Carnival Legend

Carnival Legend Review and Specifications

Specifications of Carnival Legend

Year built2002  /  Age : 17
BuilderRauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)
Building costUSD 375 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)292 m / 958 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage85942 gt
Passengers2124 - 2549
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byJudi Dench

Current itinerary of Carnival Legend

Carnival Legend current cruise is 11 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Melbourne. Prices start from USD 999 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Feb, 2019 and ends on 27 Feb, 2019.

Date / TimePort
16 Feb 17:00      Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia   
20 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
21 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia   
22 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
23 Feb 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia   
27 Feb 07:00      Arriving in Melbourne, Victoria Australia   

Review of Carnival Legend

Launched in 2002, Carnival Legend is the 3rd of four Spirit-class Carnival ships, together with Carnival Miracle, Spirit and Pride. Legend was last refurbished in early 2014 to get ready for her debut into the Australian market.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is a US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as an independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both a number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of the cruise industry's worldwide market.

Carnival Legend cruise ship

The 85,942-ton, 2,124-passenger Spirit Class cruise ship Carnival Legend introduced some significant firsts for the company, including onboard wedding chapels and alternative restaurants. Spirit-class ships also boast an impressive 80% ratio of outside cabins and lots of nice little touches such as 'designer' martinis and museum-quality artwork.

Legend's US$47 million refurbishment in 2014 added the Australian-only slide Green Thunder, Splashdown kids' waterslides and drenching bucket, Bonsai Sushi restaurant, Serenity Retreat for adults, Cherry on Top candy store, RedFrog Pub and brand new Aussie beers (including the Thirsty Frog Summer Ale).

Cruise itinerary program

Carnival Legend itinerary program is based on roundtrip departures from homeport Sydney Australia to South Pacific Islands port destinations (Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji) during winter. In the summer months, the ship offers Alaskan roundtrip itineraries out of Seattle WA. On repositioning, the ship offers one-way cruises between Hawaii, Australia, and Alaska (Vancouver Canada).

  • On May 6, 2013, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that starting September 2014, Legend will be the second Carnival Australia ship. The vessel was seasonally deployed (since September 24, 2014) to Sydney NSW, joining there Carnival Spirit (deployed permanently to Australia since 2012). Carnival Legend started its schedule from Sydney Harbour with a maiden Australian cruise on September 24, 2014. The 2014 Australian program included roundtrips to the Pacific Islands (8- to 12-day long itineraries).
  • Carnival Australia cruise deals on the Legend ship were available for booking in June 2013. The vessel became the newest and largest Carnival ship homeported in Sydney AU. The ship entered dry dock for refurbishment works in 2014 (Jan-Feb) in order to be “Aussified” accordingly.
  • In May 2016, Carnival Australia officially confirmed Carnival Legend's homeporting in Melbourne in 2018 (February-March) for a total of 16 roundtrip itineraries. In the period February 6 - March 24, the liner operated on roundtrips from Station Pier. The scheduled itineraries ranged from 3-day short breaks (Cruise to Nowhere) to 4-day Tasmania, 10-day South Pacific Islands (New Caledonia and Vanuatu) and 11-day Around New Zealand. For the last time, Carnival Australia homeported a ship in Melbourne Victoria in 2013.

Starting October 2019, the ship is homeported in Tampa Florida, replacing there Carnival Miracle. In advance of the new Tampa deployment, Carnival Legend offers longer "Carnival Journeys" itineraries, including 15-day Panama Canal transition cruise (from Los Angeles to Tampa) and 16-day Hawaii cruise from Vancouver (BC Canada).

  • From Tampa are offered 7-day Western Caribbean cruises (to ports Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, with Belize or Costa Maya).
  • On January 25, 2020, the liner also offers a one-time, 8-day voyage including a partial Panama Canal transit, as well as visits to Limon and Grand Cayman.
  • Legend also offers a one-time, 14-day Panama Canal voyage from Tampa on December 1, 2019, featuring calls at Cozumel, Limon, Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Cayman.

