Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend will reposition to Port Tampa Bay in OCT 2019.
Currently in dry dock as it undergoes a renovation to add a variety of new food, beverage and activity options – including Guy’s Burger Joint and enhancements to Camp Ocean, a marine-themed kids play area – the ship will operate a summer 2018 schedule of seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, then reposition to Australia for the fall and winter. In summer 2019, Carnival Legend will return to Seattle for another series of Alaska cruises before moving to Tampa in the fall of 2019.
Prior to its Tampa deployment however, the ship will also operate a series of longer-length Carnival Journeys voyages in 2019, including a nine-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver (17-26SEP, 2019), a 16-day Hawaii voyage from Vancouver (26SEP-12OCT, 2019), and 15-day Panama Canal transit that begins in Los Angeles and ends in Tampa, positioning the vessel for its new schedule from that port where it will assume week-long Caribbean sailings currently operated by Carnival Miracle, which will be positioned to another homeport that the company says it will announce shortly.
The 15-day Panama Canal cruise will visit Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), and Puntarenas (Costa Rica) before transiting the canal, followed by stops at Cartagena and Santa Marta (Colombia) and Grand Cayman.
Carnival Legend’s seven-day schedule from Tampa kicks off 27OCT, 2019, and includes visits to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay and Belize or Costa Maya. On 25JAN, 2020, the ship will also offer a special eight-day voyage that includes a partial transit of the Panama Canal, as well as port calls at Limon and Grand Cayman.
Carnival Legend will also operate a roundtrip 14-day Panama Canal cruise from Tampa, 1-15DEC, 2019. The voyage will feature stops at Cozumel and Limon (Costa Rica) before transiting the canal, then visit Cartagena, Aruba, Curaçao and Grand Cayman.
“At Carnival, we encourage our guests to Choose Fun and with these voyages aboard the newly refurbished Carnival Legend we’re providing our guests with a broad spectrum of exciting cruise options featuring sought-after destinations and unique experiences ashore,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Kerry Sharpe Columnist
Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.