on-board and books are borrowed in good faith and returned via a drop box.

    Art Gallery Legend of the Seas
    Art Gallery Legend of the Seas

    On Deck 4 near the Centrum area, a pop up art gallery displays various priced art ranging from US $400 upwards. The ship hosts exhibits, art auctions and competitions which allow guests to score prizes and free bids at auctions.

    Legend of the Seas Shore Excursions

    Guest Services, Legend of the Seas
    Guest Services, Legend of the Seas

    Located adjacent to Guest Services, on Deck 5 Centrum port side is the Shore Excursions desk. Where passengers can book Royal Caribbean approved tours or amend pre-booked excursions.

    Legend of the Seas Shore Excursions do have a high price tag. A full day tour, 7-8 hours, is priced around US $99 – $149 per person, depending on tour type. Kids may have a discount depending on the tour.

    Half day, 4-5 hour tours range from US $59.95 – 129.75 per adult per tour.

    Legend of the Seas Shore Excursion staff lacked knowledge

    Perhaps it was the number of new contracts on-board, but we found the shore excursion staff lacked knowledge of the port destinations and were unable to answer questions, such as what are the key things to do, duration to and from a particular area, or common questions such as currency.

    Staff were eager to push available shore excursions with little experience on what the tour entailed. On our Brunei stop, we only discovered the excursion by overhearing another passenger find out there was a bus organised to transport passengers into the city. It was not advertised on the Shore Excursions list or in the Cruise Compass, and Shore Excursions Desk had no knowledge of it.

    Are Royal Caribbean Shore Excursions worth it?
    In our experience, similar tour itineraries can be arranged independently once at the port for significantly less money. There are often tour guides ready to take passengers’ money at the port.

    Independently arranged tours have the attractive benefit of having a private vehicle, be it a taxi, van or tuk tuk, which means not upsetting a busload of fellow passengers.

    Private tours also allow families to visit the sights and attractions at their own pace. Mums can stop and breast feed or change a nappy. The best part is going where you want, when you want. It’s as close to getting an authentic travel experience given the small window to sight see and I personally recommend it.

    Things to consider with private tours

    There is some risk involved with independent day tripping at port stops. You may get scammed by opportunistic touts or promised something that is not delivered.

    There is also the risk of missing the ship if you are delayed, where approved shore excursions have a ‘Guaranteed Return to Ship’, a peace of mind service knowing the ship will wait for you in the event of delay. With a private tour, the ship will leave without you. We have seen it happen.

    Benefits of ship arranged Shore Excursions

    Shore excursions are well run, though nothing particularly special, but there is an added advantage of having priority disembarkation and transportation ready to go when at the port.

    Most tours provide a local guide with excellent knowledge. The transportation is air conditioned and there is often morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea provided.

    Tours run on a tight schedule, so pay close attention to the itinerary and see whether it is for you. Query how long you have at a destination; sometimes with multiple stops there is only a small amount of time to take a few snaps before being ferried to another place.

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    How to avoid being scammed

    Agree on a rate before stepping into any driver’s car. Do not pay until you are safely returned to the ship.

    There are rogue drivers out to squeeze as much money from rich passengers as possible. Some common scams are taking you to a mate’s places to dine and shop, threatening to drop you in a remote area without further payment and miscommunicating package prices, where there are further fees to pay for ‘National Park Permits’ etc. All in all tour guides are honest and genuine, making a living.

    When there is no other choice

    Full bus tour, Legend of the Seas
    Full bus tour, Legend of the Seas

    Sometimes, families have no other choice than to take the ship organised tours should they want to explore a destination. When we were in Brunei, there were no taxis or other means of transportation from the port to city. The only way to see Brunei was to book a semi-guided Royal Caribbean organised bus tour into town. Essentially a shuttle bus with a tour guide on-board providing interesting facts before dropping you off at a central meeting point.

    On another occasion in Puerto Princesca, the only way to experience the Underground River, which was one of the Natural Wonders of the World and the main highlight of the area, was to go on a Royal Caribbean shore excursion. They had pre-reserved the limited national park tickets and gave priority early disembarkation to tour groups in order to make it to the Underground River in time.

    Crown and Anchor Society loyalty program

    If cruising seems to be the ideal way to travel, it’s worth families signing up to the Crown and Anchor Society loyalty program. The more Royal Caribbean cruises you go on, the more Cruise Points you earn which increases passenger benefits on-board.

    Depending on the tier level passengers can receive benefits such as discounted internet, daily breakfast with specialty coffee or use of the exclusive Diamond and Concierge club on-board.

    Member benefits also apply to children. After kids complete their first cruise they will earn the same status as their parent. One Cruise Point is earned for every cruise night sailed with Royal Caribbean. Most first time cruisers will earn Gold Membership of 3 points (3 nights cruised).

    Crown and Anchor Society tiers

    Click for tiered point system details
    • Gold: 3 points
    • Platinum: 30 points
    • Emerald: 55 points
    • Diamond: 80 points
    • Diamond Plus: 175 points
    • Pinnacle Club: 700 points

    See Crown and Anchor benefits here

    Concierge Club Vs Diamond Club On-board Legend of the Seas

    There are also a few other ways to cruise in luxury.

