booked for cruise on Legend in April out of Tampa (western caribbean). (1)looking for comments on recent cruise taken on Legend-good and not so good. (2)any good excursions at Costa Maya and Belize for two families with youngsters aged 9 and 10. (3)what soda and wine packages are available. (4)is entertainment on board OK for youngsters. (5)can youngsters climb the wall-any age restrictions? thanks upfront for any information.
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I have a 12 yr old boy who is joining my wife on our Legend OTS cruise on Feb 18 = we'll be in a suite so perhaps our expereince may be a little different from yours but I will send in a complee trip report when we get back.
I'll report on the 12-14 navigators program and let my son right a paragrapgh or 2 on HIS perspective.
i'll also be able to report on the spa, the concierge lounge, butler services and perhaps the excursions.
We cruised on the Legend in November. It was our first cruise, so we have nothing to compare it to, but we liked the ship. The only wear I noticed was the fabric on the dining room chairs. All the shows that we went to were appropriate for children. There was a comedian the first night and there were a lot of children at the first show which was family oriented. The 2nd show was for adults only.
The disco was a little disappointing. The dancefloor was small and we were stepping on each other and they played the same 4 or 5 songs over and over - but we still had a great time and the entertainment staff put on a great show in their village people and Saturday Night Fever costumes!
I definitely recommend doing excursions in Costa Maya and Belize but cannot make a recommendation for you since we traveled w/o our children. We used SeaSports Belize and really liked them. Perhaps if you contact Linda Searle - firstname.lastname@example.org - she can work with you on something that will fit your families needs.
Viking Pilot: thanks for your response. my wife graduated from csun and we have visited both ucla and usc and still visit CAL to spend time w/ friends, but our usc is shorthand for our community in SW Pa (i'm from PA, wife from CAL). will look forward to your review of your 2/18 cruise on the LOTS. We are booked for Grand Suite on Deck 8. We await your word on any and all excursions you pursue or hear about, word on kids' activities and also on wine & dine packages if you go that route. Thanks again.
AnitaVacation: thanks also for your response. will undertake follow-up re your advice on Belize excursions. Question for you: did you partake in Wine & Dine or other drink packages and what did you think. We expect to get soft drink packages for kids and adults even just for bottled water. Did you dock at all stops or were you tendered at any. Await your reply. Thanks again in advance.
Skeewe: Thanks also for your response. Glad to hear that the ship shows well given its age. We do enjoy AM coffee - any Starbucks-like coffee on board (wishful)? Looking forward to having kids with us . . . did you happen to notice any youngsters on the wall or playing miniature golf. Like the idea of Mayan ruins tour, just need to determine whether young ones can stay focused for more than 3 hours.
I'm sorry, I forgot you asked about drink pkgs. I never heard of a wine & dine pkg. DH bought the soda pkg for $42, we were billed twice, once at 42 and once at $30+ (I'm thinking 33, but can't remember) and when I took it to the Pursur's desk, they removed the $42 charge. I believe it was $21-27 for the kids pkg. We were never informed that bottled water was included in that pkg. Where in Pa are you located? We are just south of Erie.
We only docked into Costa Maya. It is a very long dock, but they run a trolley up and down for those that do not wish to walk it. We tendered into Cozumel, Belize (about a 20 min. tender), and Gr.Cayman. If you are doing excursions on your own, go to the pursurs desk and ask for a tender ticket. They don't give them out until the morning you exit the ship, but I explained to them that we had an early excursion booked (and that I was a member of the cruise critic board) and they gave us 2 VIP tender tickets.
The people next to us had kids and they spent a lot of time up at the min. golf course. We met another couple who's boys loved the rock wall, but I'm thinking that they were teenagers - I never saw their older kids!
Let us know what excursions you do with the kids, we are taking ours the next time.
Thanks for the followup. With respect to the wine & dine package, one of the RCCL reps I talked to on the phone mentioned it and explained it to include either 5, 7, 10 or 12 bottles of wine that you can purchase for your 7-day cruise. Also, there are three categories including Diamond, Gold and Platinum that determine the brand wines available. I was forwarded to an agent who tried to e-mail a brochure to me but the memory required was too great to complete the mailing. I was also told that once you are on the ship, that there are daily specials including daily wine and/or alcoholic drink packages as well as the soft drink packages. As for soft drinks, I was informed it is $4/per day for kids and $6/per day for adults plus a 15% gratuity automatically added. Because you are a Cruise Critic and have gone cruising more than my family (twice altogether and once before on RCCL and once on Disney), you may be getting discounts that some of us do not. We will be dining at the early sitting because the kids (again, ages almost 9, 9 and 10) will be hungry.
