19 Carnival Legend Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date May 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 April 2019
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
Sail Date February 2018
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
Sail Date March 2017
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
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
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
Sail Date May 2016
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
Sail Date October 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 September 2015
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
Sail Date May 2013
Our cruise left Tampa on Feb 12. We arrived in Tampa on the eleventh and staying at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ybor City / Fairgrounds. This is a faily new hotel, so it was in excelent condition. They offered a "stay, park and ... Read More
Our cruise left Tampa on Feb 12. We arrived in Tampa on the eleventh and staying at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ybor City / Fairgrounds. This is a faily new hotel, so it was in excelent condition. They offered a "stay, park and cruise" package that included transportation to the curise port and a place to park the car for the week. Parking at the port is about $105 for the week, and the hotel offered parking and transport for $50 more for the week. The staff at this hotel was fantastic -we had several special circumstances and they went above and beyond to accomodate us. The embarcation process was not too bad. We originally got there too early and couldn't unload. Once we were able to unload, the porters were very friendly and helpful. It took us about 90 minutes from the time we got in line until we were on the ship. My mother was in a wheelchair, so my parents were sped through the process and on the ship much faster. I do not have enough cruising experience yet to say if this is good or bad. I will review each port individually, so this will just review the ship and activities. The ship itself was very nice. Some of the art work / decor was not really my taste, but overall it was good. I did really like the atrium (i guess that is what it would be called) There is a giant painting of the Collus of Rhodes that is about 5 stories tall. This area that is open from levels three to eleven has glass elevators. This was my favorite part of the ship's decor. The food was very good. We ate in the main dining room (Truffels) five of the six nights -the other was while we were in port and we didn't want to rush back to eat. All the meals were good or great! The dessert "Chocolate Melted Cake" was so good it should be illegal -by far the best dessert i've ever had! We ate at the buffet for all our breakfast and lunches -the food there was good, but not exceptional; it was very convenient, and that was our primary goal. The main shows were pretty cheesy to me -Carnival is the "Fun Ships", we don't need to hear that over and over in every song! The comedians were all pretty good. I really enjoyed Scotty K's type of humor. The game shows and audience participation shows were a lot of fun, especially the Love and Marriage game! I saved all my "Fun Times" schedules for each day so if you are interested in what is offered daily, i will be glad to share these with you. The debarkation process went very well. We waited until the time we were told, and it did not take very long to find our luggage and get through customs. My overall impressions: This was a great cruise for a group of our size and age / interest differences. The Caribbean cannot compare to Alaska for beauty and amazement, but we had a great time here and are looking forward to more cruise in the Caribbean in the future. On a scale of 1-10, i would say this cruise was about an 8.5. Friendly staff, good food, plenty of activities and an overall good time! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
The entertainment onboard was top notch and we attended many shows. The band was incredible and we went to several of the venues just to listen to them. They did a great job for the live karaoke even though several of the guest ... Read More
The entertainment onboard was top notch and we attended many shows. The band was incredible and we went to several of the venues just to listen to them. They did a great job for the live karaoke even though several of the guest participants couldn't carry a tune (hey, they tried). We went to the Motown evening with Jerome who had just joined the ship in Cozumel just hours earlier and he did a fantastic job with virtually no rehearsal time with the band. We bought his CD as well. We will try to pick up his show the next time we are in Vegas. Wee Jimmy did a fantastic job with the marriage show and we are still talking about how funny that was. He also put his unique spin on the bingo game as well. Wee Jimmy was very fortunate to have such an incredible assistant cruise director (Megan). I hope that she can get her own ship as a CD. The two of them worked so well together and did a great job running the deck party and shore excursion days (even with all of the weather cancellations). The entertainment staffs supported them well and were eager to do their collateral jobs (safety drill, etc). Since we have never been to any of the ports before, we utilized Carnival in getting the excursions for us in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. In Cozumel, we did the Playa Mia Beach deluxe tour. Our son swam in the ocean for the first time and I took him out in a paddle boat. The included food and drinks were great. In Belize, we took the tender ashore and only walked around the port area and did some shopping and had lunch at the Wet Lizard and had some Belizian beer (Belikin). The people outside the port area were very persistent in trying to get us to take private tours which we declined. In Roatan, we went to the private beach and had lunch delivered to our beach chairs at the water. We tried the local beer (Salva Vida). We did not use the chair lift to the beach and walked the paved walkway to the beach. The water was very warm and clear. In Grand Cayman, we encountered a lot of rain and several excursions were canceled. We had the Grand Cayman by Land and Sea tour which did go on. That consisted of a semi submersible "sub" and a land tour of the western side of the island. We made stops at the turtle farm, Hell, and a rum factory. The last sea day was extremely windy and rainy which meant that we could not go out on the weather decks. That was no problem as there is so much to do on a cruise ship and the entertainment staff had many different activities. We tried the Carnival beer at the sports bar, Thirsty Frog Red. All I can say is Wow. Can't wait to go on another cruise with the Red Frog pubs. We also tried several of the drinks of the day. Yellow Bird was great as well as the Mixology contest winner's Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I cannot say enough great things about the ship, how we were treated, and the ports and activities. We made many friends on this we cannot wipe the smile off our son's face. He did many new things as well as doing activities that he previously had shunned. We will definitely be back on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
If you like lots of activities and noise, this is the cruise for you. But if you are looking for a quiet place to read in comfort, forget it! This is my third Legend cruise out of Tampa to the same Western Caribbean ports. I knew what I ... Read More
If you like lots of activities and noise, this is the cruise for you. But if you are looking for a quiet place to read in comfort, forget it! This is my third Legend cruise out of Tampa to the same Western Caribbean ports. I knew what I was getting into before I booked. But the sale prices lured me and I forgot why I travel on Princess and Holland America lines. First of all a comfortable chair was not to be found on board. And the beds are hard and impossible to sit on for more than 20 minutes. In fact we bring foam waffle bed pads from home, so we can sleep at night. I realize that most younger folks are out enjoying the activities and the ships pool and/or bars. But I have been there and done that, this was my 40th cruise on many cruise lines. The main reason I return to this cruise is the itinerary. I love the ports and took two excursions, which were perfect: Passion Island in Cozumel and in Belize a catamaran to the reef and then a beach break on Bannister Island. The rum punch flowed freely on both excursions and the snorkel stop in Belize was great. I also like the Playa Mia beach break with lunch, which I did the last two cruises on the Legend. My next major issue was the noise level on this ship. Waiting to go into the dining room, the noise of fellow passengers conversations along with the entertainment was just too much. The stage shows also blast you out of your seat. I left the cocktail party for returning Carnival guests, as I could not take the noise. I know this sounds like I am little ole lady, but my Dad is 90 years old and very aware of the noise issue. And he wears a hearing aid! Enough said. It is a good 7 day getaway with great ports of call. Food is OK but steaks are tough. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Wheelchair was waiting at pier in Tampa when we drove up. Unloaded bags and left Bff with the wchr attendant while I parked at Tampa port garage across the street ( 98 dollars for 7 days).I walked back and proceeded through embarkation . I ... Read More
Wheelchair was waiting at pier in Tampa when we drove up. Unloaded bags and left Bff with the wchr attendant while I parked at Tampa port garage across the street ( 98 dollars for 7 days).I walked back and proceeded through embarkation . I am Platinum status so breezed through and with my friend in a wchr we got priority boarding too and went directly to cabin 8188 ( Balcony port side midship)and avoided crowds in Lido buffet waiting for their rooms!. The cabin was 9 foot wide by 20 foot long and the balcony was 4ft 2 in by 9. The bathroom was 3 foot 6inches by 6 foot with a shower ( no tub). The Air Conditioning was not cold enough so I adjusted thermostat and hoped for the best. I travel with portable fans as well as a power strip always just in case and sure needed them this trip as , despite an A/C repair, our cabin never really got cooler then 76 degrees! Our baggage arrived just before sailing and I got everything put away as plenty of closet, shelf, drawer, and cupboard space in this cabin. Previously, I had gone down to the Maitre D in the Truffles dining room to verify that we were given a private table for 2 at 1st sitting (6 PM) and this was verified! As this was our 3rd time on this vessel we felt right at home and stayed in our cabin most of the time. We enjoyed room service breakfasts and lunches most of the time as my companion has limited mobility. We did make it to the dining room every evening for 1st sitting dinner. Lots of families with children ( and crying babies) as this is a typical summer sailing. No dress up required anymore on Carnival except for 2 Formal nights and even then only long slacks and collared shirt required for gentlemen. This makes so much sense since it is so hot and humid in the Caribbean during the summer and airlines charge for luggage now. I know some people enjoy dressing up ( and I used to) but now it just seems like "putting on airs" so I appreciate the relaxed standards on this and other lines. You also have to remember that you will never see these people again in your life and as long as your clothes are clean and your table etiquette is decent why worry about it! We had a great service team in the dining room and after they learned our needs the first night everything always went smoothly. Food was varied and very good. Honestly, people who complain about Carnival or any other cruise lines food really need to be specific about what they did not like as , after 91 cruises, I can say Ive never had a truly bad meal onboard any ship ( even during a hurricane). There are so many choices on the dining room menus and so many varied foods at the many different buffet stations that you can always find something enjoyable to munch on. Room service choices too were more than adequate and really were a God-send as my friend preferred staying in the cabin most of time. As we have been to these ports many times before I only went ashore at Belize to purchase medications at the pharmacy on the pier without a prescription. We did not go to the shows or sit in the sun at the pools either. Our balcony was just fine for relaxation in the sea air. As my handicapped friend is in "Depends" and had some accidents, the cabin attendants went out of their way to service our room first and put it back to rights as well as making sure we were always stocked with Ice and beverages and we did tip them extra over the included sign and sail gratuities! Final morning disembarkation we skipped breakfast to take advantage of my Priority Platinum status and had a wchr ordered to make it easier for him and not delay the other hurried passengers as we got off promptly at 830 AM. We got a porter immediately at the luggage claim and found our bags (5) and were out of the pier and in my car for the drive home by 855 AM. All in all a great relaxing cruise and just what the Doctor ordered! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Traveling Mobility Impaired Our party consisted of a total of eight this cruise, my wife, her mother and father, four friends (2 other couples, whom we agreed to meet aboard) and me. My wife rides a Lynx four wheel mobility vehicle; ... Read More
