Personally, I don't care for it. It gets hotter in the sun than the teak wood does. I fully understand the reasons they changed (both environmental and maintenance costs) I know the Freedom used the "fake" wood decking and I assume the splendor does too. It is probably much lighter than wood is also (its just a painted on texture) so that saves fuel. I guess we will just have to get used to it as the new thing since I can't believe they will go back to using real wood.
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013