8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Before I start my review, I just want to say how sorry I am that I missed the Meet and Mingle with the Cruise Critic group. We were attending a presentation from the naturalist on board and just lost track of time!! Also, our weather was ... Read More
Before I start my review, I just want to say how sorry I am that I missed the Meet and Mingle with the Cruise Critic group. We were attending a presentation from the naturalist on board and just lost track of time!! Also, our weather was unbelievable. No rain at all - just sunny, pleasant days. I wore the coat I bought only twice! But, I will say everyone told us this was very unusual - to have no rain. I wore a light sweater most days. To begin, embarkation was not fun. Nobody got on board until 2:00 pm - even priority boarding. Long lines and very crowded terminal (people sitting on the floor, etc.). I've never experienced this when cruising from Florida. The ship had been in dry dock and I'm not sure what caused the delay. When we were finally able to board, the rooms were ready, but the lido deck was packed. We ate at Chopsticks (asian) and it was pretty good. Very happy with our balcony cabin (6116). It was clean and our steward Yoman did a great job. Our fridge didn't work at first so he bought plenty of ice so I could keep my insulin cool and got the fridge fixed asap. We did have a little trouble with the air conditioner not working at first, but it was fixed a day or so later. We always bring a bungee cord to hold our door open and the breezes were great. We had dinner the first night at Noveau Steakhouse. I highly recommend it. It's 30.00 per person, and you have several choices for appetizers, main dishes and desserts. There are copies of menus on line. I had Lobster Bisque, Maine Lobster Ravioli and a chocolate sampler. They were giving every a complimentary bottle of wine and a special appetizer, and then were selling wine for 50% off. The food was delicious and service was great. We intended on going back before the cruise was over, but of course ran out of time. Our second day was a Sea Day. I liked having that early on this cruise as it gave us time to explore the ship and get our bearings. In Juneau, we did the Whale Watch and Orca Lodge excursion. Saw tons of whales - the captain of the boat was great at turning the boat so we got great views. Our boat had an enclosed section downstairs and an open air deck with a small enclosed section upstairs. I recommending heading upstairs as soon as you board so you can get a spot in the enclosed area upstairs. There is a small snack/bar area and restrooms downstairs. We had a salmon bake at the lodge. I don't eat salmon, but everyone else loved it. I had the grilled chicken and it was great. Food was included in the tour but beer/wine was not, and it was available for purchase at the lodge. There is also a small gift shop. Had dinner in Truffles dining room that night. Yordan was our main server and was great (I rarely meet a Carnival employee who doesn't do a great job). Food was very good. I especially liked the blueberry bread they served in the bread basket. In Skagway - ride the train! There are several different excursions that include the train ride. We did just the White Pass Railway. It was about 3 hours. I recommend trying to sit in the car the tour conductor is in. We just lucked out and climbed on this car, but she speaks through a microphone to the other cars. We were able to learn a lot from her when she wasn't on the intercom. When we returned to Skagway, we got off in the downtown area and at the Red Onion which was a saloon type restaurant which featured bordello tours. The food was okay, just sandwiches, etc., but I wish we had known there was a king crab place right next to the ship. I heard it was great. It was about a 10 minute walk back to the ship. There were buses available for 2.00 per person if you didn't feel like walking, but it was a beautiful day to walk. The next day was Glacier Bay - get up and get outside. The views were fantastic. I can't believe the great pictures I got just using my cellphone! It was chilly on deck, and I wore my coat and gloves. I saw people wearing shorts and flipflops but it was chilly and windy to me. In Ketchican, we did the Wildlife Excursion and Sea Feast. Our bus broke down on the way to the boat, but another picked us up in less than 15 minutes. The boat ride was cold, very cold! It's an early morning excursion (7:15 am) and the boat is open. It has a canopy, but the sides are open. The tour provides rain gear, hats and gloves, and blankets for the trip to and from the lodge. Some used the rain gear, but I didn't and had no problems - it wasn't raining and I didn't get wet. I will say it was freezing on the boat. We had a large group so some had to sit up front and I'm sure it was miserable. Lunch was fantastic - a type of low country boil with crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, onions and corn. There were black tailed deer who came right up and ate from the employee's mouth! We saw several eagles as well. Definitely dress warmly for the boat ride. It was really pleasant on the island. In Victoria, we only got off the boat It wasn't really