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Specifications of Carnival Splendor
|Year built||2008 / Age: 13|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 700 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||Carnival Cruise Line|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||290 m / 951 ft|
|Beam (width)||38 m / 125 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||113573 gt|
|Passengers||3016 - 3619|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Sister-ships||Costa Concordia, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Pacifica, Costa Serena|
|Christened by||Myleene Klass|
Carnival Splendor Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2022 Feb 17||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$181|
|2022 Feb 20||12 days, round-trip New Zealand||Sydney||$768|
|2022 Mar 04||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$311|
|2022 Mar 08||9 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$697|
|2022 Mar 17||8 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$548|
|2022 Mar 25||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$263|
|2022 Mar 29||10 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$909|
|2022 Apr 08||8 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$712|
|2022 Apr 16||10 days, round-trip New Zealand||Sydney||$921|
|2022 Apr 26||9 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$766|
|2022 May 05||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$263|
|2022 May 09||11 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$700|
|2022 May 20||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$181|
|2022 May 23||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$432|
|2022 May 31||10 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$797|
|2022 Jun 10||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$342|
|2022 Jun 14||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$447|
|2022 Jun 22||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$594|
|2022 Jun 30||9 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$1069|
|2022 Jul 09||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$749|
|2022 Jul 17||12 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$1100|
|2022 Jul 29||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$259|
|2022 Aug 01||10 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$849|
|2022 Aug 11||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$594|
|2022 Aug 19||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$259|
|2022 Aug 22||10 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$799|
|2022 Sep 01||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$368|
|2022 Sep 05||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$594|
|2022 Sep 13||10 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$849|
|2022 Sep 23||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$315|
|2022 Sep 26||9 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$1079|
|2022 Oct 05||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$475|
|2022 Oct 09||10 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$1049|
|2022 Oct 19||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$594|
|2022 Oct 27||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$259|
|2022 Oct 30||6 days, round-trip Melbourne Cup||Sydney||$848|
|2022 Nov 05||5 days, round-trip Tasmania||Sydney||$417|
|2022 Nov 10||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$594|
|2022 Nov 18||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$259|
|2022 Nov 21||10 days, round-trip New Zealand||Sydney||$799|
|2022 Dec 01||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$368|
|2022 Dec 05||10 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$799|
|2022 Dec 15||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$454|
|2022 Dec 19||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$979|
|2022 Dec 27||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$474|
|2022 Dec 30||9 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$1239|
|2023 Jan 08||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$464|
|2023 Jan 12||5 days, round-trip Tasmania||Sydney||$549|
|2023 Jan 17||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$769|
|2023 Jan 25||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$464|
|2023 Jan 29||11 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$999|
|2023 Feb 09||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$388|
|2023 Feb 13||10 days, round-trip New Zealand||Sydney||$869|
|2023 Feb 23||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$279|
|2023 Feb 26||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$614|
|2023 Mar 06||10 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$869|
|2023 Mar 16||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$279|
|2023 Mar 19||9 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$809|
|2023 Mar 28||10 days, round-trip New Zealand||Sydney||$869|
|2023 Apr 07||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$581|
|2023 Apr 11||9 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$839|
|2023 Apr 20||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$399|
|2023 Apr 23||9 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$809|
|2023 May 02||10 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$919|
|2023 May 12||3 days, round-trip Getaway||Sydney||$279|
|2023 May 15||9 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$809|
|2023 May 24||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$388|
|2023 May 28||12 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$1100|
|2023 Jun 09||4 days, round-trip Tangalooma - Moreton Island||Sydney||$388|
|2023 Jun 13||8 days, round-trip South Pacific||Sydney||$654|
|2023 Jun 21||9 days, round-trip Great Barrier Reef||Sydney||$839|
Carnival Splendor Review
Review of Carnival Splendor
The 2008-built Carnival Splendor cruise ship belongs to Costa's Concordia-class liners - with sisterships Concordia (sunk in 2012), Favolosa, Fascinosa, Serena and Pacifica. Splendor was the largest "Fun Ship" until the debut of Carnival Dream in 2009.
