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I have read various post regarding carnival vs princess decor, more specifically, people declaring the decor on carnival to be 'garish' ...can someone enlighten me I am not sure what this means. I am aware that princess tends to be a traditional decor, so what is it about the carnival decor that is considered garish....is garish just a term for modern? :confused:

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Haven't been on a Carnival ship, but looking at some of the photos, it looks like there are many more bright colors and more neon lighting than I like and strikes me as "garish".

 

Princess I find nice and subdued.

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If you consider blue lit heads of the Statue of Liberty and neon in rainbow colors to be "modern", then Carnival is the line for you. I have never been on Carnival but have seen multiple pictures posted on this site to know it would not be for me.

 

Princess uses soft, muted pastels, lots of wood trim, offset lighting and accents of crystal & glass for a great look.

 

I'm sure Carnival offers a great product and they certainly have their loyal customer base but they have used the same designer for years and his Las Vegas style design is dated. But if Carnival offers a great itinerary @ a great price, then go for it!

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I have read various post regarding carnival vs princess decor, more specifically, people declaring the decor on carnival to be 'garish' ...can someone enlighten me I am not sure what this means. I am aware that princess tends to be a traditional decor, so what is it about the carnival decor that is considered garish....is garish just a term for modern? :confused:

 

For us, after sailing on the Carnival Legend (which I might add we still giggle about), the decor was so cheap looking, we felt we were in some sort of new age amusement park. Nothing subtle about the decor on that Carnival ship. It was described in one review as decorated in 'Early Hong Kong..........."fill in the blanks as I will not repeat it here. And that is just exactly how we felt about it. I had never seen anything like it before in my entire life. Still launghing. Needless to say, it didn't interest us in the least.

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is garish just a term for modern?
I would not say its that. Danish modern is sleek and spare but not garish.

 

Yes, Carnival has a lot of black glass, chrome and neon. But its also things like the rococo gold ceiling with stained glass style sky lights in bright primary colors vs. the subdued recessed lights behind a brass rail on a wooden wall. Or the buffet color theme in lime green, bright blue, hot yellow vs. blues and tans.

 

You can readily find many pictures of both individual room decor as well as the public space decor for any ship on many websites. Webshots.com is a good place to start, but there are also many links at cruiseclues.com. Look around at a lot of pictures and you will have a good understanding of what the different style is all about.

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I have been on both Carnival and Princess. I would say Princess is a bit more sophisticated/muted with the decor. Carnival had a more vibrant color splash but nothing I saw was off the wall crazy or anything. I am sure this comes with the "fun ship" theme they market.

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Thanks, I have only been on princess and norwegian and probably would not consider carnival as I am not as interested in the 'fun ship' theme, I prefer the scenery and a good book on the balcony on sea days....I was really just curious. I will take a look at the sites and links you have all suggested. I am willing to pay more for a more relaxed , subdued atmosphere and 'feel', I appreciate all the responses.;)

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Bless Carnival.....they certainly are the "fun ship". Very bright neon, bar stools in the shape of a hand, light up statues, off the wall decor. But, it is part of the Carnival culture and you can't help but laugh when you enter any venue! But, we had a great cruise last year and wouldn't hesitate to take another one:)

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Im used to the Celebrity/Princess decor as well. We have decided to sail on the new Carnival ship, SPLENDOR due out in July. They have various "spa" category cabins that are supposed to be decorated in more muted colors in alignment with the spa decor - We are hoping this will avoid the more garish color combo's that we've heard so much about that Carnival is famous for.

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I've never been on the newer Carnival ships, so I can't comment on their decor. When it comes to describing the decor on the older ships I think the word "Carnival" is a good descriptive word. Think Orange and purple. I do not walk on these ships and think, "Oh, it's so pretty" like I do on Princess ships. That's not to say that it's enough to ruin a cruise for me. It just doesn't add to it.

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I've been on both Carnival and Princess.

 

Yes, Carnival's decor has lots of neon and glitz, but the cruises were all a blast and I would have no problem sailing on them again. The decor doesn't bother me - I'm not there to stare at the walls. I found the Carnival differences to be fun - I liked the singing waiter parade after dinner (I even joined in); I liked the reggae music by the pool; and I thought the crew was very friendly. And I'm no youngster, either! ;) I was able to relax just as much as on the Princess cruise.

 

The Princess ship, on the other hand, was lovely. It's decor was understated sophistication. Peach, tan, and blue muted colors with brass, glass, and pecan wood. I also had a great time on that cruise. Guess I can have a fun and relaxing time no matter which ship I'm on 'cuz I'm on vacation and gone from work!! :D I think a person's attitude is more important to having fun than which ship they're on.

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I think a person's attitude is more important to having fun than which ship they're on.

I’m not sure that’s quite correct. I think it depends on what you want out of your vacation – if you have an attitude that you don’t care about the product, you’re just going to have fun, then you might be right. But if you’re looking for a certain standard – garish vs. not in this case – then attitude doesn’t count.

Garish is bright, dazzling, showy, kitschy. Negative connotations would be brash, loud, brassy, tasteless, gaudy, tawdry. It’s been many years since I was on a Carnival ship, but all of the negative connotations applied to her, and from what I can tell from pictures, of the ships that followed her.

