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Carnival Legend Review

The third ship in the Spirit-class, Carnival Legend entered service in 2002 and will receive a major refurbishment in 2013, when Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades are introduced, including new casual dining options, poolside bars, and additional entertainment options. Carnival Legend passengers explore ports of call in the Western Caribbean from her home port in Tampa and also have the opportunity to sail transatlantic crossings when she repositions to Europe. Once she crosses the Atlantic, the ship offers 12-night Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Venice, as well as 12-night voyages through northern Europe from Dover.

Spirit-class vessels may seem to be a throwback in size, but these sleek ships have the advantage of fitting through the Panama Canal and, with their additional length, include all the trademark characteristics of their larger fleet mates. They're also racehorses with the speed to reach far-flung destinations. Carnival Spirit—for which the class is named—makes its home port in Australia, primarily serving the Australian and New Zealand markets.

A rosy red skylight in the front bulkhead of the funnel—which houses the reservations-only upscale steak house—caps a soaring, 11-deck atrium. Lovely chapels are available for weddings, either upon embarkation or while in a port of call, and are also used for occasional shipboard religious services.

The upper and lower interior promenade decks are unhampered by a mid-ship restaurant or galley, which means that passenger flow throughout the ships is much improved over earlier, and even subsequent, designs.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • The enclosed space located forward on the promenade deck is quiet and good for reading
  • For relaxation, his-and-hers saunas and steam rooms have glass walls and sea views
  • Complimentary self-serve ice-cream dispensers are on the Lido deck

Cons

  • These are long ships, and some cabins are quite far from elevators
  • Connecting staterooms are relatively scarce
  • The video arcade is almost hidden at the forward end of the ship
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 930
  • Entered Service 2002
  • Gross Tons 88,500
  • Length 960 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,062
  • Passenger Capacity 2,124 (2,667 max)
  • Width 105.7 feet
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Feb 1, 2017

Carnival Legend Review

grace Age: 50 Occupation:adm Number of Cruises: 5 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Legend Sailing Date: 2015-09-13 Itinerary: Hawaii Cruise from Honolulu Overall okay. We were on the 11 night cruise from Honolulu on May 7, 2015 Average food; many items repeated, not much selection except on dessert-lots of that Room was good! Entertainment LACKED MOTIVATION, ENTHUSIASM, RATHER HUM-DRUM. NEVER USE "http://www.shoreexcursionsgroup.com" for your

excursions. They don't keep their word on cancelled excursions. We even bought the insurance and they still told us they couldn't help us, yet they pocketed over 300 dollars from us! Trip was our first to Hawaii. Saw the main islands. We didn't know what to expect. Overall it was good, but next time we'd rather go on our own so as to not be rushed with time frames (and miss out excursions due to slow tender boat process)

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Jul 6, 2015

Hawaii Cruise from Honolulu

Overall okay. We were on the 11 night cruise from Honolulu on May 7, 2015 Average food; many items repeated, not much selection except on dessert-lots of that Room was good! Entertainment LACKED MOTIVATION, ENTHUSIASM, RATHER HUM-DRUM. NEVER USE "http://www.shoreexcursionsgroup.com" for your excursions. They don't keep their word on cancelled excursions. We even bought the insurance and they still told us they couldn't help

us, yet they pocketed over 300 dollars from us! Trip was our first to Hawaii. Saw the main islands. We didn't know what to expect. Overall it was good, but next time we'd rather go on our own so as to not be rushed with time frames (and miss out excursions due to slow tender boat process)

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By Amy_CR

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Mar 10, 2013

Wester Caribbean

Overall, we had a good time. This was our second time on Carnival. Our other cruise lines we have been on are RCCL & Princess. I have to say I still prefer RCCL but the cost of this cruise made it very appealing to us. I have to say, I think Carnival is growing on me. You get a lot of bang for your buck. I laugh when I read reviews about people complaining about small things. I always say you make your own fun. If you can't have fun on a tropical

