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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
First, I will start off by saying the crew absolutely make this experience wonderful! They went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant. The environment was relaxed and casual. I really can not complain about the room or staff. ... Read More
First, I will start off by saying the crew absolutely make this experience wonderful! They went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant. The environment was relaxed and casual. I really can not complain about the room or staff. However, there really is nothing for young kids to do except go in the pool. The pool is really small for the amount of guests on the ship. The food is horrendous! Dinner time is a disaster. The buffet on the Lido deck only opens one side, even though both sides are open for breakfast. There really is not much at all for the kids to eat for dinner besides pizza. This is a budget cruise at best. I will not be back with Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
Overall it was a great ship. In my review, I don't plan on it being day by day but rather an overall. Again, there are so many recent Liberty reviews I don't want to be repetitious and want to hit upon concerns and topics ... Read More
Overall it was a great ship. In my review, I don't plan on it being day by day but rather an overall. Again, there are so many recent Liberty reviews I don't want to be repetitious and want to hit upon concerns and topics that were not discussed in those reviews so you can really get answers that you might have been looking for and couldn't find on other reviews. Our group had 4 children (15, 11, 10 and 7 yrs old) and 3 older family members (77, 76 & 73) one of which needed a wheelchair/scooter (21 people total) ***EMBARKING DAY!*** A++++ to Carnival on this one... We were traveling in a group of 21 family members coming from NY. We took a very early flight (2 different flights actually) and took a coach bus to the airport. Some of us slept the night before some didn't. The limo picked up the first group at 2:45 am (I was part of this first group, with my 10 yr old daughter who has special needs, my husband, my mother and her boyfriend) and we then stopped at 3 other family members houses along the way until we finally reached the airport. Both flights were pretty uneventful (thankfully) and we made our way to the San Juan Port. There was what seemed like a long line outside the port but it moved pretty fast and we got into the terminal in about 15 or so minutes once arriving. ***Make sure you fill out your health form prior to getting to the terminal to avoid delays...they will not let you in the building unless it is already filled out*** ***DETAILS ON BRINGING A CHILD WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS:*** A++++ to Carnival again Now let me back track....we planned this trip 271 days prior and I had been on the phone with Carnival for months going over stuff for my daughter. It was very easy to get in touch with them if you called the special services department. She has many delays (kind of like autism but not so you understand what we are dealing with). Carnival was absolutely AMAZING! Each time I called they were able to pull up the prior conversation and everything was set for embarkment. They called us the day before the trip to tell us what we should do upon arrival to the terminal. The process was extremely smooth. We were set to be able to embark upon arrival and set up a private muster drill. Carnival did not disappoint! Now, the rest of my family did Faster to the Fun. I did not feel I had to pay the extra money being that we had "faster with the special needs child" lol. We were actually boarding before half of my family did. I cannot say enough about how Carnival handled everything with my daughter and cannot thank them enough. We were escorted onto the boat and right to guest services so we could talk about other accomodations and such for my daughter. Each person was nicer than the next. They called up to Camp Carnival where Alicia (the manager) wanted to meet up with us to discuss my daughter and find out what placement would be best for her (her chronological or ability age group). Our rooms were ready so we headed down to drop off our carry ons. We were on board and eating at Guys Burger Joint and drink in hand by 1:36. **special note*** DO NOT MISS OUT ON GUYS!!! IT IS AMAZING!!!***. Anyway. The boat was pretty empty most of the day on Sunday. I think a lot of people went on tours in San Juan or they were on later planes. It was great. We were able to do a lot without it being to crowded. The first day we brought her to camp (Monday) they gave us a cell phone that we could use to call anywhere on the boat and most importantly they could get in touch with us if anything happened with my daughter (thankfully it was rarely used but great to have). The private muster drill wasn't so private but it was better than the regular one. We were told to meet in the Cabinet room, which was not easy to find let me tell you. Once there they gave us a paper to read, some announcements were made and all of the kids in the room got a green wristband that they had to wear if they were going to camp carnival. Not to fear...if your child has sensory issues, you could take it off and only wear it at camp (it says your muster station in case of an emergency