3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We were first introduced to cruising aboard the P&O Pacific Jewel for a 3 night cruise out of Auckland, and both my wife, 6 year old daughter and myself loved every minute of that cruise, so 1 month later November 2017 went on the ... Read More
We were first introduced to cruising aboard the P&O Pacific Jewel for a 3 night cruise out of Auckland, and both my wife, 6 year old daughter and myself loved every minute of that cruise, so 1 month later November 2017 went on the Carnival Legend for an 8 night cruise to New Caledonia. Well getting on the ship in Sydney was far superior to that of Auckland there was staff everywhere to help and getting on the ship was super easy! Unfortunately the same could not be said for the safety drill P&O was far less painful! We had to stand on the outside deck in direct sunlight for over 30 mins my 6 year old wanted to sit and so I sat with her only to be told to stand, P&O was done in a nice cool Casino room. Photo's anyone? they kept snapping them all the time! P&O just when we boarded, Carnival at dinner snap waking around ship snap, and the cost? between $18 and $30 each no package deal no digital copy just the 20th Century tech of paper! Like others have said very expensive alcohol drink prices, lucky for me I do not drink but a wine for my wife $11.50 P&O was just $8 Luckily the water was free and if from the restaurant free from chlorine which has a lot in it on the P&O ship. However not all is bad compared to the P&O Stewards and staff well there is no comparison, Carnival Legend Stewards were fantastic as was all the crew, after first day Our Stewards knew our names, and he and his helper had over 30 cabins to take care of! Every day they would leave a Towel animal either on our bed or if a bird or monkey hanging from roof, I feel sorry for these people they are worked hard every day for the whole cruise, please tip them even though its not required out of Australia/NZ. Food was great in the buffet however we never really liked the included fine dining, again the staff were great but the food was average to poor. Our room was small and cosy it was an inside cabin that I loved as it was really dark so much easier for me to sleep, we had a mini suite on the Jewel yet this room felt nicer. New Caledonia? Nothing new about this place especially Noumea what a dump! if you enjoy seeing 2 classes of people, the french and the native Noumea people, as well as 90% of buildings, fencing and walls covered in graffiti as well as tired worn down buildings then you will love this place, if not avoid! We did take the hop on hope off bus but our 2 hours there was more than enough! Went to Mc Donalds to get the free wifi but you had to buy a family box or $35 to get the free wifi lol. Our next port was canceled due to bad weather so went to Isle of pines which was far superior, But Australia beaches are still better as other than the beach there is not much else to do. There was a great onboard Carnival app that showed lots of info, however it was not perfect as if you want to chat to other family members in the same room anyone that wanted to chat had to pay $9 each and it only worked if the app was open at same time, no notifications if app closed. Oh and the internet packages it was super expensive $180 for 8 day cruise at dial up speed or up to $50 per day for maybe if lucky 2g speeds we never bought a package so can only guess at the speeds, but on the cruise app you could go to Carnival home page and that was dial up speeds One last thing I am from NZ and I have to say I was shocked in a good way at how friendly Australians are and how they really treated the crew almost everyone thanked the crew while being served and I mean "thank you very much, have a great day" and they were quick to say sorry if bumped into each other even if sometimes was my fault! Overall I did enjoy the cruise however we will likely do a cruise around Australian/NZ ports next time as 8 days on a small ship like the Legend is a little to long.... Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We heard the Carnival cruises were good off our friends but P&O cruises seem to have way better entertainment. Especially on a three day cruise and the night life is way better with entertainment at bars. The food was average. Again, ... Read More
We heard the Carnival cruises were good off our friends but P&O cruises seem to have way better entertainment. Especially on a three day cruise and the night life is way better with entertainment at bars. The food was average. Again, it was better on P&O. I wouldn't go on a carnival cruise again & drinks are way over priced as well. One of our passengers pulled out last minute because he's legally blind and suffer from depression & despite losing his $780 they wouldn't even give us his $25 room credit. The whole experience seemed to be about bleeding every ounce of money we had. We found ourselves wondering around the ship looking for something to do but on P&O they have Martini classes, Wine appreciation classes, Whiskey classes, games hosted at bars that team you up with random people so you are forced to meet new friends that you end up hanging out with. Overall it was boring & overpriced. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our third cruise on Legend and our second with the same itinerary so we knew what to expect. There's lots to do, great entertainment, excellent food. We tended to go to the restaurant each night to avoid the temptation of too much ... Read More
