On Board Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas: Day 4 & 5 of 5 - Alvinology

On Board Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas: Day 4 & 5 of 5

On the fourth day, we spent a full day on board the ship, going through the various activities. It was also to be our last night on board Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas (LOTS). Hence there was much reminiscing among the bloggers on the good times over the past few days.

We started the day early, trailing Christine and Estelle as they went for spa treatment sessions. Christine tried a treatment with heated pebbles while Estelle tried one with a bamboo roller.The working crew took a few photographs and some short video clips of the two ladies before heading off for breakfast at Romeo & Juliet, leaving the two ladies to enjoy their respective spa session.

Estelle and Christine meeting their respective spa consultants
Estelle and Christine meeting their respective spa consultants
Christine with the heated pebbles
Christine with the heated pebbles
Estelle with the bamboo roller
Estelle with the bamboo roller
My breakfast
My breakfast

Remember all the cute animal towels we have been spotting in our rooms every night? Well, there’s actually a towel folding tutorial on board the ship. We learned to fold a few towel animals from the short session. This will definitely come in handy for parents to impress young kids.

The towel expert greeting his pupils
The towel expert greeting his pupils
First, you need a towel
First, you need a towel
Many hands on one towel
Many hands on one towel
Muiee made friends with these two Japanese girls during the towel-folding class
Muiee made friends with these two Japanese girls during the towel-folding class

The towel folding tutorial was followed by a cake-making class. Cherie, ever the enthusiastic cook volunteered to go on stage to join the chefs in their cake-making demonstration. The completed cakes were cut into slices to share among the audience.

Cake-making demonstration
Cake-making demonstration
Cherie the expert baker
Cherie the expert baker

Right after cake-making, we were brought on a tour of the Royal Caribbean’s sprawling kitchen. The kitchen is so big it was divided into two floors. Cakes, bread and other pastries are all freshly baked daily in this kitchen. There is strict quality control for every single dish before they are served to the ship’s guests.

A lot of work goes into running a 24 hours round-the-clock kitchen operation. The chefs need to anticipate when are the peak periods and popular orders to ensure the kitchen is well stocked and orders are always available. Wastage is to be kept at a minimum.

Meeting all the kitchen chefs
Meeting all the kitchen chefs
The colour of the neck handkerchief denotes the rank of the chef. The guy on the extreme left is the head honchu
The colour of the neck handkerchief denotes the rank of the chef. The guy on the extreme left is the head honchu
We moved from one section to another in the kitchen
We moved from one section to another in the kitchen
This guy prepares the appertisers
This guy prepares the appertisers
The carving station
The carving station
The stairs in the two-storey kitchen
The stairs in the two-storey kitchen
Freshly cut and grilled capsicum
Freshly cut and grilled capsicum
Room service orders
Room service orders
Meet the sushi chef
Meet the sushi chef
Did I mention we were allowed to sample some small finger items as we moved from station to station?
Did I mention we were allowed to sample some small finger items as we moved from station to station?
The jovial dessert chef making chocolate-coated strawberries
The jovial dessert chef making chocolate-coated strawberries
Desserts ready to be served to the floor
Desserts ready to be served to the floor
Meet the hardworking baker who made all our breads
Meet the hardworking baker who made all our breads
Cutting triangular pastries
Cutting triangular pastries
Fresh donuts
Fresh donuts
Each dish has to meet the minimum standard of what is displayed on this table before it can be served
Each dish has to meet the minimum standard of what is displayed on this table before it can be served

The kitchen tour made everyone very hungry, hence we had our lunch right after the tour.

