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#1
Tennessee
21 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
My friend and I just enjoyed the best 8 days together on the Legend, Were do I start this is our 4th cruise just 2 mom's away from husbands and kids We sailed out of New York on April 26th and boy was it cool, but we stood on the deck just to see Old Lady Liberty beautiful, The first sea day was very rough due to a low weather storm the boat was very rocky that day again due to storm, nothing you can do about that. The next day things were beautiful didn't even know you on the boat. We went to the following locations and I will tell you about each

San Juan very warm and very busy we were there during one of their biggest Arts & Crafts events, got to see the Fortress in Old San Juan and then onto new San Juan with those beautiful million dollar Apartments!!!

St.Thomas very beautiful Island would go back in a heart beat beautiful beaches and lots of shopping don't go for your first bargain in jewlery keep walking bet you get it cheaper two doors down, Look for Oprah the donkey cute she even comes with sunglasses and lipstick give a tip and you can have a picture with her. GREAT BARGAINS!!!

Tortola oh my no words to describe this Island it is beautiful it has no McDonalds, no shopping malls just the local folks we went on the Lambert Beach Excursions this resort is absolutely beautiful the Photo opportunitities on the way to this resort is out of this world, The beach was just so serene, we couldnt swim in ocean due to storm but the waves and lunch were out of this world exspecially the curry chicken and ribs.

We read many negatives about this boat before we left but let me tell you this boat is gorgous, the staff and people aboard were very friendly and no matter where you were someone always talked to you made alot of friends.

Mark in Billies Piano bar is the nicest person in the world can play anything from ABC's to Led Zepplin on the piano stop by and tell him Hi from the cruise critic gang and ask about Honytonkbidonikdonk from Tracy Atkins will make you laugh...See Mark some of us can leave positives about our cruise.

Oh the last thing The Golden Fleece Supper Club out of this world worth every bit of the 30.00 you pay per person extra, they spoil you they show you the cuts of meat, make the salads right at your table and the desserts oh my try the citrus cheesecake or the chocalate something or other it was awesome.

I know this is a long review but I wanted everyone to know yes the boat can be rocky nothing more than anyother boat except for the day of the storm, the staff and people FRIENDLY and the boat clean very clean....

Mark keep up the good work look forward to seeing you again in the futre had a great time singing American Pie you know the two girls who requested it the last night before you had ran off to Pee (LOL)

I hope everyone can find something good out of this because I sure did... Cheryl [email protected] email me if you have any questions we stayed in room 7176 forward veranda
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CherylM.
#2
423 Posts
Joined Jun 2001
We are on the Legend in 4 weeks and it will be our 2nd time on her. First time on a CTN out of NYC a couple of years ago. Never been on an 8 day cruise. Brand new grandson (3 weeks old). Hope I don't get too homesick!
Was the fruit plentiful at buffet?
Did you see any sea life the 2 days at sea down and back?
Thanks!
#3
Fort Mill, SC
672 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
What did you think about having an 8 day cruise instead of 7? Did you find enough to do on sea days, since the Legend isn't one of the bigger ships? Did you see lots of teens, and what did they seem to be doing? Did you like the new bedding? Any tips for us? Thank you!
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Hi Cheryl, I leave on June 13th for the 8 day cruise and I can't wait. Do you go and listen to the Music Mix Band? Are they any good and how was the buffet food? Thanks Mary49
#5
Tennessee
21 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Originally posted by jpurdy
We are on the Legend in 4 weeks and it will be our 2nd time on her. First time on a CTN out of NYC a couple of years ago. Never been on an 8 day cruise. Brand new grandson (3 weeks old). Hope I don't get too homesick!
Was the fruit plentiful at buffet?
Did you see any sea life the 2 days at sea down and back?
Thanks!

