The Fountain of Youth Spa, a 14,500-square-foot (1,347-square-metre) two-level health centre, encompasses the forward area of the Lido and Sun decks, (decks 9 and10), providing ocean views to exercisers. It has been treated to a makeover as part of the $47 million refurbishment. The tiered gym, which was upgraded at a cost of around $450,000, now features the latest cardio equipment, including a top range of treadmills and stair climbers, as well as stationary bicycles and free weights. A great feature of the gym is the chill-out hot tub or whirlpool (often called a spa bath by Australians) in the middle of the room, to ease those aching limbs post work-out.
While most cruise ship fitness centres tend to look the same, Carnival Legend's is an original, tiered like a Roman amphitheatre so you get a view of the ocean from every piece of its state-of-the-art equipment.
Adjacent to the workout area is a mirrored aerobics room, used for a series of exercise classes including low- and high-impact aerobics, yoga, spinning, and stretching and relaxation sessions. Some of these classes have an additional fee per person, so check prior to sign-up.
Shannan Ponton, Australian TV personality and personal trainer on The Biggest Loser, is a new Carnival ambassador. Shannan has devised group fitness classes and do-it-yourself fitness workouts. He will occasionally appear on cruises to lead group fitness lessons, his fitness tips will appear in the daily cruise program, and he has created a few light and healthy snacks that are available in the buffet restaurant.
The Steiner-operated spa offers a variety of treatments, including aroma stone therapy, full-body and scalp massages, seaweed wraps, mudpacks, and various slimming and toning therapies. Also housed within the spa are 10 private treatment/massage rooms, complete locker facilities, saunas and steam rooms, and a full-service beauty salon.
The ship has four swimming pools and four whirlpools -- one in the gym, as mentioned, and the others on Lido Deck -- as well as a padded jogging track encircling Deck 11. During the day, the Avalon Bar, located midship, serves a variety of frothy, tropical concoctions. Corresponding to the theme, there is an armoured knight at the Avalon Pool, statues of a medieval castle at the Camelot Pool and a figure of a mythological horned horse at the aft Unicorn Pool. Camelot Pool has a retractable domed ceiling for use during inclement weather.
The deck area around the Unicorn Pool has been transformed into the adults-only Serenity Retreat, a new enclave created during the 2014 refit. It's furnished with cane sun loungers with blue padded cushions, a series of two-person cone-shaded cane and padded pods and a few hammocks. Those in the know say that a pod and hammock have been hard to come by, and many passengers get up quite early to grab them -- although seat/lounge minding is frowned upon. Serenity is child-free, but it's only a deck away (via a few stairs) from the kids SplashZone on the top deck and is often the place parents go to chill out when their children are at play. There's a bar offering waiter service, and it's only a walk away from the Unicorn Cafe buffet restaurant. Hence, folks like to hang out there all day.
Carnival Legend WaterWorks is the new top-deck area containing the exhilarating Green Thunder waterslide, Carnival's signature Twister waterslide (a much tamer ride) and the little kids' SplashZone. First introduced on Carnival Spirit in October 2012, Green Thunder is billed as the fastest and highest waterslide at sea. The fun begins when the floor of the slide drops away and the rider freefalls for a few seconds before whipping around the curves at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (65 kilometres per hour). The ride itself takes just 10 seconds, but it's a heart-stopping 10 seconds, we're told.
SplashZone features two little purple waterslides that descend into a wading pool and a big dipping bucket that spills water over the kids.