New-look Explorer Dream readies for maiden voyage to Australasia

New York-based Chinese artist Kuri Huang’s ‘waves of dreams’ on the hull of Explorer Dream

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.
Posted 16 March 2019

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Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist. For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events. In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’ In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame. She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.

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