1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We have had this on our bucket list for some time now. We took our two kids 13 and 15, intending for an Alaskan cruise to be a surprise. We told them we were going to an island in Canada, I even bought them red Canada hooded sweatshirts. ... Read More
We have had this on our bucket list for some time now. We took our two kids 13 and 15, intending for an Alaskan cruise to be a surprise. We told them we were going to an island in Canada, I even bought them red Canada hooded sweatshirts. My 15 year old found a printed email confirmation a couple days ahead, and my 13 year old was very surprised and told her the day we flew out instead of driving to Canada. (The poor girl packed her own towels and wash cloths.) She said, in hindsight, she would have liked a series of gifts as clues (for all of you out there who want to surprise your children). First of all, I MUST to mention that we topped off our vacation with a Tesla picking us up from the dock to the airport. Mike from Camy's Limo Service was very professional and showed the kids all the bells a whistles of his beautiful shiny black car. This was one of our highlights of this trip, I know even after going to Alaska. https://camysteslalimousine.com/ 602-733-9354 (I'm serious about this, it was so much fun!) Book this service early in your trip planning. Another Tesla service told me we would have too much luggage that we would not be able to use a Tesla, but as it turned out, we found out that their car was unavailable, there's lots of room in a Tesla. If we go back to Seattle, we'll book this service again just to tour the town fancier car with a guide. Just think, if you have a couple of hours but don't know how to tote around your luggage, they can keep the luggage in their car and let you get out for photo ops and hop back in without parking etc. Here are some things I could not find out from the reviews beforehand: 1. The free coffee? It was great, we took a large coffee mug and filled it every morning. Note: I am not a coffee snob but I do like it rich. 2. I wondered if the halls overlooking the lobby would be loud at night: The halls are enclosed by windows, There wasn't much, if any, sound coming from the evening entertainment to the cabins above. 3. Shampoo and Body Wash? It smelled nice but it was sulfate free, I was glad to have brought my own. I just felt cleaner, I am a little picky about my soap. 4. The covered pool? It was covered the entire cruise and the pool was heated. There were smokers in that area so it wasn't where I enjoyed sitting though. The open pool was cool, my kids liked that one better anyway after their body acclimated to the temperature. 5. Clothing? We were lucky to have great weather (60s-70s highs and 50s lows), I could have worn shorts everyday, I chose to wear leggings and layered t shirt and sweatshirt. I am so happy that I left our winter jackets behind at the last minute. We would not have worn them. There are plenty of reasonably priced jackets and gloves in the gift shops in town and on the boat. 6. Running: The exercise room warmer than I would have liked. I did not see a fan, but I only went in once and ran on the treadmill. It took a little getting used to rocking on the boat and running on a machine. Tenth floor running on deck was AMAZING! 3.5 laps = 1 mile. Run early though, the deck can fill up fast with whale watchers and walkers that can reduce your pace. 7. The food? How can anyone complain about the food. I did not need seasonings (I thing someone mentioned that) The food was so good! That may be something I could complain about, it was annoying that I felt the need to eat every single meal because it was so good! 8. Which side of the boat? We randomly chose starboard side, I really don't think it matters but on our cruise, most of the whales were right outside our deck. We got really lucky!! We chose Mid deck 4 - my son gets sea sick, he wore the patches but we're not even sure if he needed them. I'd choose that room again. 9. Cleanliness of boat? Better than our cruise 15 years ago, they are constantly cleaning and picking up after others all around the ship. We tipped out room steward cash every morning, they work so hard. 10. Faster to the fun? Thankfully it was sold out, we registered at midnight the 90 days before the cruise, so we could board at 11:30. We arrived at the dock at 11:15 and was on the boat by 11:30. After that, we would not have seen another opportunity for us to use "Faster to the Fun". 11. We did not participate in the entertainment most shows were during late night hours. My daughter did the teen camp and enjoyed it, but the times were limited and often later at night. I am still rating it excellent. We love our sleep and had to wake too early to attend the entertainment. 12. My son took his XBox and brought his own small TV, but wasn't able to connect to the internet. It saved us money on the arcade games. 13. Laundry: There was one washer and two dryers per floor, we washed clothes early on the trip after that the room was very busy. It was card only so you won't need quarters, the box to run the machine was next to the ironing board. I would not have known how to start the machine if the lady that was ironing wasn't in the room. Before the cruise: We stayed at the Inn on Pleasant Beach on Bainbridge Island. It was fabulous! There's a little beach close to walk along, not for swimming, the Inn has an incredible heated pool, AND the rooms were so nice. This resort is off the beaten path with free parking and no traffic. Book this early! https://www.pleasantbeachvillage.com/inn Tracy Arm: We booked the tour, saw the glacier as close as we could get, got close to a water fall, ate donuts and had hot chocolate. Turned around and the Legend was right behind us, they saw everything we did. Skagway: Our Helicopter mushing camp was canceled, I'm not even sure why. So DH booked the train, it was beautiful but just OK, some people booked the bus to the summit and they were able to stop at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign at the border. We walked up the Lower Dewey Lake Trail it was quite a challenge for us flatlanders, but beautiful and fun, it took us about 2 hours start to finish and all the way around the lake. Juneau: AMAZING!!! We did the Taku Lodge Float Plane and Salmon Bake and two bears came out. It was a beautiful sunny day, we all wore shorts and a sweatshirt. My husband wished he would've had long pants on though. Words cannot describe this experience. We wished we had an appetite for Tracy's Crab Shack. Ketchikan: It was foggy, so our Zodiac Wilderness Adventure was cancelled but it began later and with limited time we were not able to book anything similar. We fond a local excursion to look at bears, orcas and totem poles. I think we wasted our money. Were seconds away and missed some bears, he said you might see orca out the window as we drive around. We had a very informal presentation of totem poles. Waste of time. Victoria: We were just too full and tired to go to town at 7:30 at night, we walked along this long pier overlooking the water. They explained that the "Jones Act" requires the ship to stop at a foreign port. We did have a great cruise, I'm so thankful that we could have this experience of seeing the incredible views 24 hours a day and hundreds of whales including a pod of Orca. I'll check one this off of the bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Overall, the cruise met my expectations. With this being my 13th Carnival adventure, I lower my exceptions with each journey. Services provided by Carnival diminish with each cruise. For example, what was once included in the price of ... Read More
Overall, the cruise met my expectations. With this being my 13th Carnival adventure, I lower my exceptions with each journey. Services provided by Carnival diminish with each cruise. For example, what was once included in the price of a cruise now have fees attached. The Legend needs a lot of TLC. Exterior and interior painting is needed, furniture needs replaced as well as carpet. Quality of food has diminished over time. On the upside, the staff is friendly and helpful. I met a staff member, Roy, and he was very helpful and polite. Roy has been with Carnival for 15 years and continues to enjoy his job. He shared his family with my wife and I, which was a true honor to hear. He was a joy to meet and I am a richer person for that. The main dining room service was disappointing. On the last night, our food was served about 50 minutes after ordering and the order was incomplete, with the food cold or over cooked. Definitely not up to Carnival standards. My wife and I dined in the speciality dining and that was disappointing at the quality of food was the same found in the main dining area. My main course was cold and the entree was over cooked. Although I have a few disappointments, the trip was relaxing and enjoyable. My hope is Carnival will focus on upgrading older ships and pay attention to details cruisers see. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Ship needs a little tlc. Staff great, service great. Worse cruise so far, due to on board ship entertainment, or lack of it. Victoria was a total waste of time. All of other ports were off the charts fantastic. Food was ... Read More
Ship needs a little tlc. Staff great, service great. Worse cruise so far, due to on board ship entertainment, or lack of it. Victoria was a total waste of time. All of other ports were off the charts fantastic. Food was very good, as was all service. Definitely not a fun ship. May have to return to other cruise lines in future. If you going to Alaska, choose different line. Let's be clear, we are not picky people, just want what we are paying for. We never had a bad vacation, always find a way to have fun. *Only complaint was Victoria, total waste of time...come on Carnival, find another port!!! *Retractable roof above main pool always half closed, not very pleasant. *Entertainment was not up to par. *Public restrooms were not in good order, broken stall locks, unusable criminals, etc. Not the best Carnival experience... We were thinking of Holland on this trip, due to their years of traveling Alaska waters, and decided to go on a fun ship...didn't work out that way. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We were a party of three sailing on July 9-My sister and a friend. We were supposed to be a party of four but my brother had last minute health issues that prevented him from sailing. We embarked in Seattle...easy embarkation. My ... Read More
