3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to ... Read More
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to Alaska; I want to see snow and it all melts in the summer months... So May it was! We experienced sun, snow, green spring/ early summer colors and seriously, it was AMAZING!!!!! At every single stop the locals kept saying "You picked a good day. No rain today, and it rains every day here". The ship itself is well maintained. I only encountered ONE rude crew member and it was an American crew member in the gift shop. Everyone else was superb and helpful and kind. Our first stop was Juneau. We went whale watching. The crew on the boat were knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful! We saw humpback whales (a mom and baby) that breeched several times. We also saw eagles and and see lions and seals! Our second stop was Skagway. We booked 2 excursions because it was a long day in port. First we did a zodiac rafting adventure which I highly recommend! We were outfitted in all weather, WARM, sub Arctic deck suits with goggles, gloves, and face masks. Captain Jen was incredible as was her crew. She made the ride FUN by doing donuts in the middle of the water multiple times. We saw waterfalls that blew our actual minds and eagles and sea lions of all different varieties and otters playing in the water. We stopped for several photo ops. We were brought back to the staging area by the ship where the next excursion started. We did the 3 hour White Pass Railway Adventure. I don't even have words to do that trip up the mountain justice. It's not an exaggeration when I say the views were spectacular and impossible to really process at first. We saw lush green mountains and snow covered mountains side by side. We learned a lot about the gold Rush and how the railway was made, etc. Going through the mountain tunnels was exhilarating. You can't go to Skagway and not do the White pass Railway. We cruised Glacier Bay next. Please do yourself a favor and book a balcony (try to get an Aft Balcony. They go FAST and there are only 20 on the ship) and bring binoculars. I was brought to tears by the stunning beauty!!! You don't understand how INCREDIBLE it was. We watched the Margorie Glacier calve. First you hear rolling thunder then you see part of the glacier crash into the water making huge splashing waves. Some of the glaciers are ice blue and others not so much. When you cruise Glacier Bay, Carnival gives you warm blankets to cuddle up with so you don't freeze to death. All along the way we saw whales breeching and see otters floating lazily on their backs with their cute paws and heads just above the water. This was one of my favorite days!!! I was pretty much euphoric all day. Our next stop was Icy Straight Point. I didn't book an excursion here but my friend in the cabin next to me did. She went whale watching and saw multiple whales breech very close up. She also went on a bear excursion and saw brown bears. I was a little jealous if the pictures she got. We rode into town and saw how the natives live. Then we went to The Crab Shack. GO TO THE CRAB SHACK!!!! There we got Alaskan King Crab legs that were HUGEEEEE and Bloody Mary's full of crab meat, shrimp, and a crab claw!! The crab the best we've ever had and we were unexpectedly so full it wasn't even funny. Finally we went to Ketchikan. Here is my ONLY complaint. We were only there for 4 hours which is ludicrous because Ketchican is huge and we didn't get to experience even a quarter of Ketchikan. We did a Go Kart Adventure thru the rainforest. It was a gorgeous, sunny, dry, day so we didn't need the rain gear offered. The ride was kick ass and although I've seen some people complain that it wasn't long enough; we found it to be the perfect length. We stopped for a few beautiful photo ops and a quick snack and water. Our guide was Rhianna Marie! We wanted to put her in our suitcase and bring her home. She was GREAT. Our next stop was Victoria BC. from 7pm - 11 pm. Honestly, that's a huge waste of a stop. I would much rather have had more time in Ketchikan. I got the feeling they stopped in Canada just so Canada could try to make a few bucks off of the tourists. Not this girl! Let me just close by saying I will be booking another Alaskan cruise!!! You couldn't pay me to go in the heat of summer and get rain EVERY DAY and miss all the snow and be hot. Who wants to be hot in Alaska!? Not me.... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you ... Read More
Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you need 2 arms to open the door and also the door leading to balcony. My bed was very uncomfortable, pillows were good. Bathroom was well set out and the shower great. As we're our cabin staff. Disappointed in the lack of amenities for disabled passengers. The only electric operated doors I found was on deck 2. And then you had to hobble back to the door to lock. We saw many people at least in the over 70's age bracket. No grab rail in the bathroom, doors extremely heavy to open, grab rail in most toilets around the ship, low chairs everywhere. We spoke to senior passengers who had fallen, in their bathroom, in lounges, allegedly slipping on something. The decor was oppressive. So glitzy and dark, obviously dated. Maybe the refurb was eluding to the near new carpets in some areas. Entertainment was generally of a good standard. It was pleading to see that they had meet up groups for differing categories of people, including people from LGBTIQ groups. Good to know. I could not comment on the shore excursions but I can say I was very disappointed with the use of tender boats on Moorea. If we had been able to stay one more day in port at Papeete people with a disability could easily have used the ferry from Papeete. That would have been awesome. The distance between islands is miniscule! On the last 5 days at sea we were advised that sav blanc was running out and passengers had to now buy by the bottle and carry that around with you. When lodging a complaint with Guest Services we were informed there was no complaints forms. We would receive a survey to fill in and complain there. Over these last 5 days we also found out they had run out of red wine, apple cider and coke zero. Crazy! On board purchases were hugely expensive. 5 photos cost over $100, WiFi social media only, 208, if you wanted unlimited it was another 100 plus! If you wanted higher speeds it was another 200. We heard from entertainers they paid 5! Service was hit and miss with the dining experience the worst. We had dine at anytime allocated to us, deck 3, Truffles Restaurant. There were long lines to wait in, then you were given a pager and waited a minimum of 30 mins, then allocated a table, waited a further 20 mins to be served. Food was generally nice, but not hot. Often no drinks were offered so they lost money there. Yes all drinks except ordinary tea, cost you! Drinks packages were very expensive, except for bottomless bubbles, which was out of a tap, never a can. Laundries were on most floors but all machines except x1 were out of order. Laundering of clothes through the ship was well priced at around $25 per bag. The buffet dining, generally was OK. Many of the staff were not efficient however, instead ignoring customers and chatting among themselves behind the baine Marie's. Food generally was hot. Similar to washing machines, there were many breakdowns causing very long lines at tea and coffee machines. Toast was not ready, and then there was no butter. If there was butter there was no little jars to put it in! Wait wait wait, making the lines longer. Fine dining at their Nouveau Restaurant was fantastic and I can highly recommend, as was the high tea we attended. Beautiful. Any business in this day and age, who does not want customers feedback, in my mind, says they disrespect and discount legitimate concerns. Surely any business wants to know and respond to concerns. Not so Carnival Legend apparently. That is really sad. The running out of sakes of wine by the glass is a good case in point. If it was that popular they would know that opening a bottle and selling by the glass, would recoup more money for their trouble and satisfy customers. Crazy stuff. I for one will never sail with Carnival again. Sick of the lines, sick of warm dinners, sick of tea obviously made from water from a hot water service rather than heated cold water - tasted terrible. And no quality system in place to handle complaints in this day and age is ludicrous. Lifts were speedy and reliable, tv service was OK, WiFi depended on access to satellite so if cloudy it was super slow, an outbreak of the cold hit the ship and first there were around 400 passengers affected, then 1000, then at least 1500. Many visited the ships doctor. Some contracted pneumonia, collapsed lung etc. It was an epidemic. I do not know what they were advised but it would have been ideal if they had all been advised to stay in their cabins! It spread like wildfire. I might add that one of our wait staff the second night dining in Truffles, had a heavy cold and was sniffing and coughing while serving dinner! Why isn't this sort of thing supervised? In summary no more Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for ... Read More
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for celebrating life to the fullest! If your looking for a glass-half-full trip then this is the one. It's also largely suitable for families, we could see no evidence of any impropriety.. just great great times. Truffles restaurant was great and they would break the dinner up with their dancing cabaret through the enthused diners. We didn't really try the buffet up on the Lido deck except for cooked breakfasts. The staff were so very courteous and helpful. They made the whole experience very personable one which I really love. The best advice I can give is don't try to participate in all the activities all the time - you will exhaust yourself. Just pace yourself and give yourself a little buffer to go and enjoy the view of Bass Straight from the observation deck. Read Less
