Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan on Thursday announced the company had commissioned Max to design the hull art for its next ship, the Norwegian Breakaway.
Speaking at a press conference at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, Sheehan noted it was the first time the line had asked a well-known artist to create one of the designs that adorn the outside of its vessel.
"I am a huge fan of his work and know that the art he creates for Norwegian Breakaway will make the ship instantly recognizable," Sheehan said.
Max, a prolific illustrator who has painted everything from a Boeing 777 flying for Continental to a giant mural at the 2002 Winter Olympics, is preparing four options for the Norwegian Breakaway's exterior.
Norwegian on Thursday also announced that the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway would be based year-round in New York, becoming the largest cruise ship ever home ported in the city. Read more about Norwegian's announcement.
Currently under construction at a shipyard in Germany, the Norwegian Breakaway is scheduled to debut in May 2013. The ship was named by a USA TODAY reader in a contest held here at the Cruise Log this year.
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USA TODAY, October 7th, 2011
Sample image of a finished artwork (not Peter's):