1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I don’t want this to be read as a negative review, but there were things Carnival Australia could improve on. We cruised on Carnival Legend ex Sydney 17th Dec 2018 for 10 nights to Pacific Islands. This was our 11th cruise holiday ... Read More
I don’t want this to be read as a negative review, but there were things Carnival Australia could improve on. We cruised on Carnival Legend ex Sydney 17th Dec 2018 for 10 nights to Pacific Islands. This was our 11th cruise holiday (Cunard, 2xRoyal Caribbean, 2x Princess, MSC, 2x P&O Aust, P&O UK and Carnival Caribbean). So we have other cruises to compare this with. We were warned Carnival Australia was considered more budget conscious, and we were happy with that, but didn’t expect their penny pinching to be so blatantly obvious. It started within minutes of us boarding the ship and making our way to our stateroom. Our room attendant welcomed us and showed us around, before he asked if we’d like our room serviced in the morning, OR the afternoon. All previous cruises, our room has been serviced twice a day. Not on this ship. For breakfast I like a muesli. In the Unicorn buffet, there were Corn Flakes, Rice Bubbles, Cocoa Pops, All Bran. No muesli. So on the 1st morning, I asked, just in case I had overlooked it. I was told yes, they had it over at the “Continental” counter. Oh yes they had it, but it was hidden under the counter, out of sight. Some days I was told they’d run out, then it reappeared the next day. So I spoke to a crew member dressed all in white (unsure of his position, but he was involved in the restaurant or the food). I then got it every morning after that. But it was always hidden, under the counter. The only reason I can think why it was hidden is muesli is a lot more expensive than the other cereals available. It was summertime. Think of all those lovely summer fruits. Strawberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, pineapple. Yum. But not on this ship. At the breakfast buffet you had the choice of various types of watermelon, prunes and I recall canned peaches. I did see whole apples, oranges and pears. Guess what. The other summer fruits cost more. I like kiwifruit with my muesli. Not on this ship. Prior to the evening dinner, we would always go to a bar for a drink. Most other ships, we’ve been given complimentary nibbles with our drinks. It doesn’t have to be much – just a saucer full – but not on this ship. Lunchtime, I like to have a salad. Yes, they had lettuce and tomato, grated carrot, corn etc, but nothing special. I cannot exactly remember now, but I was struggling to find other foods to put on my plate. Before bedtime, I like a cuppa tea and a bikkie. I’d go to the Unicorn buffet and get a cuppa tea but there was nothing else to nibble on except a freshly made pizza!!! During the day they had nice little cookies available to have with a cuppa, but not later in the evening. Whynot? They had a kiosk machine guests could check their onboard account. Opening a new bank account would be easier. I thought the machine was going to ask for a blood sample. Ridiculous. We gave up. A suggestion box in Guest Services area may have been helpful. Some guests complained some of the dishes served at Truffles Restaurant were never hot. By the time they were delivered to the table, they were warm +. I personally didn’t have a problem with this, but some did. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE. We did have an issue with some noise in our room during the early hours of the morning. Anytime from 2am – 4.30am. We spoke to neighbouring rooms and they heard it as well. We could never pinpoint its origin exactly, but we guess was it was coming from the Unicorn buffet (we were the floor below it) and the noise was travelling through the air conditioning system. When we contacted room services, Carnival Legend never questioned our reports and compensated us very generously. We assume it’s an ongoing issue for guests in these rooms. Everything was clean and tidy on the ship, all the staff were excellent and I was happy with the food in Truffles Restaurant. Would I go Carnival Legend again? YES I would (but if there was another cruise line doing a similar cruise, I would choose the other cruise line). I think Carnival could improve some of the things I’ve mentioned, without costing them too much extra. An ‘enjoyable cruise’, could become a great cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We selected this cruise as there was a Special pricing: Nearly 50% off!! So that being said " You do get What You Paid for " Cabin-Balcony was ok but the Balcony itself was rusty and not in the best condition. Our ... Read More
We selected this cruise as there was a Special pricing: Nearly 50% off!! So that being said " You do get What You Paid for " Cabin-Balcony was ok but the Balcony itself was rusty and not in the best condition. Our Dining service waiters-Second Sitting were excellent. Interacted with the guests and made dining a fun time. Me( male) and 6 ladies. 4 had never cruised before so to them it was great. Food was quite good considering the number of people being fed. We bypassed Akaroa due to weather conditions according to the captain. Akaroa you disembark via Tenders. However there was small rumour, not verified, that the reason for bypassing Akaroa was that there was a mechanical issue(fire?) and we had to stay overnight in Port Chalmers for repairs. I guess we will not know if this is correct or not. Entertainment: Showtime dancers, costumes and setting were excellent-to a degree!! Given that 60% of the guests were possibly 60 upwards shows were loud and very heavy. If there had been at least one show catering to nice , easy to listen to music it would have been a bonus. Trivia was the main focus during sea time but after doing Trivia 3 times enough is enough. Overall if you can get a discounted costing on Legend and are happy with a No Frills environment then this ship may be for you. However as we have been on Princess 4 times and Holland America 3 I would not go back to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for ... Read More
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for celebrating life to the fullest! If your looking for a glass-half-full trip then this is the one. It's also largely suitable for families, we could see no evidence of any impropriety.. just great great times. Truffles restaurant was great and they would break the dinner up with their dancing cabaret through the enthused diners. We didn't really try the buffet up on the Lido deck except for cooked breakfasts. The staff were so very courteous and helpful. They made the whole experience very personable one which I really love. The best advice I can give is don't try to participate in all the activities all the time - you will exhaust yourself. Just pace yourself and give yourself a little buffer to go and enjoy the view of Bass Straight from the observation deck. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
The Carnival Legend is, on the whole, a pretty average ship. Although the ship is not the newest of sea vessels, it is still far from outdated. This being said, however, the ship is not the newest and differently not offer up ... Read More
The Carnival Legend is, on the whole, a pretty average ship. Although the ship is not the newest of sea vessels, it is still far from outdated. This being said, however, the ship is not the newest and differently not offer up ground-breaking amenities, similarly to the rest of her Spirt-Class sisters. If you're looking for newer, more adventurous amenities try booking your cruise on a newer ship (Carnival Vista Class, Royal Carribean Oasis/Quantum Class, Norwegen Breakaway/Breakaway + class, MSC Seaside, etc) (New as of 2018). Although the ship is not old, there are some moderate to strong vibrations that can be felt on-board towards the aft of the ship due to the azipod propellers driving the ship. One such area in which these vibrations are prevalent in the main dining room. However, speaking of the main dining room, if you are lucky enough to be seated next to a window, you will see that the view is breathtaking, especially on Alaskan sailing (more on that later). Seeing the ships wake with the Alaskan mountains, glaciers, and/or forests in the background is something that you definitely do not want to miss. However, going back to dining, the food on the Legend is generally pretty good, similar to other Carnival cuisines. That being said, however, the vegetarian choices onboard was pretty limited. This was especially prevalent during dinner times in the main dining room, in which the vegetraran options was usually just salad, soup, and Carnivals by Indian Food, which is trash BTW, at least to someone of Indian descent. The buffet area generally had pretty good food which more options, but it was prone to overcrowding, especially during breakfast and lunch hours. During these times, I would advise to either come early or late, as it is nearly imposable to get your own seat quickly during the main hours. The buffet, however, was kept largely stocked throughout the day and late into the night (1:00-3:00 AM). Past these ours, all you were left with was Carnival's nasty ass pizza. But you can't really complain since TBH, most people be sleep past 3:00 AM. Moving on past dinning, we come to the crew, who were generally helpful, kind and curtius, just like most other Carnival crew. Getting past the actual ship itself, which is pretty average, in my opinion, we find ourselves in the ship's itinerary, which, unlike the ship, is truly groundbreaking, and realty is the selling point of the cruise. The summer sailings to Alaska is what Carnival is trying to push throughout the Cruise. This Alaskan Itinerary finds itself onto the ship, mainly in the ship's entertainment. Carnival has incorporated some truly informative and educational seminars into the normal entertainment routine. It seems crazy to think that Carnival is putting this level of enrichment into a cruise, and although it isn't on the level of something like National Geographic Cruises, it sure comes close. The excursions and ports are also a high point of the cruise. They are wide-ranging and generally fun. They are curated to be adventurous while being informative and showing off the true beauty of Alaska at the same time. Something that you notice while on the ship moving from port to port is that the ship never strays far away from shore. Throughout at least 95% of the cruise, you are able to see at least see the shoreline. This proximity to the shore means that for a majority of the cruise, you receive data. (If you time it just right, you can keep up your snapchat streaks, but honestly, rather than worrying about them, you should just hand them over to a trusted Friend for the Duration of the cruise. Still, it is a true luxury to have data on a cruise. If you run out of Data, however, don't worry, as you can still buy a riduculsly overpriced and slow Carnival internet package. Also, Alaska, despite what you may think, is actually pretty mild in weather, at least during the summer months, although it is still not pool weather. It is generally 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, or Spring weather if you live on the East Coast. (No Californians, you not bout to catch frostbite.) This means that all you really need to bring in terms of clothing are windbreakers, long-sleeve t-shirts, joggers, sweatpants, jeans, and an old pair of Tims or something for the shore excursions. One thing to be prepared for, however, is rain. There seemed to be a continual drizzle throughout the entirety of the cruise, but you will get used to it by the second or third day of sailing. On a real note, however, when booking on the ship, you are not really being sold for the ship itself, but for Alaska. Alsaka be Crazzzy bra. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
I have always wanted to see the world now I can am I just cruise every chance I get. We went to Alaska for the 7 day cruise and loved it . The Legend is small and out dated but ok . The staff is some what friendlier then some of the other ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the world now I can am I just cruise every chance I get. We went to Alaska for the 7 day cruise and loved it . The Legend is small and out dated but ok . The staff is some what friendlier then some of the other ships I have been on. I was cold most of the time so I could not really enjoy like I wanted to. The food is oh my god bad ,bad. They really need to do better with that. Spending so much time at sea one tends to get hungry and that food is life threading. But we made do and will be leaving again in about 5 days on the dream. I enjoyed S W we loved it there. went to the space needle and PM, eat at every joint we could we started buying one thing and sharing between the 4 of us so we could taste it all. Limited fun their is not much to do but we were for told. I would go again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We left Sydney in great spirits and all of us were all looking to a great time together.( We traveled with 7 adults and 1 grand child) We weren't to be disappointed as we got on board, the staff was so friendly and very helpful we ... Read More
