775 Carnival Legend Cruise Reviews

Exceptional value, full of excitement, entertainment on board, descent food and helpful people. Unlike other cruises, the cruise to Alaska is an adventure with on board resources to constantly keep you informed of where you are, the ... Read More
Exceptional value, full of excitement, entertainment on board, descent food and helpful people. Unlike other cruises, the cruise to Alaska is an adventure with on board resources to constantly keep you informed of where you are, the wildlife around you at any given time, Northenr lights and the history of the area. I am still pumped a week after the trip and at all the wonderful experinces we had as a family. Carnival toolk great care of us, we slept well and ate good the entire time. The ports are amazing and do not require you going too far off the ship in order to find places to see, sights and shopping. If a balcony room is in your budget and you are thinking about it, IT IS A MUST! WOW ! Carnival employees are exceptional and will take care of you. I really had not intention of eating in the dining room every single night on the ship, but the crew assigned to our table kept us coming back with their smiles, shenanigans and respect they showed us. It was like being with family. Hope you get a chance to see Alaska someday, amazing place ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
All i can say is wow. Carnival went above and beyond to satisfy all guests on board. The food was amazing and the staff always went out of their way to help with any needs. We stayed in a balcony cabin, which was clean, spacious and had ... Read More
All i can say is wow. Carnival went above and beyond to satisfy all guests on board. The food was amazing and the staff always went out of their way to help with any needs. We stayed in a balcony cabin, which was clean, spacious and had everything you would need. The entertainment was endless and had something for both me and my husband to enjoy. Bonsai sushi and Steakhouse a must visit and guys burger joint is literally the best burger i have ever had! Some areas were a little tired but that didnt take away from the amazing holiday we had. This was my first time with Carnival and i wasn't sure if it would be loud and too much going on, but they really do cater for everyone. If you wanted to party you could but if you wanted a relaxing quiet night you could do that too. Was very glad to learn about legend coming to Europe, will certainly be booking my family on board! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had a big family get together. Most of us were able to get cabins close to each other. Entertainment, food and excursions were excellent. Our cabin steward, Nannt, was fabulous. She knew our names and addressed us appropriately each ... Read More
We had a big family get together. Most of us were able to get cabins close to each other. Entertainment, food and excursions were excellent. Our cabin steward, Nannt, was fabulous. She knew our names and addressed us appropriately each time she saw us. She also asked if there was anything else she could get us. Very helpful. Our cabin was spotless every day. Our dinner waiter, Nickel (sp?) was awesome. Not only did he remember our names, he remembered the little things, such as I don’t like onions! The ship was clean. All the staff seemed pleasant and smiling at all hours. We used the gym, sauna, comedy shows, gambling and guest services. We did not go into most of the bars as we preferred to have drinks outside. No one in our group used the pools as it was too cold. We all did separate excursions in each of the towns and each was enjoyed. I did the hike in Skagway. The guides were very knowledgeable about the terrain, plant life, animals and glaciers. We did the tram in Juneau and hiked up the mountain further to get some fog rest views. Overall, the vacation was awesome. The ship was very clean with welcoming staff. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have had this on our bucket list for some time now. We took our two kids 13 and 15, intending for an Alaskan cruise to be a surprise. We told them we were going to an island in Canada, I even bought them red Canada hooded sweatshirts. ... Read More
We have had this on our bucket list for some time now. We took our two kids 13 and 15, intending for an Alaskan cruise to be a surprise. We told them we were going to an island in Canada, I even bought them red Canada hooded sweatshirts. My 15 year old found a printed email confirmation a couple days ahead, and my 13 year old was very surprised and told her the day we flew out instead of driving to Canada. (The poor girl packed her own towels and wash cloths.) She said, in hindsight, she would have liked a series of gifts as clues (for all of you out there who want to surprise your children). First of all, I MUST to mention that we topped off our vacation with a Tesla picking us up from the dock to the airport. Mike from Camy's Limo Service was very professional and showed the kids all the bells a whistles of his beautiful shiny black car. This was one of our highlights of this trip, I know even after going to Alaska. https://camysteslalimousine.com/ 602-733-9354 (I'm serious about this, it was so much fun!) Book this service early in your trip planning. Another Tesla service told me we would have too much luggage that we would not be able to use a Tesla, but as it turned out, we found out that their car was unavailable, there's lots of room in a Tesla. If we go back to Seattle, we'll book this service again just to tour the town fancier car with a guide. Just think, if you have a couple of hours but don't know how to tote around your luggage, they can keep the luggage in their car and let you get out for photo ops and hop back in without parking etc. Here are some things I could not find out from the reviews beforehand: 1. The free coffee? It was great, we took a large coffee mug and filled it every morning. Note: I am not a coffee snob but I do like it rich. 2. I wondered if the halls overlooking the lobby would be loud at night: The halls are enclosed by windows, There wasn't much, if any, sound coming from the evening entertainment to the cabins above. 3. Shampoo and Body Wash? It smelled nice but it was sulfate free, I was glad to have brought my own. I just felt cleaner, I am a little picky about my soap. 4. The covered pool? It was covered the entire cruise and the pool was heated. There were smokers in that area so it wasn't where I enjoyed sitting though. The open pool was cool, my kids liked that one better anyway after their body acclimated to the temperature. 5. Clothing? We were lucky to have great weather (60s-70s highs and 50s lows), I could have worn shorts everyday, I chose to wear leggings and layered t shirt and sweatshirt. I am so happy that I left our winter jackets behind at the last minute. We would not have worn them. There are plenty of reasonably priced jackets and gloves in the gift shops in town and on the boat. 6. Running: The exercise room warmer than I would have liked. I did not see a fan, but I only went in once and ran on the treadmill. It took a little getting used to rocking on the boat and running on a machine. Tenth floor running on deck was AMAZING! 3.5 laps = 1 mile. Run early though, the deck can fill up fast with whale watchers and walkers that can reduce your pace. 7. The food? How can anyone complain about the food. I did not need seasonings (I thing someone mentioned that) The food was so good! That may be something I could complain about, it was annoying that I felt the need to eat every single meal because it was so good! 8. Which side of the boat? We randomly chose starboard side, I really don't think it matters but on our cruise, most of the whales were right outside our deck. We got really lucky!! We chose Mid deck 4 - my son gets sea sick, he wore the patches but we're not even sure if he needed them. I'd choose that room again. 9. Cleanliness of boat? Better than our cruise 15 years ago, they are constantly cleaning and picking up after others all around the ship. We tipped out room steward cash every morning, they work so hard. 10. Faster to the fun? Thankfully it was sold out, we registered at midnight the 90 days before the cruise, so we could board at 11:30. We arrived at the dock at 11:15 and was on the boat by 11:30. After that, we would not have seen another opportunity for us to use "Faster to the Fun". 11. We did not participate in the entertainment most shows were during late night hours. My daughter did the teen camp and enjoyed it, but the times were limited and often later at night. I am still rating it excellent. We love our sleep and had to wake too early to attend the entertainment. 12. My son took his XBox and brought his own small TV, but wasn't able to connect to the internet. It saved us money on the arcade games. 13. Laundry: There was one washer and two dryers per floor, we washed clothes early on the trip after that the room was very busy. It was card only so you won't need quarters, the box to run the machine was next to the ironing board. I would not have known how to start the machine if the lady that was ironing wasn't in the room. Before the cruise: We stayed at the Inn on Pleasant Beach on Bainbridge Island. It was fabulous! There's a little beach close to walk along, not for swimming, the Inn has an incredible heated pool, AND the rooms were so nice. This resort is off the beaten path with free parking and no traffic. Book this early! https://www.pleasantbeachvillage.com/inn Tracy Arm: We booked the tour, saw the glacier as close as we could get, got close to a water fall, ate donuts and had hot chocolate. Turned around and the Legend was right behind us, they saw everything we did. Skagway: Our Helicopter mushing camp was canceled, I'm not even sure why. So DH booked the train, it was beautiful but just OK, some people booked the bus to the summit and they were able to stop at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign at the border. We walked up the Lower Dewey Lake Trail it was quite a challenge for us flatlanders, but beautiful and fun, it took us about 2 hours start to finish and all the way around the lake. Juneau: AMAZING!!! We did the Taku Lodge Float Plane and Salmon Bake and two bears came out. It was a beautiful sunny day, we all wore shorts and a sweatshirt. My husband wished he would've had long pants on though. Words cannot describe this experience. We wished we had an appetite for Tracy's Crab Shack. Ketchikan: It was foggy, so our Zodiac Wilderness Adventure was cancelled but it began later and with limited time we were not able to book anything similar. We fond a local excursion to look at bears, orcas and totem poles. I think we wasted our money. Were seconds away and missed some bears, he said you might see orca out the window as we drive around. We had a very informal presentation of totem poles. Waste of time. Victoria: We were just too full and tired to go to town at 7:30 at night, we walked along this long pier overlooking the water. They explained that the "Jones Act" requires the ship to stop at a foreign port. We did have a great cruise, I'm so thankful that we could have this experience of seeing the incredible views 24 hours a day and hundreds of whales including a pod of Orca. I'll check one this off of the bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We were a party of three sailing on July 9-My sister and a friend. We were supposed to be a party of four but my brother had last minute health issues that prevented him from sailing. We embarked in Seattle...easy embarkation. My ... Read More
