13 Carnival Legend Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

I have always wanted to see the Panama Canal and it did not disappoint .My girls and my Grand daughter decided to to an all girl Cruise. The Crew was all amazing. My Stateroom Steward Aris was the best. As was the people he worked with ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the Panama Canal and it did not disappoint .My girls and my Grand daughter decided to to an all girl Cruise. The Crew was all amazing. My Stateroom Steward Aris was the best. As was the people he worked with always with a smile and a greeting. The ship was clean and well laid out. The entertainment was the best the singers and dancers were the best and when you seen them off stage they were were all very nice.The comedians were so funny my stomach hurt from laughing. The shore excursions were well managed and everyone took real good care of us!! I played Bingo with David, Oscar, Jose and DJ they were all GREAT! My next cruise will be on Carnival again. I have now done 3 Carnival Cruises and I will not go on any other line as I have not had the good feeling from other lines that I did from Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Our first Carnival cruise that my TA set up for us almost 2 years ago. We had the Grand Suite, which was more than we ever imagined! The service was excellent and always courteous. The foods and entertainment especially Polaris I could ... Read More
Our first Carnival cruise that my TA set up for us almost 2 years ago. We had the Grand Suite, which was more than we ever imagined! The service was excellent and always courteous. The foods and entertainment especially Polaris I could listen for hours was beautiful! Chef's Table was outstanding and totally worth it. Veterans appreciation and Veterans Tea gatherings was a nice touch too. Loved my balcony as we went through the partial transit of the Panama Canal, I watched it on the tv screen and from my balcony. My husband went up to Deck 8, so we bought the cd of this amazing experience. We would do this again and Carnival with two ports Limon Costa Rica and Grand Cayman were beautiful. Excellent service and Excellent everything! So glad I got the Grand Suite too, got spoiled! The embarkment and debarkment was nice and smooth too. This was an Excellent experience! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We wanted to go on a Panama Canal cruise leaving the west coast and traveling east. We were not disappointed. The ship was beautiful and extremely clean. Seems like someone was always cleaning and polishing. Thankfully even the window were ... Read More
We wanted to go on a Panama Canal cruise leaving the west coast and traveling east. We were not disappointed. The ship was beautiful and extremely clean. Seems like someone was always cleaning and polishing. Thankfully even the window were cleaned several times on this journey. That has always been my number one complaint. Well this time those windows were spotless. They must have cleaned them four times in 15 days. Thanks Carnival. We meet some incredible people on this journey and will be friend forever. The food was just OK but we always found something to eat that satisfied us. And oh did I mention Guy's Burger joint. My Fave. Love that place. The shows were awesome and the staff friendly. Most of the Fun Squad is great but Oscars English is a little hard to understand when doing trivia. We had perfect weather and calm seas. The captain was also fantastic. This was my wife first time as a Diamond cruise and I am still Platinum. There were over 1200 Diamond and Platinum guests on board. I was a little disappointed not to get the VIPF pin that we get on every cruise whille we were there but I was excited when I got home and got my mail and their was two shinny pins in the mailbox. Thanks Carnival. I must say that this one one of the most relaxing cruises we have ever been on. Other than the fact that my wife broke her wrist in Costa Rica ( not Carnivals Fault) we had an amazing cruise. Her wist is all set in a cast now and she will heel just fine. Looking forward to our next Carnival adventure in January 2020. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have been on other Carnival Caribbean cruises, usually 7 day or short 4 day cruises. We chose this cruise because it was going through the Panama Canal in August. This is unusual, but they were repositioning the ship from Tampa to ... Read More
We have been on other Carnival Caribbean cruises, usually 7 day or short 4 day cruises. We chose this cruise because it was going through the Panama Canal in August. This is unusual, but they were repositioning the ship from Tampa to Australia. We went from Tampa to Long Beach, CA. We really enjoyed the ship. Though it has over 2000 people, we never experienced a crowd. The layout was easy. The kitchen galley is on the lower level, below the dining room, and not between two dining rooms like on other ships. So you can easily walk from the front to the back of the ship without having to go up or down a level. The "Serenity" area is large and a relaxing spot to sit back and read a book or do nothing. There are two pool slides, one where you sit and one where you stand and they drop the floor out from under you. Both were fun. We alternated between eating lunches at the lido buffet and the dining room. The selection at the buffet was good, but didn't vary too much. The Chinese station and the Deli station would back up during the lunch hour. For dinner, we chose the anytime dining. We only had one evening we had to wait to be seated, and even then it was less than 15 minutes. Most nights we chose to be seated with other people. We met so many interesting people as we chatted with each other over dinner. The meals were good to very good. The dining staff was excellent. We did have one incident where a waiter got bumped while removing plates from the table and spilled salad dressing on my shirt. The maitre'd gave me a certificate for a free cleaning of the shirt. We booked one shore excursion through Carnival, did two with other people from Cruise Critic, and did one port on our own. The Carnival excursion was Sarchi, Artist Village, in Costa Rica. Though were were "visiting an artision village", we visited a large artision/gift shop. We didn't have any time to walk around the town. The guide for the tour was quite knowledgable and gave us quite a bit of good information during our 3 hour bus ride. I would rate this tour 3 stars out of 5, but will probably go back to Costa Rica because of the information the tour guide gave us. Most of the shows were quite enjoyable. I skipped the "magician", only to see on the Carnival cruise memories video he put on a full production show with all kinds of special effects. Wish I had attended it. Getting on and off the ship was quite easy. There was a little delay boarding due to getting the previous guests off the ship. That's why they tell you to come a little later, and not at 11:00 AM. Since we didn't have a plane to catch or any other plans in Long Beach, we relaxed and were one of the last groups off the ship. No problem.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I just got back from the 4/27 sailing on the Carnival Legend. I went as a single parent with my 16-year-old son. This was my 12th carnival trip with the VIP benefits. It has been years since I went just with my son usually family or ... Read More