We were a party of three sailing on July 9-My sister and a friend. We were supposed to be a party of four but my brother had last minute health issues that prevented him from sailing. We embarked in Seattle...easy embarkation. My sister and I are both platinum, but overall it was so simple I don't think it mattered. My friend and I were in a vista suite on deck four and my sister was in an aft balcony just down the hall. Rooms were both ready when we boarded. I have sailed the Legend four times now, and add in three trips on her sister ship the MIracle. I love this class of ship (mid-sized). Easy to navigate, looks like a ship and not a floating brick, never felt crowded, and a serenity area with a pool at the back. I have zero interest in rock walls, zip lines, or dive in theater on my ship, just want great public spaces to eat (they do have a Guys and a Blue Iguana) while not feeling like I was getting squished. Cabin: First time in an aft wrap suite. Pros: The room was amazingly large, great storage, beautiful bathroom with jetted tub, and the BALCONY of my dreams. Con: One single 110 outlet in the room, and unlike my recent trip on the Paradise, this ship was not retrofitted with lamps that had usb ports. But even without retrofitting...one 110 in a suite? Even before updating? Seriously? (Fortunately I had a charger that held two usb ports. Note the decor of the room is still the traditional Carnival peach/orange, but that doesn't bother me. Dining: We had booked six months out which is apparently late for Alaska, so the only thing left was late assigned seating, listed at 8:15pm (it ended up being 7:45). First stop was to the Matre d' prepared to beg and plead to see if we could get moved. Before we said two words in a row he said "Any time dining? Done. Have a great trip ladies." Our first night we did the steak house but after that we dined in a section manned by Antonio and his team, and we enjoyed them so much that we asked for them every night. Again, the maitre d staff could not have been more accommodating, as we also needed a table, not a booth. Great job all around. The food itself was nothing new for Carnival...I enjoyed it, it was pretty good (the steak house was very good) but not exceptional. Entertainment: By far and away the highlight for me was Jonathan in the piano bar, who may be the best I have ever seen. Talented piano player and singer, but most importantly he got the crowd going, joining in, making requests, and having fun. Other single lounge acts also seemed very good. As for the playlist productions, we caught three of them, and my reaction as always is "meh". I live in New York, I go to Broadway...this doesn't compare. 'The Brits' in particular was weak. We did not hit any of the comedy shows. Activities: There was a naturalist on board, which is a must when in Alaska, and she was very informative. I wish we had been able to hear her better when we were on our balcony. Shore Excursions: Sailing through Tracy Arm Fjord was worth the entire journey itself. However our trip to Skagway-Haines involved a boat ride through a nature preserve, Juno saw us at the Mendenhal Glacier and a salmon bake, and Ketchican with a Rain forest hike, all of which were enjoyable. Worst thing was that we sailed out of Ketchican at 1pm; it would have been better to stay longer and skip Victoria, which I gather is not possible. Victoria the night before we got off the cruise was a wasted stop; we took a shuttle in to town but the place seemed to be completely closed up except for a handful of souvenir shops. Waste of time. Service: We've always had great luck with our room stewards and other crew, and this was no exception. Anything we needed was well attended to. We did not travel with kids, but there were a lot more children than I would have expected for Alaska, and they all seemed to be having a great time. I did not see any running amok. Overall, an excellent time. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We have cruised many times in the Caribbean but have always wanted to try an Alaskan cruise. We had a marvellous time! My review is quite long but here are some special notes if you don't want to read the whole thing: - Don’t ... Read More
We have cruised many times in the Caribbean but have always wanted to try an Alaskan cruise. We had a marvellous time! My review is quite long but here are some special notes if you don't want to read the whole thing: - Don’t try to schedule your Lyft ride the day before your cruise - Check on possible excursion openings (which may have previously been fully booked) as soon as you board: openings and cancellations occur - Book the Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier Explorer excursion if you can!!! - Inside cabins are VERY dark when the lights are off, so I advise bringing a night light -The coffee on Lido varies from fairly good to awful and there’s no way to tell until you take a sip - The Nouveau Restaurant (Steakhouse) is well worth the extra cost - Pack for ALL weather and plan to layer your clothes. We had days as cool as 54 degrees Fahrenheit and others as warm as 89 degrees. - The wildlife and scenic beauty are surreal. We saw humpback whales, bald eagles, cascades, waterfalls, harbor seals and their pups, icebergs, black bears, raging rivers, pristine lakes, harbor dolphins, orcas, otters, sea lions, jagged snow-capped mountains, blue-tinged glaciers, glacial fjords and valleys, totem poles, lumberjacks, sled dogs and puppies, and so much more! - Most excursions provide binoculars but it is nice to have your own set or a monocular. Now on to the full review and log of our trip: PRE-CRUISE: If possible, plan to stay in Seattle for a few days! A City Pass ($99) provides entry into six or eight select sites. In 2 days, we visited the Seattle Aquarium, the Pacific Science Center, The Woodland Park Zoo, The Argosy Harbor Cruise, and the Space Needle (one daytime and one evening visit). The Knight’s Inn in Tukwila near Seatac Airport offers Park and Cruise (stay the night there then leave your vehicle parked in their lot for the duration of your cruise). It was clean, if slightly run-down, but their fee for transportation to the cruise dock was $25 per person each way. We used Lyft instead and paid $27 for both of us, plus a tip. (Note: don’t try to schedule your Lyft ride the day before.) DAY 1: JUNE 25, 2019. SEATTLE: Our check-in time was noon, so we got our Lyft ride at around 11 a.m. The Lyft driver had to drop us off at the end of the pier so it was either walk a long way with luggage or take their shuttle (another tip needed), but the shuttle was fast and easy. Just outside the check-in door, luggage porters could take your bags (for a tip) or you could go through the doors and drop them off yourself. As a platinum VIFP guest, I got a few perks, but this was the easiest boarding ever. One person verified that our boarding passes showed the right time, another scanned our passports and stamped the boarding passes, then we went through security. They pointed us to the gantry - we never stopped walking and strolled aboard. We wore swimsuits under our clothes so we were in the Lido hot tub by noon. The tub was more “a little warm” than “hot” but still relaxing. After soaking for a while, we claimed a nearby table before the throngs arrived. Because the mid-aft pool area is covered by glass, it was sunny and warm but there was no danger of sunburn, making it very pleasant. While we were drying, we got a burger from Guy’s Burgers and tacos from the Blue Iguana Grill, both only steps from our table. We both used the Carnival Hub App but it was slow and buggy (just as we noted on our last cruise). At 1:30 p.m. our cabin was available. This was the first time we’d ever had an inside cabin, 7293, just forward of the aft elevators. It was small but well set up with lots of storage - more drawers and countertop space than our usual balcony cabin. The only downside is the lack of natural light. (Note: the cabin is VERY dark when the lights are off, so I advise bringing a night light.) Our cabin steward, Raja, came by to introduce himself and dropped off our excursion tickets and platinum and gold level gifts. According to the info on the cabin TV, an excursion I wanted (but which had been completely booked) now had openings, so I immediately booked the Tracy Arm Fjord excursion. At 3 pm we headed to Muster Station C. Because I walk with a cane, we were able to sit in the restaurant rather than stand outside on the deck. (Note: Most of our previous Carnival cruises allowed all passengers to sit in large common areas during muster drills rather than line up out on the deck, but perhaps the Legend is too small to do so.) After the briefing, at the spa for my manicure, I was seated in the Relaxation room where iced water (regular and orange sliced) was available. Guilia came to welcome me. I received a shellac manicure and booked a couple of seaweed wraps. We ate some Mississippi Mud Pie which Shawn said smelled too good to resist. I got everything unpacked and our cabin neat and tidy - important in such a small space! The Legend has undergone some redecorating since I was last aboard. The decor is not as flamboyant and seems more elegant. The size of the Legend has pluses and minuses. Its being slightly smaller than ships like the Vista makes getting around it easier. Having the Serenity deck, pool, and spa on Lido Aft is nice, too. Unfortunately, Legend is also missing quite a few of the amenities we saw on other ships: ropes course, sky ride, outdoor movie screen, Imax Theatre, Pub Grab, and separate Chinese or Italian restaurants. We figured out how to use the internet on all our devices, before preparing for our Steakhouse dinner at Nouveau Restaurant (cruise elegant dress suggested). Our reservation was for 8 p.m. but we arrived early, so they seated us in the main gallery rather than at the more “romantic” window-side tables. Because it was the first sailing night, we received a complimentary bottle of Merlot. The meal was outstanding. We started with small rolls and breadsticks with butter; they were so good we could have eaten just those. The chef’s complimentary “sliders” were elegant and delicious. The stuffed mushrooms were excellent. We had a beautiful caesar salad and the baby spinach salad with mushrooms and bacon. For our entrees, we had the grilled halibut and the filet mignon sided with Yukon gold mashed potatoes with wasabi, garlic rapini, and macaroni and cheese. Both entrees were delicious. The potatoes were wonderful and the mac and cheese, amazing. Despite being very full, we chose to share the Chocolate sphere for dessert - it was lovely and delicious, without being too filling. The restaurant sits at the base of the signature Carnival tail fin and windows above us illuminated the huge Odyssey painting as the sun was setting. After finishing dinner, we strolled out on the deck to watch the sunset, but the wind made it uncomfortably cool. We sheltered in a glass stairway and watched and photographed. Being late June, the sun didn’t set until 9:15 p.m. DAY 2: JUNE 26, 2019. AT SEA: Shawn arose about 6 a.m. to do laps on deck 10. We headed down to Sea Day Brunch in Truffles, 2 Aft. The brunch menu has changed and even the servers are not completely familiar with it. We were disappointed that the brunch pasta was unavailable but settled for the “Signature Tower” with smoked salmon and egg salad (incredible!) as well as a fresh and delightful yoghurt parfait. We split a delicious bloody Mary for which we had a complimentary coupon. After breakfast, we went to the Follies Theatre for a naturalist’s lecture about Alaska and glaciers. The lecture seemed to be aimed at a much younger crowd, but we found the session to be very informative, nonetheless. We stopped by the excursions desk to verify when the Fjord excursion tickets would be delivered to us (they never were). Raja came by around 11:30 to clean the cabin so we went up to Lido where folks were lining up for lunch. We checked to see if the hot tub was any warmer, but it had been emptied. A whale blew only 200 yds away but too fast to identity. We took turns getting lunch from Chopsticks buffet and watched for critters. We split a chocolate layer cake. (Note: Carnival does chocolate well!) We went back to the Serenity Deck to relax and saw a