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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Where do I begin with this cruise review. We have been on this ship before and this time was as good as the last, except longer. What a great way to come home from Hawaii - so much more relaxing. We actually stayed in Waikiki for ... Read More
Where do I begin with this cruise review. We have been on this ship before and this time was as good as the last, except longer. What a great way to come home from Hawaii - so much more relaxing. We actually stayed in Waikiki for eleven days before the cruise and didn't want to leave there. We had a package and stayed at the Hyatt Regency on the 33rd floor. Fantastic. Buffet breakfast was included in our package. Carnival should be congratulated on their hardworking staff. Their friendliness and efficiency certainly goes a long way to making a cruise a fantastic way to holiday. especially on such a long cruise. From our room steward and his offsider, the dedicated staff who looked after us in the restaurant every night, to Jen the cruise director. Fantastic service from everyone. We ate in the main dining room (MDR) - Truffles Restaurant - every night with four others on our table. These people certainly helped to make our cruise what it was. Great bunch of people. We loved the entertainment by the staff in the restaurant - dancing their way around the restaurant with guests joining in. The staff seemed to have much as fun as the guests. It certainly livened the place up. The food in Truffles was wonderful. We couldn't believe just how tender the steak was and wondered every night just how they did it. In the Lido Bistro we found the food pretty good too. Quite a lot of different food on offer and you certainly did not go hungry at all. The only problem we found in there occasionally was looking for a table to eat our meal and people playing cards or reading on tables. At the busy times, tables could be scarce. Quite often we would join up with another table, but we still found it inconsiderate. We had Cabin 8112 with a balcony and totally unrestricted views. Great cabin. There was so much to see and do on board that you couldn't possibly get bored. Games on the Lido deck, quite a few trivia games every day, Bingo on the sea days, shows every night in the Follies Theatre, games/card room, library, bars with and without entertainment, casino, movies. Heaps to do or do nothing. My husband and I are in our sixties and travelled alone. But we met so many lovely people. We could not fault the ship or its staff in any way. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation at Sydney was effortless. Once we got on the ship we had a problem though with trying to put cash on our Sail & Sign card. The line was HUGE and very slow - and there were only two staff working on it. Thought we would get in line first to book excursions as they go quickly, but had to put funds on our card first. By the time that was done one of the excursions we particularly wanted to do was sold out. If Carnival let people book their excursions before getting on the ship it would be so much easier. Another suggestion we would make to Carnival is some chairs on Deck 3. Most of the time this deck was empty as there was nowhere to sit. If there were chairs here, it would certainly alleviate the crowding on the Lido deck. And so much quieter. All in all, we would recommend this cruise to anyone. And Carnival in particular. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Went on same ship in 2014 from LA to Sydney and loved it. The ship is looking like it is overdue for maintenance but the crew is still the best. Lots more rust this time, and our AC in the cabin broke completely one day and it was ... Read More
Went on same ship in 2014 from LA to Sydney and loved it. The ship is looking like it is overdue for maintenance but the crew is still the best. Lots more rust this time, and our AC in the cabin broke completely one day and it was over 90 degrees in there, but they fixed it as fast as they could. Only real problem was the out of control young teenage kids, and the complete refusal of parents and security to do anything about it. I will not list specific things I saw, because people will just think I am exaggerating. Just take my word when I say that they were 100% out of control, to the point that people could have been injured. The parents pretended nothing was wrong with it, and the ship refused to do anything. The entertainment staff, especially the musicians and the DJ (DJ MAXX) were fantastic. The overall party atmosphere that we saw in 2014 had calmed considerably, except for the kids. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Been on the legend several times. Went to Hawaii from Vancouver. Was not impressed with all the walking to get on the ship. The ship it self is very easy to get around. The food could have been better but it wasn't bad. The cruise director ... Read More
Been on the legend several times. Went to Hawaii from Vancouver. Was not impressed with all the walking to get on the ship. The ship it self is very easy to get around. The food could have been better but it wasn't bad. The cruise director is good she is very entertaining and the shows weren't bad either. There was a girl at customer service desk I think her name was Katherina, she only got on Vancouer with us, She was very, very helpful she is a carnival super star. Would I go on carnival again the answer is yes, I am booking a Alaska cruise as we speak. There could have been a little ore to do on the days at sea. The tours on the islands were very educational. You must take a tour for there are no stores or anything at the ports of call except Kona and Honolulu. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This wa an anniversary cruise. I chose it because Hawaii was a destination I've always wanted to visit, and this was a journey cruise. I was not disappointed. Embarkation was very smooth. Because of my Loyalty Status, I was able to jump ... Read More