convenient to walk anywhere (although they said it wasn't a long walk to fisherman's wharf) and we didn't want to do trolley or carriage rides. Several people walked down the pier to taxis and shuttles to see a little of the town. This was a great cruise and I can't wait to go back. I loved the shows, especially the Motown show. The comedy shows were good - Dean Gaines has been on several cruises I've been on and he's hilarious. We did the Behind the Scenes tour - do this if you are able! We got to see the crew areas, the bridge, the galley, store rooms, etc. and talk to employees who perform the operations. Also got to go backstage and see the entertainment staff. Also, get a reservation for the Chef's Table if you can. It's pricey, but the food was incredible. I booked this prior to the cruise, but you get the confirmation when you board. We liked the Blue Iguana, the Pizza Pirate, the Deli and Guy's Burgers. Didn't eat at Bonsai as my husband doesn't like sushi. We visited the Piano Bar several times. Greg did a great job. If you have any questions, please email me and I'll be happy to try and help! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We were looking forward to the cruise to Hawaii,we heard so much about all the beautiful flowers and how the islands were amazing but it was a disaster .The ship docked on the side of the port that was all industrial,didn’t see any ... Read More
We were looking forward to the cruise to Hawaii,we heard so much about all the beautiful flowers and how the islands were amazing but it was a disaster .The ship docked on the side of the port that was all industrial,didn’t see any flowers only tankers and large containers . When we docked in Maui we had about a 20 minute walk to get out of the port and it was a bad smell walking through and when we finally got out , there was nothing to see or do only walk about another 20 minutes to go shopping .They were doing renovations on the ship ,heard a lot of grinding bad smell from that and the smell of paint .They had parts of the ship roped of while the work was being done so you couldn’t enjoy the ship .The food wasn’t the greatest,mostly pork and beef which the blood was running out of the beef,asked if they could give me some beef that was cooked but couldn’t .Phone carnival to let them know about the experience we had and they offered a 50.00 dollars on board credit towards my next cruise ,not good enough .This is our 15 th cruise and the worse one , so disappointed waste of our hard earned money carnival just don’t care . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
While overall the cruise was pleasant because of the itinerary and the friendliness of the crew, If I had it to do over again I would choose a different cruise line. We have taken a large number of cruises and our history with Carnival ... Read More
While overall the cruise was pleasant because of the itinerary and the friendliness of the crew, If I had it to do over again I would choose a different cruise line. We have taken a large number of cruises and our history with Carnival has been hit or miss. We decided to try again because of this itinerary. When I filled out the necessary information for my boarding pass documents they had me pick a time to board, saying "if you miss your assigned boarding time it could result in you waiting in line". We arrived 15 minutes early and there were probably between 750 and 1000 people in line and no one had started going through security. It took over 2 and a half hours to accomplish the boarding process. After the Sydney to Honolulu portion of this pacific crossing Carnival changed the smoking policy on the ship. the casino went from non-smoking to all smoking. There is inadequate ventilation for this and the casino was virtually unusable for most of the cruise because of the pervasive cigarette smoke. The smoke also came out into other areas of the ship like the colossal atrium bar area. Carnival also cut back on the number of cabin attendants, assigning our cabin attendant 35 cabins. He gave us a choice when we boarded to have our cabin serviced either in the morning or at night, not a huge deal but definitely a reduction in service. Although the dining room food was good some nights, it was not consistently good and the service was incredibly slow, again because of staff reductions and the number of tables each team was assigned. The second night took over 90 minutes to get food and 2 and a half hours to finish the meal. The cabin attendant and the dining room staff were incredibly friendly and I have no complaint against them, I just think Carnival is stretching their staff too thin and it is affecting service. The entertainment on the ship was excellent as were the variety of things to do on the ship. The cruise Director, Jen, is one of the very best we have encountered in our 40+ cruises. The air conditioning didn't work well in our cabin and I reported it to the Cabin Attendant before we left the ship for a day in port. In addition to not working well, the adjusting dial was being held on the thermostat by a band aid. Not my band aid, it was there when we boarded. If you removed the band aid the dial fell off. The dial was useless in adjusting the temperature as it was not