Explorer Dream has had mermaid-inspired artwork painted on her hull during her multimillion-dollar conversion from SuperStar Virgo at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.
Dream Cruises president Thatcher Brown said the hull artwork by New York-based Chinese artist Kuri Huang continues with the mermaid icon made famous by her sister ships Genting Dream and World Dream.
As previously reported
, Explorer Dream will be the first in the Dream Cruises fleet to sail outside of Asian waters when she homeports in Australia and New Zealand from October 27.
Mythic creatures on quest to explore
‘Huang’s artistic style aptly embodies Dream Cruises’ brand essence with its imaginative depiction of mythic creatures on a quest to explore new horizons across the seas,’ Brown said.
‘Huang’s fresh new take on the myth of the mermaid sees a softer, almost impressionistic, approach to the depiction of this iconic figure and also introduces the dream-like figure of the unicorn to further personify the spirit of exploration and discovery.’
Unicorn represents spirit of discovery
‘I am honoured to be able to add my artistic vision to the Dream Cruises’ brand and to be able to carry on the saga of their iconic mermaid for their newest family member,’ Huang said. ‘In my artwork I wanted to symbolise the intrepid, pathfinding spirit of the new ship by bringing in the new character of the unicorn to represent the spirit of discovery in Explorer Dream.
‘The artistic narrative of the new hull art tells the tale of a beautiful mermaid who yearns to travel beyond the confines of the ocean to a realm above the waters. With the help of the sea god, in the form of a majestic unicorn, she is able to realise her dream of discovering new lands and experiencing exotic cultures while retaining her indelible link to the seven seas.’
Key Australasian ports
The Australian ports on the 1,870-passenger Explorer Dream’s itineraries from Sydney are Newcastle, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Port Arthur, Hobart, Melbourne, Burnie and Eden.
Her New Zealand ports from Auckland are Bay of Islands, Dunedin, Wellington, Napier, Akaroa, Picton and Gisborne, as well as Milford and Doubtful Sounds cruising.