Cruise to Australia details...Itinerary, cost, details, deck plan and how we chose a cabin...

No matter how busy we may become in planning for the future we never fail to stop and notice the beauty surrounding us at the time whether its a simple flower on our veranda or an expansive view.
Following is the information about the cruise we've booked to Sydney, Australia on May 24, 2015.   Once we arrive in Sydney, we'll stay for a few days to see the beautiful city and then take off for the first of several vacation homes in which we'll live on various parts of the continent.

One of our top priorities will be to go on a wildlife photography safari which we'll arrange to occur between vacation homes to avoid added costs.  Australia has a wealth of wildlife and scenery we can hardly wait to see. 

When we leave Australia we'll then move on to New Zealand where we'll also live for a yet to be determined period of time taking advantage of what treasures this island will also have in store for us.

Once again we booked our cruise with Vacations to Go although we're now working with a new rep when Joaquin our former rep is no longer employed.  With a little work we've found a new rep and so far we're pleased with her assistance.  Anna Urban can be reached by email at:

Here's the cruise to Australia that not only provides us with transportation to Australia but also interesting ports of call along the way.  Scroll further down the page for the cruise itinerary.

Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas

One of Royal Caribbean’s Vision-class ships, the Legend of the Seas is well-equipped with many of the line’s signature features. The multilevel Centrum, an open atrium with gliding glass elevators, palm trees, panoramic windows and gleaming brass, is the center of all the action and an ideal spot to gather for a pre-dinner cocktail and listen to live music. Other popular hot spots include the convivial Schooner Bar, the sophisticated Champagne Bar and the Viking Lounge, which is an observation point by day and a pulsating dance club at night. There’s also a glitzy casino, a show lounge and Solarium with glass-enclosed pool area and retractable roof. Go for a seaside jog on the top deck, spend a few hours being pampered or work out with a view at the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. Kids will love the 18-hole miniature golf course and Adventure Ocean youth facilities located on the top deck. The Windjammer CafĂ© is a casual alternative to the formal, two-level Romeo & Juliet Dining Room. Staterooms amenities include private bath, vanity area and sofa, as well as mini-bar, hairdryer, TV and phone.Legend of the Seas
 Ship Statistics 
Year Built1995
Last Refurbished2013
Tonnage70,000 tons
Length867 feet
Beam105 feet
Passenger Capacity2,076
Crew Size720
Total Inside Cabins327
Total Outside Cabins575
Cabins & Suites w/ verandas231
Maximum Occupancy per room7
Age RestrictionsOne person must be 21 or older
Dinner Seatings2
Seating Assignments 
in Main Dining Room
Dining Hours6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Dining Room Dress CodeDining
Tipping Recommended?Yes
Tipping GuidelinesRoyal Caribbean will automatically add a $12.00 USD gratuity ($14.25 USD for Suite guests) to each guest’s onboard SeaPass® account on a daily basis. 15% tip included on beverage orders.
Onboard CurrencyUS Dollar
Services & Amenities
Beauty Salon/Barber ShopYes
Note: The casino does not operate when sailing within the Hawaiian Islands.
Hot Tub4
Cell Phone ServiceYes
Internet CenterYes
Wireless Internet AccessYes
Note: Available in certain areas
Laundry/Dry CleaningYes
Movie TheatreNo
Outdoor Movie ScreenYes
Onboard WeddingsYes
Self Serve LaundromatsNo
Video ArcadeYes
Fitness & Sports Facilities
Basketball CourtNo
Fitness CenterYes
Golf Driving NetNo
Golf SimulatorNo
Ice Skating RinkNo
Jogging TrackYes
Mini-Golf CourseYes
Rock Climbing WallYes
Swimming Pool2
Note: 1 Heated
Tennis CourtNo
Water SlideNo
Water Sports PlatformNo
Cabin Features & Amenities
24-Hour Room ServiceYes
Hair DryerYes
Kids Facilities
Children's PlayroomYes
Kiddie PoolYes
Supervised Youth ProgramYes
Teen CenterYes
Special Needs & Requests
Adjoining Cabins
     (private connecting doors)
Kosher MealsYes
Single Occupancy CabinsNo
Wheelchair-Accessible Cabins17
Single Share ProgramNo