connected to the thermostat directly. When I got back, the room was still hot so I called him again, He thanked me for reminding him and he called maintenance. When we returned from dinner there was a small tent card on our bed that read "The Air conditioning has been checked and is functioning to Carnival standards". The band aid was still there. I took a picture of the thermostat and took that as well as the small tent card to Guest Services who called maintenance back again. They finally replaced the entire thermostat and the air conditioning worked fine after that. The only reason I can see for the liberal smoking policy is increased profits. I would have been happier with at least non-smoking sections of the casino, or a non-smoking half.. even though that is like3 a non-peeing section in a pool when you don't have adequate ventilation. I do however feel like Carnival has chosen profit over my health and comfort and I will choose another cruise option in the future. I called post cruise guest relations when I returned and the agent assured me that this is the policy on all of their ships. They used to have a non-smoking ship, the Paradise, but according to her "It didn't work out". Carnival is striving and fast becoming the Walmart of Cruises. I will not be back. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Everything was good except in the main dining room. Was nice to see tablecloths still there but I believe they are going away soon. There was no teamwork in our section of the dining room and was very stressful to watch. The dining rm was ... Read More
Everything was good except in the main dining room. Was nice to see tablecloths still there but I believe they are going away soon. There was no teamwork in our section of the dining room and was very stressful to watch. The dining rm was advertised at lunch as opened until 2:30 so when we arrived at 1:30 they were not very pleasant when we showed them it said 2:30 and they insisted that kitchen was closing at 1:30. After alittle rudeness they did let us in. The mentalist was awesome, lots of activities on board. Great music. Jen the cruise director was everywhere. Don’t know when she slept. First time we tried the French doors and it was great having light. I choose the location carefully and was great. Look for ones between 2 lifeboats. Good views. Miss having the outdoor screen as well. The Redfrog beer is good and not expensive. On the last Saturday night all the musicians had a jam session in the pub and it was awesome. So many talented people. Looked like they were having a blast as well. This was one of the highlights for my husband. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We were excited to go - as we had previously 3 times taken repositioning voyages across Pacific with other Cruise Lines...This one had a Great choice of route via Polynesian islands ... Unfortunately in the balance this ship had poor ... Read More
We were excited to go - as we had previously 3 times taken repositioning voyages across Pacific with other Cruise Lines...This one had a Great choice of route via Polynesian islands ... Unfortunately in the balance this ship had poor food , poor organization - virtually no port or travel information " Libray sent us the wrong books " , ask X as I have no information about this ... X says ask Y or just wait and ask the people at the dock as we don't know, " The folks at Customer service usually just said " We do not know " No weather information , very limited cabin TV stations , no newspaper summarys of international news, Extremely expensive InterNet connections which failed to work once purchased, No flexability in Internet rates even at end of Cruise ... no specials, complete disorganization disembarking ... After a couple days on board , Any passenger with whom we spoke who had cruised before - all expressed great dismay at the Staff's lack of responsibility to follow through or get information for us when requested as well they all were disppointed with dining room sit down Food quality...as it was nice to read selections but prepared poorly ... Exercise gym for services usually supplied for free to keep passengers occupied like Tai Chi or yoga classes ... on this ship were only available for package at quite expersive cost just under an additional $ 200 a person ... worse of all they scheduled the 3 classes - yoga, Spin and Boot camp all in a block ( 730-930 am ) so you would have had to be a Iron Man to utilize the classes ! I tried and found that the person running the classes reguarly discouraged " drop in's" saying every time -" you MUST Buy a complete package no individual classes - not even one to sample the package " ... This meant that the classes had few people - probably none after a little while - so " instructor " could have a break instead of 'teaching ' Instructor was also very distant and not a very pleasant Yoga teacher - it was more like a exercise class then a calm reflective time - worse yoga class I have ever experienced in 40 years ... Table Teniis - ping pong Table was located outside on deck with extremely strong winds which was made even more impossible to play because the vents from AC blew directly onto Table making path of ball erratic every time ! When I