This was our third cruise on Legend and our second with the same itinerary so we knew what to expect. There's lots to do, great entertainment, excellent food. We tended to go to the restaurant each night to avoid the temptation of too much food being available on the Lido deck - great service and lots of variety at the restaurant changing every night. The Nouveau Restaurant was worth a visit - charge was $45 but good value. Shore excursions were available but we did our own thing - in Noumea we went into town and got a ticket for the Hop on Hop Off bus ($A12 as opposed to the $A20 being charged on the ship) and went straight to Citron Bay for swimming and a visit to the brewery. Buying a bus ticket was the only way to get to the beach at Mare (snorkeling disappointing as little to see). Snorkeling at Isle of Pines was excellent - we saw a sea snake and two large turtles which was unexpected. Service was always excellent, staff friendly and helpful. If you have children make sure you supervise them at the pools as there are no staff for that purpose and there are lots of children jumping around and seemingly unaware of other children. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Suggested by our travel agent for virgin cruisers, rather than taking a shorter/longer cruise out of Fremantle ( due to the waters being a little rougher ). From arriving at the terminal at Sydney to disembarking, the whole exercise was ... Read More
Suggested by our travel agent for virgin cruisers, rather than taking a shorter/longer cruise out of Fremantle ( due to the waters being a little rougher ). From arriving at the terminal at Sydney to disembarking, the whole exercise was extremely efficient. We arrived a little earlier than planned for our arranged check in time but , no problem, drop your bag and go right ahead! From bag drop to walking on the boat took approximately 20 minutes, whilst there were plenty of people to process, there were staff everywhere to guide, assist and process. There were happy, smiling faces everywhere ( fake or not ), all staff being willing and able to guide wandering ( read - "lost") passengers to cabins and wherever. Whist at sea there were plenty of trivia quizzes, arts and craft sessions and other things to keep you occupied. The musical shows by the Carnival team were good, but were never going to be of West End/Broadway quality, but all that being said, they were enjoyable. The external acts, magician, comedians, etc..., were all of good quality, but like most things is dependant on your individual taste. One comment made by other cruisers was that some of the other cruise liners that they had been with had "more activities" and were "busier" and they found the Carnival Legend to be quieter than others. The service on board was very good, whether you were on the upper decks at the self serve counters or at Truffles Resturant, whether it was breakfast or dinner, it made no difference, it was all very good. Food quality was good to very good as well. Getting off the boat at the ports of Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines was just as efficient and painless as getting on the boat to start with. My personal gripe was with the lack of time available to see the islands at my pace, but that's just me, not a boat /personnel problem. Was the cruise perfect? Unfortunately no, the weather wasn't that good, a bit cool, especially when on the ocean. It was hard to get one of the two seater cabanas on the adult only part of the deck ( we didn't travel with children ). We had a restricted view cabin 4128, but were aware in advance and didn't find it a problem although my wife would prefer a view if another cruise were to be undertaken. Overall, I was extremely impressed with Carnival Legend and the crew, and would find it very hard to fault any part of their set up and would recommend them to anyone. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Traveled with my mother as a special treat for us both, hoping for relaxation and pampering. We got that and more on the Carnival Legend out of Sydney for 8 nights, stopping at Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. Both first time cruisers, and ... Read More
Traveled with my mother as a special treat for us both, hoping for relaxation and pampering. We got that and more on the Carnival Legend out of Sydney for 8 nights, stopping at Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. Both first time cruisers, and will certainly go again. Neither of us have a single complaint only praise and huge smiles. The embarkation and disembarkation was handled so smoothly with no waiting. Ship decor was fabulous and our balcony cabin perfect. All crew were extremely friendly and helpful, they made the trip even more special. We enjoyed the casual vibe and extensive selection of the Lido buffet for breakfast and lunch, and dined in the glorious dining room each evening. I must mention our lovely waiters for taking such good care of us every night at dinner, Suda, Dadan and Winata. Many great bars and places to sit and watch. Entertainment was top notch, something for everyone. I could not get over how professional the shows were and how incredible the