CARNIVAL SPLENDOR MEXICO INAUGURAL CRUISE, 2009

In the summer of 2008, Carnival took delivery of it’s only one off ship design; the 113,000 ton Carnival Splendor. Intended for year long cruises to the Mexican Riviera, the new ship first made a few cruises in Europe. before crossing the Atlantic.

The immense ship- the largest ever built for the line up to that time- then made a series of sensational voyages that took her right around the coast of South America, before finally arriving in Los Angeles, ready to begin the season of cruises she had been intended for.

However, just before the seven night cruises began in earnest, the Carnival Splendor ran a one time, five day cruise down to Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas. It was an itinerary that has never been repeated since.

These pictures were taken on board during the course of that cruise. As you will see, the Carnival Splendor represented a total, Farcusian experience in terms of interior decor. She was, in fact, the last Carnival ship for which the legendary Joe Farcus had complete interior design responsibility; a role he had fulfilled with dazzling success ever since 1972, and the inauguration of the pioneering Mardi Gras.

Famous and distinctive funnel wing

Famous and distinctive funnel wing

The aft pool deck

The aft pool deck

The central lido deck

The central lido deck

Carnival Splendor at Ensenada

Carnival Splendor at Ensenada

Port side view of the Splendor

Port side view of the Splendor

Deck. Ship. At sea.

Deck. Ship. At sea.

Splendor perspective

Splendor perspective

My balcony stateroom

My balcony stateroom

The Atrium Bar

The Atrium Bar

Typical Farcusian whimsy

Typical Farcusian whimsy

Part of the main staircase

Part of the main staircase

Dessert, Carnival style

Dessert, Carnival style

Carnival and Cabo

Carnival and Cabo

Funnel and the far horizon

Funnel and the far horizon

Seabirds alfresco breakfast

Seabirds alfresco breakfast

Looking down to the big screen

Looking down to the big screen

The amazing indoor boulevard

The amazing indoor boulevard

Another boulevard shot

Another boulevard shot

Splendor is typically vibrant Farcus

Splendor is typically vibrant Farcus

Typical Carnival sea day

Typical Carnival sea day

Open Magrodome and funnel

Open Magrodome and funnel

Carnival Splendor buffet

Carnival Splendor lounge

Another interior lounge

Another interior lounge

Outdoor deck party

Outdoor deck party

The disco on Splendor

The disco on Splendor

Pool area with roof closed

Pool area with roof closed

The Lido Buffet

The Upper Lido

Statues outside the disco

Statues outside the disco

Promenade Bar

Promenade Bar

Entrance to one of the main restaurants

Entrance to one of the main restaurants

Serenity Deck

Serenity Deck

Beautiful terrace view...

Beautiful terrace view…

Love seats, Carnival style

Love seats, Carnival style

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