I just got back from the 4/27 sailing on the Carnival Legend. I went as a single parent with my 16-year-old son. This was my 12th carnival trip with the VIP benefits. It has been years since I went just with my son usually family or friends go along. My son was too busy with the teen club that I might as well have gone on the ship by myself. I know to bring along a friend next time. This was our first time out of Tampa, which was very confusing once getting to the port area. They have many signs for the port, which we took to shipping yards and went in circles trying to find the actual cruise port terminal. Once we found this then we had complications with the parking once again going in circles trying to figure out where to go. Port Canaveral is much more simple and direct. The parking was $12 a day and you get this yellow chip that they say guard with your life or you pay heavy penalties. Going into the terminal for Carnival was a very pleasant experience. The VIP lady escorted us right to a special area and we boarded within minutes about 11:30am. We were the first to make it to the lunch area on the lido deck. Very good food overall and plenty of it. The Ship layout was confusing as I'm used to the Glory or the Paradise which are different class ships. The burgers were near the pool and nothing except a bar in the back of the ship. This threw me off the whole cruise. The ship is also narrow to fit through the Panama Canal but this was a big problem as I think I was on the Wheel Chair and Walker Cruise Convention. I like to get from one end to the other at my speed not at the 10 minutes per room speed, which you could not go, around as any space. The other thing I did not like with the ship was the scary walkways around the front of the ship for the kids to their area. It is supposed to be the enchanted forest. The kudos of the ship is the Firebird lounge that they use for Karaoke, which is under the main lounge. With all these nooks and cranny's you really have to search hard for these spots. The other nice things were the private showers in the spa with your own door to lock. The room we had was an obstructed view balcony on 5190. We got a great rate of $499 a person so with that this was great. I would have been disappointed if I paid regular fare, as the obstruction is great. The lifeboat is right in front of and under your balcony so you cannot look down at the water but only past the top of the boat. You do feel the breeze and see the water straight out so this is better then no balcony at all. The staff on the ship was very friendly. The cruise director Jen is ugly as sin but the nicest person ever and talked just enough. Most cruise directors like to hear themselves talk but that was not the case this time. The front desk staff even escorted me to the tender when at Belize which was above and beyond. We also really lucked out with a great room steward. I went to dinner one night for the filet mignon. I was at the table by myself, which was embarrassing, and sure enough everyone was looking but no one offered for me to join them. The waitress sped things along so I did not have to sit so long. I had my dinner while others had their starter and I skipped desert. The food was good as always. The ice cream machines would great frozen once in a while and the ice cream would not come out but mostly they were flowing for all to enjoy. The Lido restaurants were busy with popularity but never had much of a wait for food. The shows were the worst I have ever seen on all 18 cruises I have been on. The lead female singer is the typical screamer thinking that she is better if she yells. They had two men lead which just did not fit into the show. The first comedian was okay but the hyped up Happy Cole comedian stunk up the place. The hypnotist some people enjoyed I just don't buy into that. The Garth Brooks Legend Show singer was great but all the others horrible. As far as excursions I went on the Xtreme Cave tubing($60) in Belize. I met up with a nice couple Barb and Walter who joined me on this trip, which made my day; as this has been a solo, cruise for me up to that point. (This is why everything seems so cynical). The walk through the rain forest was a little scary and incredible. I thought we would float along the water but we got a workout, as we had to paddle with our arms the whole trip to move along and keep up with our speed tour guide. Poor Walter lost his wedding ring and I broke my sandals walking on the rocks. With all the rushing we actually just made it back in time to board the ship. It was so beautiful but you have to go way too fast through that experience. The next day I went to the beach in Honduras with another nice family. I did not catch their names except one of the cute kids name was Gavin. We took a private taxi and had a "body guard" that looked out for us the whole day ($25 roundtrip). I guess problems have occurred in the past if tourist goes off on their own it could be very dangerous. Many children walked up and down the beach trying to sell bracelets and other items. The trick they use is they all come at you at once and distract you while they rifle through your belongings taking your money and credit cards. We saw a person walking with a bundle in his hand. The family that was with me had a $5 bill swiped out of his hand while the kids were arguing. Our person came in to intervene yelling at the child, which then the child cried and went on to his next victim. The beach was great and a nice relaxing day. The Legend had great staff, the people on ship behaved well; it was an overall nice time. I would not take this ship again only because of the narrowness kills me as I would be caught in the logjam every time I wanted to get a drink or ice cream. The shows were also awful but those people come and go. I know most people really like the Legend so if you are never in a rush to get around then this ship is just fine. I also learned that a person's view of their vacation is directly a result of who they went with the kind of time they had. If my son spent more time with me or I had my friend with me the review I'm sure would be much more positive. Read Less
Sail Date April 2008
Background Information This was by 6th cruise (3rd Carnival, last one was in 1995). This was also the first time I had been involved in Cruise Critic Roll Calls first (what a great addition) and the first time I travelled with only a ... Read More
