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Lael Hazen

Age: 41

Occupation:Self Employed

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Legend

Sailing Date: April 1st, 2007

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Legend Cruise Review
Southern Caribbean

Lael Hazen

Pros: Good amount of elevators and good people flow. Restaurant staff is great with kids. Category 11 is terrific for those traveling with children. The diversity and quality of the food was surprisingly good. The balconies were large enough and the rails were high enough so you didn't seem trapped. No rush, painless, debarkation (we could stay in our rooms until we got off and breakfast went until 9:30 so we could miss the crowds).

There were a LOT of photographers. This could be annoying; however, it also meant that you could always get a picture whenever you and your family were ready. We got some great ones of our girls.

Cons and/or items I wished I knew before the cruise:

No deck chairs on the promenade deck!!!!!!! We liked to hang out there but couldn't. Also the lounge chairs weren't the most comfortable. I'm thinking of bringing my own next time. Lack of hangers (bring your own). One outlet for the entire cabin, and they make you "rent" a strip cord. No conditioner (the soap bottle in the bath felt cheap). The pursers were.....stiff. One actually told me that we couldn't compare Carnival to Princess or Royal Caribbean (this was when I was trying to get a strip cord for my daughters' nebulizer... why can't we compare?).

The kids club was fine but not extraordinary. They let the children watch a lot of movies and TV. We ended up only putting our 31/2 year old in for the two sea day mornings and one port day and our older one went only two mornings. Oh well.... I didn't think the staff was all that fantastic, but they did try.

The entertainment was fine although our children like more "shows". The casino had a lot of smoke and is in the middle of the ship so you and your kids must walk through it.

We went to three ports. We really liked the snorkeling catamaran excursion on St. Lucia. Our 8 year old saw a lobster and sea turtle. Our youngest enjoyed the butterfly garden on St. Maarten. This we did on our own. It was fine to rent a taxi and then pay the admission fee. It was also A LOT cheaper than going through the cruise.

All in all it was a fine cruise and good value. I'd book again with Carnival. It wasn't pretentious and most of the staff was helpful and friendly. We like sea days and going on LONGER cruises i.e.: 10 nights; it is a shame that Carnival doesn't seem to have longer cruises. This ship really was great value for the money.



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