August 23, 2002
Carnival Legend's big splashy debut ceremonies got off without a hitch yesterday at Harwich. Well, almost. Grand dame Judi Dench (we're talking about the Academy Award-winning British actress, not some old ship) was picked to smash the ceremonial bottle of champagne against the hull. Alas, her first aim failed to break the bottle (it bounced). Finally, after the whole naming party moved to the gangplank, the actress successfully "launched" the ship by smashing the bottle-o-bubbly. Which, ironically, not only cascaded over the side of Carnival Legend, but also "drenched Dame Dench." Our Cruise Critic spy on the scene informs us that she endured the unplanned shower in good humor.