Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Legend
Sailing Date: March 23rd, 2007
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Legend Cruise Review
The ship is Carnival, pretty basic, but
worth the price, food and service were much better than last Carnival trip. VIP
Pass is recommended if you can get one do so, I was on board in minutes,
lunching and drinking while the line went on forever. Getting off is a breeze as
well. Bring the cigars home if you want them!
I only cruise for my teenage sons, always plenty of teens their age, perfect vacation and they stay out late at night.
Had an extended Balcony suite for four, plenty of room, one bed is hung from the ceiling and goes up during the day so the room is fine for four.
We booked local tour guides suggested by TammLynn who had written a previous cruise review (thanks TammLynn). We also got the same tours with more personalized attention for a lot less money. The lack of a huge group was a bonus!
We also went with Mario of myfriendmario on the tour. I made a reservation with him by email and went on the equivalent of Carnival's grand tour to the Indian village and the Gutan locks. It is a long tour because you have to go into a remote part of Panama for the Indian village which makes for a very interesting drive. Our guide was really great and made sure we were back in time (we even had 30 minutes to shop at the port). Unlike the Carnival tour we also got to climb up a waterfall and go for a swim which was really refreshing! Since we had about 25 people in our group, he charged us $60 per person (smaller groups may be slightly more). The ship charged $145 per person. This is his email firstname.lastname@example.org
Limon, Costa Rica
We went with Charlie Soto tours here to the Jungle Breeze zip line (Awesome!) 16 Lines we went down, I believe the Cruise does only 4. The price was $89 per person (the ship charges $135 for the zip line tour) I would recommend these guys as well. The email address is email@example.com Charlie is extremely accommodating and personally escorted us back to town as we only wanted the zip line tour, he gave us a nice sight seeing trip back and pointed out some good shops.
Belize City, Belize
We went with Timmy at CAVE-TUBING.COM. This is a really funny family guy (3 kids) who responded to all questions. He made it a point to give us exactly the tour we wanted. We went through 2 caves (quite an experience). What was really incredible was the hundreds of Carnival cruisers on their shore excursion pouring into the water all clustered together in a huge noisy group going through only the second cave, they got half the tour at twice the price, you will hear that motto from these guys the whole trip. Cost $45-55 per person depending on group size (Carnival charges $85 per person). The ride back on the bus was a hoot, big bus, narrow roads, but they make it quite fun.
Key points, no bug spray needed on any of these tours, that was a waste of money and extra to carry. All 3 tours provided cold water, soda and beer, so we never were thirsty. Zip line place has a nice little outside bar at the last line, cold beer extremely cheap.