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Carnival Splendor Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars 3.5
  • Expert Rating:3.5-stars 3.5
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.5
    • Couples: 3.4
    • Families w/ young children: 3.6
    • Families w/ older children: 3.6
    • Singles/Friends: 3.8
    • Groups: 3.4
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Refurbished: 2010
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,503
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 4

How it Ranks: Carnival Splendor ranks #13 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Inaugurated in 2008 (and refurbished in 2012), Carnival Splendor is the sole member of its class. With more features than Carnival's Conquest-class ships — like the 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, which offers treatments like body wraps and facials and a pool equipped with massaging jets — Splendor separates itself from its peers. One highlight is Serenity, an adults-only area of the pool deck, where guests can soak in whirlpools, lounge beneath large umbrellas and order cocktails. And with activities like volleyball, yoga, Pilates and jogging, guests have plenty of choice when it comes to daytime entertainment. Kids and teens also have plenty of onboard activities and programs to pick from, including the Splash Park and counselor-led clubs (for kids ages 2 to 17). But with that in mind, with 1,150 crew members catering to more than 3,000 guests, this ship doesn't offer as high a level of customization as other ships within the fleet. And in terms of lodging, only about 60 percent of Splendor's staterooms offer ocean views (not as many as found on Carnival's Spirit-class ships). Guests can choose from Interior or Ocean View cabins (185 to 220 square feet) for a compact, but budget-friendly option or spring for a Balcony stateroom (220 to 260 square feet) or Suite (310 to 430 square feet) for more space to sprawl out. All cabins offer 24-hour room service, flat-screen TVs, safes and minibars. In the evening, cruisers can pass the time at 22 bars and lounges, and grab a meal at one of four dining venues, including one specialty dining venue (for a $35 per person fee). And while past cruisers were complimentary of the ship's wait staff, some note that service in the dining rooms was often slow and lines at the Lido Deck buffet were often long.

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Carnival Splendor Cabins

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Carnival Splendor Deck Plans

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.