Traveling Mobility Impaired Our party consisted of a total of eight this cruise, my wife, her mother and father, four friends (2 other couples, whom we agreed to meet aboard) and me. My wife rides a Lynx four wheel mobility vehicle; therefore, we shall be discussing some of those aspects of this ship with regards to the issue of being mobility impaired. We boarded on Sunday January 2nd and returned Sunday January 9th after taking the Western Caribbean Tour. Boarding: Actually, one of the easiest we have ever had, considering the lines. Last year, check in was easy on the Celebrity Solstice, but then we had to wait to board. This time, the Lynx allowed us to get past most of the lines waiting to check in, and due to our arrival time, board immediately. Since we live close to the Port of Tamps, our daughter and son-in-law drove us from our home in Lakeland to the port. We arrived at the port at approximately 11:40AM, and we were on the ship by 12:15. Our first impression of the ship's dEcor was not good, and our opinion continued through out the trip. To call it gaudy is being kind. At its best, one of our group referred to it as Baroque. To me it just looked broken, and I doubt that it will be fixed anytime soon. Anyway, after boarding we made our way to the Lido deck, found seating, which I held while the other three went to get their food. We were delayed in leaving port, engine problems. A sign of the times, I guess. But, the issue was corrected by the Chief Engineer, Matteo Cavallarin, and his staff, and instead of departing around 4PM, we left at about 7PM. Our Stateroom We had selected room 6234 due to it being handicapped accessible. I had looked on line while dealing with Carnival and booking this room, and was especially interested in the 'bowling alley' balcony that the ship plan showed. It turns out that the balcony is approximately thirty-three feet long by seven feet wide. On the balcony were three normal deck chairs, one chaise and two small tables, with plenty of room for more seating. Still, we had this great balcony, but, it was not wheelchair accessible. There was a six inch lip that made it impossible to use if you could not walk over the lip. The cabin was located Port side, aft, right after the stern elevator bank on deck six, the Empress Deck. It has a large bathroom featuring a wheelchair accessible shower with fold down seat, fixed shower head and, selectable tap or hand held shower head. There was an issue with the toilet, though. While it flushed, at least in our room regularly, it seemed to maintain a stench throughout our journey. The room features more than adequate storage. It has four drawers in dresser, and one shelf, below the safe. It also has well as self in the cabinet below the television set. Note that the television is not a flat screen, but is an older CRT tube set. Closet has limited space for hanging clothes, but two large shelves for folded clothes as well as storage for shoes, etc at the bottom. It does have a second hanging bar, but, it is located so close to the top self on the right hand side as to be useless. Seating in the room consists of two small arm chairs and a small table, as well as a stool for the vanity. The vanity itself is of good size and has an adequate mirror and lighting. Also, the room had plenty of room to bring in a mobility cart and park it without hindering your ability to walk around in the room. The room also featured a King size bed (two twins pushed together, per our request) with two small end tables. End table had a lamp. There was plenty of lighting, but limited electrical outlets for 120 watt voltage. One outlet located at the vanity, for hair curlers, etc, and one in the bathroom for razors. There was a hair dryer in the vanity, in the top drawer on right. For those traveling with a mobility cart, these outlets are an issue. They were located such that you could not park the cart and use them with out blocking you traffic flow. So, we had to take out the battery each night and put it on the vanity to allow it to charge. As to the safe, the directions are not real clear. I could not get it to work, even following their printed directions. It turns out that you have to put in the card you choose to use, with the magnetic stripe facing upwards, not downwards. Our room stewards were Rodriguez Kelvan from Dominican Republic and Frederico from the Philippines. They did their best to meet our every need, and to entertain use with the towel creatures they made every night. But, there was one issue that they could not fix. You could see the stains in the carpets, stains, obviously from age. But, it became apparent that the room also contained large amounts of mold. It affected my wife's breathing, and the only way we could attempt to help her was to use the door stop to prop open the balcony door during the day, to let the room air out. Note that the speaker system for announcements does not work in staterooms. The speaker is under the vanity and, while the television does go to mute when they make an announcement, you cannot hear it, as the speaker does not come on in this room. As it turns out, that they shut off the Televisions for the announcement, but, do not pipe the announcements into the rooms, except emergency announcements, because the majority of the guests are not in their rooms, according the Guest Services. So, unless you are out and about, the Lord only knows what you are missing. According to my wireless card, the signal is very good, if you elect to use the internet from your room. Due to the cost, we decided not to, but checking the