Carnival Legend Entertainment
Catch one of two new original productions created especially for Carnival Legend in Follies, the two-level main show lounge on Decks 2 and 3. Recalling the days of the magnificent movie houses of the 1920s, Follies evokes the feeling of an open courtyard in a Mediterranean villa. Arches, turrets and stained-glass chandeliers create an opulent, expansive space while providing excellent sightlines.
Carnival Legend has introduced a range of shows from Playlist Productions, which specialises in taking tunes that everyone knows, putting them on stage and transforming them into full-blown musical productions. The collection of productions includes 'Epic Rock', featuring songs from the glam bands of the 1970s and 80s like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, as well as big arena rock performers like Bon Jovi. Other shows in the Playlist collection are 'Motor City' (Motown hits), 'The Brits' (songs from British Invasion bands like The Beatles, The Who and Herman's Hermits) and 'Heart & Soul' (rhythm and blues favourites).
The new family entertainment, 'Hasbro, the Game Show', will be held in Follies.
Satchmo's Club is a great place to unwind with some soft dance music. Named after legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong, the club is decorated to resemble an old New Orleans bar with exposed brick, wrought-iron details, ceiling fans, cafe curtains and a false skylight. Adorning the walls are black and white photos of Armstrong at different stages of his career. Next door, the Dream Team bar offers overstuffed sofas and comfortable bar stools -- the perfect vantage points to quaff a brew and catch up on the latest sporting events.
Billie's Piano Bar is an intimate art deco club, where the piano player is the centre of attention and everybody is a crooner. A stylish tribute to blues singer Billie Holiday, the centrepiece of the room is the stainless-steel musical bar lined with notes, and a faux 1930s-era oversized microphone decorates each table.
Late-night comedy acts from the Punchliner Comedy Club lineup appear in the Firebird Lounge, a grand salon that takes its theme from the old Russian folktale of a talented seamstress from a small village who is turned into a bird by an evil sorcerer. A striking red- and pink-hued room, Firebird is decorated with replica hand-painted Russian lacquered boxes, accented by lamps with frosted glass globes painted on the inside to create a soft glow.
Don't let the 3.5-foot-high Medusa heads (complete with strands of snake-like hair, capped with snake heads that have lighted eyes) keep you out of the rockin' Medusa's Lair dance club. The wall of closed-circuit televisions flashes images from the dance floor mixed with videos and special effects, while the sound system plays the latest dance music. Meanwhile, a sophisticated light system makes the Medusa heads appear to move and change expression.
Carnival Legend Public Rooms
Carnival Legend offers 16 lounges and bars with a variety of themes to fit any mood or taste, and most public areas have been refreshed with new carpets and furnishings. As you enter the ship, you are greeted by the bar in the nine-deck-high Colossus Atrium, which is dominated by a towering mural of the Colossus of Rhodes. Popular for pre-dinner cocktails, the Odyssey and Atlantis lounges offer quiet, intimate venues with live music and the same Greek neoclassical design elements found in the atrium.
Club Merlin Casino, the medieval-themed gaming area has a castle-like atmosphere complete with a suit of armour standing sentinel at the bar and shields bearing crossed swords and a knight's helmet mounted on the walls.
The newly-installed RedFrog Pub is a combination of Caribbean bar and Irish bar, and apart from its beers (including a new Aussie beer), it offers pool tables and foosball (or table football).
Decks 2 and 3 contain many of the public areas. The passenger services and shore excursions desks are on Deck 2, just off the Legends Lobby. In fact, you could spend the entire night on this deck walking all the way from Truffles restaurant at the stern of the ship to the Follies show lounge at the bow and passing by (or through) various bars, the pub and the casino on the way. Deck 2 is also where you'll find the Legends Cafe and a small card room.
Deck 3 contains the top levels of Truffles and Follies, along with various bars, the commanding Colossus Atrium, the photo gallery, a row of shops and the combined Holmes Library and Internet room. Tucked away next door to the library is a little chapel, where vow renewal ceremonies take place.
Carnival Legend Spa & Fitness
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.