Seated and hungry for lunch
Seated and hungry for lunch
Clear vegetable soup
Clear vegetable soup
Philip grabbed this from the salad bar to share with everyone
Philip grabbed this from the salad bar to share with everyone
I had a burger craving and ordered one for lunch
I had a burger craving and ordered one for lunch
A piece of chocolate cake for dessert
A piece of chocolate cake for dessert

After lunch, it was time for some retail therapy. The retail manager came to greet us, showing us around the various shops and products available on board the ship.There’s a decent mix of luxury brands, jewelery and regular souvenir items like Royal Caribbean tee-shirts and caps. Items are all duty-free since we are on the open sea.

Meet the retail managers
Meet the retail manager
Pretty Cherie with two of the retail guys in one of the stores
Pretty Cherie with two of the retail guys in one of the stores
Entering a perfume store
Entering a perfume store
Swarovski crystal merchandises on sale
Swarovski crystal merchandises on sale
Watches for sale
Watches for sale
Branded shades
Branded shades

We headed to the ship’s control station after shopping. We were greeted there by the Captain of the ship who gave us a quick introduction to his ship’s friendly sailing crew.

Invading the control room
Invading the control room
Meeting the Captain
Meeting the Captain
Introduction to the ship's history
Introduction to the ship’s history
Captain Donald Duck spotted
Captain Donald Duck spotted
View from the control panel
View from the control panel
Control buttons
Control buttons
Navigation system
Navigation system
Christine the fake Captain
Christine the fake Captain
Darren's turn to fake Captain
Darren’s turn to fake Captain
Cherie with the Captain's binoculars
Cherie with the Captain’s binoculars
Calvin, Cherie and Estelle on the outdoor control deck area
Calvin, Cherie and Estelle on the outdoor control deck area

The bloggers then went on their own free time to explore around while the working crew lazed around through a few rounds of bingo game. It wasn’t our lucky draw – none of us won anything, but it was good fun.

Queuing to purchase the bingo cards
Queuing to purchase the bingo cards
Bingo cards
Bingo cards
My colleague, Jack was worried to be caught playing bingo
My colleague, Jack playing bingo
After bingo, I returned to my cabin for a rest and here's a little final surprise together with a feedback form
After bingo, I returned to my cabin for a rest and here’s a little final surprise together with a feedback form

The night ended with a final dinner gathering at Romeo & Juliet. As it was the last night of sailing, the ship’s crew surprised diners with a farewell parade, complete with swinging towels, singing, dancing and all.

The start of the crew farewell parade
The start of the crew farewell parade
Singing for everyone
Singing for everyone
Swinging towels
Swinging towels
Going from table to table to greet everyone
Going from table to table to greet everyone
Antipasti
Antipasti
Minestrone soup
Minestrone soup
Fillet mignon - you have to pay extra for this premium dish
Fillet mignon – you have to pay extra for this premium dish
Risotto
Risotto
Grilled prawn with rice
Grilled prawn with rice
Chocolate pudding
Chocolate pudding
Orange cake
Orange cake
Strawberry mousse cake
Strawberry mousse cake
One of the friendly wait staff showing us a party trick using forks, toothpicks and spoons
One of the friendly wait staff showing us a party trick using forks and toothpicks

Some of the bloggers stayed around to chat at the open deck of the ship till the wee hours of the night, sharing ghost stories and all. After spending five days on the same ship, I became close friends with many of the bloggers, remaining in close contact even till today.

I retired back to my cabin for a few hours of sleep before waking up early to pack and prepare for landing.

The next morning, together with my other two omy.sg colleagues, we dragged our luggage to Romeo & Juliet for breakfast before getting off the ship. We bumped into the rest of the working crew there as well as a few of the bloggers.

My breakfast
My breakfast
Honey toast
Honey toast
Mackerel
Mackerel
Fruits platter
Fruits platter

Breakfast can be a quick affair, but all of us dragged our feet on it, reluctant to return back to shore, back to Singapore, back to reality. We did eventually. 🙂

~THE END (at least till my next cruise trip)~

Read my earlier blog entries on Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas (LOTS).

Read the Royal Caribbean joint blog on omy.sg, written by the ten bloggers.

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