89 Carnival Legend First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

A cruise has always been my dream and I'm thankful and grateful to my sister for making this dream come true. We had interior cabins with no windows which was perfect since Alaska had 19 hours of daylight and this made it so easy to ... Read More
A cruise has always been my dream and I'm thankful and grateful to my sister for making this dream come true. We had interior cabins with no windows which was perfect since Alaska had 19 hours of daylight and this made it so easy to sleep. Noli took care of all our cabin needs and he was amazing. He called us by name and that's important to me. The dining was great, We really enjoyed Maja and Dejan they were our servers, they were the best, prompt service.There was a total of 9 in our group and we were called by our names the whole time. We cried as we said good bye. The service we received was unreal. Everyone is so friendly, all we did was eat, eat, eat. Always had a clean table to go to. Skagway was the best port for me. It rained on all the other ports. But I had a blast with my husband and the rest of the family. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Room service A1 (faultless), Food A1 the variety is exceptional Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ( pizza is 24 hr), Service on Board A1 Faultless :-), Entertainment Brilliant Although they could use more Australian music Acts, Staff on board ... Read More
Room service A1 (faultless), Food A1 the variety is exceptional Breakfast, Lunch & Diner ( pizza is 24 hr), Service on Board A1 Faultless :-), Entertainment Brilliant Although they could use more Australian music Acts, Staff on board from the room service to the Captain very friendly and Approachable (faultless). The Giant green water slide is a must :-), the ship tour is a must. Shopping on board, check your prices, some product is in $-US, know your conversions Mare & Isle of Pines beaches sensational,( the people live an uncomplicated life yet so happy :-) ) Vanuatu & Port Villa a but more Westernised, the people on all islands are so friendly, prices of food in Vanuatu when converted to $ Aus is expensive, Big $. Pay the extra for a balcony or a (opening ) window room, if you like fresh air. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I am writing to thank Carnival cruise line for a wonderful trip. We are a family of four and we have two kids with special considerations. One is highly anxious and the other is Aspergers and I cannot express how helpful and understanding ... Read More
I am writing to thank Carnival cruise line for a wonderful trip. We are a family of four and we have two kids with special considerations. One is highly anxious and the other is Aspergers and I cannot express how helpful and understanding Carnival was. We were not aware till we boarded that we were given priority status and were escorted on board and to tenders. We also had a phone to keep in contact with the kids if needed. Thank you so much for your understanding and for making our cruising so much less stressful. As for the cruise. It was great. We had two balcony rooms on the 8 th floor and our rooms were great with flat screen TVs and 2 movies a day. We had queen beds and a sofa in each room and their was plenty of storage and several shelves in the bathroom. The suitcases fit nicely under the bed. Tip pack half as many clothes as you think. ( We didn't use half) The food was good but meals at trifles were excellent as was the service. The entertainment was good at the show and there was always some thing to do. The kids enjoyed the kids club and made friend easily and were happy and entertained daily. The drinks were a little dearer than a bistro but beer starts at $ 7:50- $ 8:00 a beer and $33 a bottle of wine . The cocktails are about $10 you can't take alcohol on board in Australia. Ports Mare good for snorkelling only really. Beautiful beach with lots of local food and drink to buy cheaply. However only down side is there are 2000 others with you. Villa is great for shopping. Look in the stores and this is the place to do duty free. There are great tours here. Get a cab... There are plenty around negotiate though and walk away if not happy with the price. All cars are cans overt there. Cascade water fall and blue lagoon nice. Noumea is very civilised plenty of tours on offer once off the ship. Lemon bay nice too. Just watch using credit card to pay as they can put a maximum or minimum service charge and they don't tell you which so you need to ask. Isle of Pines is great for snorkeing. Choose opposite near the island great snorkelling near island rocks. There are plenty of tours her too. For our first cruise we loved it. Thanks carnival Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Just completed a 10 night cruise on the Carnival legend, what a great holiday! For a budget holiday I was very impressed. As I spent a lot of time on this site researching before my cruise I thought I would give as many hints / tips to ... Read More
Just completed a 10 night cruise on the Carnival legend, what a great holiday! For a budget holiday I was very impressed. As I spent a lot of time on this site researching before my cruise I thought I would give as many hints / tips to benefit others :) Cabins: We had interior staterooms 1190 & 1186 on the Rivera deck (lowest deck) the rooms were really roomy from my perspective, if you think small hotel room then you'll be happy. The queen is singles pushed together but that didn't bother us. The bathroom is small but meets the needs. Not having a window didn't bother us either, made it really dark for naps during the day after a few cocktails. We didn't spend much time in the cabin anyway. Our cabins were mid ship so we didn't really feel the sway of the boat, only on really wavy days. The stewards are awesome and make your room up at least twice a day! Our kids loved the different towel animals left on their beds every night. Seasickness: If people tell you that you cant feel the sway of the boat they are lying! I am not prone to travel sickness but felt crook the first day, my wife and kids where really sick the first 24 hrs. We took the pharmacy drowsy seasickness medication and was fine after the first 24 hrs (I didn't feel drowsy at all from this medication at all) the ginger travel calm worked well for the kids, tip: my 7 YO cannot take tablets so we ground them up and mixed with honey which worked well. We heard if you can start taking the meds 2 days before getting on the cruise it is really beneficial, I will remember that for next time. Food & Drink: Drink prices: Cocktails with 2-5 shots in it $9.75 - $10.75 Beer $7.50 - $9.00 Spirit $8.35 (scotch & coke etc) Wine $30 - $50 / bottle Can of coke - $2.75 They had the bottomless bubbles (soft drinks) for $5.50 /day for kids and $7.50 / day for adults but we didn't get this as our kids like water and juice more, they have drink stations everywhere with ice, water, lemon squash, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. Icecream & pizza is included and available 24/7, pizzas are really good, made fresh. Buffet is typical buffet, good selection but gets old quick. Truffles restaurant is included and is very good, 3 course meals for dinner every night, food is decent quality and the waiters are really good, great with the kids. Nouvou restaurant is ok, we had 1 dinner here but for an additional $40/ person we steered clear. Kids Club: Wow the kids absolutely loved it, they wanted to go all the time! The staff were amazing with the kids. Ship activities: So much to do every day, literally things going on from 8am - 12am Nightclub was pretty crap, DJ failed to deliver a decent set Stage shows pretty good but mostly 70s- 80s music Comedians were great, so funny, get there early because they were always packed Pools and spa's where nice enough but a bit small Waterslides good for the kids Adults serenity area was nice but always packed out Shore activities: **book your shore excursion once you get to the island, give the locals your cash, e.g. Mystery Island the snorkelling safari was $80 pp through carnival and $20 pp once on the island** Snorkelling gear is $90 to buy on the cruise and about $20 to hire on each island All islands except AU dollars so no need to change currrency Mystery Island is great for snorkelling get your souvenirs and hair braiding here as it is the cheapest for everything. We went back to the boat for lunch and still had time to go back for a snorkel. Isle of Pines was good for snorkelling food & souvenirs on the island are pricy but still not too much, $3 for a coconut, $6 for a packet of twisties. Mare was my favourite, water was crystal and Yejele beach is the best for reef snorkelling the fish are amazing and the coral still has some colour. You need to buy the bus ticket to the beach on the cruise boat for this trip as there is nothing else to do on Mare. Heaps of food to buy for lunch and $4 beers from the locals :) Noumea was good but more for shopping not for swimming, we did the bus tour for $20 pp which allows you to hop on / off at 7 stops. Overall For my first cruise I was really impressed, best value for money holiday I have been on. Take the kids they will love it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I are in our early 60's and when reviewing which cruise would suit us I noted that Carnival Legend had a Serenity Area on Deck 9 and an extensive library with shows in the evening. We saw the cruise had a good rating ... Read More
