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Travellers will feel like kids again when Carnival Legend arrives in Australia in September with giant versions of popular childhood games on board.

More than three metre high versions of Connect 4 and Operation will be available on the ship as part of the line’s family night entertainment called, Hasbro, The Game Show.

The live game show was introduced on Carnival ships in 2012. It is played in the ship’s theatre and features six main games guests compete in to win prizes.

Carnival Legend will be the first ship in Australia to offer entertainment of this kind and size.

Games include Yahtzee Bowling with a giant balls and bowling pins; Operation Sam Dunk, where contestants have to get balls in different slots on the ‘patients’ body; Connect 4 Basketball, which uses a basketball set-up rather than the traditional format; Sorry Sliders, a giant shuffleboard court; and Simon Flash, where two teams of four guests wear giant light-up colour boxes and shuffle themselves quickly to repeat a colour sequence.

Operation Sam Dunk

During Operation Sam Dunk, guests aim to get balls in different parts of the ‘patients’ body. Image: Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines vice president Jennifer Vandekreeke said the game show brings out the competitive spirit in guests and families.

“The opportunity to be transported into the middle of some of the world’s most beloved childhood games is irresistible for many guests – and when combined with the opportunity to win prizes, it’s no contest!” she said.

Carnival Legend will arrive in Sydney on 22 September for the 2014/15-summer season.

During her visit she will sail on Australian and Pacific Island itineraries.

Families travelling on the ship will also enjoy the Green Thunder – the largest waterslide at sea; and the new Seuss at Sea program, which brings Dr Seuss’ timeless books to life.