All Aboard The Fun Ship Carnival Legend
Guest Blogger: Jayne Gorman
Recently, Cruiseabout sent Jayne Gorman on a round trip journey from Sydney aboard the Carnival Legend to the Isle of Pines, Lifou, Mare and Noumea. Here is one of three blogs she has written about her experience;
Reading the Fun Times before bed every night became one of our cruising rituals. The leaflet distributed by housekeeping (alongside an impressive towel animal holding turn down chocolates) would inform us of the next day’s activity schedule. We’d pore over the list of productions, quizzes, live music and dining options, and begin to form a plan for yet another fun day at sea.
The great thing about the Carnival Legend is you can be as involved with activities, or not, as you wish. If we’d had a late night we’d ease ourselves into the day with a few hours of relaxation at Serenity Adults Only Retreat. With a pool, hammocks and cocoon-style seating, plus staff on hand to deliver fruity frozen cocktails, Serenity is a great place to lounge and enjoy the sea breezes.
There’s a further 2 more pools and 2 whirlpools spread along the Carnival Legend Lido Deck. These areas were always buzzing with music and games but feature plenty of sun loungers and shaded seating if you want to have your own space. The Splash Zone is great for big and small kids - taking a thrilling plunge on the Green Thunder waterslide is certainly a fun way to cool off! More sedate activities on the Lido Deck include a round of mini golf or a visit to the spa, which offers massages and wraps as well as beauty treatments.
In the afternoons we liked to get involved with a quiz; flexing our knowledge of 90’s music or Simpsons Trivia in the Legends Cafe. At the Follies Theatre I’d become convinced that I was going to win every round of Jackpot Bingo, whilst my partner tried his hand at Black Jack in the Club Merlin Casino (sadly we were both as unlucky as each other.) For a quieter afternoon we might read in the Holmes Library, or head to the gym (where running machines look out over the front of the ship) if we were feeling more active. Although we didn’t have time to sample everything, other guests spoke animatedly of the Hasbro Game Show hosted by the Cruise Director and shared the health secrets they picked up at various presentations.
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Of an evening is when the ship starts to sparkle. The fun would start at dinner when the waiters would surprise us with a different dance before dessert – their rendition of Nutbush City Limits was particularly good! Then we’d head to a show where the Carnival dancers would perform a medley of Motown, Disco or Rock classic hits. The staging, choreography and costumes were great – with flowers projections one night and rocking fire displays the next. On nights when there wasn’t a dance production the Follies Theatre would host a variety act instead. Singers flew in from Vegas, an illusionist wowed us all with vanishing tricks and a hypnotist had us rolling with laughter as he commanded a stage full of people to act like idiots!
We loved the late night comedy shows at The Punchliner Club so much we attended almost all of them. Two acts a night would regale us with self-deprecating humour and spot-on impressions (British comic Anil Desai did a great Indian Homer Simpson). For our last few nights at sea, Lisa Alvarado flew in from LA to perform a brilliant act based on her misunderstanding of Aussie slang. The boat almost shook from the way everyone was laughing.
The Carnival Legend is filled with music as well as laughter. Every evening live acts would be dispersed around the different venues – there might be a duet in the Atrium Lobby, guitarist in the Red Frog Pub and sing-along with Adam at Billie’s Piano Bar. We’d love stumbling across them all as we moved around the ship. On the nights we didn’t want the music to end, we’d head to Medusa’s Lair and throw shapes to ‘Hits & Mixes’ on the light up disco dance floor.
With its music, laughter, trivia and pools – Carnival Legend certainly puts the fun into cruising. Contact one of our Cruise Specialists on 1300 954 661 to organise your next trip aboard the Carnival Legend!
Guest Blogger: Jayne Gorman is a Sydney based travel blogger of Girl Tweets World and social media manager who enjoys sweet treats and a secluded beach.