Sail Date: May 2012
We took the Carbival Legend out of Tampa in May and had a wonderful vacation. We paid extra for the aft cabin with the wrap around balcony and it is very very worth it. We had 270 degree views and never found ourselves fighting for beach ... Read More
We took the Carbival Legend out of Tampa in May and had a wonderful vacation. We paid extra for the aft cabin with the wrap around balcony and it is very very worth it. We had 270 degree views and never found ourselves fighting for beach chairs on the main decks. Every night we were on the balcony watching the sunset and cracking a bottle of wine with some cheese... Here are our tips when taking this cruise - On the Legend, if you are lucky enough to stay in a aft corner balcony stateroom, stay away from the 5th deck. Those rooms are significantly smaller than the other floors due to some electrical components. - The boat is a bit dirty after 10+ years of service but nothing terrible - Go to the gym any day but the 1st. Seems like everyone gets lazier as the cruise goes on but day 1 is a zoo at the gym. - Bring a few bottles of wine on board. Will save you a lot of money on board. They are pretty lax with the size and quantity rules. But dont bring a bottle you could not handle losing if you have a watchful xray user. - The cave tubing and zip lining in Belize require an hour bus ride along some bad roads. It is like spending 2 hours in a dryer. NOT WORTH IT for a few seconds of fun.. Try a beach excursion instead... - Roatan is the best island out there. There is a very commercialized beach right next to the dock but I would suggest spending a bit of money to go to one of the private beaches. We found some of the best beaches we have ever seen in Hondurus - The Caymans are very Americanized. This is the island to go do water sports, dive, scuba, dolphins, etc. You are not missing much on the beach. - If you have some time in Tampa, stay at the Vinoy Hotel in St Petersburg. Wonderful place with tons to do.. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
My husband and I have went on 5 cruises, 4 of them on Carnival Cruise lines. This was the first time out of Tampa and I have to say the fastest when it came to boarding a ship. We arrived the day before and stayed at the Rocky Point Inn ... Read More
My husband and I have went on 5 cruises, 4 of them on Carnival Cruise lines. This was the first time out of Tampa and I have to say the fastest when it came to boarding a ship. We arrived the day before and stayed at the Rocky Point Inn which was not too bad to stay at. They are in the middle of a remodel so the wallpaper was torn down in the hallway and sheet rock showing in places yet our room was clean. Not a bad hotel for the price. They do a cruise special were they will pick you up from the airport, take you to your hotel and shuttle you to the port. There is a wonderful restaurant within walking distance called Bahama Breeze. The worst complaint we had about the Legend was the entertainment. It was the same "dance" shows almost every night. There was very little variety. There was one night when there was a juggler/comedian that was good but the rest of the nights it was the same. We ended up going to the comedian shows. It definitely needs improvement. Wonderful Cruise Director!!! We heard from several sources that the Legend will be remodeled soon and that will be a good thing. The layout on the ship was a bit to get us to. Seemed to have a choppy design. Would like to see it once it was remodeled. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
My fiance and I just returned from the July 5th-11th cruise out of Tampa.  Our main goal was to escape the reality of our professional lives during this robust economic boom (kidding of course).  We are in our early thirties and live in ... Read More
My fiance and I just returned from the July 5th-11th cruise out of Tampa.  Our main goal was to escape the reality of our professional lives during this robust economic boom (kidding of course).  We are in our early thirties and live in Tampa, so it was an easy decision to leave out of the Tampa port.  We decided on the seven day cruise because we both needed to get away for at least a week.  Our decision to cruise was made last minute and we got one of the few remaining cabins on the ship.  Being prone to motion sickness and never having cruised before I was a bit nervous.  On to the cruise:Embarkation: Pretty easy to get on the ship.  Didn't take longer than 45 minutes or so to get out of the cab and be on the ship.  We arrived around noon and were eating lunch by 1:15pm.Alcohol: After much studying via the internet I took the risk and packed alcohol for the week in our "checked" bag.  