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John Journell

Age: 47

Occupation:Systems Analyst

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Legend

Sailing Date: November 11th, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

I was in the Navy so I think I have a different point of view than most of the reviews I've read about this ship. Being a retired navy man and never having sailed on anything but navy ships before, this ship looked fantastic to me. The service was exceptional and I couldn't believe how friendly and helpful the staff was during the entire cruise. I heard people say the food was bad, but I thought it was great. People complained about the motion of the ship but I could barely tell it was moving. I don't know what people expect out of a cruise but I was waited on hand and foot by very friendly people in a clean and very elegant ship. There was PLENTY of shopping opportunities. I have nothing bad at all to say about our stateroom. We had a wonderful time and I would recommend traveling on it again.

I like to run and I found that the "running deck" they have on the 11th deck is not really adequate. Instead I ran on the 10th deck which I estimated one lap to be approx. 1/3 mile. Nobody ever said I couldn't run on it and it was sufficient to get a good run in. I did one run of 7 miles before pulling into Costa Rica. The only problem is that the forward part of the ship acts like a wind tunnel and it makes it hard to walk or run up there, but I still did ok.

The gym was very good and they have excellent sauna facilities. I tend to get up very early to work out so I was usually exhausted and in bed by 10PM when they had their nightly shows but I heard they were very good. That was my choice to miss them and I can't fault the ship because I chose to sleep instead of watch the shows.

I can't compare this to another cruise line since this was the only cruise ship I was ever on, so take my comments for whatever they are worth. From reading previous reviews I feel kind of guilty for stating that we had a great time. But for me, 8 days of no cell phone, rush hour traffic, or e-mails was enough to make me feel like I died and went to heaven so I'm not inclined to be too harsh here. Again, I had a great time and I whole heartedly recommend the Legend for anybody thinking of taking a cruise.

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