“Cruising with the Whales” will be the theme of the signature art on Norwegian Bliss designed by one of the world’s premier marine artists, Wyland. The engaging and beautiful art prominently features a stunning image of a mother humpback whale and her calf as the centerpiece of the design, signifying the beauty of Alaska and the importance of conservation. Known for his iconic whale murals, marine life paintings and sculptures, Wyland has inspired generations to be passionate about preserving the oceans and the incredible wildlife that calls it home.
Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, gave the following statement about the new hull art: “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 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.”
The enormous extent of Wyland’s public artworks, his award-winning art galleries and his non-profit foundation’s community service projects have made him one of the world’s most recognized and beloved artists. An artist inspired by different canvases, Wyland has been diving the world’s oceans for the past 30 years and these wildlife encounters have inspired him to paint the animals life size, on more than 100 ocean murals throughout the US and 18 countries around the world.
Wyland has taken advantage of Norwegian Bliss’ unique canvas to create a life size portrait of the planet’s most spectacular marine life, including giant manta rays, dolphins, sea lions and sea turtles, to give the viewer a sense of being part of the ocean’s realm. The beauty in Alaska and along the Pacific coast has inspired many of Wyland’s paintings and sculptures and contributed to his inspiration for Norwegian Bliss’ hull artwork.
Norwegian Bliss will be the third Breakaway Plus class ship from Norwegian Cruise Line and the first ship that will be custom built for the Alaska cruise experience. The 167,800 gross ton, 4,000 passenger cruise ship will seasonally home port in Seattle in the Summer of 2018.
The ship will sail seven night cruises to Alaska with port stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia. The itinerary will also include scenic glacier cruising. More details about Norwegian Bliss will be announced in the coming months, including dining, entertainment, and on board experiences. The ship opens for bookings in January 2017.