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Carnival Legend Cruise Review by DannyMan: Piano Man Jeff Celentano Will Be The Highlight Of Your Ship

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Piano Man Jeff Celentano Will Be The Highlight Of Your Ship

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa

I took a lsat-minute 7 day cruise as a single person on the Carnival Legend out of Tampa FL with ports of call in Grand Cayman, Belize, and Honduras.  Cozumel was supposed to be the stop before Honduras, but the "swine flu" epidemic meant cancelling that stop.  Thus, moreso that on other cruises I have been on with other cruise lines, I spent a more time on the ship that usual.  The Carnival Legend is the finest ship I have been on for layout, entertainment, spa and workout facilities.  Most of all however, I was amazed at the friendliness of the entertainers on the ship.

Hands down, the hardest working man on the ship, and rightfully the one with the biggest fan-following is Jeff Celentano, the young, energetic Piano Player that is the star of the ship piano bar - Billie's Bar.  Jeff is a one-man show of non-stop music, singing, and comedy.  In the evenings, women flock to surround his big red piano in the center of the More room, and leads the throng in booming out a chorus of well-known and loved classics (and some not-so-well known).  I figured out early on that if you wanted to know where all the women were at night on the ship, you could find them there at the foot of Jeff's piano.  A remarkably talented and affable guy, he sets exactly the right spirit for a vacation cruise- Good Vibrations all the way.

Some other remarkably good entertainment on the ship - in Satchmo's lounge there is a group of Phillipino guys that do all kinds of pop and rock covers spot on - one of the most impressive fellows in the band is the drummer, who can do a dead-ringer singing impersonation of almost any artist - including both John Lennon and Paul McCartney - IN THE SAME SONG!  These guys are really worth seeing.

The best part was getting to hang with the entertainers themselves after their sets and get to know them.  These are really hard working, talented, and decent people - and for me, they really made my cruise.

5 stars, Carnival Legend!  That last minute vacation was just what I needed!

-Danny Less

Published 06/27/09

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Cabin review:

Stewards make different towel animal creations that are cute.  I had a cheap, interior cabin and it was very nice.

Port and Shore Excursions

Took a boat ride down the river and saw lots of nature - monkeys, bats, gators, birds.  Then got to go see the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha.  Awesome!  All in one day.

Recommend swimming with the dolphins in the morning and swimming with the stingrays in the afternoon.  I even had time to hit 7 mile beach for an hour or so.  Would have liked more time on this Island.

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