    Legend of the Seas Concierge Club

    Crown and Anchor Society Diamond Plus Members and guests booked in Suites categories GS, FJ, FS, OS, RS, excluding Junior Suites (JS), have 24 hour access to the Concierge Lounge on Deck 9, mid-ship starboard.

    A recent addition after the 2013 dry-dock refurbishment, the lounge is ideally positioned on the bump of the ship, where it extends over the hull providing excellent sea views.

    Children are welcomed, though they are to be supervised and exercise good behaviour so not to disturb other elite guests.

    Services provided include a dedicated Concierge to assist with restaurant reservations or other ship services, ordering wine, faxing and photocopying, shore excursions and account enquiries.

    There’s a complimentary premium coffee machine with take away cups provided for members to grab a cup to go.

    Most delightful is the complimentary continental breakfast every morning from 8am – 10am including smoked salmon and fresh fruit in tranquil surroundings. Every evening there is a complimentary open bar and hors d’oeuvres served from 5pm – 8:30pm.

    Legend of the Seas Diamond Club

    The Diamond Club is a mirror image of the Concierge Club, located on the Port side of Deck 9, with the exact same member privileges. The only difference is that the Diamond Club is for Crown and Anchor Society Diamond and above members only.

    Legend of the seas kids club – Adventure Ocean

    Adventure Ocean kids club, Legend of the Seas room
    Adventure Ocean kids club, Legend of the Seas room

    Regardless of how you choose to cruise, it’s likely you’ll want to take advantage of the kids club and babysitting services. To be honest, there were  were initial feelings of trepidation leaving our children in the kids club, but we were reassured knowing our kids were safely in the hands of experienced Adventure Ocean staff, some with an impressive list of cruise ships under their belt.

    A higher than usual staff-to-kid ratio resulted in a smoothly run and well organised kids program. It was so much fun that our kids devoured their breakfasts to be the first ones signed in.

    Registering kids for Legend of the Seas Adventure Ocean

    These guys couldn't wait to be signed in to kids club
    These guys couldn’t wait to be signed in to kids club

    On Day 1 embarkation, parents are welcomed to tour the Adventure Ocean rooms and register kids for kids club. Forms are required to be completed including contact details, SeaPass account details and medical history information.

    Once registered, parents can sign in kids at kids club. Kids aged 9-11 can self sign in and out of kids club, if parents give consent to do so.

    Adventure Ocean open hours

    The program is very flexible; kids can join in at any time during the three daily sessions, sea day hours of operation are:

    • Morning session: 9am-12noon
    • Afternoon session: 2pm-5pm
    • Evening session: 7pm-10pm

    Adventure Ocean open hours – Port Days

    When the ship is docked at port, the hours of operation vary.  The same flexibility applies on port days where kids can join in at any time during the sessions or stay on across consecutive sessions i.e. from 8am – 2pm.

    Typical port day open hours:

    • Early Bird session from 7:45am – 9am,
    • 9am – noon session
    • noon – 2pm session with lunch taken with the Youth Staff or at Windjammer buffet
    • 2pm – 5pm session
    • 7pm – 10pm session

    Leaving the kids on-board

    Hot and bothered child fed up of museum, happily return to kids club
    Hot and bothered child fed up of museum, happily return to kids club

    The port day operating hours is designed to allow parents kid free time on-board and on shore. Parents can take half or full day tours without kids, leaving them in the safe and experienced hands of Youth Staff. The only stipulation is that parents must be back by the end of the extended afternoon session i.e. 5pm which is usually just after ‘All Aboard’.

    We made use of this facility by exploring the port for the first half of the day and dropping off the kids sometime after lunch for 2-3 hours of the afternoon session. It’s great for when kids become hot, tired bothered and not interested in visiting another city museum. We returned back to the ship, signed the kids into kids club and ventured out again to explore the port stop as adults. We stayed close to the ship so that if there was an emergency, we could be back on-board relatively quickly.

    In safe and caring hands, Adventure Ocean Staff - Legend of the Seas
    In safe and caring hands, Adventure Ocean Staff – Legend of the Seas

    Should you leave the kids onboard Legend of the Seas?

    Anxiety and stress regarding leaving a child on-board a cruise ship is valid and it may not be something everyone considers. It’s a strange feeling leaving the kids for the first time. There are benefits but also real risks.

    Here are some possible causes for concern:
    • What if we die and the kids become orphaned at sea?
      Though not specific to Legend of the Seas, cruise death fatalities occurring on shore have happened.
    • The only peace of mind is that at least the kids didn’t die. They are safely in the hands of several experienced Youth Staff on-board, having a blast and the ship have procedures to safely repatriates kids to family members. In any case, chances of this happening is small.
    • What if something detrimental happens to the kids whilst on-board?
      The chances of this happening is small, but not impossible. I do believe that you can trust in the supervised care of your children in the kids club. The Adventure Ocean Club is a secured and supervised environment where even parents are not allowed inside the room. There are multiple Youth Staff rostered on and have early childhood qualifications and CPR training. Parents can also supply staff with a mobile number to contact in case of emergencies. If in international destinations, a roaming number can be provided.
    • What if the ship leaves without us?
      This could happen if parents do not come back in time, to prevent the ship leaving without you, allow for time to return safely back to the ship well and truly before All Aboard time.

