2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Well organized with great management team From dining to deck every where breathtaking experience , eat as much as you can ,available almost all day long , available from Chinese ,Italian to hot spicy you name it you got it Served ... Read More
Well organized with great management team From dining to deck every where breathtaking experience , eat as much as you can ,available almost all day long , available from Chinese ,Italian to hot spicy you name it you got it Served with fresh fruits and assortments of best sweet dishes ,pastries ice cream name it you got it Theater experience the most attracting so many of stage decor all breath taking with great performers Great security team on board keeps you save through out your trip Cruise Director and his assistants wooh whaaa no words to describe them , they keep you so much entertained that you forget your name on board Room service all day long taking care of you ,room always clean ,bed made twice a day Bathrooms washed You call for a service and in few minutes taken care off Cappuccino lovers can have the best cappuccino from fresh on spot grinded coffee beans My wife enjoyed there green tea Alcohol worry free drinking you don’t have to drive while drinking Pool , spa gym so much going on to describe never ending Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Cruising is the way to go! Plenty to do - exceptional food and 1st class service! Whether you like to dine, watch shows, play games, gamble, lounge or people watch, you have plenty of variety and flexibility on a cruise with RCC. This is ... Read More
Cruising is the way to go! Plenty to do - exceptional food and 1st class service! Whether you like to dine, watch shows, play games, gamble, lounge or people watch, you have plenty of variety and flexibility on a cruise with RCC. This is my forth cruise and I have sailed on the larger ships as well. I prefer the smaller vessels as it is easier to get around and I find the staff to be more attentive. I would have bought more teeshirts and items at the poolside sale but when I went through there was a line and only one person working the cash register. On the last port we went to Cozumel - I accidentally said that the locals in Cozumel were only a 7 in the survey - but they were a 10 plus! It was in Honduras that they were just average (7). Cozumel has great shops just off of the ship and all sorts of good places for food and adult beverages! We went to Senior Frogs (of course) Mar Y Juana (slogan "The New Joint") and The Thirsty Cougar Seaside Boozery (yes - that is their name) and their slogan is "Give into Beer Pressure." The gand at Mar Y Juana could not have been more attentive. If you are celebrating a birthday - let them know! OMG!!!!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We have cruised may times previously and with many different lines. We choose our operator depending upon the itinerary and this was the reason for our first cruise with HAL, although we had heard good reports in the past. This was a ... Read More
We have cruised may times previously and with many different lines. We choose our operator depending upon the itinerary and this was the reason for our first cruise with HAL, although we had heard good reports in the past. This was a 14 night Caribbean voyage from Tampa and the majority of passengers were America. The average age was older than other ships we had sailed in and the overall atmosphere was quieter than usual. No silly games round the pool etc. This was a mid-sized ship with just under 2,000 passengers but plenty of room around the decks. The food was much better than other lines we have sailed with and the Gala Nights reflected that, fillet mignon and lobster tails!! The entertainment around the ship was also very good and varied with guest artistes featuring in the main theatre. BBKings showroom ws particularly excellent. We cannot fault the service, cabins (signature suites), entertainment or the food and drink. The best cruise for a long time. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our first time sailing on Carnival and we loved it! We had heard negative reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The crew was friendly and helpful. We had no issues arriving or leaving the ship. Our cabin was clean and ... Read More
This was our first time sailing on Carnival and we loved it! We had heard negative reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The crew was friendly and helpful. We had no issues arriving or leaving the ship. Our cabin was clean and extremely comfortable for two. We had the anytime dining and never had to wait for a table longer than 20 minutes. We had a party of four and had a table by the windows 3 out of 4 times we ate in the dining room. The buffet was perfect for breakfast and lunch. I would not recommend the buffet for dinner. We were able to save lounge chairs near the pool on sea days without any issues. We would choose our chairs prior to going for breakfast. Carnival has several lounge chairs available for those who want to sun themselves during sea days. We traveled during spring break and found the spring breakers to be acting appropriately and respectful. I would recommend this cruise line and I will personally travel on Carnival again, Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
