It won't be difficult to spot the world's newest cruise ship when she arrives in Southampton next week to make her international debut.

The 91,000-ton Norwegian Dawn has a most distinctive and contemporary edge to her appearance as the exterior of the hull features artwork depicting the vessel's future itineraries.

The designs run the expanse of the hull and on the starboard side show dolphins playing in waves to represent the Caribbean cruises that the ship will operate out of Miami.

The port side carries an image of the Statue of Liberty to highlight the voyages the ship will make to the Bahamas and Florida from the port of New York.

The hull also features reproduced signatures of the Impressionist artists Renoir, Matisse, Van Gogh and Monet as well as pop art icon Andy Warhol.

These represent the four original masterpieces that are on display in one of the ship's restaurants and the collection of pop art featuring signed pictures by Andy Warhol elsewhere on the ship.

Norwegian Cruise Line's latest addition to its fleet is due to arrive on Thursday, December 5 for a two-day stay before leaving on an inaugural shakedown transatlantic voyage to New York.

While in Southampton hundreds of invited guests from the shipping and travel industries have been invited to tour the ship while it is alongside 38/9 berth in the Eastern Docks.

Among the ship's passenger facilities are a total of ten restaurants, which means guests can eat at a different spot every night of the voyage, together with more than a dozen bars and lounges, the largest indoor swimming pool on any cruise ship, a casino and a wedding chapel.


Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Flag: Bahamas

Gross tonnage: 91,740

Length: 965 feet

Width: 105 feet

Propulsion: Two diesel electric - Azipod system

Maximum speed: 25 knots

Decks: 15

Cabins: 1,200

Passenger capacity: 2,224 double occupancy

Crew: 1,318

Passenger facilities: A total of ten restaurants and eating areas, numerous bars, a 1,150-seater theatre, casino, show lounges and night club, fitness and sports centre, the longest indoor pool on any cruise ship, shopping complex, board room, cinema, chapel and medical centre.