humpback whale spout very close to the ship! We went back to the cabin because it was a little chilly (this was one of the few days during the cruise when it was cool!) then I headed to the spa for a seaweed wrap. I waited in the Relaxation room but the water dispensers were empty and there were no clean glasses. Giulia came and sat me in a pedicure massage chair. She brushed my calves then rubbed warm seaweed mixed with milk bath on them before wrapping them in plastic and a towel to “bake.” I enjoyed the massage chair and watched out the wall of windows for wildlife. Guilia washed off the seaweed and sent me on my way. I stopped on Lido and watched for whales. We spent some time trying to deal with strange issues sending messages; my iPhone 6S had problems sending and receiving messages. We dressed for dinner then sat in the Atrium/Colossus Lounge (2 mid) to listen to music by a solo guitarist and to Evano Strings, a violin trio. We went to Truffles Restaurant on 3 Aft for “My Time Dining“ only to be told there was a fifteen to thirty-minute wait. We settled into easy chairs to watch the parade of Cruise Elegant attire as folks went to dinner or had portraits taken. We were paged for dinner prior to the 30-minute marker and were seated at a table for two next to a starboard window. We both ordered the Roasted Wild Mushroom Bisque which was excellent. I also had a spinach salad and spaghetti carbonara. Shawn had a Caesar salad and the fried oyster appetizer. We munched on the breadbasket provided while we awaited our dishes. Everything was delicious although the servers seemed tired and overwhelmed. We reset clocks back an hour (Alaska time!) before going to bed. DAY 3, JUNE 27, 2019. TRACY ARM FJORD: Shawn was up and walking his laps by 5:15. I followed shortly thereafter, and we watched for wildlife as the ship sailed into the fjord. We sat by the windows on starboard, despite being overheated from sitting in the sun, as we had breakfast, so we could hear Jessica the ship Naturalist when she pointed out animals or gave interesting tidbits and information. We saw dolphins and otters and orcas and even a mother humpback and her calf! It was almost time for the Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier Explorer excursion, so we awaited the tour boat in the Firebird Lounge, 1 Fwd. The weather was perfect with blue skies and a pleasant temperature. There were a comfortable indoor sitting and a viewing area surrounded by windows as well as an open deck upstairs. As we drew away from the Legend, the catamaran took us up the fjord where we saw many bald eagles flying past us and in trees on both shores. Initially, the steep slopes were densely forested with fir trees, but as we motored further into that Alaskan wilderness, only scrubby brush and rocks lined the narrow waterway. We saw cascades, waterfalls, harbor seals, and a black bear on the bank who seemed to be unbothered as we cruised close to see him. The boat motored near many blue icebergs and other ice floes. We got very close to the gorgeous Ice Falls, one of 2 true waterfalls in the Fjord. The pilot backed the boat into the “nook,” a small cascade-carved cove where we could see beautiful wildflowers. We cruised past Sawyer Island where, 200 years ago, the 2 Sawyer glaciers were connected as one. The captain informed us that he always maintained a wide distance (100-500 yards) from marine mammals, but we went right over the top of one seal, whom we assume the captain didn’t see. We also scraped and went over numerous floating pieces of ice (mini bergs) which was disconcerting. (Since the boat was a catamaran, no seals or icebergs were harmed.) We navigated the icy waters, past many harbor seals and their pups upon the bergs, to get within a quarter-mile of the Sawyer tide glacier. We saw it calve repeatedly, with huge chunks as well as small pieces falling into the water. The visible face of the glacier is a ½ mile wide and 200 feet high, but the tour guide assured us that the face actually extended 900 feet below the surface. We left the iceberg-filled area to visit the smaller arm of the fjord and North Sawyer glacier (much smaller and less active). All too soon, we were taken back to the Legend so another tour group could board. We had a late lunch at the deli since not much else was open. From the rear Serenity deck, we watched the Fjord slowly retreat as the ship pirouetted then moved back to the bay where we began the day. It was surreal to see icebergs drift by while people played in the pool and spa. The breeze was chilly, so we moved into the Unicorn cafe on Lido. We went to dinner at about 7:30 - a private table next to a window. (The Your Time dining really works well for us!) The Alaskan food specials, a seafood Cobb Salad and the baked flounder, were excellent and beautifully presented. The lentil pumpkin chorizo soup was surprisingly good as was the crispy portobello entree. DAY 4, JUNE 29, 2019. SKAGWAY, AL: Shawn was up early to do laps on deck 10. I packed our backpack and met him for breakfast on Lido. We watched the Norwegian Jewel come into dock, before heading to the Follies Lounge to meet for our excursion, The Ultimate Yukon & White Pass Railroad Adventure. We were on our bus by 7:05 a.m. Our driver CJ introduced herself and our tour started with a short bus ride through Skagway to the train. CJ commented and narrated continuously and also made many jokes. The train climbed over 300 feet and the guide narrated the history. (Note: If you want the breathtaking views, ride on the left side on the uphill portion!) We passed over a 120-year-old trestle bridge and through 2 unlit tunnels. Carmac Peak and Carmac Glacier loomed over the valley while the Sawtooth Mountains provided a beautiful backdrop. The Skagway river rushed and tumbled alongside the track, even showing some class 6 rapids. The creeks and rivers varied from milky green with glacier flour to crystalline clearness in some of the lakes. As we neared Fraser, a small black bear (it may have been a cub) gambolled beside the train. In Fraser, we had our passports checked by a Canadian border guard. We debarked and reboarded our bus with CJ, who drove us north to the Yukon. We stopped for pics beside Lake Totshi, the longest lake in the chain, and saw a jackrabbit go hopping by. We passed into the Yukon Territory and stopped at the Caribou Crossing (Carcross) Trading Post for a BBQ chicken lunch. After eating, we had an hour to wander through the “trading post“ which had a small wildlife museum, a petting zoo with sled dog puppies, a gift shop, and an ice cream parlor. Back on the bus, we went a bit further north to see the pristine Emerald Lake and nearby Spirit Lake. We returned to the very small town of Carcross and wandered through the shops. We all got back on the bus and headed south to Alaska and Skagway. Along the way, a bus was stopped on the roadside so we slowed too, allowing us to spot a black bear standing on the far side of the road. As we approached the border crossing into Alaska, a Canadian guard (the same guy who checked our passports on the train) stopped CJ for going a little fast, then proceeded to rip into her for not being respectful enough to him. The constantly-joking CJ was quiet for a while thereafter, but she apologized if she made anyone uncomfortable and started joking again. We were dropped off at the end of the dock and strolled back to the Legend, only a short walk. We had full cell service so we caught up on calls and messages before going to an early dinner. We were seated immediately but service was slow due to many large groups and “parties.” Our servers, Richard, Bisu, and Marvin were very friendly and worked hard to keep up. We had the Tenderloin which was tasty if not tender, and linguini with Italian sausage. We ordered roasted broccoli with cheese not realizing it was a soup (Carnival doesn’t always notate which appetizers are soups) and the Alaskan smoked salmon and cream cheese pate. We skipped dessert and retired quite early. One huge benefit of the inside cabin is that sunset at 11:22 p.m. doesn’t keep you awake! DAY 5, JUNE 29,2019. JUNEAU, AL: We rose early and grabbed food when the breakfast buffet opened. (Note: The coffee varies from fairly good to awful and there’s no way to tell until you take a sip.) We headed back to the cabin to gear up for our Mendenhall Glacier & Wildlife Quest excursion. We had to go to the forward elevator to reach deck A then out to the pier and up a long gangway to the dock to meet our excursion. We were led to our bus and told we’d be going whale-watching first, then to the Glacier. Lynn, our driver/guide, gave lots of great info about Juneau and how to take iPhone pics using the down-volume button. At the Auke Bay Allen Harbor, we boarded the St Herman (3rd bus-load to get on the boat). Richard, the tour naturalist, gave us lots of info on the wildlife, as did the guide, Kathleen. We found seats on the inside upper deck and could wander out to the open upper deck to see whales and other wildlife. Capt John took us up Favorite Channel past Shelter Island. As we went, we saw bald eagles, sea otters, humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and many sea birds. The boat’s galley sold a Glacier Margarita colored a lovely blue, and also offered a sample of smoked salmon flavored with pickled kelp - unusual but excellent!! The captain and crew mentioned several times that they only saw orcas about once a week, so we were all delighted when, as we cruised back into Auke Bay, a pod of 6+ orcas was swimming and jumping all around boats in the harbor!! We disembarked and found our way to another bus, with a new driver/guide, Lacy Bear. The bus was quite warm. (Note: the area has been experiencing a heatwave with temps in the 80’s though their normal summer temps are in the 50’s-60’s.) Lacy told bear jokes as she drove us to the Mendenhall Glacier where we had an hour to explore. We took the long, winding ramp rather than the stairs or elevator up to the visitor’s center, reading about local flora along the way. Inside there were many informative displays and telescopes, as well as rangers giving presentations and answering questions. They even had a chunk of glacier ice (age was estimated at 200 years) “caught” recently that could be touched. Large windows looked out over Mendenhall Lake toward the glacier and Nugget Falls. A couple of small “icebergs’” were floating on the lake, but the ranger told us that it was very rare to actually see Mendenhall Glacier calve. The 0.3-mile trail to the ViewPoint was a slightly up-and-down paved path to a point of land jutting into the lake and had a great view of the glacier and the Falls. That area of the lake itself was blocked from use due to the Arctic Terns nesting there. Many people hiked the 2-mile round-trip trail to Nugget Falls and we could see them across the lake at the base of the roaring torrent. (Note: I thought we’d get to walk on the glacier because the excursion description isn’t completely clear, but you never get closer than about ½ mile.) As we left Mendenhall Glacier park, we saw a beaver’s dam, and some folks even caught sight of the beaver. During our ride back to port, Lacy pointed out eagles and drove the bus across the bridge into Juneau proper, so we could say we’d been there and get pictures of the Legend as we returned. We returned to the ship and had lunch on Lido at Chopsticks (which became the Seafood Corner in the evenings); they