Mola 1
Novices and experts alike have been enjoying classes in the Artist Loft enrichment center onboard Marina. Whether you’re a budding artist looking to dabble in arts and crafts or an experienced photographer seeking to hone your skills, this exciting venue offers the opportunity to express your creativity under the guidance of professional artists-in-residence.

Anna and DaveHusband and wife duo, David and Anna Smith, spent several weeks teaching classes in the Artist Loft. Frequent world travelers, they’ve visited over 65 countries. They say, “The only reason we come home from our travels is to change our clothes and see our 5 grandchildren.”

David Photography 2David is a professional photographer, travel writer and keynote speaker whose travel images have been published worldwide in magazines, books, websites and newspapers. He is a professional member of the Editorial Photographers Association and past president of the North Shore Photographic Society of West Vancouver, British Columbia, where he resides.

David Photography 1David teaches classes on everything from low-light and nighttime photography to photo editing to the production of travel multimedia shows.

Mola 2Anna has a passion for color and creating new designs from world fabrics gathered in her travels. Her works have been exhibited internationally in art galleries, offices, stores and museums. When not traveling, Anna instructs classes in fabric arts, quilting and photo transfer at art galleries and quilting guilds in West Vancouver.

Mola 3
Anna has taught several classes in the Artist Loft, including one on mola design. Mola is an appliqué art form that originated with Kuna women of Panama and Colombia. The panels can be framed as art or made into blouses, pillows or other craft projects.

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Guests especially enjoyed a class in how to make charm dolls.

Charm Dolls 2Charm dolls are said to bring luck and good fortune and to ward off evil and negativity.

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T-shirt transferring was also a popular class.

T-shirt 2
Teacher and student display a lovely finished product.

Artist Loft Contest4
Guests who’ve enjoyed the Artist Loft often gather at the end of the cruise to give awards for each other’s artistic endeavors. Guests who create the most popular piece, or who are the most prolific, or whose work best represents the theme of the cruise may receive Big O points that can be redeemed onboard.

Anna David Mykonos
If you have a chance to enjoy a class in the Artist Loft with this fun-loving couple, be sure to take advantage of their expertise. You can enjoy exchanging stories of your world travels as well!




Geri and Guest
Travel to alluring destinations has always been a great source of artistic inspiration. From Hemingway to Gaugin, famous artists in every genre have found their muse in
AnnaAppliqueClass01 exotic lands worldwide. This is certainly one of the many reasons that the Artist Loft enrichment center onboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina has met with such resounding success. 

Since Marina‘s debut earlier this year, guests have been enjoying onboard classes in every artistic medium imaginable, from painting to photography to applique to needlepoint. Several gifted artists have shared their talents, and guests have flocked to the Artist Loft to learn from the instructors’ expertise and to celebrate their own creative impulses. 

Anna Smith says of her t-shirt painting class, “The guests sure had a ton of fun using everything from paints, fabric pens, steam-a-seam, photo transfer and tons of embellishments. There was no end to their creative and amazing energy and excitement (and a lot of laughter).”


Inspiration certainly abounds — from the stunning landscapes of Marina‘s ports of call…

Postcards from the Caribbean
to the beauty of Marina herself…

Marina Portrait

Guests even found inspiration in the mirror during a class in self portraiture taught by Geri Gventer.

Self Portraits

Geri discusses the structure of the human face.

Facial Structure Instruction

Still life was another subject of an Artist Loft class.

Still Life Instruction

One guest begins her sketch.

Woman Sketching

Another prepares his paints.

Man with Paints
The class is certainly focused on the task at hand.

Getting Started
And the instructor is pleased with the results.

Instructor Surveys

Oceania Cruises obviously has some very talented guests onboard our ships.

Path Close Up
Portrait Close Up
Tree Painting Close Up
But the best part was how much fun guests had while creating these beautiful works of art!

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