From December 12th to the 17th, I spent time on the cruise ship mostly participating in dance workshops. In between attending classes, having meals, and visiting islands in the Bahamas, I traveled through the more artistically themed rooms found on the ship. On one level, a piano lounge called Cleopatra’s Bar had fake sarcophagi and sculptures. Designers decorated the walls with imitation murals filled with those iconic flat figures and hieroglyphs.
Another level had a hallway full of faux Classical art. The Marina Promenade and the Forum had whole and broken columns, plus Classical sculpture of Roman emperors (I saw Julius Caesar) and other people (I didn’t recognize anybody, didn’t take a closer look, and except for Caesar, I took no pictures except having somebody take a photo of myself with the emperor). While this section came off as Roman, I have to wonder if designers added Greek motifs here and there. While not as overwhelming as Cleopatra’s, I do give the set designers credit for adding a lot of detail to this section beyond just putting sculpture and columns. They even put mosaics on the floor. I understand why the Carnival people picked these themes. Both eras create these decadent and royal atmospheres. To stay here, you’ll feel highborn yourself. Also, Classical art’s pretty easy to imitate. They could have gone with a Versailles theme, but that probably would have been too complicated for the designers to put together.
They also had an art gallery, but I did not care for the works they had on display. I found it all so bland and uninteresting, what with the paintings that called to mind better art that came from Toulouse-Lautrec and Pop Art.