The D2 Balcony Cabin we chose was an upgrade from the prices listed below.  Plus, there was a sale in progress until May 31, 2014 much to our delight that resulted in a savings of US $1700, EU $1250.46.  Had this discount not been offered, we would not have chosen this cruise. It was only Tom's daily diligence in checking possible cruises that presented this opportunity. Below are the charges, after the discount:

Cruise (includes port charges) US $5,308.00, EU $3898.49

Government Taxes US $294.64, EU $216.73
Pre-Paid Gratuities US $408.00, EU $300.11
Total Sale US $6,010.64, EU $4421.22

Total Payments: Deposit Paid 5/27/2014, US$ 900.00, EU $662.01 Balance Due March 5, 2015, US $5,110.64, EU $3759.29

 Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas
 18 nights departing May 24, 2015

Cheapest Inside$1,762
Cheapest Oceanview$2,182

Cheapest Balcony$2,460
Cheapest Suite$3,165


SunMay24Honolulu, Oahu, HI11:00pm
MonMay25At Sea
TueMay26At Sea
WedMay27At Sea
ThuMay28At Sea
FriMay29At Sea
SatMay30Moorea, Society Islands8:00am5:00pm
SunMay31Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands8:00am9:00pm
MonJun1Bora Bora, Society Islands8:00am5:00pm
TueJun2At Sea
WedJun3At Sea
ThuJun4At Sea
FriJun5Cross International Dateline
SatJun6Suva, Fiji9:00am5:00pm
SunJun7At Sea
MonJun8Ile des Pins, New Caledonia7:00am5:00pm
TueJun9At Sea
WedJun10At Sea
ThuJun11Sydney, Australia6:00am

Cabin Choice:

We chose the cabin based on several factors based on past experience:
1.  Avoid bars, restaurants or discos above or below the chosen cabin.
2.  Avoid cabin with the pool  directly above due to the noise from the crew cleaning and moving deck chairs during the night.
3.  Avoid being too close to the bow or the stern of the ship.  The center of the ship has more stability.
4.  Consider elevators, recreation areas and stairwells for possible noise.

The above listed prices for various cabins (before discounts) are based on the lowest prices, many of which may fall into the risks of our comments above.  We chose a D2 cabin as described below.  Each ship provides a deck plan from which to choose for example, as shown below, keeping in mind that each ship is unique:

Legend of the Seas Deck 7

Please scroll to the right for full view of the deck plan.
Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Category D1
Category D2
Category D3
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, private balcony, sitting area with sofa bed, and a private bathroom. (190 sq. ft., balcony 37 sq. ft.)
Panoramic Ocean View Stateroom
Category PV
Floor to ceiling window. Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, sitting area with sofa, vanity area and a private bathroom. (220 sq. ft.)
Superior Interior Stateroom
Category J
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, vanity area and a private bathroom. (142 sq. ft.)
Large Interior Stateroom
Category L
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, vanity area and a private bathroom. (142 sq. ft.)
Interior Stateroom
Category N
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, vanity area, and a private bathroom. (132 sq. ft.)

Stateroom with sofa bed.
Stateroom has third Pullman bed available.
Stateroom has third and fourth Pullman bed available.
Connecting staterooms.
Indicates accessible staterooms.
Stateroom with sofa bed and third Pullman bed available.
Stateroom has four additional Pullman beds available.
 Deck 7 (starts 4-29-15)

This is enough info for one day.  We'll be back tomorrow with more on Madeira which will include photos of an interesting weather phenomenon that kept us outdoors most of the day on Wednesday, excited and in awe.

Happy day! 

Photo from one year ago today, May 29, 2013:
Umer, our taxi driver and tour guide, took this photo of us before we entered the White Mosque.  It was so hot!  Tomorrow, we'll be caught up on all the missing dates from the days we didn't post while we were in Dubai.  Watch for a great photo tomorrow! For the story and more photos from this date a year ago, please click here.


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