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Let's continue our tour of Legend of the Seas with two features that are unique to Royal Caribbean: the Solarium and Legend of the Links - the ship's own golf course! First, the Solarium. Legend of the Seas was the first Royal Caribbean ship to feature an indoor/outdoor pool area with a sliding glass roof. On our cruise, the weather was not overly friendly and consequently many passengers were seen using the Solarium pool and jacuzzis.

The Solarium is also home to the seagoing ice cream cart! Being something of an ice-cream fanatic myself, I was thrilled to discover that first class ice cream is served all day here - and it's free of charge! From the nearby Solarium bar, pizzas, burgers and hot dogs can be ordered until 6:00 AM (!). A great feature, but on port days they would be better off extending the luncheon hours in the Windjammer Café, as lines are long here in the afternoon with guests wanting to have a bite after returning from their adventures ashore.

Before 2:00 PM and after 4:00 PM (when the snack buffet opens in the Windjammer Café), the Solarium is tranquil haven decorated in Roman style, with many statues and ornaments - it's really quite wonderful, and in my opinion Legend has one of the nicest Solarium areas of any RCI ship. The good sized pool is perfect for swimming, while the comfortable padded lounge chairs are ideal for that afternoon snooze. Directly adjacent to the pool area is the well-equipped ShipShape Spa, featuring an aerobics studio, fitness room, hairdresser and beauty salon. The lovely teak wooden aft deck is something of a hidden treasure, ideal for passengers that want to enjoy the sun but can do without the hustle and bustle of the main pool area. Just aft of the funnel is "Legend of the Links", a miniature golf course that is open 24 hours and can be used free of charge. At night, the illuminated course makes a pretty sight and I have been told by an expert that it is rather special to play a round of golf in the middle of the ocean at 2:00 AM!

 

That evening at 8:30 PM, we once again proceed to the glass-walled Romeo & Juliet Dining Room for dinner. Satues of Romeo & his loved one welcome diners to the two deck high room, that holds no less that 1,050 passengers. The decor is flashy and the liberal use of chrome and glass is meant to impress. The result is a light, airy dining room that could do with a little more atmosphere. In this respect the more subdued Tillberg-designed dining room on younger fleet mate Enchantment of the Seas is more my cup of tea. On Legend, looking up at the large chandelier that hovers over the lower level diners is not recommended unless you wear sunglasses. On the other hand, the chairs are very comfortable and there is enough room to move around between tables.

 

We are seated on the upper level with our friends, and enjoy fine service from a congenial Eastern European waiter and Indonesian assistant waiter. Too bad the food lets the service down again. Although new posh-looking "Signature Collection" menus have been printed, most entrees seem to have been around since my cruise on Enchantment in 1997. Signature collection or not, dinner is a hit or miss affair, with dishes ranging from non-memorable to brilliant. The problem is that you never know which is the brilliant one, and Murphy's Law dictates that you will end up with the mediocre one, while your neighbor is munching away on some divine dish. Oh well, let me conclude in saying that I found the food in the dining room to be OK. It was not bad - definitely not. It was OK. Thinking of the creativity shown at the Gala Midnight Buffet, I'm sure that the dining room food could easily be improved to hit the coveted "excellent" mark, but only if the kitchen staff gets some more spending money!

Solarium

Solarium

Solarium Pool

Solarium Cafe

Legend of the Links

Solarium

Solarium Cafe

Solarium

Legend of the Links
Gym
Solarium Pool with fountain
ShipShape Spa quiet corner

Enter the Romeo & Juliet Dining Room!

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room

Festive night in the Romeo & Juliet Dining Room

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room

Romeo & Juliet Dining Room

 

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.