Prior to its deployment to Australia in fall 2014, Carnival Legend will operate two unique and exciting cruises – a 13-day Panama Canal cruise and a 23-day trans-Pacific voyage – that will serve to position the vessel for its new seasonal schedule from Down Under.
The 13-day Panama Canal cruise will depart Tampa, Fla., Aug. 17 and arrive in Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 30, 2014. Carnival Legend will visit George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cartagena, Colombia; prior to the Panama Canal transit followed by day-long calls to Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Carnival Legend will then operate a 23-day trans-Pacific voyage that departs from Long Beach Aug. 30, arrives in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 22, 2014. In addition to the unforgettable crossing of the equator that includes all the traditional maritime celebrations, the voyage will feature extended visits to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Papeete (Tahiti), Bora Bora and Moorea, French Polynesia; Suva, Fiji Islands; and Noumea, New Caledonia.
The two voyages can be combined to create a one-of-a-kind 36-day cruise that features 10 scenic destinations across three continents.
Prior to these voyages, Carnival Legend will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation that will add an array of innovations that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program. These include a massive WaterWorks aqua park highlighted by Green Thunder, the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea, the tropics-inspired RedFrog Pub, a full-service sushi restaurant called Bonsai Sushi, and Cherry On Top, a “candy and more store” with various confections, apparel and novelty items. These new offerings complement such popular options as the Serenity adults-only retreat, an expansive health and wellness center, and fun activities and spacious, modern play areas for kids in three age groups.
“This is an incredible opportunity for guests to visit some of the world’s most majestic and awe-inspiring destinations, from breathtaking beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean to tropical Polynesian paradises, as well as the unforgettable experiences of transiting the Panama Canal and crossing the equator,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. “These two voyages also provide guests a chance to be among the first to check out all the fantastic additions that are being added to Carnival Legend as part of our fleetwide Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative,” he added.
The trans-Pacific crossing will position Carnival Legend for a seasonal program from Australia that kicks off Sept. 24, 2014, and encompasses eight- to 12-day cruises from Sydney calling at a variety of destinations within the Pacific, including New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.