It's a legend of the seas

Queenslanders love a cruise and there's plenty to love on the newest Royal Caribbean cruise liner which has made Brisbane it's home port.

In the ranks of the new style cruise liners, with 11 guest decks and 2,074 guests this is not the biggest ship in the Royal Caribbean stable, but it is the largest vessel that will still fit in the Brisbane River and dock conveniently at Portside Wharf, Hamilton.

The on-board entertainment factor is high with an 800-seat theatre staging Broadway style productions and pianos strategically placed throughout the vessel.  There's even one with a wooden bench to rest your drink circumnavigating the piano in the Schooner Bar.

If you are looking for wow factor, you'll find it in the central atrium where acrobats fly high over guests putting on a show designed to thrill.

Onboard you'll find a spa and fitness centre, beauty salon, two pools, four whirlpools, a rock climbing wall, nine-hole miniature golf course, jogging track, outdoor movie screen, video arcade, a medical centre and internet centre.

Dining options include three specialty restaurants where patrons pay extra to dine. It's worth putting a bit more into your budget to sample these.  There's a Japanese restaurant, Izumi which is a la carte, steakhouse Chops Grille,  and the 12-seat Chef's Table private dining room where there is an additional set fee for dining.

Take a look at them all here -

During 2016 the ship has 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, covering everything from two to 18 nights.

If you are new to cruising, try one of the two night sampler cruises which will give you an excellent taste of this type of holiday.

Did you know that a ship has a godmother? Cindy Pritzker, wife of Royal Caribbean Board member Jay Pritzker, is godmother for Legend of the Seas.

Bottom line: Royal Caribbean have some very special deals available on line.

Best tip:  Save a return airfare and put yourself on a repositioning trip when the ship moves to a different base port.

Disclaimer:  Ed+bK was a guest on a tour of Legend of the Seas.