MS Legend of the Seas
MS Legend of the Seas
|Name:||Legend of the Seas|
|Owner:||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
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|Yard number:||A31 |
|Launched:||September 4, 1994|
|Class and type:||Vision-class cruise ship|
|Length:||264.26 m (867.0 ft)|
|Height:||50 m (160 ft) air draft|
|Draft:||8.068 m (26.47 ft)|
|Depth:||10.45 m (34.3 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 5.8-metre (19 ft) diameter, fixed pitch propellers|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)|
MS Legend of the Seas is the lead ship of the Vision Class of cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean International. With a gross tonnage of 69,130 GT, the ship can carry 2,074 passengers. Its maiden voyage was May 16, 1995. Its facilities include a Minigolf course, a theater and cinema, a solarium, two pools, a spa, a fitness center, a 2 story dining room called the Romeo & Juliet, the Windjammer Cafe, 4 themed bars, a dance center, a shopping center, a teen disco, a piano bar, an observation center, a rock-climbing wall and the Viking Crown Lounge.
Legend of the Seas is the most-traveled ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, having been based in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific, Alaska, Central America, Caribbean, the Baltic, Mediterranean and the Middle East during her 19 year career at sea. Starting in the winter of 2009 she was based in Asia on a year-round basis.
After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, almost all of her North Asia routes were canceled. Those who booked beforehand were refunded.
In 2013 she returned to Europe to offer cruises in the Mediterranean Sea. During the winter period the ship is based at Fort Lauderdale for Caribbean cruises. In the summer period in 2014, she offered cruises to Northern Europe where she visited port in the Baltic Sea and Norway.
In 2015 she will be based out of Brisbane, Australia until April 2016.
On the 2nd June 2016, Royal Caribbean agreed to sell Legend of the Seas to the UK based Thomson Cruises, in which her sister ship Splendour of the Seas, soon to become TUI Discovery was transferred to Thomson in April 2016. Legend of the Seas will operate its last crossing with Royal Caribbean on March 13th 2017 before being transferred to Thomson. Legend will sail under the name TUI Discovery 2.
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