Splendor, which the cruise line previously announced would feature the fleet's largest spa, will also introduce Carnival's first "spa staterooms." Sixty-eight staterooms will surround the 21,000-square-ft. health and fitness facility. Cruisers who book these special cabins will have exclusive access to the spa and other perks such as priority spa appointments and free fitness classes. Occupants will also get unlimited use of the thermal suite and thalassotherapy pool -- Carnival's first -- covered by a glass dome.
Dedicated spa cabins are a new trend in the spa evolution; Carnival Corp. line Costa Cruises was the first in the industry to offer dedicated spa cabins when its CostaConcordia launched last summer. CostaSerena, which launches next month, will also have them.
What else is in store for Splendor? The ship will also operate Carnival's first-ever Northern Europe program, a series of 12-day voyages that will operate July 13 through August 30, 2008; ports of call include Copenhagen, Warnemunde (Berlin), Helsinki, St. Petersburg (two days), Tallin and Amsterdam.
Following its Northern Europe cruises, Carnival Splendor will sail a one-time 12-night Mediterranean & Greek Isles cruise before repositioning (via a 16-day trans-Atlantic) to Ft. Lauderdale for weeklong Exotic Eastern Caribbean cruises, calling at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas and St. John, San Juan, and Nassau.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor