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Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 38

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Carnival Legend

7 Night Alaska With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 16, 2017

Ship: Carnival Legend

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8228

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Everyone's "bucket list" should have Alaska Inside Passage on it! It's not a real party hardy crowd and dress is a bit more casual. We met folks that have cruised Alaska every year for the past ten years and told us it has never been boring. The vistas are so stunning and the wildlife always worth the trip. :-)

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Incredibly organized and smooth! We found ourselves onboard and exploring the ship in less than 30 minutes!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Truffles staff incredible. Got to know us and our likes by the second night (even though anytime dining, we stayed with the same head waiter through out the cruise). Only went to the buffets during off peak times, as we went to MDR for our meals. Buffet food was always fresh and plentiful. Hooked on pizza Pirate and Deli, and who can turn down a midnight ice cream cone?

The Golden Fleece Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Outstanding service and AA+++ steaks and trimmings!Didn't have "room" for dessert, but our waiters let us bring back to our room to eat later!

Unicorn Cafe Lido Restaurant

4 out of 5

Only went during non-peak hours, because seating was a bit of a nightmare. Food excellent, plentiful and fresh :-)

Truffles Restaurant

5 out of 5

Food was wonderful , Staff Outstanding!

Taste Bar

5 out of 5

Make a point of checking out. So much fun to have a taste from other restaurants that Carnival has in their fleet.

Pizzeria

5 out of 5

Be careful or you'll be hooked on 3 a.m. pizza. Probably the best thin crust pizza I have ever had :-)

Deli

5 out of 5

Great place to grab a quick sandwich!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We weren't really into the pools, but took advantage of the few lectures that there were. Husband loved the fitness center and sauna. I took advantage of the spa on the first sea day. Both were just what we needed to unwind and enjoy.

Spa Carnival

5 out of 5

Had mani/pedi on first sea day. I felt so pampered and my gel manicure lasted a month!

The Fun Shops

4 out of 5

I didn't do that much shopping, but "window shopped" the first couple of days, spatted a few things I was interested in, and kept an eye out for the sales. Bought some carved jade bears at 70% off!

The Colossus Atrium

5 out of 5

Beautiful and just plain fun location to people watch :-)

Guest Services / Shore Excursions

5 out of 5

Folks were always willing to help no matter what question we had. Had a can do attitude!

Enchanted Forest Interior Promenade

5 out of 5

My place to retreat and read or stare out the windows :-)

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Can't say enough positives on shows. Always good seating and thourghly enjoyed by both my husband and I. Only regret is some nights we were so tired from exploring the ports, we didn't make it to some of the shows. In Skagway, a folk musician came aboard with music and history of Skagway. It was not to be missed! Fun! Funny! And oh so interesting.

Children's Programs

Just me and my hubby, celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary :-)

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
From the maitre d' to the wait staff, the dining room experience is not to be missed. Thoughtful of our food preferences and understanding that this was our first cruise, we always felt pampered. Room steward was so very good and fast, after the first day we didn't really see him, except in the hallway. (and always a smile) Magically our room was all tidy, the wonderful towel animals appeared and if we left a note or message, he had it done before we knew it. (We left him an extra tip, even though we paid the mandatory gratuities) Guest services were always gracious for any questions or problems we had. A++ service!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Yes, if you look in the corners of the balcony you could see a little rust and if you're picky a bit of peeling paint (Legend has under gone a refit since then, I think?) But everything was beautifully, quirky and clean! Felt like a 4 star hotel! The design is over the top, but fun and just full of nice nooks to people watch or to get away and read a book and watch the scenery. I cannot tell you how incredibly many whales I saw from our balcony and from the deck :-)

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This was our first cruise, so did not have a comparison. The step up into the bathroom was a bit tricky at first, but easy to remember after a couple of stumbles. Even though we were under the pool, it was never that noisy. We brought a sound machine and that did just fine. For Alaska, you must have a balcony! I spent so much time out there in all kinds of rain and cold. I even saw sea otters one day!

Ship tip

Don't forget your binoculars!!! The vistas along Alaska's inside passage will take your breath away!

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
Arrived 2 days early to explore, and found we could have spent a week and still not have seen everything we want to see. Did make it to Pike Place Market twice.

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Did a whale watching combined with salmon bake. Whale watch was astounding!!! We had a whale spy hop and was "watching" us!!! The salmon bake was okay, but bring your sense of humor. Food, including salmon, was from CostCo in Juneau. And the entertainer was a bit muffed everyone wasn't tipping as much as he liked. All good, even though my hubby and I went to the buffet when we returned to the Legend. (Food was better onboard the Legend)

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
White Pass Train excursion and got off in downtown Skagway, when the train returned. Needed cash, so we checked out the Wells Fargo Bank in town. It was a bit of a hike, but worth it. They have their original safe in the lobby and the bank is like a time gone past. Checked the shops (fun to look, if you aren't in the mood to buy). Just plain go exploring!

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Breath taking!

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Just posted some letters from the postal drop on the pier and then wandered the water front. We want to go exploring more when we return this September.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Organized, smooth, no long waits!! On our way in 25 minutes!

Traveler Photos

Outside "The Twisted Fish" At the top of Mt. Roberts. Enjoying the view! Tracy's Crab Shack
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