My husband and I are in our early 60's and when reviewing which cruise would suit us I noted that Carnival Legend had a Serenity Area on Deck 9 and an extensive library with shows in the evening. We saw the cruise had a good rating so we thought this was for us....how wrong can you be! The Serenity Area was quickly taken over by the Club 18/30 folks who sat in the pool drinking.... The Library was a substantial room full of fake bookends. There were a few books in a cabinet which were based on subjects like the American civil war.... not exactly relaxing reading. We had booked a junior suite and were looking forward to the extra room but we had 5 night nightmare..... The first night the vibration in the cabin was so bad every part of the structure of the room knocked, banged, rattled etc.... on the second day the Captain reported a propulsion problem that would be fixed when we arrived at our first port and we would be delayed getting there because of the problem [upon checking via the web after the cruise we found that this was apparently a common occurrence on this ship]. We spent a second horrendous night without sleep and then went to the customer service desk on the 3rd morning.... they were initially sceptical of our complaint until a young lady came up to the room and checked for herself.... we were then offered a very small balcony room as the only available option. Having spent $4000 we were very upset at this point, my poor husband was constantly feeling nauseous even after taking medication. We found the daytime activities unsuitable....We thought there would be talks on interesting subjects, instead we had bingo/quizzes/karaoke and trivia so we spent our days avoiding the Serenity Area and trying to find quiet parts of the ship waiting to get off the cruise. The buffet provided on the Lido deck was awful and to see 2,000 people frantically dishing up big plates of food was disgusting. The few good things about the ship were the staff who were outstanding and the evening entertainment. I don't think you could give us enough money to encourage us to cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Our first cruise and we are not impressed. Drinks were too expensive we even had to pay for our drinking water in our cabin, average entertainment, most uniformed officers (except for Manuel, Eric and the Captain) ignored us and other ... Read More
Our first cruise and we are not impressed. Drinks were too expensive we even had to pay for our drinking water in our cabin, average entertainment, most uniformed officers (except for Manuel, Eric and the Captain) ignored us and other guests. Most of the time we were sick due to the rough seas. We were hoping the ship would have had better stabilisers to not feel the motion of the waves. On New Years Eve we DIDN'T even get a complimentary glass of champagne. The Pixels Gallery was too expensive. The Shore Excursions on-board were more expensive than if you purchased at port. The staff at Truffles Restaurant were very good especially Manuel, Edsel and Joseneil. We were shocked to find at embarkation that we could not take our power board on the ship, especially as the information online stated we could, as long as it didn't have a power surge button on it. No complimentary hair conditioner or shower cap supplied on board. Food was average. Overall a very stingy ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We travelled as a young couple (19 years old) on the Carnival Legend 11 night cruise stopping at 5 ports- Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Vila, Mare and Noumea. This was our first cruise. Overall, our expectations were exceeded. The best ... Read More
We travelled as a young couple (19 years old) on the Carnival Legend 11 night cruise stopping at 5 ports- Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Vila, Mare and Noumea. This was our first cruise. Overall, our expectations were exceeded. The best thing about the cruise is the value for money- especially since our cabin also came with $200 on board credit each which was great and lasted us the whole 12 days. Some particular comments on aspects of the cruise: Cabin: cabin sizes are quite generous (we had an outside cabin with an obstructed view- well worth the small increase in price compared to an interior cabin which are apparently considerably more cramped). Cabins are cleaned twice a day, the bed is comfortable and the bathroom is adequate. Tip: even though the weather is hot, make sure you pack a few jumpers/cardigans as around the ship- especially in the theatre/comedy club the air conditioning is really cold! Also pack your own toiletries, there is free shampoo provided but it is very average and there is no conditioner. Entertainment: there is a new performance every night in the theatre (one at 7.30 and 9.30 which is a repeat). We attended every show and they were all brilliant- highlights were the Epic Rock production and the talent show on the final night. We also attended every comedy night (held after the 9.30 show) and the comedians were generally very impressive. There are also many other smaller-scale activities held throughout the day, the ones we attended (eg cooking demonstration) were good however on some sea days there were not many activities offered besides bingo, music trivia and kids activities. This was not a huge problem for us as we enjoyed spending time in the Serenity pool in the adults area of the ship, and also on the Green Thunder waterslide (definitely worth a go). Ports: our favorite port was Vila- we went to the Cascade Waterfalls which was great and enjoyed catching the $5 water taxi into town. The locals were quite friendly and the duty free shopping was by far the best I’ve seen (even cheaper than in South East Asia). Another highlight was Mystery Island- we enjoyed renting a sea kayak (only $5) and snorkeling at the beach. It is definitely worthwhile researching the ports before you arrive- you will save money and make the most out of your day at each stop. We did this and consequently did not book any shore excursions (unnecessary and overpriced in my view), except for the $20 bus to Yedjele beach at Mare (which is the only thing to do there). The worst part about some of the ports we visited (3/5) was having to tender, which in some places took a few hours of waiting. Food/drinks: we had second seating dining (7.45) in Truffles restaurant. We found this was the perfect time for dinner- it was nice having a set time to eat (rather than queuing for anytime dining) and having the same wait staff each night. The food at Truffles was quite good- only a few meals I ate there were substandard. The menu changes each night and there is good variety. I travelled with a vegetarian and he had no issues finding something different to eat each day. The buffet is also quite good, I never felt sick from the food. One of the highlights of our trip was eating at Nouvea restaurant- $40 per person. The value is amazing- each of the 5 courses we were served was beautifully presented and delicious. This is a must do on the Legend. Also it is worth booking on the first night for the views of Sydney harbor and also the free bottle of wine. Staff: I had high expectations in terms of customer service on Carnival due to what I had read in previous reviews. Almost everyone we dealt with was pleasant (waiters, room stewards, etc) however we did not encounter anyone who went ‘above and beyond’ or was particularly friendly. However, we did see these sort of interactions occur between staff and other groups of travellers. One exception to this was the cruise director Jen- she was exceptionally friendly and contributed much to the fun mood of the cruise. Overall, I would recommend this cruise to anyone travelling with friends, as a couple or with family as it is great value for money and a truly relaxing holiday. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
First time cruiser, so had to jot some thoughts down when now at home. Firstly, my hats off to the fantastic Playlist singers/dancers...what a troup. I was blown away by their skill in dancing, the choreography, and fantastic ... Read More
First time cruiser, so had to jot some thoughts down when now at home. Firstly, my hats off to the fantastic Playlist singers/dancers...what a troup. I was blown away by their skill in dancing, the choreography, and fantastic singing, all whilst moving and dancing incredible routines...athleticism incredible,. The "Rock" night and Motown nights were my all time favourites, but every performance was fantastic. So guys, fantastic...I hope to get on a cruise ship with your entertainment again very soon. A bigt shout out to Jen Baxter was just awesome as the Cruise Director. She was totally hilarious, and brilliant personality and so friendly, who ever approached her, always time for a chat. Fantastic lady, and soooo well suited for her job. Loved Jen going down the Green Thunder..whoohoo she works so hard, around the clock. Overall, fantastic job guys, I loved everything about the Legend, staff, waiters, cabin stewards, and of course your georgous Captain...man is he divine. I have now become Carnival devotee and am about to re-book another cruise within next day or so. To the Playlist singers, thank you so much for your brilliant entertainment. I go to lots of shows in Melbourne, and wish you guys were down here to perform. Lots of luv to you all. Bye for now. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had never been on a cruise before but this won't be our first and last time. We loved it!! We sailed from Sydney and the ports of call were Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. Noumea was a bit disappointing as we arrived on a ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise before but this won't be our first and last time. We loved it!! We sailed from Sydney and the ports of call were Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. Noumea was a bit disappointing as we arrived on a saturday and most shops were closed. Mare and Isle of Pines were beautiful and the snorkelling was amazing. The embarkation disembarkation were very smooth and well organised. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The talk about muster stations and emergency procedures was very informative. Activities - The bingo sessions with Jonothan were a highlight, that man is funny!! The comedy shows, music shows, seminars and trivia was all fun. The gym was great and well equipped. They had a games room with all sorts of board games and card games. We didn't hit the casino so I can't comment on that. Staff - There are always staff around to help with anything. They were all very polite and kind and willing to help in any way. We didn't tip daily but put $20 in an envelope for our room steward and waiters which we gave at the end of the cruise. They were all well deserving of a little tip and very grateful when we offered it to them. Some of them work 10 months of the year non stop. They all work very hard. Kids clubs - were great, had the kids occupied all the time if they wanted to go. There were non stop activities and fun! The watersides were good, the yellow water slide was very slow and kids got stuck half way. The green water slide was a hit with my kids! The pools on board were salt water pumped from the ocean and were pretty chilly at the time we travelled. Kids club staff were all fun and very sweet with the kids. Drinks - Alcohol is disappointingly expensive. Bottles of wine range from $33 to $60 per bottle which you can buy in australia for much much less. Beer is about $7-$9 per bottle. Cocktails are around $10 and really pack a punch!!!! I really don't know why they need to make it so expensive. They have a 'endless bubbles' package which is basically soft drink but Im glad we didn't purchase this. Unless you want to drink coke and lemonade I wouldn't bother buying it. In the dining areas they have free juices, milk, tea and coffee for breakfast and for lunch and dinner they have free lemon squash and iced tea. I wouldn't bother spending the $5 per day unless you are addicted to soft drinks! You are allowed to pack a small quantity of bottled water and soft drinks which we did with no problems. Duty free - is pretty good, they pack it away and give it to you at the end of the trip. We bought a few bottles of vodka for $17 each. Internet - its pretty slow but its satellite so its to be expected. We paid $29 for 45 min packages. Some of the time it didn't work and I wasted valuable minutes which staff kindly refunded my money when I asked. Also some of the TV channels didn't work throughout some of the cruise due to the geographical position of the ship but you don't go on holidays to watch tv!! Sickness - We took sea sickness tablets for the first few days to get used to the movement of the ship. It did make us feel drowsy as the chemist warned. Id probably buy sea sickness tablets without the drowsiness ingredient for next cruise. The ginger tablets are meant to be good. I have heard a lot of people get gastro from touching the handrails and lift buttons that a thousand other people have touched. In all the food areas they have hand sanitisers which we constantly used and didn't get gastro at all. We did meet some others that had gastro. There is a hospital on board that provides a good service if you need it. Food - Truffles restaurant was great, the waiters were awesome and the food was really really nice. After main meals have been cleared the music and lights start and the waiters all start dancing! They don't do this every night but its funny when they do it and it created a really fun atmosphere! Its a very nice restaurant and its a shame to see some people don't dress appropriately. If you can't be bothered to dress nicely then go to the buffet! You can wear shorts and a collared shirt, its not hard! Even in the buffet areas the signs say 'please don't wear swim suits in this area' but people still did. Its not hard to throw on a dress or pair of shorts over the top. Im vegetarian and I was worried there wasn't going to be enough variety on board the ship but there certainly was! The buffet was ever changing and the pizzas were yummy! Money - The carnival ATM charges $6 per transaction. Make sure you have cash before you get on board to avoid this. We changed money into Francs on the ship but actually we didn't need to. Mare and Isle of Pines stall holders both accepted aussie dollars for food, drinks and souvineers. We linked our credit card to our sign and sail cards and paid the bill at the end of the trip. You can easily go to guest services and print out what you have spent so far so you don't get a shocking bill at the end! Islands - We didn't do any tours, we just snorkelled off the beach at both islands which was great. On the island of Mare you need to get a bus to take you over to the other side of the island, cost us about $100 for 5 of us. They have little food stalls that the locals set up for fresh coconuts, cold drinks, souvineers and food. I did overhear one man say he had bought a chicken kebab and he was pretty sure it wasn't chicken!! I did see people putting food in zip lock bags from the buffet and taking them to the islands to eat for lunch. Muffins, croissants, bread rolls, fruit. I wish I had known this and we would have done it too. The food on the islands though was pretty cheap if that takes your fancy. The local women braid the kids hair for $15. Next time I would pack - More water bottles A lanyard for us to hang around our necks for our sign and sail cards. The sign and sail card (also the room key) has a little hole to attach to a lanyard. Everyone had them! Zip lock bags for food Post it notes to stick on the cabin door to tell your family members where to meet you Snacks, sometimes your kids just wants some biscuits or a packet of chips Binoculars I wish the carnival line had - A cinema Magazines and newspapers to buy or read A better library Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We were first time cruisers with 2 kids ages 9 and 7 and travelled with 3 other couples and their children aged between 2 -8. We stayed in the extended balcony stateroom on level 6 (6183) and we're delighted with the accomodation. It ... Read More
We were first time cruisers with 2 kids ages 9 and 7 and travelled with 3 other couples and their children aged between 2 -8. We stayed in the extended balcony stateroom on level 6 (6183) and we're delighted with the accomodation. It was a decent size with comfy beds and loads of storage. The boarding process was a breeze and within 30 minutes we were already by the pool enjoying the delicious cocktails (they cost $10.75). The ship had loads of activities from trivia, bingo, awesome music shows, comedy, game shows that were all very entertaining. The kids loved the music show and the pools and were keen to join in with everything. There was constantly activities scheduled and although I intended to read there was no time for that! The shore activities were expensive but hassle free and the islands are truly beautiful. Mare is gorgeous and the kids enjoyed that shore excursion the best. We booked a tour in Noumea but we needn't have bothered Noumea offers a hop on hop off all day bus that takes you to all the main sites for $15 each and this is also hassle free. The staff on board were all excellent, very friendly, accomodating and efficient. The entertainment staff Jen, Jonathan, sonny, Jodie and Nicole were fabulous hosts as well. My husband enjoyed the gambling and the Noveau restaurant was fantastic. The kids didn't like kids club but it didn't matter as there is so many activities to do and the slides are so awesome that kids club wasn't required. The kids loved the pizza and the endless ice cream. Truffles restaurant was great and we choose to dine there most evenings. The holiday was stress free and hassle free and very relaxing disembarkment literally took 15 minutes. We may never fly again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Carnival Cruises on the Legend. 15th to 26th October2015. First time cruisers guide. Travelling with Allergies guide Getting on the boat - what to expect: Our boat left from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. Bags ... Read More
Carnival Cruises on the Legend. 15th to 26th October2015. First time cruisers guide. Travelling with Allergies guide Getting on the boat - what to expect: Our boat left from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. Bags can be dropped off from about 9am while you go and look around town then come back later for your elected boarding time. When you board. You'll need your passports, health questionnaire, green Customs card (outgoing passenger cards are given to you at the opt. Desks and pens are on hand to fill them in) first stop is check in. This is done with carnival staff directly. Passports are scanned here and sail and sign in cards are given to you here. Then get the elevator up 1 level to Customs. Again. Passports are scanned and the OPC is given to Customs. The. Once through customs, complete a security check point. Power boards, alcohol, drones were being confiscated. Then that's it! You're on board!! When you first get on the boat, there are very friendly staff handing out the cocktail of the day. Be warned, it's not free. Just sign the slip for your $10.95 drink of the day. The rooms: we stayed with two adults, two kids ages 5 &7. We had room 4179. Mid ship with a balcony. We could hardly feel the boat moving at all Gede our amazing room attendant was fantastic! The room size is small, the lounge is one kid’s bed, and the other bed folds down from the ceiling. The big bed can easily store suitcases underneath it. Shower is hot and water pressure was strong. Our room was immaculate on arrival. There is a mini fridge but no bar snacks. Drink prices about $4 Cashless Cruising: You won’t need physical cash on the boat. It’s all charged to your Ship ID card. You can withdraw money from the on board ATM for $6.00 and then take the cash to guest services to pay off your card. Currency in the islands: AUD is accepted so there isn’t any real need to change currency. We would recommend working in local currency if stopping in Noumea. You can get local currency at any local ATM in the city. All the other islands work very well with AUD. Take small notes, $5 and $10 and you’ll be fine. Change is easily given. Staff: Unbelievable. They knew our names from the second we walked on board. Our room attendant and our waiters were fantastic. The staff we saw was always smiling and went out of their way to help or greet us. It’s a massive tick on the customer service scale! At times it was a bit of an oversell but we found that in most cases the friendliness was very genuine. We are missing them now we are home! Bottomless Bubbles: bottomless bubbles costs $5.50 per child per day and $7.50per adult per day. We got sucked in here. In reality, we didn't drink nearly as much as we thought of our bottomless soft drinks and juice. And if you're planning to buy just one card and use it for the whole family, it will get picked up. Eagle eyed staff check the cards. We would skip this next time. A soft drink or juice on its own is only $1.25 Food: Lido -deck 9 - unicorn cafe: not the safe choice for people with allergies. Unless at breakfast. However, food was correctly labelled as to if it had nuts or not. And staff appeared to be allergy aware and was able to tell me if the dish included peanuts or tree nuts. Quality overall up on deck nine wasn't 5star. This isn't run by Gordon Ramsay! It's a Buffett. With a few thousand mouths to feed. It was always hot though. We avoided long lines by eating early. 7.30am ish for breakfast, then12-12.30ish for lunch. There are several food points on deck nine. The deli can make you a regular sand which. Plenty of Asian options, stews, pies and sausage rolls. Breakfast was the usual bacon and eggs potatoes etc. Cereals, fruits, Muesli, pancakes, juices. Coffee etc. Dinner for me was always in the main dining room. Each night I went over the next night’s menu with my waiter and checked with the chef about my allergies. I didn't mind picking my dinner a day in advance. The food at dinner was generally better than at lunch It was always hot though, and we were never bored with the food on offer. We all suffered a bit with tummy etc but then we didn’t choose the healthy options available. Travelling with additional needs: Carnival had all kinds of people on the boat. Families were everywhere, groups of cruising adults and the Over 55’s crowd. Plenty of wheelchair cruisers and an awesome group of down syndrome kids and their carers. Carnival really made it easy for all walks of life from what we could see, it was smiles all around. Anxiety, Allergies and Travelling: it's all risk management. This is not the holiday for people who won't cope if they can't read a food label. I told guest services about my anaphylactic allergy to nuts. They worked with me and are keeping me safe. As with anything, if in doubt, don't eat it. The desert table is a no no. But you'll be pleased to know, bar nuts and loose nuts are not on the boat. They are used in cooking only or covered in chocolate in the lolly shop. Wipe down your tables or chairs if you want. I'm just telling my team of staff every time I eat about the allergy. They are really great. I'm taking a common sense approach to it. Peanuts are generally not in bread, ham, cheese etc. This is not the holiday for people who can't handled 'May contain traces' you just have to go with it. I'm not eating icecream or deserts because that has more risk etc. I am fully prepared with my Epi pens but won't need them. On board entertainment: Dj's and singing. It's not flash, but does the job. The red frog pub has the best atmosphere and best drinks Cocktails $10.50 each , Beers $6.50 to $8.95 Plenty of Trivia if that’s your thing. Comedy club was great. Evening Shows in the main lounge were also fantastic. It’s up the front of the boat though so there is a little bit of movement, if you are sea sick, this might be harder for you. Washing Clothes: $1 for powder, $3 for the washing machine $3 for the dryer. Long waits for these on beach days. Washing delivery service from the room steward for $18.75 but not required as you can do it yourself. Kids club: our kids loved it. Fantastic staff . It's at the front of the boat though, so movement can make a few of the kids sick. The boys go at least twice a day! They practically beg us to go. They have stories, board games, craft and playstation etc. Sea sick? We were. Not much though. We had travel calm tablets, but the best thing we had was the sea sick bands, helped us out a great deal. Our room attendant thought it was hilarious to see me Green on night two, and tell me stories shout 8m high swells etc. On board photos-Pixles : the team do a great job of snapping you all around the ship. From $14.95 to $35 each you can own them. 10%off if you buy 4 or more. We never get family photos so I spent a bit of money here. But worth it for us as we don’t get any professional photos taken ever. Day 4-Villa Omg. Cascade waterfalls. More than beautiful! We paid a fair bit of $$ to take the guided tour through here, but it was so worth it. Things on our day in Villa only really went sour once we got into town. It was pretty windy today. And it's not the cleanest place we've ever been. People were extremely friendly, but as always plenty of scammers waiting to rip people off. We got the marked taxi into town for $10aud. They accept Aussie dollars here, even though the national currency is Vatu. I had some pretty major anxiety in the town centre. Peanut husks, shells and dust litter the streets. I've never been anywhere like it! Even Thailand and Vietnam weren't like this. We lasted one hour of me stepping all over peanut stuff before we went back to the boat. Don't worry, we still got our duty free alcohol! 2L of Vodka for $27aud. I didn't have any reaction to Peanuts in Villa. I think I was pretty lucky. Places like that defy all the advice from my specialists. Day 5- Lifou Isle We spent today in New Caledonia. It was just gorgeous! We paid the $20aud each for access to the marine park. And spent a few hours snorkelling. We got dome great underwater video and photos. The camera is supposed to be waterproof to 30m but it's a bit foggy tonight. Day 6 - Mystery Island Vanuatu So sunburnt today! All of us. We put sunscreen on but obviously not enough. Mystery Island is a tiny place. No one actually lives on it. Local villagers from across the bay come to open market stalls on ship days for the tourists. Beautiful clear waters for snorkelling again. The backs of my legs are burnt to a crisp! The kids had a ball here today. Shallow water, crystal clear, fish right up close. I got a couple of souvenirs here. There is some really cheap stalls for shopping. Day 7 - isle of Pines We got on one of the local tours here. So much cheaper than the shore excursions the. Boat were selling!! Only $80 for the 4 of us on a 2hr 8 stop ride around the island. A tour like this on the ship sells for nearly $80 per person. There is some really beautiful beaches here. To get to the best snorkelling you'll need yo venture out a little bit further than places like mystery island or Lifou, but it's totally worth it once you do. Reef shoes are a good idea here as the sand is littered with broken coral. Day 8 - Noumea Not much going on here. Again, stay clear of the ships excursions. 90pp for the train ride, when it's being sold for 40pp for exactly the same thing by the locals. We used local currency here. 1 Aud buys 70 francs. It's the most expensive stop on the tour. We just got the local map from the tourism office and walked around. We got some souvenirs and saw the local church. As cities go it's not very exciting. We tried our hand at speaking French. Mr 5 was a natural. The locals were very friendly. I rode the Green Thunder water slide today!!! I thought I was going to have a heart attack! Days 9&10 -final sea days everyone was pretty green last night. Overall we wouldn't go again. We just aren't cruisers. Some people are. We aren't. But we wouldn't have traded this for anything. The kids have laughed so much. Real proper laughs and huge smiles. All totally worth it!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Embarkation was quick and well organised, loved our cabin with balcony on deck 8 just had to step outside and go up to deck 9 to the pool area, bar and spa, or jump in the lift to go down to the coffee shop on deck 2 for my morning cuppa. ... Read More
Embarkation was quick and well organised, loved our cabin with balcony on deck 8 just had to step outside and go up to deck 9 to the pool area, bar and spa, or jump in the lift to go down to the coffee shop on deck 2 for my morning cuppa. Our room steward did a great job and we enjoyed all the towel animals each night. Dined mostly in the main dining room and the food was very nice, and menu quite varied although the drink service could improve. The buffet on Lido was a bit hit and miss at times and people were a bit grubby not using the sanitisers, saw one lady pick up a pie and then put it back with her bare hands. We did the Chef's Table which was absolutely amazing and so worth the additional cost, also did the Long Lunch at Sea which was very good value. The bar staff on the forward pool deck gave excellent service all the time and were very friendly and good fun. Entertainment was a bit hit and miss at times, the staff kept picking the same people all the time which is disappointing if you want to be more involved. After a couple of attempts at doing things I mainly stayed on the pool deck and read a book and mingled with other guests. We booked 2 excursions with the ship and both were well organised and good value for money. The first one was the Beach BBQ and Snorkel on Moorea which was good fun and then I did the Scenic Drive and Farmers Market at Suva and my hubby did the Flying Fox. Suva was an eye opener for sure and would not go there again as a choice. For Bora Bora we booked privately with Patrick did the 3/4 day lagoon tour with lunch, it was the best day out. A couple of bad points: 1. There were quite a number of children running around at all hours unsupervised creating havoc, staff did not seem to worry too much even though there were a lot of annoyed guests. 2. The collection of your duty free alcohol on day of disembarkation was a farce, they started at 6.30pm and people were lining up for hours, not getting what they had purchased, missing transfers etc. Would have made much more sense to deliver to our cabins the night before. 3. Found some guests on board to be absolutely rude ill mannered pigs, on more than one occasion I would take a seat somewhere with plenty available only to be told that they were taken. Certainly not the cruise lines fault but perhaps they could make a rule of not saving more than 1 seat. All in all though I had a fantastic time met some absolutely fantastic people and have already booked another cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I enjoyed cruising on the Legend for the size of the ship. It was small and without a large amount of passengers. The food left a little to be desired. There was not a good selection of food at every meal. There were times I just had a ... Read More