Background Information This was by 6th cruise (3rd Carnival, last one was in 1995). This was also the first time I had been involved in Cruise Critic Roll Calls first (what a great addition) and the first time I travelled with only a friend (no family this time). I loved the itinerary of this ship - 2 days at sea, Panama, Costa Rica, day at sea, Belize, day at sea. I happen to be a big fan of lazy days poolside! Travel To Port of Embarkation Easy to get to port Everglades from Fort Lauderdale airport. A $15 cab ride and less than 10 minutes. Embarkation was easy - we actually met at the port at 11 a.m. and were on board the ship by 11:45. Note - your room will not be ready until at least 1 p.m., but you can have lunch and explore just know that you will have to "schlep" your stuff with you. Ship Info The Legend - gaudy doesn't begin to explain it. Think silver mirrors, gold and dark wood... with the silver urns everywhere. Of all the cruise ships I have been on this doesn't rank at the top or even near the top - but the Enchanted Forest was really cool and the Follies Lounge was comfortable (but cold - take a sweater!) The Rodeo Shops were nice, but very limited. There were plenty of bars to choose from and a lot of lounges and nooks and crannies you could find (places I didn't find, too). I liked the fact that there were so many different types of atmospheres you could find (I wish more of them were non-smoking). My favorite place was the adult only Unicorn Pool on the far aft of Deck 9. Not only was the adult only aspect great, but it was steps from the free ice cream, a bar (and a great staff that walked around the deck taking and delivering orders to your deck chair) and only a few more steps to the buffet area (for easy take-out lunch and snacks). The only downside is that the fun Caribbean band only played at the center pool (so I missed it every day) and the background music at the Unicorn Pool is the same 15 songs all day every day (you better like the Beatles or take your ipod!) The casino downside for me was that the Texas Hold-Em tables were electronic only - which meant you had to find about 3 other people who at the exact same time wanted to sit down with you to "open" a game- or the table was closed. I only found a group playing one night for about 2 hours - otherwise it was closed (boo hoo). Beware of Billie's Piano Bar - - I happen to be a HUGE piano bar fan and was looking forward to it - but the guy in there "Garth" stunk - and didn't know the words to most songs - even the ones on his own playlist. So the piano bar was basically empty all trip. The internet cafe is expensive - -here's a suggestion - find someone to split a "time plan" with you on the first day. Beware, if you start out minute-by-minute and want to convert to a time plan, you start back at zero. Activities I admit, I don't take advantage of all it has to offer - because on days at sea I prefer to be poolside. But I did participate in 2 trivia contests (won one with my co-traveller) and one game of bingo. I watched one of the center-pool games of "Survivor". My co-traveller participated in many activities including more trivia contests, match game and family feud (while I was asleep in the sun). My general reaction is that on other cruise ships I have been on there are more things like "line dancing lessons" and ping-pong tournaments, games in the adult pool at least once or twice during the cruise. All games were in the center pool on this ship. So basically - there are some activities, but they seemed less diverse than on other cruises. Service The Legend was very clean and the staff was nice. However, the food was just mediocre and the service was the bare minimum. I have been on cruises before where I have been sad to say goodbye to my cabin steward and wait staff. This time, I was mostly just "not unhappy" with the overall service rather than thrilled with it. The occasions that I was unhappy - breakfast room service. We ordered for "port" days and of the three days, they only go our order correct once. One time, giving us coffee, rice crispies and skim milk instead of 2% milk, chocolate milk and cocoa crispies. The pastries and croissants were stale. The other unhappy time was when the embarkation staff DESTROYED (not just damaged, but destroyed) my luggage. I had to buy new luggage in Panama and nothing as comparable to what I had brought with me. In addition, because I didn't purchase the additional insurance, they are saying they will only give me $50 (the piece was $180). I argue there is a difference between luggage damage and it being "totaled". I will say that if you find the right cruise staff to befriend, it will get you very far. Ruwan in the Unicorn Cafe was extra friendly and willing to help guide me through a food allergy issue. Viktoria was our Truffles Dining Room assistant maitre d and she also helped with food allergy issues. Ali, who is a dining room bar staff, was excellent about getting us our drinks nightly and staying on top of refills (and knowing what we all wanted after the first night). The photography staff was amazing (be forewarned, I love having my picture taken). The backgrounds and props were the most unique I have EVER seen on a cruise. I will also warn you that buying them is expensive - but they did a great job! Shore Excursions Okay - so take note on this one. Our friends who are on Cruise Critic who did their research got some great excursions and paid a lot less then we did. We booked all our excursions through Carnival and while there were pieces of each we enjoyed, we weren't "wowed" by any of them and were disappointed in aspects of all of them. Panama - Gamboa Resort Arial Tram: the tram is cool, be prepared to walk up ramps that make an 11-story observation tower. Be prepared to NOT SEE A THING other than trees. No wildlife (including birds) were seen by our group and the busride is long. Our tourguide was really knowledgeable though! Costa Rica - Adventure Canals/Banana Plantation: The Water canal was really neat and we saw sloths, monkeys, lizards, bats, birds, etc. but the banana plantation part of this trip was LONG and not worth it at all. It wasted most of our day. There are ways to do the water canal in a "private" tour - I recommend it and finding some snorkeling here. Which we didn't do but wish we did. Belize - Sargeant's Caye: First of all, don't be fooled, the Manatee rescue station isn't one - you won't see any manatee's. The Snorkeling for first time snorkelers was nice- but for those of us who have snorkeled dozens of times, this isn't the best place for you - you will be disappointed as I was. The staff was nice, and we snorkeled for over 50 minutes, but the sea life in this area is minimal. Other cruisers went to different snorkel areas and saw so much more! Stateroom Our stateroom was clean - but if you aren't a couple, the beds are REALLY close together (about 12 inches apart). Our biggest issue here is that the safe is based on a credit card swipe - - well this is bad for several reasons. First of all - that means that one of your credit cards can't be in the safe and secondly, if you are travelling with a friend, then only one of you has access to the safe at any given time. Our solution - I had a Visa gift card with only $4 left on it, we used that card and left it in the room in a drawer where we both knew where it was. Other than that, all was okay here. Another Stateroom issue - take a "power strip" because there was only ONE OUTLET in the entire room for our use. Dining Again, not impressed with the food on this cruise in either the dining room or the buffet. But the 3:30 p.m. Sundae Bar on sea days was fun! And the grill with sauteed onions, mushrooms, chili, fries, etc was nice and the pizza was good. Note about the Golden Fleece Supper Club. It is $30 extra - - and we did go. Some people felt it was "the best food they have had" and others were disappointed. I will say this - it reminds me of something comparable to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The $30 wasn't wasted - appetizer, bread display with three types of gourmet butters, salad course, main course and side, and dessert with hefty portions. I wasn't disappointed and walked away full.... Entertainment Blech. The shows were not great and the dancers were not in synch at any point and the "voices" of the shows were mediocre. We walked out of more than one of the shows. I will say this, I was a part of the hypnotist show and people seemed to enjoy watching me make a fool of myself. Disembarkation If you have cruised before on another cruise line, this will confuse you. They do not disembark by flight time and you don't get new tags coded by your flight times and you aren't "kicked out of your stateroom to wait in a lobby." You are dismissed by deck and can stay in your room until you are called. It was pretty easy to get through the line. Of note, the announcements are ONLY MADE IN HALLWAYS and NOT IN STATEROOMS - be sure you leave your cabin room door open from about 8:45 a.m until you are called. Summary I had a very relaxing vacation and the itinerary (other than short time in the ports) was great! I really loved being a part of the cruise critic group who had met up at the beginning of the week and then spent a lot of time together all week long. I was not impressed with the Carnival Legend and would probably not book a cruise on this ship again. I may go with Carnival again, but as a last choice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2007
