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

Carnival Splendor Cabins

1508 cabins and 37 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(294 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $78/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(161 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 238 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $105/night
Balcony Balcony
(309 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $142/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(39 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 344 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $182/night

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Carnival Splendor Dining

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Taste Bar Taste Bar
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The Pinnacle Steakhouse The Pinnacle Steakhouse
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Mongolian Wok Mongolian Wok
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The Gold Pearl Restaurant The Gold Pearl Restaurant
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Carnival Splendor Onboard Activities

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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
(3 Reviews)
Robusto Bar Robusto Bar
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Great way to have FUN!!! All day by williamsdaisy

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It was awesome. Not once did I run into a crabby disgruntled person. I was able to attend all shows and had time to relax and read a book.

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Wonderful first cruise experience. by gregg684

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was our first cruise ever and we really enjoyed our experience. Would have liked less promotional activities from the shops and would have enjoyed more entertainment stuff. Really didn't care for being solicited the entire trip while on the ship and in each port. Want more stuff to do like shows, activities like zip line, bigger water park area, etc. Dancing at the night club.

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My 50th Birthday Cruise by fhasenbalg98284

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This cruise was a gift to myself for my 50th Birthday. I had a good time on board the fun club did a great job. my dining room experience was not good we were given a 8pm time and were always the last table to be served every night oven getting done with dessert at or after 10pm. Often missing the on board shows unless we skipped dessert or ate some where else. I was told by my booking agent that my room would be made up for my birthday and nothing was done except for a discount for a photo and money off a spa. I was very disappointed.

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938 Carnival Splendor Tips

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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