Today is the second part of our extensive photo-tour of Carnival‘s Carnival Splendor, focusing on Promenade Deck 5 and Lido Deck 9.  Tomorrow we’ll conclude the tour with a look at Panorama Deck 10, Spa Deck 11, Sun Deck 12, and Sky Deck 14.

One of the many works of art that adorn the stairwells aboard Carnival Splendor. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

PROMENADE DECK 5

The Fun Shops

Moving up one deck to the uppermost level of the Atrium, we come to The Fun Shops, where a variety of logo merchandise, jewellery, perfumes, and other items can be purchased.

 

Shops are conveniently located on the uppermost level of the Atrium. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Royal Flush Casino

Heading aft on Deck 5 is the Royal Flush Casino.  Flanked by a dedicated bar and fantastic open-promenade style seating, the Casino isn’t as large as one might expect for a ship this size – but let’s not split hairs: it’s still plenty big.

The Royal Flush Casino. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The Casino Bar. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The Oceanview Promenade

Stretching from the forward elevator bank and continuing on to the aft stairwells, the Oceanview Promenade is the main thoroughfare aboard Carnival Splendor.

 

The Promenade aboard Carnival Splendor stretches along the ship's starboard side. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Loaded with comfortable seating upholstered in red leather, the Oceanview Promenade makes a great spot to sit and watch the ocean go by, enjoy a drink, visit with new friends, or simply people watch.  With plenty of entertainment options available nearby, this prime seating area ensures you’re always near the action.

 

California Roll sushi, located along the Promenade aboard Carnival Splendor. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

A dedicated coffee shop, Sushi bar, and the El Mojito Bar are all located along this stretch of deck.

Club O2

Situated just off the port side of the Oceanview Promenade is Club O2, and stepping into the room, I frankly wished I was a teenager again.

 

The Club O2 dance floor is touch-sensitive, lighting up when you step on it. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Designed for teens aged 15 to 17, Club O2 is a stylish meeting place, complete with plush seating, fluorescent blue tubing with water effects, PlayStation game consoles, a dedicated DJ and non-alcoholic bar, and a large pressure-sensitive dance floor that changes colors when you step on it.  Large windows let in plenty of light from the outside, making this one very neat room.

 

One of the great seating areas in Club O2, designed just for teens aged 15 to 17. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Video Arcade

Exactly what it sounds like, the Video Arcade aboard Carnival Splendor is vastly larger than it first appears.  Follow the narrow hallway along to reveal a room loaded with games that are sure to keep the kids occupied.

 

The Video Arcade aboard Carnival Splendor. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The Red Carpet Lounge

A rolled-out red carpet serves as your first welcome to the Red Carpet Lounge.  Resembling a 1980’s dance club, this room boasts in-wall TV monitors, a dedicated bar, and a healthy dose of red-and-black surfaces.

 

The entrance to the Red Carpet Lounge. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

It also has one of the largest dance floors I’ve seen outside of the Queen’s Room aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.  Dance fans, take note: Carnival has you covered.

 

The Red Carpet Lounge has plenty of seating and a large dancefloor. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The Cool Jazz Bar

An intimate, Jazz-themed public room, The Cool is no doubt packed every evening.  The room’s soothing blue colors go well with the music and events on offer here, and once again large picture windows let passengers know they’re still at sea.

 

Soothing sounds and atmosphere are present at The Cool. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The Grand Piano

I’d seen pictures of this room online before my tour, and I have to say, I initially hated it.  It looked tacky and was the complete opposite of everything I’d expect from a public room.  But seeing The Grand Piano lounge in person changed my thinking: not only does it work, it’s really cool!

 

The musically-themed Grand Piano Lounge is exactly the sort of fun space Carnival built its reputation on. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Music is the theme here, with a central seating area designed to resemble a Grand Piano.  Appropriately, a real pianist sits atop this area.  Not only does it rotate, but the performer can control how fast their piano spins, creating a rocking good time for all.  There are pianos everywhere in the décor, it’s loud, it’s bright, and it’s exactly the kind of room that’s made Carnival so popular to begin with.  It won me over in a big way.

 

Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

El Morocco Lounge

All the way aft on Promenade Deck 5, we finally come to the El Morocco Lounge.  This room boasts a completely different feel from others onboard the Carnival Splendor, and it works exceptionally well here.  A variety of entertainment is held here, including comedy acts, trivia, and performances.  The room can seat up to 425 guests, making it a great secondary show lounge.

 

The El Morocco Lounge aboard Carnival Splendor seats up to 425 guests. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The El Morocco Lounge. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

LIDO DECK 9

Carnival’s Seaside Theatre

Carnival's Seaside Theatre experience spans two decks. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

While other vessels in the Carnival fleet have been refitted to include large LCD-style screens poolside, Carnival Splendor is the only one to boast this unique two-deck covered pool arrangement, first pioneered on sister-brand Costa’s Costa Concordia.

Plenty of seating is available here, with expansive views on either side. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

At the heart of Carnival’s Seaside Theatre is the giant LCD screen showing movies, sporting events and other poolside entertainment.  Ample seating is available on the Deck 9 level, along with a swimming pool.

 

Whimsica lighting lines Carnival Splendor's Seaside Theatre. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Up on Panorama Deck 10, full tables and plenty of chairs make the perfect place to enjoy a casual meal and still be near the action. Two hot tubs are located here, with one on either side of the ship.  Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows span both decks 9 and 10, and allow hot tubbers to see both the passing scenery and the deck below.

The Lido & Liner Lido Pool and Bar

Heading aft on Deck 9 is Carnival Splendor’s Lido.  Cleverly sectioned off into smaller quadrants, at first glance this area appears smaller than similar areas on other mainstream ships.  But by segmenting one large room into several smaller areas, it minimizes noise and creates a less cavernous feeling.

 

The Lido Restaurant aboard Carnival Splendor. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

At the heart of the lido is the central serving area, complete with an impressive skylight and a staircase that leads to additional seating on Deck 10.

 

Lido Serving stations. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

The stunning atrium in the Lido. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

 

The adults-only Liner's Pool and hot tubs. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

If you follow the Lido completely outdoors, you arrive at the Liner Lido Pool and Bar, appropriately themed after the famous ocean liners of yesteryear.  The bar itself is designed to look like the hull of a ship, complete with Plimsoll line and depth markings.

 

The Lido Liner's Pool, located aft on Lido Deck 9. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

An adults-only pool flanked with hot tubs and plenty of seating no doubt makes this a great place for those looking to escape “the little ones.”

Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of our tour of the Carnival Splendor!

 

5 Responses to Carnival Splendor Photo Tour, Part II

  1. Chad A Christiansen says:

    My fiance and I enjoyed your page, we will be getting married on this ship, and we showed many family memeber’s your page! We loved this ship last year, and you did a great job with showing how wonderful that ship is 🙂

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comments! You and your fiancé will have a fantastic wedding on the ship! Please do check back and let me know how it went.

  2. DEBBIE says:

    GREAT JOB ON YOUR PICTURE TAKING. I MET MY BOYFRIEND TWO YEARS AGOON THE SPLENDOR. IN THE PIANO BAR.
    MY QUESTION TO YOU.WE ARE GOING ON THE SPLENDOR FOR TWO YEAR ANNIVSARY ON MAY 1. DO YOU KNOW WHO THE PIANO PLAYER IS?
    THANKS
    DEBBIE

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