Carnival Legend Cruise Review by more steam
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: South Pacific
- Cabin Type: Extended Balcony
When I booked this cruise, I was concerned about the ship's security, after seeing video footage of unruly behaviour of some passengers and some security guards last February. The sight of some large security guards pinning an unruly passenger to the floor while other large security guards were kicking him was not a good look. What made things worse was the video footage of other security guards trying to grab the phone and cameras of onlookers who were recording the assaults. If Carnival security acts like this in front of witnesses, how do they act when there are no witnesses? Fortunately on my cruise, I didn't see this type of behaviour.
Most of my breakfasts were in the main dining room (MDR). There was plenty of choice. My favourite was the eggs benedict. Occasionally, the egg yolks were hard. I just sent them back and the waiter happily exchanged them. I had dinner in the MDR for all 12 nights. There was an extensive menu. Steak every night, if you wanted it. Each night there was a section of the menu called "something different". This included meals such as escargot and frogs legs. Sometimes I had 2 starters and 2 mains. On the rare occasion I didn't like something, the waitress happily replaced it with something different.This was the typical attitude of all the waiters. They wanted to make me happy. The standard coffee was good. The mid-meal entertainment performed by the MDR staff was something that had to be seen to be believed.
The Lido Buffet was nice, but not as good as the MDR.
The drink prices were similar to a front bar. The U.S beers were about $1 cheaper than the Australian beers. Spirits ranged from $9.50 up to $22. If you ask for a double, you are only charged an extra $5. This was a good opportunity for me to try some top shelf whiskies and bourbons. The bar staff were friendly and put in a lot of effort to remember my name.
The entertainment was generally good. The comedians were very good and there was a comedy show on every night. Some nights the same comedian would do two completely different shows with different material. In my opinion, Carnival is THE comedy cruise line.The big production shows were OK, but nothing special. I've seen better shows on the sister company P&O.
The cabins and public areas were neat and tidy. I had an extended balcony cabin which was spacious. I was a little apprehensive about getting a balcony because my previous balcony experience was on the P&O Pacific Explorer (aka Poocific Explorer), which had some foul smells whenever I went outside.Some of the furniture in the public areas needed replacing. As for the decor in the public areas, my eyes were bleeding. It was gaudy and loud. You will either love it or hate it.
Most of the ports required tenders to get me ashore. Carnival call the boats "shuttles". Priority is given to the passengers who have booked shore tours through Carnival. However, they will allow anyone to use the first 2 shuttles. So if you have independently booked a shore excursion, get up early or you will miss your tour.
The ship's photographers are using a new technique to ensure that everyone has a photo taken when disembarking the shuttles. This involves the photographers assistant standing on the jetty and holding a broomstick with a sign attached to the end of it. The sign reads "Isle Of Pines" or "Mystery Island". The stick is held across the walkway, acting as a roadblock. After the photo is taken, the stick is raised, so you can pass. It isn't possible to push the stick away without other passengers been hit with it. Quite clever really.
The photographers and mobility scooters (driven at high speed) are my only gripes of the cruise. I would recommend Carnival Legend, especially at the price I paid.
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The cabin is located under the Lido deck, near the spa. Dragging deck chairs and running could be heard in the early hours, on occassions.
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