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,
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.