I missed my three granddaughters so you will probally miss your new grandson. I don't feel that there was a big fruit selection. We saw a sea turtle other than that not really looking having to much fun enjoying our once a year get together to cathc up on things...Cheryl
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CherylM.
#6
Tennessee
21 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Originally posted by Mary49
Hi Cheryl, I leave on June 13th for the 8 day cruise and I can't wait. Do you go and listen to the Music Mix Band? Are they any good and how was the buffet food? Thanks Mary49

We spent our nights at Billie's Piano bar with Mark from New York he was great. Tell him hi from the cruise critic group from 4-26-06, the buffet food was good try the deli awesome sandwhiches....Cheryl
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CherylM.
#7
Tennessee
21 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Originally posted by Truluv
What did you think about having an 8 day cruise instead of 7? Did you find enough to do on sea days, since the Legend isn't one of the bigger ships? Did you see lots of teens, and what did they seem to be doing? Did you like the new bedding? Any tips for us? Thank you!

The extra day was nice you just are a little wobbly on legs first day back to the real world, There was plenty to do I feel on sea days go get a swedish massage or just relax and enjoy the sunshine. There were not alot of teens on this cruise great array of diiferent age groups never knew you were on a boat with over 2000 people. The bedding is awesome they even try to sell it to you at the end of the cruise. My only tip is remember your cruise is what you make of it and not what anyone else thinks all of our feedback is just to show our experience I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat...Cheryl
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CherylM.
#8
TEXAS
623 Posts
Joined Jan 2002
Thank you for your review......we don't sail on her until April, 2007 but still enjoying reading everyone's reviews.....even though we're going to different islands.
Thank you again!
#9
Port Saint Lucie
551 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Thank you for the great review Cheryl, we will be on the Legend on June 13th can't wait, my bags are ready and feel much better now after reading your review... thanks
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#10
Bronx, NY
120 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Thanks for the review

How did the casinos treat you ? How was the night life ?

After the San Juan stop I heard that there is a midnight buffet, since we have to embark at about this time and people have been hanging out was the buffet a lively event ?

Any particular night that the clubs were full ? did you prefer the Piano bar or Disco ?

Also how were the seas during the 1st and 2nd night/day were they ruff ? Did the ship toss and turn a lot ?

As you can see I AM VERY EXCITED about my cruise and would like to know everything.
Since a cruise is what you make of it and I am a easy going type of person I know my GF and myself will have a wonderful time.

Any details or hints that you provide would be appreciated, I will pass on any information to the "ROLL CALL"

Thanks in advance
#11
2,116 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Stargateman- Come join our roll call for 6-13 on the Legend and meet all the other CC members who will be cruising with you! Here's the link
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...22#post6575222

Wow- Are your bags really ready? I haven't even thought about packing yet!
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#12
NYC USA
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Joined Oct 2000
hey there gang!!!

thanks to you, HONKYTONK BADONKADONK is now officially in the BIG FAT BOOK! lol...


see yall soon!
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#13
52 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Hi All,

I was on this ship also! Magnificant ship, beautiful decor! We were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary with another couple also celebrating their 25th! This was our 4th cruise. This was our first out of NYC. The view of Manhattan was fantastic, The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Verranzano Narrows Bridge, etc.

The trip down was a bit rocky, due to the weather. After that passed, it was clear sailing! Carnival's Staff were pleasant and accomodating. We had the late seating for dinner which was great because after a day of activities it gave us the opportunity to take a nap before dinner. That revived us for the evening's entertainment. The Vegas Style shows (costumes and special effects were great).

We went to see Mark in the piano bar. He has a great personality and was a lot of fun. We played "name that tune" with Mark one afternoon and my friend won the "ship on a stick"! Also went to Karaoke one evening. Lot's of fun! The casino was fun with the slot tournaments and black jack tournaments. The slots paid off for me in the beginning but by the end I lost. Oh well at least it kept me going for a while!

We ate at the Supper Club one evening. Besides the delicious food, they had entertainment, a duet who sang popular love songs. We requested our Wedding song and danced. That was a nice way to celebrate our 25th.

