Carnival Legend at Cozumel in 2008.
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Port of registry:||Panama|
|Builder:||Kvaerner Masa-Yards Helsinki shipyard, Finland|
|Launched:||December 17, 2001|
|Christened:||August 21, 2002 by Dame Judi Dench in Essex|
|Completed:||August 14, 2002|
|In service:||August 2002-present|
|Identification:||Call Sign H3VT
IMO number: 9224726
MMSI number: 354237000
|Class & type:||Spirit-class cruise ship|
|Length:||963 ft (294 m)|
|Beam:||105.6 ft (32.2 m)|
|Draft:||25.5 ft (7.8 m)|
|Installed power:||62,370 kW (combined)|
|Propulsion:||Two ABB Azipods (17.6 MW each)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
Carnival Legend is a Spirit-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Lines. She was built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards which was a subsidiary of Kvaerner, in Helsinki shipyard, Finland, launched on December 17, 2001, and delivered to Carnival on August 14, 2002.
Eighty percent of the vessel's staterooms have ocean views and eighty percent of those have private balconies. She was the first Carnival ship to offer alternate dining options and an onboard wedding chapel.
Ports of Call
Carnival Legend currently offers a 7-day cruise to the Western Caribbean from Tampa, FL. In 2013 Carnival Legend offered Europe cruises with a series of Baltic and Mediterranean from April to November. She will then return to Tampa to resume seven-day Western Caribbean cruises.
Carnival Legend is scheduled to move to Australia following the success of the Carnival Spirit, and will sail the Australian summer season effective 24 September 2014, it is also anticipated a dry-dock refurbishment mid-2014 prior to sailing to Australia. 
Replacing Carnival Legend will be her sister ship Carnival Pride which is currently based in Baltimore.
Accidents and incidents
Bottle smashing issue
On August 21, 2002, during the christening ceremony, Judi Dench took three attempts to smash the bottle against the ship's hull, aided by ship's captain Claudio Cupisci. The third attempt successfully smashed the bottle but the force sent the flowing champagne all over her. She took the soaking in good spirits and announced "I am godmother to 13 godchildren and a god-dog - now I'm godmother to a great ship."
On July 13, 2005, Carnival Legend departed Tortola and was heading back to New York City. At 5:10 PM, the ship suddenly listed 14 degrees to the port side while making a hard starboard turn, resulting in some minor injuries. The crew came on to the intercom a few minutes later to announce to passengers that there had been a computer glitch. Captain Claudio Cupisti had to take manual control of the wheel in order to prevent the ship from capsizing. Crew members indicated that a list of that degree was without precedent in their experience. Passengers were not compensated for spilled drinks, etc. The ship's promenade had to be closed several hours due to broken glass.
Engine room overheating
On August 3, 2005, around 22:00, heavy smoke was seen coming from the lower levels towards the bow of the ship. In minutes, there was an announcement for everyone to proceed to the upper, open decks. The cruise director announced, "there was a problem in the engine room and that something had overheated". People had to stay put for over an hour. No real explanation or compensation was given.
During the May 20, 2006 cruise, Ramesh Krishnamurthy, age 35, from Plumstead, Pennsylvania, was presumed dead after jumping off the Carnival Legend at 1 am on Saturday, May 27, 2006. He was reported jumping out of his balcony room after an argument with his wife in front of his children, 450 miles northeast of Florida. Foul play is not suspected, and he was believed to have been under the influence. The ship remained in the vicinity for eleven hours, delaying the Legend's arrival back to New York City the following day until 8 pm. Coast Guard officials were sent out to aid in the search, but he was never found.
During the September 2, 2007 cruise, there was a complete loss of power for approximately an hour, during the first day at sea. Because of this, the ship arrived late at port the next day. The cause of this problem was not explained to the passengers.
Allision with Enchantment of the Seas
On September 30, 2009, as Carnival Legend was leaving the berth in Cozumel, heavy winds pushed the ship against the side of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Enchantment of the Seas. Carnival Legend sustained damage to her open deck areas, as well as broken glass. Both ships were able to leave for their next scheduled port after being cleared by port authorities.
On February 13, 2010, Carnival Legend had to reduce speed and limp home due to a mechanical problem that drastically reduced the ship's speed. Passengers reported hearing grinding noises and vibrations coming from the engine room. The ship made it back to its home port of Tampa several hours late. The next voyage resulted in a late departure and a schedule change of Cozumel instead of Grand Cayman.
On March 13, 2013, a technical issue with one of the ship’s Azipods affected the ship's sailing speed. As a result, Carnival Legend failed to reach her next scheduled port call in Belize City, Belize. She instead stopped in Costa Maya, Mexico, then proceeded to her next scheduled port call in Roatan, Honduras on March 14, 2013. Her visit to Grand Cayman scheduled for March 15, 2013 was cancelled shortly after the ship departed from Roatan. Passengers were notified that this stop would need to be cancelled in order to allow the ship to return to her home port of Tampa by March 17, 2013, and actually arrived back in Tampa 8 hours earlier than scheduled. Carnival Legend technical issues have not yet been resolved and this has affected the itineraries of the subsequent sailings on March 17, 2013 and March 24, 2013. The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an investigation of the incident.
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