had some of the best Tom Ka Gai soup I’d ever eaten. After the ship headed away from Juneau, we went up to Lido to whale-watch. We saw a group of 4 whales (odd since they usually travel in groups of no more than 3) and a couple of humpbacks diving, showing their tail flukes, very near the ship. We were on the port side, so we only heard about the whale that totally breached on starboard. We took a walk around the whole 9th deck to find the forward observation platforms we’d noticed from the dock. Since we were underway, the area turned into a wind tunnel as we reached the bow and we had to tilt into the high wind to make it to the platform!! We made it all the way around and back to the Unicorn Cafe Lido buffet area where we snacked before retiring for the night. DAY 6, JUNE 30,2019. KETCHIKAN, AL: We ate breakfast on Lido at 6:00 a.m. then went back to the cabin to pack up before we headed to the dock to meet our Saxman Village and the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show excursion. We met our bus and our driver/guide Sam and learned that Ketchikan is an island. Sam drove us through the small town and out to the Tlingit village of Saxman which hosts the largest extant collection of standing totem poles. The many carved and painted totem poles stretched high into the sky. We watched a 13-minute video to learn some of the history and culture then hiked through the rainforest to the Beaver Clan House. We were welcomed by an elder who spoke first in Tlingit then English. A group of villagers from different clans performed dances and songs to welcome us. At the end of each dance, the Dancers all turned their backs so that we could see their ceremonial capes showing their different clans. Afterwards, we went outside to view the collection of totem poles and Sam described the different types (funerary, shame, heraldic, historic, guardian, and clan). He also told the stories behind most of the poles we could see. One had a grumpy looking man in a potlatch hat atop a pole. This was Seward, who purchased Alaska (Seward’s Folly). There were many stories and incredible art. We went into the carving workshop where an apprentice carver explained their artisanship, then we walked down to the gift shop for a quick shopping spree. Sam drove us back into town and dropped us off near the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. I stopped in a nearby shop before we went into the GALS facility. Four Lumberjacks competed, two versus two, and it was fun, loud, campy, and pretty amazing as well. There were six various skills/contests; all were difficult and fun to watch. We left the show with just 15 minutes to reach and reboard our ship a few blocks away. Many folks were disappointed in the shortness of the Ketchikan stop. It’s one of the largest towns we visited on this cruise, so I would have preferred to stay in Ketchikan another 4-5 hours and skipped the Victoria cruise stop scheduled for tomorrow. (In Victoria, the ship arrives around 7 p.m. and leaves by about 11 p.m., making it a less than ideal or welcoming port for most of us.) We had lunch at Bonsai Sushi. It was different from a similar restaurant on the Vista. For example, the Bento box provided only miso soup, salad, 6 California roll pieces, and 3 varied sashimi pieces, with no main entree. It was very tasty though. We went back to Lido for dessert and wildlife watching. Sitting on the port side, Shawn saw 2 large jellyfish, which we learned were Sea Nettles. The naturalist, Jessica, came by and chatted, answering questions, and she also explained why the ship MUST stop in a non-US port (in our case, Victoria). I saw swirls of movement and fantails of water beside the ship and Jessica confirmed it was a pod of Dall porpoises. Cruise Elegant night is always a treat, both for us to wear nicer clothes and to see what the other passengers wear. And the food is usually special. We were seated with Richard and Biso as our waiters again and they remembered us and were incredible servers. We had the stuffed mushrooms (very similar to those in the steakhouse) and clam chowder. For entrees, we had the jumbo shrimp (not really jumbo sized but good) and the filet mignon (also small but very tender and so tasty!). For dessert, we shared the chocolate melting cake. Finally headed back to the cabin to set our clocks forward to Pacific Daylight Time. DAY 7, JULY 1,2019. AT SEA WITH A BRIEF STOP IN VICTORIA: Shawn got up at 6 for laps and saw a mama and baby humpback very close to the ship. Then we hit a fog bank and visibility died. Truffles restaurant 2 Aft opened a little early and we were seated quickly. Our waiter seemed tired or angry or both and we didn’t receive our meals until after 9. The parfaits were excellent as were the egg salad and smoked salmon on the “Tower” breakfast. I wish the iced tea onboard was brewed but it’s “canned” and only ok. The coffee in the restaurant is usually good but that on Lido varies greatly from weak to walking on its own. I walked through Lido and saw whales on my way to a seaweed wrap appointment in the spa. I sat in the relaxation room (where the water containers were full of ice but no water yet again) until Guilia came to get me. She sat me in a massage pedicure chairs, brushed my legs then coated them in a seaweed masque before wrapping them in foil-like sheets and leaving me to bake and enjoy the massage chair for 30 minutes. Guilia unwrapped and washed my legs with milk bath. I tipped her and went to Unicorn Cafe where we tried the Blackberry Chocolate Mud Cake (BCMC), part of the Chocolate Extravaganza. After this treat, we decided to eat a late lunch so I checked out the sales in the Shops then met Shawn by Guy Fieri’s Burgers. We shared a cheeseburger then got a tuna sandwich from the deli and shared that, too. We headed to deck 3 to try to get a cell phone signal. After we caught up on messages and voicemail, we went to the Firebird Lounge, 1 Fwd, to watch "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part." After the movie, we stepped outside to watch our docking in Victoria, British Columbia. A seal watched the ship as the waters swirled and rushed during docking. Because the stay in port was so short, we chose to remain aboard and have a relaxing evening. We dined at Truffles and requested Richard and his crew. Richard, Bisu, and Marvin were attentive and entertaining, singing and dancing as part of the Final Evening showtime. Upon learning that we were celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, they brought out a pretty, little cake and sang to us. We decided to carry all our bags off ourselves, so I packed everything up that evening. DAY 8, JULY 2, 2019. DEBARKATION IN SEATTLE. We woke early and Shawn had just enough time to complete his final laps, finishing with a grand total of 66 (slightly less than 20 miles). We ate breakfast on Lido then gathered all our belongings and went to Truffles Restaurant where the self-assist Platinum and Diamond passengers were gathered. Debarkation was fast and simple and even Customs was a breeze. By 8 a.m. we were on the pier waiting for our Lyft. This was one of our all-time favorite cruises! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
I choose this cruise for dates. My daughter had only 2 weeks off which falls for this dates. No proper announcement about how to get room keys. Some silverware were not clean specially on Lido deck. Food on Lido deck horrible, not ... Read More
I choose this cruise for dates. My daughter had only 2 weeks off which falls for this dates. No proper announcement about how to get room keys. Some silverware were not clean specially on Lido deck. Food on Lido deck horrible, not many choices Food on main restaurant okay, no seasoning, no taste at all but stewards were very good. Choice in Ice Cream every day - Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and butter pecan, no other choice. Cakes were not so good, no pastries Rooms not so clean, small rooms, no lotion in bathroom no late night snacks, only hot dogs, horrible pizza, deli which had same choices every day Long lines, very poor management Cold french fries - always You have to wait at least 20 minutes for cone I would not recommend Legend, not good food or good activities Ship is very dirty from outside, very small ship, not good for sight seeing cruise like the we took to Alaska Entertainment shows were good, music was good Guest service excellent Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We just got off the Legend yesterday. Wanted to write a quick review before I forget details. We had an aft balcony on Deck 5. Our room was nice, but the balcony was sooty and you could not see through the glass on the balcony at all. ... Read More
We just got off the Legend yesterday. Wanted to write a quick review before I forget details. We had an aft balcony on Deck 5. Our room was nice, but the balcony was sooty and you could not see through the glass on the balcony at all. That being said, we did spend time on the balcony and would just stand and watch the ocean... If I had to do over again, I would not have gotten an aft balcony on this ship. Reason being is the soot... guessing there is not that problem on the sides? One other thing to mention, the trip was rough. I am not and have never been prone to seasickness but had to take something the first night. The waters were rougher than I remembered from our last Alaska venture. There were times when you could not walk a straight line (and no it wasn't alcohol! )We thoroughly enjoyed the ship itself and the layout of the ship. As far as the itinerary, I was disappointed in Tracy Arm Fjord - The ship itself did not get down to see any glaciers, you only saw the glacier if you took the excursion off the ship. Last Alaska cruise we took, we went to Glacier Bay and saw the glacier from the ship (one of the reasons I really wanted an aft balcony) but not on this cruise. We did take the excursion to the glacier and it was awesome. We did the White Summit Train in Skagway and while the reviews on this are high, I would say we could have skipped it and saved the money. Really didn't see anything we hadn't already seen or extraordinary. In Juneau we did the Whale Watch and Rainforest excursion - the whale watching was awesome and the rainforest excursion took us on a trail to the Mendenhall Glacier - Well worth the price! We took the Crab Boat excursion in Ketchikan and it was okay - better than staying on the boat - the guys on the boat had crabbing stories and showed how the things worked on the boat. They let people hold crabs if you wanted to. The best part was the area where they chum the water for eagles and there is a hoard of eagles that was magnificent (highlight of the tour for me.) Back to the ship - Buffet got really old by day 5! There is not a lot of variety - only in one area where they change it out each night - the deli was unimpressive and I didn't want to eat Guys burgers everyday! MDR takes way too long and we could only get late dining - so we only went one night for the whole cruise. We did the steakhouse for two nights and the Chef's table for one night. All in All a great time and I would sail the Carnival Legend again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
After 70 cruises I may be a little biased. However after a week on the Legend I feel I am more then qualified to say the food and service was way below par for any cruise ship. Our servers were extremely nice but lacked in the skills ... Read More
