Second Time Around
We got off to a bad start in Philly when our plane had ice and we had to deplane and then sat on the runway in the second plane waiting for clearance. We thought things would get better once we arrived in Tampa. Not so. It was during Florida's cold spell and was freezing.
The port at Tampa was easy to reach by cab for a flat rate of $25.00, but then they made us wait outside in the cold for over and hour and a half. The Carnival Legend line wrapped around the corner. Granted, they weren't expecting cold, but we wondered what would happen in the rain. The Carnival employee told us that the port was only built to hold 1200 people and there were at least twice that on line. Once on board, our rooms were ready and we headed to the buffet. Cabin 6227 had a balcony and great middle of the ship location. We were near the elevators for easy access. We did hear some hallway noise and some music from the lounge in the atrium below. The loudest disturbances come from people slamming More
there cabin and balcony doors and moving chairs on the balconies above. Those can't be avoided. Overall, a good location.
This was a family reunion cruise and we met up with family on the Lido deck. Rooms were typical Carnival. We chose a balcony on the Empress Deck. The room was fine, a little old, but neat. We usually try to get mid ship near the elevators for convenience, but did hear some music late at night from the center of the ship's atrium. Food was good in the dining room. Our waitstaff was great, and as usual, the staff was very entertaining every night. We've missed that on other cruise lines. Food at the buffet on the Lido deck was okay....not great, but what we expected. There was always something you could find that you liked. Desserts were plentiful and well presented. Since we had cruised this same line with the same itinerary we didn't expect to find much to do. We were wrong in two ports. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Legend Balcony Empress 6227
Cabin 6227 had a balcony and great middle of the ship location. We were near the elevators for easy access. We did hear some hallway noise and some music from the lounge in the atrium below. The loudest disturbances come from people slamming there cabin and balcony doors and moving chairs on the balconies above. Those can't be avoided. Overall, a good location.
Port and Shore Excursions
We had to tender in to Belize City and it unfortunately has not changed. Do not venture out on your own on this island. We had 3 twenty-something young men with us who went off on their own and rented mopeds to tour the island. They "thought they were going to die".... some areas of Belize are very dangerous. If you go out of the gated area you will find out quickly. It's a shame because Belize has a wonderful rain forest, and some great features. Be sure to stay with the ship's tours here or just wander around the dock. There is not really much to do here. We stopped at the Wet Lizard for lunch and Belizian beer, then headed back to the ship.
Cozumel has changed again....for the better. On our last visit we were at a dock near downtown and could walk to the shops. Now a new dock has been built and has nice shops, restaurants, and attractions right off the pier. We hired a guide as we did last time and for $15 a person he stayed with us all day on the island. It started out rainy so we shopped for a while and then headed out to Palancar Beach. We had gone here before and loved the seclusion and simplicity of the beach.... just grass huts, a bar,restaurant, and they provided water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, etc. My husband and I rented a jet ski and had some fun on the clear blue water. The others snorkeled, swam, ate, drank, and walked the beach. We had such a good time there that we never needed our driver to take us anywhere else. You can just get a cab there and when you want to return to the ship, cabs are ready for you. After we were dropped off at the pier, we spent some time at The Three Amigos bar. A fun day.
Since we had all done this port 2 yrs ago and had gone to "Hell", Seven Mile Beach, and the Turtle Farm we just spent the day walking around downtown and doing a little shopping. We tendered back to the ship early to avoid the long lines that would come later.
Roatan has also changed. On our previous cruise we were in a different dock. Someone told us the hurricane destroyed the old one and Carnival rebuilt. The new area is called Mahogany Bay and is gorgeous. We had wanted to return to the beach we went to on our last trip but it now cost $35 a person and takes 45 minutes in a cab to ride to the other beach. Right off the ship is a brand new shopping area...beautiful...again with restaurants, shops, bars, and a "Magical Chair Ride", which is basically a ski lift to the beach. The ride is only $5.00 ( for all day)and the beach has all the attractions one would need.The man-made beach is very nice and music, restaurants, bars, etc are all right there. We spent a wonderful day on the beach and then rode the chair back to the ship. The only drawback is you don't get the local flavor of the island and it's people, but we had done that before. This whole Mahogany Bay area is kind of like the island that each cruise line owns, like Princess Cays, Coco Cay, etc. There is also a chance to zip line right there near the dock and fly thru the trees.