Most people associate cruising with hopping from one beach to another, or trying to see an entire city in half a day. But you can get more out of your shore excursion when you hone in on one type of immersive experience—like art or culture. There are many new cruise options for art enthusiasts.
A lot of the more immersive cruise ship shore excursions are available on smaller ships. This summer, American Cruise Lines has partnered with Smithsonian Journeys for an art-lovers cruise along the coast of Maine.
In Europe, Tauck has a 2-week art cruise between Monte Carlo and Paris, which takes you behind the scenes of French painting. Not only will you go to museums and galleries, but you’ll actually tour working artists’ studios.
But, it’s not just visual arts. Crystal Cruises, which is big on educational programs, has partnered with the Music Center in Los Angeles. They’ll showcase emerging musicians and dancers on an upcoming Mediterranean cruise.
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