Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Better than we expected, very successful

Sail Date: August 30, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Although we have done several small ship cruises, we have not been on a large ship cruise before, though we did cross the Atlantic on the QEII 20 years ago, so we were not sure what to expect when we booked a western Caribbean week on the Carnival Legend. Yes, there are a lot of people aboard, and not all of them are polite, but on the whole the passengers were pleasant, friendly, & helpful. We heard there were 600 children under 18 on board but they were well behaved and must have been enjoying their own activities, as we rarely saw them. The crew keeps a spotless ship, even in the constantly-in-use cafeteria and around the other public spaces. The food is quite good, not gourmet but with lots of variety, and when one tires of what is being served there is even more choice in the self serve areas, including pretty good ice cream (custard).
The shows, which I had expected to be mediocre, were quite fabulous, with excellent dancers and gorgeous costumes. As I mentioned above, the singing was miked too loud for our ears (a modern phenomenon I suspect). The specialty shows, magician, juggler, etc. were top notch.
Our veranda suite was roomy, attractive and except for the constant engine/a/c noise very quiet. Watch out for occasional soot on the chairs if you get a rear suite; the steward will give you towels to sit on to protect your clothes. If you don't like walking take note of how far your cabin choice is from the elevators.
The ship's decor, what can I say? Really kitchy, but it grows on you after a few days. It is kept in immaculate condition, however, for we frequently observed crew cleaning the molding, the decks, the windows, everything.
There is a lot of emphasis on shopping, on board and in every port, so brace yourself and decide ahead of time what items you might really need or want--all those diamonds make for a heady atmosphere!
We took two of the Carnival planned tours and particularly enjoyed the Goff Caye snorkeling expedition with great fish and lovely beach. The Roatan sail and snorkel trip was less successful as the snorkeling area was quite riled up. Watch for big changes in Roatan as they are building a whole new Carnival docking area there. The other two stops we built our own trips, being very careful to get back to the ship on time.
Yes, I'd go again, and I think I would choose the Legend.

Pros: Our veranda suite was luxurious, the service was perfect, crew and passengers were friendly, the evening shows were polished and high quality, the movement of passengers on and off was efficiently handled, everything was very clean.

Cons: Lots of smoke, especially in lounges, shows, while good, were way too loud, especially vocalists, not enough signs saying

Recommends Carnival Legend? Yes!

Ship Quality
Still think an occasional sign to fore or aft, starboard or port would help
Food and Dining
Desserts were their weakest point, appetizers their strongest, with lots of variety and beautiful presentation.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
This is a pretty spot, very welcoming, and so far not so aggressively commercial as the busier ports. However with a new dock and shopping area being built this ambiance may not last. I thought the catamaran sail and snorkel was a disappointment. Yes, it did sail, but essentially went no distance so we ended up returning to snorkel in a roiled up area with minimal fish. Given the length of the trip (3 1/2 hours) I would think they could find a better location. Also, this is not an easy vessel to get out of and into, so don't choose it for your first snorkel experience or if you have trouble climbing ladders.
Belize City, Belize
We have been here before and find the fenced in secure shopping area offensive and annoying. Much too much emphasis on spend, spend, spend. Go snorkeling instead, or even see the ruins.
Don't Miss: Snorkel on Goff Cay, or one of the other islands available
George Town, Grand Cayman
We booked ourselves onto the Atlantic submarine and enjoyed the experience. We had planned to snorkel off the shore afterwards but returned to ship when rain threatened. It looked as if the Eden Rock facility would be easy to negotiate, however
Cozumel, Mexico
Took cab to Dzul Ha area to snorkel off beach. Beautiful! Palmar Estates there rents lockers and gear, and has a pool to relax by as well.
Don't Miss: snorkel!!!!


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