free accessible web sites, i.e. theirs, they load well, but not as well as our hardwired broadband at home. Perhaps half the speed of our broadband connection at home, at best. Note this when paying for the service. Mobility Issues The following will address other mobility issues that we encountered, not covered in the description of the room, above. After muster drill, we encountered our first mobility issue. It has to do with the age, and disrepair of the ship. The disabled ramps on deck three, near Truffles, going out onto the deck on both the port and starboard sides are in good shape on the in board side, but, are broken on the exterior deck side. This makes exiting the ship impossible, as the Lynx becomes stuck on the sill, and loses traction. We found this same situation on one of the exits from the cafe on the Lido deck to the aft pool deck. Fortunately, the second exit to this area was still in good repair and my wife could exit there. We talked to the Hotel Director, Guna Chellam, on the second night and he promised to have them repaired. I checked on Wednesday, and found that they had been. This speed of action did impress me. One major issue that is structural is the Casino. It is a smoking allowed venue without a bypass on the same floor. So, if you have issues with cigarette smoke, you have to either bypass it by going up or down a floor or more to get from one end of the ship to the other. This is especially a problem when you are going from first seating at Truffles to the Follies for your evening show. I know that this is not a mobility issue, in the strictest sense, but many who are using these carts have lung problems, as well as mobility issues. At the ports, there is a issue as well, for a mobility vehicle. At ports where the boat is anchored, there is no provision for either an elevator or a ramp to allow mobility scooters and wheelchairs to get to the exits. You have to walk down least one, of not two, flights of stairs; this is assuming they allow the elevators to actually reach Deck A. At ports where we are at dock, unless you wait until late to depart, again the elevators will not be allowed to access deck A, again meaning you will have to walk down a flight of stairs to exit. You would think that they would allow the elevators to access Deck A on docked shore days and make better provision for this with mobility issues on days were they tender you into port. Main Dining at Truffles: Our initial waiter was a little overworked. Unlike the wait system on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity, we had only one waiter assigned, as opposed to a waiter and their assistant, at this table. We were in first seating at a table for four, as well. Unfortunately, this had to be corrected. We have a party of eight and found that we were assigned four at one table and four at another, separated by half the restaurant. This was corrected so that we could be seated together on the second night. From the second night onward, we were at tabled 133 and 135, which were adjoining and then combined into one. At this set of tables we had Ronaldo and his assistant Reuben, both from the Philippines, as out waiters. These two were a hoot and we enjoyed them immensely. The highlight of each night was the dance routines the wait staff had to perform. This was where Rueben, especially, excelled. He has to be seen doing the routines to really understand. Initially, we believed dinners to be really good! Everything seemed nicely prepared. But, with the passage of time, we came to realize that they do appetizers and starters well, and steaks poorly. They tend to overcook medium rare to a rare state. Also, the Chateaubriand was not a true Chateaubriand. As to desserts, I admit that you really have to try the Chocolate Melting Cake, no wonder it is their specialty. I tried the Baked Alaska on the second formal night, and found that is was misrepresented though. It would better to have called it an ice cream cake, because, it was just a slab of ice cream (Neapolitan), between two pieces of cake with some whip cream as a topping. There is now way this had ever been baked. This was so disappointing, as I had been looking forward to it all day. Elegant Nights, formal, but, not truly formal, are Monday and Thursday. I, for one, wish that the Carnival Cruise Line had chosen to keep these nights more traditionally formal, but, there decision, I am guessing, in keeping with the Fun Ship theory, was otherwise. Breakfast was not bad. We tended to eat in Truffles with open sitting. We found the breakfast menu to be limited menu but generally good. It is true that the Unicorn has similar options, but without the ambiance. Lunch in Truffles was hit or miss. They sent out two hamburgers at one seating, one cooked correctly, and the other hard as a hockey puck. This would not have been so bad, but when we tried to send the hockey puck back, the waitress insisted it was cooked correctly until we showed her the other hamburger, then she fixed it. Actually, in this case, you might be better served by having lunch in the Unicorn Cafe. It has a better selection, but without the limited menu and wait staff. The Unicorn Cafe: We were pleasantly surprised at the food. Last year, we were some what disappointed by the food on Celebrity Solstice in the Oceanview Cafe. On the Legend we found it to range from quite good to excellent. The one thing, I will say, though, is that the layout of the Solstice's Oceanview Cafe, or even the Mariner of the Sea's Windjammer was better than that of the Legend and the Unicorn Cafe. It took some exploring to find all of the stations. On the Solstice, everything in is arranged like a food court, with the all the serving stations around a central serving area. On the Mariner, the serving stations were arranged around an outward facing circle. On the Legend, there are several, distinct and separated stations. These range from a pizza and a salad bar station, also separated, the most aft, towards the hamburger station just prior to amidships and the pool deck. Still, there were some items that did not meet our taste, and the pizza was one of them. It turned out the pizzas were not that good, and the calzones even worst. What a pity. Still, the Asian section did have very good spring rolls, and the sandwich section made some really nice Reuben sandwiches. Also, the ice cream and frozen yogurt machines are well used. The Cruise Director: We had Wee Jimmy, and