MIAMI, August 18, 2006 — Guests sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines often wonder where the idea came from for such rooms as the Amber Palace show lounge aboard the Carnival Glory (it was inspired by Russias famous Amber Room), or the Starry Night Jazz Club on the Carnival Pride (the design pays homage to the renowned Vincent Van Gogh painting of the same name). Soon, guests aboard the “Fun Ships” can learn the story and backgrounds of these and dozens of other dramatic public rooms on each vessel through a series of new in-stateroom videos narrated by Carnivals renowned interior architect Joe Farcus. Already shown on the in-stateroom televisions of the lines eight Spirit- and Conquest-class ships, the videos will eventually be featured on all 21 ships in the Carnival fleet.
Throughout the videos, Farcus offers guests compelling insight into what inspired his dramatic and sometimes whimsical creations, as well as interesting and humorous anecdotes behind each of his one-of-a-kind designs that have become a hallmark of the Carnival fleet. Beginning with the “central idea” for each ships interior, Farcus provides a personalized tour of many of the vessels public lounges, bars, restaurants, and other areas.
For example, on the Carnival Conquest, Farcus describes the inspiration for the flower bud stools in Henris Dance Club â€œ which are modeled after the Post-Impressionist style of French painter Henri Rousseau. Those sailing on the Carnival Liberty can discover the story behind the oversized faux white-diamond necklaces at Harrys, the ships reservations-only supper club, which were inspired by the work of world-renowned jewelry designer Harry Winston. “I design each ship to tell a story, and it gives me great joy to be able to share these stories with guests. These videos help bring these rooms to life, making for an even more memorable cruise for Carnival guests,” Farcus said.
“This ongoing in-stateroom video project is a great way to provide guests with an inside look into Joe Farcus intriguing and inventive mind, and gives a one-on-one look at the thought process behind his amazing and unique interiors that have become a signature of the Carnival fleet,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.
Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 21 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Canada, Bermuda, Europe and the Greek Isles. The line currently has three new ships on order â€œ the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom, scheduled for delivery in February 2007, the 112,000-ton Carnival Splendor, slated to enter service in fall 2008, and an as-yet-unnamed 130,000-ton SuperLiner â€œ to be the largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed â€œ set to debut in fall 2009. For additional information on Carnivals “Fun Ship” vacations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com.