Now for the excursions:

1. We went on the Bacardi Rum Tour in Puerto Rico. They give a history of the rum and 2 tickets each for free drinks. A van takes you to the facility and cost was about $40 per person. It was an interesting tour.
After the tour, we went back to the port and there was a craft festival. We walked around took pictures and shopped.

2. We took a cab to Saffire Beach in St. Thomas. This was recommended to us by another passenger who said that Magen's Bay Beach gets too crowded. It was a great choice, the beach was absolutely gorgeous. There were facilities there, bar, restrooms, etc. Plenty of chairs on the beach.

3. We went to Lambert Beach in Tortola. It was an experience getting to the beach, going up the mountain on narrow roads, but the view from way up there was magnificant. Swimming was off-limits due to the rough waters. This beach is on the Atlantic side not the Caribbean side. They had a pool on sight, but we just couldn't resist sitting on the beach and watching those waves! We did go down to the water and wet our feet, but a wave came and hit us waist high. We knew not to go any further! It was a very beautiful beach. They also had a buffet style lunch. Cost for this was $85 per person.

Back to the ship! We spent some time on the deck taking the sun. There was always a waiter or waitress asking if you wanted a drink. Plenty of food for lunch, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, deli sandwiches, salads, oriental food, etc.

We took a behind the scenes "back stage" tour. We saw the dressing room, costumes and a guide explained how tight a schedule the entertainers had. Very interesting. We also played Deal or No Deal Bingo.

They had a Legends concert where the passengers put on a show dressed as famous people, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, James Brown, etc. That was fun to watch!! The comedian had us hysterical one evening!!

All in all it was a great vacation and a wonderful way to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary!!!
#14
cape cod ma.
1 Posts
Joined May 2006
hi everyone,
i am the friend who went with myway100766 on the legend. i know she already wrote a review, i want to say hi to freehold cruiser who i met at Lambert beach.it was nice talking to you and it sounds like you Had a good time. this was my 5th cruise and i really enjoyed this ship.the food was good and the service was outstanding. everyone working on this ship was always smiling. mark at the piano bar was great. he kept us entertain all week. well my friend said all. we had a good time. now it is time to go back to work.until the next time.
#15
52 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Hi to CC-Cruiser!! Lambert Beach was beautiful wasn't it!!!

Just one more thing I forgot to tell you about. They always have photographers to take your picture, before you board the ship they snap your picture, during dinner they come to take a picture, after dinner there are photographers with different sceneries to take a picture on the 2nd level, and when you get off at each port they snap a picture!! So keep smiling at all times! The next day they have your pictures posted on the 3rd level, so you may purchase the ones you like!!

Oh and we did the "Old Time" gangster photos, which was fun. I didn't realize we had an audience!! The pants they gave my husband to wear kept falling off him as we were taking the picture. So I kept lifting them, when I turned around there were people standing there hysterical and snapping pictures of us!!!
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#16
Norwalk, CT
773 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Originally posted by Freehold Cruiser
Hi All,

2. We took a cab to Saffire Beach in St. Thomas. This was recommended to us by another passenger who said that Magen's Bay Beach gets too crowded. It was a great choice, the beach was absolutely gorgeous. There were facilities there, bar, restrooms, etc. Plenty of chairs on the beach.
We will be leaving on the Legend on May 28th and were deciding between Sapphire Beach and Coki Beach in St. Thomas. We all want to go snorkeling. WOuld you be able to tell me if you had gone snorkeling or heard others' reactions to snorkeling at Sapphire?? What the conditions were?? IF you were able to see a lot of great fish??

Thanks for the help.
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#18
52 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by Freehold Cruiser
Hi All,

I was on this ship also! Magnificant ship, beautiful decor! We were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary with another couple also celebrating their 25th! This was our 4th cruise. This was our first out of NYC. The view of Manhattan was fantastic, The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Verranzano Narrows Bridge, etc.