We flew down to Fort Lauderdale the day we cruise to a very wet day, it seem to rain all day. This is the last time I will fly down the day of the cruise. By the time we got to the ship, I was done. There was a weather warning "BIG ... Read More
We flew down to Fort Lauderdale the day we cruise to a very wet day, it seem to rain all day. This is the last time I will fly down the day of the cruise. By the time we got to the ship, I was done. There was a weather warning "BIG SNOW STORM" and it had me worried that our flight would be cancelled. Well I did not get any sleep and by the time I did sleep I was up almost 40 hours. It is a good thing that the beds are great and the rocking motion of the Legend, I was out like a rock by 11 pm. We had a balcony cabin at the back, it was very nice, great for sitting out under the stars. This was our first balcony, now we will never go back. The ship was very nice, i liked it alot. The urns hmm I think they are trophies, legends need trophies. Right. I also loved the art work. Every where you looked there was Art, not like the last two cruises. Don't get me wrong I love all 3 ships I have been on but this one is the best. The Firebird lounge is way out there. I liked it. The crew worked very hard at keeping the ship clean. There were a few pigs onboard who did nothing but make a mess, but there was always someone there to clean up after the slobs. So far this has been my favorite ship, I love the detailing in every thing I saw. I did have a good time at the slot machines. I won some,I lost some, but I won more then I lost. The bands were good, the band on lido deck was good, the band at sachamos was ok, and the piano bar guy was not bad, he had a very week voice. The show the village Idiots sucked. it put us to sleep. The show Swinging with the big bands was fun, as well as the Dancers. I did not se the talent show, but what I saw on tv was not very good. We did the two ocean train in Panama, it is very over price for what you get, but it is a good way to see Panama. Colon is very nasty Panama city is very clean of what we saw of it. The Locks are neat but I see them at Wellen, see one, see them all. Costa rica was also very dirty, very poor. We did the Pontoon jungle ride. It was fun, seen some bat, camiens, some howler monkeys and some sloths. very cool. very pretty country side. If you go here get out of the city, the city are dirty. We did not see the main land in Belize, we went to a island and got in the water with the Dolphins, no swimming with them, just got to see them while they where being trained. By the time we got back to the ship it was getting late and we though we did not have time to go into town. We want a swim in the pool to cool off instead. We thought the food was very good, if there was something for everybody. I liked the stewed Caribbean peppers, and the diet lemon cake. I could have it for the starters and the main coarse. We also so thought that the toast could be better. it was cooked on one side and it was cold. I heard some of bitching about the food but the same people were also eating a pound of bacon or more every morning. Someone is going to have a heart attack. There is a couple of great servers on Lido deck. Felix and a guy from Scotland they are great guys. There is a girl at the Odyssey lounge that was also a real sweet heart, Amile. These three people never once gave me a hard time about my fountain card, they are the best A1 in my books. Not like that Alie fellow on lido. He would take my order and then never come back. All in all we had a wonderful time, Lots of fun and "R and R." It took a few days to get our land legs back The dEcor of this ship is my favorite so far, the crew are great work very hard, And I mean very hard. I would I go on carnival Legend again, in a heart beat! Read Less
Sail Date February 2007
Background info: DH - (49) myself (47) traveling by ourselves no kids this time. We flew out from Raleigh NC on Delta direct to Ft. Lauderdale. Flight was no problem, we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale approx. 11am and went directly to hotel ... Read More
Background info: DH - (49) myself (47) traveling by ourselves no kids this time. We flew out from Raleigh NC on Delta direct to Ft. Lauderdale. Flight was no problem, we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale approx. 11am and went directly to hotel from airport and were able to check in right away. We stayed at Ft. Lauderdale Grande and Yacht Club which we got by bidding on Priceline. Our room was clean and the bed was great. We had a really good view of the boats. I didn't notice much construction going on since it was President's Day. We walked down to the water taxi spot and waited for an hour without any coming so we decided to walk over the causeway to see what was over the other side and as soon as we walked away too far to go back we saw two water taxi's at the same. Nothing seemed to be open so we walked back over the causeway and headed to Walgreens and got some drinks and snacks for the room. We also went to the front desk and I can tell you that the staff are not friendly at all - don't know if this was because we were priceline or not. They do not do the free shuttle to the port anymore (this could be because we booked on priceline as well, although other people were getting taxi's to the port the next morning. It was a bit chilly that day so the pool bar and grill was not open for snacks and we went into the patio bar and we each had a drink - I had a salad and DH had a burger and it was over $40 - crazy - bad service and not very good food. We walked overt a local place called the Shipwreck food was good and plentiful - it was not busy at all and they said it was because it was President's Day. Embark: Got to the port around 11 via taxi - we got checked in right away and when the gold cards showed up were welcomed back. Went into another big area and were in the third row. There were Carnival staff there talking to us like we in elementary school about getting your sail and sign card ready to go. It was less than half an hour and we were getting our pics done and were on the ship. We walked into the main lobby and wow! We walked around the ship getting familiar and then off to lunch. After lunch went to our room before the 1pm time and it was ready for us. We had a 7A on the upper deck and we loved the room and saved ourselves a little bit of money for having the life boats in front of us but