We left Sydney in great spirits and all of us were all looking to a great time together.( We traveled with 7 adults and 1 grand child) We weren't to be disappointed as we got on board, the staff was so friendly and very helpful we felt straightaway at home on the Carnival Legend. We all had balcony cabins and loved just to be able to be by ourselves and enjoy some quite spot were we could read a book or just the view of the ocean. The cabin staff were very helpful and were there as soon as you called on them we felt rely spoiled by them, they always made sure everything was clean. after dinner we usually went to see a show and were impressed by them amazing how versatile the entertainment staff is . Also there was plenty of verity of entertainment in many areas of the ship. We are grand parents and we had a great time there was plenty to do for the two of us. Did some activities with together our grandson from being in the spa, mini golf, giant slide just to name a few. Had a rely nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary at the Nouveau Restaurant the meal was top shelf and a credit to the chef's , the waiting staff was also very pleasant and helpful. Its a must experience we highly recommend.you won't be disappointed.. The meals at Truffles restaurant were of very good quality, but I must say the evening meal after our dinner at the Nouveau we doubly appreciated the high standard of the Chef's at the Nouveau.( not wanting to diminish the quality of the dinners at Truffles) We had a great family time and highly recommend this trip if you plan a memorable trip for your family. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We, a group of 22, were all first time cruisers and we absolutely loved it! We didn't know what to expect so we were all a tad nervous. However, Carnival and it's staff made it a trip of a lifetime. Embarkation - if you ... Read More
We, a group of 22, were all first time cruisers and we absolutely loved it! We didn't know what to expect so we were all a tad nervous. However, Carnival and it's staff made it a trip of a lifetime. Embarkation - if you don't purchase the express line than the wait can be long, but you're going on a cruise so don't bother sweating it. Ship - some of the decor is outdated but that doesn't kill the holiday vibe. Cabin - we got a balcony cabin because we are smokers. But you can't smoke on your balcony so I won't be purchasing a balcony cabin again for that reason. It is lovely at night to sit on your balcony and look into the dark night and see nothing but sea spray, stars and the moon. Dining - whether you eat at the buffet, Nouveau, dining room or specialist restaurants, wherever we went, we loved it. Food is of a great standard and we went back for more and more. Drinks/Bars/Nightlife - there are so many cocktails to choose from it took me two days of sipping away to find my fave. I never really got drunk but I enjoyed the variety. If you want a real good drop go to the Alchemy Bar because they really know what they are doing. Entertainment and Activities - I wasn't impressed with some of the singers as they didn't do the cover justice, however, the production shows were fabulous. Especially the Motown show. There is always plenty to do on the ship. Service - this is what made the cruise for me. Service was always on point, with a smile and nothing was impossible. I would definitely do this again and ever since I got off the ship all I have wanted to do is get back on again! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our second cruise on the Legend and it has been redecorated. We liked the decor! Embarkation was fine except my daughter left her passport in her suitcase. So we were put into the "trouble children" pen. (LOL) It was a ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Legend and it has been redecorated. We liked the decor! Embarkation was fine except my daughter left her passport in her suitcase. So we were put into the "trouble children" pen. (LOL) It was a pen where people went if they forget their passports, ID, tickets, whatever. We stayed there a while waiting for her suitcase to be delivered to her room. The employees worked so hard to find it and get her passport. After a couple hours and a few tears and her part, they found it and brought it to her and we all got on board! Our rooms were great! We had a balcony and the kids were across the hall. Our steward Voltor was wonderful! The food was great, as always! We had anytime dining and I thought we had to make a reservation every night, but we didn't. They told us to just come to the second floor of the Truffles dining room. We had 3 different waiters and they were all great! We only had to wait in line one night. Then we sat in Guyman's section the rest of the cruise! All staff were very friendly and called us by name. People still wear grubby clothes to fancy nights and they let them in for some reason. The rest of the nights were cruise casual. The Punchliner comedy club had great talent! Very funny! The shows were great, the music was pretty good. Some bands were better than others. Tea was great! The scones were awesome! Food on the Lido was awesome too! Room service was late. Jen the Cruise Director and her team were great! We love Crky (sp)! We loved the excursions and the towns we visited! We did the helicopter glacier walk in Juneau, zipline in Skagway and Misty Fjords float plane in Ketchikan. All were great, but the helicopter was our favorite! Not enough time in Victoria! They have a $10 pp shuttle and some shops stayed open, but some closed at 10pm. The pools were open the first couple days, then when it warmed up (67 degrees) they had to close them for repair. No polar plunge, which was fine by me! They kept the glass dome closed, which was nice. Hot tubs were working fine. We saw whales and dolphins from the ship. We also took a whale watching trip from Seattle and saw orcas and seals! We are already booked for our next Carnival cruise in November! Happy cruising! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This is the second Carival cruise to Hawaii with the twelve day itinerary. My first experience aboard the Spirit was an magical adventure. Unfortunately, I didn't get the same experience as last time. This voyage lacked a variety ... Read More
This is the second Carival cruise to Hawaii with the twelve day itinerary. My first experience aboard the Spirit was an magical adventure. Unfortunately, I didn't get the same experience as last time. This voyage lacked a variety of entertainment. The Cruise Director Jen was to hung up on dressing like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. She even brought out a Mad Hatter outfit one night equipped with tuxedo jacket. With five days at sea I would have expected entertainment to be set a high priority. i selected three health care seminars on my sea days, out of the selected two was cancelled. When I tried arts and crafts the instructor didn't show and a replacement showed up dumped a box of plastic door tags at us and said there you go Jacks couldn't make it. I felt insulted at how this was carried out. Another time we were making greeting cards they set out the supplies and then when we're all at our tables left with us holding the scissors, I decided one day to go shopping at the fun shop. I found a perfume I loved and asked a clerk náme Laura to explain more shout it. She rudely told me that wasn't her department, and turned her back on me, thus she lost my interest in shopping. There WAS some saving grace to this cruise, our dinner waiters/Waitress was exceptional. Jowie, Kadek, and Ako you truly out did yourself. Without you this cruise would have been hard to make memories. In al, if your looking for a budget friendly cruise to see Hawaij then look no further. If your looking for an elegant ship, you will find yourself disappointed. There is many nude painting with symbols on the walls. It was one of the worst themes I have seen on a Carnival ship. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I and my wife cruised on the Carnival Legend for 9 nights from 26 October to 4th November 2015. Departure port was Sydney at the OPT at Circular Quay and places visited in date order were Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea, this was ... Read More
I and my wife cruised on the Carnival Legend for 9 nights from 26 October to 4th November 2015. Departure port was Sydney at the OPT at Circular Quay and places visited in date order were Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea, this was a New Caledonia sail around cruise. We had disabled access cabin 4207, which was an excellent large cabin with self opening electric door, we found this cabin to be very comfortable and our room steward, I. Gede ( pronounced "good ay" ) provided excellent service of the room and was very friendly. In fact we found most of the crew on Carnival Legend to be very friendly and attentive, they seem to be very happy to work on the ship and we were never short of being said "Hello too, how are you", this is a very welcoming ship. Embarkation process was very quick and efficient, as my wife is disabled (has mobility problems but can walk ), we were checked in, through immigration and on the ship within 20 minutes as a priority boarding, we were on the ship by 12.10 pm on the day of sailing and the ship sailed at 6 pm. Some people have found this ship to have "tacky, over the top decor" but we found this ship to be brightly lit inside and very nice. There was abundant seating in the many lounges, we never had trouble finding a seat, for a ship that carries around 2200 passengers, most of time it did not seem crowded and on this cruise it was at its capacity. We dined mainly in fine dining in the 'Truffles Restaurant" for breakfast, lunch and diiner when it was open as we believe when you go on a cruise you pay to be waited on, hand and foot and we are not really fans of the traditional help yourself buffet which we refer to as "the pigs trough". Food at Truffles is definitely superior than that in the buffet ( Unicorn Cafe ) but the buffet food when we ate it was quite okay and acceptable, typical mass market cruise fare. We loved to be greeted by the friendly "Mirella" and other staff at "Truffles", meet the lovely Hungarian junior boss "Katalin" a number of times as she checked if we had any problems or complaints about the restaurant which we had none. Our main waiter at Table 228, "Rafael" was very funny and attentive and along with his assistant waiters provided excellent table service...eating a very pleasant experience on Carnival Legend. About the drinks, Carnival Legend has a number of drink packages you can buy on the first and second day of the cruise only, I bought the unlimited soda or "bubbles package" at $7.25 per day which entitled you to unlimited soft drink from the Coca Cola range as well as unlimited orange, apple, pineapple and tomato juices. With alcoholic drinks they are expensive, a 375 ml stubbie of VB beer costs $8.25 AUD each, the Tooheys range of beers were $7.50 each a 375ml bottle or you could have something like a Corona for $7.50, 330ml bottle. Wines started around $9 AUD per glass, bottles from $26 to around $60, cocktails varied from $8.25 to around $14 ( or more if you wanted the plastic souvenir ship funnel, puffer fish, disco ball or squirly green thunder drink holder filled with the drink... we got a cupboard full of those souvenir plastic drink things from previous Carnival cruises so we did not buy any more. Entertainment on the ship at night is good with comedy running in the downstairs Firebyrd Lounge on Deck 1 with movies runnning during the day ( releases of about a year ago screened ), musical Las Vegas type themed shows ran in The Follies theatre that seats around 1200 on 2 levels, twice a night to conincide with the 2 fine dining seating times of 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm and they also had guest artists including a magician, the Carnival Legend singing and dance troupe put on excellent shows and the last show before the end of the cruise without spoiling it too much is "The Rock of Ages", an explosive performance of energy and pyrotechnics that will blow your socks off, it is the best show we have seen and we have cruised 6 times on 3 different cruise lines. As for the cruise destinations, do a shore tour at Noumea ( most places accept AUD and its was the only place the ship docked at a proper wharf, be it a container wharf where free local buses ferried you into town to the other cruise terminal proper...Legend was just too big to dock there...also at the Cruise/Ferry terminal they have a excellent upstairs market for souvenirs and private tour operators where you can buy Noumea tours on the spot for much less than what the ship charges, most take AUD and get off the ship early in the morning as soon as it docks to take advantage of full day tours), get off at Isle of Pines ( it's a tender boat ride ), it's nice and has a good market and local food and drink available onshore and they accept Australian Dollars, tender off at Lifou to a nice beach and market but forget Mare,don't tender off, there is nothing there, you get off there at a wharf and have to pay $20 per head for a bus that takes you to the other side of the island to a beach with nothing, we did not bother with Mare and stayed on the ship...it's just a stop put in by the cruise line for the sake of a stop. Another bit of icing on the cake was this was a Halloween themed cruise, it was fun, especially the sppoky dressed up sweets. Overall we found Carnival Legend to be one of the best South Pacific cruises we have done and we have been out there 5 times. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
