We cruised the Carnival Legend in October 2006 for our honeymoon, departed/returned from New York with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and Tortola. It was my second cruise with Carnival and my husband's first cruise. This is the perfect cruise for those looking to unwind as there are lots of at-sea days, forcing you to do just that! Overall, we loved it and would cruise again in a heartbeat!
Embarkation: If I had to complain about one thing, this would be it. The lines were massive which was to be expected, but the problem was that they did not have any attendants for non-US residents. We waited at the FRONT of the line for over a half hour while countless US residents were able to embark, before we were sent to another line. Overall I think embarking took us a little over an hour which I guess isn't too bad, but we did suggest to Carnival that they designate more employees to non-US residents.
Public Rooms: The Legend is in immaculate condition! We were blown away at how clean and well kept it was. In 8 days, we didn't see so much as a piece of garbage or burnt out light bulb.
Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin and were upgraded to an extended balcony on the 7th floor. We were pleasantly surprised at how large the cabin was (as compared to my previous cruise) and there was plenty of storage space. The bed was very comfy. We spent a lot of time on the balcony and when we cruise again, we will definitely spend the extra money as it was well worth it.
Dining: The meals in Truffles were delicious! We thought the portions were a perfect size and there was always a wide variety available. The service was great someone else at our table didn't think so, but we were perfectly happy with it. Unicorn Cafe had decent food the lines were very long so we mainly stuck to the sandwich and salad bar. We thoroughly enjoyed the reuben sandwiches! We ordered room service a few times and always received it promptly and fresh. That was so nice to enjoy breakfast on our private balcony! We did not do the Supper Club we were perfectly happy with the food in Truffles and didn't want to spend the extra money.
Entertainment: We went to the adult comedy shows and enjoyed both of them, particularly the second one. Also enjoyed the karaoke show with the Carnival Legends. Those are the only ones we participated in, but we thoroughly enjoyed them.
Service: The service was beyond excellent. Everyone from the servers in Truffles to our steward to the servers by the pool to the random employee you passed in the hallway, everyone was friendly.
Shore Excursions: We thoroughly enjoyed the shore excursions. They were a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. In San Juan we did the bioluniescent kayaking&that was a once in a lifetime experience! The bus ride there and back was long and rough, but it was all worth it! In St. Thomas we did the jeep tour and this was definitely the way to see the island! In Tortola, we chose the Virgin Gorda tour and this was by far my favorite. The caves and baths were amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the beach time. My only complaint was that we had to leave so soon!
Passengers: We were surprised at the diversity in the fellow passengers. Majority was American, with a handful of Europeans and Canadians (from what we experienced). The age group really varied, lots of families, elderly and honeymooners...a little bit of everyone. We met a few people who were nice enough, but we also met a few people that we wondered why they were even on the cruise as they had nothing good to say. I guess you can't get away from that!
Overall/Value: Overall everything was amazing. The sea was pretty rough, we were surprised at how much we felt the movement, but luckily neither of us were sick. We paid about half price for the cruise and thought that was excellent value, but we would not pay full price. If they had an all-inclusive drink feature, we probably would, but the drinks definitely add up (no, we're not raging alcoholics, just enjoy some wine with dinner and a beer by the pool).