We were a party of three sailing on July 9-My sister and a friend. We were supposed to be a party of four but my brother had last minute health issues that prevented him from sailing. We embarked in Seattle...easy embarkation. My sister and I are both platinum, but overall it was so simple I don't think it mattered. My friend and I were in a vista suite on deck four and my sister was in an aft balcony just down the hall. Rooms were both ready when we boarded. I have sailed the Legend four times now, and add in three trips on her sister ship the MIracle. I love this class of ship (mid-sized). Easy to navigate, looks like a ship and not a floating brick, never felt crowded, and a serenity area with a pool at the back. I have zero interest in rock walls, zip lines, or dive in theater on my ship, just want great public spaces to eat (they do have a Guys and a Blue Iguana) while not feeling like I was getting squished. Cabin: First time in an aft wrap suite. Pros: The room was amazingly large, great storage, beautiful bathroom with jetted tub, and the BALCONY of my dreams. Con: One single 110 outlet in the room, and unlike my recent trip on the Paradise, this ship was not retrofitted with lamps that had usb ports. But even without retrofitting...one 110 in a suite? Even before updating? Seriously? (Fortunately I had a charger that held two usb ports. Note the decor of the room is still the traditional Carnival peach/orange, but that doesn't bother me. Dining: We had booked six months out which is apparently late for Alaska, so the only thing left was late assigned seating, listed at 8:15pm (it ended up being 7:45). First stop was to the Matre d' prepared to beg and plead to see if we could get moved. Before we said two words in a row he said "Any time dining? Done. Have a great trip ladies." Our first night we did the steak house but after that we dined in a section manned by Antonio and his team, and we enjoyed them so much that we asked for them every night. Again, the maitre d staff could not have been more accommodating, as we also needed a table, not a booth. Great job all around. The food itself was nothing new for Carnival...I enjoyed it, it was pretty good (the steak house was very good) but not exceptional. Entertainment: By far and away the highlight for me was Jonathan in the piano bar, who may be the best I have ever seen. Talented piano player and singer, but most importantly he got the crowd going, joining in, making requests, and having fun. Other single lounge acts also seemed very good. As for the playlist productions, we caught three of them, and my reaction as always is "meh". I live in New York, I go to Broadway...this doesn't compare. 'The Brits' in particular was weak. We did not hit any of the comedy shows. Activities: There was a naturalist on board, which is a must when in Alaska, and she was very informative. I wish we had been able to hear her better when we were on our balcony. Shore Excursions: Sailing through Tracy Arm Fjord was worth the entire journey itself. However our trip to Skagway-Haines involved a boat ride through a nature preserve, Juno saw us at the Mendenhal Glacier and a salmon bake, and Ketchican with a Rain forest hike, all of which were enjoyable. Worst thing was that we sailed out of Ketchican at 1pm; it would have been better to stay longer and skip Victoria, which I gather is not possible. Victoria the night before we got off the cruise was a wasted stop; we took a shuttle in to town but the place seemed to be completely closed up except for a handful of souvenir shops. Waste of time. Service: We've always had great luck with our room stewards and other crew, and this was no exception. Anything we needed was well attended to. We did not travel with kids, but there were a lot more children than I would have expected for Alaska, and they all seemed to be having a great time. I did not see any running amok. Overall, an excellent time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We have cruised many times in the Caribbean but have always wanted to try an Alaskan cruise. We had a marvellous time! My review is quite long but here are some special notes if you don't want to read the whole thing: - Don’t ... Read More
We have cruised many times in the Caribbean but have always wanted to try an Alaskan cruise. We had a marvellous time! My review is quite long but here are some special notes if you don't want to read the whole thing: - Don’t try to schedule your Lyft ride the day before your cruise - Check on possible excursion openings (which may have previously been fully booked) as soon as you board: openings and cancellations occur - Book the Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier Explorer excursion if you can!!! - Inside cabins are VERY dark when the lights are off, so I advise bringing a night light -The coffee on Lido varies from fairly good to awful and there’s no way to tell until you take a sip - The Nouveau Restaurant (Steakhouse) is well worth the extra cost - Pack for ALL weather and plan to layer your clothes. We had days as cool as 54 degrees Fahrenheit and others as warm as 89 degrees. - The wildlife and scenic beauty are surreal. We saw humpback whales, bald eagles, cascades, waterfalls, harbor seals and their pups, icebergs, black bears, raging rivers, pristine lakes, harbor dolphins, orcas, otters, sea lions, jagged snow-capped mountains, blue-tinged glaciers, glacial fjords and valleys, totem poles, lumberjacks, sled dogs and puppies, and so much more! - Most excursions provide binoculars but it is nice to have your own set or a monocular. Now on to the full review and log of our trip: PRE-CRUISE: If possible, plan to stay in Seattle for a few days! A City Pass ($99) provides entry into six or eight select sites. In 2 days, we visited the Seattle Aquarium, the Pacific Science Center, The Woodland Park Zoo, The Argosy Harbor Cruise, and the Space Needle (one daytime and one evening visit). The Knight’s Inn in Tukwila near Seatac Airport offers Park and Cruise (stay the night there then leave your vehicle parked in their lot for the duration of your cruise). It was clean, if slightly run-down, but their fee for transportation to the cruise dock was $25 per person each way. We used Lyft instead and paid $27 for both of us, plus a tip. (Note: don’t try to schedule your Lyft ride the day before.) DAY 1: JUNE 25, 2019. SEATTLE: Our check-in time was noon, so we got our Lyft ride at around 11 a.m. The Lyft driver had to drop us off at the end of the pier so it was either walk a long way with luggage or take their shuttle (another tip needed), but the shuttle was fast and easy. Just outside the check-in door, luggage porters could take your bags (for a tip) or you could go through the doors and drop them off yourself. As a platinum VIFP guest, I got a few perks, but this was the easiest boarding ever. One person verified that our boarding passes showed the right time, another scanned our passports and stamped the boarding passes, then we went through security. They pointed us to the gantry - we never stopped walking and strolled aboard. We wore swimsuits under our clothes so we were in the Lido hot tub by noon. The tub was more “a little warm” than “hot” but still relaxing. After soaking for a while, we claimed a nearby table before the throngs arrived. Because the mid-aft pool area is covered by glass, it was sunny and warm but there was no danger of sunburn, making it very pleasant. While we were drying, we got a burger from Guy’s Burgers and tacos from the Blue Iguana Grill, both only steps from our table. We both used the Carnival Hub App but it was slow and buggy (just as we noted on our last cruise). At 1:30 p.m. our cabin was available. This was the first time we’d ever had an inside cabin, 7293, just forward of the aft elevators. It was small but well set up with lots of storage - more drawers and countertop space than our usual balcony cabin. The only downside is the lack of natural light. (Note: the cabin is VERY dark when the lights are off, so I advise bringing a night light.) Our cabin steward, Raja, came by to introduce himself and dropped off our excursion tickets and platinum and gold level gifts. According to the info on the cabin TV, an excursion I wanted (but which had been completely booked) now had openings, so I immediately booked the Tracy Arm Fjord excursion. At 3 pm we headed to Muster Station C. Because I walk with a cane, we were able to sit in the restaurant rather than stand outside on the deck. (Note: Most of our previous Carnival cruises allowed all passengers to sit in large common areas during muster drills rather than line up out on the deck, but perhaps the Legend is too small to do so.) After the briefing, at the spa for my manicure, I was seated in the Relaxation room where iced water (regular and orange sliced) was available. Guilia came to welcome me. I received a shellac manicure and booked a couple of seaweed wraps. We ate some Mississippi Mud Pie which Shawn said smelled too good to resist. I got everything unpacked and our cabin neat and tidy - important in such a small space! The Legend has undergone some redecorating since I was last aboard. The decor is not as flamboyant and seems more elegant. The size of the Legend has pluses and minuses. Its being slightly smaller than ships like the Vista makes getting around it easier. Having the Serenity deck, pool, and spa on Lido Aft is nice, too. Unfortunately, Legend is also missing quite a few of the amenities we saw on other ships: ropes course, sky ride, outdoor movie screen, Imax Theatre, Pub Grab, and separate Chinese or Italian restaurants. We figured out how to use the internet on all our devices, before preparing for our Steakhouse dinner at Nouveau Restaurant (cruise elegant dress suggested). Our reservation was for 8 p.m. but we arrived early, so they seated us in the main gallery rather than at the more “romantic” window-side tables. Because it was the first sailing night, we received a complimentary bottle of Merlot. The meal was outstanding. We started with small rolls and breadsticks with butter; they were so good we could have eaten just those. The chef’s complimentary “sliders” were elegant and delicious. The stuffed mushrooms were excellent. We had a beautiful caesar salad and the baby spinach salad with mushrooms and bacon. For our entrees, we had the grilled halibut and the filet mignon sided with Yukon gold mashed potatoes with wasabi, garlic rapini, and macaroni and cheese. Both entrees were delicious. The potatoes were wonderful and the mac and cheese, amazing. Despite being very full, we chose to share the Chocolate sphere for dessert - it was lovely and delicious, without being too filling. The restaurant sits at the base of the signature Carnival tail fin and windows above us illuminated the huge Odyssey painting as the sun was setting. After finishing dinner, we strolled out on the deck to watch the sunset, but the wind made it uncomfortably cool. We sheltered in a glass stairway and watched and photographed. Being late June, the sun didn’t set until 9:15 p.m. DAY 2: JUNE 26, 2019. AT SEA: Shawn arose about 6 a.m. to do laps on deck 10. We headed down to Sea Day Brunch in Truffles, 2 Aft. The brunch menu has changed and even the servers are not completely familiar with it. We were disappointed that the brunch pasta was unavailable but settled for the “Signature Tower” with smoked salmon and egg salad (incredible!) as well as a fresh and delightful yoghurt parfait. We split a delicious bloody Mary for which we had a complimentary coupon. After breakfast, we went to the Follies Theatre for a naturalist’s lecture about Alaska and glaciers. The lecture seemed to be aimed at a much younger crowd, but we found the session to be very informative, nonetheless. We stopped by the excursions desk to verify when the Fjord excursion tickets would be delivered to us (they never were). Raja came by around 11:30 to clean the cabin so we went up to Lido where folks were lining up for lunch. We checked to see if the hot tub was any warmer, but it had been emptied. A whale blew only 200 yds away but too fast to identity. We took turns getting lunch from Chopsticks buffet and watched for critters. We split a chocolate layer cake. (Note: Carnival does chocolate well!) We went back to the Serenity Deck to relax and saw a humpback whale spout very close to the ship! We went back to the cabin because it was a little chilly (this was one of the few days during the cruise when it was cool!) then I headed to the spa for a seaweed wrap. I waited in the Relaxation room but the water dispensers were empty and there were no clean glasses. Giulia came and sat me in a pedicure massage chair. She brushed my calves then rubbed warm seaweed mixed with milk bath on them before wrapping them in plastic and a towel to “bake.” I enjoyed the massage chair and watched out