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Sail Date: May 2019
Have been on Legend twice in the past and had a generally good experience. Really like this ship and this class of ship. Love the Alaska glacier bay itinerary as well. Ship is getting old but still one of the most comfortable around. Great ... Read More
Have been on Legend twice in the past and had a generally good experience. Really like this ship and this class of ship. Love the Alaska glacier bay itinerary as well. Ship is getting old but still one of the most comfortable around. Great staff on all counts, always professional and friendly. Nice port stops (though we all know Victoria is a waste). The Icy Straight Point stop is a great addition (saw lots of wildlife on this stop). More ship movement than ever before, noticed quite a few seasick passengers and seemed to have more out to sea time than in the past. Only downside were some rowdy passengers who were rude to both other passengers and playing musicians. Also the meals in main dining and room service were poor. Luke warm and honestly most selections not appetizing at all. This is a real departure from past experience and a downside for those who dont eat the buffet. Room service is a waste cold bagels and unripe bananas. That said, Nouveau Steakhouse was great as always. All in all a good ship and cruise.. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to ... Read More
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to Alaska; I want to see snow and it all melts in the summer months... So May it was! We experienced sun, snow, green spring/ early summer colors and seriously, it was AMAZING!!!!! At every single stop the locals kept saying "You picked a good day. No rain today, and it rains every day here". The ship itself is well maintained. I only encountered ONE rude crew member and it was an American crew member in the gift shop. Everyone else was superb and helpful and kind. Our first stop was Juneau. We went whale watching. The crew on the boat were knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful! We saw humpback whales (a mom and baby) that breeched several times. We also saw eagles and and see lions and seals! Our second stop was Skagway. We booked 2 excursions because it was a long day in port. First we did a zodiac rafting adventure which I highly recommend! We were outfitted in all weather, WARM, sub Arctic deck suits with goggles, gloves, and face masks. Captain Jen was incredible as was her crew. She made the ride FUN by doing donuts in the middle of the water multiple times. We saw waterfalls that blew our actual minds and eagles and sea lions of all different varieties and otters playing in the water. We stopped for several photo ops. We were brought back to the staging area by the ship where the next excursion started. We did the 3 hour White Pass Railway Adventure. I don't even have words to do that trip up the mountain justice. It's not an exaggeration when I say the views were spectacular and impossible to really process at first. We saw lush green mountains and snow covered mountains side by side. We learned a lot about the gold Rush and how the railway was made, etc. Going through the mountain tunnels was exhilarating. You can't go to Skagway and not do the White pass Railway. We cruised Glacier Bay next. Please do yourself a favor and book a balcony (try to get an Aft Balcony. They go FAST and there are only 20 on the ship) and bring binoculars. I was brought to tears by the stunning beauty!!! You don't understand how INCREDIBLE it was. We watched the Margorie Glacier calve. First you hear rolling thunder then you see part of the glacier crash into the water making huge splashing waves. Some of the glaciers are ice blue and others not so much. When you cruise Glacier Bay, Carnival gives you warm blankets to cuddle up with so you don't freeze to death. All along the way we saw whales breeching and see otters floating lazily on their backs with their cute paws and heads just above the water. This was one of my favorite days!!! I was pretty much euphoric all day. Our next stop was Icy Straight Point. I didn't book an excursion here but my friend in the cabin next to me did. She went whale watching and saw multiple whales breech very close up. She also went on a bear excursion and saw brown bears. I was a little jealous if the pictures she got. We rode into town and saw how the natives live. Then we went to The Crab Shack. GO TO THE CRAB SHACK!!!! There we got Alaskan King Crab legs that were HUGEEEEE and Bloody Mary's full of crab meat, shrimp, and a crab claw!! The crab the best we've ever had and we were unexpectedly so full it wasn't even funny. Finally we went to Ketchikan. Here is my ONLY complaint. We were only there for 4 hours which is ludicrous because Ketchican is huge and we didn't get to experience even a quarter of Ketchikan. We did a Go Kart Adventure thru the rainforest. It was a gorgeous, sunny, dry, day so we didn't need the rain gear offered. The ride was kick ass and although I've seen some people complain that it wasn't long enough; we found it to be the perfect length. We stopped for a few beautiful photo ops and a quick snack and water. Our guide was Rhianna Marie! We wanted to put her in our suitcase and bring her home. She was GREAT. Our next stop was Victoria BC. from 7pm - 11 pm. Honestly, that's a huge waste of a stop. I would much rather have had more time in Ketchikan. I got the feeling they stopped in Canada just so Canada could try to make a few bucks off of the tourists. Not this girl! Let me just close by saying I will be booking another Alaskan cruise!!! You couldn't pay me to go in the heat of summer and get rain EVERY DAY and miss all the snow and be hot. Who wants to be hot in Alaska!? Not me.... Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We started this amazing trip in Seattle with a friend. We spent 4 days tour the town and seeing the sites such as: The Space Needle, The Chihuly Museum, the Pop Culture museum, the Troll under the bridge, the Z Park, the water front, the ... Read More
