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Brandi Czajkowski

Age: 26

Occupation:Daycare Teacher

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Legend

Sailing Date: February 23rd, 2005

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

Just now getting around to writing my review. First of all, I traveled with my husband, my parents, my sister and her husband and my in-laws. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early (which I definitely recommend, so much less hassle). We stayed at the Comfort Inn Airport/Cruiseport South. The reason we chose this hotel was because of the free shuttle to and from the airport and cruise port. We only waited about 20 minutes at the airport for them to pick us up and bring us back to the hotel. The hotel was nice and clean and in a decent area with a shopping strip right next door. Everyone was very helpful. They also had a breakfast that was very good with made to order omelets. There was a restaurant near there called Dave & Buster's. I would definitely recommend it. They had pool tables, shuffleboard tables, and a HUGE arcade. Great for all ages. This was a great place to stay before our cruise, I would stay here again without a doubt.

Embarkation Day
The morning at the hotel, a little confusing, but it shouldn't have been if people could follow directions and use a little common sense. They had and early shuttle and a later shuttle that went to the ship and people showed up for the early one that were actually supposed to be on the later one. It was not the hotel's fault though. After that got all settled, we were off the the ship. Got there at a decent time, but there was already a long line. They had us separated into two lines, one for US citizens and one for non US citizens. That was pointless because we all eventually became one line. After that it went pretty smooth. We were on the ship by 1:00 or so. We could not go right to our cabins yet so we toured the ship. It was very beautiful. I have been on the Elation(2000) and the Victory (2002) both equally as beautiful. I prefer this size of ship over the Victory size, I do not care for all the tiers of lounge chairs. The Legend was full of urns, but it wasn't something you noticed after the first day. We made our way to our cabins on the main deck. We had cabin numbers: 4156,4159,4172, and 4177 all with balconies (cat.8A). Very nicely decorated with plenty of space for all your clothing. Lots of room in the bathroom for toiletries. Did not use the hairdryer, I always take my own high-powered one because I have very thick hair. Suitcases could slide easily under the bed. There are extra blankets in the drawers under the couch if you get cold. If you want to hold the balcony door open just put a rubber doorstop in the hinge side. If you don't have one your room steward will bring you one. (Our room steward must have noticed us using our ice cube tongs to hold it open...oops.) The ship was very easy to navigate. Although I kept getting confused when I walked out of our cabin which way was the dining room and which way was the lounge. I finally figured it out.

Days at Sea
Had to be up early if you wanted a lounge chair. (After noon or so more opened up though). Lots of activities to do on the ship these days, especially on the Lido deck. There are also things going on in the show lounge. We just relaxed and took in the sunshine since we hadn't seen it in so long. (Coming from Indiana where it's not so nice in Feb.) After some sunbathing we had lunch at one of the many eateries. There was a huge variety of foods to choose from. The burgers and fries were probably my favorite. All the food was delicious. Only one complaint, the ice cream was grainy. Then we enjoyed the hot tubs which were very roomy. Both days at sea were very relaxing. Not a lot of announcing over the PA like our last cruise.
Our favorite port of this cruise. Took the water taxi to the center of town where the majority of the shops were. We did some shopping then rented scooters, which we were told not to do, but did it anyway. Had a blast seeing the island that way. We found out the hard way that we had to wear helmets on the French side. No big deal. Went to the Orient Beach, it was beautiful. There were loads of activities to do there. The water was perfect for swimming. Of course we had to venture to the south end where the nude beach is. We felt a little out of place with our suits on, but no one seemed to notice. I wish we could have had more time on this island, it was very pretty. The people were all very friendly and the majority spoke English. I would definitely cruise to this island again.

Didn't arrive until noon on a Sunday. Most everything was closed except at the cruise terminal. We booked a tour through ATV Quest for a guided four-wheeling expedition. It was $30 cheaper than booking it on the ship. Had a great time, it rained there so we got a little muddy! People once again were very friendly on this island. We were back on the ship by 5 or 5:30 because there was nothing else to do, however, our ship did not leave until 10:00pm. We decided to get a snack and enjoy the hot tubs once again. Would go back to Barbados. On a different day it would probably be fun.

The most picturesque island of them all, but by far the rudest. People did not want to help you at all and they barely spoke English. We walked from the cruise terminal to the water ferry. The ferry then took us to the other side of the island where we went in search of a beach. Found some, but they all said private. We finally found a public beach and felt very out of place there. No one spoke any English at all. It seemed like a local hang out with no tourists. We then went back to the private beach area which belonged to La Kalenda hotel. There we found our fellow cruisers and could enjoy ourselves. The beach was just gorgeous. We had to be back on the ship by 1:30 and thought we had plenty of time until we tried to get the ferry back. The boat that brought us over was now sitting in a dock space getting some engine work done. We asked when the next ferry would be and he told us 10 minutes. When it came, they told us we had the wrong tickets and we could not get on without paying another fee. They told us our ferry would be coming in 10 minutes. This happened four times, our ferry never showed up. We were getting a little worried however since we had to be back on the ship in 30 min. Finally, we told the guy working on our boat that we had to get back to the ship because it was leaving. He begrudgingly took us and about 20 other passengers back after some yelling. We made it back, but I do not recommend the SomaTour Ferry to anyone. They were terrible. Our experience on Martinique was less than desirable. I will never come back here again.

Days At Sea
Like the first days at sea, enjoyed ourselves and relaxed after that horrendous time in Martinique.

Overall we had a good time. The ship itself was outstanding. Although the crowd on this ship seemed older and less active than on our other cruises. I'm not sure why. We still had fun. We will probably try the W. Caribbean next, we have already done the E. Caribbean, it was great! I'm not so sure about the Enchanted Forest on this ship, a little odd. The arcade was not very easy to find at first. The Piano Bar was not the best only because the lady knew none of the songs she tried to sing. The social hosts Yo Richie and Outback Adam were great! They really got people involved. The Cruise Director Brent was okay. We had an outstanding waiter, Vasile, from Romania who went above and beyond our expectations with his jokes and magic tricks. His assistant, Anton, was also superb. Dining was very enjoyable because of them. Desserts were not as good on this ship as on our previous cruises. Other than that we had a wonderful time and it just went way too fast! We will definetly cruise Carnival again, we just love it!!

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