Carnival Legend



Year built: 2001

Speed: 22 kn

Passengers: 2,124

Crew: 930

89k tons

12 decks


The Carnival Legend cruises from Sydney, Australia during the Summer. In the Winter, Legend sails 7 night cruises to the Western Caribbean from Tampa, Florida.


On September 30, 2009, while leaving the dock in Cozumel, Mexico, the Carnival Legend crashed against the side of the docked Royal Caribbean ship, Enchantment of the Seas. The incident was caused by a sudden and heavy gust of wind. The results were damaged open deck areas, railings, lots of broken glass and dishes. Both ships were able to continue on their itineraries.

On August 2004, the 8-day Caribbean cruise itinerary from NYC was changed to Bermuda after the ship experienced a propulsion issue. Passengers spent 3 days in King’s Wharf Bermuda, while crew was fixing the problem.

On July 13, 2005, at 5:00 PM, after leaving Tortola island, and en-route to home port of NYC New York, the ship started listing 14-degrees to the port side, with a hard starboard turn. Carnival Cruise Line explained the incident was a computer glitch problem, coinciding with a strong wind from the starboard side. The Captain had to manually navigate the vessel in order to prevent a real capsizing. The results were lots of broken glass, emptied pools, and spilled drinks. No compensation was offered to passengers.

On August 3, 2005, at 10:00 PM, an engine room fire broke out, resulting in heavy smoke from the ship’s lower forward decks. An announcement was made via the PA system that all passengers needed to proceed to upper open decks. The theater’s late show production was cancelled. Some cruise cabins and hallways were also filled with smoke. The incident lasted for 1 hour.

On September 2, 2007, during the vessel’s first day at sea, it lost power for about 1 hour, resulting in a late port of call arrival the next day.

On December 17, 2008, on a Western Caribbean itinerary, the ship experienced mechanical issues resulting in reduced speed and itinerary changes. The scheduled Panama and Costa Rica ports were replaced with Mexico and Honduras. The problem was caused by an Azipod bearing, which were replaced during the February dry dock.

On February 13, 2010, a propulsion problem occurred with the port side Azipod. It was reported by guests as “grinding noises and vibrations”. The results were highly reduced cruising speed, 7 hours late Tampa arrival, late next-day departure, and itinerary change.

On January 29, 2012, starboard Azipod problems resulted in a reduced cruising speed and caused a 4 hour late arrival and departure to and from home port Tampa, Florida. Passengers received $15 in on board credit as compensation to cover their lunch expenses.

On March 13, 2013, the ship was disabled in Costa Maya, Mexico. Propulsion problems with both Azipods resulted in itinerary changes due to the reduced speed. Grand Cayman port was skipped, and the ship arrived late in home port of Tampa, Florida. The vessel’s safety systems and hotel services were reported normal. As compensation, all passengers received $100 in on board credit, full refund on pre-purchased Grand Cayman excursions, and 50% future Carnival cruise.

On January 10, 2006, a 65-year-old male passenger died in a snorkeling shore excursion accident in Belize. The man experienced difficulties and was transported to Caye Caulker Village Clinic where he died from a heart attack.

On May 27, 2006, a 35-year-old male passenger jumped overboard. He was traveling with his family, and jumped off their cabin’s balcony right in front them. The incident happened at 1:00 AM, after the man had a serious quarrel with his wife. The ship remained in the area for about 12 hours. The extensive USCG search and rescue operation proved unsuccessful in finding the body, and he was presumed dead. As result, the ship arrived late in NYC port. All embarking passengers were compensated for the late departure with $50 in on board credit.

On April 21, 2010, upon the Cozumel port departure, a male passenger jumped overboard, rescued and then arrested by local police. The man was traveling together with his new bride on a honeymoon cruise. The young woman was found in their cabin beaten and unconscious.

On October 26, 2011, the ship was on a 7-day voyage, when a 48-year-old female passenger died in a scooter accident on Oct 26, in Cozumel, Mexico. Another female passenger suffered a broken arm, and a male passenger suffered a shoulder injury. Both were delivered to the ship by ambulance. Along with the 1 1/2 hours late departure from Cozumel, itinerary changes were made. The call ports Grand Cayman and Roatan were dropped and replaced by Progreso Mexico. While the ship was in Progreso a female passenger suffered injuries caused by an animal (monkey) while ashore. She was denied boarding due to risks of potential disease transmittance. On the same day, a male crew suffered injuries (bad burns) in a galley/kitchen incident on board.

On February 7, 2003, a 28-year-old female passenger reported being sexually assaulted in her cabin. The later identified by the woman 24-year-old male crew had entered the cabin  and raped her. The man used a master key to enter the cabin.

On January 1, 2007, on an 8-day itinerary from home port Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a medical emergency forced the ship to significantly change its course while en-route from Martinique, to Ft Lauderdale. As a result, Belize City port of call was dropped. As compensation, all passengers received 15% refund, plus 20% future Carnival cruises on 3 to 8 day itineraries prior to Dec 15, 2008.

On November 6, 2008, 13 passengers suffered minor injuries on a sponsored by Carnival shore excursion in Belize. Their tour van collided with another vehicle at the northern highway. In the Isuzu car, 5 people sustained injuries, among them an infant in critical condition.

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