We started this amazing trip in Seattle with a friend. We spent 4 days tour the town and seeing the sites such as: The Space Needle, The Chihuly Museum, the Pop Culture museum, the Troll under the bridge, the Z Park, the water front, the Pike Place Market, Kerry Park, the Argosy boat cruise and much more. It really started us off fo an adventure we were so excited to get started on. We entered the Legend on pier 91 at 11:45 AM with no issues or delays. The check in was smooth and the welcome was tremendous. Our rooms weren't ready until 1:30 PM but that was known from the beginning. They had the buffet all setup and we enjoyed the scenery of the Seattle harbor. The first day was a sea day but we needed the downtime after running all over Seattle. The only downfall of the entire trip was the commercialized cities we visited, but we are veteran cruises and knew what to stay away from. Juneau was our first stop and the only port where we did not use Carnival for our tour. We used Harv and Marv's whale watching and what a great decision that was. We saw 14-15 whales, dolphins, seals, walruses and a glacier that was stunning in the sunlight during the evening hours. Skagway was next and it was an old looking western town full of plenty of shopping. We took the excursion on the Ultimate Yukon and White Pass Railway Adventure. This trip bused you into the Yukon to a small tourist trap village with lunch but yet fun to be there and afterwards there is a petting zoo and sled dogs to see. Then they took you to Carcrossing for a little more local shopping and then to the train which is the highlight of the tour. It took 1 1/2 hours to go back down the hill but it was worth every second. This is a must do.... Third stop was Glacier Bay. BEAUTIFUL. And during this time of year you get to see bothe Glaciers in the area. Highly suggest the presentations by the park rangers that board the ship and the Naturalist that was part of the crew. Fantastic information and very helpful. Next stop was Sitka, small town but a lot of culture. We took the Carnival City Historical Tour. No history spoken about at all. But the stop at the Raptor Center made it all worth while. Only wish we could have gotten more history on the Historical Tour. LOL Then the last port was Ketchikan, this was really commercialized and I felt as if I was in the Caribbean. But again walk on pass these to get to Creek Crossing. This was a fantastic little street with history to meander through. We also took the Duck Boat ride from Carnival and it was funny and entertaining, and also very safe. The last day was at sea. We landed and disembarked in Vancouver, BC. We spent 2 days there and used Vancouver Lands Sea Tours and Adventures. Fantastic tours. The historical city tour and the Sea to Sky tour with the Deep Fjord Tour. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!!!! The day before flying out of Seattle we took the Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle. Again the ride was perfect and the scenery was fabulous. This is a must do. Business Class and ask for seat 3 or 5 for best views. Also have your US declaration card filled out before getting there, it will save you time. Our cabin stewart was Haru and he was great. Restaurant servers were Kamong, Heri and Made They were better than great. Crews director Jen was fun. And captain Giuseppe was fantastic. The Entertainment. WOW, Wow, Wow, Wow.....The best I've seen yet. I hope if anyone takes this cruise in the future look for the 1st or 2nd week in September so you can see both glaciers. They close off the John Hopkins Glacier after May for the wildlife breeding. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were non English speaking first time cruisers from China. We toured many places in the world and Alaska was on our list of places to visit for a long time. This cruise trip was wonderful. The food was good. We had lots choices to ... Read More
We were non English speaking first time cruisers from China. We toured many places in the world and Alaska was on our list of places to visit for a long time. This cruise trip was wonderful. The food was good. We had lots choices to choose from. We had many choices of off-shore excursions and we went to a couple of them. They were fun and exciting. The ship was well organized,nice, and clean. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly although there were so many people on board of the cruise. We were very impressed. The crew was great and we felt that we were well taken care of. We wanted to especially thanks to the Chinese-speaking guest service associate, Jun Tao. He helped us tremendously. He was very kind, patient, experienced, and attentive. We had a very pleasant experience on Carnival Legend because of his help. We recommend Carnival Legend cruise to non-English speaking Chinese because of Jun Tao, the best guest service associate. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Its Long! We choose this cruise with 19 friends, as our bucket list Alaskan cruise that it took in Glacier bay and a full day in Victoria and at most ports. Our ports were Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and a full day sailing ... Read More
