I have been planning this trip for for years in my head but I finally got to start making real plans a little over a year before sailing. We've been on the Legend twice before. Once right after her last dry dock. We have been on a couple other lines other then Carnival before (NCL and RC) and I looked at the other lines this time but stuck with Carnival. I wasn't disappointed.
Traveling would be me, DH and and my 8 yr old boy. We planned to have time in Seattle before sailing. I had been there for work before but my DH hadn't. In our relationship it is unusual for me to have been somewhere he hadn't and I was looking forward to showing him around. Big on our to do list- fishing, wildlife and baseball. We always chose to have a balcony when we cruise but in Alaska it was even more important and choosing a side (port or stbd) would be critical. I would have loved to get one of Legend's bowling alley balcony but that wasn't possible. So I settled for an extended balcony on a low floor fwd port (5122). It turned out to be a great choice and we saw lots of wildlife from our balcony.
I will try to make this review in a logical order and add pictures as soon as I figure out how to share them. For anyone interested in looking through all my photos (more then 1000) feel free to look at my shutterfly Sharesite
Hopefully that worked.
Day 1- Seattle
We left Virginia at 6am and arrived in Seattle around 2:30pm. We flew Southwest. Mostly due to the ability to have two bags checked for free. We had booked Stay Pineapple at Hotel Five many months out. Thank goodness I booked so far in advance. I kept checking the prices and they kept rising. We paid around $950 for Sat through Tues. By the time we left that same hotel was about $1400. The location was great. We were able to walk to all the sites and they had bikes to use including a bike that my son could have used. The room was beautiful, very clean. As a big plus, they were less then a block to the best donut shop in Seattle, Top Pot Donuts.
Soon as we checked in to the hotel we headed to Pike's Market. My husband was dying to see this however it was very crowded and he doesn't do well with big crowds. After the market we walked down to the waterfront visited with friends and got some dinner at Elliott's Oyster House.
I will return later to keep writing. Have to stop to fix dinner. Man I miss being on the ship.