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Carnival Splendor Ship Overview

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews



Carnival Splendor operates a unique program, offering a seven-day schedule of winter Caribbean cruises from Miami then spending the summer in New York sailing four- to eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and the Canadian Maritimes.

Carnival Splendor offers a host of resort-style facilities and features, including 22 themed public rooms and areas, myriad full-service and casual dining options, a 21,000-square-foot health and wellness center, children’s programs for three different age groups, including an expansive 5,500-square-foot play area.  Carnival Splendor also offers a sliding sky dome over the mid-ship pool area which houses a massive 270-square-foot LED screen displaying movies, concerts, sporting events and other programming.

Carnival Splendor’s memorable interiors are inspired by “splendid things,” a celebration of the magnificent, lustrous and elegant.  Highlights include El Mojito, a promenade bar evocative of a sidewalk café in Old Havana, with Spanish-style columns, classic hanging lanterns, and terracotta floors; El Morocco, a cabaret lounge that re-creates the famous 1930s New York club with zebra-patterned banquettes, palm trees and murals of Moroccan scenes; and Our House, a sports bar that celebrates a team’s home field advantage, with models of famous stadiums displayed in glass vitrines located around the room. Other venues include the Red Carpet dance club which, in addition to featuring a striking interior of deep red hues, turns every guest into a celebrity as they walk the VIP line past a series of mannequins waiting in line on the other side of the velvet rope to enter, and The Cool, a live music venue with artwork inspired by jazz innovator Miles Davis, with photos of the trumpeter and sheet music of his compositions.

The Carnival Splendor offers a wide variety of formal and casual options at sea, including the stunning Gold Pearl and Black Pearl formal dining rooms with extensive menus and wine lists; a casual poolside restaurant, The Lido, with full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and a 24-hour pizzeria, along with a New York-style deli, an Asian specialty station, a grille and a rotisserie; and The Pinnacle, a classic American steakhouse serving prime U.S.D.A. dry-aged beef, chops, seafood and other cuisine. Dining room menus also include vegetarian dishes and children’s menus, as well as Spa Carnival Fare, delicious health-conscious menu items that are lower in fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories. The ship also features a coffee bar serving lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and sweets, as well as complimentary 24-hour room service and ice cream and frozen yogurt. 


‘CAMP CARNIVAL,’ ‘CIRCLE C,’ ‘CLUB O2’– Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying 700,000 children annually, Carnival Splendor offers programming for children in three age groups — “Camp Carnival” for kids ages 2-11, “Circle C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and “Club O2” for older teens – with expansive facilities, age-appropriate activities and trained youth staff for each group.   Also featured is a 5,500-square-foot children’s play area – among the largest at sea — special children’s menus, a kids dining program where children can dine with the youth counselors in the poolside restaurant.   Stroller rental and babysitting services are available, as well.  Carnival Splendor also houses four swimming pools, including a children’s wading pool and a main pool offering a 214-foot-long water slide and a water spray park. 

CARNIVAL’S SEASIDE THEATRE- Carnival Splendor also features the line’s popular “Carnival Seaside Theatre,” a massive 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts, sporting events, and other programming, including a “Morning Show” hosted by the ship’s cruise director.  Utilizing the same technology featured in large stadiums and New York’s Times Square, the state-of-the-art entertainment system includes a 70,000-watt sound system, providing concert quality sound, even outdoors.

‘HEALTH AND FITNESS FACILITY’ – Fitness has become an important part of everyday life and guests sailing on the Carnival Splendor can take advantage of the ship’s two-level, 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa which features a thalassotherapy pool, elaborate thermal suite and 17 private treatment rooms, that serve as the venue for a variety of soothing “European-style” therapies.  A salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services is available, as well. Adjacent to the facility are 68 spa staterooms and suites – a first for the line.  Adjacent to the Cloud 9 Spa is Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat with colorful oversized umbrellas, and comfortable chaise lounges and sofa.

SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS –   As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom enhancements, all of the Carnival Splendor’s 1,503 staterooms feature the “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. Additionally, Carnival Splendor offers the line’s first spa staterooms and suites adjacent to the expansive two-level Cloud 9 Spa.  In addition to a striking Asian décor, these staterooms offer a number of exclusive amenities and privileges, including unlimited access to the facility.  Accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes along with in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women. 

INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Splendor offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with bow-to-stern Wi-Fi access providing guests with Internet access in all areas of the ship, including their staterooms.  Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.