Floating Art

Carnival Liberty Will Feature Multi-Million-Dollar Art Collection

By: Ana Figueroa

Carnival Cruise Line has commissioned works from an internationally diverse group of artists to adorn its latest ship, the 110,000-ton Carnival Liberty. The ship’s design theme pays tribute to artists and artisans throughout the world. Featured artists include Calman Shemi, from Israel. Shemi’s series of large, colorful murals depict ironworkers, glass blowers, jewelry makers, and sculptors practicing their crafts. His massive aluminum panels, which measure six feet high by nine feet wide, are located within the ship’s center stairways. Shemi also created 45 different motifs that adorn each of the Carnival Liberty’s 1,479 staterooms.

California painter Marian Westall pays homage to the artisan theme with a series of large canvases for the aft stairways. The brightly colored paintings depict pottery and ornate grillwork set against a variety of dramatic settings, including the desert, sunsets and a lake.

Virginia Ferrara’s large, tropical-themed pieces adorn Carnival Liberty’s stair landings. The huge, pastel-hued images of palm trees, hammocks and swimming pools are a tribute to the artist’s South Florida adopted home.

The Carnival Liberty’s swimming pools feature four bronze sculptures by Susanna Holt, who has created artwork for six Carnival ships. For Carnival Liberty, Holt created authentic depictions of an anhinga bird drying its wings, sea lions in repose and a stag and a doe in standing positions.
Colorful glass pieces by Italian glass artist Luciano Vistosi are lined up along Carnival Liberty’s ship-long promenade, while Sara Righi’s bronze sculpture of “Aurora,” is positioned along the promenade bar adjacent to the Czar’s Palace Casino.

Carnival Liberty will debut July 20, with a series of 12-day Mediterranean voyages that will run through Oct. 12. Featured ports include Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy; Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy.

Carnival Liberty will also operate a 16-day transatlantic voyage departing Rome (Civitavecchia) Oct. 24 and arriving at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 9, calling at Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, Spain; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

Carnival Liberty will then launch the cruise industry’s only year-round six- and eight-day Bahamas/Caribbean schedule from Fort Lauderdale beginning Nov. 12.