so the staff will know where to take your child to meet you). The really bad part about the muster drill on this itinerary was that it wasn't until 9:30 pm and being that most of our group was up since 2 am (children included) it made for a rough day/night for them to have to stay up so late). But...we lived to tell about it. **MY TIME DINING*** **C- to Carnival for this*** For dinner we choose My Time dining (or whatever it was called). My personal opinion was that I did not like it. Yes, it was nice to be able to eat at any time but you lost that personal interaction with your wait staff. I found out the last day that you could have requested certain waiters but honestly it wasn't until the second to last day that we had anyone who we got the "warm and fuzzies" over anyway. I feel like when you are in the same section with the same staff it is a completely different experience and don't think I would do that again. I 'think' that the golden dining room was specifically for this type of dining and the silver was for traditional dining but I could be wrong about that. It was almost like the staff knew that they weren't going to get tipped more because they wouldn't have the same people each night so they didn't try very hard. It took forever for us to get drinks from the bar (even soda) some times we had to ask several times before getting our orders. When you do the set dining time/waiters they get to know you and sometimes have your "usual" drinks waiting for you upon arrival. ***EA SPORTS BAR*** ***F to Carnival on this*** Now this part is from my husband as I did not step foot into the sports bar. He was very disappointed in it. They said that they "didn't have Hockey" so he couldn't watch that. He is a die hard sports fan (fantasy everything) so it was a huge let down for him. It was very small. They didn't serve much food (not even wings or nachos...you know...standard sports bar stuff). He would not recommend it at all. ***CASINO*** ***C to Carnival on this*** Again, I did not step foot in here but this was as per my husband who went every night. He felt that the dealers didn't know what they were doing. One actually left in the middle of a game because he had a headache and one called that he had one type of hand and then realized he had another and changed his mind to call that after it was already said. The rest of my family seemed to be ok with it...I didn't hear to many other complaints. 2 of my family members were "rewarded" with a free drink card (to be used only in the casino) because they gambled so much. Make sure to use your room cards when using machines because that is how they track your "points" and that is how you earn those free cards I believe. My husband was looking forward to doing the Texas Hold em tournament but it was a $150 buy in so that wasn't happening. Turns out that only 4 people signed up and the most they could have won was $200 so it certainly wasn't worth it. ***ELDER ADULT NEEDING WHEELCHAIR/SCOOTER*** ***C- FOR CARNIVAL ON THIS ONE*** They had an A until the disembarkment as you will see... Carnival (and our travel agent) recommended that we call Care Vacations to rent a scooter for my mom who is 73 and recently recovering from a mini stroke as well as other health issues. Care Vacations was amazing. We got her a scooter that was waiting for her in her room upon arrival and all she had to do was leave it in her room upon departure. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone traveling with someone who has trouble walking. It enabled my mom to enjoy herself without having to worry about who was going to push her in a wheel chair the entire trip. She was able to take if onto shore (though she choose not to) I cannot say enough about this for anyone who needs it. A++++ to Care Vacations for that one. Anyway, back to Carnival....I called the Friday before we left to go over stuff for my daughter and also about getting a wheel chair for my mom to get on board. During the conversation I mentioned that we had ordered a scooter for my mom and they (Carnival) said that we had to fill out a form (keep in mind we were leaving on Sunday and the office was closed on Saturday) so we went into panic mode but managed to get it all done. So keep that in mind....if you are renting a scooter you MUST have a form filled out and on file with Carnival!!! Back to the story....my mom did do Faster to the fun but didn't have to because she was in the wheel chair and, like us, was escorted on board. It was very smooth and worked out really well. The last day WAS A NIGHTMARE!!! All of my family members had Faster to the Fun (except for my immediate family remember) and they were to disembark as one of the earliest groups (group 2 to be exact). Well...because my mom was in a wheel chair they had to escort her off the boat. On Saturday night she called guest services and arranged for them to come get her at 8 am. Long story short, we were off of the boat 2 hours BEFORE my mom was. It was horrible and we could not get any answers from anyone to find out where my mother was. We found out later that they completely lied to us several times. They told us that she was still in her room waiting for an escort to come get her and they told her we were waiting for her outside the terminal. (we were told this several times over the 2 hours). When she finally came out she told us that they came to get her at 8:40 and she sat in the Venetian lounge