we have sailed Carnival many times, Celebration, several times and Royal Caribbean a few times. but we happened upon the best cruise we have ever taken last October when our travel agent from Carnival, Jackie Dyson, mentioned a re-po cruise. We had certainly heard of re-positioning cruises, but never seemed to get enough info about them to set one up. this time we were in luck. we decided on Carnival again and the cruise was from Tampa, Florida to Barcelona, Spain. 16 days, 8 ports and what we thought would be a whirl wind of fun. we always get an inside cabin and in this case the inside cabin on this cruise turned out to cost about $100 more than we had been paying for the same cabin on our 7 day Caribbean cruises. this was hard to believe, but true.
we had never been on the Legend before, but what a pleasant surprise when we embarked at Tampa. The embarkation process was fast and easy as it usually is on Carnival Cruises. the ship was magnificent. the decor was that of many legends, both of man and fable. there was a bar designed around the life of Billie Holiday, one around Satchmo (the legendary, Louis Armstrong) the Lido deck walls are covered with the legend of Hercules, all the walls on all the decks have fabled legends depicted on them.
on a previous cruise on the Dream we had come across a change in the menu in the dining room. it wasn't obvious to first time cruisers but to those of us who had cruised many times before, it was significant. they had eliminated several of the more expensive items, like escargot and the lobster tails were slipper tails not the normal larger ones. so when we arrived at our appointed table for our first dinner on the Legend, we didn't know what to expect. we were pleasantly surprised night after night. the food was presented beautifully, served by a great wait staff and all of our favorites had been returned to the menu. the dining experience was exceptional.
inside cabin, nicely appointed, good sized bathroom and shower, cabin had a refrigerator, desk, second chair, two hanging closes and 1 shelved closet. comfortable twin beds and sufficient room to get around comfortably. we heard no noise from the hallway. no ship engine or other ship noise. the cabin was mid-ship, close to an elevator and in a very convenient location.
we have been on cruises to Freeport, Bahamas several times. actually we did not plan to get off at this port at all, but since the internet fees on the ship were so expensive, we went ashore to find an internet cafe. the first time we were to Freeport we had an okay time. but we really didn't have any reason to want to return, so on subsequent cruises we didn't even get off the ship.we didn't find all that much we were interested in doing while we were there. this time we got off to find an internet cafe, which we were told would let us use an internet connection for free or for the cost of a drink or some such.we left the ship, went through the covered market area close to the ship looking for the cafe that several people told us about. we asked a few concession owners if they knew about such a cafe and we pointed in the direction. we got to a cafe, but they only had use of their own computers and directed us across the street to a restaurant/bar that they claimed had WiFi and it could be used for a small purchase.we ordered ice tea at this bar and then i asked about the WiFi use. i was informed that the cost of the WiFi use was $25 and this amount could be made up in food or drink purchase. by this time we had hat it and i went ahead and ordered an appetizer that covered the cost. i only wanted to download an app and attempted to do so. it didn't work.it not only cost me $25 for about 20 minute use of the WiFi, but the bartender added his own considerable tip to the bill.on the way back to the ship, walking through the market area again i noticed a seating area and upon a closer look, realized that there were many people seated, standing and leaning on the walls and each and every one was working on an electronic device, computer, smart phone, etc. i guess the bottom line was that anyone of the people i spoke to on the way through this market could have told me that there was free WiFi right there, and they did not. instead, i spent about $30 for an appetizer and 20 minutes of WiFi.i will probably take more cruises to Freeport but i won't be getting off the ship.
i had never been to Bermuda before and was looking forward to stopping there. we decided not to take an excursion and to just look around on our own. there was a reasonably priced shuttle bus to the town close to the ship and we took that.Bermuda is a beautiful, beautiful island. we spent the entire time allotted to us walking around and shopping. since we are jewelry makers/sellers we were primarily on this cruise to get to Europe to buy beads for our business and hoped to get some beads and ideas here in Bermuda. we talked to many concession people who were also jewelry makers, got loads, and loads of new ideas even though beads were not so readily available at a price we could pay.the people were lovely, the place beautiful and the pink sand beach great. we can't wait to go back there again. this was one port we felt we didn't have enough time at, and plan to go back for a vacation and stay for at least a week.