Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Ship Ahoy! Aboard the Legend of the Seas
Courtesy of MaritimeQuest
At the kind invitation of Omy.sg and Royal Caribbean Cruise, I had the chance to glimpse into the jetsetting - or rather seafaring - lifestyles of the rich and famous on board the "Legend of the Seas". It was a novel and eye opening experience considering the number of things one can do on board (you can check out the virtual tour here too).
Inaugurated on 16 May, 1995, the sizable passenger liner could take a full load of 2,074 passengers. Measuring close to 300 metres and weighing in at almost 70,000 tonnes (some of those in Europe are twice as heavy), the massive cruise ship provides endless entertainment through indoor and outdoor facilities like a rock-climbing wall, outdoor pool and jacuzzi, miniature golf course, bar and lounges, glass-walled dining rooms, a mini shopping mall and a casino (of course).
Ready to embark on a vicarious tour of the Legend of the Seas? Get ready to set sail!
Eager beaver bloggers awaiting their turn to check in. It was quite a wait in view of the recent heightened security measures.
Thematic artworks like these featuring Neptune (or Poseidon?) could be seen throughout the ship.
Go ahead and drink like a sailor (only if you're a ship guest)!
A magnificent 3D installation artwork adorned the cavernous atrium of the vessel.
No excuses for not dressing up for tonight!
At the Anchors Aweigh lounge, we were briefed on the details of the blogging contest where real trips (our ship was actually, er, docked to the shore) of up to a 7D5N fly cruise of the Mediterranean could be won.
Shop till you drop as the Great Singapore Sale can be found here everyday.
A golden globe showing the seven seas.
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream! For those thirsty and tired moments.
We next peeked into the cabins, disturbing the housekeeping staff amidst their chores.
Here's a standard, no-frills room with just a bed, bottles of mineral water, and a tiny TV of the ancient variety.
As we "upgraded" from room to room, you can see more furniture - and happy bloggers - in the rooms.
See what I mean!
At the top notch Royal, Rembrandt and Owner's suites (the staterooms), the bathrooms were gorgeous too.
Hardcore geeks can stay connected at these internet enabled PCs...
....bookworms can sink into a sofa with their favourite tome at the library...
...while gamblers can have a game of mahjong, poker or bridge at these tables here.
Next, its food glorious food at the Windjammer. Unfortunately, we can only stare and salivate...
Shiny happy and satiated people were abuzz with conversation. I figured most of them were Indonesians going by their accents. "Apa kaba?"
Those with tiny tots can deposit them here at a children's playroom. Of course tired parents and adults could also park themselves here.
Finally, a view of the deck, complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi, whirlpools and deck chairs.
9-hole mini golf for those who wish to practise their putting (not too far dear, as the ocean doesn't need golf balls to thrive).
And of course, a rock wall for those who wish to live life to the edge.
The best part of the tour was the friends whom I've made and caught up with, plus the food at the Romeo and Juliet restaurant.
For the full set of photos, check out the slideshow below: