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Cruise Ship Trivia: Name the ship and artist

Cruise Ship Trivia: Name the ship and artist
Cruise Ship Trivia: Name the ship and artist
Jackie Sheckler Finch

Think you can recognize a cruise ship by the painting on its hull? Of course, most of us know that when we see Mickey Mouse or those trademark ears, it must be a Disney ship.

But how about one of the newbies on the ocean where the paint work looks like a huge canvas.

For a bit of cruise ship trivia, see if you can recognize this ship and the artist who created that striking design. Don’t look at the answer below until you have formulated yours.

If you recognize it, good for you. Hope you’ve cruised on the ship. I haven’t but I recently saw it docked next to a cruise ship I was on in Freeport, the Bahamas.

That is one of my 2014 resolutions – to see the inside of this ship as well as the eye-catching exterior.

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(Answer: The vibrant hull artwork is on the beautiful Norwegian Breakaway. Pop icon Peter Max created the artwork in honor of the ship’s yearround homeport and his hometown – New York City.

It marked the first time Norwegian Cruise Line has asked a well-known artist to paint the hull on one of the line’s ships.

“I am so excited to be painting the hull of Norwegian Breakaway for Norwegian Cruise Line,” Peter Max said at the time in a news release. “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.”

Launched April 30, 2013, the Norwegian Breakaway became the largest ship to homeport in New York City year round. Max’s signature artwork covers about 40,000 square feet of Norwegian Breakaway’s hull.

Max called his artwork a composite of New York City and cosmic imagery – the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, a giant sunburst, stars and music notes.

“That’s my New York,” he said. “And now Norwegian Breakaway is my New York cruise ship ‘canvas.’”

The 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway arrived in New York City in May 2013. Through April 2014, the ship will offer voyages from the heart of Manhattan to the Bahamas, Florida and the Southern Caribbean.

For more information about the Norwegian Breakaway: Call Norwegian Cruise Line at (800) 327-7030 or visit www.ncl.com.