Cruise Crush: Seabourn Ovation’s Art Collection

Cruise ships are becoming important art venues in their own right, with curated collections good enough to satisfy even the most discerning art connoisseurs. Seabourn Ovation, launching in May this year, will display 1600 museum-quality pieces from 120 global artists. The actual pieces have yet to be unveiled.

Luciano Vistosi
A Luciano Vistosi Sculpture

Brought together by designer Adam D. Tihany and a team from ArtLink, the collection includes a Murano glass piece by Luciano Vistosi, named “Warrior The Second”. Thought to be of polished and hammered lagoon green crystal, it will be featured on Deck 4 at the base of The Atrium.

Frank Stella
A Frank Stella Lithograph

1960’s black and white photographs taken by American icons Eve Arnold, William Helburn and Alexander Liberman will decorate The Grill by Thomas Keller. Two original lithographs by American abstract expressionist Frank Stella represents a practice where the picture-is-object rather than a representation of a larger theme or idea. Similarly, the candid nature of the photographs produced by Arnold, Helburn and Liberman depict instances that are quite literally exactly as they seem.

Yoo Eui Jeong
A Yoo Eui Jeong Vase

Other notable pieces include Valeria Nascimento’s “Black Coral”, made from black pigmented porcelain with a form that is reminiscent of a living organism indigenous to the depths of the ocean. Also, Korean ceramic artist Yoo Eui Jeong, who uses timeless Korean vase making techniques in order to highlight the influence of contemporary culture on traditional art forms, brings a one-of-a-kind vase to the elevator lobby. Yoo Eui Jeong’s hand-made vases are part of a series that have been displayed at London’s V&A Museum. The Club Lounge will feature a highly impressive mixed media photography by Jose Romussi. The black and white photograph of a woman features lush hues of wild flowers that Romussi hand-embroidered onto the photograph. The woman’s features are masked by flowers while their stems seem to be growing from beneath. Romussi’s limited edition photograph examines the spectrum of beauty standards found throughout various cultures in the world.

Seabourn Ovation

Wave Season 2018 – the best cruise deals

Crystal Serenity at Geiranger Fjord
Crystal Serenity at Geiranger Fjord

Wave Season – the time of year when most cruises are booked and cruise lines offer tempting incentives, runs traditionally from January to March. Although not necessarily the cheapest time to buy a cruise, the combination of enticing perks and plenty of choice appeals to many people dreaming of their next holiday.

Silversea
Silversea 

The key to a good deal is …. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Research air fares, weigh-up the real benefit of onboard credit and drinks packages, compare like-with-like and run your ideas past a travel agent as they can sometimes source better discounts and benefits.

Rib Safari
Hurtigruten’s RIB safari at Wilhelmina Bay

Most cruise lines highlight offers on their websites with digital brochures available for download.

Here are our favourites:

Holland America – early booking offers, signature cruises and package deals

Windstar – 7 for 7 deals and Tahiti packages

Silversea – some flights included, early booking offers and Antarctica all-inclusive

Seabourn – Signature Savings Event including Air Credit, Shipboard Credit and upgrades

Crystal – Clear Choices offers including Air Credit, Shipboard Credit and fare reductions

Azamara – 50% off second guest fare, free wi-fi and featured Book, Pay & Save voyages

Regent Seven Seas – up to 50% off fares and reduced deposit

Lindblad – offers on air fares, crew tips and bar tabs

Scenic Ocean – Early Bird fares and free city stays

Hurtigruten – air fare offers, cruise fare reductions and single supplements waived

Galapagos Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lion with Lindblad

Images courtesy of Hurtigruten, Silversea, Crystal and Lindblad