Thanks also on the word about tendering versus docking. We are discussing excursions now. I am not sure if we will do the Turtle Farm on GCayman or simply visit the 17-Mile beach. At Costa Maya, we are considering Mayan ruins or taking the jeep or dune buggy ride along the coast. At Belize, we are considering snorkeling excursion with trip to Rendezvous Caye. Because the kids are bit younger, we may decide to wait until we are on the ship to see what excursions they can handle as I have yet to get word from anybody on how strenuous and/or risky the excursions might be for youngsters. They might enjoy the miniature golf and wall-climbing (they have tried smaller wall-climbing before) so much that we would not have to consider elaborate excursions. We reside in Pittsburgh (South Hills) along with the second family that is travelling with us. I will be more than happy to pass along word of our experiences no matter what we end up doing. We look forward to our cruise and anticipate having a great time.
By the way, did you visit the casino at all and did you find it large enough to accommodate the passengers who attempted to try their luck. Not a big deal but thought I would find out as much as I can. Lastly, is there an ice cream shop or stand on the ship and is it open all day.
I've been to South Hills, I lived in Pgh while in school - Allegheny Center on the NorSide. We live in Conneaut Lake - lots of Pittsburgh summer residents!
Actually, we have only been on one cruise. Cruise Critics is just a board like this. The diamond, platinum are levels that you reach after taking so many cruises on RCCL's ships and I believe there are extra perks such as wine involved. And yes, there are daily drink specials, I believe they are around $5.00 (and well worth it in my opinion ) The prices you list for soda sound right. Just check your itemized statement to make sure that you don't get mischarged like we did. We checked ours every other night.
If your children are adventurous and don't frighten easily, I would highly recommend swimming w/ the stingrays in Gr Cayman. I didn't think that it would be anything I would enjoy - but my dh and I both loved it. On the other hand, 7-mile beach is absolutely beautiful and would be a very inexpensive day. A woman on our cruise did a package tour with Nativeways that did the stingrays, turtle farm and hell. I saw her pictures and it looked like they enjoyed the turtle farm. My dd saw the pictures and thought it was cool. The trip may have had some time at 7mile as well.
We do not gamble so I can't help you out there, we walked through it a few times and it never seemed too awful crowded. The woman I mentioned above had pretty good luck. At one time I know that she had won over $700 over the week, but heard that she may have lost alot on one of the last evenings. The Schooner Bar is next to the casino, we stopped by there most nights - pretty quiet and laid back with an air of excitement from the casino next door. We enjoyed talking to the bar staff - Dennis & Roberto.
again, thanks for the feedback. Conneaut Lake is a very nice place . . . visited as a child (that was many, many years ago). I like your suggestion of checking the statement to make certaint that accurately reflects items and packages purchased. would like to do the stingray farm but anticipate 2 of 3 kids will "wig out" if stingrays get close. will put that excursion on hold for a few more years. also glad to know that daily deals on mixed drinks is reasonable. the 2 moms at this end will be taking advantage while myself and the other dad look at beers (or possibly rum & coke). our greatest challenge now is to find ground transportation between orlando and tampa. flying into orlando on southwest and returning same way. used quicksilver for disney cruise last year but it does not travel to tampa (only pt canaveral). we have the time, just need to find the ride. until later.
We are looking into renting a car and driving from Orlando Airport to the Tampa Airport and then taking a taxi from there. I am told that the trip between Tampa Airport and the Port of Tampa to LOTS is no more than 7 miles and takes approx 20 minutes. We are discussing whether we want to undergo the inconvenience of transferring luggage so many times in one morning. We will also be looking at the weekly rates for a car and do as you say. . . park it at the Port for the week. Another alternative is renting a limo. We have begun the process but, as yet, have not made any commitments. Pricey but convenient and comfortable. Have fun beginning Feb 18 . . . we look forward to hearing from you upon your return.
Will definitely ask for top-shelf rum if we order rum & coke. Beer might still be the drink of choice for me but who knows . . . I'll be on vacation
thanks for letting us know about the cost of weekly parking at the Port of Tampa. do you have any suggestions for any roundtrip ground transportation between Orlando and Tampa. just checking because we are leaning towards a limo service that will pick us up (group of 7) at the orlando airport and take us directly to the Legend OTS at Port of Tampa and return us to Orlando Airport the following Saturday. Obviously, looking to gain knowledge of other similar services and their price(s) for the roundtrip.