I enjoyed cruising on the Legend for the size of the ship. It was small and without a large amount of passengers. The food left a little to be desired. There was not a good selection of food at every meal. There were times I just had a pizza because the food selection was undesirable. The best meal I had was at the Nouveau restaurant that I paid extra for. Everyone told me about the midnight buffets. We did not have one. I enjoyed the rest of the cruise greatly. Seeing the whales and Glacier Bay was the highlights. I did not realize I could have booked the excursions through someone else and save money. Now I know. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my first ever cruise (and now probably my last). I had heard so many great things about cruises. I just recently retired. And I thought it was time to try one...Maybe with all the mental images I had, my expectations were too ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise (and now probably my last). I had heard so many great things about cruises. I just recently retired. And I thought it was time to try one...Maybe with all the mental images I had, my expectations were too great? The food was the biggest detriment. I envisioned a lavish Las Vegas style buffet featuring a wide assortment of quality choices available around the clock. What I got was a typical food court setting that you would find in your local shopping mall. Serving stations featuring long lines of people. Many of the stations featured duplicate food choices. And those choices were not good.....A lot of fried, greasy, and salty food. Then, you had to find a place to sit. Good luck with that! My first lunch on the ship, I walked completely around the entire deck seeking out just one available seat. I was not successful. I ended up eating my lunch standing! And forget about eating after 11 pm. Everything closed down except for the pizza place. The sit down dinners were better. But, inconsistent. There were several meals served that were edible...But, not great. I was rather upset that there are two restaurants on the ship that serve good quality food. But, you are charged $35 more to eat there!! Entertainment was hit or miss. We went to see five shows. Two were very entertaining and cute! The other three featured girls screaming and dancing to music on stage. We ended up walking out of all three. Daytime activities were non-existent. I spent seven long days staring at the ocean. There is no radio. Only a couple of channels on television. Essentially no internet. Wi-Fi is available if you are willing to take out a second mortgage on your home to afford it. And, throughout the cruise, there is nonstop selling attempts from the Carnival employees. At every turn, just constant bombardment to sell portraits, watches, shore excursions, future cruises, etc. Too bad some of that energy can't be funneled into assuring that current guests are enjoying their cruise. There were several more negatives such as tons of small children running wild unsupervised all the time. Oh, and avoid the Tracy Fjord excursion! A total rip-off of $189!! The ship goes surprisingly deep into the fjord. The only thing you are gaining is getting wet by the waterfall!! The bottom line: Avoid this cruise! Save your money!! Definitely NOT recommended!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
The boarding process was efficient and well planned out and I feel that we were treated well upon arrival boarding of the ship. We made our way to our stateroom where we checked out the place where we would be staying. There was a king bed ... Read More
The boarding process was efficient and well planned out and I feel that we were treated well upon arrival boarding of the ship. We made our way to our stateroom where we checked out the place where we would be staying. There was a king bed and a nice bunk for the little one. The bathroom was small as to be expected but was very clean and well kept. Our bags arrived at the stateroom about an hour after we boarded and we were able to settle in for the trip. We then met our room steward Made, pronounced Maddee, who was a very well spoken and very kind person. Made was so great throughout the entire cruise. He took great care of our room and amenities and supplied us with all the information we needed to have a wonderful time. Another imoprtant and special aspect to the cruise was our dining experience. The food as very good for the most part and the dinners were filled with a good variety of wonderful dishes. Everything from smoked duck, chateaubriand, to lobster and prime rib were all very good. But the best part of our dining experience was the excellent staff members. All of them were so courteous and eager to please. But most of all our server that we requested each night was just wonderful. Her name is Yolanda and she was awesome to us and the little one every night. She and our room steward were the two nicest people we met on the cruise. This brings me to the worst part of the cruise which was actually the people in the cruise. There were so many rude, lazy, and apparently entitled people on the cruise. I witnessed people being very rude and rather direct to the ship staff. I witnessed people eating food while standing in line for more food. I also witnessed people just acting like they were entitled to stuff without exhibiting any type of kindness. The ship, it's captain, and the naturalist kept us all well and informed about where we were, what the conditions were, and what was going on around us. The captain maneuvered the vessel well into the Tracy Arm Fjord and the views and sailing was absolutely amazing. All said and done I will never cruise again, simply because of the people. Amazing captain and even more amazing staff onboard. I can't say enough about the staff. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Never done a cruise and generally wouldn’t consider it but had 13 yr old, wanted some adult rest and to go to a few places. Wouldn’t recommend this one though – heard others can be different. If you’re an extrovert, with young ... Read More
Never done a cruise and generally wouldn’t consider it but had 13 yr old, wanted some adult rest and to go to a few places. Wouldn’t recommend this one though – heard others can be different. If you’re an extrovert, with young kids, not too fussy about quality food and like free quantity of food, excessive highly priced alcohol, into bingo, quizzes, dress-up events, karaoke etc – then for you! Things to pass on as learnings to other newbees! • Booked eat at any time for freedom at dinner – DON’T! First few days ended up with huge queues, given pagers that only work nearby so packed people lying on floor/ stairs for an hour – lots of irritated people. Complained and got moved to set time 7.45pm. Whilst less flexible means walk in and eat. One night tried to go flexible and told “it’s the rules!” – get the picture! • Tender system. At some ports boats take you to shore. You get a number – can take 1-2 hours untilled called!!. People take tickets and jump in later, those on excursions go when ready etc. Suggest you get up, get tickets and be ready to go or wait! • Shore visits – worth doing homework to see if local alternatives. Usually locals who can offer more for less eg at Santo Vanuatu we chose to use a local taxi – was FAB – went to blue hole, town for best coffee and free Wifi (he recommended) and the cultural centre – could have done more. If we’d done Carnival tours would have cost 3 of us ($370). We agreed $120 with taxi driver, paid entrance fees (15) and gave him an extra $20. So paid a third and got lots of local knowledge – give your $$$ to the needy locals! • Everything aimed to make you spend more and more. Good idea sign card so no cash but also makes you not feel the $ going. • First afternoon - we walked on jetlagged and having gone through the ‘dungeons and dragons’ processing system – staggered onboard to be greeted by a friendly smiling face with cocktails – gratefully took one and quickly he whisked out check for 2x $10.75. Thought they were being nice and free; go round spa – try to sign you up immediately with special offers if sign up NOW etc. Good spa offers when in port. • Alcohol expensive and encouraged consistently and can’t take own. Be imaginative though! Bottle of crappy wine $40ish, cocktails $9-11 etc. Bottomless bubbles good way to go. • Slides – one has drop down like wedgie at gold coast so not good for some kids. • All 3 pools small and packed. Serenity pool smallest. • Hairdryer – hold down button, small and attached inside drawer so noisey as it bashes against drawer • Although website said (day before) bring a powerboard – they immediately confiscated them as you checked in – THANKS. Welcome. • Stateroom balcony good – take earplugs. Love the towel animals – shame they push the book sales! • Nouveau restaurant very good value. • Staff generally are lovely people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Once aboard everything was wonderful. Dining experiences, food service, room stewards were all extremely helpful, friendly and efficient. We really felt sad leaving all the excellent crew aboard. The décor was a bit over the top but we ... Read More
Once aboard everything was wonderful. Dining experiences, food service, room stewards were all extremely helpful, friendly and efficient. We really felt sad leaving all the excellent crew aboard. The décor was a bit over the top but we didn't mind. Staterooms were very clean and well kept. Balcony room was brilliant!! The only constructive feedback I would leave is that the booking process could be vastly improved. We originally booked anytime dining, were promised an upgraded stateroom and these were both not available once we boarded. We should have been informed of this prior to embarkation. Also the website advised that we could bring our own power boards but these were taken from us at the start. Luckily our steward brought us one from the ship but other passengers were not informed that this was possible. Also, passengers using the Serenity, Adults Only area, hogged the pods all day when people were informed that places could only be held for 40 minutes. Perhaps a booking system or a time limit would be useful here so that more people could have opportunities to use these beautiful lounges. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
What an awesome cruise. Our group comprised of 4 adults and my 3 ½ yr old son, we did this cruise at the end of Jan 15. Our cruise was 12 nights: Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Denarau, Suva and Noumea. Boarding was a breeze. ... Read More