found him to be quite approachable. During the second day, we encountered him as he discussed the cruise and introduced the Captain, Guiseppe Donato. After the program, he made himself available to the group for individual discussions. Three of us talked to him for some time. I even brought up Cruise Critic and how some of the comments about him were negative, though the majority was positive. He said that he had never read the reviews. He thought that some might have been from his early period as a Cruise Director. He stated that he had been a Cruise Director for a period of three years, and that there had been a learning curve in the job. He stated he had been with the company for ten years total. Actually, he was a really nice man. We ran into him several times during the cruise, the last being as we departed the ship. Entertainment We found that this cruise had very little in the way of daily activities that were suitable to our age group, i.e. early to mid-sixties and older. We did attend one trivia session the first night and a second later in the cruise, the cooking demonstration on the second sail day in the Golden Fleece, as well as Wee Jimmy's program. We did find the demonstration in the Golden Fleece to be poorly planned. Unlike a similar program on the Solstice last year, this one had the chefs on the same level as the audience, and made no provision for making it visible to the audience outside of the first row. In other words, it was not taped and projected on screens that allowed visibility for the remainder of the audience. As to the evening shows, we did go to the welcome aboard event, and it was interesting. It was also the only time we saw the Captain. We went to the second night show, which as a musical history, of sorts, of Jazz. My wife loves musicals, and, even she thought it was a little weak, and the dance routines poor. The next day was the marriage show. This was a hit with our group, as we were four couples and two of our couples were in the show. My wife's parents representing the oldest married couple, and our friends, the middle couple. They both, in their own way, were the hits of the show. Why, because my wife's parents, especially her father, were hamming it up and the other couple suffered from the husband going missing to get his camera. Not to be deterred his wife played, first with a volunteer from the audience, then another friend from our group, until her husband finally returned. You can imagine the confusion that this arrangement of potential answers would cause for them. Debarkation: Debarkation could have gone better. We arrived in port a little before 7 A.M., and started to off load around 8:30 A.M. Since we had based our guesses on other cruises, we had assumed we would be off no later than 9 A.M., but, it was closer to 9:30 A.M., as they called the debarking numbers. Unfortunately, we were number eleven and not earlier down the list. Once off the ship everything went smoothly, except that I was told that I could not use my cell phone in the terminal building. This make making contact with our pick up ride more difficult. Summary: Given everything that occurred over the week, while the cruise was not bad, it was not the best we have experienced. We enjoyed the ports, except Roatan, and the food was generally acceptable on board. Still, we would never do it again. We will go back to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity in the future, thank you. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We sailed out of Tampa on The Carnival Legend ( 9/12/2010 ), and we had a easy access to the VIP lounge and right onto the ship. We first ate lunch on the Lido Deck , due to our room not being ready till 1:30 ( most expected ), to make ... Read More
We sailed out of Tampa on The Carnival Legend ( 9/12/2010 ), and we had a easy access to the VIP lounge and right onto the ship. We first ate lunch on the Lido Deck , due to our room not being ready till 1:30 ( most expected ), to make this all short and sweet we both loved the Excursions that we chose on Grand Cayman , Cayman Islands (Stingray City , Turtle Farm , and yes we even went to HELL )and on Isla Roatan , Honduras (Semi-Submarine , Tour of West End Village , and The Cameo Factory ( where I had a surprise waiting for my wonderful bride ).We also visited Cozumel , Mexico ( Did Shopping ) And we visited Belize City , and "you better Belize it"... One Barrel Rum , OH MY... The stay on the ship was wonderful,we became rock and roll addicts when were at sea ( but to be expected ) we were just on the south edge of Tropical Storm Karl, WOO HOO .... Our room Steward was the best... Our meals were awesome ( since I didn't have to prepare them for a week ) ....We ate in Truffles Dining Room every night but one , we ate in the Golden Fleece Steak House (OH MY )... We ate breakfast and lunch both in the Truffles Dining Room , on the Lido Deck and even called Room Service a few times... The BAD things I didn't like about this cruise were you couldn't get near a pool or hot tub to speak of ... We paid for a Stateroom with a balcony, and our neighbors practically lived out on theirs SMOKING , Leaving there Balcony light on all night ( which shined into our room )....The other thing that made us so mad is that they would flick there butts into the water ...NOT GOOD !!! So all I can say to those who read this IF you have a problem with someone smoking... You probably should get an Ocean View Stateroom... And to Complain to someone on the ship about it does not work !!! Other than these few things our Vacation alone was awesome !!! We cruise again in 355 days to Eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Destiny !!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Wow, I am still in recovery mode from a long and wonderful vacation. I spent months and months (7 to be exact) planning with 4 other couples about where to go and what to do. We finally decided on the Western Caribbean out of Tampa on the ... Read More
