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Norwegian Taps Renowned Chinese Artist for New Ship's Hull Design

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Norwegian Cruise Line | Patrick Clarke | August 02, 2016

Norwegian Taps Renowned Chinese Artist for New Ship's Hull Design

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Norwegian Cruise Line is calling on renowned Chinese artist Tan Ping to complete the look of its newest cruise ship.

The Miami-based cruise line announced last week that Ping will design the artwork that will be featured on the hull of the Norwegian Joy, a Breakaway-Plus class vessel slated to be released next summer. The cruise line's first purpose-built ship for the Chinese market, the Norwegian Joy will be homeported in Shanghai and Beijing.

In addition to a successful painter, Tan is a printmaker and educator whose works are featured in The National Art Museum of China, the Portland Art Museum, Germany's Ludwig Museum and The Shanghai Art Museum.

For the Norwegian Joy, Tan has selected the mythical phoenix as his subject. In Chinese culture, the iconic bird creature symbolizes beauty and good luck.

The simple design will feature flowing lines and a color palette dominated by red and yellow, which are considered two of the most regal colors in China. Blue will also be featured in the design to signify the surrounding sea.

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"Tan Ping's ability to design concepts that easily blend traditional Chinese culture with moving and changing aspects of life is inspiring," said Norwegian Cruise Line China president David Herrera in a statement. "He has perfectly captured the feel of Norwegian Joy as a luxurious, technologically advanced ship while honoring traditional Chinese values."

"The hull art embodies the essence of the best of The East meshing perfectly with the best of The West."

"This design is by far my largest artwork," Tan said in a statement accompanying the announcement. "Traveling worldwide on Norwegian Joy, I also expect that it will reach a far greater number of viewers than any of my previous works."

In addition to the unique hull design, the Norwegian Joy will feature a new Concierge category of staterooms, Chinese and Continental dining options, virtual reality gaming, the first two-level racetrack at sea and a pair of multi-story waterslides. 

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