After 70 cruises I may be a little biased. However after a week on the Legend I feel I am more then qualified to say the food and service was way below par for any cruise ship. Our servers were extremely nice but lacked in the skills required to maintain a table of 7, much less four more tables. Our food was always cold and usually served all at once, yes starters, salads, soups and mains all at the same time. Table was one crowded mess. Our room steward came by once a day at his convenience and usually didn't do more then exchange towels. Our cabin 6227 was like a 25 cent vibrating bed, constant vibrations 24/7. Whole ship was showing wear, paint peeling and a lot of rust on balconies. Ports were as they were the last 5 times we have been there, crowded but new to our grandsons who enjoyed off ship excursions in each port. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
First, I always look to cruise on the smaller ships and the Legend was perfect. I was a solo cruiser and met people on social media that were going also. Not singles. Families, couples, etc. I flew from Philadelphia so I had a 6 hour ... Read More
First, I always look to cruise on the smaller ships and the Legend was perfect. I was a solo cruiser and met people on social media that were going also. Not singles. Families, couples, etc. I flew from Philadelphia so I had a 6 hour flight. Embarkation and debarkation - It was easy on and easy off. Everyone was on and off in no time. I was disappointed that no Carnival staff welcomed the group I was with when we stepped on ship. It had been 3 years since I was on a Carnival ship. Where is my card to open my door? We all looked dumbfounded. I walked to the service desk to ask and she told me they were all in an outside mailbox at each room door. Staff needs to be there to help with anything as we step on board. Ship - Please hire me to redo the decor! The theme was gaudy and actually had no theme. I do like the ship. It is a smaller one and and I never got lost. I liked the lay out. We had a warm and sunny week, except for one day of drizzle. Kids were in the pools, and one had the glass roof partially closed. I enjoyed the serentity area for adults only only for the big hammocks so I could lay on one. The mini golf course was used a lot by people. Cabin - I had an oceanview Rivera Deck (1) mid ship. 1167. I loved my room. I always prefer a lower deck. I was solo so the one outlet was okay for me. If you are 2 or more, get ready to share the outlet. The hair dryer was fine for me. I have shoulder length hair and it is powerful. It is in the small drawer and no need to plug in. It is powered up under the dresser somewhere. My bed was the two together and I also had a couch. TV sucked. Only a CBS News channel for a regular live TV station. There were movies anyone could buy to watch for only $4.99. There were two free movie channels, but I had no clue the schedule of what they would be. My cabin steward was wonderful Since it was only me and I make my bed in the morning anyway, I had him tend to my room in the evening only. He made my bed neater, turn down service, new towels, and other small tasks. Even I got some towel animals. Dining - I did anytime dining and liked it. Being solo, I was always asked if I preferred to dine alone or share a group table. I dined alone with my book, and was waited on the same as 2 or more. The food was average, but had good choices. The wait staff was excellent and they sure hustle to get everyone served. Two nights I ate dinner at the lido deck buffet. The Blue Catina and Guys Burgers was always busy. Don't bother with the seafood on the Lido Deck that is extra. I ordered the lobster roll and for $14.00 it was a waste of money. Portion was small and the sauce on top was too much. The Lido Buffet was always good. The salad bar was great and a good addition on the Lido deck. Entertainment and activities - The entertainment looked like the same theme as I saw on previous ships. The Brits....no thanks. Motown.....I wanted to see again but never got there. The Rock Music 80's was fantastic. The Michael's crafts activity was fun and even dad's were there! Service - Excellent. Spa- The worst. I know they have high prices but after a 6 hour flight, I went for a relaxing pedicure. Never ever again. Even with my eyes resting, the staff member never shut up and kept telling me I have dry skin, buy this, buy that. Horrible experience. Gym & Whirlpool - I used the whirlpool in the gym to soak my legs and knees each night. It was clean and relaxing. Beautiful views. Ports and shore excursions - Every one I did and others did were enjoyable. I did these and liked them: Skagway I did the Gold Panning, Sled Dogs, and 40 Below. Do it. I loved it and not crazy expensive. Juneau, I did the Glacier Explorer. It drizzled that day so had my raincoat and walked the trail. If anyone has any walking issues, it probably is not the excursion for you. It was a 45 minute round trip walk to Nugget Falls and the glacier, Ketchikan - I did not book anything but went to the Lumberjack Show and got my tickets right there. If you are active or former military or law enforcement, it's $5 off your regular ticket. I started talking to the employee about something, and once he heard I was former law enforcement, I received $5 off. The show is awesome! It's one hour and a lot of fun. Get off the ship early since you do not have a full day. Victoria, Canada is a mandatory stop. I decided, on the ship, to book the one hour horse drawn trolley tour. I loved it. It was so much fun. Bring a jacket though since it is in the evening. Other than that, I went back to the ship. This was my first time to Alaska, eighth on Carnival. My sister always goes but had no interest in Alaska, so I went by myself. May 28th is early in the season and the best. There was mixed ages, families, couples, etc. I saw all the kids at Club Ocean and could see they were having fun. I will return in a few years. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Hi all, here's our family's thoughts on the cruise ports! Enjoy. Seattle We rode the train from the airport. It wasn't too long of a walk, but it was some distance. The cost is only about $3 per person and it took ... Read More
Hi all, here's our family's thoughts on the cruise ports! Enjoy. Seattle We rode the train from the airport. It wasn't too long of a walk, but it was some distance. The cost is only about $3 per person and it took less than an hour to get to the downtown station. That station is located about 8 blocks from pikes market and 3 blocks from our hotel. Pikes Market - I agree with the reviews online that its a bit overrated, unfortunately. The structures are run down, possibly to preserve its original look, but as a tourist I found it dirty and unkempt. Lots of homeless milling around, though not very aggressive. We found the original starbucks, which isn't inside the long market. The line wasn't long to get into and we snagged some "first starbucks" mugs. We had a couple of different seafood plates from the various vendors and, sadly, they were only just ok. This was probably the biggest let down. The Monorail - Our trip thru Seattle coincided with the Folklife Festival at the space needle so we took the monorail over there. That was a nice festival that didn't cost anything to enter. We passed on the space needle ride because of the cost. I didn't see any lines of people so I think others were discouraged as well. The distance from the Grand Hyatt to the cruise terminal was way too long so we snagged an Uber, best choice of the trip to this point. He got us there in 10 minutes and dropped us off right in front. The boarding process was better at this port than in Galveston. No need to stand in line for your key cards, they're already in the mail bin at your cabin door. We breezed right onto the ship at 1:30pm. The Cruise: gets an 8/10 and here's why: Port 1: Tracy Arms Fjord: This is an amazing trip down a scenic pass. It takes all day, going at a slow pace. U almost miss meals because every mountain and every waterfall is amazing. We spotted Orcas, Humpbacks, and seals on the way. There is a spotter on the ship and if you keep your tv tuned to the forward facing camera channel, she comes on whenever there's something out there. PRO-TIP: Get a balcony room. We had a balcony room so that worked out perfectly! The ship stopped fairly close to the glacier, our ship was even surrounded by many icebergs. Its a sight you won't get anywhere else. Port 2: Skagway: We docked and had previously booked a jeep rental on our own. The city's downtown is about 1/2 mile's walk on a sidewalk next to a road hardly used. It was very safe, scenic, and easily done by most. Follow the crowds and you really can't take any wrong turns. The jeep rental company was ok (I'd rate them an 8/10). Their site indicated cb radios but we didn't have one. They also had a preloaded cd of information to listen as you drive along but our Jeep wouldn't pause/stop/ff/rewind any of the tracks. We turned the volume all the way down. We bought their insurance for $50, instead of providing our own. That saved us from having to do a pre and post vehicle inspection and possible hassle with any damage. The jeep is perfectly sized for a group of 5. Make sure you take your passports since you cross into Canada. The drive was amazing. When you get to Carcross, go over the lone bridge and make a left where you see a sign for Hospital/Police. It would be nice if they made better markings at this point because there's an awesome tourist information area there, with some shops. If you don't turn here, the small town ends pretty much right there. We saw other Jeeps just keep going straight another mile to Emerald Lake, which is beautiful and as far north as we ventured. On the way back, we stopped at a Suspension Bridge attraction a few miles south of Carcross. I think they wanted $40 per person entrance fee, just to talk on a suspension bridge. We decided that money would be better spent elsewhere so we didn't go in. Back in downtown Skagway, there's a bakery that makes flat bread donuts, definitely stop by and have one for just $7. PRO-TIP: Take a cup or baggie with you, there are many waterfalls you can pull over at where you can grab a handful of gravel from its base. You never know what you'll get! Port 3: Juneau: We booked, thru the ship, a helicopter tour. I believe the company's name was Tesco. From other's advice, we booked as late in the day as possible: 11:30am. That gave us time to shop in the morning, drop stuff off at the ship, and then find our excursion guide. When we found him in the designated area, he informed us that our trip had been cancelled due to heavy fogs and drizzle in the area. I was down but not upset. He explained, in a great way, how safety and visibility were a priority. A shadier company could have taken our money and flown us in the fog but not these guys so I give them credit. PRO-TIP: If you have an excursion cancelled, you can go to Guest Services and get a cash refund. We waited until our gratuities were charged, then got a cash refund for the rest. Port 4: Ketchikan: Of all the ports, this one was my favorite and I recommend you take the same excursion as we did. Some months back, we booked a 2 hour flight-seeing excursion on our own thru Flight Wings. They have great reviews most anywhere you look online and absolutely deserve it. Once your ship docks, walk over