40 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
After having completed my tenth cruise across 4 different cruise lines, today I am reviewing my most recent experience, the Carnival Legend South Pacific cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia over 7 nights from 20th March to 27th March ... Read More
After having completed my tenth cruise across 4 different cruise lines, today I am reviewing my most recent experience, the Carnival Legend South Pacific cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia over 7 nights from 20th March to 27th March 2017. This was a "baby" bargain cruise for us, short and sweet we got this one on a throw out sale deal from Ozcruising, I cruised with my wife who is semi disabled. This was my second time on this ship and fourth time on Carnival, having been on the Spirit twice previously. We have just attained "Gold" VIFP ( Very Important Fun Person ) status as we were enrolled in the Carnival customer benefits program or cruise club. This entitled us to, 2 free 1.5 litre bottles of spring water in our cabin, a 2017 Cruise souvenir gold pin each, and a VIFP party and meet where there was free beer and cocktails for about 1 hour, I took advantage of that and drank 4 sex on the beach cocktails in 45 minutes which did not bode well with my diabetes, made me a little sick and tipsy LOL..but it was fun and I meet and chatted with some of the senior ship staff including the Hotel Manager. Overall we love this ship, the interior decore and cleanliness is excellent, the ships crew is friendly and the service is excellent, it felt to me that the crew were happy and really wanted to work there and please the customers. This is a fun ship. a family ship but on this cruise there were less children because it occurred outside of school holidays, we don't recommend using Carnival during Christmas or school holiday periods, as there can be up to a 1000 kids on it during those periods and is not for people who don't like cruising with kids and want peace and quiet. We chose mostly to dine in the fine dining restaurant, "Truffles" which can seat a maximum of 1200 guests on 2 levels at any one time, we had the early 5.30 pm dinner seating for the first 3 days and were seated in a booth for 4 people rather than an open table, as my wife is large and my mother-in-law ( who also came with us ) has artificial hips,both having mobility issues, it was found the booth was too cramped and awkward to be seated at so we had to change to an open table mid cruise and there were none available so we were forced to change to the latter 7.45 pm second dinner seating to get an open table...we don't recommend the dining booths if you are large or have mobility issues so if you are one of these people, ask to get changed to an open table. The wait staff were excellent, special mention to Agus and his female assistant Ruzica for the excellent and friendly service they provided us, as well as special mention to Dwight, at the booth table the first 3 days, he was upset when we left but be assured it was because the booth was too cramped and awkward, his service and friendliness was outstanding too. The food in fine dining ranged from excellent to average, the menu changed every night, my top picks for the meals during the cruise were The Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, the Barbeque Pork Ribs, the baked cheese cake and black forest cake. All meats were cooked properly all through we had no "mooing or bloody meat" in either fine dining or the upstairs Unicorn Cafe on deck 9, the Lido deck. We at times for lunch ate in the buffet, a the Unicorn Cafe on the Lido deck. Food here was okay, a lot of it was spicy or Asian themed, but there was aT times roast lamb ( just once ), plenty of salads, cold meats and desserts, as we are not buffet people, we found some of the food to be mediocre but really it is a matter of taste and preference depending on who you are. Onboard ship entertainment at night was excellent in the Follies Theatre on Decks 2 and 3 forward, the dance production shows by the ships very own performers are by far the best we have ever seen on a cruise ship, we loved the Brits themed show, the Motown themed show and the Rock show, there were 2 performing artists on other nights, a magician and a singer, Lionel Cole ( related to Nat King Cole ), I did not see these shows as I was too busy in the Casino playing the pokies. There was also an abundance of comedians in the Fire Bird lounge on Deck 1 forward at night with R rated shows, not for the kids. Daytime entertainment consisted of Ship Bingo ( only 5 games, a bit dear at $32 a book set but on the last day there was a $5000 jackpot up for grabs in the Follies Theatre but be advised this can seat up to 1200 guests so the odds of winning are not that great ), organised trivia, music and knowledge, Hasbro games in the Follies Theatre, an occasional afternoon free movie in the Fire Bird lounge ( we had Captain America - Civil war ) and movies you could order ( cost $ ) on your stateroom TV, we had free movie of a recent release screened everyday such as Pitch Perfect, on the last night, they screened "Rogue One - a Starwars story" free all day on the last day ), other channels for free were ITV choice ( British shows ), BBC news, Animal Planet and Discovery documentaries. Yes we did have our bored moments but between eating all day long and having my parents - in -law company made those times pass easier. This cruise only visited 2 ports over 7 days, Noumea where it was tied up at the Container wharf and Isle of Pines were it was tendering off. We did our own private things on shore, on Isle of Pines, we did a private glass bottom boat ride for $25 AUD for 1 hour, just walk up to the market stall vendor and buy, there are many local market stalls on Isle of Pines to buy souvenirs, food and drink and private tours, they happily take Australian dollars, as they also do in Noumea, there is no need to exchange Australian dollars for Central Pacific French Francs. Our advice is to do your own private tours, walk or tender off the ship earlier, find the tour vendors and pay in Aussie dollars, you will save a lot of money than buying the tours through the Ship or Cruise Line, there are plenty of options, don't pay too much for a land tour on the ship, where the same could be had for half the price at least privately. We had disabled access stateroom 4207 on the ship,which is located on Deck 4, Main Deck, it had an obstructed window, was large and comfortable, had an electric self opening and closing large door operated by large push button on the wall ( easily accommodate large wheelchairs and standard motorised mobility scooters ) ,full disabled large shower for my wife, with fold down seat and hand rails, emergency alarm buttons to summon help, excellent cabin with comfortable king bed ( that can be seperated on request to 2 singles if required ) although downside, there was a funny smell coming from the toilet but we had a can of Glen 20 deoderizer and sanitizer so that took care of that, we take a can of that to sanitise our cabins on all our cruises and to cope with possible undesireable odours. This cabin was in 4K class, intermediate range, we paid $1372 AUD total as a couple for 7 days for this cabin, which we felt was value for money. For those new to cruising, no drinks except standard tea, coffee or lemon squash in the buffet are free, alcoholic drinks are expensive, I paid $8.25 AUD for a stubbie of Victoria Bitter beer and $11.95 for a cocktail, there is no tipping on this ship, you can do your own laundry in the laundromats on the ship ( costs about $8 to wash and dry a load including the small box of wash powder from the dispenser machine, just enough for one load. Overall we found this ship to be excellent value and a very good experience and we would cruise on her again in the future and I hope, to other readers on Cruise Critic you find my review useful..cheers and happy cruising. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We stayed in Seattle a few days before our cruise at the Springhill Suites S Lake Union. It was a nice hotel with a shuttle to town but there was nowhere to eat except their restaurant nearby. We booked a premium balcony 9B 6279 with ... Read More
We stayed in Seattle a few days before our cruise at the Springhill Suites S Lake Union. It was a nice hotel with a shuttle to town but there was nowhere to eat except their restaurant nearby. We booked a premium balcony 9B 6279 with room for 4. It was nice with a big balcony. Our debarkation was delayed. We didnt leave until 6pm on May 24. Our adult son had a broken ankle and used a knee scooter to get around.Everyone was very helpful. Because of this were told when the muster drill alarm sounded to all stay in our room and they would come and get us. They did and we sat comfortably in an interior room. First sea day was quite bumpy but not to the extreme. On our way close to Juneau, we saw a pod of killer whales swimming close to the ship. We also saw humpback spouts. When we arrived in Juneau, we had an independent tour scheduled with Adventures in Alaska for a whale watch and possible Mendenhall Glacier walk. Well we docked late in Juneau. We also had to tender and as FTTF we were waiting in a specific room waiting to be called. By mistake they called 1 and 2 before us. We ended up not having time for the Glacier part of the tour but the whale watch was EXCELLENT. Our group of 4 had the boat to ourselves. The captain was so nice and informative. We had a great time. We made Skagway on time.We rented a car from Avis and drove ourselves up to Emerald Lake and back. It was spectacular. We made so many stops along the way that the tour buses didnt. We even saw a bear crossing the road coming back. Glacier Bay was beautiful and cold!! We were on the deck and on our balcony at different