Holland America Line ships are renowned for their collections of fine art and antiques from around the globe. Now selections from the premium line’s art treasures have been assembled in “The Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line.”
The 176-page full-color hardcover coffee-table book features a diverse collection that ranges in scale from contemporary pieces such as a saxophone signed by former President Bill Clinton and Waterford® crystal atrium centerpieces, to pre-Columbian artifacts and original paintings from a variety of artists and epochs. Renowned cruise photographer Michel Verdure meticulously captured images of the vast art and antiques collection, and travel journalists Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman provide accompanying text.
“Beautiful objects and museum-quality works of art of cultural or historical significance are an integral part of the shipboard ambiance of Holland America Line ships,” said President and CEO Stein Kruse. “This dedication to aesthetic excellence sets us apart from other cruise lines and provides our guests with a rich and rewarding cultural experience.”
“The Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line” highlights unique pieces such as Andy Warhol’s famed Queen Beatrix series; an original Man Ray sculpture, murals by international artists Gerti Bierenbroodsport, Ian Cairnie, Barbara Broekman and Wout Muller; Captain Stephen J. Card’s acclaimed marine oil paintings; contemporary Norwegian artist Nicolaus Widerberg’s abstract marble sculpture of a Viking ship; and Susanna Holt’s life-size bronze sculptures of wildlife. The outstanding Holland America Line antique collection portrayed in the book includes artifacts spanning several thousand years of world culture.
Authors Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman are award-winning journalists who have written extensively on cruising and art for publications around the world. Together they narrate Holland America Line’s innovative art tours, an on-board self-guided exploration that includes interviews with artists and photo images displayed on iPod screens. Contributors to national television shows, the married journalists produce and host daily radio features for XM Satellite Radio, American Armed Forces Radio and OnTravel.com. Their broadcasts currently reach more than 170 countries.
Based in Miami, French-born photographer Michel Verdure has built his career around a life-long passion for the sea. He began with underwater photography, accompanying Jacques Cousteau and his crew on several expeditions aboard the famous exploration boat Calypso. With more than 150 cruises in his personal portfolio, Michel is recognized as one of the foremost cruise photographers in the industry.
A must-have for cruise enthusiasts and art lovers alike, “The Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line” ($45) pays homage to the artisans and artists whose works create a rich environment aboard each Holland America Line ship. The book will be available for sale fleetwide as well as on the line’s Web site at www.shophollandamerica.com/artbook.
Holland America Line’s fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to more than 320 ports. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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Mary Schimmelman, 800-637-5029