Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises

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3 out of 5

Expect the Mediocre

Sail Date: April 22, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is what you would expect from a Carnival ship, overly done Vegas style decor with a focus on selling you something. Be prepared to be solicited every step of the way. Not all of the deals are bad but the constant selling can get annoying.

The rooms on the ship are nice for the price you pay. And the room stewards service the room twice a day (or more if you want) and leave you cutsie towel animals for entertainment. It's a nice little feeling.

For non-organized activities, there is gambling, sun-bathing, dipping in the pool (they are not big enough to swim) or the gym. TV has sattelite reception but the choices are limited.

Organized activities are geared towards those who want to sit on a couch and play Bingo or those who want to make fools of themselves on the Lido deck with "belly flop" like contests. I was looking for something more in-between like dance lessons or pilates (which was offerred once during the entire cruise for an "additional nominal fee).

The food was pretty good in the dining room and the wait staff were friendly and hospitable. Try the melting chocolate caks, it's to die for. The lido deck casual dining was great at lunch but poor at dinner. There weren't a lot of options for dinner and the stuff that was there looked like things the lunch left over.

The staff were all very friendly and nice to be around. Overall, the ship is a decent value for what you pay for (we got it on a good sale) but don't expect first class.

Pros: The 4 ports of call were great. The ship was good about getting people off the boat at the ports of call, there weren't long lines for the most part and the ports were nice locations with plenty to do in them. The room the ship was very well maintained and the cabin stewards clean them 2 x a day.

Cons: Activities on the ship were very poor. Not much to do on sea days so if you aren't the type to sun on deck, take some books to entertain yourself. Food was ok, and dinner options are only good if you go to the dining room.

Recommends Carnival Legend? No.

Ship Quality
The ship is very clean and beautifully maintained. The decor is a little over the top and your eyes may need to adjust to the lights and images.
Food and Dining
The dining room food is not bad. The lido deck still leave something to be desired.
Entertainment
Really, was there an activites staff on this ship? The organized activities were for the really old or the really drunk. The slightly tipsy active ones got forgotten.
Cabin / Stateroom
There aren't a lot of amenities in the room but the bed is very comfortable and the rooms are cleaned twice a day.
Service and Staff
They are all very friendly. They won't give you their first born (well maybe for a big tip) but they will try hard.
Belize City, Belize
The water here is not as clear as Grand Cayman or Mexico. The port has a lot of solicitors and is generally quite expensive. Not a whole lot to see and do.
Don't Miss: There is not much to not miss.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
The port here is beautiful. You can hang out here the entire day. There is a swim up bar/pool on part, a beach area where you can hang out in a hammock or dip in the pool. All for zero pesos. Shopping is for millionaries only. For activities, skip the clear kayak. It sounds fun (and is) but you don't see much because the fish run away. Scuba or snorkel instead.
Don't Miss: Water activities. All of them. The beaches are beautiful.
George Town, Grand Cayman
The port is beautiful. You take a little boat (called a tender) to the port. There is swimming close by (short taxi or a tour) and you can snorkel right from shore, there is reef and fish in 2 inches of water. The town is pretty snooty, I guess when you have that much money on one island (they have thousands of banks there), you can turn your nose up at tourists looking for cheap souveniers. Skip the shopping. It's expensive but it is fun to window shop.
Don't Miss: Snorkeling or the stingrays. Also, visit a "Tortuga" shop for free samples of awesome rum cake.
Cozumel, Mexico
This place is beautiful and the Mexicans love you for being there. They are hospitable and nice and bend over backwards for their beloved tourists. Shopping here is great. It's reasonable even in the tourist traps.
Don't Miss: Snorkel, Snuba, Scuba or your water activity of choice. The water is clear as water, warm, beautfiful and filled with stuff to see.


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