This was my 9th Carnival Cruise, taken over NYE and the 2nd time I've been on Legend. Being the first time I was on it was the worst ship I've been on, it's a wonder I gave it another shot. I also got caught up in the VFIP ... Read More
This was my 9th Carnival Cruise, taken over NYE and the 2nd time I've been on Legend. Being the first time I was on it was the worst ship I've been on, it's a wonder I gave it another shot. I also got caught up in the VFIP transition and my next cruise was supposed to get me to Platinum, now I need to do 5 more 7 day cruises to get to that level. Good thing I don;t care about getting a plate full of chocolate strawberries in my room as Platinum is so overrated. I know how to get on and off the ship right with the Platinum people, so no real biggie, it's just the principle. So let's get to the major improvement - The Serenity Deck Lounge - yes the weather sucked most every day, but it was so nice to be separated from the pool kids and hot tub teenagers, and it was really comfortable back there. Not overcrowded either, maybe because of weather, or the limited crowd, whatever, we spent a lot of time there. Most of the staff was fine to great, no real personalities that stuck with me this time no matter who called me by first name. I also had a real nice Ribeye in the Steakhouse one night, I thanked all the chef's, wanted them to know I appreciated their efforts. Here's my biggest peeve with this ship, and I realize entertainment is completely subjective, but for me, it was rather boring. The Piano guy was sick but 2 nights of the week, certainly nobody's fault, but that was mostly out. There were no good live bands, one night I did see a band in one of the lounges, nobody was in it. There was virtually no live entertainment on the Lido deck, now some of that is weather related, but the Lido deck was dead at night other than NYE. The band that night was a blues band - boring - first cruise I've been on without any type of steel drum reggae act. Maybe I'm spoiled, but man it makes a difference. My fave NYE is when Average Joe Cruise Director introduces Stevie Wonder to the stage. Now Carnival, he was convincing, so much in fact you had all these people believing it was really him. Shame...you should at least have Elvis do an encore so the smaller brains could have put that together instead of rushing the stage with their camera's. Carnival doesn't have the $$ to invest in good comedians so don't sell the real deal like that. Mostly, we were in Karaoke which was decent and so improved over the first time I was on the ship. The lady then was the worst I've ever seen and I used to run Karaoke. I also used to DJ, and DJ Tony Five Star is the biggest joke south of Florida. Worst DJ, mixing skills made me cringe, zero personality, clearly doesn't like or want to play the retro, and the retro is the only time we go to the dance club so Carnival failed on this cruise, about 4 total hours of I'm 40 and want to dance music. We took a snorkeling excursion in Belize - too many flippers in your face, not much to see, save your $ for another excursion. The staff was nice though, they took good care of my wife after she stepped on a conch shell that went right through the flipper into her foot and required 3 stitches. The medical staff on the ship was also great. Carnival even stopped her Cheers program because she couldn't drink with the Anti-biotic prescribed. I love the Cheers program - this one is a good call by Carnival all around. I had a great time as usual because of the people I was with, but I'm done with the Legend. I remember really great cruises on Glory and Elation, and Inspiration. I need to get back on those ships to see if they are still good. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
This is really a nice ship even though it's not new and doesn't look like it's getting upgraded to Funship 2.0 anytime soon if at all. I have sailed on the Carnival Freedom and missed a few amenities which that ship had - ... Read More
This is really a nice ship even though it's not new and doesn't look like it's getting upgraded to Funship 2.0 anytime soon if at all. I have sailed on the Carnival Freedom and missed a few amenities which that ship had - the outdoor movie screen, larger Serenity area and a more varied buffet....but let's dig into the Legend. Since I live near Tampa, getting dropped off at the small terminal is a breeze and we got through the embarkation process in about 20 minutes. All the Carnival people were always polite and helpful as was our last experience. Once onboard, we were told our cabin was ready (at noon) and we went to deck 4 to find our cabin and unpack. We had booked an obstructed view "inside" cabin which is really an outside with french doors that overlook a life boat (railing directly outside the doors). This room layout felt so much larger than a standard inside room because the bed is turned a different direction. There was also a small sofa and an additional cabinet for storage. These are priced as interior cabins, but feel bigger. Being able to see the weather and open the door is nice even if just to figure out what to wear for the day. These rooms are not available on every ship so grab one if you can. The layout of the Legend is good - very easy to find things. The decor is nice - not nearly as gaudy as the Freedom. The dining room is beautiful as are the themed areas such as the Unicorn Cafe and the main show lounges. Traffic flow is good as there are public seating areas scattered everywhere so there was never really a bottleneck when moving about. I am not a fan of casinos and avoided walking through it whenever possible because of the cigarette smoke. To me, it felt cold in many of the public spaces and hallways. Bring a sweater or light jacket - you may need it inside or out. The Serenity area is nice though not well placed all the way at the stern (back) of the ship. You have to go through the entire buffet restaurant to get to it if you are on the lido deck. Tip - go up through the aft elevators and you will be right there. Plenty of entertainment kept us busy - the comedy lounge is my favorite - national acts are easy to come by on Carnival ships. We also enjoyed the productions in the main show lounge - especially the "Justin Illusion" show which combined magic, a great soundtrack and dancing. Definitely unique. I also took advantage of the pools, hot tubs, walking track and the gym. Very nice - all of it. (Tip - there is large indoor hot tub inside the gym/spa area.) The water slide on this ship could use an overhaul. It doesn't have enough vertical drop to keep you moving if you weigh more than 50 lbs. The pools (3) are all very nice and were well-used especially on sea days. One hot tub was out of order which was disappointing, but luckily for us the ship wasn't booked to capacity. The service on the Legend was very good. Our room was tidied twice a day and our steward kept our ice bucket full. The wait staff in the main dining room were wonderful and went out of their way to accommodate a lady at our table with gluten-free menu options. The goofy singing and dancing is always fun and they actually seem to enjoy it. We certainly did! The food onboard is great! It's sooo hard to choose what to eat sometimes - especially with desserts. My advice is to try everything you can't get at home and save room for midnight snacks. The pizza is really good - nice and crisp and goes great with a mug of hot cocoa...too bad there was no outdoor movie to watch. We tried brunch in the dining room on sea days this time and loved it. Eggs benedict with seasoned potato wedges is my favorite. I never got around to trying the specialty coffee on this trip. Wrapup: Nice ship, great service, awesome food. I would recommend this ship as a nice first-time cruise. I am however looking forward to sailing on the Carnival Dream to see what goodies they have come up with. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
This is a remarkable trip but very fast paced. It is also a very tiring trip due to 3 different time changes traveling from Dover to St. Petersburg and 3 time changes leaving St. Petersburg back to Dover. In our case, we spent 3 days prior ... Read More
This is a remarkable trip but very fast paced. It is also a very tiring trip due to 3 different time changes traveling from Dover to St. Petersburg and 3 time changes leaving St. Petersburg back to Dover. In our case, we spent 3 days prior to the cruise in London (Fri-Sat-Sun) including a day trip on the Eurostar to Paris (another 1 hour time change)on Saturday. Those wishing to do this trip please keep in mind, the train does not run on Sunday. Where ever you stay, you will need to be up around 4 AM and depart your hotel to be at the train station to check in and head to Paris on the 7 AM train. It is a 2 hr 15 minute trip at 186 MPH. This is a great experience and well worth the cost. As for the ship. This was our 2nd time on the Carnival Legend and was very enjoyable. The crew was wonderful and very friendly. Always a smile and a hello.The food was some of the best we have had on a Carnival cruise. The only complaint was they only served creme brulee (our favorite) once in the 12 days. There were several kids on the cruise that were not well supervised and were running and pushing through the common areas and playing on the elevators while parents just looked on. We did have a cabin steward with over 20 years service and by far, the best steward we have ever had. The Ports: Dover: Ship departs here, but if you choose to be port side (balcony is great) then you get a great view of the White Cliffs of Dover. Copenhagen: Beautiful city, we did a tour of the Carlsberg Brewery and got a few free samples. This was a very nice tour. Berlin: We opted to take in the Top 10 sites via a train ride for 3 1/2 hours to Berlin. This is a very informative tour and really enjoyable. The train is not air conditioned, but choose your dates accordingly. We went in July and ride was pleasant with windows down. The countryside was really nice and the tor of Berlin was remarkable. St. Petersburg: Although this is a remarkable cultural city, it was not one of our favorites as it turned out. An awful lot of walking when you do the 2 day experience. It was very beautiful, but you need to secure your wallets and valuables. One of our friends got hit by a pickpocket at the Hermitage and Tour Guide never bothered to contact the Police or the Hermitage Security People even though we were pretty sure we spotted the elderly lady who picked his pocket. Smoking is not allowed on the tour buses, but at each stop, the drivers would smoke and you could smell it once you returned. The driver or tour guide never inquired about the comfort of the passengers. It was usually way too hot and folks shedding jackets, etc. Tallinn: What a pleasant surprise. After this visit, I can clearly see why this is a break-a-way republic of the old Soviet Union. I can't say enough nice things about this stop. A wonderful tour guide to start with on our trip to Old Town Tallinn. First thing was the comfort of her passengers. A lot of walking, but also a lot of stopping a long the way for pictures and to hear the history. A concert at the old church was remarkable and then to Old Town Center where we had a wonderful lunch and even our guide sat with us. Helsinki: Another wonderful stop. We went to Old Town Porvoo which is very quaint and a nice place to visit. After that, we were served pasty and coffee at a nice resort, more like a bed and breakfast. Amsterdam: Another remarkable stop. To get into Amsterdam, you go through a set of locks and follow the canal into the city. This was such a nice stop that if one would choose a place to stay and visit, this would be one of those. We did a tour to Edam and got to see the local countryside and all the farms and land recovered by building dykes over the years. In Edam, we visited a farm making Edam Cheese and had our choices of many different types of cheese from cows, goats, and sheep. We decided the smoked cheese (cow) was the best. Before heading to Edam, we did a tour to see the old windmills and a shop making wooded shoes. This was also a fairly long walking tour of the city of Edam, but did have time to takes some nice pictures. Pre-cruise: London, our 3 day stay just was not long enough, we did see a lot, but so much more to see and do. Actually, you can get around pretty easy in London using the Tube, city buses,taxis,or hop-on hop buses. The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace happens at 11:30 AM each day. You need to be there around 10:30 if you want to get close to the Palace Gates.   Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2013
