A cruise can introduce you to a new interest or help you develop a current interest, such as art appreciation. Many cruise ships house an array of wonderful works by artists, both famous and emerging, that make time onboard even more enjoyable.
Holland America Line’s partnership with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which houses masterpieces like Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, populates a special gallery on the Westerdam with reproductions of the museum’s famous works. On other Holland America ships, onboard gallery spaces show works by emerging artists in the ports of call; for example, if a ship is in the Caribbean, the gallery features works by Caribbean artists.
The ships of Viking Ocean Cruises are decorated with the work of Nordic artists from a broad range of genres and eras. Guests can use the Viking Voyager app to follow a self-guided art tour, including some original works by Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. The cruise line also has rights to the entire digital catalog of Munch’s works, shared during “Munch Moments” in the ships’ atriums.
Original, hand-painted Disney Studios animation cels are coveted collectibles, and you can see some in the Vista Art Galleries on Disney Cruise Line ships. The galleries also feature one-of-a-kind paintings and lithographs, as well as poster reproductions that fit any budget.
Silversea’s Silver Muse has been called a “floating art gallery,” adorned with hundreds of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and mixed-media works by Italian artists. In the aptly named Arts Café, the art on display changes from time to time, but you can always settle into a comfortable chair to look at one of many art books on hand.
An art walk is a must on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, which has more than 13,000 pieces of contemporary art, from text-based works to multimedia installations. Quite a few are interactive; guests can take a seat within the 1,200 mirrored steel triangles of the Paradox Void sculpture, or begin an audiovisual experience by stepping inside the Sound Shell.
Some ships offer original art and artists’ prints for sale, sometimes during art auctions accompanied by free-flowing champagne. These auctions can be a lot of fun, but be sure that you truly love any works you purchase, and that they have proper Certificates of Authenticity.
For more information about enjoying art on your next cruise, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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