the wall of windows for wildlife. Guilia washed off the seaweed and sent me on my way. I stopped on Lido and watched for whales. We spent some time trying to deal with strange issues sending messages; my iPhone 6S had problems sending and receiving messages. We dressed for dinner then sat in the Atrium/Colossus Lounge (2 mid) to listen to music by a solo guitarist and to Evano Strings, a violin trio. We went to Truffles Restaurant on 3 Aft for “My Time Dining“ only to be told there was a fifteen to thirty-minute wait. We settled into easy chairs to watch the parade of Cruise Elegant attire as folks went to dinner or had portraits taken. We were paged for dinner prior to the 30-minute marker and were seated at a table for two next to a starboard window. We both ordered the Roasted Wild Mushroom Bisque which was excellent. I also had a spinach salad and spaghetti carbonara. Shawn had a Caesar salad and the fried oyster appetizer. We munched on the breadbasket provided while we awaited our dishes. Everything was delicious although the servers seemed tired and overwhelmed. We reset clocks back an hour (Alaska time!) before going to bed. DAY 3, JUNE 27, 2019. TRACY ARM FJORD: Shawn was up and walking his laps by 5:15. I followed shortly thereafter, and we watched for wildlife as the ship sailed into the fjord. We sat by the windows on starboard, despite being overheated from sitting in the sun, as we had breakfast, so we could hear Jessica the ship Naturalist when she pointed out animals or gave interesting tidbits and information. We saw dolphins and otters and orcas and even a mother humpback and her calf! It was almost time for the Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier Explorer excursion, so we awaited the tour boat in the Firebird Lounge, 1 Fwd. The weather was perfect with blue skies and a pleasant temperature. There were a comfortable indoor sitting and a viewing area surrounded by windows as well as an open deck upstairs. As we drew away from the Legend, the catamaran took us up the fjord where we saw many bald eagles flying past us and in trees on both shores. Initially, the steep slopes were densely forested with fir trees, but as we motored further into that Alaskan wilderness, only scrubby brush and rocks lined the narrow waterway. We saw cascades, waterfalls, harbor seals, and a black bear on the bank who seemed to be unbothered as we cruised close to see him. The boat motored near many blue icebergs and other ice floes. We got very close to the gorgeous Ice Falls, one of 2 true waterfalls in the Fjord. The pilot backed the boat into the “nook,” a small cascade-carved cove where we could see beautiful wildflowers. We cruised past Sawyer Island where, 200 years ago, the 2 Sawyer glaciers were connected as one. The captain informed us that he always maintained a wide distance (100-500 yards) from marine mammals, but we went right over the top of one seal, whom we assume the captain didn’t see. We also scraped and went over numerous floating pieces of ice (mini bergs) which was disconcerting. (Since the boat was a catamaran, no seals or icebergs were harmed.) We navigated the icy waters, past many harbor seals and their pups upon the bergs, to get within a quarter-mile of the Sawyer tide glacier. We saw it calve repeatedly, with huge chunks as well as small pieces falling into the water. The visible face of the glacier is a ½ mile wide and 200 feet high, but the tour guide assured us that the face actually extended 900 feet below the surface. We left the iceberg-filled area to visit the smaller arm of the fjord and North Sawyer glacier (much smaller and less active). All too soon, we were taken back to the Legend so another tour group could board. We had a late lunch at the deli since not much else was open. From the rear Serenity deck, we watched the Fjord slowly retreat as the ship pirouetted then moved back to the bay where we began the day. It was surreal to see icebergs drift by while people played in the pool and spa. The breeze was chilly, so we moved into the Unicorn cafe on Lido. We went to dinner at about 7:30 - a private table next to a window. (The Your Time dining really works well for us!) The Alaskan food specials, a seafood Cobb Salad and the baked flounder, were excellent and beautifully presented. The lentil pumpkin chorizo soup was surprisingly good as was the crispy portobello entree. DAY 4, JUNE 29, 2019. SKAGWAY, AL: Shawn was up early to do laps on deck 10. I packed our backpack and met him for breakfast on Lido. We watched the Norwegian Jewel come into dock, before heading to the Follies Lounge to meet for our excursion, The Ultimate Yukon & White Pass Railroad Adventure. We were on our bus by 7:05 a.m. Our driver CJ introduced herself and our tour started with a short bus ride through Skagway to the train. CJ commented and narrated continuously and also made many jokes. The train climbed over 300 feet and the guide narrated the history. (Note: If you want the breathtaking views, ride on the left side on the uphill portion!) We passed over a 120-year-old trestle bridge and through 2 unlit tunnels. Carmac Peak and Carmac Glacier loomed over the valley while the Sawtooth Mountains provided a beautiful backdrop. The Skagway river rushed and tumbled alongside the track, even showing some class 6 rapids. The creeks and rivers varied from milky green with glacier flour to crystalline clearness in some of the lakes. As we neared Fraser, a small black bear (it may have been a cub) gambolled beside the train. In Fraser, we had our passports checked by a Canadian border guard. We debarked and reboarded our bus with CJ, who drove us north to the Yukon. We stopped for pics beside Lake Totshi, the longest lake in the chain, and saw a jackrabbit go hopping by. We passed into the Yukon Territory and stopped at the Caribou Crossing (Carcross) Trading Post for a BBQ chicken lunch. After eating, we had an hour to wander through the “trading post“ which had a small wildlife museum, a petting zoo with sled dog puppies, a gift shop, and an ice cream parlor. Back on the bus, we went a bit further north to see the pristine Emerald Lake and nearby Spirit Lake. We returned to the very small town of Carcross and wandered through the shops. We all got back on the bus and headed south to Alaska and Skagway. Along the way, a bus was stopped on the roadside so we slowed too, allowing us to spot a black bear standing on the far side of the road. As we approached the border crossing into Alaska, a Canadian guard (the same guy who checked our passports on the train) stopped CJ for going a little fast, then proceeded to rip into her for not being respectful enough to him. The constantly-joking CJ was quiet for a while thereafter, but she apologized if she made anyone uncomfortable and started joking again. We were dropped off at the end of the dock and strolled back to the Legend, only a short walk. We had full cell service so we caught up on calls and messages before going to an early dinner. We were seated immediately but service was slow due to many large groups and “parties.” Our servers, Richard, Bisu, and Marvin were very friendly and worked hard to keep up. We had the Tenderloin which was tasty if not tender, and linguini with Italian sausage. We ordered roasted broccoli with cheese not realizing it was a soup (Carnival doesn’t always notate which appetizers are soups) and the Alaskan smoked salmon and cream cheese pate. We skipped dessert and retired quite early. One huge benefit of the inside cabin is that sunset at 11:22 p.m. doesn’t keep you awake! DAY 5, JUNE 29,2019. JUNEAU, AL: We rose early and grabbed food when the breakfast buffet opened. (Note: The coffee varies from fairly good to awful and there’s no way to tell until you take a sip.) We headed back to the cabin to gear up for our Mendenhall Glacier & Wildlife Quest excursion. We had to go to the forward elevator to reach deck A then out to the pier and up a long gangway to the dock to meet our excursion. We were led to our bus and told we’d be going whale-watching first, then to the Glacier. Lynn, our driver/guide, gave lots of great info about Juneau and how to take iPhone pics using the down-volume button. At the Auke Bay Allen Harbor, we boarded the St Herman (3rd bus-load to get on the boat). Richard, the tour naturalist, gave us lots of info on the wildlife, as did the guide, Kathleen. We found seats on the inside upper deck and could wander out to the open upper deck to see whales and other wildlife. Capt John took us up Favorite Channel past Shelter Island. As we went, we saw bald eagles, sea otters, humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and many sea birds. The boat’s galley sold a Glacier Margarita colored a lovely blue, and also offered a sample of smoked salmon flavored with pickled kelp - unusual but excellent!! The captain and crew mentioned several times that they only saw orcas about once a week, so we were all delighted when, as we cruised back into Auke Bay, a pod of 6+ orcas was swimming and jumping all around boats in the harbor!! We disembarked and found our way to another bus, with a new driver/guide, Lacy Bear. The bus was quite warm. (Note: the area has been experiencing a heatwave with temps in the 80’s though their normal summer temps are in the 50’s-60’s.) Lacy told bear jokes as she drove us to the Mendenhall Glacier where we had an hour to explore. We took the long, winding ramp rather than the stairs or elevator up to the visitor’s center, reading about local flora along the way. Inside there were many informative displays and telescopes, as well as rangers giving presentations and answering questions. They even had a chunk of glacier ice (age was estimated at 200 years) “caught” recently that could be touched. Large windows looked out over Mendenhall Lake toward the glacier and Nugget Falls. A couple of small “icebergs’” were floating on the lake, but the ranger told us that it was very rare to actually see Mendenhall Glacier calve. The 0.3-mile trail to the ViewPoint was a slightly up-and-down paved path to a point of land jutting into the lake and had a great view of the glacier and the Falls. That area of the lake itself was blocked from use due to the Arctic Terns nesting there. Many people hiked the 2-mile round-trip trail to Nugget Falls and we could see them across the lake at the base of the roaring torrent. (Note: I thought we’d get to walk on the glacier because the excursion description isn’t completely clear, but you never get closer than about ½ mile.) As we left Mendenhall Glacier park, we saw a beaver’s dam, and some folks even caught sight of the beaver. During our ride back to port, Lacy pointed out eagles and drove the bus across the bridge into Juneau proper, so we could say we’d been there and get pictures of the Legend as we returned. We returned to the ship and had lunch on Lido at Chopsticks (which became the Seafood Corner in the evenings); they had some of the best Tom Ka Gai soup I’d ever eaten. After the ship headed away from Juneau, we went up to Lido to whale-watch. We saw a group of 4 whales (odd since they usually travel in groups of no more than 3) and a couple of humpbacks diving, showing their tail flukes, very near the ship. We were on the port side, so we only heard about the whale that totally breached on starboard. We took a walk around the whole 9th deck to find the forward observation platforms we’d noticed from the dock. Since we were underway, the area turned into a wind tunnel as we reached the bow and we had to tilt into the high wind to make it to the platform!! We made it all the way around and back to the Unicorn Cafe Lido buffet area where we snacked before retiring for the night. DAY 6, JUNE 30,2019. KETCHIKAN, AL: We ate breakfast on Lido at 6:00 a.m. then went back to the cabin to pack up before we headed to the dock to meet our Saxman Village and the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show excursion. We met our bus and our driver/guide Sam and learned that Ketchikan is an island. Sam drove us through the small town and out to the Tlingit village of Saxman which hosts the largest extant collection of standing totem poles. The many carved and painted totem poles stretched high into the sky. We watched a 13-minute