What an awesome cruise. Our group comprised of 4 adults and my 3 ½ yr old son, we did this cruise at the end of Jan 15. Our cruise was 12 nights: Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Denarau, Suva and Noumea. Boarding was a breeze. Stopped at a service station on the way and grabbed a box of coke & lemonade (15 cans ea), a big slab of 600ml water bottles and a couple of 1l Sodas. You are allowed 12 cans/bottles each. We were over between the 4 of us but it was fine. I had extra luggage tags printed and just sticky tapped them to the boxes and dropped it all off with our luggage. They were delivered to our room no problems. Walked on with the 2 bottles of soda and no one even checked my hand bag. We were on deck 7, rooms 7208 & 7156, balconies on port side. Both close to elevators/stairs which is handy and not noisy. Port side which was great as we had a view of Opera house. Also had a view of the islands all stops but Port Denarau. Laundry is on most levels, $3.30 for a wash or dry and you just swipe your ‘Sail & Sign’ card. A light wash runs for 30mins and seemed you could use it still on port days too. We took a double adaptor and a switchboard but switchboard was taken off me. Double adaptor was plenty for charging 2 phones anyway. Kids: Registered my boy in the 2-5 kids club the first night. They have monitors outside the room so you can drop them and then watch them to see they are all ok. They give you a phone so they can call you if anything happens, just need to return it the last night. There is a schedule showing all the activities and drop off and pick up times. Sea days kids had to be picked up by 11.45 for lunch, come back at 2pm, then picked up again at 4.30, dropped again at 5.30 to do dinner and then can be left till 10pm, and after that it’s a fee till 1am. A parent told me the first day the seas are a little choppy leaving Sydney and being the front of the boat they feel it, if its their first cruise they are still getting their sea legs, so maybe don’t take them the first day if your worried, wish I didn’t as my littlie wasn’t keen to go back after first morning. They do a Dr Seuss parade and story/play which is great. A Cat in the Hat Brunch on the last day. Its $10 but includes breakfast, juices and all the characters come for photos and everything is decorated. Food: First night if you can afford it eat at the Nouveau restaurant ($40), as you get a free bottle of wine ($40!). Food was amazing and we had a view of leaving Sydney. We ate at the Truffles restaurant most nights. Food was great, no complaints about any of it. About an hour into the sitting all the waiters and servers join together for a song/dance. Most guests get up from their tables and join in. This was the highlight of the evening, so much fun. If we missed our seating we would do the buffet which was usually similar food. We did the sushi several times too, it was amazing. Best Miso soup ever, and what view! If you don’t feel up to people you can grab a plate from the buffet and take it back to your room. They had two types of coffee machines, you could see up the top which one used fresh ground beans, which was quite bearable for the trip. Only bought a proper coffee once. Breakfast you could do the buffet which had lots of fruit, cereals, bread, bagels, and a good hot selection (blueberry pancakes!). Some mornings you could go to the restaurant to, the SeaDay brunch was nice. Lunch was only the buffet but a good selection. The salad bar had a great variety! And there is a soup each day too. Outside of the restaurants near the bar are photo stations to get your photo taken with various backdrops. You are not allowed to take photos yourself. But if you’re sneaky and quick you can easily take a few behind the photographs back. Also when the photos are on display you and take a sneaky photo of a photo. Buy a few too but they are expensive. We had a full boat but it didn’t feel crowded at all. Could always get a chair/sunlounge for the 5 of us. During the day there are lots of places to sit by a window and relax with a view. The pub was usually pretty empty too and they had Jenga, Foosball, darts and a few other things to do in there. Good beer too. Some nights there was a live band playing with all the musicians on the boat joining in. Entertainment: There was an early comedy at 7pm each night that was kid friendly and gave you 15mins of the two comedians that would be on a gain later: 9.30 & 10.30. There was musical/dance shows on every second night, and we even had an Illusionist for a couple of nights. Karaoke near the restaurant on a few of the nights was fun, early on the kids get a go which is super cute, then its Adults only. Lots of Trivia every day. All the Staff are amazing. Working 14hr days and doing it the whole time with a smile on their face. So make sure you smile back! Take some $notes with you to tip your room attendant and restaurant staff (you can get envelopes from the help desk). Also try to remember their names as the Carnival will send you a survey and any names you give them favours well for the staff. You see the captain of the ship (Giuseppe) walking around. He is very friendly and approachable. Even sat with us for 20mins chatting while we waited to get off the ship on the last day. Shops: The Cherry Lane lollie shop is really quite reasonable, was nice to pop in and get $1 of mixed sweets. You could get big chocolate bars and pringles in the duty free shop. Any extras that you buy are pretty reasonably priced, but add up so be careful. Ports: Most ports you can take your passport with you and for $2 they will stamp it for you on the island. All ports you could use AUD. Disembarking: We chose the option where they take your bags at 11pm, you then have breakfast in the morn and get off at your set time. Reunited with your suit cases and go through customs, which is simply them checking your customs card, if you have nothing to declare you walk on through, no scanning or bag checking. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I was absolutely in love with this holiday! I would 100 % deffiently recommend and I can not speak more highly of the amazing service, experience and adventure that I had and will remember. This was a cruise ship that had a very lively ... Read More
I was absolutely in love with this holiday! I would 100 % deffiently recommend and I can not speak more highly of the amazing service, experience and adventure that I had and will remember. This was a cruise ship that had a very lively atmosphere with ranges of people. Personally, the highlights from this ship were the pools, where you could be completely relax while the kids have a great time. The egg chairs on the top deck produced an amazing view of the ocean, this is where I spent all my time! The food ranged in many cusines and catered for everyones needs. The rooms were cleaned twice a day and at evening a surprise animal towel pet appeared on the edge of the bed. You could not walk by any staff member without a hello or a friendly greeting and this I belie is true customer service! Especially on the island held a safe and adventuous journey, creating an amazing experience and a true eye opener to the culture. I will defiantly be on this cruise ship again as this was a awesome life experience! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We had some of the worst 10 days of my life on this ship. I wish someone had told us this was a ship designed for low budget families with no manners and with over 1,000 under 21 year olds for 2800 passengers on the ship. Most of the teens ... Read More
We had some of the worst 10 days of my life on this ship. I wish someone had told us this was a ship designed for low budget families with no manners and with over 1,000 under 21 year olds for 2800 passengers on the ship. Most of the teens were on schoolies on the boat, disrespectful and rude, drunk and feral. One of them even said in the elevator that it was disgusting to have to fight off so many menopausal women to get to the shops and food. I am a 54 year old woman and was standing right there - one belched loudly and they all laughed. This was the standard of living right through the ship. The meals were a scene of chaotic gluttony with bogans stuffing their faces and children running around with no supervision. A little blond girl no more than 4 years old got into the lift with my husband and me - no adults around - and proceeded to go down 9 floors. She got off and went God knows where completely unsupervised by anyone. We asked where she was going and she just put her head down and ran out of the lift when it stopped. She couldn't even reach the buttons to press a floor if she'd wanted to. I have no idea how her parents ever found her. Formal night there was a young lout in a muscle shirt and jean shorts at the table next to us. No one cared. Everything was about the money - buy this, buy that, hurry they won't last, upsell this drink or if you got a massage, buy this oil or this cream. Everywhere you went a camera in your face but it isn't free, in fact it is very expensive. Everything you did was about getting more money out of you. Glass of wine? No worries, that's $13. Beer? $7.50. Diet coke? $2.75. Internet? 75 cents a minute and so slow it was unbelievable. Entertainment was non existent. Activities like Towel folding. Paper airplane making. Bean bag tossing. Two movies - Gravity and Despicable Me. Simpson's Trivia. Oh, and the hairy chest competition (presumably for the men but on this boat anything could happen). Don't think you're going to get into the pool. It's the size of a very small Persian rug. 28 people can fit in, and then it's standing room only. I know, because most of the days that's what it was. and the spa? holds 12. Ha. More like 4-5 if you're lucky but they sit in it ALL DAY. Ditto hogging the pods, once they are gone at around 9am you won't get one till after dinner (when you really don't need one). Dinner hit and miss, but I stayed with the steak and my husband the salmon (like another reviewer I saw) because it was just too iffy to deviate from the standard. Once I got unedible enchiladas and the kind waiter got me something else. Another time I got prawns and the serve was so small the waiter went and got me some more - again, off his own initiative because he was so kind. Dinner is crazy - you're eating away and suddenly over the microphone comes "good evening ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen good evening" and some crazy dance happens with the wait staff with lights flashing and as suddenly as it starts, it stops after one dance. It's really quite surreal. The staff work so hard on that ship. That is the one redeeming thing. The cabins are nice too, and the balcony is a good size. You'll need it, because you really can't go anywhere on the boat where you won't have children running into you, bogans slapping past you with wet swimwear or worse, and there is no where to get away from it all. The buffet area is not for the faint hearted. I put my back out on a deck chair and the medical team were great. The deck chairs and beds are not. I have never cruised before and never will again after this. My husband wrote off to the company to tell them basically what I've said here after he read about the way they've adapted to Australian taste. No they haven't. It is some weird hybrid American/Australian. Coffee we were told is Starbuck's. The food is a sweet palate like the American taste. This was supposed to be our honeymoon and my birthday treat. I wish we had done something else, it was some of the worst days of my life. I'm not a complainer by nature, I have written over a hundred trip advisor reviews and rarely complain but this is beyond anything I've ever lived through. If you like things nice, orderly, clean, simple and well planned, this is not your cruise. If you love noise, love elbowing your way and stuffing your face at a buffet, don't care who sees you how you're dressed, don't want to see your kids for 10 days and don't want anyone to question you about it, then this is your cruise. have fun. Because I sure didn't. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Our son and daughter in law gave my husband and I our cruise in December to New Caledonia on the Carvival Legend. It was our first cruise and we had a wonderful time. Speaking from the point of view of an older couple there are a number of ... Read More