times and saw otters and seals. We got off in Ketchekan and walked around the city, Had lunch at the Red Onion Saloon. They have a beautiful garden by the visitor center which was closed. Back to Victoria BC. Beautiful city. We were only there a short time. There are cabs waiting at the port that will take you downtown and more waiting to take you back. I think it was $10 for all 4 of us. This was a very casual cruise. I didnt take enough tshirts and had too many dressy shirts that I never wore. We didnt go to the shows. They did have a Memorial Day tribute to the veterans and service men on board. It was very touching. The food in the buffet was not all that good but you put enough on your plate something will be edible. The dining room was good. Service at times was a bit slow, but we were anytime dining (never had to wait). Our room steward was there for us when we needed him. There were times when we didnt want him to clean in the a.m. because we were still in the room. He was a bit confused about that! I have posted most of the day's fun times here : https://carnivallegendalaskafuntimes.shutterfly.com/pictures/8 Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our second cruise on the Legend and it has been redecorated. We liked the decor! Embarkation was fine except my daughter left her passport in her suitcase. So we were put into the "trouble children" pen. (LOL) It was a ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Legend and it has been redecorated. We liked the decor! Embarkation was fine except my daughter left her passport in her suitcase. So we were put into the "trouble children" pen. (LOL) It was a pen where people went if they forget their passports, ID, tickets, whatever. We stayed there a while waiting for her suitcase to be delivered to her room. The employees worked so hard to find it and get her passport. After a couple hours and a few tears and her part, they found it and brought it to her and we all got on board! Our rooms were great! We had a balcony and the kids were across the hall. Our steward Voltor was wonderful! The food was great, as always! We had anytime dining and I thought we had to make a reservation every night, but we didn't. They told us to just come to the second floor of the Truffles dining room. We had 3 different waiters and they were all great! We only had to wait in line one night. Then we sat in Guyman's section the rest of the cruise! All staff were very friendly and called us by name. People still wear grubby clothes to fancy nights and they let them in for some reason. The rest of the nights were cruise casual. The Punchliner comedy club had great talent! Very funny! The shows were great, the music was pretty good. Some bands were better than others. Tea was great! The scones were awesome! Food on the Lido was awesome too! Room service was late. Jen the Cruise Director and her team were great! We love Crky (sp)! We loved the excursions and the towns we visited! We did the helicopter glacier walk in Juneau, zipline in Skagway and Misty Fjords float plane in Ketchikan. All were great, but the helicopter was our favorite! Not enough time in Victoria! They have a $10 pp shuttle and some shops stayed open, but some closed at 10pm. The pools were open the first couple days, then when it warmed up (67 degrees) they had to close them for repair. No polar plunge, which was fine by me! They kept the glass dome closed, which was nice. Hot tubs were working fine. We saw whales and dolphins from the ship. We also took a whale watching trip from Seattle and saw orcas and seals! We are already booked for our next Carnival cruise in November! Happy cruising! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
Love Carnival ... fun cruises even for two old 'fogies'! Our third trip to Alaska and we never tire of the beauty. The weather was great on the first cruise after the winter months (70 during the day ... 45 in the evenings.) ... Read More
Love Carnival ... fun cruises even for two old 'fogies'! Our third trip to Alaska and we never tire of the beauty. The weather was great on the first cruise after the winter months (70 during the day ... 45 in the evenings.) Food and Entertainment was great ... even had my wife on the stage doing the disco! I am 'legally blind' and Carnival management makes certain that I am comfortable at all stages of the cruise. This was our 8th cruise on Carnival and we look forward to "staying with Carnival". After flying to Seattle, we took the 4 hour Amtrak train to Vancouver which was great ... very clean, good scenery, comfortable (choose business class) and a nice dining car. We spent 3 days, prior to the cruise, in Vancouver and had great tours throughout the city. We booked all tours, plane & train reservations, hotel reservation and the Carnival cruise 'online' and everything worked out perfectly. 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Carnival Legend. What can I say? Decor: Tacky. Food: Average at best (had me wishing I could be at home to cook my own meals). Entertainment: Average to Decent. Musicals were OK, but did not appreciate the juggler joking about ... Read More
