Passengers on board a cruise will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy duty-free shopping at a wide range of boutiques. However, one of the more interesting purchases that can be made onboard is through the art auctions.
The ship's art auctions give travelers the chance to view and bid on a wide range of fine art, including pieces by famous artists like Thomas Kincade, Wyland, and Michael Godard. Some cruises even have Picasso replica pieces available. Not only are these pieces in high demand, but passengers have the opportunity to snag them at significant savings because of the auction format.
Participating is easy and requires no registration. All successful bids are recorded and charged to your account, just like buying anything else on the ship.
And there's no need to worry about lugging a large painting through customs once the ship arrives back home. All pieces won will be immediately packaged and shipped to a home or office address upon receipt of payment at the end of the cruise. Winners can expect their art to arrive in approximately two weeks. What's more, passengers are also able to browse a wide variety of fine artwork that's no longer available on the ships at Park West Gallery.
Not only does this addition to the ship give travelers the chance to take home a fine piece of art, but it's also quite a fun way to spend a few hours. Nothing gets the blood pumping like the thrill of bidding against other motivated buyers for an exquisite piece.
The ship's art auctions are always a popular attraction. In fact, the art auctions were voted the best in the business in Porthole Magazine's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards.