AP­PRE­CI­ATE ART AT SEA

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Over lunch last week at Rudi’s Sel de Mer pop-up restau­rant on board Hol­land Amer­ica’s MS No­or­dam, Sam Roberts from ArtLink – a Bri­tish com­pany that sources works around the world by up-and-com­ing artists – is telling us about an art rev­o­lu­tion at sea. Sam is the ArtLink Art Concierge who runs the gallery on­board where works by emerg­ing artists from ports vis­ited are up for sale.

“With our art pro­gram on board now, guests get to not only sup­port the lo­cal cul­ture by buy­ing art from these places, it’s also some­thing that re­flects that visit,” Sam says.

These days cruise lines are us­ing ex­pert cu­ra­tors to source art that guests can truly ap­pre­ci­ate and in­ter­act with both in on­board gal­leries and in pub­lic spaces. Here are some cruise lines lead­ing the way.

CEL­E­BRAT­ING EMERG­ING LO­CALS

This year Hol­land Amer­ica Line joined forces with ArtLink to fo­cus on emerg­ing artists from des­ti­na­tions vis­ited. As well as sourc­ing lo­cal works, an on-board ex­pert from ArtLink hosts in­ter­ac­tive events to delve deeper into the cul­tures they visit by be­ing in­tro­duced to a re­gion’s unique art and craft­work. Cana­dian-born Sam, who has a Mas­ter’s de­gree, is one such on-board ex­pert.

“I’ve been tasked with go­ing around var­i­ous gal­leries in the ports of Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Right now the art in the gallery re­flects all the ports that Hol­land Amer­ica vis­its,” she says. “Within the next year or two, when a ship is in Aus­tralia or New Zealand, you’ll see pretty much ex­clu­sively art­works from this re­gion.”

The think­ing be­hind the con­cept is im­mer­sion. “The right piece of art can be not only an in­cred­i­ble sou­venir for our guests but also a prom­i­nent way for them to con­nect emo­tion­ally with their trav­els,” Hol­land Amer­ica pres­i­dent Or­lando Ash­ford says. HOLLANDAMERICA.COM

AUSSIE ART­WORKS ABOUND

Wan­der the hall­ways and pub­lic spaces of Royal Caribbean’s Ova­tion of the Seas when she jour­neys in our wa­ters this sea­son and you’ll see a trea­sure trove of cel­e­brated Aus­tralian art­work.

Twenty per cent of the works in the 11,000-piece col­lec­tion are Aussie.

High­lights in­clude Laura by Joseph Marr – a translu­cent life-size red fig­ure of a woman stand­ing tall in the So­lar­ium – and Wall­pa­per Cock­a­toos by Emma Hack, fea­tur­ing the painted fig­ure of a woman cam­ou­flaged by the Florence Broad­hurst­de­signed wall­pa­per de­sign of cock­a­toos and na­tive Aus­tralian flora. The col­lec­tion, which in­cludes the sculp­ture of a mother panda and her cub, Mama and Baby, was cu­rated by Lon­don art con­sul­tancy Peter Mil­lard and Part­ners. ROYALCARIBBEAN.COM.AU

AN IM­MER­SIVE ART APP

Vik­ing has a free app you can down­load be­fore board­ing where you can dis­cover the sto­ries be­hind each art­work on­board and take a self-guided tour once boarded. VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU

BUOYANT

CRUIS­ING BAROM­E­TER

Re­gent Seven Seas Cruises’ guests have sug­gested cre­at­ing an alternative ca­sual din­ner ex­pe­ri­ence that is more re­laxed after a day of im­mer­sive shore ex­cur­sions, so the cruise line has an­nounced the open­ing of its pool grills to serve re­laxed, gourmet din­ner al fresco fleetwide. rssc.com

SINK­ING

For­get see­ing Africa’s wildlife in an open-topped ve­hi­cle, now you can see the in­cred­i­ble wildlife while afloat. You can do it on the a triple-decker house­boat owned by French-based tour com­pany CroisiEurope. The house­boat tra­verses Lake Kariba on the border of Zam­bia and Zim­babwe. croisieu­roperiver­cruises.com

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