until they decided to bring her out. She never got a message from us. This was all completely unacceptable. She paid extra for FTTF and she ended up being on the boat (she is a diabetic and she hadn't eaten either mind you) for an extra 2 hours. ***FASTER TO THE FUN*** ***A To Carnival on this one*** Ok...as I said...all but my immediate family did the FTTF. Was it worth it....I guess. On this particular trip, when we got there, the terminal was pretty slow so they would have gotten on pretty fast even if they didn't have it. There were no tender ports on this trip so that was not an issue. The best part was that they didn't have to wait online for guest services (which by the last day was NUTS) and, if it wasn't for my mom and the issues listed above...disembarkment would have been great!. FYI being that we were with a large group and were being picked up together by a limo they allowed my immediate family who didn't have FTTF to go with them and gave us the #2 luggage tags without question! SO....would we do it again...probably...especially if they had to tender the boats as I have heard that FTTF people get first priority for boarding. ***CAMP CARNIVAL*** ***A+ for Carnival on this one*** As I mentioned earlier...we met with the manager of the camp on the first day. She was so great and greeted us each time she saw us around the boat with a HUGE smile and knew exactly who my daughter was. Though there are 4 different age groups at the camp and they say that they are very strict with them being separated, there was a good part of the time where they were together. My nephew was 7 and my daughter and niece are 10 & 11 respectfully. He was with them most of the time they were in camp. So it was nice for them to be able to play together. The camp was wonderful with my daughter and she loved being there. My niece and nephew were on the Night Owl part of Camp several times (my daughter needs to be in bed at a reasonable hour and close to her normal schedule as possible so we never brought her there after dinner). My niece and nephew seemed to love it and were there very late several times. If anyone would like I do have the camp carnival packet they give to you on the first day but for the 9-11 yr olds. I meant to take the other ages but forgot. Let me know if you would like a copy of it and I will post it. ***FOOD*** ***C for Carnival on this one*** Well let me start out by saying again that Guys Burger Joint was AMAZING. That is what brought the score up to be honest. The first night dinner was really good in the Golden dining room. I remember I had the post roast and it melted in your mouth. The bacon mac and cheese was awesome and we really thought we were in for a huge treat the rest of the week....sadly...not so much. Dinner was HORRIBLE and had no taste until the last night. Thanksgiving was such a let down. It was almost like a TV dinner. It wasn't "real" turkey...at least it didn't seem like it anyway. Everything was such a disappointment that night. One night they had veal parm and we were so excited...it too...was like a TV dinner. SOOOOO BAD!!! Desserts were a huge let down (unless you liked the lava cake, which, in general, I am not a fan but everyone else loved it). I also heard the bread pudding on the last night was great. The pizza was like pita bread pizza. In all fairness I am from NY and there is no pizza like NY pizza so it would automatically pale in comparison. I did hear that drunk it was good lol. ***The Alcohol Package*** Only my 1 niece got this package (mostly because there is a rule that if one person in a room gets it then everyone MUST get it and she was the only one who was in a room with underage kids so it made sense for her to get it as they wouldn't make the others in the room get it). I have to admit, it did come in handy especially when she got 50% off of the bottle of wine at dinner and shared with everyone. We did find out that on board it DID include the soda. On the website it says it does not but it does in fact include it and my niece was able to get a credit for the soda package that she had paid for prior as she was misinformed. ****Soda Package*** I got the soda package for myself (my husband and daughter drink iced tea) and I didn't get the full use out of it like I thought I would. I wouldn't do this again. I was drinking the lemonade most of the time which was mighty yummy!!! Most of the people in our party did not get that package either ***PORT INTENSIVE ITINERARY*** This was my 6th cruise and I had been to many of the ports prior. My intent this time was to relax and I am sure glad we did this itinerary. My immediate family stayed on board most of the time. It was so nice when everyone was not on board and we really got to enjoy the ship. There was very little lines for food and my daughter really had fun without getting overwhelmed by tons of people. If you have a child with special needs...stay on the boat if you can. They can do the slide without long lines and really get to enjoy everything. We did get off in a few ports: St. Thomas (Megan's Bay), It was $8 per person each way. Get there early. There are showers, lockers, bathrooms, food. It was heaven! It didn't get overly crowded but we left around 11:45 so we could have lunch on the boat. The rest of my family went to Sapphire Beach and said it was great too. Barbados: (The Boatyard). It was $5 per person to get there and $15 per person to go on the beach which