Any information about this ship would be greatly appreciated. I've never sailed on Carnival before, and I have a few questions:
1) I am concerned about not being able to book my tours until I arrive on the ship. Has anyone had any trouble with this and not get the tours they wanted?
2) Any tours recommend at Belize, Costa Rica and Panama? I am not interested in the cave tubing in Belize. Maybe the Altun Ha Mayan, or Xunantunich Maya Site tours ? In Costa Rica -The Aerial TramTour or Off Road Adventure,?and definately, the Panama Canal Tour.
3) I have heard that you can only bring one bottle of wine or champaign on board per cabin. Is this true?
There are a number of reviews posted that you should read as they may help you with questions. I will try and answer them in order as best I can.
1. Tours cannot be booked until you board the ship. This beinbg the case some of these tours are very popular and sell out quickly like the AltunHa/River Wallace tour in Belize, the Air tram and white water rafting in Costa Rica, and the train and Canal tour in Panama. I suggest that if you have to do any of these that you place your request as soon as you board and not wait.
2. The ones I mentioned in #1 are the most popular for a reason, they are good.
3. You may bring wine/champange onboard for consumption for special occasions. (Hint, nobody said what is special to you so basically there is no limit) If opened at dinner there is a corkage fee of $10 Liquor is not allowed to be brought onboard by individuals.
4 Belize has the best shopping for local stuff and cheap but limited. Panama is reasonable and right there at the port. Do not wander off the beaten path in Colon as it is not all that safe. Costa I can't tell you about as we didn't dock there.
5. Very good! Also Pizza and Deli sandwiches are always available and they are excellant!
6. It has dissappeared from ship for the last month or more until last week when it occured onboard a Princess ship going to Hawaii. You basically have less chance of getting sick on a ship than on land. News reports are blown way out of proportion.
7. Enjoy and do as much or as little as you wish. Get to know the crew and learn about people and cultures. Also deciede right now to start saving money for your next cruise.
Jim covered your questions very thoroughly. We too are taking this cruise and itinerary soon in April. We are also communicating with others who will cruise on 4/11. When are you sailing?
I plan to book my ship tours are soon as we board via the interactive TV in each cabin. This has always given us the advantage of a time issue getting the tours we want. Don't wait. Decide before you sail. If you don't have a copy of the present tours, contact Carnival for a fax or email copy.
The virus seems to have subsided on board the ships, at least enough that it is no longer media headlines. Now it is affecting those at home!
I sailed aboard the Legend earlier this month and loved every aspect of it.
1- We booked the shore excursions the day we boarded. The popular trips sell out quickly as they are usually limited in numbers and in high demand.
We did the ariel tram in Costa Rica. It was fabulous. You spend close to 1 1/2 hours on the tram (5 people and the guide) and you see and hear all sorts of very interesting sounds and sights. Unfortunately it was raining (rains every day) and most of the wildlife decided to hide out on us but just seeing the unspoiled surrounding and the lush greenery made it all worth while. This tour sold out at the end of the first day! So beware.
In Pamana we did the Panama Canal tour on a boat. Again it was a great learning experience and something to behold. We had great weather for the roughly two hours your aboard the boat going through two different locks in the canal. A sandwich was served while aboard and as many soft drinks or water as you wanted was also available.
Both these excursions took about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get to so you spend a fair bit of time on a bus. The bus in Costa Rica was a brand new Mercedes which was was probably one of the nicest buses I've ever been on.
In Belize we toured the town as I missed my wake up call for the cave tubing. I used the internet in one of the cafe's and we enjoyed a beer on a patio with beautiful weather. We tendered back around 1:00 pm and actually enjoyed a near empty ship.
I've talked about the booze issue on many posts. Carnival's policy is to allow passengers to bring aboard wine or champayne for a special occasion. I brought aboard 2 bottles of wine and 3 - 12oz plastic containers of vodka without a problem. I think Carnival just wants to ensure people do not carry cases of booze aboard to get crazy. A bottle or two for your own personal consumption to me is harmless.
Don't count on terrific shopping at any of the ports. Tshirts and trinkets are the big ticket purchases. The ship does have some deals going throughout the week so spread your shopping out accordingly.
The food was amazing at any seating. Midnight buffet was very good however we had late dinner seating with usually got us out of the dining room around 10:30 pm only to have the midnight buffet starting at 11:30. Ouch! I took advantage of the terrific gourmet pizza offered all night more then I did the buffet. I'd arrive for pizza usually after 2:00 pm then hungry and leave certainly not disappointed.
Nobody as far as I knew or saw got sick aboard our cruise. I wouldn't worry to much on the Norwalk as I think it's generally run it's course.
The entertainment was great, we enjoyed Dougie who played his guitar and sang in the casino. Mike on the piano was really good as well. The shows were all very entertaining and enjoyable. The band in Satchmo's had the placing hopping as well.
You definately won't he hard done by for things to do.