A Cruise on the Noordam
Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Caribbean
Ship: Carnival Legend
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Background: We are a party of 5 68, 67, 49, 44, 13. The seniors in our group have been on 20+ cruises and the three of us have been on 10+. Weve all sailed Carnival, HAL, Princess, Celebrity, Costa, RCCL & NCL.
First let me start by saying this ship lists passenger total to approximately 1900 people. Our sailing had 2200 with over 500 kids.
Embarkation: This was a smooth and organized process. Considering we were sailing Spring Break things went rather quickly. We were assigned a number when we entered the terminal, when our number was called we went thru security and then got on the express line (we registered online).
Ship: The Noordam is beautifully decorated, lots of wood, fantastic art work, dcor elegant not loud. Nice size shipping holding approx 1900 passengers. Layout was great easy to find your way around.
Cabin Our cabin was nice. Not great but, nice. While storage was adequate the layout was awkward. There were several areas where they could have put in some shelving or cabinets. The bed in the triple was a pullout sofa. It was very comfortable (more so than most) but, you couldnt get to the balcony or open the refrigerator door once the bed was opened. We like the 3rd that drops from the ceiling like Princess & Celebrity especially when your third passenger is a teenager! Our room steward, Gede, was terrific.
Room Service fantastic quick service. The choices were plenty (best weve seen at sea) but, the eggs needed some work. There were many choices of snacks, meals and breakfast items. It was always delivered on time and w/ a smile.
Pool The mid ship pool had some amazing chairs. Not the plastic type these were wood with thick cushions and a pleasant change. While the pools were very nice, the mid pool (for kids & adults) was in a domed area. The dome was opened a crack one day and closed for two others. Unfortunately, HAL allows smoking in that area on both sides of the ship whether the dome is opened or closed. Thats wrong. The aft pool was adults only. However, whether or not kids were allowed depended on the guard on watch at the time. We explained our dghtr could not swim in the mid pool because she is an asthmatic and the smoking filled the entire area. We were told she should feel free to use the aft shower. The mid pool was overrun with unsupervised children. They were running, diving, screaming, bringing glasses into the water, kicking people and even jumped on top of some younger children that were being held by their parents. It was ridiculous. Security showed up a few times after people complained, chased them and moments later they were back with a vengeance.
Activities HAL was a bit quiet for us. The ship was filled with kids but, not too many activities for adults a few trivia games & pool games once in a while that lasted 10 mins. We prefer a more active cruise.
Entertainment the headliners were very good and entertaining. However, the HAL singers/dancers were so-so at best. Our least favorite of all the cruise lines.
Dining Room/Food The dining room was well decorated. The choices, quality & presentation of food was excellent. The desserts (including the light and sugar free selections were fabulous). However, because our cruise was overbooked many parties were seated at tables too small for their group. We sat 5 at a table appropriate for 4. Those on either end of the table had their plates hanging off the edge. The first night we entered the dining room to find my parents stuck on 2 folding chairs! Needless to say, that was the only night they sat there. That is unacceptable. Our waiter and asst were fantastic & worked very hard. The table to the left of us housed 8 boys under the age of 9. Their parents dined clear across the room and once they sat never looked back. These kids were carrying on, screaming, fighting, etc. I spoke to the maitre'd after the second night and told him I am shocked HAL would allow it
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Pros: Ship Decor, best beds at sea, very good quality food
Cons: Kids program, service, lack of activities