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Carnival Legend
by lv2cruise
Eastern Caribbean
November 1, 2005

Just returned from the Legend. We chose this 8 day cruise because of the itinery to Panama, Costa Rica and Belize. This is our 4th cruise and we loved this spirit class ship.  The ship was very clean and well kept. Others have said the "urn" theme is too much but we didn't find it distracting or unattractive.  Embarkment went smoothly and easily found our cabin. Our balcony cabin (5208) was roomy and the beds were the best we've ever had on a cruise.  The bathroom was larger than on previous ships and we found the storage more than adequate.  The cabin steward was never seen but our room was immaculate.  The best parts of the cruise:  The ship was beautiful, the musicians were very good, the sushi bar was a big hit and the dining room food and service were the best we've had on a Carnival ship.  The less desirable aspects:  The buffets were on the order of a tacky cafeteria.  Luke warm food, over cooked and generally nasty.  The cruise director, Brett Alan was the worse we have encountered.  His fake laugh and insincere demeanor was quite annoying.  By the end of the cruise, we tried to avoid any of the events he was involved in. Disembarkment was totally disorganized and took nearly 3 hours.   They should figure out a better way to do this. The ports of call were fun but for some reason (we were never told why) our times were cut short by a couple of hours.  In Panama we took the grand tour of the canal.  We felt this was the best tour we've ever taken...it's expensive, $175 per person, but a once in a lifetime event for us.  We spoke with folks who took the tour which just observed the canal and they didn't enjoy it much.   My advice is try to get a seat in the back of the ferry.  We had great seats to see the locks working.

In Costa Rica we went on the Canal tours.  We saw lots of wild life and had fun.  We would have liked to walk around the market more when we got back but due to the shortened time in port, we didn't have much time.

In Belize we took the Mayan Ruin/Wallace river tour.  The Ruins were amazing and well worth seeing.  The river tour was disappointing.  If you can do a tour to the ruins only, that is what I would suggest.

Overall this was a great cruise.  As in life, 90% of our fellow cruisers were friendly and interesting.  10% were just plain tacky and rude. We chose to ignore them.  We will definitely take another cruise on a Spirit class ship but we will avoid Brett Alan if at all possible.