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Carnival Splendor: Photo tour & ship overview
As the first in a new class of Fun Ships, Carnival Splendor offers a host of innovative onboard features and facilities, highlighted by a 21,000-square-foot health and fitness center — one of the largest at sea — which features Carnival's first thermal suite and thalassotherapy pool covered by a glass dome.
El Morocco Lounge hosts comedy shows, musical performances, karaoke and more. The Royal Flush Casino incites visions of winning, while the onboard jazz club, The Cool, simply says it all without saying a word. And the Pinnacle Steakhouse can be found not only at the height of elegant dining, but at the apex of the ship.
If you list "splish" and "splash" among your favorite terms, there's the Carnival Twister Waterslide. How about floating or swimming around? Carnival Splendor has pools all over the place, including the midship pool featuring a retractable roof that makes any day a pool day.
Where Carnival Splendor sails
Home ports: New York with occasional sailings from Baltimore
Destinations: Carnival Splendor sails in and around the Caribbean during winter months, with stops that may include Grand Turk; Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas; Freeport, The Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Summer cruises include Eastern Caribbean destinations as well as a Canadian cruise to Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia with stops in Portland, Maine and Boston.
Top dining options
Enjoy a multicourse dinner hosted by one of Carnival’s master chefs. The VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 14, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation and then a full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. The experience is $75 per guest, and reservations are required.
Carnival's Lido Restaurant is your one-stop destination for casual dining options such as Carnival Deli, Chef’s Choice, Mongolian Wok and Salad Bar. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.
The Pinnacle Steakhouse is Manhattan-chic, and the menu includes gourmet delicacies and mouth-watering favorites for every appetite.
The Taste Bar
Stop into The Taste Bar for a new and different delicacy each day.
Entertainment & activities
The Punchliner Comedy Club
Carnival teamed up with renowned comedian and TV personality George Lopez, who helped select talent for the fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs. Guests can enjoy an evening laughing along to the comedians’ jokes.
This onboard water park features two waterslides: Drainpipe and Twister. At the center of Carnival WaterWorks is a giant, 300-gallon dump bucket that combines water and gravity in a way that's sure to soak.
Carnival's Seaside Theatre
Guests can watch a movie on the giant outdoor screen while relaxing in a pool or lounging on a beach chair.
Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
The Serenity area lets adults spend time with other adults. Read a book, enjoy the view, sip something from the bar or just enjoy some quality time to yourself.
Royal Flush Casino
Feeling lucky? Head over to the onboard casino to try out a wide selection of slots and table games including blackjack, roulette and poker.
Have a swinging good time on the Carnival Splendor Sky deck's new 9-hole mini-golf course. The greens are meticulously maintained and the view is beautiful.
Bars & lounges
El Morocco Aft Lounge
Meet, greet, chill and chat at the El Morocco Aft Lounge. It's an ideal place to have a drink, tell friends a joke and listen to live music.
Piano Bar is the swanky, jazzy bar setting designed for laid-back, fun times. The live music may even encourage a sing-along or two.
Spa & fitness
Cloud 9 Spa
The Thalassotherapy Pool at Cloud 9 Spa features jets of water that massage your body in a special formulation of ocean water rich with trace elements of vitamins. Treat yourself to a daily or voyage pass for access then let the calming waters do the rest.
Renew yourself with premium beauty and wellness therapies, like hot stone massages, aromatherapy or full-body wraps.
There’s no excuse for leaving your fitness routine back on land with the fitness equipment available on board in the fitness center. Surrounding the facility are the 68 exclusive spa staterooms, a first for Carnival. Guests in spa staterooms will have exclusive entry access to the adjacent spa facilities and will receive a wide array of special offerings including priority spa appointments, unlimited use of the thermal suite and thalassotherapy pool, complimentary fitness classes and other amenities.
Camp Carnival is the place where the youngest cruisers (ages 2 to 11) will experience games, finger painting, story time, movies and more in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. Carnival's babysitting program also offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 am.
Youths ages 12 to 14 can enjoy video games, scavenger hunts and dance parties at “Circle C” as well as enjoy getting outside with sports, pool parties and special shore excursions. Plus, they can enjoy all of this excitement with kids their own age.
Teens 15 to 17 can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties at Club O2, as well as video games and movies from the club's comfy seating and video monitors all over the place. They'll even have fun outside of the club, with pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Relaxing at the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
- Testing your luck at the onboard casino
- Splishing and splashing on the Twister Waterslide