Norwegian Cruise Line has distinguished its ships by colorful artwork in the past, but never before has the line commissioned a famous artist to create it. However, when the Norwegian Breakaway launches in April of 2013, pop artist Peter Max’s artwork will cover the approximately 40,000 square feet of the Norwegian Breakaway’s hull.
The Norwegian Breakaway will homeport in New York City, and the vibrant hull design depicts cartoonish images of the city. “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”, said Peter Max of his work.
Norwegian Breakaway is New York’s ship and this colorful 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 recognizable to the millions of New Yorkers who will see her as she journeys up and down the Hudson River each week.”
The Breakaway will begin weekly summer seven-day cruises to Bermuda on Sunday, May 12, 2013. From October 2013 through April 2014, New York’s ship will offer voyages from the heart of Manhattan to the Bahamas & Florida and the Southern Caribbean.