On to Santo Domingo!
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The airport in Santo Domingo is very busy. Our daughter brushed up on her Spanish from high school and served as our intrepreter. This alone was so helpful as little English is spoken. She was able to help us gather our luggage, and arrange for a taxi. Segundo was our driver. He had a mini van (because we had so much luggage and five people) which was very nice and air conditioned. He spoke no English, so our daughter, Lesley, and her Spanish came in very handy.
The fare to the Quality Inn hotel near the airport was very reasonable - about $40 USD for all of us. During the ride, Lesley arranged for Segundo to pick us up at the hotel and take us to the pier the next day.
The next morning after a complimentary breakfast bar, we walked across the road via overhead walkway to the coastline. No beaches here! Only rock formations, but very beautiful! Segundo had arrived early at the hotel.
Segundo then delivered us at the port. He asked $80 USD for the tour which was well worth it. The Royal Caribbean staff greeted us. Just before leaving home, it was discovered that Royal Caribbean had upgraded our cabin to a balcony room on the seventh floor! This was our second free upgrade in seven cruise vacations all with RCI! Normally we like to book balcony cabins, but wishing to stay with the other family members, we opted for deck 3. The others also received the upgrade, so we were all happy campers with wonderful balconies! For whatever reason, we are gratefully thankful for the upgrade!
Checking in at the pier is an experience. When you complete 5 cruises with Royal Caribbean, you become platinum status in their Crown and Anchor Loyalty program.
Boarding the Legend of the Seas was simple and easy - just walk on! We boarded on deck 1, and it was up the steps to deck 7 to locate our cabin. There really was a balcony! You always spend a couple hours exploring and learning where everything is located.
Time for dinner on day 1. Our group chose a large table at the first seating. Meeting our fellow dinner guest is always a treat! We were joined by three couples from the United Kingdom - one of which was traveling with their son. The varied interests of the whole group made for interesting conversations each evening.
The evening entertainment has something for everyone. We chose the show in the main theatre which was an introduction to the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers and a magician and was hosted by the cruise director - Rico. The singers and dancers on the Legend were, by far, the best of all time! Each show lasts around an hour, and then it is off to something else. My husband and I like to stroll outside in the tropical breezes before turning in for the night. At some point during the day, we met our cabin attendant, the person who cleans up after us in the cabin. Upon returning to the cabin, our bed covers are always turned back with the coveted Royal Caribbean chocolate on the pillow. What a great first day!