included cab ride back and a free drink...totally worth it. They had so much to do there, the beach was beautiful and we had an amazing time. St. Kitt: (Dolphin Cove). This was so much fun....my family did the encounter not the swim which worked out to our benefit because we had the dolphin to ourselves the ENTIRE time where the other group had to share the dolphin they had with 8 people. The place we went to was very clean and new (only opened in January) and everyone was super nice. I didn't do the encounter but they allowed me to be right there on the dock with them (no pictures allowed to be taken of course) which was really great. ***INTERNET PACKAGE*** ***B for Carnival on this one*** Ok, being that I have a child with special needs and a sports freak husband we decided to go with the top package for internet. I had with me a kindle, ipad 3 iphones and a lap top...I was set. If you bought the package from day 1 or 2 it was $99 for the week for the level I had. To be honest.....was it worth it...I would say probably not. At least one family member from each group we were with got the $5 per day pacakge (again, a bit cheaper if you bought it as a whole the first 2 days) and that was worth it. Being able to keep up with who was doing what and when with a large group was extremly helpful and I highly recommend it. Using the $5 per day package got you onto Facebook and other social media as well as enabled imessage for anyone who had iphones (which was all of us so that worked out well for us). The internet was intermittent and only 1 person from each group who was sharing the internet was able to be on at a time. I think I would just do the $5 package the next time. We were not able to Facetime with family from home most of the time which was a real bummer (especially on thanksgiving). So again, I don't recommend the highest package. OVERALL ***A- for Carnival. *** We had a great time and would love to sail the Liberty again (this was our second time on her). The ship is just big enough and so much fun. The staff is CONSTANTLY cleaning and I never saw anything that grossed me out or that I thought was inappropriate. We had a balcony room (8433 & 8437 as we were adjoined to my mother in law who was supposed to have my daughter in her room with her but that just never happened). We were on the port side all the way in the back of the boat. The only "complaint" I would have is that being under the lido was a bit noisy but mostly because of the chairs being dragged along the floor. We were under the adult pool so it was pretty quiet overall and being that we weren't in the main drag we didn't have the kids running in the hallways. I would get this room again but on the opposite side of the ship. We didn't get to many nice views while at port. Most of the time the ports were industrial so we missed out on the ooh ahh factor but it was fun seeing us dock and sail away each time. I highly recommend the balcony rooms. It took me forever to find the "secret deck" but I was on a mission and found it and truth be told...it wasn't worth finding lol. There were no chairs or benches so you couldn't stay there long unless you wanted to be standing the entire time....but I wanted to experience it...I did and don't feel like I have to do that again lol. The Serenity Deck was fabulous. If you want to just get away from it all this was the place to be. It was right outside of camp Carnival so you are able to drop your kids off and go have some quiet time without being to far away. The adult pool was great too. Kids came through to get ice cream or pizza but if any staff saw them starting to get ready to stay, they made them leave which was nice). Sports deck was fun but hot. The shows were OK...Nothing like they used to be. The best show was on the last night. The Legends Show. It was guest from the cruise dressing up to be famous people (my nephew was Frank Sinatra) and they did a whole show where they got to actually sing. It was so much fun. They pick people who go to the Karaoke nights (which was every night). Once you were picked they gave you an MP3 with the song you would be singing (they pick it for you) and the words so you could practice. (in case anyone was thinking of doing it). The Newleywed/Not so Newleywed game was hilarious as always, as was the battle of the sexes...they are all must see shows. Smoking wasn't so bad. I have a very sensitive smell so I smelled smoke as soon as I stepped on the 5th deck no matter what time of day it was, but overall I never felt like I was walking into a wall of smoke anywhere on the ship...not even in the casino when I was running in to get my husband or looking for another family member. I didn't feel like we had a personal connection with our room steward. I didn't even know their names. They were good but not as good as I have had in the past. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
I decided to take my mother on a cruise before she was unable to take another vacation. My mother is a stroke & heart patient. She is 65 and I knew if I didn't take her on a vacation soon I would not be able to do so as her health ... Read More
