Carnival Cruise Lines’, CARNIVAL GLORY , takes colours as its central design theme, with each public room celebrating a different shade of the rainbow. The 110,000-ton, 2,974-passenger Conquest-class ship debuted July 19, 2003.
The kaleidoscope of colours begins in The Colors lobby, where one finds the Color Bar and the main atrium, named Old Glory, featuring interpretative paintings of U.S. flags. Enhancing the ship’s Kaleidoscope Boulevard promenade, as well as the atrium, are one-square-meter polished aluminum light fixtures faced with white glass subdivided into geometric modules that are backlit with LED lights resulting in different tones in slow-moving kaleidoscopic effects.
Carnival Glory’s main show lounge, Amber Palace, offers design touches that include rococo moldings, gold leaf columns, candelabra, cornices and paintings of famous Russian czars and czarinas. Famous Japanese temples inspired the Platinum and Golden Dining Rooms, which employ a decagon-shaped window frame, while lights in concave ceiling fixtures provide color-changing effects similar to those in the atrium and promenade. The Camel Club Casino features an Egyptian motif. Life-sized kneeling camels greet visitors at entrances, and friezes of camel heads are found on the ceiling and slot bases.
The design of the White Heat Dance Club includes gigantic white candles in silver candelabra bases ranging from two to five feet tall. The Ivory Club features an Indian with elephant tusk replicas, intricate wall coverings, windows inset with mosaics of faux semi-precious stones, and a wood-paneled ceiling. Cinn-A-Bar, a piano bar, offers a contemporary look in stylish reddish-brown hues with panel-like columns that curve up to a chrome band that extends from the top of the column in waves and connects the columns across the room.
Bar Blue is the ship’s jazz bar with giant peacock feathers that extend from the floor almost to the ceiling. The “eye” of the feather is glazed with colored glass backlit with a soft incandescent light. The Ebony Cabaret has an African atmosphere, with dark ebony walls and ceilings, and hand-carved and painted authentic wooden African masks mounted in copper-like frames. The Black & White Library features checkerboard wood squares in black and white patterns, wood bookcases and framed images of famous newspaper headlines.
On the Green, a sports bar, celebrates the centuries-old game of golf, with vitrines containing clubs and other memorabilia from the sport’s legends.
Dining has always been closely associated with cruising and the new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory epitomizes this concept, offering the widest variety of culinary choices at sea. While traditional multi-course full-service meals remain a staple of cruise ship dining, the quality and variety of casual alternatives are what set this SuperLiner apart. These include a New York-style deli, a rotisserie, a specialty seafood venue, Asian and American stations, a sushi bar, extensive salad and dessert bars, complimentary 24-hour ice cream, pizza and stateroom service, and, of course, full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. There’s also a reservations-only supper club offering the finest U.S.D.A. prime steaks, seafood and other gourmet cuisine.