Art Director on Arcadia
Franklin joined the Arcadia at Singapore. He has travelled from South-Africa where he lives and was brought up on a Safari Ranch. He has been with the fleet for the past 5 years, working on Princess Cruises, Cunard, P&O Australia and P&O Cruises. He has worked on 18 ships during his time as Art Director. As the Art Director, he is responsible for the art gallery on board and regularly conducts art auctions. The auctions are always a popular event where the champagne corks are popping and the bids are cast for the beautiful works of art on display on the easels. Pieces are then shipped and delivered to the address given by the buyer and arrives a while later at their doorstep. What a beautiful memory of your cruise holiday!
“We have one of the world’s largest art collections and have art galleries only on board ships. We have many art collectors coming on board to buy our works created by world-renowned artists at very competitive prices. It is always a thrill to present a work of Picasso, Rembrandt or even the ultra-rare Chagall…” says Franklin.
Franklin lived in Germany, Cologne where he travelled to the major European cities and found himself on the catwalks of fashion exhibitions of Paris and Milan. He then moved to Los Angeles and started his work as a Director for a gallery group in Hollywood, CA. He continued his work as a model and dipped his hand in some acting too! You might catch a glimpse of him in a few sitcoms he had a minor role in and several fashion campaigns from New York to Tokyo!
Back in South-Africa, his home base, he nurtures his love for horses and has a rehabilitation centre for retired race horses. “I love my horses and dislike being away from them for extended periods of time. I have a very good managerial team taking care of them when I am away. The animals don’t like it when I leave and even ignore me when I return home, but they understand that I love them and I love travelling and working on ships. I get to see far-off places and meet wonderful people during my travels. I have two careers that I love and appreciate being able to maintain”.