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Overall, we have to give this cruise a high rating. My wife and I were reluctant to cruise on Carnival due to its "frat party" reputation. We had read on Cruise Critic that things had changed. As usual, the Cruise Critic reviewers were right. We have cruised on Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Princess. We found the Carnival Legend to be not much different. The ship decor seemed a bit dated to us, but, we understand that the ship is due a refit in the next year or two. The food was outstanding. The quality of the food is the one thing that impressed us the most. I don't think we had a bad or even mediocre meal on the entire cruise. Since it was our 40th anniversary, we had dinner at the Supper Club and paid the extra $30 per person. The meal was one of the best we can remember - and we eat out a lot. The service in the main dining room was outstanding. The variety in the Unicorn Cafe was excellent. Our only derogatory comments relate to the maintenance of the passenger areas of the ship and the attitude of the lower echelon staff. After having said, above, that we understand the ship is due for an overall; we found quite noticeable paint splotches, scratches and wear marks throughout the ship. We found room service trays still on the floor hours after we had originally seen them. The floors in the Unicorn Cafe were often wet and we saw a few people slip but not fall. Although, in general, the staff were friendly, we felt that they were a bit sullen, possibly from overwork and a reduction in take home pay that we understand, not from crew members, has occurred on the cruise ships. The recreation areas on the ship seemed to us rather limited. The pools were small by today's standards and very, very crowded. Our room, 8250, was under the promenade on the 9the deck and we occasionally heard chairs being moved about but it was not a problem. We will certainly be cruising with Carnival in the future. First Port: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Tuesday, September 1, 2009 We had made online reservations with Moby Dick Tours for the snorkeling and Stingray City tour. . The tour consisted of approximately 34 people; a small group by tour standards. We went out from shore about 20 minutes and snorkeled for around half an hour. We rode to the tour boat in an old, not air-conditioned, school bus, but, it was a short ride. . The water was beautiful but the coral was brown. A hurricane had damaged the reef. Stingray city was a blast. We were in 2 to 3 feet of water and the rays were everywhere. The rays were attracted by the squid we fed them. They can weigh as much as 300 lbs but are as gentle as kittens. It was quite a thrill. We had a great time and highly recommend this tour. Second Port: Cozumel, Mexico Wednesday, September 2, 2009 We had made online reservations with cozumeltaxi (@hotmail.com) and requested Gerry as our driver. Gerry took us to the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio where we had Tony as a guide. San Gervasio is very interesting and, if you are into things Mayan, well worth a visit. We had Gerry drive us around the island so we could see what it really is like. We stopped for lunch on the opposite side of the island from the cruise ships (and the crowds) at a very nice, modest size restaurant right on the water. The Key West style restaurant had fabulous views. We had a fantastic meal of fresh broiled fish and beer. We could have stayed all day. Then, Gerry took us to a small cafe with access to the water. We snorkeled and had a great time. If you want to enjoy the island, learn something about it and eat well, we highly recommend Gerry. Third Port: Belize City, Belize September 3, 2009 In Belize, we took the BACAB ECO Park Horseback Safari. We purchased this tour through the ship due to the logistics involved in getting to the ranch. We had a nice, narrated, 40 minute, air-conditioned bus ride to the horses. We were in the "experienced" group of riders. The ride is through a rain forest so it was muddy and buggy. Bug spray was a necessity. The tour was a lot of fun for those of us who don't get to ride very often. Fourth Port: Isla Roatan, Honduras September 4, 2009 We had made reservations for a car and driver through Bodden Tours. Ali, our driver and guide, met us at the dock. Ali took us on a tour of the island. We got to see what it's really like. We went to a small monkey / bird sanctuary and pet the animals. Then, Ali took us to a place he recommended for lunch. The place was Key West style and somewhat rustic. The men's room was not in good shape but the ladies room was ok. The view was good and the food was fine. The best part of this place was it was on the water and had access to a snorkeling area... The snorkeling was really great. Water was 2 to 7 feet (or so) deep and crystal clear. There was actual coral you could swim around. The bad part is that we don't think it will last long unless people are really careful while they swim. There were a large number of pretty little fish swimming around and a lobster or two. We highly recommend Ali and Bodden Tours.

No rough seas - just smooth sailing

Carnival Legend Cruise Review by Spoolie

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Overall, we have to give this cruise a high rating. My wife and I were reluctant to cruise on Carnival due to its "frat party" reputation. We had read on Cruise Critic that things had changed. As usual, the Cruise Critic reviewers were right. We have cruised on Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Princess. We found the Carnival Legend to be not much different. The ship decor seemed a bit dated to us, but, we understand that the ship is due a refit in the next year or two. The food was outstanding. The quality of the food is the one thing that impressed us the most. I don't think we had a bad or even mediocre meal on the entire cruise. Since it was our 40th anniversary, we had dinner at the Supper Club and paid the extra $30 per person. The meal was one of the best we can remember - and we eat out a lot. The service in the main dining room was outstanding. The variety in the Unicorn Cafe was excellent. Our only derogatory comments relate to the maintenance of the passenger areas of the ship and the attitude of the lower echelon staff. After having said, above, that we understand the ship is due for an overall; we found quite noticeable paint splotches, scratches and wear marks throughout the ship. We found room service trays still on the floor hours after we had originally seen them. The floors in the Unicorn Cafe were often wet and we saw a few people slip but not fall. Although, in general, the staff were friendly, we felt that they were a bit sullen, possibly from overwork and a reduction in take home pay that we understand, not from crew members, has occurred on the cruise ships. The recreation areas on the ship seemed to us rather limited. The pools were small by today's standards and very, very crowded. Our room, 8250, was under the promenade on the 9the deck and we occasionally heard chairs being moved about but it was not a problem. We will certainly be cruising with Carnival in the future.
First Port: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We had made online reservations with Moby Dick Tours for the snorkeling and Stingray City tour. . The tour consisted of approximately 34 people; a small group by tour standards. We went out from shore about 20 minutes and snorkeled for around half an hour. We rode to the tour boat in an old, not air-conditioned, school bus, but, it was a short ride. . The water was beautiful but the coral was brown. A hurricane had damaged the reef. Stingray city was a blast. We were in 2 to 3 feet of water and the rays were everywhere. The rays were attracted by the squid we fed them. They can weigh as much as 300 lbs but are as gentle as kittens. It was quite a thrill. We had a great time and highly recommend this tour.
Second Port: Cozumel, Mexico
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We had made online reservations with cozumeltaxi (@hotmail.com) and requested Gerry as our driver. Gerry took us to the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio where we had Tony as a guide. San Gervasio is very interesting and, if you are into things Mayan, well worth a visit. We had Gerry drive us around the island so we could see what it really is like. We stopped for lunch on the opposite side of the island from the cruise ships (and the crowds) at a very nice, modest size restaurant right on the water. The Key West style restaurant had fabulous views. We had a fantastic meal of fresh broiled fish and beer. We could have stayed all day. Then, Gerry took us to a small cafe with access to the water. We snorkeled and had a great time. If you want to enjoy the island, learn something about it and eat well, we highly recommend Gerry.
Third Port: Belize City, Belize
September 3, 2009
In Belize, we took the BACAB ECO Park Horseback Safari. We purchased this tour through the ship due to the logistics involved in getting to the ranch. We had a nice, narrated, 40 minute, air-conditioned bus ride to the horses. We were in the "experienced" group of riders. The ride is through a rain forest so it was muddy and buggy. Bug spray was a necessity. The tour was a lot of fun for those of us who don't get to ride very often.
Fourth Port: Isla Roatan, Honduras
September 4, 2009
We had made reservations for a car and driver through Bodden Tours. Ali, our driver and guide, met us at the dock. Ali took us on a tour of the island. We got to see what it's really like. We went to a small monkey / bird sanctuary and pet the animals. Then, Ali took us to a place he recommended for lunch. The place was Key West style and somewhat rustic. The men's room was not in good shape but the ladies room was ok. The view was good and the food was fine. The best part of this place was it was on the water and had access to a snorkeling area... The snorkeling was really great. Water was 2 to 7 feet (or so) deep and crystal clear. There was actual coral you could swim around. The bad part is that we don't think it will last long unless people are really careful while they swim. There were a large number of pretty little fish swimming around and a lobster or two. We highly recommend Ali and Bodden Tours.
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Balcony
Cabin 8E 8250
Towards stern of ship, adequate space, small balcony, below pool deck so there was some noise but nothing serious, close to all dining rooms, elevators not crowded on this end of the ship
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