The CRUISING PHOTO of the WEEK for week #5 — outtakes from my book ‘Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships’ — is an arty take on baggage. Well, the art is actually located behind the luggage carts, on the port side of the Norwegian Breakaway, and is easily recognizable as the work of pop-icon artist Peter Max.

With their white hulls and fancifully painted bow designs, Norwegian Cruise Line ships are floating pieces of art – the most colorful ships at sea. 

Their first ship to appear with the distinctive artwork concept was Norwegian Dawn in 2002. Soon after all new NCL ships and those that that entered service prior to 2008 were painted with hull artwork. 

Taking its art to the next level in 2013, NCL began commissioning world-renowned artists to create signature artwork for their new ships to showcase the beauty and marine life of the oceans. 

Other Breakaway-Plus sister ships Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Bliss, andNorwegian Joy received, respectively, a whimsical tropical theme created by Miami artist, David “Lebo” Le Batard, a marine theme by artist Wyland, and a mythical red phoenix design by Chinese artist Tan Ping. 

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