I wouldn’t mind a toned down ship. I fell in love with the Epic after seeing your pictures. I would like to see Carnival go along those lines. Bright, airy and fresh. I have only sailed the Fantasy class on Carnival so until our upcoming cruise on Freedom I can’t compare. However we did sail RC Majesty of the sea but for some reason I don’t remember the décor.
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Cruzin, Paul and I did an interview with Joe several years back...a very nice, hard working man, indeed. He put his design esthetic out there,when crusing started to become so popular, and, his high energy designs, showcased the fun theme Carnival is known for....He deserves some down time after all these years
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I will certainly miss him. His work conveyed the happy feeling I get when I cruise. The ships of later years had toned down quite a bit in my opinion. The spirit class leaned more toward quiet elegance. I love Spirits quiet coppery colors with the dark woods. Pride with its Renaissance themes is lovely and I enjoyed that ship a lot.
In the Conquest class I really loved Glory's happy colorful feeling. Cheerful throught the ship. Liberty with the Mediterranean feel to it. I was completely fascinated with the huge chandelier in the central atrium. The ever changing colors.
Who could ever forget the glitzy ships of the late 80's and into the 90's Celebration, Sensation, Imagination, Inspiration? Loud, proud and in your face decor. Whimsical and fun.
I certainly hope that whoever replaces Mr Farcus does not take away the fun flavor that Carnival is famous for.
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Trip, don't take it the wrong way, I have enjoyed the interiors of all the Carnival Ships that I have cruised. It seems, each new one is my favorite decor, although for me Carnival Liberty is the best. I agree that with Joe leaving, the designs that Carnival is known for will change.
here is the "dealio" for me. I am really glad Joe farcus got to do those outlandish designs for Carnival. Someone had to do them sometime, someplace - why not on a cruise ship for a cruise line called Carnival?
We got to see what a designer would do when the sky is the limit - and Farcus did that - cool.
But - it was almost getting to the point where you were thinking - Okay, I get it, now what have you got? The outlandishness was starting to have a certain sameness to it.
And in truth, when I was on Splendor there were elements where I thought "this hasn't changed since the Fantasy-class ships" - some of the signage and the general layout. It is time for a new Carnival.
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The change won't bother me one way, or the other. I've always enjoyed the Carnival ships, and looked forward to the "theme" of each ship, the first time I've sailed her. My favorite is probably the "Liberty". I also really like "Pride". I really can't think of a least favorite.
Every woman, appreciates a makeover every once in a while,and, it's tough to always have to try and top yourself. Joe was the star for many years,and the sense of fun he evoked with his design style, fit in perfectly.
The baton gets passed,and his talented thumbprint will always be around, on the fleet. It will be interesting to see what the newbuilds will look like.
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Having sailed every Carnival ship starting with the Tropicale, I honestly can not even remember what the "decor" was on any of them.
Guess I was just having to much fun to notice....
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When we stepped onto our first cruise on Valor in 2006 I still remember the WOW factor. At first, not so much the wild or craziness that a lot of people seem to describe, but just the elaborate, almost royal appearance of every detail. I do however see what some people are a little dissatisfied about but I appreciate those designs and decors and I think it is part of what Carnival is about.
However I am very interested in where Carnival is going. I've seen the ads for Magic and the key things that pop out to me are the new family style restaurant and the Red Frog pub. Two "Themes" up to now that I have not encountered, and I think both could be refreshing changes.
These two new features coupled with things like the apparent loosening of dining room attire leads me to believe that Carnival is gearing itself more toward family type cruising, with softer evening attire and new night life experiences like the "Friendly" neighborhood pub.
In addition, I have always wondered why Carnival's alcohol policies allowed you to bring on a small ammount of wine, but no beer? Why have us beer drinkers been discriminated against? Now on Magic, Carnival announces it will have it's own brand of beer? Talk about a 180, and a good one IMHO!
I suspect the dream class ships will also have a growing number of spaces that are brighter, simplier, warmer in appearance, and more home like to some extent. These aspects coupled with softer dining attire could really create an interesting experience.
Even the new ship names are softer. Dream, Magic, & Breeze are nothing like any of the other Carnival names I can think off.
I have even read the discussions about ship names and the seeming competition between RCL and Carvival but even that has seemed to change. It's almost like Carnival got tired of it and decided to let RCL go after the "Bigger is better" crowd and Carnival is attempting to capture the "softer and simpler" crowd and families. Actually, interesting that the ship name thing seems to have migrated a little over towards the only family oriented cruise line...Disney (Magic).
Heck even on our last cruise I remember hearing staff say to us, "Welcome home" when we boarded and as we are carrying OFF our luggage they are saying, "See ya later."
The years and ships coming from Carnival will take on an interesting evolution I believe.
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I don't really care about the decor, but Carnival should have different layout for every ship they made instead of class cookie cutter types, each should have been different in the layout not just the decor. Something different, to late now. Even the last 3 ships are very little difference in the layout. Dream,Majic and Breeze still won't have a great difference of the layout. Spendor had a area above the lido area, on our cruise there was nobody up there. Maybe some day I can be in the cabin and know which ship Im on. Today you would have no clue, they all look the same.