|DCL's Fantasy, docked at Castaway Cay|
Rather than giving you a potentially boring blow by blow of our vacation, I thought I'd take a slightly different approach and share some of the inspiration I found on board. Unlike other cruise lines, the Disney ships are designed by Imagineers, the same people who design the theme parks and attractions. In my opinion, it really shows.
All four ships were designed as "modern classics"; the Fantasy's interior design draws heavily from Art Nouveau. Everywhere I went, I was awed by their attention to detail and their ability to tell a story. Time and again, I was reminded of the City and Guilds' Design course I took with Gail Harker years ago - where we looked at all the different ways we might interpret and use a single source of inspiration. I thought I'd share two of my favorites.
|Roses used as a design element in the Royal Court restaurant|
But what brought me back to the restaurant before breakfast one morning were all of the different ways they used Roses. My collage shows a few of these, including the pillars that sweep into tree-like light-canopies overhead, and the carpets and tile underfoot. Beauty's roses crest each pillar, which are topped in turn by rose bushes which also hide the main light fixtures for the room. Most of the room is done in muted shades of ecru and cream, reminding me of castle walls, except for the flooring coverings. Tile paths led through the restaurant, with rich red and gold carpets to either side. I'm particularly fond of the bramble vines, though the densely packed rosebuds create a gorgeous red-carpet effect.
It was really funny, because the waitstaff got a kick out of watching me run around taking pictures of carpeting and they started pointing things out, making sure I didn't miss any of the other details, including Cinderella's carriages embossed white-on-white on the plates, and the symbols for each of the princesses - rose, slipper, etc - carved into the backs of each chair.
FYI, there are three main dining rooms - doing some quick math each can accommodate six hundred plus guests at any one seating. But they never felt cavernous, or over-crowded.
The top right photo is of the atrium's central carpet. It's every bit as detailed (and as large) as a full-scale wall mural. If you look, you can see a few people in the picture for scale. To me, it looks like a jewelry design waiting to happen.
Around the edges of the atrium, below the second floor balconies, the flooring switches to tile, reinterpreting the feather design yet again. There's a set of broad stairs that sweeps up to the second floor of the atrium. At the top of those stairs, three peacock feathers sweep out to fill the landing, with smaller blue-on-blue feathers in the background (bottom middle and left in my collage). If you look closely, you'll note that even the railing carries the design. The top two photos to the left of my collage are from the carpeting in the cafe area on the atrium's second floor. The gold band helps delineates the walkway from the seating areas.
I didn't do any beading on the trip, but I did do a little sketching.
|sketching while lounging on a deck chair around the Satellite Falls pool|
|Joe grabbed a shot of me painting my sketch in the atrium's cafe|
And since it was a vacation, here a a couple of random shots:
|One mural from the Royal Court restaurant. I love all the details!|
|St Maarteen was one of our prettiest ports of call|
|An amazing sunrise over the water|
|my attempt to take a panoramic, just a little earlier the same sunrise|
|They say it's 7 years good luck to kiss a stingray|
|It wouldn't be a Disney Cruise without the characters|
Hi ho, hi ho..... Just wish I could whistle as well as they do.