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Legend mother/daughter cruise review - Feb 5-12 with photos

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My 27 year old daughter and I cruised on the Carnival Legend to the western Caribbean the week of February 5-12, 2012. We had a very good week. This was my 10th Carnival cruise (the platinum benefits were nice) and my daughter's fourth cruise. Neither her husband nor mine were interested in going on this cruise with us.

 

My first cruise was in 1992 on board the then-brand new Carnival Ecstasy. Some things have changed; some remain the same. We paid about the same amount of money for an obstructed-view balcony cabin on this cruise that my husband and I paid for an inside cabin on the Ecstasy 20 years ago. To me that means there is simply no way the food can be as good now as it was then. Other than the food and more promotion/cost of extra-charge items, I can't see a huge difference in the product. That is just my opinion.

 

We flew to Tampa from Des Moines on Saturday Feb. 4 and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Rocky Point. It's an older property but was fine for one night. We had an early dinner at the adjacent Bahama Breeze restaurant, which was good. It was extremely busy and there was a long wait for a table by the time we finished so go early if you can. We'd had a long day traveling and hit the sack early.

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We were up early on Sunday. We soon found out we had made a mistake not going out to get our soda/wine/batteries/necessities on Saturday evening. According to the woman at the front desk of the Holiday Inn, the closest place to obtain these things was at Walgreens, 3 miles away. She offered to call us a taxi but neglected to tell me that you cannot buy wine in Florida on Sunday until after 11 a.m., so we spent $$ on a taxi to get 24 12-ounce bottles of soda, batteries, and tweezers. It wasn't a big deal (found out after we were already on board the ship I probably could have gotten wine at the shops across the street from where the Legend is docked - does anyone know)?

 

The shuttle was only a few minutes late picking us up. It was a beautiful day, sunny with temps in the 70s. We were at the port by 11:45 and on the ship (thanks to platinum embarkation benefit) by 12:10. The lido restaurant was already packed with people enjoying their embarkation lunch.

 

First photo onboard the Legend:

 

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Looking forward to this review as I am cruising with my mom in April. I booked us on the cruise as a Christmas present to her. My DH wants a break from cruising for a while...:confused:. We're cruising on the Pride (sister ship to the Legend). Can you mention which dining seating you had and how that went? Thanks!

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Can't wait to read more---thanks in advance for a great review! The Legend is on my wish list for 2013.

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At 1:30 we were able to go to our cabin and drop off our carry on luggage. We were in stateroom 5174, an obstructed-view balcony. Neither of us had ever had a balcony before and I'd wondered if the obstruction would be a big hindrance, but it wasn't at all.

 

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view from balcony (not on embarkation day)

 

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Laurie with bottle of expensive soda;)

 

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After we checked out our room we went back up on deck and dangled our feet in the Serenity area pool. At 3:15 we heard the announcement for the safety drill so we found our muster station. We were not required to bring our life vests to the safety drill but we felt the Legend staff took this very seriously. We were released from the drill at 3:40 and went back to Serenity to watch sail away.

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Looking forward to this review as I am cruising with my mom in April. I booked us on the cruise as a Christmas present to her. My DH wants a break from cruising for a while...:confused:. We're cruising on the Pride (sister ship to the Legend). Can you mention which dining seating you had and how that went? Thanks!

 

We had late seating in the dining room at 8:15. This worked out well for us although I might try anytime dining next cruise, whenever that may be. Your DH sounds just like mine - wants a break from cruising even though he's had quite a loooooooong break as our last cruise together was in 2005. I can't go that long:)

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We were up early on Sunday. We soon found out we had made a mistake not going out to get our soda/wine/batteries/necessities on Saturday evening. According to the woman at the front desk of the Holiday Inn, the closest place to obtain these things was at Walgreens, 3 miles away. She offered to call us a taxi but neglected to tell me that you cannot buy wine in Florida on Sunday until after 11 a.m., so we spent $$ on a taxi to get 24 12-ounce bottles of soda, batteries, and tweezers. It wasn't a big deal (found out after we were already on board the ship I probably could have gotten wine at the shops across the street from where the Legend is docked - does anyone know)?

 

The shuttle was only a few minutes late picking us up. It was a beautiful day, sunny with temps in the 70s. We were at the port by 11:45 and on the ship (thanks to platinum embarkation benefit) by 12:10. The lido restaurant was already packed with people enjoying their embarkation lunch.