My wife and I loved our annual birthday cruise. It was a wonderful vacation. The NCL Star is clean, well maintained and ship shape. The Port of Tampa was easy to get to and quick to embark and disembark. Valet parking was right there ... Read More
My wife and I loved our annual birthday cruise. It was a wonderful vacation. The NCL Star is clean, well maintained and ship shape. The Port of Tampa was easy to get to and quick to embark and disembark. Valet parking was right there and returned our car in minutes. Our suite was spacious and well appointed. We loved the upgraded restaurants and unlimited drinks. The crew and staff were professional, friendly and well trained. We enjoyed the shore excursions and the on board entertainment. We even did well in the Casino. Our only decision regarding next years cruise is which NCL cruise to take. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
I always read reviews and have to remember everyone is different so you pretty much have to take them with a grain of salt. My first cruise was on a Carnival and my second on Celebrity. It was obvious that Carnival is your more affordable ... Read More
I always read reviews and have to remember everyone is different so you pretty much have to take them with a grain of salt. My first cruise was on a Carnival and my second on Celebrity. It was obvious that Carnival is your more affordable line. That being said - I was way more impressed with this cruise than I had anticipated being. Embarkation out of Tampa was relatively painless but slow. The first group went about 11:00 and seemed to get through pretty quick. We went about 11:45 and waited in line about an hour. The third group went about 1:45 and walked right in pretty much. Rooms weren't ready so we joined the huge crowds on the pool/Lido deck for buffet lunch. While we were loading they handed out a piece of paper documenting a change in our ports on certain days. I called back to my mom still at the hotel loading up and she was able to quickly get out an email to the tours we booked to let them know. However I'm sure the tour companies are used to cruise lines doing this and there was no problem when we got there. FOODS We ate dinner in the main dining room for early dining every night as a group and they were able to put all 9 of us at one table. I had expected mediocre food based on the reviews that came out on Legend. I have enjoyed and can appreciate the finest of dining in many places of the world but still feel comfortable in ma and pa's diner. I was REALLY impressed with 90% of the meals I had for dinner. Everything was great from temperature, taste, and presentation. We were traveling with our 6 year old and the first two nights he ate off the children's menu with your basic pizza, burgers and chicken. Then after that he started ordering things off the adult menu - steak, pasta and even grilled salmon and loved it. Also made him feel big ordering like the rest of us. Most of the time we were off on an island for lunch but did eat the Lido buffet for at sea days. Here's where we weren't impressed. Food was okay for lunch but the crowds were irritating. Waiting in line to get everything then it was cold by the time you sat down. I thought the 24 hour pizza was terrible and feel it's hard to mess up pizza. I only got it once so maybe I just got a bad kind. The kids of course loved the 24 hour ice cream. Breakfast in the main dining room was great - but limited. Same menu every day but enjoyable to not fight crowds. We did eat breakfast buffet several times due to the early nature of the excursions. Same experience as lunch. I didn't see much on the reviews with kids so didn't know what to expect. We had also an 11 and 17 year old nephews. they had a mini golf course, ping pongs (which were always busy) and basket ball court. They also had a water slide but it was at the opposite end of where the pools were so didn't really go to it much. There is an adult only pool at the back of the ship and two main pools mid ship. They were full of kids. We checked out Camp Carnival and there were a ton of activities and you could check in the little ones and let them play. My 6 year old only went one night for a movie. But it looked like a great program and would give adults a bit of time to themselves. Mine never seemed to be bored and managed to find things to do all over the ship. There was a lot of smoking in the casino - it's a casino - go anywhere into one and you'll find this. But as much as i despise smoke, it did not bother me. It did bother me more on the back pool area where there are table to also eat. Seemed to be more smokers out there - that must