Royal Caribbean Axes Art Auctioneer

Royal Caribbean is not renewing its contract with the controversial art auctioneer Park West, and may end art auctions on¬† its cruise ships entirely, as Gene Sloan reports on USA Today’s Cruise Log blog.

The move comes after Park West lost a $500,000 judgment in a countersuit filed by one of its most vehement critics, according to the Detroit Free Press.

This is a good move on Royal Caribbean’s part. Let’s hope the other cruise lines follow suit and that they don’t replace the art auctions with¬†something equally obnoxious.

And if you’re going on a cruise, remember my simple advice: avoid the art auctions, the jewelry, the casino and the spa treatments. In every case, you’ll get a better value on shore.


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