It was first announced that the ship would be repositioned to China in early 2019, then transferred to the fleet of P&O Australia in late 2019. At the end of September 2017 was officially announced that Splendor will stay with Carnival.
History - construction and ownership
Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is a US shipping company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as an independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both a number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of the cruise industry's worldwide market.
The 3006-passenger ship Carnival Splendor is a big ship with a huge personality, which has already set herself apart in grand style. For first-time cruisers, Splendor has inaugurated a new cabin category, the spa cabin. The retractable sky cupola that covers Carnival Splendor's pool deck is also a novelty for Carnival. With Carnival Splendor, the line introduced its first-ever route in the Baltic and South America, a remarkable expansion for the fleet.
Decks and Cabins
Carnival Splendor staterooms (1508 total, in 33 categories) include 54 Suites, 537 Balcony, 363 Oceanview and 585 Inside cabins, most of which are sized 170-185 ft2 / 16-17 m2. CCL Splendor ship also has 66 Cloud 9 Spa cabins and 29 wheelchair-accessible cabins. Most cabin balconies are sized 35 ft2 / 3 m2. The largest are the Captain’s Suites (500 ft2 / 46 m2 plus 200 ft2 / 19 m2 terrace) accommodating up to 5 passengers.
The boat has 13 passenger decks, of which 8 are with cabins.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Carnival Splendor offers everything that's become a cruise industry standard, along with innovative surprises: a superb alternative restaurant, Indian tandoori grill, sushi bar, and stir-fry station. The premium coffee bar and Pinnacle supper club are the only onboard venues that come with an extra charge. The rest are all included in the fare you pay. Splendor's MDRs - The Gold Pearl and The Black Pearl, are grandiose dining venues. Dinner tables are assigned and the majority can accommodate 4-6-10 diners. Seatings are at 6 pm and 8:15 pm, orchestrated like a fine watch. Everyone knows it is time to say goodnight when Splendor's maitre d' starts singing and waiters jump up to dance on the tables.
Follows the complete list of Carnival Splendor restaurants and food bars.
- The Black Pearl Restaurant (744-seat forward Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings and “Your Time Dining”; offers “Seuss At Sea” themed breakfast for $5)
- The Gold Pearl Restaurant (1122-seat aft Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings and open seating for Breakfast and Lunch)
- Splendido Lido Buffet Restaurant (1396-seat, self-service buffet restaurant with various food stations; operates as a bistro in the evenings)
- The Pinnacle Steakhouse (108-seat, reservations only specialty restaurant for steaks and seafood, with dance floor and live music)
- California Roll Sushi (sushi bar, complimentary)
- Fahrenheit 555 (added in 2019) is where guests can try the finest aged beef, that is seared to exact specifications to lock in flavor at the precise temperature of 555 deg. Fahrenheit. Set in an elegant setting and offering a menu of some of the best cuts, Fahrenheit 555 is the best venue for celebrating special occasions or indulging in the evening. The upscale steakhouse incurs an additional charge.
- Masala Tiger (added in 2019) is a new modern dining concept created with the Australian palette in mind. It offers an authentic dining experience with Tandoori-style cooking. Passengers can enjoy a selection of chargrilled veggies and meats, curries, and naan bread fresh from the oven. The menu is included in the cruise fare and changes daily. Masala Tiger is to be located in the adults-only Serenity Retreat, also sheltering a nearby bar and Carnival Deli.
- Seafood Shack (added in 2019) is a seaside spot featuring New England-style, where passengers can tuck into a serving of fish and chips, Lobster BLT, or enjoy oysters, all at an additional charge.
- Pizzeria del Capitano (added in 2019) pays homage to Italian heritage of a lot of Carnival Captains. The pizzeria features hand-made pizzas with imported Italian flour, delectable toppings, and fresh mozzarella, all included in the cruise price.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Carnival Splendor marks a new class of ship for Carnival. One of her most awesome features is the luxury, 21,000-square-foot spa, the most elaborate in the fleet. Pan-Asian in design, the Cloud 9 Spa spans on two decks and features a state-of-the-art fitness center which rivals any other at sea. There are many beauty and health rooms for treatment, as well as the first Thalassotherapy pool. With 24 lounges and bars, outdoor movies, a water slide and a singing maitre d', Splendor delivers exactly what Carnival cruisers expect: fun. Splendor's shipboard entertainment is not confined to evenings. Live music is all over the ship, day and night.
