My husband and I cruised on the Carnival Legend 9/20-9/27/09 and had an inside room. Our previous cruises were with Royal Caribbean in balcony rooms. This was a trial run to see how a different cruise line operates and to see if we could tolerate an inside cabin. Overall we had a great time and would cruise with Carnival again. The service was great, the room attendants, wait staff, and recreation staff were very friendly and efficient. Customer service sounded helpful, but didn't really come through for us except for deleting a charge on our final bill that we didn't make.
The interior of the Legend is WAY over the top- gaudy is a better word. They could do with 2/3 fewer urns and stenciling on the woodwork. We definitely liked the dEcor of RCCL better. The inside cabin was very nice. The size was quite adequate. We spent so little time in the room so we didn't feel claustrophobic at all. In fact, we think the bathroom was actually larger than what we had in our Royal Caribbean staterooms. The problem we had was someone above, below, or beside us who did a lot of bouncing and scooting late at night. We didn't hear voices, though. We brought a sound machine that kind of masked it, but the noise did wake both of us up one morning at 4am. I finally called Customer Service on Friday evening and they said there was no one above us, only the casino. Someone from Customer Service came to the room, but did not come in to hear where the noise might be coming from. I suppose he went to the casino to see if they were cleaning. We didn't hear from CS again until I received a phone call the next afternoon so see if it got quieter (somewhat). They asked that we call if there was noise on Saturday evening. I waited until 1:30am since some might be packing for debarkation. I waited for 15 minutes and no one from CS came. There were a few more noises and then quiet. That didn't give me much sleep for a 6am wake up call. The other major beef we had was the smoking. Legend had different recreational events during the day. Most of those took place in Satchmos, the Sports Bar or on the Lido deck stage. For non-smokers it was difficult to be in the smoke. In fact, we didn't even go to the karaoke since it was so smoky in there. The sheltered ping pong table was right next to the smoking section and by an electronic door. If the smoke didn't get you, the whooshing of the door opening did. More non-smoking areas would be great.
Our excursion for Grand Cayman was cancelled so we took a two hour island tour from a local tour company with several others from Carnival Valor. That was interesting and only $20 a person. Cozumel is definitely the place to do your shopping. We didn't have an excursion here. We looked around the shops at our dock, went back to the ship for lunch, and then walked over to the shops at the other dock. We were able to get tee shirts and trinkets for our grandchildren at a very good price. In Belize we visited the Mayan ruin Altun Ha. We stopped for lunch at the Black Orchid resort and then had a very rainy trip down River Wallace back to the ship and stopped to see some animals and reptiles along the way. We had some time before going back to the ship and thought we would try to find a book store. We didn't feel too safe walking around Belize City and headed back to the ship. We were told that there is 65% unemployment- a lot of loitering and very trashy! Roatan is a beautiful island. We took the West Island tour with stops at a botanical garden, butterfly and bird park, and West End Village. It is too bad that the souvenirs are so expensive.
We enjoyed the food at both the buffet and the dining room. There was certainly enough to eat. The challenge was to limit the amount. Our evening meal servers, Wayan and Edgar, did a good job. Our table for was for six but we one couple never showed up. We have found that the evening meal is usually one of our nicest memories. This cruise was no different. We enjoyed the company of the other couple for all seven nights. The evening shows were entertaining although the dancers seem to be wearing less and less clothes- embarrassing! We enjoyed the comedians and juggler.
During the debarkation talk, Jen, the cruise director, mentioned that there were 2600 guests of which 500 were children. We were surprised to hear that there were so many children. The children's program must be well run to keep them entertained away from the adults. This was a nice cruise for us and we look forward to the next one.