it wasn't a problem at all. We really didn't see our room stewart the whole week except for when she brought our stuff back from having it ironed. The room was always clean and we didn't have any complaints. There were a couple of nights with no towel pal but that wasn't a real problem. After we got unpacked went to the Purser's desk to deposit some traveller's checks into our account and the girl waved me over and then started talking on the phone and was ignoring me and I ended up signing them on the wrong line - they wouldn't then accept them - I will admit I didn't read the fine print and it has been years since I used them - I called American Express and they said no problem just cross your name out and put Carnival there - they would still not accept them - when my husband said something to the guy in charge he was very rude and my husband said - hey you know when you get in your forties you don't see as well as you used to - the guy snapped at him - that's what glasses are for - he is lucky that my husband didn't grab him - he even suggested we get off the ship and go to a bank and cash them before the ship left. Not to worry - I got my revenge later on in the week when I won Jackpot Bingo! The ship is easy to navigate and we spent a majority of our time at the Unicorn pool - I think this is an adult area because I really didn't notice any kids. I will say this particular cruise started on Tuesday and ended on Wednesday so there were very few kids on it. The ship's activities are alot of fun - we took home one ship on a stick and three gold medals for trivia and participating in Ship feud. There was a guy on the ship that had cruised with Carnival many times so knew most of the answers. We didn't do the formal night as decided to make this a laid back night and ate at the buffet which was very quiet - all the other nights we ate in the main dining room except the second formal night when we ate in the Golden Fleece. The food was hit or miss not bad I never liked any of the deserts in the buffet. In the dining room there were two nights that I didn't care for my dinner but didn't get anything to replace it. The Golden Fleece is not to be missed. The singer and Piano player were very good and DH didn't bring a jacket and since it was the second formal night it was required - they lent him a jacket to carry in. He was not the only person who did this - I noticed two other fellows that did this as well. It is nice to have them bring the cart with the cuts of meat for you to look at. I had the bone-in ribeye which was tender and delicious and DH had a 9oz lobster tail that he said was very good. The different breads and butter spreads were also very good. For desert he had cheesecake and I had the apple tart which shouldn't be missed - really incredible. The only shows we saw were a late night comedian which was just ok and the hypnotist which was a bunch of hoowie if you ask me. I don't think any of them were actually hypnotized. We spent most evenings in the piano bar with Garth and had alot of fun. We did not go the Captain's Reception but did go to the Return Carnival Passengers party. In Panama we were on the Panama Canal Tour which was a very long day but really interesting. The Colon area is very dirty and the countryside going to the ferries had alot of trash along the side of the roads. We got to the Pacific ocean and hopped on the ferry - went through the locks and continued on down. The boxed lunch was not bad and there were plenty of water and drinks for all. There was girls on the ferry peddling shirts, chips and maps. We decided to middle tier so that we were not directly in the sun - it was breezy and not at all uncomfortable. We were lucky enough to witness a US submarine going the opposite direction as us. Some of the people also witnessed some blasting going on for the new locks. It is a very long day and I don't think if my kids were there I would have subjected them to it. We got back at 4pm so were afraid to do any shopping along the pier as we wanted to get back on the ship. They cancelled Costa Rica and we went to Roatan Honduras - very pretty but the tour we did was as lame as they come and they more interested in getting us to buy stuff off their buddies. We took the Discover Roatan Tour. I will add that the water part of this excursion was decent. The vans are supposed to be airconditioned - but I couldn't feel it and started to get slightly carsick. We did do alot of shopping at the little stands at the port and ended up with a little boy being our official tour guide. Beware these kids are all over the place and stick to you like white on rice! I tipped him and then he turned to DH and asked where his tip was - DH started to laugh and say she's the money person. After watching the continuous feed of Carnival activities we wished we had picked the beach - the shots were great - next time that's what we will pick. In Belize we did the Altun-ha and Wallace river tour. The ruins were very good - there was a group on the ship called Oceans of Gratitude which I am thinking is new age - when we got to the temples one of the individuals was chanting so loud it was difficult to hear the tour guide. She then walked to the top of the temple and stood on the edge also chanting - I don't have a problem with this - but some may have felt like this person was being a little over the top. The wallace river tour was very good and we say one family of howler monkeys - some crocs and many iguanas as well as some bats all very interesting. When we got to the port we found a taxi driver to take us to the nearest bank so I could cash my traveller's checks and he waited for us so for a five dollar trip - I gave him $20. Avoid the banks in Belize at all costs - it took about six people to cash them. Then they would only cash $350 It took approx 20 minutes for something that would have taken less than five in Canada or the US. We did some shopping at the pier and then headed back on the tenders to the ship. A good day but very hot again. Our last day was a sea day and if you love sea days like I do- this is a great cruise to pick - there are four of them and boy I felt so relaxed throughout the week and never rushed. I didn't ever experience crowding except waiting for the door to open for second seating in the dining room. Bye the way we had a table for four but it was just DH and I there. Our waiter was Barry from South Africa and Nur from Indonesia. Our drink waitress in the dining room was Pinky. Also many thanks to Danka at the Unicorn Bar for introducing me to Kiss on the lips! yummy! We got up the last day when we will still getting into Ft Lauderdale and soon after called self disembark - we waited and waited for our color to be called and it we got off around 10 I think. The immigration guy was looking at my green card and telling me I should apply for citizenship since I have had it for five years. The last one we went through was a little snippy since I had filled out the sheet and forgot to give it to DH to sign and he made some smart remark and rolled his eyes. We took our luggage and went directly to a taxi and got to the airport in about five minutes. Our flight was at 1230 we grabbed a hotdog and before you knew it our flight was being called. I will end by saying that this was our second Carnival experience and really enjoyed it! We are becoming loyal Carnivalists. Read Less
Sail Date February 2007