    Legend of the Seas Adventure Ocean age groups

    The complimentary Adventure Ocean kids club welcomes kids from 3-11 years old.

    Kids are grouped into Aquanauts for 3-5 year olds, Explorers for 6-8 year olds, and Voyagers for kids aged 9-11 years.

    Modelling clay, jewellery, stuffed toys and more goodies every time the kids came back from Kids Club
    Modelling clay, jewellery, stuffed toys and more goodies every time the kids came back from Kids Club

    Legend of the Seas Adventure Ocean activities

    Kids are engaged from the moment they sign in until they sign out and eager to do more. Sea Days are more structured with a program of activities to run through. In between schedules there is allotted free time to relax or play video games.

    Each session has different supervised themed activities; kids can enjoy a creepy crawly morning making insect arts and crafts, build snowmen from foam in the afternoon, and dance away at the evening disco pyjama party.

    During special events such as Halloween, there are themed ship wide activities. Adventure Ocean staff really get involved by dressing up, donning nicknames and facilitating fun activities like a trick or treating around the ship.

    When there are low numbers of children on-board, groups can be combined. Similarly during peak times where there are many kids on-board, more staff is brought on to cover the mandatory staff to child ratio.

    Aquanauts – kids aged 3 to 5 years

    Adventure Ocean Legend of the Seas
    Adventure Ocean Legend of the Seas

    Kids 3-5 years participate in age appropriate activities. An example of a typical sea day includes:

    Morning session theme: colour your world

    Colours and shape scavenger hunt

    Games: Red Light Green Light, I spy colours, colour connection

    Creative Creations: Water colour mural, Colour bookmarks, colour a t-shirt

    Afternoon Session theme: Ancient Times

    Adventure Science: Fossil Fever

    Games: Chariot racing, tomb raiding , Egyptian baseball

    Creative Creations: ancient masks

    Evening Session: Camp Aquanauta

    Let’s Pitch a Tent

    Marshmallow Roast

    Games: Crocodile Crocodile, Flashlight Fun, Campfire Sing-Alongs, Go on a Bear Hunt

    Sail into Storytime: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems

    Explorers – kids aged 6 to 8 years

    Kids 6-8 years participate in age appropriate activities. An example of a typical sea day includes:

    Morning Session theme: Beach Blast

    Deep Sea Fishing competition with prizes

    Games: Octopus, Disappearing Islands, Lily Pad Tag, On the Beach / In the Water,

    Creative Creations: Fish Kites, Make your own Balloon

    Afternoon Session theme: Wacky Water Workshop

    Adventure Science: Wacky Water Workshop experimenting cause and effect with water.

    Games: Drip, Drip Drop, Pipette Relays, Shark Attack, Captain’s Call

    Adventure Art:  Make your own Porthole

    Evening Session: Carnival
    Carnival experience with games, treats to eat and make-shift booths with currency to play.

    Games / Booths: ring toss, face painting, bowling, bean bag toss, ball shoot out

    Competitions: stilt races, raffle, pass the parcel

    Voyagers kids aged 9 to 11 years

    Kids 9-11 years participate in age appropriate activities. Voyagers can self sign in and out of Adventure Ocean with parental permission.

    An example of a typical sea day includes:

    Morning session: Wild Wild West

    Games: rattlesnake, protect the sheriff, snake in the grass, snake in the grass, Indian chief, Western Flinch

    Creative Creations: Wanted Posters

    Competition with prizes: Rooster tag

    Afternoon session: Silly Sports

    Games: Toilet tag, sausage relay, toilet paper soccer, chuck the chicken, Creative Creations: decorate and take home jerseys

    Games: Freeze Dance, Domino Dancing, Guess that Tune, Walk of Fame, Musical Dots, party games, line dance

    Competition: Hula Hoop Challenge, Dance offs

    Evening session: Dancing in the streets

    Games: Freeze Dance, Domino Dancing, Guess that Tune, Walk of Fame, Musical Dots, party games, line dance

    Competition: Hula Hoop Challenge, Dance offs

    Legend of the Seas Family sessions

    At certain times during the cruise, there are Family Sessions where the Adventure Ocean area is open and parents can join kids in activities such as art and crafts of family science. These were not very popular amongst families, as they occurred just after a session, where parents wanted to get to lunch, dinner or kids were keen to go for a swim at the pool.

    Legend of the Seas Royal Babies and Tots Nursery

    Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
    Royal Babies and Tots Nursery

    Royal Caribbean International is one of the only ships offering a nursery for babies and toddlers.

    Kids aged 6 months – 3 years can be dropped off in the separate Royal Babies and Tots Nursery for US $6 per hour (day) and US $8 per hour (night).

    The nursery on our cruise was quiet with only a few babies and a small set using the facilities. Some parents may not feel comfortable leaving their baby, or additional fee and hours of operation may have been possible deterrents.