be the smoking deck. No where else on board did I find it. Casino took all of our money of course but it was fun. We only went to a few shows, the comedy shows were only about 25 minutes long. The song and dance - although a bit cheesey - were entertaining. Because of the kids we didn't stay out too late and each port was early. Day one, I signed up for the mixologist contest. It happened on day two and you had to create a drink and got judged by a panel. I got to drink the drink I made and got a great drink recipe book and a coupon for a drink (up to $5.95) so it was an easy way to get two drinks for free. :) They do hit you up for a lot of stuff extra between the constant waiters for drinks, photographers, art, water bottles on days of excursions, bingo, and the shops. I expected that so it didn't bother me. we brought liquor on board so we actually tabbed out at the end of the cruise with only our required tips on there. Service was excellent in both the dining room and the cabin steward. the kids couldn't wait to see the animals made for them each night. Ice was provided in our cabin every afternoon and the beach towels replaced. Had NO issues with the service at all. I'll post the reviews on the ports - I could do without Belize however. The embarkation for those that tendered were long and irritating. We booked only one tour through carnival and it was in Belize. We sat in the Folley area (their room for shows) for about 45 minutes waiting for our number to be called. Seemed like it could be better thought out. Getting off the boat was painless but long. We left our cabin about 8:30 and didn't get off until almost 10:30. They really turn that boat around fast getting it cleaned up and ready for the next group getting on at 11:30! Over all - I was extremely pleased with the trip and loved every minute of it. I see that it says I had an obstructed view on my balcony. Didn't even know that. It was perfect! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Pre-Cruise hotel: Arrived two nights prior to embarkation and stayed at the Wyndham, Westport. We booked through Priceline and won a $45 bid. The hotel was convenient, good quality, and had an attentive staff. I had reserved the ... Read More
Pre-Cruise hotel: Arrived two nights prior to embarkation and stayed at the Wyndham, Westport. We booked through Priceline and won a $45 bid. The hotel was convenient, good quality, and had an attentive staff. I had reserved the Embassy Suites at $93 for Sat and $103 for Sun and found that to be the average in Westport. The Wyndham was more than adequate and nicer than expected for the price. Unfortunately they discontinued the M&M's at the desk. I asked about it and the manager told me it cost on average $5,000 per month to keep M&M's on the front desk. They still have bags, all you have to do is ask. Recommend against the "Stay and Sail" package. The transportation folks will pick-up and drop off at the airport and the cruise port without the package. Save your money. The drivers don't see any of the $ from the package deal anyway, so our party of 6 tipped $30 each way and they were very appreciative. Embarkation: Standard porter haze, they won't let you check your own bag, so porter/tips are part of the deal. I guess $2 isn't too much to ask, I just don't like not having the option. Most of us did the "roll on" option and it was painless. The "Platinum Class" process looked very quick and efficient. The regular folks (us) were in line about 45 minutes. We've have definitely seen less efficient and comfortable operations. The Cruise itself: Ship- adequate, but lacking in many of the modern facilities of the newer ships. The ship only had a small pool and two hot tubs, no "jumbotron" for MNF or movies for the kids and an older somewhat inefficient design for traffic flow. Overall the ship was in decent shape but showed a very hurried dry dock where many of the finishing/cosmetics were rushed or incomplete. The carpet for example was not trimmed properly in areas or was left uneven. This is not a big deal but something that even a casual observer would notice. Our daughter was in the 9-11 year old kids program and quickly bored with the program. They do more babysitting than actual programs. Not terrible though, but anticlimactic after our last cruise on Disney. Food: Hit or miss. The dining room fare vacillated between above average to totally uninspired. The Lobster, prime rib, and chocolate melting cake were all good. The rest was mass produced and lacked inspiration and freshness. The Eggs Benedict had a hard crust every morning on the hollandaise sauce from sitting under the heat lamp. The service was polite but often deplorable. I use the empty water as a metric of service and we had to ask for more water every single meal. The servers are spread very thin and appear harried and undermanned. The days of personal service and building a report with your service staff are apparently over on the big box lines. JMO We never did room service, our daughter