Its Long! We choose this cruise with 19 friends, as our bucket list Alaskan cruise that it took in Glacier bay and a full day in Victoria and at most ports. Our ports were Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and a full day sailing around Glacier bay, plus 2 at sea days, we departed on Tuesday and arrived back Wednesday the following week. We arrived Seattle and used Citypass, our group arrived at various times on mostly the Saturday and Sunday before the Cruise on Tuesday. We arrived Saturday, we walked down to pikes Market and had a bite to eat. We arrive Saturday in Seattle and walked around we brought the Citypass online and this came in very handy. Sunday we went to the Woodlake Zoo and really enjoyed it saw a lot of animals and the zoo is set out really nicely and a lot of up close and personal experiences we enjoyed this attraction the best of all in Seattle. We also did the harbor cruise, Space Needle and Aquarium. We are a country and western dancers and our group of friends are too, we love to dance two step, waltz, polka etc and where from Texas, so we checked out the Little Red Hen and they had a great country band playing Sunday evening and we all went and danced up a storm. We stayed at the Hyatt Olive 8 which was really nice and we had the awaken package that included breakfast (very good) in their restaurant we booked with points so sorry I don't know the cost. its was walking distance to most things, if I had to do again I would stay closer to the water. We used Lyft or Uber to get everywhere its cheap and simple way to go, if you share you get them even cheaper. Me (53) and my hubby also 53 have cruised the Caribbean before but not Alaska. I turned Platinum this cruise so that was a nice advantage and not having to purchase faster to the fun. We were actually the 2nd and 3rd people to board this cruise behind one lady in a wheelchair. We had booked this cruise 2 years ago! and it was long awaited we were so excited. Alaska was beautiful. We had a Balcony Midship cabin on the 6th floor 6251 and we loved the location very handy for everything the cabin was a little in need of a spruce up and deep clean and the beds were pretty uncomfortable we usually love the beds! We Loved Alaska but out of 12 cruises we would not do this again, we would do the land options, the people onboard are mostly elderly and have a bad attitude, they were surly and rude, being old should give you that, we are a friendly bunch but we felt that there wasnt many friendly people on the ship and they keep it 100 degrees onboard. Our cabin had a few mishaps the cabin was boiling hot when we got onboard they sent a maintenance man and put in a brand new thermostat, plus we also got a fan, The day of Glacier Bay our cabin door would no longer open, they sent an officer down to look (I don't think they believed us and then he sent for the maintenance guy who had to remove the handle and rejig it, were on friendly terms with him now ;-), then a few days later our toilet flushed brown for a few hours, made a call but they said it was rust in the lines and that to keep flushing! Gag LOL. Our room steward was good Tri was his name and we tip pretty good we had service twice a day and asked for extra towels and ice that was it really. We loved all the ports and had a great time, Juneau (2pm-11pm) We were disappointed, as I had booked the Seaplane 5 Glacier viewing and Taku lodge salmon bake excursion as my husbands Christmas present as we both had never been on a seaplane before and we met in the Lounge onboard to depart, we departed to the pier were they told us it was cancelled! just like that!! We waited 45 mins in that lounge and no one said a word about it. So standing on the pier with our day semi ruined we were so looking forward to that adventure, I grabbed the Carnival rep and managed to get us on the Mendenhall Glacier and wild life adventure $400! refund of $600+ from the Seaplane one. This one was good we saw humpback whales and Orca whales sealions far away but I guess as close as a two story boat can get, no food, only for purchase, and got to Mendenhall with only 55 minutes left to see it so too late to walk to the falls and it was raining and 7pm by now! we came back to the ship around 8:15pm a quick trip to a gift shop at port after and ate pizza starving, we made the most of it but would have been nice to have a little more notice on the cancellation. Skagway (8am-7pm) We did the train white pass up and back in the morning and it was pretty and we enjoyed it. In the afternoon we went Ocean Rafting this was fun, didn't see a lot of wild life but we had fun and the scenery was breathtaking. Glacier Bay was awesome! Ketchikan (10am-10pm) We did the lumberjack show which we just purchased when we got there $39.99 and then my friend had booked a taxi tour, I went out with the girls that morning as my husband did the the fishing trip with another friend. we had a lot of fun and its a very pictureque town and the beautiful Creek Street, went to a totem pole place, waterfalls etc. we saw a lot of salmon trying to get upstream and seals trying to eat them, and bald eagles etc. Victoria (10am-10pm) Went to Butchart Gardens they were beautiful, expensive about $70 