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Future cruise desk, Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Overview...........................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities.....................
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Shops, Children and Other Public Areas............Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four

Dining.................................................................Page Five
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“We cater to all age groups.  A whole family can come onboard - -
grandma, grandpa, all the way to pre-school.  We have many
activities for all age groups.  That makes a big difference.  Everyone
is taken care of.  People do not get bored when they come onboard,”
explains Carnival Splendor’s Hotel Director Guna Chellam,

Carnival Splendor was built to facilitate this approach to cruising.  
There are 22 bars and show lounges but there are also extensive
facilities for children including a 5,500 square foot Camp Carnival
play area.  It has a wide variety of casual dining venues but also an
elegant steakhouse.  There are sports facilities but there are also trivia
contests, wine tastings and afternoon tea.  She is a very well-rounded
ship.

The passenger body is similarly diverse.  It is mostly composed of
middle class Americans but with a wide range of ages and ethnic
backgrounds.  This is consistent with Carnival founder Ted Arison’s
goal of providing quality cruise vacations to mainstream America.

The basic design underlying Carnival Splendor can be traced back to
Carnival Destiny.  However, in the 12 years between the time
Destiny entered service and the time Splendor entered service, the
design evolved with additional decks and amenities being added.   As
a result, while those who are familiar with Destiny could easily find
their way around Splendor’s lower public decks, the upper decks
would be something of a mystery.  In fact, Splendor is closest in
design to the Costa Serena (and the ill-fated Costa Concordia) of
sister company Costa Cruises.

Splendor, however, debuted a number of features which were new to
Carnival.  Chief among these is the retractable glass roof covering the
midship pool area.  This feature protects not only the pool from the
elements but turns the area into a balconied-courtyard where movies
are shown on a giant LCD screen.  There is also the two-deck Cloud
Nine spa with a collection of new amenities as well as associated spa
staterooms.  Along the same lines, there is the adults-only outdoor
Serenity relaxation area.  But, lest one think that children were
forgotten in creating new features, there is a new water spray park
play area.

As Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill has described it,
Carnival Splendor has “a relaxed, unpretentious shipboard
atmosphere.”  Like all Carnival ships, Splendor has its own unique
interior decoration scheme - -  “Splendid Things.”  All of the public
areas reflect the superlative from the great ocean liners of the 1930s,
to pearls, to jazz legend Miles Davis, to name a few examples.  With
a few exceptions, this tends to lead to the spectacular in decoration,
which makes for a more exciting environment.

Indeed, in an interview with John Heald, ship designer
Joe Farcus
said: "I choose the color scheme not be bold per se, but rather to
create the emotion of the experience of the cruise and the particular
public space itself.  . . . I think that the act of taking a cruise already
tells me that the guest is looking for something different.  When
people book the cruise they are buying into the romance of the sea in
my view and therefore the design has to take their feet off the land,
the normal, and take them out to sea in a very special world designed
to enhance that initial romantic and nautical desire.  The Splendor
does this I believe."

Cruise Director Gustav "Goose" Neumann agrees. "A ship like this is
exciting.  The ideas are endless, the venues are different.  We have
so many great people here who come up with things.  You just think
'wow.' It is always evolving and changing.  But the idea that there is
spontaneous fun, the fun for all and all for fun, is an exciting
direction that we are going in."
  
After entering service, Splendor has been on something of an
odyssey.  She left the shipyard in Genoa, Italy and sailed to Dover
England where she was named by British musician Myleene Klass,
assisted by Royal Navy diver who climbed the side of the ship from
the sea to break a bottle of British sparkling wine over the ship's
name.  Her first summer season was spent doing cruises in Northern
Europe.  Then, after some cruises in the Mediterranean, Splendor
crossed the Atlantic and did a series of Caribbean cruises.  Too big to
transit the Panama Canal, Splendor sailed around the tip of South
America to the Pacific where she did cruises to Mexico from Long
Beach, California.  On one such cruise she had a fire in her engine
room.  Following repairs and enhancements to her safety systems,
she resumed cruising out of California.  In 2013, she shifted her base
to New York.  With her enclosed pool area, she is well-suited for
year-round cruising from Manhattan.
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CARNIVAL SPLENDOR TOUR 5
Captain Pagano of Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Captain Giorgio Pagano
Hotel Director Guna Chellam
Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Inside stateroom, Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Balcony stateroom, Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Guest Services desk, Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Port shopping desk, Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
shore excursions desk, Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
art Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
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Normandie model Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Above: Looking up the Splendor  
Atrium
from the lobby towards its
glass dome.
Below:  Looking down the
Splendor Atrium.
Much of the decoration on Splendor recalls the
1930s and the era of ocean liner travel in
particular.  However, the art work decorating the
stairways is mostly abstract and colorful.
Above left:  The Shore Excursions Desk where guests can purchase tours for the ports of call and post-cruise transfers.
Above right:  The
Guest Services Desk is the ship's general reception desk.
Below left:  The
Port Shopping Guide's desk where guests can get information about shopping ashore.
Below right: Passengers can book future cruises  through
The Cruise and Loyalty Desk.  It is also onboard headquarters for
Carnival's past passenger society.  
There are 1,503 guest cabins on
Splendor ranging from penthouses
to interior cabins.  Each cabin has
a flat screen television as well as
the line's specially-designed
Carnival Comfort bed.   Also, each
cabin comes with, amongst other
things, a basket of toiletries and
name-brand samples, terry cloth
robes (for use during the cruise),
and a telephone.  In general, the
cabins are larger than the industry
average.
Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
Cruise Director Goose
Neumann leads crew
members in a farewell
presentation at the end of
a cruise
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atrium Cruise ship Carnival Splendor
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