We chose this cruise because we live in central Florida and prefer to drive to the port. Tampa is about 1.5 hour drive for us. We are early 60's and this time our daughter and granddaughter joined us for our 7 day Western itinerary.
We arrived in Tampa around 11:30 and parked the car in one of many parking lots along the main road across from the pier. Pricing varies at these lots so do some research and check out Groupon to see if any are offering specials. We find the parking in Tampa to be cheaper than Port Canaveral. Our 1 week spot cost around $65.00 including the tip back and forth to the pier to the driver. We were dropped off at the entrance to the terminal checked our bags with the porter and rode up the escalator to start our check in process.
What a pleasant surprise that literally their was zero wait we were through all the check points including the first photo opportunity and on the ship in about 15 minutes. The ramps and halls leading to the ship are not as long as other ports which is nice for those with luggage. We entered the legend right into the elevator bank and their were staff directing you to deck 9 for lunch.
Our first meal was of course a Guys burger and fry's we did check out the offerings at the buffet and it appeared to have a good variety that would appeal to most. For those that have never tried a Guys burger its comparable to Five Guys or BurgerFi although I would say the Fries are better at Guys not to mention a large toppings bar that has enough topping choices to make your burger huge. This burger is on point and will not disappoint if you are a burger lover.
Ship Layout: The ship is a mid size ship which we love as its less walking for us and easier to get around. The ship decor is renaissance and the coloring is muted. Each elevator bank has black with gold designs which was pretty but made the ship feel dark. The elevators have paintings that show male/females in little bits of clothing covering the areas that need to be covered however I would be prepared to explain to the little ones as at first my 10 year old granddaughters first reaction was to cover her eyes. The same holds true for the statues placed around the ship. The main lobby is small and surprising the shopping area was quite large for this size ship. Most shopping was on deck 2. The lido deck was divided into sections with sliding doors and had 2 pools and 2 giant hot tubs. The ship itself was in great shape considering its age and someone was always cleaning.
Cabins: We had 2 inside rooms on deck 1 the rooms were of normal size with plenty of closet and storage space for 2 people. Our rooms were kept spotless by our room steward and he always remembered our names when we would cross paths throughout the week. I at first was concerned about being on Deck 1 but it was actually less rocky than it was mid ship/mid deck which is usually the sweet spot. No noise from deck 2 could be heard even though deck 2 is public areas.
Food: This is our perspective on food and none of us are very adventurous so keep that in mind. Overall we found the Lido buffet to be excellent with good variety and was always hot
the buffet set up kept lines and bottle jams to a minimum. Pizza was being made to order and was always piping hot and most mornings the omelette station had only a line of 1 or 2. tables were kept clean and plates removed as needed. We ate in the steak house 2 x and both times had delicious meals. Hubby tried the Wagwu beef and he did not care for it but that was his taste. We had anytime dining and found that it appeared that the wait staff had been reduced as their was times where we waiting a long time for something to appear and then everything would come at once. The dining room staff were working probably at their peak speeds but I think they were covering more tables with less teams. We had very pleasant servers but they also were working very hard. The main meals were so-so often served warm not hot. Dining room deserts had its ups and downs some lacked flavor even though they looked good in appearance. Ice cream is always a safe bet! Sea Day brunch was offered on both Sea Days. One critique which is small is that anchovy is blended into the caesar dressing so at times it has a "fishy" taste to it.
Entertainment: Frankie is the cruise director on the Legend and he brought it on. He is full of energy and has a voice that is clear and consise. His announcements were not intrusive and he leads an entertainment team that has energy and really looked like they were having fun doing their job. The activities were the usual ship offerings of trivia, crafts, talks, shop specials, and music offerings. The main shows were Motor City, Studia VIP and Epic Rock. This group of Playlist singers and dancers were one of the best we have seen, they were in tune and all participated in solo's the lead male/females were both excellent. Clue and Hasbro Game show as well as Lip Sync Battle and Love & Marriage, Bingo and the Quest rounded out the main offerings. Music from most of the main bars were offered depending on your taste as well as electric violins in the lobby each night ( my favorite). Deck party's were the Mega Deck Party, 80s Rock & Glow as well as the traditional Sail Away. Punchliner Comedy Club was always packed for both PG and 18+ shows. The comedians were on point and had a good mix of topics that were relevant. Most were able too switch it up based on the crowd. The comedy club is located down on the 1st deck its a fairly large venue and some of the seats do not give you clear view of the comedian so I would plan on arriving a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure you get yourself a good seat.
Ports of Call: our first stop was Grand Caymen, this is a tender port that went extremely smooth. We did 7 mile beach on our own by walking a few blocks up from the port and taking a city bus to Calico Jacks. This is a public beach however if you want a chair and umbrella the price was $20.00. They also had jet ski and snorkel equipment rentals right on the beach. The beach was clean and had soft sand with smooth entry to the water . Bus ride was $2.50 each way PP.
Second stop was Isla Roatan, we port at Mahogany Bay which is a Carnival Corp built pier what we love here is their is a beach right here at the pier that is free!. The beach offers everything you can get at a private island beach to rent. We opted to get 2 loungers and a clam shell for shade closer to the water at a cost of $26.00 for the day. Free chairs are available but a bit farther from the water and no shade. You can either walk to this beach or you can take a Magical Flying Chair ride over which is picturesque and calming. Bar and Food service was available from the beach at costs. A great beach day and plenty of stores to shop in before returning to the ship.
Belize: This is a tender port that also went extremely smooth however it is a longer ride back and forth ( about 15-20 minutes). We walked around the port and had some beverages at 1 of the pier restaurants. The port has some cute picture spots so be sure to check out the entire pier.
Cozumel: We love this port and always try something new. This time we decided to try out an all day resort for a day pass at the El Cid. This resort is walkable from the port! They offer 2 choices an all inclusive with drinks and buffet for $65.00 or for $23.00 not including food and beverage but they give you back a credit of $13.00 PP to use towards drink and food. This resort was super clean and had a nice size swimming pool and 2 sandy areas the sand area to the far left had a "beach" entry to the water although it was a rocky entry and had a shallow pool with some hammocks in the water that were interesting. Those that snorkeled here said they did see many fish. We had a great time at El Cid and would recommend it especially for the price.
Casino: We both love the casino and although it was a bit small it was never over crowded and you could find something to play. They held 2 events during the week one was a Fireball raffle and then a hot seat promo as well as a slot and blackjack tournament. The staff was friendly and the bar staff was easy to get drinks from. For those that don't smoke you may find it to be smoky and unfortunately you had to walk through to get around the ship their was no way to avoid unless you went down or up and over
Overall we had a great time on the Legend and would definitely not hesitate to choose her again.
PS: For those that want to know the Diamond/Platinum gift were luggage tags and the party invitation did say plus guest.