theatre decor. I tried hard to experience everything the Legend had to offer, including the cocktails and the slides! The Spa services were an added bonus, with both of us having a pampering session and our hair done for formal night. The Serenity deck for adults was a great place to spend the days at sea relaxing in the sun. We enjoyed all 3 ports and took part in some of the very well run shore excursions. I recommend snorkeling, if possible take your own gear and an underwater camera. The Carnival really is a fun ship and the crew were like family. I could go on and on singing their praises... I can not wait to book another trip. Jennette and Jillian Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first time on a Carnival Ship, having only sailed with P&O before. This was a relocation cruise with the ship heading to Australia for it's summer season and we joined the ship in Honolulu. Boarding was a breeze, very ... Read More
This was our first time on a Carnival Ship, having only sailed with P&O before. This was a relocation cruise with the ship heading to Australia for it's summer season and we joined the ship in Honolulu. Boarding was a breeze, very smooth indeed but our luggage took around 4 hours to reach our cabin. We took that time to locate friends and walk around and get a feel of the ship. The decor is a little overwhelming in areas, there is a lot to take in. The ship was not due to leave port until 11.30pm and most people were having a few drinks, some quite a few. Everyone was aware that we would be required to participate in the emergency drill but as the evening dragged on a lot of people put their children to bed and a lot of adults also retired for the evening, we did the same thing at 10.15pm only to have the alarms go off at 10.30 for the drill. We got out of bed and joined the crowds at our muster station,not everyone was in a jolly mood, there were mothers being told to go back to their cabins and get their sleeping children out of bed as attendance for ALL passengers was compulsory. I believe that this drill should have been done by 9.00pm it was badly handled. We then had 17 days sailing to Sydney. Positives: The food. We ate at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner and had lunch at the buffet. I can't recall any bad meals, especially in the restaurant, the food was always first rate. The Staff. The waitstaff and Bar staff were all excellent, as was our room steward I wayan who look after us so well. The entertainment. Some was ok some was not. Kylie in the Piano Bar was great, some of the shows were good some ordinary. One Magician was bad. Overall the entertainment was ok. The Weather. Ports of Call. Papeete and Bora Bora were great, Moorea excellent, Noumea also was much improved on our last visit, Suva, well that will be in the negatives. Negatives: No announcements, after the emergency drill, were broadcast in your cabin so if you were in your cabin you missed out. Ridiculous. Kids in Bars up to 10pm. The Red Frog Pub could have had a great atmosphere, live music almost every night, great staff and all ruined by bloody kids yelling, crying, smashing the shuffleboard pucks back and forward while their parents sat and drank. There were enough on board activities for kids to not have them ruining adults evenings. There is only one exclusive adults only area on the ship and it shut at 8pm while kids are still in bars at 10pm. Go Figure. Tendering: Getting off the ship by tender was badly organised, standing in cabin ways for 45 mins is absurd. Carnival should have someone spend some time with P&O and see how it's done. Suva as a Port of Call: I heard no announcements as to how awful Suva can be, maybe I was in our cabin when they were made. It was bad 40 years ago and it ain't improved folks. Why cruise lines go there is a mystery. Some passengers were mugged, we were warned by a bus driver about scams but heard nothing from Carnival. Disorganisation at Noumea: Lines of people on the wharf waiting for buses but not knowing if the buses were shuttles or booked tours. You cannot walk out of the port area so you must wait for a bus and there was one perhaps two staff directing people. It was a joke. There should be a rating between Very Good and Average as overall it's what this cruise was. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We sailed from Honolulu to Sydney and choose the Legend for the route. staying north and not going via NZ. The issues we encountered were, Extended queue for quest services for at least 2 days trying to fix various issues. ... Read More
We sailed from Honolulu to Sydney and choose the Legend for the route. staying north and not going via NZ. The issues we encountered were, Extended queue for quest services for at least 2 days trying to fix various issues. Ridiculously high Alcohol prices and no drinks package The serenity pool was unusable for most of the trip due to what appeared to be sewage contamination. Drinking water contaminated by salt for 2 days Major night events planned prior or during port days, we had several sea days which could have been used. Our balcony during a port day had what appeared to be a blob of grease large enough we couldn't step over We purchased a suite which provided no additional service levels unlike RCI I asked for the gym showers and doors to be fixed 3 times and nothing happened At this time it also appears I have been double charged on my credit card!!! We called the dining experience A chef and B chef pending the dinner quality The ships décor is hideous May I say the all the staff were outstanding in their friendliness and customer interactions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was the longest cruise we had undertaken at 17 nights. We felt a strange vibe when boarding the ship. On all of our previous cruises, everyone boarding the ship is in a great mood – as we are all going on holiday at the same ... Read More
