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Old October 24th, 2006, 09:34 PM
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Has anyone purchased art on board Princess Cruises? If so, how was the experience?
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Old October 24th, 2006, 09:59 PM
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We've bought several pieces. I think the art auctioneers do a pretty good job of explaining the process that we didn't have any surprises. The auctioneer makes himself/herself available for a while before the auction starts, and is more than happy to give you the opening bids. If you like an artist, but don't see a particular piece that you like, ask...they bring out different art every day.

When you win a bid on a piece, you get that piece, but they put it in a new frame - usually the same as it's shown. If there are a few people bidding on the same piece, and they have enough in stock, they will let the others have it at the highest bid price. There is a flat fee for shipping, depending on the size of the piece. They do have some unframed pieces, but it's expensive to frame them. We got one for $59, and it cost over $200 to frame! Looks great though, and we're glad we got it. They guarantee to buy the piece back if you ever want to...haven't done that.

I think they used DHL for shipping last time. Packed very well...pieces were perfect! Took about 3-4 weeks after the cruise to receive them. My only complaint about using DHL is that they only deliver without a signature for residential deliveries. If you aren't home, they leave it. Take that into consideration in case you want to change the delivery address.

We find the auctions interesting. They raffle off art, you get a ticket for each piece you buy. Also, if you correctly answer trivia. We won once and there was a mistake on the paperwork. It said frame included, but it wasn't displayed in a frame. We got conflicting info from the staff, but we wanted to give it as a Christmas gift, so we opted to have it framed. We expected to pay about $200 for framing, but end result...got it for free, just paid shipping!
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Old October 25th, 2006, 11:55 AM
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We bought a few paintings on our last cruise. As I remember, it took them several weeks to arrive but everything worked out fine.

The auctions were a hoot. Over 3 different auctions, we watched two sisters spend over $100k (mostly on Erte originals).

And you can't beat the free champagne!

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