 

First photo onboard the Legend:

 

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Yes, there is a wine shop directly across the street from the port in the Channelside shops. It is called Tampa Wine Design and opens at 11am 7 days a week. According to some others on these boards, the prices are pretty decent and they will wrap your wine for you. They do not however sell pop or bottled water. Too bad as I would imagine that they would make a small fortune form the cruise passengers needing a convenient place to buy it.

 

Enjoying your review so far.

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The Legend sailed at 4:15. We knew that we wanted to be on deck to watch the Legend pass under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and we had late sitting dinner, so we wandered around, had a DOD, and took photos.

 

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Around 5:15 we could see the bridge in the distance and decided to run down to our room and see if our luggage had arrived. It had, so we carried it in and then went back up on deck to find a good spot. By 6:15 the bridge was very close and to make things perfect, there was a beautiful sunset.

 

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The Legend sailed under the bridge at 6:25. It was incredible!

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After we went under the bridge we went to our room and unpacked. We had prebooked tours in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Roatan but didn't have anything planned for Belize. We tried to order a tour using the cabin TV system but for some reason it wasn't working. We got ready for dinner and headed down to Truffles Restaurant for dinner. Sorry but I do not have any MDR food pictures. At 8:15 the dining room opened and we were shown to our table, #209, a table for two near the entrance to the dining room. We both had caesar salad (good) and I had the didja' ever cured salmon appetizer (okay). We both had the shrimps in batter for our main course (lots of batter, not much shrimp). Laurie had the creme brulee and I had black forest cake for dessert; both were good.

 

The Super Bowl party was going on in the main lounge. Neither Laurie or I are football fans but we wandered into the lounge and caught the last 10 minutes of the game, which of course was very exciting. At 10:30 we saw the Welcome Aboard show with CD Kirk Benning, which included a preview of comedian Doug Funk. He was good and even though we were really tired we attended Doug's adults only show in the Firebird Lounge at 11:30. Very glad we did cause he's a funny guy. After his show we headed for our room and went to bed.

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I just took my mom on a mother/daughter cruise on the Conquest in January and I had such a great time that i'm leaving my DH at home again in Jan. 2013 and taking her on the Legend...this time with 3 of her friends.

 

My DH doesn't actually like to cruise, so I can either go alone or drag my mom. She loves it.

 

Looking forward to reading more of your review.

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We got up around 7:00 and sat on our balcony for awhile, then put on swimwear and got ready to go up on deck.

 

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Around 8:00 we found loungers in the Serenity area by the pool. We had coffee/tea and some pastries from the Unicorn Cafe (Lido restaurant) and enjoyed the mild air and sunshine. I listened to an audiobook on my iPod and Laurie read using her Kindle.

 

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Around 9:30 the sun disappeared and it started to sprinkle. The light rain continued off and on for the next hour and we kept gathering up our stuff and retreating to the covered Serenity area. After one very brief cloudburst around 10:30 the sun came out and the rain was over. I switched over to music on my iPod and ordered a DOD:)

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Around 1:00 we had lunch from the Lido restaurant. A couple from New Jersey sat with us and we visited with them. After lunch we went to Guest Services and reserved spots on the Bannister Island excursion in Belize, then went to our room and played gin rummy on the balcony while enjoying some of our expensive sodas (or pop to us midwesterners).

 

Around 4:30 we started getting ready for dinner. At 6:15 we left our room for what turned out to be a great evening. We people-watched awhile and decided that most people were at least somewhat dressed up for Elegant evening. The show for late-seating guests was pre-dinner at 7:00 so around 6:40 we found seats in the lounge. The show was Jazz Hot and while it wasn't the best show I've seen on CCL, it was entertaining. Midway through the show the dancers/singers just walked off the stage and an announcement was made that they were experiencing "technical difficulties." The show resumed 10 minutes later right where they left off with another announcement that one of the performers had a "medical problem" that needed attending to. In twelve cruises never had that happen before! After the show we went to dinner. I had the strawberry bisque, greek salad, and lobster tail/shrimp for dinner and it was good. We split an order of the didja' ever? alligator fritters and didn't care for them (seemed to be all fritter, no gator). Laurie had caesar salad, spaghetti carbonara as a starter, and the lobster/shrimp for an entree. I tasted the spaghetti and I really liked it. For dessert I had the WCMC (too runny for me but good around the edges) and Laurie had the caramelized apples on puff pastry, which she said was good. We both enjoyed the bread that was served at the beginning of the meal, especially the sourdough rolls. Our waiter and assistants were very nice and tried hard to please. They appeared very overworked and did not have time to visit with us the whole week (not a complaint). I don't know how many tables they were responsible for. Nice dinner!

