7 Carnival Legend Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

Wow, what an experience! We left Dover, England on September 24, 2013 and arrived in New York City on October 10, 2013. If you hate flying like we do, you should consider a Trans-Atlantic re-positioning cruise as an alternative. We visited ... Read More
Wow, what an experience! We left Dover, England on September 24, 2013 and arrived in New York City on October 10, 2013. If you hate flying like we do, you should consider a Trans-Atlantic re-positioning cruise as an alternative. We visited Dover, Dublin, Glasgow, Belfast, Reykjavik, Qaqortoq, and St. John's. Plus, the best part, was a deviation in our route encouraged by the Cruise Director, John Heald, wherein the captain had an "ice-captain" come on board to navigate so that we could cruise through the Prince Christian Sound in southern Greenland. There is only one settlement there, Aappilattoq (population 132 in 2010), which John Heald and crew visited so that they could mail our postcards (provided by the Carnival Legend) home. Our postcard, however, never made it back to our home address; but the experience of seeing all those glaciers was magnificent! I would not hesitate to take another re-positioning cruise. The crew on the Legend was superb - they never stopped cleaning to keep us from getting sick - and the entertainment was the best. Thank you Carnival for making a memory that will last a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
I'm still coming down from a glorious transatlantic cruise - Dover to NYC, Sept. 25-Oct. 10th. In addition to the marvelous itinerary, which is what attracted me to the cruise in the first place, I was cared for and pampered by an ... Read More
I'm still coming down from a glorious transatlantic cruise - Dover to NYC, Sept. 25-Oct. 10th. In addition to the marvelous itinerary, which is what attracted me to the cruise in the first place, I was cared for and pampered by an incredible crew and entertained by some great headliners. In particular: A dedicated ship's crew that navigated us across seas rough and calm, past icebergs, through narrows and fjords, from Europe to North America. Our dining room crew of Andrea, Diyan, and Barbara who worked diligently to meet our every need in the dining room, and recognized and greeted us while they were working shifts elsewhere on the ship. Eva, the dining room hostess who saw to special needs of our little troupe. The chefs and cooks who fed us non-stop for 15 days. Our room steward, Domingo, who worked with us to ensure that 3 rather demanding guests were well taken care of, and Aldo, the steward of the next group of cabins down the hall, who stopped and chatted for a few moments every time we went past. All the stewards that created the absolutely amazing display of towel animals at the Lido pool! The 'quiet', but ever present staff that kept the ship clean and tidy - always at work cleaning, polishing, picking up, washing windows, and mopping up the fog from the open area of the lido deck. The tireless tender crew, taking us to and from Qaqortoq, Greenland. Victoria, the acupuncturist at the spa who worked with our physical problems throughout the cruise. The Park West Art Auction team for fun, champagne, and some great new pieces of art. Our cruise director, John Heald & assistant Kelvyn, the Legend orchestra, the singers and dancers, the comedians, the juggler, the illusionist, the guest singers - wow, what a fortnight of entertainment. We didn't see all the shows, but the ones we did were truly memorable. The Jazz Hot Show, Big Easy, and the back-up dancing to Justin Illusion by the Legend Dancers were all excellent. Violinist Izabella Zebrowska; Vocalist Emily Reed; Comedy Magician Adam Heppenstall; Vocalists Le Musica; Juggler John Nations; Illusionist and Dancer Justin Illusion; and Comedian Danny Buckler - Thank you for sharing your talent on the high seas. I can't get that kind of variety anywhere else! And this doesn't include the wonderful visits to Dover, Dublin, Glasgow, Belfast, Reykjavik, Qaqortoq, and St. John's. That's for a different blog. Thank you to the entire crew of 900+. You made my day (15 times over!) Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
I chose this cruise for the itinerary, not the ship, and was not expecting much based on previous Carnival cruises. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The ship was very nice and also appeared well cleaned. Public areas are nicely ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary, not the ship, and was not expecting much based on previous Carnival cruises. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The ship was very nice and also appeared well cleaned. Public areas are nicely layed out and the ship never seemed crowded. Service was excellent throughout. Shows were better than expected. Our balcony room was large and comfortable. The decor of the ship is hideously gawdy and ugly, but that doesn't really matter to me. It was still a great ship. Even the staff were laughing at how cheap and gawdy the decor is. The food was not horrible, but not good either. Some things were not edible and a few things were actually good. Everything else, was just okay... not good enough to brag about, but not bad enough to ruin the cruise either. It was served by excellent staff throughout the ship, so no complaints there. The 24 hour pizza is actually excellent. We had some nice surprises...the Captain took an unexpected route through the Greenland Fjords and that was the highlight of the trip. The ship also gave us all post cards and then sent a lifeboat carrying the cruise director out to a remote post office to mail them from the northern most post office in the world. Both things were a very nice extra and I was very impressed by Carnival. This is the first Carnival ship to have "Anytime dining" and I have to say I don't like that at all. We prefer to eat alone and asked for a table for two, which we were not given. They told us our only option was eat at 8:15 or go to anytime dining. We chose the Anytime and it turns out that what it means is waiting about 20 minutes in line every night and then either eating with a large group, or waiting an additional 20-45 minutes for a private table. Embarkation at Dover was the best I've ever experienced. Debarkation in New York was the worst. They practically begged everyone to use the self assist debarkation, which almost everyone did, but then they didn't coordinate the exit. Everyone was crammed into several places on the ship with their luggage and no real organized plan to release them, so it became a bit hostile with no real direction on when each area could go. People were getting angry and frustrated and no one seemed to know what the plan was. Eventually, everyone just crowded towards the exit point, which became kind of a crazy mess. I would just like them to coordinate that a little better and maybe keep people informed. To sum up...Overall review: Great cruise, Very nice ship, Great service and staff, mediocre food, bad debarkation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