video to learn some of the history and culture then hiked through the rainforest to the Beaver Clan House. We were welcomed by an elder who spoke first in Tlingit then English. A group of villagers from different clans performed dances and songs to welcome us. At the end of each dance, the Dancers all turned their backs so that we could see their ceremonial capes showing their different clans. Afterwards, we went outside to view the collection of totem poles and Sam described the different types (funerary, shame, heraldic, historic, guardian, and clan). He also told the stories behind most of the poles we could see. One had a grumpy looking man in a potlatch hat atop a pole. This was Seward, who purchased Alaska (Seward’s Folly). There were many stories and incredible art. We went into the carving workshop where an apprentice carver explained their artisanship, then we walked down to the gift shop for a quick shopping spree. Sam drove us back into town and dropped us off near the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. I stopped in a nearby shop before we went into the GALS facility. Four Lumberjacks competed, two versus two, and it was fun, loud, campy, and pretty amazing as well. There were six various skills/contests; all were difficult and fun to watch. We left the show with just 15 minutes to reach and reboard our ship a few blocks away. Many folks were disappointed in the shortness of the Ketchikan stop. It’s one of the largest towns we visited on this cruise, so I would have preferred to stay in Ketchikan another 4-5 hours and skipped the Victoria cruise stop scheduled for tomorrow. (In Victoria, the ship arrives around 7 p.m. and leaves by about 11 p.m., making it a less than ideal or welcoming port for most of us.) We had lunch at Bonsai Sushi. It was different from a similar restaurant on the Vista. For example, the Bento box provided only miso soup, salad, 6 California roll pieces, and 3 varied sashimi pieces, with no main entree. It was very tasty though. We went back to Lido for dessert and wildlife watching. Sitting on the port side, Shawn saw 2 large jellyfish, which we learned were Sea Nettles. The naturalist, Jessica, came by and chatted, answering questions, and she also explained why the ship MUST stop in a non-US port (in our case, Victoria). I saw swirls of movement and fantails of water beside the ship and Jessica confirmed it was a pod of Dall porpoises. Cruise Elegant night is always a treat, both for us to wear nicer clothes and to see what the other passengers wear. And the food is usually special. We were seated with Richard and Biso as our waiters again and they remembered us and were incredible servers. We had the stuffed mushrooms (very similar to those in the steakhouse) and clam chowder. For entrees, we had the jumbo shrimp (not really jumbo sized but good) and the filet mignon (also small but very tender and so tasty!). For dessert, we shared the chocolate melting cake. Finally headed back to the cabin to set our clocks forward to Pacific Daylight Time. DAY 7, JULY 1,2019. AT SEA WITH A BRIEF STOP IN VICTORIA: Shawn got up at 6 for laps and saw a mama and baby humpback very close to the ship. Then we hit a fog bank and visibility died. Truffles restaurant 2 Aft opened a little early and we were seated quickly. Our waiter seemed tired or angry or both and we didn’t receive our meals until after 9. The parfaits were excellent as were the egg salad and smoked salmon on the “Tower” breakfast. I wish the iced tea onboard was brewed but it’s “canned” and only ok. The coffee in the restaurant is usually good but that on Lido varies greatly from weak to walking on its own. I walked through Lido and saw whales on my way to a seaweed wrap appointment in the spa. I sat in the relaxation room (where the water containers were full of ice but no water yet again) until Guilia came to get me. She sat me in a massage pedicure chairs, brushed my legs then coated them in a seaweed masque before wrapping them in foil-like sheets and leaving me to bake and enjoy the massage chair for 30 minutes. Guilia unwrapped and washed my legs with milk bath. I tipped her and went to Unicorn Cafe where we tried the Blackberry Chocolate Mud Cake (BCMC), part of the Chocolate Extravaganza. After this treat, we decided to eat a late lunch so I checked out the sales in the Shops then met Shawn by Guy Fieri’s Burgers. We shared a cheeseburger then got a tuna sandwich from the deli and shared that, too. We headed to deck 3 to try to get a cell phone signal. After we caught up on messages and voicemail, we went to the Firebird Lounge, 1 Fwd, to watch "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part." After the movie, we stepped outside to watch our docking in Victoria, British Columbia. A seal watched the ship as the waters swirled and rushed during docking. Because the stay in port was so short, we chose to remain aboard and have a relaxing evening. We dined at Truffles and requested Richard and his crew. Richard, Bisu, and Marvin were attentive and entertaining, singing and dancing as part of the Final Evening showtime. Upon learning that we were celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, they brought out a pretty, little cake and sang to us. We decided to carry all our bags off ourselves, so I packed everything up that evening. DAY 8, JULY 2, 2019. DEBARKATION IN SEATTLE. We woke early and Shawn had just enough time to complete his final laps, finishing with a grand total of 66 (slightly less than 20 miles). We ate breakfast on Lido then gathered all our belongings and went to Truffles Restaurant where the self-assist Platinum and Diamond passengers were gathered. Debarkation was fast and simple and even Customs was a breeze. By 8 a.m. we were on the pier waiting for our Lyft. This was one of our all-time favorite cruises! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to ... Read More
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to Alaska; I want to see snow and it all melts in the summer months... So May it was! We experienced sun, snow, green spring/ early summer colors and seriously, it was AMAZING!!!!! At every single stop the locals kept saying "You picked a good day. No rain today, and it rains every day here". The ship itself is well maintained. I only encountered ONE rude crew member and it was an American crew member in the gift shop. Everyone else was superb and helpful and kind. Our first stop was Juneau. We went whale watching. The crew on the boat were knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful! We saw humpback whales (a mom and baby) that breeched several times. We also saw eagles and and see lions and seals! Our second stop was Skagway. We booked 2 excursions because it was a long day in port. First we did a zodiac rafting adventure which I highly recommend! We were outfitted in all weather, WARM, sub Arctic deck suits with goggles, gloves, and face masks. Captain Jen was incredible as was her crew. She made the ride FUN by doing donuts in the middle of the water multiple times. We saw waterfalls that blew our actual minds and eagles and sea lions of all different varieties and otters playing in the water. We stopped for several photo ops. We were brought back to the staging area by the ship where the next excursion started. We did the 3 hour White Pass Railway Adventure. I don't even have words to do that trip up the mountain justice. It's not an exaggeration when I say the views were spectacular and impossible to really process at first. We saw lush green mountains and snow covered mountains side by side. We learned a lot about the gold Rush and how the railway was made, etc. Going through the mountain tunnels was exhilarating. You can't go to Skagway and not do the White pass Railway. We cruised Glacier Bay next. Please do yourself a favor and book a balcony (try to get an Aft Balcony. They go FAST and there are only 20 on the ship) and bring binoculars. I was brought to tears by the stunning beauty!!! You don't understand how INCREDIBLE it was. We watched the Margorie Glacier calve. First you hear rolling thunder then you see part of the glacier crash into the water making huge splashing waves. Some of the glaciers are ice blue and others not so much. When you cruise Glacier Bay, Carnival gives you warm blankets to cuddle up with so you don't freeze to death. All along the way we saw whales breeching and see otters floating lazily on their backs with their cute paws and heads just above the water. This was one of my favorite days!!! I was pretty much euphoric all day. Our next stop was Icy Straight Point. I didn't book an excursion here but my friend in the cabin next to me did. She went whale watching and saw multiple whales breech very close up. She also went on a bear excursion and saw brown bears. I was a little jealous if the pictures she got. We rode into town and saw how the natives live. Then we went to The Crab Shack. GO TO THE CRAB SHACK!!!! There we got Alaskan King Crab legs that were HUGEEEEE and Bloody Mary's full of crab meat, shrimp, and a crab claw!! The crab the best we've ever had and we were unexpectedly so full it wasn't even funny. Finally we went to Ketchikan. Here is my ONLY complaint. We were only there for 4 hours which is ludicrous because Ketchican is huge and we didn't get to experience even a quarter of Ketchikan. We did a Go Kart Adventure thru the rainforest. It was a gorgeous, sunny, dry, day so we didn't need the rain gear offered. The ride was kick ass and although I've seen some people complain that it wasn't long enough; we found it to be the perfect length. We stopped for a few beautiful photo ops and a quick snack and water. Our guide was Rhianna Marie! We wanted to put her in our suitcase and bring her home. She was GREAT. Our next stop was Victoria BC. from 7pm - 11 pm. Honestly, that's a huge waste of a stop. I would much rather have had more time in Ketchikan. I got the feeling they stopped in Canada just so Canada could try to make a few bucks off of the tourists. Not this girl! Let me just close by saying I will be booking another Alaskan cruise!!! You couldn't pay me to go in the heat of summer and get rain EVERY DAY and miss all the snow and be hot. Who wants to be hot in Alaska!? Not me.... Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We were worried about going so early in the season, but we only needed our coats one day. The weather was beautiful, and we liked the ship. Smaller sized ship that’s a bit outdated, but Jen the CD and the employees in the casino bar, ... Read More
We were worried about going so early in the season, but we only needed our coats one day. The weather was beautiful, and we liked the ship. Smaller sized ship that’s a bit outdated, but Jen the CD and the employees in the casino bar, sports bar, and MDR were very friendly and fun. We upgraded to a premium balcony-worth it for the room and balcony size! We were in 6279, and I’d book it again! While it’s an older ship, I liked the smaller size and smaller capacity. Food was same as always-good- and the speakers about Alaska were very knowledgeable. Don’t miss CIA (Caught in Action), the band that plays-really great singers and performers! Casino was tight. We did the Taku Lodge seaplane excursion, which was interesting, but there’s not a lot to do after you eat the salmon lunch (it was dry.). We also did the train in Skagway-I recommend upgrading to the VIP car for free drinks and appetizers, as well as the personalized tour information and comfortable seats! Very few kids on this cruise, and friendly guests and employees. While I crossed it off my bucket list, I’d do it again for sure! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I have to start with I was initially disappointed with how old the ship looked and the windows were dirty. After we settled in to our balcony room which was perfect, our room steward greeted us by name and was truly the best! Although the ... Read More
