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Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


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Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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8 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 16, 2006
Ship: Carnival Legend
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship was nicely laid out. Different pool areas midship gave a more initimate feeling rather than one loud open area. Some lounges were available in the different areas (better than on other ships.) The overall appearance of the ship was impressive although sometimes a little too busy - the wood moulding was classy but the constant urns were not. Ceilings were sometimes busy in "legends" themes including chandeliers resembling Medusa's hair. I was not thrilled about the shows; in the 8 nights, I really enjoyed only 2 shows. While the entertainment staff was just that (entertaining), 2 of the shows were passenger-talent shows, and 1 was a one-man show by one of the usual entertainers. Three of the shows also catered to a specific genre (country, jazz and Frank Sinatra/Sammy Davis Jr). The shows were not of the same caliber as other cruise shows. The decor of the dining room was appealing, although the food was not always. The presentation of all the dishes was great, but the meat was sometimes a little too tough and some of the dishes weren't that tasty. On the Lido Deck, the buffets were plentiful (many choices) and delicious. Usually the Lido staff was constant in cleaning tables. However there were a few times when unoccupied tables around us stayed full with dirty dishes as we ate an entire meal. We were extremely lucky to have a suite with a balcony and found the cabin and bathroom space plentiful for our family of four. The cabin steward never introduced herself but was always pleasant in passing and kept the room spotless. We had been to the ports before and took this ship for relaxation which it certainly turned out to be. I would recommend it based on value, but not as impressive for an experiened cruiser.
3 out of 5
We walked along the waterfront towards some shops but it was too hot to continue. We didn't see anything impressive, but didn't go far.
5 out of 5
We visited the Bacardi factory on our own. Much cheaper than the cruise excursion. $.50 pp roundtrip ferry (just a walk from the ship), and $6 pp roundtrip for a cab ride from/to ferry to/from Bacardi. The Bacardi tour is free, and includes 2 rum drinks. We enjoyed the true San Juan flavor of being among the locals, ie on the ferry. We also strolled around the Old Town for window shopping and to stop at the various squares/fountains.
5 out of 5
We visited the Bacardi factory on our own. Much cheaper than the cruise excursion. $.50 pp roundtrip ferry (just a walk from the ship), and $6 pp roundtrip for a cab ride from/to ferry to/from Bacardi. The Bacardi tour is free, and includes 2 rum drinks. We enjoyed the true San Juan flavor of being among the locals, ie on the ferry. We also strolled around the Old Town for window shopping and to stop at the various squares/fountains.
5 out of 5
For snorkeling, visit Coki Beach (a $9 pp one-way cab ride. We met some people who even rented a jeep to go there although they noted the roads were winding and narrow at times.) You could see fish right up to the shoreline. The snorkeling rentals were only $5 pp, and we rented an umbrella and 2 lounges for only $10. The scenery is beautiful - sail boats in the background, parasailing above the waters, within a setting of the St Thomas mountains. The beach itself is not that large but definitely large enough. There are restrooms right there. Some local items can be bought there, as well as drinks and hairbraiding. Magen's Beach is beautiful, but we aimed for Coki for the snorkeling adn would do it again. The shops in town (a short cab ride) are good if you want jewelry, typical of the Caribbean. There is also a shopping area (again good jewelry buys) as soon as you get off the ship.
Don't Miss: Coki Beach snorkeling
5 out of 5
For snorkeling, visit Coki Beach (a $9 pp one-way cab ride. We met some people who even rented a jeep to go there although they noted the roads were winding and narrow at times.) You could see fish right up to the shoreline. The snorkeling rentals were only $5 pp, and we rented an umbrella and 2 lounges for only $10. The scenery is beautiful - sail boats in the background, parasailing above the waters, within a setting of the St Thomas mountains. The beach itself is not that large but definitely large enough. There are restrooms right there. Some local items can be bought there, as well as drinks and hairbraiding. Magen's Beach is beautiful, but we aimed for Coki for the snorkeling adn would do it again. The shops in town (a short cab ride) are good if you want jewelry, typical of the Caribbean. There is also a shopping area (again good jewelry buys) as soon as you get off the ship.
Don't Miss: Coki Beach snorkeling
3 out of 5
We walked along the waterfront towards some shops but it was too hot to continue. We didn't see anything impressive, but didn't go far.

Pros: Cabin and amenities (including comfortable bedding, spacious closets/drawers)

Cons: Shows

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