Friends, Family and Fellow Cruisers, Once again, Curt and I had an unbelievable adventure thanks to our Master Cruise Counselor.  He has put together 18 of our 21 cruises and each one of them is even better than the last! Thanks!! We ... Read More
Friends, Family and Fellow Cruisers, Once again, Curt and I had an unbelievable adventure thanks to our Master Cruise Counselor.  He has put together 18 of our 21 cruises and each one of them is even better than the last! Thanks!! We left Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 19th and without event arrived in Fort Lauderdale just as the complimentary shuttle ceased service to the Ramada Airport/Cruise Terminal. A quick 10 minute taxi got us into the hotel just shy of 1am and we settled in for the night. The hotel is clean, the beds comfy and the employees wonderfully cheerful, even in the middle of the night. The complimentary breakfast (6am-10am) mirrors a cruise ship buffet and was a great start to the day. A+++ hotel! We caught the 10:45 am shuttle to the pier. It was a short 10 minutes from the hotel and we waited in the van as our luggage was unloaded. We identified our luggage for the porters and walked into the terminal. After going through 4 check-in stations (15 minutes), we walked on the ship and dropped off our luggage in our room. We were checking out the buffet by noon. Although many do not take pleasure in the elaborate design of the Legend, we enjoyed every little aspect of the sometimes complicated, funky and colorful design. It is a very busy ship in respect of decoration, but, there is never a dull view! Our cabin was #8272, located aft, overlooked the rear of the ship. Though it was a great location and the view never obstructed, it will not be one we choose again as the constant char from the engine stacks and debris from other passengers thrown down on the balcony did not allow us to enjoy the area as we expected. The ship left FLL without incident and we were off for two wonderful sunny days at sea. The aft pool area became our hang out and it was usually quiet until noon. By the third day this area also became covered with ash and it got to be quite a mess by the end of the week. The deck was covered with a black mud and the pool and hot tub were filled with black soot that was never cleaned out. If you spent any time in the hot tub, small (very clean!!) pieces of sharp black soot was powered into every crack of your body—quite an experience to pick out!!! As our cabin was immediately below this area we soon found out where all the ash went when the deck was cleaned each evening....right on our balcony!!! We had early dining at a table for 2 in the upper balcony of Truffles Dining Room and found the food to be A+. We did not find anything we could not finish and found many things we wished we had ordered! The selections were diverse and the presentation worth taking photos. I can't imagine anyone not finding something to their liking. Our service was impeccable as it always is on Carnival. Entertainment was another story. Although the shows we did see were pleasing, we found that more than ½ of them did not start until 10:30. With dinner at 5:45 and after a full day in the sun, we were not able to stay awake that late to take advantage of what might have been a great show. Carnival might want to rethink a few more early shows! We can't really speak of the casino or of the drink service. We arrived on schedule in Colon, Panama. We had visited Panama twice before and this time decided to take the Aerial Tram and Ecological Encounter. It is a 5 hour tour into Panama's neo-tropical forest located at the Gamboa Resort. It is a one hour bus ride to the resort where we were greeted with an icy drink and clean restrooms. We then transferred about 5 minutes to the orchid gardens, butterfly house, frog and reptile caves and the amphibian exhibit. This part was a bit like going to the zoo. The aerial tram was very green. I expected to see a little wild life, but only saw a termite hive hanging from a tree and heard the titter of a few birds. Once to the top of the tram, (about 30 minutes of travel sitting in a hanging wire bucket) we walked for about 5 minutes to a tall look-out structure. At first, looking up I thought I was not going to be able to walk to the top, but, there were not stairs, only a path going up a slight 11 degree incline each story...about 10 stories. It was an easy walk and well worth the effort. Once to the top we were rewarded with a view of ships (and a submarine) going through the Panama Canal. Talk about picture taking opportunities!!! After having gone through the canal by ship, small tour boat and now watching from above, I think we have had the ultimate canal experiences and can move on to other ports!! We transferred down (another 30 minutes by tram) and back to our bus where restrooms and a nice cold lunch awaited us. A+++ for the great tour, tour guide, clean bathrooms, education and lunch!!! That evening during dinner just as we were leaving port, we noticed that the ship stopped. We later found out that 8 people missed the ship and one other had to be taken from the ship for health reasons. Not long after that an announcement was made that we would not be visiting Limon, Costa Rica and that for the safety of the passengers we would be porting at Isla Roatan, Honduras. We were told of the unfortunate incident that changed our itinerary. Passengers of the Carnival Liberty were accosted by thieves and the incident concluded with the death of one of the thieves. Needless, Carnival felt that visiting the port so soon after the incident was not in our best interest. By the next morning new shore excursions were posted and the old shore excursions from Costa Rica had been credited to our account. We booked a zip lining tour in Isla Roatan that for us involved a lower price and less travel than the one we had booked for Costa Rica. What a thrill to fly through the trees without a care in the world. My husband and I are both over 50 and have visited the buffet a few more times that we care to admit and yet we had no trouble with this tour. We were properly harnessed and instructed and it truly was momentous zipping the 11 stations and then onto Tabyana Beach. A+++ We had several hours to relax and enjoy Tabyana Beach. I have never been to a more beautiful beach on a more perfect day. Unfortunately, a gentleman from our ship had a heart attack while snorkeling and died on the beach not long after we arrived. It should be noted that there was no trained first aid personnel or first responders at this beach and that it was from the concern and training of fellow passengers that an attempt to help was made. On an island he did not expect to visit, snorkeling in the most beautiful water you could ever imagine, a soul was taken to heaven. It really was as if the most magnificent day had been painted just for him. We visited Belize 3 years ago and quite truthfully we were not all that impressed nor were we looking forward to visiting again. This time was different. We booked the Cave Tubing trip. A short ride on an air-conditioned bus over some really rough road (and lots of smoke from some ground fires) got us to our first stop where we could change, rent water shoes and a locker...then; it was off to the Sibun River. After a 20 minute walk through semi-rough and slippery terrain carrying an inner tube we arrived at the jump off station of our cave tour. The first splash in the river was a tad refreshing but immediately the water