for two to get in, Cab fare was $55 dollars Canadian try to take small bills, the Canadians will not break them and its $1.20 Canadian to a US dollar, they sucked at breaking them or giving US change back. No one would change a $100 bill US they wanted to give us Canadian dollars back. live and learn, after the gardens we had lunch over looking the marina and went got a couple of fridge magnets and Christmas ornament we might have brought more if they gave us the dollars back. went back to ship. Can't tell you a lot about entertainment we went to the casino we brought mexican train dominos with us and played that with our group, its very different from the fun with Caribbean cruise. We enjoyed it but wouldn't do it again, we got to see Alaska and that's why we were on it. Food was good and we did steakhouse one night and Chefs Table another night. Staff were excellent as usual. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days and 7 days we are never ready to be done. Alaska was on our bucket list and I’m not a cold person vacationer but this trip was amazing. The food was good! We ate in the dining room mostly and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days and 7 days we are never ready to be done. Alaska was on our bucket list and I’m not a cold person vacationer but this trip was amazing. The food was good! We ate in the dining room mostly and had lots to choose from. The shows were good. We only went to a few .Loved our excursions . Had quite a few choices as well.The pace was relaxed which was great. We never felt rushed and the ship was great. It was nice and clean. It was perfect size not too small and not too big. If you’ve been considering an Alaskan cruise this one we really recommend! The crew was great. Everyone was attentive and we felt well taken care of. We aren’t super needy travelers but still felt spoiled! Conrad was our main steward and he could remember everyone’s name which simply amazed us! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Alaska was nice, enjoyed all stops, Juneau, we took helicopter to glacier and drank glacier water, very nice time, on the way back we stopped at a local bar and enjoyed "Duck Farts" a very good and effective drink, ate at Tracys ... Read More
Alaska was nice, enjoyed all stops, Juneau, we took helicopter to glacier and drank glacier water, very nice time, on the way back we stopped at a local bar and enjoyed "Duck Farts" a very good and effective drink, ate at Tracys seafood, very over priced but hey, ALL of Alaska is!!! Skagway took a train to Canada, if your afraid of heights or falling off cliffs, dont do this trip. After we arrived in Canada, we got off the train, met our guides and rode bicycles back down to town, AWESOME trip, worth every penny! After bike ride, we went to Alaska brewery ( highly recommend ) Spruce tip beer was great, Dark & Stormy's were great, Halibut was great! The boat was nice, met a lot of good people, I just wouldn't do a repeat, been there done that, only so many mountains, glaciers, whales, dolphins etc, and then it gets boring! BUT I would recommend to anyone to do it once FOSHO! Oh and we had a AFT balcony which I would highly recommend! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We went on the Legend on 8/21/18. A short review. We had room 6279-- a premium balcony room. A very large room with a very large balcony. There are only 6 of them on this ship and are well worth the cost--a bit more than a ... Read More
We went on the Legend on 8/21/18. A short review. We had room 6279-- a premium balcony room. A very large room with a very large balcony. There are only 6 of them on this ship and are well worth the cost--a bit more than a balcony, but way less than a suite. We showed up at 1:15p...no lines. We had my mom who was in a wheelchair (temporarily as she broke her ankle 6 weeks prior. There were no lines for any check in, we were directed to the disabled check in. Got our cards and walked on. You don't embark at the atrium like most ships, but rather near the shops...not exactly breathtaking, but this was my 10th cruise. Went right to our rooms as it was 1:30pm...loved walking in to see our huge room. We left our suitcases and went looking for food :). Got some Guys burgers and checked out the pool area. This ship has 2 very similar pool areas right next to each other--one was covered by a dome (not sure if it is retractable) and one is not covered. The covered one has the DJ stage. The water slides are above the serenity area, and the serenity area is HUGE and really nice. The buffet area is well arranged, the pizza pirate is right before you walk out to the serenity area. The pizza pirate is turned into the omelet station for breakfast. I really liked all the entertainment areas and performers on board. The band, Murphys law, Dolce trio (a violin trio), the soloist Brandon, another girl soloist, a duo and Scott the piano guy. We saw all of them many times on board. They all got together on Saturday night at the Red Frog Rum bar for a giant jam session ---that was the best thing I have ever seen!! There is no big screen on this ship. I kinda missed that...I enjoy movies under the stars at night. They did show some movies in the comedy lounge according to the funtimes, we never went there for a movie though. We did go to karaoke and comedy shows there. I really liked the size of all of the venues in comparison with the number of passengers. Never a line anywhere for us. Never felt crowded. Overall...I loved this ship and have rebooked it for a Carribean sailing in spring of 2020 in the same room we had for this cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We took the very same cruise in 2003 aboard the Carnival Magic. The Legend is a similar ship with different decorations. The knock on Carnival always seems to be focused on cleanliness, food etc. We found the ship to be very clean, crew ... Read More
