Photo by James Shillinglaw, all others courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line
When simple white-washed bows predominate the industry, one of the things that sets Norwegian Cruise Line apart from the competition is its signature hull art. Foreign lines like AIDA Cruises and P&O Cruises also sport designs, but Norwegian is the only domestic one besides Princess Cruises and its upcoming Majestic Princess, which merely exhibits an enlarged logo on the bow. Norwegian’s are decidedly more distinct to each ship in the fleet, and these six are our favorites.
For years, Norwegian had showcased colorful designs on its bows, but the 2013 Norwegian Breakaway was the first to feature a specific world-renowned artist. In order to symbolize the spirit of New York City, where the ship is based year-round, the company selected pop artist Peter Max to don the Breakaway hull with his graphic stylings. The result is a vibrantly geometric representation of the NYC skyline followed by cosmic planets and led by the artist’s signature Statue of Liberty “liberty head” icon.
Like the Breakaway and Getaway before her, the new Norwegian Escape also exhibits the work of an acclaimed artist. This time around, marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey depicts his signature sailfish literally spearheading a tropical design filled with sting rays, sea turtles, whale sharks and other fish appropriate to its Miami homeport and Caribbean itineraries. The organic elements also stand nicely apart from the angular geometry of the earlier Breakaway design.
Perhaps the most vibrantly colored hull of the bunch is the Norwegian Getaway, with its sinuous curves