I think a lot of adjectives could be used to describe Carnival ships--not particularly gaudy, in my opinion, just different and interesting for sure.
Some more subdued than others, etc.
Joe Farcus is far from being nuts when it comes to designing these ships--he has to have a brilliant mind and imagination to come up with all the things he does.
All in all , it's worked well as they are the largest cruise line in the world so apparently people like what they see and what they get for the dough !! :-)
I'm off on the Dream in a few days and am wondering what surprises will be in store for me when I see it!!