Carnival Legend - Western Caribbean: Carnival Legend Cruise Review by Dennis Hannigan

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Dennis Hannigan

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Carnival Legend - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: March 2005
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship was extremely modern, stylish and clean. Room was spacious with a lot of storage room and a very nice balcony with 2 chairs and a small table. Bathroom was modern and had a great shower.

Most secondary dining areas were large with comfortable seating including booths. The food in these areas was very good with a nice mix of offerings-from Asian to Italian or traditional American fare. Desserts were exceptional.

When the ship was not in a port, these areas became very crowded and while there was plenty to go around- it was somewhat difficult to move around. The dinner in the Main dining room (Truffles)was OK but I do not believe up to the standards of either Norwegian or Celebrity as far as quality, portions or even serving temperature. Also there was a sense of being rushed at dinner which I have never experienced in 5 previous cruises. It almost seemed like the 2400 passengers may have been too many for the staff to handle. While the servers were great, they More also seemed under pressure to move the people quickly through the meal. Portions were generally small and almost seemed to have been prepared and heated up in some cases. Previous cruises served meals that appeared to be individually prepared and were always generous and hot. The Legend meals leaned more towards a cafeteria style presentation.

Entertainment was good with the usual production number nights and a couple of comedians (who generally performed at midnight to allow them freedom to do adult material).

The ship travelled extremely smoothly. Very little movement was noticeable at any time, even though 20-25 Knot were common during the latter part of the cruise. Beautiful decor throughout the ship, quick elevators and very clean bathrooms added to the daily routine. Poolside was standard with a couple of hot tubs to help relax tired muscles and offer a alternative to the pool on the extra breezy days.

Overall I would say that the ship itself stands above any I've sailed on. However, I have to conclude that the overall cruise/relax/service elements fall beneath the standards of other ships. Again, 2400 passengers may be more than the staff was able to handle in a 5 star manner. Less

Published 08/02/05

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