I decided to take my mother on a cruise before she was unable to take another vacation. My mother is a stroke & heart patient. She is 65 and I knew if I didn't take her on a vacation soon I would not be able to do so as her health is slowly deteriorating. So I did my research on all the cruise lines and thought that Carnival Cruise Line sailing out of Galveston would be the best bet because of the close proximity. Unfortunately I was horribly mistaken. The cruise started with trying to get my mother a wheelchair to embark the ship, even after I called and reserved one and Carnival assured that there would be one available for my mother when she arrived. Then when we were checking we were not given the bottomless bubbles package sticker for the sail and sign cards that I paid for. We then found out that they placed us in a restaurant that was way on the other side of the ship verses the closes restaurant, knowing that my mother can not walk long distances. We had to constantly call for a wheel chair; which was always late. When they arrived they all had an attitude of, "You must tip me or I am not taking you anywhere" Of course I was going to tip them for service but the outright attitude of the persons picking up my mother was just too much to bare. I've never seen such rude people in all my days of cruising. The other problem with pick up service was that the cleaners kept blocking the corridors. There is absolutely no way to get a wheelchair through a corridor if the cleaning crew is still in the hallways. This is a major problem for disabled elderly. You have to hunt down the person that the cleaning cart belongs to and then you have to deal with their rude attitude when we ask them to move the cart so we can get by with the wheelchair. Another problem is the food or rather what they now call food. I used to sail with Carnival all the time and the food used to be one of the best food on cruise lines. I have no idea what has happened but the menu has lapsed in choices. The flavor is now gone or the food comes out cold or dry. Now you must pay for lobster; which used to be included in formal night. The only thing that saved the dinner was our server Arnold. The rest of the servers seemed like the could care less if you were there or not. When we tried to ask our assistant server or water boy questions about how the food was prepared or to get assistance with the wheelchair he would ignore us and walk away. We then had to either flag down Arnold or try to get someone's attention to get Arnold. When I went to the shore excursion desk to book the shore excursions for my mother and I, I was met with disdain. I tried to ask questions about the shore excursions at each port. I explained that my mother can not walk long distances and she would need a wheel chair if there was long distances to walk. After a 1/2 hour trying to get the shore excursion person to answer my questions. I booked a bus trip to Merida MX in Progreso. The people that were doing the tour were very nice and welcoming and took care of my mother very well. However the "All Inclusive Passion Island Tour in Cozumel"; which I was assured by the shore excursion person at the shore excursion desk that my mother would have no problem at all with the tour and she would be well taken care of, was not. When my mother and I arrived at Cozumel, again taking an hour beyond the time they said they would arrive to get my mother in a wheelchair, we were advised by the tour director at the port that my mother could not possibly take the tour that we were booked on because she would have to walk over 100 yards of unleveled sand and she would have to do the same if she wanted to go to the restaurants or bar area. The tour director for Passion Island All Inclusive walked us over to the same person that booked our shore excursion in Cozumel and advised him that we could not take the tour and then walked away. The Shore Excursion person did not care. That was the attitude that we received. It took everything just to get him to refund our money. The Shore Excursion person did not even apologize for the inconvenience nor did he offer any other options for us. He just took our tickets and left us at the pier with no wheelchair to take us back to the ship. So my mother and I were stranded at the pier. I had to slowly walk her across and between hurried tourists bumping into my mother left and right. Thank God she had a cane to help hold her up. I was absolutely in tears when I got my mother back on board the ship. I immediately went to Guest Services, if that is what you want to call them, and advised them that I have been trying to get someone to take notice of what has been going on since we boarded the ship in Galveston on the 16th of November. I've tried calling Guest Services, who placed me on hold for over 1/2 hour, then just says, "I will send an email". The Guest Services person that I was speaking to at the desk was just looking at me with no apology and nothing to say. I finally had to raise my voice and started talking to other guests at the Guest Services Desk to let them know what was going on. Finally someone comes from a door and says that he will call the Matri di'. After 20 min the Martri di' shows up and I ask to speak with her away from the desk in a professional manner. We sit down and I had to explain from the beginning what has been going on since we arrived on board. I still remember the words that came from her lips, "You should of told us sooner". I was stunned beyond belief that she said that to me. I told her, "I have. I told Carnival Crew over and over again what was going on and all I got was "I will send an email"." Nothing was ever done. No one bothered to apologize for anything. No one even bothered