Wow, I am still in recovery mode from a long and wonderful vacation. I spent months and months (7 to be exact) planning with 4 other couples about where to go and what to do. We finally decided on the Western Caribbean out of Tampa on the Legend. What a good decision it was. We finally made it to Tampa and stayed at the Sheraton River walk. It was a nice, clean, comfortable hotel and a good way to start our vacation. They had a free shuttle that took us to the cruise port the next morning which was not to far from there. Once we got there check in was just about as long as what you would expect at the airport on a steady day (40 minutes). Once on the ship I took a bit of time to walk around and get familiar with the lay out which was pretty easy. Then had some lunch on the Lido deck at the buffet it was good, but not great. Rooms were ready pretty quickly and very clean, never once did we have a problem with our room steward, we never even saw him the entire trip all we knew was that somehow our room was magically clean every time we came back from activities (twice a day). There was always something to do, weather it was going to a bar/lounge, or seeing a show, or sitting by the pool/hot tub (only complaint about the pool is there are chair hogs who save seats using one flip flop and never come back to their chair and there are people who want to use them and get stuck with out a spot.) We were never board. And when not on the ship and at port, there was always something to do there as well. We had excursions planned for every port so we didn't have to worry about what to do there, but there were plenty of people on shore selling excursions if you didn't book prior to getting there. There were so many cute trinket shops with something for every ones taste. If there wasn't really anything to complain about except for one thing. THE FOOD on the ship. I had some food that was ok, but that was easy for me to deal with. I didn't want to let that one thing get me down since the rest of my vacation was perfect. But for my husband who has a gluten intolerance and many other allergies he suffered pretty horribly. They did try to accommodate him, but sometimes they tried to hard. His body is pretty sensitive to change in diet so all he wanted was the same thing every night and the lady trying to help him would pressure him into things he just didn't want. One night they brought him a desert and he didn't want to be rude and waste it, so he ate it and knew right away he would be sick the next day from it, and he was. That is his own fault for eating it when he knew he would get sick, but they really should have just listened to him when he said he eats the same thing every night on the ship and at home. The thing we found out was that the main dining room for dinner and the buffet at lunch was the only times he could eat. There was nothing for breakfast for him to eat. On days we were in port he would come back to the ship starving and he would have to wait till the any time dinning would start so he could get something to eat. Well over all This trip was great and I would do it again, as for my husband I am not to sure. Vacation is about lots of things and food being one of the things, so for him I think we might have to find a cruise made for ceoliac disease/ Gluten intolerant people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Love and Marriage on the Legend Our only daughter, Wendy, was married on 11/22/09 aboard the Legend. I'm also a disabled traveler, so my review will be based on those two factors. She picked the Legend because of its location and ... Read More
Love and Marriage on the Legend Our only daughter, Wendy, was married on 11/22/09 aboard the Legend. I'm also a disabled traveler, so my review will be based on those two factors. She picked the Legend because of its location and the date - she's a teacher and her new husband is a Naval Corpsman, so they didn't have lots of choices. If you're thinking of getting married on a cruise ship, Carnival's a good choice. Before I begin, I'd like to make a few comments on the line and the ship. I didn't know what to expect based on comments I'd seen, but I didn't feel the dEcor was too out there. I felt that the Unicorn could've been laid out better (and it would have been nice once during the week to have HOT oatmeal instead of tepid), but it was kind of nice not having to ride my scooter all over the place to reach everything. The elevators were PHENOMENAL. Rarely, if ever, did we have to wait, and people were very gracious about making room for me and my scooter - in fact, everyone was very friendly all week. Possibly it was because Nascar Nellie (my scooter) was all dressed up for the wedding and they noticed, but all week long people commented that they'd seen our daughter in her wedding dress and she was so pretty - just what a mom wants to hear about her only daughter! Thank you everyone - we love you all! If you're disabled or planning an onboard wedding, keep a few things in mind: first, if you are skilled at making travel plans, DIY rather than use an agent. Why? If you have a problem or questions, Carnival will NOT talk to you if you have an agent. The "problems" we had weren't major, but it did get frustrating having to wait and wait and wait for answers. Be sure you write things down and be sure you read EVERYTHING!! TWICE!!! We chose to do as much ourselves as we could. First were the flowers - I did silk because if you want "real" then you have to use those provided by Carnival, and upgrading from what is "standard" is pricey. My daughter also provided her own cake topper, etc. I was truly honored when at both embarkation and debarkation, we were stopped by border agents because they thought our flowers were real. We stayed at the Howard Johnson International on Fortune Street and suggest that you NOT stay there if at all possible. There were numerous mix-ups with rooms, reservations, etc. and although my daughter had agreed to guarantee everyone's initial reservations to her credit card, the hotel was supposed to get the individual credit cards when people checked in. They did, but also placed a $1600 "block" on her credit card, even though everyone showed up and paid. We discovered this on Saturday afternoon (a full day after the last of the guests had checked in) and as of the date we disembarked (11/29), it still hadn't cleared. In addition, some guests encountered difficulties with items they left checked with the hotel for pick-up on our return. If you do leave anything, be sure to get a receipt!!! Also, be aware that 3 floors of the hotel and an equal number of services are taken up by students at the U. of Tampa, including one of two shuttles. The rehearsal dinner was at Spaghetti Warehouse - great food, easy to locate, parking across the street! My husband happened to meet Vince, a driver with Blue One, and asked him about their services (forget about HoJo's shuttle!) Through him, we were able to get everyone to the pier in one fell swoop for $4/pp plus tip. He was courteous, friendly, and great fun as well. There were 47 of us, including people who weren't sailing. Joyce, the local coordinator, met us promptly at 10 a.m. on the dock, and she literally whirled us through check-in. (For a wedding, you are able to include non-sailing guests, but have to provide security information for them ahead of time.) Once we boarded the Legend, we headed for Satchmo's and a quick rehearsal, set up seating, and gave them the candles, favors, etc. There was a question as to whether she could use her unity candle, but it was solved quickly. We turned everything over to Joyce and her assistant and headed to our cabin. Other guests explored the Legend. This was where we encountered our first major problem. Ours was an extended balcony cabin - designated Handicapped-Accessible. In the past, no matter which line we've used, we've had no problems as to where to keep my scooter or wheelchair. Not on the Legend. In fact, we didn't even have a sofa to sit on! We had a HUGE balcony, but it had a 6" step, so Nellie was out of luck this trip. We assumed that there would be sufficient room for the girls to get ready. Nope. In fact, my husband ended up getting dressed on the balcony, to the delight of all the seagulls! We knew that there would be only one outlet and we had a surge protector with extra outlets with us; but in the chaos that reigned, we didn't find it until afterwards. The men dressed in the "Honeymoon" cabin and ironically, had more room than we did! As for the rest of the week, we learned that we couldn't put the room chairs out on the balcony (fire hazard) so Nellie ended up sleeping in the shower every night! Major thanks go to two friends who scouted out a tray of lemonade and iced tea for us...and to another friend who loaned her mother's wedding ring when Wendy's "something old" disappeared at the last moment. Those are the memories that make a wedding your own. They called the girls to Satchmo's when they were ready, and I left Wendy and Ed then. The Carnival photographer came to our cabin at that time and escorted them to the wedding, taking photos on the way. We provided a tape with the music for the wedding and everything went off without a hitch. My compliments to the Carnival photographer - he was very, very gracious about sharing picture time with others in our party who also wanted to take pictures. As it worked out, it was a good thing, because many of the ship's photos were slightly out of focus or people had their eyes closed. More about pictures later, though. Joyce also turned out to be our officiant, and she did a beautiful job. She made everyone feel comfortable and she did a lovely job with the ceremony, providing all the touches that Wendy had requested, and without a hitch. In fact, we can't say enough nice things about her! It was afterwards that things got a bit crazy. Carnival offers two wedding packages per cruise - one for 1-1/2 hours and one for 1 hour. The longer one had been taken, so we had no choice but to take the hour. Several people in the party had seafood allergies so we requested that there either be no seafood served or that it be very clearly marked - that didn't happen. The reception was held in Medusa's Lounge - down a circular stairway, and a challenge if you're disabled. Be prepared to detour through the kitchen! It had a wall that could show multiple photos of the bride and groom, etc., and they did a great job with it. Unfortunately, they time the reception from the moment the ceremony ends and it took people a while to get there. Still and all, everything that needed to happen did, and the drinks were plentiful and delicious. I can't say much about the buffet of hors d'oeurves because we didn't get to sample any. As I said, the two consultants that were non-Carnival employees did a wonderful job from start to finish, and it was only on Monday night that I learned that we also had a Carnival rep! She stopped by the table to ask how things went - NOT appropriate as far as I was concerned. Had she been there on Sunday, we could have dealt with the reception issues as they occurred, and perhaps everyone wouldn't have been hustled off the boat so quickly, and we could have sampled the buffet! Kudos to the bartenders who gave us ample notice that the bar was going to close - and to whoever made the pina coladas! Even so, we all enjoyed the wedding and reception, and it was soon time for the lifeboat drill and sail-away. Nascar Nellie was fully decked out for the occasion - with "Mother of the Bride" on her stern (along with some tin cans and an old shoe or two), plus she had lovely bows on her bow! (Try saying that 3 times quickly!) Many people stopped us along the way to let us know they'd seen Wendy and her "young man", who is a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. We were amazed at the number of men who stopped them and shook his hand, telling him that they'd been in the Navy too. They stayed in their wedding finery all day, and had a wonderful time everywhere they went. It was the wedding our daughter has wanted since she was little and first watched "Love Boat" - and we're grateful to Carnival for helping fulfill that dream for the two of them. There were 20 of us sailing and we had all chosen late seating. Our waiter was Kate from Roumania and while we never understood what her assistant's name was, they both did an excellent job all week long. As far as the food went, it was about what we expected...not much! We still packed it away, though, so it couldn't have been all that bad! Our biggest complaint was that they put 14 of us at one table and 6 at another. It would have been better had they split us equally because it got to be a bit messy at times. We had 3 cakes ordered on Friday night to celebrate birthdays, but only 2 made it. On Saturday night, though, we joined another couple at the Golden Fleece. It was worth every penny, and the service was immaculate and food superb. My biggest complaint is tipping. When we first began cruising 17 years ago, it was wonderful!! There were late-night buffets, service was impeccable, and you felt like you made true friends with the crew. We can still tell you the names of our waiters, cabin steward, and the Cruise Director from that first cruise on the Celebration! I will also never forget Lilith Campbell, our