After taking a couple of cruises with Carnival, it is still amazing how two different ships can offer the same, yet unique experiences. Everything experienced on a recent four-day cruise to Baja California was just as fabulous as the three-day cruise taken last year aboard the Carnival Sensation to Nassau. The team members working in the Park West Gallery aboard the Carnival Imagination were just as amazing on this cruise as the ones aboard the Sensation. It is no wonder why the Auctions at Sea were packed each and every time.
There are many different art-themed activities available on board, including the Champagne Auctions. During these auctions, guests gather to look at some of the newest, most unique and most popular works of art in the Illusions Night Club on Deck 9. Then after marking their favorite works of art, they take a seat and wait for the fun.
Once the auction began, the auctioneer took his time to review each piece of work and give some history about the pieces and the artists. It was a very entertaining and informative experience. The hardest part of the auction was trying to determine which works of art to purchase. That is where the Park West Gallery Collectors Card comes in handy. (More on that in another article.)
During the auction, works of art came across the stage from many famous artists, including some new up and coming ones. Some of the audience’s favorites were those by Peter Max, Thomas Kinkade, Scott Jacobs, Csaba Markus, Andrew Bone, Peter Nixon, Alexander Chen and David Najar. Even those who are not avid art collectors enjoyed seeing unique pieces of sports memorabilia and animation art.
In addition to seeing some fabulous works of art, the auctioneer gave away several large works of art to those who registered at the beginning of the auction. He gave away an average of three to four pieces at each auction hosted during the four-day cruise. Winners were given their choice of seriolithographs created by Picot, Tarkay, Glennn, Pangborn and a few other popular artists. Plus, each guests was treated to a small seriolithograph at the end of the auction. All guests during the Day-at-Sea Auction (the final day) received En Mediterranee by Bellet.
Each of the auctions lasted around an hour. Sometimes a little longer if the audience had a lot of questions or wanted to see a lot of pieces. However, it was so much fun, it did not seem like they lasted very long.
Those who have the time to enjoy an Auction at Sea hosted by Park West will not be disappointed. If possible, try to enjoy all of the activities the gallery has to offer while sailing aboard the Carnival Imagination. However, you do not have to enjoy all of the activities to still be able to enjoy what Park West is all about. No matter which auction you choose to attend, you are sure to have a great time doing so.
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.