Park West sails with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape

Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape, with hull artwork by Guy Harvey (photo courtesy of Escape.NCL.com)

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape, its largest ship to date and the third to feature hull artwork from a Park West Gallery artist.

Before it begins its seven-day Caribbean itinerary, the ship will be christened with a ceremony headlined by the ship’s honorary godfather, international music superstar Pitbull. The pierside ceremony takes place at Port Miami on November 9.

Norwegian Escape was built in 17 months in Germany. It departed to Hamburg for a two-night voyage to Southampton, England, and from there, is currently crossing the pond to Miami and will begin sailing year-round to the Caribbean next month.

The vessel is the fifth-largest cruise ship in existence, and is the first of the cruise line’s Breakaway Plus class. Escape features a number of intriguing attractions, including four major water slides, a boardwalk lined with restaurants, the District Brew House, and a spa that includes a snow room. The line’s “ship-within-a-ship” luxury area, The Haven, is the largest and most luxurious in the fleet.

Norwegian Escape

International music superstar Pitbull will be Norwegian Escape’s godfather (Image courtesy of Escape.NCL.com)

Perhaps its most stunning feature is hull artwork depicting larger-than-life sailfish and other aquatic life. Like Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Escape features hull artwork designed by a Park West Gallery artist. In this case, the colorful marine wildlife found on Escape is the work of Guy Harvey. Painting the 1,065-foot canvas was quite a process, as shown in the cruise line’s video.

“Guy Harvey is the perfect artist to design Norwegian Escape’s hull artwork because he is so passionate about the sea, and his marine artwork is so life-like and well recognized,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and coo, in a written statement. “We also appreciate how Guy is focused on ocean conservation and keeping the marine environment pristine, we plan to work with him to support the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation as that goes hand-in-hand with our company’s strong commitment to the environment.”

Park West Gallery is pleased to be aboard hosting art auctions at sea during the inaugural cruise. Park West Auctioneer Nenad Stojanovic says it is a great privilege to be on board, especially on a vessel featuring the hull artwork of Harvey.

“We are delighted to be able to represent an artist that has painted the hull of the ship, and with that, enable our guests to collect art that will stay as a great memory for years to come,” Stojanovic says. “My team and I are very excited to welcome new and returning clients to our art gallery that has a prominent place between the atrium and two main dining venues.”

Park West Gallery Guy Harvey

“Marlin Solo” (2015), Guy Harvey

As part of the celebration of working with Harvey and having his artwork on Norwegian Escape’s hull, Park West Gallery will offer promotional artwork by Harvey. The artwork, which features a marlin, is exclusively available aboard the ship, including the maiden voyage on November 14.

“This relationship will broaden the reach of my art for patrons and at the same time help spread the message for ocean conservation,” said Harvey of working with Park West Gallery.

Guy Harvey Park West Gallery

Guy Harvey

Harvey’s art career blossomed in 1985 with a one-man exhibit featuring 44 original works based on Ernest Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea.” Three years later, Harvey became one of the world’s top saltwater game fish artists. His Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation works to preserve marine life and environments.

Norwegian Cruise Line held a UK launch of its new vessel on October 28, which included the formation of its first-ever “Squad” consisting of TV presenters, bloggers and cruise experts.

Norwegian Escape is 164,600 tons and 1,098 feet long, making it the largest in Norwegian’s fleet of 14 vessels. The ship was delivered to Norwegian Cruise Lines on October 22.

19 Responses to Park West sails with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape

  1. Dennis Koshier says:

    we would like to start going on the trips again,we need to update r collection pls email my wife at ******@sbcglobal.com ty

  2. Linda McGauley says:

    I am looking forward to sailing on the Escape in 2016. Mr. Harvey’s marine art is phenomenal!

  3. Tracey Dunlap says:

    Love Park West and looking forward to meeting the Auction Tean aboard The NCL Escape in December. Attending the Art Auctions and Presentations are always the highlight of my Cruises. All the Park Wesr Staff on NCL ships that we have come in contact with have been wonderful. Thanks Park West.

  4. Steve and Ilene Weisberg says:

    Please let us know when youwillbe hosting VIP excursions on the Escape in the near future Thanks

  5. J.teague says:

    Hope to be invited on one of your cruises again!

  6. wendy serra says:

    Going on Escape Nov 28th cannot wait to see the ship and artwork of Guys.Please let me know of any vip cruises from Florida. Just love the auctions on board.

  7. D. Rohricht says:

    It’s been a while since I was at a Park West event. They are always a fun time. Invite me again. Lol

  8. Billie Sue Koch says:

    My best friend and I would enjoy an invite later in 2016. I am a new art collector of Park West and using the art to newly decorate my home. since the wall paint and floors are in process I cannot go now. I am so proud of the art purchased on ship.

  9. Donnie and Joni Strong says:

    We would love to sail again with Maury, Donna and Jason. Had such a great time watching Maury and Jason performing on stage sharing their musical talents with all. Hope to see y’all again.

  10. Donnie and Joni Strong says:

    and we are also looking forward to adding to our collection.

  11. Linda Stary says:

    Please let me know when the next VIP cruise is scheduled. Missed the one last.

  12. Vickie Klempke says:

    I am wanting to know how I can qualify for an VIP cruise. I have attended several VIP land collecting events. Thanks

  13. Matt & Mary Ann says:

    We have over 80 pieces of art that we’ve purchased mostly on board cruises but we have never been asked to be on a VIP cruise. We would love to go on your next one. We have been to VIP land event but never a cruise.

  14. Jan Sanner says:

    Looking forward to another buying trip. Sorry we missed the last two because of schedule conflicts. Love the resource of Parkwest Gallery where we can meet the artists, buy their artwork and have our pictures taken with them!

  15. Carol sanborn says:

    Checking on shipment inv. NoA62j-12-3 item no cp101.

    • parkwestgal says:

      Hello Carol, Client Services has reached out regarding the status of your artwork. Let us know if you need any further assistance. Thank you!

  16. Carol sanborn says:

    Checking on shipping item ******. Invoice no ****. As if it was always meant to be

    • parkwestgal says:

      Thank you Carol, we have passed along your information to Client Services and edited your order information from the comment, so someone should be in contact with you soon.

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