Carnival Legend showcases classic Carnival décor: hundreds of shiny urns incorporated into the atrium architecture and pop art neon Gorgons all over the disco. However, her amenities are excellent and she was among the first in the fleet to receive them. She was the first to receive alternative restaurants and also features Carnival’s highly touted, faster and cheaper Internet service.
There are plenty of staterooms, from the 185-square-feet inside cabins to Penthouse Suites at a roomy 430 square feet. Most staterooms were designed to give guests optimal views; 80 percent of the 1,062 onboard offer either an ocean view or a balcony.
Among the 52 suites is the Vista Suite—a favorite because of its private wraparound balcony that includes a patio table and chairs. It also has a full bathroom with double sinks and a whirlpool tub, a king-size bed, a sofa and an armchair, and a coffee table. In the Vista Suite, guests can enjoy a more comfortable space and sense of privacy.
Carnival’s first-in-fleet steakhouse, Nouveau, has a 4-course menu with plenty of choice in all courses. The entrees include classic steak, seafood and chops entrees. Typically $35 on all Carnival ships, it is priced slightly higher on this ship, especially on Australia sailings.
The ship also has a Japanese alternative restaurant, Bonsai Sushi, which serves sushi rolls, a few appetizers and a bento box, all priced by the item.
There’s only one formal main dining room—a spacious two-level venue called Truffles. This restaurant accommodates no-reservations Your Time Dining and offers two traditional assigned dinner services. There’s a program on select sailings that allows guests to order certain entrees from the Nouveau menu for a surcharge.
The buffet, which has the whimsical name Unicorn Café, doesn’t have as many specialty stations as other ships in the fleet, but there is a 24-hour pizza counter.
Bars & Lounges
RedFrog Pub is the only one of Carnival’s several Fun Ship 2.0 concepts that went into this ship. It’s a popular place to hang out, play pool and drink beers— all with a Down Under/U.K. vibe.
The rest of the 16 bars and lounges feature themes that divide between ancient myths and Americana favorites. The Atlantis Lounge, for instance, honors the Greek myths, while Billie’s Piano Bar is named after Billie Holiday. The sports bar is conveniently located nearby RedFrog. And Avalon Bar is the midship bar and center of daytime outdoor drinking.
Carnival Legend offers most of the fleet’s entertainment options, including live song-and-dance revues and variety performances by Carnival’s live show partner, Playlist Productions, in the Follies main showroom. Punchliner Comedy Club holds court in the Tsarist Russian-inspired Firebird Lounge.
For flashy and fun theme décor, the standout room is Medusa’s Lair Dance Club, which features neon-toned Medusas all over the walls. This venue typically picks up later into the night. The large Club Merlin Casino, however, is busy from the moment its doors open.
Green Thunder is the standout thrill on this ship and one of the steepest and fastest waterslides at sea.
Legend has four pools on board. The Avalon Pool is midship on the Lido deck and features the Twister waterslide (a popular option with kids). The Camelot Pool has a stage with some activity going on all the time.
The adults-only Serenity Pool located aft is quieter, and is one of the great features of the Serenity adults-only area. With its pleasing resort-contemporary motif, spacious sunbeds and dedicated bar, this is indeed a retreat from the liveliness of other public spaces.
One deck up from Serenity is WaterWorks water park, the SplashZone children’s play area, and the entry point for Green Thunder.
Legend was also the first ship in Carnival’s fleet to get its own wedding chapel.
The spa/fitness area is one of the great features about this ship. It spans the forward deck area on two levels, offering gorgeous views. The fitness center underwent refurbishments in 2011 and again in 2014, so equipment is state-of-the-art.
- In contrast to almost every other ship in the Carnival fleet, this one has almost no included dining options outside the main restaurant and the buffet. Even the specialty stations usually within the buffet area aren’t offered.
- Room service is not included.
- This ship has great aquatic attractions, but it sails regularly on Pacific Northwest and Alaska itineraries—where the average temperatures are too brisk to encourage swimming a lot of the time.