we have sailed Carnival many times, Celebration, several times and Royal Caribbean a few times. but we happened upon the best cruise we have ever taken last October when our travel agent from Carnival, Jackie Dyson, mentioned a re-po cruise. We had certainly heard of re-positioning cruises, but never seemed to get enough info about them to set one up. this time we were in luck. we decided on Carnival again and the cruise was from Tampa, Florida to Barcelona, Spain. 16 days, 8 ports and what we thought would be a whirl wind of fun. we always get an inside cabin and in this case the inside cabin on this cruise turned out to cost about $100 more than we had been paying for the same cabin on our 7 day Caribbean cruises. this was hard to believe, but true.
we had never been on the Legend before, but what a pleasant surprise when we embarked at Tampa. The embarkation process was fast and easy as it usually is on Carnival Cruises. the ship was magnificent. the decor was that of many legends, both of man and fable. there was a bar designed around the life of Billie Holiday, one around Satchmo (the legendary, Louis Armstrong) the Lido deck walls are covered with the legend of Hercules, all the walls on all the decks have fabled legends depicted on them.
on a previous cruise on the Dream we had come across a change in the menu in the dining room. it wasn't obvious to first time cruisers but to those of us who had cruised many times before, it was significant. they had eliminated several of the more expensive items, like escargot and the lobster tails were slipper tails not the normal larger ones. so when we arrived at our appointed table for our first dinner on the Legend, we didn't know what to expect. we were pleasantly surprised night after night. the food was presented beautifully, served by a great wait staff and all of our favorites had been returned to the menu. the dining experience was exceptional.
the professional Broadway-like shows, we really enjoyed and they had several different ones. there were also various variety shows in the main auditorium. a magician, a few individual singer shows and more. all in all a great way to end your evening.
we attended various seminars given on the ship on traveling, shopping, gems and others too. enjoyed the champagne art auctions, bingo, karaoke, dancing lessons and more kept us busy every day.
we didn't go into the pool much, although it looked inviting, because the weather wasn't conducive but we did spend quite a bit of time on the Lido deck enjoying the food and the sunshine and the company of our fellow cruisers.
we met Keith the piano player/singer, at Billy's Bar, one morning on the Lido deck where we were having breakfast, and soon we became frequent visitors at Billy's. we met the regulars and soon became part of the gang and sang along with them far into many a night.
you can keep as busy or as stay as quiet as you like. days reading or listening to music in any of the common areas of the ship are at your beck and call or keeping busy by going to any or all of the possibilities listed in the ships daily newsletter.
sixteen days- exciting, wonderful ports, get days at sea, a really spectacular vacation.
we did not disembark in Barcelona, Spain with the other passengers, but our baggage remain on board for our return to the ship to continue on with our second cruise to through the Mediterranean. after spending the day in Barcelona we returned to the Legend and found our baggage had been moved to our new room and the entire re-embarkation process was done smoothly and quickly.
we plan on taking this re-positioning cruise again and again and using all the knowledge that our fellow cruisers had imparted to us to make the next cruises even better.