The new red, white, and blue hull colours used across the fleet have been applied to the dry-docked Carnival Conquest.
It will only be a matter of days before the ship is ready to welcome passengers once again.
With her new hull livery, the 110,000-gross-ton Carnival Conquest is a sight to behold. The elegant red, white, and blue colour scheme debuted on the fleet’s new flagship, Mardi Gras, in 2021.
During routine dry dock maintenance over the previous 16 months, more ships have been updated to the new design. More than half of the fleet has been repainted with the new livery.
The new livery has a deep blue hull with a thin red line across the top and a thin white line separating the two dramatic colours; the design is intended to evoke the smooth motion of the ocean, and the red, white, and blue that has become synonymous with Carnival.
Each vessel’s colouring is most prominent in its fore when it rises over the waterline and gradually fades as it moves aft. The ship’s name in white paint is on the bow, inside the blue.
The hull of a cruise ship must be painted regularly to ensure adequate upkeep. Repainting a ship protects it from seawater corrosion while also cutting resistance as the ship passes through the water, boosting fuel economy and minimising engine wear.
New boats launch with the latest colours, repainting the Fun Ships when they enter the dry dock. The newly renamed Carnival Luminosa, which is about to join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet, has also got new colours on its hull and its iconic funnel, while the impending Carnival Celebration will debut in November with her colourful hull.
Unique hull colours or designs may help cruise ships stand out from the crowd and act as distinctive branding for a cruise line.
Carnival Cruise Line’s distinctive design has been the highly identifiable “whale tale” split-stack funnel, which was initially placed on the old Carnival ship Tropicale in 1982. Tropicale was the first new Carnival Cruise Line ship, and every ship afterwards had the same Joe Farcus funnel design.
The new Carnival Cruise Line livery offers even more individuality to each vessel, from the trio of colours to the beautiful swoop that gives the ship the sensation of speed and movement.
Many cruise operators use hull colouration to establish their brand. Norwegian Cruise Line ships have some of the most complex hull designs of any cruise ship, including artwork by artists like Peter Max, David “Lebo” Le Batard, Guy Harvey, and Robert Wyland.
Other cruise lines feature more unified looks, such as P&O Cruises’ British flag theme, Cunard Line’s traditional maritime dark hulls, Virgin Voyages’ unique “mermaidens,” or Princess Cruises’ renowned “Princess Seawitch.”