Me too, I've sailed with Carnival 3 times, including the LEGEND (spelling!) and have no complaints whatsoever. Food and service excellent, entertainment very good, itineraries interesting, and I would not hesitate to go again!
I have 36 days till my very first cruise (Legend out of NYC 9/20/04). I am getting married on 9/18 to my 1st grade classmate. Yes you read that right! Anyway, any thoughts onb the Legend would be greatly appreciated! Id love to email or read about your adventures on the Legend, espicially any excursions you took.
Thank you all!
~JEN- Bride to be from EHT, NJ~
Just got off the Aug. 3rd sailing on the Legend. I reviewed it on another board. I must agree that the service was not good on this ship. There were long lines to eat all the time and service in the dining room was not good.
However, in defense to the Legend, I heard a rumor that 40 staff members did not make the sailing because of hurricane Alex. It almost seemed possible because the poor service seemed due to the lack of employees.
The food was average to me, but that is just my opinion. I must say, I travelled with a group of 60 family and friends.....all had the same opinion about the service and food. It really was not good. I must add that I spoke to someone who loved the Legend and had been on it last year. He said that it was unbelievable how much the ship went down in quality. Even he thought the service and food deteriorated tremendously. So, for all you people who beg to differ, it is possible that is got worse since you were on it!
Possible problem Factors:
inadequate staff, maybe a lot nearing end of contract
large passenger volume on a high-demand itinerary
I think that the ships sailing out of NYC seem to get worse reviews as far as service and food.
Holiday 5-day Western Caribbean
Liberty 8 day Western
People like that are just looking for something to complain about and are never happy unless they find something. Most of us can appreciate our surroundings and just enjoy the beautiful views and ports. Then there are those who are just looking for misery. If your not happy, get off the ship and fly home. Otherwise, shut up and let other people enjoy their vacation.
We took this sailing on 07/18/04 and overall had a wonderful trip. However, in comparison to the Pride which we sailed last year to Bermuda (which I think is older than the Legend by a year or two), the Legend seemed a bit more "beat up" for lack of a better term.
I wonder if this 8 day sailing, down the east coast to these islands, doing this itinerary that used to take longer (10 days I've heard), is tough physically on the boat and mentally on the staff. I thought I would love the extra day at sea but I really felt it was too much - too long before you get to land again, and I can imagine if you are working on this run, it might get to be too much. Just a thought...
Dynaribbon, Congrats on your wedding-and fear not-you will love and remember this cruise forever. I am sailing out on the Legend 9/28-10/06 (just missed ya!!!) and have already done a previous sailing on her last year 04/29/03-05/06/03 to Bermuda. By far and away the Legend was my most favorite cruise experience.
Sometimes i think people who cruise, just mainly these crotchedy complainers like the kinds i run into at work (I'm in retail, and the line can never move fast enough, and everyone always wants some sort of deal on everything) are just LOOKING for things to complain about. I have a family member like that, and while we had a fantastic cruise on the Victory last June...the only thing she can remember about the cruise to this day is that the carpet in her hallway was stained. (what?!) Some people expect the Ritz Carlton for Holiday Inn prices and then proceed to pick everything apart on their trip. I've read reviews of the Legend where people gripe about the number of urns in the decor. If thats all you've got-give it up!!! Here's my review on the Legend (spelled correctly, of course)
Embarkation: Left Baltimore harbor with no snafu's..It was my boyfriends' first cruise ever and he was very very nervous. Within a hal hour we were onboard exploring our new home for the next seven days. My parents and grandmother each had thier own rooms (in addition to ours) which had balconies-ours was an indoor stateroom on the Empress deck (same deck as thier rooms) and was the biggest indoor cabin I have seen to date. Our steward Celso was awesome. He loaded us up with extra mints on our pillows at night and got so excited to see us whenever he was in the hall.
Overall Ship Impression: The Legend is amazing...Sure it may be a little hokey and over-the-top with the medevial theme, but if you want elegance 24/7 go on Holland America, but don't be suprised if you don't have as much fun. Take the time to scamper around the ship like little kids...Go into the arcade and play one another in a competitive
game of air hockey, check out the spa and the gym (make sure to get some time to take a steam or a sauna in the spa-it's free and the views from the glassed in rooms are to die for) and know where all the buffets are going to be. Case the casino for the best machines, and enter yourself in the Ocean Players Club (if you intend on gambling at all) You'll get another card to add to your scrapbook. Sometimes they have deals where you can buy 15 bucks worth of chips for 10.. Get a couple of those and let it ride one night. Check out the pools and the Main Dining room. I think there is something like 18 bars and lounges, and everyone will have thier favorite (ours was the sports bar that adjoined the casino). I found the service in the dining room to be fantastic (book a late seating, it's the best) Our waiter and assistant waiter quickly adapted to some of our finicky tastes (both my boyfriend and I are vegetarians) and he went out of his way to see that we always had something whether it was just spaghetti with marinara or an actual course prepared minus the meat. We loved him!!! He loaded me up on my favorite Sun-Dried Tomato Bread (make sure you try it!!!)and brought along two extra portions of the flourless chocolate cake for me one night (also another favorite of mine). I don't think we ever waited in a line to eat, because we never tried to show up ten minutes early for our seating...We relaxed in our room, or had a drink at one of the many lounges before heading for our 8 o'clock dinner. As far as the buffets go, especially the midnight and the chocoholics-expect lines...There are 2000 guests onboard with you and only usually two points of entrance into said buffets, but they're worth it. Chat with the people in line...bring a cocktail with you (this is a theme, I know) and enjoy yourself! You're on vacation, and you have all the time in the world. One thing I will emphasize is utilize the room service. It's free; Josh and I got it at least once or twice a day. From breakfast to just a snack of a cheese sandwich or salad, or bread and cheese or fruit, it's nice to turn on the television, sit back, and be pampered (of course, always tip room service a little something extra :o) We studied our capers (we left the highlighters at home-but always made sure to check out everything) and my antsy boyfriend really enjoyed the art auctions, because even if you don't buy-you get a little lesson in art history and it's INTERESTING!!! My parents always walk off with a Robichaud for the living room, so watching them bid and win was exciting. We went to all the cheesy poolside contests (hairy chest, survivor, etc) and I participated in the reverse scavenger hunt in Follies.. (You bring a bag full of stuff you think they might call for-weird things like room service menus and a telephone and etc.) and won a medal (Yay!) On the last formal night Josh and I entered the couples slot tournament (20 for both of us). In our first heat we were highest scorers so my the finals I was allowed to pick our machines...I picked three and six...we were given Ocean Players Club gear for winning the first round and then...we won the finals!!! We were 500 bucks richer and ship celebrities!!! The waiters out by the pool make it a point to learn your names and memorize your favorite drinks...Elmer, was our favorite, often calling out "Mr.Josh, another strawberry daquiri???" The port of Bermuda was amazing, but it was the ship that is causing us to return to her again in 6 weeks. I'm sure leaving out of NYC we'll encounter some grouchy folks, but we'll probobly just laugh them off on our way to a new adventure!