Carnival Splendor Overview

By - Updated Aug. 28, 2019

Carnival Splendor delivers a casual cruise experience designed for the average, fun-loving family. Built in 2008, this Concordia-class ship is headed to dry dock in 2019 before it travels down under to sail the sparkling Australian seas. The overhauled Splendor will debut updated dining options, more nightlife, and an expanded sports zone that complements the existing Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades added in 2016. In keeping with the family-friendly theme, Carnival Splendor features multideck waterslides, Camp Ocean adventure clubs, and Seuss at Sea activities plus all the mini-golf you can handle. Whether you're up for a dive-in movie by the pool or rocking the stage in Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, this line offers an abundance of family-friendly activities and entertainment.

New restaurants will include the popular poolside eateries Guy’s Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina, among other Carnival fan-favorites. Nightlife aboard Splendor centers around the Red Carpet Dance Club; The Cool, a jazz venue that hosts trivia nights; and the El Morocco Lounge, which is a popular spot for comedy and music. At night, Playlist Productions takes over the main stage at Spectacular Spectacular with live shows featuring nostalgic '80s hits and world-class dancing. The Punchliner Comedy Club is another happening venue for stand-up that's approved for all ages in the evening, and adults at night.

One of the ship's best features is the adults-only Serenity Retreat, which is equipped with plush canopy-covered daybeds. Families will also appreciate the main pool, which features a retractable roof so that even unseasonable weather can't spoil your fun.

From its current homeport in Long Beach, Carnival Splendor sails to Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera, including Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. Transpacific cruises are also available as the ship repositions to Sydney, Australia, via Singapore in 2019. Following its refurbishment, Splendor will operate from the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal year-round as Carnival expands its presence in the region. Itineraries range from fast-paced weekend getaways to leisurely 10-night cruises that explore islands between Tasmania and the Gold Coast.

Carnival Splendor Ship Highlights

  • Four pools and seven whirlpools
  • Water park featuring the Green Thunder racing slide
  • Sports deck with a jogging track and basketball
  • Miniature golf
  • Seuss at Sea activities and parade
  • Circle C for tweens
  • Club O2 for teens
  • Poolside Dive-In Movies
  • Sailaway Parties
  • Hasbro, The Game Show
  • Lip Sync Battle: Carnival
  • Punchliner Comedy Club
  • Stage shows by Playlist Productions
  • El Morocco Lounge
  • Red Carpet Dance Club
  • Bars and lounges, including the RedFrog Pub
  • Adults-only Serenity Retreat
  • Cloud 9 Spa with thalassotherapy pool

Before You Book

Why Sail on Carnival Splendor: Carnival Splendor is an excellent choice for active families traveling with children thanks to its wholesome activities, all-ages entertainment, and an abundance of casual dining.

You Should Know: Carnival has a reputation for balancing family fun and a party atmosphere, but Splendor tends to stay firmly in a family-friendly territory. There's one more thing...the ship is notorious for its pink decor.

Carnival Splendor Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,006
  • Total Crew: 1,150
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.61
  • Built: Jul 2008
  • Refurbished: Nov 2010
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,508
  • Cabin Categories: 37
  • Gross Tonnage: 113,300
  • Length: 952
  • Beam: 118


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.3
  • Children's Programs 3.9
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 3.9
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 3.9
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.1


1508 cabins and 37 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
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Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft.
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(165 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 238 sq. ft.
Balcony Balcony
(312 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft.
Suite Cabin Suite
(39 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 344 sq. ft.

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Taste Bar Taste Bar
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The Pinnacle Steakhouse The Pinnacle Steakhouse
(9 Reviews)
Mongolian Wok Mongolian Wok
(11 Reviews)
The Gold Pearl Restaurant The Gold Pearl Restaurant
(27 Reviews)

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Oriental Steam Bath Oriental Steam Bath
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Special Occasions Special Occasions
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Sports Deck Sports Deck
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Robusto Bar Robusto Bar
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Transpacific cruise, once in a lifetime.. by ontariotraveler

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If offered again definitely think going on this itinerary. Lots of long sea days, but the ports were something you don't find on the average cruise.

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had a wonderful time being away. by streibitz

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Most of the crew were great, i do not like being told we are out of something at a meal, because they are to lazy to go get it like sugar free syrup. every day told by someone we don't have sugar free ice cream and this the beginning of the trip

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great by house2882

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staft was outstanding the waiters and cabin Stuarts especially

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Oct 16, 2014

Don't sign up for the spa / thermal suite. Small pool, small locker rooms. Much better on NCL

Jan 25, 2015

Check out the Taste Bar. Great for a quick little bite while walking through the ship, without having to go to the buffet.

Apr 12, 2013

Bring a tray of cups of water and lemonade to your room so you don't have to pay for bottled water

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