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Carnival Splendor - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

The Twister waterslide on Carnival Splendor Launched in 2008 and slightly larger than Carnival’s earlier Conquest-class ships, the 113,000-ton 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor is just as bright and playful, but with a few tweaks, including a larger playroom and a great water “sprayground” up on deck.

The glittery nine-deck-high atrium is anchored with a bar and is a great place to meet or people watch. In all, there are 22 bars and lounges that play off the ship’s “splendid things” theme, from a sports bar with famous stadiums displayed in glass cases to the Red Carpet disco covered in deep red hues, with mannequins waiting in line behind a classic velvet rope. There’s a piano bar, jazz club and the El Mojito promenade bar that mimics an Old Havana café with Spanish-style columns, lanterns and terracotta floors. The casino packs in almost 300 slot machines and about two dozen gaming tables. The three-level theater is the venue for pull-out-the-stops Vegas-style song and dance productions accompanied by live orchestras.

Dining options include a pair of two-story main restaurants as well as an intimate, extra-cost steakhouse serving USDA prime aged steaks and seafood for a mostly adult clientele looking for a more upscale experience. Meals are also served in the two-story lido buffet where you’ll find separate stations for Asian and American dishes, deli sandwiches, salads, pizza, burgers and more—not to mention a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

The ship’s four swimming pools include the main pool flanked by a pair of huge hot tubs, a stage for live (and really loud) music, and a giant movie screen for videos and ship events. A 3-deck-high spiral water slide takes thrill-seekers on a 214-foot-long ride. For young kids, there’s a great water park with sprinklers and sliding boards.

The 5,500 square-foot Children’s World playroom has an arts-and-crafts station, video wall, computer lab, PlayStation games, and lots of toys for younger children. Hard-to-please tweens have their own separate space and so do teens, theirs with a soda bar and dance floor flowing into a huge video game arcade with air-hockey tables which is open to all passengers. Kid of all ages can have a zap-fest in the inflatable laser tag arena.

The oceanview gym is stocked with the latest exercise machines, while the Cloud 9 Spa measures 21,000 square feet and boasts 17 treatment rooms, plus an elaborate thermal suite and thalassotherapy pool. The adults-only Serenity deck area is a respite of padded chaise lounges, oversized umbrellas and a pair of large hot tubs sequestered from the fray.

Carnival Splendor’s standard outside cabins measure a roomy 185 to 220 square feet, and offer amenities like stocked, pay-as-you-go minifridges, robes to use while on board, and super-comfortable mattresses and bedding. Sixty-eight special spa staterooms feature Asian decor and private elevator access to the spa.

The Gold Pearl Dining Room on Carnival SplendorShip Information
Carnival Splendor belongs to Carnival Cruise Lines' Conquest/Splendor Class of cruise ships. This Carnival ship features lots of fun around its pool area, with the outdoor Seaside Theatre - a giant 12 ft by 22 ft jumbo LCD screen for movies, concerts, sports events, and more. The ship is very family friendly, with the most popular family program in the cruise industry, and with outdoor fun such as the Twister waterslide. Adults will enjoy the ship's multitude of bars and lounges.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2008 ♦ Ship's Class: Splendor Class ♦ Country of Registry Panama ♦ Tonnage 113,000 ♦ Length 952 ft - 290 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22.5 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,006 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,744 ♦ Passenger Decks 13 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,150 ♦ Officer's Nationality Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 1,503 ♦ Suites with Balcony 52 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 537 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 357 ♦ Inside 557 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 29 ♦ Carnival Cruise Lines' cabins are great for families. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "Your Choice Dining" lets you choose the time that suits you ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Steakhouse ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Resort Style Pool ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ The Twister waterslide and water spray park ♦ Mini Golf ♦ Promenade Deck: none

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Camp Carnival: 2 to 11 year olds ♦ Circle "C": 12 to 14 year olds ♦ Club 02!: 15 to 17 year olds ♦ Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center