Exotic Western Caribbean from Tampa

Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 27, 2008
Ship: Carnival Legend
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

This was the youngest ship we've cruised on and it matched (but not exceeded) our expectations.

We prefer physically active vacations, so gym quality and availability was important for us. It was adequate. However, I like playing ping-pong on a ship, but the two available tables were so crammed that it was a torture to play.

Quality and sophistication of dining was also important as the fine cuisine is my wife's biggest hobby, so we are not easily impressed. Some dishes were truly outstanding, but overall, quality of food was inconsistent and not above average. Buffet choices were pretty limited.

The show dancers and singers were outstanding. The second show was the best we ever watched on a cruise. The group performing in the dancing lounge and on the deck (three oriental guys and a girl) was also absolutely awesome - highest quality one could imagine.

We liked the visited islands very much - plenty of opportunities for land and marine exploration. Cave Tubing in Belize is the experience of a lifetime if you appreciate the unique, unbelievable natural beauty (though, we were lucky to reserve online in advance with a small independent company - Vitalino's cavetubing.bz - which made a huge difference). Our small group enjoyed royal treatment and much reacher experience for a smaller fee compared to the cruise and other larger independent providers.

3 out of 5
We rented a car (for two families - very inexpensive, less then $50 with gas) and explored the island all around. Mayan ruins are very small but OK for me who saw them for the first time. Tequila factory was a nice little spot to stop and sample some nice stuff. No need to buy a tour. Snorkeling on southern reefs of the western shore were not good - either we were not lucky or you need a boat, not trying from the shore. Overall, the island's nature is pretty boring compared to other islands. I guess more "civilized" activities (like shopping) could've been more exciting if we were interested in those.
5 out of 5
We didn't make it to the famous Stingray City, but spent time on the northern part of the Seven Mile beach - Cemetery Beach, where swimming and snorkeling from the shore were great. Some fish comes to you just as you enter the water, just have some food ready (we used banana). Overall - very inexpensive activity but lots of fun.
3 out of 5
We reserved a tour "Best of Roatan" and then spent some time on a beach with pretty good snorkeling right off the beach. I don't think $25 per person which didn't include entrance fees into Iguana Farm and Monkey house were worth it, but we couldn't find anything better to do there.
5 out of 5
Cave Tubing. See my overall comment. To reiterate, our choice of reserving with Vitolino's cavetubing.bz was a huge success and differentiator.

Pros: Entertainment (show dancers/singers, lounge musicians), some of the fine meals, itinerary

Cons: inconsistent quality and below-average choices of dining and food

Recommends Carnival Legend? Yes!

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