The trip down was a bit rocky, due to the weather. After that passed, it was clear sailing! Carnival's Staff were pleasant and accomodating. We had the late seating for dinner which was great because after a day of activities it gave us the opportunity to take a nap before dinner. That revived us for the evening's entertainment. The Vegas Style shows (costumes and special effects were great).

We went to see Mark in the piano bar. He has a great personality and was a lot of fun. We played "name that tune" with Mark one afternoon and my friend won the "ship on a stick"! Also went to Karaoke one evening. Lot's of fun! The casino was fun with the slot tournaments and black jack tournaments. The slots paid off for me in the beginning but by the end I lost. Oh well at least it kept me going for a while!

We ate at the Supper Club one evening. Besides the delicious food, they had entertainment, a duet who sang popular love songs. We requested our Wedding song and danced. That was a nice way to celebrate our 25th.

Now for the excursions:

1. We went on the Bacardi Rum Tour in Puerto Rico. They give a history of the rum and 2 tickets each for free drinks. A van takes you to the facility and cost was about $49 per person. It was an interesting tour.
After the tour, we went back to the port and there was a craft festival. We walked around took pictures and shopped.

2. We took a cab to Saffire Beach in St. Thomas. This was recommended to us by another passenger who said that Magen's Bay Beach gets too crowded. It was a great choice, the beach was absolutely gorgeous. There were facilities there, bar, restrooms, etc. Plenty of chairs on the beach.

3. We went to Lambert Beach in Tortola. It was an experience getting to the beach, going up the mountain on narrow roads, but the view from way up there was magnificant. Swimming was off-limits due to the rough waters. This beach is on the Atlantic side not the Caribbean side. They had a pool on sight, but we just couldn't resist sitting on the beach and watching those waves! We did go down to the water and wet our feet, but a wave came and hit us waist high. We knew not to go any further! It was a very beautiful beach. They also had a buffet style lunch. Cost for this was $85 per person.

Back to the ship! We spent some time on the deck taking the sun. There was always a waiter or waitress asking if you wanted a drink. Plenty of food for lunch, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, deli sandwiches, salads, oriental food, etc.

We took a behind the scenes "back stage" tour. We saw the dressing room, costumes and a guide explained how tight a schedule the entertainers had. Very interesting. We also played Deal or No Deal Bingo.

They had a Legends concert where the passengers put on a show dressed as famous people, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, James Brown, etc. That was fun to watch!! The comedian had us hysterical one evening!!

All in all it was a great vacation and a wonderful way to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary!!!
The price of Bacardi Rum tour was $49.
#19
52 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by [email protected]
What time did you get to the pier in New York? How was the embarkation process? I will be on the Legend in three days!
We drove in, there were 4 of us, so three of us got out with the luggage. We parked in the parking garage right near the port of the Legend.

We had VIP check-in so we didn't get there until 1:30 and we were on the ship by 2:30. If you do not have VIP check-in I suggest you get there for 11:30 - 12:00. There is a line you have to go through first for security and then another for check-in. It was organized. I did notice the lines were moving quickly. Have a wonderful trip!!
#20
52 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by amy2313
We will be leaving on the Legend on May 28th and were deciding between Sapphire Beach and Coki Beach in St. Thomas. We all want to go snorkeling. WOuld you be able to tell me if you had gone snorkeling or heard others' reactions to snorkeling at Sapphire?? What the conditions were?? IF you were able to see a lot of great fish??

Thanks for the help.
Saffire Beach was a gorgeous beach, calm waters. We did not go snorkeling, but from what I know there were people snorkeling. You can either rent the snorkeling equipment on the ship or at Saffire Beach. I am not sure if there is organized snorkeling on this beach or people just went out on their own. This excursion was something we did on our own, not through Carnival. We did love this beach!