Sail Date: February 2018
Took my mother for her 79th Birthday on the Carnival Legend. We flew to Sydney and embarked on the Carnival as per the time which was selected (12.30 to 1). I also booked the airport transfers which was very convenient. Checking in was ... Read More
Took my mother for her 79th Birthday on the Carnival Legend. We flew to Sydney and embarked on the Carnival as per the time which was selected (12.30 to 1). I also booked the airport transfers which was very convenient. Checking in was busy but very smooth. As soon as we were on the ship we were able to explore the ship and also sample the buffet restaurant till our room was ready. Our room was ready by 1.30 and our bags were waiting at the door when we decided to check out our room. The cabin was clean and a towel animal was sitting on one of the beds, this was a daily ritual we had a different animal each day. Boben was in charge of our daily room cleaning, he did a fine job and was very friendly. Each evening we ate at the Truffles restaurant and the waiters were also very friendly and addressed us by our first names. Service was excellent and the showtime entertainment during our evening meal was fantastic. Our waiters Oleg, Endra and Swatra did a fine job each night. Evening Shows were of a professional standard and the Cruise director Matt very entertaining. Disembarking off the ship on shore excursion days worked smoothly and everyone was back on board punctually. Bingo on board was a lot of fun but didn't win. Casino on board with pokies machines was another form of entertainment. Other events like trivia, Karaoke was a lot of fun too. The Hairy Chest Competition was a lot of fun too. Also on board a lot of areas were you could have quiet time and just read a book. Overall a great 5 day escape. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our 10th cruise. 3rd with Carnival. Also the last with Carnival. Food was average and at times terrible. Cold meals twice. Had to return two meals. One was cold and the other was dry and cold (due to waiting too long to be served ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise. 3rd with Carnival. Also the last with Carnival. Food was average and at times terrible. Cold meals twice. Had to return two meals. One was cold and the other was dry and cold (due to waiting too long to be served up). Manager arrived and said " I want you to try your meal while I am here). He was rude and intimidating. No apologies, he offered me a tour of the kitchen as compensation. I just wanted a nice hot meal. For this one reason I would not sail with them again. The ships décor is woeful. Getting on/off the ship in port was good. Service was average. Cabin was average. (needs updating) TV is as big as my laptop. Entertainment was below the standard of other cruise lines. The miming on one show was embarrassing. Departing the ship was quick and easy. Will not sail Carnival again. Third and last time. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
First time cruisers. Everyone one said we would love it. You would if you like crass decor, overpriced drinks, second rate entertainment, hoards of people - mostly overweight, small swimming pools and buffet dinning that is just an excuse ... Read More
First time cruisers. Everyone one said we would love it. You would if you like crass decor, overpriced drinks, second rate entertainment, hoards of people - mostly overweight, small swimming pools and buffet dinning that is just an excuse for a pigs trough. The only redeeming features were the Truffles dinning room with excellent dinner service and the Noveau restaurant ($45 extra). Very hard to find quiet areas to read a book as you have constant piped music everywhere or entertainers screeching down microphones. It was a shame that wine or other alcohol was banned from being taken on board as drink prices were very high, giving the cruise line of a mark up of over 1000% The decor was totally over the top and nauseating, although Americans would love it. The crew generally were a delight and friendly, more so the Asians rather than the East Europeans Having said that, we did enjoy the relaxation on being on the water. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife , grandson and me flew from Adelaide on the morning of the cruise and took the.Carnival bus from Sydney airport to the Legend. First impressions of ship were overwhelming as you could imagine being eleven decks above the ... Read More
My wife , grandson and me flew from Adelaide on the morning of the cruise and took the.Carnival bus from Sydney airport to the Legend. First impressions of ship were overwhelming as you could imagine being eleven decks above the wharf.Took some time boarding with approx 2000 travellers but was handled efficiently.Once boarded we had a lovely lunch in the dining room and thanks to Inuman,Anton and Actung our waiters the hospitality and fun continued all the cruise.All the cruise staff were very friendly and helpful any where we went on the ship.Entertainment aboard was fabulous with dance shows, comedians and illusionists ,pools , pokies,and a lot more.We went ashore in three ports ,the highlight being the Chou Chou train around Noumea and snorkelling at Island Of Pines and Mare.Kids club was a major help for both kids and adults to get that time to visit the shows.I recommend this cruise for relaxing and am saving now for the next adventure. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour ... Read More
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour pizza stand contained 2 workers, workers who were extremely overworked and resulted in customers waiting 30-40 minutes for just a pizza. The tv's in cabin rooms contain very limited channels and movies are forced to be bought, then re-bought afterwards when finished, plainly sucking money from their customers. In comparison to similar cruises such as Princess Cruises, the Carnival Legend's food, service, staff and pricing is extremely poor and changes most definitely must be applied. My family and i are undoubtedly not returning as we have been met with utter disappointment, the Carnival Cruise has failed to meet their high ratings and has left a dreadful reputation in all my friends' and i's eyes. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour ... Read More
