Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have unveiled the rendering for the new artwork to be adorned on the hull of Norwegian Bliss.
Marine artist (Robert) Wyland has commissioned a humpback whale design for the new NCL ship, which is due to enter service in Spring 2018. He is the fifth artist to commission art work for NCL ships, following the success of Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Escape and under construction Norwegian Joy. He has painted more than 100 ocean murals across the world and his latest mural,” Cruising with the Whales” for Norwegian Bliss was unveiled at the Wyland Galleries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The mural will predominantly feature Humpback Whales but will also feature manta rays, dolphins, seals and sea lions.
“”As a marine artist who has painted the largest murals in the world, it is an honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with Norwegian and present my art on such a grand scale,” Enthused Wyland, who was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Norwegian Cruise Line.
Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO, Andy Stuart was delighted with the partnership between Wyland and Norwegian Cruise Line and insisted that the use of the Humpback Whales was very fitting, especially as the ship will be based in Seattle and cruise to Alaska during the summer months. He said:
“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,”
Norwegian Bliss will operate 7 nights cruises from Seattle to Alaska in the summer months beginning in 2018 and will call at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.
The third in the Breakaway plus class, Norwegian Bliss will be 168,800grt and will be able to accommodate 4000 passengers. Norwegian Joy the second of the Breakaway Plus ships is currently under construction in Germany and once completed will be based in Asia in Summer 2017.