When Zuiderdam cruise ship - the 1st vessel in Holland America Cruise Line's revolutionary Vista class - was represented back in 2002, it was much showier than its ancestors, with a flashy color scheme and younger sensitivity, devised in an endeavor to attract a younger cruisers in an area that was, at that point, fairly uncharted for the line: the Caribbean. The bright new look, from vivid red lifts and corridors to bar and show lounge seating in magenta, orange and yellow, increased more than a few eyebrows; actually, the vessels that followed reflected a return to a more conservative layout style.
There is one very interesting thing, much of the vessel's unusually light decor was left unchanged during the recent refurbishment, part of the cruise line's multi-million-dollar Signature of Excellence project. But, whether it is "gaudy" or "modern" really depends upon passengers' personal style. After all, as more and more vessel designers take risks with distinct shapes and color palettes, styles that felt loud in 2002 are more ordinary 6 years later. Probably the vessel has just grown into its look.