Thursday, March 13, 2014

Marine Wildlife Artist to Paint Cruise Ship

By Mark Edward Nero

Marine wildlife artist and ocean conservation champion Guy Harvey has been hired by Norwegian Cruise Line to design the signature hull artwork of the line’s largest ship to date, the Norwegian Escape, which is scheduled to debut in October 2015.

On March 12 in Miami, the artist revealed his custom design for Norwegian Escape’s hull, an underwater scene of marine wildlife. The ship, 1,065 feet long, is expected to have Harvey’s artwork span from the hull to the aft, featuring two blended undersea scenes.

“Guy Harvey is the perfect artist to design Norwegian Escape’s hull artwork because he is so passionate about the sea and his marine artwork is so life-like and well recognized,” Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan said. Harvey is not only an artist but also has a background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler.

“I am deeply honored to be asked by Norwegian to paint the hull of the newest and largest ship in their fleet,” Harvey said in a statement. “The large scale mural demonstrates the concern and respect that Norwegian and I have for the marine environment through which this ship will travel over the years.”

The Norwegian Escape, a 4,200-passenger vessel, is expected to homeport in Miami during 2015-16.