Carnival Legend - Southern Caribbean: Carnival Legend Cruise Review by ChrisFromOxford

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Carnival Legend - Southern Caribbean

Sail Date: November 2005
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We flew in from Detroit one day early in order to plan for the unexpected. We enjoyed our day in Ft. Lauderdale&we saw lots of the hurricane damage (trees uprooted, roofs damaged, signs blown out, etc.). The hotel (Bahia Mar) we stayed in had just finished the boat show two days earlier&so there was a lot of activity with the tearing down of displays and docks. The hotel seemed a bit weathered and we were a little disappointed. Our original reservations were at the Hyatt but were cancelled due to the hurricane damage.

We enjoyed running along the beach in Ft. Lauderdale and eating twice at the restaurant with the swings. It seemed to be a safe area and was about 1.5 miles from the cruise dock. We paid $15 for our ride to the cruise ship on 11/9/05. We arrived around 11:00 a.m. or so. We had a great driver who had escorted many famous people around the area. He had some stories.

At the dock, the lines were long -- I am not sure what the deal was. It appeared More that the previous cruise was getting out late possible due to customs problems. Anyway we met some wonderful people in line.

We were able to go to our room right away and were very happy. It was the nicest room we have had on a cruise ship (third one for us). We had a port side balcony room (7251) on the Verandah deck. After checking it out we went up to get something to eat and ended up at the Unicorn bar area.

The first night there was free sampling of liquor in the gift shop. This was fun and we enjoyed about twenty minutes of tasting different types of liquor. There was a group of lively people there. Im sure you can imagine.

Our eleventh anniversary occurred during this eight night cruise and we received an invite to the Golden Fleece restaurant. This restaurant charges $30 each for dinner. Because it was our anniversary&they also promised us a free glass of champagne and a free dinner photo. We enjoyed this fabulous dinner the second night (Thursday evening). It was worth the extra money...wonderful food and great service. This restaurant was about 1/4 filled&so it is obvious that many Carnival patrons do not want to spend the extra money for this. I would do it again though. We attended on the 1st formal night so we were already dressed for the occasion.

The next day, we also paid $15 each in order to attend the wine tasting/pairing event. This took during the afternoon at the Golden Fleece restaurant. It was an hour long event with three different kinds of white wine and two kinds of red wine. There were several samples of food and we were instructed to try one kind of food with a particular type of order to see the differences in taste. Bottom line&we were told that you should drink whatever type of wine you like, with red or white meats!!!

We attended the champagne art auction on one of the first few days of the cruise. I won the Mona Lisa print which is valued at $500&so this event was a pleasure to attend.

Saturday, 11/12 -- St. Maarten -- Our original plans were to go on guided hike but after waiting an hour we realized we got stiffed. This was booked through Caribbean Adventures. Plan B&go to the beach of course. We got a cab over to Dawn Beach (east side) and spent a few hours there. We brought our own snorkeling gear and enjoyed the beautiful reef activity. The water was fantastic and the view of the nearby islands was great. We stayed by the resort and did not notice any topless or nude bathing. Further south there was some topless bathing. There is a bar there with fun drinks priced at $6 each. A few ladies wanted us to buy items&but we told one of them that we would buy at the end of our visit and she seemed to convey that message to the rest of them and we werent bothered anymore. True to our word we contributed to the economy. The cab driver was fantastic and picked us up at the agreed upon time&although he went by St. Maarten time and we went by ship time so he was one hour early. That was okay though as we had enough sun by then. He talked and told us interesting facts along the way and then dropped us at the cheap liquor store. We ended up buying some cheap liquor (too much we found out later on at customs when we had to pay a few extra dollars!). We felt pretty safe walking from town back to the ship.

Sunday, 11/13 -- We awoke this day to stormy skies and high winds. This was supposed to be the Barbados stop. We went up for our morning run on the running track and found the sun deck and the sports deck closed due to the high winds. So we were running on the treadmills in the gym when it was announced that we were not going to dock in Barbados due to the approach of a tropical depression. Nor were we to stay in the area for the next days port in Martinique. There was great disappointment felt amongst the passengers on the ship. As soon as they cleared us from the Barbados waters&we took off at 22 knots directly to the north where we had sailed from. Needless to say, the boat was a rocking. It seemed that we spent the next few days outrunning this storm! They even had sick bags located around the ship!

