Best For People Who Want
To feel as though aboard a yacht; gourmet dining; large cabins;
exotic itineraries; exemplary enrichment program.
Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer
Cabins with private verandas; diverse nightlife; extensive
fitness/sports facilities; a casual dress policy; children's
Legend's European staff seems to derive profound pleasure from
indulging your every whim, and the food's deliciousness humbles our
powers of description. The ships visit some of the world's most
glamorous ports of call, many of them off limits to megaliners. But
there isn't much to do but dine, and then wait to dine again.
Recent drydock maintenance and interior refurbishment, you will
be further enticed to learn, included the installation of DVD
players and flat-screen televisions in all suites and improvement
of the indoor/outdoor Veranda Cafe alternative dining venue.
There are those find the Scandinavian decor just a
bit…chilly. But handsome prints line the walls and nearly
everyone looks her best in the low lighting at night.
For people used to soaring atria with marble walls embellished
with brass and glass, at first these ships seem too modest for the
price of admission, however, the luxe is in the small details such
as the finest quality fittings, furniture and finishings which make
the entire ship look just right for the casual elegance they
promote as their style. The Horizon Lounge also serves as the
observation lounge decorated in ochre-colored leather furniture
with floor-to-ceiling windows for a great view ahead. Popular for
pre-dinner cocktails and dancing is The Club, a stylish room with
an adjacent small casino. Areas in the room are partitioned for
more intimacy and the pale beige colors of the room create a
wonderful contrast to the unfolding blue sea beyond.
A gourmet's dream come true, dinner is that to which everyone
looks forward most avidly all day. The chef is given plenty of
liberty to create, using locally purchased goods at times. There
are always vegetarian and heart healthy selections offered. By the
way, Everyone dresses to the nines and pre-dining dancing is
encouraged. Even the Captain is known to cut a rug.
You probably won't have eaten in many more elegant settings than
the main restaurant, where a small ensemble entertains as you savor
the description-defyingly delicious food. Arrive when and sit where
you please. Casual breakfast, lunch and some evenings, dinner, are
available in the Veranda Cafe.
Situated in the ships' Veranda Cafes each evening, the new
casual dining room '2' offers a tasting that will make you feel as
though you've died and gone to Heaven. Three different menus are
offered every seven days. Reservations for the 50 seats are
required, but there is no charge. Dress is casual most
A match for the food. The extraordinarily attentive,
extraordinarily solicitous staff seems to know what you crave
before you crave it.
Gratuities are included in the fare. is neither required nor
expected onboard the yachts of Seabourn.
Rather an afterthought, it seems; typically, a small floorshow
that might make you wonder if you'd have been better back in your
cabin watching CNN. There's a good dance band aboard, though.
Nighttime activities now include the occasional deck party with
live bands and dancing in the moonlight. Seabourn also lays claim
to having invented shipboard "Movies under the Stars" poolside at
night. For the more cerebral, it is "Legendary" that you won't find
a more cut-throat bridge or team trivia crowd on any line than
Legend offers some of the most expensive cruises you can go on,
and huge staterooms, but until 2000 only six of the larger suites
had private verandas. Mortified with embarrassment, the line added
"French balconies" -- mini-veranda accessed through sliding glass
doors - to 44 standard Seabourn Suites, creating a new category
they imaginatively called Seabourn Balcony Suites. Inside, Seabourn
Suites and Balcony Suites are the same, measuring 277 sq. feet,
with separate sitting area, walk-in closets, marble bath with
shower, tub, hair dryers and designer toiletries, TV/VCR, tables
that convert for in-suite dining, fully-stocked bar, and large
marble vanities. In addition, there are 400-sq. ft. Classic Suites;
Double Suites measure 554 sq. ft., Owner's Suites 530 and 575
Aft, Seabourn Legend has a water sports platform much beloved of
water-skiers and swimmers when the sun is shining warmly. There's a
beauty salon with masseuse, and two whirlpools on deck. All ships
recently had their formerly pint-sized gyms upgraded to nearly
twice the size as before. Expect them to fill up quickly with the
newly involved younger Seabourn clientele.
If you're not going to pull out all the stops on this ship,
you're never going to pull out all the stops. Tuxedos are de
rigueur on formal nights, when women unveil their most cherished
designer attire. Shorts are welcome in the Veranda Cafe at
breakfast and lunch. Plan on elegant casual wear for dinner