This was the longest cruise we had undertaken at 17 nights. We felt a strange vibe when boarding the ship. On all of our previous cruises, everyone boarding the ship is in a great mood – as we are all going on holiday at the same time. This one was a little different with some people boarding cranky and staying cranky the whole cruise. For some it was their first cruise, which is a bit strange – perhaps they should have tried something shorter to see if they liked it. There was also a significantly older demographic than other cruises we had been on – more like Princess in average age! This was our second cruise on Carnival – both on the Legend. I would have to say that the overall experience was even better than the first time, especially given the extra inclusions due to being classed as a “Journey” cruise. Food and service at the Truffles (Level 3) was great. The food on most nights was fantastic, with only having to revert to the regular options very occasionally. We really liked the “You always wanted to try but…” as a great food option. Food and Service at the Unicorn Cafe provided a great range, with generally easy access due to the individual stations – we had some great curries early in the cruise, but found less choice as the days passed, but the Asian stir frys were always great. The desserts were without doubt the best I have seen cruising both in Truffles and Unicorn. It will be interesting to see when the ship is refitted to include Blue Iguana and Guy’s Burger Joint to utilise space better than some areas on deck 9 which are currently under utilised. We thought the drinks prices were a little high. $29 for the cheapest wine that would go for no more than $7 in a Bottle Shop in Australia is a bit excessive, especially as Carnival do not pay duty. Wine should be priced from around $22. However the cocktails were better than previous cruises (including Carnival) with a better range and more “mature” options being available on lower decks. It was great to see that cocktails were served in appropriate glasses on the ship. I realise that on a 17 night cruise you should have a larger range of entertainment for a longer cruise, however I believe that there were too many hypnotists / magicians and not enough singers. The best guest entertainment was Patrick McMahon with his mix of signing and comedy and Marcus Anthony with his cabaret show – he really knew how to work the audience. The 4 Show list productions were also enjoyable - even better than previously - having been reworked since we first saw them 2 years ago. It was also great to see the Show list performers taking on other tasks such as dance lessons etc – a great chance to be taught by professional performers which some passengers really appreciated. Being trivia buffs, we found ample opportunity to test our knowledge with quizzes and cooking demonstrations, dance classes etc. We also enjoyed the lectures by Tom Parks, the Polynesian ambassadors and the Naturalist (mainly through Carnival TV). The music was a highlight with all bands / performers of a high standard. There seemed to be more musicians on board than previously with pre and post dinner music in most lounges. Billies Piano Bar still seems to be an underutilised gem however. Given the relative lack of children on board, there were more than enough activities for kids at Circle C with a good blend to suit the varying ages. Scavenger Hunts, Wii / Playstation and parties were a highlight for our son. It was great to see Cruise Director, Jen Baxter and all of her team around the ship regularly. We found Jen to be fantastic 2 years ago and even better this time. On some previous cruises with other lines, we have barely seen the Cruise Director. Her visibility and energy together with taking time to talk with all who want to talk to her makes her a stand out. Her music “parties” were musts to attend. She would be one of the main reasons we would cruise on the Carnival Legend (or whichever ship she was on) again. Found Guest Services efficient and helpful when required. However we found it difficult to split down our bill as we were looking to monitor our son’s expenses on his card and needed to get a full statement and highlight his expenses to verify his daily spend. I hope that the dry dock upgrade next year will also provide a chance to upgrade the systems / software to allow more flexibility to provide actual details clients need. Shops sold the usual range of items with regular sale events. Duty Free liquor however provided a limited range of options and not particularly good prices, we made of purchases in Noumea which we had not done before. Photos looked great, but there is so much waste in printing them out. I know some lines have facial recognition which means you can see relevant photos on a screen tailored to your group