Holidaymakers taking a Mediterranean cruise on the Ruby Princess
last week were given an unusual treat as one of the world's most famous marine artists agreed to use the bottom of the ship's Neptune Pool for his latest high-profile work.
Artist Wyland, who is known the world over for his painting, writing and underwater photography, was on board the cruise liner as one of several meet-and-greet guests, when the cruise ship's captain Tony Draper was struck with an original idea.
As the Mediterranean cruise
pulled into Venice, the artist was asked to add some colour to the on-board pool, with the result a painting of a dolphin and her calf now set to be enjoyed by thousands of passengers on board future voyages.
However, far from merely decoration, the artist was keen that his painting be used to highlight the issue of marine conservation, as is the case with much of his other work, which is showcased on-board several cruise ships.
Jan Swartz, executive vice president of Princess Cruises
, said: "It's a wonderful way to work with Wyland to address our shared concern with the importance of marine conservation, and to give our passengers a unique experience as they witnessed a one-of-a-kind artwork taking shape."
As well as five pools, the Ruby Princess also boasts three main restaurants and a 'Movie Under the Stars' outdoor cinema.
Written by Chris Smith