Carnival Legend Cruise Review by submarinecruiser
- Sail Date: September 2012
- Destination: Western Caribbean
Ship: Room 4124 (interior with french doors) was wonderful, great layout (king bed, sleeper sofa and 1 upper) for family of 4 and a great central location on the ship. General layout of the ship was good, it never really felt crowded and we quickly figured out how to get around.
Our first time locating Camp Carnival and Circle "C" was a bit confusing, but we kind of liked it being hidden so we did not have to worry about some drunk finding the area late at night.
We did dislike having to walk through the heavy smoke in the casino on deck 2, we avoided the area by going up or down a deck.
Great Serenity Deck as long as you got there early enough to find a chair in your desired location, my wife and I used it a few times but we spent most the time near the regular pool area with our kids. It wasn't too much trouble finding 4 pool chairs as long as we didn't mind if they were on the shady side of the ship, which after 12:30 or so the entire deck was sunny so it didn't matter really.
I really liked how they have the Firebird Lounge (where we spent most evenings) located directly under the Follies Show Lounge (which we did not spend much time in, more on that later).
In general my wife and I were not really into the interior decorating of the ship. The dark moulding with gold detail was kind of hideous along with the peeling posters of the various gods and the other obvious wear tear which is expected on a ship of this age. Everything functioned correctly and was always clean, it is just time for an overhaul of the Legend. We didnt let this small stuff affect the great time we had, my son loved the mythology theme.
Food/Dining: Lido was normal lido food. Usually hot and tasted fresh, lines were not bad. We liked the sandwiches at the deli and the choices at Chopsticks. Only did pizza once, they took way too long over there though it did taste good. We actually ate breakfast in the MDR most of the mornings. This is our first cruise doing this and we loved it.
For dinner the MDR food was very good, we never had a problem with it being cold or taking a huge amount of time. We had the anytime dining and tried a few different times, 3 of the nights we arrived right at 5:45 so we could have plenty of time to get to the family safe comedian. 3 other nights we showed up between 6:30-6:45 and one night we didnt show up until 7:30-7:45. The longest we ever waited was 10 minutes.
We requested the same waitstaff each night and we were not disappointed, head waitress was Elena from Bulgaria, assistants were Galina from Bulgaria and I-Dewa from Indonesia. Elena and her husband have been with Carnival for 11 years and she knows the menu very well and by the end of the second night she had us figured out as to our likes and dislikes.
She did a wonderful job with our 11 year old son who is very picky, each night she brought him an appetizer without him ordering one just so he would try it, if he didnt like it she knew I would and she praised him for at least trying it. We got to know Elena pretty good and discovered that her 14 and 13 year old children are living with her Mom back in Bulgaria, so if you have kids between 10-14 I would recommend requesting her. She is wonderful with the kids and I hope we see her on a future cruise.
I cannot say enough good things about Elena and her team, we hated leaving them at the end of the cruise. I personally handed each of them a pretty hefty tip at the end of the cruise because of the great service and attention to detail and I rarely do that on the cruises now that we have to prepay.
Pools: Not too crowded especially on the last sea day when the ship was rocking pretty good in the 10-12 foot swells. We really enjoyed the pools in Cozumel when everyone was off ship.
There were some kids acting like turds in the spa which I had to take care of myself because the Carnival security folks were no where to be seen.
Entertainment: The shows in the Follies Lounge were subpar compared to what I have seen in the past. The singers were not very good and the dancers looked out of synch. Production costs looked lower than what is found at a high school play. Thats why I was glad the Firebird was directly below Follies, we could stick our heads in to check the main show and only had to go down one deck to the comedian.
The comedians in the Firebird were great! Scotty K, Diane Ford and Steve White were hilarious. The kids loved them also. The comedians saved the entertainment portion of our cruise for sure, if it wasnt for them I would rate it a 1. The goofy marriage shows and other gameshow type of stuff is getting old after going on several cruises. I think it might be time to try a different line just for this reason.
Debarkation: We did self assist. The process was slowed down because they could not locate a foreign national, they could not begin letting us off until that happened. We were on deck 4 which was scheduled to depart between 0850-0900. We did not leave the ship until closer to 0940.
Overall this was a great family vacation! We will be going again next year, though that will probably be an Eastern Caribbean. I really think they could eliminate Grand Cayman from this itinerary and leave it on the southern or eastern trip. 4 ports in 7 days is a bit much, I prefer 3 so we get more sea days.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Belize CityWe did the Range Rover Cave Expedition here. I highly recommend this excursion! The family loved seeing the jungle up close and personal and I loved driving a right hand drive stick shift military surplus Range Rover through the jungle. First we rode up the river in a boat for about 30-45 minutes, we saw a Morelets Crocidile up close and several beautiful birds and big iguanas.View All 2,217 Belize City Cruise Port Reviews
Then we jumped in the Range Rovers and drove on some rough gravel roads, the local highway and about then 20 minutes of major off roading to another stopping point. From here we walked across a pretty substantial suspension bridge and hiked about 20 minutes up to a cave system used by the Mayans, during the hike our guide pointed out several local plants and their uses and explained how badly the jungle was damaged by hurricane Richard.
The cave requires bending and stooping so if that is not your thing you can wait by the cave entrance for the rest of your group to finish.
We hiked back out the way we came to have our light lunch which consisted of locally grown fruit, soft drinks, water and rum punch if you desired. There was a lady there selling lunch plates for $5 that consisted of Iguana, red beans and rice, fried plantains, and coleslaw. That was money sell spent, I had to go back for more once the kids got a taste of it. We were then herded onto a motorcoach along with our rum punch and driven about 30 minutes back to the cruise terminal in Belize City.
This is the part that really bothered me, we were bombarded by people peddling items aggressively, one lady even started braiding my daughters hair as we were walking into the cruise area. I had to physically remove her hands from my daughter.
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CozumelWe didnt do any excursions here. We went into the port area and did some shopping and went back to relax on the ship and enjoy the pools all to ourselves. It would be nice if they would create a beach right by the pier like in Roatan. The water is so nice here but we didnt feel like getting in a cab and going to a beach down the road.View All 5,720 Cozumel Cruise Port Reviews
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Grand CaymanGrand Cayman- No planned excursions here. We got off the tender and took a right to walk to Edens Rock Dive shop and do some snorkeling. For $14 per person we got the normal snorkel gear and ventured out a few hundred yards to Edens Rock and the Devil's Grotto. We saw several species of fish, though the snorkeling here is still not as good as the first time I was there 14 years ago, they have had several hurricanes that have been hard on this particular area as far as snorkeling goes. You will see fish but you have to be patient and go out a bit further.View All 2,848 Grand Cayman Cruise Port Reviews
We did some light shopping as we walked back to the terminal area, we really love the little outdoor market they have set up a few blocks from the terminal. We have always found something locally made here.
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RoatanRoatan- We ziplined with Clip n Zip directly across the street from the cruise port area. It was a great first time zip line for the wife and kids. Now we know everyone likes it so we can try some more places. The guides were great and the location couldn't have been more convenient, we felt 100% safe the entire time. The excursion started at 10:00 and we were back on the ship eating lunch by 11:30.View All 2,533 Roatan Cruise Port Reviews
After lunch we headed down to Mahogany Beach until it was time to get back on the ship for departure. This is a beautiful beach area, we had a wonderful time enjoying the clear water and nice cool sand. Roatan is a place I would like to visit and stay for about a week. This is a beautiful island and the people were very friendly. The only reason this is not a 5 is we wish the port visit was longer!
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