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KmC September 9th, 2003 11:26 AM

Carnival Legend leaving tomorrow/Just Back from Legend
Anybody willing to light some candles? Leaving tomorrow on the CCL Legend from NY to meet Mother Isabel in the Caribbean. I guess that's what we get when we book this time of year. Wish us luck!

If she goes over the northern Caribbean, hangs a right then comes up the east coast, what do you think the Capitan will do? How far out to sea are they willing to venture to get around a storm. You don't think they will divert to Canada/Nova Scotia do you, we packed for 85 degree weather and North is about 65 right now and, frankly, we could drive there in a couple of hours from here if that's where we wanted to spend our vacation.

Post Edited (09-20-03 18:00)

Lisa September 9th, 2003 12:05 PM

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Isabel is at least 4 days away from the Caribbean and even farther our from the states. I wouldn't worry too much about going north instead of south.

Thomas September 9th, 2003 12:10 PM

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Don't worry about it. Your Florida friends are going to take care of your vacation for you. When you get close to our shoreline we will all gather at the beach and collectively blow Isabel away from your ship.

Have a great cruise.


KmC September 9th, 2003 12:23 PM

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We hit San Juan on Saturday and St. Thomas on Sunday, just in time to meet her.

Thanks Thomas. But, do you think all of the Seniors that have taken up residence in Florida have that much wind left in them? I know a lot of them have plenty of "hot air"; but, hot, moist air tends to feed a hurricane.

Thomas September 9th, 2003 12:53 PM

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Knowing that hot air keeps a blimp up, sometimes I wonder what's holding all these people down.

Don't worry about your cruise. It'll be a great time and the weather will not affect your vacation.


PapaBill September 9th, 2003 03:17 PM

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I wonder if you might find yourself taking a nice Western Caribbean cruise?
Please let us know when you get back where you ended up.
My secret place on Legend is the stern part of the Lido deck. It doesn't fill up as fast as the midship pool areas, you have a nice little pool, a hot tub, bar service, a bar,
two icecream machines, bathrooms, and you are right next to the Lido deck food. You are just a few steps from the slide and Wilmur the bar service guy is the best.

KmC September 9th, 2003 04:49 PM

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Funny you should say that PapaBill, that was our favorite spot on the Triumph when we went in 2000 too! A little windy but that's OK with me. Western Caribbean sounds good to me. I'll let Wilmur know he got good marks. Thanks

KmC September 19th, 2003 09:22 PM

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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.

jfigs October 7th, 2003 01:13 PM

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How was the cruise and the ship? Where was your cabin?

KmC October 9th, 2003 08:17 AM

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The cruise was excellent overall. The ship was rocky the whole time we were on the move. There wasn't much to do in Key West or the Bahamas. The Ship was beautiful. The crew really didn't bother with the passengers too much from what I could tell. I'm not into the participation thing so it didn't really effect me except that I really enjoy watching others enjoy so I was a little dissapointed. We had booked a category 8G (extended balcony) guarantee and were upgraded one deck but lost the extended balcony in the process, so as far as I was concerned we weren't really upgraded since I booked the 8G because I wanted an extended balcony. We were in Cabin 8251, Panarama Deck 8. Beautiful cabin with lots of floor and closet space, loved it.

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