202 Carnival Legend Cruise Reviews

I knew this was going to be an older ship, so I didn't expect a whole lot. I loved that it was not packed with guests because it only holds about 2300 guests. The decor was definitely dated and the food left a lot to be desired. ... Read More
I knew this was going to be an older ship, so I didn't expect a whole lot. I loved that it was not packed with guests because it only holds about 2300 guests. The decor was definitely dated and the food left a lot to be desired. The excursions however were fantastic. We booked an excursion for every port except Grand Cayman. The refrigerator in the state room did not cool the drinks enough and we barely saw our housekeeping guy. There were only 4 laundry rooms on this ship. We didn't really have a problem needing to use the machine, and we brought our own detergent. I was a little disappointed that every time we ordered a drink, gratuity was included AND they had another blank line as if we are supposed to leave more. I honestly felt like we were nickled and dimed to death between the people at the ports and on the ship. Nothing was terrible, but definitely the time OFF the ship were the highlights of my trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We recently cruised on the Legend. While we took some fun excursions, overall it was a mediocre experience. We picked this trip, as it is close to our birthdays and anniversary, and because we wanted to see some of the ruins in Belize. ... Read More
We recently cruised on the Legend. While we took some fun excursions, overall it was a mediocre experience. We picked this trip, as it is close to our birthdays and anniversary, and because we wanted to see some of the ruins in Belize. Our overall impression was that the crew of the Legend do not seem very happy. I can’t remember a cruise where so few of the crew spoke to us, and even members of the fun squad were not that energetic. Our room seemed too warm, but after discussing it with our steward, visiting guest services twice and leaving them a note, we gave up and did our best to deal with it, but I never felt like anyone really cared. The live music, especially the Polaris Trio, was very good. We did find an excellent team in the Dining room and the food was good. We felt that our Belize excursion was very rushed, and not very informative, and that the description of the excursion we did in Cozumel was a little misleading. Disembarkation was a nightmare, there were only 2 customs agents. I’m not sure that’s Carnivals fault, but it seems like they could press the ports to make sure the trips end on a positive note. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We booked this cruise for our family of 4 because we’ve done the same Pitts before and they were each a great experience. The rates for a balcony cabin this week were surpassingly low. Embarkation was smooth as it always is with ... Read More
We booked this cruise for our family of 4 because we’ve done the same Pitts before and they were each a great experience. The rates for a balcony cabin this week were surpassingly low. Embarkation was smooth as it always is with Carnival. We used park4cruise.com which was the best priced, no issues. We got to our room 6227, by 1:30 and were very pleased with the amount of storage. I wish they offered more wall hooks and more outlets. There was just 1 outlet on vanity. I had pre-purchased bottle water to be delivered to room but since we were past guest, they also gave us a bunch of free waters. The beds were very comfy and room was quiet and perfectly located. As for food, Lido offered a decent variety of food. Pizza was disappointing as it’s very thin and burnt. Guys burgers and fries and the Cantina for tacos are probably the most popular and consistent. Downside to Lido is the hoards of people lined up like cattle who’ve never eaten before. You see lots of food wasted here too. And always use sanitizer. Entertainment on the boat was so-so. It seemed like there was like a lull in stuff to do between 5-9. Highlights included the Folley theatre musical shows, different decade of music review each night. Performers talent just mediocre. Comedy shows were hit and miss but always full. Definitely go to The Quest game show if you can handle raunchiness. So much fun but definitely R-rated, no kids. Truffles dining was disappointing. What used to be included in the past is now an up charge. Service was mostly slow and inconsistent for breakfast and dinner. We brought wine onboard and spent about $40 on drinks. You can count on $10 each drink. Frankie the CD was a lot of fun and had the knack to entertain a diverse audience. Our kids did the teen club and seemed to enjoy that but they did find the kids activities to be lacking. Finally, the ship, while clean, looks like it’s way past due for an overhaul. It felt very gaudy gothic-Egyptian with browns and golds and 90s decor. There was lots of rust spots throughout. Smaller ship size made it mostly easy to get around. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We booked the cruise because of the home port, the ports of call and the dates just lined up perfectly with our child's school break. We overall were satisfied we had the vacation and we were happy we went on vacation, but... The ... Read More
We booked the cruise because of the home port, the ports of call and the dates just lined up perfectly with our child's school break. We overall were satisfied we had the vacation and we were happy we went on vacation, but... The ship was definitely subpar. It showed signs of aging everywhere. We had a leak in our room and with it being Thanksgiving week there were no free cabins elsewhere on the boat. They did fix the leak, but it took two days. We did notice other areas on the ship were leaking as well. The crew was positive and helpful, though it did seem everyone (cruise director, wait staff, customer service, etc) was a step below other Carnival cruises we had been on. They all did their job, but no one was really outstanding. Also there was just less activities than we were accustomed to on this cruise. We ended up staying in more often than not as a result because there was nothing of interest to us on the entertainment list. We tried booking the Carnival shore excursion from Cozumel to Chichen Itza via the flight, but it got canceled due to insufficient people. We were so disappointed and ended up going on the ferry/bus ride instead. We actually were comped this due to the leak in our room and our prior shore excursion being canceled. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
As stated above, my late husband and i were on this ship in 2004 and things sure have changed. My friends and i wanted to go on a 7 day halloween cruise and we have had good experiences before. Embarkation was, as always, a breeze, due ... Read More