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour pizza stand contained 2 workers, workers who were extremely overworked and resulted in customers waiting 30-40 minutes for just a pizza. The tv's in cabin rooms contain very limited channels and movies are forced to be bought, then re-bought afterwards when finished, plainly sucking money from their customers. In comparison to similar cruises such as Princess Cruises, the Carnival Legend's food, service, staff and pricing is extremely poor and changes most definitely must be applied. My family and i are undoubtedly not returning as we have been met with utter disappointment, the Carnival Cruise has failed to meet their high ratings and has left a dreadful reputation in all my friends' and i's eyes. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Planned a family cruise to pacific on Carnival legend - the FUN ship for families. Cruise was ruined by discourteous restaurant staff who took it upon themselves to discriminate on dress standards of passengers according to their ... Read More
Planned a family cruise to pacific on Carnival legend - the FUN ship for families. Cruise was ruined by discourteous restaurant staff who took it upon themselves to discriminate on dress standards of passengers according to their personal whims. I never returned to restaurant for remainder of cruise (for four days) because of this. Planned family dinners were ruined because of their attitude. Guest services attempted to appease us with chocolate like we are children despite being fully aware I am in my senior years. Are they dreaming . . . Destinations were a disappointment, entertainment was a bunch of amateurs. The ship was old in need of refurbishment, over crowded and lacked sufficient facilities to accomodate all guest. The whole cruise was is aimed as a money grabbing exercise and was overly expensive for what it offered. It would have been far better to book a two week fly/stay vacation at a five star resort in a tropical location. I speak from experience when I say there are far better holidays to be had than cruising on a boat. I can only look back on the Carnival Legend - as a ship of MISERY for families. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I just read the Vista Suite December 2017 review and it is exactly what we experienced. We were a party of 15 ranging from 19 months to early 60's and had booked 4 x Grand Suites, 1 x Ocean Suite and 1 x Balcony Cabin at a cost of $50,000 ... Read More
I just read the Vista Suite December 2017 review and it is exactly what we experienced. We were a party of 15 ranging from 19 months to early 60's and had booked 4 x Grand Suites, 1 x Ocean Suite and 1 x Balcony Cabin at a cost of $50,000 for the 10 night new year cruise. Never again on the Carnival Legend - food in main restaurant only lukewarm, room decor needs updating, carpets old and need a steam clean, Pizza servery always understaffed (50 minutes for a pizza not uncommon), Any Time dining mostly a queue up, no reserved seating in theatre for Suites etc etc etc. However, staff customer service was almost excellent - well done staff. Not enough bar staff as always had trouble getting a beer - focus on cocktails etc. Internet POOR at times and expensive, tours overpriced and sub standard. Did expect much more for Grand Suites and definitely prefer Royal Carribean or Cunard. A basic cruise, but with high standard entertainment and excellent staff. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I'd previously been on the Carnival Legend twice and the Spirit once and wanted to introduce my cruising parents to Carnival. A Christmas cruise was the ideal way. Embarkation: Was excellent, we’d arranged an airport transfer ... Read More
I'd previously been on the Carnival Legend twice and the Spirit once and wanted to introduce my cruising parents to Carnival. A Christmas cruise was the ideal way. Embarkation: Was excellent, we’d arranged an airport transfer and once I arrived at the port I breezed through in less than 15 minutes! Ship information: When you first step on board the Carnival Legend you are overwhelmed by the glitzy interior (think old style Vegas with a carnivally style twist). The interior is a little dated but with a sense of humour in hand you soon get used to it. We loved the outdoor Serinity area (adults only) at the rear of the ship and spent a lot of time there. This area is modern with very comfortable seating and relaxing music. Cabin: I chose an interior cabin with a French door, as I’d stayed in one previously. These rooms are very spacious and great value for money. The French door is floor to ceiling and you can open it a little to let some fresh air into your cabin. Service: The crew are amazing on this ship and generally seem very happy. Our cabin steward (Ronaldo) was fabulous as was the Cruise Director; Jen. We often had the same wait staff at dinner (even though we chose the anytime dining option) and the head waiter; Sanit was so good that we asked to sit in his dining section each night. Dining: The food on Carnival Legend has to be some of the best I’ve experienced on cruise ships. The buffet has a great selection of hot dishes (not luke-warm like on some other ships I’ve been on) and beautiful fresh salads and fruit. I think the head chef needs to be commended. The food in the main dining room is also outstanding. We chose the anytime dining option and sometimes the wait times were a little long. If there’s a long wait they will give you a buzzer so you can head to a bar and wait to be buzzed. Entertainment: I found the entertainment on this cruise not to be to my taste. The singers often sang out of key and at a high volume. One of the production shows (70’s inspired) was of a fairly poor quality, the other (Epic Rock) was quite good. We didn’t get to any of the Comedy shows on this cruise. One small negative was the scheduling of movie screenings on the ship. Children’s movies were scheduled during the day however movies appealing to adults were shown at 10:30pm (a little late I thought). Disembarkation: We had arranged an airport transfer and disembarkation was very smooth. Summary I love Carnival and would recommend a Christmas cruise as a great way to travel with family members and avoid some of the stresses of Christmas (no cooking, cleaning, driving etc). Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
