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Australian cruisers will have a second Carnival ship to cruise on during the 2014/15-wave season, when Carnival Legend makes her first visit down under.

Carnival created a buzz in the industry last year, when the line announced the 2,124-passenger ship will join her sister ship Carnival Spirit in Sydney from 24 September 2014.

The decision will mean Carnival will sail at almost double capacity during the busy season, with 4,804 passengers sailing on the two ships per sailing.

As part of Carnival Legend’s time in the region, she will sail 8-11-night Pacific Islands itineraries, which include calls to Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou Isle and Noumea.

In addition to a new ship, Australians will also be among the first to see and experience the ship’s US$17 million upgrade.

Carnival Legend is expected to enter dry-dock mid-2014 to receive a number of changes to make her more Australian friendly.

Changes include the introduction of the RedFrog Pub – a laid back space with football and live music. She will also receive the Green Thunder waterslide – the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea and is currently available on the Carnival Spirit; the Bonsai Sushi restaurant – a Japanese-inspired venue serving sushi, sake and sashimi; and Cherry on Top – a candy story with confectionary.

Other ‘Aussiefications’ include no tipping, Australian power points, new menu offerings and an upgrade to the onboard coffee.

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