We embarked at the port of Dover after a flight from Toronto Canada. We selected this particular cruise because of the range of the ports of call. The weather plays a great part in any cruise and in that respect we were very fortunate. ... Read More
We embarked at the port of Dover after a flight from Toronto Canada. We selected this particular cruise because of the range of the ports of call. The weather plays a great part in any cruise and in that respect we were very fortunate. Dublin Ireland was our first port and we did the coastal panorama excursion our guide did a great job explaining the history and recent economic problems of Ireland. I appreciated the Irish coffee served at the Abbey Tavern. The next port was Greenock in Scotland where we went on the Panoramic Lochs tour. A famous person once said, "I love humanity, it's the people I can't stand". These words never rang truer as we boarded the coach and overheard a series of complaints from a group. It was too hot, it was too cold, they couldn't fasten the seat belt, there wasn't enough leg room, at one point positing, "do they think we are a bunch of schmucks"? They were what I call, professional complainers and were planning to get a refund before the coach had even started. The worst, and most embarrassing event, was when they began mocking an infant child by loudly aping the child's cries. One of them even started taking photographs of the child as the mother attempted to calm her infant. The whole excursion was spoiled by this group of inconsiderate seniors whose only concern, was for themselves. The next destination was Belfast, I knew of the history of Northern Ireland so did not have high expectations, but was really surprised by the beauty of the Ards Peninsula. Colin, our guide provided us with an in-depth history, he was obviously passionate about Northern Ireland and it's people. This is one place where I would consider revisiting. We saw the Northern lights, but were not technically proficient at configuring our camera to take photographs at night, fortunately the ships videographer was able to capture some alluring images. Two days at sea then Reykjavik Iceland. A misty, cool rain descended over our as we docked, something that nobody could control. We visited craters, hot mud holes and climbed to the top of a hill at Raykjanes. The next stop (the bonus), was a trip through the Prince Christian's Sound, Greenland. What an incredible experience. I salute Carnival for doing this. It was totally unexpected. Words cannot describe how fortunate we feel for being given the opportunity to see this wonder. The captain and his crew did a great job negotiating the narrow fjord and the odd iceberg. At Qaqortoq, Greenland we went ashore via the ship's launches. The sun smiled upon us as we toured this small town. The local population, and others from local communities came out in force to welcome us. We listened to a choir in the church and listened to one of it's members relate the history of Qaqortoq. Two days at sea and onto St. John's Newfoundland, Canada where we sampled rum at the Queen's battery, drank beer at the Quidi Vidi Brewery, the weather was not stellar, but we were in high spirits. Two more days at sea and we were in New York. Our debarkation went surprisingly smoothly and quickly. The Legend is a fine ship, the crew were excellent unfortunately the cruise director frequently claimed to have seen whales off the port bow, needless to say we were always on the starboard side when he made the announcement.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This was our 16th Carnival Cruise, the third in Europe. The we have sailed on several Carnival Sprit Class ships over the past 10 years The Pride, The Miracle and The Legend prior to this voyage. The ships are not so big, but are not so ... Read More
This was our 16th Carnival Cruise, the third in Europe. The we have sailed on several Carnival Sprit Class ships over the past 10 years The Pride, The Miracle and The Legend prior to this voyage. The ships are not so big, but are not so small, sailing with 2100 other guest the ship is not to chaotic the size and number of passengers is just right. All of our previous voyages on this class ship were 8 days or less, this voyage was twice as long 16 nights. On this Voyage I rate the ports visited 10 with the unexpected passage thru Prince Christian Sund in Greenland. On this Voyage the ship as always was clean and where it wasn't was due to inconsiderate guest On this Voyage the ships rank and file crew were pleasant and helpful, the officer on the other hand were hibernating and never around, very little to no exchange with the officers and senior staff. The Supper Club is extraordinary, having visited 3x during this voyage, but the reason for so many times dining there, may have been to the non-predictable food service in the Main Dining Room. Food was not up to the Quality we had previously experienced. The food served in the Main Dining Room; your time seating for dinner, was sometimes perfect, sometimes OK and sometimes COLD ! we had made a complaint to the hostess at the dining room entrance and there was an improvement, only do to the diligence of the waiter. The maitre d' never came to our table to check with us, if we were happy with the service. When I am served Lobster Tails 3x in the same night and they all were cold, you lost my confidence. The food on Lido also had its ups and downs. My observation , of the dining room was the team of 3 who served you had too many guest/tables to attend too, probably a cost cutting attempt by Carnival Corp. to defray the cost of all of their mishaps at sea in the past few years. Food for this voyage I rate it at a 4 out of 10 The temperature of the hot tubs is not warm enough. They ran out of blankets and the temperature from Iceland to Greenland to New Foundland / Labrador required them This was a repositioning cruise, one of one but the ports and route were extraordinary Dover, England; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Rejevick, Iceland; Qaqortoq Greenland; New Foundland / Labrador ; Ney York City. This itinerary should be a regular, voyage with east and west passages   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