suggested they move the Tables to more suitable location - they replied that " It works well when we are in the Carribean ..." Since the next 4 months the boaat was no where near the Carrribean ... basically the reply was a polite version of "forget it- don't bother me * ... Similar responces of " Why bother us ? we just work here - ... were received when suggesting changes to " Exercise schedule " etc. by the Customer Service staff ... they even told me not to give them a handwritten report -with some positive suggestions which I had adressed to " The Captain " ... because "he would not care...." Entertainment many nights was low quality comedians... although dancing and singing shows were of ok quality ... Entertainment Director worked hard at getting crowd enthusiastic but for me it reminded me of being in a High School Cheering section far too many times... In a more positive vein - Cabins were reasonablly large and well presented except tV's were tiny and old... Cabin staff and Dining room staff were very nice and hard working , Ship was very well maintained , cleaned regularly and quite fast - Captain made competent sea faring decisions such as to avoid a Cyclone bearing down on Fiji by stopping instead on Tonga ... Swimming pools were usual ship small size but all of them except 1 was taken over by children running and pushing each other so adults were forced to live in Stern area of ship Summarizing - Carnaval Legend repositioning cruise: was an excellent choice if you had children or are a Gambler or spend your time playing BINGO and Trivia all day but if you expect quality of Celebrity or Holland America ... best to avoid Carnaval ! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
An interesting cruise. Embarkation went very well and quick - very efficient. Decor inside ship is very dark - if I had a choice I would paint all the dark brown areas a light off white colour. But it is what it is. If you are a ... Read More
An interesting cruise. Embarkation went very well and quick - very efficient. Decor inside ship is very dark - if I had a choice I would paint all the dark brown areas a light off white colour. But it is what it is. If you are a regular cruiser on RCL or Princess I believe you will be disappointed with Carnival - it is a step down. The main complaint I have is that the food was of a lower quality and variety to that I have experienced on RCL and Princess. The Lido deck food was much below that found on Windjammers and Horizons. I didn't mind this cruise as I wanted to see Tahiti but several first time cruisers expressed disappointment and much of that due to long at sea periods of 6 days and 5 nights. I quite liked the daily news sheet known as Fun Times compared to RCL and Princess daily sheets - very few conflicts with daily activities and easy to read. The movie screen in theatre was small and not enough movies were shown on cruise. Went to a "meet and mingle" - waste of time - no one mingled and I had the unfortunate circumstance to sit next to a fellow who said one word. Did chat with a lovely USA couple from California though and I saw them from time to time during cruise. One aspect that was first class was Cruise Director Jen Baxter - a pocket dynamo who was on the go non stop - so much fun. Her cruise directing staff were also so much to be around - remembered one's name and always said hello - the best overall cruise directing staff I've experienced in 13 cruises to date. One of the senior officers named Eric was also very friendly and helpful. Thought the singers and dancers were pretty good but backdrops for shows were better on RCL and Princess. Also RCL and Princess have live bands supporting them rather than machine music. Many of the shows were of high quality although at least one comedy show was pathetic and he didn't get a second chance. Dining was satisfactory but menu selection was average to be kind. Occasionally service was a little slow as well - fortunately we had 2 lovely couples at our table which made for excellent conversation. If you like trivia competitions you will not be disappointed and very competitive with some smart people participating resulting in high scores - sometimes perfect scores. There were occasional accusations of cheating in scoring as people were allowed to make own papers - should be marked independently although recognising it should be for fun mostly as prizes are cheap and should not be taken too seriously. We were meant to go to Fiji but cyclone meant it was impossible so ship went to Tonga instead - excellent effort by ship to look after passengers safety and also provide an alternative shore visit. Shore visits to Noumea, Tonga, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorée and Hawaii were all good and plenty to see and do at each port. Thought ship prices were slight more expensive than RCL and Princess. Alcohol prices are excessive but all cruise lines charge excessive fees - my local RSL and Club are cheaper. There were quite a few children on this cruise but not an issue. Although there were quite a few sea days the daily program was quite full. The ship is need of some repair and is due to go in for a 2 week maintenance in a dock shortly - if you closely at ships side a lot of paint is pealing and back to bare metal. Cabin was fine and good room steward. If I were to rate Carnival I would suggest 3 to 3.5 star whereas RCL and Princess are 4 star. Thought the enrichment lectures were of high quality and informative. Often too windy to play mini golf which was a shame. Disembarkation was sloppy - US and Canadian passengers getting priority and there was a long due by the time customs officials started. Some people took over an hour to get off. Would I travel Carnival again - if price was right and itinerary was somewhere I wanted to go then perhaps but would not be my first preference. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Carnival Legend - South Pacific Cruise March 2018 (last departure from Sydney before proposed refurbishment.) No all-inclusive alcoholic drink packages are available on Carnival departures from Australia. My wife’s favourite ... Read More
Carnival Legend - South Pacific Cruise March 2018 (last departure from Sydney before proposed refurbishment.) No all-inclusive alcoholic drink packages are available on Carnival departures from Australia. My wife’s favourite pre-dinner drink is Gin & Bitter Lemon. Bitter Lemon is rarely available, or even known to exist, on most cruise ships. Carnival, however, permit you to bring 12 bottles or cans (600 ml or less each) of non-alcoholic beverages on board in your carry-on luggage. Drinks brought on board this way must be consumed in your cabin. Inspection of carry-on soft-drink was minimal. I am not trying to encourage the smuggling of contraband on board, but I observed that the first person supposed to do so did not look in the carry bag at all. The second person simply looked in the top of bag to see that the top package was still in the original cardboard set of 4 bottles. I would not recommend putting anything in your checked luggage that should not be there, as the scanners seem to provide clear indications of what is inside. My suitcase was impounded to be opened and searched. In ignorance, I had packed a small electrical power board. That was detected despite being in the same plastic bag as a host of other permissible electrical items - power adapters, battery re-charger, electric shaver, small USB electric fan, laptop cable & mouse etc. As a consequence, my bag was not delivered to my cabin until 8 hours after boarding. It was accompanied by a form letter inviting me to attend to open my bag and observe the search. That was obviously too late because the contents of my bag had already been ransacked and the power board removed. The cheapest gin available neat was Bombay Original at AU $8.75 a nip. On most (all?) days you can get a double nip of spirits for an extra $5.00. There is an ice dispensing machine in the Beverage Bar towards the rear of mid-ship. Standard cocktails, including ‘Drink of the Day’ cost $12.95. My wife’s favourite cocktail when cruising is Pina Colada, or similar. A good value option on the Legend was the frozen Caribbean Colada available in the Red Frog bar for $10.75. Alcohol could be tasted in this drink unlike some of the other cocktails. Especially poor were the pre-made ’Drink of the Day’ that staff hassle you to buy from their carry trays. On the beer front, there is Thirsty Frog Summer Ale on tap at $8.95 (brewed exclusively for Carnival by The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in Sydney) if you want to try something a bit different. Otherwise, the imported beers available cost only marginally more than the standard Australian brews. The 500ml cans of Heineken seemed good value at $8.50 Drink menus are not made readily available apart from the Red Frog, Casino and Sports bars. You may have to ask to look at the most common drinks menu at the other general bars. These show prices for a range of cocktails, spirits, beers and wines (including prices by the bottle). Not all items were available at all bars. If you are dining at the main ‘Truffles’ restaurant, on decks 2 and 3, the food menu for each evening will include daily specialities in addition to some standard favourites. In addition, there is an international speciality featuring a starter and main dish from a different cuisine each evening. There are some premium meal items towards of the end of the menu for which there is a surcharge. I had a travel voucher for $25, given to me by Carnival on behalf of their booking agent, which I used to order a premium meal but it was not credited to my account. No reply from Carnival despite 3 queries so far. Take a copy if you get such a voucher. The food menus also show some ‘featured’ wines. Make sure that you ask to see the main wine list also. This is more extensive and presents some more economical options, with bottle prices starting some $20.00 below those of the featured wines. We dined and shared our opinions with 2 other couples. The standard of the food was generally good for cruise ship dining, with the level of service higher than I have experienced on other cruise lines, but below that of Royal Caribbean. The starters were generally OK but unremarkable. The fact that the serving sizes were quiet small did not present a problem as the waiting staff encouraged us to order multiple starters. Vegetarian spring rolls were a regular starter