This is not the first time this line has chosen the same or similar name of a competitor's ship. In fact, as we reported back in 2004, Carnival announced the name of its upcoming Carnival Freedom just one week after Royal Caribbean released the moniker of their much-anticipated Freedom of the Seas.
Though not innovative in name, Carnival Splendor does kick off a new class for the line. Entering service in spring 2008 with a brand-new design, Carnival Splendor will introduce a host of guest-driven facilities -- most notably, the largest spa in Carnival history. Encompassing two forward decks, the 17,800-square-ft. facility will feature a thermal suite, health and beauty treatment rooms, and the line's first thalassotherapy pool. Encircling the upper level of the spa will be a winter garden and ceremonial tea house.
Another big improvement -- literally -- will be a 5,500-square-ft. children's playroom, the largest in the fleet. The area will be located mid-ship; above the facility will be a new water play area, yet another Carnival first.
Carnival Splendor is only one in a long line of new "Fun Ships" under way -- all on order with Fincantieri. The 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom is scheduled to enter service in February 2007, and a 130,000-ton SuperLiner, set to debut in fall 2009, will be the largest "Fun Ship" ever constructed.
Though the ship remains unnamed, our bet in the baby name pool will be Carnival Jewel. After all, what's one more?