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Just returned from Legend 5/31 - Taking Q's

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Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll answer them as well as I can.

In one word, this cruise was "FANTASTIC"...

I'd post more, but I'm beat and I have to go to work tomorrow [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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How did check-in go? What time did you get there? We are on the June 8 cruise.

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What room did you have? What excursions did you take? Leaving on 8/27 and so far have booked Godfrey in St. Thomas but not sure what to do in Tortola.

Carnival Festival 5/1985
Carnival Legend 8/2004

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[B]Embarkation[/B]
We got to the pier around 11:30-11:45. Was so smooth I can't fathom how people were frustrated there. I'd suggest getting there around then, thus letting the really early people get on the ship, and also beating the rush around 12:30-1:00.
The only problem was traffic to the pier, because the Dawn was also leaving NYC.

Total time to get on the ship from when we pulled up to the pier: 30 minutes or less. Painless.

[B]Room[/B]
Cabin 5157. We had a balcony partially obstructed by a lifeboat, but we had a 5A guarantee so we were happy. Tons of storage space, no complaints.

[B]Excursions[/B]
San Juan - we walked around the city, to the fortress, did a little shopping then back on the ship.
We did the nighttime horseback riding in the rain forest. The bus ride there was an adventure with tons of traffic and a break down, but it was worth every penny when we got there. The people there were so friendly and helpful, and it was beautiful to be in pitch darkness with only fireflies and moonlight to light the trail...
cost: $89 each

St Thomas - we rented a jeep from Budget. We went to Mountain Top, Magen's Bay, Drake's Seat, Coki Beach (snorkeled), and then did a little shopping downtown (no parking, I jumped out while my gf did loops around the town)
We'd recommend Godfrey, or going to St John. Our table mates said that Trunk Bay was one of the most beautiful things they had ever seen.

Tortola - walked around the tiny town area and hit a couple shops. We did the snorkeling tour, which took us to the "legendary" Norman Island and did some snorkeling. The equipment was not good at all (or at least some of it wasn't, they had a mix-match of equipment, some seemed very old) but there was some good snorkeling there. You could snorkel into some caves and such.
The excursion didn't offer you any rum punch or anything like that, and you are crammed on a boat with no room to move.
[B]AVOID THIS EXCURSION[/B]
Go to Virgin Gorda, our tablemates also said that was incredible.
Cost: $55 each (not worth it)

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Are there any shows on the ship the night that the ship is docked in San Juan? What time did the horseback riding start? How much is the Virgin Gorda tour?

Thanks in advance.

Legend 6/04
Conquest 2/03

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The night the ship is in San Juan I am not sure if there are shows. I know there is a deck party that night starting at midnight, with music, contests, and buckets of 4 coronas for $11.75. We had a bucket and went to bed knowing St Thomas would be a long day, which it was.

We left for the horseback riding at 5:00 PM and got to the place around 7:30. It took about an hour and a half with a 20 minute break in the middle (they give you marshmallows and beer/water/soda) and then it took about an hour to get back to the ship. We were back by 10:30 or so I guess...

I don't know how much the Virgin Gorda trip was, but our tablemates said it was worth the money. Sorry!

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[url="http://www.godfreytoursvi.com"]www.godfreytoursvi.com[/url] to contact Godfrey in St.Thomas. $20pp gets you a six hour tour (2 hr/shopping, 2 hr/island tour, 2 hr/beach- choice of Coki, Sapphire or Megan's Bay). Can't beat that price.

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Carnival Legend 8/2004

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I am glad to hear you had a good time. I was supposed to be on the same cruise as you, but had to change to the June 8th cruise because family was coming in from the West Coast. I am soo excited to be leaving soon and now that i hear how great yours was i am even more excited.

I would be interested to know if you saw the Legend Log and where it was?

Thanks
Elissa



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Hi

I was on the 5/15 sailing and took the Virgin Gordo tour. I believe it was $80 or $85 and worth every penny.

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I didn't see the Legend Log. I did look in the library briefly, but saw mostly novels.

Keep the questions coming...I don't mind!

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Did you tender to St. Thomas as the 5/15/04 cruiser mentioned in her post?

And, in Tortolla, is that a tender port, or does the ship dock.

Going next May! Booking at 9 today.

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St Thomas - they said we were going to tender, but it was just us and the Paradise in port, and both ships DOCKED. Depends on how many ships are in port that day...

