Carnival Legend Cruise Review by 2jhalpern
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Embarkation was fine, we paid for "faster to the fun". We have sailed Carnival 3 times before, and on this class of ship - but in order to get on more quickly and a smoother process, you now have to pay a fee. Ship is OK in appearance, no more garish or flashy than any other Carnival ship in this class/age range, but it definitely needs dry docking for some maintenance to its appearance and for other issues, which I will discuss later. Cabin was spacious and well equipped, but bathroom was not clean. I did call the room steward and ask her for clean and a rag, and she apologized and said she was not allowed to give me one. Please note, our cabin steward was lovely, and I do not hold this against her. I saw she was assigned to too many cabins, and probably had time only to do her best with a full linen refresh and a cursor surface cleaning. I us hot water, washcloths and purell and cleaned the reaming filmy dirt off the sink and shelves before use. Cabin was enough space and beds were comfortable for the four of us with 2 pull down beds for my daughters. Dining Room was great in that the serviers Nichol and I-Putu at table 187 in Truffles early seating were amazing. They went above and beyond to ensure that my gluten free daughter did not get sick on the trip and brought her menus each night to order ahead. We did not do as well in the Lido at first, it took a few days before they understood and got us a chef to talk to, and even then were sometimes confused. Also, Lido food was very repetitive and chinese food was very greasy and spicy. Stuck to the continental proteins, salad bar and veggies, fresh fruit. As for entertainment, the staff and cruise director did a LOT of work to give cruisers activities, trivia, clue glane, etc. but there was just too much time at sea and not enough in port, esp in Ketchikan and Victoria, which was a poorly disguised fuel and food/supply stop for 3 hours on a monday night when everything in that city is closed. Even the bathrooms on fisherman's wharf were closed!!!! Carnival needs to redo this itinerary (after dry docking the ship for safety issues) to replace victoria with another port or extend to give more time there. Shows were good, we all enjoyed the motown, 70s and 80s shows and the ensemble of 8 sang and danced their hearts out. I did notice one female lead did most of the solos and the best dancer, a shorter dark haired young lay had none, I would have liked to see them mix it up a bit with who gets the leads for some variety. Also their make lead singer was not the strongest. Service was always good, again, I feel the lido and cabin staff were overstretched and thus noticed cleaniliness issues at table on the lido as well. also, interestingly, I would have bought a brink here and there for fun, but was never approached as I have been on past cruises, again, likely a staffing issue. Now for my largest concern. SAFETY. I have sailed this class of ship (Miracle 2x) and much of the inner passage was very calm water, yet felt a trememndous amount of rocking, unusually so. Additionally, the boat listed significantly while we were cruising to Victoria. There was a HUGE mechanical noise and then water was POURING OUT OF THE POOLS to one side of the ship as it tilted. I thought we were going to have to muster or tip over before we could muster, and I had to hold it together and act clam for the kids. The cruise director (after looking concerned and making off to the bridge appropriately and rapidly to assess the situation) gave a message to all over the PA that all was well. I then found out afterwards that this has happened SEVERAL TIMES ON THIS SHIP, once even worse than this. WHY IS THIS SHIP STILL SAILING? I could not sleep that night and really did not blame the cruise director, she was surely advised by higher ups at carnival to make little of all of this, but my research online shows this is a known issue is azipod or propulsion or both.
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