I returned from a three-night cruise onboard the brand-new "Carnival Splendor" on Sunday.
I'm happy to report that Carnival continues to have a great product that I veray much enjoyed.
- superb food
- large, well-designed cabins with very comfortable beds
- great bands and musicians
- the one and only John Heald
- open aft pool area almost feels like onboard a liner
- rather poor fit and finish by Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard
- whereas previous Carnival ships almost exlusively feature teak on the open decks, "Carnival Splendor" no longer has teak anywhere with the sole exception of the tiny area around the crew jacuzzis at the bow(!)
yes, I did take a look at the spa. However, as it was in full operation, it was almost impossible to take any pictures. My brother was able to get a few pics when he was onboard two weeks ago. I will make sure to post them once I have them here.
Thanks for the report Raoul. But I am curious as to what they replaced the teak with? I can understand that for the sake of being green that not using wood is for the best (especially when you consider the work involved in keeping it maintained) but I don't want to be walking around on a metal deck either.
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Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007