Carnival Splendor

A day spent on Carnival Splendor:

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Carnival Splendor is one of the medium sized ships boasted by Carnival Cruise Liners. The ship’s gross tonnage is 113,300, 952 feet in length, 1150 onboard crew and a guest capacity of 3012. I did not grasp the concept of the decor -“Splendor” nor did I like it.

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Onboard at your leisure is the El Morocco lounge where live entertainment (this is not the theater which was closed) is held, a library with books in several languages and board games, Alchemy bar, Piano bar and several other bars and coffee shops. The casino is slap bang in the middle of deck five; if you want to get from one side of the ship to the other you are required to walk through the casino and breathe in the disgusting stale smoke, the alternative is to change decks along the way.

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Besides the Pinnacle steakhouse and the dining rooms, Lido deck offers a variety of food. There is no Guy’s Burgers on Splendor, but they do have Off the Grill which turned out to be better than Guy’s Burgers. On the Lido deck is the usual carvery, Tandoori, pizza, Mongolian dishes to choose from as well as scrumptious sweets and cakes (the lime cheesecake is a must).

In the evening the spread of meal choices was the same as at lunch, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, the fish was utterly distasteful and oily, as if it had merely been reheated or refried after the lunchtime serving.

Lazing around the swimming pools is always a pleasure. There was maintenance work being done to the main pool, and while we could have swum in the serenity pool it is for adults only, and we had our grandchild with us. It would not be fair to swim without her as she is an absolute water baby.

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We found the next best thing and relaxed in one of the many Jacuzzi’s or whirl pools on the ship; the water temperature was perfect and the flow from the water jets not too strong.

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I love the wooden benches with “Carnival Splendor” engraved on the backrest, sporadically set out on the open decks of the ship. They make for comfortable viewing of the sunset; the clouds obscured the sunset for the evening, but we were blessed enough with God’s painting of the sky.

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Just before leaving I turned around to take a last look of the ship, and it was lit up in all its Splendor!

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