Review of Carnival Splendor deck 9 (Lido-Pools-Cabins-Serenity)
Splendido Pool area (midship) has 1 swimming pool with 2 Jacuzzis/Whirlpools, an outdoor Stage (for live performances, contests, shows) and is served with food and drinks by 4 outdoor bars.
Lido Marketplace (complimentary, 1396 seats, menu) is the ship’s self-service buffet restaurant for open-seating Breakfast (7:30 am - 12-noon /made-to-order omelet station), Lunch (12-noon - 2:30 pm), Dinner (6-9:30 pm /Good Eats buffet) and for Late Night Snacks (11 pm - 1 am). Good Eats buffet menu is a Main Dining Room dinner alternative offering steaks, prime rib, grilled chicken, pastas, salads, desserts, daily Chef’s Special. Lido Marketplace consists of various take-away food stations and themed food bars. Among those are Carnival Deli (sandwiches, draught beer dispenser), Mongolian Wok (stir-fry, made-to-order Asian food /you choose the ingredients), The Captain’s Pasta Bar (choice of 3 pastas, 4 sauces, 12 toppings), Salad Bar (35 items), Pizza Pirate (24-hour Pizzeria), Chef’s Choice Bar (international cuisine /different menu each day), Hot and Cold Buffet (stir-fry, pastas, carving station), Grille (ham-cheese-veggie burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken fritters/sandwiches, sauteed mushrooms/onions, sauerkraut, Chili con Carne, homemade tortillas-chips-salsa), Dessert Bar (incl sugar-free items). There are also (self-serve, complimentary, 24-hour) tea/coffee station and machines for soft ice cream and yogurt. Chocolate Extravaganza Buffet (complimentary) is on the last seaday (7-day and longer cruise itineraries) and offers chocolate smorgasborg, chocolate fountain, cakes (incl pear, orange, cheesecake, dry fruit, diet).
Seafood Shack (menu, open for lunch and dinner /both with waiter service) is a casual restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating located near the Lido buffet (poolside). Seafood Shack's menu is a la carte priced (between $4-16 per item) and offers lobster (BLTs, rolls, steamed, fried), shrimp (salad, rolls, fried), crab cakes, clams, oysters. The menu also has buckets (fried clams, fried buffalo shrimps, and combos), platters (lobster/snow crab by the pound, crab cake – served with corn on the cob, garlic bread, hush puppies or fries), Fish & Chips, Soup of the Day (Lobster Bisque, Oyster Stew, Seafood Gumbo, New England Clam Chowder). The Seafood Shack restaurant is unique for offering fresh fish purchased from local markets along the cruise itineraries. Two-three times per sailing, one of the ship’s chefs goes to the port’s local fish market and purchases fresh fish and seafood. At Seafood Shack you can check out the cruise itinerary's current selection.
Carnival Deli (complimentary, open between 11 am - 11 pm) offers hot/cold sandwiches and sides and has a draft beer dispenser (for ThirstyFrog Red and Bud Light).
Guy’s Burger Joint (menu) is Carnival’s signature burger bar by the US celebrity Guy Fieri (Food Network). The bar is complimentary and open for lunch and dinner (between 12-noon - 6 pm). The menu includes specialty burgers (Plain Jane, Straight Up, Pig Patty, Chilius Maximus, The Ringer), also made-to-order burgers, hand-cut fries, condiment bar. The ingredients include 80-20 beef patties, buttered buns, melted cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, onions, pickles, tomato, Donkey Sauce (mayo), crispy bacon patty, spicy onion rings, chili, BBQ sauce.
BlueIguana Tequila Bar is an outdoor poolside bar for Mexican drinks (brews, frozens, cocktails, margaritas). BlueIguana Bar’s menu has draft beers (Modelo Especial, Dos Equis), bottled beers (Sol, Tecate, Corona, Pacifico), Beer Cocktail, beer buckets, Mexican tequilas, non-alcoholic frozens, soft drinks. Draft beers are served/priced in pints (16 oz / 470 ml) and tubes (101 oz / 3 L). The bar also sells Carnival-logoed souvenir glasses. On seadays are staged drink-mixing competitions between both bars (RedFrog and BlueIguana).
RedFrog Rum Bar is an outdoor poolside bar with best Caribbean rums, bottled Caribbean beers (Presidente, Kalik, Red Stripe, Corona, Corona Light, Dos Equis), draft beers (ThirstyFrog Red brew, Presidente brew), Red’s Beer Cocktail, frozens, cocktails, mojitos, margaritas, soft beverages. The bar also sells beer buckets and Carnival souvenir glasses. Draft beers are served/priced in pints (19 oz / 560 ml) and tubes (101 oz / 3 L).
Pizzeria del Capitano (complimentary, 24-hour, self-serve) is equipped with a wood-fired oven and offers fresh-baked pizzas (Margherita, Pepperoni, Napolitana, Capricciosa, Calzone), pan pizza, Caesar salad, also made-to-order pies.
Masala Tiger (complimentary, open between 12-noon - 2:30 pm) menu has grilled meat (cheesesteak, chicken legs, kebabs, fish), salads, curries, naan breads, rice, dhals.
Lido Cafe (open between 7 am - 4 pm) is a specialty coffee bar (a la carte priced Barista coffees, milkshakes, pastries, cookies, ice cream sundaes) also operating as a dinner bistro (complimentary food, waiter-served) between 6-9:30 pm.
Serenity is the ship’s adults-only retreat for passengers 21+ yo. This is an aft-location outdoor area with 1 swimming pool, 2 Jacuzzis/Whirlpools (large-size outdoor hot tub), The Deli, Masala Tiger Bar, Towel Bar, an exclusive sundeck for relaxation and sunbathing (furnished with hammocks, padded wicker chaise lounges and clamshell chairs), a separate shaded seating area (tables, padded wicker chairs and sofas). The adult deck is complimentary (free entry) and accessible at any time. The adult swimming pool, Jacuzzis/whirlpools and the Serenity Bar are available between 8 am - 10 pm only. Hours may vary depending on cruise itinerary, portdays/seadays, weather. The waiter-served Serenity Bar offers drinks and refreshments (cocktails, beer/buckets, wine, frozens, smoothies, shakes, soda). Snack Bar (open between 12-noon - 6 pm) offers complimentary sandwiches, fresh salads, desserts. Serenity Deck is conveniently located close to Horatio’s buffet restaurant. The Serenity Pool Deck is covered with SkyDome (sliding glass roof). The ship's aft pool on Lido Deck used to be an adults-only area.
Lido Deck cruise cabins from 9201 to 9295, of which Inside (categories 4J and 4G), Oceanview (6J-Scenic and 6K-Scenic Grand), Balcony staterooms (8D and 8E), and Suites (CS-Captain, JS-Junior).