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Carnival Splendor is one of Carnival’s largest ships, with 13 decks. Designed to accommodate up to 4,914 passengers at maximum full-berth capacity, it caters to everyone from kids to seniors. Splendor is designed around the loosely realised theme of “splendid things”, with cheery and playful decor. Have fun and unwind with comedy acts and lively shows, and revitalize at the huge spa. As per Carnival’s legacy, kids’ programming makes the cruise experience family-friendly and enjoyable.

Accommodation

Carnival Splendor has a total of 1,503 staterooms, all fairly standard in their respective categories, with balcony, ocean-view and interior. The balconies add an additional outdoor space to equipped staterooms. Apart from some extra perks in suites and designated spa cabins, and different ranges of cabin sizes, there aren’t many big differences in stateroom amenities. Staterooms have a telephone, individual climate control, hair dryer, mini-bar, bathrobes and a flat-screen television.

Food

Splendor’s twin main dining rooms, The Gold Pearl and The Black Pearl, are grandiose bi-level venues, named for the strings of decorative pearl-inspired accents that swirl through the room. The three-course dinner menu is robust and features a half-dozen entree choices each evening, including comfort food such as barbecued pork spare ribs, baked meatloaf and bacon mac and cheese. Other entree choices are wide-ranging: panko-crusted jumbo shrimp, Chateaubriand with Béarnaise sauce, seafood Newburg, and broiled Maine lobster tail. Available on all of Carnival’s ships, the Chef’s Table dining experience offers up to 14 participants a multicourse dinner with a master chef, a private cocktail reception and a tour of the galley and its operations.

Activities

With the bi-level Cloud 9 Spa, one of the largest and most elaborate in the Fun Ship fleet, Splendor outdoes itself. The two-story spa, with its pan-Asian design, is gorgeous and features another first for the line: a soothing thalassotherapy pool covered by a glass dome and featuring heated, ionized water and pulsating water jets. There’s a thermal suite of climate-controlled rooms, including steam rooms, offering varying degrees of warmness and coolness. The fitness centre is fully-equipped with more than 30 treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes, each with its own TV screen. For a fee, consultants are available for personal training, metabolism testing and nutrition planning. There are also spinning, yoga and Pilates classes, $12 each or $30 for three sessions. The gym also offers some complimentary classes, such as stretching, aerobics and body conditioning, along with tabloid-titled seminars such as “Eat More to Weigh Less” and “Secrets to a Flatter Stomach.”

Families

Camp Carnival playroom has an arts and crafts component, a plasma movie screen and video and board games. Scheduled activities typically run from 8 or 9 am until 10pm, and dinner accommodations can be made. Just above the playroom, connected by a private, secured stairway, is a fun-filled water-spray park. Specialty programs include H2Ocean, a science-based program that involves hands-on projects; SeaNotes, which introduces kids to different musical instruments and genres; and ExerSeas, a recreational fitness program. Circle “C,” catering to the teens, is a club that features gaming consoles and late-night movies. Activities include dance parties, karaoke and a Wii Sports showdown.

Verdict

A great option for really relaxing family holiday. The kids can enjoy Camp Carnival while the adults make the most of the extensive spa and entertainment options.

– Cruise Passenger 

“This “Fun Ship” delivers with ample activities and entertainment, at great-value pricing.”

– Cruise Critic 

“This family-friendly, fun-filled ship has a great water-slide.”

– Berlitz

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