Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Great cruise! With a few minor caveats.

Sail Date: June 21, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

Our first Alaskan cruise and it was a blast!  Lots of chances to view wildlife, won a few bucks more than I lost in the casino, and first-class entertainment.  There were several sightings of porpoises and humpback whales during sailing and the on-board naturalist made announcements as soon as one was sighted. We loved the balcony room and spent a lot of time on the balcony to relax and enjoy the scenery as we went.

The on-board singing and dancing entertainment was first-class. Props, choreography, singing, dancing, the whole bit.  I wouldn't be surprised at all if several of the performers pop up again eventually in Broadway - they were just that good.  Our family would have debates trying to figure out if they were lip-syncing or actually singing while dancing - they were definitely singing live.

Food wise, I was a bit disappointed. It was decent, and definitely some tasty things, but overall not amazing. Given, our first cruise we were just blown away on a Royal Caribbean cruise that had the most amazing food so I had pretty high expectations that this cruise definitely didn't live up to.  More specifically, it would have been nice if they had changed the breakfast menu even once (though it was decent) during the entire trip. Two other points of advice - the coffee is terrible.  Just *terrible*. The pay-for-coffee bars are fine, but if you are used to drinking good coffee, just be prepared. The other is the rice. Again, just TERRIBLE. Mushy with no taste or other texture. Sushi was terrible. They could definitely use better rice or better rice cookers.  Other than those 2 things, everything else was very decent - especially the pizza and the desserts. 

The kids said the kids camp staff were "bossy" for no good reason but they had plenty of other activities and honestly, I can't really blame them when they were overseeing 50+ kids at once with just a few people. 

Ports were great, although it would have been nice to spend more time in the ports especially toward the end. 

Overall, definitely worth doing - the family had a great time. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Great. Although most of the whales were on the starboard side of the ship for some reason (vs. port side of 7146)
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Smooth as butta.
Ship Quality
Ship was clean, but showing its age. There was a lot of duct tape holding things together if you are observant. Lots of light bulbs and fixtures hanging on by wires. Lots of rust and peeling paint when you look up.
Destinations and Excursions
Great, but more time would have been great.
Onboard Activities
Something for everyone.
Children's Programs
Lots for the kids to do, but the kids didn't want anything more to do with the kids programs after their first day.
Entertainment
Broadway-level entertainment. They were that good.
Service and Staff
Jen the cruise director was awesome. So were Zavi, our head waiter, and Arnaldo our room steward.
Food and Dining
Decent, but nothing special. Terrible rice dishes and coffee. Good desserts
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Tip

I actually eye-witnessed someone win $2500 bucks on the "fit the key" machine so it IS possible (just not for me).

Bring a power-strip w/o a surge-protector as there is only one outlet in the entire cabin.

Also the pillows are very soft so you might bring your own if you like firmer pillows.



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