I have to start with I was initially disappointed with how old the ship looked and the windows were dirty. After we settled in to our balcony room which was perfect, our room steward greeted us by name and was truly the best! Although the ship was older nothing was in really bad condition. The crew was amazing and the entrainment was also amazing. I loved going to the comedy clubs. This cruise went to Alaska so we had to find things to do because we couldn’t enjoy the sun and pool. We loved hanging out in the casino which we actually did well. The staff was very organized when stopping at ports and the excursions we chose were awesome. The cruise director Jen was awesome. She was funny and always interacting with guests. The food was very good but we didn’t go to the restaurants. We had a wonderful time so I just booked another carnival cruise on carnival magic. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise ship. We had the opportunity of a great fare that was too hard to turn down. Despite the initial shock of the dowdy dark mixed themes interior, we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise mostly due ... Read More
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise ship. We had the opportunity of a great fare that was too hard to turn down. Despite the initial shock of the dowdy dark mixed themes interior, we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise mostly due to the happy staff and crew. We additionally loved the fact that Carnival generously provides FREE FRESH bean coffee which none of the other cruise lines we've travelled on have done. There was a happy vibe from all staff and crew. We particularly loved the crew being involved in the fun dancing during our dining. The Carnival Legend band - CIA were a knock-out highly talented band that were very interactive with the audience and provided a lineup of great songs. They were very down to earth and blew us all away with their professional talent. This band could fill venues outside of a Carnival ship. The buffet had lots of variety. The icecream and pizza was available 24 hours and we were very thankful at times when we had been dancing for hours and wanted something late after the buffet had closed. We loved our Carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The dining room was amazing we had wonderful service and great waiters the stuff were amazing very kind and caring they always encourage others. The waiter were the best people on the ship they were ning, kadek and edgardo I would totally ... Read More
The dining room was amazing we had wonderful service and great waiters the stuff were amazing very kind and caring they always encourage others. The waiter were the best people on the ship they were ning, kadek and edgardo I would totally do it again and the 18 days seem long but it went very quick. There is so much things to do on the ship. Definitely go/go again. I got a bit windy but you can’t help that. The entertainment was astonishing they were amazing the shows were the best I have seen and great people to talk to the senses in the shows were great you just can’t describe how good it was to watch with the dancers and singers all the other shows were great for kids although the comedy could be a little better I beginning comedy people for kids were good but it got worst from then on they have great food on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Our third cruise on the Legend and it didn't disappoint. The staff are always amazing, nothing was too much trouble. The food was really good in the MDR and amazing in the Nouveau restaurant. Our cabin was one we have had before and ... Read More
Our third cruise on the Legend and it didn't disappoint. The staff are always amazing, nothing was too much trouble. The food was really good in the MDR and amazing in the Nouveau restaurant. Our cabin was one we have had before and was clean,quiet and comfortable. The shows were good, probably time for a change though. The Punchliner comedians were a bit hit and miss, some were really funny and entertaining, some were a flat and not funny at all. The photographers were fun, but don't need to be so persistent. Carnival need to look at doing a photo package, individually they are expensive. Even though the Legend had a dry dock last year, it could do with a major overhaul, it's looking a bit tired. I don't mind the decor, it's not one of the things I pay attention to. Our overall cruise was one of the best we've had. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First, I write this as a guy in my early 40s travelling with my partner and no kids. That should give you an idea of my perspective. We found this cruise through a Carnival promotion and we couldn't pass this up at the price. We ... Read More
First, I write this as a guy in my early 40s travelling with my partner and no kids. That should give you an idea of my perspective. We found this cruise through a Carnival promotion and we couldn't pass this up at the price. We didn't get to choose the cabin but we were given 5114, a balcony room closer to the front of the ship. The room was clean and well-presented, no complaints here. My first cruise ever was on Legend last year and it felt like visiting an old friend this time 'round. Some of the Fun Ship upgrades had been put in like Alchemy, Blue Iguana and Guy's Burger Joint but there was no Fat Jimmy's C-Side as there is on Spirit. Embarkation was easy enough, we rocked up to and dropped off the bags and went through customs. Carnival have changed the process a little since our last cruise on Spirit this year. They now issue you a paper boarding pass rather than the Sail and Sign card just before you get on. The Sail and Sign card awaits in the little mailbox out the room. I was told the paper is quicker to print and you can still use it in place of the proper sail and sign card. Our card arrived fairly quickly. The old Roman/Greco theme has grown on me and it never really bothered me anyway. Some may not like it. I went straight up to Unicorn café and had the fish and a few other sides. Exactly as I remember it on my first time on Legend. The food was great on the Lido deck, be it Unicorn, Guy's or the Iguana. I then purchased the bottomless bubbles package and started getting into the good stuff. The service started off excellent and didn't really deviate from any of the bar staff throughout the cruise. They were pretty much always friendly. One thing I like about Carnival are the drinks prices. They might be a little higher than the local leagues club but they're tolerable. Beer and wine is probably a $1 or $2 higher than the local club. Even spirits (Scotch is what I had) is reasonable. Cocktails are as expected. My local club does them for about $12 - $15 and that was about the price onboard. The first day is always chaotic and we had people with their kids in Serenity. Seriously, there's plenty more ship to keep your kids but Serenity is for those 18+. They weren't rowdy but these families take up cabanas that could be for someone over 18. Staff didn't do anything and ask these families to move to another area. The subsequent days didn't have kids parked at Serenity. And anyway, who takes their kids out of school before school holidays start? That's what school holidays are for. After a day or so, people's movement flows well through the ship. The ship is well laid out and there's always an area where you can sit and have a quiet area. You may not get the lounge beside the pool but on sun deck there's always a few chairs empty. Bars are easy to access and not crowded unless there's an event on. I could sit at one of the bars and enjoy a few drinks especially the more quiet ones such as Dreamteam and Odyssey. Even before dinner times, Alchemy was accessible. All-in-all, I think the Spirit class ships have a good passenger to amenity ratio. Waiters for drink service seemed to come more regularly than I remember on my last Carnival cruises. Our cruise director was Jen and she was great; always around and ready to have a chat and she looked after us. She was always letting passengers know what was going on. Entertainment was generally good and they had Epic Rock on the last night, the second time I've seen the show. DJ Max was our main DJ and plays a good mix of music that would appeal to most anyone. His playlist doesn't feel like it was contrived by a CCL suit in Miami for use onboard all their ships. Unfortunately, Music Manilla weren't on this ship but the other entertainers were good. Music volume levels were good including in areas where piped music was playing so you could easily maintain a conversation. As one would expect, the jams were pumped up a little for the Lido deck 80's theme night. That joint was bumping and it was a good turn out. In terms of cleanliness, Unicorn tables were being cleaned promptly. I'd barely finish a meal and a courteous staff member would be there cleaning. I only encountered one or two public toilets not working but they seemed to have been repaired promptly. Toilets are quite handily located all over the ship so you can leave things on a table and be back quick enough for no one to have removed anything. Toilets were always clean and there'd be someone cleaning/maintaining them often enough. Again, the food was excellent and other than breakfast, changed regularly. Breakfast was mostly things like bacon, eggs, toast, etc. along with cold cuts and even salad. Truffles was excellent and the service astounding. We were able to change our assigned table and we were given a note the next day in our mailbox informing us of the new table number. We also did the Chef's table again as well as Nouveau. Again, both were excellent. Nouveau has bumped up the price but it's still worth it. Just a note, we've had the escargot before so didn't think to order them this time. Our chef came out and had chat with us about the meu. Apparently, Carnival will be taking them off the menu so get in while you can. Our chef quickly had some cooked up for us. Amazing service. Some minor criticisms with the ship include inconsistent bar prices. Most staff will process the mixer component of spirits and it will be then credited back on the bill because soft drink is included in the Bottomless Bubbles package but even at the same bar, other bar staff will not credit it back. In some of the areas, parents would simply not bother controlling their children. Others would let nappy-donned rug rats in the pool. Even with a swim nappy, you can't go in the pool. People don't want to swim in diarrhoea and urine. Staff didn't seem control this whereas they were strict about it last year on Legend. Other than that, I know I've been on a stellar cruise when I shed the odd tear knowing I have to disembark and get back on with life. Well done, Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We actually chose this cruise because it was a last minute special, no other reason. The decor is Las Vegas on sea, it takes a little getting used to the lavish decorations but hey, you are on a holiday and bland is not exiting. Our ... Read More
