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Larry

Age: 40

Occupation:Banker

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Legend

Sailing Date: 03-8-2009

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

I was a first time cruiser on the Legend sailing out of Tampa on March 8 traveling to Roatan, Grand Cayman, Belize and Cozumel. I did a lot of research on Carnival and their ships and the cruise was pretty much what I expected. I was there with a large group and that in itself made it very entertaining. If youre looking for a vacation where you want to be by yourself and escape the crowds this is NOT the cruise line for you. Carnival is exactly what they say, the "FUN SHIP" company. They go out of their way to keep you entertained. The food was good at times. The Truffles restaurant offers a wide selection of food to appeal to everyone's taste. You have to get the Chocalate Melting Cake. It is very good. I'm a very healthy eater and I was able to eat a good diet, for the most part, on the ship. I suggest trying to eat at Truffles not only for dinner but for lunch as well. Indira was our waitress at dinner and she was very good. The Unicorn cafe is the main food area and is open 24 hours a day. Be sure to get breakfast and lunch at the posted times because if you dont they don't offer much. We had a late night one night at was looking for something to eat and all they had was hamburgers, fries, pizza and calzones. However, I did catch Unicorn cafe one night and they had a Sushi bar open. It was very good. For breakfast, the Unicorn offers everything from cereal, fruit, made to order eggs, coffee, juice, yogurt, bacon, etc... They also offer egg whites as an option for the omelettes. Don't expect midnight buffets every night. They only offered a Mexican buffet one night and it was average at best. Nothing special. The Room Service menu is also limited, however, I used it one time and they were very prompt. If you like seafood, you're in luck. They offer everything from Salmon, shrimp, Octopus(not bad), and chocolate sushi. Yes, chocolate sushi and it was excellent. We had an interior stateroom. It was fine. It had plenty of storage with 3 large closet doors with plenty of shelves and places to hang clothes. However, I would bring hangers: not many in the room. There are NO alarm clocks in the room, so if u don't want to use the wake up call service, I brought a little wind up travel alarm clock and it worked out just fine. One of my biggest complaints is that there were not many outlets. The beds were always made and the towels were always changed. They even would straighten up our bathroom every day including our toilettries. The rooms are what they are. A place to shower and sleep. The onboard activiites were plentiful but none appealed to us. The entertainment was a step down from an episode of "America's Got Talent." They offered a balancing act one night, and I know it's a ship, but he failed several times on doing his stunts. Another occasion they offered a "Motown" night. She was a good singer but only sang 5 songs and 4 of the songs were not from the Motown era. Satchmo's had a band that was very good. Can't remember their name, but they were 5 Asian or Latino guys, but they played everything from Barry Manilow to Van Halen and AC/DC. Jason, in Billie's Piano Bar, was very good as well. Drink prices: Bud 16 oz. $5.75( after the 15% gratuity that Carnival automatically adds in). Get the bucket of beer. It comes with 4 aluminum 16 oz Bud Light's at about $20 total. It comes with ice, as well, so u can save some later if u so choose. I highly recommend the Stingray City tour. However, if u want to save a few bucks don't book through Carnival. There are several companies on the Internet that will do it for about $40/person. Ours included Stingray City plus two snorkeling stops. We also did the Cave Tubing in Belize. We booked it through Cave-Tubing.com. We paid about $45/person and it was well worth it. We had a one hour bus ride to the caves and the tubing took about an hour and a half or so. Our tour guide, Keith, was young but very knowledgable about the city and the caves. I also recommend renting jeeps in Cozumel and going around the entire Island. We saw some amazing beaches by doing this and there were hardly any tourists at the stops we made. We also stopped at some old city, can't remember the name, but I bought SOL beer at $2/each. That beats the 6 bucks you pay on the cruise ship for Bud Light. Roatan was very beautiful. The shops were also very good. They offer several items made out of mahogany. However, once u get off the ship be prepared to be bombarded by people offering you cab rides and bus tours. They get one ship in about every week so be ready. We had so many people around us I put my wallet in my front pocket. Overall my trip was very good. I got some time to meet new people and spend quality time with my wife's family. However, Im not much of a people person so I'm not sure if I would cruise again. If I did I would probably try another cruise line - only from what I heard from other people on the cruise. If you're looking for a inexpensive vaction this is the way to go.

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