first female cabin steward, and from this trip. She was not friendly, and although we had few requests (like extra ice), she made us feel like we were putting her out. When she told us that we couldn't put the chairs out on the balcony because it was a fire hazard, she did so in a manner that made us feel stupid for not knowing it ahead of time. When we asked for extra hangers (our closet had 4) it felt as though we were asking her to sell us her first-born child! Luckily for us, her assistant Pupu, was not like that. She was the first person I've ever complained about on a cruise ship. I thank all of you who warned us about Jen's voice - it felt like nails on chalkboard! I'd hoped we would have John Heald instead - we'd had him for our one other Carnival cruise. I understand why they do the automatic gratuities, but everyone I've ever spoken with about it agrees that since the cruise lines did this, service has gone downhill. It's still a great way to travel, but not like it once was. My last comment is about photographs. My daughter and her husband probably spent as much on pictures as on their wedding, and when we looked at them on Thursday night, we were horrified to learn that it cost $29.95 per 8 x 10 picture for wedding photos. Thank God that we had other people taking them, because we didn't buy one - not one!!! Prices for "regular" photos have gone up to $21.95 as well. PLEASE, cruise lines - we all have sign-and-sail cards with numbers on them. Couldn't you tie the countless photos you take to that number so that we can go to a screen (maybe even in our cabin) and view them in comfort. I can't get near the boards with my scooter without people literally climbing over me...and trying to back out is even worse. Carnival doesn't even offer a break on prices, such as buy 3 get one free or such. It's just not worth wading through the throngs to buy overpriced pictures. Maybe if they didn't have to print and dispose of thousands of pictures, they could save money and pass it along to the passengers. We're hoping that one of the private photos of us with our daughter turn out because with the ship's pictures, someone always had their eyes shut! We didn't use Carnival for our shore excursions. In fact, we didn't even get off the ship in Belize or Grand Cayman because they don't tender scooters. We also had monsoon-type rains in Roatan, so we didn't do much in that port either. It's lovely there, however, and we look forward to visiting again...on a different cruise line perhaps. We hadn't really expected much from this trip, except to have a wonderful time at our daughter's wedding. Carnival surprised us on many occasions and did a much better job than in the past. (In fact, I've ALMOST forgiven them for losing my luggage on our 25th Anniversary cruise.) That said, I enjoy dressing up and the formality you encounter on other lines. We're not "party" types, although we like to have a good time. The biggest consideration though, is the cabin. I just can't crawl over my scooter and like to have sufficient space to store the things I bring on a cruise. We don't over-pack - in fact, we each take one bag and together we share a small garment bag with our formal clothes. On this trip, we felt like we just got messier and messier the more time passed. Sooooo...basically we had a good time and we enjoyed our trip in spite of the negatives and because of the positives - and there were definitely more positives this time! Carnival, you did a good job and we appreciate it. Kudos to Jenna - the Yoga instructor. I was trying to find nail polish remover one afternoon when we were in port and had checked in the beauty salon where I was told that they didn't sell it. She stopped me in the hallway and asked if I could wait a moment (she had a class scheduled but didn't know if there would be any "takers"). Afterwards, she got me enough to be sure I could get my old off. That's great service! I've rated service overall as a 5, and it's because of people like Jenna and Kate in the Dining Room - not the Lilith's of the ship! We only did a few of the onboard entertainments, but what we did experience was very good. If any of you have questions or want additional information, feel free to contact me directly at cathi.deal@sbcglobal.net Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
We had a party of 16 friends and family. Some experienced cruisers, but most were rookies. We stayed at the Mainsail in Tampa the evening before the cruise. Very nice accommodations and shuttle service to the pier. We had an easy boarding ... Read More
We had a party of 16 friends and family. Some experienced cruisers, but most were rookies. We stayed at the Mainsail in Tampa the evening before the cruise. Very nice accommodations and shuttle service to the pier. We had an easy boarding and was amazed by the size of the ship. There was a lot of confusion and crowding on the Lido deck before the rooms were ready and passengers started going to their cabins. This is understandable. Our cabin was very comfortable and our cabin staff was excellent. I spent a couple of nights under the weather and our steward always made a point of checking on me to see if I was okay or needed anything. We chose the late seating for dinner and was pleasantly surprised with our head waiter Aleksandra (sp) and her assistant Juan. They were excellent and the food was exceptional..especially the Fruit Soups!! My son and daughter-in-law went ashore at all ports and had a good time in all but they were especially fond of Roatan Island. I did not attend any of the shows on board. I did shop and spend some time in the casino. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. We came back in through a tropical storm and it was a bit rocky but it was the middle of the night so not many folks noticed. We had no trouble leaving the ship and getting through customs. Our worst experience was waiting for our shuttle back to the Mainsail. We waited over an hour, but they made up for the inconvenience. The shuttle to the airport in the morning was on time and we made our flight easily. All in all it was a wonderful time and I can not say enough about the wonderful staff on board the Legend. Carnival can be proud of them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
Carnival Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.5 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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