As stated above, my late husband and i were on this ship in 2004 and things sure have changed. My friends and i wanted to go on a 7 day halloween cruise and we have had good experiences before. Embarkation was, as always, a breeze, due to the great staff in the terminal. The cabins were kept in good condition. The crew and staff were friendly and responsive to any requests. Entertainment? Was very poor. The comedians were not funny at all. Some people actually left before the end of their shows. Try to get joe marlotti and vargus mason on the legend. We saw them on the miracle in august and these guys are really funny. The dancers were good but the singers (one in particular) sounded like they were cats in pain. Everyone was saying the same thing. Why so loud? Not necessary. Now to the dining experience............the hotel manager would be doing the head chef a big favor by giving him a cookbook for christmas. His idea of spanakopita was outrageous. Where in the world did he get this recipe? If he tried to serve this to a greek they would have booed him out of the kitchen or worse. The night they served fried chicken, 4 of my dinner mates had to send them back they were so overcooked and inedible. some of my dinner mates had to resort to having a baked potato and some veggies for dinner. When did it become the norm for the waiters to bring all the food out at the same time? There was no room on the table and we had to either gobble down our appetizers (or have them put aside by which time the food was cold). Please so something about this. It spoils the whole dinner. I could go on and one but i think you have the idea by now. One last good thing. Halloween was fantastic since so many passengers really went all out and had costumes that were sooo good. There were no altercations or anything and the children were adorable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We decided to cruise with my brother & sister-in-law when they booked an Alaskan cruise on Legend. We are not first time cruisers...we have cruised a few times before with another cruise line, so we had a chance to compare similarities ... Read More
We decided to cruise with my brother & sister-in-law when they booked an Alaskan cruise on Legend. We are not first time cruisers...we have cruised a few times before with another cruise line, so we had a chance to compare similarities and differences. Overall, I was a little disappointed with Carnival. The cabin was not very clean...you could see where there were stains on the wall where someone splashed something on it, and it was never cleaned up. Also, we found the bottom bed sheet to be stained/soiled...our room steward (who was wonderful) did replace the sheet with a new one. This ship also needs a major decorating overhaul...its decor was dated and gaudy looking. The service on this ship was excellent. Overall, the food was very good, however I just wish they offered more variety of fruits other than melons every day. Our waiters in the dining room were fantastic. The photographers took pics every night in the main dining room, the constant interruption of dinner got to be a little annoying...we finally told them we weren't interested and they did respect that. There was not much of a variety of entertainment to go to. We went to couple of comedy shows, which were not very good. We did go to an Epic Rock presentation that was fantastic...they also provided lectures and presentations from Nancy, the naturalist. on the geology and wild life in the area. We had a blast on our chosen excursions...in Skagway, we booked the Ultimate White Pass & Yukon Route Railway adventure where we rode a train up the White Pass, following the old Klondike Gold Rush route into Caribou Crossing and the town of Carcross, Canada, then back to the US via a coach. Highly recommend this excursion! The Alaskan excursions are very expensive, however...so we just booked a trolley tour in Klondike where we were taken through the city and out to a Totem Pole Park, which was interesting. Then we explored the famous "Creek Street" in Ketchikan on our own. We stayed on the ship in Juneau (it was raining) and in Victoria, Canada. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall, the cruise met my expectations. With this being my 13th Carnival adventure, I lower my exceptions with each journey. Services provided by Carnival diminish with each cruise. For example, what was once included in the price of ... Read More
Overall, the cruise met my expectations. With this being my 13th Carnival adventure, I lower my exceptions with each journey. Services provided by Carnival diminish with each cruise. For example, what was once included in the price of a cruise now have fees attached. The Legend needs a lot of TLC. Exterior and interior painting is needed, furniture needs replaced as well as carpet. Quality of food has diminished over time. On the upside, the staff is friendly and helpful. I met a staff member, Roy, and he was very helpful and polite. Roy has been with Carnival for 15 years and continues to enjoy his job. He shared his family with my wife and I, which was a true honor to hear. He was a joy to meet and I am a richer person for that. The main dining room service was disappointing. On the last night, our food was served about 50 minutes after ordering and the order was incomplete, with the food cold or over cooked. Definitely not up to Carnival standards. My wife and I dined in the speciality dining and that was disappointing at the quality of food was the same found in the main dining area. My main course was cold and the entree was over cooked. Although I have a few disappointments, the trip was relaxing and enjoyable. My hope is Carnival will focus on upgrading older ships and pay attention to details cruisers see. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Ship needs a little tlc. Staff great, service great. Worse cruise so far, due to on board ship entertainment, or lack of it. Victoria was a total waste of time. All of other ports were off the charts fantastic. Food was ... Read More
Ship needs a little tlc. Staff great, service great. Worse cruise so far, due to on board ship entertainment, or lack of it. Victoria was a total waste of time. All of other ports were off the charts fantastic. Food was very good, as was all service. Definitely not a fun ship. May have to return to other cruise lines in future. If you going to Alaska, choose different line. Let's be clear, we are not picky people, just want what we are paying for. We never had a bad vacation, always find a way to have fun. *Only complaint was Victoria, total waste of time...come on Carnival, find another port!!! *Retractable roof above main pool always half closed, not very pleasant. *Entertainment was not up to par. *Public restrooms were not in good order, broken stall locks, unusable criminals, etc. Not the best Carnival experience... We were thinking of Holland on this trip, due to their years of traveling Alaska waters, and decided to go on a fun ship...didn't work out that way. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We just got off the Legend yesterday. Wanted to write a quick review before I forget details. We had an aft balcony on Deck 5. Our room was nice, but the balcony was sooty and you could not see through the glass on the balcony at all. ... Read More