item, but they were served with, supposedly, a different type of dipping sauce each night. I don’t understand why this was considered to be a good idea with some mismatched sauces being offered, such as ketchup style tomato sauce on 4 occasions. When I am eating away from home, one of my guiding rules is not to order a dish that I am certain will be inferior to my own version, due to bulk preparation, time constraints and/or skimping on the quality of ingredients . I think that it is better to try the unfamiliar and hope to be rewarded. By not observing this principle, it was inevitable that my dining companions of Mediterranean background found the Lasagne and Moussaka they ordered to be unacceptable. There was some doubt about which dish was which and whether either of them contained any meat. Another largely uneaten dish that was purported to be chicken chow mien, which it most certainly was not. It looked like pasta and cabbage in squid ink. Nonetheless, my wife and I personally did not encounter any dish that was unacceptable. Our companion diners were happy with their meals, apart from than those mentioned above. Deserts were generally much enjoyed So, with 6 people having at least 3 dishes each per night for 10 nights, the occurrence of only 3 or 4 real failures represents a very good standard of overall performance. We did not eat at the ‘Nouveau’ restaurant on Deck 10, where surcharges apply and higher standards could be expected. There are moderate additional charges for the Bonsai Sushi restaurant on Deck 2. Breakfast Apart from providing table service, albeit slow and some times missing the mark, the breakfast at ‘Truffles’ seemed to offer nothing more than could be had at the buffet in the ‘Lido ‘ on Deck 9. In the buffet area, most people seemed to prefer sitting as close as possible to the food stations. This behaviour may be a product of evolution. I don’t know. There was a number of people wandering aimlessly through the food self-service areas, even though they had no apparent intention of obtaining any food themselves. Some adopted the role of a stationary guard (or in numbers, as guards) to protect the sources of food from being approached by other passengers. Again, this may be an evolutionary thing perhaps. When mobility and agility assistance devices and perambulators are strategically deployed in the construction of pedestrian barriers, however, I wonder if it might not sometimes be deliberate. Perhaps it is just plain old lack of consideration for other people or lack of self awareness that is to blame. Anyway, assuming that you will eventually be successful in obtaining some food, my tip is to retreat to the peace, quiet and shade-covered fresh air of the outdoor ‘Serenity’ (adults only) area. There are several cosy tables for couples which I found were never fully occupied at breakfast time. We ate at the same table most mornings. Eating early to avoid the rush is probably a very good idea. Personally, that is not a viable option because I love to snooze on and off during the morning until such time as the last of my previous nights alcohol intake has been fully metabolised. There was no tomato juice, but that is not uncommon. The other fruit juices were incredibly sweet. Iced tea is available as an alternative, or to dilute the juice. Coffee Tip: At the free self-serve beverage station closest to the mid-ship lifts there is a machine where you can select the style of coffee you want, e.g. cappaccino, short black etc. Good enough for me. There was no freshly carved baked ham available for breakfast or lunch (except for Easter Sunday lunch), which was a disappointment. I am not a huge fan of bacon but there was plenty to be had and I was told that it was very good. There were 2 types available - moist or extra crispy ‘Australian’ style. One of the made to order omelet stations also has the usual offerings of boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, baked beans etc. The poached eggs were fantastic, whereas in ‘Truffles’ they were overcooked, cold, dry and slow in coming. Buffet Tip: Always look at the back of serving areas, behind the self- serve, where you have to ask staff to serve the items. That is usually were the best stuff is to be found, such as Eggs Benedict and Salmon & Poached Egg Muffin with Hollandaise Sauce. Lunch in Lido Again, early is the way to go here if you can manage it. The advertised starting time was midday, but the buffet opened shortly after 11:30 a.m. There were some very tasty, well prepared meals available most days during the cruise. Some of the best I recall were: Goat Biriyani Salt and Pepper Calamari Lamb Meatballs Chicken Tandoori Rogan Josh Beef Rendang Madras Chicken Fried Fish & Chips Baked Seafood Pasta Baked Fish Dishes Goat Rendang Glazed Baked Ham (Easter Sunday only) Pork Vindaloo Fritto Misto Seafood Risotto On some days the buffet meals on offer were not to my taste or were badly prepared e.g. beef stir-fry made from shoe leather with braised pork of similar impenetrability on another day. Buffet Tip: It may be bleedin’ well obvious to most that you should survey what is on offer (without getting in the way of others) and take small servings of those dishes that show the most promise before doing a