Carnival Legend - Western Caribbean: Carnival Legend Cruise Review by mvago
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Carnival Legend - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
PORTS: BELIZE - We chose More snorkeling - overcast day - have done the stingray thing before so next time would opt for the cave/tubing excursion - BUT would book it on our own rather than through the cruise ship. We're a bit younger and more adventurous - but this doesn't mean that we're not without caution when venturing out on our own. We chose to take tours with 2 other couples and a taxi driver we could bargain with. Keep in mind that the cruise ship negotiates with these tours and gets a 'pce of the pie' too - as if they don't make enough money as it is ON the ship from the passengers! COSTA RICA - Zip Lining - booked as we got off the ship. Definitely take the ZIP LINING tour closest to the ship - NOT CORAL BREEZE as it's 2 hours away - long trip...OUCH -it's a new tour and safe - very beautiful drive - gorgeous bamboo trees, wildlife; sloths, monkeys...it's really a great experience - $40/pp - well worth it - the driver will stay with you the entire time, take you to eat afterward - I'd suggest a nice place atop a mountain overlooking the cruise ship - great photo opps! If you're afraid of heights or hungover....don't do this tour...you'll THINK you can but when you're all hooked up and ready to zip line over the tree tops...you'll have second thoughts....We did...and bailed out at the last second..(got 50% $$ back) but just decided not to take it! FYI PANAMA: You may choose to take the ship excursion here - we didn't - chose a taxi tour with a good guy - $20/pp - saw the Panama Canal, ate at a local marina - Panama beers for 6 - $7 - very cheap. Also, if you want to shop for textiles, shoes, watches...This is the place to do it - get a taxi to take you to the Merchandise Mart - over 3000 shops - it's NOT a flea market. Next to Hong Kong - this is the largest shopping mart port in the world. 50% from regular retail prices - stores owners from all over come here to buy bulk wholesale prices and ship merchandise back to sell - it's really a bargain - Didn't need anything so didn't go shopping - decided to shop for trinkets by the port. Beware of all sorts of taxi drivers coming up to persuade you to take their taxi...it's a bit overwhelming IF you're not in a group or of large stature. I'm 5'11 and 230 lbs....very well built so when I said 'no thanks' they got the hint...FAST!
All in all the food was above par in the "Truffles" main dining room, The Golden Fleece - private dining to be booked independently, so book asap once on the ship - you'll see the staff right when you walk on to the ship - is really a great experience and SUPERB food...I mean it when I tell you....I have to detox and start back working out ASAP if I'm going to lose the weight come boating/spring/summer/beachtime season...YIKES! A+ to everyone on the Legend from top to bottom and everyone in between... Oh...and Chole in the Karaoke (Firebird) lounge....you're wicked sweetheart - thanks for playing our songs!
Respectfully, Mike and Renae Less