First, we arrived at the pier on one of the busiest days of the year and there were 11 cruise ships in port. We were waiting to clear security entering the port for maybe 5 minutes and then headed right over to the Legend. The porters came right over and took our luggage and we went right inside and waited maybe 10 minutes to get to an agent to get our cabin number and sign and sail cards. The whole process was quick and easy.We were happily surprised to get upgraded to the Empress Deck in a balcony category. The cabin was spacious and the balcony was a decent size for two people. Our initial entry to the ship was exciting - we entered into the mail lobby area where you are handed a glass of champagne and all around you are spectacular sights of glass elevators and lights and piano music - it is truly a beautiful ship. Some may say it is a little too glitzy but it has an elegance to it that I think makes up for it. We went right to our cabin and unloaded our carry on luggage and went out to investigate. There was plenty to see. Lunch was being served on the Lido deck and it was fabulous. Daily buffets consisted of almost any kind of food you could dream of. There is a 24-hour pizzeria, which is delicious and comes in handy, a grill, deli, Chinese food, rotisserie and dessert buffet, as well as a specialty of the day buffet, which featured a different country every day and was all delicious.We only ordered room service for breakfast which was a little disappointing because they only serve continental breakfast, but you could always drag yourself up to the Lido deck and bring food from the breakfast buffet down to your cabin. The breakfast in the dining room was literally the same food in the buffet only someone brought it to you, they did have 1 or two items extra, but that's it. Dinner was spectacular with a gourmet menu and there was no problem if you wanted to order extra, it was there in a flash. On the last night, we had dinner at the Golden Fleece and it was an amazing experience. The entertainment was very elegant with dinner/romantic music playing. We were upstairs so we couldn't actually see the performers but they sounded excellent and we saw many couples dancing. The entertainment and variety of things to do in the evening was never ending. The Follies Lounge was spectacular and the shows were first class. The cruise director, Michael and his wife Jennie, were incredible and made you feel right at home. The ports we visited were St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique. We loved St. Maarten but our time there was much too short. The day in Barbados was disappointing because it was New Year's day and most of the island was closed. Unfortunately it was the island that we spent the most time at too. We did the Jolly Roger party cruise but after that there wasn't much else to do on the island. I think that was poor planning on Carnival's part, they should have made the holiday a day at sea. The next day was in Martinique and it was rainy. We did get a chance to walk around Forte de France. We also took a ferry across the bay to a little resort area and were able to get on the beach for about a half hour before we had to leave. We left way too early to enjoy our time there, we had to be back on board by 1:30pm. There is so much to say and I could go on and on but to sum it all up, Carnival was spectacular and we can't wait to go on our next cruise, definitely with Carnival.
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