Carnival Legend Snooze Cruise Posted on : 2010-11-16 by uCruiser
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Carnival Cruise Lines
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, Grand Cayman
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This is the first cruise where we actually came home rested and relaxed. When we left on this cruise we were tired and stressed out from dealing with the kids and from our work.
How did I book?:
Though Carnival's web site
Did I get a good price?:
We got a really good deal. $537 for a 7 day cruise in a balcony stateroom is hard to beat. We booked early and had the price adjusted a couple of times when Carnival lowered it.
How was my trip to the port?:
We left from Tampa and it's only 2-3 hours drive from where we live.
Yes, everything went well. We were on board around 12:30 and our stateroom was ready at that time.
This was the first time on a Spirit class ship and we loved it. The split lido deck layout was a winner. There are two pools separated by a bar and it worked very well for us. The bars and lounges seems to be more spread out than they are on Glory and Liberty. It made the ship more fun to explore.
We loved our balcony cabin. It was located on deck 5 and had obstructed view. That didn't bother us at all. It was a life boat outside our room, but the top of the boat was at a slightly lower level than the balcony rail, so we could look straight out on the water, just not straight down.
Be aware if you book a obstructed view cabin on a spirit class ship. The first 3 life boats in each site are taller than the rest so they will block much more of your view if you have one of those outside your balcony.
We had my time dining and always chose a table for two along the railing on the dining rooms top floor. There was plenty of privacy and a great view over the bottom floor where the waiters were singing and entertaining.
Ken the Maitre'D, did a good job singing Frank Sinatra style.
We actually only watched two shows in the theater. The first night show and the farewell show. They were ok.
The karaoke was pretty boring. It was the same few people singing again and again. Ports & Excursions: Grand Cayman: We had booked the "Rays, Reef and Rum Point" tour through Native Way Watersports (nativewaywatersports.com). We just had to see the stingrays which everyone is talking about.
We met with one of the Native Way guides at the port and were taken a short 15min ride to the boat. Naitive way promise that they never book more than 25 people on one tour and I think we were about 10-15. That was nice. It was probably a 20 minutes ride to Stingray City. We were all in the water "kissing" the rays and had a lot of fun.
From there we went to another spot for snorkeling. They had snorkel gear fro everyone to use. We had bought a snorkel on board for only $5 each so we only needed masks and fins.
There was a strong current, so you constantly had to swim towards to boat just to stay on the same spot. I did not like that and went back on board pretty quick.
Next and last stop was Rum Point. The trip included lunch, and they took our order while we were on the boat and called it is. It was ready minutes after we arrived. It was a beautiful beach and we enjoyed it there.
Native Way Watersports did a great job on the tour. The guides were good and they were always keeping an eye on us guests while we were in the water. They were constantly counting and you just knew that safety was a very high priority for them.
Cozumel: We didn't have any plans for Cozumel, besides hanging out, looking around, drinking beer and get some Mexican food. The port was about 3 or 4 miles from downtown, so we took a cab in there. We went into a restaurant called Plaza Leza (see pictures) and had a nice lunch. It was cheap at $20 for lunch two people and 4 beers.
Roatan: I was looking forward to see Carnival's new Mahogany Bay. It was almost like one of the private islands, except you had to pay for your food :)
There are several bars and restaurants and a nice beach. we did not take the "Magical Beach Chairs". We went into a bar and had a couple of drinks and spent the rest of the day hanging out on the beach.
Belize: Here we had booked the "Belize city and Mayan ruin" tour through Carnival. It was a long bus ride and we didn't actually stop in Belize city. We were driving around and the guides were very informative. The ruins.. well, I guess that's just something you have to do once. It wasn't as impressing as I expected.
As usual we had a great cruise. We pretty much ignored the daily program and just took it all in our own pace. That made this cruise much more relaxed than the previous ones where we have tried to do as much as possible of the activities on board.