Carnival announces that its new Valor -- slated for launch on December 19 -- will feature a design scheme that celebrates the theme of American heroism. The theme will be most prevalent in the 110,000-ton, 3,000-passenger ship's public rooms and will veer between fiction and reality.
Among the highlights?
The One Small Step Dance Club celebrates astronaut Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon and among the more intriguing elements in the room are a series of "moon craters." The walls are black and studded with tiny twinkling lights to create a "starry starry night" effect. Images of the planets from the Hubble telescope will be spotlighted on the ceiling.
Commemorated in the Lindy Hop Piano Bar is aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to ever fly across the Atlantic on a solo jaunt. Themes here will feature icons from New York and Paris (Lindbergh's flight took off in New York and landed in Paris); the ceiling is the place to find a map of Lindbergh's flight plan.
In the ship's two main dining rooms, themes will revolve around American presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. And in a nod to Farcus, who seriously thinks of just about everything, the annexes off the restaurants will offer a nod to U.S. Naval hero John Paul Jones -- and Betsy Ross, the Philadelphia seamstress who sewed America's first flag.
Other rooms feature fictional heroes; among them are Scarlett O'Hara from "Gone with the Wind" and World War II's Rosie the Riveter.
And, finally, in the non-U.S. category, the ship will also pay tribute to Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (the Ivanhoe Show Lounge) and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Winston's cigar bar).
Carnival Valor, the third in the cruise line's Conquest class of vessels, will offer alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries -- all seven night trips -- from its home port in Miami.