Celebrated Spanish Artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo Commissioned to Design the Hull of the Final Breakaway-Plus Class Ship
Wiesbaden - Sep 12, 2018
Norwegian Cruise Line today revealed that Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, the award-winning Spanish artist, created the hull artwork for the fourth and final ship of its Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami in November 2019.
A representation of his modern and abstract style, the ship’s hull will feature a labyrinth of color inspired by Arranz-Bravo’s life by the sea in Barcelona and pay tribute to the vibrant guest experience for which the Norwegian brand is recognized.
“Norwegian Cruise Line is a dynamic, pioneering company known for its innovative experiences and breathtaking collection of beautifully designed ships,” said Arranz-Bravo. “I am honored to not only bring that vibrancy to life even more on Norwegian Encore but also showcase my love for the ocean and my hometown of Barcelona.”
Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, played a key role in the selection of Arranz-Bravo as the hull artist for Norwegian Encore, having been inspired by his work for many years. Del Rio's passion for the arts has helped elevate Norwegian's on-board experience, most recently with the multi-million-dollar art collection curated for Norwegian Bliss.
“We are well-known for our iconic hull designs and know that Arranz-Bravo’s lively design will complement the colorful destinations in the Caribbean that Norwegian Encore will visit when she debuts next year,” said Del Rio.
Recognized for his inventive and humanistic approach to abstract art, Arranz-Bravo's work is showcased throughout the world and portrays a constant evolution that some refer to as futuristic. He is highly regarded, having been the recipient of countless awards and accolades, and was one of three artists chosen to represent the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
“Eduardo’s design will be a perfect complement to the collection of hull artwork within our fleet and is a testament to the dynamic experience our guests will have on board,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are proud to welcome him to our Norwegian Cruise Line family.”
At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating up to 4,000 guests, Norwegian Encore will complete the Breakaway-Plus class, the most successful class in the company's history. She is currently being built at Meyer Werft, in Papenburg, Germany and will feature many innovative dining, entertainment and recreational activities that guests have come to expect from the industry-leading brand.
Following her unveiling, she will cruise out of Miami every Sunday and sail seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean, beginning with her first journey on November 17, 2019 through April 12, 2020.
More details on the ship’s design, accommodations, dining and onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months.
About Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort- style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand's 16 ships. For the entire European market, the international cruise line offers its comprehensive Premium All Inclusive concept which already includes, among other things, a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, service charges and gratuities on all-inclusive services as well as 60 minutes of free Wifi per person in the cruise fare.
In July 2018, Norwegian Cruise Line was awarded the coveted World Travel Award for Europe's Leading Cruise Line for the eleventh time in a row. The newest fleet member, Norwegian Bliss, made its debut in April 2018. Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line has commissioned Meyer Werft to build another Breakaway Plus class ship: Norwegian Encore will depart Miami for the Caribbean after its maiden voyage in the fall of 2019. And finally, Norwegian Cruise Line commissioned Fincantieri S.p.A. with the construction of six ships of the new Leonardo generation, which are scheduled to be delivered from 2022 to 2027. Six of the cruise line's modern ships will sail European waters in the summer of 2019.
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