We just got off the Legend yesterday. Wanted to write a quick review before I forget details. We had an aft balcony on Deck 5. Our room was nice, but the balcony was sooty and you could not see through the glass on the balcony at all. That being said, we did spend time on the balcony and would just stand and watch the ocean... If I had to do over again, I would not have gotten an aft balcony on this ship. Reason being is the soot... guessing there is not that problem on the sides? One other thing to mention, the trip was rough. I am not and have never been prone to seasickness but had to take something the first night. The waters were rougher than I remembered from our last Alaska venture. There were times when you could not walk a straight line (and no it wasn't alcohol! )We thoroughly enjoyed the ship itself and the layout of the ship. As far as the itinerary, I was disappointed in Tracy Arm Fjord - The ship itself did not get down to see any glaciers, you only saw the glacier if you took the excursion off the ship. Last Alaska cruise we took, we went to Glacier Bay and saw the glacier from the ship (one of the reasons I really wanted an aft balcony) but not on this cruise. We did take the excursion to the glacier and it was awesome. We did the White Summit Train in Skagway and while the reviews on this are high, I would say we could have skipped it and saved the money. Really didn't see anything we hadn't already seen or extraordinary. In Juneau we did the Whale Watch and Rainforest excursion - the whale watching was awesome and the rainforest excursion took us on a trail to the Mendenhall Glacier - Well worth the price! We took the Crab Boat excursion in Ketchikan and it was okay - better than staying on the boat - the guys on the boat had crabbing stories and showed how the things worked on the boat. They let people hold crabs if you wanted to. The best part was the area where they chum the water for eagles and there is a hoard of eagles that was magnificent (highlight of the tour for me.) Back to the ship - Buffet got really old by day 5! There is not a lot of variety - only in one area where they change it out each night - the deli was unimpressive and I didn't want to eat Guys burgers everyday! MDR takes way too long and we could only get late dining - so we only went one night for the whole cruise. We did the steakhouse for two nights and the Chef's table for one night. All in All a great time and I would sail the Carnival Legend again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
After 70 cruises I may be a little biased. However after a week on the Legend I feel I am more then qualified to say the food and service was way below par for any cruise ship. Our servers were extremely nice but lacked in the skills ... Read More
After 70 cruises I may be a little biased. However after a week on the Legend I feel I am more then qualified to say the food and service was way below par for any cruise ship. Our servers were extremely nice but lacked in the skills required to maintain a table of 7, much less four more tables. Our food was always cold and usually served all at once, yes starters, salads, soups and mains all at the same time. Table was one crowded mess. Our room steward came by once a day at his convenience and usually didn't do more then exchange towels. Our cabin 6227 was like a 25 cent vibrating bed, constant vibrations 24/7. Whole ship was showing wear, paint peeling and a lot of rust on balconies. Ports were as they were the last 5 times we have been there, crowded but new to our grandsons who enjoyed off ship excursions in each port. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and I sailed on the Legend years ago and left with the overall impression that the decor was extremely gaudy and the overall experience was so-so. However, when friends picked this cruise and invited us along, we opted to join ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Legend years ago and left with the overall impression that the decor was extremely gaudy and the overall experience was so-so. However, when friends picked this cruise and invited us along, we opted to join them for their company more than anything else. Here are my overall impressions of our experience this time: Embarkation and debarkation - some of the smoothest I've ever had. We were on and off in no time. I especially love the Port Valet program. If you're flying a participating airline, this is a no brainer! Do it! Ship - it's still gaudy. All those molded plastic urns are a bit much! I felt like we were looking at cremated remains. Cabin - we had an aft vista suite, 7347. I loved the extra space and the jacuzzi tub. But can I say one thing? Outlets! Outlets! Oulets! We had one place in the dressing room area in order to charge things. I brought along a multi-plug and USB port (dont' bring a surge protector because it may be confiscated) and we were fine. But it would really be nice to have outlets by the beds. The balcony was dirty and needed a good cleaning. I know it was from the soot from the smokestack, but one morning I went out an wiped down the railing and the chairs before our friends arrived. The caulking in the tub was cracked, one of the bathroom cabinets was scarred up and one of the walls had a dent from the door handle hitting it too hard. Little things, I know, but still make an overall impression. Dining - we did anytime dining and found it worked well for the most part. I was disappointed that there was no escargot available at all. The food was average, at best, and often not served hot. The wait staff was exceptional, however, with the exception of one woman who appeared to be a supervisor of some sort. She had a scowl and we saw her actually grab a crew member by the arm and drag him off somewhere. That's a definite HR no-no! The lido deck buffet was okay, but times were not always conducive to our needs. Guys Burgers is a nice addition. Entertainment and activities - I came on vacation to relax, so I didn't do many activities. The variety, however, was very good and trivia seemed to draw large crowds. The shows were some of the best I have seen at sea. This was an extremely talented cast. Don't miss the Epic Rock night show. Amazing! Service - overall, it was very good. Our room steward Antonio was very accommodating, despite the fact that we were in our cabin a lot to enjoy the balcony. Ports and shore excursions - I did not do any Carnival shore excursions. I enjoyed the ports, especially Glacier Bay. We had PERFECT weather which made it even better. The only port I was not crazy about was Icy Strait Point. Perhaps if we had done an excursion, it would have been better. There's not much to see or do there. We walked to Hoonah and back just to check out the town, but again, not much there. It's not a touristy place by any means. It was nice to see, but again, just not my overall favorite. Overall - this was my fourth time to Alaska, second on Carnival. My very first trip was on the Carnival Jubilee in September of 2000. The weather is definitely less rainy in May, so I highly recommend going early in the season. Four years ago, we cruised on the Celebrity Solstice and found it to be more to our liking. Again, this time we cruised with friends who picked the ship. We had a great time with them on this Alaska adventure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you ... Read More
Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you need 2 arms to open the door and also the door leading to balcony. My bed was very uncomfortable, pillows were good. Bathroom was well set out and the shower great. As we're our cabin staff. Disappointed in the lack of amenities for disabled passengers. The only electric operated doors I found was on deck 2. And then you had to hobble back to the door to lock. We saw many people at least in the over 70's age bracket. No grab rail in the bathroom, doors extremely heavy to open, grab rail in most toilets around the ship, low chairs everywhere. We spoke to senior passengers who had fallen, in their bathroom, in lounges, allegedly slipping on something. The decor was oppressive. So glitzy and dark, obviously dated. Maybe the refurb was eluding to the near new carpets in some areas. Entertainment was generally of a good standard. It was pleading to see that they had meet up groups for differing categories of people, including people from LGBTIQ groups. Good to know. I could not comment on the shore excursions but I can say I was very disappointed with the use of tender boats on Moorea. If we had been able to stay one more day in port at Papeete people with a disability could easily have used the ferry from Papeete. That would have been awesome. The distance between islands is miniscule! On the last 5 days at sea we were advised that sav blanc was running out and passengers had to now buy by the bottle and carry that around with you. When lodging a complaint with Guest Services we were informed there was no complaints forms. We would receive a survey to fill in and complain there. Over these last 5 days we also found out they had run out of red wine, apple cider and coke zero. Crazy! On board purchases were hugely expensive. 5 photos cost over $100, WiFi social media only, 208, if you wanted unlimited it was another 100 plus! If you wanted higher speeds it was another 200. We heard from entertainers they paid 5! Service was hit and miss with the dining experience the worst. We had dine at anytime allocated to us, deck 3, Truffles Restaurant. There were long lines to wait in, then you were given a pager and waited a minimum of 30 mins, then allocated a table, waited a further 20 mins to be served. Food was generally nice, but not hot. Often no drinks were offered so they lost money there. Yes all drinks except ordinary tea, cost you! Drinks packages were very expensive, except for bottomless bubbles, which was out of a tap, never a can. Laundries were on most floors but all machines except x1 were out of order. Laundering of clothes through the ship was well priced at around $25 per bag. The buffet dining, generally was OK. Many of the staff were not efficient however, instead ignoring customers and chatting among themselves behind the baine Marie's. Food generally was hot. Similar to washing machines, there were many breakdowns causing very long lines at tea and coffee machines. Toast was not ready, and then there was no butter. If there was butter there was no little jars to put it in! Wait wait wait, making the lines longer. Fine dining at their Nouveau Restaurant was fantastic and I can highly recommend, as was the high tea we attended. Beautiful. Any business in this day and age, who does not want customers feedback, in my mind, says they disrespect and discount legitimate concerns. Surely any business wants to know and respond to concerns. Not so Carnival Legend apparently. That is really sad. The running out of sakes of wine by the glass is a good case in point. If it was that popular they would know that opening a bottle and selling by the glass, would recoup more money for their trouble and satisfy customers. Crazy stuff. I for one will never sail with Carnival again. Sick of the lines, sick of warm dinners, sick of tea obviously made from water from a hot water service rather than heated cold water - tasted terrible. And no quality system in place to handle complaints in this day and age is ludicrous. Lifts were speedy and reliable, tv service was OK, WiFi depended on access to satellite so if cloudy it was super slow, an outbreak of the cold hit the ship and first there were around 400 passengers affected, then 1000, then at least 1500. Many visited the ships doctor. Some contracted pneumonia, collapsed lung etc. It was an epidemic. I do not know what they were advised but it would have been ideal if they had all been advised to stay in their cabins! It spread like wildfire. I might add that one of our wait staff the second night dining in Truffles, had a heavy cold and was sniffing and coughing while serving dinner! Why isn't this sort of thing supervised? In summary no more Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our second trip and a bit disappointing the ship is old and really needs renovation, buffet food can’t compare to Royal Caribbean, layout is confusing and food average. Restaurant was better option but singing waitresses a bit ... Read More
This was our second trip and a bit disappointing the ship is old and really needs renovation, buffet food can’t compare to Royal Caribbean, layout is confusing and food average. Restaurant was better option but singing waitresses a bit annoying every night. On last night we found a bottle of wine on our table- complementary??? NO . We opened it and shared wine with other guests at the table just to be told we have to pay $55 for it . WHY put a bottle on each table . If it’s there on your table it’s FREE just like the food or put a price on it. We paid but it certainly was not a nice farewell. Would I use same company again. NO . You get wat you pay for. But I must praise the staff they were very nice and professional. Entertainment was good and Hub app was very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise came up for a great price. Both my husband and myself hadn't cruised with Carnival before so we were keen to give them a go. My daughter and her husband had cruised on the Spirit and were very happy when they went a ... Read More
This cruise came up for a great price. Both my husband and myself hadn't cruised with Carnival before so we were keen to give them a go. My daughter and her husband had cruised on the Spirit and were very happy when they went a couple of years ago. Once on-board the Legend, our initial reactions were that we were surprised at the dated and over the top decorations! They are certainly not to our taste! In fact,very very unpleasing to the eye. However, this should not deter from the overall experience. Other factors influence us as well. The pros: #I have coeliacs and need to have gluten free food. Carmen looked after me very well and ensured that i had gluten free food every day . I could not have asked for a better person to assist me! #Great cabin size #Fun activities offered through out the day and evening that include, an assortment of trivia led by fun staff, good night time shows in the theatre, hilarious comedians at Punchline, dance lessons, crafts and movies shown on sea days inside the Firebird lounge. #Well equipped gym with an indoor spa and great showers with massaging shower heads from the side as well as the top of the shower stalls. #The adults only section, "Serenity"...loved hanging around here without noisy ill mannered children! The Cons # poorly organised muster...this was a joke. Everyone either piled onto the port side or the starboard side of the ship. Put roughly into 4 or 5 long lines and expected to see a safety demonstrations past hundreds of people. Then mayhem getting off the deck! #Anytime dinner. Always lines to get in the restaurant and then given a buzzer to alert us when the table was ready. From what we could see, there was always free tables inside, but not enough staff. The staff were always running around busy. # Staff inside the restaurant were so busy, we couldn't even have a conversation with them to ask a simple question! # The food was very average and at times just not very fresh. I understand that we are at sea, but do not give black bananas or black lettuce on a plate #Unlabelled gluten free food in the buffet #In some parts of the buffet, people helped themselves to the food, it is healthier for the staff to dish out the food as some passengers have no idea about hygiene. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I selected the cruise because a friend was on board with her children and mother-in-law. The service in the restaurant was slow especially at the end of the meal. I was on anytime dining and on the two nights I ate in the main ... Read More
I selected the cruise because a friend was on board with her children and mother-in-law. The service in the restaurant was slow especially at the end of the meal. I was on anytime dining and on the two nights I ate in the main restaurant it took 15 minutes for them to take my dessert plate so I could leave and free up my otherwise empty table, mean while there is a huge queue outside of people waiting for tables. I then started having dinner in the Bonsai Sushi Restuarant where there was no queue and I could be out in about 45 minutes. The quality of the food in the bistro seemed to be sub par whereas some ships have the same food in the Bistro just without the service staff. I went to many of the comic shows in the basement under the showroom. Overall a mixed bag with some comic's being funny and others just being abusive to people in the audience for laughs. The stage shows were good even though they only consisted of 8 performers. Embarkation was quick but as a suite passenger you get priority boarding. Then again apart from having a larger room the only other benefit was a complimentary bottle of water (value $4.50) and a packet of biscuits. Priority boarding for the tenders consisted of joining the end of the queue of people. One port this was a queue of anybody who wanted to get off the other day it was the people who had been send on wards from the showroom in numbered groups. The mini golf course is next to useless if the ship is moving. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I don’t want this to be read as a negative review, but there were things Carnival Australia could improve on. We cruised on Carnival Legend ex Sydney 17th Dec 2018 for 10 nights to Pacific Islands. This was our 11th cruise holiday ... Read More
I don’t want this to be read as a negative review, but there were things Carnival Australia could improve on. We cruised on Carnival Legend ex Sydney 17th Dec 2018 for 10 nights to Pacific Islands. This was our 11th cruise holiday (Cunard, 2xRoyal Caribbean, 2x Princess, MSC, 2x P&O Aust, P&O UK and Carnival Caribbean). So we have other cruises to compare this with. We were warned Carnival Australia was considered more budget conscious, and we were happy with that, but didn’t expect their penny pinching to be so blatantly obvious. It started within minutes of us boarding the ship and making our way to our stateroom. Our room attendant welcomed us and showed us around, before he asked if we’d like our room serviced in the morning, OR the afternoon. All previous cruises, our room has been serviced twice a day. Not on this ship. For breakfast I like a muesli. In the Unicorn buffet, there were Corn Flakes, Rice Bubbles, Cocoa Pops, All Bran. No muesli. So on the 1st morning, I asked, just in case I had overlooked it. I was told yes, they had it over at the “Continental” counter. Oh yes they had it, but it was hidden under the counter, out of sight. Some days I was told they’d run out, then it reappeared the next day. So I spoke to a crew member dressed all in white (unsure of his position, but he was involved in the restaurant or the food). I then got it every morning after that. But it was always hidden, under the counter. The only reason I can think why it was hidden is muesli is a lot more expensive than the other cereals available. It was summertime. Think of all those lovely summer fruits. Strawberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, pineapple. Yum. But not on this ship. At the breakfast buffet you had the choice of various types of watermelon, prunes and I recall canned peaches. I did see whole apples, oranges and pears. Guess what. The other summer fruits cost more. I like kiwifruit with my muesli. Not on this ship. Prior to the evening dinner, we would always go to a bar for a drink. Most other ships, we’ve been given complimentary nibbles with our drinks. It doesn’t have to be much – just a saucer full – but not on this ship. Lunchtime, I like to have a salad. Yes, they had lettuce and tomato, grated carrot, corn etc, but nothing special. I cannot exactly remember now, but I was struggling to find other foods to put on my plate. Before bedtime, I like a cuppa tea and a bikkie. I’d go to the Unicorn buffet and get a cuppa tea but there was nothing else to nibble on except a freshly made pizza!!! During the day they had nice little cookies available to have with a cuppa, but not later in the evening. Whynot? They had a kiosk machine guests could check their onboard account. Opening a new bank account would be easier. I thought the machine was going to ask for a blood sample. Ridiculous. We gave up. A suggestion box in Guest Services area may have been helpful. Some guests complained some of the dishes served at Truffles Restaurant were never hot. By the time they were delivered to the table, they were warm +. I personally didn’t have a problem with this, but some did. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE. We did have an issue with some noise in our room during the early hours of the morning. Anytime from 2am – 4.30am. We spoke to neighbouring rooms and they heard it as well. We could never pinpoint its origin exactly, but we guess was it was coming from the Unicorn buffet (we were the floor below it) and the noise was travelling through the air conditioning system. When we contacted room services, Carnival Legend never questioned our reports and compensated us very generously. We assume it’s an ongoing issue for guests in these rooms. Everything was clean and tidy on the ship, all the staff were excellent and I was happy with the food in Truffles Restaurant. Would I go Carnival Legend again? YES I would (but if there was another cruise line doing a similar cruise, I would choose the other cruise line). I think Carnival could improve some of the things I’ve mentioned, without costing them too much extra. An ‘enjoyable cruise’, could become a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our first cruise with Carnival and I have to say that I think it was our least favorite. That's not to say that it was bad, it just did