Number of Cruises: 8
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Legend
Sailing Date: December 21st, 2004
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: The Legend was a few hours late coming into port, so it was very late leaving. Carnival bought us lunch and provided buses to “tour” a local strip mall. It beat sitting around at the port, so we took advantage of it. It went fairly quickly once they were finally ready to board.
Cabin: We had an extended balcony cabin on the Upper deck, port side, forward. It’s dimensions were more than adequate and we really appreciated the extra room on the balcony. I’d read about using the bungee cord to hold the door open, and that worked very well. The sound of the ship cutting through the water was like the soothing sound of the surf. We loved it. We had no trouble getting tons of extra hangers. Loved the roomy bathroom; liked the fact that the hair dryer was at the vanity table outside the bathroom. The fluffy robes provided were a nice touch, too. Our cabin steward was very personable and always quick with anything we asked for. I personally liked the color scheme on the Golden Princess better than the orange colors on the Legend, but that was a minor point.
Food: I, too, was a little worried after reading so much bad press about the food on the Legend. But I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the food was better than what we had on Princess or NCL or RCL. The service was excellent. We had a table for two and thoroughly enjoyed interacting with our waiter and assistant waiter. They were dolls! The only complaint I had about the dining room (we had second seating) was that it was COLD!! I am not one who usually has a problem with cooler temperatures, but I had a hard time tolerating the temperature in the Truffles dining room. Maybe we just had a bad seat.
The Unicorn Cafe was delightful, with every kind of food imaginable. Never any trouble with lines, and enough variety that we were never bored even on an 8 day cruise.
Golden Fleece: Definitely worth the extra bucks!! I don’t know when I’ve had a steak as good as the one they served. Yes, it was large, but we just took the leftovers and put them in our cabin refrigerator. The waiters made us feel like royalty and it was fun to dance between courses.
Spa: We took advantage of massages and facials, with mixed results. One massage was excellent, the other only adequate. They’re twice as expensive as you’d get the same treatment at home and they really try to push their products. The gym was nice, though, as was the sauna and steam rooms.
Entertainment: I was disappointed that there was no lounge that offered ballroom dancing. For dancing, one could go to the disco (tons of kids) or the tiny dance floor where an Asian band played a mix of music, or you could dance to karaoke in the Firebird lounge. That was about it. The thing I most liked about the shows was that there was never a problem getting a seat. Some of the shows were pretty good, but I thought they did better on the Golden Princess. The cruise director and other entertainment staff did not impress me, either. They seemed plastic and insincere.
Enjoyed the piano bar and cigar bar, though one would think they’d have separated a cigar bar so that everyone didn’t have to walk through it as they were exiting the dining room.
Overall: The Legend does have a rather overwhelming decor, but no big deal. It’s clean, the elevators are numerous and quick, and the rooms are generally well designed. I never had that “hearded cattle” feeling, which was good as I’m extremely claustophobic. They said the ship was full, but it never felt that way. But the two whirlpool spas were always full of kids and we usually had to go to the one aft (waaay far from our cabin) to enjoy an adult, uncrowded spa. Loved the slide! Generally we loved the cruise and would go on the Legend again in a heartbeat.