Earlier today in his gallery in Fort Lauderdale’s vibrant Las Olas district, marine artist Wyland, together with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Andy Stuart, revealed his design for Norwegian Bliss‘ hull art.
The design, which Wyland calls “Cruising with the Whales“, depicts a humpback whale and her calf as they breach water. Also featured are other sea animals like sea lions, porpoises, turtles and sea birds.
With his design Wyland is following in the footsteps of Peter Max (Norwegian Breakaway), David “Lebo” Le Batard (Norwegian Getaway) and Guy Harvey (Norwegian Escape), artists who have designed artwork for Norwegian Cruise Line vessels.
“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,” 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.”
“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 caliber 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.“
Starting june 2018 Norwegian Bliss, the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience, will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from Seattle. She will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
Cruises onboard Norwegian Bliss go on sale starting January 2017.
Pictures ©Norwegian Cruise Line & Wyland