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Carnival Legend set for pre-Australia refurb, repositioning cruises

Coming to Carnival Legend - Green Thunder waterslide (pictured: Carnival Spirit's Green Thunder)
The 2002-built Carnival Legend will undergo a major Fun Ship 2.0 renovation before operating Panama Canal and trans-Pacific cruises prior to its new seasonal schedule in Australia in late 2014.

The 13-day Panama Canal voyage will depart Tampa Aug. 17 and arrive in Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 30. Carnival Legend will visit Grand Cayman and Cartagena prior to the Canal transit followed by day-long calls at Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Carnival Legend will then operate a 23-day trans-Pacific voyage that departs from Long Beach Aug. 30, and arrives in Sydney Sept. 22. The itinerary will feature extended calls at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Papeete (Tahiti), Bora Bora and Moorea, French Polynesia; Suva, Fiji Islands; and Noumea, New Caledonia.

The two sailings can be combined to create a 36-day cruise to 10 destinations across three continents.

Prior to these voyages, Carnival Legend will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation that will add a WaterWorks aqua park highlighted by a Green Thunder waterslide, a RedFrog Pub, a full-service sushi restaurant called Bonsai Sushi, and Cherry On Top, a store selling confections, apparel and novelty items.

The trans-Pacific crossing will position Carnival Legend for a seasonal program from Australia that kicks off Sept. 24, 2014, and encompasses eight- to 12-day cruises from Sydney calling at a variety of destinations within the Pacific including New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.