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After dinner we stopped off at our room and found a note from the Shore Excursion Team that our tour in Grand Cayman (the Luxury Yacht, Snorkel, & Beach Adventure) had been cancelled due to lack of the minimum number of participants. We were both really disappointed about this but thought that perhaps we could still book the tour on the pier independently (what we should have done in the first place), but we all know that hindsight is 20/20....

 

We headed back out again and went to the Punchliner Comedy Club for the adult-only comedy of Macio, which we enjoyed. Doug Funk was up again at 11:00. He pulled Laurie up on stage and a little to my surprise, my rather shy daughter was hilarious (not surprised that she was funny but that she even went up on stage)!

 

We decided not to wait up for the 12 a.m. comedy of Macio since we thought it might be a repeat of his earlier show. Instead, we turned in at midnight.

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We were up around 6:30 and went up to the Unicorn Cafe for a quick breakfast. By 7:40 we were back in our room packing a beach bag and waiting for some clean beach towels from our steward, as he had not replaced the wet ones from the day before. By 8:00 we were off the ship and on the tender headed for the pier.

 

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After we reached the pier we inquired as to possibly booking the yacht tour privately through the vendor, but were told that unless we had 8 people ready to go it would not be possible. Since we had both been to Stingray City before, we ultimately booked a barrier reef snorkel with Don Foster Dive. We were told to be back at the pier at 11:00 for the tour. Since we had a couple of hours to kill, we went shopping. Grand Cayman is a fun place to shop, but neither of us saw anything we couldn’t live without and after posing for a few photos, were back to the pier by 10:45.

 

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The Don Foster rep arrived at 11:15 and led us to a bus for the ride to our dive boat. It was a beautiful day and we hoped the snorkeling would be good. By noon we were onboard our ride out to the reef, the Cayman Star, which took about 40 minutes. The 2-man crew (?Matt and Seth) were very professional and helpful. They noted that we were lucky as the conditions were very good for snorkeling - sunny and calm. We were soon outfitted with gear and in the water. Laurie had bought a DicaPac waterproof sleeve for her camera before the trip. It didn’t work with her camera, but it did with mine. I was a little leery of it but it worked perfectly and I got some fairly good shots, considering my camera is an old Canon PowerShot SD1000. I had snorkled at least ten times previously, but this was probably the best snorkel tour (maybe because of the excellent conditions) I’d ever been on....lots of fish and IMO, the reef looked healthy. My daughter saw a stingray while she was near our dive instructor. We had about an hour in the water.

 

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Around 1:45 we headed back to the dock. It was raining over at Rum Point, but we had a beautiful ride back. By 2:30 we were back to the pier and back on the ship by 3:00. We were very happy with our choice of tour.

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Loving your review so far! I'll be on the Legend in 18 days so I cannot wait! Looking forward to reading more. :)

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Nice review, we are going in October and are already excited. Looking forward to more of your review. :)

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Carol thank you for the review. Myself and my 18 yo daughter are leaving March 18th on the Legend for her SR year Spring Break.

 

We are from Iowa as well and it's good to hear another Iowans prospective of this cruise.

 

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I love that you and your daughter got to take this trip. My 2 sisters and I each have one daughter and it is our dream to take a mother/daughter cruise. The 3 sisters got to cruise a few years ago. The trip that got me hooked on cruising. Maybe one day we'll get our mother/daughter cruise.

 

Enjoy your cruise :cool:

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Great review so far! I love mom and daughter reviews since I always cruise with my mom, can't get anyone else interested!

 

Can't wait for more!

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Hi, loving you review! I am from Des Moines Iowa. My DH didn't want to do another cruise so my sister, daughter and I booked the CC Superbowl cruise on the Dream 2/2/2013. We have several other Iowa couple joining us. What was the weather like in February?:rolleyes:

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Great review so far. We're thinking of taking a Legend cruise sometime next year. After she comes back from Europe.

