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TravelPulse Exclusive: Carnival Corp. Designers Discuss Cruise Ship Interiors and Tips


When Carnival Corporation presented a list of design tips for the home, we wanted to take it further and interview some of the designers directly, asking them about cruise ship design, inspirations and recommended research.

To start, the company originally presented the following five tips:

1. Step back and really look at your space and do a deep think about how you want to move within that space.

2. Be creative with color choices (you can always change your mind and repaint).

3. Design for yourself. If you love the design, it is successful.

4. Use inexpensive LED lights to highlight art and create other “wow” effects.

5. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Always simplify, edit and then edit again.


Now, to our in-depth exclusive interview with Petu Kummala, Director, Interior Design and Architecture, Carnival Cruise Line and My Nguyen, Holland America Line’s deputy director of interior design, as they each answer our set of questions below.

How do you deal with multiple designers across multiple onboard venues in order to maintain design harmony across the entire ship?

PK: “This can be challenging but the key for me is to have good communication and strong relationships with all the different designers which then enables them to have an open dialogue among themselves as well. I’ve always believed we are all a big team, from owners to designers to everyone at the shipyard building the spaces.


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