We actually chose this cruise because it was a last minute special, no other reason. The decor is Las Vegas on sea, it takes a little getting used to the lavish decorations but hey, you are on a holiday and bland is not exiting. Our luggage was delivered to the cabin after an easy check in, smooth embarkation process. The cabin was fine, lots of room for clothes etc and a balcony actually big enough for sitting on, our cabin steward was polite and helpful. There is a lot of food and drink on board, free drinks include ice water, ice tea, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice and apple juice all day. Alcoholic drinks are pricy but as there is no daily charge or enforced tipping on this ship it is still affordable to have a great time, prices are about the same as at a nicer venue on land in Australia. Free food includes good pizza to well after 11pm, hamburgers, tacos and wraps made to order on deck. The buffet is similar each day with several different stations serving foods as in seafood, sandwiches etc. Think Siz***rs. The sit down restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner, it is a little hit and miss but the good thing of course is that if you meal is not to your liking you just ask your waiter and a different meal turns up for you. We never asked for another meal. Every evening the waiters dance for you and there are theme nights during the cruise with the dining room decorated and special dishes on the menu. We had a Chefs table dinner which is served in the kitchen between the excitement of the kitchen. Amazing food and all drinks included. This was the highlight of our cruise and well worth the $120 per person it cost. It made for an extra special night as we chose formal night to do this. The entertainment on board includes things like games and quizzes during the day and a show at night as well as late night comedy. We went to all of these and had hardly any time left to read a book. The shows are great, we went to some twice. I have to say the last night was a rock and roll night and you would have to buy a pricy ticket to go see a show this good on land. Our cruise director Jen was on hand when needed and it seems she had 3 doubles walking around, she was just everywhere. My husband and I are in our early 60 so had no kids with us this time but as we are thinking of bringing our grandchildren some times we went down to the kids club to have a talk to the parents and they all seemed happy, so did the kids. The only remark was to wait till the youngest is over 2 as there are no facilities for younger children. Over all, we enjoyed our cruise and would go on this ship again, there is a good mix of all ages on board and something to do for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Did a 3 night cruise and loved it. Great ship, great entertainment, alcohol at pub prices, comedy club fantastic, cabin we booked an interior but got a free upgrade to balcony which was good. I don’t get sea sick but did need to take sea ... Read More
Did a 3 night cruise and loved it. Great ship, great entertainment, alcohol at pub prices, comedy club fantastic, cabin we booked an interior but got a free upgrade to balcony which was good. I don’t get sea sick but did need to take sea sickness tablets as our first night was rough. Thoroughly recommend. Ship didn’t feel crowded lots of spaces including serenity deck for peace and quiet. If you want a daybed get up there early. Weather not too warm so didn’t swim but pools are good. We did cash just deposit when you get on and keep topping up card. Casino area huge, red frog bar great music and vibe. Food was plentiful and pizza to the early hours of the morning. Ship decor was different but for the value we thought it was great. Lots of lifts for easy access. You can get Carlton draught just ask at different bars. Cocktails so many on offer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Carnival Legend Cruise: October 11th- 23rd Our first ever Cruise (although we have traveled extensively on international flights - Business and Holidays.) we were impressed. The Boarding was a credit to the Carnival Legend staff for ... Read More
Carnival Legend Cruise: October 11th- 23rd Our first ever Cruise (although we have traveled extensively on international flights - Business and Holidays.) we were impressed. The Boarding was a credit to the Carnival Legend staff for their efficiency and ease of service. Most international airlines would struggle to compete with the speed and efficiently of Carnival Legend’s boarding and disembarking procedures. Our Cabin was appropriate for our needs, contained but everything was there. Full marks for excellent room service that included a daily animal creation made out of towels – a masterpiece with two bold eyes. (Thank you, Tri and Eden.) The center of the ship was quite breathtaking with elegant restaurants -Truffies on the 2nd and 3rd floor. The food was outstanding with nice touches that included appetizers that you would normally never try. Of course, the Waiters (Richard’s team for our table) were excellent and highly organized as they promptly arranged individual meals requests with minimal interruption. Alternatively, there were plenty of self-serve kiosks open virtually all day on the 9th floor. I should add the dancing Waiter’s floor-show in the Truffies restaurant was a must see. If you are in for a relaxing time then this is the place to be, cruising around the Pacific Islands in one of the many pods or deck chairs - relaxing. Entertainment highlights were the evening shows; especially the magicians who had the traditional rope tricks and then something unique i.e. guessing what colours are being painted on the white board while blindfolded or the hypnotist who had everyone on the edge of their seat with just what will he do next. Very funny. Similarly, the 70’s and 80’s music shows were packed events especially Freddie Mercury' rendition. Shore excursions were what you wanted to make of them, as the time is limited. Plenty of options in Fiji – Suva/Nadi and the natural splendor of Maree with excellent beaches, and tropical fish in their home un- spoilt environment. A must see snorkeling experience. Overall, we certainly enjoyed our cruise beginning with the early morning stretch exercises - thank you Mohini and the opportunity to indulge and relax in the Sauna and Spa. Of course, if you ever felt guilty about all the exquisite foods on offer (Tiramisu cake you could not just walk past) then the Gym was the place to go although I have to admit there was always spare machines. Special thanks to Guest services for answering the various queries we had. (Thank you, Marcela and Sophia.) Christine, would also like to especially thank Angela for her Seven day treatment of Acupuncture and Cupping. Christine can feel a definite improvement now. Mike and Christine Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We started this amazing trip in Seattle with a friend. We spent 4 days tour the town and seeing the sites such as: The Space Needle, The Chihuly Museum, the Pop Culture museum, the Troll under the bridge, the Z Park, the water front, the ... Read More
We started this amazing trip in Seattle with a friend. We spent 4 days tour the town and seeing the sites such as: The Space Needle, The Chihuly Museum, the Pop Culture museum, the Troll under the bridge, the Z Park, the water front, the Pike Place Market, Kerry Park, the Argosy boat cruise and much more. It really started us off fo an adventure we were so excited to get started on. We entered the Legend on pier 91 at 11:45 AM with no issues or delays. The check in was smooth and the welcome was tremendous. Our rooms weren't ready until 1:30 PM but that was known from the beginning. They had the buffet all setup and we enjoyed the scenery of the Seattle harbor. The first day was a sea day but we needed the downtime after running all over Seattle. The only downfall of the entire trip was the commercialized cities we visited, but we are veteran cruises and knew what to stay away from. Juneau was our first stop and the only port where we did not use Carnival for our tour. We used Harv and Marv's whale watching and what a great decision that was. We saw 14-15 whales, dolphins, seals, walruses and a glacier that was stunning in the sunlight during the evening hours. Skagway was next and it was an old looking western town full of plenty of shopping. We took the excursion on the Ultimate Yukon and White Pass Railway Adventure. This trip bused you into the Yukon to a small tourist trap village with lunch but yet fun to be there and afterwards there is a petting zoo and sled dogs to see. Then they took you to Carcrossing for a little more local shopping and then to the train which is the highlight of the tour. It took 1 1/2 hours to go back down the hill but it was worth every second. This is a must do.... Third stop was Glacier Bay. BEAUTIFUL. And during this time of year you get to see bothe Glaciers in the area. Highly suggest the presentations by the park rangers that board the ship and the Naturalist that was part of the crew. Fantastic information and very helpful. Next stop was Sitka, small town but a lot of culture. We took the Carnival City Historical Tour. No history spoken about at all. But the stop at the Raptor Center made it all worth while. Only wish we could have gotten more history on the Historical Tour. LOL Then the last port was Ketchikan, this was really commercialized and I felt as if I was in the Caribbean. But again walk on pass these to get to Creek Crossing. This was a fantastic little street with history to meander through. We also took the Duck Boat ride from Carnival and it was funny and entertaining, and also very safe. The last day was at sea. We landed and disembarked in Vancouver, BC. We spent 2 days there and used Vancouver Lands Sea Tours and Adventures. Fantastic tours. The historical city tour and the Sea to Sky tour with the Deep Fjord Tour. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!!!! The day before flying out of Seattle we took the Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle. Again the ride was perfect and the scenery was fabulous. This is a must do. Business Class and ask for seat 3 or 5 for best views. Also have your US declaration card filled out before getting there, it will save you time. Our cabin stewart was Haru and he was great. Restaurant servers were Kamong, Heri and Made They were better than great. Crews director Jen was fun. And captain Giuseppe was fantastic. The Entertainment. WOW, Wow, Wow, Wow.....The best I've seen yet. I hope if anyone takes this cruise in the future look for the 1st or 2nd week in September so you can see both glaciers. They close off the John Hopkins Glacier after May for the wildlife breeding. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were non English speaking first time cruisers from China. We toured many places in the world and Alaska was on our list of places to visit for a long time. This cruise trip was wonderful. The food was good. We had lots choices to ... Read More
We were non English speaking first time cruisers from China. We toured many places in the world and Alaska was on our list of places to visit for a long time. This cruise trip was wonderful. The food was good. We had lots choices to choose from. We had many choices of off-shore excursions and we went to a couple of them. They were fun and exciting. The ship was well organized,nice, and clean. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly although there were so many people on board of the cruise. We were very impressed. The crew was great and we felt that we were well taken care of. We wanted to especially thanks to the Chinese-speaking guest service associate, Jun Tao. He helped us tremendously. He was very kind, patient, experienced, and attentive. We had a very pleasant experience on Carnival Legend because of his help. We recommend Carnival Legend cruise to non-English speaking Chinese because of Jun Tao, the best guest service associate. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days and 7 days we are never ready to be done. Alaska was on our bucket list and I’m not a cold person vacationer but this trip was amazing. The food was good! We ate in the dining room mostly and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days and 7 days we are never ready to be done. Alaska was on our bucket list and I’m not a cold person vacationer but this trip was amazing. The food was good! We ate in the dining room mostly and had lots to choose from. The shows were good. We only went to a few .Loved our excursions . Had quite a few choices as well.The pace was relaxed which was great. We never felt rushed and the ship was great. It was nice and clean. It was perfect size not too small and not too big. If you’ve been considering an Alaskan cruise this one we really recommend! The crew was great. Everyone was attentive and we felt well taken care of. We aren’t super needy travelers but still felt spoiled! Conrad was our main steward and he could remember everyone’s name which simply amazed us! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Alaska was nice, enjoyed all stops, Juneau, we took helicopter to glacier and drank glacier water, very nice time, on the way back we stopped at a local bar and enjoyed "Duck Farts" a very good and effective drink, ate at Tracys ... Read More
