Carnival Legend recently underwent an extensive makeover that added a host of new features, including WaterWorks, highlighted by Green Thunder, the fastest and steepest water slide at sea, and the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole serving the line’s private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red. The full-service Bonsai Sushi restaurant offering Asian specialties and Cherry On Top, a confections and novelty store, were added, as well.
Carnival Miracle also offers a wide range of innovations, including the Serenity adults-only retreat featuring its own pool and full bar service, the Punchliner Comedy Club with up to 20 family-friendly and adults-only shows each week, a wedding chapel, a luxurious 14,500-square-foot health and wellness facility, and an enclosed corkscrew water slide full of twists and turns. Carnival Miracle will also undergo a dry dock in March 2015 that will add a variety of additional Fun Ship 2.0 features. Carnival Miracle and Carnival Legend each offer fun, supervised programs for children ages 2-17, as well as nearly 850 ocean view and balcony staterooms, perfect for viewing the sea and passing scenery.
Carnival Miracle Year-Round Mexican Riviera Cruising
Carnival Miracle will introduce year-round Mexican Riviera cruising from Long Beach on Oct 4, 2014. The program will encompass three different week-long itineraries, including a new three-port, 7-day cruise featuring Mazatlán on the majority of departures. In addition to the call in Mazatlán, the new three-port itinerary will feature the stunning Mexican resort destinations of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. The full day call at Mazatlán will provide guests with ample opportunities to explore this scenic seaside destination, which features world-class beaches and sportfishing, as well as the Malecon, an outdoor promenade lined with shops, restaurants and centuries-old architectural structures.
Carnival Miracle’s year-round schedule from Long Beach also includes two other itinerary options. The first is a 7-day, two-port itinerary that features a stop in Cabo San Lucas, along with a 2-day overnight stay in Puerto Vallarta. While in Puerto Vallarta, guests can explore this tropical paradise known for its beautiful beaches, excellent diving, and sizzling nightlife. The second alternate itinerary includes a visit to Puerto Vallarta, along with a 2-day call at Cabo San Lucas, known for its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and the distinctive El Arco (The Arch), a 30-foot-high rock formation where the Pacific Ocean joins the Sea of Cortez.
Carnival Legend to Alaska
Following its inaugural season in Australia, Carnival Legend will replace Carnival Miracle, which is sailing Alaska cruises this year, and again operate the line’s seasonal Alaska program beginning in May 2015. In total, 16 week-long Alaska cruises will operate from the Port of Seattle from May 26 to Sept 8, 2015, departing each Tuesday.
Port calls on these voyages include the popular Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord or sailing Glacier Bay. Carnival Legend will also operate a special one-time 8-day Glacier Bay voyage departing Vancouver May 18 and arriving in Seattle May 26, 2015. Each of these destinations offers a rich history and culture, along with natural wonders, such as calving glaciers, magnificent fjords, and native sea and animal life. A wide range of shore excursions, from helicopter flightseeing and rainforest canopy tours to hiking, canoeing, and kayaking expeditions, are also available. Carnival Legend will also feature an on-board naturalist who educates guests on the region’s colorful history and points out animal and marine life from the ship’s bridge.
Say Aloha to Hawaii
Carnival will offer four Hawaii sailings in 2015-16: an 11-day cruise on Carnival Legend departing from Honolulu in May 2015 and three 15-day voyages aboard Carnival Miracle operating round-trip from Long Beach in October and November 2015, and November 2016.
The 11-day Hawaii voyage on Carnival Legend will depart Honolulu May 7 and arrive in Vancouver May 18, 2015, with extended stops in Kauai, Maui, Hilo, and Kona, along with an overnight call in Honolulu.
Carnival Miracle’s three Hawaii cruises will operate round-trip from Long Beach departing Oct 17 and Nov 28, 2015, and Nov 16, 2016. On these sailings, guests can visit the stunning island destinations of Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Kona, and Hilo, as well as Ensenada, Mexico.
These voyages provide guests a variety of opportunities to get an “up close and personal” look at the Aloha State, from hiking across volcanic rock formations and relaxing on some of the world’s most famous beaches to learning more about rich Polynesian cultures and getting a bird’s eye view of the lush countryside via a helicopter tour.
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