not come up to the standard, overall of other cruises we have been on, this being our ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival and I have to say that I think it was our least favorite. That's not to say that it was bad, it just did not come up to the standard, overall of other cruises we have been on, this being our seventh cruise. Embarkation was smooth, but very little information was displayed and the staff did not tell you much at check-in. Other cruise lines issue the room key at check-in, but Carnival have it an envelope at your door which was not told to us until we asked and two different people told me different things???, The decor of the ship is......... how do you say.................unusual. Very dark and very unusual to the point of being gourde. Not to everyone's taste I am sure. Dark wall panels, lots of ancient style paintings and most of the coulombs were made to look like an urn. Our room was spacious and well appointed and the hotel staff, as always were excellent. The room was well laid out and even if it is the same size a other cabins we have been in it appeared larger and more spacious. We chose an inside cabin and ended up with a window with an obstructed view which was excellent. No you did not have a view of the ocean, but a large window with a view where you could see the sea whooshing by. Much better than just an inside cabin. The food, while of good quality, was not as good a variety as we expected. The Lido deck was very popular and busy and the amount of food outlets was too small to cater for the numbers. The free Pizzas and Hamburgers were good, but the wait could be considerable. The Truffles restaurant menu was not very appealing so I think most people chose to eat in the Lido deck buffet. As to the bar service, Carnival have chosen to have seats all around the bar leaving no room for service. Lots of people buy drink packages now and particularly on the first night you could not get near the bar. They need to take out three or four seats and have a sign "Service Only" so others can get to the bar and the bar tenders know who is next in line. Bar staff were very busy all the time because lots of people order cocktails, which take time to make. I just wanted a beer and my wife a wine, so we are always waiting for ages to get served, and only take a few minutes to serve and be on our way. The price for the three day cruise we did out of Melbourne was quite expensive for the three days. We have been on two day cruises that were a quarter the price. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and the break, but of the seven cruises we have done this would be our least favorite. It would be appealing to people with children as they cater well for the younger set ad they boast that their cruise line carries the most families and children. Although very busy, all the staff were very helpful, happy and extremely hard working and we have no complaints about any of the staff. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I have never been to New Zealand before. We have travelled with P&O several times and loved it. Carnival legend was disappointing with Luke warm food every meal, even Truffles restaurant the meals had to be sent back to heat them up. ... Read More
I have never been to New Zealand before. We have travelled with P&O several times and loved it. Carnival legend was disappointing with Luke warm food every meal, even Truffles restaurant the meals had to be sent back to heat them up. Food terribly disappointing. Our cabin was spacious and we had a balcony which I think is pretty necessary. We were constantly running to open the cabin door as the speakers are not in our room and so we missed a lot of general goings on within the ship. Jen, the entertainment director was very good, so was Tiny Tim with the bingo. The food let the cruise down otherwise it was enjoyable. Bass Strait tested a lot of stomachs as it was pretty rough and the ship did a lot of rolling. If you do tours book through the information centres on shore when you dock, ship prices are exorbitantly expensive. You can buy the same shore excursions for half the price as we both did and it was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Have never sailed with Carnival before so decided to take a break. The ship had been refitted this year. The decor of a Greek theme was very dark and oppressive. The ships layout was easy to navigate. It was surprising to see ... Read More
Have never sailed with Carnival before so decided to take a break. The ship had been refitted this year. The decor of a Greek theme was very dark and oppressive. The ships layout was easy to navigate. It was surprising to see sanitization ok n stations in obscure locations . They were not manned. The wash stations were not manned and looked like a drink dispenser. What was a surprise was there was no attempt to educate passengers on hygiene. Now on a double dose of antibiotics from throat infection . Thanks Carnival. The ship has a constant vibration that keeps you awake. Fatigue will set on and something will fail. Maintenance of small items took forever Fridge was defective for 3 days and took 3 calls to get attention. Cruise Director was good. Buffett was ghastly. Food was stewed and sat there. Burgers and tacos were good. Pizzas passable. The buffet menu suited the overweight and obese. Full of sugar and carbs. Dinner in the dining room was superb . Service was very good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was one of the all time cruises we wanted to do, Hawaii to Sydney via Tahiti. for the ports of call the cruise rates a 5 how can you not like Bora Bora, Moorea, Hawaii. But this review is all about the ship experience. The Cabin ... Read More
This was one of the all time cruises we wanted to do, Hawaii to Sydney via Tahiti. for the ports of call the cruise rates a 5 how can you not like Bora Bora, Moorea, Hawaii. But this review is all about the ship experience. The Cabin The Cabin Steward was fantastic got us a bed underlay and extra pillows on the second day, the bed was uneven my side was higher than my wife's, had a 4K cabin 4139 which had opening French doors before the refurb in May which they replaced with a full glass non opening window, a bit disappointed. Food The Lido deck has 4 food stations 3 of which have the same things for Breaky/Lunch the other has a choice of toasted sandwiches, there is also a omelette area which becomes Pizza at lunch and dinner, there is a Taco station and a burger station as you enter the pool area. The MDR had seating for breaky , Lunch , Dinner Did most of our eating in the MDR as the Lido deck was always crowded and the food was not that good looking, all I can say to Guy ( Guys Burgers ) is come to Australia and the local takeaway will show you how to make a good burger !. The food in the MDR started of very well for the first 4-5 Days and then went downhill, cold meat overcooked tasteless chips, and you could not trust the description on the menu. Thankyou to our MDR Waiters Entertainment 19 days and only 3 shows by the onboard singers/dancers , 3 different Magic acts, the one really disappointment is they have done away with a live band and all the acts perform to recorded music. Lots of trivia throughout the day but the areas where they where held did not have enough seating so unless you got there 30min before forget it. and on the subject of trivia, why do people cheat just to win I don't get it. The entertainment staff where great ( thank you Tiny Tim & Richie and ALL the others ) The Ship Is in very good condition with a bit of wear & tear here and there we where the Legend 2 years ago and the colours seam to be a bit lighter than then, if you want to get a hammock ect in the serenity area I think you need to sleep there !!! the public rooms where kept clean , the ship is very well laid out and easy to navigate. Overall we had a great holiday but would have rated it higher if the food had been better Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We joined a group and wanted to visit Hawaii. Overall its been an OK cruise mostly because of entertainment and tender ports. The ship isn't big with 2000 passengers but it still took over an hour to disembark. The worst ... Read More
