Posted May 6th, 2013, 08:59 AM
Despite a less than great introduction to cruising, I am considering trying it again with Seabourn. I am presented with a favorable cruise package for a St. Thomas 7 day return to St. Thomas cruise. Would the ever helpful CC forum readers be so kind as to answer what may be silly questions, but those after reading as many posts on the Legend as I can, I am still not clear on? Many thanks!
Are there any "bad" cabins on the Legend?
What are the times for breakfast? When does it "shut down"?
How much motion would you feel on this ship, assuming you had a cabin on a lower deck or just in general?
How are the port stops organized? Do you generally disembark via a gangway or do you usually have to use a boat to get to the port? (These ports are St. Martin, St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Prickly Pear and St. Kitts). Is it time consuming? Any hints on avoiding crowds?
Which ports would you have an excursion pre-arranged?
Does one have to reserve for any restaurants? If so is it a ASAP situation? What are the dinner hours?
Our family really needs some R&R, so we are looking for a relaxing vacation, but I am just not sure cruising is the answer. We tend to be late risers on vacation and just like quiet beach and pool times. The "marina" back of the boat thing that Seabourn does sounds great, and on one or two of the days we would do excursions, port dependent, but generally we would prefer easy beach days. Does this sound compatible with Seabourn and this cruise?
The other thing is I really despise crowds. I am intrigued by the Legend since it is a small ship, but it's a small ship! Any comments on this would also be much appreciated.
I was surprised to see this thread resurrected! I did post on the Seabourn board and I was kindly given a lot of good information. I thought it might be useful for someone else doing a search to answer my own questions!
The cabin: we had an oceanview cabin on what I believe was the lowest floor (closest to the ocean) on the Seabourn Legend. All cabins are suites and we loved ours! Sitting in the window watching the ocean was mesmerizing at night and we loved looking out in the morning. We had a very large balcony cabin on our first cruise and I can honestly say I didn't miss it at all. You're too busy enjoying the completely uncrowded deck to miss a balcony, which for the Legend are Juliet style, so my humble opinion would be to skip it unless it really does affect your enjoyment of the cruise.
Breakfast; served on the Veranda it is fully open until 10am and the service is wonderful. You can enjoy the morning air and a lovely breakfast. No breaking down early or crowds like Celebrity, just easy and relaxing! That said, we also enjoyed room service quite a few days for getting a jump on the day and expediting things. The waiters were always on time and adorable. We were absolutely spoiled by them, so I can't tell you which is better!
Motion; no more motion than on the Summit, and actually I think that perhaps less, we were at the very tail end of the Summit, which probably lent itself to more motion. My daughter experienced much less seasickness on the Legend, however it was also more port heavy than a Bermuda cruise. (No sea days).
Tenders; I can see why Seabourn regulars kindly chuckled at me on the Seabourn board. What a non issue. The longest we waited for a tender was twenty minutes because one had just left. You simply relax in the club and watch BBC. Easy.
Excursions: I only booked one, which was ziplining and I thought it was perfect and very well organized. Very relaxing as well. I will book more of their excursions as appropriate in future cruises. I recognize that they will cost a bit more, but for sheer convenience I would find that worth it.
The marina was used once during the week, and then all of the sea toys were brought out at Prickly Pear for the Barbeque day. We loved both, and were very impressed by the availability.
On the Legend there are two restaurants, the main dining room and Restaurant 2. We did not have any problem getting a reservation, and actually since we liked the main dining menus better two nights we changed the reservation twice without any problem.
Crowds are not an issue on the Seabourn small ships. At all. I was absolutely enchanted by Seabourn, and now my only regret is that I found them too late. They are selling the small ships and I hope I can squeeze in another cruise before they are sold off. I think perhaps I will have to look at Windstar for another small ship experience after the little sisters are sold, and I am sad about that.
Hope this helps someone! I am now a new cruise convert, but I confess that I will probably confine myself to Luxury cruises only, or stay home!