There’s an exciting new cruise ship arriving Down Under, and it’s bringing a family-sized boatload of entertainment and relaxation to our side of the world. Carnival Splendor is sailing into Sydney on 10 December this year, and will be the newest ship to be homeported year round in Australia. With its massive size (290m, 1150 crew, 3012 max guests) comes a whole raft of fun features, from a freshly designed WaterWorks park to the Serenity Adult Only Retreat. There’s a little bit of something for everyone aboard the magnificent Carnival Cruise Line ship, and it’s easy to experience it all, now that it’s homeporting in Australia. Read on for more on the Carnival Splendor and find out where you’d love to be spending your time onboard.
The Ship Itself
It won’t be long before Carnival Splendor is gracing our waters, coming from Singapore where it’s been treating guests to the balmy delights of Southeast Asia. With a gross tonnage of 113,300, the Splendor will be the largest cruise ship ever to homeport in Australia, giving keen cruisers more chances than ever before to dive into Carnival’s distinctive brand of fun cruising. Brim full of enticing activities and delicious dining, Carnival Splendor is the perfect place to enjoy a family friendly cruise holiday.
Stuff to Do
One thing’s for sure: there’s no need to be bored aboard Carnival Splendor. Whether you’re hoping for a lowkey holiday or an excitement-filled extravaganza of a vacation, this ship has all you need to be perfectly content, from the moment you embark to the minute you step ashore.
Sure to be popular with cruisers young and old, Carnival’s waterpark has been freshly redesigned. Two twisting slides, green and gold, tower 50 metres above the water, waiting for guests to take the plunge. Daredevils will love the green thrill-slide, which starts with an 11 metre freefall as the floor opens up below, before whipping riders around a slingshot curve.
Classic games like Connect 4, Operation and Yahtzee get supersized in Carnival Splendor’s ‘Hasbro, The Game Show’. Team up with friends and family and put your skills to the test in front of a live audience (or just roll up and watch the fun unfold) when the games you know and love get given a game show makeover. Compete for prizes or just to beat your mates - don’t miss this unique cruise activity.
Dr Suess stories have a timeless charm to them that kids still go crazy for, even today - and Suess at Sea brings the zany characters aboard Carnival Splendor. Young cruisers will love awesome features like interactive story time, arts and crafts and even a character parade - the world of Dr Suess comes to life in ways that will have kids raving about it for months to come.
There’s nothing wrong with high energy activities, but taking the chance to get away from all the noise and bustle is exactly what many adults are after on a cruise - and the adult-only Serenity Retreat is the perfect place to do just that. Removed entirely from the active atmosphere found throughout other public areas, Serenity lets you luxuriate in a world of hammocks, sun loungers and cool pools without the added factor of children to break the peace.
This is only a small sample of the things you or your little ones could get up to aboard the Carnival Splendor. No matter what you like to get up to on a cruise holiday, you’ll find your dream niche on this magnificent ship.
Stuff to Savour
Sinking cocktails by the pool and filling your boots at the buffet are time honoured cruise traditions, but on Carnival Splendor you have far more food and drink options than just these well loved staples. You could spend days grazing and sipping your way across the ship and still have options to spare. Below are just a few food and drink highlights to tantalise your taste buds.
Like almost any other cruise ship, Carnival Splendor features a buffet (Lido Marketplace) and a main dining room, but you could easily not bother with these options at all if you don’t want to. For example, if you haul yourself out of the pool and find that you’re a bit peckish, Guy’s Burger Joint is ready to provide you with some of the best burgers at sea. Frequent Carnival cruisers will be familiar with this much loved fare-inclusive eatery, designed by famous culinary personality Guy Fieri. As a grab and go option, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Even if you’re cruising close to home, you can still travel the world with your taste buds aboard the Splendor. Mongolian Wok gives you the chance to mix and max ingredients to create the asian fusion dish of your dreams, Masala Tiger will quiet your curry cravings and Pizzeria del Capitano serves up piping hot pizzas, fresh from the oven, at any time of the day or night.
Even more casual dining options which you don’t have to pay any extra for include Ol’ Fashioned BBQ (explains itself, really), Sweet Spot (delicious desserts!) and bar food with a tropical twist at Redfrog Pub. If you’re wanting to really treat yourself to something particularly delicious, give the specialty restaurants a go. Nouveau Restaurant brings fine dining onboard, with a generous seasonal menu that aims to dazzle and delight. From double-cut lamb chops to meltingly marvelous lobster tail, Nouveau serves up haute cuisine style dishes at a fraction of the price you’d find them for on land. Carnivores on the other hand will find themselves right at home when they walk into Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. Premium turf and surf is the order of the day here, with mouthwatering appetisers and entrees to keep you happy before the main arrives.
Where It’s Sailing
So where exactly could this floating wonderland be whisking you away to? Once Carnival Splendor is homeported in Sydney, she’ll be striking out for adventure in a number of exciting destinations. There will be plenty of jaunts out to tropical South Pacific ports like Isle of Pines, Mystery Island and Noumea, cruises along the eastern edge of Australia to visit hotspots like Moreton Island, Melbourne and Hobart, sailings that pop across the ditch to New Zealand and even budget-friendly weekend sampler cruises which loop out to sea before returning to Sydney.
Carnival Splendor, with all its fun features, will be arriving in Sydney on 10 December and is sticking around for a little while, so start making those dreams a reality: book in your Carnival Splendor cruise getaway today.