    The staff to ration is high in the Nursery with a maximum of 1 staff to 4 kids and all staff have early childhood qualifications. The staff on-board Legend of the Seas were highly experienced with many cruises under their belt.

    The Nursery is a brightly decorated, cushioned, enclosed play space with plenty of age appropriate toys rotated through the session. Behind the play space is a separate sleeping quarter set up with cots for bedtime.

    Parents who wish to participate in the nursery drop off service are required to register, which involves a few forms regarding medical and contact information as well as SeaPass account details. Once registered, Nursery slots are available to book.

    On Port Days hours of operation are

    • 9am – Noon for drop off, fee applies.
    • 12:30m -7:00pm for Open Play free with parental supervision
    • 7pm – Midnight for evening drop off, fee applies.

    On Port Days hours of operation are

    • 9am – 7pm for Open Play free with parental supervision
    • 7pm – Midnight for Nursery drop off.

    What to bring to the Nursery

    There are a small supply of emergency baby items on-board, however parents are required to provide items such as nappies, wipes, bottles, milk, food or snacks and extra set of clothes.

    About Open Play

    Open Play is a session not hosted by staff, where the nursery and toys are available for parents to use for free. Similar to an informal play group, like-minded fellow passengers and kids of similar age meet and play.

    Nursery Drop Off activities

    Nursery staff supervises themed play, which changes each session. There’s also plenty of developmental toys thrown in

    There’s also a Royal Tots Adventure Art program where young kids can create art and crafts. Other age appropriate activities include story time, sing-a-longs, dancing and bubble fun.

    Toy Lending

    Parents can pack lighter with the Toy Lending facility. Kids can borrow age appropriate toddler toys from the Toy Lending borrow box and exchange for new ones each day.

    Legend of the Seas Teen Optix

    Teen Optix Legend of the Seas
    Teen Optix Legend of the Seas

    Teens aged 12-17 years can hang out at Teen Optix, which is geared up with video consoles, karaoke equipment, and exclusive teen nightclub events.

    Although activities are scheduled throughout the day, the dedicated teen area was empty in the mornings. They tend to randomly pop in from time to time to use the facilities. The activities organised during the late afternoon and evening were popular including ship scavenger hunt, rock climbing competition, table tennis tournaments, and organised parties and discos.

    Teens 17 years and under have a curfew of 1am unless accompanied by an adult.

    Legend of the Seas Babysitting

    In-room babysitting

    Royal Caribbean offers in room babysitting for kids 12 months or older for a fee of US $10.00 per hour for one or two children within the same family, or US $15.00 per hour for three children within the same family.

    Times and prices are subject to change without notice. Payment must be made in cash and is dependent on staff availability.

    Requests are made to the Youth Staff in Adventure Ocean, who will find available kids club staff first who have early childhood experience or interview crew on-board that have shown an interest in babysitting. Most often, babysitting staff have children of their own or come from a background where they are familiar with kids.

    Group babysitting – Late Night Party Zone

    Group babysitting in the Late Night Party Zone with the Youth Staff in the Adventure Ocean Facilities is subject to availability and will be charged at US $7 per hour per child, added to passengers’ SeaPass accounts.

    Group babysitting is available to children ages 3-11 and kids must be potty trained nappy free to enter the youth facilities and participate in activities. Kids can stay up late or a makeshift area is provided should they doze off.

    Kids can be dropped off from 10pm – Midnight, with no new kids after midnight. The Late Night Party Zone closes when the last child signs out or at 2am.

    Legend of the Seas Dining options unpaid

    After considering what is best to do with children on the cruise, you should now make sure to consider where to eat!

    Here is additional information on the inclusive dining options.

    Legend of the Seas Rome & Juliet main dining room

    Main dining room with good food, great service and all free!
    Main dining room with good food, great service and all free!

    Impressive glass walls in the 1020 seat two level Romeo and Juliet dining room provide guests unobstructed views out to sea. Elegantly decorated tables surround the central atrium, where a multi-talented dining room staff not only serve excellent meals, but also put on a fantastic farewell performance accompanied by the staff band.

    Legend of the Seas Romeo & Juliet main dining room food

    A major appeal for families who cruise is being able to enjoy a three-course meal, be waited on hand and foot and dine in refined surroundings, without any further costs.

    High quality food was offered from a dynamic daily menu. Dinner appetisers included escargots, lobster bisque, and beef carpaccio. Mains featured snow crab salad, slow cooked prime rib, and lobster tail, all at no additional charge.

    A selection of healthy and vegetarian alternatives was provided daily, along with staples from a Classic Menu including Caesar salad, prawn cocktail, and Manhattan strip steak.

    Dessert highlights included the Bailey’s crème brulée and baked Alaska.

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    Look out for the Premium Selection menu items

    Each evening the dining room menu incorporates a Premium Selection with temptations such as Whole Main Lobster for US $35, or even add a Filet Mignon for US $20 from Chops Grille.

    Legend of the Seas My Time Dining – dinner

    Family friendly formal dining room with excellent food - all free!
    Family friendly formal dining room with great food – all free!

    Families can choose the My Time Dining, a flexible option to dine at a suitable time anytime between 5.3pm and 9pm in the Romeo & Juliet Deck 4 dining room.