In 2020, Carnival Legend cruises in Europe on 9- to 16-day itineraries visiting 34 different ports in 16 countries. The inaugural European season 2020 starts with 16-day Transatlantic crossing from NYC to Dover (June 3-19). The repositioning cruise visits Qaqortoq (Greenland), Reykjavik (Iceland), Lerwick (Shetland Islands) and Ireland (Belfast, and Cobh-Cork).

  • 9-day "Norwegian Fjords" roundtrip from Dover (itinerary June 19-28) visits in Norway Bergen, Olden, Molde, Trondheim, Alesund, Stavanger.
  • 9-day "Western Europe" repositioning from Dover to Barcelona (itinerary June 28 - July 7) visits Le Havre (France), La Coruna (Spain), Leixoes-Oporto and Lisbon (Portugal), Gibraltar (UK) and Malaga (Spain).
  • 9- to 12-day Adriatic and Mediterranean cruises are between homeports Venice (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain) and visit Marseilles, Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Kotor (Montenegro), Greece (Corfu), Malta (Valletta) and Croatia (Dubrovnik, Rijeka).

The European season 2020 ends with 16-day Transatlantic cruise back to USA (October 30 - November 15) from Barcelona to Tampa FL, visiting Malaga, Funchal (Madeira Island), Tenerife (Canary Islands), Antigua (St Johns), Puerto Rico (San Juan) and Dominican Republic (Amber Cove).


Carnival Legend has a total number of 1062 cabins (of which 50 Suites) in 28 grades. Most Carnival Legend staterooms are 185-sq. foot insides (213), oceanview (167) and balcony (632, with verandas of 40-85 sq.feet). There are also 50 Suites and 17 wheelchair accessible cabins, but no Spa accommodations. Suites include separate sitting areas, refrigerators, spa bathtubs (whirlpools), double sinks and large balconies with two tables, sun loungers, and sitting chairs. Extra services for suite guests include priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Carnival Legend offers several restaurants and a couple of innovative dining concepts. The Unicorn Cafe buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but also serves 24-hour complimentary pizza and ice cream. The full-service Truffles is a 2-level dining room with 3-course menu and wine list. New for Truffles is the experience 'A Taste of Nouveau', where diners can sample dishes that are normally served in the fine-dining Nouveau steakhouse restaurant (formerly called Golden Fleece). Situated on the top deck, it serves prime aged beef and lobster dishes.

Carnival Legend cruise ship

The new concept "Long Lunch at Sea" takes place in the Nouveau on sea days. A 3-course lunch costs $30 and features dishes like blue-crab salad and grilled cold-water lobster. A fresh seafood platter is served for another $20. A selection of wines will cost an extra US$20 per person. Bonsai Sushi on Deck 2 is a completely new experience. Passengers can sit at tables for two and four or at the bar and choose from a menu featuring sashimi, sushi rolls, bento boxes, along with Japanese desserts and sake. 

Follows the complete list of Carnival Legend restaurants and food bars.

  • Truffles Restaurant (1122-seat aft Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings, or “Your Time Dining”; offers “Seuss At Sea” themed breakfasts for $5; with the 36-seat Private Club Room restaurant annex).
  • The Golden Fleece Steakhouse (744-seat reservations only restaurant, serving seafood and prime beef steaks; with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • Unicorn Cafe Lido Buffet Restaurant (1396-seat self-service restaurant with complimentary food stations; operates as dinner bistro in the evenings)
  • Sushi Bar (complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The major theme onboard Carnival Legend is ”great legends in the history”. The theme is carried out throughout ship's twelve passenger decks, sixteen lounges, indoor and outdoor promenades. The "Fun Ship" has it all, including a 9-deck-high atrium, golf program, duty-free shopping mall, video arcade, and 1,800-sq.ft kids' play space.

