But not this time. In what amounts to a curious -- albeit interesting -- choice, Carnival announced today that England’s Judi Dench, the longtime star of stage and screen, will perform the official duties for Carnival Legend on August 21. Dame Judi, as she is officially known, having received the female equivalent of knighthood from the Queen (okay, she’s technically a Dame Commander of the British Empire), is perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning role in “Shakespeare in Love” and starring turn in “Mrs. Brown.” Currently, she can be seen in more recent James Bond flicks -- the ones with Pierce Brosnan -- playing the boss as well as in the 2002 art house flick “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Carnival Legend, the line’s first ship ever to sail any kind of European itinerary, will officially begin cruising on August 24 with a 12-day Northern European voyage out of Harwich. After a transatlantic repositioning, the ship will sail to New York, where it will offer a hodgepodge of cruises, from the nowhere-bound to Canada/New England. It’ll then move south, to Philadelphia and Baltimore, and offer trips to Bermuda before ultimately winding up in Ft. Lauderdale for dits winter series of Caribbean cruises.