to the large Visitors Center nearby. Next to it is a parking lot of vans and one is labeled with their logo. Its a nice short drive, about 10 minutes to the plane. Look for bald eagles all over the place. We boarded the float plane and off we went. Words wouldn't do the views any justice but trust me, it was amazing. We landed on a lake far into the mountains and explored for about 30 minutes. So many pictures! My sole complaint is that Ketchikan is a short port day. For us it was 7am-12:30pm. We felt rushed after the flight. One oddity I did notice is that there's a free shuttle van with a Walmart logo that comes to the pier. People got off with walmart bags. I bet trinket prices were better at Walmart. PRO-TIP: Bring an empty bottle and snag some genuine Alaskan lake water. We also took back some twigs that had beaver teeth marks. You can't find those just anywhere back home. Port 5: Victoria: We arrived late in the evening and only spent about 4 hours at this port. There is very very little to see on the pier. Basically 1 store. You'll need to board a bus - $15/pp or rent a cab to take you somewhere. We got off, looked at the one store, then back to the boat. PRO-TIP: Check your dining time because on this day, everything was started (and finished) early! Plenty of people were wandering around looking for food because the dining room was closed. Closing thoughts: Boarding was better in Seattle than other ports, not sure if Carnival is changing things. Laundry was a bit slow and temporarily lost 2 blue jeans for about 3 hours. The shows were great and they allow you to film and photograph, unlike before. Lido had the chocolate lovers feast on an afternoon that I didn't go up there, still mad about that one. The Platinum guest party was still great and open bar. Cruise Director Jen was one of the more lively I've seen and wish more would take her lead and energy. Dress in layers, as the temps absolutely changed +- 20 degrees. Be ready for showers. Skagway had slightly cheaper souvenirs. Maybe 1-2 dollar difference than the other stops. Take a credit card with no international fees so you don't get stuck with Canadian change across the border. A point is taken for the weirdly short stops at Ketchikan and Victoria. A point is taken for the lack of bargains at the onboard shops. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I sailed on the Legend years ago and left with the overall impression that the decor was extremely gaudy and the overall experience was so-so. However, when friends picked this cruise and invited us along, we opted to join ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Legend years ago and left with the overall impression that the decor was extremely gaudy and the overall experience was so-so. However, when friends picked this cruise and invited us along, we opted to join them for their company more than anything else. Here are my overall impressions of our experience this time: Embarkation and debarkation - some of the smoothest I've ever had. We were on and off in no time. I especially love the Port Valet program. If you're flying a participating airline, this is a no brainer! Do it! Ship - it's still gaudy. All those molded plastic urns are a bit much! I felt like we were looking at cremated remains. Cabin - we had an aft vista suite, 7347. I loved the extra space and the jacuzzi tub. But can I say one thing? Outlets! Outlets! Oulets! We had one place in the dressing room area in order to charge things. I brought along a multi-plug and USB port (dont' bring a surge protector because it may be confiscated) and we were fine. But it would really be nice to have outlets by the beds. The balcony was dirty and needed a good cleaning. I know it was from the soot from the smokestack, but one morning I went out an wiped down the railing and the chairs before our friends arrived. The caulking in the tub was cracked, one of the bathroom cabinets was scarred up and one of the walls had a dent from the door handle hitting it too hard. Little things, I know, but still make an overall impression. Dining - we did anytime dining and found it worked well for the most part. I was disappointed that there was no escargot available at all. The food was average, at best, and often not served hot. The wait staff was exceptional, however, with the exception of one woman who appeared to be a supervisor of some sort. She had a scowl and we saw her actually grab a crew member by the arm and drag him off somewhere. That's a definite HR no-no! The lido deck buffet was okay, but times were not always conducive to our needs. Guys Burgers is a nice addition. Entertainment and activities - I came on vacation to relax, so I didn't do many activities. The variety, however, was very good and trivia seemed to draw large crowds. The shows were some of the best I have seen at sea. This was an extremely talented cast. Don't miss the Epic Rock night show. Amazing! Service - overall, it was very good. Our room steward Antonio was very accommodating, despite the fact that we were in our cabin a lot to enjoy the balcony. Ports and shore excursions - I did not do any Carnival shore excursions. I enjoyed the ports, especially Glacier Bay. We had PERFECT weather which made it even better. The only port I was not crazy about was Icy Strait Point. Perhaps if we had done an excursion, it would have been better. There's not much to see or do there. We walked to Hoonah and back just to check out the town, but again, not much there. It's not a touristy place by any means. It was nice to see, but again, just not my overall favorite. Overall - this was my fourth time to Alaska, second on Carnival. My very first trip was on the Carnival Jubilee in September of 2000. The weather is definitely less rainy in May, so I highly recommend going early in the season. Four years ago, we cruised on the Celebrity Solstice and found it to be more to our liking. Again, this time we cruised with friends who picked the ship. We had a great time with them on this Alaska adventure. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Have been on Legend twice in the past and had a generally good experience. Really like this ship and this class of ship. Love the Alaska glacier bay itinerary as well. Ship is getting old but still one of the most comfortable around. Great ... Read More
Have been on Legend twice in the past and had a generally good experience. Really like this ship and this class of ship. Love the Alaska glacier bay itinerary as well. Ship is getting old but still one of the most comfortable around. Great staff on all counts, always professional and friendly. Nice port stops (though we all know Victoria is a waste). The Icy Straight Point stop is a great addition (saw lots of wildlife on this stop). More ship movement than ever before, noticed quite a few seasick passengers and seemed to have more out to sea time than in the past. Only downside were some rowdy passengers who were rude to both other passengers and playing musicians. Also the meals in main dining and room service were poor. Luke warm and honestly most selections not appetizing at all. This is a real departure from past experience and a downside for those who dont eat the buffet. Room service is a waste cold bagels and unripe bananas. That said, Nouveau Steakhouse was great as always. All in all a good ship and cruise.. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to ... Read More
First, the date I chose was purposeful and intentional! It rains 98% of the time. May is the least rainy time if the whole year. It did not rain a single time, at any of our stops and the sun came out! I figured, if I'm going to Alaska; I want to see snow and it all melts in the summer months... So May it was! We experienced sun, snow, green spring/ early summer colors and seriously, it was AMAZING!!!!! At every single stop the locals kept saying "You picked a good day. No rain today, and it rains every day here". The ship itself is well maintained. I only encountered ONE rude crew member and it was an American crew member in the gift shop. Everyone else was superb and helpful and kind. Our first stop was Juneau. We went whale watching. The crew on the boat were knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful! We saw humpback whales (a mom and baby) that breeched several times. We also saw eagles and and see lions and seals! Our second stop was Skagway. We booked 2 excursions because it was a long day in port. First we did a zodiac rafting adventure which I highly recommend! We were outfitted in all weather, WARM, sub Arctic deck suits with goggles, gloves, and face masks. Captain Jen was incredible as was her crew. She made the ride FUN by doing donuts in the middle of the water multiple times. We saw waterfalls that blew our actual minds and eagles and sea lions of all different varieties and otters playing in the water. We stopped for several photo ops. We were brought back to the staging area by the ship where the next excursion started. We did the 3 hour White Pass Railway Adventure. I don't even have words to do that trip up the mountain justice. It's not an exaggeration when I say the views were spectacular and impossible to really process at first. We saw lush green mountains and snow covered mountains side by side. We learned a lot about the gold Rush and how the railway was made, etc. Going through the mountain tunnels was exhilarating. You can't go to Skagway and not do the White pass Railway. We cruised Glacier Bay next. Please do yourself a favor and book a balcony (try to get an Aft Balcony. They go FAST and there are only 20 on the ship) and bring binoculars. I was brought to tears by the stunning beauty!!! You don't understand how INCREDIBLE it was. We watched the Margorie Glacier calve. First you hear rolling thunder then you see part of the glacier crash into the water making huge splashing waves. Some of the glaciers are ice blue and others not so much. When you cruise Glacier Bay, Carnival gives you warm blankets to cuddle up with so you don't freeze to death. All along the way we saw whales breeching and see otters floating lazily on their backs with their cute paws and heads just above the water. This was one of my favorite days!!! I was pretty much euphoric all day. Our next stop was Icy Straight Point. I didn't book an excursion here but my friend in the cabin next to me did. She went whale watching and saw multiple whales breech very close up. She also went on a bear excursion and saw brown bears. I was a little jealous if the pictures she got. We rode into town and saw how the natives live. Then we went to The Crab Shack. GO TO THE CRAB SHACK!!!! There we got Alaskan King Crab legs that were HUGEEEEE and Bloody Mary's full of crab meat, shrimp, and a crab claw!! The crab the best we've ever had and we were unexpectedly so full it wasn't even funny. Finally we went to Ketchikan. Here is my ONLY complaint. We were only there for 4 hours which is ludicrous because Ketchican is huge and we didn't get to experience even a quarter of Ketchikan. We did a Go Kart Adventure thru the rainforest. It was a gorgeous, sunny, dry, day so we didn't need the rain gear offered. The ride was kick ass and although I've seen some people complain that it wasn't long enough; we found it to be the perfect length. We stopped for a few beautiful photo ops and a quick snack and water. Our guide was Rhianna Marie! We wanted to put her in our suitcase and bring her home. She was GREAT. Our next stop was Victoria BC. from 7pm - 11 pm. Honestly, that's a huge waste of a stop. I would much rather have had more time in Ketchikan. I got the feeling they stopped in Canada just so Canada could try to make a few bucks off of the tourists. Not this girl! Let me just close by saying I will be booking another Alaskan cruise!!! You couldn't pay me to go in the heat of summer and get rain EVERY DAY and miss all the snow and be hot. Who wants to be hot in Alaska!? Not me.... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
