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This is our first European cruise. We are three people, husband, wife and daughter. We have cruised many times [mainly in the Caribbean] and have witnessed a steady deterioration in Carnival.

THE GOOD:

The itinerary ,only 2 days at sea [out of 12] with an overnite in Venice to begin the cruise; We arrived in Venice at 9;30 after an overnite flight ,took a cab to the ship [45euros]; were at the Garden Cafe at 11;30 and resting in our cabin by 12;30; had an early diner; took the people mover [1euro/each ] to Piazzale Rome and had a memorable walk to the Rialto Bridge and St Marks; on the way back took the vaporetto[7euros/each] to Piazalle Roma for a night ride not to be missed thru the Grand canal, missed the last people mover and splurged for a taxi [15euros] back to the ship.The following morning we took the Allilaguna boat [short walk from the ship for a round trip to St Marks where we walked around and took a [80 euro] gondola ride.

The cabin; on deck 4 midship with enough room for 3 with a French door that opens [view of a lifeboat] but it`s considered an "inside cabin" and is a good bargain.

The service; great by the cabin stewards and the dining room team but spotty at the Garden Cafe.

The activities; it was a port intensive cruise and were tired but saw two good production shows and a few good comedians [didn't understand the British ones]

The ship: it`s considered old but well maintained and clean.

Disembarkation; it started early [6am] and done by 9am but well organized [didn't see the congregation on public areas like in other crises.

The pool area; has 3 [one for the over 21 crowd] never felt crowded like in many newer and bigger ships.

Barcelona; a great city to spend a couple of days.

THE BAD:

The food quality and variety keeps deteriorating [better in RCL and Celebrity]

They keep raising the price of the drinks and watering them down.

The price of the excursions; at every stop you can hire your own cab or a mini van for half the cost, except Rome where we took a bus tour for 1/3 the cost.

The customer care team back in the US: we ended up paying $340.00 more than people who booked at the last minute [after the Triumph incident].The claim that Carnival will always give you the better price is not true [we were told to read the small print] and I couldn`t even read it with my glasses on. Because this was our 5th cruise with Carnival we felt short changed.

To summarize, we had a good time but will not cruise with Carnival again; we will spend a few hundred dollars more to cruise with RCL or Celebrity.

Great itinerary and great ports

Carnival Legend Cruise Review by Tanito

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2013
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior with French Door (obstructed views)

This is our first European cruise. We are three people, husband, wife and daughter. We have cruised many times [mainly in the Caribbean] and have witnessed a steady deterioration in Carnival.


THE GOOD:


The itinerary ,only 2 days at sea [out of 12] with an overnite in Venice to begin the cruise; We arrived in Venice at 9;30 after an overnite flight ,took a cab to the ship [45euros]; were at the Garden Cafe at 11;30 and resting in our cabin by 12;30; had an early diner; took the people mover [1euro/each ] to Piazzale Rome and had a memorable walk to the Rialto Bridge and St Marks; on the way back took the vaporetto[7euros/each] to Piazalle Roma for a night ride not to be missed thru the Grand canal, missed the last people mover and splurged for a taxi [15euros] back to the ship.The following morning we took the Allilaguna boat [short walk from the ship for a round trip to St Marks where we walked around and took a [80 euro] gondola ride.


The cabin; on deck 4 midship with enough room for 3 with a French door that opens [view of a lifeboat] but it`s considered an "inside cabin" and is a good bargain.


The service; great by the cabin stewards and the dining room team but spotty at the Garden Cafe.


The activities; it was a port intensive cruise and were tired but saw two good production shows and a few good comedians [didn't understand the British ones]


The ship: it`s considered old but well maintained and clean.


Disembarkation; it started early [6am] and done by 9am but well organized [didn't see the congregation on public areas like in other crises.


The pool area; has 3 [one for the over 21 crowd] never felt crowded like in many newer and bigger ships.


Barcelona; a great city to spend a couple of days.


THE BAD:


The food quality and variety keeps deteriorating [better in RCL and Celebrity]


They keep raising the price of the drinks and watering them down.


The price of the excursions; at every stop you can hire your own cab or a mini van for half the cost, except Rome where we took a bus tour for 1/3 the cost.


The customer care team back in the US: we ended up paying $340.00 more than people who booked at the last minute [after the Triumph incident].The claim that Carnival will always give you the better price is not true [we were told to read the small print] and I couldn`t even read it with my glasses on. Because this was our 5th cruise with Carnival we felt short changed.


To summarize, we had a good time but will not cruise with Carnival again; we will spend a few hundred dollars more to cruise with RCL or Celebrity.

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Cabin Review

Interior with French Door (obstructed views)
Cabin 4K 4139

It`s considered an inside cabin ,but has adequate room for 3 and French doors that open to a view of a lifeboat.

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