Art afficionatos at sea

I'm curious, I never see where guests mention the art auctions at sea on these forums. It's like they don't exist. But they take up so much valuable space on board, in my opinion, that if guests don't like them it seems you would hear more negatives. We have only cruised on HAL, Princess and Regent, all three have cluttered passageways and lounges with art displays. Sometimes you can hardly move around as they block ease of access corridors. Cruise Lines must make a lot of dough off of this enterprise and in order to do so there must be a lot of faithful guests who have their wallets out.

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Many people don’t admit that they buy the artwork. We’ve bought our share, and then some. Most new cruisers don’t realize the auctions exist. Many seasoned cruisers may be looking for new and different artists.

I liked looking at the art when onboard, especially when I was on the HAL Amsterdam. If I could afford it I'd some. I was unpleasantly surprised by how much those pieces of art cost.

We have friends that spend a lot of time and money in the art auctions. They even got a free cruise from the company.

I meant to type: If I could afford it I'd buy some.

Over the decades I have purchased a few. Some of them we just because I liked them others were for investment if I know the artist like Neiman. Since I'm our of wall space I have not bought any art work in a while. I still go to the auctions to see what they have and have some free champagne. Big Smile

My friend happens to be an art historian.Wink

I enjoy the auctions and art "shows". I have bought a few pieces (the art itself was relatively inexpensive, but the framing and shipping was surprisingly expensive. Unfortunately, the framing is the same price anywhere else.

I haven't seen any pieces that I care for, so we don't go to the auctions.

We won two at auction and haven't put them up yet.. Nice to participate but nothing I would miss..

We aren't adverse toward art, in Hawaii or Alaska I do like to like to browse art exhibits, unfortunately, like Just Me, our walls already are saturated. Some years ago wife had an interior decorator in, she rearranged things so we have a lot of prints and pictures stored in the attic now, I even have the walls on my wilderness cabin completely covered.

As far as on the ships, if the majority of others enjoy having art auctions and displays, that's fine with me, I'm going to look and enjoy with the rest of em but I'm certainly going to avoid any auctions, particularly after I read my Business Week with the article I posted in it. If I had a vote, I would say the space on board could be put to better use though. I go along with the "Berlitz", not so kind, assessment of this all:

"Beware of these. Aboard most large resort ships intrusive art auctions form part of the "entertainment" program, with flyers, brochures and forceful announcements that almost demand that you attend. They may be fun participation events---though the "free champagne" given to entice you is mostly sparkling wine and not champagne--but don't expect to purchase an heirloom as most of the art pieces (lithographs and seriographs) are rubbish. It's funny how so may identical pieces can be found aboard so many ships. When its delivered to your home and you have it appraised you'll probably find it is not genuine. Forged signatures are not uncommon. If you do something, do so because it will look good on your wall, not as an investment. Remember the cruise line takes absolutely no responsibility for artwork that's worthless, the art auction house is just a concession."


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