Those who have cruised with Carnival in the past already know that there are plenty of things to do while at sea. Everything from dining to dancing and playing in game shows to being pampered at the spa can be done while sailing. But not everyone knows about the Champagne Auctions at Sea. If they do know about these auctions, they must not realize just how much fun and exciting this activity is. Because the number of people at the auctions does not reflect the number of people on the ship. These auctions are hosted by Park West Gallery and offer the best of the best in the industry.
Not only are guests treated to a glass of complimentary champagne, they are also treated to a live auction, featuring many different works of art. There is such a variety in pieces showcased, that everyone is sure to find at least one work of art they love. If you have not already attended an Auction at Sea when sailing with Carnival, you need to add it to your next cruise’s itinerary. Here is the auction schedule during a recent four-day Baja cruise aboard the Carnival Imagination out of Los Angeles:
Day 1: Embarkation Day – Long Beach
Start with Some Art at the Art Gallery on Deck 7 from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
This is the open house for the Art Gallery and all guests will be treated to a Welcome Aboard Packet and a chance to win some prizes. There is also a “Guess the Price” contest for a chance to win some artwork. “Guess the Price” entries can be submitted starting at 6:30 p.m. along the Promenade on Deck 9.
Day 2: Santa Catalina Island
Live Champagne Art Auction in the Illusions Nightclub on Deck 9 starting at 3:30 p.m.
Enter to win some free works of art, sip on some champagne and see hundreds of artworks that are available for purchase. Those who attend will be treated to a free work of art.
Day 3: Ensenada, Mexico
Rapid Fire Art Auction in the Illusions Nightclub on Deck 9 starting at 5 p.m.
This is the “Black Friday” of art auctions. This event features fabulous works of art at even more fabulous prices. This is a must-attend event for all art fans.
Day 4: Sea Day
Art 101: The Art of Collecting in the Illusions Nightclub starting at 11 a.m.
This event teaches you how to become an art connoisseur. Art professionals talk about the different artists and art history. This is also a great opportunity to preview some of the works of art before the auction later in the day. Those who attend will receive a free work of art.
Grand Finale Art Auction in the Illusions Nightclub starting at 12:45 p.m.
This auction features some of the most collected artists from Park West Galleries. There will also be raffle prizes and the opportunity to win a $500 bid credit. If you have not attended an auction earlier in the cruise, this is a must.
For more details about the Auctions at Sea aboard the Carnival Imagination, check the daily FunTimes that is delivered to your cabin the night before. There may also be a flyer from the Art Auction included with the FunTimes that will feature the next day’s auction time, location and details. Make sure to bring this flyer with because sometimes guests are treated to five extra raffle tickets when they bring it with them to the auction. (Check the bottom of the flyer for specifics.)
At the beginning of each of these auctions, all guests will have three sticky notes with their bid number on them. If you see something of interest to you, put the sticky note on the frame. This does not mean you are bidding on it. It just means that you want to see it come across the stage during the auction. You can also reserve your favorite work of art before the auction even begins. To do this, speak with any of the art professionals at the auction. They will work with you to get you the best possible price and take the piece off of the floor before anyone else gets a chance to buy it.
If you have an upcoming cruise aboard the Carnival Imagination, you must make time to attend at least one of the fun and exciting Auctions at Sea. These art auctions, hosted by Park West Gallery, is a must-experience for any cruise-goer. You are sure to have fun, learn a thing or two and be able to sip on a glass of champagne too.
Please note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. However, it can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with Carnival Cruise Line before planning your trip.