These Carnival Legend photos were taken in Sitka, Alaska, shortly after the ship emerged from an extensive refurbishment. I was living in Sitka at the time, so when the cruise ship docked there, it was the perfect opportunity to see the new upgrades and additions.
With nearly all guests off the ship (this isn’t the Caribbean), I was able to photograph almost every public space from the ship’s top to bottom, bow to stern, without waiting for people to move out of the frame.
Timing was perfect; this was the last cruise of the season.
Carnival Legend Cruise Ship Photos
Carnival Legend is the third ship built in the Carnival Spirit Class, launched in 2002. It’s now one of the smaller ships in the fleet with only 2,124 passengers.
As the ship’s name implies, Carnival Legend pays tribute to all sorts of legends, fact and fiction. You’ll find Merlin’s Casino, Golden Fleece Steakhouse, and Atlantis Lounge. There’s even a wall-size group photo of the greatest Hollywood superstar legends.
Photo Tour: Beginning Outside at the Aft Sports Deck
Up on Deck 11 is where you’ll find the Sports Deck. The aft area of Carnival Legend is a multi-use basketball court. You can see the light blue walking/jogging track just outside the netting.
Forward Sports Deck
From where I’m standing in this photo, if you look back, you can see the Sky Deck (Deck 12) and the railing near the base of Carnival’s trademarked red funnel. To reach the Sky Deck from here, you have to go down one deck, cross the Sun Deck and then up two decks to get to the Sky Deck.
Carnival WaterWorks aft on the Sports Deck
Carnival Legend Sun Deck
While not an official walking or jogging track, you can walk Carnival Legend’s Sun Deck all the way around. Here in Alaska, especially on a typical rainforest drizzly day, the lounge chairs were in neat rows. Sometimes in sunny and warm weather, passengers will move the chairs to their liking, making it difficult to walk the loop.
Just so you know, 3.5 laps around the entire Sun Deck is equal to one mile.
From the Sun Deck you can see across to the other side of the Lido Deck. There are another set of pools, with a sliding glass dome cover if needed.
Golden Fleece Steakhouse
Also on the Sun Deck is Carnival’s signature Steakhouse. On Carnival Legend, it’s the Golden Fleece Steakhouse, again…another legend-based name. When I was onboard, there was construction going on so I couldn’t get inside for a photo. This pic is from Carnival.
Aside from the pools shown above, the Lido Deck has a lot of other venues and activities. Starting at the aft of the ship is the adults-only Serenity pool and lounge area.
In the Caribbean, this is a really great space to meet friends or just hang out and relax.
Not even the bar was open.
Moving forward on Lido Deck to the Buffet
As you walk towards the front of the ship from the Serenity Pool area, the first venue is the Unicorn Café. Yes, this ship is named “Legend” for a reason.
My favorite places to eat are through the next set of doors
Unfortunately, they were closed, too.
And just across on the other side of Carnival Legend…
Walk a little further and you’ll find…
RedFrog Rum Bar
And the BlueIguana Tequila Bar. These bars are opened when people return from their day in Sitka.
Keep walking in the same direction and you’ll eventually bump into the Spa. The Thalassotherapy Pool is rimmed by treadmills and other exercise equipment. The view from here is pretty darn good.
There’s a beauty salon, men’s grooming and of course spa rooms. With no one around to open a spa treatment room door, you can imagine they are just like any cruise ship spa treatment room.
Carnival Legend Photo Tour now has to skip down four decks. The next decks, Panorama, Verandah, Empress and Upper are all staterooms. The only exception is Camp Carnival, located all the way to the front on Upper Deck.
The Main Deck is almost all staterooms, like the four decks above it. However, all the way at the bow (the front of the ship) is where you’ll find the Follies Main Show Lounge.
You can enter the Follies theater from Decks 2, 3 and 4.
Atlantic Deck Photos – This Deck is Busy
Atlantic Deck is where much of the action aboard takes place. The Enchanted Forest Indoor Promenade is adjacent to Follies.
Sherlock Holmes is indeed a legend and this library bears his name. With a nod to Holmes’ British heritage, the library is a mixture of dark wood, warm colors and cozy nooks for reading.
Billie’s Piano Bar
For sure my favorite lounge on Carnival Legend. When I walked in, a passenger was playing Intermezzo on the beautiful grand piano. He was so good that I thought he must have been an onboard musician.
Next, I took a walk along the Hollywood Boulevard Upper Promenade.
More legends. If you’re an old movies buff, here are photos of greatest of Hollywood’s star legends. This photo below was taken at Louis B. Mayer’s request to celebrate MGM’s 20th birthday. Can you name all the movie stars?
As I continued my walk towards the aft of the ship, I passed the row of Fun Shops and Cherry on Top candy store. Finally, I reached the Odyssey Foyer Lounge that leads to the main dining room, Truffles.
Truffles’ doors were closed so here’s a Carnival photo of the dining room.
Down one more deck to the…
Promenade Deck – Deck 2
Here’s the lower level of Truffles (you can see the upper level in the photo). As I walked towards the front of Carnival Legend, on one side of the ship is Medusa’s Lair Dance Club.
Medusa’s Lair is a two-story dance club. This is the upper level.
Alchemy Bar is on the other side. This place is always packed, especially on sea days.
Carnival Legend Lobby
Smack in the middle of the ship on Deck 2 is the soaring Lobby. Sometimes called an Atrium, this is also the deck where on most occasions, especially Embarkation Day, passengers enter the ship.
The bank of glass elevators is on the right. Definitely worth a ride up and down.
As I kept walking towards the front of the ship, I knew the casino had to show up eventually.
Club Merlin Casino
Last but not least…two usually very crowded bars.
Dreamteam Sports Bar
RedFrog Pub – Carnival’s signature watering hole. Live entertainment, too.
Smaller, but certainly not lacking any typical Carnival amenities, Carnival Legend is one of my favorite ships in this cruise line. Especially if you choose one of Carnival Legend’s more unique itineraries.
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