Hull Artwork Revealed for Norwegian Joy: VIDEO

By ,   July 28, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Next summer, Norwegian Joy will sail into Shanghai with a painting of a large red phoenix across her steel hull.

The red, blue and yellow painting by Chinese artist Tan Ping also includes stylized waves trailing the length of the vessel, suggesting forward motion.

The 3,850-passenger Norwegian Joy will homeport in Shanghai and Beijing starting 2017 summer. It is the first NCL ship custom-built for China's market.

The phoenix symbolizes beauty and good luck in Chinese culture, while the red color signifies joy and the yellow the grandeur of the 164,600-ton ship.

Tan’s design is the latest in a series of hull paintings on Norwegian ships. Its most recent vessel, Norwegian Escape, with a rendering of marine life by Guy Harvey. Other motifs include a NYC skyline by Peter Max, a mermaid and swirling fusion by Lebo.