Our son and daughter in law gave my husband and I our cruise in December to New Caledonia on the Carvival Legend. It was our first cruise and we had a wonderful time. Speaking from the point of view of an older couple there are a number of activities to keep you busy all day or just relaxe in the lounges, on the deck or in your cabin. There is an Art Gallery and auction, bingo, trivia, movies and stage shows at night, bars and also a casino. The children had plenty of fun activities and even a night club for the over 18yolds. The menu in the restaurants, Truffles 2 and 3 is varied, delicious and the presentation is excellent. We had our own table in Truffles 2 and our waiters were extremely pleasant and catered to our every need. On deck 9 the buffet was opened most of the day starting with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and even a Pizza Bar 24 hrs. Our ship had 4 ports of call, Isle Of Pines, Noumea, Mare and Port Vila. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We were cruising as a family (2 adults and 2 kids aged 11 and 2) for our first time so we have nothing to compare it to but what we experienced has only made us want to cruise again! We originally booked an Oceanview Room (deck 1) but a ... Read More
We were cruising as a family (2 adults and 2 kids aged 11 and 2) for our first time so we have nothing to compare it to but what we experienced has only made us want to cruise again! We originally booked an Oceanview Room (deck 1) but a few weeks prior to departing, on Nov 26th, we were given an upgrade to Extended Balcony (deck 8)...having now cruised with a balcony I really doubt we could go without one next tme....it was lovely being able to open the door to let fresh air in and to sit out on the balcony in the morning and late afternoons. We had 12-1230 check in and it ran very smoothly....we lined up at midday and were on the ship by 1230pm. We were in room 8175 and it suited us, queen bed, a sofa and the pull down top bunk. Plenty of wardrobe space and hangers. Our 4 empty suitcases fitted under the queen bed with ease. The only negative thing I will say about the room is that it had one of the old style TV's...not the flat screen as advertised and the TV had a green tinge to the screen....but that is the only bad thing about the room. We were a bit concerned about the noise that we would get when deck party (theme nights) were taking place....Yes, there was noise...but not as much as I expected, more from moving deckchairs around and not enough to stop you falling asleep or to wake you from sleep (and I am a light sleeper!) Our Cabin Steward, Omar, was brilliant...nothing was too much trouble and the kids adored him. All the staff we came across we found friendly...All room stewards would say "hello" as we walked past them. Restaurant staff were always friendly, be it in Truffles or in the Buffet. The food itself was good...always hot...there was something for everyone. The service at Truffles was second to none. We were fortunate to have the pleasure of being waited on by Elina on one occasion (we tried to get her again but her tables were full) and Minda. Both were beautiful people who were wonderful with our 2 year old. There was never a long wait between courses. We had "anytime" dining but found we often ate between 530-6 due to having kids with us...We only had to line up to be seated once and it would have been for 5 mins. Kids loved the waterpark and slides. Daughter (2) loved the kidsclub....she would cry if she wasn't going to it! Son (11) found his a bit hit and miss but made friends with kids he had met in kidsclub and had the ability to sign themself out, which they often did, and go do their own things together. I didn't have anything to do with the older kidsclub staff but found the 2-5 year olds staff wonderful. The facilities for kids are amazing! We didn't see alot of the shows...we caught one "musical" that we enjoyed and saw Justin Illusion show which my husband left after he 2nd act due to the positioning of stage props (2 big metal tins which were of no need to the show) placed on stage blocking anyone who was sitting in the side stalls from seeing the actual acts. There also seemed to be alot of dancing in this show which took away (for us) from the actual show itself. The kids did Build a Bear ($40 each) and they enjoyed that and it was especially a nice keepsake for my 2 year old given her bear is in "Carnival" gear. We got the "Bottomless Bubbles" for 11 year old only....and then put a limit each day on his card that he could spend at the Arcade (or anywhere else on ship)...We set $20 and this was done each day through Guest Services on Deck 2. The ports we visited were Mare, Noumea, Mystery Island and Vila. The Tenders too and from Mare and Mystery Island were easy and quick...very well organised. Mare: Water is beautiful....There are a few stalls set up on the beach to buy lunch, hair braides etc...We took our own water bottles, filled up on the ship. Noumea: Take it or leave it. We were there on a Sunday and it was a ghost town with everything shut..due to this reason we booked a tour to Escapade Island which was nice....and did a quick tour of Noumea itself....If I were to go back there again I would another out of town tour. Mystery Island: It wasn't great weather when we were there but we still made the most of it...the locals that were there were friendly but everything will cost you (even you taking photos of locals)...There is a market there which was lovely but we found this to be the only place we visited that the fly's were everywhere at so take some repellent! Vila: Vila itself is a hole but the activities available there are amazing...we booked Jetboating (through Carnival) for son and hubby, then after that my son did Parasailing (Nautalis) and then another ship tour of Offroad Buggying for my son and I. Wear clothes you don't care much for if doing the Buggies...we went in the middle of a thunderstorm, came back with huge smiles and covered in mud! I ended up chucking my top out as no amount of washing got that mud out! It was worth it though! Also, the shopping in Vila was pretty good too (I could go broke there). The water taxi's will offer you a trip for $20 and drop you off where you want to go and arrange a time with you to pick you up....then not return! We got stung twice so don't hand money over until the come back to get you. I didn't come across any kids that were out of control (as other people have mentioned)...the negative experiences with people I had came from adults who seemed to think they were far more superior to the Carnival Staff in the Buffet (one woman asked if they have Soy Milk....the waiter informed her they do and pointed to the station it was at which was not far from where we were standing...her reply was "do you actually expect me to walk over there and get it??!!!" to which the very nice and patient waiter offered to go and get it and bring it to her table...the lady took him up on this offer with a "Yes, I am sitting at that table over there"...no manners were used by this woman yet the waiter was polite the entire time...Very sad indeed!) Another man thinking it was quite okay to come up to the front of the ship at the last minute as it was coming into Sydney Harbour and push infront of myself and another lady to take photos without a word to either of us. You also get the ones who feel they can jump in a line where it suits them....not go to the end and wait like everyone else has done....But you get that everywhere in life...not just on a cruise ship. Also, not sure if it was kids or adults that so nicely left their empty used bowls and drinks in one of the lifts along with a glass of ice left on the stairs leading down from Lido to deck 8...regardless, these people should be embarrassed of their actions. We were assigned the last time to leave the ship back in Sydney (9am) and again, this all went smoothly and from being told we could leave the ship to actually being back on land and outside of Customs was 20 mins (and that included Customs looking in my bag as I had declared shells) The only thing that would be handy is if they had bag trolleys, like at the airport, to use if you needed too. All in all, the only downsides were by other passengers, not Carnival itself....the holiday was amazing and a big part of that was due to Legend and her wonderful staff. We wish we were still onboard and are saving for our next cruise which will be on either Spirit or Legend.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We are a family of 4 (two active boys- 3 and 6 years) and booked our cruise last minute in October 2014 to make the most of saving some money. We booked an obstructed balcony view and were pleased to be upgraded a week before the cruise ... Read More
