Our Last Full Day - Cruising
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On this date, no ports were scheduled. It was a day of cruising. This was the first time Bill and I have taken a seven day cruise with only one at sea day. It was nice to have this less busy day to pack our bags in preparation for our trip home the next day. Although, you hate to see your cruise vacation come to an end, it does start you thinking about the next one.
Bill and I counted our "ship shape" dollars getting ready for redemption. We had collected 20 which would qualify us for the backpack and well on our way to something else. Our advice, check the cruise "compass" - the schedule of daily activities for "can't miss events," "like to make events," and "things to do if I have time." We decided to go for the walk a mile in the morning and if needed, in the late afternoon.
All five of us in the group met for the morning walk, then settled on breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe. Each couple plus Mike had different things to do, so it was off on our own. I thought I would put in some pictures taken on the ship in this section. As I said in the previous paragraph, Bill and I have been loyal Royal Caribbean repeat customers.
The firsts for us on this, our seventh cruise: 1. We left from a foreign country instead of a United States port. Definitely different, but a great experience (thank heavens for our daughter - the intrepreter!); 2. We only had one "at sea" day, something we both liked especially for the last full day of the trip.; 3. There were few Americans, so announcements were made in several different languages. Sometimes it was fun to try and guess what they were saying!; 4. We seemed to have some new crew members just beginning their time with RCI.
Again, there were brief showers throughout the day, so sunbathing and relaxing by the pool were scarce. The covered Solarium pool was crowded so no chance scoring a lounger for the day. (One must get up much earlier than I!) So, we used the time indoors to pack our bags, shop the ship's stores, pick out our pictures from the photo center, attend a party for platinum, diamond, and diamond plus cruisers, and generally enjoy activities hosted by the cruise director's staff.
Though Legend of the Seas is one of the smaller ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet, she is very well preserved. Legend has lots of gold and glass. It has been fitted with a rock wall, and is always receiving new carpet, furniture, etc. as needed. The captain is a seasoned officer having been with the ship for some time. The entertainment staff was excellent - the best I've experienced. The singers and dancers were superb, and the extras (Elton John Impersonator, Magician, Juggler, and guest The Platters) made for wonderful evening shows. Our daughter and son-in-law would say "The Quest" is one of the highlights of the cruise.
I recommend this cruise and itinerary, but I understand it may be discontinued after a few more sailings. The ports of call are all unique and offer something different. You can do a little or a lot! It is your choice! Bill and I are already planning the next adventure. We would like to introduce his brother and wife to the cruise experience. Maybe I will steer them toward the blog and pictures! I will keep you informed! For more pictures and some other prospective on the Legend of the Seas, see my daughter's blog - PhinsandGills.