The 270-sq.foot theater screen on Lido Deck is constantly used, showing movies, headline news and concerts. And, just like any Carnival cruise, there are trivia contests, bingo, bean bag tosses, Love and Marriage game, even men's hairy chest contest.
Follows the complete list of Carnival Splendor lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- Spectacular Theatre (1349-seat, 3-level show lounge for grand shows and musical productions; also used for daily trivia game shows, movies, bingo sessions).
- Splendor Atrium Lobby (7-deck high open floor area with Splendor Lobby Bar for live performances)
- The Pink Pearl (28-seat Card Room); Art Room Gallery; The Golden Atrium; The Alexandria Library
- The Fun Shops (offer “Bon Voyage” items, duty-free liquor, jewelry, fashion boutiques, souvenirs, logo items);
- Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts);
- S&S Card LCD kiosks;
- Photo Gallery and Shop
- Club O2 (teens' club lounge for video games, movies, karaoke, and themed parties); Video Games Arcade
- Our House Bar (55-seat sports bar); El Mojito Bar (30-seat wine bar); Alchemy Bar; Grand Piano Bar (100-seat piano bar); The Cool Lounge (88-seat jazz bar); Robusto Bar (147-seat cigar bar with live music)
- Royal Flush Casino (484-seat, served by Oceanview Bar); Centuries Promenade Bar (23-seat)
- The Coffee Shop (50-seat specialty coffee bar)
- Red Carpet Disco and Nightclub (211-seat)
- El Morocco Lounge (425-seat, with dance floor; El Morocco Bar; hosts Punchliner Comedy Club)
- RedFrog Rum Bar (Caribbean rums selection, ThirstyFrog Red draught beer, burgers, and fries)
- Carnival Cloud 9 Spa (with Thermal Suite, Oriental Steam Bath, Aroma Steam Bath, Laconium, Thalasso Pool, Saunas, Fitness Center with Aerobics Studio, Beauty Salon)
- Sports Deck (multi-sports court, Tennis Tables, Shuffleboard); 9-hole Mini Golf Course; Jogging Track.
- Circle C (kids' club lounge, complimentary)
- The Web (24-hour Internet computers room)
- Splendido Pool area (with stage; served by Splendido Bar)
- Liner Pool area (with two Whirlpools, served by Liner Bar)
- Thunderball Pool area (with Twister Waterslide, kids AquaPark, 1 Whirlpool); Splash Park (with 3 waterslides, fountains, and sprays)
- Carnival Seaside Theatre (LED screen outdoor cinema)
- Serenity (adults only area with Serenity Bar, two Whirlpools, padded lounges)
- Camp Carnival (kids' club lounge area, complimentary programs, supervised activities, with outdoor Kids Pool area).
Carnival Splendor itinerary program was initially based on departures from NYC New York (to Canada/New England and the Caribbean), from Miami Florida (to Eastern and Western Caribbean), as well as roundtrips to The Bahamas, Caribbean and Cruises to Nowhere out of Norfolk VA.
In 2019, the ship was repositioned from Los Angeles USA to Australia (homeport Sydney NSW) for year-round deployment. Operations started in November 2019, following the relocation voyage from Singapore to Sydney NSW. In Singapore, the liner was drydock-refurbished and new dining options were added for the Australian source market. It was previously suggested that Splendor in 2019 would join the P&O Australia fleet.
- Bookings on Carnival Splendor Australia 2019 program (departures November 25 through December 28) were opened on March 23, 2018.
- The Asia-Australia repositioning itinerary visited Indonesia (Benoa Bali, Komodo Island) and Darwin AU.
From Australia, Carnival Splendor initially offered 3 itineraries (Sydney roundtrips) to South Pacific islands.
