For Cayman’s marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey, there has never been a bigger canvas or a wider audience.
Mr. Harvey, along with 100 of his family and closest friends, will set sail this weekend for the inaugural voyage of the Norwegian Escape, a 4,200-passenger cruise ship that will travel through the eastern Caribbean.
Emblazoned on the mammoth hull of Norwegian Cruise Lines’ newest ship is the distinctive artwork of Mr. Harvey.
A giant sailfish adorns the bow, with a cast of Caribbean sea creatures, including a turtle, stingray and whale shark, following in its wake, alongside the Guy Harvey logo.
Mr. Harvey helped sketch the placement of the images on the side of the ship before they were transposed onto the hull using a process known as laser projection.
He was among guests, including the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, and pop star Pitbull at the christening ceremony in Miami on Monday.
“It was the first time I had seen it in the sunlight and the colors really pop. The shipyard has done a fantastic job,” he said.
Mr. Harvey will step on board again Friday when the ship makes its first journey from its home port to the Caribbean. The ship will not be seen in Cayman any time soon; it is currently commissioned on the Eastern Caribbean route.
Mr. Harvey’s stores will be on board and he will appear in person three times a year to give talks on conservation and art. His Guy Harvey television channel will be in all rooms as part of the deal.
Cruise ships and conservation have not always gone hand in hand, but Mr. Harvey believes the design and policies of the ships have improved from an environmental perspective.
He hopes, through his art and his on-board lectures, to reach a wider audience with a conservation message.