Carnival Legend at Cozumel in 2008.
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Port of registry:|
|Launched:||December 17, 2001|
|Sponsored by:||Dame Judi Dench|
|Christened:||August 21, 2002|
|Completed:||August 14, 2002|
|In service:||August 2002–present|
|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. Along with the majority of her sisters, she is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, and operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on December 17, 2001, and christened by English actress and author Dame Judi Dench in Harwich, Essex, UK, on August 21, 2002. Her maiden voyage, Carnival's first cruise in Europe, was a three night journey from Harwich to Amsterdam and return.
Eighty percent of Carnival Legend's staterooms have ocean views and eighty percent of those have private balconies. She was the first Carnival ship to offer alternative dining options and an onboard wedding chapel.
Ports of Call
Following the success of the Carnival Spirit, Carnival Legend underwent a major dry-dock refurbishment in February 2014 and then moved to Australia. Carnival Legend is the second Carnival ship to feature the Green Thunder at-sea water slide and is scheduled to sail seasonally from Sydney on 8-12 day cruises to the Pacific Islands from September 2014 to April 2015.
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.
Collision 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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