Genting Cruise Lines has unveiled the new artwork that will adorn the hull of its latest ship, the 75,338-gross-ton, 1,870 passenger Explorer Dream.

The vessel is currently undergoing a comprehensive upgrade before her launch later this month.

The new hull artwork by New York-based, Chinese artist, Kuri Huang continues the brand’s signature mermaid brand icon as the ethereal hull painting beckons viewers to ride upon Waves of Dreams in a whimsical and colourful ode to exploration and discovery.

“Dream Cruises is excited to welcome the artistic talents of Kuri Huang who will provide the hull art to our newest ship, Explorer Dream,” said Thatcher Brown, president of Dream Cruises.

“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.”

The artwork on the hull of Explorer Dream continues the mermaid brand icon made famous by her sister ships Genting Dream and World Dream.

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.

“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, Explorer Dream,” said Huang.

“In my artwork, I wanted to symbolize 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.

The latest addition to the Dream Cruises family, Explorer Dream will assume the role of pathfinder for the brand’s global aspirations.

Formerly the SuperStar Virgo of sister brand Star Cruises, Explorer Dream is currently undergoing a US$56 million dollar transformation that will incorporate new facilities.