First let me apologize for missing the Meet and Mingle. I’m legally blind, and did not see it in the Fun Times. Overall, the Cruise was great! My hubby, Guide Dog, Chuck, and I boarded the ship in Vancouver, Canada,. We had no ... Read More
First let me apologize for missing the Meet and Mingle. I’m legally blind, and did not see it in the Fun Times. Overall, the Cruise was great! My hubby, Guide Dog, Chuck, and I boarded the ship in Vancouver, Canada,. We had no problems doing this. The only thing I would change here if I could, the rooms were blocked off till 1:30. On past ships, we have been able to find our room, if it was ready, we could go in. Our MDR was the Truffles Restaurant on Deck 2. Our table mates were nice people and we exchanged fb info with one of them. Our waiter staff was John Raymon ( I think is how he spelled his name) . He was so nice and good that we left him extra tip at the end. The food on the other hand was a bit boring. I did enjoy the vegetarian lasagna. Also I discussed my fav herbal tea there is Coconut Cream. While on board, we also tried Guys Burgers and the Blue Iguana. Both of these were VERY GOOD! Our 1st port of call was Juneau. Here we went on a bus city tour and an Alaskan Salmon Bake. The salmon was smoked over a fire. The best! The next port was Skagway. Here we to a Bordello Breakfast at the Red Onion Saloon. After this we went to an old cemetery. We finished our day by shopping. Our next day was cruising through Glacier Bay. This was exciting! My hubby saw an orca that morning. The rangers that came on board were knowledgeable . Our final port Ketchikan. This was my favorite. We started off the morning by shopping. Then we met our Guide, Derrick.He took us to the Totem Brite National Park. Derrick told us stories of each part of the totem poles. He took us to the clan house and described what it had been like to live there. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
I have to start with I was initially disappointed with how old the ship looked and the windows were dirty. After we settled in to our balcony room which was perfect, our room steward greeted us by name and was truly the best! Although the ... Read More
I have to start with I was initially disappointed with how old the ship looked and the windows were dirty. After we settled in to our balcony room which was perfect, our room steward greeted us by name and was truly the best! Although the ship was older nothing was in really bad condition. The crew was amazing and the entrainment was also amazing. I loved going to the comedy clubs. This cruise went to Alaska so we had to find things to do because we couldn’t enjoy the sun and pool. We loved hanging out in the casino which we actually did well. The staff was very organized when stopping at ports and the excursions we chose were awesome. The cruise director Jen was awesome. She was funny and always interacting with guests. The food was very good but we didn’t go to the restaurants. We had a wonderful time so I just booked another carnival cruise on carnival magic. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you ... Read More
Embarkation went well, ship looks spectacular from the outside, and owing to it advertising it had had a recent refurb, our expectations were high. Assisted boarding was easy and pleasant. Cabin 8218 was lovely apart from the fact you need 2 arms to open the door and also the door leading to balcony. My bed was very uncomfortable, pillows were good. Bathroom was well set out and the shower great. As we're our cabin staff. Disappointed in the lack of amenities for disabled passengers. The only electric operated doors I found was on deck 2. And then you had to hobble back to the door to lock. We saw many people at least in the over 70's age bracket. No grab rail in the bathroom, doors extremely heavy to open, grab rail in most toilets around the ship, low chairs everywhere. We spoke to senior passengers who had fallen, in their bathroom, in lounges, allegedly slipping on something. The decor was oppressive. So glitzy and dark, obviously dated. Maybe the refurb was eluding to the near new carpets in some areas. Entertainment was generally of a good standard. It was pleading to see that they had meet up groups for differing categories of people, including people from LGBTIQ groups. Good to know. I could not comment on the shore excursions but I can say I was very disappointed with the use of tender boats on Moorea. If we had been able to stay one more day in port at Papeete people with a disability could easily have used the ferry from Papeete. That would have been awesome. The distance between islands is miniscule! On the last 5 days at sea we were advised that sav blanc was running out and passengers had to now buy by the bottle and carry that around with you. When lodging a complaint with Guest Services we were informed there was no complaints forms. We would receive a survey to fill in and complain there. Over these last 5 days we also found out they had run out of red wine, apple cider and coke zero. Crazy! On board purchases were hugely expensive. 5 photos cost over $100, WiFi social media only, 208, if you wanted unlimited it was another 100 plus! If you wanted higher speeds it was another 200. We heard from entertainers they paid 5! Service was hit and miss with the dining experience the worst. We had dine at anytime allocated to us, deck 3, Truffles Restaurant. There were long lines to wait in, then you were given a pager and waited a minimum of 30 mins, then allocated a table, waited a further 20 mins to be served. Food was generally nice, but not hot. Often no drinks were offered so they lost money there. Yes all drinks except ordinary tea, cost you! Drinks packages were very expensive, except for bottomless bubbles, which was out of a tap, never a can. Laundries were on most floors but all machines except x1 were out of order. Laundering of clothes through the ship was well priced at around $25 per bag. The buffet dining, generally was OK. Many of the staff were not efficient however, instead ignoring customers and chatting among themselves behind the baine Marie's. Food generally was hot. Similar to washing machines, there were many breakdowns causing very long lines at tea and coffee machines. Toast was not ready, and then there was no butter. If there was butter there was no little jars to put it in! Wait wait wait, making the lines longer. Fine dining at their Nouveau Restaurant was fantastic and I can highly recommend, as was the high tea we attended. Beautiful. Any business in this day and age, who does not want customers feedback, in my mind, says they disrespect and discount legitimate concerns. Surely any business wants to know and respond to concerns. Not so Carnival Legend apparently. That is really sad. The running out of sakes of wine by the glass is a good case in point. If it was that popular they would know that opening a bottle and selling by the glass, would recoup more money for their trouble and satisfy customers. Crazy stuff. I for one will never sail with Carnival again. Sick of the lines, sick of warm dinners, sick of tea obviously made from water from a hot water service rather than heated cold water - tasted terrible. And no quality system in place to handle complaints in this day and age is ludicrous. Lifts were speedy and reliable, tv service was OK, WiFi depended on access to satellite so if cloudy it was super slow, an outbreak of the cold hit the ship and first there were around 400 passengers affected, then 1000, then at least 1500. Many visited the ships doctor. Some contracted pneumonia, collapsed lung etc. It was an epidemic. I do not know what they were advised but it would have been ideal if they had all been advised to stay in their cabins! It spread like wildfire. I might add that one of our wait staff the second night dining in Truffles, had a heavy cold and was sniffing and coughing while serving dinner! Why isn't this sort of thing supervised? In summary no more Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise ship. We had the opportunity of a great fare that was too hard to turn down. Despite the initial shock of the dowdy dark mixed themes interior, we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise mostly due ... Read More
This was our first time on a Carnival cruise ship. We had the opportunity of a great fare that was too hard to turn down. Despite the initial shock of the dowdy dark mixed themes interior, we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise mostly due to the happy staff and crew. We additionally loved the fact that Carnival generously provides FREE FRESH bean coffee which none of the other cruise lines we've travelled on have done. There was a happy vibe from all staff and crew. We particularly loved the crew being involved in the fun dancing during our dining. The Carnival Legend band - CIA were a knock-out highly talented band that were very interactive with the audience and provided a lineup of great songs. They were very down to earth and blew us all away with their professional talent. This band could fill venues outside of a Carnival ship. The buffet had lots of variety. The icecream and pizza was available 24 hours and we were very thankful at times when we had been dancing for hours and wanted something late after the buffet had closed. We loved our Carnival cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The dining room was amazing we had wonderful service and great waiters the stuff were amazing very kind and caring they always encourage others. The waiter were the best people on the ship they were ning, kadek and edgardo I would totally ... Read More
The dining room was amazing we had wonderful service and great waiters the stuff were amazing very kind and caring they always encourage others. The waiter were the best people on the ship they were ning, kadek and edgardo I would totally do it again and the 18 days seem long but it went very quick. There is so much things to do on the ship. Definitely go/go again. I got a bit windy but you can’t help that. The entertainment was astonishing they were amazing the shows were the best I have seen and great people to talk to the senses in the shows were great you just can’t describe how good it was to watch with the dancers and singers all the other shows were great for kids although the comedy could be a little better I beginning comedy people for kids were good but it got worst from then on they have great food on the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I think that your option of a cruise has a lot to do with YOUR attitude. We went along to have fun and we did. Apart from not having coffee and alcohol packages I didn’t find this cruise line any more penny pinching than any other cruise ... Read More