    Families can make a reservation ahead of time between 8am- 11am or 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Alternatively the dining room takes walk-ins with short wait time.

    During peak times, families have an opportunity to wonder the deck as an infrared buzzer is provided to notify families of when a table is available.

    Families can also choose which waiter they would prefer, with perhaps a longer wait to be seated in that waiter’s area. If the waiter is not an issue, families are offered any available table, with a possibility of different waiters and table in the dining room.

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    Tipping for My Time Dining guests

    My Time Dining guests have pre-paid tips automatically added to My Time Dining reservations.

    Legend of the Seas Traditional Dining

    The Main Seating is at 6pm in both Romeo & Juliet Dining Room Deck 4 & 5. The second seating is 8.30pm. Opting for dining during one of these two seating times means that families will get a specific table and waiter for duration of the cruise.

    Legend of the Seas Traditional Dining – tipping

    If Traditional Dining is selected then the standard gratuities do not have to be pre-paid in advance and can be paid at the end of the cruise.

    Kids collected on the early dinner seating

    For families on the early dinner seating, Adventure Ocean Staff can collect your kids from the dining room for kids club so that parents do not have to leave their table.

    Legend of the Seas Romeo & Juliet main dining breakfast

    The Romeo & Juliet main dining room is open from 6:30am – 9am serving breakfast on Deck 4. It’s Open Seating and reservations are not required.

    Breakfast menu items include buttermilk pancakes, omelettes or eggs cooked to order.

    Legend of the Seas Windjammer buffet

    The Windjammer Café offers buffet-style meals from:

    Windjammer open hours

    Breakfast: 6.30am-11am

    Lunch: 11.30am-1pm

    Dinner: 5.30-9pm

    Legend of the Seas Windjammer buffet food

    Compared to the excellent food served elsewhere, the buffet at Windjammer’s was just acceptable. Food was lacking in flavour and some occasions dried out on food warmers. The breakfast menu in particular had little variety and became tiring after a few days at sea.

    The roasts was consistently good at Windjammer Buffet
    The roasts was consistently good at Windjammer Buffet

    Dinner was more diverse. The reliable options were the one or two meals that matched the dining room. Some creativity was offered at lunch, including a made-to-order Asian noodle station.

    Once Windjammer closed for the evenings, apart from room service and a few light snacks at Park Café, there were limited late night dining options available.

    Legend of the Seas Park Café

    Park Café was added during the 2013 dry dock refurbishment. Positioned by the Solarium on Lido Deck it serves light healthy meals and snacks such as vegetable soup, salads, sandwiches and pastas.

    Park Café open hours

    Breakfast: 7am – 10am

    Light lunch: 2pm – 6pm

    Latte-tudes

    Cafe Latte-tudes adjacent to library, Legend of the Seas
    Cafe Latte-tudes adjacent to library, Legend of the Seas

    Offers complimentary pastries and baked snacks such as Lemon Cookies and Chocolate slices from 7am-Midnight.

    Specialty Illy branded coffees and Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream at a surcharge: US $3.75 regular cappuccino, US $2.50 a scoop.

    Ben and Jerry's icecream
    Ben and Jerry’s icecream

    It’s located by the library, so passengers can peruse a guidebook from the adjacent library or pull up a chair to watch the live acts in the Centrum below.

    Self-serve ice cream

    Self-serve ice cream machines are available by the pool in the afternoons. Flavours include vanilla, chocolate or a vanilla chocolate mix in a standard wafer cone.

    Self service ice cream machines.
    Self service ice cream machines.

    Poolside buffet

    Occasional themed outdoor buffets is set up during sea days, providing a popular alfresco lunchtime option.

    On our cruise a German theme buffet was set up with bratwurst sizzling on a open BBQ. Although the buffet line was long, the Pork Knuckle and giant Black Forest cake was worth the wait. The only advice is to go sooner rather than later as the choice meats and trimmings are snapped up quickly.

    Room service

    Complimentary daytime room service with a full menu including: pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads and desserts, as well as complimentary drinks such as ice tea, water and lemonade.

    Late night orders from midnight to 5am include a US $3.95 surcharge.

    Limited late night options onboard Legend of the Seas

    Unlike other ships which offer an extended buffet or late night dining outlets, hungry passengers wanting a decent feed after 9pm are limited to room service on-board and a few light snacks at Park Café and Latte-tudes.

    Legend of the Seas Specialty paid dining options 

    There are also some paid dining options, which are worth considering if you want to do something more special for a meal.

    Legend of the Seas Chops Grille

    If there is one specialty restaurant to splurge on, it’s Chops Grille. A New-York style steakhouse located on Deck 11 mid ship. The restaurant is surrounded by floor to ceiling glass windows and provides views of the ships aft and sea views.

    Chops Grille serves premium cuts of steaks, cooked perfectly.  Also perfectly executed is the service on-board, with the most experienced staff working on-board. Our waiter had been with the cruise line for over 10 years.

    Do not miss the shrimp cocktail. It’s unlike the small shrimp in the main dining room, as the entrée features giant Australian prawns beautiful presented in a cast iron pot, accompanied by chipotle sauce and cucumber relish. Other noteworthy starters include the grilled pork belly and scallops.