to do anything about the attitude from Crew Members. The horrible food that was being served. The Shore Excursion person that just left my mother and I stranded at the pier. The Marti di' finally apologized after I told her that this is, more than likely, the very last vacation that my mother was ever going to take with me because she will not be with me very long. She just sat there staring at me and then told me again, "I wish you would of said something sooner". I am sorry I lost it. I burst into tears and just walked away. And unfortunately that was the last night of the cruise. I just can't believe the horrible, nasty attitude and lack of humility as well as common decency towards another human being. I did want to let you know that the Marti di' did send some chocolate covered strawberries to my mother but with no apology note. Unfortunately it was too late. If we could my mother and I was of jumped off the ship and swam to shore that evening. It was that bad! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
our children have been on other cruises and they prefer carnival, it was very nice and all the staff goes out of their way to be helpful funny and friendly. the ONLY issue I had was being in a wheelchair when boarding they should have ONE ... Read More
our children have been on other cruises and they prefer carnival, it was very nice and all the staff goes out of their way to be helpful funny and friendly. the ONLY issue I had was being in a wheelchair when boarding they should have ONE elevator specifically for the disabled as I waited 2 hours to get to my room. travelers would cut me off almost tipped over my wheelchair shoving to get on elevator. on our excursions the staff put me on private elevator was very nice not to have to fight a crowd. we are traveling in nov 2016 on the breeze I hope they take note of this review and do something for those of us who are in need of assistance other than that the cruise director dr e was superb kept us in stitches . hate to see him moved to Miami. we booked our next cruise before we left it was so enjoyable the excursions were fun we did private beach with all inclusive loved it no children only one other couple with us, swam with stingray got ripped off with pictures there but had fun and played with starfish too windy to parasail but will next time hopefully Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach ... Read More
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach but saw a lovely beach right in town. I am not sure I'd go in Oct again. Wind was high at I don't balance well when seas are rough. None of this is Carnivals fault, and mother nature does what she does. The bed room was clean and comfortable the food as always was excellent . Guys burgers is a hit. Shows were good. They said if you get a partially obstructed view it only means you can't look straight down. Well there is more than that. It eats up a good portion of your balcony space so be warned. The only other thing I noticed was bar tenders would often walk right past and not offer a drink unless you stopped them. This didn't happen in the casino or the smoking deck but I was at the bar in the lobby and the red frog and never got asked if I wanted a drink. Finally ( and it's kind of silly) But I was kind of looking forward to the sampling bar and it was never opened. All in all was a very nice cruise and I think if the weather had cooperated I would have had a better time. BTW Embarkation and disembarkation from port of Baltimore , Piece of cake! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I and my wife cruised on the Carnival Legend for 9 nights from 26 October to 4th November 2015. Departure port was Sydney at the OPT at Circular Quay and places visited in date order were Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea, this was ... Read More
I and my wife cruised on the Carnival Legend for 9 nights from 26 October to 4th November 2015. Departure port was Sydney at the OPT at Circular Quay and places visited in date order were Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea, this was a New Caledonia sail around cruise. We had disabled access cabin 4207, which was an excellent large cabin with self opening electric door, we found this cabin to be very comfortable and our room steward, I. Gede ( pronounced "good ay" ) provided excellent service of the room and was very friendly. In fact we found most of the crew on Carnival Legend to be very friendly and attentive, they seem to be very happy to work on the ship and we were never short of being said "Hello too, how are you", this is a very welcoming ship. Embarkation process was very quick and efficient, as my wife is disabled (has mobility problems but can walk ), we were checked in, through immigration and on the ship within 20 minutes as a priority boarding, we were on the ship by 12.10 pm on the day of sailing and the ship sailed at 6 pm. Some people have found this ship to have "tacky, over the top decor" but we found this ship to be brightly lit inside and very nice. There was abundant seating in the many lounges, we never had trouble finding a seat, for a ship that carries around 2200 passengers, most of time it did not seem crowded and on this cruise it was at its capacity. We dined mainly in fine dining in the 'Truffles Restaurant" for breakfast, lunch and diiner when it was open as we believe when you go on a cruise you pay to be waited on, hand