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Old June 2nd, 2003, 02:38 PM
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Default Legend Part 6 and final thoughts

Final night was a bit different. This was the first cruise with automatic tipping for us. As a result, you didn't see the steward hanging out in the hallway and didn't necessarily get that very personal greeting from the waiter and assistant that we have gotten on many other cruises. Basketball jersies , t shirts, sneakers and shorts were in evidence everywhere including the dining room on the last night. We exchanged addresses with our tablemates and after dinner went to the final show. The comedian was ok , his jokes were mostly cruise ship cliches and ethnic jokes which he apoligized for before telling each one. They were funny but a bit "incorrect " for 2003. The second performer was so bad that we , along with many others, simply walked out. Tired, we headed off to our room. We closed up the suitcases and put them out, hoping to see them again in the morning.
We ate breakfast in the dining room then headed up to our room, picked up our carryons a dutifully headed out to a public lounge to await diembarkation.
Let me jump back a bit, I did go up on deck at sunrise to see the city, but it was so overcast you could barely see the shoreline. Thank goodness we've done that before or I would have been disappointed. If the weather is clear , this is a must see.
Disembarkation did not begin until 10:30 and was quite slow. By 11:30, only half the ship was cleared. On the otherhand the dockside activity was much more orderly and organized than any other disembarkation I have experienced. The problem was that by noon there were cars backed up over a mile on the West Side Highway trying to embark on the next trip, with limos and personal cars caught up in the traffic trying to make pick ups on disembarking passengers. In otherwords a repeat of 8 days earlier (only now I knew why). Got my car, picked up Gram and we were on our way north on the West Side Highway within 15 minutes of walking off the ship.Believe it or not, Gram dropped me at work on the way home.
Final thoughts. A great , relaxing trip. Strong points were sea days(basically 6 out of 8)
great room, good service overall and a beautiful well run ship. Weak points were
Main show room entertainment (other than production shows),and lack of entertainment in non smoking venues.
Observations(no judgements here just observations). Many extended families and Camp Carnival must have been good because for the most part the kids were not all over the ship. Many handicapped individuals. My guess is that with the sailing from NY a lot of folks took advantage of not having to fly. With no tender ports, this very new ship accomadated these folks well. Good for you Carnival on this point. Dress varied in a wider range than any other ship I have ever been on but certainly leaned towards the casual end of the spectrum . If you are "into" the ports this is not your cruise. Many folks did not like San Juan (I did), We were in St Thomas on a Sunday which cut the downtown shopping time in half for many folks (with and 8 day cycle this will probably not happen again). Most folks were disappointed in Tortola. You really need to spend DAYS there to catch the laid back spirit of the BVI's. Five or six hours just doesn't do it. Although I HIGHLY recommend the BVI's for vacation and honeymoon. The City needs to do something about moving traffic in and out of the pier area. There was a distinct lack of traffic control in the area. If you live in NY this might be most folks best cruise alternative. Many folks do not like the Bermuda cruises because the casinos are closed for 3 and a half days of a seven day cruise. On this cruise, casinos were open 6 days and 8 nights. The ports are "better" than those offered by Norwegian and the Canadian cruises as well.
Carnival provided a fabulous cruise product and changed my opinion of it's product.
(our last two Carnival cruises were 24 hour a day beer bashes for mid twenties to mid thirties singles and couples).
A final thank you to our waiter and assistant Montrey and Ronald and a get well soon to our Steward Jose who took ill during the cruise.
Post script
THE URNS
The urns were a bit much. Urns for railings, urns for pillars, urns everywhere one turned. No one ever said that understated was a theme for Carnival and it certainly was not the case here. I half expected that the gift shop would sell urns for your future internment. Of course they did not. Personally I have decided to be buried, as I never want to see another urn again in life or after.
For the first time in 8 years we do not have another cruise booked. After sailing in Hawaii several years back we decided to try a "land" trip. Eleven days , (5 Oahu, 6 Mauii)
scheduled for October. We've already booked Old Lahaina Luau and Polynesian Cultural Center. Most of the rest will be beach , sun and water.
Happy cruising everyone.
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Old June 2nd, 2003, 05:53 PM
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Thank you PapaBill for a most enlightening commentary on the Carnival Legend. I must say that after reading and hearing all of the stories agout Carnival I would be very hesitant in taking one of their cruises. I hope you and Gram enjoy the peace and relaxation of your Hawaiian vacation in October. I think you have both urned it. {{BFG}}

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Old June 2nd, 2003, 05:59 PM
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Oh, Mark! GROAN

Thanks for the review, PapaBill. I've enjoyed reading your comments. Sounds like you had an interesting cruise. Now you've got Hawaii to look forward to... aloha!

