Mention art auctions at sea and you'll likely get an earful from repeat cruisers. Some people love them for the chance to sip free Champagne and enjoy a fun pastime that they wouldn't normally seek out on land. Others consider the auctions a waste of time with easels of art that "clutter" an otherwise useful lounge and they might even tell you that art auctions are a "scam" and the art is "fake." The truth lies somewhere in between all the hyperbole.
If you're curious about art auctions, why some lines are moving away from them, and the art appreciation and art-making opportunities replacing them, here's everything you need to know about art at sea.