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  • Sails out of NYC to the Eastern Caribbean and Bahamas
  • An original -- only ship in its class
  • Relax in Carnival's first spa cabins

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Splendor has a total of 1,501 staterooms, all fairly standard in their respective categories. The great majority are oceanview cabins and interior cabins, both configured at 185 square feet. Balconies, at 35 square feet, pop out of the oceanview staterooms.

Most of the suites range from 275 to 345 square feet, not counting balconies. But, the size doesn't really buy much in the way of extra elbow room, in terms of moving about the cabin. The "extra," instead, is found in larger bathrooms and closets and, in a few cases, slightly larger balconies. Unlike the other cabins, which are shower-only, the suites feature bathrooms with combination showers/whirlpools/bathtubs, bidets and double sinks.

Suites also come with "pillow menus," offering, for example, pillows made of goose down and goose feathers. But that's it when it comes to any difference in amenities. As one ship executive told me: "This is a one-class ship." To that end, every stateroom has a telephone, individual climate control, hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, bathrobes and a flat-screen television. (One thing I particularly liked was Splendor's interactive TV system, which lets you do everything from checking your account and selecting pay-per-view movies to ordering a bottle of wine or shore excursion tickets.)

With the sole exception of the spa cabins, no stateroom has much in the way of toiletries -- except for shampoo and bath gel dispensers in the showers, soap bars and an assortment of free samples -- a Bic razor, for example, or Pepcid, used to treat heartburn -- that product manufacturers give Carnival to promote their brands. Just think of the freebies, along with store coupons, that occasionally show up in your Sunday newspaper, and you'll get the idea.

Carnival completely ramps up its offerings with Splendor's spa cabins. Located on the Panorama and Spa Decks -- 10 and 11, respectively -- the cabins have some attributes that are subtle, but some are not. Unlike the rest of Splendor's cabins, the design theme is Asian to reflect the serenity of the Cloud 9 Spa. That includes drapes, bed linens -- even the carpet in the hallways. Passengers in the spa cabins also are treated to upgraded terrycloth robes, slippers and Elemis toiletries. Most of the cabins are located on Deck 10, directly below the spa, and are accessed by a private spiral staircase or glass elevator. Other amenities include unlimited use of the thermal suites and thalassotherapy pool, priority spa and cabana appointments, two complimentary fitness classes per guest and in-stateroom yoga mats and fitness bands. This is a concept just right for the times. Note: No smoking is permitted in the spa cabins or on balconies.

Twenty-eight of the cabins onboard are handicapped accessible.

Splendor also has several do-it-yourself laundry and ironing rooms. Washers and dryers cost $2 each and take quarters. However, Splendor runs a laundry promotion that is worth mentioning. Give your stateroom steward your Carnival logo laundry bag of clothing by 11 a.m., and it will be returned -- washed and folded -- by 7 p.m. The cost ($10) isn't bad.


Carnival Splendor Cabin Reviews 331 Cabin Reviews
   Category 6B
October 2014

Our oceanview room was on the main deck, close to the middle of the ship. As ocean view rooms go, it was fairly spacious and clean. Our steward, William, did an awesome job. It was very quiet.

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   Cabin 8395
October 2014

Room was great and size was fine, especially after spending the previous few days in a NY hotel. The glass on the balcony was cleaned often. If you're sailing out of NY, the Starboard side is the side you might want as you are will pass the Statue of Liberty when...continue


   Cabin 2281
October 2014

I like the lower decks, mid ship. Not much swaying. It's also easier to go from one side of the ship to the other and access other decks. There are several decks that you have to go up a couple of decks in order to get across the ship.

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