Carnival Legend Cruise Review by robwhite61: Wish it Never Ended
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Wish it Never Ended
We flew to Tampa from Nashville aboard SWA and it was their usual on time service. While in Tampa we stayed in the HoJo on North Dale Mabry. NOT recommended. The motel was fine but there were no less than four "strip joints" within 100 yards. We used Veterans Limo service to go to the pier then back to the airport afterwards. The cost was $16 so that was hard to beat. They were prompt on both ends so I would recommend them and use them again.
Embarkation: We had read all the horror stories about the embarkation process so we went in expecting the worst. Boy, were we disappointed! We arrived at the port at about 11:30 and were on board by noon. I guess the timing was just right. The first impression we had of the inside of the Legend was how beautiful it is! After a stop at the purser's desk it was on to the Lido deck to wait until our cabin was ready.
Cabin: Our cabin was 8263, aft starboard, right under the Lido deck. The cabin was clean and neat just More awaiting us. Our stewards were Frank and Mark. They were very unobtrusive but very efficient. The towel animals every night were great. They even used my shoes for the elephant. There was some noise from above, but since we always sleep with ear plugs, it wasn't a problem. The balcony was good for two people but would definitely be small for more.
Dining: The Truffles food was very good. People have said the portions were smallish but we never left hungry. The baby back ribs were great. I'm not sure how the meat stayed on the bone they were so tender. All the appetizers and desserts we tried were also good. I will have to say though, even though the warm chocolate melting cake was very good, it was not "to die for". Our waiters Robert and Oka (pronounced "Okay") were excellent. We saw them several times during the day and they remembered our names. On Tuesday night we ate in the Golden Fleece. We HIGHLY recommend it. It is well worth the extra cost. For our appetizers we both had the sushi platter and it was very tasty. I had the 24 ounce porterhouse (yeah, I know) and my wife had the surf and turf as our entrees. Our desserts were also excellent. After we were through eating, the waiter stopped by our table to see how everything was. Not necessary but an excellent gesture. We always had breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck in the Unicorn Lounge. The food was not overly hot but was very tasty. The Rueben sandwich was one of the best I have ever had. One word of advice at breakfast: If you are getting the omelet, get it first before you get your sides so they don't get cold while you're waiting.
Ports: All four stops were great in their own way, but beware: Grand Cayman is expensive! Seven Mile Beach there was very nice. Not the greatest beach we've been to but the water was like getting into a bath tub it was so calm. In Cozumel we did the parasailing. If you've never tried it, do it! It was our favorite excursion of the trip. In Belize we did the Bacab Eco horseback ride. Even though it rained on us, the ride was beautiful through the rain forest. Notice it is a rain forest, so you will more than likely get rained on, especially in the rainy season (September - March). On Isla Roatan we did the Tabyana Beach excursion. It was everything we hoped it would be except, once again, for the rain. The beach was beautiful and the water was too. Several people went snorkeling and they were extremely impressed by the coral reefs there.
Ship: The Legend is a beautiful ship and very easy to navigate. There are plenty of elevators. We never had to wait long for one. The aft Lido deck has the smallest pool but is the adult only area. We never had a problem with kids there. The middle pool often had a live Caribbean duo playing there who were good and entertaining. We only saw two shows but were impressed by the caliber of talent arranged by Carnival. We only tried the casino once. We went in with $30, walked out with $30.50. Billie's piano bar features Bryan. He is good and funny but can be a little "racy" for some folks. But it is an adult bar so expect adult humor. There was always a line at the purser's desk but it moved quickly and the staff was very friendly as was the whole ship's staff.
Debarkation: We did the self assist debarkation and it was super easy. Line up begins much earlier than the 8:00 debarkation time (about 1 or 1 ½ hours) so keep this in mind. We had an 11:25 flight and had plenty of time to spare. Our overall impressions on the Legend, crew, food, excursions, and the cruise itself are that we would definitely book this ship, itinerary, and cruise line again in a "New York minute". Less
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