    The mains are a carnivore’s delight with 8oz filet mignon, 10oz New York strip steak or slow cooked short ribs.

    Seafood enthusiasts have an Asian style herb encrusted tuna steak, spicy jumbo strip, or snapper dishes to choose from.

    Each couple can choose three sides including, creamy spinach, truffled French fries and roasted mushrooms.

    Chops Grille is open 5.30pm-9pm and costs US $30 per person.

    For a little extra on top of the US $30pp, guests can upgrade their fine dining experience with premium dry aged steaks and seafood. Try 20oz dry aged porterhouse steak for US $19 or whole main lobster for US $21.

    Legend of the Seas Izumi

    Also on Deck 11 is the Japanese fusion restaurant, Izumi. The dining area is lined with glass walls and sits suspended over the Lido Deck. Located on the portside facing the main pool, passengers get great ocean views as well as catching the evening’s movie (albeit without sound) on the big screen.

    À la carte menu options include an assortment of generous proportion sushi rolls a wide selection of nigari, including octopus, yellowtail, eel and bonito, with fresh and varied sashimi options.

    Hot menu choices included lobster tempura, miso ramen, and the signature Ishiyake dishes, thin cut meat and seafood served alongside a hot rock for passengers to cook to their liking.

    Try the popular Izumi Spider Roll with soft shell crab, spicy tuna rolls, fresh tuna and salmon sashimi and salmon roe nigiri. The assortment of mochi on the sparse dessert menu was dry and disappointing.

    As we dined towards the end of a 10-day cruise, the sushi and sashimi was as fresh as you could expect it to be, given that all seafood is brought on-board at the start of the cruise. They were still very nicely prepared and decent if needing a sushi fix.

    The sushi rolls with cooked meats were delicious and the hot meals looked beautifully prepared.

    Izumi is open 5.30pm-9pm. Dishes from US $5. Sushi rolls from US $12, five pieces of thickly cut sashimi from US $10.  We bought our own bottle of wine with a corkage fee of US $25 and ordered seven dishes to share, which left the two of us very satisfied.

    A waiter in the main dining room was selling patrons an Izumi dining experience by offering 20% off their meal, which was our main reason to try it out. The total meal came to US $76 including corkage, 18% gratuity and 20% discount.

    Legend of the Seas Chef’s Table

    Located in a sectioned off area on Deck 5 of Romeo and Juliet dining room is an area reserved for Chef’s Table guests.

    The exclusive multi-course dining experience is paired with wine, hosted by the ships executive chef and chief sommelier. Limited to 12 guests per night, reservations are essential and cost US $95pp.

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    Specialty dining restaurants package

    During the early stages of the cruise there is a specialty dining experience package, which includes Chefs Table, Izumi and Chops Grille for a discounted price of US $120 per person.

    Legend of the Seas Bars and Lounges

    There are also bars to consider.

    Legend of the Seas Schooner Bar
    The 104 capacity nautical themed schooner bar located on Deck 4 hosts activities group trivia quizzes, the meeting and end point for the ship scavenger hunt as well as hosts scrapbooking workshops and origami sessions.

    Trivia Quiz in Schooners Bar
    Pictionary in Schooners Bar

    A popular spot for pre-dinner drinks or a night cap after a show. During the evening Schooners turns into a piano bar with a witty and talented pianist tickling the ivories with easy listening music and passenger requests.

    Legend of the Seas R Bar
    Tucked underneath the Centrum, in front of the stage is a convenient bar to enjoy a drink whilst watching the varied performers takes to the centrum stage.

    Watch the entertainment from R Bar
    Grab a drink and watch the Centrum entertainment from R Bar

    There are bar stools along the R Bar, or guests can take their drink to the club lounges around the centrum area.

    Legend of the Seas Pool bar

    The Pool Bar on Deck 9 is the only outdoor bar on-board and popular with poolside guests who do not want to cover up to order a Cocktail of the Day.

    On sunny sea days, orders can pile up and waits can be long, particularly if many cruisers have opted for the drinks package.

    Enjoy libations on swivel stools by the shaded bar or take your drink back to your sun lounge. Staff are also on hand to take orders from the pool deck, though the service could be quite slow.

    Legend of the Seas Anchors Aweigh Lounge
    The 550 seat lounge with club chairs and small cocktail tables surround a small centre stage. During the day game, Anchors Aweigh Lounge hosts family trivia competitions, Nintendo Wii challenges and karaoke sessions.

    Anchors Aweigh Lounge
    Anchors Aweigh Lounge

    In the evening’s trivia, karaoke and games are geared towards adults i.e. 70’s music trivia, adult karaoke and Adult Love Sex and Marriage game show. There are also organised ballroom dancing and line dancing evenings.

    Legend of the Seas Viking Crown Lounge
    Located on Deck 10 by the speciality restaurants, the Viking Crown Lounger offers superb views overlooking the Lido Deck and out to sea. A large open space with comfortable lounges, it’s a great space to bring the kids up for a play indoors as it’s virtually empty during the day.