- 8-NIGHT (2 sea days, Noumea, Lifou, Isle of Pines, 2 sea days), from AUD 1130 pp / double inside cabin rates
- 9-NIGHT (2 sea days, Noumea, Mare, Lifou, 3 sea days), from AUD 1649 pp / double inside cabin rates
- 9-NIGHT (2 sea days, Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou, 2 sea days), from AUD 1699 pp / double inside cabin rates.
The longest Carnival cruise ever was the 24-night Transpacific crossing on Splendor - departing on October 5, 2019, from LA-Long Beach CA. The ship crossed the Pacific Ocean to Asia (Singapore), arriving on October 30. After extended stops in Honolulu and Maui, the liner visited Guam and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), then Saigon (Vietnam) - all the 3 ports were first for CCL (never visited before). The relocation cruise also featured the traditional ceremony held during International dateline crossings. Prices started from just USD 1650 pp ($69 pp per day) with double occupancy.
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the CCL Splendor ship was paused from March 2020 through February 2022, departing from Sydney NSW on Feb 7. The ship's Australia 2022 itinerary program was based on:
- 3-day Getaways (themed cruises to nowhere)
- 4-day Tangalooma - Moreton Island
- 5-day Tasmania (Port Arthur, Hobart)
- 8-9-10-days "Great Barrier Reef" (Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island, Moreton Island, Willis Island)
- 8-10-11-12-days "South Pacific Islands" (New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji/including Dravuni Island)
- 10-12-days "New Zealand" (Wellington, Lyttelton-Christchurch, Port Chalmers-Dunedin, Fiordland NP)
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Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade was done in 2016. Splendor is Carnival's sole vessel of Costa Cruises Concordia-class liners, with sisterships Concordia, Serena, Pacifica, Fascinosa, Favolosa. In December 2016, Carnival announced that Splendor will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in late 2019. However, in 2017 this decision was canceled.
Fun Facts: this ship was originally designed to be part of Costa Cruceros fleet. That is why the boat has the largest Spa installed on a Fun Ship (2-deck area sized 21000 ft2 / 2000 m2) with winter garden and traditional tea house. Splendor also has fleet's largest kids playroom (sized 5500 ft2 / 510 m2). The main pool area is covered with a 2-deck-high retractable glass roof/dome.
In early 2013, CCL Splendor was relocated from LA (Long Beach) to NYC via itinerary route around South America. The reason for that long repositioning cruise was that (as Post-Panamax vessel) Splendor was not able to transit through Panama Canal.
Carnival Splendor refurbishment 2019 review
The ship's last drydock refurbishment was in 2019 (October 30 through November 24) done in Singapore (at Sembcorp Marine Shipyard). The USD 60 million drydocking project aimed to adapt the vessel for the Australian market as well as receiving Carnival's signature Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.
The project included general maintenance works, technical overhauls, refreshed interior spaces, adding new dining venues and bars (RedFrog Pub, Alchemy Bar, Guy’s Burger Joint), Serenity Retreat (adults-only sundeck), redesigned waterpark (with a free-fall drop waterslide).
Drydock 2016 was in the period March 6-20.
In late-2019, the ship was deployed to Australia (for roundtrips from homeport Sydney NSW) and transferred from CCL to Carnival Asia (subsidiary). In Spring 2018, the liner was repositioned to Asia for roundtrips from China. Carnival Asia cruise shipping operations are partnership between Carnival Cruise Lines and Costa Asia (Carnival Corporation's subsidiary on the Asian market). The second Carnival ship in Asia was Carnival Spirit (2017-2018 winter season only).
As part of the "Carnival Journeys" itinerary program (offering longer enrichment voyages), in 2018 (August 25 - September 8) Carnival Splendor operated a 14-day roundtrip Alaskan cruise from Long Beach (Los Angeles) California. The itinerary featured Hubbard Glacier and Icy Strait Point (day-long stay, whale and bear watching, world's longest zip-line). The list of onboard activities included Alaska-themed cultural and culinary events and themed seminars (photography, arts, crafts, cooking, celestial navigation). The list of Alaskan shore excursion included hiking, sea kayaking, canoeing, helicopter flightseeing tours, lake snorkeling. In 2017 (September 2-16), Carnival Miracle operated company's first-ever roundtrip to Alaska from California.
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