Alaska was nice, enjoyed all stops, Juneau, we took helicopter to glacier and drank glacier water, very nice time, on the way back we stopped at a local bar and enjoyed "Duck Farts" a very good and effective drink, ate at Tracys seafood, very over priced but hey, ALL of Alaska is!!! Skagway took a train to Canada, if your afraid of heights or falling off cliffs, dont do this trip. After we arrived in Canada, we got off the train, met our guides and rode bicycles back down to town, AWESOME trip, worth every penny! After bike ride, we went to Alaska brewery ( highly recommend ) Spruce tip beer was great, Dark & Stormy's were great, Halibut was great! The boat was nice, met a lot of good people, I just wouldn't do a repeat, been there done that, only so many mountains, glaciers, whales, dolphins etc, and then it gets boring! BUT I would recommend to anyone to do it once FOSHO! Oh and we had a AFT balcony which I would highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I always wanted to cruise to Alaska. I went on a cruise with my son. Our cruise was from July 31-Aug 7, 2018. Here is my review: I booked an overnight stay in Seattle at the Grand Hyatt - Pine Street on July 30th. We got to the ... Read More
I always wanted to cruise to Alaska. I went on a cruise with my son. Our cruise was from July 31-Aug 7, 2018. Here is my review: I booked an overnight stay in Seattle at the Grand Hyatt - Pine Street on July 30th. We got to the airport and called an Uber to take us to our hotel. I loved the fact that the Sea-Tac airport has a designated area for app based transportation that you can call and get your ride without trying to find your pick up. The check in was smooth and we went to our room. The staff was friendly and hospitable. Our room was clean and the hotel was awesome in itself. Walking distance from the AMC movie theater and mall as well as other shops. EMBARKATION: The next day we ordered another Uber to take us to the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91. The ride came very quick. We got to the terminal and it was a smooth transition. I am Platinum with Carnival Cruise Lines so boarding was extremely quick. I would like to add that this cruise made my 11th cruise. The Carnival Legend is the sister ship to the Carnival Pride. I saw some similarities but also some differences. The Legend doesn't have the dive in movies. I didn't like that they didn't advertise the Spa specials like most of the Carnival port day specials are, therefore, I missed my cruise massage ritual. LIDO: One of the additions to the ship dry dock renovations was Guys Burger Joint which is delicious. They had a variety of food, but it didn't seem as much as the Pride. The food was pretty good as always. DINING: We had your time dining and the food was pretty much good as usual. During the times we were in the dining room, there wasn't any dancing with the staff like most carnival cruises have. The did sing happy birthday, anniversary, etc. But our wait staff was great and called you by your name. CABIN: Our room was 7166. I wasn't a connecting room and its an extended balcony with no obstructions. It was clean and ready when we got onboard. My stateroom stewart was Theresa. The only small gripe that I have is that the bathroom light was slow to come on but was eventually fixed when I advised guest services. The remote control didn't work properly. So hopefully by the time someone else get the room, they will complain as much as I did to get a new remote. Anyway, Theresa was very hospitable. SHORE EXCURSIONS: TRACY ARM FJORD: This is a beautiful place. This tour was about 3 hours. We got to see the glacier as well as sea lions, water falls, mountain goats, Ice bergs and even got to experience close up a piece of glacier in the form of a huge hunk of ice that 2 staff members 'ice fished' and brought onboard. The temperature was a bit chilly - Enough for a heavy sweater and hat but not cold like a heavy coat and scarf. It was cloudy but didn't rain which was a good thing especially taking pictures. We were served a sample of sockeye salmon and rhubarb and salmon jelly. The rhubarb jelly was very good - sweet. The Salmon jelly wasn't made from salmon, it was made from berries that looked like salmon eggs which is where they get the name Salmon jelly. It was good too, but I preferred the Rhubarb better. We also was served small hush puppy donuts. On the boat, there was a place to purchase snacks as well as a bathroom. SKAGWAY: This was a very small port. We took the Yukon Scenic Trail tour that was about 5.5 - 6 hours long. It started at 8:00 and we got back to the ship around 2:00. Our guide was name Doug who was very knowledgeable. He was also a photographer that helped take pictures for you at the YUKON and ALASKA signs. It truly helped speed up the process and that everyone got a chance to get a picture in front those signs. We made various stops to take pictures. We stopped for lunch which consisted of Spinach cream and Beef vegetable soups, wraps and sandwiches, rhubarb and banana cream pie as well as cole slaw. The Lunch was amazingly delicious. You need to bring your passport as you do cross the Canadian border. We drove up 3500 feet above sea level mountains and just learned so much about the life of the Gold Rush and history of Alaska. We even got to see a bear. If you love scenery, you'll love this tour! JUNEAU: This was the best tour and highlight of the cruise. Our tour was called VIP Alaska Whales and Rain forest tour. It was about 5 hours or a little more tour. Our tour guide was named Scott Ranger who was phenomenal. He is also a photographer that helped me set my camera to view the whales. He is a marine biologist that really know his stuff. We took a short ride to the rain forest. We split into 2 groups. It didn't rain but there were mosquitos. So I would highly recommend using Off or insect repellent with DEET. We ran across deer and salmon as well as beaver and their liking of the cotton tree. Both groups met up by the Mendenhall Glacier and what a sight. Both groups walked back through the rain forest and Scott explained to us about the nature of the salmon and how it spawns and the life cycle that benefits the baby fish as well as the bear. After we left the rain forest, we took a short ride to the marine terminal to board an observation boat to view the whales. Once we got out to the location where whales are often sighted, we started to see the whales. One in particular was named Sasha that Scott named and explained her history. We learned that whales migrate to Hawaii, then come back to Alaska for food. He also educated us on identifying the flutes or tails of the whales. As we was about to leave, we stopped to view seals laying on a buoy. One of the seals literally swam all the way to the boat as if to say who are you guys...lol...after we got back we ended up going back to the ship and then we ran across beautiful bald eagles. I highly recommend this excursion. Carnival does promise to refund $100 if you don't see any whales. Well there goes my $100 as we did see whales. Beautiful!! KETCHIKAN: This was another small population and port. We got off the port and there were many shops that had great sales. We booked the Lumberjack show. It was about a 1.5 hour long show. It was a fun and interactive show that showed the talent of guys chopping wood. Ketchikan has history to the lumberjack age in Alaska. They also had a lumberjack show with crab feast as well. Wish i had taken that excursion. Anyway, it was a great short visit to Ketchikan. I was told that it always rained in Ketchikan, but the miracle was it wasn't raining and was sunny. I enjoyed this port. VICTORIA, B.C CANADA: We got to this port around 7pm. Was told via announcement that we were waiting for customs to clear. I never heard any announcement subsequently that we were cleared to leave the ship. I wanted to book an excursion to the Buchart Gardens, but I read bad reviews due to the time the ship gets to the port and that it gets dark. When we decided to get off the ship, it was around 8pm. I'm glad I didn't purchase the excursion because I would have been left waiting for them to announce we could get off the ship and everyone was gone by then. It was nothing at this port besides a small gift shop and people standing around waiting to show you around for a ridiculous price. We stopped by the gift shop, purchased a few items and got back on the ship. If you wanted to explore Victoria Canada, you definately had to leave the port. We were only there from 7:30 to 11:pm. My recommendations for any excursions would be to go at your own risk but my curiousity would be for the Buchart Gardens. DEBARKATION: It was a very smooth transition especially when you are Platinum, Diamond or Faster to the Fun. OVERALL: This was a very enjoyable trip. Alaska is a very beautiful place that many want to visit over and over. The cruise season is usually from May-Sept to Alaska. I am considering doing a 15 day cruise to Alaska in the future. My only disappointment was that Carnival finally got my luggage to me almost to the point where I thought they lost or left my luggage. When I got my luggage, the front compartment was completed broken of the zipper and lock. Thankfully, I purchased the Vacation Protection where they will cover your luggage up to $1500. I hope that I gave enough detail to give you an idea of what to do and what to expect. Also, they tell you to pack in layers. My son and I packed, coats, hats/scarves, thermo underwear, etc. We never got to use the heavy coat, scarves, gloves, thermo underwear and umbrella/ponchos. The weather was surprisingly crisp fall like that a heavy sweater and hat would probably do. There were times where you could even wear t-shirts and shorts. Alaska to me was more beautiful than Hawaii. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Seattle We arrived a couple days prior to our cruise to spend some time exploring Seattle. When we arrived at the airport I booked an Uber XL because we had 4 people and luggage. We were surprised when a Prius pulled up to pick us up. ... Read More
Seattle We arrived a couple days prior to our cruise to spend some time exploring Seattle. When we arrived at the airport I booked an Uber XL because we had 4 people and luggage. We were surprised when a Prius pulled up to pick us up. There was no way that all of us and our luggage was going to fit in a Prius. The Anderson’s had to end up calling another Uber for themselves. We stayed at the Hilton downtown in a room on the executive floor which included breakfast, evening appetizers, cocktails, and snacks/drinks during the day. Well worth the extra money! This hotel was a perfect distance from all of the main downtown attractions. An easy walk to Pikes Market or the light rail, which we took to The Space Needle. We signed up for an Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle. I would definitely recommend this tour. The tour consisted of tasty treats of warm biscuits, coffee, chocolate, fresh fruit, tea, smoked salmon, plus much more. We enjoyed one on one time with the vendors, including the fish guys. Once the tour was over we had time to go visit the stores we wanted to make some purchases. We ate most of our meals at restaurants in Pikes Market with views overlooking beautiful Puget Sound. Surprisingly beautiful weather in Seattle, most days hovered in the 70-80’s with no rain. On the day of the cruise we took taxis to the port and had an easy embarkation with zero wait time. Loving the assigned embarkation times! Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord I wasn’t sure what to expect of this day, cruising down a fjord didn’t sound very exciting. But to our surprise we thoroughly enjoyed this day! After breakfast we came back to our balcony to watch the scenery go by. We started out the day in long pants, sweatshirts, and hats.; by lunchtime we were all in shorts and t-shirts. We booked balcony rooms side by side with my sister/brother-in-law so we were able to open the door in between our balconies (with the stewards help). We didn’t want to leave our balcony for lunch but the ship stopped to let guests off for the excursion that took them up close to the glacier, so at that time we ran down to lido to get food and brought it back to our room. This day was probably my favorite day of the Alaskan trip as the scenery was amazing! Waterfalls, icebergs, the glacier, seals, otters, mola mola, eagles, hummingbirds, and whales. Skagway Yukon Adventure by Bus with Chilkoot Charter and Tours Easy pick up right in front of the ship. Our tour guide (I apologize I can’t remember her name) provided us with a lot of information on Skagway and stories of the “Klondike Gold Rush” on our way to White Pass Summit. We stopped multiple times for photo ops of waterfalls, majestic mountains, glaciers, and historic sites. Our guide was a professional at knowing how to quickly take all of our photos in front of the “Welcome to Alaska” and “Welcome to the Yukon” signs. We stopped at the train station to pick up passengers and headed into the Yukon on the Klondike Highway. We stopped for lunch at Caribou Crossing Trading Post. The highlight of this stop was seeing the dog mushing camp and puppies. We also saw a bear while we were here (very exciting). We had one more stop for shopping and then we headed back to Skagway; most of us took a little nap. We had another quick stop for a bear sighting on the side of the road. Once back in Skagway we did a little shopping and had a “spruce tip beer” at Skagway Brewing Company. It was surprisingly tasty! We bought a Ulu knife here and it was the cheapest price compared to all other stops. So if you want one, I would suggest you buy it in Skagway. It is a great souvenir I am reminded of our trip each time I use it. Ketchikan We did not have any excursions booked here but got off of the ship to buy some souvenirs and walk around town. We walked to the salmon ladder (no salmon) and took the walkway to the historic district. It was pretty early so not all of the shops were open but we did go into a few. We spent some time looking at the totem poles and then walked to the police station to exchange patches with a Ketchikan police officer (husband is a police chief and collects patches). By then town was very busy so we headed back to the ship. We got lunch and then sat on our balcony and watched the float planes take off and land. If/when we go back we will definitely schedule a float plane excursion. Juneau We booked a whale watching excursion with Harv and Marv Easy pick up in front of the ship and we were on our way! We were a bit early for our tour so our driver stopped at a park/overlook of Mendenhall Glacier. There was a great trail and lots of blooming flowers. Awesome photo stop! Back in the van and we were headed to the marina to go see the whales. We had maybe a 15-minute boat ride to where the whales were sighted, on the way there was a naturalist on board who gave us some whale info. The captain spotted some sea lions and seals so we had a quick stop for photos. A pod of okras was spotted so we changed course to go find them. According to the captain this was pretty special as most tours do not get to see them. Not sure if that was true, but we were thrilled to see them. When the boat stopped we were able to go out on the front and rear desks to watch and take photos. We watched for a while and then changed course to go find the whales. From afar off we could see the whale spouts and the excitement was building. We probably spent 30-45 minutes watching the whales, and they were amazing. We got some really great shots of flukes and spouts. It was a great experience! We saw so many eagles when we were in Juneau, it was pretty incredible. We headed back to the marina and then they returned us to the port. Unfortunately, there was no time to spend exploring Juneau or shopping. I was disappointed at the actual amount of time we got to spend in each port, it seemed very short. Victoria BC We were in Victoria for only a few hours, and I had developed a cold so we opted to not get off of the ship. Seattle Disembarkation was very easy. We carried off our luggage and had no issues. We found a suburban that could manage all six of us and our luggage and we headed to the airport! Alaska was AMAZING and we are already planning our next trip there. Carnival Legend We booked a balcony cabin right next door to my sister & brother-in-law so we could open the door between our balconies. It doesn’t always work out that they can open the doors, but it did this time. We picked any time dining, not sure why because we end up going at the same time every night. I guess we like the flexibility that we can go at a different time if we choose. The service was extremely slow, painfully slow! Not sure what was going on, but it seemed that staffing levels were down. One night we booked the Chef’s Table, it was amazing as always. I was surprised that the meal was the same as the one we did several years ago, I thought they would rotate the menu more often. My husband and I did the behind the fun tour of the ship and we really enjoyed it. Especially meeting the captain! Normally we LOVE the Alchemy Bar, they always put on a great show. This time the bartender was not very friendly, so that was a bit disappointing. We did go back several times and it just didn’t get any better. We ended up hanging out at the Red Frog Rum Bar, the music, games, and drinks were great! Overall it was a great trip! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Seattle is a beautiful City! I highly recommend planning some extra time and seeing the city either before or after you leave. The port in Seattle is the most organized port I have been to so far! Please note that I've only sailed ... Read More
Seattle is a beautiful City! I highly recommend planning some extra time and seeing the city either before or after you leave. The port in Seattle is the most organized port I have been to so far! Please note that I've only sailed out of Galveston and New Orleans, but this cruise port is very well put together, and there was no confusion on what to do or where to go. The staff there in the front helping us with our luggage was extremely nice, and would not accept a tip. The ship is loads of fun! There is always something to do, both for adults and kids. Our cabin was a balcony room, and included a fridge, a safe, and plenty of storage space for all four of us in the room. Evening meals were our favorite. Our waiters were all amazing, and I was never hungry the entire cruise. We enjoyed all of the ports we stopped at. Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria BC, and even cruising Tracy Arm Fjord was all spectacular! We had much more sunshine than I had expected, and temperatures stayed primarily in the 70s. It was amazing! Our cruise director was one of the best! She was absolutely amazing! The rest of entertainment staff was equally amazing! The singers/dancers for the evening shows were very talented, however my one complaint with the shows is the guy at the sound board was not very good at mixing the vocalists. Not sure if he was new or what, but as an A/V guy my self (my primary job), it irked me quite a bit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I just turned platinum so I have been on many carnival cruises. I was worried because I saw so many negative reviews about the Legend. We had a great experience. The food was probably some of the best I've had on carnival ships. There ... Read More
I just turned platinum so I have been on many carnival cruises. I was worried because I saw so many negative reviews about the Legend. We had a great experience. The food was probably some of the best I've had on carnival ships. There are a lot of posts about the bad decor..its odd but it didn't bother me at all...The ship was clean, our steward was great. Our waiter was a little stuffy...not friendly like most but oh well.. The only complaint, if you want to call it that, for us was the arcade and casino. Since we went to Alaska, the kids couldn't use the water park. A few brave kids got in the water but it was cold. The kids like the arcade and it was so small compared to other ships we've been on. The Casino was very small and didn't have a good variety of machines..but again, we managed..didn't affect the trip. We went to the Chef's table for the first time..it was fun but the food was not for us...large variety of things and like mixing different alcohol mixing that many varieties of food made some of us a little sick... Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Embarkation in Seattle: We had a check-in window from 11:30-12:00 but arrived at 11:00 on the shuttle. We asked if we had to wait but were told the times were intended to space everyone out but were not enforced. That was clear when we got ... Read More
Embarkation in Seattle: We had a check-in window from 11:30-12:00 but arrived at 11:00 on the shuttle. We asked if we had to wait but were told the times were intended to space everyone out but were not enforced. That was clear when we got into the main area of checking-in. More on that later. We had cruise and travel documents reviewed three times during this process which was totally inefficient. Upon entering the building, one person asked for our passports and birth certificates but asked us to separate into two lines depending on what documents we had. Then off to another line to show our cruise docs, passports, and birth certificates. Up an escalator for our security screening then in line to check in. The line moved quickly (less than 10 minutes) and we were separated into two groups due to booking two cabins. When traveling with kids, this didn’t make sense but we worked through it. Pictures taken and we got our cards. Just when you think you’re off for a quick picture and boarding, the huge waiting area awaits. I’ve never encountered this before and it was odd. Huge area with people sitting in rows of seats. It reminded me of jury service. We were assigned a boarding group and took a seat. The problem is everyone got up when a group was called to move closer to the ship. We didn’t have faster to the fun but they got to board right before us. As much as I wanted a FTTF pass (Sold out), it looked like it would have been a waste of money. After about 20 minutes, our group was called and we boarded. Ship: I was underwhelmed by the ship at first but it grew on me during the week. Some areas were dusty and the ship shows its age. At the same time, there are plenty of areas to hang out in and explore. The dining room is beautiful and the buffet had more seating than previous cruises I’ve been on. I got a couple spa and salon appointments. The treatment rooms are down the same hallways as the locker rooms and sauna so it wasn’t the most serene experience but I still enjoyed it. Pools were too cold for anyone to swim but I did see the hot tubs getting used a lot. Food: We ate in the dining room, Truffles, most evenings. We chose open dining to have flexibility. Despite needing a table for seven, our longest wait was 30 minutes. Good food and excellent service most nights. My husband and oldest child did the Chef’s Table one night. They loved the experience. Entertainment: I was really impressed with the activities on board. Tons of things for everyone to do. The Hub app was fantastic for seeing what was going on and planning our days. The $5 per person to chat was a steal to be able to communicate with each other on the ship. We saw several shows and the kids enjoyed trivia and treasure hunts. It was a nice touch that the comedy shows included PG and adult versions so the kids could enjoy the shows, too. Excursions: We did the sled dogs, gold panning, and 40 below in Skagway. It was a great experience and was only 15 minutes away from town so we had plenty of time to shop and walk around town after. In Juneau, we kayaked in front of the Mendenhall Glacier. It was the highlight of our trip. Again, plenty of time to walk around town after. We didn’t do an excursion in Ketchikan as the port time was short and we wanted to walk around. No excursions in Victoria as it was late and not much is open. Debarkation: Very organized and easy. We had breakfast and waited for our group to be called. We grabbed our bags, quickly passed through customs, and were on the shuttle to the airport in 15 minutes. I’ve sailed on NCL several times and Princess and Celebrity once each. I was trying to lower my expectations with Carnival but ended up being pleasantly surprised. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Carnival Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.5 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
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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