The Carnival Legend is truly just that — a legend. This ship has been a family favorite for cruisers since its inaugural cruise in 2002. And with subsequent dry docks and continuous improvements over the years, it just keeps getting better.
The 963-foot cruise ship can hold just over 2,500 guests, though normal cruising capacity is just over 2,100, and there’s a crew of over 900. This means you enjoy a stellar guest-to-crew ratio and there’s always someone around to help you no matter the time or place.
With 12 decks across the ship, you can find something to do and see on every level, whether you’re looking for fun in the sun, a tranquil getaway, an adults-only space or just somewhere to have a cold drink and a nice meal.
The staterooms are widely different and there are options for all kinds of travelers, no matter who you’re traveling with. Whether you’re a honeymooning couple looking for a luxurious stay or a family that needs a budget-friendly space with plenty of room, you’ll find the perfect stateroom for you across Carnival Legend’s 50 suites and over 1,000 staterooms.
Beyond just the amazing staterooms, Carnival Legend boasts plenty of interesting and entertaining venues, from restaurants and lounges to bars and dance clubs. There are also, of course, lots of family-friendly venues like restaurants everyone will love and recreation areas from pools to a mini-golf course.
Does it sound like the Carnival Legend is the perfect cruise ship for you? Then keep on reading to find out more about all that this ship offers and ways you can have an amazing time during your next cruising vacation. These are our absolute top 11 things that you have to know about the Carnival Legend cruise ship before you climb aboard.
1. The Staterooms are Amazing
One big complaint for people new to cruising is the size and quality of the staterooms. Well, you won’t have those complaints when you sail aboard Carnival Legend. The staterooms are absolutely fantastic and you might even find that you like spending a little quiet time in yours throughout the day, whenever you need some privacy (yeah, they’re that good).
What can you expect in your Carnival Legend stateroom?
First, there are interior staterooms that are great for those cruisers looking to save a few dollars but still enjoy all of the great Carnival amenities. Interior staterooms come with a big full bathroom, desk, seating area and more.
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The ocean-view staterooms give you amazing water views right from your bed. How could you ask for more? Seriously, these big staterooms have plenty of space and lots of ways to see the ocean without ever even getting up. So, fix yourself a drink and sit back and enjoy the views.
There are several different balcony staterooms to choose from — balcony, extended balcony and premium balcony. Each are a little bit different, but all give you your very own spot to sit outside in complete privacy and enjoy the ocean air and pristine views with your favorite traveling companions.
2. And the Suites are Even Better!
There are four different types of suites for you to choose from aboard Carnival Legend. The junior suites give you lots of luxury, with a standard-size balcony, VIP services, walk-in closets and a whirlpool tub. The junior suites are just a little more affordable than the other suites, but you won’t feel like you’re giving up anything at all.
The ocean suites have more room to stretch out indoors and a bigger balcony. And if it’s great balcony views you crave, the vista suite might be the suite for you; it’s all about the balcony, with a huge seating area outside big enough to fit you and five of your favorite people with ease and comfort.
Then, the grand suite is the cream of the crop, with an unparalleled experience, huge balcony and even a dressing area.
3. The Dining is Out of This World
With 20 different dining venues, Carnival Legend truly has something amazing for you to eat at any time of day or night. There are so many options to choose from — so many!
And, there are many restaurants that are included in the price of your total cruising experience, so you can order whatever you want, without ever seeing a single bill. Of course, there are opportunities to splurge as well, but you certainly don’t have to spend a penny more to feast like a king.
4. Carnival Legend Boasts the Newest Carnival Dining Venues
Additionally, Carnival Legend has the best and newest Carnival dining venues. If you’re friends with any fellow cruisers and they’ve been telling you how great all of Carnival’s new on-board restaurants are, well then here’s your chance to try them all in one place.
You’ve got Guy’s Burger Joint, with a menu created by the Mayor of Flavor Town himself, Guy Fieri. There you’ll find lots of burgers and fries piled high with all your favorite toppings.
There’s the BlueIguana Cantina, where you’ll be transported to Mexico by the menu that’s filled with classics like chipotle chicken, ancho roasted pork, rice and beans and even a salsa bar. Don’t forget your drink! The margaritas are to die for.
Of course, if you need your pizza fix, Pizza Pirate is open 24 hours a day and you can also enjoy made-to-order Caesar salads. The pizza options range from kid-friendly favorites to more adult-centric, high-end pizza options.
Continuing your culinary tour around the world, you can make a stop at Chopsticks, for your favorite Chinese food, from fried rice to vegetable rolls.
