This was our 5th cruise and our 4th on Carnival. We live in Tampa so we find the cruise option to be particularly enjoyable and easy. As always, we found the embarkation process a breeze. No complications, very fast and the friendliness of the Embarkation Team in Tampa is incomparable.
We found just about everything on this cruise to be superior. Our stateroom was clean, and comfortable. The room steward was on top of everything and never left anything to complain about in our room. He was extremely friendly and personable and provided us with useful information throughout the entire cruise.
The food on this ship I found to be superior as well. The lobster was tender and juicy, the filet mignon perfectly flavored and the lamb chops extraordinary. All of the vegetables were perfectly prepared and the desserts irresistible. The Bitter and Blanc bread pudding should not be missed by anybody!! We also decided to try out the supper club. I wasn't sure how they were going to be able to make the dining experience any better, but they did. The preparation and meticulous and beautiful presentation of every single course made this well worth the additional cost.
On previous cruises we have found the stage shows to be a bit "cheesy". Not so on this cruise. The shows are extremely well performed. There are four (4) lead singers on this ship that are able to provide very complex 4-line harmonies that are a pleasure to the more sophisticated ear. The dancers are mature and synchronized and capture your attention with every move. Especially the male dancers and Luke in particular. I like it when the male dancers are able to move gracefully without being overly feminine. The technology in the shows is also impressive.
The cruise director on the Legend is also very good. She works very hard and successfully to provide an upbeat, vibrant atmosphere that makes you want to participate in every activity on the boat.
The ship's itinerary was changed a bit since the hurricane wiped out Costa Maya, Mexico. We had been there before so we were very happy to see Roatan. All of the ports of call on this trip are very diverse and provide something for everyone. I found the snorkeling on this trip better than previous trips. Eden Rock in Grand Cayman, Dzul Ha in Cozumel, and Tabyana Beach in Roatan. West Bay in Roatan gets my "2 Thumbs UP". The only problem in Roatan are the "beach" vendors that are like bothersome mosquitos or flies. Have a few drinks and they don't seem to bother as much. In Belize we did the cave tubing with Yhony at cave-tubing.com. This excursion was the highlight of the trip. They took us through 2 huge caves (others, including the ship's excursion only take you through one) and is only half of the ship's price. Yhony personally escorts you down the river and has you in stitches the whole way. He is very funny!!! The only "bad" experience we had was with the ship's disembarkation process in Belize. In trying to organize it, they just created a chaotic mess that made everyone angry.