September 2013 - Carnival Legend to Transatlantic
I went knowing Carnival was not really the line for me, but I loved the itinerary. I might go on Carnival again for an itinerary like this, but nothing less. 15 night-London/Dover, Dublin, Greenock (for Glasgow), Belfast, Reykjavik-Iceland, Q-town (cant spell it)-Greenland, (Plus we saw the northern lights and did an extra fjord cruise), St Johns-Newfoundland and New York City. Enjoyed all the ports. Not much point going to Greenland as we could only tender to a small village and could not tour beyond the village...but still a country I did not expect to have on my bucket list (or Iceland). I think Carnival should have made it clear that we were not going to see anything of Greenland. Ships public room decor is just plain garish, pattern after pattern, color after color, and and so many blinking lights and reflections all in one room. Dancing and singing in dining room is embarrassing and infantile. Why would anyone think I would like a waiter waggling his napkin stuffed chest or his buttocks in my face.You can only avoid it by not eating in the dining room. Virtually no info given for ports and transportation. No excuse for this. I could have put together a map and highlights off the internet. Whoever checked out these ports to make the itinerary for the cruise could have done it. As a passenger I am offended to be treated so poorly. Entertainment was poorly done and boring. Poor lecturer. Library tiny and rarely open. Days at sea had almost no activities. I was amazed at the dress of the passengers. No country club casual here. Mostly faded old jeans and t-shirts-even in the dining room. Lots of negatives for me, but doubt I am the typical Carnival passenger. I was pleasantly surprised by the food in the dining room (especially the excellent soups) and the Lido. Although the food in the Lido at night was poor (very few choices and not fresh). You already know that I loathe the exhibitionistic dancing and singing in the dining room. I hate karaoke, but it is suprerior to the antics in the dining room, which interrupt a pleasant adult dinner. Considering the garish decor in the public rooms our balcony cabin was orange and wood but thank god restrained. Smallest balcony I have ever had. Barely room for 2 sit up chairs and a tiny table. Mini bar gives off quite a bit of heat, made it hard to keep the room from being way too hot, even with the balcony door propped open. All the service staff were great, considering they didnt have much to work with. The cruise director talked and talked and talked, rarely giving any information and hosted with the assistant cruise director a morning show where they insulted each other, used innuendos, and hit each other. Should have been a time to share info about the ports, things going on the the ship. It was too unpleasant to watch.
If Carnival had another great itinerary I might do it again, but really prefer the atmosphere, amenities, and attitude on Princess, Celebrity or Holland America.