I use to work for Princess Cruisesin the art department on land. Believe it or not people actually do like the art shows and many of the auctioneers. If you do not like the auctions you do not have to attend. If you look at the art and some of its history it can be very interesting and educational. Besides, everyone needs art in there home, and the art shows have a lot to offer. If you are not interested, it is a free country where you would not have to purchase it or attend. In the end, the art is beautiful and the company offers many different artist of interest. However, there is a high demand for art aboard the ship's, there actually people that travel just for the auctions. All said in done don't knock it until you truly tried to understand what that picture means or is saying.