Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the artwork that will adorn the hull of Norwegian Bliss.
Designed by Wyland, the marine life artist, the piece is called Cruising with the Whales and features life sized portraits of the animals.
The ship will begin cruising Alaska in June 2018.
Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer, joined Wyland to reveal the design today at the Wyland Galleries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“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 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.”
“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,” said Wyland. “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. Norwegian is as committed as I am to ensuring the health of the oceans and our planet and I look forward to our partnership as we use art, science and adventure to inspire a generation to take care of our blue planet.”
The third ship in the Norwegian’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for Alaska and the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in Seattle.
Norwegian Bliss will be able to handle 4,000 guests. Reservations will open in January 2017.