We embarked at the port of Dover after a flight from Toronto Canada. We selected this particular cruise because of the range of the ports of call. The weather plays a great part in any cruise and in that respect we were very fortunate. Dublin Ireland was our first port and we did the coastal panorama excursion our guide did a great job explaining the history and recent economic problems of Ireland. I appreciated the Irish coffee served at the Abbey Tavern.
The next port was Greenock in Scotland where we went on the Panoramic Lochs tour. A famous person once said, "I love humanity, it's the people I can't stand". These words never rang truer as we boarded the coach and overheard a series of complaints from a group. It was too hot, it was too cold, they couldn't fasten the seat belt, there wasn't enough leg room, at one point positing, "do they think we are a bunch of schmucks"? They were what I call, professional complainers and were planning to get a refund before the coach had even started. The worst, and most embarrassing event, was when they began mocking an infant child by loudly aping the child's cries. One of them even started taking photographs of the child as the mother attempted to calm her infant. The whole excursion was spoiled by this group of inconsiderate seniors whose only concern, was for themselves.
The next destination was Belfast, I knew of the history of Northern Ireland so did not have high expectations, but was really surprised by the beauty of the Ards Peninsula. Colin, our guide provided us with an in-depth history, he was obviously passionate about Northern Ireland and it's people. This is one place where I would consider revisiting.
We saw the Northern lights, but were not technically proficient at configuring our camera to take photographs at night, fortunately the ships videographer was able to capture some alluring images.
Two days at sea then Reykjavik Iceland. A misty, cool rain descended over our as we docked, something that nobody could control. We visited craters, hot mud holes and climbed to the top of a hill at Raykjanes.
The next stop (the bonus), was a trip through the Prince Christian's Sound, Greenland. What an incredible experience. I salute Carnival for doing this. It was totally unexpected. Words cannot describe how fortunate we feel for being given the opportunity to see this wonder. The captain and his crew did a great job negotiating the narrow fjord and the odd iceberg.
At Qaqortoq, Greenland we went ashore via the ship's launches. The sun smiled upon us as we toured this small town. The local population, and others from local communities came out in force to welcome us. We listened to a choir in the church and listened to one of it's members relate the history of Qaqortoq.
Two days at sea and onto St. John's Newfoundland, Canada where we sampled rum at the Queen's battery, drank beer at the Quidi Vidi Brewery, the weather was not stellar, but we were in high spirits.
Two more days at sea and we were in New York. Our debarkation went surprisingly smoothly and quickly.
The Legend is a fine ship, the crew were excellent unfortunately the cruise director frequently claimed to have seen whales off the port bow, needless to say we were always on the starboard side when he made the announcement.