MIAMI (April 9, 2008) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ From a 5,500-square-foot play area Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the largest in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â fleet Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to a fun-filled water spray park and facilities and activities aimed at youngsters, Ã¢â‚¬â„¢tweens and teens, kids of all ages are sure to have a blast aboard Carnival Cruise LinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ new 113,000-ton Carnival Splendor, set to debut this summer.
The largest Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â ever constructed, the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor is slated to debut July 2, with a special eight-day Europe voyage from Genoa followed by the launch of the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first-ever 12-day Northern Europe program from London (Dover) July 13, 2008.
Designed as the ultimate vacation for families, Carnival Splendor will offer different programs catering to specific age groups, including Ã¢â‚¬Å“Camp CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬Â (ages 2-11), Ã¢â‚¬Å“Circle CÃ¢â‚¬Â (ages 12-14) and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Club O2Ã¢â‚¬Â (ages 15-17), along with childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s menus, a corkscrew water slide, a stroller rental program and numerous other family-friendly features.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As the largest Ã¢â‚¬ËœFun ShipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ever constructed, Carnival Splendor provides a huge canvas to create some truly exciting spaces to entertain kids of all ages while further bolstering CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s distinction as the family cruise leader,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Lynn C. Torrent, CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s senior vice president of sales and guest services.
Largest Play Area in the Ã¢â‚¬ËœFun ShipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Fleet
A focal point for many of the Carnival SplendorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s youth activities will be an expansive 5,500-square-foot childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s play area Ã¢â‚¬â€œ roughly 30 percent bigger than the largest facility in the Carnival fleet.
Located mid-ship on Panorama Deck, the two-level facility will be divided into separate areas with each focusing on a different activity or function. One area will be an all-ages playroom with a variety of toys, games and puzzles. Another will be a computer game room with the latest computer gaming consoles, while a third will offer a dance floor and plasma screen TV displaying music videos and popular childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s movies.
Located one deck above will be a childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s water park with various water-spray apparatus, and a wet tot lot offering hours of splashing fun. The water park will complement Carnival SplendorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s four swimming pools, including a pool on Panorama Deck featuring the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s signature 214-foot-long Ã¢â‚¬Å“Twister Waterslide.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In addition to activities focusing on music, art, science and physical fitness, Carnival Splendor will also offer educational programming geared toward the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s various European, Caribbean, South American and Mexican Riviera itineraries.
New Ã¢â‚¬ËœCircle CÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Program for 12- to 14-Year-Olds
Carnival Splendor will be the first Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â to feature a purpose-built Ã¢â‚¬Å“Circle CÃ¢â‚¬Â facility, which caters specifically to the 12- to 14-year-old set.
Located mid-ship on Atlantic Deck, the sleek, modern facility will feature a dance floor with high-tech sound and lighting system, along with 42-inch plasma-screen TVs displaying movies and music videos, and a touch-screen jukebox stocked with the latest hits.
Other features will include gaming pods with the latest video games and consoles, with 20-inch plasma-screens positioned throughout the room and used exclusively for video gaming. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Circle CÃ¢â‚¬Â activities will include basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, water games, and late-night movies and pool parties.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœClub O2Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ for Teens
Continuing CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s emphasis on providing older kids with their own spaces and activities, Carnival Splendor will offer its own version of the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popular Ã¢â‚¬Å“Club O2Ã¢â‚¬Â teen program, which is aimed at kids ages 15 to 17.
The 2,365-square-foot facility, located mid-ship on Promenade Deck, will include a dance floor, DJ, and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and a lounge where teens can relax and enjoy non-alcoholic specialty drinks. A library with popular teen-oriented books and magazines will also be available. Special shore excursions offering older kids an opportunity to visit historic European destinations together as a group, along with CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popular Y Spa teen spa treatment program, will also be offered.
ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dining Options, Other Family-Friendly Amenities
Kids have their own unique dining preferences and Carnival Splendor will offer such family friendly options as childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s menus in the main dining rooms, 24-hour pizza and ice cream at the poolside restaurant, and a program where kids can enjoy a meal with the youth staff on the Lido Deck.
A childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s turn-down service providing freshly baked cookies at bedtime and CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popular Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fountain Fun Card,Ã¢â‚¬Â which, for a one-time fee, provides unlimited soft drinks throughout the voyage, will also be available.
Nightly babysitting services, at a cost of $6 per hour for the first child and $4 per hour for each additional child in the same family, along with CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popular stroller rental program, are also available. Also featured will be Ã¢â‚¬Å“CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Seaside Theatre,Ã¢â‚¬Â a 270-square-foot LED screen located poolside on Lido Deck and displaying movies, concerts and other programming.
Of the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1,503 staterooms, nearly 200 will be interconnecting with more than 350 accommodating up to three and four guests Ã¢â‚¬â€œ perfect for families.
Exciting Inaugural Schedule
Following a special one-time eight-day western Europe voyage from Genoa July 2-10, 2008, Carnival Splendor will launch the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first-ever 12-day Northern Europe cruise program from London (Dover) July 13, 2008. The program will run through Aug. 30, after which the ship will sail a trans-Atlantic crossing from London (Dover) to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from where it will launch a schedule of seven-day Caribbean voyages beginning November 29, 2008.
From January Ã¢â‚¬â€œ March 2009, Carnival Splendor will sail on a series of 14- to 18-day South America voyages Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first within the region Ã¢â‚¬â€œ then reposition to Long Beach, Calif., for year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages beginning March 29, continuing the expansion of the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s West Coast operations.
Reservations are currently being accepted for all of the Carnival SplendorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s various European, Caribbean, South American and Mexican Riviera itineraries. Round-trip air supplements and special discounted rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are also available.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.