Carnival Legend cruise ship

The Atlantis lounge is the best place for a meet-and-greet with friends and a good cocktail. Follies Show lounge pampers with Las Vegas-style show programmes, and Sing-along Piano Bar features karaoke, and live musical performances. The Dream Team Bar is the spot to watch your favorite sports team as it has large-screen TVs so you can catch the action and enjoy favorite drinks. There is also Satchmo's Club and Billi's Piano Bar. Dance away the night at Medusa's Lair, Carnival Legend's nightclub.

Carnival Legend cruise ship WaterWorks aquapark slides

Follows the complete list of Carnival Legend lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Firebird Lounge (484-seat, hosts Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch)
  • Medusa’s Lair Disco and Nightclub (211-seat, 2-level Dance Club)
  • Follies Theatre (1400-seat, 3-level main show lounge, also used for movies, bingo games, game shows)
  • Trump Card Room (30-seat)
  • Legend Cafe (28-seat specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Taste Bar (serves complimentary appetizers); Dreamteam Bar (10-seat sports bar); Billie’s Bar (88-seat piano bar); Juice Bar, Towel Bar; Odyssey Foyer Lounge and Bar (100-seat)
  • Satchmo’s Jazz Club (425-seat jazz lounge)
  • Club Merlin Casino (108-seat, served by Merlin Bar; with 6-pocket Legend Pool Table)
  • Legend Atrium (11-deck high midship open area with dance floor and stage, served by 147-seatLegend Lobby Bar)
  • Atlantis Lobby Lounge (23-seat wine bar)
  • Enchanted Forest Interior Promenade (55-seat)
  • The Holmes Library and Internet Cafe (17-seat, 24-hour Internet computers)
  • Wedding Chapel (30-seat)
  • Hollywood Boulevard Upper Promenade
  • The Fun Shops (offers “Bon Voyage” items, duty-free liquor, jewelry, fashion boutiques, souvenirs, logo items); Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts); Studio Photo Gallery and Shop
  • Gigabytes Video Games Arcade (24-hour)
  • Circle C (kids' lounge complimentary area with video games, parties, movies, planned activities)
  • Camp Carnival (aft located kids' lounge area with complimentary kids programmes and supervised activities)
  • Spa Carnival complex (with Steam Rooms, Saunas, Whirlpool, 10 Treatment Rooms, Helen of Troy Beauty Salon and Fitness Center)
  • Camelot Pool; Avalon Pool (with SkyDome sliding roof). Both pools are served by Avalon Bar
  • Serenity (adult-only relaxation area with Whirlpool, Pool, Bar and sunbathing area with lounges)
  • Club O2 (teens club lounge with video games, movies, karaoke, and themed parties)
  • WaterWorks Aqua Park (with 214 ft Twister Waterslide, 187 ft Green Thunder waterslide, PowerDrencher bucket, mini-racing waterslides, kids pool play area)
  • Volleyball-Basketball Court; 9-hole Mini Golf Course; Jogging Track, Shuffleboard.