Carnival Legend. What can I say? Decor: Tacky. Food: Average at best (had me wishing I could be at home to cook my own meals). Entertainment: Average to Decent. Musicals were OK, but did not appreciate the juggler joking about his "balls". Funny the first time. Crude and annoying by the tenth joke. Trivia games were trivial, but really the only things that could alleviate the boredom that set upon us. Staff: Great. Cabins: OK. We booked a disabled cabin for our guest in a wheelchair but the six foot lip between the cabin and the balcony meant he couldn't use the balcony. Pathetic. If you're traveling with a disabled person, choose another ship. They really screwed up on our day in Kona. Didn't get us off the ship until after 12:00pm. Blamed their lack of experience in the Kona port. They knew they messed up. They bought the whole ship free drinks the next night, but it didn't really make up for their confusion. Summary: I will never book another cruise on any Carnival ship after experiencing this one. My first thought upon entering the ship was that the decor was designed by failed or fired Disney Imagineers. Ugly ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Our trip started on Mother's Day and ended on our Anniversary (great way to not have to think up gifts). It was a "sandwich" trip with a land portion, the cruise and then more land travel. I should also mention my wife is ... Read More
Our trip started on Mother's Day and ended on our Anniversary (great way to not have to think up gifts). It was a "sandwich" trip with a land portion, the cruise and then more land travel. I should also mention my wife is totally blind since birth. Also, you should know we've cruised 19 times with 7 different cruise lines. We are mellow and don't get excited because something minor went wrong. To begin, I regret it is with a "bad". Since our very 1st cruise we've asked for Braille menus, not received one and wrote the cruise line afterward. We've suggested everytime we'd be happy to Braille their menu for other blind folk. We talked with a Carnival rep this time who sent us printed menus ahead of time but said "No" when we offered to Braille them. We've suggested putting the menu on a dedicated phone # onboard, same with the Daily Activity newsletter on our bed every night. Nope. Sadly, Carnival seem uninterested in meeting this need. Okay, the cruise itself was very nice. Food was good, service good, room steward good. Movie offerings were better than most ruises BUT good luck finding what time they started -nothing in the daily schedule. Opening show was the usual Cruise Director welcome but that was the only similarity to introdction night. Instead of introducing the Captain, Food Director, etc. John Heard, Cruise Director, was as good a stand up comedian as I've seen. He basically did a show while giving info. Later he did port talks in a comedic waythat was great. Great job BUT never saw John except at the theater. He did a TV show each day that was not impressive at all. The rest of the shows were the usual mixed - some god, some bad but one night it was just a movie! Tour organization was pretty good getting us off the ship. Tours were normal and good except our Venice "Gondola, Murano Island, etc." The boat captain that picked us up at the ship couldn't find a place to park his boat, wasted time looking for one, then we had to walk 25 minutes to get to the gondola. We were late and instead of 1st class gondolas with singers, we got 2nd class ones. It wasn't a good tour and felt like rookies all around. The boat itself is way too gaudy with a Roman urn theme repeated way too much. Cruise excursion staff helpful but hours are poor, Automatic tips - bad idea. Cabin service seems unaffected but all the rest, in general, has slipped. Waiters have too many tables now and it just isn't as good. The buffet is mixed good and not so good. Food is fine except desserts were ho-hum. The problem is pizza had one guy working, very slow going. Wrap/sandwich station great sandwiches but took too long. Design of the drink/dessert/pizza/salad area threw too many people in one area. Salads were very good. Ice cream machine is well hidden! First cruise we've been on that seemed to understand people like Trivia Games a lot. Several versions every day. Very good idea. Self-serve laundry is a great idea. Very clean and nice. $3 a pop is a bit much but easy to use with ship card instead of quarters -great idea. Small jogging track with miniture golphers constantly stepping in front of us. Best disembarkation ever in Venice. Great way to do it Carnival. Overal a good cruise that went smoothly except for power outage of about 40 minutes. Read Less
Carnival Legend Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 3.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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