 

 

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Hey, it's nice to hear from some fellow Iowans! And thanks to everyone else for the positive comments. I have gathered so much cruise info from these reviews here at CC and would like to return the favor. I didn't realize how much I had missed cruising until this Legend cruise. My last cruise was on the Carnival Glory in January 2008 with my other daughter (plus my mom and MIL/FIL). We had a great time on that cruise too, but my mom and MIL both have mobility issues and my FIL was very seasick the first day, which caused quite a few problems. It was still great to get to spend time with them as I love them all dearly. Maybe my next cruise will be mother/daughter/granddaughter, as I have a 6-month-old granddaughter I would love to introduce to cruising when she's a little older!

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Hi, loving you review! I am from Des Moines Iowa. My DH didn't want to do another cruise so my sister, daughter and I booked the CC Superbowl cruise on the Dream 2/2/2013. We have several other Iowa couple joining us. What was the weather like in February?:rolleyes:

 

Hi, ljslight! The weather in all four ports was warm, even HOT at midday. It was overcast most of the day we were in Cozumel, and we had a few sprinkles of rain at times during the week. Mostly, the weather was darn near perfect except for the last day at sea returning to Tampa. A cold front went through which created a lot of wind and waves. It was cold (34 degrees at 8 a.m.) in Tampa the day we returned (Feb. 12).

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We were hungry so we had a late lunch of burgers, chicken tenders, ice cream, and a drink of the day in the Unicorn Cafe. As we ate, it started to rain. It was a busy cruise ship day in Grand Cayman with five ships docked besides the Legend including Disney Magic, Norwegian Sun, RCI Voyager of the Seas, and Celebrity Solstice. Shortly before 4:00 the Legend set sail for Cozumel. Around 4:20 we noticed a beautiful rainbow that strengthened after a few minutes and became complete.

 

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After the rainbow faded we went to our stateroom and I listened to music from my iPod on the balcony while Laurie got ready for the evening. I left the balcony reluctantly when it was my turn in the bathroom. Beautiful evening.

 

Shortly after 6 p.m. we headed down to the Punchliner Comedy Club for the family-friendly Doug Funk show. His G-rated show was funny and afterwards we made our way to the Follies Lounge for the music of Marcus Anthony, “King of Sweet Soul Music”. I thought this was the best show of the week. Loved the Legend Showband, too....they were very good.

 

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After two enjoyable shows we headed for Truffles for dinner at 8:15. Laurie made a meal out of starters - french onion soup, caesar salad, and chicken quesadilla, with strawberry cheesecake for dessert. I had the didja ever? sushi, penne with seafood in tomato cream sauce appetizer, and jerked pork loin entree. I liked it all except for the sauce on the pork loin, which was way too salty for my taste and pretty much ruined the dish. I passed on dessert.

 

As we were really tired, we passed on any further entertainment for the evening and after taking photos with our towel turban man/animal, went to bed early at 10 p.m.

 

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We were up around 7:00 and had a Pepsi Max/diet Mountain Dew/chocolate hit of caffeine (only on vacation!!). It was a cloudy morning and we hoped it would clear off. Prior to the cruise I’d made reservations at Nachi Cocum Beach Club through their website (deposit of $11 per person with the remaining $44 per person payable in cash when we arrived). The Legend wasn’t due to dock in Cozumel until 10 a.m. so we didn’t have to hurry around. After we packed our beach bags we went to the Unicorn Cafe for a little breakfast, but first made a stop at Legends Cafe and splurged on a fancy coffee. By 9:00 we were back to our stateroom and went to the balcony to watch our arrival in Cozumel.

 

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The captain had us parked at the dock by 9:35. The Celebrity Solstice pulled in right after we did. It was still mostly cloudy with the sun peeking through at times. We had been instructed to wait in the Follies Lounge if we wanted to disembark before 10:45. We did, so we gathered up our beach bags and went to the lounge at 10:00. By 10:30 we were off the ship. We walked through the shops on the pier, found the taxi stand. and were soon headed to Nachi Cocum; it was a 15-minute ride from the pier. I’d read here on CC that the taxi fare from the ship to NC should be $15 plus tip....we were charged $16. We were okay with that and paid/tipped him.

 

We paid the rest of the entrance fee and were given wristbands, and after stopping at the bar for a Bloody Mary, walked down to the beach. It was beautiful!

