Carnival Cruises is one of the finest cruise ship operators in the entire world, and the Carnival Splendor is one of its most unique offerings. In fact, it’s the only member of Carnival’s Concordia-class line. If that name sounds familiar, then it should. The Splendor was originally under construction of Costa cruise lines, but Carnival ended up taking over construction mid-way through its development. That’s why this ship looks more like a cruise ship in the Costa line than it does a Carnival cruise ship.
This uniqueness, of course, is present in other design elements of the ship. Originally launched in 2008, there are things aboard the Splendor that you simply won’t find on other Carnival cruise ships. For example, the pool situation on board is unique to the Splendor and totally cool – we’ll get to that. Also, you’re going to find a number of different dining options which differ from what you’ll find on other Carnival cruise ships, particularly those that have received recent “Funship 2.0” upgrades.
So, what makes the Carnival Splendor so cool, and why should you consider booking a cruise aboard her? Well, take a look at the 21 pictures that follow, and we think you’ll understand perfectly well what makes her so cool.
1. Holy Ship!
Having entered service in 2008, the Splendor is one of Carnival’s larger ships, capable of carrying over 3,000 passengers at a time.
2. Lido Pool
When it comes to entertainment up on deck, the Lido Pool is always buzzing, particularly due to its massive outdoor screen.
3. Slip Sliding
Oh, and there’s also an incredible water slide that leads directly next to the Lido Pool as well!
4. More Swimming
If you head to the aft section of the ship, you’ll also find another pool that features two amazing hot tubs with incredible views.
5. Family Fun
For vacationing families, there’s a deliciously fun 9-hole mini golf course to be enjoyed up on deck.
6. Serene Times
Of course, you’ll want to escape the little ones from time to time, too. This can be accomplished at the adults-only Serenity Deck.
7. Time to Relax
When you’re really need to unwind on your vacation, you’ll want to visit the Splendor’s award-winning spa, Cloud9.
8. Fine Dining
If you’re in the mood for a treat of a meal, then you’ll want to pop by the beautiful Pinnacle Steakhouse, which also offers nightly entertainment.
9. Main Dining
The largest dining room aboard the ship belongs to the Lido Restaurant, which offers buffet-style dining.
10. The Atrium
The beautifully decorated Splendor Atrium covers three decks inside of the ship.
11. Catch a Show
When you’re in the mood for catching a Broadway-style show, you’ll want to head to the Spectacular Show Room.
12. The Big Show
If you’d rather keep up to date with the goings on of the home team, then you can head to the ship’s sports bar called Our House.
When you’re in the mood for a round of slots or table games, then you’ll want to check out the Royal Flush Casino.
14. Teen Excitement
If you’ve got some teenagers in your group, you can send them to the teens-only Club O2 for some entertainment.
15. Adult Excitement
For adults who are in the mood to dance, dance, dance, there’s the Red Carpet Lounge pictured above.
16. Classy Night Out
If a dance club is too much for you, then you should check out Grand Piano, the ship’s extremely classy piano bar.
Feeling the need for a robust cigar while you’re on your cruise? Then enjoy some light jazz in Robusto Bar, the ship’s own cigar lounge.
18. Ocean Suites
The beautiful ocean suites provide generously sized balconies, making them an ideal choice for accommodations.
19. Balcony Staterooms
The balcony staterooms are a bit smaller than the Ocean Suites, but the size of the balconies are still generous!
20. Plenty of Space
Even if you don’t spring for a room with a balcony, you’ll find that the Oceanview Staterooms and Interior Staterooms are all plenty big.
21. Hop Aboard!
As you can see, the Carnival Splendor is one heck of a ship. Maybe it’s time you booked your next cruising vacation aboard her?