became most pleasant. The tubing voyage lasted about an hour in quiet darkness as well as shallow rapids. It was relaxing and thrilling all at one time. After getting out of the water we were treated with an "unBelizable" lunch of stewed chicken, black beans and rice, mashed potatoes and punch. Everyone must have had a great time because our tour guide said most of us slept all the way home!! Will we look forward to returning again? You better Belize it! This was an A+++ tour. After another wonderful day in paradise, sadly came our last day at sea. Waking up the next morning came the realization that zip lining one day and cave tubing the next might not have been a good combination for this AARP couple as we could hardly lift our arms!!! Thanks goodness it was a quiet day at sea! We had a late flight and decided to do the Everglade Tour before heading to the airport. It was a diversion that was not unpleasant and made getting off the ship very easy!! Did it, done it. For me the most memorable part of the trip actually was on the plane coming home. I sat next to a wonderful gentleman named Marvin from Walled Lake, Michigan who was about to turn 100 years old. What a gift to be able to speak with him and listen to just a few of the tales of his life. He had just completed a cruise with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was planning his next adventure even before this one was complete. A flight never went so fast or was more enjoyable. It's a wonderful life! Now that we are home and unpacked, the fun begins...planning our next cruise to Poland and Sweden. Any one want to join us? Curt and Linda Read Less
Sail Date February 2007
We chose this cruise for the itinerary Exotic Western Caribbean including Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Belize. There were two formal nights Monday and Friday. The shows were less than desirable. The two best nights for entertainment were ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary Exotic Western Caribbean including Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Belize. There were two formal nights Monday and Friday. The shows were less than desirable. The two best nights for entertainment were the guest talent show and the final night of the cruise. We were very disappointed in the fact that the majority of the cruisers were over the age of 70. Very very few under the age of 50, my husband and I are in our late 30s. I was in a group of 21 and thank goodness that there were a few others in the group who stayed up past 9 pm. There was no one around after midnight. One of the activities they offered was arts and crafts - the class was full. There are almost 3 sea days before a port and you are ready to get off the ship. Unfortunately, we booked the 175 per person transit of the Panama Canal. The excursion was from the time we arrived in Panama until the ship left. They were late in getting started so there was no time to look in any of the stores across from the port. Honestly, I don't think we missed much. The sad fact is the excursion is way overpriced. The boat is old, the heat is terrible - must have been 95 - we sat on the boat waiting for clearance to go through the locks. Should have chosen the Gatun Locks excursion instead. In Costa Rica - we did the coffee plantation tour. This tour was fantastic. The bad thing is again, that it is two hours by bus to get anywhere and no time to shop for anything. We literally had 15 minutes to purchase a few things before we got back onto the ship. The time is very very short in each port. The final destination was Belize. We did the Goff's Caye snorkel. This was fantastic, well worth the money. The guys that are on this tour - make sure you have a good time. There were a few people not comfortable with going out to the reef and they took them out individually. They were really great. I would highly recommend this one. On to the ship itself, it rocked and rocked and rocked. The ship is terrible - the last day was so rough that they had barf bags at each elevator. So many people were sick. The buffet is absolutely terrible. The way it is laid out is very inconvenient. It is in stations, one serves a few things and the next another thing but by the time you find the stuff - everything else on your plate is cold. There is no bar in the buffet. If you want a drink - get it yourself and bring any type of cocktail with you. There was no variety - the same thing for breakfast - every single day. The dining room food left a lot to be desired. The meat was tough and chewy. The grill with burgers and fries was great. The rooms are quite comfortable and the staff is very friendly. However, I would probably not sail Carnival again. I was very spoiled with Royal Caribbean. The activities weren't all group oriented. No trivia on Carnival, just game show type things. Only two gym classes were held - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. They only had 10 treadmills and 4 ellipticals. Each time I went to the gym I had to wait. My suggestion is to wait until the afternoon or go after 9 am. With so many sea days - if there is bad weather - there isn't much else to do. A few great things - the PIZZA - it is so very good. The Golden Fleece supper club. It is worth every penny. The food in every way shape and form was 5 star. The room service was prompt and right every time. The sushi from 5 - 8 pm every day was great - the bad thing is that dinner is at 5:45 pm. The ship is very well maintained and they are cleaning all the time. The dinner seating times are 5:45 and 8:15. On this particular cruise - the 5:45 seating was the one everyone wanted. Given that all the excursions ended by 3 pm - you were always assured that you would get to dinner on time. Overall, it was a cruise - we were on vacation away from work with no cooking and cleaning so it was a good thing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
After sailing aboard the Carnival Legend to Central America Feb. 2006, I must say I'm impressed with the direction that the line is going. Perhaps I detect a trend towards a more refined cruising experience aboard more elegant ships, ... Read More
After sailing aboard the Carnival Legend to Central America Feb. 2006, I must say I'm impressed with the direction that the line is going. Perhaps I detect a trend towards a more refined cruising experience aboard more elegant ships, compared to the past. She seems to have more in common with her half sister HAL ships than she does with the older neon Carnival. The legend for one thing is simply beautiful offering so many things to love. As a lover of anything to do with classical mythology, the Legends theme appealed to me. The extensive use of granite tiles and mosaics throughout the ship evokes the supposed ambience of ancient Greece and Rome. The mythological iconography throughout the ship such the Colossus of Rhodes and the Sirens, was worth a role of film. The glass sculptures in the stairways and in the dining room lighting seemed to be priceless. My favorite spot in the whole ship was the glass stairs going to the Golden Fleece Supper Club. Wow! Some say that the service and food aboard Carnival is substandard. Not on this trip! The service staffs were not servants, but seemed more like friends. I got a little choked up when we had to say goodbye. I took a nasty fall and then received both a letter and a phone call from the courteous pursers desk In the Truffles dining room, the desserts stood out as my favorite among the wonderfully prepared foods. The entertainment was simply outstanding! This one show called Take 2 was perhaps the best show Ive ever seen on a ship. Something new for me was the backstage tour in which we met the lighting, sound, and special effects crew which help pull off these truly magical shows. Music for just about ever taste could be found somewhere. The classical music for one was very much up to standards. Afternoon tea was a highlight of mine. The only things that could stand improving are the comedy acts should be less risquE, the pools are too small, and there seems to be a lull time in the evenings for late dinner guest. It would be nice if they would place some chairs on the teakwood promenade deck for nostalgias sake. The demographic makeup was heavy on families and older couples with very few rowdy guests. . She didnt appear to be a singles ship since it would seem I was the only one to show up for the single/solo meeting. All things considered, the trip was among a great group of people on a classy ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2006