Give me the understated design of Princess ships anytime.

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I've been on both Carnival and Princess.

 

I think a person's attitude is more important to having fun than which ship they're on.

I agree with this. Although we like the understated class of the Princess decor, we had a blast on our Carnival cruise.

 

But if we are being critical about looks, Carnival is lacking. It does have a cheaper look and feel.

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Wife and I went on the Carnival Legend in Janurary, our first cruise with Carnival. The second we walked on the ship we started joking about the decor. We both kind of thought it looked like a funeral home with all the urns all over the place. But despite the ugly decor, we enjoyed the cruise. But, we will be back on Princess this summer with our second cruise to Alaska....

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Think Orange and purple.

The favorite colors of my favorite 4-year old! Unfortunately, generally not the favorite colors of anyone any older.

 

Frankly, I think decor, in one's home or one's favorite cruise line, is a very personal decision. I love Celebrity cruises, but find their often raved about art collections to be a bit over the top. And I love Princess's decor, but I've more than once read it described as "vanilla boring". I think that cruise ship decor would have to be really outrageous for it to affect my cruise experience.

 

But I also don't like about 75% of what I'm seeing done on HGTV.

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The names of the carnival ships are the styleof their decor. Legend is decorated in public places like Greeek myths and legends. Valor like a 1940's war bond poster. And so on. The rooms are mostly the same, dark wood closet doors and aluminum pastel colored trim. !6 carnival cruises. First CB cruise ended today.

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Haven't been on Princess [yet!] but the Carnival ships I have been on are, indeed, very "garish", over-the-top, Vegas-style - whatever you would call it when it's way too loud and carnival-like. The Miracle has got to be the worst - the dining room is almost unbearable and the "Mad Hatter" room is not to be believed! We still had fun, but YIKES!!, it was hard on the eyes. Victory and Paradise were not so bad.

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Haven't been on Princess [yet!] but the Carnival ships I have been on are, indeed, very "garish", over-the-top, Vegas-style - whatever you would call it when it's way too loud and carnival-like. The Miracle has got to be the worst - the dining room is almost unbearable and the "Mad Hatter" room is not to be believed! We still had fun, but YIKES!!, it was hard on the eyes. Victory and Paradise were not so bad.

 

I was wondering if someone was going to comment on the Carnival Miracle. The dining room ceiling had clusters of round purple lights meant to represent grapes in a vineyard. It was so loud and distracting, like a Carnival attraction instead of an elegant cruise ship! The rest of the Miracle was quite dark and dreary - fauz-wood paneling in the passageways adorned with movie posters. It was truly horrid and uncomfortable, but the food was excellent! lol

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Well, the only Carnival Ship I was on was the Valor. It was over the top, but beautiful actually. The theme was artisan, with different rooms having different artisan themes: leatherwork, majolica, jewelry maker, silversmith, etc. And the elevator lobbies had a victorian garden theme, so as to bring the outdoors in. There was black scrolled ironwork everywhere on the ship, which was a bit much. It was the most memorable ship decor I've ever seen.

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I was wondering if someone was going to comment on the Carnival Miracle. The dining room ceiling had clusters of round purple lights meant to represent grapes in a vineyard. It was so loud and distracting, like a Carnival attraction instead of an elegant cruise ship! The rest of the Miracle was quite dark and dreary - fauz-wood paneling in the passageways adorned with movie posters. It was truly horrid and uncomfortable, but the food was excellent! lol

 

The Miracle was by far the ugliest ship I have ever been on! After reading how many CCer's loved this ship we booked it last summer and have to say it was our least favorite that we've done. The food was the one saving point, it was better than on some of our other trips. If you click on the link on my signature there are many pics of the ship - I apologize for all of the food pics you'll have to wade through - my daughter and I had a bit of a contest going with some of the picture taking!!:D The Shutterfly Photo Book link also has a couple of pages that was our "ode to tackiness" on the ship - lol!

 

Well, the only Carnival Ship I was on was the Valor. It was over the top, but beautiful actually. The theme was artisan, with different rooms having different artisan themes: leatherwork, majolica, jewelry maker, silversmith, etc. And the elevator lobbies had a victorian garden theme, so as to bring the outdoors in. There was black scrolled ironwork everywhere on the ship, which was a bit much. It was the most memorable ship decor I've ever seen.

 

We were also on the Valor and really enjoyed it, it was a beautiful ship and nowhere need as garish as the Miracle. I think you'll see big differences between ships even on the same line.

 

The only Princess ship we have been on was the Diamond and it is our favorite ship of all of our cruises! The ship was beautiful and we really enjoyed the time we spent on her.

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Im used to the Celebrity/Princess decor as well. We have decided to sail on the new Carnival ship, SPLENDOR due out in July. They have various "spa" category cabins that are supposed to be decorated in more muted colors in alignment with the spa decor - We are hoping this will avoid the more garish color combo's that we've heard so much about that Carnival is famous for.

 

From the renderings I've seen from the Splendor. looks like it will have a more "relax" decoration.

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