Cheers,
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Old June 2nd, 2003, 10:38 PM
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MARK!! "URNED IT"!!?? that was downright "urnfair"!! <VBG> donna

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Hey PapaBill,

Do you happen to remember what you and Gram had to eat on the night you ate in the Supper Club? I'd love to hear the details about your great meal.

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Old June 3rd, 2003, 03:58 PM
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You realize that at my age I can't remember what I had for breakfast , never mind a meal I ate more than a week ago under the influence of demon rum.
We all 4 had different appetizers, mine was something done with marinated mushrooms I believe. Then we were given something else"compliments of the chef"
but I'll be darned if I remember what it was. This was followed by a rather fancy little salad. There were several choices there as well. Gram and I both had veal chops.
The chop was "frenched" and presented bone in . It was marinated and grilled to perfection. I can't begin to describe the fabulous plate presentation. It was served with
asparagus (baby tender) and very unusually done potatoes. I also had string beans that wete whole, fresh and wonderfully prepared. Gram had a baked potato with hers and it came with sour cream and several other "fixings". Our friends had the filet mignon
and the lamb. Portions were huge, beautiful and delicious. Again plate presentation was dazzling. My desert was a medly of mouse. Six different flavors of mouse , each in
tiny individual serving cup with chocolate drizzled over them which hardened into little chocolate sticks. There was a sugar sculpture presented on the plate as well. We waited for a flourless chocolate cake to come out for one of our friends which was really a freshly prepared chocolate soufle. We were then presented with a tray of chocolates
again "complimentary" (Complimentary really meant, here it is whether you order it or not). We had one bottle of wine and our friends each had a cocktail with dinner.
I don't write well enough to do the meal justice. It was comparable to the fanciest and
most expensive restaurants I have ever eaten in. In NY this would have easily been a $500 meal.
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PapaBill , please tell me where was your favorite spot to relax on The Legend? I was looking for you to post something in that topic area question on the boards but since you didn't I had to find out from you. We are going on 6/22.
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Old June 4th, 2003, 02:26 PM
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Are we talking daytime or nighttime?
I found the stern (aft) pool area to be the most relaxing for daytime. It was away from the
daily noise of the band and poolside games, yet offered pool, hot tub, bar and bar service, plenty of chairs, view of the blue water kicked up by the propellers, ice cream machines and good proximity to food and drink in the Unicorn Cafe.
Our balconey was also a restful place to sit and read my book.
Evenings we like to sit and have a drink , listen to some music and people watch a bit before dinner (late seating). Many of the lounges onboard are smoking, this left 3 alternatives (Gram hates smoke filled spaces)..This goes for after dinner as well. The main lobby had a bar and lounge . There was often live entertainment here. Problem was, it is in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the ship including photography in three or four places nearby almost every night. Second alternative was the lounge just outside the dining room on the second floor. (third floor was a duplicate, but had smokers, including cigars). This lounge again got busy due to traffic in and out of dining room.
Third alternative was the Firebird Lounge. This is a showroom lounge on level one forward, one level below the main show room. It's decor was striking (oriental red).
There was entertainment here and the bar was only open when there was someone playing. The room was very underutilized, but, when there was a group playing it was a great place to have a drink and listen to nice music (or dance).
There was a Library that offered comfortable seating ,a card room that looked quite peaceful. The upper deck spaces got a bit windy when at sea, but offered quite a bit of possibility for quiet space away from the crowd. We did not check out the topless deck, but , there was one.
Have I answered your question? If not, please let me know.
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Old June 4th, 2003, 03:00 PM
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PapaBill--I've never has a mouse, or even mice, with chocolate. I think you have indeed had a new taste "sensation"!
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So sorry I didn't spell check . I hope it didn't offend you.
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