After reading many mixed reviews of the Carnival Legend, plus doing extensive research on cruising on several websites, I was fully prepared for my first cruise. I will detail my experiences below: Embarkation: Easy, easy, easy! We ... Read More
After reading many mixed reviews of the Carnival Legend, plus doing extensive research on cruising on several websites, I was fully prepared for my first cruise. I will detail my experiences below: Embarkation: Easy, easy, easy! We got through Security and check-in with no problems or delays. After wiping down my cabin with sanitizer wipes, I went to the Lido deck and enjoyed the buffet with my friends. No major lines for lunch. Late Dining: Great option for my group. The down-side was, we were too tired for late-night partying after dinner. Jeffery, JJ, and Areul were AWESOME servers! Idi, our bartender from the lobby lounge and at dinner, was WONDERFUL!!! Cabin: Beautiful!!! I will always book a balcony cabin from here on. My cabin stewardess, Alttaeya (I know I spelled her name wrong) was a sweetheart. She took GREAT care of me, especially after I broke my foot in Cozumel. Spa Carnival: The Bamboo massage is worth every penny! AWESOME experience! Golden Fleece Steakhouse: AWESOME!!! Everything we had featured a beautiful presentation and tasted fabulous. The service was wonderful. Anna, the ship's Sommelier, provided great information on wines and voiced appreciation for my group's extensive wine knowledge. We had fun comparing notes on different cabernets. She enforced the $14 corkage fee, even though I had opened my wine in my cabin to let it breathe. Otherwise, I would do the steakhouse multiple times on my next cruise. On-Board activities: the jewelry sales were amazing! I loved the Serenity deck and trivia games. Medical: the on-ship medical staff are very nice. However, they are not equipped to deal with all types of injuries and did the best they could with what they had. Overall Service: I got great results when I kindly reached out to each and every crew member. 98% of the time, they responded well to me and gave terrific service in kind. Service was very different to those passengers who were rude or barked demands to the crew. Those passengers who complained to me had failed to do any homework about the cruise line's policies or even read the daily Fun Times. Sadly, that was the majority of the passengers and they are the reason I will probably choose another cruise line for my next cruise. Carnival is a discount cruise line: you get a great product for what you pay, but you also sail with a contingent of discount cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
We just returned from our third Carnival Cruise. This time we did not choose the ship, only the cruise, as it was a special Beach Music Cruise, which involved about 450 guests along with several beach bands & DJ's. I read many ... Read More
We just returned from our third Carnival Cruise. This time we did not choose the ship, only the cruise, as it was a special Beach Music Cruise, which involved about 450 guests along with several beach bands & DJ's. I read many reviews, & there were a lot of negatives. However, I feel as though if one looks for only the negatives, that is all you will see. The Legend is one of the older ships, I believe was built in 2002. So, I will mentioned some of the items first that could probably be improved upon: 1). The balcony windows were somewhat dirty, even after they were "cleaned". It did not obstruct our view, but just made it a little fuzzy to look through them. 2). The in-room speakers for overhead announcements did not work, & we would have to open the door to listen. 3). I believe the ship may be up for refurbishing this year, which is good, as various upgrades need to be done~need flat screen TV's in the room & could use the large screen movie projector out front.4). The water slide is kind of out of the way, & it doesn't go into a pool. That could be reworked a little better. 5). I would LOVE for there to be more than 1 plug in!! Next time I will remember & bring an extension. That's essentially all of the negatives for the ship. I will say that the food was wonderful! We only ate in the dining room once, & chose to utilize the buffet & grills for the rest of the time. Sometimes the food did not look like it would be good, but it always was! There is not one thing I can say about the food! There are enough choices that everyone should be able to find what they like. It was always hot & fresh, or cold & crisp. I will also say that overall the ship was kept very clean. Someone was always right there to take your dirty dishes & wipe everything down. We could see them all throughout the night scrubbing down the grills & cleaning up spills & such. The pools were sparkling. We only saw one show in the Follies lounge & that was Justin Illusion & it was great! We also did not visit any of the bars/clubs, as we had something special going on with the beach music crowd each evening. The staff was always very attentive & courteous. We had no trouble at all with embarkation & debarkation. We actually arrived before 12pm, & only waited a few minutes before we were able to go in, & our room was ready! On debarkation, we did the self assist. We docked at 8am, and we were off of the ship by 10am & all went smoothly. I am not a fan of the tendering process. Unfortunately there is no good answer to this, except to only go to ports that don't require it. I would also say that it is a good idea to do your research about the various ports & what there is to do there~mostly by reading Trip Advisor, so that you at least have a plan, even if you don't do an excursion. If you aren't prepared, you really have no idea which way to go, who to trust, or what to do & you will ramble around. For future cruises, I will continue to do my research on the ships & ports. I would probably not choose the Legend again, as I have been on more updated ships & did prefer more of what they had to offer & the layout, but otherwise, this was a great cruise & we had a wonderful experience! Carnival is known for it's lesser costs, but I feel that they still give it their all to make sure you are happy, well fed, and have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
We were part of a larger group and brought our own entertainment (beach music bands and DJ's) so didn't really see what the ship had to offer except for the comedians, which we thought were good. I thought the ship was in good ... Read More
We were part of a larger group and brought our own entertainment (beach music bands and DJ's) so didn't really see what the ship had to offer except for the comedians, which we thought were good. I thought the ship was in good shape, clean and didn't really have any issues. We found the service to be very good in the dining room and the cabins. The food in the dining room was good and the main entree was always hot, but the veggies sometimes came luke warm. I was fine with that and didn't complain. I can't think of a bad meal that we had. All of us at our table enjoyed the food and it was plentiful. One of my table mates ordered at least two appetizers and desserts (had to have ice cream) with every meal. Don't know where he put it! Our servers were the best and made our dinners very enjoyable. We had the best dancers and singers out of all of the waitstaff!! The sea days were fun on deck with the contests etc. The photographers took great pictures - we bought a boatload of them because we couldn't decide which ones to buy. We had pizza several nights after dancing and found it to be hot and delicious! We had a balcony cabin and loved it!! We were below lido deck (which was very convenient), but where we were located, we hardly heard anything. Late at night you could hear the chairs etc being moved around, but I sleep with ear plugs anyway so it didn't bother me. I thought the cabin was clean with plenty of room and places to put your clothes (I brought a lot too). Make sure you use the drawers in the sofa too and also bring some extra hangers. The balcony was very private. Our cabin steward was great - brought ice to us 3 times a day. We purchased a bottle of rum and vodka through the ship and brought a bottle of wine each on board and diet coke. That was just enough for us. I purchased 2 boat drinks. I was very pleased with our cabin and will probably never cruise without a balcony again!! I would definitely cruise on the Legend again! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
Carnival Legend March 2012 Travel: We flew to Tampa the evening prior to sailing and stayed at the Marriott Springhill Suites downtown (on Cypress). The hotel provides breakfast and has a shuttle bus to the cruise terminal for $5 per ... Read More
Carnival Legend March 2012 Travel: We flew to Tampa the evening prior to sailing and stayed at the Marriott Springhill Suites downtown (on Cypress). The hotel provides breakfast and has a shuttle bus to the cruise terminal for $5 per person. Reserve at the front desk. The bus stops at several area hotels, so call and ask because it was far easier and cheaper than a cruise transfer. We needed a few "supplies" for the cruise and found a surprisingly good convenience store at a Shell Gas station on the corner next door to the hotel. They stocked decent wine, champagne and snacks! Packing: We took the advice of previous cruisers' suggestions. We brought a collapsible cooler to hold a 12-pack of sodas and 2 champagne bottles for check-in. Security did check the drinks in the cooler. I packed an extra 3-prong plug, 6 plug extension strip, as well as my hair flat iron in my carry on luggage. I passed right through security without a problem. Our checked bags had the carefully packed 4 "rum runners" with wine, rum and scotch. No confiscated bags! Embarkation: We caught the 10 am bus and arrived at Cruise Terminal 2 about 10:30 am. There was no line. We were told the ship was a little behind schedule (possibly due to time change to DST?), but were processed immediately and waited in the lounge area. Once the boarding began, "zones" were called quickly. We boarded about 12:30 pm with our carry-on luggage. Nice lunch buffet. The Deli is highly recommended! "Carnival Legend": Overall we thought the ship was very nice and enjoyed the entire cruise. Due to previous comments/reviews we were expecting worse. Keep in mind this is a Carnival ship and they market "fun." All decor is over-the-top stimulating. However, it was very nice considering the theme (i.e. Legends). The food was good too. Again, it is Carnival. If you want FINE DINING you need to go on a much more expensive cruise. The service in our stateroom and our dining staff was outstanding. Dining: For casual dining we found the "Deli" to be the best. "Off the Grill" was consistently good for hamburgers, chicken tenders and hotdogs (kids would love this). We ate breakfast in the Unicorn Cafe (Lido Deck, main buffet) about half the time. You can order almost any specialty egg and they varied other offerings from day to day. Note: We ate breakfast in the Truffles Restaurant (Deck 2) only on the last day. It is nice to get waited on and very relaxing, but don't expect completely different food. For lunch, we usually ate a sandwich from the Deli or items from "Off the Grill." They changed the theme of the food at the noon buffet every day, but we don't eat a big lunch. There were no shortage of desserts and the "Swirls" (soft-serve ice cream) machines are open 24/7. We ate dinner every night at the Truffles Restaurant. We were with a travel group, so we had dinner companions that we didn't know previously, but shared the same interests. We had a wonderful experience at dinner each time! The food was very good. If you didn't care for what you ordered (or it wasn't cooked to your satisfaction) the waiters had no problem bringing you another of the same or different item. If you couldn't make up your mind, they would bring both! I usually don't eat (need) dessert, but how could I resist? We found the sugar free desserts to be as delicious as the regular ones. We did not eat at the "Golden Fleece" restaurant. Group: We were traveling on a "Theme Cruise" arranged by a travel agent. It was a fundraiser for a St. Petersburg, FL library that hosted an author we like. There were several special activities set up for the group. Carnival was really good about arranging rooms and socials so that we got to do more than we planned with the group. Room: We went with a Balcony (8210)! Awesome! We had coffee in the mornings, lounged in the afternoons and got to see most of the ports from the port side. We also used room service many times. It was always prompt. We especially like to have breakfast delivered when we don't have to rush off for a port call. The steward was very good and kept ice in our collapsible cooler to keep our extra drinks cold! Amenities: We used the gym a lot and ran on the deck several mornings. We did not use the Spa. Ports: Grand Cayman Island: Quaint. Reminded me of St. Thomas (go figure). We booked the Carnival 2 Tank Certified Scuba Dive excursion. Carnival uses Don Foster's Dive Cayman which is quite well known and very professional. Don Foster's price for the same excursion was almost the same amount, so I booked through Carnival to "guarantee" timely transportation to and from. We were bussed a very short distance, filled out our paperwork (this tour