NOTE: Legend of the Seas leaves the Royal Caribbean fleet in March 2017.
The 69,130-ton, 1,804-guest Legend of the Seas was the first of Royal Caribbean’s six Vision-class ships, launched in 1995 just as the megaship era was getting up to speed.
Today, she and her sisters are downright tiny next to their newer fleetmates, measuring about half the size of the Voyager- and Freedom-class ships and a third the size of the Oasis-class ships. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since midsize ships can be cozier and easier to get around.
But all in all, the Vision-class ships are a mixed bag, offering some of the attractions and amenities of Royal Caribbean’s newer vessels but also feeling a bit dated, with more glitz than subtlety in their 1990s designs.
Most public rooms are located on Decks 4 and 5, radiating out from a central seven-story atrium full of faux palm trees and glass elevators. On Deck 4, there’s the glittery That’s Entertainment Theatre, the flashy and crowded Casino Royale, the nautically themed Schooner Bar for piano entertainment and relaxation, and the Champagne Bar and Terrace at the foot of the atrium itself, which offers musical entertainment to go with your bubbly.
The central area of Deck 5 is dominated by five small shops, while the Anchors Aweigh Lounge, up toward the bow, offers a mix of live music, dancing, and entertainment. Up at the top of the ship, Deck 11’s Viking Crown Lounge is an observation lounge by day and disco by night.
For kids, the Adventure Ocean playroom on Deck 10 is stocked with toys and games. Teens get their own Optix Teen Disco right next door, along with a small video arcade.
On Deck 9, you can swim or lounge in the spacious main pool area or chill out in the Solarium, with its retractable glass ceiling and vaguely Roman design motifs. Just astern, the spa and fitness center offers the usual selection of treatments, steam rooms, and saunas, plus small aerobics and workout rooms. There’s a sports court out back for basketball and other games, and one deck up is a rock-climbing wall, a miniature golf course, and a jogging track.
Dining options on Legend are limited. Dinners are taken at the two-deck Romeo and Juliet Dining Room, with its grand staircase and dramatic chandelier. Other than that, your main alternative is the Windjammer Cafe buffet restaurant.
Staterooms aboard the Vision-class ships tend to be small and have seen a lot of use in their decade and a half of service. Standard outside staterooms are only about 150 square feet, and come with a TV, a small sitting area, a vanity, and a small bathroom.
If you want a private balcony, you’ll have to bump up to a 190-square-foot Superior Oceanview stateroom, which also offers a minibar, small sitting area, and lots of storage space. The top-of-the-line accommodations are the 1,002-square-foot Royal Suites, which come with separate living room and bedroom, a huge marble bathroom with a whirlpool tub, a baby grand piano, and a 139-square-foot private veranda.
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