Ellen Uzelac
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Carnival Splendor has a total of 1,503 staterooms, all fairly standard in their respective categories, with balcony, ocean-view and interior cabins all equally configured at 185 square feet. The balconies themselves add an additional 35 square feet (or more) of outdoor space to equipped staterooms. Apart from some extra perks in suites and designated spa cabins, and, of course, different ranges of cabin sizes, there aren't all that many big differences in stateroom amenities. As one ship executive explained: "This is a one-class ship."

To that end, every stateroom has a telephone, individual climate control, hair dryer, safe (though note it's not laptop sized), mini-bar (which can be locked on request), bathrobes and a flat-screen television. (One thing we 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.)

Luggage is typically stored underneath the beds, and there is a multisection wardrobe with hangers, shelves and drawers for storage, as well as some additional drawers/shelving within the desk/vanity table and nightstands. Every stateroom, excluding interiors, also comes with a table and sitting area. The decor matches light-wood furnishings with rose accents on the carpets, curtains and even moldings, while an eclectic shipwide sprinkling of artwork, depicting everything from pop art to impressionism, affords a decorative accent to the rooms.

Truthfully, the rooms feel a bit dated and could use a refresh. The ship hasn't had any major refurbishments since its 2008 launch, and in the staterooms especially, it shows.

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 and soap bars. Apart from the suites, bathrooms are shower-only, and only bathrobes are provided. (Slippers are provided in spa suites only.)

Smoking is not permitted in any cabins.

Twenty-nine of the staterooms are handicapped accessible. Some family-friendly staterooms (spanning category types) can accommodate up to four with bunk beds or discreet Pullmans that fold unassumingly into the wall when not in use. A cluster of connecting ocean-view rooms are available exclusively on Deck 1, while some adjacent balcony cabins can have their balcony divisions removed to connect the exterior spaces.

Interior: Splendor offers a generous number of interior cabin options, with nearly 600 such designated units aboard the ship. All measure 185 square feet, and some tout unique configurations -- one unit has an upper/lower format that offers more floor space than the standard double twin beds, with a single twin bed and an upper Pullman. Nineteen others actually have windows overlooking walkways on outdoor decks (which allow natural light, but are not so ideal for privacy); they're situated near the front of the ship, on Decks 6, 7, 9 and 10. There are even 14 cabins designated as "insides" that offer two porthole windows; they're scattered around Decks 1 and 2 forward.

Ocean-view: There are nearly 350 ocean-view staterooms onboard, at 185 square feet apiece. The majority are standards with two twin beds that can be pushed together as a king. Some units only afford obstructed views (though at better rates).

Balcony: Balcony cabins (of which there are 537 units) are no roomier than inside or ocean-view staterooms, at 185 square feet, but offer a variety of balcony sizes, ranging from the standard 35 square feet to 60 square feet (extended balconies) or even 75 (wraparound balconies). All balconies come with two seats and a table. The aft-view extended balcony units are especially popular for their vantage point out over the ship's wake.

Mini-suite: Splendor has two junior suites on Deck 9 (units 9205 and 9206), measuring 275 square feet, with standard 35-square-foot balconies. The spacious mini-suites offer sitting areas, combination shower/whirlpool tubs and double sinks, and two large closets, along with a walk-in dressing area.

Suite: The suites, which grant passengers VIP check-in for priority embarkation, all come with private balconies and are clustered largely on Decks 7 and 10. They include 275-square-foot Ocean Suites (42 units, on Decks 7, 9 and 10) and 345-square-foot Grand Suites (10 units, on Deck 7); those measurements don't count balconies (which add another 65 or 85 square feet of space). There's also one spacious, wheelchair-equipped 450-square-foot modified Ocean Suite (cabin 7226), trimmed with a massive 110-square-foot balcony. 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 walk-in 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 have a second sink outside of the bathroom itself.)

Spa: Splendor's 68 Cloud 9 Spa cabins (spanning interior, ocean-view, balcony and suite configurations) were a first for the line, and have since been introduced on other ships. Located on the Panorama and Spa Decks -- 10 and 11, respectively -- the spa cabins offer the same sizes and layouts as other non-spa-designated units on the ship; the four spa suites measure 275 square feet, with 65-square-foot balconies. 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 appointments, two complimentary fitness classes per passenger and in-stateroom yoga mats and fitness bands. Spa suite passengers get priority embarkation.

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