Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has revealed the hull artwork for Norwegian Breakaway, designed by US pop artist, Peter Max. The 4,000-passenger ship, which will be the largest vessel to ever homeport in New York has dedicated its hull to the Big Apple.
“While it has been an honour to have my art exhibited in museums and galleries, I have also enjoyed creating giant ‘canvases’ for public view, including my 600ft Woodstock stage, a giant World’s Fair mural, the body of a Continental 777 super jet, and now the hull of Norwegian Breakaway,” said Max. “The artwork is a composite of New York City and cosmic imagery — the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, a giant sunburst, planets, stars, and musical notes. That’s my New York! And now Norwegian Breakaway is my New York cruise ship ‘canvas.’”
“Norwegian Breakaway is New York’s ship and this colourful artwork by Peter Max will make the ship an instant icon,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The Big Apple is known for its love of art and its many galleries – and now, Norwegian Breakaway becomes a floating piece of art that will cruise in and dock every Saturday on New York’s West Side. With this distinctive design, unlike anything else on the water, the ship will be recognisable to the millions of New Yorkers who will see her as she journeys up and down the Hudson River each week.”
Norwegian Breakaway will launch in May 2013.