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Carnival Legend
Carnival Legend
Member Name: jm88
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 1A
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        16+ 4.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 3.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Ship Facts: Carnival Legend Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Carnival Legend Deck Plans
The good, bad and everything in between
Left out of Tampa on 4/8/12. Check in process went without a hitch. I brought two bottles of wine (one per adult), but might have been able to bring more as no one checked our carry on luggage (it was x-rayed).

Got on board and food was being served on Deck 9. All of our breakfasts and lunches were eaten on deck 9 at the Unicorn buffet stations. These had good choices and the food was overall very good.

We were a party of 6 in three rooms - 4 teens and two adults.

Here's a brief overview of good and bad:

Truffles Restaurant - food was good and service for the most part was also very attentive. We brought two bottles of wine and the corkage fee is $10 per bottle (although they did not charge for the second bottle). Wine selection is just OK but we found a good Italian Barolo that we had on two separate nights. Wine by the glass took forever to come, so we only did that one night. We did not go to the speciality restaurant ($30pp additional) as the food was fine in Truffles.

Entertainment - some good and some not so good. The juggler and the ventriloquist were outstanding. Another comedian was great but one comedian was struggling to make anyone laugh - almost felt sorry for him. The marriage show was a disaster but could have been very entertaining if done differently.

Pools - large bathtubs is apt bit most cruise ships are probably the same. The only section was small so you had to get there by 8AM for any chance of getting a chair.

Smoking Policy - probably the most annoying thing on the ship. Smoking is allowed in the casino, but you have to pass through the casino to get to other places and the smoke fouls the entire floor and part of the floor above. Also smoking is allowed in some of the lounges which made it difficult to enter these places as well (for non-smokers).

Rooms - workers kept them clean and serviced them several time each day. o complaints.

Ports:

Cozumel - got off the boat and hired our own excursion (beach, snorkling, tequila tour). Got out before the cruise excursions at half the price (theme that would be repeated in Belize).

Belize - did cave tubing and zip line tour through cavetubing.com. Paid $75pp vs. $160 cruise price. We got the first tender to shore and our bus was first to leave the site. Great trip and very good service and half the price.

Roatan - great port but only there for a short time. Went to the local beach, so no excursion. They half a chair lift that takes you from the boat to the beach but at a ridiculous $12pp. It's about a 90 second walk, but I think that maybe folks thought they had to take the chair otherwise there is no explanation for spending $12 for a slow moving chair that goes 1000 feet.

Grand Cayman was last and we took a cab to the beach. Again getting an excursion on land will save half and do the same as what you book on the cruise. I had already been to the turtle farm, etc. so going to the beach was fine.

Getting off the boat was quick. Going to the airport we umped into a cab (6 of us for $25) vs most people going into the garage for the $10pp Blue One buses. We were off the boat, through customs and at the airport in about 20 minutes.

Overall the trip and cruise was fine. The teens had a great time and my wife and I got to relax without having to keep an eye on the kids.

Publication Date: 04/16/12
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