enjoyed the pizza and it looked fresh and good. The buffet on the Lido was often overrun with guests loading up on platefuls of medium quality fare. Entertainment: The comedians were fine, not to my taste but my wife laughed at Valerie Storm's show. The Variety show was actually well done. Not to Disney standards but well above the amateurish NCL star crew we saw last year on the Star. Ports: Grand Caymen- Walk outside the fence and book your own excursion, you end up at the same place and in our case the very same boat, at half price or less. Cozumel- We took a taxi to Palancar, I dove a single tank (Columbia, and Palancar gardens) and my wife and daughter snorkled. It wasn't cheap but very relaxed and low key. The dive was first rate ($60) and the snorkel equipment for the girls was $10 each. Mario the beach server was a genuinely nice man that doted over our daughter. Summary: Have fun but manage expectations before time so there are no major disappointments. Carnival is better than we remember but it's still very entry level. The rooms at 185 square feet are better than most and our steward Gabby was first rate. he definitely deserved the extra gratuity. The only negative comment I have about the stateroom was the dirty exterior of the window. Enjoy your vacation! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
My husband and I have went on 5 cruises, 4 of them on Carnival Cruise lines. This was the first time out of Tampa and I have to say the fastest when it came to boarding a ship. We arrived the day before and stayed at the Rocky Point Inn ... Read More
My husband and I have went on 5 cruises, 4 of them on Carnival Cruise lines. This was the first time out of Tampa and I have to say the fastest when it came to boarding a ship. We arrived the day before and stayed at the Rocky Point Inn which was not too bad to stay at. They are in the middle of a remodel so the wallpaper was torn down in the hallway and sheet rock showing in places yet our room was clean. Not a bad hotel for the price. They do a cruise special were they will pick you up from the airport, take you to your hotel and shuttle you to the port. There is a wonderful restaurant within walking distance called Bahama Breeze. The worst complaint we had about the Legend was the entertainment. It was the same "dance" shows almost every night. There was very little variety. There was one night when there was a juggler/comedian that was good but the rest of the nights it was the same. We ended up going to the comedian shows. It definitely needs improvement. Wonderful Cruise Director!!! We heard from several sources that the Legend will be remodeled soon and that will be a good thing. The layout on the ship was a bit to get us to. Seemed to have a choppy design. Would like to see it once it was remodeled. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
This ship has been refurbished and is well maintained, but overall a bit too dark for my taste. The clientel tends to be older. Entertainment is overall mediocre with 2 exceptions; B B King Jazz club and the Lincoln center. Departure ... Read More
This ship has been refurbished and is well maintained, but overall a bit too dark for my taste. The clientel tends to be older. Entertainment is overall mediocre with 2 exceptions; B B King Jazz club and the Lincoln center. Departure was very smooth as was disembarkation. The billing dept. goes to the extreme by posting large charges to your credit card from day 1. Several pending charges to my account amounted to over $1800 and my final bill was $709 for on board charges. When I called to complain I was informed that this was the way they operate and I just had to accept. Finally the last charge posted at $713.54, $4.54 more than my final invoice; no explanation offered. We took advantage of 2 of the tours offered, one in Honduras that visited a local forest and butterfly enclosure which was interesting. One in Guatemala that went to the village of Ak-Tenamit. This tour was poorly described in the ship's brochure as moderate; it is not! First a challenging small boat ride on a very rough ocean for 30 minutes to the river then an hour on the river; then a steep climb to reach the village which we never got to enter because we were held up by several people that had mobility issues. I am sure they never thought they would have to climb this steep hill. We did get lunch, the choice was chicken or a local fish, both cooked over an open fire with local vegetables and a glass of punch made with local berries of some kind. Some people wore flip flops when hiking shoes would be more appropriate for this tour. Bathroom facilities were very crude and located up another steep climb. Amenities for suite guests on this ship are minimal to say the least. The Neptune lounge is very small for the number of suite guests and services from the concierge are limited. I have previously sailed with Holland America but this will be my last one. Read Less

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