We joined a group and wanted to visit Hawaii. Overall its been an OK cruise mostly because of entertainment and tender ports. The ship isn't big with 2000 passengers but it still took over an hour to disembark. The worst performance in over 15 cruises. Service in cabins and at dinner is excellent. Music entertainment is repetitive and when asked about introducing dance music... we were told the music is what it is and we will not change a thing. The ship feels run down with rust appearing on a lot of iron railing, the wood siding is also in bad shape. The cabin steward is as good as it gets, making personal contact enjoyable. The dinner service with the head waiter and help is some of the best we ever had. The decor can be overwhelming with a lot adsrk brown panel. You feel a little crowded in. We are planning other cruises and it will not be with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I chose this cruise as a way to get to Hawaii and see all the different islands. It served that purpose, and I enjoyed the trip overall. The naturalist on board was very personable and knowledgeable. As others have mentioned, the ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a way to get to Hawaii and see all the different islands. It served that purpose, and I enjoyed the trip overall. The naturalist on board was very personable and knowledgeable. As others have mentioned, the cabin was cold most of the time and there was no way to turn on the heat. I had a sweater, so it wasn't too big a problem. My main complaint is that they interrupted dinner with a lot of raucous singing and dancing by the waiters, all, I suppose, in the name of fun. I hated it. I also hated the high volume of music in the fitness center. Even with earphones I could not hear the TV I tried to watch while working out. The entertainment was so-so. As on my previous Carnival cruise, the dancers pretended to sing by lip-syncking into phoney microphones. This, too, was at high decibels. Since I knew noise was the way on Carnival, I would have chosen a different line if the itinerary had been as good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Its Long! We choose this cruise with 19 friends, as our bucket list Alaskan cruise that it took in Glacier bay and a full day in Victoria and at most ports. Our ports were Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and a full day sailing ... Read More
Its Long! We choose this cruise with 19 friends, as our bucket list Alaskan cruise that it took in Glacier bay and a full day in Victoria and at most ports. Our ports were Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and a full day sailing around Glacier bay, plus 2 at sea days, we departed on Tuesday and arrived back Wednesday the following week. We arrived Seattle and used Citypass, our group arrived at various times on mostly the Saturday and Sunday before the Cruise on Tuesday. We arrived Saturday, we walked down to pikes Market and had a bite to eat. We arrive Saturday in Seattle and walked around we brought the Citypass online and this came in very handy. Sunday we went to the Woodlake Zoo and really enjoyed it saw a lot of animals and the zoo is set out really nicely and a lot of up close and personal experiences we enjoyed this attraction the best of all in Seattle. We also did the harbor cruise, Space Needle and Aquarium. We are a country and western dancers and our group of friends are too, we love to dance two step, waltz, polka etc and where from Texas, so we checked out the Little Red Hen and they had a great country band playing Sunday evening and we all went and danced up a storm. We stayed at the Hyatt Olive 8 which was really nice and we had the awaken package that included breakfast (very good) in their restaurant we booked with points so sorry I don't know the cost. its was walking distance to most things, if I had to do again I would stay closer to the water. We used Lyft or Uber to get everywhere its cheap and simple way to go, if you share you get them even cheaper. Me (53) and my hubby also 53 have cruised the Caribbean before but not Alaska. I turned Platinum this cruise so that was a nice advantage and not having to purchase faster to the fun. We were actually the 2nd and 3rd people to board this cruise behind one lady in a wheelchair. We had booked this cruise 2 years ago! and it was long awaited we were so excited. Alaska was beautiful. We had a Balcony Midship cabin on the 6th floor 6251 and we loved the location very handy for everything the cabin was a little in need of a spruce up and deep clean and the beds were pretty uncomfortable we usually love the beds! We Loved Alaska but out of 12 cruises we would not do this again, we would do the land options, the people onboard are mostly elderly and have a bad attitude, they were surly and rude, being old should give you that, we are a friendly bunch but we felt that there wasnt many friendly people on the ship and they keep it 100 degrees onboard. Our cabin had a few mishaps the cabin was boiling hot when we got onboard they sent a maintenance man and put in a brand new thermostat, plus we also got a fan, The day of Glacier Bay our cabin door would no longer open, they sent an officer down to look (I don't think they believed us and then he sent for the maintenance guy who had to remove the handle and rejig it, were on friendly terms with him now ;-), then a few days later our toilet flushed brown for a few hours, made a call but they said it was rust in the lines and that to keep flushing! Gag LOL. Our room steward was good Tri was his name and we tip pretty good we had service twice a day and asked for extra towels and ice that was it really. We loved all the ports and had a great time, Juneau (2pm-11pm) We were disappointed, as I had booked the Seaplane 5 Glacier viewing and Taku lodge salmon bake excursion as my husbands Christmas present as we both had never been on a seaplane before and we met in the Lounge onboard to depart, we departed to the pier were they told us it was cancelled! just like that!! We waited 45 mins in that lounge and no one said a word about it. So standing on the pier with our day semi ruined we were so looking forward to that adventure, I grabbed the Carnival rep and