I think that your option of a cruise has a lot to do with YOUR attitude. We went along to have fun and we did. Apart from not having coffee and alcohol packages I didn’t find this cruise line any more penny pinching than any other cruise line that I have travelled on. I actually appreciated that they didn’t have an alcohol package as having to pay for each drink meant that there were less people drunk on this cruise.Decoration on the Legend was a bit quirky, but I loved it. Ship was well maintained and everything worked like clockwork, activities ran to time. We had an extended balcony cabin on deck 7 and just loved it. Cabin was well serviced by Tricia and her team, and I loved the towel animals that they made every day. Lido deck had great options and food was always palatable. MDR was excellent, the food was scrumptious and well prepared, although at times the size of the offering was small (think wedding). That was ok, we just ordered 2 when we wanted to..I loved that the entertainment and activities catered for all age levels. Slice by both cabin staff and the wait staff in the MDR was excellent. Shore tours from the ship were highly overpriced (usual for any cruise line), but we organised tours online that were half price of the ship offerings or less. People would be aware that there are cheaper alternatives in Noumea at the shuttle bus drop off point and a great market on the first floor of that building. It was our first cruise with Carnival (usually have gone Princess) but it won’t be our last. I’ve already booked a Carnival Cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our second trip and a bit disappointing the ship is old and really needs renovation, buffet food can’t compare to Royal Caribbean, layout is confusing and food average. Restaurant was better option but singing waitresses a bit ... Read More
This was our second trip and a bit disappointing the ship is old and really needs renovation, buffet food can’t compare to Royal Caribbean, layout is confusing and food average. Restaurant was better option but singing waitresses a bit annoying every night. On last night we found a bottle of wine on our table- complementary??? NO . We opened it and shared wine with other guests at the table just to be told we have to pay $55 for it . WHY put a bottle on each table . If it’s there on your table it’s FREE just like the food or put a price on it. We paid but it certainly was not a nice farewell. Would I use same company again. NO . You get wat you pay for. But I must praise the staff they were very nice and professional. Entertainment was good and Hub app was very helpful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Our third cruise on the Legend and it didn't disappoint. The staff are always amazing, nothing was too much trouble. The food was really good in the MDR and amazing in the Nouveau restaurant. Our cabin was one we have had before and ... Read More
Our third cruise on the Legend and it didn't disappoint. The staff are always amazing, nothing was too much trouble. The food was really good in the MDR and amazing in the Nouveau restaurant. Our cabin was one we have had before and was clean,quiet and comfortable. The shows were good, probably time for a change though. The Punchliner comedians were a bit hit and miss, some were really funny and entertaining, some were a flat and not funny at all. The photographers were fun, but don't need to be so persistent. Carnival need to look at doing a photo package, individually they are expensive. Even though the Legend had a dry dock last year, it could do with a major overhaul, it's looking a bit tired. I don't mind the decor, it's not one of the things I pay attention to. Our overall cruise was one of the best we've had. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Chose this cruise for price and destination. The ports were excellent on the South Island of New Zealand. The ship was shabby, lots of external rust, and our cabin grubby on arrival. This was attended to when shown to cabin staff. Food ... Read More
Chose this cruise for price and destination. The ports were excellent on the South Island of New Zealand. The ship was shabby, lots of external rust, and our cabin grubby on arrival. This was attended to when shown to cabin staff. Food of average to poor standard even in the dining room. Long queues to enter. Buffet selection limited, especially with salads and fruits. Coffee in buffet the best I've had in a cruise buffet. Entertainment in theatre not very professional compared to other cruise lines. Some of bar entertainers good, some average. Crew excellent. Cabin good but no frills, eg toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities. As an older couple we found the ship very noisy as most passengers seemed to be in family groups with many children even though schools had resumed after summer break. The ports were wonderful, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin and the cruising in the fiords amazing especially with the commentary. Tender service at Akaroa insufficient for the number of people and caused some mild anger among those left waiting until almost time to return.We had a total of $600 OBC for our cabin which was generous. Definitely a ship for the young who love take away style food and lots of it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This cruise came up for a great price. Both my husband and myself hadn't cruised with Carnival before so we were keen to give them a go. My daughter and her husband had cruised on the Spirit and were very happy when they went a ... Read More
This cruise came up for a great price. Both my husband and myself hadn't cruised with Carnival before so we were keen to give them a go. My daughter and her husband had cruised on the Spirit and were very happy when they went a couple of years ago. Once on-board the Legend, our initial reactions were that we were surprised at the dated and over the top decorations! They are certainly not to our taste! In fact,very very unpleasing to the eye. However, this should not deter from the overall experience. Other factors influence us as well. The pros: #I have coeliacs and need to have gluten free food. Carmen looked after me very well and ensured that i had gluten free food every day . I could not have asked for a better person to assist me! #Great cabin size #Fun activities offered through out the day and evening that include, an assortment of trivia led by fun staff, good night time shows in the theatre, hilarious comedians at Punchline, dance lessons, crafts and movies shown on sea days inside the Firebird lounge. #Well equipped gym with an indoor spa and great showers with massaging shower heads from the side as well as the top of the shower stalls. #The adults only section, "Serenity"...loved hanging around here without noisy ill mannered children! The Cons # poorly organised muster...this was a joke. Everyone either piled onto the port side or the starboard side of the ship. Put roughly into 4 or 5 long lines and expected to see a safety demonstrations past hundreds of people. Then mayhem getting off the deck! #Anytime dinner. Always lines to get in the restaurant and then given a buzzer to alert us when the table was ready. From what we could see, there was always free tables inside, but not enough staff. The staff were always running around busy. # Staff inside the restaurant were so busy, we couldn't even have a conversation with them to ask a simple question! # The food was very average and at times just not very fresh. I understand that we are at sea, but do not give black bananas or black lettuce on a plate #Unlabelled gluten free food in the buffet #In some parts of the buffet, people helped themselves to the food, it is healthier for the staff to dish out the food as some passengers have no idea about hygiene. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I saved my pension for this holiday with my 3 grandkids Rooms 4217 air cond so cold had to wear jacket called to get it fixed she came and tested it and said yes it is cold I will go turn it up Nothing happened still cold 4215 air cond ... Read More
I saved my pension for this holiday with my 3 grandkids Rooms 4217 air cond so cold had to wear jacket called to get it fixed she came and tested it and said yes it is cold I will go turn it up Nothing happened still cold 4215 air cond not working replaced dial as okay then Hygeine no one getting people to wash their hands before handing utensils to dish up food Food well below heating standing it was always warm not hot Not a very good variety of food in the food part Food went off to early it said closing at 2 30 closed at 2 10 Wanted to BUY a good coffee was told only skim milk we have run out of milk (what no cow on board) great service could someone have gone and got more ??????? Golf course closed more times then open due to wind Why put it up there anyway.Movies in firebird lounge screen way to small not enough seating why dont you use the follies lounge ???????? Not planned very well at all. My grand daughter wanted to play carnival challenge we went down early FRAN came out with the blocks Mahalia asked if she could play and was told their are other people playing first How could that be we were there first and no one else then she said you can play the winner we waited waited waited the other team played 4 games she ignored Mahalia and never came over to her we left she cried we went and got an iceream We have been on the Golden princess twice hygeine there is first class stairs cases are cleaned daily so are lift buttons and some one is always there to watch you wash your hands before going into the food sections So disappointed in Legends cruise Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I selected the cruise because a friend was on board with her children and mother-in-law. The service in the restaurant was slow especially at the end of the meal. I was on anytime dining and on the two nights I ate in the main ... Read More
I selected the cruise because a friend was on board with her children and mother-in-law. The service in the restaurant was slow especially at the end of the meal. I was on anytime dining and on the two nights I ate in the main restaurant it took 15 minutes for them to take my dessert plate so I could leave and free up my otherwise empty table, mean while there is a huge queue outside of people waiting for tables. I then started having dinner in the Bonsai Sushi Restuarant where there was no queue and I could be out in about 45 minutes. The quality of the food in the bistro seemed to be sub par whereas some ships have the same food in the Bistro just without the service staff. I went to many of the comic shows in the basement under the showroom. Overall a mixed bag with some comic's being funny and others just being abusive to people in the audience for laughs. The stage shows were good even though they only consisted of 8 performers. Embarkation was quick but as a suite passenger you get priority boarding. Then again apart from having a larger room the only other benefit was a complimentary bottle of water (value $4.50) and a packet of biscuits. Priority boarding for the tenders consisted of joining the end of the queue of people. One port this was a queue of anybody who wanted to get off the other day it was the people who had been send on wards from the showroom in numbered groups. The mini golf course is next to useless if the ship is moving. Read Less
Carnival Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 4.5 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.3

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