Norwegian Breakaway: Peter Max Hull Revealed

| Sunday, 04 Sept. 2011
Peter Max designed the hull artwork for Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway: Peter Max Hull Revealed
Norwegian Cruise Line just revealed the artwork that Peter Max designed for the hull of Norwegian Breakaway, the new ship currently under construction in Papenburg Germany and set to make its debut in April 2013.

When the news first broke almost a year ago I have to admit I found the headline interesting,

LEGENDARY ICONIC ARTIST PETER MAX TO PAINT NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY'S HULL ARTWORK

...along with Norwegian's subsequent quote from Peter Max, "I am so excited to be painting the hull of Norwegian Breakaway for Norwegian Cruise Line. I love painting large canvases. I've painted a plane and a stage for Woodstock, but never a ship. I love ships and have travelled on them many times in my life. To see my artwork floating on Norwegian Breakaway out at sea will be a dream come true."

Well. Mr. Max just updated that quote with this week with, "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's ships are uniquely identifiable by their artistic hull artwork, which is unique to each ship. For the first time a "celebrity" artist has been hired to create the hull art for an NCL ship. Iconic American pop artist Peter Max will be designing the art for the ship. But something tells me they didn't have Peter Max in a dry dock painting the actual hull in the same way Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel. I am sure Max used a much smaller scale model of the hull to create his original artwork, and that the design was then be transferred to the ship using translucent plastic stick-on pieces - just like the other ships.

In any case, Peter Max still has iconic status as an America artist, and he has tackled big projects before including a Boeing 777 jumbo jet for Continental; a 600-foot stage for a Woodstock Music Festival and a giant mural for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Norwegian Breakaway will home-port in New York. A plan that has been hailed as a definite boost for the city of New York. The idea is to sail from New York year round with trips to the Bahamasa/Port Canaveral during the Winter, Bermuda in the Summer and some trips to the deeper Caribbean and some to Canada/New England. This is will be the largest cruise ship ever to call New York home. It has been guaranteed to sail a minimum of 88 cruises from the Manhattan terminal on the Hudson River from the day it is introduced up to March 31, 2015.

Norwegian and city officials estimate the ship will bring an estimated 140,000 additional embarking passengers into New York City over two years, resulting in an estimated $35 million in additional direct spending. Mayor Bloomberg said, "By making New York City home to its newest and largest ship, Norwegian Cruise Line is further confirming our standing as a top cruise destination and a place that tourists from around the world want to visit."

But Breakaway won't be the only Norwegian ship to call New York's Manhattan terminal home Norwegian Gem has an expected 47 calls scheduled, and Norwegian Star will make 15 calls in 2013 before being replaced. Altogether, NCL will bring about 285,000 embarking passengers into New York City in 2013.

Norwegian Breakaway is still under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. It will be 144,017 gross tons and contain 4,000 passenger berths. The ship's New York to Bermuda cruises will go on sale to Latitudes members on Friday, October 14, 2011 and to the public on Monday, October 17, 2011.

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