One of the ship's TV channels had a self-promoting feature story about the achitect-designer of the beautiful Carnival Freedom. I was truly surprised they were promoting it, as generally speaking the interior is a mish-mash of overblown designs.
Lets start with the wood panelling. It is valued for its rare graining, bands of colors that range from orange to teal. All the other art was keyed off this unusual wood. The main lobby had multi storied panels of this wood between glass walled elevators. That was neat, but then they added panels of garish designs and banks of colored lights that changed colors. It looked like a .....carnival...oh, I get it now!
The elevators were a wonder of oversized designs that could encourage seasickness. Panels of bold but pleasant designs were randomly placed in corridors of the public areas. They also reflected the wood colors. Flooring was often of a stone tiled arrangement that led to visual confusion...do I need to step up or step down? The white stone tiles were grained with a dirty brown that looked like a bad mop job.
In the Freedom Restaurant, wall sconce lights were made of a translucent blue material in the shape of the Statue of Liberty's face. They looked like ghoulish death masks. Overhead the strange blue blobs of glass were interspersed with wavy metallic brown bands. Was that supposed to look like dirty sea foam waves?
The very best art work was found on the stateroom decks between rooms. These tasteful Art Nouveau panels depicting people both famous and not, were sized right and were an excellant memory devise for finding your room. Different decks had different colored art.
I realize that most people are on board to party, party, party. And there were appropriate areas of disco glitz for that purpose. The main auditorium was surprisingly understated which helped focus on the entertainers. As for myself, give me the the elegance of the Delta Queen or HAL Amsterdam.