IT has been another big year for new ocean-going cruise ships – P&O’s Britannia, carrying 3611-passengers, debuted in March, and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas (4180-passengers), and Viking Cruises’ smaller Viking Star (930-passengers) made their maiden voyages in April.
Yet to come, is Norwegian Cruise Line’s mega Norwegian Escape carrying 4200 passengers, which debuts in November in Miami (Florida), where she will be based for year-round sailings in the Caribbean.
As always, much interest surrounds the art work on the ship’s hull as this has become Norwegian Cruise Line’s distinctive signature on all her ships, so the cruise line has released a sneak peek of the hull artwork which does not disappoint.
It is the work of the widely acclaimed marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey, a former Professor of Marine Biology, who has his studio on Grand Cayman Island, a British Caribbean territory.
Until now, australiancruisingnews.com did not realise that Harvey (left) is designer of the striking game fish T-shirt designs worn by so many sport fishermen world-wide.
So far, Norwegian Cruise Line has not cruised in Australian waters, but the company has just announced that it will open an office in Sydney in October this year. It will be headed by cruise industry personality Steve Odell who returns to home base after some years as Silversea’s President of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asian-Pacific region.
Chances are that with Odell at the helm, Down Under may be on Norwegian Cruise Line itineraries in the not-too-distant-future, ncl.com