The day’s festivities included a ribbon-cutting and plaque unveiling presided over by the city of Atlanta in partnership with Carnival executives, former Hawks player and nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins, Department of Parks and Recreation commissioner Amy Phuong and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
'Every year, we have the pleasure of welcoming thousands of Atlantans on board our fleet of cruise ships, so we want to bring a bit of our ships to the city, just in time for summer,' Carnival president Christine Duffy said.
New lounge chairs, tables and landscaping lining the pool area round out this Atlanta oasis. A mural by Miami-based artist Nicole Salgar also debuted.
Some of the new fixtures that now adorn Splash Island, including splash buckets and cannons, are a taste of the WaterWorks experience found on many Carnival ships.