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"Live" from the Legend of the Seas - January 13, 2014

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Well, Hello! This is my first Live From review, so I hope you will find it informative, humorous, and entertaining. I am Lisa, aka RedHeadTexan (used to have red hair and moved from Texas). Traveling with me is my DH, Walt. We are doing the 11 night Southern Caribbean itinerary to Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, and Labadee.

 

 

Walt and me...

 

 

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I think it’s always helpful to know a little bit about the poster and their travel companion, so here it goes. I am 41 (will turn 42 on the 16th) and Walt is 58, and we have been married for 9 years. We booked this specific cruise because Dett was going on it and we had a blast with them the last time we cruised together. After we booked, our friends from our Vision cruise, Kayter, booked this cruise too. So, before the roll call we already had friends coming along. Now with an active roll call, we have even more friends on this adventure.

 

Ok, back to Walt and me. I am an organizational fanatic, so I am the planner of all vacations. I have a 1 inch binder set up with deck plans, shore excursions, cruise contract, insurance information, hotel reservations, etc. I can tell you in my sleep where we are going and what we are doing. Walt, on the other hand, still has no idea what islands we are going to or what we are doing. The binder will keep him occupied in the car.

 

We are rather laid back in our dispositions when it comes to vacations. Not much will faze us, so keep that in mind when reading. Unless something absolutely egregious happens, we will just roll with it. After Walt’s emergency bypass 8 years ago, I have learned to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy every moment. I value every day I have with my wonderful Walt.

 

On this adventure we booked a Panoramic Ocean View on Deck 7. We have never had a balcony, so imagine my surprise and delight when we were upgraded to a Superior Balcony 2 weeks ago! We are in cabin 7112, which is way aft on the Port side. This location is very close to many of our friends. One weird thing I have noticed on the roll call is a bunch of us in ocean views received free upgrades to balconies. Oh, did I mention this will be our first balcony! Woo Hoo!!!! I am a bit on the frugal side for the cabin and get either insides or ocean views and then splurge on excursions and other stuff. I have no doubt that I will be spoiled for life having a balcony.

 

Today is day 1 of our trip. We live outside of Knoxville, so we are splitting the drive to Florida over two days. Today we are driving to Savannah and tomorrow it’s on to Fort Lauderdale! Because we never know what Old Man Winter will throw at us, we leave early. Also, two nights in Fort Lauderdale will give me time to decompress from work and get in vacation mode. By the time I board the ship on Monday I will be completely relaxed.

 

The biggest challenge for me on this vacation is scheduling time to work out. In 2013 I lost 55 pounds with Weight Watchers and exercise. I have packed my work out clothes and yoga mat, and downloaded yoga and pilates routines to my laptop. Just because I am on vacation does not give me a pass on exercise. My plan is one hour each day to go to the fitness center in the mornings. So if there are questions regarding the fitness center, fire away.

 

Now I just have to wait for Walt to come home at noon and we will be on our way.

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Safe travels! Today should be a good day to travel, overcast but no rain and moderate temps. Be careful on I-95, so many terrible accidents in that road lately.

 

 

Autocorrect responsible for most typos...

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Signing on for the 11 day cruise! Will help time go by before our Oasis sail on January 25th. :)

 

Originally from Asheville so Southern at heart, just living in Philadelphia now. :p

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Have a wonderful time Lisa .... you will love a balcony :)

 

we started cruising in inside cabins and then got upgraded to an ocean view and then Dave said he would just have to have the ocean view from then lol and then on the next cruise they upgraded us from ocean view to balcony and now Dave needs a balcony and the last 3 cruises were balconies .... we love just sitting there with our own music (from the laptop or ipod) in the evenings and watching the sunsets and then moon on the water later in the evening :-) I also workout in the gym while cruising and tell myself that the warm melting chocolate cake tastes even better because I went to the gym in the morning lol :D They have great gyms and even classes on board so enjoy yourself !!!

 

Have a great time and looking forward to your review :-)

 

Take care and God Bless

Cathie

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Looking forward to your review! We will be boarding when you get off on 1/24!! :D I probably will have some questions for you as the cruise goes on.

Have a safe trip down!

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Hi Lisa & Walt

 

Have a safe drive and hopefully we will see you Sunday night for supper

 

Can't wait to get away from this colddddd Canadian weather.

 

John & Rita

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I am so happy for you, you will love the Legend and the ports. I am hoping to have my trip review done by Sunday so then I can sit back and enjoy your "Live" report.

 

We did not visit St Lucia, but will next year so really interested to see what you do there.

 

I think in another post you said you were doing MY Time if you are, request Luis from Peru and his assistant Yogendra, we loved them. If you can’t get them please drop by and say for us!

 

When in Savannah we LOVE to eat at Zunzis, 108 E York Street, the most amazing (and reasonable) sandwiches ever!

 

Safe travels

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Thanks y'all! I am going a little stir crazy waiting for Walt to come home so we can leave. :eek: The cats have finally caught on that we are going on vacation, and they are not pleased. Oh well, Tiffany will take good care of them while we are gone.

 

The Herd

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Lisa

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Lisa, I am getting so excited for this cruise. We are not leaving until tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you for dinner on Sunday night and then again at Chops on Monday night. It's going to be a great cruise. :)

 

Glad that you are doing a live review of this cruise. I will try to check it out as I can.

 

Safe travels!

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We are booked for an 11 night sailing on Legend of the Seas in March 2015 with almost the same itinerary as yours so we will be following your live report. I will also post a link to this thread on our roll call.

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Lisa: safe travels. Will meet you on Monday at M&M - unless you see me on Sunday with my MardiGras Beads.:)

 

just a "warning" to both you and others - based on a December "Live from Legend" thread - It will get busy here:D with folks posting questions (and, of course, saying "thanks";)). That thread had over 2200 posts! In future, some bloggers might want to use blogspot to write and post their "Live reports" and then just post the link on cc. With blogspot any comments are added separately and reads can just rread the bloogers report without sifting through questions. Just a thought.

After tomorrow I won't see your blog till I return (since I'm on ship with you - AND Walt). So this is just an early suggestion to other readers of this thread.:)

Steve

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congrats on cabin upgrade and the weight loss

i feel working out on cruise ships is very easy and enjoyable

safe travels and have a great cruise

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Let the vacation begin! We are heading to Savannah!

 

Lisa

 

 

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Bon voyage Lisa! Have a fantastic cruise. Ken and I arrived in Fort Lauderdale yesterday. We are staying at the Ritz Carlton. We just walked all over town. Now I'm seating right in front of CVS next to the hotel. It's hot and sticky . Take care. Hugs

 

Marie

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Thanks Marie! You have a fabulous world cruise! I will be waving at you on Sunday when you depart.

 

Lisa

 

 

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Lisa,

I am signed up and ready to follow your report. Hoping you and Walt have the time of your lives. :)

 

Safe travels

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I posted this on our Roll Call but if you want the full LIVE experience yiu can use the info below to actually see where the ship is at any time.

 

There is a website where you can follow the ship as we move around. Last time I posted the URL CC blocked it.

 

So I got "creative" and posted it here:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tl5irj0xa3...%20legend.docx

 

Feel free to share with friends and family.

Steve

Edited by SteveinPhilly

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Well, Hello! This is my first Live From review, so I hope you will find it informative, humorous, and entertaining. I am Lisa, aka RedHeadTexan (used to have red hair and moved from Texas). Traveling with me is my DH, Walt. We are doing the 11 night Southern Caribbean itinerary to Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, and Labadee.

 

Take good care of the ship for us.... We will be boarding when you get back.... :D

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Small world. His name looked familiar to me but I couldn't be sure. Looked over my Photos from the "Last Sailing South" of the Empress in 2007 (she was sold and scrapped) and, yep it was Keith! Here he is at our M&M - we had a big gist exchange. (and someone made up the custom T-shirts- I'm bringing mine.) I remember he was fun guy! Here's a photo from 7 years ago.

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I have not met Lisa in person, but I can tell she is full of fun and adventure. She is even doing me a favor, as I am on the 1/13/14 cruise with her doing a B2B on the Legend. Lisa went out and got one of my favorite wines (Chateau Ste Michelle Cab), and even with all the exercise things she is hauling, she is bringing me three bottles. We are having drinks and a little food with Lisa and Walt on Sunday night and of course I will be buying them a beer. When flying to FLL it is almost impossible to bring three bottles on the plane.

 

I am also happy 8 of us are getting together to eat at Chops the first night. That is all we have planned with Lisa and Walt, but I am sure we will see them around the ship often. I think Lisa got me more excited about the cruise. H

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the Empress in 2007 (she was sold and scrapped)

 

Empress is quite alive and well with RCI's Pullmantur subsidiary.

 

Have a great cruise RHT. Looking forward to your review of the Legend.

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We are in Florida! And we have stopped for lunch in West Melbourne. The traffic is light on I95, so we expect to arrive at our hotel by 3pm.