I have put off writing this review because I get upset just thinking about the cruise. I went with my fiance, and my future brother and sister in law. We booked the cruise because we were told Carnival was for a younger crowd. Let me ... Read More
I have put off writing this review because I get upset just thinking about the cruise. I went with my fiance, and my future brother and sister in law. We booked the cruise because we were told Carnival was for a younger crowd. Let me begin with the other people on board. I would say 90% of them were over the age of 80. Apparently there was a senior citizen village onboard that no one told us about. I am telling you, if you saw one person under the age of 80 it was a shock. When we arrived to our room we pushed our two twin beds together to find garbage and silverware under the bed. When we arrived at dinner someone was already eating at our table. The waiter who had escorted us there said, "Well they were there first" and shrugged and walked away. The crew members on the ship were ridiculously rude. It was literally unbelievable. The apathy on the ship from crew and passengers alike was always apparent. No one showed up to the activities. The crew had no enthusiasm about any of them. There were times when there was literally nothing to do. So much for the fun ship. Also, activities were scheduled when the people with late seating were eating, as if we did not deserve to be included. On our second night out, my boyfriend had decided to propose to me. He asked the activities coordinators for help in doing it a creative way. They all diverted him to someone else before finally saying that they could do nothing. They said, why don't you do it at dinner. This is the part of the cruise that honestly hurt the most. They were not willing to do a single thing to help make it special. Late that night the captain announced there was a medical emergency and we would have to make an unscheduled stop in Mexico to drop off the ill passenger. Some of the entertainment was good, some TERRIBLE. There was a comedian who made jokes about 9/11. I mean c'mon! Carnival's idea of activities is art auctions NON STOP. I can honestly say that as each day passed, things got more miserable. There were tons of rumors of people actually dying on board. We had to make two more unscheduled stops to drop off sick people. Because of the last one we were told we would be arriving back to Florida hours later than scheduled. Therefore, there was a line of about 20 people at the purser's desk asking how we were supposed to get home. When it was finally my turn, they refused to help me find a flight home bc I hadn't booked my flight through them in the first place. I was expected to pay any charges incurred by the changing of tickets. I had to call my travel agent from the middle of the ocean and beg him to help me find a way home. Honestly, I could go on forever. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Upon leaving the ship, each person in my party left a comment card of at least 5 pages. We have not gotten anything as much as an apology for the lousy trip. I have been telling everyone I know to avoid Carnival like the plague. I am truly disgusted by the way they do business. I am in the process of planning my honeymoon and I am really skeptical of cruises at this point, but I know it can't be any worse than this horrific trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2004
We were 3 generations traveling together on our 4th Carnival cruise. Embarkation took about 90 minutes. There really is no advantage anymore to having the Funpass as EVERYONE had the Funpass! They really should have a special line for past ... Read More
We were 3 generations traveling together on our 4th Carnival cruise. Embarkation took about 90 minutes. There really is no advantage anymore to having the Funpass as EVERYONE had the Funpass! They really should have a special line for past cruisers! What to say about this ship -- it was absolutely the ugliest most garish decorated ship that we have ever seen. It was so busy that it made you dizzy! There was not 1 square foot of the ship that was not maimed by the decor. We were on the Empress deck and our cabin was very comfortable for our family of 4. We had a balcony which was extremely enjoyable. Our room steward was absolutely the worst to the point where I had to complain. First time I ever had to complain on board. He seemed not to see dirty glasses, plates, etc. There were nights when we did not receive our Capers and he never delivered our Past Cruisers Cocktail party invitation. There also seemed to be plumbing problems on this ship and one morning at 12:45 a.m. I heard what sounded like a jack hammer outside our room and they said they were fixing the bathroom next door. After I went out 3 times they finally stopped. Last year we were on the Paradise and the food was absolutely wonderful -- this year the food was not as good. Beef a couple of night was so tough. On the other hand our waiter was wonderful. We also ate in The Golden Fleece Supper Club twice and it was exceptional. The service, the food and the presentation rivaled any 5 star restaurant and was well worth the $25 extra per person. The ports of call were all great. In Belize my husband went diving and he really enjoyed that. We booked that through the ship. My 2 daughters and myself went to the Maruba Jungle Spa for the day. We booked that on our own. It was wonderful and a truly beautiful place. In Limon we hired a driver and did the canopy tour. This was the only day that was disappointing as we did not dock until noon and had to be back on board by 6:30. It would have been great if we could have had the entire day. Our 3rd port was Colon, Panama. We shopped at the port, took a horse and buggy ride and then went to the Embara Indian Village which was definitely a highlight. My in-laws did the ferry ride through the Panama Canal and said it was worth every penny. They also had a great time. All in all we had a wonderful cruise. The itinerary was great but the ship itself was a disappointment. Any questions i would be happy to answer them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2004
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 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.3

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