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  •  Art appreciation on the high seas (6+ / 0-)

    When we first began cruising, on Royal Caribbean ships, there was a third-party outfit called Park West holding "art auctions" on board. They seemed to have enormous numbers of prints, things that did not attract my interest in the least.

    Reading about them later back home, I discovered a litany of complaints: selling "art" at prices multiple times what could be paid for the same prints on dry land, not sending you ordered (apparently you can't leave the ship with prints from onboard, it is strictly offline delivery), non-delivery at all, problems as long as your arm.

    Eventually they lost their contract with Royal Caribbean, and our last couple of cruises on RC were Park West-free.

    Most recently, we cruised to the Baltic on Celebrity (which is actually owned by RC). Arriving on board, on Deck 3, before we even got to our room, I noticed an "art" setup. Awww fuck, said I, Park West is here.

    About every other day, at some point returning to our stateroom, there was an envelope waiting for us in the door room number thingie. I got to recognize the shape of the envelope, as being an invitation from Park West to attend yet another of their onboard events. I greeted each envelop with "not those [redacted] again".

    I'll refrain from saying what I really think about Park West; unless I include the word "alleged" in every remark, I'll probably be sued.

    Marry the one you love, not the one a bigot says you're allowed to love.

    by lotac on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:41:09 PM PDT

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