Carnival Cruise Lines is headed for Europe once again in 2013. The line said it will launch its widest array of European itineraries ever with Carnival Legend offering the line’s first Norwegian fjords itinerary and its first extended program from the United Kingdom.
In addition, that ship will operate other cruises to the Baltic, Mediterranean and British Isles, beginning in spring 2013.
In total, Carnival Legend will operate 17 European cruises between April 22 and Oct. 31, 2013, visiting 34 ports across 18 countries.
Carnival Legend’s schedule will encompass 12-day voyages to Norway/western Europe, the British Isles and the Baltic departing from Dover (for London), along with 12-day Mediterranean cruises departing from Venice, Barcelona and Dover.
“For the Carnival Legend’s 2013 European season, we’ve assembled a truly outstanding collection of ports that offer our guests an exciting diversity of experiences, from viewing breathtaking Norwegian fjords and the lush Irish countryside to visiting centuries-old landmarks and exploring UNESCO World Heritage cities such as St. Petersburg and Tallinn,” said Gerry Cahill, president and CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines.
Norway/Western Europe, British Isles Cruises Round-Trip from Dover
For the first time, Carnival Legend will offer an extended series of voyages from Dover with 12-day cruises to Norway/Western Europe, the British Isles and the Baltic.
The “Norway & Western Europe” cruise will operate Sept. 1-13, 2013, and visit Alesund, Bergen, Stavanger, and Oslo, Norway; Hamburg, Germany; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge (Bruges), Brussels, Belgium; and Le Havre (Paris), France.
Carnival Legend's “British Isles, Norway & France” voyage will depart Sept. 13, 2013, and feature calls at Stavanger, Norway; Edinburgh, Invergordon, and Glasgow (Greenock) Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; and Le Havre (Paris), France.
Six “Baltic Wonders & St. Petersburg” cruises will also be operated. Carnival Legend will call at Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia (overnight call); Tallinn, Estonia; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Departure dates include June 21, July 3, 15 and 27, and Aug. 8 and 20, 2013. A June 21 departure will visit Zeebrugge (Bruges) - with the option of a shore excursion to Brussels, Belgium -- rather than making a call at Amsterdam.
12-day Mediterranean Cruises
Several different Mediterranean cruises will also be offered. The schedule includes 12-day cruises from Venice to Barcelona departing May 4 and 28, and Oct. 31, 2013. Port calls include Dubrovnik, Croatia; Messina, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Livorno, Italy; and Marseilles, France.
The May 4 and Oct. 31 departures also include Athens, Greece; and Izmir, Turkey; while the May 28 voyage stops at Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Carnival Legend will also operate 12-day western Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona to Dover June 9-21 and from Dover to Barcelona Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2013. These cruises feature five countries and calls at Marseilles, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Livorno and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Malaga, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal.
The ship will sail three “Grand Mediterranean” voyages from Barcelona to Venice April 22, May 16 and Oct. 19, 2013. These voyages feature port calls at Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseilles, France; Livorno, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Messina, Italy; and Dubrovnik, Croatia, along with an overnight call in Venice.
The Oct. 19 voyage will include a stop at Olbia (Sardinia), Italy, instead of Monaco.
Rounding out Carnival Legend’s 2013 Europe program is a 12-day voyage round-trip from Barcelona Oct. 7-19, 2013, with calls at Marseilles, France; Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice (overnight) and Messina, Italy.
15-Day Transatlantic Crossings
Carnival Legend will operate a 15-day transatlantic crossing departing Tampa, its U.S. home port, on April 7 and arriving Barcelona April 22, 2013. Featured ports on this voyage include King’s Wharf, Bermuda; Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal; and Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Following its European schedule, the ship will operate another 15-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to Tampa departing Nov. 12, 2013. Port calls include Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, Spain; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay.
From Tampa, Carnival Legend will sail on a special four-day cruise before resuming seven-day Caribbean service starting Dec. 1, 2013.
The ship's winter 2013-2014 cruises from Tampa will call at Half Moon Cay; Nassau, The Bahamas; and Key West, Fla.; or George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Mahogany Bay, Roatan; and Belize City, Belize.