Didn't have an issue at all.  Economy sucks and they know most people probably sneak something on.  We still spent plenty on the ship so Carnival made their money.  My advice is the bring vodka in Sprite bottles, whiskey in iced tea bottles, etc.  You get my point.  For further discussion just use Google like I did and all the tricks of the trade will be revealed to you.  On a related note, you are legally allowed to bring 1 bottle of wine per person on to the ship.  They charge you a corking fee at dinner ($10), but it's better than buying the overpriced bottle from them.  The drinks are not cheap.Ship:  I didn't have anything to compare it to, but I thought the ship was very clean and very nice.Staff:  We can't say enough about how overly nice all the staff were.  We got to know many of them over the course of our week and they treated us like royalty.  Sandy the bartender knew me by name after the 2nd day.  Your cabin steward will do anything you ask of them.  We didn't abuse them on room service, unnatural requests, etc.  They all work very hard and to many it is a way to send money back home to their families.Food:  Food was good, not great, but was always hot and fresh.  Be prepared to put on at least 5 lbs.  If you don't, it means you didn't enjoy yourself enough.Ports:Grand Cayman:  Have to do Stingray City.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the stingrays.  Before the trip, I had a fear of the ugly creatures, but that quickly changed once I learned more about them and spent an hour in the water playing with them.  Sign up with Moby Dick Tours.  Very reliable, very knowledgable and 1/2 the price Carnival will charge you for the same excursion.  We used outside excursion companies when available.  It is the same companies Carnival uses at a fraction of the cost.  Cozumel:  We rented a Jeep for $50 and drove to Mr. Sanchos beach bar.  It was a nice semi-private beach bar where we drank the margaritas and ate some quality Mexican food.  They have small vendors there who want your money and are ready to barter.  I picked up a couple of Cuban cigars that looking back at it, I probably overpaid for.  After Mr. Sanchos, we drove around the back side of the island and headed back to the ship.  Make sure you pick up some Tequila at one of the duty free shops before you get back on the ship.  They carry special brands down there that are not sold in USA.  Belize:  We paid $100 a piece and did the cave tubing/zip lining experience through Extreme Excursions.  Belize is kind of dirty and not the safest country.  I wasn't too worried at the site of police on the side of the roads with machine guns, but I think my fiance was a little scared.  It takes about 45 minutes to get to the cave tubing camp.  Cave tubing was okay, but the zip lining was very good.  We have been before in other countries but this experience was far superior.Honduras: By far our favorite.  Only 2 ships a week come to the island, so the locals are very appreciate of your visit.  I should have waited and bought my Cuban cigars there had I known the prices were better.  Go to Tabayana Beach.  The only way to book this excursion was through Carnival ($35), but well worth it.  Unbelievable snorkling (make sure you swim way out there) directly off the beach.  All in all, we had a great time.  Vacation, like life, is what you make of it.  Sure, we could have complained about certain things that happened to us on the trip, but anything we expreienced was far superior than spending a week in the office trying to make a buck.  Are we going to cruise again? You betcha........probably try to get some friends to go with us next time.  Listed below are some observations from our cruise.  I consider myslef a normal guy so feel free to use them or not.......If you don't have kids, use the adult pool at the back of the ship.The pool is a saltwater pool.Bring Dramamine or get the patch from your doctor (saw alot of those)Casinos don't serve free drinks while you are gambling???????Go to the shows....pretty decent.....and FREEIf you have the time, eat breakfast in the dining room.Have to order the Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert.Do self debarkation.....we were off the ship and at my house in 20 minutes from the time we left our cabin.Unless you drink a ton of soda, no need for the Soda Card.Gym is pretty decent.Jen the cruise director can be annoying at times.Don't book your room in 4120 unless you want to be kept up until 3am by Billy's Piano BarENJOY YOURSELF! Read Less
Carnival Legend Ratings
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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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