    In in the evenings the bar is dimly lit with neon lights and has a DJ pumping out live music and hosts Adults Only Traffic Light parties, dance parties and retro style 80’s and 90’s hour.

    Young couples and singles may find the ship quiet with most passengers retiring after catching a show.

    Although open until late, the lounge was almost empty past 10pm. This could have been due to the Asian cruise itinerary and demographics on-board.

    In the late evenings a few passengers were seen having drinks before their specialty dinner reservation.

    ‘Sampler Cruises’ with 3 days at sea itineraries, apparently draw more of a party crowd that make better use of the night clubs on-board.


    Disembarking Legend of the Seas

    As you can see, there’s plenty to keep passengers busy while on Legend of the Seas, and time can fly. Here are some tips to make departure easier at the end of your cruise.

    All the flags fly at final port - Legend of the Seas
    All the flags fly at final port – Legend of the Seas

    The night before departure

    The final night of sailing, before the day of departure passengers are required to settle on-board ship accounts, retrieve passports, if they were kept by the ship, and it’s also the time when the crew are given their discretionary tips with envelopes provided at Guest Services. It’s also a good time to make final duty free, photo gallery, or shop purchases.

    SeaPass accounts are automatically billed if a credit card is registered. Those with a registered credit card can still make purchases on-board on the morning of departure. A final Stateroom account is delivered to the door on the morning of departure.

    Luggage should be packed, with all old tags removed, and placed outside the state room between 7pm and 11pm on the night before departure. Attendants will then take luggage away in preparation for disembarkation the next day.

    Keep with you all the things needed for that evening as well as the next day including clothes you are going to wear and essential items.

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    Do not pack away essential items including PJ's

    Leave a small bag with essential items including toiletries such as toothbrush and toothpaste, pyjamas, medicines, spectacles, baby essentials such as nappies, creams and spare clothes.

    Lido deck at night
    Have everything packed the night before departure.

    Legend of the Seas Express departure – self assist

    On some cruise itineraries, there is an Express Departure service, ideal for families that have an early flight or transfer. The Express Departure allows passengers to carry their own luggage off the ship between 8.20am – 8.50am. Customs Border Security will process groups in this window only.

    Legend of the Seas Departure Order

    Passengers nominate a time slot to depart the cruise (i.e. 9am to 9:30am) and will be allocated a Departure Order number. Guests will be called off the ship by their departure number.

    Waiting areas for ticketed departures. Legend of the Seas.
    Waiting areas for ticketed departures. Legend of the Seas.

    Legend of the Seas Day of departure

    Guests can have breakfast at Windjammer Café from 6am – 8.30am or Romeo & Juliet Dining Room from 6.30am – 8am and wait to be called. Room service will still operate until 8am.

    Guests can also wait in the designated waiting areas either Anchors Aweigh Lounge or Theatre until they are called. Coffee, tea and juices are provided during the wait.

    Saying goodbye to Kids Club staff, with the queue rapidly growing to disembark.
    Saying goodbye to Kids Club staff, with the queue rapidly growing to disembark.

    Guests can in other public areas of the ship, but departure announcements are only heard in the waiting areas.

    As the cabins are getting prepared for the next cruise, guests need to be out of their rooms by 9am.

    SeaPass cards are required for disembarkation.

    Crown & Anchor Society special departure lounge

    Crown and Anchor Society members have members-only departure area onboard Legend of the Seas. Located in the Dining Room starboard, Deck 5, aft from 8.30am. Eligible members includes Gold, Platinum and above.

    For Suites and Pinnacle guests, the lounge is located in the Dining Room, port side, Deck 5, aft.

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    Keep kids entertained during disembarkation

    The wait to disembark feels a lot longer than it actually is, as there are no pools, buffets and ice cream to distract. Keep kids entertained with books, colouring in kits and devices if necessary. Communicate that there will be queues to disembark and walk them through the process. This may help to stifle any complaints, or may not. At least you tried.

    Waiting to disembark
    Waiting to disembark

    As guests are called, they join the queue, passengers shuffle down the decks via the central staircase to exit the ship on Deck 2.

    The confusing part is when guests take the lifts down to one of the decks and insert themselves into the queue, but passengers are not shy of telling people to join the back of the line, which could be back at the top of the stairwell.

    Once on the gangway, the SeaPass card is presented and scanned for the final time. Duty free and confiscated items are returned including liquor and power boards.

    Luggage collection after cruising Legend of the Seas

    Once off the ship and inside the cruise terminal there are rows of luggage organised by departure number lined up for collection. Check luggage tags prior to claiming luggage.

    Disembarkation
    Disembarkation

    On the pier

    Once all luggage has been collected, proceed to customs and immigration and have with you passports opened at the photo page and any travel documents on hand for processing.

    The immigration process is relatively pain free with the standard queues for nationals and foreigners.

    Declare any souvenirs and purchases properly and customs will inspect appropriately.

    Once through Immigration and Checkpoints, passengers are free to return home or join any organised transfers.


    Legend of the Seas useful family friendly tips

    Here are some of the most useful tips for a Legends of the Sea cruise.

