The new 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor is shown here rounding Cape Horn in South America on its way to its permanent homeport of Long Beach, Calif., from where it will operate year-round seven-day Mexican Rivera cruises beginning April 5. Carnival Splendor will be the largest â€œFun Shipâ€ ever deployed on the West Coast.
Too large to fit through the Panama Canal, the 113,300-ton SuperLiner embarked on a series of 14- to 18-day South America voyages which will serve to position the vessel on its new California-based program.
Representing a new class of ship, Carnival Splendor offers a host of innovations, highlighted by a 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa – the lineâ€™s largest â€“ featuring a thalassotherapy pool, elaborate thermal suite and 17 VIP treatment rooms. Adjacent to the facility are 68 spa staterooms and suites â€“ a first for Carnival.
Other features include a 5,500-square-foot childrenâ€™s play area â€“ the largest in the â€œFun Shipâ€ fleet â€“ a water spray park and a sliding sky dome over the mid-ship pool which also houses a massive LED screen displaying movies, concerts and other programming.