Norwegian Cruise Line tapped renowned marine wildlife artist Wyland, to design the hull artwork for its next new ship, Norwegian Bliss, set for delivery in spring 2018.

Wyland, who has a gallery in downtown Fort Lauderdale, is known for his iconic artwork that includes whale murals, marine life paintings and sculptures. He has a worldwide following from his art galleries and wealth of public artwork and community service projects, Norwegian said Thursday.

The Wyland Galleries in Fort Lauderdale, at 822 E. Las Olas Blvd., is one of the artist's five fine art galleries in Florida. The others are in Key West, Sarasota and Port Canaveral and Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, according to

Wyland's "engaging" design for Norwegian Bliss' hull will be unveiled later this month, the Miami-based cruise line said.

"He's the biggest name in marine life art,"

said Stewart Chiron, president of Miami-based industry website Chiron said he has known Wyland for nearly 20 years and that the artist has strong ties to South Florida and a home in the Florida Keys.

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