October 2013 - Carnival Legend to Caribbean - Western
This was my first and last Carnival cruise for one primarly reason: they seem to forget that most people book cruises to a specific location because they actually want to go to that location. Our ports of call were Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The night before one our pre-paid, pre-planned shore excursion booked through Carnival from Cozumel island to mainland Yukatan Peninsula, we were advised all mainland excursions were cancelled because they only had 70 of the 80 needed people to sign up for mainland excursions. I've never been there before and didn't feel confident to make the connections myself but that was a central part of my vacation plan. I would have understood if they cancelled because of weather or mechanical issues. But I don't understand why they would rather dissapoint 70 people who pre-paid and planned on that part of their trip instead of trying to make it right for those paying customers. There are too many other cruise lines out there that go to this port. Next time I'll pick one of the others. Service on the ship was okay, not exceptional and there was no control over the chair hoggers that save lounge chairs on the decks. The food and service at the main dining room was quite good but the buffet was generally limited choices and usually not kept well heated. The only shows I saw were Justin Illusion (good dance routines but illusions weren't anything jaw-dropping) and Jazz Hot (I found this to be a waste of time as the singers only briefly touched on actual Jazz music - since when is "It's Raining Men" a Jazz song?). There really wan't much variety in the crew led activities on board unless you want to play trivia. It would have been nice if they actually had some sort of nature or educational lectures based on the region.