Carnival Legend Overview

Carnival Legend is a Spirit-class ship From Carnival Cruise Line
Adults and kids of all ages will enjoy all of the amenities available on the Carinval Legend.

Carnival Legend debuted in 2002 as one of Carnival’s Spirit-class cruise ships and holds just over 2,100 passengers. The ship's most recent dry dock was in 2018. She received extensive upgrades and renovations, most notably many of Carnival’s Fun Ship 2.0 venues. Additions included the Cherry on Top candy shop and ice cream counter, Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and the craft cocktail Alchemy Bar.

Other features and amenities include the WaterWorks aqua park with water slides, Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, and The Punchliner Comedy Club. The Camp Ocean kids’ club offers great activities for ages 2-11 along with the favorite Seuss at Sea programming. Teens can head over to Club O2 for some video games, karaoke, movies, and music. 

Carnival Legend isn’t just for the kids, though. The Serenity adults-only deck offers a place to peacefully catch some rays, have a drink, and escape the crowds. Parents don’t have to worry about missing the lively nightlife available on the Legend. Parents can take advantage of Night Owls where kids under that ages 11 and under can play with others until 1 a.m.

Eighty percent of Carnival Legend cabins have an ocean view, and of those, eighty percent are balcony staterooms.

Legend currently homeports seasonally in Australia and Alaska. In October 2019, the ship will relocate to Tampa, Florida to sail cruises in the western Caribbean. It offers a diverse set of itineraries to Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and the Panama Canal.

Before You Book

Why Sail: This ship is a great fit for families, laid back couples, and budget-conscious travelers. It's a smaller ship in comparison with many of today’s new vessels. This means it’s perfect for passengers who don’t want to deal with navigating a mega-ship or avoiding large crowds.

You Should Know: There isn't the modern feel and cutting-edge amenities of the newer ships in Carnival’s fleet. Some people might find the interior design to be too overwhelming and ostentatious.

What is there to do on Carnival Legend?

Activities aboard the Carnival Legend

Activities that kids will love include Hasbro, The Game Show where participants join in as board games come to life, a Dr. Seuss parade and Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, and building their own stuffed animal during the pop-up Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea event. Other activities for guests of all ages include splashing around the WaterWorks aqua park, dancing it up during a lido deck party, and shooting hoops or playing mini-golf on the sports deck. When the adults want some me-time, they can head to the Serenity Retreat where there’s no kids allowed, the Carnival Spa, or test their skills at a Mixologist Competition.

  • BlueIguana Cantina
  • Alchemy Bar
  • Serenity adults-only retreat
  • Guy’s Burger Joint
  • Lip Sync Battle: Carnival
  • RedFrog Rum Bar
  • WaterWorks aqua park
  • Bonsai Sushi


Carnival Legend cabins include interior, oceanview, balcony rooms with a variety of sizes and layouts to choose from, and four types of suites. Those that prefer a balcony cabin can choose from several options. These include regular or obstructed balconies, as well as an extended balcony category with more space outside. There's also a premium balcony cabin with more space inside and out. Suites include junior, ocean, vista, or grand suite categories, each of which offers a different configuration and size. 


There is one main dining room called Truffles, which spans decks 2 and 3 and holds 1,250 people per seating. The section on deck 2 is for those with traditional fixed seating for dinner. The upper level is for passengers that are on Your Time Dining. Carnival Legend’s lido deck buffet is called Unicorn Cafe. It boasts over-the-top, whimsical decor that you might expect from a dining venue named after a mythical creature. Out by the pool is Carnival’s ever-popular complimentary venue Guy’s Burger Joint. Passengers enjoy hand-cut fries and a variety of juicy burgers created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Aside from the Chef’s Table experience, the only set-price specialty restaurant onboard is the steakhouse, called Nouveau Restaurant. A la carte venues onboard are Bonsai Sushi, Seafood Corner, and the Legends Cafe which serves specialty coffees and pastries.

Carnival Legend Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,667
  • Total Crew: 930
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.87
  • Built: Dec 2002
  • Refurbished: Feb 2014
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Total Cabins: 1,062
  • Cabin Categories: 28
  • Gross Tonnage: 88,500
  • Length: 963
  • Beam: 106


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 4.0
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.4
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 3.9
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.3


1062 cabins and 28 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(53 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $95/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(22 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $106/night
Balcony Balcony
(184 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 192 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $121/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(9 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 271 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $200/night

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Taste Bar Taste Bar
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Grand Buffet Grand Buffet
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Pizzeria Pizzeria
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Onboard Activities

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Firebird Lounge Firebird Lounge
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Gymnasium/Fitness Studio Gymnasium/Fitness Studio
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Slide Entrance Slide Entrance
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Legend Lobby Legend Lobby
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This was an excellent way to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary! by lmc61

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a wonderful time and would certainly book again!

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Carnival Legend - Western Caribbean by royemillerjr

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Embarkation and debarkation were great. The ship was okay, but I think it really needs to have some fun ship upgrades. The food was okay, but the staff was great. The cabin did not seem to be set up to comfortably accommodate more than two passengers. All in all it was a good cruise, but not my best or favorite Carnival ship experience.

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Relaxing Time by kayslacasa

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We picked this cruise based on the ports as well as where we could get decent airfare only a month out. The Legend being a smaller ship didn't have a lot of the flashy outdoor sports (rock climbing wall, bigger slides, etc.) as we saw the other ships at ports did but we were fine with that. We have previously been on a 2 Disney cruises & 1 Princess cruise and we enjoyed all equally the same.

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372 Carnival Legend Tips

Apr 11, 2013

Go to the Serenity Bar, it's by far one of the most relaxing aspects of the ship.

Apr 25, 2013

salad bar is excellent--room service is awesome; stay away from the art shows and the jewelry store!! the evening shows are very good...and not overcrowded! the "anytime seating" for dinner was great! didn't feel pushed into a schedule--will do this again.

Aug 21, 2015

Room Service coffee in the morning is a must, it starts the day off right.

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