After going on our first cruise in March of 2016, we decided to do another one over Christmas in 2017, and really escape and be able to fully relax after what was looking to be (and was) an incredibly busy year - whilst still providing a ... Read More
After going on our first cruise in March of 2016, we decided to do another one over Christmas in 2017, and really escape and be able to fully relax after what was looking to be (and was) an incredibly busy year - whilst still providing a lot to do for both my wife, my five year old and myself. From Check-In to Disembarkation we all had an amazing time. Our room was reassigned on Check-In, from the obstructed view balcony cabin we had booked to a non-obstructed view balcony cabin on Deck 6, midship. The room, was small, but comfortable. It was clean and well-maintained. My only slight complaint was that one of the bedside lamps stopped working, was fixed when reported, and then stopped working again. As it was not a big issue, I didn't bother reporting it again, and it certainly didn't detract from the experience. The balcony was lovely. Compact, but a nice place to take in the views either out at sea or in port. The decor on the Legend is... interesting. It is all in keeping in the 'Legend' theme, but some may find it a little overwhelming! It only took me a few hours to get over the initial shock of it, and from then on I didn't really notice it too much. The Legend was a bigger ship than our previous P&O, and considerably newer. My daughter loved the waterplay areas and Camp Ocean. The ship was all decked out for Christmas, and the entertainment crew went all out for it as well. Carols were sung in the main atrium, and Christmas hats, bells and shirts were handed out - free of charge! Santa made an appearance for photos, and the Grinch was added to the Suess at Sea line-up as well. They even made it "snow"! We had most of our meals in the Truffles Dining Room, opting for it over the Lido deck buffets. The service provided by the staff there ranged from good, to amazing. We never had bad wait-staff, but some were better than others. I had been dreading a little the dancing at dinner, but shocked myself by finding it very enjoyable. The food in Truffles was very good. A bit more variety over the days in the breakfast menu might be nice, but the lunch and dinner menus all featured a good rotation, theme nights and Everyday Favourites. The food at the Seaday Brunch was also very good - particularly the Mac & Cheese!! We dined once at the Nouveau Restaurant, and I enjoyed it a lot, my wife a little less-so. The service there was also very attentive. The options at the Buffet were wide and varied, but I found the quality to be highly mixed, and would often opt for the pizza. The jelly at the dessert buffet was a winner however - especially when coupled with some of the (free) soft serve ice cream available from the pool deck. The 24 hour free food options (Pizza and Ice Cream) were great, and something that our previous P&O cruise was lacking. The pizzas were incredible, but the wait was sometimes quite long, and the area did on occasion seem underattended by staff, with often only 1 staff member assigned there, when it was clear that a second was needed to assist him. Across the entire length of our cruise, there was only one meal that I didn't like, and could not eat - The Green Eggs and Ham at the Suess Breakfast. It was awful. There were other options available at that breakfast that were quite tasty, and if you have kids, it is well worth it, as the dining room is decked out nicely, and the Suess characters make an appearance. We enjoyed the Park West Art Gallery lectures, events and auctions, and the staff there were very friendly and helpful. We got a spectacular piece by an artist that we have admired since our first cruise - at an awesome price as well! The Fun Squad team members that we interacted with, were great. From the Cruise Director Jen, all the way down. Our favourite was Kat, who ran most of the Trivia Events. She was funny, entertaining and friendly. The perfect entertainment host. Also, who would have thought that you could get so competitive over winning little plastic ships?! We took in two show, 'The Brits' (60's music) which was fun and had some great songs, and the Christmas show - which involved the professional entertainers as well as the kids from Camp Ocean. Our favourite port was the Isle of Pines, which is just paradise. My daughter and I enjoyed swimming at the beautiful beach, in the stunning waters. My wife enjoyed wandering the markets and relaxing in the shade. We booked a two hour tour of the island through Carnival, and although a little bit pricey, it was very enjoyable, and a good way to see just how varied the sights of this small, but massively beautiful island is. We also booked the Hop-On Hop Off bus in Noumea. We had been to Noumea on our previous cruise, and had not been overly impressed. We booked the bus on the morning of our arrival in Noumea, (on board the ship for $20AUD) and were surprised by just how much we enjoyed ourselves. We found a nice place for lunch at Anse Vata, enjoyed a stoll along the beach and some pretty great gelato there. We had planned to have lunch at Lemon Bay, but decided we liked the more relaxed look of Vata a bit more. Mystery Island was very beautiful as well, but the sands there were quite coarse and rough and I would love to go ashore again and spend more time, but would definitely do so with some cheap canvas, or reef shoes next time. We did not bother getting off the boat in Mare, as there was nothing around the tender dock, and after having visited the beach at Mare for free the day before, and visiting the beach at Isle of Pines the following day, for free, we didn't really see the point in paying to get a bus to go to the beach. We had visited Vila before and just wandered around the lovely markets this time. Overall this was an amazing trip, on a ship that we found always had something to do on it, with amazing staff and great food. We would all recommend it, and are looking forward to being able to afford to go again! Read Less
Carnival Legend Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 4.5 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.1
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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