7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 24, 2010 Ship: Carnival Legend Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
My husband and I decided to take a cruise for our second wedding anniversary and we decided to try out the Legend's Western Caribbean cruise. To be honest, my husband and I really didn't looks too much into the ship features before we booked, we were more concerned about the ports we would be visiting. I wish I had done a little more ship research before deciding which one to book but we had a really great vacation. The ship is a little bit older but the staff, food, and entertainment were all great!
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was amazing! For breakfast there was the traditional stuff in the buffet every morning - french toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, bagels, cereal, etc. There was the option to dine in the formal dining room for breakfast as well but we never took up that option. Lunch always had a great variety of food, our first day on the ship we had prime rib for lunch. They have a pizza bar and deli that are open 24 hours, which was great if we wanted a late night slice. They had a grill with hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs and more. They don't have the same stuff in their buffet selection every day too which was nice. The dessert station was excellent as well.
Dinner was always lovely. You still have the option to go to the buffet at night but most people dine in the formal dining room. It set up like a restaurant with servers and a menu but the cool thing is you can order whatever you want and as many as you want and it's all included.
3 out of 5
There were a ton of activities to choose from but my husband and I usually took advantage of the sun deck and the evening shows. During the day they have activities like trivia games, dance lessons, bingo, and more. There's always something going on it's just a matter of someone's interests. We went to most of the evening shows and comedy acts and really enjoyed those.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The staff was truly wonderful on the ship. I was surprised to learn that most of their staff is from all over the world. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. They were top notch.
3 out of 5
My first impression of the Legend was that it was somewhat gaudy and overdone but now I realize I think this is just the cruise ship way. It didn't take away from the cruise at all but it was just a surprise to me personally. The ship does have a theater, comedy club, dance club, two small shops that were surprisingly reasonably priced, a casino, pools, a slide, huge sundeck, mini-golf, basketball, gym, and things to do for kids. Our stateroom was wonderful and bigger than I expected. Overall the ship seems a bit dates in it's decor but it's still very nice.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
My husband and I opted to book an interior stateroom for our first cruise, we wanted to save money just in case we didn't like it that much. When we books, we had the option of a small interior room in the back of the boat, or the room all the way at the front of the boat at the end of the room row. We took the room in the front of the boat and we are sure glad we did! It was twice the size of a normal interior room and was really spacious. We didn't feel any extra movement due to being in the front, the only con of the room was that if we wanted to do an activity or eat at the buffet in the back of the boat, we had to walk a ways (which isn't really that far but I could see how a room in the middle of the boat would be more convenient).
Mahogany Bay is owned by Carnival so there wasn't actually much that was "native" to this port. There were a few shops and a man made beach but there wasn't anyone at this port who wasn't a cruise ship tourist. Unless you found a way to venture out from this port that is closed in my trees and vegetation, there's not a lot to see. It's a beautiful port and we really enjoyed the beach but there's not a ton to explore and I wish I could have seen more of the island.
I did not enjoy this port at all. I assumed that a port would include a beach nearby since it is an Island but everywhere near the main port is just shopping. If you don't want to shop, be prepared to either stay on the boat, book an excursion, or find a taxi to get you somewhere more interesting. The shopping, for me, wasn't that great either. it was either really poor quality tourist souvenirs or high end fine jewelry. I didn't go on vacation to buy diamonds and tanzanite, I just wanted to sit on the beach and relax. I didn't find much of interest at this port.
Cozumel was great. My husband and I went snorkeling and we enjoyed ourselves. Of course everyone and their mother wants to sell you something but that's to be expected with anywhere in Mexico or the Islands. The shopping here was a lot better because there was a large variety of products (their vanilla extract is some of the best in the world and a must buy at this port). There are lots of activities to choose from in Cozumel and it's a beautiful place.
Don't Miss: Vanilla Extract
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