Thursday, March 13, 2008

Carnival's New Splendor Undergoes Final Outfitting (03/05/08)

Carnival Cruise Lines' new 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor is undergoing final outfitting at Fincantieri's Sestri yard in Genoa, Italy. The 3,006-passenger vessel -- the largest "Fun Ship" ever constructed -- is slated to debut July 2 with an eight-day voyage from Genoa before launching a series of 12-day Northern Europe cruises from London (Dover) -- Carnival's first within this region -- beginning July 13. Representing a new class for the line, Carnival Splendor will offer a 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa that will include a thalassotherapy pool and an elaborate thermal suite. Adjacent to the spa will be 68 spa staterooms and suites -- a first for the line. Carnival Splendor will also offer a 5,500-square-foot children's play area -- the largest in the "Fun Ship" fleet -- along with a water spray park. Following its European season, Carnival Splendor will reposition to Fort Lauderdale to operate a winter season of seven-day Caribbean sailings. The ship will embark on three South America voyages then operate year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages from Long Beach, continuing the line's expansion of its West Coast operations.

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