taste test. Having identified the highlights and the rejects it is time to plate-up with the winners. I am still amazed by the number of people who simply join the queue at the first food station they encounter and pile heaps of each and every dish - in the order that they become available - on to their plates. Geographical proximity, to me, should not be the over-ridding factor when making food selections. Lido Highlight Nearly every day, high quality cakes, pasties and pies were available for a sweet finish to lunch. On my previous cruises with other lines I have searched without reward for a simple slice of cheesecake or custard tart. Instead, only canned fruit, jelly, horrible dry cupcakes, slices and multi-coloured sponge cakes have been made available. On Carnival Legend, many of the sweets were delicious, including: Key Lime Pie Red Velvet Cheesecake Cream, Cherry and Flaky Pastry Stacks Blueberry Cheesecake Pizza Pirate and Carnival Deli When the Buffet is having a bad day, or as worthy alternatives, these 2 places prepare meals made freshly to order. Tip: You need to know the correct procedure for ordering. A bit ‘Soup Natzi’ in style on my cruise, especially with the pizza. When you approach both of these food counters from the front there is no clear indication of what items are available or the procedure for obtaining them. On the third day I discovered the secrets. The menus are actually in small perspex stands. At the Deli, the menu was facing outwards on the left-hand side of the counter, not on the front counter where orders are placed. A staff member will approach you and ask you want when they notice that you have found the menu and they will proceed to prepare your hot or cold selection of sandwich for you. In the case of Pirates Pizza, I found the menu on the left-hand side of the counter which was divided from the right- hand side by a rope. On the left-hand side, behind the counter, there was a man feverishly flouring and forming lumps of dough into pizza bases. This person was only 2 feet in front of me, but did not acknowledged my presence . I asked some pre-pubescents on the right-hand side of the rope if the dough-wrangler was in fact the person who took the orders. They nodded to indicate the affirmative. This was the demographic, I was confident, would know the correct way to procure free pizza. I guessed that it would be best to wait for dough-man to finish preparing the current batch of bases before attempting to speak to him.. While I waited patiently, 2 different people pushed in front of me and tried to speak to the dough-flinger. I did not hear what they asked him or what he said in reply. I do know, however, that both retreated hastily and went away. I was glad it was not me who had offended. Another thing I noticed while I was waiting was that the number of people standing on the right-hand side of the rope, behind the soon-to-be-teenagers, was growing rapidly without any of those new persons appearing to have placed an order. These were older people were looking all around observing, trying to fathom the methodology through which possession of pizza became a reality. I placed my order when flour-figers permitted me so to do. Some of those behind the youngsters on the right-hand side of the dividing rope, having observed my success, came over to queue where I had placed my order. I now, as I was entitled, proceeded to the ‘collection’ side of the rope and stood behind not a small number of people who, I was pretty sure, had still not placed an order. We all watched, as the man who cooked the pizzas out the back - not the person who took the orders - brought them out to the front and sliced them. To my amazement, he then gave six different pizzas to six different kids with absolutely no discussion at all about who had ordered what. All he had was a restricted view of the counter through a hatch. The cook continued to bring out pizzas from the kitchen and hand them out to the correct individuals without discussion until he called mine “Who is Quatro?’‘ I then, not without some feeling of schadenfreude, had to ask to be excused by the people standing in front of me and ask them to allow me passage to collect my order. As I passed through, a few of these people moved to the correct side of the rope to place their orders. A few gave up and went away. Most continued to stay where they were. They might still be there. Why did I not talk to these people and enquire if they had already ordered or if they knew how to order? I did consider it briefly, then I recalled my earlier observation: ‘There was a number of people wandering aimlessly through the food self-service areas, even though they had no apparent intention of obtaining any food themselves. Some adopted the role of a stationary guard (or in numbers, as guards) to protect the sources of food from being approached by other passengers……...I wonder if it might not sometimes be deliberate. Perhaps it is just plain old lack of consideration for other people or lack of self awareness that is to blame.’ I did not offer to help the confused pizza seekers just in case they were persons who fell within the categories described above, who frankly, if I may be judgemental and intolerant for a moment, really piss me off. Pies, Sausages and Burger Stations The pies were small, but not very tasty, tidbits. Mostly greasy flaky pastry with little filling. Coincidently, perhaps, there appeared to be a similarity between the pie fillings and the previous days bistro casseroles. I did not try the sausages. They are never good at sea. Regretfully, I did try a pre-prepared cheeseburger. It was still too dry after adding some of the salad items and sauces that are available. (Real) Coffee Bar (Surcharge) Not my cup of tea. As mentioned above - Coffee Tip: At the free self-serve beverage station closest to the mid-ship lifts there is a machine where you can select the style of coffee you want, e.g. cappiccino, short black etc. Good enough for me. Self-serve Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt Available from machines on each side of the The Grill Deck 9. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
This was my 1st cruise so wasn't sure what to expect. Arriving at the terminal I found it to be a relatively smooth process at every point we had a crew member giving us information has to where we had to go. Once we where onboard and in ... Read More
This was my 1st cruise so wasn't sure what to expect. Arriving at the terminal I found it to be a relatively smooth process at every point we had a crew member giving us information has to where we had to go. Once we where onboard and in our room we were greeted by our stateroom attendant Pat she looked after us all trip nothing was too much trouble for her on my husbands birthday we returned to our cabin to a message on our mirror and a voice mail msg wishing him a happy birthday. Everyday we were greeted by a new towel animal on the bed which was cute.good on the truffles restaurant was very good always prompt and hot considering the amount of people being served at one time. Our wait staff Hazman and madde were always pleasant and professional but still heaps of fun every night they did a little dance routine for us no matter how busy they were. Entertainment was great our Cruise Director Jen was awesome keeping the fun going all cruse keeping us up to date with everything. Loved the trivia days / nights and the theme nights. Missed out on a couple of shore excursions because they were full ( will know next time to book early ) great cruise for families maybe next time will go out of school holidays has it was a bit loud at times, but we did still have quite time in the adults only area. I will consider bringing my grandchildren next time, has there was so much for the kids to do. All in all a great time was had and looking forward to my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
After being told all the horror stories of cruise boats I am happy to say that my experience was wonderful and I am glad we choose the Legend. Very friendly staff, Thanks Yordon and restaurant staff for making our dining experience extra ... Read More
After being told all the horror stories of cruise boats I am happy to say that my experience was wonderful and I am glad we choose the Legend. Very friendly staff, Thanks Yordon and restaurant staff for making our dining experience extra special and we loved Showwww Time. Thanks to Jerry for all the towel animals. I was very impressed by how clean the ship was kept, someone was always into any mess immediately. The whole trip was stress free and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We were very lucky to have such a good bunch of guests and staff on board. I Loved all the shows they were extra funny and entertaining. It felt like every guest had their turn to participate and get to enjoy the fun. Jen was an excellent hostage really loved the entertainment team and dancers. Really looking forward to the next trip :) see you again soon Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was a 5 day cruise departing Melbourne to Tasmania. From the time I got on I could not believe the dated décor of the ship, brown everywhere you could not escape it. Very dated ship with poor activities and poor amenities. The ... Read More
This was a 5 day cruise departing Melbourne to Tasmania. From the time I got on I could not believe the dated décor of the ship, brown everywhere you could not escape it. Very dated ship with poor activities and poor amenities. The cruise was full of children and those from the less fortunate class. Buffet terrible and dining room food terrible very little choice and stone cold most nights. Service was average and table company very bad, prefer not to be forced onto a table with other people as you never know how this will go. Our 2 couples on table were not really interested in communicating. Terribly boring show time each night same every night. Theme night very disappointing less than 30% participating and 1.5 hours disco music not well organised very boring. I had not been on a cruise for 40 years and was shocked at what was on offer. Would recommend you choose a better line I think the Carnival Line is one for those with very limited budget and not wanting the finer things in life. Never 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 4.0
Family 4.5 4.0
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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