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Designed by Snoweiss architects, the stunningly spacious Anchors Aweigh Lounge serves as Legend of the Seas' secondary show lounge, bingo hall and talent show location. This lounge is BIG, spanning the full width of the ship and comfortably holding up to 550 passengers. True to its name, its design follows an ocean liner theme, and the result is simply superb.

 Paintings of vintage transatlantic liners adorn the walls, and the focal point of the room must be the gigantic green glass (!) model of the famous French liner Normandie, a "Ship of Light" just like our Legend. At night, when the blinds come down automatically, this large room manages to feel intimate and offers superb sightlines of the large stage and dance floor, while the bar is a popular watering hole for many passengers.

Friday night is formal night, and it is nice to see that many passengers have made an effort to dress up. Naturally, the ship's photographers are crawling over the ship trying to get you to pose for their formal portraits. But instead of spending too much money on their mediocre snapshots, a friendly fellow passenger takes our own formal portraits on the Promenade Deck. After an extravagant dinner we discuss our entertainment options over coffee. Tonight's "Variety Showtime" in the That's Entertainment Theater features a performance of "Gina Pontone and the Incredible Wolfgang Bientzle". That sounds WAY too kinky for us, so we head up, up, up until we can't go any further.

We have reached the Viking Crown Lounge, that fantastic Royal Caribbean invention. Perched high atop the ship and reached by glass elevators, this sublime room houses the ship's disco and observation lounge. The views from here during the day are incredible while at night, the tranquil green of the swimming pool below is reflected in its wall of windows. Ingeniously designed, the room features a large circular dance floor, a long inviting bar and a charming cozy annex all the way aft, which is used as the ship's cigar room. Sound and lighting is state-of-the-art, and the ship's DJ Moe (Mooh?) plays just the right tracks.

 

While we are lounging, dancing, drinking and talking, the Grand Gala Midnight Buffet is served downstairs in the Romeo and Juliet Dining Room. Surprisingly, the buffet is not mentioned in the daily Compass but many people have turned up to admire the beautiful buffet. And beautiful it is! After seeing many a midnight buffet, I am pleasantly surprised with the artistic presentation of cakes, fruits, cheese and seafood. This buffet is really a work of art, and incidentally is one of the few midnight buffets left during our cruise. On most evenings between midnight and 1 AM, trays with sandwiches are passed around in the lounges as an alternative, which makes much more sense to me.

Entrance to the Anchors Aweigh Lounge

Anchors Aweigh Lounge

Anchors Aweigh Lounge

Beautiful glass model of Normandie

Anchors Aweigh Lounge

Anchors Aweigh Lounge

Viking Crown Lounge

Viking Crown Lounge

Viking Crown Lounge

Formal Night!

Grand Gala Midnight Buffet

Grand Gala Midnight Buffet

Grand Gala Midnight Buffet

Grand Gala Midnight Buffet

Grand Gala Midnight Buffet

Grand Gala Midnight Buffet

 

All photos and text: 2001-2003 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com. All rights reserved

First published on July 28th, 2001. This revised version was launched on December 25th, 2003.