Tortola - only ship in town and thus we DOCKED.

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Hey Mr Pete Li......we will be on the same cruise next May. We booked ours last Wednesday!!!

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Until the Legend Party to Nowhere October 22, 2004

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Until our Legend Cruise to Somewhere May 13, 2005


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I have a family of 5 and don't want to spend $80pp in Tortola. Would you recommend us going over to Virgin Gorda on our own? I did find one catamaran excursion to Virgin Gorda that was $50/adult and $35/child. But I'm so afraid that if we are not on a Carnival excursion, we might not get back to the ship in time.

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Carnival Legend 8/2004

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The ship leaves at 2:00 from Tortola so you have to be back on the ship by 1:30 PM. They def won't wait cuz they have to bust tail to get back to NYC on time...

I'd talk to the people who offer that tour...the only thing that would stop you from being on time would be a breakdown (ship/taxi), but it's a bit risky!

Best of luck!

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HI
I was on the 5/15 cruise. How was your weather? I was thinking about you guys when I heard about all the rain the regien was getting.
Also I would be very carful about doing the Virgin Gorda tour on your own. We did it with carnival and we did not get back on board to a little after 2PM. The ship was blowing it's horn as we were getting of the taxi at the ship. They had stoped getting us off the tour boat at the ship because the wind picked up and it was to dangerous. We had to go to the ferry boat dock and get bused over. We were one of the last people to get on the ship. Tortolla was nice but I am sure it is expensive to get a one way ticket back to NY.
Patti

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The weather was great! 80s-90s all 3 days on the islands!!!

The only "bad" day was our 2nd day at sea, as we passed thru the remnants of the storm that blasted the caribbean...ship was a bit rocky and it was raining a bit in the morning...but fantastic weather overall!

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This cruise, 8/3 Legend we are taking my daughters age 13/8, this will be our first Carnival cruise so I have a few questions. How was camp carnival? also was the food at Truffels good? are Steak and Lobster, dinner choices every night? Does the Legend have a large slide? and how was the fitness center.

Thanks in advance for answering these questions.

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Camp Carnival - I didn't really notice this much, but I also didn't say many kids either (which to me is a good thing.) I did see in the Capers that they had many, many activities for the kids and they have a devoted staff. I wouldn't worry, your kids will probably have a good time.

Truffles - the food was EXCELLENT. The selection is varied, but most meals had some sort of FISH, STEAK, and CHICKEN, as well as other options such as pork, veal, or game.

I think Lobster was only offered once, a broiled Lobster Tail. But they have Lobster Bisque and other meals that feature some lobster.

Does the Legend have a large slide? - Not large, but there is a decent slide in the aft of the ship.

The fitness center - looked great. Not crowded when I went in, and they have a vast selection of equipment.

Chewy

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Hey Chewy! You are right up the road from us (we're in Middletown!) Did you guys drive to the pier? We did last summer when we went on the Pride out of NYC and had no problems, but I was starting to worry about it because I've heard this year will be busier. We are sailing the Legend on 07/18 (Sunday)!

What time did the ship actually leave New York? How was the entertainment in the bars? Thanks!

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Actually I live in Manchester, right near Buckland Hills!

We drove down to Norwalk, and my gf's dad drove us to the pier. Getting there (West Side Highway) was fine, but the exit to the piers was jampacked. We sat for a good 20-30 minutes there. We got to the pier around 12:00? and were on the ship by 12:30.

We also sailed on a Sunday, and I think that is the day the Norwegian Dawn leaves, which makes for double the traffic!

I would recommend being in NYC by 11:30-12:00 and you'll be fine...

The ship left right on time, 4:00, maybe a few minutes later than that...

Entertainment in the bars was good. We hung out mostly in Satchmo's?, the bar right next to the Dream Team sports bar (although they showed more soap operas than actual sporting events!). They had live music every night...a cover band that was fantastic! We also saw some karaoke which was good.

You'll have a blast!

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Hi Chewy thanks for all the info. I am also a fellow nutmegger going on July 18th. I noticed in the brochure and pictures i see that one of the Lido deck pools is covered at times. Do you know if the water is heated in it or just gets covered for inclement weather?Also do you have any Carnival Capers still available?Thanks Mark

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One pool had a cover over it, and I think it was that way all the time? Didn't really pay that much attention...

I have a few of the capers left, is there anything in particular you want to know?

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