Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend will reposition to Port Tampa Bay in October 2019.
Carnival Legend is undergoing a two-week-long dry dock that is taking place in Portland, OR, and is adding a variety of food and beverage concepts. These include Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and the Mexican-themed BlueIguana Cantina. Enhancements to Camp Ocean, a marine-themed kids play area, and Circle “C” catering to 12- to 14-year-olds, as well as the ship’s retail shopping outlets, are also being incorporated.
Following the dry dock, Carnival Legend will operate a summer 2018 schedule of seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, then reposition to Australia with a series of departures from Sydney and Melbourne in the fall and winter. In summer 2019 she will return to Seattle for another series of seven-day Alaska cruises before moving to Tampa in the fall of 2019.
Prior to its Tampa deployment, Carnival Legend will also operate a series of longer-length Carnival Journeys voyages in 2019, including a nine-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver, a 16-day Hawaii voyage from Vancouver and 15-day Panama Canal transit that begins in Los Angeles and ends in Tampa, positioning the vessel for its new schedule from that port.
Onboard activities will include chances to sample local cuisine and enjoy entertainment and cultural opportunities within the various ports of call. Activities focusing on topics such as photography, cooking, arts and crafts and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day,” are also offered.
Panama Canal Crossings, Seven-Day Voyages From Tampa
Following its 2019 Alaska season, Carnival Legend will operate a 15-day Panama Canal cruise that will begin in Los Angeles October 12 and end in Tampa October 27, 2019, positioning the vessel to offer week-long Caribbean sailings currently operated by Carnival Miracle, which will be positioned to another homeport to be announced shortly. The 15-day Panama Canal cruise will call at Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), before transiting the Panama Canal followed by stops at Cartagena and Santa Marta (Colombia) and Grand Cayman.
Carnival Legend’s seven-day schedule from Tampa kicks off October 27, 2019, and includes visits to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay and Belize or Costa Maya. On January 25, 2020, the ship will also offer a special eight-day voyage that includes a partial transit of the Panama Canal as well as port calls at Limon and Grand Cayman.
Carnival Legend will also operate a round-trip 14-day Panama Canal cruise from Tampa December 1-15, 2019. The voyage will have stops at Cozumel and Limon (Costa Rica) before transiting the Panama Canal, then visit Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Grand Cayman.
Special Nine-Day Alaska, 16-Day Hawaii Voyage
Carnival Legend will operate a unique nine-day Alaska cruise round-trip from Vancouver September 17-26, 2019, with a day-long call at Icy Strait Point, an unspoiled wilderness area offering whale and bear watching and the world’s longest zip-line, followed by an extended sail of Glacier Bay and the popular Alaskan ports of Sitka, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.
The ship will also operate a 16-day Hawaii voyage departing Vancouver September 26 and arriving in Los Angeles Oct. 12, 2019. The voyage includes extended visits to four of the Aloha State’s most popular destinations, including Hilo, Maui, Kona, Kauai, and Honolulu, with opportunities for guests to get an “up close and personal” look at one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.