Well we made it, albet a little wind blown!
When we arrived at the pier (NY) we were told that the itinerary had changed from E. Caribbean to Key West-FL, Nassau and Freeport - Bahamas due to the storm. We were given a $100 per stateroom shipboard credit for the change. That helped our disappointment somewhat. The embarkation process was an absolute zoo. There were people all over the place and no one there to guide them on what to do or where to start. The only ones that seemed to know anything were the guys handling the baggage, if you were lucky enough to grab one, otherwise it was a complete mess. We arrived at the pier at 12:30 and stood in line(s) until 3:00 before they opened the doors to allow boarding. We shoved off at about 5:30.
We also received cabin upgrades from Veranda Deck Cat 8G to Panarama Deck Cat 8?
I booked for an extended balcony, guarantee, so I don't know how they considered a deck movement an upgrade, we moved up one deck level but lost the extended balcony. My son booked a guarantee 4D and was upgraded to 6? oceanview same deck so they made out and I was glad for them. The change was not a problem for us we enjoyed the cabin and the cabin steward was excellent, couldn't be more helpful. Except she insisted on keeping the themostat turned all the way to "blizzard mode". Everytime we came to the cabin after she had been there, the first thing we had to do was turn it down. We thought we had here trained after about four days but she went right back to turning it up again. She must have been working so hard that she was hot and thought everyone else was too.
The whole time the ship was on the move the ride was extremely rocky (maybe the stabilizers were out of order) and the weather was cloudy (no rain but very little sun). The first formal night ,scheduled for Thursday, was postponed to Friday due to the rough seas, which suited me just fine. On Tuesday, returning to NY, the water was so rough that it was very hard to walk aboard ship. The winds were so bad on the way back that they closed off access to all outside decks except Lido (Deck 9 aft), that was a disapointment too; better safe than sorry. The show in the Follies scheduled for Tuesday was rescheduled to Wednesday to assure the performer's safety. Good idea.
The weather in the ports was much better. We were in Key West on Saturday but there didn't seem to be enough time to do anything there. Hotter than Haities. It looked like we were going to get a heck of a storm so we went back to the ship and the darned thing blew over, go figure! On Sunday we were in Nassau, we booked the shore excursion to Atlantis and that was impressive. My husband won $1800 in the casino so he was happy. Everything in Nassau was pretty much closed for shopping except for the shops that had contracts with Carnival and they were only open until around 6:00. We weren't leaving until 10 pm, so there wasn't much else to do in Nassau. Monday was spent in Freeport. We decided to be beach whales at the Sheridan Port Lucaya, that was very nice but the weather was a little threatening so we didn't stay long went back to the ship an took a nap.
The food left a lot to be desired, when you could get any. Seems every time we were hungry they were cleaning up. We ate in Truffles only on formal night, the lobster tails were excellent but the prime rib was pretty bad, tasted old and dried out. Don't ever order anything Italian on this ship! We had no desire to return to the dinning room. We had a window table for the five of us but we couldn't see any of the entertainment that the resturant staff put on.
There seemed to be very little interaction between the crew and the passengers. Deck activities were pretty much non-existent. They didn't seem to want to encourage the passengers to have fun or join in activities (if there were any activities, I didn't see them).
We had cruised on the Triumph in the past and except for the decor Triumph has it all over the Legend.
I know that it sounds like we didn't enjoy the cruise but actually we did have a good-relaxing time. We're not party animals so any cruise for us will be enjoyable.