We took the very same cruise in 2003 aboard the Carnival Magic. The Legend is a similar ship with different decorations. The knock on Carnival always seems to be focused on cleanliness, food etc. We found the ship to be very clean, crew was always walking around and cleaning, removed used dishes promptly, buffet areas looked clean and appealing. All the public areas seemed well maintained, even the elevators and restrooms. Purell stations located throughout the ship. Breakfast buffet(s) had healthy options, lo fat yogurt, fresh fruit etc. to go along with the heavier foods and MTO omelet station We found the lunch/dinner buffets to be O.K. but nothing special. IMO the best buffets were Bob's Burgers and the made to order sandwich buffet. There seems to be a universal lack of seasoning on most of the foods. This, no doubt, to appear to more people. On our next cruise we will take some spices from home. The dinner entrees in the restaurant (we always choose your time dining), with the exceptions of the cold soups, were disappointing. The mains courses were the usual fish, beef, pork, pasta choices. I chose the grilled salmon nearly every night because we were in Alaska after all. It was nice to see some "diet" desserts both in the restaurant and in the "Sweet Spot" on the Lido deck. All the desserts were good. Entertainment was excellent, four separate shows performed by 8 very energetic young people. As for the comedy shows, one of the comedians, John DiCosta was VERY, VERY funny in the PG show. After multiple cruises we know to skip the "adult" comedy as we are not interested in a steady diet of profanity and references to body parts and sex acts. Embarkation and debarkation were the smoothest in our cruising history. Ports were nice with perfect weather. We opted for an excursion, Family Rainforest Adventure in Ketchikan), a big mistake, Overpriced with very little value. AVOID this excursion at all costs. We neither gamble nor drink much alcohol so I can't speak to that other than to say the mixed drinks are $9.50 so that will add up fast if you choose them. Above all pace yourself on the food. The average cruiser gains a pound a day. WE were careful and did not. Have fun. Read Less
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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Just returned from Alaska. If you are a seasoned traveller; meaning you have been to Europe, South America, Asia, and/or Africa, this cruise is not for you. Imagine a bunch of heavy set people from middle America stuffing their faces ... Read More
Just returned from Alaska. If you are a seasoned traveller; meaning you have been to Europe, South America, Asia, and/or Africa, this cruise is not for you. Imagine a bunch of heavy set people from middle America stuffing their faces with awful food. I saw this every morning when I went to the 9th floor for breakfast. Coffee is mediocre. Tea of choice is Lipton. The orange juice is so sweet that you have to add water to it to dilute it. The best places to eat are Bonsai Sushi and Nouveau. You will be happy you paid extra money. It was too cool to go into the pool, but I guess it looked clean? Cabin was somewhat claustrophobic. Get one with a balcony if you have the option. The drink package was $418 per person in the cabin. You cannot buy just one package. This was helpful to have since you spend so much time on the ship. If you have the Cheers package, no need to buy bottles of water since it is included. The food at Truffles - the place you will have your sit down dinners was ATROCIOUS. Everything is either under cooked or over cooked. Your meals will come out in a plastic covered tray - which means what is on the plate is still cooking. Don't pay an extra $20 for the lobster tail. It taste like rubber. Oh. Kathy Lee Gifford wine was the wine of choice. The cities you visit were so-so. I have gone skiing in British Columbia before and was sad that we only spent four hours there. The excursions. They are expensive. If you don't like the price points, you can book an excursion as soon as you leave the boat using another vendor. I did whale watching, rafting, and hiking. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL, so these excursions were worth it for me. Drinks. Alchemy is the best bar on the ship. I kept sending my drinks back at the other bars because they didn't taste great. This cruise definitely skews older, so that's the vibe of the ship. I made the mistake of getting a lip and under arm wax. The room was somewhat dark and the technician left me in pain. What's laughable is that they try to make you do additional treatments. I also received a pedicure. Althea - the nail tech - was good. I paid $1500 for my cabin, $333 for my flight, left with a $1500 bill (which includes the Cheers package and the excursions). I seriously wished I spent this money on another vacation. It's a complete racket. All in all, you could not pay me to do this trip on Legend again. It's an old boat. And I couldn't wait to return to civilization. Read Less
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