My husband and I took our first cruise on the Carnival Legend on 3/3/13. It was an extremely enjoyable vacation for us and we met lots of new friends while onboard. The food was very enjoyable in the dining room, we had no complaints. The Lido Deck Buffet was good,a pretty good assortment of food so that no one went hungry. Our room steward Mart was wonderful, our room was cleaned spotless twice a day. Luh Luh and Wesly in Truffles Dining room were wonderful servers and so much fun to be around. We disliked the decor of the ship, it was way overdone with all the urn's everywhere on the ship. That is really our only complaint about our cruise. We chose this cruise because it had 4 ports of call. We enjoyed each one and had an excursion planned for each. I'll list them in more detail below.
Cozumel: We arrived in port and was ferried over to Playa Del Carmen to begin our Mayan Ruins of Tulum tour. We booked through Carnival simply because it is a 7 hour tour including the transportation to and from the ship. The ruins and the beach were so beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Tulum. There are shops at the ruins, but they are pretty overpriced although the food we had was pretty good.
Belize: We booked our excursion through cavetubing.bz because of the high reviews they have on cruise critic and also Trip Advisor. Our tour guide Gerson was very easy to find outside of terminal and made us feel right at home as we got our group together. Vitalino actually met us all before we took off, we was impressed that he would take the time to do this! We took off towards the caves in an air conditioned van and enjoyed seeing the beautiful mountains on our way there. Our other tour guide Axel kept everyone interested on the way there by telling us all about Belize, the culture and cave tubing. We all had our own tubes that were linked together and enjoyed the float through several different caves. It was simply amazing to be in a real rainforest and to see the splendor of the caves. Our guides offered several times to take pictures of us with out OWN cameras. Afterwards we went to Vitalino's place and was given a decent sized lunch of chicken,rice and rum punch. Vitalino met us all there as well and we shook his hand and really thanked him for such wonderful guides and a wonderful tour. He is a very humble man, we highly recomend his tour!
Roatan: We booked this excursion through Carnival and chose the Zip Line and Tabyana Beach Break. We enjoyed the zip lining, although when you book with Carnival, there is always a HUGE group with you. Pretty disapointing as we had to wait quite awhile to zip line. The view from the top was beautiful and then the beach break was also beautiful. My husband and I enjoyed snorkeling off the beach in the coral reef. We saw lots of fish and beautiful coral.
Grand Cayman: We booked this excursion with Soto's Cruises because they was highly recomended on TripAdvisor as well. We met up with Kerry at the port and then waited awhiel for the rest of group, only 10 of us, we LOVE the smaller ours because you get much more of a personal experience! She took us back to her place where we paid and boarded the boat. We rode out to Stingray City where we was given instructions on how to be cautious with the stingrays. We felt safe the entire time and our guides were in the water with us the entire time. It was an amazing site to see all of the stingrays circling us waiting for a food handout. Our guides took pictures of us with our OWN cameras and got pictures of us kissing and holding the stingray. We was there approximately 35 minutes. We then headed a little further out to Coral Gardens and jumped in to go snorkeling. The water was 8 - 10 feet deep and Amazingly beautiful!! This was by far our favorite excursion. We definitly want to return to Grand Cayman again and definitly are adicted to cruising!! I hope this review helps you with your trip planning!