Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled the hull art design of its newest ship, Norwegian Bliss launching in spring 2018, which has be specifically designed to cruise Alaska.
The giant work of art on the ship’s hull, which has been designed by marine artist Wyland includes a humpback whale and her calf, along with various other sea creatures. The design was unveiled at an event held in his gallery in Fort Lauderdale.
"Humpback whales are an iconic part of the Alaska landscape and one of the most compelling sights visitors can see while cruising the Last Frontier," said Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart. "It was only fitting that an artist of Wyland's calibre should create the artwork for our first ship designed for Alaska, which includes humpback whales and other signature marine life found in the world's oceans. We hope that our guests are just as inspired as we are by this beautiful artwork."
Wyland is the forth artist to have been commissioned by Norwegian Cruise Line to design the hull art of one of its ships. Peter Max was the first who designed the hull art for Norwegian Breakaway, Guy Harvey for Norwegian Escape and most recently Tan Ping for the upcoming Norwegian Joy which is to be based in China.
"As a marine artist who has painted the largest murals in the world, it is an honour to have the opportunity to collaborate with Norwegian and present my art on such a grand scale," Wyland said. "I can't think of a more perfect canvas for a marine artist than Norwegian Bliss and I hope my art inspires people to see the beauty in nature and hopefully work to preserve it."
The 167,800 gross tonne Norwegian Bliss is the third Breakaway-Plus class cruise ship to be built for Norwegian Cruise Line and will accommodate 4,000 passengers. The ship will homeport from Seattle from summer 2018 and operate weekly 7-night cruise itineraries through the Alaska Inside Passage, visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.