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Carnival Cruises aboard the Legend
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Ship Details
Began service: 2002
Guest capacity: 2,124
Total staff: 930
Length: 963 feet
Passenger decks: 12
CDC inspection score: 96

Legend Overview

The Legend cruise ship departs from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to the Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean.

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The central theme of the third in Carnival's "Spirit-class," ships is great legends of the world. The "Legend" theme carries throughout Carnival Legend's 12 passenger decks, 16 lounges, bars and nightspots, four swimming pools, a corkscrew water slide, an Internet cafe, a 14,500-square-foot health spa and salon, indoor and outdoor promenades, a nine-deck-high atrium, an on-board golf program, a duty-free shopping mall, wedding chapel, a video arcade, and an 1,800-square-foot children's play area.


Eighty percent of the cabins are outside, offering an ocean view, and 80 percent of those staterooms have private balconies. Inside cabins measure the same as outsides (185 sq ft.) without verandahs. Balcony cabins are 225 sq ft., including the verandah. There are 58 suites in three categories ranging from 360 sq ft. to 465 sq ft. (including a wrap around terrace). All staterooms and suites have twin beds that convert to a queen, large closets, plenty of drawer space, TV's and refrigerators, plus the usual amenities found on new vessels (telephones, private safes, tub and shower or shower only, depending on category).

Suites (Categories 11 and 12) include separate dressing and sitting areas, refrigerators, double sinks and bathtubs, showers, and large balconies.

Good design and soft lighting add to a feeling of spaciousness in interior staterooms (Category 4). Category 5 staterooms are outside and have French doors that open but views are obstructed.


Three restaurants, including an expansive poolside eatery featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives and a 24-hour pizzeria, a two-level 1,250-seat full-service dining room with extensive menus and wine lists, and an intimate "steakhouse-style" supper club offering USDA prime aged beef, along with crab claws from Miami Beach's world famous Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, are available, as well.


Carnival Legend offers 16 lounges and bars with a variety of themes to fit any mood or taste. As you enter the ship, you are greeted by the bar in the nine-deck-high Colossus Atrium, which is dominated by a towering mural of the Colossus of Rhodes. Popular for pre-dinner cocktails, the Odyssey and Atlantis lounges offer quiet, intimate venues with live music. Club Merlin Casino, the medieval-themed gaming area has a castle-like atmosphere.

Catch one of two original productions created especially for Carnival Legend in Follies, the main show lounge on Promenade Deck. Follies evokes the feeling of an open courtyard in a Mediterranean villa. Satchmo's Club is a great place to unwind with soft dance music. Named after legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong, the club is decorated to resemble an old New Orleans bar, recreating the ambiance of the Big Easy. Adorning the walls are black-and-white photos of Armstrong at different stages of his career. Next door, the Dream Team bar offers overstuffed sofas and comfortable bar stools to catch up on the latest sporting events.

Billie's piano bar is an intimate, art deco-styled club where the piano player is the center of attention and everybody is a crooner. A stylish tribute to blues singer Billie Holiday, the centerpiece of the room is the stainless-steel musical bar lined with notes.

Late-night comedy acts appear in the Firebird Lounge, taking its theme from the old Russian folktale of a talented seamstress from a small village who is turned into a bird by an evil sorcerer.

Medusa's Lair dance club plays the latest dance music and has a sophisticated light system. There is also a wall of TV's that flash images from the dance floor, mixed with videos and special effects.

Fitness & Recreation

The Fountain of Youth Spa, encompassing the forward area of Lido Deck 9 and Sun Deck 10, provides ocean views to exercisers. The gym is well-equipped with stationary bicycles, treadmills, and rowing, stair-climbing and Keiser pneumatic progressive resistance machines, as well as free weights and dumbbells. Adjacent to the workout area is a mirrored aerobics room, used especially for a series of exercise classes, including low-and high-impact aerobics, yoga, spinning, and stretching and relaxation sessions, some of these classes have an additional fee per person so check prior to sign-up. The spa offers a variety of "European-style" treatments, including "aroma stone therapy," full body and scalp massages, seaweed wraps, mudpacks, and various slimming and toning therapies. Also housed within the spa are 10 private treatment/massage rooms, complete locker facilities, sauna and steam rooms, and a full-service beauty salon. The ship features four swimming pools and four whirlpools -- one available in the spa itself and three others on Lido Deck 9 - as well as a padded jogging track encircling Sports Deck 11. During the day, Lido Deck provides a medieval theme in the Avalon Bar, serving a variety of tropical concoctions. Corresponding to the theme are statues of a medieval castle at the Camelot Pool, an armored knight at the Avalon Pool and the figure of a Unicorn at the Unicorn Pool. Camelot Pool has a retractable domed ceiling in the event of inclement weather.


Camp Carnival is centered on a 2,400 sq ft. enclosed play area on Deck 5, away from adult activities. The Fun House is headquarters to a supervised program, divided by age groups, offering children's activities for ages 2 - 15. with a bottom of the sea theme. Three areas are connected by tunnels: one area for crafts, a second one for computer games and a third one for games and a video wall for movies and cartoons. One deck below is an arcade with both virtual-reality and video games. An outdoor play area offers mini-basketball, jungle gyms and other playground equipment. A children's wading pool and a corkscrew water slide are also available for fun at sea. Teenagers had overnight slumber parties among their menu of activities. Carnival offers a Fountain Fun card, good for unlimited soft drinks during a one-week voyage for $19.95. Baby-sitting is available for children ages 2 and over from 10pm - 3am at the Fun House ($5 for the first child and $3 for each additional child in the same family).

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Legend cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Legend Score: 96

Cruise Critic: Legend
The Cruise Critic gives Carnival's Legend a 4-ribbon rating.

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