This wa an anniversary cruise. I chose it because Hawaii was a destination I've always wanted to visit, and this was a journey cruise. I was not disappointed. Embarkation was very smooth. Because of my Loyalty Status, I was able to jump lines, but it still seemed to go pretty quickly. Debarkation was smooth. We had an excursion to the USS Missouri, so we were among the first off the ship. Our cabin was ready when we got there. The steward greeted us and asked our preferences. They were all honored. The ship is fairly old. The balcony, bathroom and a closet door was tricky, but not enough of an annoyance to complain. 5 sea days, always something, or nothing to do. We did not go to any shows...just seemed to be doing something else. Most are the same. We don't do the comedy shows..a little too raw for us. Food was great; throw back sea day with 80s theme deck party. Old school Midnight Buffet. Old school captains reception with complimentary food and drinks...loved this cruise. Crew was wonderful, ship was beautiful, food delicious. All 4 of our excursions were through Carnival, and they were all great. The tour guides were knowledgeable, fun and engaging. Enough "potty breaks'. Not really an option to get food, and unlike the Caribbean cruises, there weren't any stops for souvenairs, other than in the places we stopped for excursions, which on these, were purchasing products, and not souvenirs. The actual ports were working import/export ports, so you had to get away to shop or discover.this was at all 5 Hawaiian ports. We would definately do,this one again. This was a repositioning cruise for the Legend...I would love to have done a B2B2B...Alaska to Vancouver to Hawaii to Australia! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our 10th Carnival cruise and first time on the Legend and yes...the ships decor is a bit off and the ship could use some freshing up, but otherwise it was a very enjoyable cruise with the new journey concept..more to that later. ... Read More
This was our 10th Carnival cruise and first time on the Legend and yes...the ships decor is a bit off and the ship could use some freshing up, but otherwise it was a very enjoyable cruise with the new journey concept..more to that later. Getting on the ship in Vancouver was a breeze..no issues..were on the ship within an hour. Since this was a Hawaiian cruise during our 10 days on the ship we saw a lot of Hawaiian themes..food buffet...Hula dance lessons, Hawaiin deck party, Hawaiiian singers and a Luau. Part of the journey concep was also the return of the midnight buffet which was very well done. We ate once at the steakhouse which is totally worth the $35.00 per person. The hotel manager greeted us at our table which was a nice touch...overall the senior officers including the captain were quite visible throughout the cruise. The food overall was very good, however the breakfast buffet needs to improve on healthier options. Entertainment was very good..enjoyed the comedians and the hypnotist. The performers were very good as well... the 70's and 80's Rock Show was the best I have seen on any cruise so far! We also took ballroom dance classes which were offered twice a day on sea days..we had a lot of fun..thank you Frances and Myron! Our cruise director Jen was quite entertaining as well..saw her a lot around the ship. The shore excursions we took in each port were outstanding...including a Pearl Harbor tour ..all tour guides were quite knowledgable about their islands...the captain zodiac snorkeling adventure in Kona was the best!. Overall the staff on the ship was friendly as always..would recommend this cruise to explore the Hawaiian islands. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We have wanted to do a Hawaiian. Getting on the ship in Vancouver was nice and easy. We sailed on time and always arrived to our port early. The ship itself is in need for refurbishment right away. It seems like it's overdue for one for ... Read More
We have wanted to do a Hawaiian. Getting on the ship in Vancouver was nice and easy. We sailed on time and always arrived to our port early. The ship itself is in need for refurbishment right away. It seems like it's overdue for one for about 2/3 years ago. The ship is unique and has its own beauty. I did live all the granite and marble just not all the vases or whatever they are supposed to be. Our balcony room was nice and our room steward Roger was very attentive. We went to dine at the main restaurant and went on our time with a table just for us two. Our server Ni Wayan was good. Hostess Rosetilla was always a pleasure to talk with. The few times we ate the the buffet it was okay. The food in the main restaurant was also okay. Really enjoyed one dinner the most of the grilled chicken. Pool area and other public area was kept nice and clean but also in need of new life. Did really enjoy doing the Green Thunder slide. Adult Serenity area was always packed and busy. Gym area was adequate and did love doing the steam and sauna room. It should have been cleaner but it seems like once again it needs a refurbishment. The casino bar staff were excellent. Shelon and Evan always had a nice welcoming smile. The shops had your normal cruise stuff. The dancers and singers sorry to say was one of the worst ones I have ever seen. They were just not good and it was also what seemed low budget. The ports were your normal Hawaiian ports and we did our excursions on out own. Did really enjoy the carnival journeys experience over all. They really went out with bringing the local Hawaiian culture on board. They outdid themselves at the midnight gala. 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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