managed to get us on the Mendenhall Glacier and wild life adventure $400! refund of $600+ from the Seaplane one. This one was good we saw humpback whales and Orca whales sealions far away but I guess as close as a two story boat can get, no food, only for purchase, and got to Mendenhall with only 55 minutes left to see it so too late to walk to the falls and it was raining and 7pm by now! we came back to the ship around 8:15pm a quick trip to a gift shop at port after and ate pizza starving, we made the most of it but would have been nice to have a little more notice on the cancellation. Skagway (8am-7pm) We did the train white pass up and back in the morning and it was pretty and we enjoyed it. In the afternoon we went Ocean Rafting this was fun, didn't see a lot of wild life but we had fun and the scenery was breathtaking. Glacier Bay was awesome! Ketchikan (10am-10pm) We did the lumberjack show which we just purchased when we got there $39.99 and then my friend had booked a taxi tour, I went out with the girls that morning as my husband did the the fishing trip with another friend. we had a lot of fun and its a very pictureque town and the beautiful Creek Street, went to a totem pole place, waterfalls etc. we saw a lot of salmon trying to get upstream and seals trying to eat them, and bald eagles etc. Victoria (10am-10pm) Went to Butchart Gardens they were beautiful, expensive about $70 for two to get in, Cab fare was $55 dollars Canadian try to take small bills, the Canadians will not break them and its $1.20 Canadian to a US dollar, they sucked at breaking them or giving US change back. No one would change a $100 bill US they wanted to give us Canadian dollars back. live and learn, after the gardens we had lunch over looking the marina and went got a couple of fridge magnets and Christmas ornament we might have brought more if they gave us the dollars back. went back to ship. Can't tell you a lot about entertainment we went to the casino we brought mexican train dominos with us and played that with our group, its very different from the fun with Caribbean cruise. We enjoyed it but wouldn't do it again, we got to see Alaska and that's why we were on it. Food was good and we did steakhouse one night and Chefs Table another night. Staff were excellent as usual. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose the Carnival Legend because we cruise with the Carnival lime the most. It allowed us to stay within our budget while also selecting the extended balcony. We stayed in room 5122. The room itself was okay. We had the queen bed ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Legend because we cruise with the Carnival lime the most. It allowed us to stay within our budget while also selecting the extended balcony. We stayed in room 5122. The room itself was okay. We had the queen bed and a couch, which turned into a bed for our 6 year old son. I liked that it was near Camp Ocean. The beds and pillows were comfortable. It came with a hair dryer which is great. Only had shampoo and body wash I. The bathroom so make sure to bring your own products! What I didn’t like about our room is that it was right above the theater so we heard and felt the music well into the night. The base must have been right below our room because it made our room vibrate. The performers prectice during the day and then two performances at night. It really effected our experience. The food in the dining room was so disappointing. We’ve gone on a lot of cruises and I feel that the food quality on the Carnival keeps getting worse and worse. I got sick off the dinner on the third night so we stopped going all together. My son’s hot dog came that night too and was grey. The salad bar was good, so was the pizza place. The best food options were Guy’s burgers, the blue Iguana and then we paid for sushi onboard once. A of the Ports were fun. We did the train ride in Skagway. If I could go back, I would have chosen a different excursion. It was okay, but not what I expected. Our best excursion was through Gold Rush Dog Tours where we learned all about dog sledding (mushing), were taken for a short ride and then got to pet the puppies! Also, while in juneau we ate at Tracy’s King Crab and it was really good. While in kerchikan, we visited the Christmas store and they have a lot of cute things. We even saw the Time Bandit arrive into port. All of the people we met in Alaska were so friendly. It was beautiful. One thing I really enjoyed about the ship was the Naturalist onboard. She was able to give us a lot of information about the animals and environment. The performances were good onboard. We only attended the PG comedy shows and I’m glad we did because our son had fun there. I took our son to the 80’s rock performance and that was so good. Very impressive. My son had fun at Camp Ocean. His favorite part was the Dr. Seuss parade and story time, as well as the Build-a-Bear event. The staff onboard was very friendly. Overall I would give our experience a 3.5/5. The food and our cabin location negatively effected our experience. Everything else was great. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Let me start with the positives... We had fantastic service at the Red Frog (our fave spot). Our teen loved club o2 for 15-17 yr olds. She spent a lot more time there than our last 2 cruises with carnival. Maid service for our cabin was ... Read More
Let me start with the positives... We had fantastic service at the Red Frog (our fave spot). Our teen loved club o2 for 15-17 yr olds. She spent a lot more time there than our last 2 cruises with carnival. Maid service for our cabin was wonderful. They left our cabin very clean each day. Overall, the ship was impressively clean too! Now.... I was super excited about the recent dry dock improvements. Most of it was fabulous. However, the design of the Nouveau Restaurant was very poor and dated. I could see that it was new but I felt I had walked into 1980. Too Carnival, UPDATE THE STATEROOMS!!!! Good grief! Why would anyone find mint greens bathrooms and blush colored cabins appealing. The rest of the ship is gorgeous but the staterooms are downright ugly. Entertainment.... I'm sure a nursing home is more lively than this ship. The food was barely subpar on the Lido deck. Breakfast was okay but most other meals were inedible. The pizza shop was incredibly slow. It seemed the only food you could get quickly were the burgers. Food in the dining room and Nouveau Restaurant were good. However, the service was painfully slow. Embarking and debarking was great from beginning to end. We were extremely unhappy that this ship does not participate in the luggage handling from ship to your airline through the port. This caused a huge inconvenience on our last day. We ended up sitting around SeaTac airport for 6 hours because there wasn't anywhere to put our luggage without causing delays. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Carnival Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.5 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.5 N/A
Enrichment Activities 2.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.4
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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