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This review is based on our actual experience. You may have your own opinions or read others that may differ. The Check In: We were greeted at the airport in Seattle by a Carnival Cruise representative who directed us to a holding area. Our luggage was taken and were told it would be at our room. Let me tell you something. Carnival Cruises has check in down pat. We loaded a bus, went to the ship, and there was our first buffet. Room access is not granted until 1:30. From our ship The Legend, we took stunning pictures of Seattle. It i a beautiful city with its busy ports and marinas. Our cruise ship left at 4:00 and off we went.The waters were smooth with very little wave roll. The weather was great. Our first stop was the Tracy Fjords.Pictures cannot describe its beauty. Majestic Mountains with snow peaks. Wildlife increased the further you went. Hunks of floating ice were navigated by our Captain.There was a marine Biologist on board and she was very informative. She gave history events and described the Mendenhall Glacier and stated it changes weekly. There were Sea Otters and eagles hanging out in their element. We signed up for the Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching Tour in Juneau . As we cruised trying to spot the whales, our captain was excellent. He told us to look for a blow of water up in the air. Once spotted he maneuvered the boat for picture taking.We saw 8 whales and Sea Lions that were constantly barking at each other. Drinks and food were available for purchase and Binoculars were provided. Skagway Alaska was a quaint town we walked the shops. Shopping was the typical overload of jewelry stores and local shops. Food, in my opinion, was very pricey. $15 for a hamburger, fish sandwich and tacos. A "plate" of two pieces and fries and a drink $24. Ketchican Alaska was the Salmon Capital of the world. If you get caught up in frenzy you will pay a hefty price. We were quoted $39.99 a pound with a 10 pound minimum. We did buy 8 Oz of smoked salmon for $18.95. we did the Duck Boat Tour. At $59.99 each, it was pretty good for a Photographer. I took a lot of pictures of Bald Eagles. Victoria Canada was pristine. Yards of residences were manicured and the color of the flowers almost looked fake. The city was clean. Though I did not book an excursion, I would recommend taking one. When you get off the ship, you are bombarded with people wanting to drive you around. Cabs were 10.00 one way and up to 75.00 for a tour car. I felt they were scalping you and would book this through the ship. Overall, The cruise was nice. However, the food was cafeteria grade with the exception of the Prime Rib and Lobster tail on the second night. Carnival need to step it up. The Chicken given many names is nothing more than pre breaded, precooked, with a different sauce. The buffets were a big disappointment. If you do not like very spicy food avoid the Asian food buffet.Italian buffets were not up to standards. Breakfast was the best meal of the day with made to order omelettes, bacon sausage and french toast.The 24 hr food is Pizza. Excursions were very expensive.Our Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching was good. In speaking to other people, the Train ride, the Dog Sledding were popular but all concerned stated they would not pay that kind of money for it again. Highly recommended is the Tracey Fjord Tour that actually goes on the Glacier. Patrons stated they saw Moose and Bear. ** Just a note, we went to Alaska on a budget.We picked a tour that we thought was best. You can wrap up a lot of money in excursions. There was always shopping at ports but really are repetitive with the same stuff. ""Caution, read the label. Your Alaskan Souvenirs may be " Made In China". The Cruise director Jen was a A+ Director. Entertainment was good. A MUST SEE is the lip Syncing contest. There are some very talented artists performing on board. Packing: Do not over pack. Our trip had weather that was overcast. Rain was very minimal.we layered a T shirt topped with a long sleeve shirt the topped with a rain jacket. If you get cold, there are fleece lined jackets for sale on the ship for $40.00 and we saw nice jackets from $20.00 on shore. Finally, we did enjoy our cruise and would go again but probably fly in, rent a car and see Alaska on our own. I wish pictures could show its true beauty. It truly is a Marvel. God knew what he was doing when he created Alaska.