 

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We picked out loungers under one of the thatched “natural” umbrellas and started to settle in. An employee soon came by and asked us if we would be willing to move, as they had a big cruise ship group tour coming in. We had no problem with that and soon our waiter, Manuel, stopped by and introduced himself. The cruise ship group showed up and were situated next to us. They were on the Celebrity Solstice; we visited with the couple closest to us. They were very happy with the Solstice. Nachi Cocum offered snorkel trips ($38 US for adults, 2-hr tour), beach massages, parasailing, wave runner rentals, etc., all for an extra charge. We did not do any of the extra-charge things, as we were quite happy swimming/eating/drinking on the beach. Manuel brought us a lunch menu around 1 p.m. and served the food right on the beach (there was also a covered restaurant where you could sit to eat if desired). The food was good, IMHO. We shared some guacamole, salsa and chips, chicken wings, a grouper sandwich, a club sandwich. and a couple of flan-type desserts. The drinks were good too, not real strong but you could order as many as you liked.

 

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The guy next to us on the beach did the snorkel trip around 1:00 and said it was fantastic. After I heard that, I kind of wished I’d gone too. It remained cloudy with only a few peeks of the sun the entire time we were there. Around 2:45 we moved up to the pool.

 

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Laurie swam for awhile while I enjoyed one last frozen drink. We wanted to shop a little bit at the pier so at 3:30 we packed up our stuff. We tipped Manuel and thanked him for taking care of us. There were some other folks going back to the ship when we were ready to leave so we shared a ride back to the pier in a van. There were 6 of us and the driver charged us $32.50. We really enjoyed Nachi Cocum and would go back again.

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Thanks for the great review so far! Looking forward to hearing more! Loving the pictures!! Heading back out on the Legend in June with DH and our son.

 

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-Beth

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We were back to the pier shortly before 4:00. I bought some vanilla and was tempted by a silver/larimar pendant in the shape of a stingray, but I didn’t buy it. We exited the shops on the pier around 4:15 and walked down the pier to reboard the Legend. The Carnival Imagination was docked across the pier from us.

 

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We were back on board by 4:30 and went to our stateroom for showers. I went to the balcony and listened to music while Laurie got ready for the evening. The Legend pulled away from the dock around 6 p.m.

 

After I got ready Laurie and I headed out to Rodeo Drive to check out the gift shops. I bought a pair of Tara Vanessa crystal earrings and a little gift for my other daughter at home. Laurie purchased a waterproof watch and a nifty cup. I thought the gift shops had a fairly nice selection of expensive and inexpensive jewelry, t-shirts, and souvenir-type items. I didn’t price any of the more expensive jewelry so I have no idea whether their prices were good or not.

 

At 8:15 we went to the MDR for dinner. Laurie had potato soup, the didja ever shark/langoustino fire cracker roll, and the seafood newburg. She really liked the potato soup but wasn't overly enthused with the fire cracker roll or the seafood dish. She ordered the Tiramisu for dessert, which she said was good. I had the chilled peach soup, the shark/ fire cracker roll, and grilled salmon from the every day menu. The soup was delicious, as was the grilled salmon. I didn’t really care for the fire cracker roll, either. For dessert I had the bitter and blanc bread pudding, which was very good.

 

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The entertainment was really lacking (IMHO) Wednesday night. The only show in the main lounge was the Love & Marriage Show with CD Kirk Benning at 9 p.m. We’d only seen Kirk once so far all week, at the Welcome Aboard Show. I had heard somewhere that he had come down with a nasty upper respiratory infection, which was the reason his assistants were doing all the show intros, games, etc.

 

We were a little late getting to the Follies for the show due to our 8:15 dining time and the show had already started. Kirk was on stage coughing into a towel and frequently wiped sweat from his face - he still looked sick. I guess the show would have been amusing if you’d never seen it before, but it was basically the same show I’d seen done by John Heald on the Ecstasy 20 years ago (and on nearly every CCL cruise since then) with the same questions and same answers, some of them apparently pre-jotted down by the CD.

 

After the show was over we checked the Fun Times for something else to do, but came up empty-handed. There were no comedy shows on Wednesday night, which left karaoke (lots of people love it but it’s not our thing), the casino (again, not our thing), Cigars under the Stars (nope), and the Mega Deck party, which started at 10:30. We were torn between attending the deck party and getting some sleep. We were very tired and decided we needed sleep, so we went “home” to stateroom 5174 and hit the sack after a great day in the Caribbean.

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good review so far...I am surprised at all the comments of others who have taken mother/daughter cruises...my mother and I are planning a cruise together (just the two of us) the first week in May...we will actually be arriving back at port on Mother's Day

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