The ship itself was very nice, a bit on the opulent (like Vegas) style which I thought was very nice but some thought was a little "over the top". Despite some of pre-cruise issues with propulsion system it ran flawlessly and we ... Read More
The ship itself was very nice, a bit on the opulent (like Vegas) style which I thought was very nice but some thought was a little "over the top". Despite some of pre-cruise issues with propulsion system it ran flawlessly and we went through some very high winds (peaking >60mph)for couple of days but ship was amazingly stable. Almost no sense of movement at the worst of it. Ship was clean. Wait staff in main dining room was not very professional generally but there also many that were just delightful and overall we enjoyed these dinners. Our cabin steward was a delight and a wizard with towels for our nightly amusement. The negatives were a noticeably lower quality of night time entertainment, just average food most of the time and very little to choose from in off hours dining. No sushi in open dining at all and only offered one time that I ever saw. Absolutely the worst regular TV, movies and video I've ever had on a ship. This was my first transatlantic (in a cruise ship)so maybe that is common but I got more news while crossing in my own sailboat. Other cons were that communications while on board were quite limited so it was not always easy to know what was going on. Overall we considered it a great value and a wonderful relaxing way to cross the ocean. Beats the hell out of flying and was only a little more expensive!   Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
we have sailed Carnival many times, Celebration, several times and Royal Caribbean a few times. but we happened upon the best cruise we have ever taken last October when our travel agent from Carnival, Jackie Dyson, mentioned a re-po ... Read More
we have sailed Carnival many times, Celebration, several times and Royal Caribbean a few times. but we happened upon the best cruise we have ever taken last October when our travel agent from Carnival, Jackie Dyson, mentioned a re-po cruise. We had certainly heard of re-positioning cruises, but never seemed to get enough info about them to set one up. this time we were in luck. we decided on Carnival again and the cruise was from Tampa, Florida to Barcelona, Spain. 16 days, 8 ports and what we thought would be a whirl wind of fun. we always get an inside cabin and in this case the inside cabin on this cruise turned out to cost about $100 more than we had been paying for the same cabin on our 7 day Caribbean cruises. this was hard to believe, but true. we had never been on the Legend before, but what a pleasant surprise when we embarked at Tampa. The embarkation process was fast and easy as it usually is on Carnival Cruises. the ship was magnificent. the decor was that of many legends, both of man and fable. there was a bar designed around the life of Billie Holiday, one around Satchmo (the legendary, Louis Armstrong) the Lido deck walls are covered with the legend of Hercules, all the walls on all the decks have fabled legends depicted on them. on a previous cruise on the Dream we had come across a change in the menu in the dining room. it wasn't obvious to first time cruisers but to those of us who had cruised many times before, it was significant. they had eliminated several of the more expensive items, like escargot and the lobster tails were slipper tails not the normal larger ones. so when we arrived at our appointed table for our first dinner on the Legend, we didn't know what to expect. we were pleasantly surprised night after night. the food was presented beautifully, served by a great wait staff and all of our favorites had been returned to the menu. the dining experience was exceptional. the professional Broadway-like shows, we really enjoyed and they had several different ones. there were also various variety shows in the main auditorium. a magician, a few individual singer shows and more. all in all a great way to end your evening. we attended various seminars given on the ship on traveling, shopping, gems and others too. enjoyed the champagne art auctions, bingo, karaoke, dancing lessons and more kept us busy every day. we didn't go into the pool much, although it looked inviting, because the weather wasn't conducive but we did spend quite a bit of time on the Lido deck enjoying the food and the sunshine and the company of our fellow cruisers. we met Keith the piano player/singer, at Billy's Bar, one morning on the Lido deck where we were having breakfast, and soon we became frequent visitors at Billy's. we met the regulars and soon became part of the gang and sang along with them far into many a night. you can keep as busy or as stay as quiet as you like. days reading or listening to music in any of the common areas of the ship are at your beck and call or keeping busy by going to any or all of the possibilities listed in the ships daily newsletter. sixteen days- exciting, wonderful ports, get days at sea, a really spectacular vacation. we did not disembark in Barcelona, Spain with the other passengers, but our baggage remain on board for our return to the ship to continue on with our second cruise to through the Mediterranean. after spending the day in Barcelona we returned to the Legend and found our baggage had been moved to our new room and the entire re-embarkation process was done smoothly and quickly. we plan on taking this re-positioning cruise again and again and using all the knowledge that our fellow cruisers had imparted to us to make the next cruises even better.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
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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