One ship was clearly not enough for Carnival Cruise Line to cater to the popularity of its style of cruising in Australia – a fact quickly realised and acted upon once Carnival Spirit debuted here late in 2012. So it was just over two years later when sister ship Carnival Legend was redeployed from the United States, after it received a refit in the Bahamas which saw the addition of products and experiences including the Green Thunder waterslide, among others.
A crucial consideration when it comes to selecting your cruise is what type of stateroom you will want to turn into your private base for the period of time you are on holidays. There are 1,062 staterooms to choose from, and thinking about who you’re travelling with, how much time you might wish to spend in the stateroom and how much privacy you might seek are all points to think about when selecting this important part of your holiday.
Here, we will run through all of the available cabin types on Carnival Legend to assist in your Carnival cruise planning.
Where will you find them? Decks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
The entry-level stateroom category on Carnival Legend. Featuring all of the same interior comforts of Ocean View and Balcony staterooms, with their location seeing them on the inside of the ship and not offering a view at all. Quaint and comfortable, if this is not a problem to you, the comfort level of these staterooms will be quickly realised.
2. Interior with French Door
Where will you find them? Deck 4.
Featuring all of the same amenities as Interior, Ocean View and Balcony staterooms, these Interior cabins are on the outside of the ship and benefit from natural light emanating from a French door. Even with this advantage, there is no balcony and the ship’s lifeboats sit directly outside this door.
3. Interior with Picture Window
Where will you find them? Deck 4.
Same as the Interior Staterooms with French Door, with the difference being their location on the ship. As a result, instead of doors offering a view blocked by the lifeboats, there’s a picture window. However, the lifeboats don’t block the entire window so you can get quite a good ocean view without paying for it.
4. Ocean View
Where will you find them? Deck 1.
Located on the lowest deck, these staterooms feature all the standard amenities of Carnival Cruise Line, with a large window to view the ocean and the passing landscapes as the ship heads into and out of port.
5. Balcony (Obstructed View)
Where will you find them? Deck 5.
Inside, they are the same as the standard balcony staterooms on the higher decks, with the only impediment being an up-close view of one of the ship’s lifeboats just below the balcony, however this won’t impact your forward view. All balconies, for obvious reasons, are above ocean level.
Where will you find them? Decks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
The most popular and widely available of the balcony staterooms, these are found in most parts along the outside of the ship. Each provides its occupants with their own private spot to enjoy the fresh air, with each balcony featuring a small table and two chairs.
7. Extended Balcony
Where will you find them? Decks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Categories 8J, 8K, 86, 8M, 8N).
As the name suggest and by virtue of having a longer balcony than the standard balcony staterooms, these cabins are wider and allow for more individual space. Amenities however are the same as standard balconies and still feature a full private bathroom with shower.
On each of the five decks, you’ll find four Extended Balcony staterooms (four on each deck) situated at the rear of the ship overlooking the wake. These are classified as Aft-View Extended Balconies and they are flanked by the Vista Suites.
8. Premium Balcony
Where will you find them? Decks 5, 6, 7, 8 (Categories 9A, 9B).
Noticeably larger than a standard balcony stateroom, these rooms are something like a suite without being classified as such. This category is very limited, with only eight available.
If you’re in one of the two Premium Balcony staterooms on Deck 5, you’ll have a lifeboat directly below your balcony, even though this won’t impact your forward outlook. Don’t worry, all the Premium Balconies on the higher decks have the same view of the same lifeboats if they look down as well.
9. Junior Suite
Where will you find them? Deck 4 (Category JS).
It’s little known that even though this category is below the Ocean Suite (see next), the indoor area is actually the same size at 25 square metres. The balcony however is about half the size of the Ocean Suite, but take that as you will.
However, the Junior Suite is in extremely limited supply – there are only two of them. They sit right next door to the Vista Suites on Deck 4. There’s a whirlpool tub in the bathroom and a walk-in closet among the interior perks of securing one of these super-exclusive suites.
10. Ocean Suite
Where will you find them? Decks 5, 6, 7, 8 (Category OS).
If cruising at the rear of the ship is the experience you’re after, you’ll want to get in quick to secure one of only six Ocean Suites very close to the back of the vessel, located right next door to the Vista Suites on the same deck. If you’re not lucky enough to grab one of these, there is a whole bunch in the centre of the ship on Deck 6.
Ocean Suites feature a private whirlpool in the bathroom along with a walk-in closet and plenty of space inside, with 25 square metres indoors and a seven square metre balcony.
11. Vista Suite
Where will you find them? Decks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Category VS).
There are ten of these suites, each around 22 square metres in size inside and with a 20 square metre wrap-around balcony due to the suite’s location in the rear corner of the ship. One of the walls is made up entirely of windows as well, making for a panoramic experience giving you a view practically any way you look.
12. Grand Suite
Where will you find them? Deck 6 (Category GS).
The highest suite category possible on Carnival Legend features 27 square metres inside the cabin itself and a 10 square metre balcony. There are six of these suites, three located together either side of the ship in a mid-ship position on Deck 6 and all fitted with a King bed which can be converted into Twin beds.
Only two of these suites offer bedding for more than two people, with one offering an additional Single sofa bed and Upper Pullman, while another can include a Double Sofa Bed if needed, according to Carnival’s deck plan. The suite features a longer balcony than normal and a separate dressing area.