and foot and we are not really fans of the traditional help yourself buffet which we refer to as "the pigs trough". Food at Truffles is definitely superior than that in the buffet ( Unicorn Cafe ) but the buffet food when we ate it was quite okay and acceptable, typical mass market cruise fare. We loved to be greeted by the friendly "Mirella" and other staff at "Truffles", meet the lovely Hungarian junior boss "Katalin" a number of times as she checked if we had any problems or complaints about the restaurant which we had none. Our main waiter at Table 228, "Rafael" was very funny and attentive and along with his assistant waiters provided excellent table service...eating a very pleasant experience on Carnival Legend. About the drinks, Carnival Legend has a number of drink packages you can buy on the first and second day of the cruise only, I bought the unlimited soda or "bubbles package" at $7.25 per day which entitled you to unlimited soft drink from the Coca Cola range as well as unlimited orange, apple, pineapple and tomato juices. With alcoholic drinks they are expensive, a 375 ml stubbie of VB beer costs $8.25 AUD each, the Tooheys range of beers were $7.50 each a 375ml bottle or you could have something like a Corona for $7.50, 330ml bottle. Wines started around $9 AUD per glass, bottles from $26 to around $60, cocktails varied from $8.25 to around $14 ( or more if you wanted the plastic souvenir ship funnel, puffer fish, disco ball or squirly green thunder drink holder filled with the drink... we got a cupboard full of those souvenir plastic drink things from previous Carnival cruises so we did not buy any more. Entertainment on the ship at night is good with comedy running in the downstairs Firebyrd Lounge on Deck 1 with movies runnning during the day ( releases of about a year ago screened ), musical Las Vegas type themed shows ran in The Follies theatre that seats around 1200 on 2 levels, twice a night to conincide with the 2 fine dining seating times of 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm and they also had guest artists including a magician, the Carnival Legend singing and dance troupe put on excellent shows and the last show before the end of the cruise without spoiling it too much is "The Rock of Ages", an explosive performance of energy and pyrotechnics that will blow your socks off, it is the best show we have seen and we have cruised 6 times on 3 different cruise lines. As for the cruise destinations, do a shore tour at Noumea ( most places accept AUD and its was the only place the ship docked at a proper wharf, be it a container wharf where free local buses ferried you into town to the other cruise terminal proper...Legend was just too big to dock there...also at the Cruise/Ferry terminal they have a excellent upstairs market for souvenirs and private tour operators where you can buy Noumea tours on the spot for much less than what the ship charges, most take AUD and get off the ship early in the morning as soon as it docks to take advantage of full day tours), get off at Isle of Pines ( it's a tender boat ride ), it's nice and has a good market and local food and drink available onshore and they accept Australian Dollars, tender off at Lifou to a nice beach and market but forget Mare,don't tender off, there is nothing there, you get off there at a wharf and have to pay $20 per head for a bus that takes you to the other side of the island to a beach with nothing, we did not bother with Mare and stayed on the ship...it's just a stop put in by the cruise line for the sake of a stop. Another bit of icing on the cake was this was a Halloween themed cruise, it was fun, especially the sppoky dressed up sweets. Overall we found Carnival Legend to be one of the best South Pacific cruises we have done and we have been out there 5 times. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2015
We loved our 11 day journey from Galveston to San Juan. Most of the folks on the cruise were staying to do the 10 day return trip and we wish we could have done this too. We have taken 7 cruises and always on Carnival so we cannot ... Read More
We loved our 11 day journey from Galveston to San Juan. Most of the folks on the cruise were staying to do the 10 day return trip and we wish we could have done this too. We have taken 7 cruises and always on Carnival so we cannot compare with other cruise lines. Embarkation went smoothly and although the lines were long, the fact that they were constantly in motion helped it feel fast. We usually purchase Faster to the Fun but they were sold out on this trip. Debarkation went pretty smooth as well. We stayed in our cabin until we heard our zone called. Get a porter, that line goes faster than the other. We have always been satisfied with the food options on Carnival. This cruise there were a couple of occasions where I was not happy with my food choice but the wonderful waitress Monica was quick to read my hesitation when she asked how dinner was and brought another choice quickly. We only ate breakfast cafeteria style one morning and we did not like the food. We enjoyed the eggs benedict one morning in the dining room and otherwise just had continental style on our balcony. Lunches were burgers or Mexican for us on sea days. We did not go on any Carnival excursions but found our own excursion or taxi once off the ship. Most islands we got off without a set plan other than 'let's see a bit of the island and go