An Artistic Statement

Norwegian Dawn features paintings on hull, Impressionist works inside

By: Theresa Norton Masek

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest vessel makes an artsy statement.

The Norwegian Dawn bears gaily painted artwork on the hull depicting its Caribbean itineraries and its New York City summer homeport.

One side of the hull features dolphins playing in multicolor waves while the other side features the Statue of Liberty.

The 91,740-ton, 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn is scheduled for a Dec. 5 delivery and a Dec. 14 arrival in New York for inaugural festivities.

While the hull paintings are colorful and whimsical, more serious works will adorn the Norwegian Dawn’s interior.

The alternative Le Bistro restaurant will feature four original Impressionist oil paintings by Renoir, Matisse, Van Gogh and Monet.

The works are on loan through 2003 and 2004 from the personal collection of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of NCL parent Star Cruises.

Colin Veitch, NCL’s cerebral president and CEO, managed to link the Impressionist art to NCL’s signature Freestyle Cruising, which essentially did away with set dining hours and other regimentation of cruising.

“Students of both art history and cruising will see the connection immediately between Impressionism and Freestyle Cruising,” Veitch said. “They know that the Impressionists, in a short extraordinarily innovative period, broke the classical/traditional mold that had characterized all western art for the entire 19th century. How fitting, then, that we have fine examples of their works on the ship whose ordering in April 2000 marked the announcement of Freestyle Cruising.”

The Norwegian Dawn will rotate weekly Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami starting Dec. 21. Fares start at $799 per person.

On May 18, the Dawn begins an innovative program from New York, operating seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida. Ports of call include Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami and Port Canaveral. Passengers can also embark in Port Canaveral.


Norwegian Cruise Line has launched same-day delivery of daily newspapers aboard the Norwegian Star, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Wind and the Norway. Among the papers offered: International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.

The papers are printed in an 11-by-17-inch format and delivered to staterooms. The cost is $3.95 per paper.