Royal Caribbean International’s first ever cruise ship based in Queensland, Legend of the Seas, arrives in Darwin Wednesday 2 December on the way to her new Brisbane home. Legend of the Seas is the fourth and final ship in the local Royal Caribbean International fleet to arrive down under this season, joining Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Legend of the Seas to her new Australian home and welcoming her to our local fleet. We have increased our capacity this year by almost 50 per cent, with the addition of Legend of the Seas in Brisbane and our second Voyager class ship, Explorer of the Seas in Sydney,” said Adam Armstrong, Regional Commercial Director, Royal Caribbean International.
Legend of the Seas’ December 2 arrival in Darwin is the first of two calls to the top end for the ship, and the third of six calls to the Northern Territory capital for Royal Caribbean International, with Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas also visiting one more time each during the summer season. The six calls to Darwin are expected to inject more than $2.5 million into the local economy in passenger spend alone.
At 70,000 tonnes, Legend of the Seas is one of the largest ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet that is able to navigate the Brisbane River and dock at Portside Wharf, Hamilton.
Following an extensive US$50 million revitalisation in 2013, the ship boasts extraordinary facilities that guests will not find onboard any other cruise ship sailing from Queensland, such as the Central Atrium where high flying acrobats put on an incredible aerial show, an outdoor rock climbing wall for active travellers to test their skill, a mini golf course,indoor adults-only swimming pool for more leisurely pursuits, as well as a babies nursery.
Legend of the Seas’ onboard dining offering will excite Queenslanders with six options including three speciality restaurants – a Japanese restaurant called Izumi, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille and the 12-seat Chef’s Table private dining room. She also features a stunning two-deck grand dining room, a pool-side big screen showing movies and sports games, an 800-seat theatre with Broadway style productions, the Vitality Spa & Fitness centre, a beauty salon and a shopping arcade.
During her five month season, Legend of the Seas will embark on 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific ranging from two to 18 nights. The ship will return to Brisbane for an extended summer season October 2016.