Best cruise ships for lovers of art

Art sails far on Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Celebrity

Cruise ships have lots to offer art lovers. Oceania Cruises has a collection of 2,000 original works on its Marina and Riviera vessels, including a signed Picasso lithograph. Both Oceania and Celebrity Cruises recently published colour catalogues of their art collections.

Some cruise lines commission top artists. Others work with a curator to acquire artwork – or art-loving executives do it themselves.

Passengers on ships operated by Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Holland America Line can borrow iPads or iPods for walking tours.

“Expert blogger” Fran Golden recommends the Marina and Riviera not only for its Picasso but also works by Joan Miró, Damien Hirst and Cuban artists Wifredo Lam, Cundo Bermúdez and René Portocarrero.

Royal Caribbean has a collection on its 22 ships valued at nearly $120 million focusing mainly on mid-career and emerging artists. On Oasis of the Sea, for example, Puerto Rican artist Carlos Betancourt created a large sculpture of seagulls in flight.

Celebrity Cruises has a collection worth $60 million including art by David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein (Celebrity Century), Anish Kapoor (Silhouette) and Jeff Koons and Robert Rauschenberg (Reflection).

USA Today

[pictured: “Dream of Utopia”, installation of dress shapes by Keysook Geum, Allure of the Seas; courtesy ICArt]