My husband and I had a most wonderful Scandanivia and Russia cruise on the Legend in August. We had absolutely no complaints and loved the Legend and entire staff. The ship is beautiful and very well laid out. It's nice to be on a glitzy ship on holiday and there was so much to see and do each day, especially on sea days. We were delighted with our cruise director, the most hilarious John Heald, who always let us know what ws going on each day and was absolutely the best cruise director we've ever had the pleasure of being entertained by. This was our 6th Carnival holiday and we've loved them all and are looking forward to our next one, next year.
We loved the gym, which had state of the art cardio equipment and weights, and most helpful personal trainers, who were gracious enough to answer any exercise related questions. We did go early and never had a problem getting a treadmill or other cardio equipment. The gym was extremely clean and it was most enjoyable working out a bit in the morning, anticipating the fun day ahead, whether going on an exciting tour or just spending a lazy day at sea.
We took a pre-cruise Carnival package in London and spent two nights at the Hilton, Olympia Hotel. It was great as Carnival arranged for a private car pick-up at the airport and then after the two nights, we were driven to the Port of Dover, in a brand new Mercedes bus, to catch the ship. The pre-cruise exploration of a bit of London was such fun and we took the Hop on, Hop off bus tour and checked out some of the major sites. We were most fortunate to have enjoyed spectacular weather on our 14 day holiday.
Embarkation from the port of Dover was flawless and we were on the ship in no time, having lunch at the buffet restaurant. The food was most delicious and there was just too much to choose from. Everything was beautifully presented, fresh and well prepared and there was always such variety on each day.
By the time we finished lunch, our cabin was ready and we got our luggage shortly after. There was plenty of storage space and everything was tucked away neatly. Our cabin attendant, Nant, was just a joy and she was always ready to help and went out of her way to greet us whenever she saw us. Our cabin was kept immaculate and we loved the little towel animals she presented us with each day.
We did eat at the specialty steak restaurant , the Golden Fleece, and had a most deletable meal. Since we ate there on the first evening, we got a complimentary bottle of wine, which was a nice treat. The restaurant was lovely and nice and quiet, with wonderfully attentive and friendly staff.
The rest of our meals during the cruise, were eaten at the buffet for breakfast and lunch, except for one lunch in the main diningroom. All the other dinners were eaten in the beautiful diningroom and all the dishes were amazing and extremely tasty. The waiters were very efficient and friendly and knew our names since we went early and had the same table every night. The diningroom was most elegant.
We saw 6 ports during our cruise and loved them all. We took Carnival Shore Excursions for each port and all the tour guides were university graduates and extremely knowledgeable about all the sites we visited and the buses were very modern and comfortable. In Germany, we did take a private train booked by Carnival, into Berlin and that was such a fun experience. We saw Copenhagen, Berlin, Helsinki, two days in St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Estonia and Amsterdam. It was so much fun to look forward to leaving the ship and having an adventure each day. On our return to Dover, we also took an excursion on our way to the airport and spent a few hours at Windsor Castle and walked around the town of Windsor as well.
The entertainment on the Legend was first rate and we enjoyed Vegas Style productions with the most fantastic dancers, costumes and stage settings, along with the most talented 10 piece Carnival Orchestra. It was such a treat to have the orchestra entertain us in other venues throughout the cruise. The singers were amazing as well. On other evenings, we saw a fantastic magician, comedic juggler, singer, illusionist, and adult comedy shows. All of the entertainment we saw was very professional and most enjoyable.
All in all, we had a most fantastic cruise on the Legend and came away with wonderful memories.