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Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5
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8 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 29, 2006
Ship: Carnival Legend
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 11 years ago

The Legend is a beautiful vessel! On the whole, it is kept immaculate. The staff is very friendly, however, there are not enough to keep up with the demands of the breakfast and lunch rooms during peek hours. There also seemed to be less than needed cocktail hostesses during shows. However, there were plenty on deck during sailing hours. The cabin steward was very good and tended to basic needs well. My 11 year old son attended 3 events at Club Carnival that were marked for 6-11 year olds. He wasn't happy with the counselors who kept telling then that they were spoiling the time of the 6 year olds. I think they need to separate the groups further into 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds. The counselors spoiled those times for my son. The restaurant food was good, but we opted for the buffet style food 5 out of 8 nights. There was an abundance of fish served in the main dining room (not our preference) and we were having too much of a relaxing time on deck to go get properly dressed for the dining room. Evening entertainment went from fabulous some nights (Broadway style shows) to not so good (comedian and musician). Two nights of entertainment was from passengers, so that was quite interesting. All in all, the cruise was a good one, but the ports of call were by far the highlights.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Too much fish served in the main dining room added to us opting for the buffets most of the time.


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
I had only 1 child that fit into the Club Carnival activities, and he was not pleased with the attitudes of the staff. Perhaps they prefer younger children (he's 11) as many people with the younger children were pleased with this program.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Only problem here was the dining area not being cleared fast enough.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Next time we will pay the extra money for a balcony - it was crowded with 4 in a stateroom, but that was our fault, not theirs. Very clean and very good showers considering the size of the bathroom.
5 out of 5
Morning we "snuba"ed, which is snorkling with air attached. It was unbelievable and well worth it, however, again, rushed. In the afternoon we went on the "Seablaster". DO NOT MISS THIS EXCURSION!! Our guides were awesome, the trip was relaxed, they served punch and cookies (rum punch for those that cared to drink). They brought us out to an unbelievable place to snorkel off the side of the boat. Absolutely unbelievable and relaxing!
Don't Miss: SEABLASTER - don't even hesitate to do this activity!
5 out of 5
We went to the El Yunque rainforest - it was an excellent excursion with unbelievable views. However, there are no animals in this rainforest (except birds) which was unexpected. It was a bit rushed, but it was worth the trip.
5 out of 5
We went on the "Jeep Safari". We went up mountains in a Jeep made for 8, however there were only the 4 of us, which made the trip very comfortable. Our guide was wonderful. He stopped in many places for photos and history of the area. DON'T FORGET YOUR SNORKEL GEAR for this one because they dropped us off at a beach for about an hour. This is where this trip got a little messed up, because the beach was absolutely gorgeous, however, the small walk to the beach was totally cluttered with trash although there was a dumpster right there. The guys that were stationed at the beach were doing nothing but serving rum punch and not at all bothering to clean the mess. (this is a small area that could have easily been cleaned within 1/2 hour). There were others there that were elderly, but there was no place for them to sit in shade, which was bothersome to them. However, the snorkeling was the best on the trip, even though they didn't suggest bringing snorkle gear, we're glad we did.
Don't Miss: I recommend the Jeep excursion, but be aware of the negative points.

Pros: St. Thomas was gorgeous with friendly people and LOTS of fun things to do.

Cons: not enough help cleaning buffet rooms (bfast and lunch) - too much time waiting for cleaned spaces lead to cleaning it yourself or having cold food

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