Carnival Splendor Pool, Water Slide and Sunbathing
The Carnival Splendor has 3 pools plus a small "kiddy" pool for wading that is part of the Camp Carnival program. The pools are filled with saltwater and there is fresh water showers provided so you can rinse off. Reportedly, the maximum pool depth is 3' 8" -- enough to take a dunk and cool off, but not really deep enough, or large enough, to swim in. Given this, the area around the pool is best suited for sunbathing on 2 tiered decks.
The main pool is "The Splendido Pool" and is located in the middle of the ship on Deck 9. The main pool is positioned below the 270 square foot LED TV known as Carnival's Seaside Theater. The TV runs most of the day and features sporting events, music videos, and in the evening, movies. With a 70,000 watt sound system, there have been complaints that the TV can be quite loud. At the opposite end of the Splendido Lido Pool is a stage where, during most hours of the day, there is some activity going on -- anything from a Caribbean band to a member of the ship's staff leading an activity or game. Typically, the Splendido Lido Pool hours are from 8 AM to 8 PM. All of this area can covered by a sliding sky dome in case weather turns inclement.
Located behind the Lido Restaurant on the Lido Deck (Deck 9) is "The Liner Pool." The Liner Lido Pool is a smaller pool enclosed and is flanked with two oversized whirlpool spas. The Liner Pool area is designated as "adults only", but Carnival's enforcement is haphazard of this policy. Carnival has introduced their adults-only Serenity product onboard the Carnival Splendor located on Deck 12 (Sun). Cushioned chaise lounge chairs and drink service is available. Given the adults-only policy for the Liner Pool, and the fact that there is no live music in the Liner Pool area, this is your better bet for a quieter pool area on the Lido Deck. Typically, the Liner Pool opens at 8 AM and closes at 10 PM, and the Aft jacuzzis are open until 11:45PM.
On Deck 11 (Spa Deck) is "The Thunderball Pool" which features one oversized whirlpool spa. The pool is located overlooking the Splendido Lido Pool and right next to the run-out for the water slide. Operating hours typically are from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Carnival's Twister water slide is 214' long and the entry to the slide is located on Deck 14 (Sky Deck). The slide is 3-stories high and empties out into its own separate pool. The water slide typically operates from 10 AM to 5 PM on days at sea and there is a 42" minimum height requirement.
The Splash Park is located on the Carnival Splendor on Deck 11 (Spa Deck). Kids and adults alike can enjoy the whimsical water sprays.
Carnival Splendor Pool, Water Slide & Sunbathing Tips:
When arriving in the pool area, you will need to sign-out a towel. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your onboard account for each towel you fail to return. These are sturdy towels and if you want to purchase one, you can from the order form in your room.
Babies & Infants in Pools: Carnival's official policy is "no swim diapers, children must be potty trained." Camp Carnival stresses this point to all the families that bring their kids. We have not heard reports on whether the policy is strictly enforced.
While Carnival does its best to discourage this, sunbathers do show-up at 8 AM and try to hog the lounge chairs for the day.
Smoking is permitted on the Starboard (right) side of Decks 10 and 11(Panorama and Spa) with the Deck 10 Aft area being the most popular.