was only for certified divers), outfitted with gear and boarded on a dive boat. There were only 17 people on the tour and we had a lot of room on the boat. We split into two groups so there was ample supervision and lots of room on the dives. Don Foster's provided water and a cooler of ice if you brought your own drinks. They also had clear water tanks to rinse cameras and personal equipment. The personnel couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. The dives were fun and we saw a lot of marine life. Keep in mind we were on a schedule (the downside to cruising), but the divers kept us on time and got us our maximum dive times in. We enjoyed it so much, we will definitely return for a week to the Island just to scuba. Cozumel: We have been here several times, so we didn't book an excursion. We went bar hopping (outside the protected cruise shop area) with our tour group and had a ball. Found an interesting place a few blocks up on side-street. It was a barbershop, complete with barber pole and bar! It was more a restaurant/bar and maybe former barbershop, but the beer was cheap and cold. Belize: I reserved a cave tubing excursion direct with "cave-tubing.com" as recommended by everyone else! Yes, it was awesome and ½ the price for 2x the fun! Speedo and gang took awesome care of everyone. The bus was waiting just as advertised (the ship was late getting clearance to disembark.) It didn't matter what tour you signed up for, it is all in the same area so you meet up again eventually. However, if you participated in more than one activity (zip-lining, ATVs, or cave tubing) you have to accomplish it all in the same amount of time. My advice is to just do the cave tubing in Belize. See Zip-lining next. The bus trip is to the western interior of Belize, so we were given a great 'city' tour along the way! We were treated to a sample of Belizean Cashew Wine and lots of local information from Speedo. The drive was just short of an hour. We were allowed to leave all our belongings on the bus (guarded and locked). There is quite a long walk from the public parking lot to the place where you enter the river. It isn't very hard or hilly, just long. You are walking in the rainforest, so it is quite interesting. Wear bug repellant! The cave tubing, no matter who you book with, is all at the same "Federal" (national) park in Belize. There is an entrance fee, a requirement for a guide, lights, tubes and life vests - all covered by the tour. Just FYI if you think you are going somewhere different.... The actual cave tour is quite relaxing. You sit in nice inner-tubes with a light on your head. You won't even get your hair wet! The staff was quite knowledgeable with regard to the caves and the archeological history. Once you get out of the water, it is a very short walk back to the lot. There are nice changing facilities and showers. Cave-Tubing.com takes you back to their "hut" and feeds you lunch, usually homemade tamales. It was very good and will stave off hunger until you get back to the ship. They got us back to the tender on time. Keep in mind this tour will take all your time in port. "Butts-up!" to Speedo and the entire staff! Roatan Island: I reserved an excursion with Clip'N'Zip as recommended. It is literally across the street from the entrance of the cruise facilities. We leisurely walked off the boat and over to the shop and were the first ones there! We completed our waiver paperwork on-line ahead of time so we were good to go! The staff outfitted us with gear (harness, helmet and gloves) then we set off in a tiny pickup truck. I forgot to change my shoes, so I was wearing flip-flips. They recommend closed-toe shoes, which I would have been more comfortable in, mainly because I was worried I'd lose a shoe over the trees! Otherwise, it was fine and did not interfere with the zip lining. Our guides were Paul, Ismael and Marlon and they were awesome!! It was quite easy to learn "the ropes." The first few lines were short and easy so you could get accustomed to the experience. Stopping was easy and in many cases, the guys could slow you down manually. We had families with children about 8-12 years old and they all handled it easily. The zip-lining was really fun and beautiful. The course is set up wonderfully so you end up at the shop. There was a short uphill walk at the beginning and several stairs to reach some of the higher platforms. The entire experience lasted about an hour, so there was plenty of time to ship or hit the beach afterwards. I highly recommend this tour. You might want to go twice!! Arrival: Return was sunny, but windy (March/spring). We arrived in port on time and left our room to wait in a designated "area." I recommend the 2nd deck where you disembark. We were among the first to leave (we carried our own bags) at 9:05 and sailed through Customs. We purchased a shuttle to the airport ($22 for 2 people), but it might have been quicker to get a cab which was advertised for $25 no matter how many people. Both options are right on the corner of the terminal when you exit. It was easy to obtain transportation if you do not have anything prearranged. We arrived at the airport in plenty of time for our 12:05pm flight. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
So my 7 fun and sexy best friends and I decided to go on the Carnival Legend for our senior year spring break. After spending 3 months writing a thesis on things, we were ready for one hell of a time. As we approached the loading dock we ... Read More
So my 7 fun and sexy best friends and I decided to go on the Carnival Legend for our senior year spring break. After spending 3 months writing a thesis on things, we were ready for one hell of a time. As we approached the loading dock we were anxious to see cute boys also boarding but were quite surprised to see the age group excessively exceeded our own as most of the members averaged between 65 and 95. If not, the closest boy to our age might have been 13. We walked onto the boat and were greeted by a sexy foreign pirate who we later found out was named Miodrag. It was around this time that the heavy drinking for the week began, which was paralleled to our shrinking college budgets, seeing as a shot cost $8, where as at school these days I can buy a handle of vodka for $12. So complaint #1, we were ripped off with alcohol. We enjoyed the comedy club since the main act was a cynical older lady who resembles what I imagine I may be like in the future. Duh because I am pretty and fun. We thoroughly enjoyed serenity, minus the fact that we actually had to fight people off for our seats, including the embroidered sweater vest man (you know who you are buddy, and guess what you are a complete jerk who will probably be alone forever) and also got into a fight with a rude little boy who stole all the chocolate froyo. We also really enjoyed our meals and wait service. Everyone was extremely nice, especially Denissa. However, we did not that the crew had demanding hours and low pay. We also loved the casino. That turned out to be a huge hit as I personally became a blackjack addict in a matter of an hour. The excursions were awesome as were the places we visited. The gym was really really hot and needed air conditioning, also there was only 1 freaking outlet in the entire room. 3 girls in a room with 1 outlet? NOT OKAY. We also managed to find some friends on the boat who we really loved / love. The general "design" of the boat was absolutely heinous. Legends? Really? Serenity looked great and was named accordingly, but what happened to the rest of the boat? The "Unicorn Cafe?" Like honestly? Oh and one last thing, we had an absolute blast taking pictures every night before dinner. So if you were on this cruise I am talking about, I am sure that you can personally identify the group of girls writing this review. I would like to take this time to apologize if you found us to be annoying. Though I am sure we are also saying things that you personally agree with. So Carnival, overall here are some tips.1.) Make a spring break cruise AIMED at ONE age group instead of all. 2.) Please give your crew better hours and more respect. They were all soooo nice and deserve higher pay. 3.) REDECORATE THE BOAT. On an end note I had one of the best times ever. Just making some suggestions.... Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Traveling Mobility Impaired Our party consisted of a total of eight this cruise, my wife, her mother and father, four friends (2 other couples, whom we agreed to meet aboard) and me. My wife rides a Lynx four wheel mobility vehicle; ... Read More
Traveling Mobility Impaired Our party consisted of a total of eight this cruise, my wife, her mother and father, four friends (2 other couples, whom we agreed to meet aboard) and me. My wife rides a Lynx four wheel mobility vehicle; therefore, we shall be discussing some of those aspects of this ship with regards to the issue of being mobility impaired. We boarded on Sunday January 2nd and returned Sunday January 9th after taking the Western Caribbean Tour. Boarding: Actually, one of the easiest we have ever had, considering the lines. Last year, check in was easy on the Celebrity Solstice, but then we had to wait to board. This time, the Lynx allowed us to get past most of the lines waiting to check in, and due to our arrival time, board immediately. Since we live close to the Port of Tamps, our daughter and son-in-law drove us from our home in Lakeland to the port. We arrived at the port at approximately 11:40AM, and we were on the ship by 12:15. Our first impression of the ship's dEcor was not good, and our opinion continued through out the trip. To call it gaudy is being kind. At its best, one of our group referred to it as Baroque. To me it just looked broken, and I doubt that it will be fixed anytime soon. Anyway, after boarding we made our way to the Lido deck, found seating, which I held while the other three went to get their food. We were delayed in leaving port, engine problems. A sign of the times, I guess. But, the issue was corrected by the Chief Engineer, Matteo Cavallarin, and his staff, and instead of departing around 4PM, we left at about 7PM. Our Stateroom We had selected room 6234 due to it being handicapped accessible. I had looked on line while dealing with Carnival and booking this room, and was especially interested in the 'bowling alley' balcony that the ship plan showed. It turns out that the balcony is approximately thirty-three feet long by seven feet wide. On the balcony were three normal deck chairs, one chaise and two small tables, with plenty of room for more seating. Still, we had this great balcony, but, it was not wheelchair accessible. There was a six inch lip that made it impossible to use if you could not walk over the lip. The cabin was located Port side, aft, right after the stern elevator bank on deck six, the Empress Deck. It has a large bathroom featuring a wheelchair accessible shower with fold down seat, fixed shower head and, selectable tap or hand held shower head. There was an issue with the toilet, though. While it flushed, at least in our room regularly, it seemed to maintain a stench throughout our journey. The room features more than adequate storage. It has four drawers in dresser, and one shelf, below the safe. It also has well as self in the cabinet below the television set. Note that the television is not a flat screen, but is an older CRT tube set. Closet has limited space for hanging clothes, but two large shelves for folded clothes as well as storage for shoes, etc at the bottom. It does have a second hanging bar, but, it is located so close to the top self on the right hand side as to be useless. Seating in the room consists of two small arm chairs and a small table, as well as a stool for the vanity. The vanity itself is of good size and has an adequate mirror and lighting. Also, the room had plenty of room to bring in a mobility cart and park it without hindering your ability to walk around in the room. The room also featured a King size bed (two twins pushed together, per our request) with two small end tables. End table had a lamp. There was plenty of lighting, but limited electrical outlets for 120 watt voltage. One outlet located at the vanity, for hair curlers, etc, and one in the bathroom for razors. There was a hair dryer in the vanity, in the top drawer on right. For those traveling with a mobility cart, these outlets are an issue. They were located such that you could not park the cart and use them with out blocking you traffic flow. So, we had to take out the battery each night and put it on the vanity to allow it to charge. As to the safe, the directions are not real clear. I could not get it to work, even following their printed directions. It turns out that you have to put in the card you choose to use, with the magnetic stripe facing upwards, not downwards. Our room stewards were Rodriguez Kelvan from Dominican Republic and Frederico from the Philippines. They did their best to meet our every need, and to entertain use with the towel creatures they made every night. But, there was one issue that they could not fix. You could see the stains in the carpets, stains, obviously from age. But, it became apparent that the room also contained large amounts of mold. It affected my wife's breathing, and the only way we could attempt to help her was to use the door stop to prop open the balcony door during the day, to let the room air out. Note that the speaker system for announcements does not work in staterooms. The speaker is under the vanity and, while the television does go to mute when they make an announcement, you cannot hear it, as the speaker does not come on in this room. As it turns out, that they shut off the Televisions for the announcement, but, do not pipe the announcements into the rooms, except emergency announcements, because the majority of the guests are not in their rooms, according the Guest Services. So, unless you are out and about, the Lord only knows what you are missing. According to my wireless card, the signal is very good, if you elect to use the internet from your room. Due to the cost, we decided not to, but checking the free accessible web sites, i.e. theirs, they load well, but not as well as our hardwired broadband at home. Perhaps half the speed of our broadband connection at home, at best. Note this when paying for the service. Mobility Issues The following will address other mobility issues that we encountered, not covered in the description of the room, above. After muster drill, we encountered our first mobility issue. It has to do with the age, and disrepair of the ship. The disabled ramps on deck three, near Truffles, going out onto the deck on both the port and starboard sides are in good shape on the in board side, but, are broken on the exterior deck side. This makes exiting the ship impossible, as the Lynx becomes stuck on the sill, and loses traction. We found this same situation on one of the exits from the cafe on the Lido deck to the aft pool deck. Fortunately, the second exit to this area was still in good repair and my wife could exit there. We talked to the Hotel Director, Guna Chellam, on the second night and he promised to have them repaired. I checked on Wednesday, and found that they had been. This speed of action did impress me. One major issue that is structural is the Casino. It is a smoking allowed venue without a bypass on the same floor. So, if you have issues with cigarette smoke, you have to either bypass it by going up or down a floor or more to get from one end of the ship to the other. This is especially a problem when you are going from first seating at Truffles to the Follies for your evening show. I know that this is not a mobility issue, in the strictest sense, but many who are using these carts have lung problems, as well as mobility issues. At the ports, there is a issue as well, for a mobility vehicle. At ports where the boat is anchored, there is no provision for either an elevator or a ramp to allow mobility scooters and wheelchairs to get to the exits. You have to walk down least one, of not two, flights of stairs; this is assuming they allow the elevators to actually reach Deck A. At ports where we are at dock, unless you wait until late to depart, again the elevators will not be allowed to access deck A, again meaning you will have to walk down a flight of stairs to exit. You would think that they would allow the elevators to access Deck A on docked shore days and make better provision for this with mobility issues on days were they tender you into port. Main Dining at Truffles: Our initial waiter was a little overworked. Unlike the wait system on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity, we had only one waiter assigned, as opposed to a waiter and their assistant, at this table. We were in first seating at a table for four, as well. Unfortunately, this had to be corrected. We have a party of eight and found that we were assigned four at one table and four at another, separated by half the restaurant. This was corrected so that we could be seated together on the second night. From the second night onward, we were at tabled 133 and 135, which were adjoining and then combined into one. At this set of tables we had Ronaldo and his assistant Reuben, both from the Philippines, as out waiters. These two were a hoot and we enjoyed them immensely. The highlight of each night was the dance routines the wait staff had to perform. This was where Rueben, especially, excelled. He has to be seen doing the routines to really understand. Initially, we believed dinners to be really good! Everything seemed nicely prepared. But, with the passage of time, we came to realize that they do appetizers and starters well, and steaks poorly. They tend to overcook medium rare to a rare state. Also, the Chateaubriand was not a true Chateaubriand. As to desserts, I admit that you really have to try the Chocolate Melting Cake, no wonder it is their specialty. I tried the Baked Alaska on the second formal night, and found that is was misrepresented though. It would better to have called it an ice cream cake, because, it was just a slab of ice cream (Neapolitan), between two pieces of cake with some whip cream as a topping. There is now way this had ever been baked. This was so disappointing, as I had been looking forward to it all day. Elegant Nights, formal, but, not truly formal, are Monday and Thursday. I, for one, wish that the Carnival Cruise Line had chosen to keep these nights more traditionally formal, but, there decision, I am guessing, in keeping with the Fun Ship theory, was otherwise. Breakfast was not bad. We tended to eat in Truffles with open sitting. We found the breakfast menu to be limited menu but generally good. It is true that the Unicorn has similar options, but without the ambiance. Lunch in Truffles was hit or miss. They sent out two hamburgers at one seating, one cooked correctly, and the other hard as a hockey puck. This would not have been so bad, but when we tried to send the hockey puck back, the waitress insisted it was cooked correctly until we showed her the other hamburger, then she fixed it. Actually, in this case, you might be better served by having lunch in the Unicorn Cafe. It has a better selection, but without the limited menu and wait staff. The Unicorn Cafe: We were pleasantly surprised at the food. Last year, we were some what disappointed by the food on Celebrity Solstice in the Oceanview Cafe. On the Legend we found it to range from quite good to excellent. The one thing, I will say, though, is that the layout of the Solstice's Oceanview Cafe, or even the Mariner of the Sea's Windjammer was better than that of the Legend and the Unicorn Cafe. It took some exploring to find all of the stations. On the Solstice, everything in is arranged like a food court, with the all the serving stations around a central serving area. On the Mariner, the serving stations were arranged around an outward facing circle. On the Legend, there are several, distinct and separated stations. These range from a pizza and a salad bar station, also separated, the most aft, towards the hamburger station just prior to amidships and the pool deck. Still, there were some items that did not meet our taste, and the pizza was one of them. It turned out the pizzas were not that good, and the calzones even worst. What a pity. Still, the Asian section did have very good spring rolls, and the sandwich section made some really nice Reuben sandwiches. Also, the ice cream and frozen yogurt machines are well used. The Cruise Director: We had Wee Jimmy, and found him to be quite approachable. During the second day, we encountered him as he discussed the cruise and introduced the Captain, Guiseppe Donato. After the program, he made himself available to the group for individual discussions. Three of us talked to him for some time. I even brought up Cruise Critic and how some of the comments about him were negative, though the majority was positive. He said that he had never read the reviews. He thought that some might have been from his early period as a Cruise Director. He stated that he had been a Cruise Director for a period of three years, and that there had been a learning curve in the job. He stated he had been with the company for ten years total. Actually, he was a really nice man. We ran into him several times during the cruise, the last being as we departed the ship. Entertainment We found that this cruise had very little in the way of daily activities that were suitable to our age group, i.e. early to mid-sixties and older. We did attend one trivia session the first night and a second later in the cruise, the cooking demonstration on the second sail day in the Golden Fleece, as well as Wee Jimmy's program. We did find the demonstration in the Golden Fleece to be poorly planned. Unlike a similar program on the Solstice last year, this one had the chefs on the same level as the audience, and made no provision for making it visible to the audience outside of the first row. In other words, it was not taped and projected on screens that allowed visibility for the remainder of the audience. As to the evening shows, we did go to the welcome aboard event, and it was interesting. It was also the only time we saw the Captain. We went to the second night show, which as a musical history, of sorts, of Jazz. My wife loves musicals, and, even she thought it was a little weak, and the dance routines poor. The next day was the marriage show. This was a hit with our group, as we were four couples and two of our couples were in the show. My wife's parents representing the oldest married couple, and our friends, the middle couple. They both, in their own way, were the hits of the show. Why, because my wife's parents, especially her father, were hamming it up and the other couple suffered from the husband going missing to get his camera. Not to be deterred his wife played, first with a volunteer from the audience, then another friend from our group, until her husband finally returned. You can imagine the confusion that this arrangement of potential answers would cause for them. Debarkation: Debarkation could have gone better. We arrived in port a little before 7 A.M., and started to off load around 8:30 A.M. Since we had based our guesses on other cruises, we had assumed we would be off no later than 9 A.M., but, it was closer to 9:30 A.M., as they called the debarking numbers. Unfortunately, we were number eleven and not earlier down the list. Once off the ship everything went smoothly, except that I was told that I could not use my cell phone in the terminal building. This make making contact with our pick up ride more difficult. Summary: Given everything that occurred over the week, while the cruise was not bad, it was not the best we have experienced. We enjoyed the ports, except Roatan, and the food was generally acceptable on board. Still, we would never do it again. We will go back to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity in the future, thank you. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We decided to take this cruise in celebration of my recent college graduation. The trip was 7 days, 6 nights. We took a group of 8 of us consisting of myself, my husband, and family/friends that are basically family (ages 30-75 and no ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise in celebration of my recent college graduation. The trip was 7 days, 6 nights. We took a group of 8 of us consisting of myself, my husband, and family/friends that are basically family (ages 30-75 and no kids). I could not wait to get on cruise critic and encourage everyone to sign up for this trip. I had read several reviews on this site and noticed a few trends of the ship was unclean, the balconies were filthy, and the staff was rude. Not so for us. Our room was very spacious and the staff was constantly keeping it tidy (which is nice because we are fairly tidy people as well). We joked that it felt like our attendant was sitting on our doorframe to come in and clean when we would leave the room. I definitely recommend getting a balcony room for first time cruisers. It really helped control my husband's seasickness. The price isn't that much more either. And "obstructed view" or not, I could still see the sunset every night and the dolphins playing in the water from our balcony. The waitstaff in the dining room were AMAZING! We were traveling with someone in a wheelchair and they made sure to accommodate his every need. The food was fantastic and the sushi bar was even better! The bartenders were quick with the drinks too! I would be aware that there was one in particular at Sacthmo's bar who was the best gal there and her smile absolutely stole my husband's heart. The shows were okay, but I am not really one to see shows. Happy Cole was an awesome comedian so make sure to catch him on your next cruise. The ship had an awesome selection of group activities to do like line dancing, the galley tour, karoke, and the battle of sexes game. And, ofcourse, we met so many awesome people on the ship, some of which actually like nearby. Turns out karoke people are the best kind of people! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
This was our big family and friends cruise with 41 people booked into the cruise. Many first time and probably last time cruisers and many seasoned cruisers. This was my 5th cruise 2nd on carnival and it was fun and good but not great and ... Read More
