MIAMI (July 10, 2008) â€“ Exclusive video of the recently completed naming ceremony for the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor is now available for viewing on www.carnival.com/splendor. The video footage showcases the one-of-a-kind event held earlier today in Dover, England, and presided over by Myleene Klass, a chart-topping musician, singer and television personality in the UK who served as the shipâ€™s godmother.
Following the ceremony, the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor â€“ Carnival Cruise Linesâ€™ largest ship to date â€“ sailed from the Port of Dover on a special three-day cruise to Amsterdam and will operate the lineâ€™s first-ever 12-day Northern Europe program from that port July 13 â€“ Aug. 30.
The video footage includes the naming ceremony’s dramatic culmination during which a member of the Royal Navy dive team â€“ following a cue from Klass, who was playing a classical piano piece live on Carnival Splendorâ€™s Lido Deck â€“ climbed up a 60-foot-long black marlin ascent rope to reach the shipâ€™s name at the top of the bow.
From there, the diver broke with tradition by smashing a bottle of 1994 vintage Nyetimber English sparkling wine across the shipâ€™s hull. Nyetimber was chosen by Carnival to emphasize the selection of Britain to launch its newest and largest ship.
Additionally, Carnival Splendor Senior Cruise Director John Heald â€“ whose cruise-themed blog has become one of the most popular sites on the Internet â€“ will be blogging live from the ship, offering his own unique insight into the festivities surrounding the lineâ€™s newest â€œFun Ship.â€ There will also be a section where visitors to the portal are encouraged to share their comments and correspond with other readers.
The special Web portal also offers a first look at Carnival Splendorâ€™s distinctive lounges, bars, restaurants, as well as the luxurious 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, expansive children facilities, and Carnivalâ€™s Seaside Theatre, a 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts and other programming.
Following its departures from Dover, Carnival Splendor will reposition to Rome (Civitavecchia) to operate a schedule of 12-day Mediterranean cruises through Oct. 17, 2008, then sail on a trans-Atlantic crossing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 29 – Nov. 14, positioning the vessel for a series of seven-day Caribbean cruises from that port. Carnival Splendor will then operate 14- to 18-day South America voyages followed by year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif., beginning March 29, 2009.
Carnival is accepting reservations on all of the Carnival Splendorâ€™s various European, Caribbean, South American and Mexican Riviera departures.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.