 

Lisa

 

 

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I am on board with your live review - we will be on Legend doing the panama canal in November and want to hear all about the ship, the food and available activities. I am thinking 15 days on a small ship that we may not enjoy it as much unless they have quite a few activities on sea days. Hoping you have a great time - also interested in the islands you visit we are doing S. carib in March on a different ship (Jewel). :D

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Looking forward to following along - we'll be on a TA on Legend in April!! Can't wait.

 

Really looking forward to what you have to say about the gym!

 

Also, I would love to know if Cafe-Latitudes as Tazo Chai Tea Lattes! (Silly I know, but I love these)!

 

Thanks and have a great trip!

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We will be on the cruise with you, leaving in the morning for Ft. Lauderdale so save us some sunshine and warm weather. Hopefully we will so you onboard!!!

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Anxious to read your review. We board the Legend on 2/3 and again 5/3 and 5/10. Haven't been on her before.

Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your balcony upgrade!

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I am on board with your live review - we will be on Legend doing the panama canal in November and want to hear all about the ship, the food and available activities.(Jewel). :D

 

Britty: we are on the Legend with Lisa but since you are doing Panama Canal I highly recommend that you check out this review (Url in a momrent). The guy (Rich) did the Canal in November and his wife joined him in FLL for the So Carib. He put together a great 46 minute Youtube with great soundtrack. Really gave me the feeling. I ended up contacing him (we seem to have similar interests) and give me a good feeling for the ship. Here is link to his November review with the URL for the You Tube.

 

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=247614

 

Okay, all packed - 48.6 pounds (that the suitcase, not me :D) Will make dinner soon then off to bed and to Airport at 6am

 

Steve

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Walt and I arrived at the Bahia Mar by Double Tree at 2:30 this afternoon. We were able to check in early and are on the 2nd floor of the squatty building. We have an awesome marina view and a balcony. We are happy with our room since we used point for it. Here is our room...

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After my workout, yes I hit the hotel gym, we went to the Sangria Cafe on the A1A for a couple of beers and a shrimp cocktail

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Then it was off to dinner at Coconut, which was recommended by Jared at the front desk. Coconut was awesome and we highly recommend the Jambalaya and Fish Tacos. The Scoobies were a great appetizer too.

 

The plan for tomorrow is the water taxi, watch sail away, and then dinner with our absolutely fantastic roll call group.

 

Lisa and the Wonderful Walt

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Nice to see your room at the Bahia Mar as we will be there 3 weeks from today. Any other info would be great. Thanks for doing this.

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Britty: we are on the Legend with Lisa but since you are doing Panama Canal I highly recommend that you check out this review (Url in a momrent). The guy (Rich) did the Canal in November and his wife joined him in FLL for the So Carib. He put together a great 46 minute Youtube with great soundtrack. Really gave me the feeling. I ended up contacing him (we seem to have similar interests) and give me a good feeling for the ship. Here is link to his November review with the URL for the You Tube.

 

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=247614

 

Okay, all packed - 48.6 pounds (that the suitcase, not me :D) Will make dinner soon then off to bed and to Airport at 6am

 

Steve

 

Thanks Steve, I was reading this review as it was happening, great review of the Canal. I ask about the Legend, our friends just recently got off the Xmas/New Year cruise and was very disappointed. Said they just didn't have it altogether, food not good, her DH got sick three times. It wasn't noro because it went away quickly and then again it happened, after dinner ????

Disappointed in the decorations and activities - said they would not cruise on Legend again. Said they never saw the Captain, he didn't bother to come to any of the activities, nor did he do any announcements. Entertainment not up to par. All in all not a good cruise for them. We on the other hand are expecting to have a great canal cruise. :D

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Thanks Steve, I was reading this review as it was happening, great review of the Canal. I ask about the Legend, our friends just recently got off the Xmas/New Year cruise and was very disappointed. Said they just didn't have it altogether, food not good, her DH got sick three times. :D

 

Sorry to go a bit off topic but this is the last task at the PC before I shut down for 2 week. Britty: I thionk there has been a consensus about the Legend (and i heard similar about the same size Vision last year) These are small. ships and should provide the basics. I'm rollingh with the punches. If food not as great there are other dining options. With 1800 passengers they won't spend a lot on entertainers. I think Rich had the right attitude and recommend that folks watch his video. Some surprises there.

 

Ironically I was looking for a couple who were on our Empress Cruise in 2007 - since Keith the Legend's CD was our CD then. I looked for her most recent post and found out she is on the Legend 2/14 sailing - both legs! Is this a small world or what.:eek: We just sent private emails to each other and will hook up in Philly (they live 30 minutes away) after THEIR cruise.

 

Well I gett get to bed - 5am wake up for flight. Lisa see you Monday I'll have my Beads on!

 

Steve

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