Monday, 11/14 -- St. Kitts -- This was a surprise replacement port so we did not have a clue as what to do there. The skies were still stormy so we figured we better either take a tour or go on the island train which used to be used for sugar cane production. We were standing at the dock area when a lady approached us and asked if we wanted to take a tour of the island&I think it was $15 or $20 each. We loaded up the van with five others and found out that a fellow Cruise Critic member and her DH husband were with us!!! What a trill since we had missed our Cruise Critic meeting on the second day of the cruise. We had a blast talking and laughing and touring this beautiful island. The driver took us to many stops and there were always island people there to take your picture for a small donation, or to sell beverages or t-shirts. We went to the rain forest (loved this), a botanical garden, and several overlooks. At one point he stopped the van and a guy came out to show us his monkey (for a small donation)! Our driver was good at providing information along the way. The weather was strange&as soon as the driver stopped&the rain stopped, and as soon as we got back in the van the rain started. Besides the tour&we did not buy anything on this island. We were told us this was a very expensive island as some friends paid big bucks for breakfast there!

Wednesday, 11/16 -- Nassau, Bahamas -- This was a surprise replacement port. We werent too trilled about this one as we had just been to the same area for a land vacation one year earlier&so we decided to take a snorkeling excursion. We paid the small fee (yea right) and went off to Pearl Island. The lady organizing this trip was a drill sergeant! She used a megaphone and cattled us from the dock onto two different boats. There were four tours on these two boats to Pearl Island&beach day, snorkeling, sting rays, and treasure hunt. We took the boat out to the island which was about a half hour away. As our boats approached&there were several Bahamian boys who were standing on the piers and did a show of acrobatic flips landing in the water. Way cool. Pearl Island is privately owned the entire island is used for these excursions. The island is not big&perhaps a half a mile long and an eight of a mile wide. There are several out buildings including&a bar, a grill shack, restrooms, equipment storage, and a gift shop. The snorkeling was fantastic&we could not believe it. We snorkeled off of the island&and it was a bit hard getting off of the dock and onto the reef. But once we walked out a ways, we could float and enjoy the marine life. There were workers in the water so we never felt alone. They told us the areas to stay away from&where the jelly fish had been spotted that morning. The snorkeling last about an hour&which was enough time. Afterward we were free to explore this tiny island and enjoy the Pearl Island punch drinks watch out for those! Pearl Island is an older place&or maybe just weathered. We enjoyed the excursion anyway. Afterward we walked into Nassau and bought some rum cakes from the factory outlet there. Our girls discovered rum cakes on a previous cruise.

Overall, the cruise was great. It is amazing how many people are on that ship how many you run into and how many you dont. There are quiet areas&the sports deck (both sides), the side room by the Enchanted Forest, most of the sun deck (except by the balcony areas over the pools), and Follies Lounge and Firebird Lounge when there is nothing scheduled. At night&the sports deck and the sun deck were deserted&amazing.

We paid the big bucks to use the internet as I was working on a class project at the time. If you have the money and the need&it is there for you.

The gym was fantastic&I cant say enough about that. All of the equipment and amenities you could ever want. We either ran the sports deck (14 laps per mile) which was quite challenging on those windy rocky days, or worked out in the gym. They say about 50% of the cruise passengers never even set foot in the gym¬ even to take a look around. It was never crowded when we were there! There is usually a basket of nutrition bars by the drinking fountain as well.

We're not much into gambling&but I won $50 twice on the slot machines. We spent it as well! The casino was the happening place and people were always there. Yes they have Texas holdem there!

We had great servers at dinner George and Istvan (Hungary). Dinners were fun as we enjoyed sharing them with some great friends. We ended up eating in the dining room for all dinners except for the Golden Fleece night. Many of the nights, we ordered food not on the menu. Our servers will probably always remember us!

We never used the pools&but went into all of the hot tubs. Its always fun meeting folks there. We enjoyed laying out on the sun deck most&even though it was a bit windy.

In the morning&we always ordered room service for coffee. It usually took about 30 minutes&but we really enjoyed drinking coffee on our balcony.

We went to several of the shows&including the newlywed game which was won by our newlywed friends. We enjoyed dancing the waltz in the Atlantis Lounge before dinner. There was a fantastic quartet that played music there. We also enjoyed dancing at the Satchmos Club, where the band played some good rock and roll.

There was a laundry room a few doors away from our room. I guess there are several around the ship.

We also enjoyed the Gala midnight buffet. The actual food was not as impressive as what I found on the other cruises. But it wasnt like we were starving!

Overall, it was a great cruise for us! Less

Published 02/10/06

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