This was our big family and friends cruise with 41 people booked into the cruise. Many first time and probably last time cruisers and many seasoned cruisers. This was my 5th cruise 2nd on carnival and it was fun and good but not great and not one that I would choose again for a group cruise of mixed cruisers. We had from age 8 up to age 81 on the cruise. Food - fair not fantastic, soups were awesome, breakfast cold, service good once we complained about the drink waiter not serving us. Our waiter wasn't as friendly as others nor did he remember our names (didn't even try) as all the previous waiters in comparison to this one always did. room - great we had one small complaint at the beginning of cruise as it was way to cold in our room and it was fixed immediately our steward was awesome. ship - clean. Had a problem at the end which delayed us 6 hours (one engine not working or something like that) which for almost all of our party caused 1 to 3 days delay of leaving Tampa. I have heard from all but one group that the rooms were paid for and money for meals taken care of but one group had to rent a car and leave from Orlando or they would not have been able to get home to Canada till Friday. Hopefully carnival picks up that tab time will tell. For us we were staying till wed anyhow so not a problem. excursions - all good except the tulum myan ruins. we were an hour late leaving the ship due to a CHAOS in getting us off the ship never felt more like a heard of cattle before and why we had to meet in the follies before hand was a joke they just said ok make your way down to the gang way along with half the ship. we should have just met on the pier to begin with. the tour itself was a little disappointing but then again we were in Mexico. Home of the long winded guides and pushy sales people promoting their own products. Plus our entire group was split up between at least 3 buses it was suppose to be the one group activity we had. And when we got to the ruins because we were split up on different buses that arrived at different times we still did not meet up. Zip-line in Belize - awesome must do. Grand cayman adventure thanks to kelly tours was awesome. Roatan - wished we would have booked a tour not much of a port otherwise but we rented a car and explored on our own. Would have liked more time there. BEAUTIFUL island but shortest stay. photography - POOR very low marks. not only ours but looking at every one's photos eyes closed, shadows, missing arms or heads of people. what a waste of money and time. we normally buy 6 to 12 pictures and this time our cabin bought 1 and it wasn't very good but it was our group shot. the service at the counter was poor too. We bought a reusable underwater camera and they didn't sell replacement film that is not smart. why they can't go to a system like Disney has with a photopass is beyond me. Would save time and money for everyone. just have a bank of computers where you can view your photos and if in a group more than one person can buy the same photo as well. Bar service - good drinks were well made and generous Casino - Fair, drink service good but the casino itself horrible their new card system was not liked and many machines had a problem with them. ATM- don't use see warning on carnival board General service - fair, being greeted found several unhelpful and unfriendly people. Entertainment - was good. lots of activities and entertainment was mostly good. Comedians were awesome as was the hypnotist. spa - awesome great service fitness room- fair very busy in the mornings hard to get into. departure and embankment - smooth, fair and well done especially with the problem with ship. would I cruise carnival again?? maybe first cruise with them was exceptional but this out of the 5 cruises I have taken is the bottom of the list. for the caribbean next time I think I will go with royal caribbean Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We were on the Legend this last week - Feb 7-14 and this was our first Carnival cruise - we LOVE Princess and have sailed on Holland America, NCL many times, RCCL and more. We always thought of Carnival as the low price party ship - we ... Read More
We were on the Legend this last week - Feb 7-14 and this was our first Carnival cruise - we LOVE Princess and have sailed on Holland America, NCL many times, RCCL and more. We always thought of Carnival as the low price party ship - we were wrong. We had a group of 41 people on the Legend and everyone had a great time overall. We had ports in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan - We went on NCL's "exotic western Carb" a couple years ago but we had never been to Grand Cayman or Roatan. We had a great balcony - the balcony itself was smaller than we usually get on Princess as we normally pick a room with a larger extended balcony - plus the fact that the door swings out vs being a slider really limited the area to put the chairs to about 2/3 of the balcony - that is a design flaw in our opinion. The ship is a bit gaudy - it is a tribute to all sorts of Legends - from Hollywood to Greek Mythology - we loved the overall layout and the buffet is much more user friendly than the Princess ships - we love how spread out is was which allowed you to jump in and grab something without getting in a huge gridlock of people. Princess has better Pizza but Carnival had the best Calzone I have ever had. We loved the 4 ice cream / frozen yogurt stations. Our favorite port was Roatan - we loved it - once you get past the cruise lines $ 58 million Disney feeling port complete with chair lift ($ 15 a person) and go explore the island - we paid a taxi $ 60 for 3 hours and the most amazing tour - he took us to this little back yard zoo and we got to see the little monkeys and amazing birds and more for $ 5. each - compared to $ 25 at the big place... Very fun. We went all over the island, stopped and shopped and wish we had brought swimsuits because the water is incredibly clear and the reef us super close. The ship had a mechanical problem and it delayed our return into Tampa. The captain announced to us Saturday afternoon that the ship had a mechanical problem that was forcing them to run at a slower speed - some of our group went on the "behind the scenes tour" and they said only one engine was running... They estimated that we would arrive back to Tampa at 3:00 pm and they were dead on. My wife and I were some of the last people on the ship and we were off at 4:30 pm. Carnival opened phone lines for people to call and change flights, they will reimburse up to $ 200 a person for airline change fees and put anyone that needed it up in a hotel Sun Night with transportation to the hotel and the airport and gave us a $ 25 dinner and $ 15 breakfast voucher per person. They treated us right. The only thing I think they should have done was waived Internet fees Sat afternoon on - Because of the crowd of people calling we ended up using our cell phone and I am sure that is going to cost and we needed the Internet to look at what flights / airlines to try and book. Overall our group and most people on board handled it in stride. When we were coming in from the Bay the US Coast Guard met the boat and came along side to pick up a sick passenger. The passenger had been having medical issues all cruise long and they called an "operation bright star" and his cabin # early in the cruise. A cabin steward told us it "operation bright star" meant medical emergency. We are planning to sail Carnival again and we were please with how well they handled the situation. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Port Arrival/Embarkation: As usual we arrived into Tampa the day before our cruise. We have always gone a day earlier than the cruise departure to eliminate stress and delays. That way the morning of the cruise we just go straight to ... Read More
Port Arrival/Embarkation: As usual we arrived into Tampa the day before our cruise. We have always gone a day earlier than the cruise departure to eliminate stress and delays. That way the morning of the cruise we just go straight to the ship and enjoy the vacation. We arrived The Port of Tampa via the hotel shuttle and were immediately queued up into the security line. We noticed that things at the Tampa port were a little disorganized at first with all the arriving passengers. If you do go out of Tampa be sure to grab one of the porters immediately to get the correct baggage tags for all your bags. Fill them out and give them directly to the porter so you can get in line right away. Carnival does NOT supply the usual baggage tags anymore prior to the cruise. They only send paper tags in your package which you make copies of and fold/staple onto your bags. It's crazy because while the bags are being stacked and transported to the ship anything could happen to those paper tags. So just wait until you get to the port and get the regular tags from the porter. Once we got through security we immediately found the VIP desk for check-in. We were in our usual suite accommodations which gives you expedited check-in privileges which literally took seconds and we were on the ship and in our cabin. So overall, the check-in process was uneventful. First Impression of the Carnival Legend: I'll be honest, we cruise at least once a year and always at Halloween with a very large gay group (300 people). We are friends with the President of Aquafest (who handles all our arrangements). Last year when Tom told us we'd be on a Carnival ship this year I thought, "Oh HELL no!" But he guaranteed us that he and his partner had already gone on a cruise on The Legend and loved it. I have to tell you, we DID love it!! It's a VERY classy ship, older, but classy. And I'll probably mention this again in the review but the entire ship is PRESTINE!! I mean, it is seriously one of the most tidy ships I've seen in the industry. So we knew as soon as we walked through the doors that things were going to be nice. Also, Carnival has refurbished many of their ships (like The Legend) and ensured they no longer have that "spring break, Wal-Mart" feeling that Carnival has been known for having over the years. They still have several of those ships in their fleet but have some of their smaller ships as more elegant and catering to a different crowd. It was good that we immediately felt that change. Our Suite (6157): We almost always opt for a suite when we cruise. It's just something we enjoy and frankly the money isn't an issue and is worth every dollar for what you get with the suite accommodations. Suite 6157 was no different. It was AMAZING! The layout was perfect and exceeded our expectations from what we saw online. The online 360 pictures make it seem MUCH bigger than it really is but it's WAY more space than two people need for a week. TONS of storage throughout the cabin and plenty of hanging space for all our clothes and changes of outfits for the week. Since we participate in themed nights that our group has arranged we need extra space for stuff. All the counters and vanities are granite and beautiful! The bathroom is great. I'm 6'4" and love the extra space so I don't feel like I'm always banging my head on something. Plenty of room for me. The bathroom has two sinks and plenty of individual storage space for two people. I happened to notice that the floors, cabinets, walls, tiles, etc. were extraordinarily clean which is a must for me!! The shower has a fantastic sliding door that snaps shut so no water leaks out onto the floor. The bathtub is also a Jacuzzi tub which is nice. And finally, there were plenty of towels and the bath products were REALLY nice as well. In the main cabin there is a stocked mini bar that has pretty much everything, plenty of seating if you have guests over, etc. Also, in the dressing room there is another seated desk/vanity area with plenty of drawers and power for laptops, recharging cell phones, etc. And yet another set of huge closets (I particularly liked the little dressing area as a private getaway)! Ha-ha! The balcony was huge and had 4 nice chairs and a table. We noticed that the privacy walls were really private and you couldn't even lurch your head around the sides and see onto the other balconies for those of you who like to play! ? Our Cabin Steward: Our cabin steward Roger was really nice. He was from India. We really enjoyed him but he really didn't come around unless we needed him. All I had to do was open the door and say his name and he was there. And with most cruise lines the stewards always know when to come in and clean things when we're away. Nothing overly out of the ordinary with the stewards but that's a good thing. There's only so much they can do and as long as the bathrooms are restocked and the beds straightened twice a day I'm a happy camper. We keep a VERY tidy stateroom so there's really not much else for him to do. Room Service: We always enjoy breakfast in our cabin so we can wakeup quietly. And while we did the same on The Legend we noticed that you could only order continental breakfast for room service. In other words, you couldn't order eggs, meats, pancakes, and the like. Frankly we didn't really mind because we don't eat a huge breakfast anyway. As long as there is coffee we're good to go. So we had nice bagels, toast, some fruit, yogurt, etc. By the way, as many of you already know, it doesn't cost anything for room service but we do offer a nice tip to the person bringing the food....it's not mandatory but it's a little extra service that deserves a tip. Truffles Restaurant (Main Dining Room): The main dining room was classic and very nice. And like our friend told us when we were leery of Carnival service and food, the food was AMAZING and really good. We also noticed that the portions were huge. I will fess up and say that my partner said he wasn't overly impressed and felt the food was "ok" and made note of that on the comment card. He also went onto say that he thought all the desserts were not made on board (something I didn't get a chance to verify). We are traveling with several other people and the first night two of us ordered ribs and let me tell you, I thought I was home in Texas. They were HUGE racks of ribs and we ended up dividing them amongst everyone else because we couldn't finish them. The service is great and we really didn't have any problems. For those who are reading this that have never cruised but thinking about it, I always have to say in my reviews that eating in the main dining room of cruise ships is a must! It's a great way to try new foods that you might not try other places. If you don't like something, simply order something else. Be open minded and I think you'll find that you like foods with an international flair more than you thought you might. I was able to enjoy a nice breakfast in the dining room as well as a wonderful lunch with a friend of ours from Italy. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine with lunch which was fantastic. If you want a smaller table simply ask. We requested a table for 4 during lunch and had no problems getting a secluded table. The Spa: Our tour group had arranged a special spa night for us which was great. Normally I steer clear of the spa's on most ships these days because we have a fantastic massage therapist at home and I get weekly massages there. Being a massage therapist myself I'm always disappointed with most of the spa treatments on ships. ESPECIALLY since at the end of a relaxing treatment they always try selling you the products they used which sorta ruins it for me. Again, nothing overly noteworthy to write about the spa...it wasn't bad it was just typical. Ports of Call: The ports of call on this itinerary was The Grand Cayman's, Cozumel, Belize, and Rotan Island (Honduras). My partner and I have cruised the Western Caribbean several times so these ports of call really didn't interest us at this point. The last few cruises I haven't left the ship and this was no different. I only left the ship once and it was for a group outing at Senor Frogs in Cozumel. Otherwise I was on the ship the rest of the cruise so I can't really speak to any of the ports of call for this itinerary. Bar Staff: What can I say? Nothing overly noteworthy regarding the bar staff. I will say that our group was 300 total and had several private functions in The Firebird Lounge. We all complained that there were only about 3 bartenders at our private functions for 300 people. It just didn't work. We told the staff more than once but they too have their fare share of staffing issues due to the economy so they said they would do the best they could. Still, it was slow going and frankly they lost a LOT of money with 300 gays clawing their way to the bar and could only get half of what they would have normally drank. We told the staff it's an opportunity to make a lot of money but they didn't really work with us on this issue. We laugh because some of the bartenders will tell us they make more money in the week we're aboard than the other 3 weeks of the month put together! Ha-ha! Cracks me up. Gay Friendly: We travel with a wonderful cruise company that typically has between 200-400 gays and lesbians on board at any given time. This year we had about 350 in our group. It's not an all gay cruise so we are mixed in with the general population of the ship. We have our own private venues for our events so not much anyone can get in. Especially since we have our Halloween event which brings out all the crazy over the top costumes that the general population might not appreciate! Haha! Still, we have so many straight folks waiting at the doors to catch a glimpse at our fabulous parties and to see the different costumes that go in and out of our private venue at any given time. We even had a "Bollywood" night this year and some of the costumes (including my own) were amazing! If you'd like to travel with us sometime, go to www.aquafestcruises.com and check it out! Other than our group, the crew, staff and general population of the ship overall were very gay accepting and didn't cause any problems. We laugh because most of the straight women want to hang with us so they can leave their husbands in the cabins! Haha! Disembarkation Process: We were in disembarkation group 4. We had no problems getting off the ship and immediately found our bags in the baggage terminal. Keep in mind that in the best of conditions, the baggage terminal is always crazy and seems out of control but somehow it works. Summary: Like I said in the beginning of this review, the Carnival Legend was an unexpected surprise that's for sure. I absolutely LOVED it. I was on the ship the entire week and didn't do one port of call so I got a lot of use of the ship services and common areas. Every afternoon I sat down near the coffee cafe at a nice window and read or just watched the folks go by. The classic layout and feel of the ship really makes it "cozy". I would DEFINITELY sail this class of ship again and in particular The Legend itself. I highly recommend this itinerary and ship if you're after a nice, quiet getaway without a lot of craziness on board. If you have any specific questions that I didn't address in this review, please feel free to contact me - Scotty - saahouston@speakeasy.net. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Some background - I've been a lurker here on cruise critic for a while, and this is my first post. So I'd like to start by saying "Thank you" to everyone who has posted - I found the information invaluable! My husband ... Read More
Some background - I've been a lurker here on cruise critic for a while, and this is my first post. So I'd like to start by saying "Thank you" to everyone who has posted - I found the information invaluable! My husband and I were part of a group of apporx. 40 people on the Legend - it was a reunion of his former Air Force associates. This was our thrid cruise - we've cruised Disney and RCL in the past. We flew into Tampa 2 days before the cruise to meet and visit with my sister & family. We stayed at the Homewood Suites in Brandon. The hotel was great - clean, very friendly and helpful staff, great rooms, great price. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. We had to take a cab to the hotel from the airport (no shuttle - approx. $60 w/tip), then another cab to the port. The cab to the port I think would normally be in the $25 - $30 range, but we had to go back for our camera which we forgot at the hotel, and make a stop at an ATM, so it was a bit more. We finally made it to the port at around noon (our original plan was to be there for 11:00 a.m.). Embarkation was a breeze. We had 5 bags to check, which the porters grabbed - 3 suitcases, one carry-on, one collapsible cooler with soda and water. We went inside, stood in line for no more than 15 minutes, had our pictures taken and were on board. It was quite painless. The staff was very organized in checking people in. Btw, we did pack a 12-pack of beer and bottle of scotch in our luggage. We also had 2 bottles of wine in our carry-on. We had no trouble at all with this. Overall impressions of the ship - clean, decorations on the dark side, easy to get around. The cabin areas were blocked off for a bit - I think they were available around 1:30 - so we went to the buffet, ate, then explored the ship. We went to our cabin and unpacked. We were in 8201, category 8F. We were right underneath the Lido cafe. I had read about noise on deck 8 and was concerned about it, and I have to admit that we did hear noises from the Cafe. It was usually in the morning, and I believe it was from the staff rolling items on the tiled floors above. While I did hear it, it wasn't terrible or constant - and it paled in comparison with my husband's snoring! I really enjoyed the location of the cabin - one flight up to deck 9, with coffee in the morning, pool, bar etc. - so I'd have no problem booking this category again. I'm not sure I'd book a cabin underneath the pool areas, though... The cabin was larger tahn what we had on RCL, smaller than Disney. I liked the room layout, and was impressed by the amount of closet and storage space. We easily fit our suitcases in the closets, but there was also plenty of room under the bed if needed. I brought the over-the-door shoe organizer, and this was helpful for keeping track of small items like reading glasses, batteries, suntan lotion, sunglasses, etc. In the bathroom, I found that the shelves were more than adequate for our needs. But I was very glad I had brought my own shampoo and conditioner - they provide shampoo, but it seemed harsh, and no conditioner. I did go up to deck 10 when we passed under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge - definitely a sight to see! Dining - We had late dining, and I really enjoyed our waiters. I was very impressed with the selection and quality. I do believe that RCL had better food, but Carnival definitely exceeded my expectations. We dined with two other couples at the Golden Fleece restaurant on Wednesday night, and this was definitely worth the extra money. The total cost was about $100 per couple, including the $30 pp charge, a few bottles of wine, and tips. I can't even begin to describe the level of service we received, and the food was fabulous. My husband wanted to dine there every night for the rest of the cruise! We always had lunch in the Lido cafe. I was not impressed with the layout. I don't think our ship was more than 3/4 full, yet no matter what time we got there, there were long lines and we always had a hard time finding seats. For breakfast we ate in both the dining room and in the cafe. I much prefer the dining room for breakfast, as I could get tomato juice, salmon, and non-soupy oatmeal - these were not available at the buffet. The one time I asked for a table alone (rather than sharing) I found the service to be very slow. I'm a very early riser, my husband is a late sleeper, so after that one time, I always shared a table and had good service. The buffet had two different juices - orange and a some blend - plus standard buffet fare: scrambled eggs, muffins, cold cereal, (runny) oatmeal and grits, danish, fruit, etc. The coffee in both the dining room and buffet was consistently terrible - it was probably some of the weakest coffee I have ever had. Fitness Facilities - I used the gym 5 mornings. I found that the equipment was adequate, but a lesser quality than what I'm used to. I have to mention that it was hot and very humid - if you plan on using the facilities, bring shorts and sleeveless shirts. I had read one poster who recommended showering in the gym facilities, and I definitely second that notion. In the ladies locker room, there were 5 or 6 shower areas which were huge compared to the staterooms. If you don't mind bringing a change of clothes and soap/shampoo/conditioner, you can work out, spend some time in the sauna or steam room, grab some towels (readily available) and shower without waking up your cabin mate. Spa - We didn't use any of the spa services, so I can't offer much information. We did see, every day, specials which seemed quite reasonable. But the two people I know who did use the services mentioned that they were subjected to hard sells of spa products during their treatments. One of them said she finally got up and left her treatment early because she was so frustrated with saying "no" - to me, this is not relaxing, so we opted not to use their services. A note about the ports. In the first three ports - Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Belize - there were three cruise ships docked each day. And yet, I was very surprised that the ports were really not that busy. I'm guessing that the ships were not full. Ours certainly didn't seem to be - there were lots of empty seats in the dining room, the deck chairs were never all set out, we had no trouble getting seats for shows, there was plenty of availability on shore excursions, etc. Entertainment - I made it to two of the shows, and really enjoyed both. My husband also saw one of teh comedy shows, and thought it was great. Disembarkation was a breeze. We had a 12:40 flight from Tampa, so we thought about doing the early disembarkation, but then decided against it. It was a great decision. We had plenty of time in to have breakfast and visit with friends before our number was called. We were off the ship by 9:00, and were able to get a cab to the airport right away. We shared a van cab with two other couples, and the total cost to the airport was around $25. Read Less
Carnival Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.5 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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