We have just come back from an 11 night cruise form Dover (UK) to Rome on the new Carnival Splendour we are a UK couple in our Mid 30's and were travelling with my parents father 72 and mother disabled and wheelchair bound, we were in the cheapest cabin we could get 1253 and my parents had a disabled cabin.
Ship The ship was lovely brand new and huge as with many new ships much oceanside space has been given to balcony cabins which meant that there was less promenade for us cheapies. The atrium was awesome all 10 floors of it with 4 glass lifts a lovely bar and dance floor at the bottom. The library was good and the shops better than many thought they charged 17.5% VAT in some shops but not others. The casino was awesome a little Vegas at sea and the slots seemed much looser than its Vegas counterpart. There were about 7 bars and a nightclub as well as a good amusement arcade and a kids disco. The Spectacular theatre was large and the seats comfortable but they could have cut some of the chrome and white lights to make it easier on the eyes. The lido deck had a fair sized pool and lots of loungers and a big screen that showed a concert and movies each night with two indoor spas tubs, there was an additional pool and two outdoor spa tubs at the back of the ship and another pool and spa tub on deck 11 along with a sports net with basketball hoop and a great 10 hole mini golf game. All of these facilities were very very good. The Spa and Gym must be the best at sea it was amazing.