The GREAT, BAD & UGLY (based on my cruise to Alaska)

Carnival Legend Cruise Review by Travel Nut 1952

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
This review is based on our actual experience. You may have your own opinions or read others that may differ.

The Check In: We were greeted at the airport in Seattle by a Carnival Cruise representative who directed us to a holding area. Our luggage was taken and were told it would be at our room. Let me tell you something. Carnival Cruises has check in down pat. We loaded a bus, went to the ship, and there was our first buffet. Room access is not granted until 1:30.

From our ship The Legend, we took stunning pictures of Seattle. It i a beautiful city with its busy ports and marinas.

Our cruise ship left at 4:00 and off we went.The waters were smooth with very little wave roll. The weather was great. Our first stop was the Tracy Fjords.Pictures cannot describe its beauty. Majestic Mountains with snow peaks. Wildlife increased the further you went. Hunks of floating ice were navigated by our Captain.There was a marine Biologist on board and she was very informative. She gave history events and described the Mendenhall Glacier and stated it changes weekly. There were Sea Otters and eagles hanging out in their element.

We signed up for the Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching Tour in Juneau . As we cruised trying to spot the whales, our captain was excellent. He told us to look for a blow of water up in the air. Once spotted he maneuvered the boat for picture taking.We saw 8 whales and Sea Lions that were constantly barking at each other. Drinks and food were available for purchase and Binoculars were provided.

Skagway Alaska was a quaint town we walked the shops. Shopping was the typical overload of jewelry stores and local shops. Food, in my opinion, was very pricey. $15 for a hamburger, fish sandwich and tacos. A "plate" of two pieces and fries and a drink $24.

Ketchican Alaska was the Salmon Capital of the world. If you get caught up in frenzy you will pay a hefty price. We were quoted $39.99 a pound with a 10 pound minimum. We did buy 8 Oz of smoked salmon for $18.95. we did the Duck Boat Tour. At $59.99 each, it was pretty good for a Photographer. I took a lot of pictures of Bald Eagles.

Victoria Canada was pristine. Yards of residences were manicured and the color of the flowers almost looked fake. The city was clean. Though I did not book an excursion, I would recommend taking one. When you get off the ship, you are bombarded with people wanting to drive you around. Cabs were 10.00 one way and up to 75.00 for a tour car. I felt they were scalping you and would book this through the ship.

Overall, The cruise was nice. However, the food was cafeteria grade with the exception of the Prime Rib and Lobster tail on the second night. Carnival need to step it up. The Chicken given many names is nothing more than pre breaded, precooked, with a different sauce. The buffets were a big disappointment. If you do not like very spicy food avoid the Asian food buffet.Italian buffets were not up to standards. Breakfast was the best meal of the day with made to order omelettes, bacon sausage and french toast.The 24 hr food is Pizza.

Excursions were very expensive.Our Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching was good. In speaking to other people, the Train ride, the Dog Sledding were popular but all concerned stated they would not pay that kind of money for it again. Highly recommended is the Tracey Fjord Tour that actually goes on the Glacier. Patrons stated they saw Moose and Bear.

** Just a note, we went to Alaska on a budget.We picked a tour that we thought was best. You can wrap up a lot of money in excursions. There was always shopping at ports but really are repetitive with the same stuff. ""Caution, read the label. Your Alaskan Souvenirs may be " Made In China".

The Cruise director Jen was a A+ Director. Entertainment was good. A MUST SEE is the lip Syncing contest. There are some very talented artists performing on board.

Packing: Do not over pack. Our trip had weather that was overcast. Rain was very minimal.we layered a T shirt topped with a long sleeve shirt the topped with a rain jacket. If you get cold, there are fleece lined jackets for sale on the ship for $40.00 and we saw nice jackets from $20.00 on shore.

Finally, we did enjoy our cruise and would go again but probably fly in, rent a car and see Alaska on our own. I wish pictures could show its true beauty. It truly is a Marvel. God knew what he was doing when he created Alaska.
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