personally, by simply recalling your room number. Embarkation - Efficient and well handled - once we were through US Customs and Immigration the process seemed to speed up appreciably. Our bags were at our cabin when we arrived on board. Disembarkation – Worked well in an orderly manner. Shore Tours – Only booked 1 on board tour as our other selections were sold out. You can see a difference in the professionalism of the tour operators who conduct the Carnival tours. Papeete was a bit of a surprise in how large / busy it was with a population of 130k. The extra time here however allowed us to have a good look around in the town as well as also do a tour out of town. The food vans set at night were also interesting. Moorea was a real hidden gem as it is in the shadow of the better known Bora Bora. Activities seemed a little more accessible here and almost as beautiful. We anticipated that Bora Bora would be the highlight of the trip and we were not disappointed. The water here was so clear and the option to swim with the sharks and rays a once in a lifetime experience. Suva was a bit of a surprise, having not been there since 1987, some areas were almost the same, however there were also modern shopping centres and the Grand Pacific Hotel was an oasis from the hustle and bustle. We had a very enjoyable day in Noumea (due to great weather) and relaxed vibe. Also we tried not to do too much, but enjoyed a swim and drink at Lemon Beach, the morning markets and a picnic lunch – purchased at the supermarket using all French products. Likes: Playlist Productions Better / more interesting talks / lectures / lessons than on shorter cruises Live Music choices Most consistently high standard of food in MDR and Unicorn Café. Dislikes: No Breakfast Pizza at Unicorn Café – this was a highlight from our previous cruise. Expensive drinks. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We booked this cruise so that we could have a week in Waikiki and then cruise home. We had a great time in Honolulu. This was our first time on Carnival Legend, but have been on Carnival Spirt twice. We had the first boarding time ... Read More
We booked this cruise so that we could have a week in Waikiki and then cruise home. We had a great time in Honolulu. This was our first time on Carnival Legend, but have been on Carnival Spirt twice. We had the first boarding time of 12.30 - 1pm, although it did appear that everyone had turned up to board at the same time! So it did take a little while to get through and on board, although the process went fairly smoothly (nothing like the repo cruise we did on the Carnival Spirit from Singapore in 2015, which took nearly 3 hours to get on board and standing in extreme temperatures). Once on board we arrived at our cabin (7180 extended balcony) and our bags were already at our cabin. so it was great to be able to unpack and get organised. We had five sea days ahead of us,(we were traveling with another couple). So first priority for my husband was to make sure that they were going to get the footy finals, pleased to say they did. The five sea days passed quickly with trivia and relaxing in Serenity. Not sure what time some people got to Serenity each morning, but we only got a pod on one occasion. Would have been nice if it was policed and the pods that some people only seem to use for a short period of time but chose to leave their books and towels so that no one else could use them, if the staff could have collected these belongings and given someone else a chance to use the pods. Also for the first few days there were a few kids in this area but thankfully they did move them on. There were quite a few kids on this cruise and mostly well behaved, but it did get a bit frustrating when you would go to watch karaoke and it was mostly kids (think they need to do one for kids and one for adults), we also experienced kids taking up seats in the piano bar at 11pm at night and even though Kylie (piano player) did mention that there should not be kids in there at this time of the night, the parents did not seem to care. Towards the end of the cruise, everyone seemed to be getting sick with cough and cold and I think this was largely due to staff not policing the hand sanitizer. In fact could not believe how many people didn't use it and my husband said he even saw men leave the toilets and not wash their hands! So needless to say I ended up in bed for 2 days so as not to spread it any further. Food in mdr was always very good, I think there was only one night that nothing on menu appealed to me, and food was always hot and our Waiter Alun and his team were very good, even when we couldn't decide what we wanted he would just bring both dishes for us to try. Lido was also quite good with plenty of choice. We did the Chefs Table and would highly recommend the food was amazing. Our cabin was in a good position and very rarely heard any noise and Noyman and his team kept it clean and tidy. Ports were what we expected, but have to say we loved Bora Bora and swimming with the Rays and sharks. So overall we had a great time, and would highly recommend this repo cruise to everyone, especially once Carnival Legend has had her refurb. Read Less
Carnival Legend Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 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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