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Old November 13th, 2005, 09:45 PM
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Default Does anyone have Legend experience?

I'm set to sail on 19 Dec. '05, and so far haven't seen anything posted about this particular cruise (Western Caribbean) or ship. If you have anything, good or bad I'd love to hear it.

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Old November 13th, 2005, 10:37 PM
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Yes, I've been on this ship. In fact, I'll be sailing again on the Legend on 12/3. It's a great ship! It's a little more subdued than other Carnival ships, but you'll still have a great time! It does have more food choices around the ship than other Carnival ships so that definitely works to our advantage. The food in the dining room is superb and I would recommend you take advantage, even if only one night, of the Supper Club - it's a great deal for the price. The shows are very good, although becoming a little repetitive as Carnival has had them on their ships for quite some time - reason being is that the productions cost millions so they don't change very often.

If you have specific questions, I can sure try to answer them.

This will be my 22 cruise, 13th with Carnival. Can't wait.

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Old November 13th, 2005, 10:50 PM
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Wow - 13th with them? they must have something to offer...22 all together? that's impressive! You must either be 180 or have the ability to do as you please....either way, thanks for your input.

What is the Supper Club? I have not received my docs so I don't know what a lot of the things I'm hearing about are.

Anything you, as an obvious expert, can share would be most appreciated. I have no idea what to expect. I have heard everything imaginable from friends, from it's the biggest ripoff to it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. I personally, will have a great time regardless of others' opinions! I would, however, like to have as much info as possible....I don't want to waste any of my precious 8 days learning what I can before setting sail.

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Too funny!

Actually, my family has made it a point to go on 2 7-day (some times longer) cruises per year. I'm 39. The cruise really is the best vacation value out there - in my humble opinion. You unpack on day 1 and don't have to worry about a thing for at least 7 days. No phones ringing, etc.

Don't let one small detail which might annoy you ruin your vacation - there's bound to be 1 or 2 things that you might be frustrated/annoyed by, but make the best of it! For example, embarkation can sometimes be a hassle, but once you're on the ship forget about embarkation.

The Supper Club is a dining experience in a location different from where you will eat most of your meals. It is on the back of the ship and offers Prime USDA Choice meats and seafood. It's a five course meal and, to me, well worth the extra price - about $20 - $25 per person. You will need about 2 - 2.5 hrs to enjoy the entire meal. The food is fabulous. Not that the food in the dining room is not great as well, this just allows for variety during your cruise.

Like I said in my first response, this ship seems to be a little more subdued and the clientele is somewhat more senior than that of other ships (not that there is anything wrong with this). Public areas, except the disco, seem to close up a little earlier than on other ships.

One thing many people still do not know (keep this between us ) is that you can order anything you want when eating in the dining room - if you want 2 lobsters (or more) just ask, they will deliver. If you want 2 entrees because you can't make up your mind, order 2 entrees (or more if you want).

If you don't like your dining time or seating, see the Maitr 'de and he will most likely accomodate any changes- I would recommend you go to the dining room as soon after you get on the ship as possible. Check your sign and sail card for your table assignment. The reason you want to go early...well, there's 2 reasons actually. 1) so you can change time/seating and get this out of the way to enjoy and explore the ship. 2) the longer you wait the longer the line becomes to actually see the Maitr 'de. If you simply don't care about what time you eat or your table assignment begin enjoying/exploring the cruise ship right away.

If you find you don't want to go to the dining room on any given evening (maybe you don't want to get dressed up tonight) you can always visit the lido deck - many times they have the same entrees as they have in the dining room.

Let's see, what else...oh yeah, when they call for the mandatory life boat drill, usually just before the ship leaves port, wait until last call so that you can stand at the front of the lines, closest to the ocean - they pack you in like sardines and it can become hot. If you go at last call, you can be at the front of the line rather than being trapped against the wall. The life boat drill is the worse part of the entire cruise. Although it is bearable and lasts for maybe 20 minutes.

Well, I guess that's all for now. If you have any specific questions feel free to shoot them my way and I'll try to answer.

Did they change any part of your itinerary due to the storms?
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Although I am not as seasoned as ChrisM, I have been on 3 Carnival cruises, and my fourth will be on the Liberty Feb 4. I agree, cruising is the BEST vacation. You have everything, entertainment, fabulous food, wake up to a different island to explore, and only unpack once. I just love it. I didnt know what to expect the first time, but I was more than thrilled with my vacation. The first is always the best because everyday is a new surprise. Everyone loves the first ship they sailed on and compares every other cruise to it !!! We always eat in the dining room. Wouldnt miss the great meals for anything. We usually have breakfast, a light lunch and always the early dining. We also order several entrees... expecially if it has anything to do with seafood. If you are a desert lover, by all means order 2. There are no "hard and fast rules", except to enjoy. There is always a problem with finding a seat around the pool. People get there early and "reserve" the seats with towels and personal belongings. Although it is "not permitted", the no reserving rule is not enforced. But, I always manage to find a seat somewhere. The entertainment is great, the casino is "fun" (just as generous as any other casino !!!) and you will find your vacations goes by way too fast !!!

Have a great cruise and enjoy !!!!!!!!
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We just left the Legend Nov 9th...yes, I'm in cruise withdrawl as I write this. Our cruise went to Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. It was fabulous...you will have a wonderful time.

Of the 4 cruises we have taken, this is by far our most favorite ship. It is big enough to have plenty of bells and whistles yet small enough to not get lost all the time. The staff was warm and friendly and the ship was immaculate.

We really enjoyed the Truffles dining room. The food and service was excellent. Also, don't be afraid to ask for something different if you order something and don't like it. They are happy to do this for you. We celebrated our anniversary in the Golden Fleece (the specialty dining room). They've bumped the fee to $30 pp but it was a wonderful meal. We have a fairly large wine collection at home so we brought several bottles of wines on board and then brought them to dinner each night. They do charge a modest corkage fee ($10). when you bring the bottles to dinner. We didn't really enjoy the buffets...we found them to be your garden variety buffet (luke warm and over cooked). That said, we ran into a couple of folks who never went to the Dining room, preferring to buffet it everynight. We did stopped by the complimentary sushi bar every evening. It made for terrific appetizers. I also encourage you to take advantage of the complimentary room service. We enjoyed breakfast on our balcony each morning. Just remember to tip the steward a couple of dollars each time you order room service.


Despite the cost of the tour, I really recommend the Grand Tour to the Panama Canal. It was awesome going through the locks. In Costa Rica we went on the canal tour. It was so cool to see all the monkeys, sloths, crocks and bird. We've snorkeled on other cruises so in Belize we did the River Wallace and Mayan Ruin tour. We really enjoyed this but talked with folks who also enjoyed the snorkeling there.


We really liked these 3 ports. They are not "shopping" ports (which didn't bother us since we are not really into jewelry). That said, we bought several weavings and Mulas (sp?) in all three ports and in Costa Rica picked up several wooden bowls, platters and coaster sets for xmas gifts.


Have a wonderful cruise!
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Wow, great tips everyone!
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