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Families With Children
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Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Finland)
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Aug 2002
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diesel-electric (62,370kW)/2 azimuthing pods
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Mid-size Ship
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A contemporary ship for a fun-filled active family cruise

Carnival Cruises - Carnival Legend

Overview: Carnival Legendis sister toCarnival Miracle,Carnival Pride, andCarnival Spirit,and shares the same layout and configuration. The ship is designed for families with children, and for entertainment, but has been modified to suit Australasian tastes.

The Ship: Carnival Legend– sister to Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride, and Carnival Spirit – shares the same layout and configuration. There’s no vibration – a bonus provided by the pod propulsion system. The ship is designed for families with children, and for entertainment, and has been modified to suit Australasian tastes.The open deck and sunbathing space is not extensive, but there are two swimming pools, one of which can be covered by a sliding glass dome in case of inclement weather. A Water Park and Kids Splash Zone has water wheels, spraying jets, water blasters, pull ropes, two Mini Racer slides, and more (watch out for the giant water bucket), but the really big attraction is Green Thunder, a thrill ride that starts 100ft (30m) above sea level. The floor suddenly drops out of the platform, and you plummet in a near-vertical drop at about 23ft (7m) a second. When you hit the water in the fast water slide, you twist and turn through a transparent tube that extends over the side of the ship. Kids love it. The open deck space is a bit tight when the ship sails full in warm-weather areas.For some quiet time, an extra-charge, adults-only area, Sanctuary, which is located aft, has its own bar, pool, hot tub and other facilities.The interior decor is dedicated to the world’s great legends, from the heroes of antiquity to 20th-century jazz masters and athletes – an eclectic mix that somehow works.Most bars and lounges are on two entertainment/public room decks, the upper featuring an exterior promenade deck. A walkway, named Hollywood Boulevard, connects many of the major public rooms on Atlantic Deck, one deck above Promenade Deck, which also sports a number of public rooms, including a large Club Merlin Casino (you have to walk though it to get to the main level of the showlounge from the restaurant, which is located aft). In a 2014 makeover, a Red Frog Pub (featuring Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red draft brew), Bonsai Sushi (a sushi venue with Asian-style decor and food items), and Cherry on Top candy store were added.The colorful atrium lobby spans eight decks; its wall decorations are best seen from any of the viewing balconies on any deck above the main lobby level. Take a drink from the lobby bar and look upwards – the surroundings are stunning, the focal point being a mural of the Colossus of Rhodes.The ship’s most dramatic room is the Follies Showlounge. Spanning three decks in the forward section, it recalls a 1920s movie palace.Other facilities include a wedding chapel, a shopping street with boutique stores, a photo gallery, and an observation balcony in the center of the vessel, at the top of the multi-deck atrium.The real fun begins at sundown, when Carnival turns up the heat with its razzle-dazzle shows, and late-night music.Niggles include the small reception desk in the atrium lobby, which is often congested. The food is also pretty basic.Many pillars obstruct passenger flow – the ones in the dining room, for example, make it difficult for proper food service by the waiters. Books and computers are cohabitants in the ship’s Holmes library/Internet center, but anyone wanting a book has to lean over others who may be using a computer, which is an awkward arrangement. Finally, there’s no escape from the incredibly high-volume contemporary music blaring out throughout the ship.

Families: Youngsters have their own play areas, with children’s programs divided into five age-specific groups under Camp Ocean (ages 2-11 – with children ages 2-5 called ‘Penguins’; 6-8-year-olds called ‘Sting Rays’; 9-11-year-olds called ‘Sharks’). Tweens have ‘Circle C’, while teenagers have their own ‘Club O2’ – a chill-out (no adults allowed) room/disco. Also, kids will just love the 187-ft-long (57m) Green Thunder and 214-ft-long (65m) Twister water slides in the WaterWorks Aqua Park.By the end of 2015, the world of Dr. Seuss was rolled out as part of the children’s program (check before you sail) - from ‘green eggs and ham’ for breakfast, served by waiters in Dr. Seuss-inspired uniforms, and characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, and Sam attending, to special showings of movies such asThe Cat in the HatandHow the Grinch Stole Christmas(shown on the poolside Seaside Theater screen on Lido Deck).

Accommodation: There are numerous cabin categories, priced by grade, location, and size, including suites (with private balcony), outside-view cabins with private balcony, 68 ocean-view cabins with French doors (pseudo balconies that have doors that open, but no balcony to step onto), and a healthy proportion of standard outside-view to interior (no view) cabins.All cabins have spy-hole doors, twin beds that can be converted into queen-size beds, individually controlled air conditioning (it can’t be switched off), TV, and telephone. A number of cabins on the lowest deck have lifeboat-obstructed views. Some cabins can accommodate a third and fourth person – useful if you have small children – although they have little closet space and only one personal safe.Among the most desirable suites and cabins are those on five of the aft-facing decks; these have balconies overlooking the stern and ship’s wash.

Cuisine/Dining: This ship has a single, large, two-deck-high, 1,300-seat main dining room, Truffles Restaurant, with seating on both upper and main levels. Its expansive ceiling has large murals of a Royal Copenhagen china pattern, and there are wall-mounted glass cases displaying fine china. Small rooms on both upper and lower levels can be booked for groups of up to 60. Choose either fixed-time dining (6pm or 8.15pm) or flexible dining (during opening hours ). Note that the main dining room is not open for lunch on port days.The Unicorn Café (Lido restaurant) is a self-serve food court-style buffet-style casual eatery that forms the aft third of Deck 9 (part of it wraps around the upper section of the huge atrium). It includes a central area with a deli sandwich corner, Asian corner, rotisserie, and international (Taste of the Nations) counter. There are salad and dessert counters, and a 24-hour pizzeria counter, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Movement around the buffet area is slow, and you have to stand in line for everything. Each night, the Unicorn Café becomes Seaview Bistro, for serve-yourself dinners (typically 6pm–9.30pm).The Steakhouse is an extra-cost dining spot atop the ship, with around 150 seats and a show kitchen, featuring prime steaks and grilled seafood. Reservations are required. The decor features the Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts (the bar has a large sculpture of the Golden Fleece). Decent table settings, china, and silverware are provided.

Entertainment: The four-deck-high, 1,170-seat Follies Showlounge is the main venue for large-scale production shows and cabaret shows. Shows are best seen from the upper three levels. Directly underneath the showlounge is the Firebird lounge and bar.Almost every lounge/bar, including Billie’s Bar (a piano lounge) and Satchmo’s Club (a nightclub with bar and dance floor), has live music in the evening. Finally, for the very lively, there’s the disco; and there’s always karaoke!

Spa/Fitness: SpaCarnival spans two decks above the bridge in the forward part of the ship; it has 13,700 sq ft (1,272 sq m) of space. Lower level facilities include a solarium, several treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms for men and women, and a beauty salon. The upper level consists of a gymnasium with floor-to-ceiling ocean-view windows, and an aerobics room.There are two centrally located swimming pools outdoors: one can be used in inclement weather due to its retractable glass dome. Adjacent are two whirlpool tubs. Another smaller pool is for children. An outdoor jogging track is located around the mast and the forward part of the ship; it doesn’t go around the whole ship, but it’s long enough for some serious walking.

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