Norwegian’s city-specific designs give the cruise company an extra boost of publicity and the ships’ dual purposes as cultural icons when docked in their home ports.
Miami modern artist and muralist David “LEBO” Le Batard was commissioned to paint the mural that features a mermaid holding the sun in tropical theme befitting the ship’s year-round homeport of Miami.
“Norwegian Getaway will be Miami’s ship and, therefore, we wanted to ensure that her hull was designed by an artist with strong ties to Miami and the Latin community,” says Norwegian CEO Kevin Sheehan in a statement.
The Norwegian Getaway will host 4,000 passengers on seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean starting on February 1, 2014. The 146,000 ton ship is currently under construction in Germany.
A 40,000 mural covering the hull of the Getaway’s smaller sister ship Norwegian Breakaway was released in early September. The Norwegian Breakaway will set sail from its home port in New York City starting in May 2013.