Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship
This article is part of a series showcasing cruise ships on the seven seas. Before we begin, we'll do a quick overview of cruise terms - to help you better understand the ship statistics to be displayed.
Gross Tonnage: Gross tonnage is the standard measurement of size of ship in the cruise industry. Despite the sound of its meaning, a gross tonnage is actually a measure of interior volume of space onboard, rather than actual ship weight. 1 gross ton is equal to 100 cubic feet of interior volume.
Knots: A knot is the standard speed measurement of a cruise ship, or any maritime vessel for that matter. a knot is equal to one nautical mile per hour (a nautical mile being 6076 feet, rather than 5280 for land miles) 1 knot is roughly equivalent to 1.15 mph.
Beam: The width of the ship, measured in feet or meters.
Draft: The height of the ship underneath the water line - how far down the vessel goes into the water.
Guest Capacity - Measured in terms of 2 per stateroom. Maximum capacity is a different measurement which is limited by the number of lifeboat spaces available onboard.
Carnival Splendor Statistics
Gross Tonnage: 113,300
Guest Capacity: 3,006
Length: 950 ft
Beam: 116 ft
Year Built: 2008
Shipyard: Fincantieri, Genoa, Italy
Ship Class: Splendor Class
Cost: $700 Million USD
All of Carnival's ships have a unique design in the public spaces of the vessel. Though vessels built in the same ship class have similar deck plans, no two ships in the Carnival fleet have the same interior design. The Carnival Splendor's central concept is well, Splendid things.
Stepping onboard, you'll enter the Splendor Atrium - a unique space decorated with reds, blacks and golds. The atrium has four glass elevators to transport you from the main entertainment areas inside the ship, all the way up through to your stateroom and the pool deck and spa. Sticking with the theme, you'll stroll through the oceanview promenade, past the royal flush casino, red carpet dance club and into the morocco aft lounge - a cabaret style club offering up multiple types of entertainment, including comedy. In this area of the ship, you'll also find the cool lounge and the grand piano bar - see where this theming is going? The aft atrium is three decks high and is called the gold atrium, with access to one of the ship's two main restaurants - the gold pearl restaurant (The other is the black pearl restaurant - no, not the pirate ship).
Stepping all the way forward, you'll enter the spectacular spectacular main lounge, a vibrant theater spanning three decks hosting a variety of nightly entertainment acts. Moving up to the lido deck, you'll find the lido restaurant, a vast space nestled in between two pool decks. The main pool deck holds the splendid lido pool which offers its fair share of entertainment over the course of the day. Moving up to spa deck, you'll find a large gym with a selection of cardio and weight equipment as well as an aerobics studio, full service salon and massage areas. Each space onboard is unique and offers a new surprise which really makes exploring the ship a lot of fun.
Stateroom categories range from interior (no windows, though cozy), to ocean view, verandah (balcony) and of course, suites. There are many categories to choose from. Keep in mind, when booking you can either have the ship select the room for you, or you can do it yourself. The ship will often provide free upgraded categories (from my experience) if you let them choose - which is a nice bonus.
However, if you do want to select, you'd want to shoot for a room close to one of the major elevator banks and ideally low and center if you are prone to motion sickness and would like the least vibration. Any room however will suit you well as guest rooms are not located in the very noisy and heavy motion areas. That's reserved for the crew!
This industry is based heavily on seasonality. That is, if you are looking for the lowest-priced cruises, you'll want to shoot for an off-peak voyage. (Generally Fall and Winter Sailings) If your travel schedule is limited and you don't mind paying the extra price tag, sailing during peak times is great. (Summer, Spring Break and Major Holidays)
Keep in mind the cruise fare you pay generally determines the stature of your fellow guests. Pricey cruise? Expect elegant travelers. Cheap cruise? Expect college students and retirees. Of course every sailing does have a good mix and you can always find fellow cruisers with similar tastes in mind, given the number of guests sailing onboard.
Looking for the deck plans? Check out this official page from Carnival
If you are looking for current pricing and availability for a cruise, Carnival's site offers up the latest information at Carnival.com. Keep in mind the ships do relocate often so any specific itinerary for this ship will change with time.