Carnival Legend wiki

  • Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade in 2013
  • The Carnival Legend cruise ship is of the line's Spirit-class vessels. Her sisters are the Carnival ships Miracle, Pride, Spirit, and the Costa Atlantica and Costa Mediterranea.
  • The vessel was christened by Judith Olivia Dench (Judi Dench) - British actress and author.
  • When she debuted in August 2002, Carnival Legend was the first ever vessel from the "Fun Ships" fleet which has an onboard wedding chapel and alternative options for dining. The percentage of Legend staterooms with ocean views is impressive – 80%, and 80% of them with their own balconies. She has a nine-deck-high atrium, duty-free luxury shops, and an impressive golf program. Kids are amused by the children' play area of 1,800-square-feet. The Legend's interior design theme is the great legends in the history, carried out throughout all passenger decks, promenades and lounges.
  • In February-March 2018, Carnival Legend was home-ported in Melbourne Australia. During that time, the ship will offer a total of 6 round-trip itineraries - three 3-night Cruises to Nowhere (short breaks without any ports of call), one 4-night cruise to Tasmania, one 10-night to South Pacific islands and one 11-night around New Zealand.
  • (August 21, 2002) - 3 attempts to crash the Champagne bottle at the christening ceremony.
  • (January 2017) The ship's first ever New Zealand cruise was the itinerary January 7-17. The 10-day round-trip cruise from Sydney Australia visited the NZ ports Wellington (Jan 10), Akaroa (Jan 11), Dunedin (Jan 12), and the Fiordland National Park (Jan 13). This was also Carnival Cruise Lines first NZ cruise. The Legend ship also has the title of cruising the furthest north when in 2013 visited Greenland (Qaqortoq) during the 15-day Transatlantic crossing to NYC (Oct 7) from Europe. From New York, the ship was repositioned to Tampa Florida and since September 2014 started its Australian cruise program.

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Carnival Legend Itineraries

The below listed Carnival Legend cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jan 16 8 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne Sydney
2019 Jan 24 4 days, round-trip Tasmania From Melbourne Melbourne
2019 Jan 28 9 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Melbourne Melbourne$1199
2019 Feb 06 10 days, round-trip New Zealand From Melbourne Melbourne
2019 Feb 16 11 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Melbourne Melbourne$999
2019 Feb 27 4 days, round-trip Tasmania From Melbourne Melbourne$649
2019 Mar 03 3 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne$359
2019 Mar 06 8 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Sydney Sydney$999
2019 Mar 14 4 days, round-trip Moreton Island From Sydney Sydney$669
2019 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Sydney Sydney$899
2019 Mar 25 8 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Sydney Sydney$1249
2019 Apr 02 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney$2699
2019 Apr 19 10 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu$779
2019 Apr 29 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver$619
2019 May 06 8 days, round-trip Glacier Bay Seattle$864
2019 May 14 7 days, round-trip Glacier Bay Seattle$824
2019 May 21 7 days, round-trip Glacier Bay Seattle$819
2019 May 28 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$924
2019 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1009
2019 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1069
2019 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1079
2019 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1059
2019 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1099
2019 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1099
2019 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1099
2019 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Glacier Bay Seattle$1174
2019 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1079
2019 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$1039
2019 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$989
2019 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$959
2019 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Alaska Seattle$949
2019 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Glacier Bay Seattle$1009
2019 Sep 10 7 days, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle$799
2019 Sep 17 9 days, round-trip Glacier Bay Vancouver$879
2019 Sep 26 16 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver$1099
2019 Oct 12 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Tampa Los Angeles$1239
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$539
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$469
2019 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$464
2019 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$464
2020 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$519
2020 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$549
2020 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$529
2020 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$579
2020 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$579
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$589
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$579
2020 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$629
2020 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$609
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$529
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$529
2020 May 03 13 days, one-way from Tampa to New York Tampa$1149
2020 May 16 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean New York$829
2020 May 25 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean New York$899
2020 Jun 19 9 days, round-trip Europe Dover$1129
2020 Jun 28 9 days, one-way from Dover to Barcelona Dover$999
2020 Jul 07 12 days, round-trip Europe Barcelona$1199
2020 Jul 19 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$929
2020 Jul 28 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$1199
2020 Aug 09 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$929
2020 Aug 18 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$1129
2020 Aug 30 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$779
2020 Sep 08 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$999
2020 Sep 20 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$779
2020 Sep 29 12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$949
2020 Oct 11 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$729
2020 Oct 20 10 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice$729
2020 Oct 30 16 days, one-way from Barcelona to Tampa Barcelona$799
2020 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$459
2020 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$589
2021 Feb 06 8 days, round-trip Panama Canal Tampa$829
2021 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$549
2021 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$519