While I prefer a nice “clean” look of a white bow on cruise ships, the artwork on the bows of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) ships serves it purpose. You can pick out a NCL ship from a long ways away and can definitely say that it is NCL. If you are really into them, like me, you can even tell which ship it is because each one has a different mural on them.
The artist and hull artwork were released for the Norwegian Getaway yesterday. Well-known Miami artist, David “LEBO” Le Batard, was introduced at an event held at his art studio. Here they introduced the design to be featured on the hull of the Getaway when she launches in January of 2014. The artwork features a whimsical tropical ocean theme complete with a mermaid holding the sun, pelicans and palm trees. This artwork reflects her home port city of Miami where she will sail year round seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on February 1, 2014, with ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.
“Norwegian Getaway will be Miami’s ship and, therefore, we wanted to ensure that her hull was designed by an artist with strong ties to Miami and the Latin community,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Having begun his career in South Florida, Dave is an artist that is entrenched here. His work adorns the city and I’ve learned that he is also a genuinely nice guy. He is a shining star in Miami, as well as the global art community.”
“LEBO’s incredible design reflects all of the elements that Miami is known for sea, sun and paradise,” said Sheehan. “This artwork will surely make Norwegian Getaway an iconic part of the Miami skyline when she arrives as Miami’s largest year-round ship in 2014.”
The Norwegian Getaway, which is currently being built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, will be 146,600 gross tons and offer a wide range of accommodations. She will offer an opportunity for guest to “get away” from the same old routine and find a true respite at sea that reflects the energy and culture that Miami is known for worldwide.
What do you think of the mural that will be featured on her hull?
Photos and press release courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.