    Last sunset stroll at Sea
    Last sunset stroll at Sea
    Register for kids club early
    Register for kids club on the day of boarding, the Adventure Ocean on Deck 10 area is opened for a meet and greet with the youth staff. The kids club is open until late for registration on Day 1.
    Take advantage of kids club dinner on Sea Days
    On Sea Days, kids can participate in Adventure Dining, where they have dinner with the youth staff and their new friends prior to the evening kids club session.

    This is a mutually beneficial arrangement where kids don’t have to sit through a formal dinner and parents don’t have to feed the kids at the buffet. Parents can enjoy one of those rare kid free dinners knowing that the kids are having fun.

    Kids must be registered the evening prior to the dinner to participate.

    Read up on and plan shore excursions to avoid disappointment
    Prior to sailing, research the port stops and find out what there is to do for the family. If there is a shore excursion you wish to go on it’s best to pre-book prior to boarding as popular tours fill up fast.

    There is always the opportunity of cancelling with 24 hours’ notice without penalty once on-board.

    Be ready as early as possible on shore days using tenders
    For families it’s best to wake early, be fed, changed, packed and ready to go by 8am. Have a parent queue up by Guest Services for a tender ticket to be one of the first groups to go on shore.

    There are already eager and experienced passengers seen queuing for tender tickets an hour before Guest Services opened.

    Worth dining in the dining room for the farewell serenade
    On the last evening of the cruise, all of the staff including chefs, kitchen stewards and waiters, gather at the landing in the middle of the Romeo and Juliet dining room for a farewell performance to the tunes of the dining room band.

    White napkins of guests at each table are seen twirling in the air in appreciation alongside unanimous applause and a good lesson of teaching kids to be grateful.

    Return towels to avoid a US $25 charge
    Blue and white striped pool towels can be checked out on Deck 9 by scanning your SeaPass card. Make sure towels are returned and your card gets scanned to avoid a US $25 charge.

    Avoid US $25 fee, return pool towels after use. Legend of the Seas
    Avoid US $25 fee, return pool towels after use. Legend of the Seas
    Go behind the scenes
    There are All Access Tours on-board Legend of the Seas where passengers can go behind the scenes on a guided tour of the ship’s bridge, galley and engine room.

    Kids are welcomed and can learn about the inner workings of the ship and take a ride in the Captain’s chair. Tour prices are US $150 per person.

    With a multitude of activities listed on the Cruise Compass, seasoned guests bring a highlighter to mark off those that interest them, so not to miss out. You can colour code items just for kids.

    The post it notes, blu tak, and pen come in handy for communication between family members returning to the cabin. “Meet me at Windjammers after spa at noon” is better than scouring the ship for the other half.

    Look out for the Drink of day
    Try the Drink of the Day advertised in the Cruise Compass and sign posted at the bar. These usually costs a little less than the standard cocktail. Sample an Ocean Melon Breeze made of Bacardi, Smirnoff, Midori, sweet & sour and grenadine for US $9.

    Travel independently
    Research the port destination prior to sailing and find out what there is to do, possible prices and whether you have enough time to see the attraction.

    Join Facebook forums and don’t be afrad to ask silly questions. There are many experienced ship veterans, ready to help first time cruisers.

    Often at the port stops there are guides ready to and waiting to escort families on private tours and a fraction of the prices the cruise ship offers. Most are legitimate and will take you to the places you want to see.

    Negotiate the price beforehand, communicate exactly where you wish to go, and do not pay until they return you safely to the ship.

    Some of our best experiences have been travelling around independently at and I highly recommend it.

    Bring essentials such as sunscreen, deodorant and Panadol as these are expensive on board and hard to find in remote island destinations.

    Pack reef shoes and snorkelling gear
    If heading to island destinations, it’s well worth investing in inexpensive snorkelling gear and reef shoes before you leave.

    I purchased our reef shoes at Rebel Sport for under AUD $15 a pair. Snorkel sets were also purchased from Rebel for AUD $30 for the kids and AU $60 for the parents. Although the kids didn’t wear them as we visited during stinger free warm months. Wetsuits for the kids were found on sale at Target for AU $15 each.

    Legend of the Seas thoughts, comments and replies appreciated

    Orangutan towel animal
    Orangutan towel animal

    Hopefully armed with this complete guide to Legend of the Seas, your family has all the useful information you need to cruise aboard her. We love to hear how your cruise on Legend of the Seas went and whether there are any more tips and tricks to add. Please reply below:

    2 Comments

    • Hi Renee, this is the most comprehensive family cruising guide I have ever read! It’s actually taken me a few days to read through it all. I do love all your expanding boxes and the section where you can click on the left to move section. These work well.

      I’ve only done a three day cruise, just by myself, for a blogging trip. My twins are really really lively especially my son and I remember thinking then that I’d never take him on ship as he’d jump up to look over the side and cause me too many heart attacks. he’s 9 now and I still don’t think I’d take him.

      Must say that I would love to cruise again but probably a smaller and more adventurous type cruise. The bigger ones do many great value family holidays though… my husband would never cruise though as he gets seasick. Boo. Well done you.

      • I apologise that you went to all that trouble to read this! I am very flattered that you did. Thank you so much Seana. xoxoxo

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