Eighth cruise for us. Seventh on Carnival... Miracle 2004 Legend 2003 Pride 2002 Triumph 2000 Ecstasy 1998 Carnival 1986
Great cruise, probably our best yet. No problems getting on, we were having lunch on the Lido by 12:30 pm.
At Nassau, we took a water taxi over to check out Atlantis. It was only $3 p/p one way, slightly less than a cab. We got a nice water ride over and back.
In St. Thomas, we looked for something different since we live in Florida and can go to the beach any time. We did the bike adventure/plus about an hour at a beach. There were only about a dozen others, some from Florida. We had a great time getting away from the crowds and getting to know Aggie and "Wrong Way Bob" from Water Island. The bike ride wasn't easy, but my 12 year old daughter made it just fine. The island is across from St. Thomas and only about 120 people live there. They took good care of us and we all had a great adventure.
In St. Maarten, we had been to St. Johns on a previous cruise, so we just took a taxi Orient Beach for $7 p/p one way. We thought the beach was one of the nicest spots we'd ever visited. The water was a little rough, but the kids enjoyed the waves. Yes, we saw some nude folks, mostly older and not in the best of shape. We stayed on the "swimwear" side and saw a few topless girls. We did venture over to the Club Orient side, our teenagers thought it was pretty sick and wanted nothing to do with it. But, hey, we had to see it once and visit the world famous Orient Beach.
This was our first cruise on a Conquest class ship. I liked it but understood the complaints I've read for years on here about how hard it is to navigate. After three cruises on Spirit class, you really can notice the extra people on board on a Conquest class. It did seem more crowded than a Spirit class, but it wasn't anything terrible. The night life did seem more active thanks to the flow of people through the evening, more nightlife than a Spirit class. We found the ship to be clean and in good shape. You can notice some wear on the carpets in the stairs and hallways, it is clear this ship is no longer new, but it is well maintained. The weather was calm most days so it was probably the smoothest cruise we've been on. We did sail through a nice thunderstorm in the early morning of our last sea day, it was great to see the lightning from ship in the pre-dawn.
We called this the NASCAR cruise because of the large number of folks from GA, NC, SC, AL, etc. They were sure having a good time. Many, many high school graduates, but I can't complain as I added two. My two reported no problems and most seemed to be behaving as well as can be expected.
We had two cabins on the Upper deck-6, mid-ship. The balcony was terrific but the inside cabin was under the casino and there was considerable noise from casino "announcements". Be careful where you pick your cabin.
We found the crew to be friendly at all times. Cruise director was Greg Hutson and he did a good job. The kids even liked him. The shows were better than expected, I know now why they've won awards. We were treated to a "Motown Show" one night by Marcus Anthony which was probably the best hour of entertainment we've ever experienced on a cruise. The crowd was going nuts. Our teenagers really enjoyed the Carnival Legends experience through the week.
Our dining room staff of Worawan and Dante were outstanding. Fastest service we've had and they really tried hard to please. We found the food good with a few exceptions. The steak was tough on our first night and the filet was tough on the second to last night. I had prime-rib on both formal nights and it was good. Some members of our party loved the Lido deck food for breakfast and lunch, others had a few complaints about the quality.
We did do the Carnival Vacation Club talk and enjoyed the free drinks one evening but didn't join. It just sounded "fishy" and I wasn't comfortable spending that much in such a short time.
On our last day at sea, a USCG helicopter had to evacuate a seriously ill passenger. The chopper flew in from the Bahamas, we stopped still in the water about 11 am and security cleared everyone from the back of the ship on the deck. From the main pool forward, the deck remained open and hundreds of us watched as the CG chopper took the ill person away to Nassau. It made you proud of our armed forces and nice to know our tax dollars are going for something like this.
No problems getting off, we were in our car by 10:30 am and home by 1 pm. Right now, everyone is suffering from post-cruise blues.