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Carnival Legend introduced some significant firsts for Carnival Cruise Lines, including an onboard wedding chapel and alternative dining options. In 2014, Legend underwent a major refurbishment to prepare her for the Australian market. Highlights include the Australian-only Green Thunder slide (the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea as of 2014), Serenity Retreat for adults, RedFrog Pub and new Aussie beers including a specially crafted Thirsty Frog Summer Ale. Australian power outlets were added to staterooms and Australian-coin poker machines to the casino. This 2,680-passenger (full capacity) ship boasts museum-quality artwork and an impressive 80 per cent outside cabin ratio. Carnival Legend is based in Australia over summer. Carnival has a laid-back dress policy with one or two nights per cruise designated “Cruise Elegant” and two themed nights. To cater to the Australian culture, Carnival has scrapped incorporated gratuities and allows guests to adjust the recommended $12.95 per person, per day, gratuities.

Accommodation

Legend boasts a high outside-cabin ratio – 80 per cent of the 1,062 staterooms are outside cabins and 80 per cent of these have a verandah big enough for two chairs and a small table. All cabins are fitted with twin beds convertible to queens, closet and drawer space, flat-screen television, refrigerator, telephone and a private safe. Bathrooms are practical with liquid soap and shampoo/conditioner dispensers in the shower. To accommodate big families and groups, there are 53 sets of interconnecting cabins. Suites have separate dressing and sitting areas, a whirlpool and larger balconies. Extra services for suite passengers include priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Food

One of the main focuses of Legend’s refurbishment was new dining concepts. The buffet-style Unicorn Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, an also serves free 24-hour pizza and ice-cream. The bi-level, 1,250-seater Truffles serves three-course meals with wine. Guests can choose to dine at set meal times or opt to walk-in any time between 5:30 and 9:30pm. New restaurant options include the Nouveau Restaurant, Bonsai Sushi, the intimate Chef’s Table experience and Taste Bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Activities

The 1,3447-square-metre Fountain of Youth Spa is a bi-level facility housing a spa, salon and the fitness centre. Operated by Steiner, the spa offers a wide variety of treatments from aroma stone therapy, full-body and scalp massages, seaweed wraps and mudpacks to slimming and toning therapies. The spa complex has 10 private treatment rooms, locker facilities, saunas and steam rooms. Shannan Ponton, Australian TV personality and personal trainer on The Biggest Loser, has devised group fitness classes.

Families

Camp Carnival is the headquarters for the supervised program the ship offers for kids. Age-appropriate activities are divided into five age-specific groups under Camp Ocean (ages two-11years – with children aged two to five called “Penguins”, six to eight-year-olds called “Sting Rays” and nine to 11-year-olds called “Sharks”). Circle C is the hub for teens, while older teenagers can hang out in Club 02. Carnival Legend WaterWorks is the pinnacle of Camp Carnival. It houses the Green Thunder waterslide, the fastest and highest waterslide at sea, and the SplashZone featuring two little purple waterslides that descend into a pool. New for Australian cruisers, the Seuss at Sea program and the Hasbro, the Game Show feature Dr. Seuss characters and a special breakfast menu. The Night Owl program from 10pm until 1am offers group babysitting for kids aged 12 months to 11 years for $8 per hour, per child.

Verdict

A good-value ship for families and groups looking for fun and relaxation.

– Cruise Passenger 

“Adrenaline rush guaranteed with thrilling Green Thunder waterslide.”

– Cruise Critic 

“The ship is designed for families with children, and for entertainment, but has been modified to suit Australasian tastes.”

– Berlitz

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