Carnival Cruise Lines’ 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor—the line’s newest and largest “Fun Ship”—made its U.S. debut Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, when it arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Europe.
Carnival Splendor has kicked off its Fort Lauderdale-based program with a series of three one-time voyages: a 2-day cruise to Nassau Nov. 15-17, a 4-day Bahamas/Turks & Caicos cruise Nov. 17-21 and an 8-day eastern Caribbean voyage Nov. 21-29.
Then, beginning Nov. 29, the ship will embark on a series of 10 seven-day eastern Caribbean voyages featuring four highly popular ports of call, including Casa de Campo/La Romana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas/St. John, U.S.V.I.; San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Nassau, The Bahamas.
Finally, Carnival Splendor will operate a series of 14- to 18-day South America cruises—a first for Carnival. The ship will then launch year-round 7-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif., beginning in March 2009.
To find out more about Carnival Splendor, visit All Things Splendid at CruiseDiva.com and the following blog entries from the inaugural sailing: