While on board the ship, I had the opportunity to attend 3 art auctions held by the art director. These were the first art auctions that I have ever attended. I have to say that I was not impressed, or maybe just not understanding fully. Every piece of work had a reserve price on it, which is where the bidding started. You were able to purchase the art work for the reserve price at any time from the ship's gallery as long as it was still available. So I question why anyone would wait for the auctions and take the chance that someone would bid up the price of the piece you were interested in. What was interesting was listening to the art director talk about each of the artists and their work. I learned a lot about their backgrounds, their achievements, and why they do what what they do.