We are a family of 4 (two active boys- 3 and 6 years) and booked our cruise last minute in October 2014 to make the most of saving some money. We booked an obstructed balcony view and were pleased to be upgraded a week before the cruise to an extended balcony - Room 6257. We drove from South Australia and parked our car in the Sydney Opera House carpark for $20 per day (cruise parking). Then we walked to the cruise terminal. Currently the Sydney overseas cruise terminal is being renovated, but despite this getting on the boat only took 45 minutes from start to finish. We opted for the first check in time from 1pm. Once on the boat our bags had already been deposited safely to our room. The Room- Our room was bigger and nicer than expected. The bunks and queen bed set up worked perfectly for us. The mattress was lovely and I had no problem sleeping (in fact I had the best sleep of my life on that boat). There were no wear and tear issues with the room furniture and it was quite lovely. The TV was quite dated (at least a 10 year old tube TV), but we rarely used it anyway. The bathroom was very functional, and the shower thermostat settings are great. The balcony was unobstructed and was sheltered which was great as we had a couple of rough sea days, but were still able to sit out and enjoy the view. No exterior noise. Room was Midship and close to the elevators which eliminated walking Housekeeping- Our lovely cleaner was a girl named Ni and by the end of the cruise I wanted to take her home (she was that great). The towel animals were wonderful, and the chocolates every night on the pillow were a nice touch. There was nothing too hard for our housekeeper, and the housekeeping staff we met along the corridors. They were nothing but friendly and accommodating. Food- One word "outstanding"!!!! My husband and I go out frequently at high end restaurants and every night in the Truffles restaurant was equivalent. We loved our table staff who made excellent recommendations, knew our wine/drink choices, were good with the children, and were simply amazing. When I first saw the Unicorn Cafe (the buffet) I was a little disheartened, but this only lasted a moment. Its not a classy meal like Truffles (large platter sized plates), but the food is just lovely. I was surprised at just how much of the food is made from scratch and from fresh ingredients. The kids loved the burgers, and I loved the breakfast. Especially the made to order Omelettes. We also made the most of the 24 hour pizza and ice cream. Tea, Coffee, and water/lemon cordial/iced tea/fruit juices are freely available. We didn't get to try the fancier restaurant not included in the cruise price as we loved Truffles so much, and we had the kids with us (which made it harder to organise). Drinks- We loved the cocktails on the ship and our favourites were the Long Island Iced Tea $10.50 and the Green Thunder $9.50. There are daily drink specials. Including if you hold onto your receipts for all Classic Cocktails you get a $5 casino credit card to use on your cruise (which we utilised). They also offer shots when you are dinning in truffles restaurant at night- these are usually $9.50 but include a nice shot glass which makes a great souvenir. There is also a cocktail of the day which is $10.50 and served in a souvenir cup you can take home. Needless to say we got a few, and will be whipping up some cocktails to remind us of our cruise at home. Facilities- My husband and I tried Green Thunder the waterside and it was so fun, and not too much of a wait either. The water park was also well used by our kids. My husband and I enjoy exercising and used the gym 2 hours per day. There was an abundance of equipment and we were impressed. The sauna and steam room were also well looked after and change rooms of a high standard. They have some included fitness classes (ab class and stretching) and some paid as you attend fitness classes (yoga, cycling, PT). We didn't go to them as we prefer to work out individually. We didn't try the spa treatments as my husband and I prefer our own chosen health insurance subsidised practitioners (own preference). Spa treatments specials are available on a daily basis on the cruise - including teeth whitening. Spas and Pools- there are three pools and four spas. 1 pool and 1 spa are adults only and located in the serenity section. There is also another spa located in the gym. The spas were great were chilling out at night after dinner (when everyone else was inside the ship). Kids Club- Kids club is broken down into age groups that are usually separated. On arriving you are told to attend a information session and register your children into kids club. Its at this info session that you will be given your activity schedule books for the cruise. Sessions are usually split into 3 sessions a day on sea days and 2 on port days. But on port days you have the option to leave the kids on the boat while you explore the islands. We didn't take this option up, but may do in the future. We found the kids club useful and used it 2x a day for our two children. For the under 4's they give you a mobile phone so that they can contact you for additional support, which we found reassuring (even though we didn't need it). The girls informed us that if children were unable to be consoled or were difficult we would be asked to collect our children (we didn't have any problems but many other parents did- such as those who weren't so used to being with strangers/childcare etc). Entertainment- I think we tried everything on the boat. We loved the comedians when they were onboard (they were on most nights). We loved the shows especially Epic Rock and the Magic Show. We tried the Bingo but it was too slow for my liking (I enjoy fast paced bingo, but this was a little amateur). I tried some karaoke which was a hoot and something I can finally cross off the bucket list. The bands were great and there were different styles to suit all music tastes. Trivia was fun when we went, and the daily Sudoku was a challenge. We tried the casino but we're not gamblers at all, and just enjoy a little card playing (we ended up going home even). Shops and pushy sales- I had read in previous cruise reviews of pushy sales staff, but honestly we didn't experience that at all. Photos were taken and we purchased some but were not pressured at all. The staff were very professional and lovely. The shops were great the kids loved the candy store, and it was a great way to bribe the kids for a couple of dollars every couple of days. We chose to buy duty free liquor in Villa as per previous recommendations and that worked out well- although the boat has some great specials and will price match other prices so next time will do that. The duty free shops were great but we didn't buy anything. Next time we intend to do some background research on prices of watches etc and then come a little more prepared to buy as there appeared to be some great deals on everything. Shore Excusions- We only purchased 1 shore excursion which was a bus trip to a beach on Mare (which is a must). We chose to do the islands our way and it worked out really well for us, and I felt we were helping the locals more that way. We hired snorkels for the beach and my husband saw starfish, fish and lots of marine life (its no great barrier reef, but it was lovely). Disembarkment was easier than getting on the boat and we were walking back to our car within 30 minutes. We couldn't have had a better trip, the people we met on board staff and fellow travellers were respectful and lovely. We didn't have anything negative to say about the cruise, and look forward to travelling with Carnival Cruises in the future. Thankyou Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Good - The staff were great and our cabin was good. Our cabin steward Domingo was excellent. The staff at Truffles restaurant were great. And we loved their songs. Bad - The late dinner was enjoyable but by the time dinner was over ... Read More
Good - The staff were great and our cabin was good. Our cabin steward Domingo was excellent. The staff at Truffles restaurant were great. And we loved their songs. Bad - The late dinner was enjoyable but by the time dinner was over and the staff finished singing most of the evening shows were already started. This was annoying because there was nowhere to sit except for the seats behind the poles so you could not see. The cost of alcohol was ridiculous, $8.25 for a beer is straight out extortion considering it should be duty free. Everything on the ship was expensive including the duty free store. They always seemed to be trying to get money off you at every turn. Even the onboard photographs were expensive. Even though I'm not a gambler I noticed when I went to the casino on the first night all the pokie machines had their jackpots set on the lowest amount so it would take a while for the jackpot to build up when it went off. The reason I mention this is because on the day we disembarked I was sitting in a seat next to the casino and saw the staff going from machine to machine resetting the jackpots to prevent them going off too quickly. They do this at the start of each cruise so anyone playing pokies (slots) can't win the jackpot. I even Took a photo of the reset machines. I'm not a gambler myself but I would urge others to avoid the pokies. I enjoyed the shore tours except for Lifou Island which was a waste of time. Our cruise had five stops in total in New Caledonia and Fiji which we enjoyed overall. Recommendations - bring a double adapter or a cheap power board, not one with surge protection as they will take it off you. There is a laundry on most levels. Save money and bring your own detergent. If you want to go snorkelling bring your own gear as they charge about $40 to hire it for the day. Get your duty free alcohol early in the cruise as they do not re stock the shelves during the cruise. Overall we had fun and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My cruise on Legend was my first. In great anticipation, I scoured websites, Carnival's info, and bugged my poor mother relentlessly about what to expect. I expected a lot and am happy to say the reality was better! I have read ... Read More
My cruise on Legend was my first. In great anticipation, I scoured websites, Carnival's info, and bugged my poor mother relentlessly about what to expect. I expected a lot and am happy to say the reality was better! I have read hundreds of reviews of ships, cruse lines, ports and excursions. The reviews run from OMG!!! to I will never sail with these people again. People is the key word. People run these cruise lines and seem to try to do everything they can to make your trip as enjoyable as possible, because after all, return customers are return revenue. There will always be a slightly distant waiter, or food you don't like, or shows that don't measure up to Broadway hits. The bottom line is, you will be on an amazing floating resort with people you like or love, possibly experiencing places you've never been. If you've been there nine thousand times, don't complain about the lack of new things to do. Book a cruise to somewhere different. Expect to stand in line, expect an occasional excursion to be cancelled, and expect to see LOTS of people. That said, I couldn't wait to book my next cruise. Last trip was with my daughters ages 19 and 22, and my parents. November 1, 2014 on Splendor with boyfriend and parents! Even if it's rough weather, or it rains (hit the rain forest!), or it's chilly in the Caribbean, it's still fun! Book excursions early, have a second and third choice just in case and enjoy your time away from day to day life. And in closing, much of the staff on the Legend were getting off after our cruise, and being their final cruise before a break, they STILL kissed our butts the whole trip! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Carnival Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.5 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.5 N/A
Enrichment Activities 2.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.4
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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