This was our first cruise and we left from Tampa Fl on 6/03/07 for a 7 day cruise to the western caribbean. We drove to the port as we live in the Tampa Bay area so embarkation was very smooth and we got on the Legend in about 20 minutes from luggage drop off to check in.
Our cabin was booked as a window room but we were upgraded to a regular stateroom with a balcony, which was great!! The cabin was very clean and had plenty of storage room, with a very nice bathroom. We are now sold on the fact that a room with a balcony is the way to go!! My wife met our steward, but I did not..He kept our room very clean and we had our nightly bed turn down and towel critter, pretty cool. We only had one problem with the toilet not flushing during the cruise but was fixed quickly after it was reported.
We loved all the shows in Follies show lounge...they were very well done. The comics were hit and miss,the guy the second night was funny the others were ok. The bingo was ok between shows and the casino was a little smokey but fun ( I finished up for the week!!). The one big issue we had was the lack of night life. The piano sing a long bar was NEVER open and the only dancing venue (medusa's) did not open till 11pm. The other "dance" lounge had a band that was , well , not the best if you wanted more than 60's music. They had a 70's night in Medusa's one night at 11pm which was going great till the cruise staff wanted to make it "fun" with a lot of contests and killed the party. Most everyone left at that point. There was a bathrobe party at the Lido deck pool one night but other than that the Lido deck and bandstand was wasted with nothing going on in the evenings. We spent most of our days onboard at the adult pool in back of the ship. This was a very nice spot, no kids, good tunes and a drink of the day! Service pool side and at the bar was great with the bar staff using my name all week. The main pool was nice with the live band, but too many kids running around for us. The food overall was good. We were a little disappointed with the dining room Truffles..The food was ok but a lot of times lacked flavor. Some of the deserts look great but had no taste( the key lime pie was a crime). We had steaks that were tender but again no taste, just blah. We had better luck on the lido deck buffet which had different types of food at several stations for lunch, but only ONE choice, other than pizza or sandwiches, for dinner.The breakfast on the lido deck was very good and the one breakfast at Truffles was great. The pizza and burger grills were good also.
Our first port was Grand Cayman, since we are newbies, we booked all shore excursions thru the ship. At Grand Cayman, we went to sea grape beach. The beach was great and so was the day. We had lunch at a little beach bar which was very good. We also had a pretty good shopping day and made our first Margaritaville stop. Fellow parrot heads beware..if you want to sip a cold one listening to Jimmy go somewhere else..there was some DJ playing dance music and staging contests..Oh well ..Our second port and BY FAR our favorite was Cozumel.We did the VIP trip to Isla Passion beach and it was great. We had a good tour guide(ALEX), on our bus ride to the north side of the island and then a short ferry ride over. The island is for cruise passengers only and includes a open bar and buffet. The beach was wide and water clear and warm. I even had tropical fish swimming with us! The food was very good with local BBQ'd chicken and rice along with salad, fruit, chips and dip. The open bar had several drink choices, the rum punch was excellent, and a cash bar for other drinks.Then it was back for shopping and our next Margaritaville stop. The Cozumel Margaritaville is new and it looks great. They even had the music right. The outside bar on the water is nice as are the swings barside. Wish we had more time to spend there. Back to the ship and bad weather and rough seas as we go on to Belize. This was our least favorite port. The shopping area had the feel of a low end Flea market. We did not spend a lot of time ashore here due to the extremely rough seas and long tender ride and a wife that was a little green around the gills.I just did not like this stop and would have traded it for a stop in Key West in a heart beat. We were unable to make Costa Maya due to rough seas and instead was given a $25 per person credit on our sail and sign card and an extra day at sea (we floated off Florida for a day). I would trade the 25 bucks for another stop at Cozumel or the Keys.
Advice for first timers, not that we are experts now, If you think you are over packing...you are. One case will do it. You don't need as much cash as you think, I took 3,500 and came back with 2k and still had fun. Watch your sail and sign account daily to see how you're doing..it's ok to get the drink of the day with out the plastic glass. The shops on the Legend were good and had some nice deals, take advantage! We had a great time and of course we are now hooked and looking to do another cruise next year. The Legend was a good ship, service was very good, and we would sail on her again..