vacation, there is not much hope for you! The food overall was pretty good. Some nights in the dining room were better than others, that's for sure. I think they try to have a variety to please the masses of people but it does not seem to have the quality of food I have had on other cruise lines. But, I did gain 4 pounds, so I don't really have much to complain about do I? I would highly recommend the steak house for a night. It is $30 a person but the steaks, lobster, atmosphere, and service is definitely worth every penny. You are on vacation, make the kids go get pizza for the night and treat yourself to a great meal! We were lucky enough to get a great deal on a premium vista balcony room (7301). It was a beautiful room. The balcony was huge! The 3 closets also come in handy with all the wardrobe changes we have. If there is any way to get yourself a balcony room please do. Having stayed in all levels of cabins, I can tell you having a balcony is the only way to go. I don't care what anyone says, there is nothing like sipping your room service delivered coffee while watching the sea. It's amazing! There is quite a bit to do on board. One secret on this ship most people don't know about is that everyone is allowed to use the spa facilities even if you didn't pay for services such as a massage or facial. They have a great steam room & sauna in both the male & female locker rooms. There is also a whirlpool tub in the center that over looks the workout room and front of the ship. Most days my daughter & I had them to ourselves. Check it out. Very relaxing! We are not really show people but we did enjoy the comedy shows. The family ones are a little cheesy but our girls had fun. Cozumel- the beginners snorkel trip was amazing. Had a blast. Belize- Very disappointing port. I was so looking forward to going there but after a very long wait to get on a very long tender ride )about 30 minutes) we were dropped off to visit a few crappy shops and then wait for another tender back. If I was ever going back there I would not get off the ship. Roatan- No need to pay for any excursions if you like the beach, as it right next to the dock. You can take the chair lift (our kids did) but my husband & I took the pleasant walk down a paved and beautifully landscaped path to the beach. Even though it rained a lot of the day, we had an incredible day. Beautiful beach. Bring $$. They have some great food and drinks for sale. My husband thought the chicken with red beans and rice at the Hurricane Hut (love the name!) was some of the best he has had. Grand Cayman- took an excursion to 7 mile beach. We were able to snorkel right from the shore. Incredible! Don't miss it!!! Don't worry about any negative reviews. Relax. Enjoy being pampered. Go with the flow. Drink fruity libations with umbrellas. Dance on the Lido deck. Judge a hairy chest contest. Eat lobster. Eat self serve ice cream at 10am. You are on vacation. Bon Voyage & smooth sailings!!

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Jan 14, 2013

Western Caribbean

The staff was very friendly and courteous. Food was mediocre. Everything was too loud. Guess they think that loud equals good and very loud equals very good, but it equals irritating and obnoxious. Mid-ship pools were unusable as obscenely loud rock music was almost always blasting. Entertainment (?) was also very loud. Would not recommend to anyone over 30 as almost everything was geared to the young and immature. Drinks were grossly overpriced.

Everything was geared to getting one to spend more money. Shore excursions were overly expensive. Ports of call were merely excuses to get one to buy junk at outrageous prices. After this terrible experience my wife and I agreed that it was our last cruise. Q. Which styles of cruise is this ship best suited for? A. None. Some good, some poor, mostly average and after a few days, boring. No complaints about the room. Staff was very nice. Much, much too loud to be enjoyed. Best place was the card room where one could close the door to drown out the noise. In the area there was a lounge singer that screamed so loud that it came through the door. If you say away from this ship you will stay away from the grossly overpriced excursions (I suspect that Carnival gets a huge kickback from booking these excursions.) Went on the dolphin swim in Cozumel. Touted a three hour excursion. Most time spent waiting. Actual time with a dolphin was about one to two minutes. They took lots of pictures. Only $29 a picture! No one in our group bought a single picture at this price. If the fools charged something reasonable, like $5, they would have sold hundreds of pictures but, like every one else on this trip, they were out to gouge the tourists. Swimming with the dolphins was great but way too expensive, about $146.00 a minute. Will never cruise again! Enough said.

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Jul 29, 2012

Western Carribean

This was our first cruise we went as a family and had a outstanding time after reading some of the negative comments it makes me wonder just how critical people can really be, but if you are looking for a great vacation with great food and service that is outstanding this is it. Now to sum it up we have already booked two more cruises to different ports for next year, oh by the way I won a decent chunk of change in the casino enough to pay for 2 different

excusions for 4 people. Buffets were pretty good can't say I liked everything, but the restaurant was a great place to eat we got to know our waiters very well and enjoyed all of our meals. Keep vey clean, the room had plenty of space and remember you don't live in them just sleep and shower so save your money for the excursions. Plenty to do all the time if you get bored it's your own fault, let go and enjoy life. Helmut dive in Cozumel was a lot of fun the Mexican people are very hospitable so relax and enjoy the party. The cave tubing and lunch in Belize was a lot of fun. Grand Cayman land and sea excursion will be the most memorable touring the sea turtle farm and the town Hell,and off to the boat ride out to get in the water with the sting rays on the way there dolphins were swimming along side of the boat. Well worth the money plan for the excursions and extras.

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