Carnival Legend Review


Cruise Ship Overview

The third ship in the Spirit-class, Carnival Legend entered service in 2002 and will receive a major refurbishment in 2013, when Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades are introduced, including new casual dining options, poolside bars, and additional entertainment options. Carnival Legend passengers explore ports of call in the Western Caribbean from her home port in Tampa and also have the opportunity to sail transatlantic crossings when she repositions to Europe. Once she crosses the Atlantic, the ship offers 12-night Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Venice, as well as 12-night voyages through northern Europe from Dover.

Spirit-class vessels may seem to be a throwback in size, but these sleek ships have the advantage of fitting through the Panama Canal and, with their additional length, include all the trademark characteristics of their larger fleet mates. They're also racehorses with the speed to reach far-flung destinations. Carnival Spirit—for which the class is named—makes its home port in Australia, primarily serving the Australian and New Zealand markets.

A rosy red skylight in the front bulkhead of the funnel—which houses the reservations-only upscale steak house—caps a soaring, 11-deck atrium. Lovely chapels are available for weddings, either upon embarkation or while in a port of call, and are also used for occasional shipboard religious services.

The upper and lower interior promenade decks are unhampered by a mid-ship restaurant or galley, which means that passenger flow throughout the ships is much improved over earlier, and even subsequent, designs.


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