Another Legendary Carnival Cruise!: Carnival Legend Cruise Review by Orangefish

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Another Legendary Carnival Cruise!

Sail Date: February 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa
This was our 6th cruise with Carnival and our first on the Legend. As usual, Carnival does what it takes to keep us coming back! Residing in Canada, we have to get the best bang for our buck. The airfare to get to Florida is as much as or sometimes more than the cost of the cruise. Check-in, registration and boarding the ship were smooth and flawless. I recommend travelling to Florida the day before so that you can get on the ship early and enjoy your first day.

Our cabin was ready at 1:30 p.m. as promised and our luggage was outside our door an hour later. Our cabin staff (stealth Ninja's!) took care of our every need. They kept the cabin spotless and were in and out in a jiffy. The dining room staff was terrific as usual and the food was perfectly cooked and presented as usual. Come to think of it.....ALL staff was friendly and terrific. They always greeted you with a hello and a smile. Jen the Cruise Director was awesome. She was hilarious, with her Liverpool accent More combined with energy and a wonderful sense of humour. The shows were PHENOMENOL! A balancer, a comedic juggler and a hypnotist!! WOW!! Some of the reviews we read said that they thought the ship's decor was "gaudy" or "tacky". We thought it was perhaps a bit more elegant than the other Carnival ships. No offence to our neighbours south of the 49th parallel but this ship had the least amount of "un-American" dEcor or any we've sailed on. Beautiful murals, glassworks and fine china in display cases.

On the last "Sea Day" we experienced a technical problem that resulted in our arrival back in Tampa being pushed back by 8 hours. The staff was quick to put together a Carnival Capers for yet another "Sea Day" without a hitch. All of the breakfast and lunch dining options were still available along with the regular games and activities. As you can imagine though, many passengers including us, had resulting flight issues to be worked out. We have used the Carnival "Sail Aweigh" Program for our last 4 cruises. This is where Carnival takes care of booking your cruise and flight as one package. As a result, we didn't have to reorganize anything. They did it all for us at no extra charge and with a smile on their face. A new flight itinerary was delivered to our stateroom. The 8 hour delay into Tampa only resulted in a 4 hour delay in getting back home to Toronto. Great job Carnival and we can't wait for our next cruise with you!! Less

Published 02/17/10

Cabin review:

Good sized balcony cabin for 2 people. Not sure if they have upper berth balcony cabins (ours didn't) but it would be tight on moving around and storage space for more than 2 people. We were right by the elevators but the hallway was always very quiet. Good sized balcony......for 2 only.

Port and Shore Excursions

It is a long tender ride into the city. If you have an excursion booked you have the hassle of having to get a tender number. If you don't have an excursion booked, you have to wait until all of the shore excursions have been tendered ashore. The "compound" is quite nice but outside the wall in the main part of the city is gets scary. When the Cruise Director tells you that, you really should listen. The rule of thumb in Belize is "If you don't have an excursion booked, don't venture outside the walls of the compound."

None of the shore excursions here interested us or were too expensive. We've been to Cozumel several times. The newly renovated shopping area at the Puerto Maya Pier is very nice and close to the ship.

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Easy tender to and from the ship. Beautiful island. We recommend the Best of Cayman Excursion. Visits to the town of Hell, the Turtle Farm and finally swimming with the Stingrays. We'll do this excursion every time.

Fantastic new beach area "Mahogoney Bay Beach" built and operated by Carnival has just opened. Awesome big white beach area with plenty of room to swim or play. Save your money and don't book the Beach "A" Package for $30 per person. You can ride the chair lift between the shopping area and beach all day for $8 a person or it's a short walk. $20 for a clamshell beach shelter if you want one. Same goes for water float toys. If you don't need one, why pay for it in the package? Plenty of food and drink at the beach if you're into that sort of thing. Get there early though. We were the only ship docked that day and all the good spots close to the water were taken early.

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