Two Weddings and a late Dry Dock: Carnival Legend Cruise Review by Rosey48

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Two Weddings and a late Dry Dock

Sail Date: January 2014
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa
We sailed on the Legend for our second time and eighth Carnival cruise on January 26th; leaving from Tampa. We had another very nice cruise and if it had not been for the disaster debark; we would have given the Legend a high grade. More about that later.

The Legend left Tampa three hours late due to two wedding receptions on board plus a minor mechanical issue. The Legend is headed to dry dock in Freeport once our cruise was finished and lots of extra construction supplies had to be loaded on board.

We bought Faster to the Fun and for the most part it was worth the extra money. We will continue to do that until we hit platinum status.

Leaving late offered us the opportunity to watch the ship go under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge which it only clears by a few feet. Not too many ships go under a bridge!

The food on this cruise was well above the expected level. Not that the food on other cruises was bad; it wasn't....just this time a little better. The More entertainment was average except for Jasmine who has a beautiful voice and does very well in a solo during the "The Big Easy" Richard Barker is amazing with his hypnotism comedy.

As expected the best enjoyment we had was getting to meet and know lots of fellow cruisers. Hats off to our dining room table partners; John and Rosalie and Rob and Diana. We had some nice chats with Sherry and Terry too. Hopefully, we will be able to stay in touch.

Sunday coming back to Tampa we hit fog and the Tampa Port Authority closed the shipping channel for several hours. So we did not dock until about noon. The Debark team headed by cruise director Willie Lee lost control of the crowd early and could never recover. Instead of an orderly exit by decks and zones most passengers seemed to storm the lobby and it was crazy for a while. The crew made everyone wait until all zones of luggage were off the ship before they let anyone other than self assist off the ship. Why have zones if you do not presort the luggage by zone? Zones do help in searching for your luggage but debark by zones only makes sense. I think the other cruises did do that sort so some people could get off the ship before all the zones were off loaded. Faster to the Fun status did not help us get off the ship and it should have.

But by two PM we were off the ship and on our way home. We felt sorry for the folks trying to make flights home as they probably did not make it out on Sunday.

But in the end we enjoyed ourselves and have booked the Liberty to Aruba in October. Can't wait! Less

Published 02/09/14

Cabin review: 6219

standard balcony cabin nice and quiet and close to the elevators

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