to the beach'. We enjoyed a few shows in the Rome lounge. We are pretty sure a couple of them we had seen before on other ships. We almost always enjoy the comedians. The juggling acts were fabulous and I never thought I would ever say that. These 2 jugglers were also comedians, so very funny. We played bingo a couple of times. We watched a movie one night outside under the stars but was disappointed a couple of nights later that it was the same movie playing again. Lack of a serenity deck on the Triumph was missed as well. We reluctantly went to the casino for about 10 minutes three times. We really could not stand the cigarette smoke. I would love to see a ship where the smokers had their own glassed in casino or no smoking in the casino at all. Marking one side as non-smoking is crap. The air filters do not work well at all. It is such a shame that the entire hallway that has the band and dancing area outside of the casino smells like an ashtray. It is disgusting even walking through the area on the way to the lounge or piano bar etc..With all that we know about second hand smoke there is no reason that ships should put their passengers and crew at risk. Health should out trump money in all circumstances. This 11 day journey to the southern Caribbean was great. It was great value for the money and I would do it again if I could. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our 4th cruise with Carnival. We have cruised with several others but have found the "Conquest" style ships of Carnival best to fit our likes. Had an ordinary ocean view cabin that was very spacious and well equipped. ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise with Carnival. We have cruised with several others but have found the "Conquest" style ships of Carnival best to fit our likes. Had an ordinary ocean view cabin that was very spacious and well equipped. Yes there is only one outlet but we bring a triple adapter, problem solved. Had some rough seas but ship was comfortable. Guy's burger joint, the blueiguana cantina and the mongolian wok are the main reasons we choose the "Conquest" style ship. Fresh food to order served hot, what a concept compare to the buffet which is always "old and cold"! The Fish and Chips was also a favorite in the past but this cruise the food was mushy, yuk. # good ports in Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. The cruise director, Malcolm is the best we have ever come across. Overall a very good cruise Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
All of the staff were very helpful and efficient. My sister and brother in law and I were traveling with three ladies that have both mental and physical challenges and we needed special assistance for them throughout our cruise. The staff ... Read More
All of the staff were very helpful and efficient. My sister and brother in law and I were traveling with three ladies that have both mental and physical challenges and we needed special assistance for them throughout our cruise. The staff was very accommodating and helpful at every turn. We had excellent service in the dining room provided by Sudana, Prieys, and Nestor. They made us feel so special.We hope to see them again on future cruises. The cabin was kept clean and it was comfortable. The towel animals etc was a nice touch. I was able to receive wake up calls when needed and room service for breakfast when I needed. The excursions were well organized and the tour guides were excellent. Maria de Carmen and Marcos did a great job on the Merida excursion and Alex was a great tour guide on the Passion Island excursion.Alex explained everything very well and was very informative and efficent. I was not worried at all during the excursion, I knew that Alex would make sure that everything would go well and we would make it back to the ship on time and safley. The sailors and the Captain on the catamaran on the excursion were very skilled and friendly taking special care for the safety of all. I loved the live bands on board. The DJ was very entertaining. I appreciate how clean the ship was,and how friendly the crew was. I loved the comidean the cruise director his assistant and the shows in the Rome theater.The excursions were great. I can't wait for my next cruise with Carnival. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2015
Overall I must say that we did have a good time. However there were several things that need improvement. The first thing is the bar service. We could not get any service in any of the lounges or the theater and had to find a bar to get ... Read More
Overall I must say that we did have a good time. However there were several things that need improvement. The first thing is the bar service. We could not get any service in any of the lounges or the theater and had to find a bar to get our own drinks. we had purchased the drinks package and was disappointed that it was a waste of money when you cannot get what you paid for. Our dining room waiter seemed to be in a bad mood most of the time and was very slow on serving us. The last night we were seated at 6.10 pm and our first course arrived at 6.50 pm. It was unacceptable. We almost left to go to the buffet. And lastly the windows on the entire boat were filthy including the cabin, I did have to wipe down the cabin myself because it was never dusted. Overall I would rate this cruise 2 to 3 Read Less
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