Carnival Legend Cruise Review by 4fromIowa
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Alaska
First of all, I MUST to mention that we topped off our vacation with a Tesla picking us up from the dock to the airport. Mike from Camy's Limo Service was very professional and showed the kids all the bells a whistles of his beautiful shiny black car. This was one of our highlights of this trip, I know even after going to Alaska. https://camysteslalimousine.com/ 602-733-9354 (I'm serious about this, it was so much fun!)
Book this service early in your trip planning. Another Tesla service told me we would have too much luggage that we would not be able to use a Tesla, but as it turned out, we found out that their car was unavailable, there's lots of room in a Tesla. If we go back to Seattle, we'll book this service again just to tour the town fancier car with a guide. Just think, if you have a couple of hours but don't know how to tote around your luggage, they can keep the luggage in their car and let you get out for photo ops and hop back in without parking etc.
Here are some things I could not find out from the reviews beforehand:
1. The free coffee? It was great, we took a large coffee mug and filled it every morning. Note: I am not a coffee snob but I do like it rich.
2. I wondered if the halls overlooking the lobby would be loud at night: The halls are enclosed by windows, There wasn't much, if any, sound coming from the evening entertainment to the cabins above.
3. Shampoo and Body Wash? It smelled nice but it was sulfate free, I was glad to have brought my own. I just felt cleaner, I am a little picky about my soap.
4. The covered pool? It was covered the entire cruise and the pool was heated. There were smokers in that area so it wasn't where I enjoyed sitting though. The open pool was cool, my kids liked that one better anyway after their body acclimated to the temperature.
5. Clothing? We were lucky to have great weather (60s-70s highs and 50s lows), I could have worn shorts everyday, I chose to wear leggings and layered t shirt and sweatshirt. I am so happy that I left our winter jackets behind at the last minute. We would not have worn them. There are plenty of reasonably priced jackets and gloves in the gift shops in town and on the boat.
6. Running: The exercise room warmer than I would have liked. I did not see a fan, but I only went in once and ran on the treadmill. It took a little getting used to rocking on the boat and running on a machine. Tenth floor running on deck was AMAZING! 3.5 laps = 1 mile. Run early though, the deck can fill up fast with whale watchers and walkers that can reduce your pace.
7. The food? How can anyone complain about the food. I did not need seasonings (I thing someone mentioned that) The food was so good! That may be something I could complain about, it was annoying that I felt the need to eat every single meal because it was so good!
8. Which side of the boat? We randomly chose starboard side, I really don't think it matters but on our cruise, most of the whales were right outside our deck. We got really lucky!! We chose Mid deck 4 - my son gets sea sick, he wore the patches but we're not even sure if he needed them. I'd choose that room again.
9. Cleanliness of boat? Better than our cruise 15 years ago, they are constantly cleaning and picking up after others all around the ship. We tipped out room steward cash every morning, they work so hard.
10. Faster to the fun? Thankfully it was sold out, we registered at midnight the 90 days before the cruise, so we could board at 11:30. We arrived at the dock at 11:15 and was on the boat by 11:30. After that, we would not have seen another opportunity for us to use "Faster to the Fun".
11. We did not participate in the entertainment most shows were during late night hours. My daughter did the teen camp and enjoyed it, but the times were limited and often later at night. I am still rating it excellent. We love our sleep and had to wake too early to attend the entertainment.
12. My son took his XBox and brought his own small TV, but wasn't able to connect to the internet. It saved us money on the arcade games.
13. Laundry: There was one washer and two dryers per floor, we washed clothes early on the trip after that the room was very busy. It was card only so you won't need quarters, the box to run the machine was next to the ironing board. I would not have known how to start the machine if the lady that was ironing wasn't in the room.
Before the cruise: We stayed at the Inn on Pleasant Beach on Bainbridge Island. It was fabulous! There's a little beach close to walk along, not for swimming, the Inn has an incredible heated pool, AND the rooms were so nice. This resort is off the beaten path with free parking and no traffic. Book this early! https://www.pleasantbeachvillage.com/inn
Tracy Arm: We booked the tour, saw the glacier as close as we could get, got close to a water fall, ate donuts and had hot chocolate. Turned around and the Legend was right behind us, they saw everything we did.
Skagway: Our Helicopter mushing camp was canceled, I'm not even sure why. So DH booked the train, it was beautiful but just OK, some people booked the bus to the summit and they were able to stop at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign at the border.
We walked up the Lower Dewey Lake Trail it was quite a challenge for us flatlanders, but beautiful and fun, it took us about 2 hours start to finish and all the way around the lake.
Juneau: AMAZING!!! We did the Taku Lodge Float Plane and Salmon Bake and two bears came out. It was a beautiful sunny day, we all wore shorts and a sweatshirt. My husband wished he would've had long pants on though. Words cannot describe this experience. We wished we had an appetite for Tracy's Crab Shack.
Ketchikan: It was foggy, so our Zodiac Wilderness Adventure was cancelled but it began later and with limited time we were not able to book anything similar. We fond a local excursion to look at bears, orcas and totem poles. I think we wasted our money. Were seconds away and missed some bears, he said you might see orca out the window as we drive around. We had a very informal presentation of totem poles. Waste of time.
Victoria: We were just too full and tired to go to town at 7:30 at night, we walked along this long pier overlooking the water. They explained that the "Jones Act" requires the ship to stop at a foreign port.
We did have a great cruise, I'm so thankful that we could have this experience of seeing the incredible views 24 hours a day and hundreds of whales including a pod of Orca. I'll check one this off of the bucket list.
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