5. The Extra Dining Options are Totally Tempting
And while at first you might think that you don’t want to drop the extra cash on an upscale dinner or a truly incredible culinary experience, once you get a load of the options available on Carnival Legend, you won’t be able to help yourself. Trust us.
There’s The Golden Fleece Steakhouse, which offers succulent cuts of meat and all your favorite classic steakhouse sides and desserts. If your culinary interests lie more in the Japanese way, you can dine on amazing sushi with fresh seafood. Of course, there’s the absolute top culinary experience aboard Carnival Legend — The Chef’s Table.
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The Chef’s Table is limited to 14 passengers and each one receives a prix fixe menu of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and multiple courses, all picked by the executive master chef. The 14 lucky guests also enjoy a behind-the-scenes, exclusive tour of the galley.
6. The Drinks are a-Flowin’!
And if you don’t think your stomach can hold a single other thing, just wait until you see all the amazing watering holes. Carnival Legend is home to so many places to grab a drink, with bars that cater to all kinds of tastes and vibes. Whether you want a super-casual spot to hang and have a beer, or a more upscale joint for craft cocktails, you can find it.
There’s the Atrium Bar, for a quick drink right in the center of it all. Carnival Legend’s Atrium acts as the heart of the ship, the place for people to come, go, mix and mingle, all with drinks at the ready and live music to entertain.
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If you want to gamble a bit while you sip your martini, head to the Casino Bar. If you want to croon to your favorite tunes after ingesting a bit of liquid courage, well then the Piano Bar is your place. And if you just want to catch the game, go to SkyBox Sports Bar, for live coverage of your favorite teams alongside amazing drinks.
And these aren’t even ALL the watering holes on Carnival Legend! This is just a taste!
7. There’s Something for All Ages
Seriously, there’s a reason why Carnival is a favorite brand for families. Beyond the affordability and the ease of access (Carnival travels to just about every cruise port in the United States), Carnival gives everyone their own spaces to have fun, and that includes the kids sailing aboard Carnival Legend.
Your kiddos ages 2 to 11 will love the experiences and cool counselors at Camp Ocean, who put together fun activities that are both kid-friendly and educational. The trained professionals are beloved by both parents and children alike.
For those in the awkward preteen years, ages 12 to 14, Circle C is a super-fun spot where they can hang out with kids their own age, while getting away from both their parents and their younger siblings.
And for the teenagers, there’s no better place than Club O2, for award-winning fun that ranges from karaoke dance parties to wild games to all the latest entertainment.
8. You Can Even Get a Little Work Done
Yeah, really! Book your next company retreat aboard Carnival Legend, and you’ll definitely win Boss of the Year. The Roundtable Room is Carnival Legend’s on-board conference room that can easily and comfortably fit 100 attendees. If you’ve been looking for a unique way for your corporate team to connect and engage, taking them on a cruise could be a good way to get the job done.
9. It’s Not Difficult to Keep Active
If you’re the type of traveler that worries about keeping up your fitness regimen while you’re on the go, no worries. Carnival Legend ensures that you can keep active, no matter your preferred way to work out.
Beyond the stellar fitness center, with its state-of-the-art work out equipment that all faces the glass wall for ocean views while you work out, Carnival Legend also offers a jogging track at the top of the ship, so you can get in a morning run, as well as several sports areas, if you prefer to stay active with a little game of pick-up basketball or another sport.
After you’ve gotten in your work out for the day, hit the showers and then head over to the on-board spa for a massage that’ll have you feeling as good as new.
10. There are Loads of Options for Date Night
For parents who want to spend a little alone time together, Night Owls provides you with nighttime babysitting, so you can visit any of the date night-friendly dining options aboard Carnival Legend, or even hit the dance floor at Medusa’s Lair. Whatever you and your spouse like to do together, you’ll find something fun for date night aboard this ship, from delicious dinners to live music, spots to just relax, or even shopping.
11. Family Comes First
While Carnival Legend has lots of venues that cater to one or two members of your family, so that everyone can go their separate ways when desired, the ship primarily focuses on activities that everyone can enjoy as a family.
So, you can all enjoy some entertainment when you go to a Lip Sync Battle, or when you participate in the Hasbro Game Show, competing against your fellow cruisers for fun prizes. You can also attend a family-friendly musical theater show, or a comedy skit.
For some family active time, there are plenty of pools to choose from, as well as waterslides, and a mini golf course, ping pong tables and shuffleboard.
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Does a Carnival Legend experience sound right for you?
If you think a Carnival Legend experience is right up your alley, we’d probably agree…but then we think that everyone can have an awesome time on Carnival Legend. There’s so much to do and see, and there’s so much that can appeal to any member of your family regardless of their age or interests. So, what are you waiting for? Book your Carnival Legend experience today!