Buying Art on a Cruise Ship (Value or no Value)

Here is an update on May 11, 2010 about RCL not renewing their contract for Park West which was up for renewal.

Quote: ” Quick note #2 – our contract with Park West Art Services has expired and we have decided not to renew it. There is a wind down period in effect and the art auctioneers will finish on different ships at different times over the next few months. We are evaluating what if any art-related programming we may offer in the fleet in the future beyond Oasis of the Seas where Art Actually is our provider of art tours and art for purchase onboard. “”
See link from
April 24, 2010………………………………….
See links below
Their are many extra cost items that you can spend on a cruise while enjoying yourself during a sea day or even a port day.
Aside from the shops on board; casino, SPA, speciality restaurants, the list goes on.
Imagine viewing numerou Art Prints, copies of an original or an actual original Oil on Canvas. You sit back in a comfortable lounge chair, are given a free glass of bubbly called Champagne and relax while listening to a person wanting to ensure you will walk away with a special piece of Art.
Buyer beware is the first motto you should adhere to, if you do not want to part with your hard earned monies, more than you can ever imagine.

Here are some links,
This one is a balanced article

This article of 2007 shows what does buying Art on a Cruise Ship mean to the buyer and the seller.

An extract: —————————————
(Quote: Buyer beware
Each year, tens of thousands of tourists sail the seas. Many voyages feature auctions promoted with brochures, announcements and seminars. Cruise lines charge the art companies a fee but take no responsibility for their dealings.
Champagne flows freely. Auctioneers deliver spellbinding spiels.
The show, ….., is “informative and entertaining.”
It is also big business, and Park West is among the prominent oceanic entrepreneurs
. /Quote End)

Here is a link to the (Wikipedia, the free ) History of Park West itself..

Here is the Park West Blog

Note: The above is given for the cruiser to make ones own decision on to buy or not buy Art on a cruise ship,
The Web contains numerous items of interest

3 thoughts on “Buying Art on a Cruise Ship (Value or no Value)

  1. RobBar's Cruise Area October 16, 2011 / 03:55

    JaneFor those who do not have access to Art stores or choices I can see the opportunity of many pieces to look at but the blog was about the good and the ugly. In my area I can go into a store, see the prices , chat with the artist or owner and leave for naother day. On a ship I'm not shown a price prior as I am placed into a bidding situation with a price in the low thousands and up to decide in a few minutes.Not fair grounds to my mind


    • robbarcruises July 19, 2015 / 20:10

      Depends a lot on where you live and exposed to
      Met a young couple who lived in a small town in the USA and did not have the selection
      Mind you ensure price is not over the top


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